Friday, July 28, 2017

Thai Funk from The Impossibles! "Stage Show" (1974)

                                           

The Impossibles were really big in Thailand throughout the Seventies, playing Soul, Funk, Country and Ballads alike. They recorded their 1975 Album “Hot Pepper” in Sweden while on Tour in Europe: reportedly they were the first Thai Rock Band to record a whole album in English.  They took their name from a 1960s cartoon called “The Impossibles” (a Hanna-Barbera TV Series). The group split up in 1977. While “Hot Pepper”, originally issued on Philips in 1975, has been repressed (unofficially?), “Stage Show” from 1974 has not been repressed. A couple of weeks ago I found this record in a small shop and did not expect too much, since most later records from The Impossibles were rather unlistenable (cheesy ballads). .. but not his one! It gets immediately funky, starting with an awesome version of Stevie Wonders “Superstition”, and stays funky and soulish (think Kool & The Gang, Barry White etc.). The only song I had to omit is a cover of Hank Williams' “Your cheatin’ heart”. I am a big fan of Hank Williams, but I want to spare you (and the world) this cover-version from the Impossibles… anyway, the rest is awesome, please enjoy! If you like to see the songlist, it can be found on Discogs…

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Jan Molam - a couple of my favorite 7inches compiled

Semester break, and finally I can upload a few of my favorite tunes. You will find Lae  (check out tune number 1 Yodkaew - sounds to me like a thai sibling of Junior Kimbrough), Lam Ploen/Molam, Shadow/Garage (The Cat), the unique Waiphod Petsuphan, even one classical song, some popular singers like Ploen Promdaen, Chai Mueangsing and Thepporn Petubon, and many I have no information about. All of these are from 7 Inch vinyl, so I hope lots of songs you have never heard before! Here are the tracks:


  1. Yodgaew Duangden: lae mae mai
  2. Suntorn Chairungrueang: toey disco
  3. Banyen Sriwongsa: lam phloen sawan chao na
  4. Chai Mueangsing: blug ban
  5. Kobgun Wongsawaat: lam phloem hag num ban na
  6. Napapon Mueangsuphan: sawan jao ka
  7. Asawin Binphet: lan toey giao saao
  8. Waiphod Petsuphan: chom sao isaan
  9. Kam Mueang Nakorn: chuan nong long dai (2nd half)
  10. Dao Bandon: lae pattana meuang
  11. The Cat: torpedo run
  12. Thepporn Petubon: phlaeng jai dam
  13. Rungpet Phetisaan: phon hen naa
  14. Samai & Somchai & Sonwong: jubyae jan
  15. Waiphod Petsuphan: tid gaew gin liang
  16. Thai Classical Music: serng kratipkao
  17. Ploen Promdaen: farang serng bongfai
 Hope you enjoy my compilation!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Banyen Rakkaen - this is where Molam really kicked off...!

...Molam is probably hundreds of years old, but for me it really kicks off with this album - because here the traditional Lam Ploen was taken to a new groove that it did not have before in my opinion. Older forms have a good groove as well, but here it started to kick you hard. This set does not yet use electric instruments, but the drums that support the traditional Kaen (mouthpipe) move it away from folklore and push in the direction of rough soul. I guess it is from the late sixties or early seventies. The recording itself has a raw quality that later Lam Ploen records do not possess. So here is this really rare record (titled "Lam Ploen Denn Isan") in all its glorious Mono for you to enjoy!