God I love this album. Probably my favorite "indie-rock" record of the 90's (not that I'm a big expert on 90's indie-rock, having mostly lost interest by that point). I had a cassette of this that I listened to constantly on a tour of Scandinavia and Europe I did with Russ Tolman just before it got released. A great mix of hi-fi and lo-fi sounds, interesting instrumentation, and great songs (and lyrics). Produced by Adam Lasus, who accidentally gave the record it's title when he mis-heard it as "The Dirt of Luck" and (bandleader) Mary Timony liked that better than her original title "The Bird of Luck" (the cover art is a painting of a bird, presumedly the Bird of Luck). With my former Dumptruck bandmate Shawn "The Weasel" Devlin on drums and Ash Bowie of Polvo on bass. Video is for the song "Honeycomb". Buy The Dirt of Luck.
From The Wikipedia: Sonny King (April 1, 1922 – February 3, 2006) was an American lounge singer. He was born as Luigi Antonio Schiavone on April 1, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the sidekick of Jimmy Durante for 28 years until Durante's death in 1980. They appeared together on the Ed Sullivan Show five times in the 1960s. King shared a New York apartment with Dean Martin when the two were struggling entertainers, and is credited with introducing Martin to a young comedian Jerry Lewis. Though not an official member, he was close friends with many Rat Pack entertainers and appeared in the Rat Pack movies Robin and the Seven Hoods and Sergeants 3. King moved to Las Vages in the early 50's and was a fixture on the strip, and local clubs until his death. Blessed with a powerful voice and a quick wit, Sonny King could charm and entertain young and old. He died on February 3, 2006, in Las Vegas, Nevada of cancer, aged 83.
What's A Scopitone?
Scopitones On DVD
The Righteous Brothers - "In That Great Getting' Up Mornin'"
Glen Campbell - "Summer, Winter, Spring, Fall"
Ketty Lester (with the Blossoms and the Eligibles) – "You Can Have Him"
Gene Pitney - "I'm Gonna Be Strong"
From Burt's 1973 TV Special "Burt Bacharach: Opus No. 3". Featuring Peter Ustinov as Ludwig van Beethoven. Stevie's chromatic harmonica version of "Alfie" (one of the greatest pop songs ever written, according to me) is simply amazing.
Burt Bacharach and Stevie Wonder.mov (Quicktime)
Burt Bacharach and Stevie Wonder.m4v (iTunes)
Burt Bacharach and Stevie Wonder.flv (Embeddable Flash)
I'm going to be selling off most of my huge collection of 1960's Big Eyed kid art on eBay.
First up this this original oil by Eden, famous for his/her little girl harlequin series that almost anyone who grew up in the 60's and 70's would recognize. Link to Ebay auction.
a world of sleazy Scopitones this very well may be the sleaziest. You
see, the one who has his name is his wife (not his daughter,
thankfully, that would be TOO sleazy) and the one that has his heart is
his GIRLFRIEND. Maybe I should have a category for Sleazy Scopitones.
And one for "Guys Who Sing Like Dean Martin" which this would also fit
What's A Scopitone?
Scopitones On DVD
On June 10, Capitol/EMI released the first complete collection of The Beach Boys’ early Capitol Records singles, spanning the years 1962 to 1965. The Beach Boys: U.S. Singles Collection – The Capitol Years (1962-1965) will be released in a highly-collectible, limited edition boxed set of 16 CDs and as a digital collection. Each of the deluxe boxed set’s CDs includes an original single’s A and B-sides, plus other versions of most tracks, from additional mono and stereo mixes to live recordings. Eight previously unreleased mixes are among the new collection’s 66 tracks.
The CD boxed set’s lavish packaging includes 16 individual CDs in digipaks with faithfully reproduced original single artwork, plus a 48-page hardbound photo book with faux sand finish, housed in a striking ‘60s hotrod and surfboard-inspired red and yellow box with wood inlay.
The hit-packed set begins with 1962’s “Surfin’ Safari” and its B-side, “409,” in their original mono mixes, paired with a 1965 concert recording of “409.” Also included are The Beach Boys’ timeless #1 smash Pop hits “I Get Around” and “Help Me Rhonda,” and Top 10 Pop hits “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” “Be True To Your School,” “Little Saint Nick,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “When I Grow Up To Be A Man,” “Dance, Dance, Dance,“ “The Man With All The Toys,” and “California Girls.” The new collection’s other hit sides include “Ten Little Indians,” “Shut Down,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “In My Room,” “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Wendy,” “Little Honda,” “Do You Wanna Dance?” and “Please Let Me Wonder.”
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