Thursday, August 29, 2019

Music to Basically Ignore

Let's be honest; this post's title is pretty much correct in this situation...

When I read, I'm most likely to have silence, not music on in the background. And I certainly don't sit on the floor in a skirt.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Fan Fan Dédé

Here are a couple that most viewers won't know (what else is new?)...

Yes, it's Fan Fan Dédé! I'd never heard of it before! Haha. I know it aired in Québec, though, so there is a possibility I saw it on Radio Québec. (yeah, Radio is TV, so...yeah) [Actually, scratch that, as it aire on TVA, which I only had once we got a satellite dish in the 2000s...and I think the show stopped airing in 1982] I also know (for sure!), from having looked into it (y'see...), that he is the comedian André Richard.

I like how they spell Mademoiselle as the informal pronunciation Mam'zelle. :)

Simple, and perhaps a little more direct than the other cover. I don't like it as much.

He needs a bigger head to use that phone.

Here's a clip from the show. Typical kiddie show, really.




Monday, July 22, 2019

To [Sir] Jesus With Love

Simple, lovely cover. Love the outfit.

I see she lives/lived not too far from me. I was in Orillia last week, actually. Always fun to find local records around town. 

I see the song "Jesus" was written by Doug McKenzie. Take off, eh! ;)

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Mexicali Brass Honey

I'm always hoping to find out the names of these models, just so I can say 'hey, it's [so-and-so] from that album cover' if I see her on TV or in a movie (or even another album cover) sometime, but it just never happens. There are some I have where I think 'I know I've seen her somewhere...', but no dice on the jogging my memory part. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

The return of Al Clouston

I've posted about Mr. Clouston before, and here he is again...

Love it. :) Real clean, handmade quality to it, nice and bright.

I really need to listen to these someday. I certainly enjoy laughing to my heart's delight and I like a good storyteller. ;) Sadly—and kinda surprisingly, as I posted the other album 7 years ago now—other than a tribute video and short podcast, there's still nothing on YouTube to share. I've seen far more obscure things there, but no Uncle Al?!

Edsel! Nice! A name we can trust. ;)


Saturday, June 15, 2019

The only Hooters you should care about

Forget your greasy wings and boobs nonsense, this is the real deal!

Suspenders in the front? Well, I guess I know where Kris Kross got their inspiration! :o

The two guys in the shadows kinda got a raw deal. Did the record label say 'stick the ugly ones in the back?' Heh.

Anyway, let's have a listen to the title track...

I was expecting new wave synth or something, but it's just good ol' pop. Very specific to the period. I likes it.

Here's another good'un, called "All You Zombies"...

I likes it! Sounds slightly familiar, too. I'm listening to more after this, too. Good band!

Anyway, more on Hooters, whom I reckon should be way better known!, here.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Mistor Pistor

The name Nestor Pistor seems almost but not really familiar. Anyway, this is his first album.

Hey, is that Andy Capp? :p

More on Nestor, who has performed as recently as a few months ago, here.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The *dog* Lassie?!

No, Space Ghost (see below), the Hielan' Lassie! ;)

Hielan' meaning Highland, of course.

Love that simple, yet detailed, drawing. I often wished my style could be more like that, without feeling forced, anyway. I'm just too much of a sucker for overly detailed, like in anime, having grown up with Astro Boy and such, and loving cars with big engines and such.

And here's the reference in the title...

This is actually one from my own channel. :)

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Heino Returns!

I've posted a Heino album before, hence the title. The other cover is definitely nicer, not that there's anything wrong with this one. Just not very eye-catching...not that the other one is either. :p

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Kenyon's got the blues...and the pinks

Pretty striking! The only other time I've heard the name Kenyon, as far as I can remember, is from former NBA player Kenyon Martin.

Let's have another look at the ladies...

The fun loving one...

...and the serious one. Or perhaps it's a ruse.

A little about K-Mart...I mean Kenyon...here. Ooo, he did the score for Twelve Angry Men, one of my favorites!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Fake kids

Had to grab this one based on the strange cover alone!

Kids, pre-teens and one...teen? Young adult?

That guy is top left on the front cover. Lead vocals by Rindy Ross. Rindy. Like Randy and Cindy combined? Interesting.

Let's hear what they sound like. Here's the title track.

Not bad! Not my favorite sound overall, but has its moments.

But this was their BIG hit; "Harden My Heart", which was #1 on Billboard for three weeks...

Good stuff.

P.S. Here's some insider info: to take pictures of the albums, I usually prop them up on a couple of pillows on my bed, then crop out the background. I usually do a bunch at a time, then pick and choose later on which to start getting ready for a post. Well, as I was looking through pics today, I noticed that the pics for this album were uncropped, meaning I hadn't posted it yet...except I apparently have before. (after some searching, turns out I did) Did I take pics of this twice? Hmm... Anyway, I'm not going to abandon this post now after putting everything together, so here it is again. ;) 

Friday, April 5, 2019

Land of the Loon

My mother got me this one on a hunch that I'd like the cover, and she was correct.

