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Kula Shaker — Tattva
Album: K
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Released: 1996
Length: 3:42
Plays (last 30 days): 4
Tattva, acintya bheda bheda Tattva (4 times)

Like the flower and the scent of summer,
Like the sun and the shine,
Well the truth may come in strange disguises
Send the message to your mind.

Tattva, acintya bheda bheda Tattva (4 times)

At the moment that you wake from sleeping
And you know it's all a dream,
Well the truth may come in strange disguises
Never knowing what it means.

Tattva, acintya bheda bheda Tattva (4 times)

For you shall be tomorrow,
Like you have been today,
If this was never ending,
What more can you say?
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sensing a theme here with Punjabi MC and now KS…  Could Nitin Sawney be next?
 grogg wrote:

Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 



What?  Everybody knows that.
Wicked pissah! Besides shared musical taste William and I both had the hots for Hayley Mills. Here's where I caught the fever at age nine:
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...(1961_film)
 sajitjacob wrote:


Comes from British Cinema Royalty, The Mills family. I like the music but there is something irritatingly Upper Middle Class Privalige about adopting Indian "Spiritualism" that I could never gat past.



Who do you think has time to practice or buy music equipment?
 garrettb wrote:

Oh, he's from London.
It really sounded very, very Manchestah!!



Comes from British Cinema Royalty, The Mills family. I like the music but there is something irritatingly Upper Middle Class Privalige about adopting Indian "Spiritualism" that I could never gat past.
Oh, he's from London.
It really sounded very, very Manchestah!!
Excellent!! I never heard of him before RP, now I like several of his tunes.  Thanx RP!
 Proclivities wrote:

ginger taco


I cannot un-hear this. You buggers are funny!
I had a feeling RP would play this after Imogen Heap tune....
 nursshar1 wrote:


The entire CD is amazing


I second that. Agree, the entirety of the album is absolutely brilliant!
25 years later I finally know the words. It's been a long trip.
 tichy wrote:

This is a 10 from me. Never heard of the group but wow. The 10s shouldn't be reserved for revered classics. I don't care if they're one-hit wonder (or no-hit wonder), this rocks my socks.



The entire CD is amazing
 Proclivities wrote:

ginger taco



It's official : gbp
 mjbaumann wrote:

OK Thanks for that...but I still hear Ginger Baker made a taco...Clang association, may need a lobotomy to fix....
 
Given the many levels upon which the Universe appears to operate, I would like to think that both interpretations are equally valid.  I lean toward Ginger Baker's having made a taco, though... for purely personal reasons.
 ElCamoteLoco wrote:

It's Sanskrit: Tattva acintya bheda abheda tattva

It means, roughly, "truth, the unknowable, difference, oneness, truth"


 
OK Thanks for that...but I still hear Ginger Baker made a taco...Clang association, may need a lobotomy to fix....
 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
Once you hear it, you can't un-hear it.....
Liam Howlett of the Prodigy was a fan, and so was I
Oh yes, Mr. Baker makes a mean taco, indeed.
 kbs wrote:

The British Isles is made up of four nations
The Scots, who keep the Sabbath and everything else they can lay their hands on.
The Welsh, who pray on their knees on Sundays and on their neighbours the rest of the week
The Irish, who do not know what they want, but are willing to fight anyone to the death for it
And the English, who consider themselves to be a race of self-made men – thereby relieving the Almighty of a terrible responsibility

 

For the above comment, and of course the Ginger Baker made a taco comment, I am moving my rating +1 to a 7.
Take a bite, a bite of taco
 StfuDonny wrote:
No more tacos for you, Ginger Baker.
RIP- you old bastard.
 

You need to respect this amazing drummer. Wake up a**ho**
"Ginger Baker made a taco"

I'll  never be able to hear this tune any other way.

Thanks for taking the mickey out of  an otherwise overblown theme.
One of the best albums ever love it
This is a 10 from me. Never heard of the group but wow. The 10s shouldn't be reserved for revered classics. I don't care if they're one-hit wonder (or no-hit wonder), this rocks my socks.
The album cover is a spectacular tee shirt. I bought two. 
Ha!  I had to look up the bands members.  Very interesting reference to Haley Mills!  Well done, I learn something new from you guys almost everyday!  Thanks :)
 lizardking wrote:
YES!!  I've been looking forward to hearing this song for a while now, and couldn't remember the song or band name, and due to my hesitance to Google "Ginger Baker made a taco" to find the RP song comments, I got to wait a month or so to hear it here....and just before lunch time for me; hmmm, for some reason, Mexican food sounds good today. 

