Monday, January 15, 2007
My father was a big fan of The Swe-Danes, and his LP of their good-bye concert from the early sixties was one of those I listened to as a child.
Apparently, despite being huge both in Europe and the USA back then, The Swe-Danes are almost lost to history now.
A web search turns out precious little, and I had to use eBay to get any kind of music from them, and what I found was not that LP, but a CD with "Alice Babs and the Swe-Danes" ("that's not 'the Sweet Danes'", as Ulrik Neuman jested during the concert. Alice is swedish, Ulrik and Sven Danish). Fortunately this one too is really nice and has some of the same music.
It swings something fierce. And it is so wonderfully happy and joyful music. Infectious. Listen to this! (If you have iTunes (free from apple.com) you can play this file.)
One thing that strikes me is another indicator of how much progress we have made in the last half of the 20th. Alice Babs would stand today as the penultimate in Safe And Wholesome entertainment to young people, her entire person and what she did in music and films was sweet and innocent and positive to modern eyes. And yet because sang in a jazzy and unusual manner, and because a big youth culture supported her, the conservative and religious establishment demonized her.
Amazingly, she is still singing! (At least a couple of years ago.)
I haven't heard this music for over thirty years, and yet I could still sing many of the songs near-completely, and getting this CD it sound like yesterday. (If you want more songs from it, mail me.)