Song 1 : : Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Artist : : The Wondermints
Album : : Wonderful World of…
A respectful glance to the past by great sunshine pop band The Wondermints from their second record (which was, at the request of their Japanese record label, a covers album). Not your usual set of covers, however.
Some of the members of The Wondermints are part of Brian Wilson’s excellent band these days. They don’t have an official website but like you, me and everyone else on the planet, they do have a myspace page and an unofficial fan page.
* * *
Song 2 : : Alla Luce Del Giorno
Artist : : Ennio Morricone
Album : : Mondo Morricone Revisted
Ah, maestro Morricone… This one is not the kind of stuff we usually hear from the maestro but it is typical Morricone nonetheless. This is from the soundtrack to the film Metti Una Sera A Cena. If you’re comfortable reading Italian, here is the maestro’s official website.
* * *
Song 3: On the Beach at Waikiki
Artist: The Outriggers
Can’t really tell you anything about The Outriggers other than I really like this album. One of the many Hawaiian/exotica records out in the 50s/60s. Great cover featuring a couple dressed for a fancy night out embracing among the lush foliage of an exotic jungle. I used this version of On the Beach at Waikiki as the musical backdrop for one of my Mai Tai Videos (Mixology 101) which you can see by clicking over to this website’s WATCH page.