Capsula, The Greatest Rock’n’Roll Band In The World — Yeah, You Read That Right — Are About To Release A Remake Of “Ziggy Stardust”

There’s a reason this site is called Tulip Frenzy, not Tulip Placidity, and it has to do with the team here’s thoroughly warped love of real rock’n’roll.  Recent readers might get the impression we think the world revolves around young Ty Segall, and yeah, it sort of does.  But if there is one band in the world today that absolutely twangs our woogie, it’s Capsula, the Buenos Aires natives who, a few years back, moved their operation to Bilbao, Spain. (They did it because they couldn’t earn a living playing across South America, given the distances between the cities; in Bilbao, they can play anywhere in Europe and be back on Monday.)  Longtime Tulip Frenzy denizens will remember, we think Capsula is the greatest punk rock band of our sorry age.

We first heard Songs & Circuits, which came out in 2006, after their move, and after they’d begun recording in English. Our mind? Blown like a 50-amp fuse.  We would have moved to Bilbao, too, but they’re, like, touring all the time.  So we stayed put and just kept playing their music, pressing cds into the hands of friends and saying, “You won’t believe it, but these guys are up there with the Clash, and Gang of 4, and the Ramones, and Richard Hell and the Voidoids.”  (Things got worse, of course, when they actually played on an album by former Voidoid Ivan Julian. The release of The Naked Flame converted our mere fandom into a full-blown, well, frenzy.) All signs of skepticism would drain from said friends’ faces by the time the second power chord was played.  Songs & Circuits is still the high water mark, but they’ve released two albums since then, the very good Rising Mountains (2009), and the awesome In The Land Of The Silver Souls, which made Tulip Frenzy’s Top 10 List last year.

And now we find out that on Tuesday, they are releasing their version of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust,” entitled Dreaming Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, and featuring old friends like Ivan Julian on guitar.  Moreover, they’re releasing a DVD on their making of the record.

Whoa.  We did not see this coming! Everything will be available Tuesday AM.  We plan on camping out all night, right outside our own den where the iMac sits.

And wait, there’s more!  The three previously unreleased, Spanish-language albums they recorded in Argentina just showed up in the new iTunes Store.  This’ll tide us over ’til Ziggy‘s out next week.

Watch this space.

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