Fricke's Picks: Rockin' the Casbah

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Sharif wouldn't like it: Raks Raks Raks — 27 Golden Garage Psych Nuggets From the Iranian 60s Scene (Raks Discos) is a magnetically weird a-go-go of Middle Eastern rhythms, guitars acting like ouds and oddly translated R&B (see Googoosh's harem-Aretha shot at "Respect"). This was a brief party for bands like the Rebels and Moha Jamin, who aspired to Beatlemania under the shah's repressive modernism. That copies of these rare singles and EPs also survived Sharia is a miracle.