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Two Tickets to Paradis

A few months back, I stumbled across this awesome music sharing weblog called The Isle of Deserted Pop Stars. Generally speaking, this blog unearths semi-forgotten dance pop from the late ’80s, ’90s and early 2000s — the kind of slickly produced, no longer available major label stuff that is too recent to be nostalgic, yet also obscure enough to fly under everyone’s radar (even when it was new). A narrowly focused project like this could only be of interest to someone who’d enjoy hearing an entire album by ’80s Madonna clone Regina, but I’m totally digging it.

I’ve downloaded a bunch of albums off this site. So far my favorite is the self-titled 1992 album by French chanteuse Vanessa Paradis, a project noted for being produced and mostly written by Paradis’ then-boyfriend, Lenny Kravitz. I’ve never much taken to Kravitz and his overbaked neo-soul, but on this album he did a fantastic job of tailoring various retro styles to the limited yet captivating voice of Ms. Paradis. Which brings me to the videos of the day. First is the single “Be My Baby” — despite having an irresistible Motown inspired groove and being a huge hit across Europe, this tune inexplicably failed to catch on in the U.S. If anything demands a comprehensive CIA investigation, it’s that. I’ve also included the video for Paradis’ follow-up single “Sunday Monday,” which settles into more of a flower-power hippie pop groove. Bon!

2 Thoughts on “Two Tickets to Paradis

  1. Brad In Worcester on March 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm said:

    What are all these bee-yoo-ti-ful people doing after their ticket to fame is lost in the mail?
    Probably doing just what I’m doing right now– eating Cheerios out of the box, with a Crystal Light chaser.

    …only these peoples are bee-yoo-ti-ful.

  2. Don’t cry too hard for Vanessa, Brad. She’s plenty busy raising her and Johnny Depp’s kids.

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