Recently while mooching about online, I stumbled across Postmodern Jukebox and let me tell you, I was hooked from the first few seconds. Talk about feel-good, uppy, smile-inducing music!
I found myself straight over in iTunes, downloading everything I could find and immediately slicking on some redder than red lipstick and Charleston dancing myself about the place, because, well, it would have been rude not to given that my office had magically transformed into a slutty 1920’s gin den full of flapper girls, swells and prohibition cocktails. (Actually, it was a grey Monday morning and there was a lot of tea but this is what happens when you work from home . . .)
I fell in love with re-styled music back when Nouvelle Vague albums were played on repeat in my boutique but nothing has made me giggle with delight and got me hooked in that ‘just one more’ track kind of way since.
Until now. Take a listen and I’m sure you’ll see what I mean . . .
With reworks from Sam Smith to Radiohead to Taylor Swift, how can you resist?
1940’s big band and flapper jazz are only the start of the styles they create – just take a listen to their YouTube channel and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
My favourite album has to be Selfies on Kodachrome. The mix of styles and original artists left me squealing “No way! They haven’t!” at every track turn. I loved every last second and couldn’t wait for the loop to kick in for more – especially for Stacy’s Mom. You’ve got to hear that!
Scott Bradlee is the man who brings these tracks to new-life and when asked what appealed to him about the popular music of the 1920’s, he says “I could play it fast and loud. It was brash. And it had contempt for rules, which really appealed to me.”
Scott started out as a jazz pianist during high school and recognised early on that pop music “In the 1920s, in the ’60s and ’70s, today – it’s still about love and drinking and dancing.” Wise guy.
He went on to play in New York but found his niche and gained viral status shortly after setting up his YouTube channel in 2009 with millions of viewers loving tracks such as his ‘grandpa-style’ rendition of Macklemore’s Thrift Shop and Guns N’ Roses Sweet Child o’ Mine in a New Orlean’s flavour.
I hope you love these guys as much as I do – I’m off to try and track down some tickets to their European tour and a little bird tells me they’re in the UK on Valentines day. A more perfect night out? I don’t think so!
(If I get tickets I’ll make sure to let you all know how it was!)