Louis Armstrong – The Beat Generation (1959)

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The opening scene of exploitation film, The Beat Generation (Charles F. Haas, 1959) with Louis Armstrong (and his All Stars) singing a song of the same title and criticizing Beatniks!

They call you the Beat Generation
You think you live as you choose
Oh, you Beat Generation
I think you’re headed for the blues

Now, your life don’t have a meaning
No, you’re living up a storm
You’d do anything at all except conform
You don’t have much ambition
Am aimless and depressed
You think you’re really with it
But you’re missing all the best

You Beat Generation
You think you live as you choose
Oh, you Beat Generation
I think you’re headed for the blues
It’s too bad you’re wedded to the blues

Yes, you Beat Generation
You think you live as you choose
Oh, you Beat Generation
I think you’re headed for the blues
Yeah, it’s too bad you’re wedded to the blues

[Inspired by Lars Movin]

David Bowie – Killing a Little Time (2016)

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The cast recording of Lazarus, the musical David Bowie wrote with playwright Enda Walsh, is out this week, and with it arrives three previously unreleased Bowie songs recorded during his Blackstar sessions. “Killing A Little Time” is the third track to leak from the album, and it’s an ominous, polyrhythmic rock scorcher that would have fit well on the icon’s final album. It’s one of the last songs he recorded before his death from liver cancer in January.

“I stagger through this criminal brain,” sings Bowie. “I’m not in love, no phony pain creeping through this tidal wave.”

Two other Lazarus exclusives, “No Plan” and “When I Met You,” premiered Tuesday on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6, respectively. Bowie co-produced the tracks with Tony Visconti and recorded them with Donny McCaslin and his quartet.

The full Lazarus cast recording, including the three new Bowie songs, will be officially released Friday, Oct. 21.