That title may make it sound like I'm going to go off on current events again, but if the best the world can throw at me this week is "Unfitney", then screw that. Instead, we'll start off this week's MP3 finds from the wonderful music blog world with some nostalgia for when we almost had real televised journalism:
Egg City Radio somehow managed to dig up 33 tracks of vintage 1978 bed music from ABC's "World News Tonight". While the tympanies and horns are probably still embedded in your head, check out some of the funky electronic variations. MP3: World News Tonight Theme; Theme with Underscore
PCL Linkdump offers a look at the Treniers, and the unlikelyhood that their single Poon-Tang ever hit the air. If you need further proof of their awesomeness, check out this video of the group in action. MP3: The Treniers, "Poon-Tang".
There used to be this great California girl band called The Bangs that captured the 60s pop sound really well. Then they became The Bangles. MP3: The Bangs, "Call On Me". Meanwhile, a group of post-punk housewives were wreaking mayhem with their downtown sound. Downtown Jersey Sound, that is. MP3: Suburban Wives Club, "Casual Cat at a Laundromat". Oh, you know what could make your no-wave song even better? How about a touch of mini-moog. MP3: Elektraflesh, "Broken Trust"
Once, the Bay Area Black Panthers demanded that Bobby Seale be set free - with music. MP3: The Lumpen, "Set Bobby Free". It was also a good time to let loose your natural hairstyle - with music. Sensual, completely funky music. MP3: Towanda & The Total Destruction, "Wear Your Natural Baby"
Chakachas' "Jungle Fever" may be their only hit, but the whole darn album is worth a listen. Fun fact: these Latin masters are actually Belgian! MP3: Chakachas, "Latin Can Can". That is less insulting than the faux-hippie pop of of Boystown. Yeah, the lyrics are about as deep as their name, but that's sort of the charm. MP3: Boystown, "Hello Mr. Sun"