Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sweet Or Salty ?

Remember the 1972 smasher 'Popcorn' by Hot Butter - a track that galloped along at the speed of the space race, sounding like Donna Summer on Skylab, Cosmonaut pop and the future unfolding around your very ears.

Well, did you know it was actually a cover? A cover of a track already three years old, and taken from Gershon Kingsley's 1969 album 'Music To Moog By'...

Never one to miss a contemporary pop-trick (like the local Marching Militaire, or Brass Band that screech out refits of cinematic hits) Herp Alpert, had himself a wallop at Popcorn

Goodbye to bubbling, fat analogue sounds, sine waves and Moogadoodledoo . Hello to the soothing muted toot of the Tijuana Brass, the tropical lapping of steel drums and the soft plod of xylophonic pop...

Both varieties are below - so, why not try a taste test and see which you flavour you favour...

Gershon Kingsley - Popcorn



Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Popcorn

9 comments:

lil said...

I can’t choose between the two PM.
I thought it would be easy because I like the original but the “Tijuana” has got something about it!

Keith said...

Hey there. Very cool. I have never heard this song before in any of its versions. This was quite a treat for me. I liked both of them, but the Herb version is more up my alley. Cheers!

Planet Mondo said...

I've got a history of being a huge Herb Fan (got most of the sixties albums)- but have to tip towards the Gersh' vers'myself

Cocktails said...

I love the Gershon Kingsley version, it is almost other worldly. Brilliant.

But trusty old Herb Alpert's version isn't too shabby either.

Reminder to self: must post some more moog...

Planet Mondo said...

It's mad isn't it - the Gershon version, still sounds like the future, whereas Hot Butter's sounds like a science programme from the seventies

He also does a thumping take of Paperback Writer on the album..

PS have you checked out The Moog Cookbook - theirAir remix from a few years back is a peach

Furtheron said...

I thought I used to be able to play popcorn by slapping my cheeks whilst mouthing the notes... well I thought I could... I can't and it just hurt doing that...

The Tijunana has something going for it

Planet Mondo said...

You've got to youtube that F-Ron, and once you've got the thought of slap-cheek popcorn in your head it's almost impossible not to have a go...

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