Call me crazy, but in 2005, I compiled a bunch of whacked out tunes for my WFMU marathon premium. Back then, the disc, Loony Tunes, was given out exclusively to pledgers to my show Give the Drummer Some, but now, invoking the insanity clause, I'm making the whole shebang available here. Posted below are the original liner notes, MP3s of (most of) the tracks, and quotes uttered by each manic maestro. Go nuts!
Loony Tunes reveals that, right up there with love, sex and death, insanity is among the most enduring—and entertaining—themes in popular music. The idea for such a collection originated with Madness in Opera, a sampler of tormented arias released in '76 as part of a promotional blitz for Loxitane, a new schizophrenia treatment from Lederle Laboratories. No psychopharmaceuticals are included with this compilation, but repeated listening just may produce similar results!
Insane Asylum (MP3)
I Hear Voices (MP3)
The Rubber Room (MP3)
4. LA LUPE ~ Going Out of My Head
"Out of my head, night and day, day and night, and night,
right or wrong, yeah, yeah, uh-huh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh,
uh, uh, ay, ah, aaay, yah, ah, ah, aaah, yeaaah, aaah, ah,
oy, eh, ah, oy, yah, ah, oy, eeaaah...."
Going Out of My Head (MP3)
New Blowtop Blues (MP3)
ANNIE ROSS ~ Twisted
"They all laughed at A. Graham Bell, they all laughed at Edison, and also at Einstein,
so why should I feel sorry if they just couldn't understand the idiomatic logic that
went on in my head."
8. HANK SNOW ~ I've Got a Tangled Mind
"I lost a million friends, I'm trudgin' on in the dark. Can't find my way,
don't know where to start. I had a home one time, I left it all behind,
I can't go back."
I've Got a Tangled Mind (MP3)
I Talk to the Trees (MP3)
The Bridge (MP3)
NINA SIMONE ~ The Desperate Ones
"And underneath the bridge, the water's sweet and deep. This is their journey's end,
the land of endless sleep. They cry to us for help, we think it's all in fun."
The Desperate Ones (MP3)
My Opera (MP3)
Psychopathia Sexualis (MP3)
JOHNNIE RAY ~ Mountains in the Moonlight
"Sometimes I feel as lost as a leaf, fallen from the tree on which I've grown.
Panic all around me, the black of night surrounds me like a child who's been
Rubber Room (MP3)
~~ and here's a bonus track not on the Loony Tunes premium CD ~~
This collection was created as a gift for listeners and supporters
of WFMU and my radio program
Give the Drummer Some." Bone-chilling shrieks of thanks go to Steinski, Laura Cantrell, Mike Lupica,
and, especially, Monica Lynch. —Doug Schulkind
Other tracks on Loony Tunes:
The Beach Boys ~ "In My Room"
The Kinks ~ "Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues"
Jimi Hendrix ~ "Manic Depression"
Any psychotic songs send you into convulsions? Leave them in Comments...