Sat. Nite Duets – “TAFKA Salieri”

Antonio Salieri was a classic composer who was overshadowed by the much more talented Mozart. His only claim-to-fame was an unsubstantiated rumor that he played a role in Mozart’s death, which served as the inspiration for his villainous depiction in the wildly popular play/movie Amadeus. Despite some renewed interest in the early ’80s because of the fervor surrounding that cultural phenomena, Salieri’s music has largely been forgotten by time. Sat Nite Duets — the talented Milwaukee band who are putting out their new album Air Guitar out this fall — uses the sad tale of Salieri as the jumping off point for their latest single, “TAFKA Salieri” (or, the artist formerly known as Salieri). Stephen Strupp — the member who takes on songwriting and singing duties for this one — talks of looking for inspiration and feeling overlooked and underachieved: “Great riffs that I stole and I don’t have much to show,” he sings. The forlorn, wistful-sounding track supports its failure narrative: “They used to call me Salieri/ Now it’s been a while.” Listen below.

Air Guitar is out 9/16 via Father/Daughter Records. Pre-order it here.