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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2019-02-13: Valentine’s Day, Switched-on Pop Romantic Rebuttal

February 14, 2019
AccNoir 2019-02-13


All day long we fact-check egregious myths about accordions on Twitter:

  •  The accordion was invented in Italy (false)
  •  All you need to set off a party is an accordion (true)
  •  Pirates played accordions between raids (false)
  •  The accordion is the biggest instrument in the world (true, depending on bellows size)
  •  There’s a cheat code to allow Link to play Kass’ accordion in Breath of the Wild (alas, false)
  • My wife left me for an accordion player (true)
  • I won her back after buying one at a garage sale and learning to play better than the other guy (also true)

… but sometimes you come across a claim so outlandish you don’t even know where to begin dismantling it:

The Switched-on Pop podcast, in their recent 104th episode (ah, so young!), were recently caught telling the outrageously uninformed lie, in a Valentine’s Day-themed program, that accordions… I don’t even know how to say this… were not a very romantic or sexy instrument. I know, right? Saying something like that is like defying Grace Jones to personally step out of the “I’ve Seen That Face Before” music video and strangle you to death. But fortunately for the hosts, we caught up with them instead of Grace.

Very quickly, as you can see from the quoted Tweet, the landslide of rebuttals from #AccordionTwitter indicated to them that they had adopted an untenable position that needed a rethink, and as part of their contrition tour their rounds brought host Charlie Harding to phone in to last night’s episode of our long-running weekly Accordion Noir radio program for a mandatory remedial class in free-reed eros-phones. May you all benefit from his timely re-education! You can find last night’s episode hosted on the Internet Archive as digital audio, and the playlist follows:

AccNoir-2019-02-13, Valentine’s Day, Switched-on Pop Romantic Rebuttal

* Eva Ybarra Y Su Conjunto – Romance Inolvidable (Bolero-Tango) – Romance Inolvidable – San Antonio, Texas, USA –
* Charlie Harding from Switched On Pop – inspired by their Valentines Day Special “What Makes a Song Sexy” staring the lovely Nate Sloan, Charlie, and Courtney Smith.
* Ksenija Sidorova – Waltz Margo – Ad libitum… – Latvia, London, England –
* Aldo Granato – 5:00 Am – La Noche (2006) – Belgium
* David Lange – Las Tres Hermanas – Almost Home (2007) – Edgewood (near Seattle), Washington, USA –
* Las Fenix – Un Traguito de Tequila – (2019) – Houston, Texas, USA –
* Hossam Ramzy – Habibi Baladi, We Zay El Amar (My beloved is Baladi, and is as beautiful as a full moon – El Amar (The Moon) (2000) – Egypt, Africa – Belly Dance, Mohsen Allaam, acc.
* Denis Plante, Noémie Racine, Nathalie Bonin, Annabelle Marcotte, Élisabeth Dubé – Noche DE TANGO-Puerto Fortuna (Port Fortune) – Cantos De Bandonéon (2004) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada –
* Fernest Arceneaux – Sweet Little Angel – MusicGallery – Cajun/Zydeco (0) – Lafayette, Louisiana, USA –
* Amelia Curran – Love’s Lost Regard – Hunter, Hunter (2009) – St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada – Geoff Panting, acc.

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 14, 2019 10:39 am

    That’s quite funny, well done Rowan.

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