divisive states 1: Deodato’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra”

The first in a series of quick posts of “controversial” tunes. Eumir Deodato’s version of Also Sprach Zarathustra. Love it or hate it?

Personally, I unabashedly adore it. It’s seriously funky and ridiculously anthemic, and the production is brilliant. What’s not to love? If you hate it, suggest a tune that does what this track does similarly but better. If you love it, why? Share your opinion in the comments.


  1. jp says:

    All love. Deodato… Everything he’s done. Fell in love with Prelude from my father’s record collection on to the string arrangements for Bjork’s Homogenic album. One of the best. A true artist and inspiration. My DNA is encoded with his sound. Thanks for posting.


  2. Ale M says:

    The only thing better than Deodato’s Also Sprach Zarathustra is Deodato’s Also Sprach Zarathustra at 45RPM! Groovy!

  3. pipecock says:

    jams like this can be very bad if not done well, but i always fucked with this one.

  4. payandrewburgerdotcom says:

    i don’t understand how anyone can hate on a Deodato cut, so i think you’re trolling with this. Dope music to share though, so good on you.

  5. frank says:

    aeiou – I’m actually not _super_ familiar with everything the dude did, so it looks like I have a project for the weekend! tom – an example of a poorly executed cut in a similar vein? andrew – not trolling. or am i?

  6. Jonny says:

    Is the excellence of this genuinely controversial? What on earth would the argument against it be? Never noticed that he did the arrangements for Homogenic.

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