I've been known to purchase some records and compact discs of music that is obscure, unusual, and sometimes downright weird. I find it's useful
to have them handy when I'm in need of a good laugh. Or when guests linger longer than anticipated, ignoring hints that the hour is getting late and it's time for them to go home.
A couple of these are annoying enough to clear a room in seconds! So in no particular order, here are the ten weirdest albums in my collection.
Dread Zeppelin: Un Led Ed
Elvis impersonator fronting a reggae band doing covers of Led Zeppelin songs. I am not making this up.
Sweet Potato Tooters: The Foursome
The Foursome was a vocal group from the Pacific Northwest who achieved a level of success in the 1930's. On this album they were joined by Spike Jones and played ocarinas, also known as sweet potatoes,
gourd-shaped clay wind instruments which were originally employed by Austrian sheepherders.
Tanna The Cat And Her Musical Friends (Both Human And Feline!)
This stray cat used to hang around a recording studio. One day the musicians noticed that she would meow along with the music. So they stuck her in front of a microphone and
recorded some tracks.
R. Crumb And His Cheap Suit Serenaders: Chasin' Rainbows
An odd but surprisingly listenable mix of blues, country, bluegrass and cajun music from the creator of the Keep On Truckin' cartoons.
The Mothers Of Invention: Burnt Weeny Sandwich
This album begins with a doo-wop song accompanied by a barrage of expletives in Spanish. Then it gets weird.
Jingle Cats: A Meowy Christmas
Various samples of cats meowing were painstakingly cobbled together to create twenty tracks of Christmas favorites. The results range from just plain silly to downright annoying.
The Zambonis: 100% Hockey...And Other Stuff
Four hockey players formed a band and came up with tracks like The Referee's Daughter, I Wanna Drive The Zamboni, and The Goalie Is Drunk.
The Statler Brothers: The Complete Lester "Roadhog" Moran And His Cadillac Cowboys
A hilarious comedy album that lampoons country music with the Saturday morning radio show on WEAK AM and a live performance at the Johnny Mack Brown High School.
The Mistletoe Disco Band: More Christmas Disco
This is just awful. I had to turn it off after about two and a half songs. What's disturbing is that the title implies they made an album of this stuff and then proceeded to make more!
Leonard Nimoy: Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space
Last but not least, a relic from the sixties when Star Trek (the original series) was on the air. Includes Music To Watch Space Girls By, Twinkle Twinkle Little Earth,
and a "hip" version of the Theme From Star Trek.