WRECK: Lounging in Paradise
- wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 97.2 ~ Amsterdam
Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies: no. 228: Lounging Around Paradise
Maandag, 18 Augustus 2003 (17.00 to 19.00)
"Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ"
o Morrisey, "Panic"
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Pre-Set #1: Night Drive > Liminal 
I've Seen Enough > Puzaki 
Jazz Attack > Rehkmire 
Cha Cha Cha du Loup [instrumental] > Serge Gainsbourg 
Mambo Miam Miam > Serge Gainsbourg 
L'Anthracite > Serge Gainsbourg 
Cha Cha Cha > Mad Dodo 
El Bodeguero [Grocer's Cha Cha] > Nat King Cole 
La Horse > Howie B vs Serge Gainsbourg 
Cha Cha Cha du Loup > Serge Gainsbourg 
Peel Me a Grape > Grand Mal 
Raoult Lounge > Erika Stucky 
Brigitte Bardot > Rossa Nova 
Hello / Teedjes > DJ Cor Blimey 
Wedding Polka > the Pascals 
Cinnabar > Tipsy 
Quiets Nights #1-2 > Curd Duca 
Request Dance > the Caretaker vs V/VM 
Tequila > Wes Montgomery 
Sweet Sadness > Gabin 
Malaguena (Chanson Mexicaine) > Clarita Montes & Cristobal Caceres 
Aguas de Marco > Antonio Carlos Jobim 
Whispers > Sounds from the Ground 
Manobras > Coolhipnoise 
Lizard Room > Ekto vs Pitchblack 
Return of the Skunk Unlimited Orchestra > Groove Corporation 
Drink, Drink, Drink > Mario Lanza 
Attente Musicale > Dimitri from Paris 
Walter's Strip Joint > Erika Stucky 
Somebody Buy Me A Drink > Oscar Brown Jr. 
Salvation Barmy > MC Paul Barman 
More Gauze > DJ Cor Blimey 
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Lounge is an escape into a scotch-scented diorama. Fuck the world
take me to this address. Everything in a lounge borders on the not
quite believable, the not quite with-it, the not-quite sober, the not
quite profound conversations, the not quite women of questionable
repute, the men with occupations not listed in any want ads, the
fashions not quite name brands, the dances not quite identifiable,
the fabrics covering the walls of a material you just can't pin down
- Gorflex, pseudo-satinic, waftfoam and the bands playing standards
that make them sound familiar but not quite. This is a state we
sometimes seek if we have suddenly forgotten our mantras or forgotten
the way to paradise. And you are drinking a concoction out of a glass
shaped like an Egyptian queen's left buttock that is called something
like a Fused Axle or a Tuskless Elephant or a Lime Jicket or a
Syncopated Prosthesis or a Mugger's Suprise Call me a cab when the
war is over.
 "Liminal Lounge" on Knitting Factory <www.knittingfactory.com>.
Great space-age lounge with Irish coffees assisted by generous
helpings of Red Bull.
 "Smoking When Pregnant" on Alias Frequencies
<www.aliasfrequencies.org>. Noisy sons-of-bitches with questionable
furry pets on their shoulder track in some gooey foul-smelling
substance on the lush fibrilating carpet of the airport hotel lounge.
 "The Deviant Lounge" on Land <www.phantomproduction.com>. The
outpost lounge along the spiritual Maginot Line between what we
imagine and what we perceive. You cannot tune out the noise in
 "Couleur Cafe" on Philips. This is one of 4 repackagings of Serge
works in 4 themes. It is a very nicely produced series, better than
any number of other rehashes of SG music. Death is certainly a boon
to the reissue market. I have written some about Serge and have
marvelled at the ease - even after death - that he negotiates the
fine line that leads to the bar, the fine line between rot gut and
top shelf liquor, the high art pretensions and the street level
appeal of his proletarian songs. For more about SG see:
"De la Musique a la Folie" on Zyt. Hug is a singer, songwriter,
musician, comedienne, actress, and a yodeler. If you gave Nina Hagen
a lot of things to do besides warble, you'd have Dodo Hug; she's a
multi-lingual, one-woman Spike Jones. Her songwriting is witty and in
the realm of Judy Tenuta. She has an amazingly versatile voice that
you know could go one-on-one with Diamanda Galas. Hug's most closely
associated with Zürich, having grown up in and around Northeastern
Switzerland. She started out in the early-'70s doing dinner theatre
and performing in the streets and pubs. She joined the musical comedy
group Tarot (1974-78) and worked in TV, radio, and children's theatre
until 1979. In the 1980s, she did theatre music, conceptual work, and
began her own comedy theatre, Mad Dodo. In 1994, she began focusing
on her music. [from: Yo De Lay EEE OOO: The Secret History of
Yodeling Around the World [Routledge 2003]
 "Colé Espanol" on Capitol vinyl. Very nice swingin' material for
a summer radio program.
 "Cinemix: Vol. 2 - Serge Gainsbourg & Jean-Claude Vannier" on
Sido/Universal [Pingpong Dist: <www.pingpongcom.net>. Interesting and
challenging if not always totally successful reconsiderations and
revampings of forgotten French soundtrack music. It is interesting
how easily Serge can be refitted into the most hip and modern of
 "Grand Mal" on Unsounds <www.unsounds.com>. This exciting new
label of inventive sound here presents a strange amalgam between
post-Brechtian cabaret and conceptual noisescape. Justin Bennett +
conceptual vocalist Stephie Buttrich and Anne Welmer present some
sonic apéritifs between absinthe whimsy and underground rigor.
