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Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Audio Fourplay

I've been slacking off from posting songs, so this afternoon I got ambitious (and inspired by various current events) to post not one, not two, not three, but four count 'em four blasts from the past. Don't forget you may need to wait a few seconds (or quite a few) after you click each arrow; do not click twice! And don't click two of the arrows at once because both songs will (eventually) start to play!

First up, in honor of last night's earthquake, the first significant one we've felt in these parts since "the big one" in 1989, one of the first huge hits (1957) from the Sun Record label (and yes, that's what I'm holding in my hand, not some later compilation album), Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On" (and yes, that's how it's spelled, not "Lotta' Shakin'" or "Goin' On"):

Next up, two for Halloween, for which the ghosts and goblins should be showing up any minute now - the well-known 1962 hit from Bobby (Boris) Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers, "Monster Mash", followed by a less well-known, but equally delightful 1958 hit from Sheb Wooley, "The Purple People Eater":

But I've saved the best, and least-known, for last. If you watched the Democratic debate last night, you got to hear Dennis Kucinich talking about seeing UFOs. And no one has ever done a better song on the subject than Buchanan and Goodman, way back in 1956 with their double-sided song, "The Flying Saucer, Part I and Part II" (this is both sides in a row). See how many of the song clips you can recognize:

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