Hope everybody had a merry christmas, a happy hanukkah a krazy kwaanza, and a cool yule.
Here's a random track from a guy who had LOTS of big hits (so we won't bother mentioning his name- dig?) He liked to put non-album b-sides on his singles, and this is one of them. It's not the best song he ever released, but it is what it is. It's a day after Christmas song, so it fits the theme...
Gotta admit, i was a little disappointed with this one. I thought it was going to be a Christmas themed product plug. Instead it's just a cheesy instrumental tune and some words printed on the sleeve that you are supposed to 'sing along' with.
I guess it's a sing along without Mitch record. The rest of it- It was so boring i didn't bother to include it here. Trust me, you aint missing much...
I still have a bunch of Christmas tunes left. A few records that i still haven't even recorded yet, which at this point i think i'll just save for next year. The day is nearly upon us. I have one post-Christmas tune that will be posted on the 26th, and one New Years one as well. After that, it's back to our regularly scheduled programming...
Right now, let's have my three remaining Polka Christmas sides.
Nifty little 4 song 7" e.p. by a band (who's name shall remain unmentioned) that we all know and love... It says on the sleeve that one of these four tunes is from their 'Stand Up' album, but nothing about the other three. Not sure what form (other than this) they were released in. I'm not the biggest fan of the group so i don't know, but they were probably issued in a box set or some b-sides collection or something...
Sadly, the song 'Pan Dance' on my copy skips pretty badly, so i omitted it. There's a defect in the vinyl. A little bubble that there's just no getting around. It's bad... Pisses me off too because i just picked this one up a few months ago, and spent real money on it even. Six whole dollars. That's a buck and a half a song! Ahh well. If a record has to have a skip in it, i suppose the best place for it would be in the noodling instrumental filler track... So there's that anyway.
Also- Let Christmas song play all the way to the very very end, you'll be glad you did.
I didn't separate the tracks on the good side. So: Two files = three tunes. Dig?
I told myself going into this December that i wasn't going to do any re-runs from years past, but god dammit if this aint the best version of Jingle Bells that i've ever heard. It's too good. I couldn't resist sharing it again.
So- if you missed it last year...
I see this one pretty much every time i go shopping for 45s in close out bins. On at least three variations in the label design.
This past year when i decided that spring and summer was the best time to start collecting shitty christmas records (and it was), i picked up three copies of 'Christmas Celebration' on three separate occasions. With the hopes of bringing you, dear listener, the best sounding copy... And here, is the best sounding one (that i found) of the three. Don't get too excited people, high fidelity this aint... But i've posted much worse.
Here's one of those home recorded discs of a child's visit with Santa Claus. It's got a great sleeve, but unfortunately someone peeled the label off of the record itself.
The way i imagine it is that there was a booth just like there is nowadays with a guy in a red suit and a long line full of of impatient kids. Only back in these days you got a record to take home (for a price, i'm sure) instead of a Polaroid (i'm old) or whatever chintzy thing they do today.
The 'skip' at the very very end isn't a skip at all, the record ends with a locked groove. So i let it play a few times through so you, the listener, could get the full effect of the weirdness... I'm assuming that these were hastily recorded, and well, shit happens. What a way to end an otherwise mediocre recording though... Santa will creepily laugh at you until you fall asleep... Sweet dreams!
If young Margaret of Foster avenue is still with us, she'd be in her early 60s now.
DivShare (my usual onscreen player) is on the blink at the moment. Until they get their shit together and fix whatever it is that they have to fix, i'll be using this freebie one.
I poked around the supposedly all knowing interwebs for information on the Loud Mouse, and came up totally dry. Of course, i didn't try very hard. The record is what it is, and sometimes the mystery just adds to the whole listening experience. Anyway- if you dig songs with the chipmunk voice, then stay tuned. We got ourselves a good 'un right here.
Oddly enough, after all these years, i was theevery first person to play this record. You'd think that this one would have been a HUGE hit with the So-and-so's grandparents before they died and their uncaring family donated all their stuff to the thrift shop. You'd think, wouldn't you. Nope, the little center hole was still attached when i found it... It had never been listened to. Until now that is... And with good reason.
I figure this 50+ year old cardboard record ought to get me through the next 199 Christmases (give or take.)
Here we go people. It's December, and you know what that means- It means, for the next 25 days here at the Junk Shop Juke Box it's nothing but the scratchiest, stupidest Christmas and/or Holiday 45s i've managed to dig up since last December... I've had eleven months of thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales, estate sales, and bargain bin shopping to bring you, yes you dear listener, this years fine selections... A few that you may have heard, but hopefully many that you have not. I jsut recorded over 30 sides last week, and i'm gonna try like hell to make sure i get a post in every day from now till the 25th (but i aint makin any promises.)
With that said, let's kick off this years festivities with a record that tells us ignorant Americans how other kids around the world celebrate this ridiculous holiday.
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