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Gospel Rap

"Halfway down the stairs I see a major stain on my shirt." That's keepin' it real!

GI Jane


A surreal and risque musical odyssey awaits on the far side of this modesty barrier.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Aug 17, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Music, Sexuality, Surrealism

Mexican Twist

"Hey, Manuel, why go to the bullfight when you can do the tweest?"

The Twisting Kings were apparently the studio musicians who later became known as the Funk Brothers.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 12, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #224

All the fake employee singing in the world could not save the Robert Hall chain from bankruptcy a mere 4 years after this commercial aired.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 21, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Retailing, Music, 1970's

Zinjanthropus Blues

More songs here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 15, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Music, Science

Crowd surfing at a classical music concert

Dr. David Glowacki, a Royal Society Research Fellow, has gotten quite a bit of press recently for growing "over-excited" at a performance of Handel's Messiah, which led him to start lurching from side to side, raising his hands in the air, whooping, and finally attempting to crowd-surf. At that point, other audience members forcibly ejected him from the concert.

Apparently the director of the performance had encouraged the audience to "clap or whoop when you like" before it started. And Glowacki took him at his word.

Actually, it sounds to me like Glowacki was purposefully trying to be as obnoxious as possible in order to satirize the director's attempt to get the audience more involved, because Glowacki later said, "Classical music, trying to seem cool and less stuffy, reeks of some sort of fossilised art form undergoing a midlife crisis.” []
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jun 22, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Music

The Cackle Sisters

Listen to just the first three minutes at least of the Cackle Sisters, and then tell me if you don't agree that contemporary C&W music needs more bird imitations and yodeling.

Stale Puppy-Dog Tails

Let me know how long you last....

Another nice long performance here, by the artist known as Vetza. You get to see her as well.

"Vetza is a multi-talented artist who has full control over a range of disciplines including classical instrumentation, experimental sound improvisation, voice and theater. She is an innovator representing the LA Arts community in the international art world. Vetza is an original member of the the LA Free Music Society. She is a writer, composer and so much more."

The Strangeloves

Here's the story of a fake band that had to become real.

Their big hit:

Curiously enough, when the Strangeloves were marketed in France, they somehow became connected to another contrivance: a new manufactured dance "craze" called "the Monkiss." I can't see that they ever recorded the song heard in the following video, which was really by Rocky Roberts and the Airdales (last video).


Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 31, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Imitations, Forgeries, Rip-offs and Faux, Music, 1960's, Europe
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