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August 14th, 2017


The Lounge Lizards - Bob The Bob

I love the musical trajectory of John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards. They started as not-quite-pastiche, adopting deliberately retro stylings as if to apologise for the fact that they were playing jazz at all. As the years went by, those little signifiers began to fade. The band became less performative and more performers, until by the end of the 1980s they were unafraid of making music that was beautiful, emotional and honest.

Here's one such piece, Bob The Bob from the 1989 release Voice of Chunk. It's a slight little piece with a gorgeous South African feel, and a melody that feels like breathing out forever. Tranquil and glorious.

The Lounge Lizards - Bob The Bob