Part 6 has returned....
Ah, yes--Clock on the Wall; Space Race to the Moon. What a great way to start a slaylist. I must have found this 45 in Pensacola while stationed there (twice) in the Navy--I'm guessing it was my second stay, in 1981, though it could have been during my first, in 1977. And it was just sitting on my computer desk last time I looked, but not now--what happened to it? (Wooo-eee-oooo.) Strange forces are at work here. I mean, besides my fifty-something memory.
Anyway, classic garage band rock from 1966 or 1967 (never determined for sure which), and credited on the label (Golden--Records of La.) to one Alva Starr, whose real name was Alva Snelling and who passed away in 1995. In 2009, I heard from his wife at this very blog.
The coolest thing about these two tracks is how they complement one another--manic (Space Race) vs. obsessively hypnotic (Clock). One thing that adds to the manic feel is the too-fast metronome at the end, along with the over the top, Sansui-style reverb. And, no, I refuse to ever type that again.
Then there's Tennesse Ernie Ford's version of Stack-o-Lee, a folk song better known in its late Fifties form (Stagger Lee). Great Big Eyes is a take on the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and Where's Flo? would be a typical drunk number, except for its incredibly elaborate (and skillful) presentation. Spike Jones would have been amazed. More hiccoughs with Little George (Got the Hiccoughs) by Anita Bryant, the kind of side that slaylists were invented to include, and more splendid production and arranging work, this time from Ray Stevens and Shelby Singleton (Laughing Over My Grave, 1964). The Johnston Brothers are wonderfully not current, Joe South's novelty is (in my useless opinion) lame but fun, and Vladmir Rebikoff's marvelous March of the Gnomes (1902; from his Christmas Tree Suite!) sounds like a collaboration between Erik Satie and Ferde Grofe.
Now I suppose you want the zip file link. That link I give to you, dear downloader: Halloween 2012, Part 6
Space Race to the Moon--Alva Snelling, 1969 or 1970.
Clock on the Wall--Same
Stack-o-Lee--Tennessee Ernie Ford, Joe "Fingers" Carr, 1951.
Laughing Over My Grave--Ray Stevens, 1964.
Little George (Got the Hiccoughs)--Anita Bryant, 1959.
Crystal Ball--The Johnston Brothers, 1954.
Great Big Eyes--The Rivieras, 1960.
Where's Flo?--Don Lucas, 1962.
The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor--Joe South, 1958.
March of the Gnomes (Rebikoff)--RCA Victor O., Dir. Alan Cornwell.