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Gene Vincent’s FLEA BRAIN

"If she wasn't good-looking, she'd be better off dead."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 23, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Insects, Music, 1950's, Brain Damage

Drive-In Opera

Back in 1989, the Norwegian National Opera staged the world's first (and only?) "drive-in opera" with a performance of the Barber of Seville broadcast live on a 225-square-foot movie screen in downtown Oslo. The idea was that people could watch the performance from their cars. This was supposed to be a way to bring opera to the masses, to let people know that "opera can be fun."

However, the event didn't go quite as planned since the Norwegian audience wasn't quite clear on the "drive-in" concept. Most of them showed up on foot. And many of the cars that did show up parked facing away from the screen. More info at AP News Archive.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Feb 22, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Music, Theater and Stage, 1980's

“Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast”

Some post-orgasmic singing from an era when sexual mores were in flux.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 15, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Etiquette and Formal Behavior, Food, Music, Sex Symbols, 1960's

Bad Album Art, Bad Music

Caution: a few swears and some static (ie, not in motion) nudity.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 04, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music

Kate Smith and The Loving Spoonful

Nothing says "rock 'n roll" like Kate Smith.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Feb 03, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Music, Pop Culture, Homages, Pastiches, Tributes and Borrowings, 1960's

Tanya Tagaq

Her Wikipedia page.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 01, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Music, Avant Garde, Native Americans

“The Trip,” Kim Fowley

In tribute to the recent death of this pop maven.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 22, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Music, Psychedelic, 1960's

Bora Yoon

Unlike many of the avant garde performers we poke fun at here, Bora Yoon seems to have a modicum of musical talent, a voice, and some ideas. (Although "music by carrot chopping" is probably an idea better left unexplored.) But all her skills are in service to a kind of spacey, esoteric, pretentious ambiance that seems, to me, hell to sit through.

There's an hour's worth below to test your tolerance.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 19, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, Avant Garde

One-Man Barbershop Quartet

Thanks to Sandy Pearlman.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Dec 15, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Music, Reader Recommendation

I Heard the Voice of a Porkchop

Man so hungry he experiences auditory hallucinations.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Dec 10, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Food, Music, 1920's, Stomach
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