Saturday, 28 February 2009


“The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.” - Aristotle

Has it happened to you that you haven’t heard a song for years and years and then suddenly quite by chance you get to hear it again, not once, but twice a day? The song in question is “Popcorn” and it takes me back to my youth when it was “so cool”… The version I had was on an old 45 rpm vinyl record, in the 1972 version recorded by the dance group “Hot Butter”. It got quite a few plays until a scratch across the surface ruined it.

Here is the one I wore out, courtesy of the ever reliable YouTube:

The original was recorded by Gershon Kingsley in 1969 when the moog synthesizer was just about the coolest thing around. This “electro” sound with its hypnotic rhythm and mesmerizing melody captivated the imagination of people and spawned a myriad of versions.

Here is a techno dance mix by Koruption

A Gwen Stefani Yummy?Hot Butter Popcorn mashup mix?!

And to finish off with some pathos, here is the composer himself in 2007 playing the same tune on a grand piano as if it were a requiem…

Enjoy your weekend!

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