• Aug 7, 2010

Peter Peter Hughes as Fangio. Click above to watch the music video after the jump.

An entire concept album born from a 23-year-old song imagining Juan Manuel Fangio piloting a Saab SPG through the Andes on a mission to assassinate former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet? The plot sounds like some mythical collaboration between Terry Gilliam and Sergio Leone. In fact, the artist behind it all is Peter Peter Hughes, whom you may know from his work as a member of The Mountain Goats.

The first two songs off Hughes' new solo project, Fangio, will be released on August 10, both digitally and on vinyl (the 7" will be available via Fayettenam Records). The complete LP follows on September 7 (vinyl again available via Fayettenam -- and dig that album artwork). Preceding all that, however, is the music video for the track, "My God is an Angry God." Directed by our great friend (and Jalopnik O.G.) Davey G. Johnson, the video - shot in true guerilla style using locales in upstate New York including the old Watkins Glen GP circuit - stars Hughes as Fangio and Hughes' personal Saab SPG as itself.

Follow the jump to watch the video, and be sure to pick up the record once it's officially released. For additional updates, you can follow Peter Peter Hughes at his website, Fivetools.com, and also be sure to check in on Davey at his place, the excellently-named Sofaleggera.com.

[Source: Fivetools.com, Sofaleggera.com]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I like how the hood opens (and closes, obviously) in that saab, looks practical. Do they still make it that way?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Arrrrgh! The horror, the horror! The panel gaps!!! (turns away, seemingly blinded)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great camera work and editing. Has a very interesting vibe to it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He's wearing a womans leather jacket.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This should be SAAB's new advertising campaign.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Horacio Pagani must have though he was pretty special to name his supercar after him.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Some say his music is banned in nine countries. Others say he assassinated a dictator. All we know is, he's NOT the Stig, he's the Stig's Chilean Saab-driving cousin!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Argentinian, not chilean.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please be kind but, what's SPG?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well done, Pete! Love to see that SPG.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pinochet was a hero, he saved Chile from Communism. Fangio's family should sue everyone involved in this abortion until they are begging in the streets.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know if we can say he was a hero...those years were complicated here (argentina, chile, etc). A lot of armed groups were fighting to implant communists governments (because they saw Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in cuba). The story was written by ex-guerrilleros, and now, the world think that those groups were peaceful.

        Anyway, Pinochet (and the others latin american dictators) and his dictatorship, killed a lot of innocent people.

        PD: sorry for my english :p
        • 4 Years Ago
        Also, WheelZ, you don't really know what genocide is do you? Lokk it up and come back and apologize to me for your inane reply.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Blue, you excuse murder if it is of the right kind of people. Reactionaries, fascists and the like are ok to kill. They are standing in the way of progress. It's good that you have the ideological clarity to know who deserves death and who doesn't.

        You are a fool several times over. First, Pinochet and his people were fighting a war for their country. As in any war innocents died but almost all of those killed were willing to kill others to make your Communist paradise. Second, don't try and accuse anyone of condoning Fascism just because they are anti-Communist. What Hitler did was evil but his body count pailed next to your heroes Mao and Stalin. Pol Pot was even on a per capita basis more murderous than Hitler. All Communists trying to build your perfect society, you must be proud.

        So just shut up with your sick twisted ideology, stay away from car sites and stick to your fellow travellers at Daily Kos and places like that. You are an evil troll and shouldn't be out in public.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously? Trading the threat of communism for an unelected military dictatorship? How is that even remotely a better option? And you don't believe much in free speech do you?

        Get educated.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hero... I guess some could say that. He kind of did some other stuff that some might call genocide.

        But still a cool video.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ok, sorry, by definition I am wrong. Killing people of your own country because of their political views isn't genocide by definition. Still doesnt make Pinochet a hero.

        This is way off topic, so I'll leave it at that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually I'm plenty familiar with Chile. The point is you have a perverse notion of "better" when we're talking the removal of one murderous group for another. Calling the latter's leader a "hero" is George Galloway-type material. There's a reason Pinochet was pursued internationally: He was a criminal, one who got away with murder.

        And who said Pinochet killed more than 100 million people? I certainly didn't, but then, no single communist country ever did that either. You people are not very smart. Do you know what cults of personality are? Dictators? Fascist governments? Saddam killed a lot of people too but he wasn't communist. Hitler killed millions of Russians (communists), let alone what he did to the Jews, the gays, communists in his own country, etc. And the other fascist parties of Europe were not exactly innocent little souls either. Fascism has been as much of a drag on humanity as communism, and in places like Lebanon, fascist parties like the SSNP still have thugs running around today.

        Be careful who you call hero. You're liable to end up looking very foolish yourself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Definitely not a hero.
        • 4 Years Ago
        bet you $100 Pinochet killed less than the 100+ million communism killed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Agreed. Somehow this should be incorporated into their marketing campaign over what's currently being used. I somewhat like the current marketing but it needs to be edgier and more in your face...Saab cannot affort subtle hints and soft messages...They really need to come at the public with force!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pinocho got his fashion sense from the SS.
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