Monday, October 22, 2012
Back from the cyber-cemetery : Halloween 2012, Part 7--Mars, Hell, happy monsters, guys with voodoo, merry ghosts.
This slaylist's sole vinyl rip is The Statesmen's Everybody's Gonna Have a Terrible Time Down There, an "answer" to Everybody's Gonna Have a Wonderful Time Up There, a.k.a. Gospel Boogie. Quite nicely done.
Everything else is shellac, going back to 1906 with Gudrun Carlson and Johannes Herskind's Gobble Duet (that's right--Gobble Duet) and stopping, year-wise, at 1956 with the spectacularly dumb The Answer to The Flying Saucer: UFO, which is, naturally enough, an answer to Buchanan and Goodman's The Flying Saucer, and which makes B and G's disc sound like The Mercury Theatre on the Air. I like it, anyway. Way more brilliant is 1934's Variations on Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? performed by duo pianists Jacques Fray and Mario Braggiotti (I wonder if Victor Borge heard this?). 1948's The Happy Monster is a jazz jam based on a parallel chord progression pattern of a half-step up, back, then a half-step down. To this is added a conventional bridge. Beautifully done. 1932's Little Nell is credited to Eliot Everett, that pseudonym which later popped up on any number of Eli Oberstein labels (Royale, Varsity...), and which in this case was Joe Haymes. An ideal Halloween number. A send-up of 19th-century stage melodramas, I guess? I wish I could decipher the final lines.
And more weird weirdness. Apologies to Johannes Herskind for the typo "Johaness" on the zip file.
To the madness, all of it ripped from my platters in my collection: Halloween 2012, Part 7
The Merry Ghost from Chatham Square--Henri Rene Musette Orch., 1942.
The Answer to the Flying Saucer--U.F.O.--Syd Lawrence and Friends, 1956.
Variations on Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?--Jacques Fray-Mario Braggiotti, piano duet, 1934.
Ghost of the Violin--Prince's Orchestra, 1913.
Little Nell--Eliot Everett (Joe Haymes) and His Orch., 1932.
The Happy Monster--Chubby Jackson and His Orch., 1948.
Mummy Mine--Earl Fuller's Rector Novelty Orch., 1919.
Gobble Duet--Gudrun Carlson and Johannes Herskind, 1906.
Everybody's Gonna Have a Terrible Time Down There--The Statesmen w. Hovie Lister, 1958.
Martian Hop--The Elektras
Vamp Me (And I'll Vamp You)--Rega Dance Orch., 1922.
Haunted Guitar--Billy Mure, 1956.
The Guy with the Voodoo--Richard Hayes w. Jimmy Carroll's O., 1950.
I'm Mad--Willie Mabon and His Combo, 1953.