Category:
Music

Paul Frees and the Poster People

Famous and brilliant voice actor Paul Frees does some imitations--but has his characters singing pop songs?!?





Other tracks here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 15, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Imitations, Forgeries, Rip-offs and Faux, Movies, Music, 1970s, Parody

Singing at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian has bought its first piece of performance art. Which means that if you visit the Hirshhorn’s sculpture garden you may find that a young woman will suddenly start singing while following you around.

The performance piece, titled This You, is the creation of Tino Sehgal, though he doesn't perform it. There are four women who do that, in shifts.

Sometimes the performers will abruptly stop singing in order to state the title of the performance piece: “This You, Tino Sehgal, 2006.” And then they'll start singing again.

More info: Smithsonian Mag, Hirshhorn

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 14, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Museums, Music, Performance Art

They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!

Made it to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 popular music singles chart on August 13, 1966. But according to Wikipedia:

"They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" has the distinction of being the song to drop the farthest within the Top 40 in a single week. It charted for six weeks during 1966. In week four, it peaked at #3, scored #5 in week five, and fell to #37 in week six. This was because radio programmers removed the song from their playlists, fearing anger from people who might think it was ridiculing the mentally ill.

The flip side of the single had the same song played backwards.



Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 04, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Music, 1960s

Prisencolinensinainciusol

From npr.org:

In November 1972, Italian pop star Adriano Celentano released a song that hit No. 1 in his home country, despite the fact it wasn't performed in Italian. It also wasn't performed in English. In fact, it wasn't performed in any language at all. The song, called "Prisencolinensinainciusol," was written to mimic the way English sounds to non-English speakers...
"Prisencolinensinainciusol" is so nonsensical that Celentano didn't even write down the lyrics, but instead improvised them over a looped beat.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 11, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Languages, Music, 1970s

The First Class, “Beach Baby”



Nice British lads, assembled arbitrarily in the studio, pretending to be Brian Wilson & crew. Happy August!

Their Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 01, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, Homages, Pastiches, Tributes and Borrowings, 1970s

Granny’s Mini-Skirt

Released in 1968. Sung by Irene Ryan who played Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies.



The Tenessean - Mar 5, 1968

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 29, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, 1960s

Cheap Perfume and Candlelight



"It's so easy now to swing/When the swing set feels just right.."


So you think you're quite a man
You're taking care of all her needs
Sometimes it's even twice a weekend
At least it's every time you need

Yeah, it's so easy now to swing
When the swing set feels just right
Like a fifty dollar room
Cheap perfume and candlelight

'Cause once you thought the thrill as gone
Your passion seemed to fade and die
You left a woman back at home
Alone and so unsatisfied

You hit the street to feel the thrill
Of the hunter in the night
Your prey was out there dressed to kill
In cheap perfume and candlelight

Cheap perfume and candlelight
The situation makes the man
If you can't make it back at home
You make it any way you can

And you can, it's so nice
That now you can

Maybe you'll never stop to think
Just for the true test did it be
Love your ever loving manhood of your masculinity

If you could satisfy the woman
Right back at home there every night
Instead of now and then
The girl in cheap perfume and candlelight

Instead of now and then
The girl in cheap perfume and candlelight
Instead of now and then
The girl in cheap perfume and candlelight

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 27, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Ambiguity, Uncertainty and Deliberate Obscurity, Innuendo, Double Entendres, Symbolism, Nudge-Nudge-Wink-Wink and Subliminal Messages, Music, Sexuality, 1970s

Vegetable Orchestra

They've got a great beet!

Their website

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 16, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Vegetables, Music

Blake Reynolds, Early Overdubber

The studio processes of multitracking and overdubbing are commonplace now, a cinch with home digital tech. But in 1952, the notion that a single musician could create a recording where they played every single instrument--a la Prince--was rare and weird.

Here's an early pioneer. Listen to his version of "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 13, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, Technology, Computers, 1950s

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