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August 14, 2006

Hot Ice

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Time to play compare and contrast! Two blonde chanteuses from different eras show some of what can be done with the classic "I Don't Know Enough About You." Peggy Lee and Diana Krall give lessons in how to keep it cool but smokin', and how to use sly understatement to make those fires burn, baby.

Smooth and composed -- yet anything but prim -- Peggy Lee bends it oh so mischievously:

And how's that for easygoing erotic self-confidence?

Diana Krall shows a lot more grit and funk, but she also demonstrates that class can still be a sexy thing even in a let-it-all-hang-out era:

Holding a little something in sultry reserve: Is there anything hotter than that?



posted by Michael at August 14, 2006


Very nice catch here, sir. Also can't help but notice that the backing guitarists are playing practically identical guitars.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin on August 15, 2006 7:07 PM

Peggy da bomb. Name one singer today who can enthrall you without having 15 dancers behind her, a costume defying gravity, a stage set utilizing more elecricity and dry ice than a NJ shore town.
It's the voice and the intelligence, no make that wit, behind it that is remarkable.

Posted by: DarkoV on August 16, 2006 9:34 AM

thank you for the clips !

However...there is no point in comparing Peggy Lee (or for that case, any middle class singer of her time) with anyone of today. Sadly some traditions go extinct. Alas!

Posted by: ortega on August 16, 2006 12:42 PM

DarkoV, check out Neko Case for those qualities you mention.

Posted by: the patriarch on August 16, 2006 1:52 PM

Love that Peggy Lee clip, Michael. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: claire on August 16, 2006 6:36 PM

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