I'd like to find more music like the song "What You Feel" from the episode "Once More, With Feeling" from
The musical episode of Buffy
has a song called "What You Feel
" which is sung by the monster of the week, Sweet, and which I really like. I wanted to find more music like it but don't know enough about music to know how to go about it.
I've listened to the commentary track, where Joss Whedon says he wanted it to be a "bluesy" jazz number but doesn't elaborate on what specific influences he was riffing off of. I've checked Wikipedia and allmusic.com, but neither address this song's influences or style, though they both talk a bit about the others.
I've also seen the previous AskMe
asking this question, but it's got one broken link with unclear link text, so I don't know what was being recommended, one recommendation where the poster later stated s/he misunderstood the question, and two recommendations (Cab Calloway, The Mask
soundtrack) which aren't really what I'm looking for.
In particular I like the timing and the melody on the vocals (esp. "I know what you feel girl," "that's the penalty when life is but a song," and "I can bring whole cities to ruin and still have time to get a soft-shoe in"), and while the music isn't especially complicated or surprising, it is stylish and has nice interplay between the instruments (the trumpet leading into the strings, the drum snap followed by the piano, etc). The lyrics are fairly clever but not the main draw for me.
I haven't seen The Mask
since the mid-1990s but what I remember of the music was mostly Latin jazz and raucous big band instrumentation, both of which are fun but don't remind me of this. As for Cab Calloway, some of his work might be a decent match--maybe "Minnie the Moocher"--but generally it also doesn't remind me of this. The only full album of his work I've heard is one with Chu Berry where all the songs seemed to have a major-keyed backing that was serviceable but dull, and the vocal melodies likewise.
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