maandag 19 oktober 2015

Musical Monday: 5x Oldfashioned

I like history. I like swing. I like jazz. And I like anything that is modern and uses any of these. There are some very, very good electro-swing or retro artists or songs out there. But today I'd like to tell you all about those pop-songs which have used vintage influences in their music and/or video's.

Fergie - A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)

Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie did some stuff on her own. One of those things is this song for the soundtrack of the newest The Great Gatsby movie, with Leo Di. The entire movie could be called modern-swing and a first watch leaves you flabbergasted. This song and it's video give a good impression. Basically it's a bunch of people doing very loud in clothes and manners that are very 1930s inspired.
The song samples the rhytm and partial lyrics of Duke Ellington's  It Ain't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) from 1931. This song however isn't about swing alone, it's about that good Partay. The song is a little electronic and pop-ish, but it has a lot of nice, electro-swing features. And it surely sounds catchy. Papada. 

Christina Aguilera - Candyman

In 2006 X-tina released her Back To Basics album full of songs influenced by 1920s-1940s jazz, blues and soul of her all time favorites. This song was the third single from that album and is obviously very 1940s swing inspired. Not only in music, but also in the video. Christina performs like the Andrew Sisters in front of a large crowd of soldiers, looks like a sexy pin-up girl and she even imitates Rosie. I actually really love it. 

Outcast - Hey Ya!

This song in itself it catchy, but doesn't refer so much to old music. The video however is legendary. It is a reference to the appearance of The Beatles at the Ed Sullivan Show. Apparently, the director of the video was inspired by the songs musical structure, which is very similar to the way The Beatles build their songs. In this version, Outcastmember Andre 3000 plays all eight members of The Eight Below. We see a crowd of screaming girls and even a very cool family doing the twist. 

Yolanda Be Cool - We No Speak Americano

Thé summer-hit of 2010 (or was it 2011?), is this (until now) one hit wonder by Yolanda Be Cool. It samples a 1954 song Tu Vuò Fà L'Americano by Italian singer Renato Carosone. Especially the fun, slapstick-like video make this song feel very ancient. I love this track, it is fun, it is light and it is danceable.


Pitbull ft. John Ryan - Fireball

I have come to appreciate the songs by Pitbull, though, there is some fluctuation in the quality of his songs. Probably because Pitbulls monotone rapping can't make a full song on it's own, so there is always a featuring artist. Some of these artists are good, and some aren't.
This song is typically Pitbull, bold, arrogant, fun and all Latino. But, this time, with a little old-school mixed in too. The latin-jazzy instrumentals remind me a lot of the song Tequila! The video is in black and white (well, most of it), very burlesque with hot girls in bikini's with a lot of tassels, long gloves and doing all kinds of old school burlesque dancing and acts like fire-breathing.