A lurked upon facebook conversation reminded me of this song I love by Soupy Sales!
Pakalafaka used to play on the Dr. Demento Radio Show and I recorded it one afternoon with my dad's dictation tape recorder standing in the kitchen in New Rochelle. Must have been Jr. High School. Between songs on the tape were my screams for silence in the house!
Sing right along!
Pachalafaka, pachalafaka They whisper it all over Turkey Pachalafaka, pachalafaka It sounds so romantic and perky Oh, I know that phrase will make me thrill always For it reminds me of you, my sweet just the mention of that tender word of love gives my heart a jerkish, Turkish beat
I won't say c'est bon or l'amour toujours For they can't express what I'm feeling Even maresydoats or other foreign quotes don't seem to be quite so appealing But pachalafaka! pachalafaka! takes me back with you to passionate desert scenes and it's there we'll stay till the very day we find out what pachalafaka means
This is a favorite song that I "appropriated" from my brothers' stax as a child. I seem to recall being instructed in dancing "The Swim" by one if not all three of them as kid in our living room in Maine. But I also remember my father bar-b-que-ing in the rec room--but I don't think we had a rec room...
Anyway, kinda like The Monkey, kinda like The Twist
and the only thing close to as fun as The Swim was singing with Shirley Ellis to
The Name Game:
I can recite the lesson to this day, "Mary Mary that's an M so Ary, that's the only rule that is contrary!"
Meanwhile, apropos learning, James Brown and Adrian Piper up soon!