Thursday, January 7, 2010

ROCK Sex: "Sour Times" - Lalo Schifrin > Portishead

ROCK Sex is 'left with memories of yesterday'.


Today's cultural relay is about Portishead's "Sour Times".

It interpolates a theme that reknowned score composer Lalo Schifrin did for the "Mission: Impossible" TV series called "The Danube Incident".

Schifrin is revered for his classic scores for "Mission: Impossible", "Bullit", and "Enter the Dragon".

LALO SCHIFRIN -"The Danube Incident" (1968)

Portishead was in the forefront of acts who melded hiphop and soundtrack motifs into moody dance music.

Kindred spirits included Massive Attack, Morcheeba, Bjork, Hooverphonic, Tricky, Barry Adamson, and The Propellorheads. They were often blanketed with the term TripHop which is actually very apt.

Listen for some of chameleonic singer Beth Gibbons' Billie Holiday influence at 1:36...

PORTISHEAD -"Sour Times" (1994)

"Sour Times" has been covered by Bryn Christopher, The Blank Theory, Marsha Ambrosius, and this moody duo.

THE CIVIL WARS -"Sour Times" (2013)

"Scattered seeds, buried lives
Mysteries of our disguise revolve...
'Cause nobody loves me, it's true
Not like you do"

© Tym Stevens

See Also:
-The Real History of Rock and Soul!: A Music Player Checklist

-JOHN BARRY: The Influence Of The JAMES BOND Sound On Pop Music, with 2 Music Players

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