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February 5th, 2005


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03:35 pm - ALBUM COVER SHOWCASE
You should not give me old 1970s catalog scans because this is what I'll do with them.

The King Bs had one hit, "Hey Honey", and then disbanded when Ben realized Bobby had been pollinating his wife. Bruce and Blake went on to form BB and the Red Ryders and were very popular in the Greenwich Village beekeeping scene.


Ricky Littlefeather, born Ricardo Montracelli, wasn't really Native American, but his swell vocals and dark features helped the tom-tom accented "Heap Good Lovin" race up the charts in 1974. Overzealous promoters tried to capitalize even further on the whole Indian thing, but his follow-up "Do The Scalp" failed miserably, and his farewell album "I Shall Sing No More Forever" did even worse. Re-emerging from obscurity in 1999, he toured a small, self-referential nightclub act called "An Evening with Ricky Littlefeather: No Reservation Required" and got on VH-1 for his troubles.


Judging by the amateur quality of this cover, it's clear this was a self-produced LP, made by Rittenhouse himself as a promotional tool for KJJT Channel 6. It didn't quite make as big a splash as he had hoped, either financially or with the ladies. According to station folklore, however, he once successfully got "6 On Your Side" reporter Claudia Berenson to go with him overnight to the Midwest Forecaster's Conference in Big Plains. (Berenson would later say that the forecast that evening called for three inches, tapering off well before midnight.)

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From:rabswom
Date:February 5th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
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where do you find this stuff, spatch?
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 5th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Mama drank when I was in her bellah.
From:aussie_nyc
Date:February 5th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Dear god.
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From:mystery_diva
Date:February 5th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)

omg...

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...I used to work for CBC in the music library, and I used to photocopy retarded album covers and put them up in my work area. One of my favourite albums was "Phyllis Diller: Born to Sing"....along with anything by Al Murad and his Harmonicats, or featuring the Moog Synthesizer. Also...why did *everybody* feel the need to record a cover of "Hey Jude"??
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 6th, 2005 12:27 am (UTC)

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Oh my gooses. Please tell me the "Harmonicats" were looped samples of cats singing a la Jingle Dogs. And please tell me he pretended he had a little band of 'em, and he dressed 'em up in rock band clothes, and they all hung out together for a picture.

Even if it's not true, please tell me that's what it was.
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From:mystery_diva
Date:February 6th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)

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I'm sorry....I can't tell you that's what it was :) Sadly, the Harmonicats are an actual harmonica group.

http://www.harmonicats.com

Hmm...I guess I got it wrong. It's *Jerry* Murad. Doh!
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From:mystery_diva
Date:February 6th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)

P.S....

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...my favourite Harmonicats album cover had the three dudes holding harmonicas....and standing in a harmonica boat. A harmonica boat!!
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From:rabswom
Date:February 6th, 2005 08:21 am (UTC)

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the cat shadows looming over them are way creepy.
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From:hemlock_martini
Date:February 5th, 2005 10:56 pm (UTC)
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That reminds me, I found a picture for you:

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From:derspatchel
Date:February 5th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
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Ten to one says that's the Screamer at Scandia Fun Park, Ontario, California. I guess they finally reversed their fascist policy of not letting cats on the ride.
From:archangelsk
Date:February 6th, 2005 12:56 am (UTC)
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The search term "ricky littlefeather" is a Googlewhack, by the way. Awesome.
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From:luckimunki
Date:February 6th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
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No, to be a googlewhack it has to yield only one result without quotation marks.
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 6th, 2005 01:02 am (UTC)
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Oh, wicked! I'm quite chuffed by that, then.
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From:elkabong
Date:February 6th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
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I anxiously anticipate the Sans-A-Belt Reunion Tour at an uncomfortably small venue near me.
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From:sylvanus_urban
Date:February 6th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
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Ha ha ha ha. Pure awesomeness.
From:yuda
Date:February 6th, 2005 02:03 am (UTC)
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Am I the only one disturbed by the fact that the weatherman sang "It's Raining Men"?
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From:rabswom
Date:February 6th, 2005 08:21 am (UTC)
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With that bowtie? Not me.

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