Every time I go to LA, I scour the discount dollar bin at Amoeba on Sunset Boulevard for buried treasure. I'm open-minded and eclectic enough to appreciate almost anything, though I still manage to score mostly junk. At one point in time, I intended to do a playlist after each trip back from LA, but never seemed to find the wherewithal. It takes quite a bit of work and I'm almost certain no one would ever listen. For those that might, this is a good one.
Among my many treasures this trip: an album of tongue-in-cheek Holocaust hits by famed French crooner Serge Gainsbourg, a post-ironic punk-pop Japanese girl group named Ni Hao!, Okinawa's very own Souckichi Kina and the Champloose (I already owned this album but decided to buy the Japanese import as a gift. If you don't know Okinawa's famous American rock/Japanese hybrid sound or Souckichi Kina, famed folk musician and political activist, I firmly recommend a thorough introduction), some great 80's German and South African hits including an album by one of my all-time favorites, The Mahotella Queens, even a French rendition of my de-facto theme-song "Greenback Dollar". Oh yeah, I also picked up an album by noted homophobe and beauty queen Anita Bryant. If you haven't come to the conclusion already, I recommend this playlist best served baked.
I will always love you Dongo. Happy Holidays!
1. Anita Bryant: "A' Sleeping at the Front of the Bed"
2. The Mahotella Queens: "Umthakathi (Witch Doctor)"
3. Shouckichi Kina and Champloose: "Shimaguwa Song"
4. Ni Hao!: "Fujiko"
5. Theodore Bikel and the Pennywhistlers: "Kaloda Duda"
6. Die Lassie Singers: "Mein Freund Hat Mit Mir Schluß Gemacht"
7. Serge Gainsbourg: "Yellow Star"
8. Steve Kekana: "Makhombo"
9. Les Missiles: "Sacré Dollar
10. Mbongeni Ngema: "Jazz's Love Song"