Thursday, January 7, 2010

ROCK Sex: "Forbidden fruit, Hidden Eyes"

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 created for an obscure television 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"

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 against their will. Although, honestly, I think it's clever and fitting.

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

PORTISHEAD -"Sour Times" (1994)

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