STARGAYZING: Barbara Cartland’s Album of Love Songs, Sung Especially For You is a thrillingly awful recording from 1978 that combines several things I love very much: bad prose, the singing voice of an elderly woman, orchestral music, and non-singers with big egos leveraging success in other mediums to create a vanity album, especially for you! In the case of this record, we have an eighty-year old English romance novelist whose tentative, tremulous soprano quivers and chirps like a small, wounded bird through some of the finest standards ever written. When she attempts to soar you can hear the panicked flapping of a single wing—”ascend, I say!” Throughout, Miss Cartland’s anemic vocals are ably supported by the massive Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who were undoubtedly well-compensated for this recording. A voice this tentative backed by the Royal Philharmonic is the musical equivalent of using a pen light to guide an ocean liner and, indeed, half the fun of this record is the ever-present risk of icebergs! READ THE REST OF THIS AMUSING ARTICLE HERE @ STARGAYZING
LISTEN TO THE FULL ALBUM HERE @ WFMU… and you can download each song too! HOW? For MAC: Just click the song, when the mp3 starts playing… right click on the mp3 bar. Choose “save audio as”. That’s it! Great Sat night Sun morning listening goodness!
Why am I just discovering these guys now? Such gorgeous 80’s inspired obscure pop goodness…
OH WAIT… “Down By The Water”!!! LOVE/LOVED THAT SONG/Shangri-La’s like video! (watch below)
WIKI: “The band cite their major influences as The Wake, The Smiths, Joy Division/New Order, The Tough Alliance, The Legends, The Shangri-las, The Embassy and Orange Juice. Graham also mentions that reverb in general has played a major role in their sound: “…If reverb didn’t exist we wouldn’t have bothered trying to start a band.”
other songs/ videos after the jump…
The Cowsills A Family Thing aired on Saturday, November 23, 1968 at 8:30 PM.
It included Bud, Barbra, Bill, Bob, Barry, Paul, John and Susan Cowsell.
Buddy Ebsen was the special guest star.
“Celebrating the golden age of the Television Variety Show… for better or worse.”
I couldn’t LOVE THE REDUNDANT VARIETY HOUR more! Miss Barbara Bain singing, Liza singing in German, Margaux Hemingway singing… badly. It’s all here with the help of Safety Gays and Wiglets! Seriously, if you call yourself a gay… bookmark this blog and watch a few clips everyday… and tell them Sissydude sent ya! CHECK IT OUT HERE
This is the original People City video, used for station sign-on and sign-off in the 1970s and 1980s at Citytv, Toronto. Tommy Ambrose and Gary Gray were commissioned to co-write and produce the song for the station. There were two versions – the vocal one, used at sign-on, and the instrumental version, used at sign-off. via
T-MAG: “But for the video for the song “On a Path,” which premieres above, Pallett turned to one of his longest-running creative partners, the artist Steve Kedo. The pair have worked together since they were college roommates. For this particular video, Kedo stayed at Pallett’s house for an entire week while photographing every object in it. “It’s very much conceptually about taking stock of our possessions, and the implied validation of life from the things we surround ourselves with,” Pallett explained. “And it will also help with insurance claims in case my possessions ever got destroyed in a fire!”
OWEN PALLETT T mag interview HERE
Owen Pallett – On A Path (Lyric Video)
Directed By Steve Kado
Valentine’s Day can KILL! Here’s Matt Alber’s “End Of The World” cus it’s sweet & romantic… be optimistic, people!
Video by: Mikhail Torich: http://torich.net
Prod. Assistant/ Photographer: Lev Chesnov
Dir. Eli Rarey
Make Up- Donald Simrock
This is the B-Side of my favourite song of all time… Crawford’s “Your Nose Is Gonna Grow”. I though this tune would work perfectly with this smashing looking gent.
So Accidental Bear just posted SOLALA a few minutes ago. How can I not follow and post this as well? These three fuzz-faced fellows (in photo above L-R): Olle Bergel, Jens Lindvall & Anders Gabrielson are very talented vocalists… and they dress in that artisan/lumberjack/wilderness drag that I love so much (it’s a look that just seems to not be going away anytime soon). So check them out and see what you think.
Facebook Page discription: Solala - a latin vocal group! We are three guys from Gothenburg, Sweden who want to revive old forgotten songs that we love. All of our videos and information about live shows will be posted here.
They LOVE to play around with modern tunes but I’m really more impressed with what they do with the classics. Case in point, this performance of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. Very pretty and complex Beach Boy style harmonies. What’s not to love?
“Oh Holy Night”… Christmas tingles, people… (well, the first half anyhow).
“Fuck you, very very much”… YAY!
Just obsessing about this song. I’ve always been a big Harper’s Bizarre fan but for some reason I never really knew anything about them. Today I’m learning… their brilliance all makes sense now. Van Dyke Parks & Lenny Waronker were producers & writers for all the albums.
High Coin (Van Dyke Parks)
1. I’m goin’ for high coin baby or I ain’t goin’ nowhere at all
I’m goin’ for high coin baby to keep me high and in and up and down and all
Well, if cats try enable you and tear down all the words you’re able to recall
That’s all before they fall
2. I’m in the high scenes, baby, I’m livin’ in far out and lie
I’m in the high scenes, baby, where day is night and nights are days and years gone by
While I cut towering some spools the hours strike these cats like fools and words gone by
I’m fine, it’s my time
3. It looks like high time baby to stop our lovin’ nickel dime
We’re in the high times baby where words are lost and tempest tossed in lemon lime.
When times and places effervesce in words of wonder from down under I’m no less.
I’m fine. It’s my time.
TED TEMPLETON Q&A:
Q: I’ll bet…
TT: Oh, you know it…really amazing. Also, on the road, we used to do songs of his that we never recorded, like “Political Science”. But, Lenny’s idea of taking a group of great writers and putting them all together on an album was just terrific. Van Dyke’s song, “High Coin”, on the second album is, to me, the highlight of the whole Harpers thing…
Q: Yes, you can’t top that one…
TT: No, you can’t. It’s just amazing.
Rita Abrams (born August 30, 1943) is an American songwriter, performer and writer. Her song “Mill Valley”, recorded with children at the school where she was teaching, was released under the name Miss Abrams and the Strawberry Point Third Grade Class in 1970, becoming a Billboard Hot 100 hit and being nominated for a Grammy.