What's All This Then
The correct answer is that you shouldn’t. We’re all entitled to our opinions. Develop your own. I try to be sane and rational, but that may change with the level of caffeine intake. I’m just telling my stories in the hopes they may amuse and/or inform others. And... I Confess... I'm showing off my bitchen collection a bit.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Little Eva was Carole King's babysitter who had a huge hit with The Locomotion. This was an attempt to start another dance craze. It never quite caught on.
I've had this record as long as I can remember. I think it used to belong to my older sister.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
|Not From My Collection|
Brian Eno issued it as an A-Side.
Eno was a little more generous in crediting the original South African composer.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
In the early 70's a few records came up with fake newspapers as their cover. Here are some examples.
Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers. (RCA 1969)
This is one of the earliest ones from 1969. A mock conservative newspaper with drug references throughout.
Then used the following day to wrap a sandwich.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Volume 1 in the Jack in the Box comic/flexi series. A little comic and record affair that was designed to make a kid not freak out at strange noises in the house at night. It's mostly likely the gastro-intestinal function of those who dined at Jack in the Box during the day.
Actually, the little song they sing to the greasy onion ring hiding under the covers (right on the sheets I might add) terrifies me even more.
Rather than be afraid of ghosts or burglars, I'm now terrified of the house collapsing. It doesn't help that the house depicted on the label appears to be a cross between the Addams Family house and the Psycho house.
Sing this to your kids before bedtime
If sometimes you hear a noise at night
that makes you feel afraid
There's nothing to be frightened of
That's how a house is made
You think a house is standing there
As solid as a rock
But it's really changing all the time
And ticking like a clock
Remember that a house must take
So many kinds of weather
Both hot and cold and wet and dry
They often go together
Now houses feel the temperature
The same as people do.
A house can shiver and perspire too.
When wood gets wet it swells up.
Iron shrinks when it gets cold
And bricks get twice as heavy
With the water they can hold
Hot tar gets soft and paint expands
Believe me girls and boys
It's all this pushing and pulling, swelling
Causing all the noise.
So picture all the changes
That go on in every way
When that big house cools down at night
After a sunny day
And now that I've explained it
I hope you see the light
And they you'll smile and not be scared
At noises in the night.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Judging by the remains of the sticker on the back, I got this at a Music Plus. That chain ended up merging with Blockbuster and then going out of business.
The Avengers play Los Angeles and Duke Dunton was there. The opening band later had more success when they got slick and produced. At this point they were punk and could hardly play. The only thing I remember about The Flyboys was that they did a Monkees cover.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
It's coming. 11/28/2014. Check out the official list here.....
This year I'm going in with the intention of getting only the Grateful Dead release. OK. Maybe the Little Richard release. Or the Bowie. We'll see how that ends up.
So check it out and support your local vinyl retailer. Participating stores are listed here:
Record Store Day Official Website
Thursday, November 13, 2014
This post is dedicated to the men and women who endured extreme heat and toxic fumes so that we may enjoy a good listen here and there.
Very interesting to watch. I feel like a kid looking into a chocolate factory.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
It even came with a draft card.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
And he made instrumental records. Not sure what his capacity was. It may have just been Gleason presents or something. And for some reason I have a bunch of them. Probably just picked up because my jaw dropped with every cover. I'll probably post them all at some point, but this one stands out.
Jackie Gleason presents Lonesome Echo
This one sports a cover by Salvador Dali. Gleason raised his baton and the magic happened.
As the liner notes say:
This is the music that says relax ..... Close your eyes ... Remember ..... Listen to the lonesome echo.
Even more surreal to me is the picture on the back. Dali and Gleason together again. One track is called 'I wished on the Moon.' Was he thinking of wishing Alice Kramden there?
This record once belonged to Lee Johnson His name wasn't bold enough in ballpoint pen, so he wrote it again with a felt tip. I got it at CD Trader in Tarzana.
Friday, November 7, 2014
After many cigarettes have been consumed and ground out in the heart shaped ash tray, Jackie drifts off to sleep or passes out from drink - one of the two.
Music to Remember Her
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
The A Side features a Bobby Kennedy impersonator performing Donovan's Mellow Yellow. The B Side is a Dylan impersonator reading the weather report while White Christmas plays in the background
Senator Bobby - Wild Thing b/w Senator McKinley - Wild Thing
Evidently the people doing the Kennedy/McKinley impersonations decided to keep going with it.
Thank you desert shack for yielding this bounty.
I don't know who these people were or if they ever put out any more records. I did manage to find a TV clip of them performing it on a show hosted by Kate Smith.
Monday, November 3, 2014
Jello Biafra recently showed up on 'Portlandia' playing a punk who came out of a coma 30 years later. Like Rip Van Winkle, he was appalled at the state of society. His chant of 'die yuppie scum' was met with 'we're not yuppies, we're foodies'
Saturday, November 1, 2014
The Music Never Stopped b/w Help on the Way
After a few years of trying to run their own label, the band ran into problems with distribution, quality control, counterfeiting, warehouse flooding (ironically destroying copies of 'Wake of the Flood' on green vinyl), and the stress of running the company. At this point they looked to one of the majors to distribute their product. All Grateful Dead Records catalog were now pressed and distributed by United Artists.
This single was from the 'Blues for Allah' album. It was not a hit single. Both sides have a different mix from the album.
Touch of Gray b/w My Brother Esau
Now the band gave up on even running a distributed label. They signed with Arista.
Finally, there was a hit single for the Grateful Dead. Pulled from the 'In the Dark' album. The band had been playing most of these songs for about 5 years before they went into the studio with them. The single, 'Touch of Gray' put them in the top 10. I heard Casey Kasem say the name of the band once.
And contained a B-Side that was not included on the album
And came wrapped in a poster sleeve