Recorded by Miguel Murphy for Poem-a-Day, a series produced by the Academy of American Poets. Published on August 15, 2019. www.poets.org
“Robert Barlow, aged 16, was either the 43-year old H. P. Lovecraft’s lover for a summer in 1934, or just his disappointed protégé, who in his own middle years would overdose on Seconal after a student threatened to expose him for being that medical monster of the age, a homosexual. The diagnosis, the name of the disease. In 2019, I sit in my hot tub, but the freedoms of this era feel illusory. A single pill a night makes a frightening plague a kind of historical footnote. Such starlight. The backside of the century.”
Recorded by Keith S. Wilson for Poem-a-Day, a series produced by the Academy of American Poets. Published on August 13, 2019. www.poets.org
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Recorded by Evie Shockley for Poem-a-Day, a series produced by the Academy of American Poets. Published on August 12, 2019. www.poets.org
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2003 JANUARY 8 #008
Elvis Casio and his Karaoke Hound Dog Revue - Jailhouse Rock/Don’t Be Cruel/Teddy Bear
In 1992, the Casio Corporation, then a giant in the consumer electronics field, exhibited its new products at the Summer CES Convention at McCormick Place in Chicago. This was, and is, the major trade show for its industry. The company was unveiling its new portable Karaoke machine at this show, and wanted to do a major splash on it and demonstrate its capabilities to the press and public, not to mention the primary target, their accounts. The way in which they chose to do this was to place the machine on a stage on a main aisle, so passersby could be entertained by vocal performances.
Two singers were hired to do shows and play MC for audience members who wanted to try singing. One was a very competent and professional female lounge-type" singer from the Chicago area, a logical choice. But, the second choice was a doozy. The President of the company’s son, a notorious drifter and ne"er-do-well in Dad’s eyes, was hired to be an Elvis impersonator, at the President’s insistence. The young man had been loafing through several menial jobs and attempts at finding a focus in life, judiciously avoiding Dad’s footsteps and efforts to lure him into the business world. He had had some previous trade show experience with the company at photography and booth setup, for which he was reportedly paid enormous amounts of money for very little work. However, the young man had no experience whatsoever as a performer or a vocalist. He was thus thrust in front of thousands of people each day over a 4-day period, and not only members of the electronics trade; the final day of the show was the only time in the show’s history that the public was admitted, with great anticipation. People from all over the country flocked to Chicago, knowing this might be their only chance to ever see a Consumer Electronics Show.
The actual Casio machine being showcased was in a prototype stage and not working fully, soan auxiliary cassette machine had to be used so that the singers could have their background tracks. The deck used for this was a dual deck, so the tape with the tracks could be played in the PLAY deck, and blank tapes were continually fed into the RECORD deck by another employee with great foresight, mostly to capture Elvis’ performances.
Elvis wore a cheesy rented white costume bedecked with rhinestones, with a black shock wig that looked more like Tina Turner than Elvis. Given his lack of experience, he made the perfunctory efforts to ape the King’s vocal and physical gyrations, although his considerable deficiencies are exposed, notably his complete lack of any musical feeling, and seemingly even an inability to count to four. The general reaction to these performances by the show attendees was immediate fleeing from the scene, leaving a few stragglers with either mouths agape in disbelief or rolling in laughter. There were apparently many ‘Elvis gifts’ and mementos to be given away, but few people were found to give them to by a short time after the music started.
Granted, it is easy to pick on Karaoke tapes made by non-singers. However, this one has a little more disturbance attached to it. One, the venue was a product launch by a major company at a major trade show, with some 75,000 people in the building; and two, this singer was PAID to do this, and no small amount. It is estimated that Elvis was paid in the range of $3000 for the four days work. Also, as his proud papa strutted around the area during the performances, Elvis’ recent ex-wife (hired by Dad to work the information counter, seemingly as a cruel prank) stood nearby, in full eye-and earshot of a man she was no doubt relieved to call her ex after witnessing this travesty.
Keep in mind, Elvis was dead serious and trying his dead-level best in these gripping performances!
