Tim McCarver spent the evening talking on your television. Now let him sing you to sleep. Originally published Nov. 13, 2009.
During the MLB playoffs, Fox baseball analyst extraordinaire Tim McCarver released a CD of him crooning through jaunty Cole Porter-style songs without a smidge of irony. We had grand plans for this. Some fell through, but one miraculously worked out.
The first idea we had was to recruit some well-known music writers to see what happened to their ear drums after a couple of spins. Craggs had Greil Marcus lined up, but he backed off. Chuck Klosterman was also intrigued by the idea, but was bogged down in other projects.
So, second plan — find a producer to remix one of these McCarver tracks and modernize it a bit. Luckily, a fine gentleman at Sony music answered the call and passed along the McCarverized version of an old Richard Rodgers ditty from 1937 called "I Wish I Were In Love Again" to someone he knew. Here's Tim's version.
Now, here's a remixed version done by an up-and-coming producer from North Carolina named A-Styles, who recently did some tracks for the Ying Yang Twins including this catchy little number called "Wild Out." With his help, he's transformed McCarver's version from dewy swing into dirty souf trip-hop.