PEACE!!

OH damn you BillG!  I just had to re-bump my already bumped rating; 8→9 now. And more fallout from this song - I've mentally added Ginger Baker in the cast of Reservoir dogs (as Mr. Ginger, of course!!) and he's in the backseat while Mr. Orange and Mr. White discuss robbing Jewelry stores. Mr. White ends the scene with "I'm hungry; let's get a taco."  

LONG LIVE RP!!

 Despite your hesitation, typing Ginger Baker made a taco into Google  will take you directly to  an entry  crediting it as misheard lyrics to Tattva.  Be well, O Lizardking!

 Proclivities wrote:

ginger taco

For your consideration, I hereby nominate this post for inclusion in the RP Post Hall of Fame. From the comments, it would seem many agree that Grogg and Pro-C have inexorably altered how we  process. All Hail, RP!


 stunix wrote:
Did Bill just say that "they sound exotic but they're not, they are from London , England"?   If anyone has been to London, England, you'll know that it is so culturally diverse, there is actually hardly any English living there. ..... IMHO.
 

"There is actually hardly any English living there"

How's that racism thing working out for you?

Soon you'll be "free"

LMAO


Ginger Baker does not make toco's ... sorry.
You're most welcome!

I must say that this band seems a bit much now considering the times, but in the 90's they were pretty groundbreaking... Everyone in my mushrooming cloud of churchy-templeness is grooving to RP's greatness! 

Shesdifferent wrote:
 debobasu wrote:

He's actually saying "acintya-bhedābheda-tattva". This is the idea that everything has an inconceivable one-ness and difference. It is a Hindu philosophy similar to ying-yang. This is btw, Sanskrit (Hindi is derived from it, like Latin and English).
 
I always loved this song...now I can chant it myself! Thank you ...lol
 

Am I wrong?  Isn't the opening sampling something obvious from Pink Floyd that I don't quite remember?  I was sure someone would have noted that.
 Proclivities wrote:

ginger taco
 

Be careful to say that his taco doesn't taste good!
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

Being English does not mean living in England any more than Modern Scotland (whatever that is) says that anyone living in Scotland is a Scot...
 
The British Isles is made up of four nations
The Scots, who keep the Sabbath and everything else they can lay their hands on.
The Welsh, who pray on their knees on Sundays and on their neighbours the rest of the week
The Irish, who do not know what they want, but are willing to fight anyone to the death for it
And the English, who consider themselves to be a race of self-made men – thereby relieving the Almighty of a terrible responsibility

 Proclivities wrote:

ginger taco
 

Ginger make Taco in heaven now...God Bless!
No more tacos for you, Ginger Baker.
RIP- you old bastard.
MAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!
Love hearing Ginger making a taco.
oh... still sounds so powerful after all these years!  
Psychedelic Al Stewart.
Good song... always thought it was Supergrass.
 Sam_Chucklestone wrote:

Stephen_Phillips wrote:


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fredriley wrote:

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Oh dear,  etc.......
 
Sounds fascinating, friend.  I've just started tracing through Ancestry and it's interesting stuff.  I'd love to see your work once it's up and running .
I vote for more Kula. Next time Great Hosannah
Was introduced to that song and band (not bong and sand) by my then Geordie girlfriend. Loved her/ it from the start. Sadly the then applies to girlfriend, not Geordie. Pfff
So yes, you can tap your feet and have a sad sort of smile at the same time...
Thx for playing. I like the one that starts with the peacocks too.
How about backing this with "You enjoy myself" by Phish!
 Brad_Eleven wrote:
Ahhhh, the first song I recognized on RP that I've only ever heard on RP: the nth time I heard it , I had that irrational sense of belonging due to recognition. The first time I heard it, I was weary with much more to do--it was a godsend. Hmmm, exactly where I was--and where I am, tonight. "Who says you quit when you're tired?" "I do." "Who says you keep going, no matter what?" "I do." "What's the difference?" "I'm not sure, but one thing's for sure: it's not how I feel. When I give in, the tiredness seems to grow stronger. When I don't stop, I choose first, and then the very idea of tiredness disappears."
 
What?  Hope it worked out.
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

Fred, you have contributed many useful and interesting comments regarding music on RP but since you have chosen to step into the cultural debate then you are fair game for reply...

