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Jazz Bugs

I’m bugged: you all look like insects In your brand new sunspecs.

So sings XTC, and here are some more photos to illustrate our anthropomorphism.

Mohammed Ali floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee, while others are as slow as a snail or snug as a bug in a rug. Insects inevitably crop up in music titles. An early example is Poor Butterfly, now a pop and jazz standard, which was inspired by Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, and was published in 1916 for a Broadway show.

Then there was the 30s Jitterbug dance craze …


01. Valaida Snow – I Can’t Dance (I Got Ants In My Pants)*
02. George Shearing – Samba Da Borboleta (Butterfly Samba)
03. Benny Goodman Sextet w. Charlie Christian – Poor Butterfly
04. Oscar Moore w. Inez Jones – Poor Butterfly
05. Jim Hall – Poor Butterfly
06. Radka Toneff – The Butterfly
07. Nguyên Lê – Butterfly Dream
08. Ray Brown & Jimmy Rowles – A Sleepin’ Bee
09. Cassandra Wilson – Sleepin’ Bee
10. Lionel Hampton & Gerry Mulligan – Blight Of The Fumble Bee
11. Alain Caron – Flight of the Bebop Bee
12. Palle Mikkelborg – Beauty M. & Free Bee
13. Leszek Mozdzer – Chasing Moth~Evening
14. Nina Simone – Funkier Than A Mosquito‘s Tweeter

*The African American Valaida Snow (1904 -1956) was a multi-instrumentalist, although primarily a trumpeter, singer and all round entertainer. She would be better known if she hadn’t travelled extensively through Europe, Russia and Asia. From 1926 to 1929 she toured with Jack Carter’s Serenaders in Shanghai, Singapore, Calcutta and arrived in Batavia in 1928.