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Shuffle Off to ‘Kokomo’

The Onion A.V. Club asked a few quasi-celebrities to put their iPods on shuffle and talk about what comes up. Seen together, the results come off as too samey with a uniform indie/wannabe hipster vibe. A weblog post on the same article nets much more gratifying, diverse responses from readers. It actually inspired me to do the same thing. Here’s what came up:

1. “Colour My World” — Petula Clark A big chunk of my iPod is devoted to the subgenre of ’60s pop that I call “Hollywood Hippie-Lite”. Sitars add a bit of exotic flavor here, but not enough to hinder Miss Clark from, say, belting the tune on Ed Sullivan.

2. “Just What I’ve Been Looking For” — The Vogues Dovetails nicely from the previous song, a sublime bit of melodic Sunshine Pop that shoulda been a big hit.

3. “Captain of Your Ship” — Reparata & The Del-Rons Cool tune fits squarely in the subgenre of Girl Group Gone Psychedelic.

4. “She’s on My Mind” — The Moon More melodic Sunshine Pop with a groovy sped-up trumpet solo that travels from one ear bud to the other. This one (and a whole lot more) came from a mix made by my friend Ion.

5. “3 Horas da Manha” — Tamba Trio From a Cafe Apres Midi compilation, an easygoing Bossa-Meets-Adult-Contemporary cut from 1975.

6. “OK Chicago” — Resonance Weird ’70s funk/cop show-style instrumental (with sound effects); another from Ion’s mixes that I hadn’t heard in a while. Sounds strangely contemporary, like something Theivery Corporation would do.

7. “Boys and Girls” — Reparata & The Del-Rons Another Reparata song from their excellent best-of CD (thanks, Ion!).

8. “Doce e Eu (You and I)” — Paul Winter and Carlos Lyra This is a strange juxtaposition, from stomping girly pop to gentle bossa nova. Another winning Cafe Apres Midi cut.

9. “Mike Mills” — Air Oh, man. I love this song so much that that it usually gets repeated two or three times, like the aural equivalent of crack. Gorgeous synths and strings ebb and flow in mesmerizing fashion.

10. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” — Paul Desmond A mellow, rainy day jazz interpretation of the Simon & Garfunkle classic. I bought this on iTunes and loved it so much that I went ahead and bought the rest of Desmond’s album.

3 Thoughts on “Shuffle Off to ‘Kokomo’

  1. Maybe you should call it your Ion-Pod!;) Glad that the stuff I’ve been sending you is being put to good use. Enjoyed seeing the celebrity’s lists. David Cross sure has exquisite taste in music.

  2. Susan L on March 31, 2006 at 3:47 pm said:

    Am a fan of your “Art of the Mix” compilations & artwork (I’m also a big 60’s sunshiny pop music enthusiast, along with many other musical genres). I’ve only done a cursory search, but thought I’d ask you: on what album does Paul Desmond’s version of “Bridge over Troubled Water” appear? Also, thanks for the Neal Hefti tune “Waltz for Jeannie” from the “Harlow” soundtrack. I love those 1960s generic perky voices. I kept thinking the same chorus worked on the “Barefoot in the Park” soundtrack. I’m going to put that song on a compilation I’m making for a friend named Jean. Thanks (I’ve gone on a bit… )

  3. Thank you, Susan! Glad to see that a Generic Perky Chorus song will find a home on your mix.

    That Paul Desmond song comes from his 1969 album of the same name. While I don’t think it’s been reissued lately, it is available on iTunes

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