Hey, I am one year old today. What started as posting pictures of records I purchased cheap on Facebook tuned into an outlet to channel time while I was between jobs which turned into a labor of love and then for awhile, just a labor, but there is still enough love (or should I say enough records) for me to continue. During this year, I have been exposed to a few albums, songs, and artists which have greatly changed how I feel about music. There has been a lot of crap as well. And then mostly just middle ground that really appeals to no one. Kind of like this picture:
In celebration of the anniversary, I found a list of alternate names I had for the blog. Can you guess where they came from? Answers at the bottom of the page.
- Every Dragging Hand Clap
2. Bubba Zanetti
3. Pray for Mojo
4. Hot Ashes for Trees
5. Going Down the Sugar Tree
7. Geek, Dweeb, or Spazz
I picked a special record for this post, vibraphonist/ marimba player Arthur Lyman’s Cotton Fields. There are three big figures in the world of Exotica; Martin Denny, Les Baxter, and Lyman. Born in 1932 on the island of Oahu, Lyman got his start playing with Denny in the early days. According to Lyman, it was he who originated the bird call sounds. Lyman would split to form his own band after the success of Denny’s Quiet Village. Wikipedia says the two remained friendly rivals, but after hearing some interviews with Denny, I get the impression that he was a bit sore at first when Lyman left. Lyman formed his own band taking the music a bit out a bit further than Denny. Lyman would pass in 2002.
This album came out in 1963 and may have been his 13th. It is pretty good. The trademark bird calls are on some songs but not many. The album does contain four of my favorite songs but I can only post two so sorry “Cotton Fields” and theme from “Walk on the Wild Side”.
Thus for samples, here is “Brazil” and “Hawaiian War Chant”.
Top Rated album for sure. BTW, it was $3.00 at a record show.
Answers to quiz above:
- Lyric from the Clash’s “Death or Glory”
2. Blond haired, second in command villain in the original Mad Max movie. The hierarchy, I believe would be The Knight Rider, Toecutter, and then Bubba Zanetti. *(As a further side point, I have always felt that Humungus from the second movie was a grizzled and jaded Fifi from the first. Discuss.)
3. A quote from the Simpsons where Homer gets a helper monkey named Mojo.
4. Lyric from Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”.
5. A line from an awful poem written by John C. Reilly’s character in Boogie Nights.
6. A chapter based on an ill-fated character from H. Selby’s book, Last Exit to Brooklyn.
7. Name of a game show on Saturday Night Live during the Sandler/Spade era. Emilio Estevez was the host of the episode. Contestants were popular high school kids who would guess if their classmate was a geek, dweeb, or spazz. David Spade played a spazz. It was swww-eeeeet.