Nice mention from an unexpected source of last year’s excellent 60s/70s Thai compilation, The Sound of Siam, in yesterday’s LA Times. They ran a brief piece interviewing Mick Jagger discussing what he was presently listening to — this caught my eye: “when I was in Argentina I was listening online to one of those American college stations and there was a version of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by this Lao band. So I went on the playlist of the college station, and wrote it down because it’s in Thai. I thought, “OK, I’m never going to find that.” And there it was! The record’s called “The Sound of Siam.” And it’s not just that track — that’s just the one that got my attention. Some nutter put together the [collection]. I’ve got a couple of Thai friends, and I played “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and they said, “We can’t understand this. It’s actually not in Thai. It’s in some country dialect we don’t speak.” You find the weirdest things.”

The track he mentions is a highlight of the collection and does make great use of Richards’ stone cold riff. Also, I love the fact Mick is streaming college radio while in Argentina, further cementing his rep as a music hound.

MP3: Chaweewan Dumnern :: Sao Lam Plearn
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4 Responses to “Chaweewan Dumnern :: Sao Lam Plearn”

  1. I have just regained a TON of respect for ole Mick…

  2. If David Bowie was born 40 years later he’d be much like Stephen Malkmus.

  3. I was curious so I asked my Thai friend Wan who lived with my family for a year as an exchange student if she could understand this group. She said that they speak a very odd dialect of Thai spoken in the northeast, where she is from. She told me her song mostly talks about the depressed life of farmers in the north and northeast which need to leave their hometown for better life in the city.

  4. yeah, the music is called molam/mor lam and luk thung, from the isan region which is in both thailand and laos. the music is traditional but evolved to become similar to western funk, which is why over here it is called thai funk or isan funk. so many of these artists ended up recording covers of popular rock and roll or funk tracks. its really great music and if you like it check out some music from cambodia (rock and roll from before the khmer rouge era) which also used a lot of western influences. even more interesting because most of the popular singers (see ros sereysothea and sinn sistamouth) were killed alongside many other artists by the KR. very sad indeed and its why you cant find any good modern equivilents. thai funk, however is still really popular. check out the paradise bangkok international molam band, and zudrangma records

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