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What we’re listening to this week #37

In the Studio this week we’re listening to music inspired by Brazil because Andy – your faithful WWLTTW curator – is currently on a work excursion there. But he still found some time to put together this week’s playlist…


Although we’ve covered travel in our lists before, this is my first musical postcard – “Greetings from São Paulo, the world’s 9th largest city”.

Its motto is, “Non ducor, duco”, which means, “I am not led, I lead”.

So how about I lead you into some Brazilian related music?

Francis Albert kicks it all off. Frank Sinatra – Brazil:

Probably best know for ‘Girl From Ipanema’ with Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto sums up Brazilian music – Astrud Gilberto – Non-Stop To Brazil:

See also:

Eyes of the world on you (ears of the world try to work out what the lyrics are all about). Simple Minds – Boys From Brazil:

It’s summer in São Paulo. It gets hot. And it rains. A lot. Tom tells us all about it (this builds so stick with it). Tom McRae – Sao Paulo Rain:

These guys mention the word ‘Amazon’ so that’s close enough to get included, but I think they’re referring to the amazing strength of a young lady of their acquaintance. The Commodores – Brick House:

And Deborah mentions Brazil once in this song, so that qualifies, too. Sort of. Blondie – The Hardest Part:

And, as I’m not letting the truth stand in the way of a good story, these fellas mention the rainforest in passing, which is good enough for me. Roots Manuva and Chali 2na – Join The Dots:

The other city in Brazil is Rio. I probably won’t fly down. But then again… Mike Nesmith – Rio:

Here’s where he got his inspiration. Technically, you’d fly up to Rio from here, but who cares when they do it so beautifully? (Please give it until 1:45 when the wing dancing starts). Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers – Flying Down to Rio:

And… absolutely nothing to do with Brazil but thanks to my friend Bill for the excellent suggestion of Duran Duran – Rio:

I haven’t heard much local music yet, but this was playing over the speakers in the restroom of a restaurant. Marvin Gaye – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You):

This one’s for São Paulo (and a couple of other places, too). Beastie Boys – Dedication:

Unlike this enormous city, these guys are Led and they play a song that sounds vaguely South American (warning, this is a long one). Led Zeppelin – Carouselambra:

Sometimes you just want to be led, especially if the road takes you home. Jamie N Commons – Lead Me Home:

As Frank often says; “It’s oh so nice to just wander. But it’s so much nicer, yes, it’s oh so nice to wander back”. Catfish and the Bottlemen – Homesick:

I’ll let Frank lead us to the bank and set the record straight on the current beverage situation. You want chocolate sprinkled on the top of that? Frank Sinatra – The Coffee Song:

No tea or tomato juice. You’ll see no potato juice. Only cracking tunes, no matter where in the world we find ourselves. And bananas.

That’s all for now, I can’t fit any more on the back of the postcard but I will try to bring home some local sounds.

Your suggestions, please.

Want to listen to this on your journey home tonight? Get this week’s WWLTTW playlist on Spotify:

Main image by AK Rockefeller, found on Flickr.


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