Wednesday, July 30, 2008

TVD's Daily Wax | Fra Lippo Lippi "Songs"

When I was a kid, a bunch of the neighborhood families rang a bell to call their own kids in for dinner. Our ears became so acute as to be able to tell by pitch alone whose family was calling who. Me? To differentiate their call to dinner, my folks got a horn. A big, honking horn. NOT cool.

How does this relate to today's choice of post-1985 New Wave, you ask? I'll tell you - one word: reissues. Don't tamper with 'em. If I'm repurchasing some long lost LP, I don't want to hear new 'original' mixes or any tampering with tempo or arrangement. I'll hear it. Like the tiny, tinny differences in the ringing of the bells for supper--we KNOW. And for whatever reason, back in the mid to late '80's we listened to this record a LOT. And honestly--I don't know why.

Thankfully good pal and frequent TVD commenter Shamus came to my rescue with the original mixes some time back which are below. Does it hold up as fine post '85 'new wave'? I was ready to slice and dice with a resounding 'no'...but I'm feeling a little generous today. And like the ringing of those long ago bells, it takes me back home.

Fra Lippo Lippi - Come Summer (Mp3)
Fra Lippo Lippi - Shouldn't Have To Be Like That (Mp3)
Fra Lippo Lippi - Just Like Me (Mp3)
Fra Lippo Lippi - The Distance Between Us (Mp3)
Fra Lippo Lippi - Coming Home (Mp3)

3 comments:

Urban Gypsy said...

wow this was such a great post! was there really a horn? no way lol! excellent metaphor, and i agree that tricking the listeners, pretending that they won't notice, is tres uncool :)

JON said...

Sadly, yes. A horn. Mortifying...

Jugs said...

Fra Lippo Lippi was and is still, huge here in the Philippines. If they decide to perform here again, they'll play to a full house.