Thursday, January 04, 2007

Fito Olivares- El Vago

Buenes noches.

I'd be lying if I claimed to understand even a fraction of what's happening on this Mexican cumbia by Fito Olivares. The room starts spinning every time I listen to its accordion, whistle, wacky vocal and absurd percussion effects. All I know for certain is that its propulsive zaniness fills me with joy. The 2002 release appears to be available here.

Del Reeves died on New Year's Day. His "The Girl On the Billboard" has made me smile since I was a toddler.

I try not to shoot fish in a barrel, especially when the old lunker is the once-brilliant Rod Stewart. Even so, I'm compelled to share this anecdote from my retail job. A elegant matron asked me to help her with her purchase earlier this week. "I can't decide which to get. Should I go with this Barry Manilow CD," she asked. "Or do you think I'd prefer this Rod Stewart CD with the same songs?"

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