04 May 2006
off beat dance music
Buying thrift store records is sometimes like taking a shot in the dark, especially when I had never heard of the band/singer before. Like this record for instance - based on appearance, I was expecting the band to have a beat sound, like The Zombies, since their photo looks a lot like this one of The Zombies. As it turned out, the album consists of strange, cha-cha instrumentals like this tune:
Polar Five - Where's Your Mama Gone
This sort of genre (or sometimes refered to as 'off-beat' music) were popular in Asia in the Sixties, with bands like Polar Five and The Stylers performing cha-cha instrumentals of Western and local songs. I am guessing that Polar Five were from Hong Kong, like The Stylers.
Thrift Store Records has compiled some selections of off-beat dance music in a cd, available here.