Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Scott Walker Starter Kit

Since I've been shocked to hear from several intelligent, with-it friends who have no idea who Scott Walker is, here are two favorite tracks. These early solo career outings suggest that even though he was being mislabeled as an MOR crooner at the time, there is more than a little evidence that he is no Jack Jones.

"It's Raining Today" has those wonderfully weird and spooky strings that sound both elegant and foreboding. "Boy Child" is evidence of lyrical abilities, and an approach to emotion that is both distant and intense.

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At 3:21 PM, Blogger The Blue Elephant said...

Reminds me a bit of cabaret jazz singer, Mark Murphy (I think it is on "All the Sad Young Men" that he begins by reading a passage from Kerouac. I suppose he is YouTube or on iTunes.


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