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Options April 23, 2021: Incredibly Strange Music Vol. 2 - Chapter 1: Jello Biafra pt. 34 pg. 43 (Right Wing Folk + Packaging Gone Awry)
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Kingston Trio  Doesn't Anybody Know My Name?   Options Sunny Side  Notes: "As the draft-age audience saw through the Kingston Trio, and anti-war protest songs caught on, the entertainment arm of the military-industrial complex tried to counter it with right-wing folk and protest songs,..." - Jello 
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SSgt. Barry Sadler  Ballad of the Green Berets   Options Ballad of the Green Berets  "Such as the famous right-wing alternative to left-wing folk songs by Ssgt. Barry Sadler, "Ballad of the Green Berets." - Jello 
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SSgt, Barry Sadler  The Soldier Has Come Home   Options Ballad of the Green Berets  "On the album, some other songs hit you like Lou Reed's Berlin: he goes straight into the mind of the women left behind, and the guys not knowing whether they'll get shot or whether they'll make it home. He had a real feel for that sort of thing. He couldn't control himself, however; later he got away with shooting either his wife or his wife's lover--something like that." - Jello 
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Lou Reed  Sad Song   Options Berlin   
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The Spokesmen  Dawn of Correction   Options Dawn of Correction  Another famous right-wing song is "Dawn of Correction" by the Spokesmen -- a rebutal to Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction." - Jello 
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The Beach Bums (Bob Seger)  Ballad of the Yellow Beret   Options 45 single B-side  A seethingly racist pro-war single titled "Ballad of the Yellow Beret" was the first-ever record by Bob Seger." - Jello 
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The Spotnicks  The Spotnicks Theme   Options The Spotnicks Vol .1  "Both unintentionally demented artwork and "packaging ideas gone wrong" appeal to me, like the covers of the Spotnicks. They produced schmaltz-twang guitar instrumental rock albums, and (along with the Shadows) were the European Ventures. ...This cover shows them not just in spacesuits, but spacesuits with extra arms, weird mosquito netting and screen door material on their space helmets, with wires going from helmet to hemet. That's how they could hear each other onstage." - Jello 
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The Shadows  The Savage   Options Meeting With the Shadows   
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The Ventures  He Never Came Back   Options The Ventures in Space   
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Juicy Lucy  Who Do You Love?   Options Juicy Lucy  "I'm sure the first Juicy Lucy album (of a woman covered with sticky fruit -- some of it drooling from her mouth), was not nesessarily sensuous or good for sales. It's a shame, because this is a good recording featuring a great steel guitar player, Glenn Ross Campbell (ex-Misunderstood), who can make the instrument scream. It's got some Dr. John "gris-gris" overtones too. This is a long-time favorite album." - Jello 
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Dr. John, The Night Tripper  Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya   Options Gris-Gris   
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Blind Date  Twin Engines   Options Blind Date  "The "Worst New Wave Sleeve Award" belongs to Blind Date, the only new-wave cash-in band put out on John Denver's Wing Song label..." - Jello 
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Piotr Fronczewski  Tandetni, Cholerni Spyrciarze   Options No Pragu Raju  "Na Progu Raju is a fairly straight record, but for some reason on the cover he had to be green-faced with maniacal eyes. Musically, he's trying to be a more rocking version of Peter Allen or Billy Joel, but with a bit of the ol' beer-hall swagger. For communist government record packaging, this is truly out-to-lunch." - Jellow 
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Silver Blue  Good Vibrations   Options Silver Blue  Silver Blue, from the disco era, shows a sleazy Barry Manilow-meets-the-Mafia man holding the reins of two scantily-clad blond twins sporting dog collars. On the back he's kindly letting one of them off the leash." _- Jello 
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Ron Nagle  Marijuana Hell   Options Bad Rice  Warner Brothers did a somewhat famous mispackaging job of Ron Nagle's Bad Rice album. Nagle was a hot singer-songwriter-former Mystery Trend member from San Francisco; now he's a world class ceramicist. Warner Bros gave him a big promotional push, but instead of putting a Jackson Brown-type sensitive artist photo on the cover, they put the words "Bad Rice" above a pile of rice, " - Jello 
