Best of 2007. Pt. 1
My favorite new music of the year, in four parts.
By new music, I mean music that was new to me in 2007, not just music that was released this year. If you’re wondering how some of this could have escaped me when it was first released, the answer is that I don’t listen to the radio. (I’m sorry, Ang!)
Betty Hutton – Blow a Fuse
The original song behind Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet,” released in 1948. I will always associate this one with a photohunt in the driving snow in Bellefontaine, Ohio.
Bow Wow Wow – Fools Rush In
A Sinatra cover, and a superior one. This comes from the Marie Antoinette soundtrack.
Joss Stone – Put Your Hands On Me
On January 31, Harry Connick, Jr. released Oh My Nola, and it became one of my favorite of his albums. I could list the whole cd here, but I’ll stick to my most-played tracks.
Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey
Working In The Coal Mine
Oh, My Nola
Take Her to the Mardi Gras
and my favorite of all,
Patrick Wolf – The Magic Position
I downloaded this because I liked “The Libertine,” and assumed that it would be as moody; instead, I found the most upbeat, cheerful pop song I’ve heard in a long time.
Michelle Shocked – Hardcore Hornography
Her Mardi Gras single, a raw brass band tribute to New Orleans. Why can’t I find more music like this?
Susanna Hoffs – To Sir With Love
William Shatner – Common People
Once I heard this, I couldn’t be bothered with the original. Bill rocks. I love this man more every day.
Blossom Dearie – Always True to You In My Fashion
The first Dearie (yeah, that’s her real name) song I’d ever heard. Between Cole Porter’s lyrics and her presentation of them, this is 2:51 of pure wit and sophistication. I discovered this song and the vodka gimlet at the same time; together, they took the edge off a nasty winter.
Captain Smartypants – Xanadu
Their website blurb refers to them as “those nine homosexuals who won’t stop singing.” I love their version almost as much as Olivia Newton-John’s, and that really means something.
Blossom Dearie – Down With Love
The song used as the title music for the recent movie was actually written back in 1937; Dearie recorded this in 1958, and it’s a much shorter, faster, sparer version. I like it a lot.