Monday, July 30, 2007

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Song of the Week

With our Instrumental Gems - Wordless Wonders annual special next week on Treasure Island Oldies, I thought I'd get you in the mood with Tijuana Taxi, by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, our Song of the Week. What's really cool about this clip is that it was a Scopitone.

If you're not familiar with Scopitone, it was a system developed in France, essentially a video jukebox. Songs were shot on film, then film copies were made and loaded into the Scopitone Jukebox. And you used the machine as you would a regular jukebox, but you saw a performance as well as heard the song. For more information on Scopitones, check out their website.

So here's this week's Song of the Week by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, Tijuana Taxi. And yes, it apparently was really shot on the streets in Tijuana, Mexico.