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Ron Nagle  Sister Cara   Options Bad Rice  "and on the back, a truly wasted-looking mug shot of Ron Nagle with one of his teeth missing! What they were expecting to accomplish, I don't know. Somehow, it's not as yuppie-friendly as a smiling Jimmy Buffet. This is especially a shame because the album is a masterpiece...."Marijuana Hell" is about people falling under the spell of pot,...and there's a song about somebody becoming crippled from arthritis-- which most rock'n'roll peopl were not writing songs about!" -Jello 
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Mystery Trend  Johnny was a Goodboy   Options So Glad I Found You   
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Michael Fennelly  Pretty Face   Options Stranger's Bed  Examples of Gender-Mispackaging includes Michael Fennelly. He tried to become a 70's heavy metal star, but his career seems to have ended after Stranger's Bed came out. You don't push an awesome macho rock star by showing him curled up seductively on satin sheets in a bed!" - Jello 
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Baby  Starchild   Options Baby  ",,,how did they expect Lynyrd Skynyrd fans to go for a band calling themselves Baby?" - Jello (Also the featured album cover on pg. 44) 
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Baby Rocker  Hooray For Hollywood   Options Young And Mean  "A few years later another band called themselves Baby Rocker; the cover shows a baby doll with a cigar in its mouth, beer-tab earrings, safety pins, and (dare I say it?) a piece of gum stuck on the bottom of a baby shoe..." - Jello 
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Brainstorm  Smile A While (full suite)   Options Smile A While  "A German hard-space rock album by Brainstorm called Smile A While showed hairy German hippie guys posing in corsets and girdles. Needless to say, it didn't quite work - too much gorilla hair for foundation fetishists, I guess." - Jello 
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Danielle Dax  The Shamemen   Options Pop-Eyes  The original version of Danielle Dax's first album, Pop Eyes, disappeared quick. Now she has "exotica-goddess from the jungle depths" packaging, but the original cover ...showed cut-up slices of body organs and meat!" - Jello 
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Cain  Katy   Options A Pound of Flesh  "...Another example of blatant meat-marketing was from a Minnesota metal band called CAIN: their album Pound of Flesh literally showed a pound of oozing flesh protruding from a tin can...tongue-like jelly fingers of undetermined origin." - Jello 
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Lynn Carey  Sweet Talkin' Candyman   Options Beyond The Valley of the Dolls OST  "Lynn Carey was a songwriter with a powerful Janis Joplin voice who wrote most of the music for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Surprisingly she neither sang on the record nor (considering her looks) appeared in the film." - Jello 
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Mama Lion  Mr. Invitation   Options Preserve Wildlife  "...But that didn't stop her from using her cheesecake appeal, under the influence of Canadian transplant letch Neil Merryweather; he repackaged her as a serious blues singer, Mama Lion. The front cover shows her behind the bars of a lion cage, and if that isn't enough to offend today's feminists, open up the "cage" and Mama Lion is suckling a lion cub with one of her ample teats. The thing is, she as a really good singer- where is she today?" - Jello 
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      The inner sleeve... 
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Alan Franklin  Goodbye Daddy   Options Come Home Baby  Another packaging job gone wrong: 60's punk legend Alan Franklin made a somwhat legendary live album in '69, but hardly anyone knows about his '70's comeback album. Rather than present himself as a heavy raw blues-garage musician from the other side, he had himself photographed in bed with a "Come hither" look - there he is under the covers wwith seemingly no clothes on, a copy of High Times, and a huge wad of hundred-dollar bills on a tray along with a bottle of Chianti. On the back he's posing in Tarzan bikini briefs somewhere in the Everglades. Leave it to Florida..." - Jello 
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Orquestra Fantasma  El Rey Del Guaguanco   Options Orquestra Fantasma  "Orquesta Fantasma is one of my favorites: it shows these guys in Mexican wrestler garb and KISS makeup posing with a mutilated body in a graveyard-- I suppose it's half-Kiss and half-King Diamond, but I think it predates King Diamond. Musically it's like a cool crude fuzz-guitar version of Santana." - Jello 
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Listener comments!

