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Monday, May 22, 2017

Welcome to Mark’s Musical May Mondays! MA-104 - It Was Evicted from the 1980s


Welcome to Mark’s Musical May Mondays!

            Every Monday this month we’ll have a new musical compilation for your delectation ...



            Here’s another madcap mashup of dashing denotation, all songs from that storied decade, the 1980s.  No, this isn’t the absolutely overplayed and overrated crap you’ll hear on some “adult pop” radio stations when they welcome you to another “Amazin’ Eighties” weekend.

            No, this stuff is twice as good and about 100% less likely to be broadcast on any station owned by a conglomerate.

01 - See No Reason - Metropolis   1982  (3:12)
02 - The End - The Producers   1981   (2:42)
03 - Rainfall - Film Noir   1986  (3:17)
04 - Checking Out the Meat - Repeat Repeat   1980  (3:16)
05 - Dreams - Petticoats   1981  (2:52)
06 - Fantasy Island - Tattoo Host   1980  (2:55)
07 - Backed into a Corner - The View   1982  (3:54)
08 - On the Moon - Beyond Words   1986  (4:14)
09 - What's So Strange About Me? - Eight Dayz   1989  (3:37)
10 - Lies - Twilight People   1980  (2:43)
11 - Imaginary Lines - Secret Garden   1981  (3:21)
12 - The Way You Want Me - Communicators   1983  (4:13)
13 - The Wall - Bikini Atoll   1981  (3:22)
14 - Twin Forces - Trek with Quintronic   1981  (3:43)
15 - Heaven - PIC   1985  (4:41)
16 - Maybe I Will / Maybe I Won't - Studebakers   1985  (3:55)
17 - Beije-Me Cowboy (Kiss Me Cowboy) - Arte no Escuro   1988  (3:13)
18 - What You Say - Alien Heirs   1985   (4:22)
19 - Paper Thin - T-4-2   1984  (4:15)
20 - Put Your Back to It - November Group   1985  (5:34)
21 - Head Screwed On - Phil 'n' the Blanks   1983  (3:31)


            As always, I glommed onto these songs through the good taste of others.  So pass along the favor, and let a friend of similar persuasion get a load of this archive.
           



            Well, that’s all for now, folks!  Come back next Monday!

PS This compilation is in honor of my friends AB and CB.
  

Monday, May 15, 2017

Welcome to Mark's Musical May Mondays! MA-109 - Music of the Spheres


Welcome to Mark’s Musical May Mondays!

            Every Monday this month we’ll have a new musical compilation for your delectation ...


          
            This week’s madcap montage of May-hem (get it?) is a musical mishmash of songs about space.

01 - By Rocket to the Moon - Raymond Scott Quintet with the Gene Lowell Chorus   1950  (6:08)
02 - Gonna Ride that Satelite - Jimmy Gartin with The Highlanders   1958  (2:04)
03 - Teeny Weeny Man - Jimmy Wolford   1958  (2:25)
04 - Santa Claus Rocket Ship - Phyllis Hamilton   1959  (1:44)
05 - Ham the Space Monkey - Ray Allen & The Embers   1961  (2:20)
06 - The Float - Hank Ballard and the Midnighters   1961  (2:56)
07 - Please Mister Scientist - The Redwoods   1962  (2:36)
08 - Two Crazy Scientists - Lee Collins & The Orbits   1963  (2:40)
09 - The Astro-Mice (No Cheese on the Moon) - Miss L L Louise Lewis   1964  (2:16)
10 - There's a UFO Up There - Travis Wammack   1966  (2:21)
11 - Spacey! Santa's Space Ship - Johnny Collins & The Caravans featuring Doreen Allen   1967  (2:06)
12 - The Man from Mars - Jack Metnick   1968  (1:59)
13 - Moon Rider - Up with People   1977  (4:59)
14 - UFO - Caution   1980  (5:31)
15 - Rapture - Blondie   1981  (5:37)
16 - Rocket Ride - The Elektrics   1981  (3:19)
17 - 2000 Light Years - Threshold   1982  (3:54)
18 - The Noah Plan - Peter Schilling   1982  (4:22)
19 - UFO - The Explosives   1982  (2:20)
20 - A Space Traveler's Manifesto - Phil 'n' the Blanks   1983  (3:23)
21 - Spacewalkin' the Dog - Toni Basil   1984  (4:17)
22 - Satellites - Rhythm Corps   1991  (4:06)
23 - Song of the Astronauts - Gary Rue   2005  (2:33)
24 - No Such Thing as Aliens - Sparks   2006  (2:54)

            They’re in chronological order by date of release, and I hope at least some of the tunes will send you out of this world!

Our cover art is adapted from the 1955 speculation, Who Pilots the Flying Saucers?, by Gordon Cove.



            Well, that’s all for now, folks!  Come back next Monday!

 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Welcome to Mark’s Musical May Mondays! - MA-115 – Crazy, Man!



            Every Monday this month we’ll have a new musical compilation for your delectation ... or in this week’s instance, for your delerium.

Crazy, Man!
Musical Therapy for the Disconnected

             As you can tell from the subtitle of this collection, these songs all relate to one topic, going a little wacky.  
 
