Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Shadow Dancing and Other Disco Favorites - The Kid Stuff Repertory Company

If you didn't get your fill of the Kid Stuff Repertory Players going disco from the last album, here's another one for you. You may notice from looking at the titles that they were so cheap they couldn't even afford to buy the extra Oogie in "Boogie Oogie Oogie"! Of course these two albums were so short they probably could have combined both of them into one, but they can sell more records that way. (And yes, these albums were so short that *I* probably could have combined them, but I was able to get two entries out of them this way!)

Here's the track list:
  1. Boogie Oogie
  2. Jack & Jill
  3. See You When I Get There
  4. Shadow Dancing
  5. More Than a Woman
  6. Easy to Love
Click here or here to download!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Night Fever and More Songs from "Saturday Night Fever" - The Kid Stuff Repertory Company

Here's some songs from "Saturday Night Fever" presented by those guys from the Kid Stuff Repertory Company. It's not too bad for a bunch of studio guys I guess, but I don't think these are the same people who do the children's stories!

Here's the track list:
  1. Boogie Shoes
  2. Stayin' Alive
  3. Open Sesame
  4. You Should Be Dancin'
  5. Nite Fever
  6. A Fifth of Beethoven
Click here or here to download!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

'Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Little Fir Tree, and The Night the Animals Talked

I figured this would be a good one for the day before Christmas. This isn't the actual poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" but a dramatization of it. This also has the story of the little fir tree who wanted to see the world, as well as the story of the Nativity from the animals' point of view. It says on the liner notes that "The Night the Animals Talked" is a "new and very beautiful story", but I could have sworn I'd heard this story before. Could this have been the first presentation of it?

Anyway, this album features stories performed by voices that will probably sound quite familiar to you (even if the names aren't household words) : Peter Fernandez, Jack Grimes, Jackson Beck and others done in "Stereo Motion", designed to "bring your child into the story". I hope you all enjoy this, and have a very Merry Christmas!

Here's the track list:
  1. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
  2. The Little Fir Tree
  3. The Night the Animals Talked

Click here or here to download!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas on the Moon - Tim Dinkins

Wow. I don't know what to say about this, other than it makes Frank di Silvestro sound like Lennon & McCartney by comparison! Almost all of these songs are written by Mrs. Nellie Bond who, according to the liner notes, Dinkins met while performing on the Squeaking Deacon Show. They wanted to do an album of all new Christmas songs, and this is what they came up with.

The songs are all sung by Tim Dinkins with a couple of exceptions. One singer, referred to as the "Mystery Guest", sings "The Wise Ole Owl". The liner notes say that they're certain "he'll not be a mystery anymore once you've heard him". I hate to break it to them, but he's still a mystery to me. The second one is a little girl named Susan Kay (who they heard singing on a radio show on station K.I.E.V. (probably performing something Ukranian)). She sings a song called "I Won't Let You Lick My Candy Bar". Thank goodness Tim didn't sing this one as well. That would have been creepy. And speaking of creepy, Tim does his best adowable wittle kid impersonation for the song "A Little Boy's Letter to Santa". Apparently Tim wanted to give me the jibblies for Christmas. *SHUDDER*

I think this might have been shared elsewhere, but I scored a sealed copy of this album so I felt like I should share this clean copy of it. This is just mind-numbingly bizarre, but it's definitely interesting!

Here's the track list (All songs sung by Tim Dinkins unless listed otherwise) :
  1. Santa's Rocket
  2. The Empty Chair
  3. Two Little Stockings
  4. I Won't Let You Lick My Candy Bar - Susan Kay
  5. Just a Little Birdie in a Coo Coo Clock
  6. Merry Christmas
  7. The Wise Ole Owl - Mystery Guest
  8. Ole Pop Reindeer
  9. Christmas Message
  10. Christmas Comes to Everyone
  11. A Little Boy's Letter to Santa
  12. Tinkle Toes
Click here or here to download!

