Friday, July 8, 2011

Nightcaps at David Lynch's

I was a big fan of the movie Blue Velvet when it came out back in the late 1980s. But it'd been almost twenty years since I'd seen it when I happened to come across it while channel surfing a while back. I'd always loved the use of Roy Orbison music in the movie, but when I watched it again, I remembered how much I liked the music of the late 1950s and early 1960s. For a long time, the period was dismissed as a wasteland - i.e. the period between Elvis' heyday and the Beatles. I think the period has since been redeemed in a lot of folks' eyes - sometimes we need a little revisionist history, right. :) I mean, there's just something about the weirdly understated melancholy and the lugubrious (in the very best sense of the term) piano in so many songs from that time period that I love - perfect for drinking (or drunk slow dancing) late at night at a bar straight off the set of a David Lynch movie. So here's a bunch of cuts from that time period as well as other songs that really should have been written in 1960. :) I'll post Side B next week.

Blue Velvet Bobby Vinton
But Not For Me Ketty Lester
Smoke Rings Sam Cooke
The Beast Milt Buckner
Reconsider Baby Lowell Fulson
Tired Of Being Shoved Around Gay Crosse
Since I Fell For You Nina Simone
Blue Moon Elvis Presley
I've Lost My Heart to You Charlie Rich
Cry On Irma Thomas
Rockin' Back Inside My Heart Julee Cruise
A Girl I Used To Know George Jones
When You Need a Laugh Patsy Cline
Porchlight Neko Case & Her Boyfriends
The Little White Cloud That Cried Johnnie Ray


Anonymous said...

Excellent ,dark and moody tunes lots of nowadays'songwriters would kill for penning!

BRAVO ET Long life this blog!


Ishkabibliophile said...

Thanks Antoine. Hope you like Side B!

Anonymous said...

Richard Hawley would fit beautifully into this collection. Any song would do, coz unfortunately they're kind of all the same (but, it's a GREAT song!)

Ishkabibliophile said...


Another artist I have to check out now. :)