Weird question

uh, y'know, the sounds that sound good together... sometimes... and sometimes sounds like the disgusting "squish squish" sound Slicker's mom makes whenever she walks

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Weird question

Postby anarky » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:43 am

Not sure where the hell to start with this.

I found a cheap CD compilation (on a usually reputable import label from the UK) of old pop songs ("old" meaning stuff like Sinatra, Dean Martin, Billie Holiday, etc). It's all quite good stuff (yeah, I'm weird, I actually like that old stuff).

Trouble is, one track is mislabeled. It's that old chestnut "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered," and it's credited to Doris Day. The song title is right. However, it's most definitely not Doris Day (or any other woman) singing it. (First, it doesn't sound like the Doris Day version, which I have on another compilation already. And the whole "girl covering a song about being in love with a girl without switching the gender of pronouns" thing wouldn't have gone over well back then.) The voice isn't one I can immediately recognize, either.

So, given how many singers in the 50s covered this song, how the hell do I figure out who's performing it so I can label it properly when I import it, short of going through a few million YouTube videos?

Yeah, I'm probably going to get a lot of "you like that old shit, you're ghey" responses, and everyone else will think "what the fuck does this matter, you anal prick?" :D
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Re: Weird question

Postby RoIIo Tomassi » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:58 am

Whatever. I love Sinatra and Dean Martin and Bobby Darin and all them old crooners. I totally dig Johnny Horton, too.

I love the video game Mafia II. They spent more money securing the rights to old music to have playing on the radio when you're driving around than they spent on the game itself. It's hundreds of old songs from the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Groovy.
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Re: Weird question

Postby anarky » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:19 am

Turned out to be way easier than I expected. I was going to look up the obvious crooners, and stuck the disc in the Mac so I could listen and compare. Lo and behold, whoever entered the info on Gracenote had typed in that it was Mel Torme. I pulled up his version on YouTube, and it was.



Harry Anderson would be pissed that I didn't recognize it.
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Re: Weird question

Postby Ran » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:32 pm

Glad you found it. There is an app called "Shazam" that supposedly can identify songs.

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Re: Weird question

Postby anarky » Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:17 pm

Yeah, I wasn't sure if that would work, though. I know the song, it's just (or "was just") which of the umpteen million crooners who sang it it was.
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Re: Weird question

Postby RoIIo Tomassi » Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:45 pm

10 Demerits for not recognizing The Velvet Fog right off the bat, peckersnot!!
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Re: Weird question

Postby anarky » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:01 pm

True, he is a weak spot in my crooner knowledge.
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Re: Weird question

Postby anarky » Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:32 am

If this is going to become the default "Dead Crooner" thread, I found two Sammy Davis albums on CD at Deseret (sorta like Goodwill, but run by Mormons) for a buck apiece. Even if Frank and Dean hung out with ten million black Jewish guys, Sammy Davis would still have been the coolest black Jewish guy in the Rat Pack.

They were both promo copies, too. Can't imagine why anyone who would have gotten those (they were only released on CD in 2004) would've parted with them unless s/he died and their kids had no taste. (And I still think he's the weakest of the Rat Pack; it's just that they were so fucking awesome that he was still cooler than 99% of current singers.)
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Re: Weird question

Postby anarky » Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:42 pm

I'm probably going to have to turn in some sort of geek card or metalhead card or something, but, after poo-pooing them for years, I actually listened to the first four albums in Rod Stewart's American Songbook series. I finally gave in and listened because I figured Rod singing these songs sounded like a good idea in theory, so I owed the old lead screamer of the Jeff Beck Group at least one spin. (I'd written them off as a stupid gimmick that he kept on doing over and over because old ladies liked it. When his "Great Rock & Roll Songbook" album came out and sounded like karaoke shit, I figured this was all the same. I also gave them a listen because the liner notes to his new album--yes, I'll admit it, I've been a fan of most of Rod's rock stuff for a long time--say he simply hadn't written anything in the decade before the latest one but didn't want to stop recording.)

Holy shit, they're actually pretty damned good. Granted, it's obvious that he kept doing them (and put variations on the title on his R&B and rock cover albums from the same time period) because they sold, and they get weaker as they progress, but the first two are actually amazing.
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Re: Weird question

Postby Jargo » Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:14 am

Rod Stewart isn't dead, doofus. You can't have an official dead crooner thread and then bang on about a living one. :roll:
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Re: Weird question

Postby anarky » Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:22 am

Point taken. Rod Stewart is not dead; it's just every woman he's been with who's dead inside.

No voice can make up for how scary-looking that fucker is.
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Re: Weird question

Postby Jargo » Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:26 am

Ugh, years ago the SUN newspaper, (one of Rupert Murdoch's rags) printed a picture of Rod in speedos on a beach. The image has been burned into the public consciousness and as a nation we have nightmares to this day..... *trails off in despair*
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Re: Weird question

Postby anarky » Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:58 am

He gave you his love touch, ooh-ooh-ooh-ohh?
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Postby Jargo » Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:05 am

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Re: Weird question

Postby anarky » Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:04 pm

If we can strike the "dead" and just make this the crooner thread, I decided to branch out a little and listen to some other recent jazz musicians and crooner types I'd ignored, based on what a surprise Rod's stuff was (and because Norah Jones is a recent jazz musician, too, and is all kinds of awesome).

I must say, I'm rather impressed with what Diana Krall and Michael Buble can do. Diana's a pretty incredible pianist in addition to singing like a black jazz diva from the 40s, and Buble has very good taste in covers.
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