Mambo Italiano

Today, 64 years ago, Rosemary Clooney was at no. 1 on the UK singles chart with "Mambo Italiano". The song was banned by all ABC owned stations in the US because it "did not reach standards of good taste" (ha!)
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Hetty & The Jazzato Band | Photo: Stenberg Clarke

Today, 64 years ago, Rosemary Clooney was at no. 1 on the UK singles chart with “Mambo Italiano”. The song was banned by all ABC owned stations in the US because it “did not reach standards of good taste” (ha!)

Lagu ini penting bagi The Hydrant dan saya karena kerap memenuhi atmosfer musikal kami. Kala tampil di Viva Las Vegas 2016 dan 2018, menyusuri jalan bebas hambatan LA-Las Vegas-LA “Mambo Italiano” menjadi salah satu opsi wajib di playlist Spotify. Pun kala menyusuri Eropa tengah pada 2017 lewat jalan darat, gita ciptaan Bob Merril yang ditulis untuk Rosemary Clooney ini selalu diputar di stereo system van yang kami tumpangi.

“Mambo Italiano” banyak disenandungkan ulang oleh penyanyi lain. Di antaranya Lady Gaga, Shaft, Bette Middler, Dean Martin, Renato Carosone (ini versi yang kerap kami putar saat cruisin’ for a bruisin’, video ke-3), juga dengan nuansa rockabilly oleh Hillbilly Moon Explosion.

Berikut beberapa video “Mambo Italiano” dengan pendekatan yang berbeda-beda, beragam genre. Namun benang merahnya sama: jazz. Pula ada versi aslinya oleh Rosemary Clooney.

Yang menarik, video terakhir, dendang bertajuk “Astro Rockabilly Mambo” oleh kolektif asal Prancis, Les Ennuis Commencent. Rupanya ada beberapa pegiat skena rockabilly yang mencoba memperkenalkan sub-genre anyar: Rockabilly Mambo. Belum jelas perkembangan sejauh ini seperti apa. Tapi di YouTube ada beberapa. Sepertinya “Mambo Italiano” punya peran masif di sini, menjadi inspirasi.

Terakhir, tahukah anda bahwa biduan The Hydrant Marshello adalah penggemar berat musik Latin macam begini?

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

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