 "Bubbles & Bones" on Traumton <www.traumton.de> Stucky grew up in
hippie-era San Francisco and moved to Mörel, Canton Wallis,
Switzerland, a mountain village where yodeling still thrives.
Switzerland supplied the sonic illumination, America her brazen
jauntiness, and, oh, time done in Paris enhanced her jazz leanings.
Stucky entertains passionately, easily, lovingly, mixing the
mountains' magic with their own worst nightmares. She straddles two
cultures and numerous musical styles with a cool, clever delivery:
cabaret comical like Ann Magnuson and Judy Tenuta but with an awesome
jazzy voice. Add the ability to tell a grimy tall-tale and a gift for
irreverent phrasing of questionable pop/rock classics like
Aerosmith's "Walk This Way." And in all this sophisticated, scowlin',
swingin' scat one finds little sugar cubes of genuine earnestness in
a bowl at the end of the formica bar in a town that speaks in yodel.
[from: Yo De Lay EEE OOO: The Secret History of Yodeling Around the
World [Routledge 2003]
 "Rossa Nova" on JR Productions. An old 45 of faux bossa nova.
Crass and yet not without humor send ups.
 "DJ Cor Blimey & His Pigeon" on Conundrum
<www.euronet.nl/users/fuhler> is my current fave disc as it combines
loungy seductive beats and atmospheres with insouciant spanners. This
is brilliant treading between populist DJ fun a la Dmitri from Paris
and Tipsy and DJ Shadow. Brilliant reuse of cultural sampling plus
some conceptually serious threads to make it all the more jaunty and
lively. "More Gauze" quotes heavily and brilliantly from an Elaine
Ma-Mike Nichols routine.
 "Abiento" on Les Disques du Soleil <www.dsa-wave.com> is that
strange crosswalk that connects cloying/annoying fringe music like
some Jad Fair meets Jonathan Richman with lilting edgy atmospheres
and attitudes like Penguin Café Orchestra. Cute, annoying, undeniable.
 "Trip Tease" on Asphodel <www.asphodel.com> is one of the better
beyond-lounge where the cosmonauts of a failed Mars mission take over
the turntables in the Duck For Cover Lounge and distribute magic
mushrooms free with all cocktails.
 "Elevator 3" on Mile Plateaux <www.mille-plateaux.com> Moods as
thick and humid as a shag carpet in a cheap port town lounge. Just as
you are remembering lost virginities experienced in previous lives he
shuts down the cut to create a box of mnemonic shards that when
pieced together do not add up to your life in the history of the
world at all.
 "Selected Memories from the Haunted Ballroom" on Brainwashed
<www.brainwashedcom/vvm>. Imagine a retuned upright piano in a
ballroom submerged a foot or 2 under water in Brighton, UK. The
Caretaker is someone who plays not-quite-memorable tunes at wakes and
makes fun of the 101 Strings and Mantovani by throwing some plastic
cutlery among the piano's strings.
 "Jazz Masters" on Verve. CD reissue of Verve memorable recordings.
 "Euro Lounge" on Putumayo <www.putumayo.com> Interesting but
uneven post-lounge coupling of West European ensembles with musicians
from other world cultures. Putumayo is less guilty of
audio-bus-tourism than say Lonely Planet compilations which exploit
the extreme tourism trend of recent years where a vacation isn't
meaningful until one has successfully consumed a fair amount of
exoticism, all via an able and overbearing tour guide who tells you
exactly what to look and listen for.
 "Folklore Sud Americain" on MFP vinyl. Latin American folk
standards. Do I sense some near-yodeling on this Mexican folk song?
 "Natural Selection" on Nutone/Nettwerk is pure lounge music for
down time. Staring off into a gorgeous landscape with music that
perfectly collaborates with the drinks and setting to allow you to
feel for a moment that it is OK to be who you are in this time and
place. Perfect chill with eyes and ears fluttering in the nether zone
of a hypnagogic state.
 "Select Cuts: Showcase & More-Kingston, Havanna, Lisbon" on
Select Cuts <www.selectcuts.de>. CHN has been around since 1994
fusing jazz, soul, reggae, African and Brazilian sounds. In true Echo
Beach style, the music stretches from melodic and laidback to
pounding dub, deep bass, crisp percussion and Astrud gilberto-esque
vocalizations. Sunny and slack and influenced by the 3 Latin cities
K, H, and L. Produced by the inventive UK, post-Sherwoodian,
Manasseh. Very nice.
 "Electric Earth & Other Elements" on Kog <www.kog.co.nz>. Great
New Zealand dub band of burnished and gleaming beats here with a
remix album. I recommend them highly.
 "Overdubbed by Reverend E.C.H.O." on Echo Beach
<www.echobeach.com> is a promo-only compilation of what makes this
label special: fluid lively inspired dub and beyond.
 "His Greatest Hits" on RCA, 1979.
 "SacreBleu: Viva la France" on Yellow/EW. One of the most fun
and resilient records of resurrected lounge in my collection. Set the
standard for rehashed reoutfitted inspired kitsch lounge.
 A bar rat's desperate plea for a drink when he discovers his
pockets are empty and that one last drink will put him over the edge
into satisfactory oblivion.
 "It's Very Stimulating" on WordSound <www.wordsound.com>. Snarky
brilliant bawdy and just a cut above the rest of the wordy end of
rap. Inspired lyrics throughout. Here: "But I couldn't stay calm
because / she revealed a bra / made of two yarmulkes!"
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