- Hoppy Stone
TT-8:32 / 7.82MB / 128kbps 44.1khz
2003 JANUARY 7 #007
Murry Wilson - Colonel’s March
Murry was fired from The Beach Boys, by the boys. He started producing some classmates of his sons, The Sunrays. They only had one big hit, "I Live For The Sun." During those sessions, Murry fashioned himself a jingle writer and proceeded to record this Kentucky Fried Chicken travesty. It was never used for anything, but was included on the (now out of print) Sunrays box set. Thanks go out to Dana Countryman for turning me onto this recording a couple of years ago. It’s a short song, but worth every hilarious second.
- Otis Fodder
TT-0:48 / 758k / 128kbps 44.1khz from "The Sunrays - Vintage Rays, Box Set" (Collectables COL-8833)
2003 JANUARY 6 #006
Red Shadow (The Economics Rock & Roll Band) - Understanding Marx
"Read Marx and Lenin it will really turn you loose!" Nothing like a groovy now sound take on Marxism. Happy-go-lucky singers with spoken stories. Classic.
- Otis Fodder
TT-5:05 / 4.66MB / 128kbps 44.1khz from LP, "Live At The Panacea Hilton" (Physical Records 21-005, 1975)
2003 JANUARY 5 #005
Janeen Brady & The Brite Singers - I’m A Mormon
Every Sunday I’ll be posting some good ol’ time religion! Here we have "I’m A Mormon." I found this record while living in Reno, Nevada in 1993 and over the years from excessive play (mostly for alcohol-induced friends) my copy is worn out (literally), but thanks to Brother Russell (of Melbaworld) I have a nice clean copy for you to download. I have a couple of friends (of the Mormon faith) who had this record while growing up (they also had the "Bounce Back" cassette, but that’s for another Sunday!). The wacky thing about this song is not only the lyrics "I’m a Mormon, yes I am, so if you want to study a Mormon, I’m a living specimen" but it’s set to a rousing marching beat. Don’t be surprised if you end up walking down the street and slowly start to go insane humming it.
- Otis Fodder
TT-1:33 / 1.43MB / 128kbps 44.1khz from LP, "I’m A Mormon" (Brite Records, 1980)
2003 JANUARY 4 #004
The Dondero High School A Capella Choir - Fox On The Run/Sunshine Of Your Love
I became fascinated with School Band Music years ago in the 80’s when I picked up a marching band record at a thrift store and heard interpretations of popular songs by kids. Now… there’s a lot of crap to sift through when looking for school band records and most LPs will only have one good song (if that). There are exceptions to that rule, like the Lochiel and South Carvolth (Langley Schools Music Project) records that were found in Canada by Brian Linds and released on CD by Irwin Chusid. The two cuts here from the Dondero kids are fun gems and it’s the first time I’ve heard Sweet’s ‘Fox On The Run’ being covered by a School Band. Cream’s ‘Sunshine’ is a bonus I included for your listening pleasure. These songs are made possible by Suzanne Baumann who found this cassette in a thrift store in 2002 and she writes, "Dondero is located in Royal Oak, Michigan. Their mascot, The Oaks. A Capella is the name of their advanced level chorus, and, as far as I can tell, has nothing to do with the style of singing they do!"
- Otis Fodder
TT-6:35 / 6.02MB / 128kbps 44.1khzfrom cassette, "Pop Concert 1996"
2003 JANUARY 3 #003
Chris - Crazy Crazy
In the world of Organ Grinder records there are many misses, but this album by Chris Anderson (who appears to prefer to just be called "Chris" as his stage name) gets me dancing around and tapping my toes. He’d make Lenny Dee mighty proud with his take on this classic song. The LP is a vanity pressing (no date, but I’m guessing from the late 70’s) and features Chris on the Hammond Console Series 2300 and Model B-3 Organs. Here’s the text from the back cover of the album, "In every young person’s life there comes a time when a commitment must be made as to what they want to do with the rest of their life. From the foot tapping rhythm of the up tempo tunes to the tender emotion of the ballads, the listener can experience and realize the total commitment that has influenced Chris and his music from the beginning. Chris’ natural talent reaches out to music lovers of all ages. His artistry and arrangements at the organ keyboard fascinate his listeners. The selections chosen for this album reflect the requests presented to Chris wherever he appears, whether in concert or in a personal appearance."
- Otis Fodder
TT-2:46 / 3.18MB / 160kbps 44.1khz
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