SEIBI SCHRÄNZER BASEL 1949, Taiger Rägg, 1974Posted: February 8, 2015
Deliberately playing out-of-tune may seem like a relatively modern stylistic device in popular music, but it has a long tradition in Switzerland, even dating back to the middle ages. During Carnival, amateur brass bands specialize in a brand of noisy music called Guggenmusik, a concerted cacophony where certain instruments play in tune while others deliberately do not. The point is to submerge the original song in noise, while still keeping it recognizable.
Today Guggenmusik bands have current pop songs in their repertoire. In 1974 the Seibi Schränzer from Basel recorded their interpretations of Hernando´s Hideaway (from the 1950s musical/movie The Pajama Game), Bel Ami (a German schlager from the 30s) , Tiger Rag (Original Dixieland Jass Band, 1917) and Georgia on my Mind (written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1930 and made famous by Ray Charles through his version in 1960).
SEIBI SCHRÄNZER BASEL 1949, Hernandos haid ewei, 1974
SEIBI SCHRÄNZER BASEL 1949, Bel ami, 1974
SEIBI SCHRÄNZER BASEL 1949, Taiger Rägg, 1974
SEIBI SCHRÄNZER BASEL 1949, Tschortschia, 1974
Einen kleinen Text über diese Platte schrieb ich bereits im Oktober 2013 in dere Jungle World.