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Archive for July, 2009

BILLY JOEL “All You Wanna Do is Dance” (1976)

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I am resistant to Billy Joel’s charms.

BUT. My friend Jason put together a massive batch of killers to play at my wedding and he included this frisky nugget, which I am loving.

For the same money I’ll take Paul Simon’s ’70s stuff over Billy Joel any day but man oh man “All You Wanna Do is Dance” has won me over…


TAKANAKA MASAYOSHI “Just Chuckle” (1981)

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One of my favorite blogs is My Jazz World, which features a cut-and-come-again pudding of crazy late ’70s/early ’80s Japanese jazz records. A recent gem out of that shop is this truly bizarre concept album by Takanaka Masayoshi, about some goblins who plot to steal the colors of the rainbow in order to eat them (!).

I love the narration, straight out of some BBC children’s show, and Takanaka’s enthusiastic overuse of the talkbox. Such a winner.


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Sorry for the hiatus, a wedding and the hullabaloo surrounding same saps the urge to blog even in my half-assed style…

I’m no Loudon Wainwright specialist, and most of what I’ve head heretofore as struck me as too twee by half. But “Lullaby” was recently brought to my attention and I can’t stop listening to it. Look up “Seventies singer/songwriter” in the OED and this song will be there, just perfect.