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    Default 1990s hypes revisited - loose series installment 01 - "Easy Listening"

    I am going through my old music mags I started to buy as a teenager meaning in the mid90s (around 94, 95) and it's astonishing what trends I had already forgotten about which got featured there. So, anybody remebers "Easy Listening"?



    I actually liked this. And still do, to be honest.
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    i think he played cafe oto recently. (not joking)

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    or was that jimi tenor? same thing basically

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    Those Pizzicato Five peeps were big in germany back then, too.

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    And there were these guys:


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    There was also this "Grunge Lite" compilation



    https://www.discogs.com/Sara-DeBell-...elease/2830084

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    The Cardigans were lumped together with the Easy Listening hype as well. Lovely singer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    or was that jimi tenor? same thing basically
    i actually like jimi tenor, kind of a goofball but a legit jazzhead who started out making weird electronic stuff on sahko. then put out stuff with african musicians, tony allen on drums, etc.

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    Related, I suspect, to loungecore. Dreadful really:


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    Quote Originally Posted by firefinga View Post
    There was also this "Grunge Lite" compilation
    Horrendously great stuff. At the end of the nineties, there was also Uwe Schmidt's tongue-in-cheek irony adding on to the already very little authentic character of easy listening.


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    Ah a good reminder - Had totally forgotten about Senor Cocnut!

    My fav of his was this:


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    I think this book from 1993 might be a start to the easy listening revival (or at least part of it becoming popular). There are already people moaning in it about record collectors buying stuff and the prices going up.

    It's quite good and I did like it when the cooler indie / post punk people I knew in London got into lounge stuff. People threw fun parties and did that charity shop chic thing really well.

    It did end up with Nouvelle Vague in the noughties though and then all those shit dreamy cover versions on John Lewis ads with someone singing a punk song with a ukelele. And I would argue dross like "Guilty Pleasures" and the rehabilitation of pomp rock like "Foreigner" et al. And the war in Syria.

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    Good call, this book - which I also happen to have - was definitley helping to kickstart that Easy Listening trend. I also remember a deluge of compilation albums of tv themes or cheesy and/or obscure 60s and 70s movie scores were thrown onto the market around '95, '96.

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