Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Somewhere in Heaven, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach Are Smiling

From some time in the mid-Nineties, please enjoy -- in breathless wonder -- the incomparable Laika and the Cosmonauts and their twangy neo-Ventures take on the be-bop classic "A Night in Tunisia."

Incidentally, if you're not familiar with Laika and company, they are clearly Finland's greatest contribution to music since Jean Sibelius.

Seriously -- if you don't have the album pictured above, your life is the poorer for it.


FD13NYC said...

This is great stuff, must look into more. Good post!

pete said...

Love it.

Peter Power Pop said...

Compare and contrast:

Laika and the Cosmonauts - "A Night In Tunisia" (1990)

The B-52's - "Planet Claire" (1979)

And both an enormous debt to...

Henry Mancini - "Peter Gunn" (1959)

Anonymous said...

You can definitely surf in Tunisia! This song co-opts so much stuff in such a short time that it's kinda brilliant. Purrfect for your next Pulp Fiction or Psycho Beach Party.

You may not be able to catch a wave in Finland, but it's all in the mind, ya know. At least most of the pissis are shaving their legs now:-) After all, the next best thing to a space monkey is a bad little space doggie. This bitch likes it. A lot.

Vickie Rock - And you don't have to deal with the Mexican wrestling masks.