I dredged this one up yesterday on another forum and decided truly odd-ball stuff like it deserves a platform of its own...
This is so totally weird. It's Cara Stewart straightfacedly crooning the outrageous "Song Of The Burmese Land", written by one L. Hazelwood; not Lee Hazelwood, who categorically denies authorship--and who can blame him?
"Burmese Land is like monkeyland A bothersome, troublesome place Burmese Land is like monkeyland Listen, I'll tell you so
"The AFPFL* government told the people When 10 o'clock strikes night Don't make a noise, don't be a nuisance Let the people sleep
"If a permit you should get You can make a noise If anyone asks, you can say A permit we have got
"Always at this feast, always at that feast Chinese, Burmese, Indian Doon doon doon dang dang dang Boom boom boom bang bang bang A permit we have got
"Burmese Land is like monkeyland A bothersome, troublesome place Burmese Land is like monkeyland To the lunatic asylum I'm going"
Here's a really weird B-side, sort of a mid '60s version of Funkadelic's "The Wars Of Armageddon".
"The Decades probably hailed from the Los Angeles area and released their one and only single in 1967 on Era Records. The Decades, whoever they are, get writing credit for both sides. To be honest, [the author] wouldn't be surprised to find out that this band was a studio creation doing a one-off." [Source]
John Lennon liked this one. "Give Me Love" is credited to Rosie and The Originals (it's the B-side of "Angel Baby"), although the singer and random finger-popper is one Bluford Wade. What a glorious mess!
Post by Sheriff John Stone on Jan 20, 2020 17:02:17 GMT
jk, here's two from the early 1970's that I'm sure you'll remember.
The first one is "Popcorn" by Hot Butter. It actually sounded like popcorn popping! While I admit that the song is a little catchy, who would've thought it would go Top 10, reaching No. 9 in the U.S. and No. 2 for several weeks in some European countries in 1972. This is the type of song that would occasionally surface on AM radio in those days. Anything was fair game. I found this YouTube video featuring Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth to add a little class to the song.
The second song is "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep". I find it "odd" for two reasons. The first reason - and not the meaning of "odd" that jk is referring to - is that the song was released almost simultaneously in 1971 by two different groups - Middle Of The Road and Mac & Katie Kissoon. The Middle Of The Road version didn't chart in the U.S. (but I remember hearing it on AM radio) but was a Worldwide No. 1 hit (No. 1 for five weeks in the UK) and sold over 10 million copies. Mac & Katie Kissoon's version reached No. 20 in the U.S. Anyway, what I found odd was the subject matter of the song. What in the heck was it about? My sisters and I had heated arguments about it. Was it about a mother abandoning her child, or was it about a bird and her little birdies? I still don't know! An odd song but a good one. Another one of those AM radio classics!
The great Peter Sellers plays ukulele and sings "When I'm Cleaning Windows":
Nice! PS cut some great tracks, including "Boiled Bananas And Carrots", "Any Old Iron", "A Drop Of The Hard Stuff" and some Beatles covers, of which this is my favourite (might the other voice be that of Spike Milligan?):
Post by Sheriff John Stone on Feb 14, 2020 14:08:34 GMT
It wouldn't be a Songs That Are A Little Odd thread without an entry from Sparks. Here is "Something For The Girl With Everything" from the 1974 album, Propaganda:
Lyrics Something for the girl with everything See, the writings on the wall You bought the girl a wall Complete with matching ball-point pen You can breathe another day Secure in knowing she won't break you (yet) Something for the girl with everything Have another sweet my dear Don't try to talk my dear Your tiny little mouth is full Here's a flavour you ain't tried You shouldn't try to talk, your mouth is full Something for the girl with everything Three wise men are here Three wise men are here Bearing gifts to aid amnesia She knows everything Yes yes everyting She knew way back when you weren't yourself Something for the girl with everything Here's a really preatty car I hope it takes you far I hope it takes you fast and far Wow, the engines really loud Nobodys gonna hear a thing you say Something for the girl with everything Three wise men are here Three wise men are here Where should they leave these imported gimmicks Leave them anywhere An-an-anywhere Make sure that there's a clear path to the door Something for the girl with everything Something for the girl with everything Something for the girl with everything Something for the girl with everything Three wise men are here Three wise men are here Three wise men are here Three wise men are here here's a patridge in a tree, A gardener for the tree Complete with ornithologist Careful, careful with that crate You wouldn't want to dent Sinatra, no Something for the girl who has got everything, Yes, yes, everything Hey, come out and say hello Before you friends all go But say no more than just hello Ah, the little girl is shy You see of late she's been quite speechless, Very speechless She's got everything
Jandek (in all likelehood Sterling Smith) is one of a kind. This is probably my favourite track of his (at least of what I've heard from his 100-plus albums' worth of stuff), the awesome "When The Telephone Melts". It comes from his 1988 album You Walk Alone:
B.E.: I skimmed the Mark Linett interview recently posted on SSMB. He said he’s hoping for a Fall release for the box set.
Feb 27, 2020 2:58:34 GMT
Sheriff John Stone: Was hoping for a spring/early summer release, however, I hope for a spring/early summer release with EVERY Beach Boys' album! I can wait for fall.
Feb 27, 2020 18:50:55 GMT
Kapitan: Maybe we’ll get that BW doc that we heard about way back when, Long Promised Doc 😀
Feb 27, 2020 19:18:45 GMT
kds: I get the feeling that documentary will one day be mentioned in the same breath as the 50th Anniversary Doc that was supposed to happen in 2012
Feb 27, 2020 20:55:14 GMT
Kapitan: And Pleasure Island!?
Feb 27, 2020 20:55:51 GMT
Sheriff John Stone: I'm skeptical about that Long Promised Road doc, not whether it will eventually come out, but the quality. If the highlight is Brian and an interviewer driving around and Brian commenting on BB songs/albums, I can only imagine how that'll go...
Feb 27, 2020 22:18:29 GMT
Sheriff John Stone: ...Brian, what do you think about the song, "Long Promised Road"? Brian - "I thought Carl sang it great." Brian, what do you think about The Beach Boys Love You album? Brian - "There's some great songs on that album."
Feb 27, 2020 22:21:28 GMT
Kapitan: I'm skeptical about EVERYTHING. But that doesn't mean I'm not interested in seeing and hearing it all.
Feb 27, 2020 23:50:16 GMT
Wata: I hope it would include some rarities - hopefully with the accompanying soundtrack. And it's time we got to listen to snippets from the rendition of "Long Promised Road" Brian supposedly recorded for the doc. I'm not holding my breath for it, but still...
Feb 28, 2020 5:58:00 GMT
kds: From the description, it sounded like a new version of the Brian Wilson On Tour doc.
Feb 28, 2020 13:20:10 GMT
Kapitan: Except as I recall, they were focusing on driving around LA for a lot of it. Just Brian and whoever the eventual filmmaker was (there had been a replacement) seeing the sights and chatting.
Feb 28, 2020 13:28:28 GMT
Kapitan: btw, it's just a couple weeks shy of a year since they released the movie poster.
Feb 28, 2020 13:31:24 GMT
kds: And, didn't they do the driving around bit in the IJWMFTT doc?
Feb 28, 2020 13:38:15 GMT