Regular WFMU listeners will be no doubt familiar with the concept of "industrial musicals", where a company promotes themselves or their products with a single, a full album, or in extreme cases a full-blown musical production. The album Product Music: Vol 1 is a collection of memorable examples of the industrial song. Because if you're not buying a company's product, perhaps a few listens to their new dance tune will change your mind!
The songs range from mellow dance tunes ("The Frito Twist") to manic dance tunes ("Dance The Slurp", with its frenzied cries of "SLURP SLURP!!!") to haunting ballads (the somewhat disturbing "My Bathroom Is A Private Kind of Place", one of three tunes in the compilation from American Standard's classic industrial musical The Bathrooms Are Coming!).
If you still have some spending money after perusing this collection, head on over to the Wikipedia entry on industrial musicals, which has some other music links for you to check out. And for a rare video record of an actual industrial musical, check out this Chevrolet sales convention musical from the mid-1950s, courtesy of the good folks at the Prelinger Archives.
All links below are to 128Kbps MP3s.
Hooray For Human Engineering (Clark Equipment)
Tractor Drivin' Man (Ford Motor Company)
My Bathroom Is A Private Kind of Place (American Standards)
Look At This Tub (American Standards)
My Ultra Bath (American Standards)
Dance The Slurp (7-11)
Gentle on My Mind (Mary Kay Cosmetics)
He's A Penney Man (JC Penney's)
Power Flower (Westinghouse)
Standing on the Corner (Ford Motor Company)
Shake It! (Borden's)
The New Generation (Squibb Pharmaceuticals)
The Frito Twist (Frito's)
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (Bold Detergent)
Madison Avenue Tango (Westclox)
Saints Go Marchin' In (Mary Kay Cosmetics)
Up Came Oil (Exxon)
We Got 'Em (Exxon)
My VIP - Tribute to Salesmen (Clark Equipment)
The Eight Seasons of Chromalox (Emerson/Chromalox)