Aug 172012

The ever-expanding popularity of the tango.

I’ve been way behind on a number of fronts this past week. Blame it on that thing called WORK. With a free minute available, here’s an interesting thread sent in by a Townsperson who shall remain anonymous, unless he or she would like to step forth and claim all the credit that is due. To others whose needs I am behind in serving, please hold tight. I do plan on getting up to date with you. Thanks. Take it away, Townsperson Who Shall Remain Nameless Unless Desired Otherwise!

I’ve developed a fascination lately with a trio of songs that draw on the tango. I’m thinking there must be any number of examples of this, but I wouldn’t know how to begin to look for them. Any ideas?

Here are 3 examples:

1. Firewater, “Bourbon and Division”

2. Cory Branan, “The Snowman”

3. Joe Henry, “Stop”

If the last of those sounds weirdly familiar, it’s because Henry’s sister-in-law had some success with a reworking of it titled, “Don’t Tell Me.” His sister-in-law being Madonna.


  2 Responses to “Rock Tangos”

  1. ladymisskirroyale

    They all sound like versions of Tom Waits to me. How about Waits’ “Jockey Full of Bourbon” or “Tango ‘Til They’re Sore”?

    It’s not rock, but Gotan Project has been putting out tango-inspired music for several years.

  2. cherguevara

    Joe Jackson’s Big World album has a song called “Tango Atlantico.” It’s not exactly Piazzolla, though.

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