"Put Some Style In It"
Lounge Brigade, 1998
in the golden age of lounge music there were hundreds of outfits who took
the hits of the day and gave them the ol' hi-fi treatment. Their reasoning
was this: good music would be made even better if it was stereophonic.
These lounge orchestrations would also make current music more palatable
to conservative ears. One of the many bands to make a career out of lounge-ifying
current music was
Enoch Light and the Light Brigade. At a
young age, the producer of "Put Some Style In It," Joe
Ferry, was bitten by the lounge bug. In the mid-90's he was re-bitten
by the lounge/swing revival. Ferry got together with another
friend, Executive Producer Charlie B. Dahan, and decided
to make a lounge record of their own. One of Ferry's favorite
lounge people was the aforementioned Enoch Light, but since
was no longer with us, Ferry had to get the next best thing--Light's
band, which he did. These old lounge players (including jazz guitar legend
Pizzarelli) got together with some young cocktail music hipsters
and made "Put Some Style In It." Their plan was that of classic
hi-fi albums of yesteryear--take popular tunes, add a dash of swank, soup-up
their stereo effects, and presto! modern cocktail music magic. "Put
Some Style In It" is a wild collection of modern rock hits from
the likes of Beck, Nirvana, and No Doubt,
along with some classic swinger medleys (like a Sammy Davis Jr.
medley and a exotica medley). It's kitschy, campy, and an album that perfectly
captures the spirit of hi-fi music.
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