Arapaho – Wild Warrior
If you didn’t know, Arapaho is the name of a Native American tribe and the South African band who named themselves after this tribe are not the only ones to mention them. In the fantastic British Number 1 hit, ‘The Chicken Song’ by Spitting Image, there is the line ‘learn to speak Arapaho’ and in Adam & The Ants ‘The Human Beings’ (Last track on their ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontiers’ album), they sing ‘Blackfoot, Pawnee, Crow, Apache, Arapaho’. So this particular tribe are no strangers to the world of popular music.
Local band, Arapaho, do not, however, have any of the irritating ‘Agadoo’ pop that ‘The Chicken Song’ was mocking, nor the tribal stomping of Adam & The Ants. They were a straightforward rock band and ‘Wild Warrior’ is a straightforward rock song. There is no pretence or attempt to be anything but that. There are shades of The Cult in this track that blisters along a on a barrage of drums and guitars while the vocals soar.
‘Wild’ implies lack of control, but there is certainly none of that here. It is a well-crafted rock track where tune is not sacrificed to noise. ‘Warrior’ implies a fighter and you do feel a little like you’ve been a few rounds with a fighter. And for those who are not too keen on the modern style of songs, there’s not arapinsight on this Arapaho track.
Where to find it:
Wild Warriors – The Complete Arapaho (2007), Fresh, FRESHCD151