Saturday, May 1, 2010

i'm moving with nancy!

I've seen strange things in my life, but nothing like my latest craze, or better said, girl-crush: Nancy Sinatra. Not Marilyn Monroe, not Brigitte Bardot, Nancy Sinatra. I've never been a fan of Ol' Blue Eyes' daughter, yet I slightly like her 1966 rendition to a lady's best friend besides diamonds, "These Boots are Made for Walking" (before being wrecked and butchered by Jessica Simpson, who added her Daisy Duke's into the song slaugther). But people rarely know, or doesn't even care, about the fact that Nancy has a better, groovier and deeper repertoir than "Boots". As a matter of fact, the first time I heard Nancy was with "Sugar Town", a lovely but kinda misleading song about an utiopian sweety place that only she had knowledge of. A little while after that, she signed with US tv network NBC to do what turned out to be a groundbreaking special, "Movin' with Nancy". What was so revolutionary about a TV special featuring the ultimate go-go chick? It was the first time that the usual stage-bound production was replaced by full outdoor locations. On top of that, there were no introductions or a whole lot of dialog, just music being showcased one song after the other, presenting itself as a dream-like fantasy. The result were very intriguing proto-music videos, prior to the birth of MTV, with the very 1967 soundtrack to go along with it. Highlights are the opener "I Gotta get out of This Town", "See the Little Children" and the spooky "Some Velvet Morning" with Lee Hazlewood (later covered by Primal Scream and Kate Moss)

(and if you care, you can also watch a rather vintage-looking copy of the TV special, cool isn't it?)

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