Our newest issue is packed with new, informative articles on the coolest and strangest music you never thought you'd hear about, and features a cool 4-color cover, lots of high-quality photos, tons of new wacky and weird CD reviews and it's more fun than a trip with the entire Little League kids to the local Pizza Hut!
The new issue features:
We've wanted to do this one for quite some time. SPIKE JONES was a real trendsetter. He paved the way for virtually all comedy records of the musical type for decades to come! Writer Ted Hering became a trusted friend of the Spike Jones family, upon his sudden death in the '60s. He became the unofficial curator of the Jones memorabilia, and has become the foremost authority on the wacky, comedic musician.
This article also includes an in-depth interview with DEL PORTER, one of Jones' right-hand men in his early hit-making years for RCA. You'll only find it in this issue of Cool And Strange Music Magazine!
Sometimes dismissed as merely a muzak-making orchestra leader, (he wrote "Strangers in the Night", among other '60s standards,) BERT KAEMPFERT was also a strong element in that decade's Space Age Pop movement. His early '60s albums incorporated maddingly inventive hooks and bright and breezy original tunes.
You may have passed his albums by, like many, but read writer Frank Young's informative article before you make another trip to the used record store! You may discover gold among the musty old vinyl!
JUAN ESQUIVEL INTERVIEW
What more can we say about ESQUIVEL that hasn't been said before? He is undoubtably the King of Space Age Pop. With his wild, totally amazing arrangments and unique originals, Juan Garcia Esquivel took the limits of stereo separation, and unusual instrumentation and pushed them to a new maximum.
We're fortunate to feature an exclusive interview with the King, and writer Ken Saari shares his recent conversation with our readers. Mostly, we wanted to find out more about his recent wondrous CD release: SEE IT IN SOUND. A recording that languished in RCA's underground vaults for more than 40 years, it was forgotten by all, including Esquivel himself!
Find out more by checking out our interview with him in this issue.
VICTORIA, B.C., CANADA
RECORD STORE REPORT
What makes Victoria, B.C. a great place to find great vinyl? Simply the fact that many people end up retiring to the sleepy tourist town, and end up getting rid of most of a lifetime's accumulations including their old records!
This is good news if you happen to visit Victoria, because some great old vinyl can be purchased at this city's many stores for a fairly reasonable price. Writer Brian Linds takes us on a guided tour of his hometown, with many fun stops along the way.
WENDY MAE CHAMBERS
What makes WENDY MAE CHAMBERS so cool and strange? Well, it's gotta be the fact that her musical instrument of choice is a homemade organ made of old car horns, each tuned to a different note of the scale! She's been featured in books and commercials using the odd-looking instrument, and writer Ed Kaz took time to sit down and chat with her.
We think you'll enjoy reading all about this eccentric artist, as much as we did presenting it to you!
POLKA LP COVERS CENTERFOLD
This issue we feature Polka record collector DON HEDEKER's Polka records in our color centerfold, and we think you'll get a real kick out of them. There are some real doozies here, but our favorite has go to be "Polka Encounters of the the Honkey Kind" by The Trel-Tones!!
There's lots more where that came from, and we present some of the wackier ones in our two-page color spread.
ROBERT DRASNIN INTERVIEW
Mostly known for just one hard-to-find exotica LP, "Voodoo!", Robert Drasnin has been recently discovered and is revered as a true talent of the exotica collecting circles. With his unorthodox combinations of instruments (lots of jungle percussion, but dominated by harp and flute!), Drasnin has been re-discovered by a new generation of music lovers. Largely forgotten until Dionysus records' CD re-release of the recording, Drasnin's music has reached a bigger and definitely more appreciative audience than when his obscure budget record was originally released in the '50s!
We wanted to find out more about this brilliant musician, and Jeff Chenault did the honors, interviewing him for our magazine. A great companion piece to the CD, (or if you're lucky enough, the original LP)!
SCREAMING LORD SUTCH
Although he was much more well-known in his native Britain than in the USA, SCREAMING LORD SUTCH was a highly influential musical influence on young rockers such as Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck and many others who eventually became rock music legends. Sutch's campy, creepy stage personna often overshadowed the music he made, with his undertakers coat and fake, rotting teethbut you can't say he wasn't a showman. A definite "character", Sutch is a fascinating guy, and Matt Marchese does a great job of re-telling the highlights of this British wildman's career!
HIGH SCHOOL BAND RECORDS
Think you're the only one with a fascination for thrift store vanity of HIGH SCHOOL BAND records? Think again, as writer Susie the Floozie describes why many of these discs are great, and highlights a few from her own personal collection. Susie goes as far as to track down the former band director from one of her prized High School band records, and interviews him for this article!
Since this article has come out, it's spurred on extensive interest in these records by internet newsgroup discussion panels, and it just might get you checking out those passed-by records in your local thrift shop, too!