An eclectic mix of sights and sounds provided by our contributors

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Richard Hawley :

Richard Hawley website
As a big fan of Richard Hawley I have posted on him in the past at my own Blog. However, beside myself with excitement as I look forward to seeing him live in Birmingham in a couple of days, I decided to dig out a couple of beautiful tracks from his album 'Lowedges' ...

~ 'Oh! My Love' & 'The Only Road' ~

Music a gogo : The Duke of Burlington

One of the very best psychedelic funky freak-beat instrumentals around,enjoy!


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Administrator's corner...

Seems Splendida is off with a bang,and there are more contributors on the way! We've passed the 1000 hits mark today which isn't bad for a blog that's up a few days.Maybe this had something to do with it as well (thanks mrdantefontana!).I would like to invite some comments from our contributors about the template (do you like? any suggestions for improvements?) and the links (anything you would like to see added?). Since this was a rush job,I didn't give it that much thought,but hey here it is and it seems to be working... :)
APPENDIX I've also installed a limit of 24 posts on the main-page,just keeping the modem-users in mind.
Just a word about sound-volumes,I realize everybody has his/hers own "normal volume",if visitors want to even volumes out get mp3gain,a free and easy to use small program,myself I set 93 dB as target volume...

Friday, May 26, 2006

Kyo Sakamoto

Kyu Sakamoto (born November 10, 1941) has the distinction of being the only Japanese artist to ever to score a #1 hit internationally. His song “Ue o Muite Aruko”, known outside Japan as “Sukiyaki”, went to #1 in the US Billboard charts, in 1963, and no Japanese act has managed to crack the top 40 since.
In 1985, Sakamoto was killed in the crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123. Before the aircraft impacted the ground, he was able to write a farewell note to his wife Yukiko Kasiwagi.

A sad yet romantic song about love and soup!

Kyu Sakamoto - Sukiyaki

Desmond Dekker :1945 - 2006

Desmond Dekker ~ Ska King!
Desmond Dekker passed away yesterday so I thought it appropriate to post a tribute here to the man that introduced myself and countless others to the wonders of Reggae when he charted with his hits 'The Israelites' & 'Itmek'. The track here is a lesser known one taken from the Trojan Ska Box set.

Rock steady in Heaven Desmond ......

Hong Kong Nocturne

Hong Kong Nocturne is considered one of the best musicals from Hong Kong in the Sixties. Though most of the numbers are more cabaret than pop, this one song stands out from the rest. This clip shows a Go-Go dance competition from the movie.

Cheng Pei-Pei, Lily Ho Li-Li & Chin Ping - A-Go-Go (8.5MB, WMV)

Here's an interesting article on Hong Kong Nocturne, and other musicals from the period.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

moi Caprice

This song, Daisies, makes me melt. Daisies make me daydream. Daisies makes me in love. Daisies make rainy days beautiful. Daisies makes me wanna dance. Daisies makes me cry.

This song might be one of the greatests songs ever written and the most beautiful song you'll hear today. This week. Month. Whatever!

Let me know if you share my enthusiasm! :-)

moi Caprice - Daisies

Official website

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn (as Holly Golightly) singing a song in one of my favourite movies: Beakfast at Tiffany's.
Although the president of Paramount Pictures didn't like it and actually wanted it removed from the film, the song became a great succes and even won Henry Mancini an Academy Award in 1962.

The original soundtrackalbum of the movie doesn't contain the version of Moon River sung by Audrey. Instead it contains a version by Mancini and his chorus, which was released as a single and became a hit. Personally I prefer Audrey:

Audrey Hepburn - Moon River

I love a go go!

They sure know how to have fun!
Anybody know this singer?
Update L just let me know "According to Liz Berg, from WFMU, it's Nancy Sit and/or Josephine Xiao. Clues about what "and/or" means, and also an MP3 of the song, on WMFU's Beware of the Blog",thanks L!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Asian Dub: Babar Luck

Babar Luck An intriguing fusion of acoustic-reggae
sensibilities and inner-city angst,
'Care in the Community' makes a claim
to be one of this year's most interesting
and important albums. Babar Luck has
created a set of songs as British as The
Streets or The Charlatans yet which
captures the complexity of the modern,
multi-ethnic Britain in a way neither of
these have ever managed.

'Care in the Community Dub'

Hungarian Pop Queen: Cini

Sarolta 'Cini' Zalatnay is Hungary's most famous female pop singer, and is still a public figure today, albeit for controversial reasons. In 2001, at the age of 54, she posed nude in Hungarian Playboy. Currently, she's serving a three-year prison sentence for fraud. If you thought American reality TV was bad, her last few days of freedom and subsequent prison furlough were the subject of a reality show on Hungary's largest TV network.

Sarolta Zalatnay - Tolcsert Csinalok A Kezembol
Sarolta Zalatnay - Hordár
Sarolta Zalatnay - Aki hallja, adja át
Credit: Inmyroom.org

drama doll

there are rumours to suggest that she sung badly intentionally on this album. many people may describe her style as 'emotional' or 'passionate' but either way this song is fab!

patty duke- come live with me


Merrilee Rush hit big in `67 with "Angel of the Morning". Here`s her fine and sexy version of "Hush" a song you may well know by Deep Purple or maybe even Kula Shaker!

Merrilee Rush- Hush mp3!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

La Vie En Rose!

I'm glad to be a part of this 'super blog'! And for my first post, this is a fantastic, modern take on the Edith Piaf classic "La Vie En Rose" by French singer Zazie. It's from the soundtrack to the film 'Jeux D'enfants (Love me if you Dare)', which is a great film by the way. Quirky and surrealistic in the line of Amelie. And what ties the film together is actually this song, 'La Vie En Rose'. Throughout the film, you hear different interpretations of the song, from the good (eg. Louis Armstrong) to the not so good (I didn't like Donna Summer's version, but that could be just me!).

Zazie - La Vie En Rose

Zazie's official website (French)
Zazie's bio on RFI Musique (English)

Music a gogo : Cubismo Grafico

Anybody else remember Chouchou? This French cartoon character even made some yé-yé records in the 60's.I own the one pictured on the left and was wondering if Japanese group Cubismo Grafico had him in mind when they made this song...Dedicated to the loving memory of QQF.

Chouchou et yeye

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Monday, May 22, 2006

First post...

Well,I've send out some invitations,now let's see what becomes of this project!If anyone else would like to contribute to this site,please leave a comment or e-mail me with the e-mail addres you've used to create your blogger profile or your blog name (also non-blogger)...