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  • London

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    This thread is for all the music AM/FM won't play anymore or never would play, and that most people either don't know about or forgot about. Those are the only rules.

    I'll get this one started with a very unusual but hopefully (for you) enjoyable selection. This is from an Album called The Agoraphobic Cowboy by Rick Moranis. Yes- the same Rick Moranis you are thinking about who played the dad in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Lord Helmet in Spaceballs.

    In a totally unexpected move, he took a brief moment out of his retirement to release- get this- a COUNTRY album. And yep, it sure sounds like Rick Moranis singing, too. Basically the least country, least cowboy voice in the world. And you know what? It is an AWESOME album! His voice is pretty damn good and fits the music well. The music itself is surprisingly solid and catchy for being done by a bunch of session players.

    The best part of all, though, are the lyrics. They are always well done; and Moranis is a true master of the double entendre. He is probably the bet country lyricist I have ever heard. This is Moranis' second album. The first was a weird comedy album called You, Me, the Music, and Me. He also has a recently released third album about his Jewish childhood which I have not yet heard because I'm not Jewish and probably wouldn't understand half of what he's talking about. For this album he actually got a Grammy nomination.

    At any rate, I would have loved to post Give Me the News, as that song really shows off his talent for double-meanings, but unfortunately I can not find it online. For now here's Oh So Bucco and Four More Beers, the latter of which sums up the state of this country very well.

     
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    I could go on and so many genre. I listen to Lucero, Son Volt, and Old Crow Medicine Show on the southern themed side.

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    London

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    Moving along to the Andrews Sisters. This legendary trio began as an (obvious) imitation of the earlier (and equally as good) Boswell Sisters, actually becoming much more popular than their inspirations. You just don't hear people sing like this anymore at all- they were true masters of the melody, often wildly throwing notes around then bringing them back in a manner which is like being on a musical roller-coaster.

    Though they are obscure today, they still have a legion of dedicated followers, including Bette Midler and Christina Aguilera (both of whom pail in comparison). It's too bad neither of them actually learned how to sing as well as the Andrews Sisters as well as the Andrews Sisters learned to sing like the Boswell Sisters (say that three times fast).

    Up first is a song I have been obsessed with for several months. It is but one of their versions of a forgotten gem called Bei Mir Bist Du Schon. The song was originally Yiddish, translated into English, and covered by probably several dozen entertainers of the time. Interestingly, it was a very popular song in Nazi Germany until its Jewish roots were discovered, after which it was blacklisted. If you don't like this song, you just ain't got no swing!

     

    London

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    And another Andrews Sisters tune. This is by far their most famous song. Released in 1945, it sold an amazing 7 million copies in a time when selling one million was considered huge! And despite its popularity, it too has fallen victim to time and the fickleness of an ungrateful public which always demands newer, "Better" forms of entertainment (actual quality be damned). Here it is back from the past for you to enjoy:

     

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    Helen Kane was "The original Boop-Boop-A-Doop girl." Sadly, her career was a real flash-in-the-pan, lasting only a few years. Despite this, she very heavily inspired the cartoon character we all know as Betty Boop (so much so that there was a lawsuit involved). This is one performer you'll probably either love or hate, as her voice is very unique.

    Here is my personal favorite song of hers, which I first heard in the unusual but worthy film Pennies From Heaven with Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters. The lyrics are very iconoclastic and flippant of the values of the time. It is easy to see why church groups thought jazz music was a tool of the Devil:

     

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    And another Andrews Sisters tune. This is by far their most famous song.
    What a coincidence. Rum and Coca Cola has been in heavy rotation on my playlist for a couple of weeks.

    What I've always found funny about that song was the way the lyrics reflect the change in the way our society views certain things. We're a good bit more prudish than we used to be. Example? "...both mother and daughter working for the Yankee dollar. Oh, beat it, man, beat it." Nowadays, that would be called "sex tourism" and you can go to jail for the rest of your life. Back then, well, it was the greatest nation on earth spreading the prosperity around. ;)
     

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    What a coincidence. Rum and Coca Cola has been in heavy rotation on my playlist for a couple of weeks.

    What I've always found funny about that song was the way the lyrics reflect the change in the way our society views certain things. We're a good bit more prudish than we used to be. Example? "...both mother and daughter working for the Yankee dollar. Oh, beat it, man, beat it." Nowadays, that would be called "sex tourism" and you can go to jail for the rest of your life. Back then, well, it was the greatest nation on earth spreading the prosperity around. ;)

    I guess certain things get lost in translation over time. I had no idea the song was so raunchy! That was the thing about a lot of songs back then- unless you knew exactly what they were talking about, a lot of the lyrics could go right under the radar.
     

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    Local guy and friend, has some good stuff.

     
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