On Boardwalk Empire, Prohibition is a time of corruption, violence and really painful cures for gonorrhea, but musically it was a clever and lively era; many of America's greatest songwriters peaked in the 1920s. On this second volume of Boardwalk songs, a variety of crooners and warblers are paired with the redoubtable revivalists Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Elvis Costello channels Bing Crosby while whistling like a lark; David Johansen belts through the bootylicious "Strut Miss Lizzie"; and Rufus Wainwright, on the jungle-feverish "Jimbo Jambo," suavely lusts for a "dark-skinned bimbo." Even Nucky would smile.
From The Archives Issue 1191: September 12, 2013