VARIOUS ARTISTS / “Doo Wop Mixtape

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Mtume Says:
April 14th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Lovin’ it, Baba. Doo-wop’s waaaay before my time, obviously. Me being such a young man and all. (Ha-ha.) But so many of these tunes still give me good memories…not really sure why.

The ultimate has to be the Flamingos doing “I Only Have Eyes For You.” That one had to make many a young lady swoon back in the day. Then there’s all the other ones like “Been So Long” and “Devil Or Angel” and of course “Sh-Boom” and “Why Do Fools Fall In Love.”

You ever heard this record “On The Streets Of The Bronx” by Cool Change? It’s not a vintage fifties record – sounds more like something recording in the eighties. But it’s just harmonizing and finger snaps and the lyrics are so filled with nostalgia that they have the power to take you back to a specific time and a specific place even though you don’t know a thing about either.

Here’s the first verse:

On the streets of the Bronx
That’s where I want to be
Standing on the corner
Singing good ol’ harmony
I’ll be waiting for the man
To come along and discover me

Nice, right? I guess some things never change. Cats are still out there trying to get discovered by the man so they can get the hell out of the ghetto.

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