Options The Clock Strikes Midnight with Herk Hilligoss: Playlist from December 18, 2020 Options

Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Monster and Halloween Records (Music, Spoken Word and related weirdness) from the vaults of The Lost Media Archive. For show submissions write to Herk via bcsterrett at gmail.com for details.

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Options December 18, 2020: (No Archive for this episode) A 2 hour Experimental Christmas tribute to favorite WFMU inspired CD-R label "Oddest Recordings"
Playing the entire Christmas catalog of Oddest Recordings mixed with tracks from almost every project created by artist Mark Gillespie. A favorite DIY label from my days at Oddity Rock Radio on KWCR 88.1 FM in the early 2000s. - BC Sterrett (aka Herk Hilligoss) **************************************************************************************** I created the Oddest label in 2001, somewhat inspired by some of the cool and strange music I was hearing on WFMU at the time. I had been doing experimental multi-track recording for years and thought it would be fun to release some of my weird sounds under the guises of different artists, so Oddest Recordings was born. I’m a professional graphic designer/illustrator, so I designed all the covers myself. It was a lot of fun and I got more recognition than I ever thought I would, including air play on WFMU." - Mark Gillespie

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Images
Your DJ Speaks         
Feliz Avant Garde  Jingle Bells   Options Feliz Avant Garde     
Casiotone380  Demo   Options Hooked on Casio     
Axo Sonac and His Happy Hand Horn  Tink Tonk   Options Axo Sonac and his Happy Hand Horn     
Expo 74  Message for Weigh Station   Options Sounds of Someday Soon     
Feliz Avant Garde  Deck The Halls   Options Feliz Avant Garde     
The Soundbitten Symphony  Mondo Audio Pt 1   Options Mondo Odd-o     
The Banana Splats  Duck Off   Options Mondo Odd-o     
Feliz Avant Garde  The 12 Days of Christmas   Options Feliz Avant Garde     
Siamese Davis Jr.  Lady Fuzz   Options Siamese Davis Jr: The World's Only Conjoined Lounge Singer     
Zatumba  Satano   Options Are These the Sounds of Possession     
Feliz Avant Garde  Ring Christmas Bells   Options Feliz Avant Garde     
The Soundbitten Symphony  Fridgetop Chaos   Options The Merman Suite     
Onion Boy  I Have Cake (and You Don't)   Options The Childish Sounds of Onion Boy and His Food-Faced Friends     
Feliz Avant Garde  The Nutcracker   Options Feliz Avant Garde     
Freaky Sounds of Frightville  Marathon of Fright   Options Freaky Sounds of Frightville     
Freaky Sounds of Frightville  Seriously Haunted   Options Freaky Sounds of Frightville     
Jazzkrash  Loco Motive   Options Mondo Odd-o     
Onion Boy  Tip Toe Thru The Lepers   Options The World's Weirdest Music Vol. 1  2003   
Feliz Avant Garde  O Christmas Tree   Options Feliz Avant Garde    (Alternate Cover) 
Robo-A-Go-Go  No One Has Caught the Yeti Yet   Options Mondo Odd-o     
The Soundbitten Symphony  Mondo Audio Pt 2   Options Mondo Odd-o     
We Three Things  In-A-Santa Da-Vida   Options In-A-Santa Da-Vida CD Single     
Kraftwurst  Klownbot   Options Klownbot     

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Listener comments!

Avatar 12/15 3:13am BC Sterrett:

Good Midnight to You...
Avatar 2:03pm Constance De Witt:

Hello BC!
Avatar 2:03pm Herk Hilligoss:

Hello Constance!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:04pm Kat in Chicago:

Simply having a Casio Christmastime
Avatar 2:05pm Herk Hilligoss:

Hi Kat!
Avatar 2:05pm Herk Hilligoss:

I'm hoping the artist behind these shows up in the chat room today...
Avatar 2:06pm Mark Gillespie:

Hi BC! Listening...
Avatar 2:07pm Herk Hilligoss:

Hi Mark! Can you tell us about the inspiration/creation behind some of these releases?
Avatar 2:08pm Mark Gillespie:

Axo? Shooby Taylor, heard on WFMU.
Avatar 2:08pm Herk Hilligoss:

Tell us about Axo Sonac :)
Avatar 2:09pm Herk Hilligoss:

Ha, I wondered about the Shooby Taylor connection. Wonderful.
Avatar 2:11pm Mark Gillespie:

I would say that the Residents are also an obvious influence when it comes to most of this stuff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:12pm solo mon:

Hey ! Just poppin in to say I’m loving this music so far!
Avatar 2:13pm Herk Hilligoss:

