September 14, 2006

Unplayable 45s I won't throw out.

(The first in a series.)

Unplayable 45

ADDED: Sippican picks up the meme.


MadisonMan said...

I have Snoopy and Red Baron. Same category.

Dave said...

I first heard that song in the movie Sleepers.

Is it available on CD? Or do you hold on to the record for the memories?

Ann Althouse said...

"Is it available on CD?"

Do you really have to ask?

JohnK said...

I have Bad Bad LeRoy Brown from when I was 4. I refuse to give it up. Considering the grating quality of Franke Valley falsetto, you should consider it a blessing that 45 is longer playable. What is it "Walk like a man, sing like a girl" or whatever it is.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I have the same issue with some LPs from the 60's and 70's. I took the records and the album art, framed them individually and added snippets of other memorabilia appropriate to the time and the records content to make a collage. They look great on my office wall.

They are much like a musical-art time caplsue of my life. Ah... the memories those albums hold.

Wickedpinto said...

MadisonMan said...
I have Snoopy and Red Baron. Same category.

Back at the turn, of the Century
in the clear blue sky's over Germany.
Came a roar and a thunder like you never heard
like the screaming sound, of a big war bird.


It was. . . The kingsmen right?

I got that one, I think, I have to check my little singles carrier with star wars and x men stickers on it, but I think it's in there.


10-20-30-40-50 or more
The bloody red baron was running the score!



amba said...

Who needs technology, ancient or modern? That song is one of those engraved on my brain. The falsetto was so cool at the time, and still is.

I finally did throw out the unplayable 45s. I remember "Soul Man" by Sam & Dave, Van Morrison's "Domino," Martha & the Vandellas "Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide."

The albums are another story. Too heavy to move, too scratched to sell, and too iconic to give up, they were the one thing I asked the person taking care of my New York apartment to keep there for me.

"I'll be back."

J said...

Is it unplayable because of it's condition (which doesn't look too good in the photo) or because you no longer own a phonograph?

Wickedpinto said...

because you no longer own a phonograph?

I laughed out loud.

sonicfrog said...

Hmmmm! Looks like I'll have to start digging through my extensive selection of 8 tracks....

PS. I am currently looking for a beta max player. I have a bunch of school projects, and video of my college band "Out of Hand", that I want to digitizeand post on my blog.

PPS. I really do have a bunch of 8 tracks, including the AC/DC album "Back In Black", where some genius decided to put the title track in a spot where it had to be split in half, right in the middle of Angus Young's solo, as the song sits between tracks 3 and 4.

sonicfrog said...

PPPPPPS. I stil own a phonograph, and am about to inherit an 8 track player, so now I can play my tapes :-)

bill said...

What you need to read those scratchy records is a laser turntable. Pay no attention to that price tag!

Even better would be for someone to perfect a cheap way to quickly scan vinyl. I have too many albums never released on CD and digitizing vinyl takes forever.

bill said...

Good to remember: when civilization collapses, CDs will only be useful to hang from trees and scare the birds away from the fruit.

Vinyl will still be good as it just requires a needle and a megaphone.

Alan said...

The label's rainbow colored border brings back memories of playing my father's record collection when I was a kid.

Drew W said...

Okay, since you asked, some of my favorite 45s that are heavily scratched but still sacred are "Surfin' Bird" by the Trashmen (which we found in our house when we moved there in 1965, left by the kids from the previous family); "Hey Leroy, Your Mama's Calling You" by the Jimmy Castor Bunch and "I Wanna Testify" by George Clinton group the Parliaments, later to become Parliament-Funkadelic.

Madison Man and Wickedpinto: Let me step back into my recurring role as pop-music pedant. Thinking it was by the Kingsmen (who did "Louie Louie") is an understandable mistake, but "Snoopy vs. The Red Baron" was by the Royal Guardsmen. The LP of the same name (I think) featured that song, plus its follow-ups "Return Of The Red Baron" and "Snoopy's Christmas." (I don't think I ever played the non-Snoopy-related songs on side two.) That Royal Guardsmen LP -- on Laurie Records, with cover art by Charles Schulz -- was the second album I ever owned. The first was Alvin & the Chipmunks singing Beatles songs. And both albums are still in possession, along with my 45s.

J said...

"I laughed out loud"

How many people had to look up "phonograph"? Be honest.

MadisonMan said...

The other 45 I can't discard is "They All Asked for you", a classic New Orleans ditty by, I think, the Meters? And Please Come to Boston. I stole that one from my brother.

John Stodder said...

Snoopy vs. The Red Baron was by "The Royal Guardsmen."

Knowing what I know now about session musicians, I wouldn't be surprised to find out that Leon Russell and Duane Allman played on it.

Back in '64 and '65, I was dismissive of the Beatles, and much preferred the far more original sound of the Seasons. I was all of 8 years old, making this sweeping judgements.

I even had their single of "I've Got You Under My Skin." I remember my mother being disgusted that my first exposure to this great Cole Porter song was via this weird falsetto/heavy back-beat rendition.

I will admit the Beatles were better at psychedelia. As soon as Frankie Valli started wearing a Nehru jacket and a peace symbol amulet, it was over for the boys from Jersey.

Sigivald said...

Bill: Judging by the looks of that 45, I don't think the laser will help. It's not just worn down by playing, it's been actively abused.

Good deep scratches, well, nothing can be done for it.

vnjagvet said...

Does anyone still listen to Frankie and other 60's groups like his on the local PBS stations during pledge drives?

