What's All This Then

Why should I care what this guy has to say?

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.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Meet the T-Bones

The band best known for their instrumental soundtrack to an Alka-Seltzer commercial.  They weren't a band at all.  It was the best of LA studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew.   That didn't stop Liberty Records from creating a fake band and releasing (what was to become) a hit single.  Of course an album full of filler follows

The T-Bones - No Matter What Shape (You're Stomach's In)  (Liberty 1965)

On the back we get a production still from the iconic commercial.  Filler includes The Chiquita Banana Song and What's in the Bag, Goose - the soundtrack to a Granny Goose band potato chip commercial.  Those of you in Southern California might remember Granny Goose and the main competitor to Bell Brand and Laura Scudder.

Here's the commercial.....

What's a label to do when there is a hit single and no band?  Well get one together for the road and TV appearances.

Here's a clip of the 'band' hand-syncing to their instrumental hit on a TV variety show.  I dig the sides of beef and cow meat charts.

And some more albums by the 'actual band' pulled together to be the face of the hit single.   

I found this one - and it's not very good.  

The T-Bones - Everyone's Gone To the Moon (And Other Trips)  (Liberty 1966)

They really love those (parentheses) don't they?

Instrumental covers of recent hit songs.  The Ventures they ain't

By the end of 1966 they were (well) done.