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SOLD OUT/DO NOT ORDER! Incredibly Strange Music cassette

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)


Song List: * Buddy Merrill – Busy Bee * Bob Peck – Sweet 16 * Dean Elliot – Lonesome Road * Katie Lee – Will to Fail * Harry Breuer – Minute Merengue * Rajput & The Sepoy – Up, Up & Away * The Scramblers – Mister Hot * Rod Dave Harris – Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals * Perrey & Kingsley – Swan's Splashdown * Jo Ann Castle – Tico Tico * Billy Mure – Hawaiian War Chant * Fred Lowrey – William Tell Overture * Kali Bahlu – A Cosmic Telephone Call

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On this amazing CASSETTE you will hear a rousing version of the “William Tell Overture” whistled by the blind virtuoso Fred Lowery; an unbelievably off-key instrumental interpretation of the hit song “Up Up & Away,” played on an out-of-tune sitar-with-strings arrangement… Every Song is an incredible, “how did this get made?”, mirth-provoker! Guaranteed to raise your morale, lift your spirits, provoke wonder, and make you want to produce some incredibly-strange-music yourself!

… a song from an album titled “From Couch to Consultation,” “The Will to Fail” -a hilarious toe-tapping Tin Pan Alley tune about the Freudian “failure complex”; and a humorous parody of Blackboard Jungle-style juvenile delinquents titled “Sweet Sixteen.”

Energizing instrumentals include a vivacious, frenetic track performed on the xylophone (“Minute Merengue”) and a rapid-fire guitar instrumental version of “Flight of the Bumble Bee.” The album ends with a song called “A cosmic Telephone Call,” a 7-minute excursion into the mind-altering and hilarious world of Kali Bahlu, a self-styled guru, done with a weirdly atmospheric sitar accompaniment.

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Weight 0.38 lbs

3 reviews for SOLD OUT/DO NOT ORDER! Incredibly Strange Music cassette

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rolling Stone

    Incredibly Strange Music is best augmented by its forthcoming companion cassette which collects other Bizarro-world stuff never likely to come your way in any other form.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Entertainment Weekly

    Alfred Hitchcock’s Music To Be Murdered By is just the tip of the iceberg. Incredibly Strange Music, a catalog of the wackiest discs ever made, goes where few audiophiles have ever gone.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    This corollary to the first “Incredibly Strange Music” book by the fine folks at REsearch is the best type of subversive music there is. Just put it on at a party as background music, and within minutes, people are looking around, faces screwed up as if someone let loose the worst onion-dip fart in history, and saying, “What the hell IS this?” That is, if they’re “normal” and have a short sense of humor. The rest of us weirdos will dig this collection of ’50s and ’60s goofballs just fine.

    Some of the tunes are flat-out cool: the cheesy sitar of Rajput & the Sepoy going “Up, Up & Away”; Buddy Merrill’s “Busy Bee” guitar romp through Rimsky-Korsakov’s flower patch; Fred Lowrey’s whistled “William Tell Overture”; Jo Ann Castle’s proto-speed-metal accordion tune “Tico Tico”; and Dave Harris’ twisted “Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals,” obviously influenced by the even more twisted Raymond Scott. Only once — the 10+ minute last cut, Kali Bahlu’s “A Cosmic Telephone Call” — does the music get really incredibly strange and beyond the the most far-out boundaries of what’s really weird.

    And if you’re not careful, you may learn something. Listen to “Swan’s Splashdown,” the colorful cut by electronic music pioneers Perrey & Kingsley, and you’ll suddenly realize where Smash Mouth got its career from, starting with “Walking on the Sun.” Or listen to the ultra-corny “Mister Hot Rod” by The Scramblers, then trace a line directly to Jonathan Richman’s mid-’80s style (especially “Double Chocolate Malted”), from the vocal style down to the spoken patter. Both times, it’s as if you’ve tapped a secret alternate history of rock’n’roll. Who needs “normal”? Welcome to the society, bub!

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