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 speaking sign language to your Theremin!

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    This issue's cover is graced by one of the most influential figures in the history of electronic music. With her ground-breaking and Grammy Award-winning 1968 album, Switched-On Bach, Wendy Carlos made Bob Moog's experimental new synthesizer a household word in the late 1960's and throughout the '70s.

    She successfully merged the worlds of classical and electronic music with a series of best-selling albums, and her synthesizer work appeared on cult classic soundtracks (Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and The Shining, and Disney's Tron) and even a children's record with "Weird Al" Yankovic.

    With her classic material recently seeing brilliant treatment on a series of remastered CDs for East Side Digital, Wilhelm Murg plugs in and brings us the history of this pioneering artist!



    Years before groups like Dread Zeppelin and the Lounge-O-Leers started playfully redressing modern pop hits with retro styles, L.A.'s Big Daddy was kidnapping chart-toppers and transporting them back in time.

    With a colorful line-up comprised of stereotypical 1950s characters, they reinterpreted tunes by Bruce Springsteen, Survivor, Talking Heads, and even the Beatles in a variety of Eisenhower-era genres (doo-wop, surf rock, beat poetry, rockabilly, etc.). Regina Klein steps into the musical time machine for an overview of this eclectic outfit's cool and strange career!


    Whether or not you recognize his name, you've undoubtedly experienced the sharp wit of Jean Shepherd through the masterful 1983 film A Christmas Story (which he wrote and narrated).

    Before he crafted that perennial favorite, however, he was a pioneering late night talk radio figure in New York City and often showcased cool and strange records and unusual musical instruments. He also produced a handful of exceptional humor books and comedy albums. Paul C. Tumey digs up the details on the late, great Mr. Shepherd and supplies a welcome primer to his overlooked body of work.


    Rusty Warren made a name for herself in the late 1950s and early '60s with her outspoken persona and risqué comedy. Continuing in the tradition of bawdy piano bar singers like Sophie Tucker, Belle Barth, and Ruth Wallis, she mixed saucy parodies with blue stand-up humor and enjoyed a surprise hit with "Knockers Up!" which became her signature act.

    Her bold routines challenged the repressive American attitudes toward women and sex, and much of her material remains relevant over forty years later. Now a silver-haired senior, Warren flips through her back pages with Matt Moses to illustrate how she became the comedy queen of the sexual revolution!


    Being expected to live up to the name of someone like Frank Sinatra can't be an easy task, so it's understandable if Frank, Jr. has lost some of his patience with interviewers over the years.

    Columnist Ed Kaz chats with the son of ol' blue eyes, and gets more than he bargained for on topics like the Beatles, drugs, and the current state of the music business. Maybe he should've looked up Nancy instead!


    Often described as the Bob Marley of Hawaii, Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole was the most popular musical entertainer from the island state since Don Ho. His massive physical size was only eclipsed by the immense spirit within his music.

    Gary von Tersch looks at Iz's musical journey, from his early days in the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau to his later solo career, and reviews a recent batch of the late artist's CD offerings. Find out how a ukulele playing teenager became the voice of Hawaii!


   As an engaging supplement to our cover feature on synthesizer legend Wendy Carlos, cool and strange musician David Bagsby delves behind the wires for a revealing peek into Moog Custom Engineering.

    Under Bob Moog's blessing, Mick Bucki's Moog CE is producing the Moog Modular Synthesizer for a whole new generation, whether it's repairing vintage models or manufacturing custom keyboards to the original specs. Brush up on some Moog history and then dig that crazy Klingon console!


    Her name conjures up images of the ultimate diva, a beguiling sorceress, a seductive temptress, and a girl who's good at being bad.

    She's demonstrated an uncanny ability to recreate herself into a dazzling array of personalities, and her early '50s waxings of such great songs as "C'est Si Bon" and "Santa Baby" find new fans even today. Curtis Cottrell realizes why Orson Welles called her "the most exciting woman in the world!"


    The Emerald City has been home to a number of musical legends from Jimi Hendrix to Kurt Cobain, but there's also a wealth of Cool & Strange sounds to be found for the adventurous listener. Mark Griswold is your tour guide through the choice spots of some of Seattle's long established record stores.

Modern Artist Profile:

    The mysterious force that calls itself the E.C.C. cooks up head-spinning dishes of sample-heavy sonic collage. The musical meatloaf that the Committee produces will go down well with anyone familiar with fellow anti-copyright artists like Negativland, John Oswald, and the Tape-Beatles.

    Jeff Chenault gets briefed by E.C.C. sound chef Mark Gunderson on copyright laws, "Thimbletronium," and a hundred vinyl copies of Herb Alpert's "Whipped Cream and Other Delights."



    This issue's Cover-Mania! Photo Spread is a bedazzling smorgasbord of Indian soundtrack albums, courtesy of Niall Richardson's collection! India churns out nearly four times the amount of films as Hollywood, and they're often cooler and stranger than anything tinsel town could ever imagine!

Add to all of that a ton of CD reviews and other goodies, & you've got yourself a mother lode of

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