Blossom Dearie: I'm Hip


I'm Hip


Blossom Dearie (vocals)


Blossom Dearie (Verve 440 065 334-2)

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Blossom Dearie (vocals),

Jeff Clyne (bass), Johnny Butts (drums)


Composed by Dave Frishberg & Bob Dorough


Recorded: London, England, March 1966


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

"I'm too much," proclaims Blossom. "I'm a gas." We wholeheartedly agree, but the subject of her song is another matter; the lady doth protest her hipness too much, we think. Her fate is sealed when she pleads, "Bobby Darin knows my friend." Recorded live before a swinging '60s London audience, "I'm Hip" is proof that most would-be hipsters lead lives of hilarious desperation. It's also proof that lyricist Dave Frishberg is in a class with Ira Gershwin. As for Miss Dearie, she concludes this loving lampoon with a scatted quote from Birth of the Cool's "Budo." How hip is that?

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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  • 1 Tenzo // Feb 10, 2009 at 02:33 PM
    the author is clueless and the subject of the tune