||[Apr. 5th, 2009|12:15 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
I found Karl Zero through an episode of The X-Files ("Improbable" AKA "the one with Burt Reynolds"). I bought Songs for Cabriolets and Otros Tipos de Vehiculos and was VERY happy with it. I originally thought the songs were from several different performers, but it turns out they were all performed by Zero (with various other musicians, some of whom sang with him) and they were all on this album.
It's a truly great album, with songs in French, Spanish, Italian, and English. It has one NSFW track (Track 5 "Portafino") in which he starts randomly inserting "fuck" and "fucking" between every other word. I don't know if any of the other songs are explicit in their respective languages. I DO know they are HELLA catchy, bouncy, and fun.
More recently, I became enamored of a song used in a Visa commercial - "Mambo Italiano" by Renato Carosone and his band. I tracked down the name of the song and then, recognizing a couple of song titles from Songs for Cabriolets..., I splurged the $7.99 and bought the whole album, Made in Italy.
And I'm starting to think that Songs for Cabriolets... is, at least in part, a tribute to Renato Carosone. Or maybe this goofy pop Italiano stuff was generally popular in the 1950s & 1960s. Whatever the case, Made in Italy is pretty damn fun.