Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Songs Nooar (more)

From: Steve Novak (
Date: 20 Jul 2009

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    I cannot let this discussion on music and noir/crime go without mentioning a few items.

        - We didnıt mention the blues and we should have, from Leadbelly to Tampa Red, from Billie Holiday to...Otis Redding... many tales are told there, strong tales, savage tales, fkd-up tales, bar tales, boos tales, money tales, babes tales, dead ones too...I will give reference to personal faves: Blues Buster by Buster Benton and Billy Boy Arnold (Checkinı It Out LP)...

        - We didnıt mention reggae...Jimmy Cliff from The Harder They Come, Bob Marley who shot the sheriff...etc...precursors of many tales leading, much later, to The City of God in Brazilian favelas...check that soundtrack too...

        - French Sony put out a CD in 2000 called Rock and Polar (Rock and Crime Fiction): it had L. Cohen: Famous Blue Raincoat, TheByrds: Set You Free This Time, Van Morrisson: Itıs Allright, Fleetwood Mac: Shake your Moneymaker, Stevie Ray Vaughan: The Sky is Cryiong, Screaminı Jay Hawkins: I Put A Sperll On You, Big Brother & the HC: Summertime, Isley Bro.: Ohio, Allman Bros.:It Ainıt Over yet, Bloos Sweat & Tears: Spinning Wheeel....donıt ask me what they have all or individually to do with crime/nouar but Philippe Blanchet, the critic who compiled it and who Œreviews itı on the inner sleeve, caracterises all these songs as part of the noir continuum, the overall noir tale at the end of the sixties...and makes certain to list
    Œrealı band members like Peter Greenıs Fleetwood Mac as opposed to the
    Œcommercialı version later on...etc...Some are Œforeignı to my taste, but I get the drift...

        -Arista in 1980 put out an LP called Ran Blake - Film Noir, in which pianist/composer Ran Blake played with the New England Conservatory some of the soundtracks for many noir films or in the case of Key Largo composed a special music (with Benny Carter) inspired by the film...It is a fabulous LP and Andrew Sarris reviews it on the back of the LP and ends with this sentence: ŒHis music is a fitting, worthy tribute to his very highly developed cinematic taste...². The LP was reviewed in French monthly music mag. Rock & Folk (an institution in France like Rolling Stone here...soon to disappear therefore)...which had noir/crime reviews of anything
    (art/books/music/films/faits divers/brief news stories/fashion/weapons/poisons/people....),connected to noir & crime...and that is where I picked up the original reference...Excellent LP.

        - Elektra put out in 1990 a Cd called ŒNaked Cityı with John Zorn, Billy Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Fred Frith, Joey Baron and special guest Y. Eye on vocals with original music with titles called; Batman, The Sicilian Claqn, You Will Be Shot, Latin Quarter, Ashot in The Dark, Reanimator, Snaglepuss, I Want to live, Lonely Woman, Igneous Ejaculation, Blood Duster, Hammerhead, Demon Sanctuary, Obeah Man, Ujaku, Fuck the Facts, Speedball, Chinatown, Punk China Doll, NY Flat Top Box, Saigon Pickup, James Bond Theme, Den of Sins, Contempt, Graveyard Shift, Inside Straight...Excellent Cd whose reference I also found on French rock mag Rock & Folk...The pix on the CD is one of those famous crime scene pictures we all know as tabloid NY Daily News pix from the 20ıs to 50ıs...

        -the number of Œcrime relatedı bands from late 60ıs on is incredible and we could all compare notes for ever...I will leave this discussion with two names I didnıt mention before...: Blondie (pulp...) and Patti Smith (Hey Joe...)

    Enough with music...and nouar...


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