            Here’re our songs:

01 - Captain Howdy - Simon Stokes   1974  (3:15)
02 - Far Side of Crazy - Wall of Voodoo   1985  (4:00)
03 - I Go Psycho! - Zombina and the Skeletones   2008  (1:16)
04 - Half Life - King Black Acid   2002  (4:15)
05 - I´m Mental - Blind Date   1983  (3:55)
06 - Psycho Surgery - The Conservatives   1983  (2:57)
07 - I'm a Nut - Leroy Pullins   1966  (2:28)
08 - The Eye of Madness - The Visitor   1981  (3:32)
09 - I'm Paranoid - Bad Checks   1982  (2:54)
10 - Little Man in My Head - Dead Milkmen   1990  (3:48)
11 - Psycho - The Nozems   1991  (2:38)
12 - Hallucinations - Baker Knight and the Knightmares   1967  (2:53)
13 - Frontal Lobotomy - The Degrads   1983  (2:54)
14 - Madhouse - The Professionals   1981  (3:16)
15 - Psycho - The Sonics   1965  (2:15)
16 - I Wanna Come Back (from the World of LSD) - The Fee-Fi-Four Plus Two   1967  (2:17)
17 - Man in the Box - V2   1978  (4:10)
18 - Madman - Cuddy Toys   1980  (3:08)
19 - They Won't Let My Girlfriend Talk to Me - Jimmy and the Boys   1981  (3:14)
20 - Worm in My Brain - The Weather Prophets   1988  (3:43)
21 - Lobotomy - The Sharks   1979  (2:54)
22 - The Rubber Room - Porter Wagoner   1971  (2:40)
23 - The Paranoids Are Coming - Geza X and the Mommymen   1982  (3:12)
24 - Call Me Crazy - FroSTed   1995  (3:55)
25 - Don't Make Me Move - PIC   1985  (3:20)

            Some are familiar to those of us with a humorous musical bent (“bent” – see what I did there?), although I hope many of the tunes are as new and delightful to you as they were to me upon first discovering them.



            Our cover art:
·         The guy on the left is, of course, a fine fellow who’s convinced he’s Napoleon.  The original art came from here.

·         The center guy is Psycho Weasel, one of the Toon Patrol from Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  In turn, the weasels of the Toon Patrol were based on the sneaky weasel characters of Disney’s 1949 Wind in the Willows animated feature.

·         Our right-hand man is, of course, the Joker, Batman’s nemesis.  The image comes from a 1966 Topps set, which was launched to cash in on the popularity of the ABC-TV show.

And the key to the madhouse is here.

            Well, that’s all for now, folks!  Come back next Monday!



Monday, May 1, 2017

Welcome to Mark’s Musical May Mondays! MAYDAY, MAYDAY! MA-99 – Witches’ Boo!


            Every Monday this month we’ll have a new musical compilation for your delectation.




            Yesterday, April 30, was Walpurgisnacht.  As Bram Stoker wrote in “Dracula’s Guest,”
“Walpurgis Night was when, according to the belief of millions of people, the devil was abroad—when the graves were opened and the dead came forth and walked. When all evil things of earth and air and water held revel.”

            So, I hope you’ll feel bewitched by the following selections:

01 - Weird Weird Music - Marlin Wallace   1981  (3:08)
02 - The Evils of Frankenstein - Choctaw John   1976   (3:10)
03 - The Werewolf - Benae Carol   1962  (2:10)
04 - The Witch - Wool   1970  (1:54)
05 - Lame Monster Party - Paul and Storm   2010  (2:41)
06 - Baby Frankie Stein - Hot Blood   1977  (4:53)
07 - The Salem Witch Trial - The Kiriae Crucible   1968  (2:52)
08 - Ghost Guitars - Baron Daemon   1963  (2:25)
09 - The Bug-Eyed Man - The Hollywood Argyles / Gary Paxton   1960  (2:23)
10 - The Ghost in Your House Is Me - The Denims   1966  (2:44)
11 - Everyday's Halloween - The Klopeks   2003  (3:36)
12 - Walkin' Through a Cemetery - Claudine Clark   1962  (2:30)
13 - Witch Craft in the Air - Betty Lavett   1964  (2:36)
14 - There Is a Haunted House in Town - The Wonderland Singers   1974  (2:20)
15 - One Eyed Witch - The 7th Court   1967  (2:23)
16 - Go Go the Cannibal - Ronnie Self   1960  (2:06)
17 - Ghoul in School - The Fortunes   1962  (2:06)
18 - Voodoo Woman - Smiley Smith   1959  (2:02)
19 - Halloween (She's Coming) - The Dead Elvi   2001  (3:18)
20 - The Barnabas Theme from “Dark Shadows” - The First Theremin Era   1969  (2:50)
21 - Super Ghoul - The Bare Boned Band   1970  (2:50)
22 - She Rides with Witches - The Wizards from Kansas   2003  (4:01)
23 - Burn Witch Burn - The Circus   1967  (2:01)
24 - Black Magic - Jericho Jones   1959  (2:08)
25 - Haunted Heart - Johnny Lion   1959   (2:02)
26 - Scream Along (with the Monster) - Kay Bell and the Spacemen   1963  (2:05)
27 - The Wicked Old Witch - The Bells of Rhymny   1965  (2:34)
28 - The Witch - The Rattles   1971  (2:32)
29 - Halloween Mary - P F Sloan   1965  (2:35)

            You don’t have to be a politician to appreciate this kind of crone-yism!



            Well, that’s all for now, folks!  Come back next Monday!