Search
Skip Navigation Links
home
search resultsExpand search results
exploreExpand explore
aboutExpand about
discover the art in music . . . explore the culture of the time
O Brother Where Art Thou?O Sister! The Women's Bluegrass Collection
O Sister 2: A Women's Bluegrass Collection
Description
O Brother and O Sister Soundtracks

The soundtrack to the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000) won an Grammy for Album of the Year for 2001 and sparked a renewed interest in bluegrass music. The movie, by the production team of brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, is a recasting of Homer's "Odyssey" set in Depression-era Mississippi, 1937. The soundtrack's cover theme of the the three convicts running through a field was an image that was repeated in several other albums. The soundtrack also inspired a series of bluegrass collections consisting of women only and entitled "O Sister!".

What's the Link? Gilbert O'Sullivan and Biz Markie
Q: What’s the link between the 1970s singer/songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan and the early 1990s hip hopper Biz Markie? A: Markie used a sample of an O'Sullivan hit from 1972 and the resulting lawsuit changed the rules of music sampling.

What's the Link? The Weavers and the Beach Boys
Q: The link between the legendary folk group, the Weavers, and the surf/rock group, the Beach Boys? A: The later's huge hit "Sloop John B" was a re-titling of "Wreck of the John B," a song cowritten by the Weaver's member Lee Hays.

John Martyn and Nick Drake
John Martyn's 1973 "Solid Air" song from the album of the same name was written for his friend Nick Drake. Nick Drake died the following year from an overdose of antidepressant medication.

What's the Link? Barbarella and Duran Duran
Q: What’s the link between 80’s band Duran, Duran and the 1969, Jane Fonda sci-fi flick, “Barbarella?” A: Duran, Duran took their name from a character in the movie. Jane Fonda portrays Barbarella, an interstellar representative of the Earth in the 41st century who is dispatched to locate the scientist Duran Duran, whose positronic ray could end humanity if not recovered.

What's the Link? Madonna and Joe Henry
Q: What's the link between Madonna and Joe Henry? A: Madonna's hit "Don’t Tell Me" off of her 2000 "Music" album was adapted from the Joe Henry song called "Stop" that appears on his 2001 "Scar" album. Henry happens to be the brother-in-law of Madonna, but his sound is anything but similar. Henry’s music falls in the Alternative Country/Rock style.

What's the Link? Klaatu and the Carpenters
Q: What’s the link between the Canadian rock band Klaatu and the soft rock brother/sister team, The Carpenters? A: Klaatu's "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" went on to become a Top 40 hit for the Carpenters in 1977. Upon their debut in 1976, Klaatu was the subject of a rumor that they were an incarnation of the Beatles. The rumor turned out to be false.

What's the Link? Brothers Johnson and Shuggie Otis
Q: What's the connection between the Brothers Johnson and Shuggie Otis? A: The Brothers Johnson hit the Billboard's Top 5 in 1977 with the infectious "Strawberry Letter 23." The song was written years earlier by the relatively unknown singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shuggie Otis. The song appeared on his 1971 album "Freedom Flight" and can also be found on the re-issued 1974 release "Inspiration Information" as a bonus track.

What's the Link? Richard Harris and Donna Summer
Q: What's the link between Richard Harris and Donna Summer? A: Both actor/singer Richard Harris and disco-diva Donna Summer covered the psychedelic pop classic, "MacArthur Park," written by the legendary songwriter, Jimmy Webb. Harris' version off the album "A Tramp Shining" hit the charts in 1968, while Summer's version appeared on her album "Live and More" in 1978.

What's the Link? Joni Mitchell and CSNY
Q: What's the link between Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young? A: There are many links, but two in particular are Mitchell’s cover artwork for CSNY's 1974 compilation "So Far" as well as the fact that one of CSNY's signature tunes "Woodstock" was written by Mitchell. The track appeared on both of their 1970's releases: "Deja Vu" (CSNY) and "Ladies of the Canyon" (Mitchell).

