Pink Martini's Life After Mancini

Pink Martini didn’t become a lounge band for the reasons you might expect. No one watched Robin and the Seven Hoods and said That! I want to be cool like that! No one worked in a secondhand store, saw a few sharkskin suits and thought, Bands have started with less. No one lucked into a stash of exotica hi-fi albums and stereo test records in a Salvation Army and wondered, How can I make that sound? No, Pink Martini started when Thomas Lauderdale got political.

Numero Finds Lesser Known Exotica for "Technicolor Paradise"

There’s a school of cratedigger thought that equates rarity with quality. That theory argues that a record’s obscurity proves that it’s too pure and therefore too good for the marketplace. A lot of great records have been unjustly overlooked, but many generic, derivative, uninspired records were justifiably overlooked, some fading from memory almost the moment they came into existence. 

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