Sunday, April 06, 2014

When Roaring 20s Meet Rambunctious 21st

Screen Shot from You Tube Video.

                                Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Of Company B 


I never paid much attention to current pop singers nor listened to their music on You Tube. It was always checking out for evergreens that were recorded around and before the 70s and enjoying established artistes from the past. You will know who these artistes are if you mouse through the postings on this blog.  But a chance tap on the tablet one evening changed my habit and took me to a whole new happening. I found a 21st Century artiste I like. Who is this star?


Clue 1:
While I was searching for songs that had post WWI swing bands in tune I happened to watch a music video clip that kept me glued to my computer screen ten times over. It was entertaining; it was hot; it was sexy and so mesmerizing I fell in love with both the song and the sultry singer.

But it was neither a hit from Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller nor Harry James but an album produced in 2006.  The song was a tribute of the 1941 Andrews Sisters' hit Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and the track was a classic pop blues and swing jazz number which went down well with me.  And I didn't mind the rather naughty lyrics.

Clue 2:
I saw the same singer on another occasion when I watched Cher in a new *movie. As I watched the beginning scenes my eyes were glued again to the same face I recognized on television. It was her debut movie and she was the star attraction, so as the tale unraveled so did her songs and dances which I found captivating.  "Something's got a hold on me," she sang. Yes, she's got a hold on me too. She looked familiar and I realized that  she was also a judge for the TV singing contest, The Voice.

Screen Shot from You Tube Video: Candyman.
Enough clues. You should know the vocalist by now.  Her 2006 album I mentioned is called Back To Basics and one particular song Candyman (below) opened up for me a whole new world of pre-war glam.   It was Roaring Twenties and Fabulous Forties all over again, brushed up, perked and petite for a new generation. It was a video that truly went back to basics with shades of Rita Hayworth, Judy Garland and G.I. Blues. Hey, Elvis you gotta see this one!
                   Christina Aguilera - Candyman (Edit) from C. Aguilera 2009 

So there you are. Who's the singer?  First time in the history of this blog, a brand new twenty first century song with a brand old twist (nearly, she came in 1999).  The star is a modern day Betty Grable (but prettier) called Christina Aguilera!
"He took me to the Spider Club at Hollywood and Vine 
We drank champagne and we danced all night
We shook the paparazzi for a big surprise
The gossip tonight will be tomorrow's headline..."

*Movie: Burlesque (2010).
Song by: Aguilera and Linda Perry.
Google Images: from Burlesque Movie Poster.
Screen Shots: from You Tube Video. Music video: by Christina Aguilera performing Candyman. (C) 2006 RCA Records, a unit of  Sony BMG Music Entertainment.
Posting is an original article.


LARRY LAI said...

Nice post, Andy.

janelle syraphin said...

I love the beat in this, great dance tune, Yeah I know I'm old school :-) ha ha

joe mejias said...

very well made video, a rip off of the Andrew sisters back in the 40's but very sexy

Maarit Karppinen said...'s nowhere near the 50's or 60's... it's the 40's...
Clothing styles = 40's. Hair = 40's. Music style = 40's.
Dancing (Swing/Lindyhop fusion) = 40's. References = 40's.

Grace XtinaTheSets said...

my grandma is always so critical on modern music but even she says this was well made and a good song 

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ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you very much for taking an interest in my postings. Glad you are getting familiar with the subject. Which country are you from?

ChatterBox said...

Christina Maria Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York. Her parents divorced and she lived with her mother. Christina's goal was to be a singer, and at age 12 she was invited to audition for The All New Mickey Mouse Club. She got the part and stayed for a few year. In 1999 she had her breakthrough hit, "Genie in a Bottle". Since then she's sold millions of records and has won many awards, including a Grammy for best new female artist. She has even made a Latin album. She is a bilingual singer, is American-born, and has English, German, Irish, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), and French ancestry. Her other awards included 5 more Grammy Nominations, 2 MTV Video Music Awards, a Radio Music Awards, 2 VH1 Awards, and a Teen Choice Award and the smash hit "Lady Marmalade" (from film "Moulin Rouge"). Her musical influences included Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson.

Ding Dong Nell said...

Aguilera first performed "Candyman" during a concert in front of 1,500 fans in London on July 20, 2006. The 40-minute concert comprised songs from the then-upcoming 'Back to Basics' and other songs, including 'Lady Marmalade' (2001) and 'Beautiful'(2002). It was a jazz club mood of her new album, with a swinging brass backing band and dancers around the stage. It must have attracted both young and seniors since the show had ingredients for everyone.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

I shall be checking for more such videos, not for their sensual content but for the rock n roll feel they provide, the sipping soda, candy kisses and frothy milk-shake kind of scene.

But no bar fight like in 'Loving You'
and 'Mean Woman Blues'.