Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Party like it's 1925

FOBB&B and current events librettist Ben Greenman is a good guy to have around, particularly if you work at the New Yorker and made it to the office holiday party the other night.

Ben decided to celebrate the magazine's long history (estd. February 1925, as my fellow Tilleyphiles will know) by creating a party playlist featuring one hit song from every year of the magazine's existence.

"Begin the Beguine"?   Check.  "Your Cheatin' Heart"?  Check.  "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' "?   Check.

The complete playlist is here, as are links to audio versions you can listen to. Surely you've already got Jelly Roll Morton's "Fat Meat and Greens" on your iPod, but check it out.

Tip credit: kottke.org, a site I should have started reading years ago and in whose general direction I, and all general interest bloggers, must genuflect

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