Saturday, June 16, 2018

Jukebox Saturday Night for June 16th, 2018: The Sloppy Water Blues, Lost in Space, and Mr. Vain Edition -OR- Fats, Jazz M., and the Culture Beat

Let's start out with something old and enjoyable …

"Sloppy Water Blues" by the great Fats Waller (1927)

This features a terrific pipe organ solo. It gives the feeling of being at a carnival back or maybe Coney Island in the 1920s. Bryan Wright featured on a recent Shellac Stack podcast.


Next up, a quintessential ambient / New Age-y jazz piece …

"Lost in Space" by Paul Hardcastle from his series The Jazzmasters, specifically, The Jazzmasters III (1999)

I've featured songs from Paul Hardcastle's The Jazzmasters series in a number of Jukebox Saturday Night editions (and the predecessor Friday Night Musical Interludes), but a search term check does not turn up any occurrence of this song.


And we'll end with something suitably Saturday night energetic and upbeat, not to mention one of the best known 1990s "Eurodance" hits …

"Mr. Vain" by Culture Beat from the group's album Serenity (1993)

This was truly a global hit song. As The Keeper of All Knowledge explains: "Mr. Vain" achieved huge success worldwide, reaching number one in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In the United States, it peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.

OK, that's all for now. Please see my previous entry for an update.


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