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If you’ve been following the Parlour to Parlour series here at Popdose, you may remember the featured artist from a few weeks back, the Spring Heeled Jacks Original Swinging Jass Band, as that rare indie band that doesn’t play live. Not only are they the one strictly “studio” act in the series so far, they’re the lone representatives of the great state of Texas. Furthermore, they’re the only band to pass along a mix CD of artists and songs that have inspired their work.

The following 16 tunes were cherry-picked by Parlour to Parlour’s Michael Fortes from a two-disc, 39-track collection given to him by Jacks bassist-arranger-programmer extraordinaire Josh Morrow. Those discs served as a soundtrack for road trips to San Antonio and Austin, a jumping-off point for many a conversation about music of all kinds, not just the artists on the discs themselves, and now a chunk of it is here for you to enjoy.

Danny Elfman – Ice Dance from Edward Scissorhands soundtrack (1990)
Duke Ellington – Arabesque Cookie (Arabian Dance) from Three Suites (1960)
Emmett Miller – Big Bad Bill Is Sweet William Now from The Minstrel Man From Georgia (1929)
Erykah Badu – Kiss Me on My Neck from Mama’s Gun (2000)
Fiona Apple – Not About Love from Extraordinary Machine (2005)
Gladys Knight & the Pips – Midnight Train to Georgia from Midnight Train to Georgia: The Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips (2007)
Jermaine Jackson – That’s How Love Goes from Big Brother Jermaine: The Jermaine Jackson Collection (2009)
Leon Redbone – Sweet Mama Hurry Home or I’ll Be Gone from On the Track (1975)
Louis Armstrong & His All Stars – Sleepy Time Down South from Happy Birthday Louis (2001)
Mama Cass Elliott – Dream a Little Dream of Me from Creeque Alley: The History of the Mamas & the Papas (1968)
Queen – Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon from A Night at the Opera (1975)
The Beach Boys – Cabinessence from Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys (1993)
The Jackson 5 – Darling Dear from Third Album (1970)
The Rolling Stones – Live With Me from Let It Bleed (1969)
Tom Waits – Alice from Alice (2002)
Wings – Let ‘Em In from Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976)

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