“… This is a crazy song, in my opinion, this will beat them all .. These are the Skiantos … Skiantos are a demented Italian punk band formed in Bologna in, I thought it wasn’t true because it’s crazy, in 1975! And this is taken from their second album ‘Mono Tono’. They are the Skiantos and now I leave you very, very capable with ‘Eptadone’ in their hands. “So Iggy Pop in Iggy Confidential, his very popular radio program on BBC, episode of 31 July introduced the listening of one of the most famous songs of the group of Roberto ‘Freak’ Antoni proposing it, as a pop classic, in the midst of songs by artists such as Nina Simone, Howlin Wolf and the Stooges, the metal rock band he was part of in Detroit in the late 60s.
As a planetary renowned artist like him has discovered the overwhelming charge of Eptadone, it is part of his ability to immerse himself not only in the present, but also in the past of youth sound cultures, but he hardly got unbalanced, presenting a song, in praise like that passionate. A sign that that sound, born in the cellars of via San Vitale, then developed into a first album ‘Inascoltable’, which, as the Skiantos have always remembered, was recorded in one night by a group of people, many of whom had met for the first time on that occasion, it is still very topical. This is demonstrated by the great attention that there is around them at the moment, testified by the ‘sold out’ concert of the Rimini concert on July 26th when they put to music, for the first time, the four texts that the writer Pier Vittorio Tondelli had given in the 80s to his friend Freak Antoni, without thinking about the use he could have made of it. Found among the cards left by the Skiantos singer, they will become part of a forthcoming album.
In the meantime, the beautiful book ‘A story like this never existed before… and it will never be again’ by Gianluca Morozzi and Lorenzo ‘Larry’ Arabia has been reprinted once again. Volume that reconstructs, from the insane origins of the very lively ‘rebel’ Bologna of 1977, up to today, the adventurous story of a group, led, after the death of Freak Antoni in 2014, by Dandy Bestia who continues to fill the spaces where he performs , in front of an audience where their 70-year-old peers happily mingle with their children, a very rare case of generational sharing..
If today we are, according to the 2006 Unesco recognition, ‘Creative City of Music’, the merit is also due to a scene that, without attention to the market and in absolute independence, is now celebrated by one of the most listened to BBC programs.-