Thursday, May 06, 2021

MA-167 - They All Played the Maple Leaf Rag

It's my updated version of an LP from a Salvation Army thrift store.

The original LP is on the Herwin label and variously dated circa 1971-1973. It had 15 selections. I removed one or two of very bad quality and added about that many more. I also sorted them in chronological order by recording date.

01 - United States Marine Band - 1906
02 - Vess L Ossman w/Prince's Band - 1907
03 - Scott Joplin (Piano Roll) - 1916
04 - WC Handy Orchestra - 1917
05 - Willie Eckstein - 1923
06 - Halfway House Orchestra - 1925
07 - Harry Snodgrass - 1926
08 - Vera Guilaroff - 1926
09 - Bix Beiderbecke - 1928
10 - Bechet's New Orleans Feetwarmers - 1932
11 - Earl Hines & Orchestra - 1934
12 - Tommy Dorsey & Orchestra - 1936
13 - Jelly Roll Morton (New Orleans Style) - 1938
14 - Jelly Roll Morton (St Louis Style) - 1938
15 - Hank Duncan - 1944
16 - James P Johnson - 1946
17 - Don Ewell - 1949
18 - Ralph Sutton w/Condon's Band - 1950
19 - Joe “Fingers” Carr and His Ragtime Band - 1956
20 - Willie “The Lion” Smith - 1959
21 - The Spotnicks - 1964
22 - Eubie Blake - 1969
23 - E Power Biggs - 1973
24 - Richard Zimmerman - 1974
25 - Dick Hyman - 1975
26 - Jo Ann Castle - 1977
27 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer - 1978
28 - Trittico Trio - 1995
29 - Dan Sindel - 2007


Monday, May 03, 2021

MA-58 - Ridin' with the Reaper


In celebration of Walpurgisnacht, which was last Friday night, here's a spooky little comp of teenage death songs, and others, in which "hitting the road" ends fatally for somebody.  The tracks:


01 - Two Hour Honeymoon - Paul Hampton - 1960  (3:12)

02 - The Carroll County Accident - Bobby & Laurie - 1969  (2:45)

03 - Car Crash - Avengers - 1977  (4:19)

04 - Chapel Bells Ringing - Gene Summers - 1962  (2:28)

05 - A Young Man Is Gone - The Beach Boys - 1963  (2:17)

06 - Wreck on the Highway - Roy Acuff - 1942  (2:47)

07 - The Ballad of Thunder Road - Robert Mitchum - 1957  (2:28)

08 - BJ the DJ - Stonewall Jackson - 1964  (2:47)

09 - Tell Laura I Love Her - Ray Paterson - 1960  (2:53)

10 - Tell Tommy I Miss Him - Marilyn Michaels - 1960  (2:44)

11 - Angel of Death - Hank Williams - 1954  (2:28)

12 - No Return - The Third Rail - 1967  (1:56)

13 - Message from James Dean - Bill Hayes - 1956  (1:56)

14 - Crash - KaS Product - 1990  (3:06)

15 - Fireball Rolled a Seven - Dave Dudley - 1975  (2:37)

16 - Transfusion - Nervous Norvus - 1956  (2:26)

17 - Come to Me Johnny - Johnny Victor - 1962  (2:13)

18 - The Hero - Bernadette Carroll - 1964  (2:10)

19 - Phantom 309 - Red Sovine - 1964  (3:22)

20 - Hello, This Is Joannie - Paul Evans - 1977  (3:04)

21 - Terry - Twinkle (Lynn Ripley) - 1964  (3:09)

22 - Black Denim Trousers - The Cheers - 1955  (2:06)

23 - Chicken - The Cheers - 1957  (1:56)

24 - Pile-up on the Highway - Lisa Bade - 1978  (2:55)

25 - Teenage Cremation - Dean Davis - 1965  (1:46)

26 - The Beginning of My End - The Unifics - 1968  (3:17)

27 - Last Kiss - Wayne Cochran - 1962  (2:27)

28 - The Visitation - White Noise - 1969  (3:00)

29 - All I Have Left Is Johnny's Hubcap - MAD Twists Rock 'n' Roll - 1962  (2:23)

 When asked to name songs about motor-vehicle accidents, anybody can name “The Leader of the Pack,” or the Beatles’ “Don’t Pass Me By” or “Revolution 9.”  I’ve picked a few familiar tunes, and a lot of less-popular ones, including about those scar-crashed lovers Laura and Tommy, and a pair by the Cheers.  Buckle up now, and remember that cross traffic does not stop.

 MA-58 - Ridin' with the Reaper

See you on Thursday with the continuation of this year's MUSICAL MONTH OF MAY!


Sunday, May 02, 2021

MAYDAY, MAYDAY! May's PsychoFLAIRapy Pages

In 1971, as in 2021, Mother's Day as/was on May 9th.  As then, as now, tell your mom that you love her!

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Does George Lucas Owe Royalties to Fritz Leiber?

That was my question upon reading the 1975 Ballantine paperback printing of Fritz Leiber’s Gather Darkness!, concerning a world run by a techno-religion.
Gather, Darkness! was originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, serialized in the May-June-July, 1943 issues.
On page 185, two characters, Cousin Deth and the Black Man, face off in a duel to the death, with their Rods of Wrath.

Is Cousin Death related to Cousin Darth?  Check out the mutually impenetrable “wrath rods,” which are “two endless blades of violent incandescence.”

Hmmm.  Those bells you hear might be cash registers in the imaginations of the lawyers representing Leiber’s heirs.

See you on Monday for the beginning of our Musical Month of May!

Monday, April 26, 2021

Bop You with This Here Lollipop!

