Bakersfield Boogie Boys - Okie from Muskogee (1980, US, new wave/weird) 
Wednesday, January 3, 2007, 06:36 PM - Music, - US, Fun, English
On this 12" the Bakersfield Boogie Boys covered the red neck Merle Haggard song Okie from Muskogee in a way Devo did with (I can't get no) Satisfaction.
Get off my cloud (Rolling Stones) and I get around (Beach Boys) got a more Flying Lizards like treatment, not at least caused by the flat voice of Shari Famous. Flying Tigers is an original song with wah-wah guitar and Jack Bruce bass, so it occasionally sounds like Cream, but it's not Ginger Baker who is drumming.
Okie from Muskogee first appeared on Devotees, a tribute-album before that word existed. It later appeared on the sampler Tales from the Rhino 2.

1 - Okie from Muskogee [2:01]
2 - Get off my cloud [2:22]
3 - I get around [2:16]
4 - Flying Tigers [3:30]



From the back sleeve text:
The Bakersfield Boogie Boys originally appeared on the Devotees album (composed of bands sounding like Devo) performing a strange, Devo-like version of "Okie From Muskogee." Many, like Los Angeles New Wave deejay Rodney Bingenheimer, thought the group was Devo in disguise. Rumors to the contrary, the Bakersfield Boogie Boys are in actual fact three young men from Bakersfield, California.
Citing influences of Devo, the Vanilla Fudge, early Frank Zappa and late Marianne Faithful, the BBB consider themselves slightly out-of-place with the country and western confines of their hometown. "We're a rarity for Bakersfield," says bassist Billy Joe Conrad, "because none of us know anyone related to Buck Owens."
By day Conrad works at a library, guitarist Jimmie Lee Grabert at a paint store, and drummer Gary Hoffman at Der Wienerschnitzel. The band has been rehearsing for almost a year, but live performances so far have been limited to a few appearances in their area. The members hope to make enough money from the sale of this record to purchase a synthesizer, and perhaps move to the Van Nuys area, granting them access to Los Angeles' flourishing club scene.

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The Mad Mystery Sound - It's a Super-Spectacular Day (1979, US, weird) 
Saturday, December 23, 2006, 11:25 PM - Music, - US, Fun, Personal
According to Wikipedia this is a multisided record. Strange name, it is only playable on one side, but it has at least seven grooves. Each groove has it's own version of the same song. They all start the same but the ends are different. Which version you hear depends on where the stylus of your turntable starts. The flexi disc was included in an American edition of Mad magazine in 1980. I digitised the seven versions of the song I could discover on this record.



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And a Merry Critmas from Tortelvis 
Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 06:21 PM - Music, - US, Fun, English


A Christmas Record (1981, US, miscellaneous styles) 
Sunday, December 10, 2006, 06:40 PM - Music, - US, English
Not Christmas tunes done in a different style, but original songs.
Most happy melodies (except of course the ones by Suicide/Alan Vega), not always happy lyrics.
A sampler of ZE Records. Strange mixture but all very American Big City sounds.



Again available on cd.

Side one:
1 Material with Nona Hendryx - It's a Holiday [7:12]
2 August Darnell - Christmas on Riverside Drive [5:03]
3 Charlťlie Couture - Christmas Fever [4:48]
4 Suicide - Hey Lord [3:25]

Side two:
1 Cristina - Things Fall Apart [4:34]
2 The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping [5:21]
3 Was (Not Was) - Christmas Time in the Motor City [2:55]
4 Alan Vega - No More Christmas Blues 3:13]
5 Davitt Sigerson - It's a Big Country [2:51]

In the same year I bought another sampler Chantons NoŽl, Ghost of Christmas Past on the Belgium Les Disques Du Crepuscule label. I lost it. Who has a copy?

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The Dickies - Silent Night (1978, US, punk) 
Saturday, December 9, 2006, 06:18 PM - Music, - US, Fun, English
Nice heavy Christmas song from the Dickies.
On the back side The Sound of Silence (*NOT*) of Simon & Garfunkel.



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Sy Mann - Switched On Santa! (1970, US, electronic) 
Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 06:33 PM - Music, - US, Fun, English
I know, this lp pops up everywhere these days.
But I digitized it last week, so I share it now. In the Netherlands you don't do any christmas things before 'Sinterklaas' (a Santa Claus look alike), the 6th of December.



Sy Mann did the arrangements, Jean Jacques Perrey the engeneering and the posing on the cover.

Side one:
1 Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer [2:13]
2 Jingle Bells [1:43]
3 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town [2:02]
4 Tijuana Christmas [1:59]
5 My Favorite Things [2:24]
6 The Little Drummer Boy [2:38]

Side two:
1 Christmas Bells [1:51]
2 White Christmas [2:50]
3 Joy To The World [1:04]
4 When Christmas Comes [2:30]
5 Angels We Have Heard On High [1:43]
6 Silent Night [2:07]
7 What Child Is This [2:05]

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Tuxedomoon - Scream with a view (1979, US, new wave/electronic) 
Sunday, November 26, 2006, 06:40 PM - Music, - US, English
I always liked this second 12" (and 4th release) from Tuxedomoon and it gets a 6 on the White Noise Scale. I saw Tuxedomoon again last year and they were exactly the same as 25 years ago, including the (nowadays) lame light show. No fun anymore.



a1 Nervous Guy [4:00]
a2 Where Interests Lie [5:05]
b1 (Special Treatment For The) Family Man [5:05]
b2 Midnite Stroll [3:17]

See also my other post of Tuxedomoon.

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