What's the Link? Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger
Q: What's the link between Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger? A: In 1964, Faithfull was Jagger's girlfriend and had a hit with the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards composition "As Tears Go By." Her version predated the Rolling Stones' version by one year. Later, Faithfull co-wrote the 1969 single "Sister Morphine" with Jagger and Richards.

What's the Link? Dawn and Shaft
Q: What’s the link between Tony Orlando and Dawn and Shaft? A: Telma Hopkins, one of the Dawn back-up duo, delivered the famous line "shut your mouth" in Isaac Hayes' "Shaft" theme song. The rebuff was was uttered in response to the Hayes' line "... see this cat Shaft is a bad mother ..." Telma along with Joyce Vincent were session singers before they became Dawn, the backup singers for Tony Orlando.

What's the Link? Deadsy and Cher
Q: What’s the link between the goth, synth-pop group Deadsy, Cher and Greg Allman? A: The lead singer of Deadsy goes by the stage name Phillips Exeter Blue I, aka Elijah Blue Allman. He is the son of southern rocker Greg Allman and pop diva Cher. Deadsy was formed in 1995 and feature a sound often described as gothic tones entertwined with '80s style synth-pop. The single from 2002's "Commencement" release, "The Key to Gramercy Park," features guest vocals by Korn's Jonathan Davis.

Will the Real Puffy Please Stand?
The Japanese female duo, Puffy, was formed in 1995. They became extremely popular in their native country, eventually hosting their own TV show and sporting their own line of shoes, clothes and toys. The group was, however, relatively unknown in the U.S. To avoid a lawsuit by the hip-hop impresario, Sean "Puffy" Combs, for the exclusive right to the Puffy name in the U.S., Puffy became Puffy AmiYumi in the U.S. The addition is based on the member’s names: Ami (Onuki) and Yumi (Yoshimura).

What’s the Link? Superbowl Halftime History
The first superbowl was played on Jan 15, 1967. Celebrities and entertainers are often present and/or perform for pre-game ceremonies, the singing of the national anthem, the coin toss and the half time show, which is considered the main event. All-around comedy entertainer and Broadway star Carol Channing has appeared twice for half-time entertainment (in Superbowl IV 1970 and IV 1972). R&B artist Janet Jackson appeared as half time entertainment in 2004's Superbowl 38 and a "costume malfunction" made for a memorable main event.

What’s the Link? Dusty and Pet Shop Boys
Q: What do ‘60s diva Dusty Springfield and the ‘80s dance-pop duo, Pet Shop Boys, have in common? A: The Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant idolized Springfield and in particular her 1969 classic, "Dusty in Memphis." The Pet Shop Boys asked Springfield to sing on a duet and she accepted. The result was the hugely popular duet, 1987’s "What Have I Done to Deserve This." The song brought Springfield to the attention of a new audience and Dusty would go on to collaborate with the Pet Shop Boys on her 1991 release "Reputation."

What's the link? Jem and the Swingle Singers
Q: What's the link between the Welsh singer Jem and the vocal pop group the Swingle Singers? A: Jem's 2004 debut album "Finally Woken" contains the intriguing lead off track "They" featuring a catchy sample of a choir. The choir sampled turns out to be French harmony vocal group, The Swingle Singers, performing the modified J.S. Bach piece "Prelude in F Major." The piece can be found on the Swingle Singers 1963 release "Jazz Sebastian Bach."

What's the Link? Loretta Lynn and the White Stripes
The country legend Loretta Lynn teamed up with indie rocker Jack White, of the White Stripes, for the 2004 release "Van Lear Rose." Lynn made her name in country starting in the early 1960s. Her songs were typically autobiographical and from a feminist viewpoint. Song highlights include: "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' on You Mind)" (1966), "Your Sqaw is on the Warpath" (1968) and "The Pill" (1974) – a song about birth control. The White Stripes' 2001 CD "White Blood Cells" was dedicated to Loretta Lynn. Word about the dedication soon made it back Lynn and she invited the White Stripes' Jack and Meg White down to her home and soon she agreed to cut a new album with Jack as the producer.

