Their 1957 recording of the work earned them the Grand Prix du Disque, the French version of the Grammy. Popp also won the 1960 Eurovision Song contest with his tune, "Tom Pillibi." Cover of 'Delirium in Hi-Fi' Posing as "Elsa Popping and her Pixie Landers," Popp and Pierre Fatosme melded Les Paul's splicing and multi-tracking techniques with the musical comedy of Spike Jones and spun them into a milf frenzy on "Delirium in Hi-Fi." It really is almost impossible to describe this album. One moment, you're hearing a polka played relatively straight, and a moment later, the chorus comes in sounding like hiccuping played backwards. A lost baritone wanders in, pompously singing, "La, la-la-lah!" and wanders out again.
A virtuous cornetist solos off into the ether. It's anyone's guess what will come next. All in all, a unique musical achievement and worth shelling out a wad of samolyens to the first land shark dealer you find has it. "Popped!," also released as "Presenting Popp!," is less experimental, but still features marvelously comic and ingenious arrangements. Popp's ability to bring surprising new mixes of instrumentation to conventional melodies has led some to compare him to Esquivel, but Popp's style is less other-worldly than just plain odd. It's not clear if these albums were aberrations, early creative flashes, or due more to Fatosme than Popp.
For one would be hard pressed to link these pieces to Popp's later work, which tends to be very conventional and undistinguished--very much along the lines of his countryman, Paul Mauriat. Among this later work is the syrupy late 1960s standard, "Love is Blue" ("Blue, blue, my love is blue ..."), which seemed to be on heavy rotation with "Greensleeves" and "Classical Gas" on Muzak at the time--and which Mauriat covered to earn the last #1 instrumental hit in the U.S. of the 1960s. Read more on Last.fm.
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