Options Bitslap with KBC: Playlist from June 30, 2009 Options

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Options June 30, 2009: Grab Bag 6

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Artist Track Album Year Comments
Danny Kaye  MOMMY, GIMME GLASS OF WATER   Options     I love opera, especially tragedy. 
Happy Flowers  IF IT WAS BROKEN, YOU'D BE SCREAMING!   Options     I love opera, especially tragedy. 
Billy Crystal Christopher Guest  I HATE WHEN THAT HAPPENS   Options     From Billy's album "Mahvelous" fleshes out his running gag from SNL and spawned a hit catchphrase to boot (I know I use it all the time, but that's just me). Billy started by playing Jody Dallas on the prime-time soap opera "Soap" as one of the first openly gay charactors on TV. He's been married to Janice Goldfinger since 1970 (does that actually happen anymore?). Christopher Guest is the baron Haden-Guest, a title he inherited from his father and is as well known for his films as he is for being Jamie Lee Curtis' husband. Lucky guy - I hate when that happens. 
Four Postmen  RABBIT VALLEY   Options US Male    So, yeah there are actually five of them, but they're from LA (How many Angelinos does it take to make four? Answer: Five!) They formed themselves in 1992 and were signed by NBC to make a show about themselves, before reality TV became the thing. Like most people from LA, they're also part-time actors doing stuff you've never heard of and should pay no mind to. 
 
New Yorkers  JUST AN ECHO IN THE VALLEY   Options     Hey, did you know that there's a New Yorker website for just the cartoons? Well, it kept me busy most of the day, so I never found out who these guys were. 
Mike Reckner  PROTEST SONG   Options     From a cassette I sucked dry and ejected before noting any info. Who knew I'd ever need it? 
Something Fierce  POETIC JUSTICE THURGOOD   Options Satan Claus CD  1990  Someone sent me the CD (I'm always looking for stray Xmas stuff - hint, hint) and this little gem was on it. Released between Marshall's retirement and death, it's written & performed (live) by Jeff Carpenter. Remember that Marshall argued the landmark case Brown v Board of Education which put him on the Court. When he retired, he was replaced by the Abomination Clarence Thomas. 
Pete Redmond  LOVE IS LIKE FRIES   Options Chewy    Another cassette that I just sucked dry and discarded like a shrimp tail. But at least I remembered its name. 
Toyes  MONSTER HASH   Options     A Reggae band from Grant's Pass, OR, whose biggest hit (pardon the pun) was "Smoke Two Joints," which I have so far been unable to score for my library. Believe it or not, they are actually tireless advocates of legalization and decriminalization. No really, they are! 
Hevy Gunz  SAY NO OFTEN   Options Dope on Dope and Dope Doops  1971  A leisure service of Hevy Gunz Industries. These guys seem to have sunk below the surface with barely a ripple. The rest of the album is uneven, at best (imagine the Firesign Theatre without the fire). 
Tiny Hill  MUSTA BEEN SOMTHIN I ET   Options     A search turned up Tiny Hill and the Hilltoppers. He may have been Harry Lawrence Hill (1906-71), all 350 lb of him. I have my doubts here because the band I found seems to be some kind of boring dance band and not a novelty western swing outfit. 
Spike Milligan  WORMWOOD SCRUBS   Options Goon Show    A tale of a poor guy who steals a car and finds himself incarcerated in Britain's equivalent of Sing Sing. Whenever you see a British movie where some guy is getting out of jail, that's the one you see. Wormwood is located west of London in the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham. The entire prison was construced entirely with inmate labour and was finished in 1891.Keith Richards stayed there once. 
 
Don McLean  ON THE AMAZON   Options   1971  Written in 1928 by Vivien Ellis and Clifford Grey. 
Boeing Duveen and the Beautiful Soup  JABBERWOCK   Options   1968  A one-hit wonder single. According to the All Music Guide (Richie Unterberger): "Boeing Duveen was actually Sam Hutt, known to the British counterculture as a 'Rock n Roll Doctor' because he administered to musicians and and practised homeopathy and holistic medicine, as well as dealing with drug casualties at festivals. Although he remained a doctor, he also continued doing music for decades, although he switched to country and western sounds under the pesudonym Hank Wangford" Lest we forget, it was written by Louis Carroll as part of Alice in Wonderland. 
Spivy  TROPICAL FISH   Options     Madame Spivy expounds on an important matter of the day. I found a real album by her (3 records in a booklet) at a yard sale. They're somewhat baffling, though. She's a large, imposing woman of harsh bearing. She was the proprietor of Spivy's Place in NYC in the 40s, and had her finger firmly on the pulse of the time. 
Anonymous  PRINCESS   Options     How about YOU try to explain this one? My head hurts. 
Hudson and Landry  OBSCENE PHONE BUST   Options     I'm floored by the simple ingenuity of this bit and the many others these guys have produced. Bob Hudson & Ron Landy started as drive guys on KGBS in LA and worked their way to four gold records. Their very first release, Ajax Liquor Store won a Grammy. 
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band  RITUAL #2   Options Child's Guide to Good and Evil    I bought this record in 1968 because I liked the cover. One of my best investments. 
Wounded john Scott Cree  RUDOLPH, THE RED NOSED REINDEER   Options     Way back to 1975 on Pye Records. Cree is a veteran British folkie who's still playing around. His news page can be found at myweb.tiscali.co.uk/johnscottcree/news.html and on YouTube you can find a video of him doing this song. 
Bob Walker and the Cheap Authentics  I'M A COWBOY   Options     Okay, I give up...who is this guy? 
Reginald Gardner  TRAINS   Options     Reginald made his film debut in 1926 in the silent film 'the Lodger" by Alfred Hitchcock. He also played Schultz in Charlie Chaplain's "Great Dictator." When he came to the US, he was typecast as a snooty British servant and gave up the biz in disgust. Looks like his recording career was off track as well (pun intended). 
 
John Smith  TONTO AND THE FAT OPERA SINGER   Options     Do you think John Smith is his real name? 

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