Awesome jump blues/swing duo doing "Nagasaki"

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18 Responses to “Awesome jump blues/swing duo doing "Nagasaki"”

  1. Ernunnos says:

    The Jeeves & Wooster soundtrack follows the bit from the show with a full arrangement that also swings. Hugh Laurie still does vocals.

  2. Bender says:

    Well, I don’t ever chew tobaccy, but I do look forward to the wicky-wacky-woo!

    Thanks for this.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nagasaki? “The bomb”?? Really?

  4. Anonymous says:

    fanastic!

  5. Derk Stenvers says:

    Top Shelf Jazz (the band which featured on BoingBoing a couple of weeks ago – “part Cab Calloway, part Atomic Fireballs, all good smutty Prohibition jazz”) did a version of this number too. Absolutely worth checking out!

    http://vimeo.com/5667989

  6. pinehead says:

    I believe comments 6 and 8 already covered my thoughts on the matter. That was a cool performance.

  7. Adam Stanhope says:

    The short fellow has more than a passing resemblance to LL Cool J, imo.

  8. Miss Jess says:

    ya rly!

  9. Siamang says:

    Woah, that guy on the right is like a proto Napoleon Dynamite.

  10. AnoniMouse says:

    Ahh, the good old days. When blacks dressed up in costume to perform absurdist songs in clubs they wouldn’t even be allowed to walk into.

    Sorry, history is a bummer.

  11. Gilbert Wham says:

    Awesome. In every way. The stage sets. The outfits. See, Snoop? See, Fiddy? Now that’s Big Pimpin’.

  12. FoetusNail says:

    While I certainly agree this clip has more than a passing resemblance to a Minstrel act, there were many large upscale clubs where both the audience and the performers were African-American. The audience in this clip appears to be African-American.

    I prefer this clip, which also features African-American extras as audience.

  13. jitrobug says:

    They swing those vocals so hard.. it’s like molasses on top of that icy crisp big band..

    Go watch everything Peter has up on youtube.

  14. Bloo says:

    I don’t know if this is a lyrics-add-to version of the song “Nagasaki” by the Benny Goodman Quartet (MP3 at the Internet Archive, couldn’t find it on YouTube), but it sounds similar.

    Both are enjoyable!

  15. devophill says:

    The Goodman Quartet version is the same song with the lyrics removed. It was written in 1928 by Harry Warren and Mort Dixon.

  16. Samuelito says:

    Red was almost eephin there for a little while.

  17. Mr Ascii says:

    For contrast, here is Hugh Laurie (House) singing the same song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s9Mlv1WkEU

  18. Jim O'Connell says:

    Here’s a much better version, IMHO:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRL895C0fHM

    Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and Freddy Taylor.
    1936, not after 1945, BTW.

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