• Big Yum Yum: secret Gary Cooper side project?

    24 Jul 2007, 22:42 by talking_animal

    In the 1957 movie Love in the Afternoon, Gary Cooper has this four-piece Gypsy orchestra (I would say Band of Gypsys, but that is a reference that leads in a different, yet equally fulfilling, direction from the one in which I'm going) that he keeps on retainer to play live music while he woos an interchangeable sweetheart in his Paris hotel suite. (Maurice Chevalier plays a detective who blames Cooper for seducing about 99 44/100ths of the respectable-wife population of Paris; turnabout is fair play when his daughter Audrey Hepburn gets involved with Cooper.)

    The band, with a hammer-dulcimer, a guitar, an accordion, and a violinist, plays the same repertory every night for Gary Cooper; neither the music nor the seductive approach ever changes. That repertory consists of these Gypsy-sounding arrangements of standard pop tunes.

    The idea that I could banter flirtatiously with girls like Audrey Hepburn in a deluxe hotel to the romantic soundtrack of a real live Gypsy four-piece…
  • Chuis snob

    2 Aug 2006, 11:51 by raw_u

    Okay, it's time for a musical bilan of my stay in Paris, eight months this time.

    Since all my years between France and Finland I've wanted to discover more french music. It is not always easy since my friends listen to exactly same pop music as the rest of the world does: Radiohead, Beck, Coldplay. I understand, they grew up with Claude François and the rest of the stuff, nothing left to discover there. The same way as mainstream iskelmä ("finnish shlagers") doesn't interest me back home. Besides, I mostly want to find to same kind of stuff I'd listen to anyway: a bit eclectic, a bit weird, a bit electro, a bit cute. Or all of this at the same time.

    I already knew Serge Gainsbourg of course, he's the pope of controversy. Every self respecting home should have Melody Nelson in their disc collection. It is a masterpiece if I ever heard one. His collaborations with female singers are remarkable as well, naughty Sucettes with innocence of France Gall, Jane Birkin, Sylvie Vartan