Monday, October 8, 2018

thanin intharathep: phon wan koet

artist: ธานินทร์ อินทรเทพ (thanin intharathep)
album: พรวันเกิด (phon wan koet)
01. พรวันเกิด (phon wan koet)
02. เพ็ญโสภา (phen sopha)
03. ผมไปไม่พ้น (phom pai mai phon)
04. รักใต้ร่มไทร (rak tai rom sai)
with ลินจง บุญนากรินทร์ (linchong bunnakkarin)
05. ไร้คู่ (rai khu)
06. แจกันรัก (chae kan rak)
07. คนหนังสือพิมพ์ (khon nangsue phim)
08. นกขมิ้น 1 (nok khamin 1)
09. นกขมิ้น 2 (nok khamin 2)
10. คืนคำรัก (khuen kham rak)

this week's cassette is part of a generous bequest gifted to us by educator cliff sloane, a former professor of ethnomusicology and founder of, a major influence behind this blog

this week, we've got some more smooth sounds from mr. thanin intharathep! thanin is from samut sakhon, just outside of bangkok, and started out as a champion of local singing contests. he was discovered by pop impresario payong mukda, who got him in with suthep wongkhamhaeng's "suthep show" troupe. often billed as "thailand's frank sinatra", thanin brought a young, attractive face to the romantic, jazz-tinged ballads of luk krung, and is still a favorite among older bangkokians. this somewhat idiosyncratic compilation features a sampling of hits from several eras of his career: saccharine dance hall love songs, smooth 70s numbers hinting at funk, and more straight-forward big band pop, firmly in the luk krung tradition. among an album of romance, a rather unexpected entry is track 7, extolling the virtues of those in the journalistic trade.. enjoy!

also, while i've never been one to go in for anniversaries, i just noticed while typing up this post that it marks a decade of monrakplengthai. i promise that the "happy birthday" chorus that leads off this cassette was unintentional..