NEWEST ISSUE OF 64 PAGES OF MUSICAL COOLNESS IS OUT! WITH EIGHT
PAGES OF BLAZING COLOR, IT'S ANOTHER SHARP-LOOKING ISSUE!
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 playing
Jimmy Swaggart albums backwards to check for evil subliminal
We've wanted to do this one for a long time, and
thanks to writer Fred Wiebel we bagged the talented FIRESIGN
THEATRE for the cover of this issue!
undisputed kings of underground, mind-probing ensemble comedy,
the foursome sprang to their greatest success with their 1969
album "How Can You Be In Two Places At Once, When You're
Not Anywhere At All." With the classic side "Nick Danger,
Private Eye" the FT had half of America walking around quoting
bits and pieces of the dialogue, and decades later, many still
the original four in the late '90s, the group continues to record
CDs, and consistently fills theatres around the country with their
rabid fans, eager to get their fill of finely-tuned and cerebral
all about their career in this issue!
all seen them. Records like "How to Become a Better Salesman,"
and "Better Diction in 30 Days." Well, writer Jennifer
McKnight-Trontz has compiled an article featuring the best
of these unique albums from her collection, and it's a hoot!
excercise to quitting smoking to losing weight, just about every
angle has been tried on records, and Ms. McKnight-Trontz has done
an excellent job of documenting some of the better ones in this
a trip to Chicago anytime soon? Then you're going to need this
informative guide to the coolest and strangest record stores of
that city, as notated by writer John Battles.
just about every little used record hole-in-the-wall, to the bigger
collector's stores, John spells it out for you, making Chicago
record-shopping all the more fun!
thought it would be cool to interview Pat Cooper, who is an old
school stand-up comedian, who was just in a big movie recently
"Analyze This." Of course, OUR reason for having him
in the magazine is solely because of the album cover parody he
did with "Spaghetti Sauce and other Delights"!
writer Ed Kaz tracked him down and hounded him with questions
about the said album, and folks, you don't get this kind of devoted
journalism just ANYWHERE! It's a fun read, even if you don't know
who Pat Cooper is!
Artist Profile: DAVID BAGSBY
musician David Bagsby has been recording cool and strange music
for a long time now, and we've wanted to do a piece on for quite
a while. Wilhelm Murg does the honors in interviewing the talented
plays a myriad of synthesizers and guitar and has transcribed
the melodies of birds' songs into orchestral palettes, and taken
the adventurous works of Raymond Scott and adapted them for synthesizers.
just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, concerning the projects
and CDs he's been involved with, and we're sure you'll enjoy reading
about this up and coming musician.
a shame that Bruce Haack passed away in 1988. At that time, his
work with electronic music wasn't considered successful. Since
that time, many of his recordings have been issued on CD, and
his HUSH LITTLE ROBOT is now required listening for all who read
biggest success probably came with his ELECTRIC LUCIFER album,
in the early '70s. But there's much more to say about this brilliant
guy. First of all, he pretty much made his own synthesizers out
of spare parts. Or he'd take someone else's synthesizer design
and alter the circuitry to do more of what he wanted to hear.
All this with no formal training in either electronics or in music.
honored to feature his story in this issue, with Raymond Scott
achivist Jeff Winner telling the story of this incredible
also have a great article about THE THREE SUNS, long considered
an overlooked musical group in cool and strange circles. There's
lots to tell, and writer Michael David Toth tells it so well.
tells of the inside workings of this successful group, such as
the arrangers they used, and some of their more famous tunes.
But besides the hits, there was a side to The Three Suns that
wanted to explore more outrageous territories, with some incredibly
wild tracks, done up at breakneck speed, or in the style of Spike
Jones, at times!
definitely come away with some new information after reading this
insightful article by Michael David Toth on this landmark
Bachelor Pad Music group.
the photo to the right is pretty wacky, Seeco Records was primarily
a Latin music label, at a time when few American record labels
were interested in presenting such un-American styles.
the label's work, writer Don Charles is able to present
a look at not just the artists of this particular record label,
but also a great overview of Latin music from the Tango to Salsa
Hering's great article on kids' records highlights the history
of these mainstay of any childs' formative years, if you grew
up in the '50s or '60s. Come to think of it, there's lots of great
children's music being released on CD today - the Veggie-Tales
come immediately to mind.
talks about those, as well as the early Capitol children's series,
with Billy May providing the orchestrations, to the later Disneyland
and Sesame Street records and just about all the great ones in
love articles like this, and think you'll enjoy it, too!
THREE SUNS COLOR CENTERFOLD
our centerfold for this issue features all the best LP covers
of The Three Suns, thanks to Michael David Toth again. The folks
at RCA Records certainly knew how to hire a pretty model and have
her help three middle-aged guys sell some records!
them all together with lots more loads o' fun stuff
we dare mention, and you'll find a very cool Issue #21 of
So get on board!
be a cool ride through the wild,
wacky and sometimes tacky world of records!