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Archaeologist Jean-Loup Ringot, specialist in prehistoric music, demonstrates a Lithophone.





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Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 17, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Music

The MBAs - Born to Run Things

Describing themselves as “the world’s first pro-business rock ’n’ roll band,” the MBAs came out in 1982 with their first (and, I believe, only) album, titled Born to Run Things.

It included songs such as "Inside Information," "Jesus H. Chrysler," "Good Old Boys Raising Keynes", and "Amortize It."



I can’t find any samples of their music online, but if interested you can pick up a vinyl copy of their album on eBay for $19.99.

In the absence of any of the actual music, here are the lyrics to "Bessy," described in the liner notes as “a rock ballad for Bethlehem Steel.”

Bessy,
Let me tell you that if you’re in doubt,
I’ll re-tool quickly, and we can iron things out,
Bessy,
I just want to be specific,
I’ll shun foreign interest
and things’ll be ‘tarrific’.

(CHORUS:) Bessy,
You can’t let your workers go,
Bessy,
You got to put up a fight,
Cause Bessy, I won’t let you throw
Steel away, steel away, steel away,
Into the night.

Bessy,
Productivity is dropping,
And even though I’m with you
it won’t all be Bliss and Laughlin.
Bessy,
You know I’m not here to condemn
The only thing I want from life
is to be your Star of Bethlehem.


Incidentally, their album is also for sale on Amazon, where it's clear that all 5 of the reviews for it have mistaken it for Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run.

More info: people.com

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 03, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Music, 1980s

Quiet Village

You've probably heard Martin Denny's version of this song. It sold over one million copies.



The song has the unusual distinction of having been played onboard the S.S. Nautilus as it became the first American submarine to cross the North Pole.

There's also an interesting back story about how Denny came to include all the animal and jungle noises in the song. According to Denny (via SoundMuseum.com):

[The animal noises] came about rather by chance. In 1956 we played in the Shell Bar, a part of the Hawaiian Village (a segment of an amusement park in Honolulu). The room where we played had a very exotic ambience, next to the stage was a small pond, cliff, palms - very tropical, very relaxed. One evening we were playing a certain tune and the frogs began to croak (with a deep sound) rivet! rivet! When we stopped playing the frogs stopped too. When we played the song again later the frogs started again and some of the band members spontaneously started to imitate bird calls. This arrangement was requested time and again...

We played at ‘Don the Beachcomber's’ on the beach of Waikiki and many of the soldiers stationed on Hawaii heard us and bought our records. When they were transfered, they took those records with them and played them for others. The name became famous through word of mouth: The Exotic Sounds of Martin Denny. The S.S. Nautilus was the first American submarine to cross the North Pole. They had Quiet Village in their jukebox and after their expedition, they wrote me that this was their favorite tune.

More info: wikipedia

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 25, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, Space-age Bachelor Pad & Exotic, 1950s

Big Angel

Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 06, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body, Music, Asia, Eating

Lonesome and Disgusted

A song written to be deliberately awful.

Amazingly, not to be found on YouTube. Listen using the embedded audio below, starting roughly at the 53:20 mark. Actually, the whole show is worth hearing.



Leo De Lyon's Wikipedia page.

Source of quote.


Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 24, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Humor, Music, 1950s, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

Mystery Illustration 83

Which famous sex symbol actress of the Fifties and Sixties is seen here, imitating Elvis Presley?

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.



More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 18, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Imitations, Forgeries, Rip-offs and Faux, Movies, Music, Sex Symbols, 1950s, Parody

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