Stinky, Koen and I were tossing back and forth ideas for a collaboration among the three of us. Koen had the excellent suggestion of a multimedia theme, with photographs posted at his digital art blog AND a compilation of songs posted here!
This is the debut release from Jokonky Enterprises, the successor to JonKy Records. Stinky created the logo, and each of us will share a compilation of "House music". Be sure to visit the Houses In Motion post at Koen's site to see his photographs of Thai homes in a range of bright and lovely colors. Here's Koen with the story that inspired his photographs and its soundtrack:
Last month I had my sister visiting and although she had been here three times before, Thailand looks still pretty exotic to her. One of the things that astonished her was the colors of the houses… Yes, by Dutch standards these can be pretty outrageous I guess. Houses and apartment buildings here are usually painted colorfully, to say the least. Whereas those Dutch counterparts from the 60's had to be either just bricks or white, here they go for the full rainbow! After 35 years here I consider those ‘normal’, but thanks to my sister I started looking at them with ‘open’ eyes…
Besides wild colors house owners happily add rooms, change their yards, put potted plants everywhere, etc., and the results might be garish and/or kitschy, but at least is not mind-numbingly boring!
Since then I’ve been paying more attention and when I saw another pinkish(!) building I suddenly had to think of John Cougar Mellencamp’s hit song… Finding more ‘house’ songs was dead-easy, whether abstract (Houses In Motion), romance (House For Sale), ghosts (Haunted House), or Crime (Jail House), but I decided to make it a little more challenging, in case of well-known songs by going wherever possible for either a cover or alt. take… Have a look at the results:
The House of Blue Lights - The original from 1946, it was first recorded by Freddie Slack with singer Ella Mae Morse
Haunted House - Probably better known by Gene Simmons, but here is the original version by Johnny Fuller
Burning Down The House - originally by Talking Heads, but here by Bonnie Raitt
House For Sale - Lucifer (1975 hit in the Netherlands for this Dutch band)
Houses In Motion - originally by Talking Heads, but here reggaefied(!) by Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads
This Is The House - Eurythmics
The House of the Rising Sun - originally by The Animals / Nina Simone / countless others, but here by Minoru Muraoka
Our House - originally by Madness, but here by The Bad Shepherds
Red House - originally by Jimi Hendrix, but here by John Lee Hooker
The House That Jack Built - Aretha Franklin
No Thugs In Our House - XTC
House For Sale - Nick Lowe, different song from The Old Magic
Everyone’s Playing House - Elvis Costello & The Imposters
The Big House - Howlin' Wolf (Live!)
Jail House - The Mighty Diamonds
Hyacinth House - originally by The Doors, but here by Cheval Sombre
Enjoy the sounds and images, and stay tuned for Stinky and Jonder's selections...