From the November 1989 issue of Amazing Heroes, it's a feature on the Fat Fury, Herbie Popnecker!

If only Herbie's dad knew the truth!  He'd keel over in a faint.

See you on Thursday for the source of STAR WARS ... let the lawyers figure it out!

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Super Head-Butt Update

Most of this content appeared in a Super Blog post from September, 2006.  But the ending is new and improved!
The Left-Out Super-Power
Though it had its problems, Superman Returns was fun in some ways. The fanboy in me was tickled and thrilled to see him use Super-Breath to blow out a fire.

However, as I read through some of my Superman comics from the late 1950s, I see the Man of Steel often using a super-power that seems to be mostly ignored by today's comic writers...

The Super Head-Butt!

 Check out these examples from just three issues! 

The boulder smash-up (art by Wayne Boring) and the cannon panel (also by Boring) are BOTH from Superman 126.
The gong-shot (Kurt Schaffenberger) comes from Superman 128.
The helmet crunch (Al Plastino) is from Action 251. 

And now, my friends, the added bonus footage: 

In Superman #186, in order to fool a fake psychic (is there any other kind?), Superman and Supergirl stage an earthquake (art again by Al Plastino).

Oi vey! What a headache they’ll be having! Maybe it's time for a little Super-Aspirin!

See you next Monday for more April Foolishness!

Monday, April 19, 2021

Proofread Player Two!

I enjoyed both books, Ready Player One and Ready Player Two, and even the film adaptation of the first book.  But here're a few things I noticed in Player Two:
Of course, the correct way of stating the above would be to say that "each band comprised xxxx" or that "each band was composed of xxx."  You should never say "comprised of."

Both IMDB and Wikipedia agree that the James Spader character in Pretty in Pink is named Steff.  I can easily imagine an overworked proofreader coming across the mention on page 215 and automatically changing "Steff" to the common shortened name "Steph" -- except it was wrong.  When I got to page 215, my memory was tickled, and it took me about 15 minutes to find where "Steff" appeared on page 200.

I invite you to join my quest for the mistake-free clump of words, ANYWHERE.  (I freely concur that plenty of howlers exist on this hyar blog, that's fer true!)

See you on Thursday!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

April Tricks from a Dead Trickster

G Gordon Liddy died at the end of last month.  He made a latter presence in talk radio.  He was a thug, a crook, and a very depressing example of the "any means is justified by the end" philosophy.  He instigated the Watergate break-ins, which in my opinion brought down the Nixon presidency and shoveled excrement across whatever good things Nixon may have achieved.

But Liddy also inhabited a big part of the public consciousness in the Seventies, including the October  1973 National Lampoon.

There are probably a lot of youngsters out there who don't know that CREEP was an acronym for the "Committee to Re-Elect the President."  Really! 
Of course, we all know that, when Dave Gibbons designed the Comedian for Watchmen (seen above in a concept sketch), he swiped the concept from the NatLamp story.
(They say that some Marvel character named Fury was also involved, but I don't see it.)

Hope to see YOU on Monday, campers!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Beany and Cecil’s Sea Monster

As a connoisseur of Western animation, I know a thing or two about Beanie and Cecil.

So when I saw the above sea monster, in Curious Woodcuts of Fanciful and Real Beasts: A Selection of 190 Sixteenth-Century Woodcuts from Gesner's and Topsell's Natural Histories, I immediately saw a resemblance.

“A resemblance to what?” you ask.

Why, to the “Monstrous Monster,” a classic “Bob Clampett car-TOOON!” from 1962.

Watch it on YouTube above!  You'll love it!
The MM enjoys such things as Ships-Kabob!

See you Thursday!

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Seeing Things - Buffaloed!

I Been Buffaloed!

That is, I’ve been haunted by a buffalo the past few years.
You see, there’s a growth of vines – maybe honeysuckle – growing on a highway fence that I pass by nearly every day.
And, to me, it’s reminiscent of a buffalo silhouette. Look closer!
What do you think?
Here’s a side-by-side comparison. Am I crazy?

Don't answer that!  See you on Monday!

Monday, April 05, 2021

Godzilla vs Kong Silliness

            In the brand-monkey-spankin’ new flick Godzilla vs Kong, I noticed a few howlers.  We’ll start in reverse order as to their occurrence in the film.
            At the one hour and twenty-seven minutes point, Kong and Godzilla are squaring off.  Kong hangs out on top of a building.  Given his size, he’d have to weigh hundreds of tons.  I don’t think any human-made building could handle that kind of torque!
            At the one hour sixteen-minutes point, there’s a nice touch which was surely intentional.  As ol’ Kong charges his weapon, there’s an energy ring in the shape of the Worm Ouroboros.
Don’t you agree?
            At 22:17, Kong is taking a boat ride.  Didn’t anybody think that on a long ocean voyage, the poor critter might get a tad sunburnt?  I mean, even in the atrocious 1976 film had Kong riding under cover, in a converted supertanker.
I can’t believe this howler made it into ANY supposedly professional production. Am I the only person who can spell “disembowelment”? If they took away his porridge, THEN perhaps you might say the “Titanus Cranium Reptant” was disemBOWLED.

Well, there you have it, silliness running rampant in modern-day showbiz. Whoda thunk it? see you on Thursday! 

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Welcome to April Foolishness, the 2021 Edition!

We'll start off this month of silliness with some pages from the June 15, 1988 issue of Amazing Heroes.

See you on Monday, with a look at some absurdities in the otherwise-pretty-good Godzilla vs Kong.

Remember, if you laugh at yourself, you'll probably be first in line!

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