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May 24, 2007


Pinball King

One time my friend and me were taking turns choosing records to play. When it was my turn, I put on "The Nothing Record". After five minutes of listening to the soft crackle of nothing, my friend said "Ok, that's enough" and yanked it off the turntable. The Nothing Album also came with a free poster of, you guessed it, nothing! These guys owe John Cage royalties, he did this in 1951. And aliens have southern accents. Why not?

Pinball King

By the way, if you're ever near a jukebox and you want silence, play "Something In the Way" by Nirvana. The song is followed by twelve minutes of silence and then a loud instrumental called "Endless, Nameless". It's fun to watch the reactions of the patrons, too. They think that the jukebox is broken and then the owner resets the machine. The track can seldom be played in it's entirety in public.


There's a 12" version of late 80's pop hit "IOU Nothing" by Bros, which features an 18 minute long version of the aforementioned track, and a b side called nothing... also about 18 minutes long


Loving these Moonbillies tracks. Thanks for those. And the silence on the b-side of the Lori & Brett single is kind of haunting when you add the human self-destruction pretense.

Jeff Phinney

Just like the Nirvana track mentioned above, I recall another band(who shall remain nameless) that put out a CD where the last track was almost 34 minutes long. The track consisted of the first 3 minutes being music and some guy singing "I am not obsessed with this" and the remainder of the track being silence. All except for the last minute or so which consisted of some kind of course scratching noise.
I made the mistake of putting this CD on late one night. I let it play thorough while I was busy working on something else. Paying no attention to it and 30 minutes after what I assumed the last track had played, I heard what I thought was someone trying to tear the side of my house off using shovels and a rakes. I paniced trying to figure out what I was going to do. I had the phone in my hand ready to dial 911 when I realized that the noise was coming out of the speakers. Certainly made me feel like a fool.

Jeff Phinney

I noticed the writngs credits for the Moonbillies were shared between Pat Buttrum("Mr. Haney" from TV's "Greenacres", I assume) and Carl Cotner, who, if it's the same Cotner listed in the IMDB, worked as Gene Autry's musical director. Both Buttram and Cotner worked with Autry. The whole Hill/Moon billie thing fits right in there with Buttrams "Hick Schtick".
My wife recalls as a Child going to see Pat Buttram
perform at the Del Mar Fair(AKA The San Diego County Fair). She remembers that along with his comedy routine, there were also musical numbers thrown in. It was a long time ago, but who knows, maybe she saw the 'Lectronic Brain performed live.


I listened to "Live" and "Listen to the Quiet" back-to-back. Interesting how unnerving it was to me. I almost couldn't wait until the last track was over. Now I'm going to listen to "Lady Godiva's Opderation."

Richard Brandt

Since The Moonbillies are on a division of Melody Ranch Records, I'd say the Autry connection is pretty durn sound.

strictly kev

I need a copy of that Moonbillies 45 - another great post Pea

Cord Cameron

If this is the same Brett Slattery I recorded with in San Diego... actually at Fanfare Studios in El Cajon... I'd sure like to get a copy of "No Leap for Mankind", which we recorded in 1972 or 3. Now that I think of it, I'll bet it was Lori on vocals. I played bass.

Also, Brett had a tape called 'Moaners'. It was a fab listen! HA!

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