Archive for the easy listening Category

Who Are You Then?

Posted in cream cheese, easy listening, mond bizzaro, rockadoodledoo, video, YOUTUBE on October 5, 2008 by planetmondo

Who is Sonny King? Sidekick of Jimmy Durante, flatmate of Dean Martin, writer of Rat Pack gags and star of this piece of Mondo Bizarro Video – that’s who.

Sonny King “I Cried For You”

An extraordinary amount of my mate’s dads still had this Sonny ‘sports-casual’ look going well into the seventies.

Funky Friday – Cheesy Wotsits

Posted in charity shop classics, cream cheese, easy listening, Funky Friday, guest blogger, pop quiz on June 6, 2008 by planetmondo

It’s guest blogger time again – and today it’s the turn of Piley from Start The Revolution Without Me who’s
testing the cleverness of your clogs by dishing up three mystery chunks of cheese and asking – can you unmask the artists? ….

Before I start, I’d just like to say a big thank you to Planet Mondo for asking me to be guest blogger this week, a great honour, especially on the now legendary Funky Friday…

Although my main music obsessions have always been on an indy/punky kinda vibe, I’ve always had a soft spot for a bit of the ‘ol easy listening. This is due in no small part to the kind of stuff my parents used to play ‘when I were a lad’.

So back in the early to mid-90s, I was delighted when the ‘cheesy listening’ phenomenon hit the clubs, and it always brought a smile to my face to see the uber-cool Britpop kids grooving on down to the likes of Alan Hawkshaw, Tony Hatch, Bert Kaempfert and The Button Down Brass (featuring of course, the funky trumpet of Ray Davies). Yet when some of these kids wandered off to the DJ booth to find out what they’d just been dancing to, you could see the disappointment in their faces, which is a shame, coz a quality tune is a quality tune right?

So, with the above in mind, I’ve selected three tracks from the Piley vaults — all lovingly brought into the 21st century from my vinyl originals. However, I’m not telling you who these tracks are by… not yet anyway!

For the moment, just enjoy these three cool nuggets – and see if you can guess who the artists are. (Mondo’ll give you the answers in a few days time.

Amazingly pop pickers, this trio of mystery artists has been unmasked in one day (see the comments for the scores on the doors) – so here is the gallery of groovers..

Cheesy Wotsit Number 1

‘I’m Coming Home Baby’Peters and Lee

Cheesy Wotsit Number 2

‘The Party’Henry Mancini

Cheesy Wotsit Number 3

‘Happy Brasilia’ James Last

In the meantime, if these tracks have given you the buzz to hear some classic lounge-i-fied cover versions, why not pop over to my place, where ‘CHEESE’ is very much on the menu this week — and I’ve just served up three very big MP3 slices of the stuff!

Piley

See You Next Tuesday

Posted in christmas, countdown to christmas, easy listening, Marc Bolan on December 24, 2007 by planetmondo


Well boys and girls, bloggers and bloggettes that’s it from me for 2007,I’m all cozied up for Christmas and am blogging off until the New Year.

A big thank you is due to anyone who’s popped by, posted a comment or taken part in any of the ol’ puffery going on here. So have yourselves a swinging Christmas and rocking new year and I’ll leave you with

A Christmas message from Marc Bolan

This little known nugget from Frank and Bing

We Wish You The Merriest.MP3

And this internet treat – A winner if you’ve got little’uns

NORAD Tracks Santa
NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense)have been ‘tracking’ Santa for 50 years, and now live updates are available the web, vi sat nav and Santa cam’s – there’s even a manned hotline you can call for an ETA on Santa’s arrival in your own home town

So over and out and see you in 2008

Countdown to Christmas Pt 3 – Have Yourself a Mexi Little Christmas

Posted in 70's, christmas, countdown to christmas, easy listening, retromania, tijuana brass on December 18, 2007 by planetmondo


In the early 90’s I was afflicted by a buzz for Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, brought on by tracks like ‘Spanish Flea’, ‘Tijuana taxi’, ‘A Taste of Honey’ and ‘Bean Bag'(used as the theme from It’s a knockout) – each one a piece of polite but punchy trumpet pop. The snappy arrangements, the swishy album artwork and being cheap as chips at charity shops made these dusty Mexican nuggets perfect for collecting. But it was almost impossible to find the Holy Grail of Herb albums ‘The Christmas Album’*(with H looking bored in his beard and as convincing as as in store Santa) amongst the Stereo Impact, James Last and TV Theme Tune vinyl – how many versions of Onedin Line Theme from Spartacus and Owen MD (whatever that was) can you possibly need?

*The Herb Christmas album was eventually released on CD but didn’t live up to the expectation.

As an interim I decided to make do with the CD of ‘Tijuana Christmas’ by the Torero Band/Sound of Brass being sold at Woolworths. What an absolute winner it turned out to be, with the Toreros coming across as the most swingingest Salvation Army band EVER and starring the hardest working bass man at EMI. Using the textbook formula of cheeky key change after every verse, the uptempo thumpers could be themes for Carry On Christmas Specials, the mellow moments are like seasonal instrumental beds for Generation Game ‘Potters wheel’ sequences and as tight and sprightly as anything by Ronnie hazlehust.

Even now, every Christmas this is the first CD out of the Santa sack and onto the stereo at Cloudbase Mondo – ‘Tijuana Christmas’ is now deleted so why not treat yourself to some of these MexiChristmas classics.

Good King Wenceslas.mp3

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.mp3

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.mp3

O Come All Ye Faithful.mp3

Recommended reading for more Christmas Kitch n’ Campery

checkthecoolwax – sack loads of goodies including the artwork for ‘Christmas with Colonel Sanders’

Jeffco Productions – includes the the complete Tijuana Christmas album for download.