Avatar 1:56pm BC Sterrett:

Good Morning :)
Avatar 1:56pm BC Sterrett:

About to start in 4 mins
  2:14pm mzzms for:

haven't listened this track for so long time. thanks
Avatar 2:15pm BC Sterrett:

You're welcome. Hi Mzzms :)
  2:26pm Eric Kilkenny:

Hey BC!
Avatar 2:27pm BC Sterrett:

Hi Eric! I'm excited that you're back on the air :)
  2:30pm Eric Kilkenny:

Thanks BC!!! Hopefully you like pinball :-)
  2:34pm Eric Kilkenny:

I'm getting another machine today. A 1982 Gottlieb Devil's Dare. Picking it up from the guy who created it. It's his comp machine. He's going to tell me some stories about designing pinball machines and sign it for me. I'll play it this Tues
Avatar 2:35pm BC Sterrett:

Holy Cow that sounds amazing!
Avatar 2:42pm BC Sterrett:

I dream of a day when I can see your machines in person
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:42pm Mr Fab:

Greeting, B-to-tha-C. Cool to hear the great Dr John just as I tuned in.
Avatar 2:42pm BC Sterrett:

Hey there Mr. Fab :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:56pm Mr Fab:

THere's conspiracy theories about what killed disco, but stuff like this makes it pretty clear that disco had painted itself into a ridiculous corner from which there was clearly no escape.
Avatar 2:56pm BC Sterrett:

So much disco sickening silliness
Avatar 2:59pm Sem:

Hiya, BCS, LMA-ers, and nosey parkers.
Avatar 2:59pm BC Sterrett:

Hi Sem :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm chresti:

Hi BC and anarcivists!
Avatar 3:03pm BC Sterrett:

Hi Chresti :)
  3:07pm davefromtoronto:

billy squier should've learned from michael fennelly...
Avatar 3:10pm BC Sterrett:

HI davefromtoronto :)
  3:11pm davefromtoronto:

hey BC
Avatar 3:11pm Sem:

Hard to fathom the appeal of this to anyone.
Avatar 3:12pm BC Sterrett:

I have that mindset with most of these as well...
Avatar 3:13pm BC Sterrett:

I keep thinking this song is going to end. lol
Avatar 3:15pm Sem:

Hope springs eternal, you gotta love people who never give up the dream...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:18pm Mr Fab:

I think the lesson we can learn from these album covers is that music industry decisions are too important to be made by the music industry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:18pm StringOFperils:

It's the art we all deserve.
Avatar 3:19pm BC Sterrett:

Ha ha ha
Avatar 3:21pm BC Sterrett:

WFMU, where we're not afraid to play things that are looooong.
Avatar 3:23pm BC Sterrett:

I like that StringOfPerils. Not the art we wanted but the art we deserve...
Avatar 3:24pm BC Sterrett:

5 more minutes on this baby.
  3:29pm Eric Kilkenny:

Sounding good! Needed that one
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:30pm Mr Fab:

DJ bathroom break!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:31pm WR:

hi. started listening during the Fennelly track. curious about the Nagle tracks. i remember when that Bad Rice album came out, don't remember what it sounded like. I assume the Lou Reed and Dr. John tracks were included because referenced in other entries, don't see how they fit the theme. Or am I so close to them to not be able to see how they fit...
Avatar 3:33pm BC Sterrett:

Hi WR! Yeah a few tracks played just because they were referenced, ...to put things into perspective.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:34pm StringOFperils:

Loved Danielle Dax. Messed with the formula. Which made her disappearance from global sales inevitable, and I don't think she cared all that much. She's an award winning interior designer now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:34pm Rich in Washington:

Love Danielle Dax!
Avatar 3:35pm BC Sterrett:

Me too :)
Avatar 3:36pm Sem:

Yikes, this is the real deal.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:38pm WR:

i think there is a typo. The Shamemen.
Avatar 3:39pm BC Sterrett:

Thanks! I just fixed it :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:39pm StringOFperils:

This actually sounds like a can of meat.
Avatar 3:40pm Sem:

Avatar 3:40pm BC Sterrett:

It was late and I was typing fast so I could go to sleep. lol There are probably more typos...let me know.
Avatar 3:41pm BC Sterrett:

StringofPerils lol ... you're right!
Avatar 3:41pm BC Sterrett:

what's that link Sem?
Avatar 3:43pm Sem:

Youtube video of Danielle Dax singing The Shamemen, with many many still photographs of her.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:43pm StringOFperils:

Lynn Carey was Mama Lion, no?
Avatar 3:44pm BC Sterrett:

Yes she was :) Which gives a hint of what's coming up next...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:46pm StringOFperils:

Ahh....so I see. :) Here's the inside of that gatefold cover....tossed a bone to pubescent boys in basements everywhere.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:47pm StringOFperils:

Ok, I'll just ....relax..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:47pm Rich in Washington:

Oh wow. I always wondered what Mama Lion sounded like.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:47pm solo mon:

So weird she wasn’t in the BVD movie? Titally a Russ Meyer type!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:48pm Rich in Washington:

definitely of the Deep Purple school of early 70s hard rockers.
Avatar 3:50pm Sem:

Suffering for your art, BCS. All good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:53pm Mx. Baba Bee (e/em):

Greetings, BC and folx!
Avatar 3:55pm BC Sterrett:

Hi Mx :) This will probably be the last track. Thanks for showing up! See you next week. Stay tuned for the fabulous DJ Georgy Girl.
Avatar 3:57pm BC Sterrett:

Link to the next show :)

Avatar 3:58pm Sem:

Thanks so much, BCS. Wouldn't have heard any of this anywhere else. Later.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:59pm Otis:

Thanks BC. Been tuned in the backdrop for the past fun hour. Love that Mama Lion!
Avatar 3:59pm BC Sterrett:

Hi Otis!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:00pm WR:

fun. thank you
Avatar 4:00pm BC Sterrett:

Thanks WR. Bye Everyone :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:01pm StringOFperils:

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