Simple, effective and super classy.

Awesome mic!

Hey! Want to hear the whole album? The answer is yes. Here it is...


Friday, March 29, 2019

The Eyes Have It

Provocative cover here from Canadian hard rock band Eyes! It gives me an "Alison Hell" from Annihilator (also Canadian, by coincidence) vibe, but what it really reminds me of is this classic meme...

Maybe they're related. ;)

The back cover features the same design around the edges, so I decided to focus the attention on the info in the center...

I wish I could find more info on the band, but all I found was their Discogs listing. People are asking huge money for this there. Glad I got my copy at Salvation Army for around 30 cents. ;)

Here's a live video of the title track...

Great moody sound and killer guitar tones. I would've bought a copy had I been there!

And the last track on the album...

I don't often add two videos, but they deserve it! :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

[Mother] Teresa!

It's Teresa Brewer, of course! Looks like they airbrushed her teeth and eyes a bit. Not bad, though. A very simple cut and paste job overall, but it works.

Same simple formula on the back.

Look at the end of the first picture. See? Mother Teresa! ;)


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wrabit!

"We hated the name but it was forced on us. What a mistake." - Lead vocalist Lou Nadeau

But don't let that throw you off! This is a hard rockin' album, featuring great vocals and harmonies, and nice musicianship overall, including some impressive guitar work!

This is the debut album of Canadian hard rockers Wrabit, re-release version when they signed with MCA (who convinced them to change their name from Telemann). And yes, the logo and cover were drawn by THE Chuck Jones, of Bugs Bunny fame. Quite a coup there! Very eye-catching.

More info on the band here.

I don't know which song to highlight, as they're all good, so I think I'll just go with the opener, which features a strong 70s classic rock sound...





Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Aloha? Hawaii?

I dunno, nothing exactly screams Hawaii on this cover.

I guess the plants are what do it, cuz the girl with the artificially (I suspect) color boosted eyes doesn't scream Hawaii either. *shrug* What I'm gettng at is, this is one of the least stereotypically Hawaiian album covers I have. In that sense, it's a bit of a failure, because it doesn't make much of an impression on its own among the plethora of Hawaiian albums. Moving on...

The back cover wasn't too interesting either, but I always like these self-aggrandization boxes that were on most records. Never really saw this with CDs, probably in part because there was just no room, but also because people eventually realized that you get what you pay for and such things were unnecessary. Buy a junky stereo, you get junky sound. But I figure there's much more real variation in vinyl and needle quality than in CD players as well.

Speaking of needles, I was checking a record yesterday and the arm slipped and the needle broke. Yay. I have ordered a replacement, but I wish I had a better player in general. I'm always a little wary of playing good quality records on it. It's an ION Profile LP with USB, seen below. The USB was the draw for me, but I've never actually used that feature. Maybe someday...

Looks nice, sounds decent (feels like it's too quiet, though), but the cover design is just plain bad. Way too much of a gap, especially on the sides. I ended up adding strips of clear tape to block those stupid holes because SO MUCH DUST gets in. I suspect they left those gaps so people could slip a finger in there to lift it up, but come on, it's not like it's heavy or something. I wish I could add a little strip of rubber or silicone along the edge to seal it better. But at least the record area itself is mostly dust-free.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Myles & Lenny

I'll admit it, I had no idea who these guys were, which is the case with many of the albums I pick up. I just liked the cover. Turns out Myles & Lenny were once kind of a big deal, earning a Juno Award in 1976 for "Most Promising Group." But seems it didn't really work out sales-wise and they only released this and another album in the same year before calling it quits.

"Can You Give It All To Me" was a Canadian Top 20 single, so let's check it out below...

Awesome song! The way the violin is used is especially cool. Reminds me of Kansas, actually, which is great!

Update: Just two days after I posted this, look what I saw!

I hate the stupid giant stickers they put on everything there! (plus, they charge too much)

Friday, February 15, 2019

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Chile Con Cugie

Sometimes the post titles write themselves...as in this case, obviously.

A rare combination of cheesecake and beefcake on the same cover! ;)

Oops, kinda small. The recording engineer was Ed Begley! Not the same one, but still!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Claude "Jazzbones" LaBrecque

Another album for the kiddies, including grown up kiddies. :)

I post these hoping someone will recognize it and share a story or two. I realize they have limited appeal...even to me, I must admit. The kiddie albums are not among my favorites usually, but I can appreciate the craft, and they often have nice art, as this one does.

They're often personalized as well. A shame this one is pretty faded.

There is a bit of a surprise to this one, which we will see more clearly below...

Luba Goy is on this! You don't hear about her too much nowadays (unless you try to, I guess), but she was kind of a big deal for a long time as a member of Royal Canadian Air Farce, a group who had a long-running sketch TV show. I has never been my thing, as it's political humor (strike one) and Canadian political humor at that (strikes tow and three), but I've known who Luba is for decades.

Interesting presentation by his daughter Sarah here, but otherwise, I can't find much of anything about him. Sarah, if you see this, we'd love to hear some more info about your dad! ;)