Thanks Solo Mon :)
Avatar 2:14pm Herk Hilligoss:

Was this chopping segment inspired by Fred Lane's Mystic Tune?
Avatar 2:15pm Herk Hilligoss:

I often do this of The Residents with your music, especially with the Soundbitten Orchestra. Do you have a favorite Residents song or album?
Avatar 2:17pm Mark Gillespie:

I can't say I'm familiar with that tune so...I guess not. My favorite album is the first, Meet The Residents.
Avatar 2:18pm Herk Hilligoss:

Love it.
Avatar 2:19pm Herk Hilligoss:

This really is one of the greatest Christmas albums that I turn to each year.
Avatar 2:20pm Mark Gillespie:

I'm glad you like it.
Avatar 2:21pm Herk Hilligoss:

I think I first found out about you by Otis Fodder's Cool and Strange Music CD review of "Hooked on Casio." Do you still have that keyboard?
Avatar 2:22pm Mark Gillespie:

More Residential inspiration. Inspired by the musical deconstructionism of cover tunes on albums like Third Reich and roll.
Avatar 2:24pm Mark Gillespie:

I still have the Casiotone380, but got rid of the MT 520 when I had to move recently.
Avatar 2:25pm Herk Hilligoss:

Maybe it was a bad idea to have The Clock Strikes host, it made this episode harder for listeners to find I think, until it show up in the archive. Oh well, there will be more episodes of this stuff :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:27pm Mx. Granny (e/em):

Avatar 2:29pm Herk Hilligoss:

Hi GrannY!
Avatar 2:29pm Herk Hilligoss:

I have to ask, was The 12 Days of Christmas inspired by The Conet Project or Short Wave Number Stations?
Avatar 2:34pm Mark Gillespie:

It does sound like short wave number stations. I hadn't thought about that. It's basically breaking down the song to it's most mathematical component. 12 Days is basically a countdown.
Avatar 2:36pm Mark Gillespie:

Zatumba was inspired by Screaming Jay Hawkins and the Tasmanian Devil from the Warner Bros cartoons.
Avatar 2:37pm Herk Hilligoss:

Avatar 2:37pm Herk Hilligoss:

Listeners if you were able to find today's episode, feel free to ask Mark some questions if you like :)
Avatar 2:38pm Herk Hilligoss:

Can you tell us about the creative process behind some of these collage experimental tracks?
Avatar 2:42pm Mark Gillespie:

I guess I just start with a basic "musical" theme and fill in the cracks around it with whatever seems to work at the moment. Samples, sound fx, other themes. Trying to make it flow as much as possible.
Avatar 2:44pm Herk Hilligoss:

The Merman Suite is also one of my favorite of the CDs. A masterpiece :)
Avatar 2:46pm Cp304:

Good afternoon all. Love it Mark, that’s the way to go at it IMO
Avatar 2:46pm Mark Gillespie:

Avatar 2:50pm Herk Hilligoss:

What does your family think about your music? What kind of feedback have you recieved?
Avatar 2:55pm Mark Gillespie:

Ha! Most of them scratch their heads, but it hasn't led to an intervention or anything. But i've been interviewed a couple of times,
reviews for my stuff popped up in numerous zines and I've gotten quite a bit of airplay over the years. I've also sold far more CDs than I ever thought I would.
Avatar 2:57pm Herk Hilligoss:

What year was the last release? Do you still record today?
  2:59pm VaLRose:

Avatar 3:00pm Mark Gillespie:

I think Kraftwurst or We Three Things were the last. Oh yeah I still record. I've got tons of stuff that I haven't released.
Avatar 3:02pm Herk Hilligoss:

Hey my wife is here! Hi Val :)
Avatar 3:02pm Mark Gillespie:

I see you've posted an ad from Cool and Strange Music magazine. I got a good response from those ads.
  3:02pm James:

Avatar 3:02pm Herk Hilligoss:

Are your more recent recordings in the same vein of music?
Avatar 3:03pm Herk Hilligoss:

Hi James :)
Avatar 3:04pm Herk Hilligoss:

I felt honored to be mentioned in your Cool and Strange Music ads :)
Avatar 3:04pm Mark Gillespie:

A lot of it would probably qualify. Maybe someday I'll release more Oddest stuff.
Avatar 3:05pm Mark Gillespie:

I was honored to have the best holiday album of 2001.
Avatar 3:07pm Mark Gillespie:

Frightville was just an attempt to create an all purpose Halloween album using samples, sound FX and public domain stuff.
Avatar 3:07pm Herk Hilligoss:

