Bohemian beats.

Vintage Vinyl is inspired by the Boho music of Wes Anderson movies.

It might be no surprise that I have an almost unhealthy obsession with Wes Anderson movies. When I first saw “The Royal Tenenbaums” it blew my mind and it was only a matter of time before I had devoured all subsequent films. While most people say that “The Darjeeling Limited” is one of his worst, I disagree completely and say it is probably in my top five movies of all time. Maybe top ten. Anyhow, I was reluctant to see it at first. I was put off by the fact that Adrien Brody was one of the main actors, because he was kind of a big name. Ends up, his performance in that movie is one of my favorite ones he has ever done.

Anyhow, the soundtrack of this movie was one that really stuck out to me. Anderson used a lot of original recordings of indian music from old indian movies, which of course fit the themes perfectly, but there was one song in particular that made me stop and take notice. Of course it just so happens that the song in question is the cliche of the entire film, but that’s not the point. The song to which I’m referring is Peter Sarstedt’s “Where Do You Go To, My Lovely.” You know the one. Jason Schwartzman always plays it on his iPod before seducing his ex-girlfriend (Natalie Portman) or the gorgeous Rita on the train (Amara Karan).

When I heard this song, I was immediately charmed by it. The accordion, the guitar, his voice, the almost beatnik lyrics speaking of a bohemian girl who jet-sets and drinks her napoleon brandy. It appealed heavily to my bohemian soul and it is one of my all-time favorite fall songs. After listening to this song for years on my iTunes, I decided that I wanted, no, needed to add it to my record collection. Thank goodness for ebay. I found an original sealed copy of the Peter Sarstedt LP specifically titled “Where Do You Go To, My Lovely” and I just got it a couple days ago. Sitting in my basement room, with my coat and hat still on because I simply couldn’t be bothered to take them off like a normal person once I got home, with my big headphones plugged into the amplifier, it was an experience like none other. I maintain that music on records is completely different from mp3, CD, tape, or anything else. It’s better. Always.

Naturally, once the song was over, I knew that I wanted to play this record for my next segment of Vintage Vinyl. So for my next show I will be gracing the airwaves with my new LP. And to round out the rest of the show, I will be playing more of my favorite super bohemian songs of the 1960s and 1970s. So in addition to Mr. Sarstedt there will be Simon and Garfunkel and others who will perfectly fit the mood of an especially cold night on the last day before December.


by emily scholle
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