Funk Rock Eruptions
Each week on The World Music Show little tidbits of sound collide together into a cacophony of global sound which ends in a two hour triumph of fun for your ears. And, each week, after culling through the tracks, a theme will emerge that enables me to write this blog. But in some rare cases, a theme or a special bit of tracks will stand out as something that I feel needs to be saluted and/or addressed. Which leads me to this week's explanation of the title, "Funk Rock Eruptions."
But first, some items of business to clear up: This week's World Music Show airs on 11/5 at 10:00 p.m.
And now, on with the blog. Funk Rock Eruptions refers to an unearthed collection of music found from the time when Hungary was under the fist of Communism. You see, things from the West, like Coca Cola, blue jeans and Rock & Roll were pretty much banned from the country. So, in the late 1960s, when the rest of the world was going through major changes, Hungary was too--but only a little slower than the rest. Music had to creep in slowly, through other portals than the norm. But music did seep through and prosper; and eventually, the government (through external changes), loosened up. So, a key part of this week's show is a couple of bands from the 1970s who were making some pretty decent music back when the country needed it most.
From Hungary, we'll hear the duo known as Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser. They were a breath of fresh air in a world dominated by male-only bands. And, I'll play the band Omega Redstar, who used to perform water-downed and filtered Western rock songs back in the 60's that they were able to get ahold of in various ways.
But the whole show isn't about Hungarian rock music (but it's a good way to kick off hour two). On the contrary, it's about all sorts of music from various parts of the globe designed to thrill and entertain your brain. For instance, in the first hour, you'll hear a nice chunk of French music that features Paris Combo and the first lady of France, Carla Bruni. Plus, it'll feature a cover of the classic 70's song "In the Summertime," done by the band Fatal Mambo.
Another highlight in the first hour is a couple of tracks from The Brazilian Girls, who actually only boast one female in the band and they're not actually from Brazil. They were a band (they disbanded in 2010) from New York City and they were known for their eclectic blend of electronic dance music with musical styles as diverse as tango, chanson, house, reggae and lounge.
And, speaking of New York, Brazil and disbanded bands, I'll also feature a few tracks from the band Mosquitos, who were a trio that played some really poppy (as in sound, not the flower) music with the lovely voice of Juju Stallbach.
And, as always, there's so much more to hear than the bits I've listed here. It's going to take you--fair listener, the wherewithall and gumption to stay the course to hear the show. It's woth the time. If you'd like to join a live conversation during the show, you can join me on Twitter. Just look me up @wcveworldmusic.