Loaded with new, informative articles on the coolest and strangest music you never thought you'd hear about, this issue features a 4-color cover, lots of high-quality photos, tons of new wacky and weird CD reviews, and it's more fun than a karaoke party with William Shatner!

This issue features:


    America's most famous unknown musical outfit has been perfecting their bizarre sound for thirty years, bewildering fans and critics alike.

    Throughout their colorful career they've employed everything from tape manipulation to toy instruments to synthesizers in their delightfully twisted material. Although elements of their curious formula have influenced a number of recent bands, no one sounds quite like the Residents!

    The identities of the individual members have never been divulged and they shun media interviews, but Wilhelm Murg talks with Hardy Fox of the Cryptic Corporation (the Residents' company) and sheds some light on the story behind this enigmatic group!



    While his films obviously offer plenty to look at, they contain some cool and strange treats to listen to as well. Curtis Cottrell explores the soundtrack side of Meyer's work, highlighting the various musical cohorts that he's worked with over the years.

    From early efforts like The Immoral Mr. Teas to such later cult favorites as Mudhoney, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Beyond the  Valley of the Dolls, Meyer used music to underline satire as well as give the girls something to move to.

    Get the lowdown on the behind-the-scenes music makers, including Hal Hopper, Igo Kantor, Lynn Carey, Stu Phillips, and the Strawberry Alarm Clock. It's everything you've ever wanted to know about Russ Meyer film music but never thought to ask!


    If your travel plans are taking you by Cleveland, you won't want to be without this issue's Cool And Strange Record Store Report.

    After visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you'll surely want to put in some record shopping time. Aaron Milenski reveals the prime spots to find cool and strange vinyl, CDs, and offbeat videos!


    Known in Europe as Seur Sourire ("Sister Smile"), the Singing Nun found international acclaim with her 1963 hit "Dominique." The song eclipsed "Louie Louie" on the charts and turned her life into a Hollywood caliber story filled with publicity, controversy, and tragedy.

    From the 1965 Debbie Reynolds film to the early '80s disco version of "Dominique", Jean Thilmany covers the remarkable saga of this angel-voiced sensation!


Modern Artist Profile: QUINTRON

    Within the depths of the Big Easy, the mysterious organist Quintron has been stirring up a musical gumbo of avant garde noise, primitive techno, voodoo lounge, and even pre-show puppeteering.

    Peter George and Curtis Cottrell attempt to unravel the facts surrounding this inventive New Orleans musician and his technological creation, The Drum Buddy.

    Learn about Miss Pussycat and her puppets, meet the Drum Buddyettes, and wish you could witness the spectacle of Mr. Quintron!



    Definitely a cool and strange fellow, the odd legacy of cult favorite Brute Force began when Columbia released the quirky Confections of Love on an unsuspecting public in 1968. With songs like "Tapeworm of Love" and "To Sit On A Sandwich," his warped cosmic cabaret pop continues to mystify.

    He's really Stephen Friedland, and before embarking on his bizarre solo career he'd written songs for such acts as the Chiffons, the Cyrkle, Del Shannon, the Creation, and the Tokens. Brute Force even released a rare and controversial single, "The King of Fuh," on the Beatles' Apple label.

    Michael Greenberg catches up with Mr. Friedland and sorts out this overlooked and eccentric artist's career!


    In a field where most of his contemporaries are septuagenarians, Steve March Tormé is making a name for himself in the tradition of jazz singing.

    As the offspring of the legendary Mel Tormé, it's not surprising that he's found his calling at the mic as well. The young Tormé is forging his own style of jazz singing and songwriting, and he chats with C&SM regular Ed Kaz about the power of torch songs, doing Name That Tune, and singing in the shadow of the Velvet Fog.


   Special Ed teacher Michael Monagan started a songwriting class in the late '80s at L.A.'s Widney High, and happened upon a brand of magic that rarely surfaces in the pop music world.

    With a rotating lineup of developmentally disabled students, they craft unique and refreshingly sincere songs that is certainly, to quote their debut CD, 'Special Music from Special Kids.'

    Learn the inspiring story behind this exceptional project as Rich Wilhelm profiles one of the few groups who can claim fans as diverse as Smokey Robinson, Mike Patton (Faith No More / Mr. Bungle), and Bob McGrath (Sesame Street)!


    If you've seen any of the early James Bond films, then you've heard Vic Flick. As a member of the John Barry Seven, Vic provided the twangy guitar in the original "James Bond Theme" and forever associated the sound with swingin' secret agents.

    He has an impressive resumé of session work with such greats as Henry Mancini, Nancy Sinatra, Tom Jones, and Burt Bacharach, and he's done scoring on everything from cartoons to documentaries.

    Rod M. Lott turns the spotlight on this veteran musician and uncovers the history of 007's favorite guitarist!



    Brothers Ron and Russell Mael, two enormously talented wiseacres from L.A., have been delivering fascinating slabs of surreal pop since 1970.

    They've inspired countless bands, predicted several modern music trends, and worked with such figures as Todd Rundgren, electro-pop arranger Giorgio Moroder, and Hong Kong director Tsui Hark, but they still remain an obscure cult act here in the States. Join Paul Tumey as he examines thirty years of zeitgeist rock from this pioneering duo!


    Our Cover-Mania! Photo Spread for this issue looks at the many faces of Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, courtesy of Rusty Gautier's collection.

    Whether the Pops were tackling Latin favorites, cowboy classics, songs of India, or even disco hits, a costumed Fiedler usually ended up posing for the cover! Do you think John Williams would have donned a leisure suit?

Add to all of that a ton of CD reviews and other goodies, & you've got yourself one fine helping of

So get on board!
It's gonna be a cool ride through
the wild, wacky and sometimes tacky
world of records!