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May 28, 2006 8:35 PM Subscribe
Mixtape suggestions of ridiculous 1950s pop music.
posted by salvia to Media & Arts (30 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for songs that take the 1950s style to the hilt. Better if they get ridiculous along the way. And take backup singers with them.
There's no emotional or lyrical theme, just that -- I was making a mix for someone who liked postmodern electronica and kept perversely slipping ultra-pop into the playlist to contrast with whatever discord or cacaphony I'd just heard (Prefuse 73 or whatever). I realized I needed antidotes. :p
So, these may not seem funny to you if you're still sick of the oldies station, but the idea is that they're funny in the context of "sophisticated" music or from an ironically detached perspective. (I don't mean to sound like a jerk here -- just trying to be explicit.) Even on their own, they crack me up.
Here are the songs so far. Sorry for my total lack of musical vocabulary:
* Blue Moon (Marcels). Total classic '50s sound.
* Runaround Sue (Dion & Belmonts). Ditto. That classic chord progression (1-4-5?). Plus funny bits ("she gooooooes.... out with other guys!")
* Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay (Sha-Na-Na). So manic. This song goes up a step, twice.
* Be True To Your School (Beach Boys). There are cheerleaders in the background!
You get the picture. Thoughts? Songs from the 50s that crack you up?