August may not have any holidays here in the USA, but The Nest is going to make the next five Mondays feel pretty special anyway. We’re hitting pause on the Dusty Vinyl Archive until September so I can temporarily bring back my original Monday feature, Mecca Muzak Mondays! This is the place where I introduce you to some rather nifty, interesting and more modern songs that have involuntarily been the soundtrack to my overnight working hours courtesy of my employer, the ever mysterious Mecca, Inc. And how fitting that the artist of the first song in this five part special is a guy named Sam….
Sam Sparro was born in Australia in 1982, around the time most of the songs you hear on The Nest every Monday were originally recorded. Many of you reading this have probably never heard of the guy because….. yeah, you guessed it, he never hit it big in America. Now I can’t speak for Sam’s entire discography, but just based off the one song of his that’s been a part of the Mecca playlist for the past six months or so…. I’d say we’re really missing out on something.
If you like watching guys in tuxedos dance, well, I just made your day!
“Black and Gold” was a big hit in Australia and the British Isles when it was released in 2008, and it just has that really awesome quality to it that I can’t describe, but absolutely love. The best it did in the US was being nominated for “Best Dance Recording” at the 2009 Grammys and somehow losing out to an eight year old Daft Punk song. Thank goodness the mysterious entity that pipes muzak into my workplace found this gem that’s become a major earworm for me…
I’ll have more gold from the Mecca muzak speakers next Monday!