Saturday, September 26, 2015

Mike Patton (!) sings Italian songs

A few days ago I was watching videos of Italian songs on YouTube; specifically, I was listening to the sublime Scalinatella in the rendition by the great Roberto Murolo. As many of you know, YouTube will then provide you with various related items. This is how I came upon a certain Mike Patton singing the same Neapolitan song. I though to myself- is this a mistake, a joke, atrocious karaoke? None of the above. It was a very good interpretation, right down to the pronunciation of the dialect. Mind you, even Italians who are not Neapolitans fall short when they sing classics from Naples.

Turns out that Mike is a Californian, but he lived in Bologna for a while and was married to an Italian woman. He recorded an Italian-only record called Mondo Cane. In this record there are the old hits from the 50's and 60's, so this is a good way for you to take a survey course of sorts of Italian popular music at its best. To give you an idea of the versatility of this man, here is another song, which is as delightful and silly as Scalinatella is mournful. It's about sun and fun and a couple that steals kisses while snorkeling. The original Con le pinne, fucile ed occhiali is by Edoardo Vianello.