Thursday, March 31, 2011

hongthong dao'udon: phu chai saraphat phit



artist: หงษ์ทอง ดาวอุดร (hongthong dao'udon)
album: ผู้ชายสารพัดพิษ (phu chai saraphat phit)
tracklist:
01. ผู้ชายสารพัดพิษ (phu chai saraphat phit)
02. ไม่มีน้ำตาจากเสี่ยว (mai mi nam ta chak sieow)
03. กางเกงยีนส์แห่งความหลัง (kangkeng "jeans" haeng khwam lang)
04. พบกันที่ไหนดี (phop kan thi nai di)
05. สาวอีสานรอพี่ (sao isan ro phi)
06. น้ำจิ้มปลาร้า (nam chim pla ra)
07. รักหนุ่มก่อสร้าง (rak num ko sang)
08. ตลุงลำเพลิน (talung lam phloen)
09. นอนร้องไห้ (non ronghai)
10. สาวอุดร (sao udon)

this week, some far-out molam luk thung pop sounds from hongthong dao'udon! hongthong, as her stage-name suggests, hails from isaan's udon thani province. a star of local temple fairs since childhood, she was picked up by luk thung star siphrai chaiphra to join his troupe in bangkok at age 10. she had a number of hits penned by songwriter doi inthanon, and toured extensively throughout the country... her repetoire was quite remarkable; she could easily swing from string-inflected disco to traditional northeastern lam, but in the 90's, she tragically lost her voice after a thyroid operation. since then, she has been working steadily at regaining it, and hosting a popular radio show in udon thani meanwhile. sadly, as doug from wfmu alerted me, ms. hongthong was recently sentenced to spend a year and 4 months in jail for her involvement with the red shirt movement, after allegedly mobilizing protesters through her radio platform. best wishes to the poor lady! and be sure to check out another fantastic album of her's over at gojira's stereomono blog!

6 comments:

Á Go-Gojira said...

What a great album! Some tracks here, especially #4, sound very similar (instrumentally) to a yodrak salakchai album I have.

peter said...

yeah, it makes sense!
i'd probably place hongthong in that same circle of luk thung stars of the 70's, if a bit in the peripheries.. she actually got famous singing response songs to yodrak's main comrade/rival, sayan sanya

photognosis said...

Great! Where can I buy this?

peter said...

well... i'm almost certain you can only get it in thailand, and even then, this is the only copy i've ever seen. but if you want to hear the whole album, just click the tracklist link!

Chloe said...

I can't stop listening to this one. She is so much fun.

Anonymous said...

makes me super happy in these rather down times. thank you.