Our newest issue is packed with new, informative articles on the coolest and strangest music you never thought you'd hear about! It features a 4-color cover, lots of high-quality photos, tons of new wacky and weird CD reviews, and it's more fun than using your Grandma's Jim Nabors albums for skeet-shootin'!

The new issue features:

   A true legend, BILLY MAY has worked with practically ALL the major recording stars of the classic recording days. Can you say Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peggy Lee, The Four Freshmen, Nancy Wilson,Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Freberg, Nat King Cole?....the staggering list just goes on an on. And that's not to mention his notable stints playing trumpet in the original Glenn Miller Orchestra and arranging for Charlie Barnett, Alvino Rey and countless others.
   Mr. May chats at length about his remarkable career, and he freely tells about his life and career during Capitol Records' formative years.
   It's a real delight to feature writer Jim Minnick's exclusive interview with Billy May­our cover man for this issue!








    Like Mrs. Miller, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS hold a real special place in our cool and strange hearts. After all, the portly society lady was well-known in music circles for her vocalizing of classical arias. Well, not because of her talent, though. The fact is that Madame Jenkins could not sing in pitch at all! She was just delusional enough to believe that she was immensely talented! When people jeered at her recitals, Jenkins would dismiss them as "hooligans," and go right on with her painful singing!
   Thanks to RCA Records, her lone album is still in print, and has been since 1962! The talented Wilhelm Murg tells the story of this unique lady, with his in-depth profile of her, using interviews from Madame Jenkins' friend and personal accompanist, Mr. Cosme McMoon.
   If you haven't heard her "music," you're in for a treat, and if you haven't read this article on a rarely-discussed singer, you're missing out!




    The name LYNN CAREY may not ring a bell, but she definitely has a place in collector's hearts, if only for the famous '70s record cover showing her breast-feeding a lion cub on her Mama Lion album!
   But that's only a brief moment in the long career of the talented (and gorgeous) Ms. Carey, who has recorded many albums with various rock groups and by herself, as well as appearing in films (LORD LOVE A DUCK,) modeling in Penthouse magazine, and singing in the legendary Russ Meyer flick BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS.
   Descended from Hollywood royalty (her dad was Montgomery Carey,) Lynn is one of the most fascinating people we've met in a long time, and her stories of working with many famous celebrities, and her own solo career are a highlight of this issue. Aaron Milenski does the honors in interviewing Ms. Carey, and he asks all the right questions. Check it out in this issue...




    We've had a lot of requests over the years for an article on JONATHAN RICHMAN, and writer David Gofstein makes a lot of people happy with this issue's profile of the eccentric singer/songwriter.
   He's never become a household name, but Richman has some of his biggest success as of late, with a high profile appearance in the hit film THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY.
   Coming out of the punk rock explosion of the '70s, Richman had minor hits with songs like "Roadrunner," and "Pablo Picasso," but his live shows have always been where he's shone the brightest, and he continues to tour today.
   This issue's article on Jonathan Richman is long-deserved and may just make you want to check out his music, if you're not a fan already....




    If you've ever wanted to score your own film soundtrack, then here's your big chance! No, you don't need a degree in music, just a nice selection of records in your collection and a little imagination.
   Mark John Astolfi has been creating his own "Fake Soundtracks" for years, and in this article he shows you how you can do it, too!









New Artist Profile: TWANG BANG

    Every once in a while, a CD that shows up at our offices really jumps out and grabs us, and that was the case when we heard the latest CD from TWANG BANG. We knew we had to find out about these wacky singer/songwriters, who play a wild mix of eclectic new wave/psycho-billy with touches of country and folk and jazz thrown in, too!
   Their music is hard to describe, and that makes it better for us, because they definitely stand out of the bunch with their witty, catchy and remarkable tunes about girlfriends, bombs and other unlikely subjects.
   With just a guitar and scaled-down drumset, Itzi and Redd pump out hi-velocity, vitamin-enriched original tunes that don't fit into any radio format (that we've heard of,) but that's what makes them cool and strange!
   Rich Wilhelm does a great job of describing their unique music and snags some great tidbits of information from the duo.



    Leave it to our regular columnist ED KAZ to point out a few of the more jaw-droppingly comical records in his personal collection, and it's always a gas to laugh along.
   Maybe the Richard Kimble album on the left was never meant to be laughed at, but I'm sure even ol' Dick would have to chuckle at seeing his cummerbund and leisure suit on the cover of this lounge gem.
   Always a high spot of each issue, Ed tickles the record collector's collective funny bone with his commentary in this issue.





    Writer Skip Heller has been asking to do a piece on MICKEY KATZ for some time, and we're glad we finally let him! Katz' music is definitely one-of-a-kind--really, how many funny klezmer clarinetist/parodyists can you name? A long-time artist for Capitol Records, Katz had a long career with Jewish-dialect parodies of pop hits like "Davey Crockett" and "That's Amore' " (That's A-Morris.")
   We also learn of his tenure with Spike Jones, performing on Jones' hits such as "Cocktails for Two" and "Hawaiian War Chant," but Katz had his eye on his own brand of funny songs, and blossomed into a successful act in the mid-'50s.
   This scholarly profile makes interesting reading, as we think you'll agree.




    What can you say about a man that single-handedly fused his native Brazilian bossa nova with pop and became the most successful Brazilian artist of all time? The brilliant pianist/arranger SERGIO MENDES ingeniously crafted Top 10 hits out of already-hit-songs by artists like the Beatles "Fool On The Hill," Simon and Garfunkle "Scarborough Faire," and Burt Bacharach "The Look of Love," as well as recording many Brazilian tunes that have since become standards.
   This is a long-overdue profile of an overlooked pioneer who took the ball from people like Gilberto and Jobim and ran all the way to the top of the charts with it. Writer Curtis Cottrell does a fine job of distilling Mendes' career with his various groups (Brasil '66, Brasil '77, etc.) and this piece may have you reaching for those records of his from the back recesses of your collection. They're definitely work many more plays.



    One of our nations favorite cities to vacation is also a great place to pick up great records, and Giancarlo Davis takes us on a tour of his favorite stops in THE RECORD STORES OF SAN FRANCISCO. Save this article for your next trip through the Golden Gate and use this article for handy reference.







    This issue's color Centerfold comes to us through the courtesy of LATIN RECORD collector Don Charles, and it's fun to look at these beautiful color reproductions from the golden days of the long-playing record, when covers were BIG and were real pieces of art.









Tie them all together with lots more loads o' fun stuff

than we dare mention, and you'll find a very cool Issue #20 of
So get on board! It's gonna be a cool ride through the wild,
wacky and sometimes tacky world of records!