I think several of your albums like Axo Sonac made my top 10 lists of the year. I love all of them really.
Avatar 3:09pm Mark Gillespie:

I think you might have been the first person to play my stuff.
Avatar 3:10pm Herk Hilligoss:

I really do hope you release more. I would always jump for joy when your CDs came in the mail :) I loved the art designs and concepts. I'm a very physical media collector.
Avatar 3:11pm Herk Hilligoss:

I love the physical object I mean. I still have many of them that survived my horrible car accident in the snow, but they have some water damage etc.
  3:13pm Horror Hillbilly:

Got my work done for the day - now I'm gonna sit here and play Evel Knievel pinball and listen to the freaky sounds of Herk Hilligoss - the horror host with the most!
Avatar 3:14pm Mark Gillespie:

Evel Knievel pinball! Too cool
Avatar 3:14pm Herk Hilligoss:

Hey there Hillbilly :) You're lucky, I have to go to work after this. Seasonal work at JC Penney. lol
Avatar 3:19pm Herk Hilligoss:

Of all your projects which would you say is your favorite so far?
  3:20pm Horror Hillbilly:

@Mark Gillespie if you happen to have a PC you too can play Evel Knievel for free with Visual Pinball
Avatar 3:21pm Mark Gillespie:

I like Feliz Avant Garde or The Merman Suite.
  3:21pm Horror Hillbilly:

I'm streaming myself live playing pinball with this show's audio hehe on facebook
Avatar 3:22pm Mark Gillespie:

Horror Hillbilly, I'll look into that.
Avatar 3:22pm Herk Hilligoss:

I could see this song being played by Dr. Demento. You seemed sad feeling like he has never played your music.
Avatar 3:24pm Mark Gillespie:

Maybe I was just too weird for him, oh well.
Avatar 3:24pm Herk Hilligoss:

I can't really see him playing much experimental music. You're more WFMU material :)
  3:25pm Horror Hillbilly:

Dr. Demento came to my work once. It was fun hanging out with him.
Avatar 3:25pm Mark Gillespie:

I loved his show. I hold no grudge.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:26pm Otis Oddest Fodderist:

Hi Herk and Mark. Listening in and flashing back. I remember Hooked on Casio from C&SM days.
Avatar 3:27pm Herk Hilligoss:

Hi Otis! I was talking earlier about how your review of Hooked on Casio was my introduction :)
Avatar 3:28pm Mark Gillespie:

Wow, nice to hear from you, Otis. I remember that review too.
Avatar 3:28pm Mark Gillespie:

I miss that magazine.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:29pm zivilars:

Hello hello
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:30pm Otis Oddest Fodderist:

Sorry missed most the show, last day at work here before the holidays. Will for sure be listening in the archives as I played the hell out of Hooked on Casio years back. Need to fill my archives again with Oddest material.
Avatar 3:31pm Herk Hilligoss:

You got mention in some of his liner notes Otis :) See photo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:32pm Otis Oddest Fodderist:

@Mark - Are these releases available still? Had a few moves over the years and I don't have anything. Can I order online?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:32pm chresti:

Avatar 3:32pm Herk Hilligoss:

Hi Zivalars and Chresti :) So glad you found this episode
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:33pm Otis Oddest Fodderist:

Thanks Mark, that's awesome!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:33pm zivilars:

I'm just downloading the Weirdsville podcasts – haven't heard of them before until I read the liner notes in the playlist ... Thanks for the hint, Herk!
Avatar 3:34pm Mark Gillespie:

Otis, email me at markgworld1@gmail.com and I'll let you know what I can do.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:34pm Otis Oddest Fodderist:

Super, will do.
Avatar 3:36pm Herk Hilligoss:

Mark, Friendly Persuasion is still on the air here in Sheena's Jungle Room on Tuesdays :) ...for 4 hours!
Avatar 3:37pm Mark Gillespie:

I will check that out.
  3:37pm Horror Hillbilly:

I'm going to email you as well, Mark. If you get a weird email full of lint and cat hair you'll know where it came from.
Avatar 3:37pm Herk Hilligoss:

Zivilars, I posted something about Weirdsville podcasts?
Avatar 3:37pm Mark Gillespie:

HH, Ha! Okay.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:38pm chresti:

This is great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:39pm Otis Oddest Fodderist:

Wow, Weirdsville. I used to pull a browser and have that on for hours years back.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:39pm zivilars:

@Herk: It's mentioned in the "liner notes" you've posted as a jpeg right of the "No One Had Caught The Yeti Yet" track
Avatar 3:39pm Herk Hilligoss:

