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Monday 29 August 2022

A Mild Fever

On paper, Dengue Fever and what the blurb on their website calls their "trademark blend of sixties Cambodian pop and psychedelic rock" should be right up my street. However, when I listened to them back in the mid 2000s when the critical acclaim started they didn't really do much for me.

I found their 2008 album "Venus on Earth" going for 50p in a local charity shop recently and decided it was time for a reappraisal. Having listened to the album a couple of times I am still not convinced. It isn't a bad record, but compared to the original Sixties Cambodian pop it is just a bit timid and restrained.

Here is perhaps the wildest track on the album, alongside one by the Queen of the Cambodian scene Ros Sereysothea so you can compare them for yourselves.

"Laugh Track" - Dengue Fever

"Old Pot Still Cooks Good Rice" - Ros Sereysothea


  1. I'm with CC. The Ros Sereysothea track is great.

  2. I was encouraged to deep dive into the Dengue Fever catalogue and, whilst there's much I like, I have to agree that it's not the mind-blowing experience I was given to expect.

    Being completely ignorant of Sixties Cambodian pop, I have to thank you yet again for opening up my mind (& ears) to brilliant music that I would have otherwise missed out on.

    That's another vote for Ros and Old Pot from me.