Being English does not mean living in England any more than Modern Scotland (whatever that is) says that anyone living in Scotland is a Scot.  Politically Correct Billy Bragg nonsense!  Indigenous people trace their heritage and genetic makeup from narrow genetic groups.  In England that might be Angles, Saxons or Danes.  In Wales many are descended from Celts.  

When Bill Goldsmith thinks of London he, rightly, thinks of the descendants of the people who left to live and fight in the American colony 200 years ago. The same characteristics of English people are found in many white Americans - that is why we are so culturally close and have a 'special relationship'.  I think that's what he meant by as 'not exotic'.  

The problem is the term English being used both as a cultural description and a passport Nationality.

If we separate the two then things become clearer.


 
Ah, ethno-nationalism rears its unpleasant head, though in Brexit Ingerlan you're in tune with the zeitgeist (sic). Well, O Anglosaxon one, Celts were in the island that is now Britain for millennia before those Johann-cum-lately Angles and Saxons piled in from Germany after the Romans took their ball home. As a Mick and thus a Celt, I reckon that on a 'genetic' basis I'm a native and the rest are immigrants, not "indigenous people". Bleedin' anglosaxons, come over here, rape our houses and pillage our women, take our lands, bring their smelly foreign food (cont for 94 pages...)
 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
Still love this comment.  It also explains the reference to 'flour'.
Apparently it is time for the neighborhood to hear this. 
Of COURSE I had a crush on Hayley Mills. In Search of the Castaways (1962). 

YES!!  I've been looking forward to hearing this song for a while now, and couldn't remember the song or band name, and due to my hesitance to Google "Ginger Baker made a taco" to find the RP song comments, I got to wait a month or so to hear it here....and just before lunch time for me; hmmm, for some reason, Mexican food sounds good today. 

PEACE!!

OH damn you BillG!  I just had to re-bump my already bumped rating; 8→9 now. And more fallout from this song - I've mentally added Ginger Baker in the cast of Reservoir dogs (as Mr. Ginger, of course!!) and he's in the backseat while Mr. Orange and Mr. White discuss robbing Jewelry stores. Mr. White ends the scene with "I'm hungry; let's get a taco."  

LONG LIVE RP!!

I still enjoy hearing this. Definitely in the same jammy-rock vein as The Charlatans UK and The Stone Roses; not a bad thing at all!
I always heard "Ginger Baker made a tadpole" - which makes less sense than a taco.
The Parent Trap! My favourite movie as a kid...
 Azrica wrote:

{#Roflol}

 
Hilarious!! I Love them! 
 Emwolb wrote:
It's been 20 years since my "friend" Brendan (with an "A") told me to buy this CD......I still have not forgiven him

 
I can see why! Your username is spelled backward you're stuck in Jersey! You're doomed.
 
I can see why you had a crush on Hayley Mills, Bill. 
 TerryS wrote:

They are English, most speak English, just don't look "English" enough for some.
I meet all the parameters, 'cept one. I don't actually live there more than a couple of weeks most years. Am I/am I not  English? 

 
Grammatically and logically, that is a mess, mate.
 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
Lady Mondegreeen is singing along with you.
It's been 20 years since my "friend" Brendan (with an "A") told me to buy this CD......I still have not forgiven him
 baylees wrote:
what is that they are saying?

 
It's Sanskrit: Tattva acintya bheda abheda tattva

It means, roughly, "truth, the unknowable, difference, oneness, truth"


 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
ginger taco
 stunix wrote:
Did Bill just say that "they sound exotic but they're not, they are from London , England"?      If anyone has been to London, England, you'll know that it is so culturally diverse, there is actually hardly any English living there. ..... IMHO.

 
They are English, most speak English, just don't look "English" enough for some.
I meet all the parameters, 'cept one. I don't actually live there more than a couple of weeks most years. Am I/am I not  English? 
 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
{#Roflol}
 fredriley wrote:

Ah, you've lit a hot topic there. Many of us in Ingerlan take the view that modern Englishness is defined by cultural and ethnic diversity, a point of view championed strongly by Billy Bragg, not least in his book "Progressive Patriot". Modern Scotland takes the view that anyone living in Scotland is a Scot, a minority view South of the Border so far, sadly.

The very definition of "English" is fraught politically, socially, legally and economically.

 
Fred, you have contributed many useful and interesting comments regarding music on RP but since you have chosen to step into the cultural debate then you are fair game for reply...

