Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Arling & Cameron - All-In (1999)

A manic pastiche.  The album's title and cover art are perfect representations: Amsterdam meets Tokyo as this Dutch duo tries to deconstruct lounge music and merge it with electronica and Japanese Shibuya-kei kitsch-pop.  Want samples, accordion, dub, Japanese teens singing, koto, feedback, whistling, double-time breakbeats, lush strings, Krautrock, slack key guitar, Tin Pan Alley, commercial jingles, analog synths, and record scratching?  Look no further - we got it all right here.  As Carl Weathers says, "Baby, you got a stew goin'!"  These guys change musical direction at the drop of a hat.  All that would be too much if they weren't so good at writing catchy hooks destined to be in your head for hours if not days.  Bottom line: this is a fun, wild listen.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks:  My favorite tracks are We Love Dancing, Speeding Down The Highway, We Love To Rock, Voulez-Vous, How About the Boys?, and Groovy.  Fortunately, the skippable tracks are grouped near the end, including Shout and Loveshot. 

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  I heard Voulez-Vous around 2000 in a car ad on tv (Acura, maybe?) and was immediately hooked.  No Shazam app back then, so after an extensive online search, I learned the band's name and ordered this CD.  It got a lot of playing time on the road as I traveled to and from grad school classes in a neighboring town in early 2001.  As such, I think it is a great fit for highway listening.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, a fellow veteran of the "gotta find that song I just heard but I have no idea who it was" wars. Looks like you're a professed Shazaam Yankee and I'm a proud Soundhound Rebel.

    Had to look up koto. Thanks. Now I know.

    Added this one to the ever-growing "Mark recommended this" playlist.