Thursday, August 22, 2019

Happy Feet Friday

Peggy Lee sings “Alright, Ok, You Win”.

Bonus song! Peggy Lee was the rich, delicious sweet meat; I'm following it up with three fingers of cheap whiskey, in the form of a raucous, swing/R&B crossover tune by Hot Lips Page from 1952 called “Last Call for Alcohol”. Whoever put up the YouTube post took the big dance number from the movie Hellzapoppin' and set it to today's song; it works pretty well. Enjoy.


bruce said...

I wasn't impressed with Peggy Lee when I first saw her singing in the 60s, but she wasn't at her best. Only with youtube have I seen her earlier work, and really like that, including her radio singing with Bing Crosby.

A pet gripe of mine is all this hatred of 'boomers' (I doubt the haters really know what they 'hate' as most examples they cite aren't actually by Boomers anyway).

Apparently we're not supposed to like music of previous generations. I never got that memo, and would listen to Duke Ellington and Jimi Hendrix at the same sitting as a kid, and Coltrane and Mahler. And my favourite movies were Marx Bros, including the music they played.

The fact that in the UK 'millennials hate boomers' who voted for Brexit tells you a lot I think. We know the world doesn't have to be this way.

Paco said...

In my youth, I listened to Led Zepellin and Humble Pie and the Beach Boys right alongside of Muddy Waters, Tommy Dorsey and Bob Crosby (plus the music of classical composers from Beethoven to Stravinsky). I saw Led Zeppelin in concert (twice), The Who, Frank Zappa - plus Count Basie and Van Cliburn, as well - not to mention Richard Strauss's "Salome". Lots of good stuff out there, in many genres.

bruce said...

Yes I saw LZ when I was 15, then wanted to see Count Basie around same time but it was at night and I had no one to go with, Dad was a C&W man.

I used to sing Rogers & Hammerstein with my granny playing piano as a kid, until my voice broke. Still love that stuff but can't sing it any more, which I regret.

The only big difference between our generations was over Vietnam and the Cold War. And that's not a reason to hate Boomers who hoped to see peace after all the wars, just as the young do now. Hate Jane Fonda by all means, but she was born 1937!

They gripe about people dropping out to 'find themselves' but that's always been going on, the film 'Razor's Edge' was made right after WW2 (1946) about a WW1 veteran, Thomas Merton, born 1915, inspired thousands to drop out after WW2 with his book 'Seven Storey Mountain' and Theosophists were huge in the 1920s, all seeking a 'guru'. They don't know history. Boomers were actually more conservative than our predeccessors in that stuff. I mean haven't they heard of Thoreau? Dropping out was a thing our great grandparents did (My g'father left his prosperous city home around 1900 to wander the outback as a 'swaggie' ).

bruce said...

-- I actually researched various 'counter-culture' groups of the 60s & 70s and a curious thing is how many kids from middle class Jewish families were involved. 30% to 50% of the young who joined some groups like the Hare Krishnas were from Jewish families (it started in NY). That is remarkable, in that I don't think Jewish kids had ever rebelled against their parents to such an extent before the 1960s, so that may be where the distorted impression of 'Boomers' in the 1960s comes from. The media myth about the 1960s 'counterculture' is true if you limit it to middle class Jewish families, but not true on a longer view about everyone in general.

Meanwhile we Gentiles had been doing this forever. Just ask my grandfather who rebelled against his middle class family and dropped out in 1900! He never went back to them either, never even told his kids where he came from. We had to find all this out ourselves.

I work in local history and study this stuff, so it's my thing.