Ben Vaughn: Designs in Music (Vampisoul/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

Ben Vaughn: While We're Here
Ben Vaughn: Designs in Music (Vampisoul/Southbound)

It's not like Ben Vaughn needs a calling card into the world of television soundtracks, his music has apparently been used in That 70s Show and Third Rock From the Sun.

But this delightfully referential album -- recorded with the cream of LA session players who are in on the game -- includes nods to everyone from Ennio Morricone to whoever wrote the theme to The Jetsons, Henry Mancini and Burt Bacharach, romantic beachcomber surf music and the less exotic end of Martin Denny, and the theme to the Andy Griffith Show (yes, there is whistling).

There is wonderful organ, girl singers going doo-doo for the bits with hints of Latin, musical drama (Crash Point which is one part Mission Impossible and another Austin Powers), busy flute, cool guitars and . .

Just a lot of fun, especially if you play their game: what television show would this be the theme to?

It is clever, crafted and persuasive. You'd give this guy the gig any day. And in fact no matter what show you've got, Ben Vaughn has probably already written the theme for it -- designed it, actually -- right here.

Very cool. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

BB King, Live (Geffen)

BB King, Live (Geffen)

This may not be the best live album King has made -- there is a case made for another under Essential Elsewhere, see tag -- but from his comments in the tie-in DVD bonus footage it will be his... > Read more

Johnny Devlin: How Would Ya Be (Ode)

Johnny Devlin: How Would Ya Be (Ode)

I was too young to be swept up in the fervour surrounding Johnny Devlin, New Zealand's first shirt-rippin' stage-ragin' rock'n'roll star. But my older sister certainly had a Devlin EP --... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Wynton Marsalis: He and She (Blue Note/EMI)

Wynton Marsalis: He and She (Blue Note/EMI)

It must be difficult being Wynton Marsalis, having done it all (at least if you consider "all" being going backwards through jazz pre-Sixties and bringing the music to the current... > Read more

The Jac: Nerve (Rattle Jazz)

The Jac: Nerve (Rattle Jazz)

Although the idea of band growing out of a rehearsal outfit for staff and students at a music college doesn't exactly make the heart leap with anticipation, The Jac here are something quite... > Read more