Updated: Nov 6
The biggest talent to be looked over in the United States in the 1970’s is Sixto Diaz Rodriguez. Ever since I watched the Documentary, Searching for Sugar Man, years ago, I couldn’t help but feel that most of the world was robbed of Rodriguez’s talent. While South Africa grew familiar with his work, Rodriguez remained unknown to most of the world while he resided in Detroit Michigan.
I won’t talk too much about the documentary because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. What I can say is that by not watching this documentary you will miss out on one of the 1970’s most talented musicians.
I have Rodriguez’s album, Cold Fact, in my iTunes. My favorite song is listed below with the lyrics. You will notice that many of his words continue to be relevant today.
This In Not A Song, It's An Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues
Songwriters: Sixto Diaz Rodriguez
lyrics © Songs Of Universal Inc.
The mayor hides the crime rate Council woman hesitates Public gets irate but forget the vote date
Weatherman complaining, predicted sun, it's raining Everyone's protesting, boyfriend keeps suggesting You're not like all of the rest
Garbage ain't collected, women ain't protected Politicians using, people they're abusing The mafia's getting bigger, like pollution in the river And you tell me that this is where it's at
Woke up this morning with an ache in my head I splashed on my clothes as I spilled out of bed I opened the window to listen to the news But all I heard was the Establishment's Blues
Gun sales are soaring, housewives find life boring Divorce the only answer smoking causes cancer This system's gonna fall soon, to an angry young tune And that's a concrete cold fact
The pope digs population, freedom from taxation Teeny Bops are uptight, drinking at a stoplight Miniskirt is flirting I can't stop so I'm hurting Spinster sells her hopeless chest
Adultery plays the kitchen, bigot cops non-fiction The little man gets shafted, sons and monies drafted Living by a time piece, new war in the Far East Can you pass the Rorschach test?
It's a hassle, it's an educated guess. Well, frankly I couldn't care less
Searching for Sugar Man
Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL5TffdOQ7g
Searching for Sugar Man/Awards