Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bobby Gimby When?

Bobby Gimby Now!

Bobby Gimby Who? :p

Turns out he was a big deal, actually! More info on him here.

Typical classics played on brass and such. A fun little slice of Canadiana.

Update, Dec. 9, 2017: Had to update because the picture was originally stored on Photobucket, so nowadays, I'd say Canadianity rather than Canadiana, bahds!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Ask your mother...

...or possibly your grandmother what it was like when Leif ruled the teen mags. :p

Why don't kids dress like that now? Actually, they only dressed like that on album covers back then, so...

Lots of covers, lots of teeth. ;)

Kids like this were the Justin Biebers of their day, yet didn't have such outright hatred directed at them. I'm sure that's partially because there was no internet to spread that hatred. (plus, society was better overall back then) I'm no Bieber fan, but I realize that he's a FLASH IN THE PAN and don't understand the need to spend half the day cursing him out on internet forums he'll never see anyway. No need to angry up the blood like that. *shaking fist at internet morons* Besides, I'd rather spend my time complaining about all the [usually questionable] revisions made to the original Star Wars trilogy. ;)

Anyway, more info on Leif here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

K-tel's Nutty Numbers

Yes, from the legendary K-tel!*

This is the first request I've gotten. Someone found a post of mine at a forum saying I had picked this up and they asked if I could add it here. Happy to oblige! I had this one as a kid and to find it again 25+ years later was neat. I think kids would still love it. :)

The Squirls, huh? I guess The Chipmunks wanted too much. ;)

 Again with The Squirls...

HERE is the post by a blogger called 'rainswept' that prompted my post.

*If you haven't seen it yet, be sure and catch the excellent documentary "As Seen on TV: The K-Tel Story".

Monday, August 22, 2011

The original, non-Batman-related Nightwing

Heh heh. Anyway, as much as I love to find goofy stuff, I also run across interesting albums like this:

I was hoping it was hard rock and it is. Oh, is it ever! Excellent album. It reminds me of UFO, especially with their hotshot guitarist Alec Johnson, and that's a very good thing. Bridging the gap between early hard rock and NWOBHM.

You can tell they mean business. Check out their singer/bassist Gordon Rowley:

I think he just came down from the mountains to get supplies.

Here's an interesting warning/fact/suggestion/whateveryouwannacallit from the bottom left of the back cover:

How do you illustrate P2P transfers with crossbones? :p

Check out the excellent opening track, "Overnight Sensation" here.

More info on the band here.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Please leave a comment on the following...

Howdy! I'm trying to figure out how the "following" system works. Does anyone get notifications of new posts? Do you need to be a "follower" in order to be notified?

Please let me know how you guys are seeing my new posts, even if you just happen to stumble upon them somehow or find it by searching for a specific term or something. Would be nice to know that some people are looking at my new posts regularly. For a long time, I would think 'is this worth doing?'

Thanks! :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Déjà Vu

First I saw this one:

Then, minutes later in the same bin, I saw this one:

Can't help but think of one of my favorite Monty Python skits; "It's the Mind"

Can't help but think of one of my favorite Monty Python skits; "It's the Mind"

Can't help but think of one of my favorite Monty Python skits; "It's the Mind"

Monday, August 15, 2011

No, the other Wonder Woman...

If they were going for a funky cover, they certainly achieved it! Reminds me of Parliament/Funkadelic/Bootsy Collins/whathaveyou. It is pure disco, however.

 Pretty nasty weapon for what appears to be a superheroine. :p

Nice gatefold inside:

 I think Deb from Napoleon Dynamite took that picture in her studio. :)

Here's a sample from the album. I can't find much more than that, but I'll keep looking...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mr. Dressup

A legend of Canadian television, Ernie Coombs, a.k.a. Mr. Dressup, along with the little boy Casey and his dog, Finnegan.


He was a contemporary of Fred Rogers and they actually worked together for a time. I'd watch Mr. Rogers on occasion, but Mr. Dressup was a daily show for me. What I really looked forward to were the segments where he would draw (I drew a LOT back then, and I don't remember Fred doing that) and take different costumes out of the Tickle Trunk. Even though they were both kids' shows, I always felt that Mr. Dressup was a little more grown up than Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, possibly because I only saw Rogers more later on.

Anyway, two great shows that cannot—and will not ever—be duplicated...

More info on Ernie here and on Fred here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

GREAT band...

 ...TERRIBLE cover!

Guys, what were you thinking?! That cover looks WAY too disco for a prog rock band. Come on! Your core audience couldn't care less about beefcakiness. Not surprisingly, it's not exactly one of their better selling albums. :p

Anyway, more info on them here and here.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Well, sorta punk...

 Just like every character had a disco album at one time, lots had punk albums too.

Here are the tracks they cover, as written on the back:

Side One:

Let's Go - R. Ocasek
Good Girls Don't - D. Fieger
How Do I Make You - B. Feinberg
Refugee - T. Petty / M. Campbell
Frustrated - D. Fieger / B. Averre

Side Two:

Call Me - D. Harry / G. Moroder
You May Be Right - B. Joel
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - F. Mercury
My Sharona - D. Fieger / B. Averre

Yyyyyyyyeaaaaah... Lots of punks there, especially Billy Joel, Freddie Mercury and Tom Petty. :p

More info here, including the fact that it went GOLD!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I just bet...

...that the '20 Dance Favourites' are just variations on Bird Dance. Haha.*
According to wiki, "In 1982, polka-loving cover band "The Emeralds", from Edmonton Alberta Canada, recorded a polka-inspired version of the song, released by K-Tel records. The album "Bird Dance" went double-platinum in Canada, and gold in Australia. The song also contributed to the success of multiple gold albums for the Emeralds in 1983 and 1984. The song went on to further fame when it was used in two movies: Sam Raimi's cult classic Crime Wave, and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius."

*Yeah, I guess that's a giveaway that I haven't listened to it yet. ;) But come on, can you blame me?