Patron saint of the show, Jean-Jacques Perrey, recently moved on from this planet to spend eternity with the stars. His music was a perfect example of all the things we love at PMB: humour, virtuosity, ping-pong stereo, the Moog synthesizer, tape loops, farmyard animals and even the electric sitar.
This is our tribute to the great man – and such was the quality and quantity of his output that we’ve managed to put together a whole show of his music without playing a single track we’ve played on the podcast before.
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Thing of the Week
This week’s thing is the definitive tome on our subject, Jean-Jacques Perrey, written by his most recent musicial partner and friend of the show, Dana Countryman. The book chronicles Perrey’s musical transformation from being just another young accordion player in France, to eventually becoming a pioneer of electronic pop music. “Passport to the Future” documents Perrey’s life, and explains how he created his unique recordings. Scores of musicians who worked with Perrey are interviewed, including Angelo Badalamenti, Robert Moog, Gershon Kingsley, Dick Hyman, Vinnie Bell, Walter Sear, and many more.