Frankie still can sing in that falsetto. Not quite as clear though. The voice is a bit worn; kinda like that old record.

WV: horshq

Wickedpinto said...
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Wickedpinto said...


I Can't quote, you hit the nail, though I must say, I KNEW "the kingsmen" was the wrong inferrence, but I wanted an answer, so I had one of 2 choices, leave the question open, or make an incorrect statement, cuz i REALLY wanted to rememeber, and in fact, there are numerous B sides of Snoopy Vs. The Red Barron, but I think you covered both of them, though I don't know what the order was, I DO know I had a 78 vynil, that had 4 songs, one vocal, one musical, and such, and I think that rather than musical, there was an alternativie, SPECIALY since it was a gaff song, so the song and others were manipulated to serve the proper "propaganda" of the day, I don't think it is "propaganda" I think it is motivational. I have one 45, one album, and I ALWAYS make sure to download that song (legal or illegal, if music is intellectual property? then I have EVERY right to download music that I owned in it's orginal form.)


Not that many, ALL audiophiles know the history of sound, so "phonograph" is not a jab, it's a natural history, thats why it's funny. Also, there are a LOT LOT LOT of audiophiles, I'm only an amateur compared to most of the people I know/knew.


Sorry for holding you to last.

I'm only gonna JUST turn 31, but musicaly? I'm a boomer, it's AWESOME to recall the joy of my father, my mother, my aunts and my uncles. I'm that kinda guy.

Wickedpinto said...

sorry about the repeat, blogger, wigged out, I don't know how to kill my own comment, madam, can you kill one of my dual comments?

Ann Althouse said...

Oh, I have a turntable attached to my stereo and it can play 45s, but the 45s are all scratched up because I let my kids play them all the time on a Fisher-Price record player years ago. They are completely -- and to my eye hilariously -- scratched up. Partly, they remind me of my youth -- the Four Seasons were the first band I loved -- and partly they remind me of my own kids' childhood and how they loved things that I had loved.

MadisonMan said...

I like how your name is on the label -- as if that 45 was taken to many sleepovers/parties. My sister had many such 45s. That I also stole -- I filch from brothers and sister!

Drew W said...

A recommendation: Frankie Valli fans ought to pickup a copy of "Off Seasons: The Criminally Ignored Sides From Fankie Valli & The Four Seasons." It shows that their obscurities were often as enjoyable as their hits -- including some songs from that embarrassing Nehru jacket period. (Full disclosure: The guys who wrote the liner notes are friends of mine, but it's a delightful collection nonetheless.)

Anonymous said...

It's amazing what's on the net. This is the video equivalent of a scratched record.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Did you save the cardboard records of the Monkees that were on the Honeycomb boxes? Now that's a record that'll scratch a needle!

I'm Full of Soup said...

Amba said:
"Who needs technology, ancient or modern? That song is one of those engraved on my brain. The falsetto was so cool at the time, and still is."

I am 54 and That is what I thought too. As soon as I read the record label, I started singing the song (poorly).

Isn't it amazing how much stuff we can store in our brains? Thanks for the nice flashback reminder Ann.

Plus back then we all listened to the same AM station and the same tunes (WIBG). I guess today it's a lot different (way more choices).

Beth said...

We were really lucky in Katrina because our house didn't flood. But the temperature-controlled storage unit we rent in an 1850s cotton warehouse lost its 2001 high-tech roof and everything in the unit was soaked. That included a large collection of albums, my own and a former roommate's "keep these for me" stack. The covers basically stuck to the vinyl so badly, then rotted, then got slimy...I didn't want to cope so I threw them out. It felt a litle bit liberating, but I am mad never digitized the really hard to replace stuff.

But I think I have some 45s left, as they were in a case. They include a bunch of Beatles, some Janis, and "Winchester Cathedral" and "Judy in Disguise," both of which I must have inherited from an older brother. My generation is more accurately represented by the 12" dance mix vinyl singles, none of which I was able to save. I had a wonderful version of the Staple Singers doing the Talking Heads' "Slippery People." That, I wish I'd digitized!

I haven't gotten my spine up to go back in there after initially cleaning out the nastiest stuff. At $200 bucks a month, I ought to get moving on that.

SippicanCottage said...
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knox said...

My first 45s were "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge and "Le Freak" by Chic. What I wouldn't give to still have em. There was a blizzard in Ohio in the winter of '78 and it stayed so cold for so long, instead of going out for recess, we would play music and dance. One time someone brought in "Brick House" and the teacher made us turn it off, hehe!

Wow, I just looked up to see what year they came out and it turns out they were both written by the same duo (Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, THE most successful writer/producer team of the DISCO era.)

Ron said...

I pile on to the meme as well.

Anonymous said...

I was going to make up a lie about the first 45 I ever bought, but decided against it because that would be lying.

The truth is I never bought a 45. When I started to get into music the cool kids I hung with said 45s were not cool, only LPs were cool, and if I bought a 45 they said they would kick me out of the cool kids club. Now I regret it because 45s are cool and the cool kids kicked me out of the club anyway because of my big hair.

Another thing I regret: All of my vinyl albums are warped and ruined from years of neglect. But my hair is no longer big, which is the upside.

Maxine Weiss said...

Some of Kate Smith's greatest hits were never released on CD.

Rita Coolidge.

Guy and Ralna from Lawrence Welk.

Jeri Southern, Helen O'Connell and Eleanor Parker.

Hard to find.

Peace, Maxine

sonicfrog said...

OOOHHH! I just remembered! When we were kids, we used to put a 45 on each ear and pretend we were aliens from outer space!