This is a fun little article courtesy of Linda
Crafar. It seems Cat had been toying around with the idea of a musical long
before he ever considered Revolussia. So I wonder how many other countries he tought about
placing into musicals?
- Record Mirror
- Saturday August 19, 1967
Mexico-Mad Cat & His First Musical
By Derek Boltwood
So its all down to
Mexico for Cat Stevens early next year will find Cat, in the land of the Cisco Kid
and Pancho, basking in the sunshine on some chili-ridden hacienda, searching for (and
finding, I hope) material for his first stage musical. Why Mexico? Ill explain
but first, what its all about.
A young Mexican boy gets
fed up with his dreary life and his even drearier parents. So he decides to go North, to
find a new life with plenty of fun, excitement, and all the rest of it and he does,
in fact, find all this, and more besides, by joining up with a gang of Mexican bandidos
(or whatever they call bandits over there), and becoming a sort of latter-day Robin Hood.
Anyway, tons of violence and songs, ending up with our hero meeting and of course falling
in love with, one of your actual Governors daughters. Cat hasnt yet worked out
how the story is going to end but basically, thats it.
"I really want to
write a musical," said Cat, "and now Im in the right frame of mind to do
it and because of this, I think I should be able to write some goods songs for it.
And it has to be about Mexico. Im fanatically interested in that country at the
moment well I always have been, ever since I was a kid. And this musical gives me a
good excuse to actually go over there and absorb some of the atmosphere. I dont know
what it is, but somethings always drawn me to Mexico perhaps it has to do
with the music and the excitement of the place. I think I must have some Spanish blood in
me or something. You know, when I was a kid, I used to do a sort of Spanish dancing thing,
and I had a waiters jacket which had been dyed red, and high-heeled boots, and other
bits of home-made gear and I really used to dig this. In fact at the moment
Im recording a new singer who is part Mexican and he has a big black
moustache and everything. I dig anything to do with Mexico but not modern Mexico.
When I go there next year, I shall live with a Mexican peasant family, somewhere out of
town, and try to adapt myself to their way of life become one of them, in fact.
Wear their clothes, ride a horse I love riding and eat the same sort of food
as they eat. Up to a certain point, anyway. You know, they make a sort of pasta over there
that contains flies I dont think Ill bother to eat any of that.
Ill probably stop off at San Francisco on the way over; to see what its all
about. I think its a great scene everything is really bubbling at the moment,
and Im Inspired by the whole thing. Its like the music world is becoming one
big happy family, and I think this San Francisco scene is bringing Britain and the States
together popwise, anyway and making it so that one can be at home in both
countries. Its a pity they cant have cheap excursions so that one could
commute between the two places. Id like to go over to San Francisco without any
money at all, and then try to get to Mexico from there. But I dont think I have the
courage to do that. I was going to go over this summer, but I wont be able to now.
But I shall definitely be going there early next year. The thing is that I cant plan
anything well. I dont want to really. I tried to plan my life once, but I
failed miserably. I think the answer is to feel your way around life, and do what you want
to do when you feel like doing it. "Ive learnt a lot since that first record of
mine, a year ago, and I really feel now that the cards are on my side. Im not sure
whether that new disc of mine. "A Bad Night" will go very far or not. Perhaps
its a bit uncommercial. Anyway. Im sticking to my guns about it
its a change from what Ive been doing so far. My next record will be a
complete change, its very classical, and I think it will be quite a surprise."