Christina Aguilera - Candy man ~ Swing, jazz and blues - Dance to the music

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Christina Aguilera - Candy man

Christina Aguilera has released a new album Back to basics where she is influenced by the music and fashion of the 1920s-40s. This can be seen in her video "Candy man", which seems to be set in WW2 times. It has several popular culture references to that time, Christina Aguilera does a 'We can do it' pose in the end of the video.

This is probably what Andrews sisters would do if they were alive today. In WW2 artists made what was called V-discs and they were sent overseas to boost the soldiers spirit. Candy man has some similarities with the song Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy which Andrews sisters made famous.

In the video you see some swing dancing (well, mostly aerials) with Christina Aguilera and Benji Schwimmer (who won season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance). I like the video because it has high energy and nice fashion.

Now, this is hardly straight swing, more like pop-styled boogie woogie, so I'm presenting this as a novelty item, I'll be back with regular swing tomorrow.

Via Yehoodi.

What do you think of Candy man with Christina Aguilera? Tell me.


Anonymous said...

I'm deliriously happy to hear a clever pop tune with words you can understand and music that lets you dance.

Lady of Musotopia said...

I agree with everything you have said! Since I am a little backwards with the latest music, I only heard Candyman for the first time in April, I think. I found myself singing (and dancing to!) the song repeatedly and for some reason I once found myself initially singing "Candy man" and finishing with "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from Company B! Of course at the time I thought this was a massive revelation and explained why I liked the song so much (plus the jazz, swing dancing, Archie comic book Chok'lit shop setting) but little did I know that was the intention!
You have a great website here (very user-friendly, fun and informative) - keep up the good work :)

swiveltam said...

As a vintage aficionado, and avid lindy hopper, I can say although not era perfect (fashion), I LOVE it. It really is a good tune and looks a lot like an old Soundie or Vitaphone short. I agree that it IS what the Andrew Sisters would be doing today. I only wish we could spark more interest in swing dancing in the troops!

MLight said...

I found your blog while putting together my own post about this song. I love swing, jazz & blues so I'm looking forward to reading more!

Henrik said...

Mlight, welcome to the blog! /Henrik