Being English does not mean living in England any more than Modern Scotland (whatever that is) says that anyone living in Scotland is a Scot.  Politically Correct Billy Bragg nonsense!  Indigenous people trace their heritage and genetic makeup from narrow genetic groups.  In England that might be Angles, Saxons or Danes.  In Wales many are descended from Celts.  

When Bill Goldsmith thinks of London he, rightly, thinks of the descendants of the people who left to live and fight in the American colony 200 years ago. The same characteristics of English people are found in many white Americans - that is why we are so culturally close and have a 'special relationship'.  I think that's what he meant by as 'not exotic'.  

The problem is the term English being used both as a cultural description and a passport Nationality.

If we separate the two then things become clearer.

A ginger Vader Vader, cat bone
 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
yeah those are the lyrics i hear, what's your point?{#Ask}
This is the stuff that brought me here in the first place so long ago.
what is that they are saying?
 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
Doh!  Facepalm.  {#Doh}
 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
Well, thank you, that's all I'll ever hear now.  ; )
 stunix wrote:
Did Bill just say that "they sound exotic but they're not, they are from London , England"?      If anyone has been to London, England, you'll know that it is so culturally diverse, there is actually hardly any English living there. ..... IMHO.

 
Ah, you've lit a hot topic there. Many of us in Ingerlan take the view that modern Englishness is defined by cultural and ethnic diversity, a point of view championed strongly by Billy Bragg, not least in his book "Progressive Patriot". Modern Scotland takes the view that anyone living in Scotland is a Scot, a minority view South of the Border so far, sadly.

The very definition of "English" is fraught politically, socially, legally and economically.
Did Bill just say that "they sound exotic but they're not, they are from London , England"?      If anyone has been to London, England, you'll know that it is so culturally diverse, there is actually hardly any English living there. ..... IMHO.
 stegokitty wrote:
Good stuff. I'll be checking this album out.

 
Better late than never. It is an all-time classic album, and IMO Kula Shaker's other works paled into insignificance in comparison. It had the unusual wrinkle of being a rock album by English white guys into Indian mysticism, and has some quite moving tracks. The band's flame glowed very brightly for a short period before burning out. The Wikipedia history is illuminating.
Good stuff. I'll be checking this album out.
first time I heard Kula Shaker here on rp - hope first of many. {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Hearteyes}
 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
{#Lol}
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
Thanks so much.....sende me back about 15 years in UK with a big love....
 dc_zee wrote:

This may rate as one of my favorite RP listener observations to date. 

 
Thank you! {#Tongue-out}
shrimp the vein, I made a taco
 gormeister wrote:
 

I have always heard it thusly: 'ginger baker made a taco'

 
That's gold Jerry, GOLD!
 gormeister wrote:
 

I have always heard it thusly: 'ginger baker made a taco'
 
This may rate as one of my favorite RP listener observations to date. 
I shouldn't have ate a ate a Taco............................
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 

 
....... and mine :))
 tulfan wrote:


Thanks. Now that's all I hear too...am here laughing in my cube...

 
Now my wife and I are cracking up... And I really liked this song.
 gormeister wrote:
 

I have always heard it thusly: 'ginger baker made a taco'

 

Thanks. Now that's all I hear too...am here laughing in my cube...
 Ydesign wrote:

What is the point of posting the same thing EVERYComment?
 

Life often does seem quite pointless, doesn't it?  I hope you be having a marvelous day, pointless or not...

everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this pointless song...  it rocks...  tweaks our pointy nipples...  we love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...  
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 

 
What is the point of posting the same thing EVERYComment?
As George would say, ''I don't need no wah wah.''
 dctrpunda wrote:
I liked this song better before I learned that Ginger Baker made a taco.  Now it's all I hear, it's like trying to listen to Massive Attack's Teardrop without thinking of House, can't be done. 
 
GarageDragon wrote:



Then you're going to hate me for suggesting Jimi Hendrix is singing "scuse me while I kiss this guy."

 
Yes Lady Mondegreen strikes again!  {#Mrgreen}
 Keef wrote:

Yes, we do.
 

Groovy!  Hope you are having fun right this minute...

we be dancing like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...
 
Hold on, strap in 'cause you're about to go on a trip.
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 

 
Yes, we do.
 ronniegirl wrote:
Ginger Baker has been in my brain since the last time this played.  Love it.  Did he MAKE or ATE a taco?

