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Culture Notes: California music part 4 (Southern)

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, November 02, 2007 2:32 PM (Eastern)

There are far too many stellar songs from Southern California to fit into a single post, hence I've selected one from each decade, beginning with the 1960's.

Chantays - Pipeline

This song has been on my mind for many years. I heard it growing up in Virginia, where its exotic air hinted at a lifestyle very different from everything I'd already seen.

I was tempted to put Dick Dale and his Del-Tones doing "Misirlou" here, though Dale hails from Massachusetts (and is half Lebanese, which explains the embellished style of guitar-playing), but "Pipeline" better captures the Southern California mystique. Who'd have guessed it was a bunch of kids making this music? Ah, the miracle of Youtube.

Eagles-Hotel California

I was in grade school when this came out; it immediately became the standard for all aspiring garage bands of the time.

Editor's note: it's a terrific song, but another reason for its popularity is its length. There used to be people called DJ's who used to compose playlists, and, quite frequently, the DJ's would favor longer songs, since these enabled the DJ's to take bathroom breaks and the like.

The Go Go's - Our Lips Are Sealed

Love this was written by Jane Wiedlin (of the Go-Go's) and Terry Hall (of The Specials and Fun Boy Three). The Go-Go's version is superior to that of Fun Boy Three imo, for its genuine frothiness (as the lyrics suggest it should be).


Not only one of my favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers songs, but also one of my all-time favorite videos. Who wouldn't want to drive like that on the bridge...

Pump it Mix

And finally, a group which I feel has always been somewhat underrated, The Black Eyed Peas. Here a fan has spliced some live footage in with what is another all-time favorite video of mine. (Looks like we'll get some "Misirlou" after all.)

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November 2, 2007 2:51 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Hehe... I used to listen to RHCP/Billie Holiday in high school... perhaps an odd pairing. Otherside was my favorite song, but I now think Parallel Universe is better.


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