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Only In America (Arf! Arf! Productions)

By: Gary Pig Gold

"How do you call crows?" "Did anyone ever try to recreate Reefer Madness on record?" "What's the stupidest (pre-Velvets) recording Lou Reed ever made?" "And isn't there a LIVE version of The Shaggs' immortal My Pal Foot-Foot out there anywhere?" For the answer to these any many other musical questions for the ages (ie: did Randy & The Rest's 1967 single on the SSS label really feature a vacuum cleaner solo?!!), look no further than raconteur-of-the- ridiculous Erik Lindgren's jaw-dropping assemblage of, like the sticker only hints at, "100% Pure Incredibly Strange Music". For on this one single sanity-blowing disc rests not only an abundance of cheesily out-of-tune, atrociously-recorded B-sides from those apparently not-entirely-Fabulous Sixties - not to mention several examples of the long-lost ZOO-wop idiom (yup: Fifties vocal stylings cut live not at, but inside, the Philadelphia Zoo) - but one of my hands-down, guaranteed-to-clear-the-room-in-an-instant, Favorite Records Of All Time: Tony Burello's inimitable There's A New Sound. "There's a new sound, the newest sound around", Tony tries to tell us, "the strangest sound that you have ever heard. Not like a wild boar or a jungle lion's roar, it isn't like the cry of any bird. But there's a new sound, it's deep down in the ground, and everyone who listens to it squirms, because this new new sound, so deep down in the ground, is the sound that's made by", I kid you not, "worms". The defense rests.
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