the Gaylords sing American Hits in Italian
sing American Hits in Italian
12″ Promotional LP
The Gaylords singing American Hits in Italian make me bust a gut almost every time. But this record kind of rocks too. In foreign covers a few things are definitely lost in translation, but to our bored ears that can mean something totally new and fresh in the almost accidental reinvention of these worn-out songs.
I remember traveling Europe about 10 years ago. Everywhere we went there were played-out American hits on the radio; in grocery stores, in buses… everywhere. At one point we took what we thought was going to be a bus, but turned out to be a van; my friends and I piled in alongside a mysterious old man that was accompanied by who we conjectured could only have been a hooker (being half his age and not seeming to get enough of him, even as tightly sandwhiched as we were). Our driver immediately popped in a beat-up cassette tape, with enthusiasm that he had the perfect soundtrack for us, and soon the speakers were blaring, “Hit the Road Jack.” At the time it was like nails on a chalkboard.
Later in the trip I remember seeing a local live band performing in a street plaza – playing nothing but American hits, but in their native tongue. I wouldn’t say I was won over to the idea of America’s widespread pop cultural influence (delayed as it may be), but suddenly, it didn’t have quite the same aggravating effect. I found it strangely enjoyable, and was intrigued by the bizzarre dissonance between setting and sounds; well-known hits distorted by foreign tongues.
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
All Shook Up
Oh Lonesome Me