Essential, surprising, outstanding, extraordinary energy – these are some of the words which, at the time, described this now legendary and mythical album. Lyrics and music by Jack Alain Leger, recorded with the musicians of Gong, discover all the masterpieces soaring on this unique disc, including the cult classic "Chrysler." (often knows as "Chysler Rose").
When "Obsolete" was published in November of 1971, the reporter from the magazine of reference, "Superpop Hebdo" (Superpop Weekly), questioned the repetitive aspect of this disc. He couldn't know that this musical approach would take flight thanks to English and German groups like Hawkwind, Amon Dull, and soon after, Gong, in France, whose founding members (Daevid Allen, Didier Malherbe, Pip Pyle, Gilly Smith, Christian Tritsch) accompany Dashiell Hedayat.
From this space-rock album is torn "Chrysler" - a little known masterpiece in its day, but which has today become a cult anthem to the "joint" at all hip celebrations, revered by multiple generations of partiers. Humor and derision exist alongside the unreal on "Love Song for Zelda," realized with the help of William Burroughs, author of the hippies' must-have bedside book "Junkie."
Drugs are omni-present in the hallucinatory texts of Dashiell Hedayat. The musical and lyrical composition date from the autumn of 1969, from whence the choice of the title "Obsolete."
An avant-garde disc so cool, it'll never go out of style!
After having composed a second, very rare, opus under the pseudonym "Melmoth" (the beginning of intoxication), Dashiell Hedayat has since adopted a different type of writing, and today has authored novels and Hollywood screenplays under the name Jack-Alain Léger.