Sunday, September 02, 2012

Time For Hoochie-Coochie :-)

 I have to stand up and cheer when a 50-something singer from three decades back records a tune that's both awesome and unique.  Hats off, then, to Gloria Estefan, who's hit a late-inning home run this year with 'Hotel Nacional,' which blends 40s swing and 90s techno into a catchy, witty, toe-tapping delight.

The tune wins me over immeidately with its curious opening call to arms: 'It's time for hoochie-coochie.'   This is a  wonderful wink at Charo, the scantily clad, buoyant and bosomy 60s and 70s talk-show staple who played the dumb Latin bombshell but was actually whip-smart and an accomplishment flamenco guitarist.  Charo was also a teenager married to septugenarian bandleader Xavier Cugat. 

Estefan racked up a #1 hit with this both in the clubs worldwide and on US Latin radio; the tune came to my attention when I caught it on Brazilian television...

Icing on the cake: the delightful video heavily spoofs 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' with slight hints of 'La Cage Aux Folles' and 'Some Like It Hot'... Enjoy!

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