Retro Thai Pop Music and Food



I don’t quite remember the things that I had planned to do today. I vaguely recall that they are important — some of them even urgent. But it doesn’t matter now, because all of them are shot to you know where thanks to Mr. David Adam Edelstein who alerted my attention to a collection of Thai fashion magazine photos from 1968. One thing led to another, and, next thing I knew, I had fallen down the rabbit hole of YouTube videos featuring music of The Impossible, one of the most famous Thai bands from the late 60s to the early 70s.

And that’s how I stumbled upon this 93-minute video which manages to let you listen to some of the band’s hits as well as feast your eyes on food (mostly Thai) in one fell swoop. Quite a feat.

What do Thai retro pop music and food have in common? Who knows? Apparently, YouTube member, micro25years, who uploaded the video, sees the connection. Her reasons, if there are any, remain unfathomable to me. But that’s why this is all very intriguing. Also, what’s the harm in looking at pictures of food while listening to music?

The highlight, for me, is between 1:17:47 and 1:20:26. It features a song about a man so in love with a woman he’s oblivious to everything including whether or not she’s been spoken for; it also shows you photos of beef noodle soup, green papaya salad (with roe crabs?), northeastern Thai sour sausage (Sai Krok Isan), some kind of fondue (Thai-style sukiyaki?), a loy kaew of what appears to be jackfruit, and iced coffee.

The 1:07:01 mark where you get to hear a knock-off of the Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction opening guitar riff while staring at green mango salad is also pretty cool.

If you need help identifying any dish in the video, leave the request in the comment section, pinpointing the exact time mark where the dish is found.

4 Responses to Retro Thai Pop Music and Food

  1. Emily September 25, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    I am so happy you posted this! I live in Portland and at Pok Pok and Whiskey Soda Lounge, they play retro Thai music that I absolutely love! I threw a Thai dinner party and spent hours trying to research online where I could get that music. They have Beatles covers, Nancy Sinatra covers… Love it!

  2. Jean B. September 26, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Oh yippee! I love such music. And I kind-of see the link, although it would not work the same way online. (I used to love matching music to the foods I was preparing and serving. Hmmm. Now that my daughter is less arbitrary about food, I should get back into that.)

  3. Ken Rivard September 27, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Funny. clever idea–and lots of good food. Thanks for the index. Ken

  4. Kelsey October 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    Wow, I love the remake of Day-o at 56:00 (or so…) I haven’t heard The Impossibles before, they’re awesome.

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