I remember you were reluctant to send me this In-a-Santa-Da-Vida cd, but I love it. I still listen to it each year as well.
Avatar 3:39pm Herk Hilligoss:

Ah, I need to check that out as well!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:39pm zivilars:

I went to this web adress and had a quick check
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:41pm zivilars:

Herk, is "The Clock Strikes Midnight" on hiatus at the moment aside of this fill-in? I like your show, would be nice if it will be back soon
Avatar 3:43pm Herk Hilligoss:

I had to stop The Clock Strikes when work took over. I became harder to juggle two shows. Every now and then I turn into Herk like Jeckle and Hyde. Perhaps I'll bring it back when life slows down or have it take over Lost Media Archive completely for a spell :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:44pm zivilars:

:) I love both, keep it up!
Avatar 3:45pm Herk Hilligoss:

I'm working like 4 jobs now off and on :/ Trying to raise money for life stuff. Thanks for the encouragement Zivilars :)
Avatar 3:46pm Herk Hilligoss:

Mark, PLEASE release some of your more recent material! I've never been able to get enough :)
  3:48pm Horror Hillbilly:

@Herk I think you need to get another job and save up for a pinball machine and then quit all your other jobs so you can just stay home and flip the silver ball
Avatar 3:49pm Mark Gillespie:

Ha, I'll see what I can do. The decline of physical media sales is one of the reasons I haven't released any CDs for a while. Also a lot of sales came from C & SM magazine and when that stopped publishing I kind of stopped too.
Avatar 3:52pm Herk Hilligoss:

Well you definitely have an outlet here. I would still purchase CDs from you and I think the other DJs would appreciate your music even in file format.
Avatar 3:52pm ironybread:

Mark - do you have a BandCamp page? Putting albums on BandCamp is super easy and you'll never have to deal with any physical media. When you put up a zillion albums, it's all the better! Brian Fullerton Whitman has a zillion of them up and I'm having a blast just slowly listening to everything in "preview" mode
  3:53pm Horror Hillbilly:

And Bandcamp seems to be a pretty good company so far. They make a profit and pay artists (Spotify does neither)
Avatar 3:53pm Mark Gillespie:

ironybread, I don't. I'll look into that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:53pm Otis Oddest Fodderist:

Nice Ironybread! A Oddest Bandcamp would be fantastic.
Avatar 3:55pm Herk Hilligoss:

I agree :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:55pm Otis Oddest Fodderist:

Personally, I love Bandcamp (for my own stuff + listening/ordering). Hoping more artists move from Facebook to Bandcamp.. esp now after rolling out the ability for live vids. And direct money into artist/label pockets.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:56pm Feldpausch:

Herk, I didn't know you were a designer/illustrator plus musician. Great combination!
  3:56pm Horror Hillbilly:

Bandcamp has recently been getting into live streaming performances - and allowing u to charge etc.. pretty cool
  3:56pm Horror Hillbilly:

Bandcamp to me, reminds me of what I liked about MP3 dot com
Avatar 3:56pm Herk Hilligoss:

Oh, this is Mark Gillespie's music and illustration work.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:57pm Otis Oddest Fodderist:

Thanks again Mark, what a nice flashback today... and to Herk for heading this show up.
  3:57pm Horror Hillbilly:

A++ @MG
Avatar 3:57pm Herk Hilligoss:

Thanks for being here Mark. Especially as a fan, this has been a real pleasure :)
Avatar 3:57pm Mark Gillespie:

Thanks to everyone. i enjoyed it.
  3:58pm Horror Hillbilly:

@MG what kind of synths do you have??
Avatar 3:58pm Constance De Witt:

I enjoyed it too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:58pm solo mon:

I would 100 percent play this stuff on primal ice cream! So great.
  3:58pm Horror Hillbilly:

I would 102.025% listen to this on Primal Icecream
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:58pm Feldpausch:

oh I see now, that's Mark's quote. Thanks for sharing this stuff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:59pm solo mon:

I have been programmed to make you wet your pants.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:59pm zivilars:

I love the "World's Weirdest Music" cover art – kudos to Mark if this was also designed by him
  3:59pm Horror Hillbilly:

I have to throw my pants in the dryer! Thanks
Avatar 4:00pm Mark Gillespie:

Not drawn by me it's an old pulp mag cover
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:00pm chresti:

Thanks Herk and Mark!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:01pm zivilars:

Thanks, Herk!
Avatar 4:01pm Herk Hilligoss:

Thanks everyone :)
Avatar 4:01pm Mark Gillespie:

Thanks again!
Avatar 4:02pm Herk Hilligoss:

Good Midnight To You All :)
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