The Old Man’s Back Again

Originally part of American pop group The Walker Brothers, Scott Walker (real name Scott Engel) has remained largely obscure, although highly influential, throughout his reclusive solo career with artists such as David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Jarvis Cocker, and Radiohead having cited Walker as a major influence.

Between 1967 and 1969, Walker recorded what is still regarded as his oeuvre (the four albums Scott 1 – 4), comprising his now famous Jacques Brel covers as well as self-penned tunes full of poetic imagery and wistful orchestration.

With traumatic images of suffering and despair set to a stunning, funky bass line and choral voices, ‘The Old Man’s Back Again (Dedicated to the Neo-Stalinist Regime)’ (to give it its full title) is taken from 1969’s Scott 4 and depicts the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968; in this song, the Soviet military’s tyranny is aided by the ghost of Josef Stalin.

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