The Chordettes’ “Mr. Sandman,” written by Pat Ballard, is one of those songs that I think everyone just naturally knows once they’re born in America. It’s one of those directly reminiscent of another era and ideal that may or may not have actually existed.
The first time I saw the commercial above, I didn’t think much of it. I think I might have realized that I didn’t actually have “Mr. Sandman” in my library. The second time I saw it, while watching High Fidelity for free of [Hulu], I noticed the song sounded a little different than I remembered it. Upon looking it up, I learned it was actually a version by Pomplamoose of [Youtube] fame.
Pomplamoose is a band I discovered a long time ago, when they did a cover of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” The band deserves a lot of credit, working primarily through Youtube, they’ve become a small sensation and have even been able to release two albums through iTunes. Despite releasing their album of covers, they still have every video up on their channel, offering a lot of free stuff to their fans.
Their covers are often fairly radical alterations of well-known pop songs and I recommend you check them out, as there’s undoubtedly a version of some song you know (probably much more than one.) The “Mr. Sandman” cover isn’t a radical change from the original, but it’s just as endearing as The Chordettes’ version..
Buy their stuff: [iTunes]