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March 7th, 2005

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12:28 am
Abbie's running back and forth hell-bent for leather and it's not hard to figure out why! Someone's gone and made nearly every single entire Dr. Demento show available for download, and the cat just can't wait to get his grubby little paws on some mad music and CRAZY comedy before Westwood One and/or XM find out and shut the place down.

Me, I'm just very very excited that I may very well finally get a clean copy of Free Hot Lunch's Hymn 694, the hymn to the Interstate Highway System. Mister Weasel ripped an MP3 for me a long time ago, but the encoding was wonky and the highs were distorted (I recall that was a nasty problem with early MP3 encoding) so a lot of the tight harmony was lost. The lyrics are still there, though.
T'was Eisenhower's greatest feat
   All across the nation
In '88 still not complete,
   A contractor's salvation.

Oh what an astounding thing is our Interstate Highway System.
I'll also be very happy if I can grab a clean "Split-Level Head" by Napoleon XIV (crazy dual-channel chattering!) and maybe some other songs I have yet to remember that I lost when the car and all my mix tapes went to the Great Impound Lot in the Sky.

Uh oh! Abbie's stompy! The website's overloaded! Too many connections! He's not gonna get his Stan Freberg fix tonight! CALM DOWN, CAT!

(EDIT: Oh my god. YES. I found The Hate Song. I FOUND THE HATE SONG. From The MAD Show. Didn't know MAD had a musical, did you? Well, it was off-Broadway, a small ensemble presentation like Tomfoolery and featured not only Jo Anne Worley but "Tell It To" Linda Lavin as well. Stephen Sondheim wrote a song for the show, a parody of "The Girl from Ipanema." But I've always loved The Hate Song the most.)

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Date:March 7th, 2005 05:52 am (UTC)
is abbie just as excited?
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Date:March 7th, 2005 06:00 am (UTC)
I had to calm him down by diverting his attention with tasty tunafish.
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Date:March 7th, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
I hear ya on the Tom T-Bone Stankus thing. Fish Heads and Dead Puppies are also classics of the novelty genre, but honestly, the good Doc doesn't have to use these three nearly every week for the Funny Five.

Also, I think you're looking for Wally Wingert & The Caped Club for the Adam West song. I'm listening to it now. Very amused.
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Date:March 7th, 2005 07:03 am (UTC)
I've got the Napoleonn XIV CD Rhino put out a few years ago...which, of course, includes "Split-Level Head"...
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Date:March 7th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
"It's a World World World World... MAD."

Yeah, my dad has the Mad Show on vinyl back home. Original cast recording.
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Date:March 7th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
Oh man, so this means I can finally get The Fabulous Five Inc.'s 1976 reggae re-working of "Shaving Cream"? Faaannntasssttic.
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Date:March 7th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)
Ooh. If I could get a copy of the Frontal Lobotomy song my mother would be so psyched. Don't even know who wrote it.

The chorus goes, "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than to have a frontal lobotomy...."
Date:March 7th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)


"And they all lived together in a split-level head..."
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Date:March 7th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)

Hymn 694

I have Hymn 694 on CD. Email me if you want me to violate federal law for you.
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Date:March 8th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC)
I recorded The Hate Song from the radio onto cassette when I was a wee lad. I still have most of it memorized.

We made our mothers take us out of Psycho
when Janet Lee was bleeding in the bath.
Although I never watched The Man from U.N.K.L.E.
I know I wouldn't like it if I did.
I saw a scene or two from Mary Poppins.
I think it's too sadistic for a kid!

Hate, bloodshed ev'rywhere we turn.
When will our parents learn
This isn't what we yearn for?
Love, kindness, peace in every land!
It's these for which we stand!
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Date:March 8th, 2005 05:38 am (UTC)
We're gonna stamp out hate! That's our creed!
Wipe out violence, intolerance and greed!
We're gonna start right now, tomorrow is too late!
We're gonna stamp! Out! Hate!

We're gonna stamp out hate, stamp it in the ground
And then take happiness and spread it all around
We'll put an end to grief, we can hardly wait
We're gonna stamp! Out! Hate!

We're gonna stamp out hate, sock it in the eye
Shoot it in the stomach, yelling Die! Die! Die!
We'll pull its insides out, and look at what it ate
We're gonna stamp! Out! Hate!

We're gonna stamp out hate, lash it with a switch!
Amputate its arms and legs and see how long they twitch!
We'll put its toes on hooks and dangle 'em for bait!
We're gonna stamp! Out! Hate!

We're gonna stamp out hate, show 'im who's the boss
Take him up a lonely hill and nail him to a cross
Won't it be kicks to watch the blood coagulate?
We're gonna stamp! Out! Hate!

We're gonna STAMP OUT HATE! Poke it with a pick!
Chill it til it's solid, then we'll sell it on a stick!
We're gonna STAMP OUT HATE! Kill without a trace!
Stick a finger up its nose and pull it off its face!

We're gonna stamp out hate! Lynch him with a rope!
Find a Nazi doctor who can boil him down for soap!
We'll pull his teeth right out and sell the silver plate--

(A door opens -- footsteps)

Ladies and gentlemen, in these troubled times I think there's a lesson to be learned from these dedicated young people... ("okay, get the door.") ...coming together to, uh, eh? ("hold him still.")

(The singers garrote the speaker, drop him to the ground, and then walk away, whistling the final bar of the song.)
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Date:March 9th, 2005 08:45 am (UTC)
A blessing and a curse! Now I'll have to listen to all the early 80s shows to find the one where he read my letter and played my request, Funky Worm.
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Date:March 9th, 2005 09:43 am (UTC)
A very useful tool is this playlist search engine which will tell you what shows a certain song was featured on. Funky Worm was played on two shows in the 80s -- once in 1986, and once in 1989 as part of a show devoted to the 70s. Unfortunately there's no audio for the 1986 show, which is where I bet your request was read.

The site's maintainer is a bit dismayed at all the bandwidth being used, and has banned a lot of leech accounts as well as "accounts without complete information or just initials for the name." He didn't bother sending email telling anybody, and it looks like I got banned for having my name as "R. Noyes."

Go fig. I was allowed to re-register, tho.

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