Saturday, July 18, 2009

I love this stuff...

To counteract some of my bile of recent days, here is a happy post.

One of the things I love is that there are people out there interested in keeping alive/recreating past musical traditions. I happened - via a chain of YouTube searching - to stumble across the Bratislava (!) Hot Serenaders, doing a song most of us know better from Tiny Tim (or, perhaps, SpongeBob SquarePants):

Hah! I love the monocle on the singer. (I have to admit, though I still love Tiny Tim's version, I like this one better. I could never quite get used to the falsetto).

I LIKE that semi-corny old dance band stuff. It sounds kind of Jeeves-and-Wooster to me, or perhaps like something that Albert Campion would listen to. (From the "classical" world - I love Shostakovich's Jazz Suites, which are somewhat in the same style, but more complex)

Here's more (an unknown, 1920s ("pre Nazi" as they are clear to point out) German tune):

And from a bit later in time (or in "recreated time"), there are the awesome Puppini Sisters, which Ken posted about a while back:

They also do Mr. Sandman:

(If I have any quibbles, it is that they sing just a bit too fast. But otherwise: that kind of close harmony stuff blows me away, partly because I cannot do it.)

Hah - they even do "I Will Survive":

(I don't like this version as well, but that might be partly because it's a live version and the audio is not so good, and they're obviously hamming for the audience).


Dave R. said...

I've lived with the Chordettes' "Mr. Sandman" most of my life, so the Puppini one DOES seem too fast. Still, great harmony, especially considering there were four Chordettes and there are only three Puppinis.

Anyone reasonably young will scoff at how I have just dated myself. Cheers to you, Ricki, for liking some music that's older than YOU are!

Sheila O'Malley said...

I love the Puppini Sisters! I love their versions of Walk Like an Egyptian and also the great Kate Bush song Wuthering Heights. But I think my all-time fave is "I Can't Believe I'm Not a Millionaire".

The Fifth String said...

Awesome vids. And thanks for the shout out, Ricki!