I don't remember whether or not I was trying to look crazy in that photo, but I sure succeeded. John Astin, eat your heart out.
So, bandwidth issues or no, it's time for the second Halloween slay
Then again, it's the Halloween season. The perfect time for soulless rituals (Buwa-ha-haaaa! ).
So, for now, one-at-a-time downloading, I'm afraid. It's the only way I can keep the paid bandwidth alive, and that will probably only last until mid-month. But remember--the files will still be there even after my paid bandwidth croaks. (Insert Halloween scream, with reverb.)
Lots of scary stuff today. Scary-weird, scary-silly--all types of scary. Most of these are repeats from the last two or three Halloweens (this is my blog's third go-round!), but you'll be hearing them in fresh rips. Seems that my new Stanton stylus sounds way better than the one I replaced. It's the same needle, but Stanton discontinued the dust brush attachment, the absence of which has done wonders for tracking accuracy. Sharp, fresh detail and less problem with surface noise. I won't miss the brush.
So, being me, I just had to re-rip some of the stuff. Repeats include Little Space Girl, The Cool Gool, Batman and His Grandmother, Beware, and The Moonbillies classics Fall of the Planet Earth and The 'Lectronic Brain. There are three "new" tracks--Betty Johnson's hit version of The Little Blue Man (vice the cheap-label cover I put up last year), The Thing-a-Ma Jig, No. 1 at the Blue Whale (from Dark Shadows), and Monster Shindig, which shows up a lot of places this time of year.
Okay. Four "new" tracks. Hello.
To maintain my blogger's integrity, I'll have to point out that The Thing-a-Ma Jig by The Playmates (their big hit being Beep Beep) is not really a Halloween track. However, it comes so very close, I put it up anyway. You've got "Thing" in the title, and you've got a plethora of Halloween-style sound effects. And I can't believe I just typed "plethora of...."
I swore I never would. Anyway, this single has the feel of a Halloween novelty, even if it isn't one. Just think Halloween when you're hearing it. It works.
Charles Randolph Grean, of the Charles Randolph Grean Sounde, is a big name in novelties. We'll be hearing his hit version of Quentin's Theme (from Dark Shadows) and his arrangement/production of The Little Blue Man, and we previously heard his arrangement/production of Merv Griffin's House of Horrors. Grean also produced Merv's big hit, I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts. On top of all those things, Grean was Eddy Arnold's manager starting around the late 1940s. Believe it or don't.
Oh, and Grean wrote The Thing, which we'll be hearing two versions of in a coming slaylist.
To today's slaylist! Halloween at MY(P)WHAE, Part 2!
THE LITTLE BLUE MAN (Ebb-Klein)--Betty Johnson, Fred Ebb (not Hugh Downs, as I'd hoped), with Charles Grean Orch., 1957.
LITTLE SPACE GIRL--Jesse Lee Turner, 1958.
THE THING-A-MA-JIG--The Playmates, 1959.
THE COOL GOOL--Sharkey Todd and His Monsters, 1959.
THE HORROR SHOW--Sharey Todd and His Monsters, 1959.
BATMAN AND HIS GRANDMOTHER--Dickie Goodman, 1966.
SUSPENSE--Dickie Goodman, 1966.
THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN--Bill Buchanan (of Buchanan and Goodman fame), 1962.
QUENTIN'S THEME (Robert Cobert)--The Charles Randolph Grean Sounde, 1969.
NO. 1 AT THE BLUE WHALE (Cobert)--The Charles Randolph Grean Sounde, 1969.
MONSTER SHINDIG--Danny Hutton, 1965
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE--Music by De Vol, 1962.
LAUGHING OVER MY GRAVE--Ray Stevens, 1964.
THE ROCKIN' GHOST (Steve Allen-Ira Lee)--Archie Bleyer Orch. and Cho., 1956.
THE NAUGHTY GHOST--Jan August, 1955.
HE'S GOING TO EAT ME UP--Napoleon XV Revue.
ZOMBI--The Monotones, 1958.
HUSH... HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE--Al Martino with Pete King Orch., 1964.
MY FRIEND THE GHOST--Tommy Dorsey Orch. featuring Gordon Polk, 1954.
MONKEY BUSINESS (Billy Sherrill)--Eddie Hill and Group, 1959.
THIRTEEN MEN--Dinah Shore with Harry Zimmerman Orch. and Chorus, 1958.
FALL OF THE PLANET EARTH--The Moonbillies, 1960.
THE 'LECTRONIC BRAIN--The Moonbillies, 1960.