"According to the liner notes of this self-released album from 1975,
Milwaukee keyboard prodigy and supper club circuit regular Archie Ulm
'devastated the traditional concept of organ playing by inciting his
audiences to stunning highs of musical awareness.'" And by that they
mean misplayed versions of television theme songs, of course.
Archie Ulm: The Rockford Files NBC Mystery Movie Theme
You know what's wrong with all the new "retro" music, especially that kickballer stuff? It's that the irony ruins it. You need to be completely sincere in your paranoia about technology, your bad Casio beats, and your chants of "evacuate your seat", and your Mr. T. impressions. Kind of like how Ohio Players member Junie Morrison rocked it in 1985. (via Robots In Heat)
Junie Morrison: Techno-Freqs
Finally, my Freaks and Geeks soundtrack is complete, thanks to this definitive version of the Doobie Brothers' hit. (via Copy, Right?)
Rev. Milton Brunson & The Thompson Community Choir: Jesus Is Just Alright With Me
Crud Crud turned me to both a mysterious little folk song about the devil, and a pop song about suicide. Both of which remind me that Christmas is coming.
Felix Saucedo: El Diablico
Buddy Knox: I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself
The Ames Brothers team up with Esquivel, and seem very confused by all
the South of the Border culture. Still, it makes for an interesting
pair-up. (via Xtabay)
The Ames Brothers with Esquivel: Quizas, Quizas, Quizas Tu Solo Tu Perfidia
I was just not expecting a cover of early Bob Seger to rock this solidly. Well, that's what I get for underestimating the silver bullet, or at least the 60s bands who liked his early stuff. (via Iron Leg)
The Caretakers: East Side Story
While we are on the subject of cover versions that just shouldn't work: I've been a fan of "Rasputin" masters Boney M for a while now, but this
is the first I've heard of their surprisingly loyal Neil Young cover.
(via Domino Rally)
Boney M: Heart Of Gold
Can't stop hopping around the room like the dork that I am to this one, which John Peel called "the best Star Trek song ever". Not to argue with Peel, but Thee Shatners comes in pretty close. (via Armagideon Time )
Spizzenergi: Where's Captain Kirk
Thee Shatners: Stronger Than Kirk
Well, the daring stuntman has passed on, and while I thought the Viva Knievel theme
was a good tribute, it ain't got nothing on this number. "He's not a
bird, he's not a plane. Is he a fool who's gone insane?" (via Music For Maniacs)
Eddie Carr: Evil Evil Evel Knievel
On a more musically serious front, goodbye to Karlheinz Stockhausen. Read all about him, and find songs and sound samples, at stockhausen.org.
And finally, some blogger Christmas gifts for you:
A virtual box set of "cheap French exploitation beats".
A mix tape tribute to Mad Daddy.
Four out-of-print Bruce Haack albums.