June 1st, 2006

Tom Lehrer is Smug


If you only visit one website devoted to ephemeral recordings now only found in thrift shops, let it be this one. You'll need some kind of RealPlayer-like software to listen. Turn that frown upside down.

Some album highlights:
  • Laverne & Shirley Sing! You really don't need the exclamation point for that one.
  • Parakeet Training Record. Nothin but repeated phrases. Some of these are begging to be sampled. "Hel-lo! Hel-lo ba-by! Hel-lo! Hel-lo ba-by!" Toss a slow grinding beat underneath and oh you got yourself one heck of a sex bomb, baby.
  • The Love Generation. The curator of the site says: If you were writing an episode of The Simpsons that called for a stereotypical 1960's hippie band singing about peace and love, you might easily come up with a group called the "Love Generation" singing a hit song called "Groovy Summertime", and laugh about it all day. You might even think about putting out a fake "Love Generation" album in the tradition of the Ruttles and Spinal Tap, ripping off chords from early Beatles records or the Mamas and the Pappas along the way. He's right. This album is a Christopher Guest movie just waiting to happen. Even if Spinal Tap did start out as a flower power group.
  • The Ballad of Jim & Tammy. Tammy Faye Bakker tells it -- er, sings it like she thinks it was. Oh my.
  • The Monsters Go Disco. Count Chocula, Boo-Berry and FrankenBerry all go disco. YOUR EARS WILL BLEED.
Oh, and some song highlights:Oh we love music. We do. And we hope you love music, too.