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SOLD OUT/DO NOT ORDER! Incredibly Strange Music cassette

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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. 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. 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. Anonymous

    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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