  

I have always heard it thusly: 'ginger baker made a taco'
The lead singer of this band has an awesome first name ;)

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
Haven't heard this song in YEARS!  Brings back memories of seeing them live at Irving Plaza in like... '91.  Disappointing show though.
A massive one hit wonder band.....but still, at least they did one good song. {#Dancingbanana}

Oh, and how cool to look back at comments 10 years old.  I love this station.  Thanks Bill. 
Soaring!
Damn I love this song.
What a great reminder to revisit this cd. I don't think I have played it for well over a decade. 9
Urg, this is not so good following Tabla Beat Science, doesn't stand up well in comparison.
oldsaxon wrote:

"Mrs. haWiggans?"
 
{#Roflol}
So this isn't Ian Brown in any way, shape or form? 
 ice-9 wrote:

I was hearing "Tudball", as in Tim Conway on the old Carol Burnett Show.
 
"Mrs. haWiggans?"
Appreciate the Hindi explanation.  Always important to understand what the words mean, IMO.
 debobasu wrote:

He's actually saying "acintya-bhedābheda-tattva". This is the idea that everything has an inconceivable one-ness and difference. It is a Hindu philosophy similar to ying-yang. This is btw, Sanskrit (Hindi is derived from it, like L
atin and English).
 
I always loved this song...now I can chant it myself! Thank you ...lol
 hippiechick wrote:
Great hippie music
 
I think it yes it is and so on........{#Eh}
Great hippie music
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Every person on the cover has some immediate connection to the letter K. Karl Marx, Kennedy, Kaiser, Krishna, King Kong...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K_(album)
 
Very cool. From wikipedia:
The cover art (by comic-book artist Dave Gibbons) consists of various images related to the letter K, including: John F. Kennedy, Lord Kitchener, Karl Marx, Gene Kelly, Katharine Hepburn, Ken Dodd, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Danny Kaye, Kal-El (Superman), Boris Karloff (as Frankenstein), Krishna, King Kong, Martin Luther King, Jr., 2 Knights (a pair of Keys on one of them), a Kettle, Kali, the Kaiser, Nikita Khrushchev, Grace Kelly, the number 11 (symbolizing K) and Rudyard Kipling's book Kim.

Ginger Baker has been in my brain since the last time this played.  Love it.  Did he MAKE or ATE a taco?
 Misterfixit wrote:
Very interesting album cover:  Knights Templar; The Kaiser; the dead Kennedy; Marilyn Monroe; Marx (the commie, not Groucho); the sweating man from Atomic Comics; King Kong, must be a message there someplace ....

 
Every person on the cover has some immediate connection to the letter K. Karl Marx, Kennedy, Kaiser, Krishna, King Kong...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K_(album)
I like this song, but perhaps more because of the period in my life at which it came out, than because of any intrinsic qualities it has. 
 dctrpunda wrote:
I liked this song better before I learned that Ginger Baker made a taco.  Now it's all I hear, it's like trying to listen to Massive Attack's Teardrop without thinking of House, can't be done. 
 
I was hearing "Tudball", as in Tim Conway on the old Carol Burnett Show.


 dctrpunda wrote:
I liked this song better before I learned that Ginger Baker made a taco.  Now it's all I hear, it's like trying to listen to Massive Attack's Teardrop without thinking of House, can't be done. 
 


Then you're going to hate me for suggesting Jimi Hendrix is singing "scuse me while I kiss this guy."

This is a great, and largely overlooked band.  
 Misterfixit wrote:
Very interesting album cover:  Knights Templar; The Kaiser; the dead Kennedy; Marilyn Monroe; Marx (the commie, not Groucho); the sweating man from Atomic Comics; King Kong, must be a message there someplace ....
 
A play on the Sgt Pepper's cover?
Nice segue!!!!
Very interesting album cover:  Knights Templar; The Kaiser; the dead Kennedy; Marilyn Monroe; Marx (the commie, not Groucho); the sweating man from Atomic Comics; King Kong, must be a message there someplace ....

 dancnbarefoot wrote:
I do love the Ginger Baker Made a Taco— its the new "Hold Me Closer Tony Danza."
Its Hindu and its a chant. Someone who speaks Hindi could translate.
 
He's actually saying "acintya-bhedābheda-tattva". This is the idea that everything has an inconceivable one-ness and difference. It is a Hindu philosophy similar to ying-yang. This is btw, Sanskrit (Hindi is derived from it, like L
atin and English).