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Chapter 45: Whatchamacallit

Exotica & instrumental pop

A disturbing admission - if I was a teenager in the 50s, I would have been very into Esquivel and his ‘space age bachelor pad music.’ This stuff was cheesy even at the time, but I’m a sucker for audacious arrangements and mischievous humor. I love the exotica of Les Baxter and Martin Denny too, ‘world music’ clearly made by the whitest men alive. It’s too inaccurate to be offensive, like 50s-era visions of spaceships where all the women were still stewardesses, and tracks like “Jungle Drums” are crafted with love and Atomic-age panache.
1. Bert Kaempfert

Wonderland By Night

2. Les Baxter

Enchanted Sea

3. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

A Taste of Honey

4. Leroy Anderson

Blue Tango

5. Esquivel


6. Les Baxter & His Orchestra

Quiet Village

7. Michel Magne


8. Martin Denny

Jungle Drums

9. David Rose

Holiday for Strings

10. Percy Faith and His Orchestra

Theme from "A Summer Place"

*Not on Spotify