Jimi Hendrix and the Monkees on Tour?
Yes. In the summer of 1967, the Monkees, and their sunshine psychedelic pop, were riding high on the charts and in popularity with teens. On the other hand, the guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix, and his edgier rock style was known in England but had not yet stormed the music scene in America. Hendrix and manager accepted an invitation to join the Monkees on tour as a way of generating interest in Hendrix. The pairing was problematic from the start and Hendrix broke contract after just a handful of shows.

Fold Your Hands Child and Múm
The twin sisters from Iceland, Gyða and Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir, appear on the cover of the Belle & Sebastian's 2000 release "Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant." The two sisters are also part of the Icelandic pop, experimental band Múm. Múm was formed in 1997 in Iceland and Belle & Sebastian where formed in 1996.

Wondrous Worlds: Sonny and Cher and Damon and Noami
The husband and wife team Sonny and Cher released "The Wondrous World of Sonny & Cher" during the duo's hit streak between 1965-1967. Long after the couple split professionally and personally (divorced), the duo has remained one of the most popular pop/rock acts. In 1995 the husband and wife team Damon Krukowski and Noami Yang released "The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi" - a nod to the Sonny and Cher 1966 release. However, Damon and Noami are the antithesis of the bubbly pop image that Sonny and Cher presented. There music is contemplative, haunting, and atmospheric.

What's the link? Shirley Bassey, Lulu, Madonna and Sheena Easton
Q: What the connection between Shirley Bassey, Lulu, Madonna and Sheena Easton? A: All of these female singers have sung a theme song for a James Bond film. Shirley Bassey has performed three theme songs: "Goldfinger" (1964), "Diamonds are Forever" (1971), and "Moonraker" (1979). Lulu performed the theme song for "The Man With the Golden Gun" (1974), Sheena Easton performed the theme song for "For Your Eyes Only" (1981), and Madonna performed the theme song for "Die Another Day" (2002).

What's the link? Shirley Bassey, Lulu, Madonna and Sheena Easton
Q: What the connection between Shirley Bassey, Lulu, Madonna and Sheena Easton? A: All of these female singers have sung a theme song for a James Bond film. Shirley Bassey has performed three theme songs: "Goldfinger" (1964), "Diamonds are Forever" (1971), and "Moonraker" (1979). Lulu performed the theme song for "The Man With the Golden Gun" (1974), Sheena Easton performed the theme song for "For Your Eyes Only" (1981), and Madonna performed the theme song for "Die Another Day" (2002).

O Brother, Where Art Thou Inspired Albums
The soundtrack to the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000) won an Grammy for Album of the Year for 2001 and sparked a renewed interest in bluegrass music. The movie, by the production team of brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, is a recasting of Homer's "Odyssey" set in Depression-era Mississippi, 1937. The soundtrack's cover theme of three convicts running through a field was used in several other inspired "O" recordings including the 2002 release "O Reggae, Where Art Thou?" and the 2002 release "O Blues, Where Art Thou?"

O Brother and O Sister Soundtracks
The soundtrack to the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000) won an Grammy for Album of the Year for 2001 and sparked a renewed interest in bluegrass music. The movie, by the production team of brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, is a recasting of Homer's "Odyssey" set in Depression-era Mississippi, 1937. The soundtrack's cover theme of the the three convicts running through a field was an image that was repeated in several other albums. The soundtrack also inspired a series of bluegrass collections consisting of women only and entitled "O Sister!".
Associated Albums
O Brother Where Art Thou? O Sister! The Women's Bluegrass Collection O Sister 2: A Women's Bluegrass Collection
Further Exploration
http://www.obrothermusic.com/
http://www.google.com/
© 2002-2013 Lostvibe. All Rights Reserved.