what are the two forms of thai vocal music?
luk thung is one
Doubtless, you are at least familiar with the Thai term luk thung. What I did not realize is that there is a Chinese (Cantonese) term unexpectedly similar: Luk Tung Kuen. But you can read about that for yourself — I am not about to post about it.
The Thai luk thung is short for plung luk thung, as you can read in the Wikipedia link above. As the blog website Haji Maji describes the genre over three years ago:
In the 1950s, rural Thais from the northeast (Isan) and elsewhere began moving to the big cities to look for work. It’s the same old story found all across the world – the rural music was transformed in urban ghettos and a new popular music was born. The huge success of some of the big stars of the 50s such as Waiphot Phetsuhan, Phloen Phromdaen and Suraphon Sombatchoroen inspired many rural people to dream of escaping poverty by becoming luk thung stars. Independent record labels proliferated and continued releasing luk thung 78s into the 1960′s. By the 1980′s, luk thung was the unrivaled pop music of Thailand and only recently has a modernized type of molam begun to catch up.
It’s unfortunate indeed that the musical link provided on that webpage no longer functions.
A famous (in Thailand) movie was released in 1970 with a storyline entirely centred around luk thung: Monrak Luk Thung. As you can see in that Wikipedia article, the movie inspired a TV series in the 1990s, and a movie re-make in 2005. Even though you can read the article for yourself, I cannot resist quoting the mess I found when I tried to read the plot outline given there for the movie — how is it that no one has done anything about this? It is like the worst example of article spinning:
In 1970 ,The vast rice fields. Clark’s (Mitr Chaibancha) love than love with Thong Kwao (Petchara Chaowarat). But fear is disappointing that because Clark’s until The land was mortgaged to the Chom Thong Kwao confirmed, but love it. Clark promised that if the sale of rice to engage Thong Kwao.
Clark’s hit that poor and seize the land because of debt to Chom Thong pack and Ruby Thong Kwao parents. Is sent to live with Aunt Thong Kwao Bangkok.
Thong Kwao was introduced to Thammarak. Aunt nephew of gold The war gold hope for kids, both married.So do not become the property of others. Thong Kwao that Clark’s wanted to come but to ask parents to call the bride Thong Kwao ten thousand. Thong Kwao meaning but hurried back to find that Clark’s was with Clark’s that Saijai.
Thong Kwao made mistake Thong Kwao has agreed to engage Thammarak. But Thammarak already has a wife Rue war is chasing gold Thammarak and wife back.But news of the engagement of the Golden Thong Kwao with Thammarak announced the ear piece bandit.
Thong Kwao and capture the war to ransom. That Clark’s and police to help in time. Gold pieces, which his father and mother Ruby did not dare refuse. The couple has married.
I wanted to have this blathering travesty captured in the event that someone at Wikipedia does wake up to this gibberish and make it right — can you understand it clearly enough to work out the plot? My, Lord! It is something like this that impugns Wikipedia‘s legitimacy as an authority reference.
By the way, I cited the blog website Haji Maji earlier. The blog owner is behind what seems to me to be quite an interesting 14-track “LP” (does that mean it is vinyl?) titled LUK THUNG: CLASSIC & OBSCURE 78S FROM THE THAI COUNTRYSIDE.
I was a bit surprised to see that a showcase website for Bangkok entertainment that is called Bangkok Events Calendar has a Luk Thung subcategory within the Music category. I am doing an edit to this post on February 27, 2012, and the Luk Thung subcategory is advertising an upcoming March 10-11 show and proclaiming: Your famous artist is back! Got Chakrapan the diamond of luk tung music.
YouTube has a wealth of music videos in the luk thung genre, and many other websites have catalogued them together, as well. I won’t spend time listing them — I have done so in previous posts.
Instead, here are some selections of other websites that have referred to luk thung — you might enjoy a visit to at least one of them:
But while the event’s first outing was in 2009, its roots go deeper: to the late 1960s and 1970s, an era when lukthung and molam, musical genres from Thailand’s rural north and northeast, were pressed onto seven-inch …
Publish Date: 02/27/2012 5:05
V.A. – Luk Thung! The Roots Of Thai Funk [ZudRangMa Records, 2010]. Labels: 2010, Thailand, ZudRangMa. V.A. – Luk Thung! The Roots Of Thai Funk. [ZudRangMa Records, 2010]. buy at http://www.zudrangmarecords.com/ …
Publish Date: 02/20/2012 11:09
Because a night of rowdy entertainment doesn’t have to preclude new cultural experiences.
Publish Date: 01/05/2012 13:55
Luk Thung 45 : Riam Daranoi – Chan Ru Than “I Know What You’re Up To” + Don Denduang – Suai Ching Muai “Muai, The True Beauty” (LK 154). I scored this Luk Thung 45 (LK 154) from a bargain bin 1ast week and just had …
Publish Date: 11/22/2011 14:04
VA – The Sound Of Siam – Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz & Molam In Thailand 1964-1975. 1306336236_d538db8962e06d9113e236c75b82016a.jpeg. Label: Soundway Records Format: CD, Compilation Released: 2010 …
Publish Date: 02/10/2012 8:29
The celebrity stunner opens up about Christianity, music and what it takes to annoy her on a date.
Publish Date: 08/17/2011 14:58
Luk Thung: Classic & Obscure 78s from the Thai Countryside is one of the latest releases from Dust-to-Digital, a record label that has, for over a decade, consistently produced some of the most thorough and thought-provoking …
Publish Date: 09/13/2011 9:39
Luk Thung music was developed in the early 20th century in central Thailand, and is comparable to Western country music. There are music halls throughout Bangkok that host performances all week long, and are especially …
Publish Date: 02/26/2012 11:18
A lovely song from the album “The Sound of Siam – Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz and Molam from Thailand 1964 -1975″. Help and acquire the album on soundwayrecords.greedbag.com . Thailand signifies different issues to …
Publish Date: 02/13/2012 21:06
Yingyong Yodbuangam, who portrayed one of the leaders of the bad guys, is a well-known luk thung singer. * Twin-brother boxers Kaokor Galaxy and Khaosai Galaxy, portraying the “twin assassins”. * Another boxer, Samart Payakaroon, …
Publish Date: 02/25/2012 5:25
The Sound of Siam :: Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz and Molam from Thailand 1964 -1975. Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to …
Publish Date: 11/07/2011 2:14
Luk Thung is the down home, funky Country Music of Thailand that blossomed as rural Thais migrated to Bangkok for work in the 1950s and 1960s. Luk Th.
Publish Date: 01/28/2011 6:48
What is the English translation of Thai word เพลงลูกทุ่ง ?
What is the English translation of Thai word เพลงลูกทุ่ง ?
Does it translate directly to music?
Thanks for your help
เพลงลูกทุ่ง or “pleng look thoong” is specifically traditional Thai country music.
Like this: http://youtu.be/vg1SxaqmVvA
เพลง (pleng) is “song” and ลูกทุ่ง (look-thoong) is “child of the field,” as look-thoong was first created out in the fields by farm workers singing about life in rural Thailand
Just “music” in general is ดนตรี (pronounced “don-tree”) or เพลง (pleng)
Bangkok Barker Guan Yin Shrine Faranag Luk Thung!
Uploaded by fugitiveidea on Dec 19, 2007
Bangkok Barker Guan Yin Shrine Faranag Luk Thung, all from 2006
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