There is a House in New Orleans: Rising Sun Sounds

There is a House in New Orleans: Rising Sun Sounds

Brothels play various bump ’n grind tracks in attracting customers and in setting the mood. But did you know that a railway soundtrack was used by a post-World War I bordello? In 1924, One-Two-Two opened its doors to horny Frenchmen. It only took a few months before it became a favourite destination of celebrities and soldiers. One of the brothel’s attractions is an Orient Express-themed room where customers can turn their train fantasies into reality. Those who have a penchant for sex on trains can live it through the room decors and the railway soundtrack playing in the background.

Almost 100 years after, what music would a Sydney brothel be playing?

There is a House in New Orleans: Rising Sun Sounds

Rooms in brothels play different background music depending on the client’s or the escort’s requests. Here are some of the genres and soundtracks that set the mood during bumping ’n grinding.

  • Classical Music

It is interesting to think that classical music can be erotic. Yes, there is sex in the arts, but one can’t imagine a man or woman undressing in Beethoven’s classic. But there are actually a lot of orchestral and operatic pieces that arouse our senses. For instance, Erwin Schulhoff’s ‘Sonata Erotica’ has some sensual music score. There is also a vocalist who was having an orgasm here and there in Schulhoff’s piece. For a less explicit classical piece, Richard Strauss’ ‘Salome, Dance of the Seven Veils’ has sensual richness and exotic sensuality. In fact, this was used in a 1907 New York production of an erotic dance.

  • Blues

The blues music originated in Mississippi during the 1800s. At first, it was only a folk music played by the slaves in the Mississippi delta. But when the Great Migration of black slaves started, the blues music spread around the United States and was soon playing in various settings and styles.

Even before, music sets the mood in brothels. As a matter of fact, blues musicians traveled from state to state to perform in brothels and drinking lounges. Today, Tina Turner’s ‘Rock Me Baby’, Etta James’ ‘Baby What You Want Me To Do’, and Bessie Smith’s ‘I Need A Little Sugar in My Bowl’ are always included in the sexy playlist of brothels.

  • EDM

Most brothels these days play EDM music, as it is probably the sexiest music genre today. The tracks have this effect where you will let loose as the song plays. The head thrashing, getting lost in the beat and tempo, and the downplay of bass actually motivates people in bed. Among the brothel favourites are The XX’s ‘Chained’ and The Zone’s ‘The Weekend’. The former has ambient beats that just move throughout the song, while the latter is actually written in getting our pants off. Both make a good recipe in bumping n’ grinding in brothels.

  • Pop and RnB

Pop and RnB genres are actually the perfect soundtrack for anything sex-related. In fact, they are often referred as bedroom music due to its beat and lyrics. Escorts prefer that Lana del Rey’s songs are playing in the background while doing their business. For them, it gives them the motivation and guides their rhythm. Usher’s ‘Dive’ and Ginuwine’s ‘So Anxious’ do guarantee that the bordello is filled with erotic mood.

The Essential Sexiness of R & B

Studies show that listening to music is among the topmost leisure-time activity of the youth nowadays. In fact, young adults and teenagers listen to music for at least two hours daily. The exposure of almost everyone to the music scene further heightens our interest in the rhythm and lyrics produced by today’s artists.

There are studies that link music with our cognisance of sexual relationship, human sexuality and making precarious decisions. Researchers found out that hip-hop and R&B music has strong interconnection with regards to our sexual behavior. For instance, majority of R&B songs is imbued with sexually explicit content. In addition, lyrics of most R&B songs convey sexual messages, while 75 percent of the music videos display sexual imagery.

The Essential Sexiness of R & B

Due to the innate sexual appeal of R&B, many live web cams have this music as their background soundtracks. Moreover, it can be observed that licentiousness and brief sexual relationships are the subjects of R&B songs. This does not come as a surprise as research shows that the presence of sexual themes in song lyrics is the primary factor for the sales or market acceptance of a song.

Further studies indicate that chart topping R&B songs has reproductive messages in it, as observed in a trend dating back 1989. More so, today’s music streaming services and music tracks have playlists for music while having sex and whatnot, which are mostly R&B songs.

Rhythm, Lyrics, and Sex

According to a research published in Media Psychology Review, the sexual nature of an R&B music depends on the demographics. For instance, Caucasian artists illustrate romantic contacts in their music, such as kissing and hugging. On the other hand, non-Caucasian artists suggest a more sexually explicit reference on their hits.

Like any industry, the R&B music scene uses sex to market their music. Other forms of R&B, like alternative R&B, mix soulful vocals and ethereal synths with the sexual objectification of women. More so, the songs’ lyrics evince sexual tension or sexual acts. The music’s rhythm and beat further intensify the sexual aura surrounding R&B songs.


Artist Track Year and Label Beat Per Minute
20. Little Richard She’s Got It 1956 (Specialty) 225
19. Bo Diddley Who Do You Love 1956 (Checker) 229
18. Bo Diddley You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover 1962 (Chess) 229
17. James Brown Shout And Shimmy 1962 (King/Federal) 234
16. Chuck Berry Maybelline 1955 (Chess) 235
15. Chuck Berry Thirty Days 1955 (Chess) 235
14. Robert Ward Hot Stuff 1962 (Lu Pine) 241
13. Don Covay Bip Bop Bip 1957 (Atlantic) 247
12. Smiley lewis Bad Luck Blues 1957 (Imperial) 248
11. Big Jay Mcneely Real Crazy Cool 1950 (King) 252
10. Sugar Boy Crawford Overboard 1953 (Checker) 255
9. The Chips Rubber Biscuit 1956 (Josie) 260
8. Larry Williams The Dummy 1958 (Specialty) 267
7. The Isley Brothers Shout 1959 (RCA) 275
6. Davey Jones The Chase 278
5. The Blue Dots Saturday Night Fish Fry 1957 (Ace) 284
4. Vito & The Salutations Unchained Melody 1963 (Herald) 287
3. Big Jay McNeely 3-D 1949 (King) 298
2. Joe Houston Flying Home 1952 (Cash) 301 (304 peak)
1. Lloyd Price I’m Glad, Glad 1956 (Specialty) 302 (304 peak)