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Cowboys Sing Holiday Halftime

I hope somebody can give me more information on this album. The title, as you can see, is called "The Cowboys Sing Holiday Halftime". That's because it features the Dallas Cowboys football team singing Christmas songs. As I did more research, I found that there are other Christmas albums available with other football teams singing Christmas songs. The covers look exactly the same except for the change in title. What I'm wondering is, did they actually get each team to sing, record, and release their own album, or did they just get a huge group of football players to record one album and release it with the different names? Another interesting thing is that in the song "Let It Snow" there's a solo by Lance Rentzel, who I believe played for the Cowboys when this album was released. If these songs were all done with one big group of guys, did they pick a member of each team to sing the solo in that song and put it on the appropriate team's album? Anyway, I hope you enjoy this, no matter what team you like!

Here's the track list:
  1. Deck the Halls
  2. All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
  3. Winter Wonderland
  4. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  5. A Tropical Winter
  6. Frosty the Snowman
  7. Let It Snow
  8. Jingle Bells
  9. Auld Lang Syne
Click here or here to download!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Heidi the Pocketbook Doll - Adventures in Fairy Land

One way I'm sort of fudging on putting other records in with my Christmas ones is by saying that this album involves a toy that many little girls probably got for Christmas. Does that count?

This is an odd little album that involves a doll named Heidi visiting a lot of different fairy tale characters, and even though these are all characters that kids have grown to know, the stories still seem to revolve around the fast-talking Heidi and the Jeep she drives. In fact, for extra giggles, every time she mentions her Jeep, say "Sold separately" afterwards (like they always to on the commercials). You'll say it a lot!

The back of the album shows pictures of some of the other accessories you can get for Heidi to help make her life complete. Somehow, captioning the bathroom set with the sentence "Oodles of boudoir glamour for little girls!" just sort of creeps me out.

Anyway, enjoy these delightful adventures of Heidi the Pocketbook Doll and her Jeep (sold separately).

Click here or here to download!

UPDATE: If you want a literal dose of Heidi the Pocketbook Doll and Christmas, than you can get a copy of Heidi's "The Night Before Christmas" album here at Ernie (Not Bert)!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Year Without a Santa Claus - Boris Karloff, Narrator

Here's Boris Karloff narrating one of your favorite Christmas stories that was later turned into a cool animated special and a not nearly so good live-action remake! No, not the Grinch. (We've already got Zero Mostel doing that one.) This is the story of "The Year Without a Santa Claus" which, I must admit, I didn't realize was a story before the animated version came out. You may be disappointed to find out that, even though the basic story is the same, the stop-motion animated special we know and love added quite a bit to the story. There's no Heat Miser or Snow Miser here, no Jingle or Jangle the Elf, no Mother Nature, not even Mrs. Claus. The only characters I think the two have in common are Santa and the little boy named Ignatius Thistlewhite. This also features some other Christmas songs by a number of different artists, but the best part is hearing Karloff's dulcet tones telling us another Christmas story.

The bottom of the cover states that this is "Presented for the holiday pleasure of young and old by the E.F. MacDonald Incentive Company, 1968". I don't know if that means it was a special giveaway or what. I'd never heard of this album myself until a few months ago. I was looking around online for more info, when I found that Max at "Drunken Severed Head" had featured this album on his blog last year. He has some great background information about the story and the album and, with his kind permission, he's allowed me to link you up to it here. His link to the album no longer works though, so I in turn gave him permission to link over here to me! Isn't the Internet swell? Thanks, Max!

Here's the track list:
  1. The Year Without a Santa Claus - Boris Karloff
  2. The Christmas Waltz - The Lettermen
  3. Old Toy Trains - Glen Campbell
  4. Don't Forget to Feed the Reindeer - Peggy Lee
  5. The Little Drummer Boy - Al Martino
  6. I Sing Noel - Sandler and Young
  7. Jingle Bells - Roger Wagner Chorale
NOTE: This has now been released on CD (with different songs included). You can get it by clicking the link below!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A Christmas Album for the Whole Family - Music & Lyrics by Frank di Silvestro

Hi! Sorry about the delay in getting something new on here. (Again.) I'm afraid I don't have enough Christmas albums to get me through the month, even starting now. So I'll sprinkle a few Christmasy things along with some other stuff.

This is sort of an unusual album. I bought it (still sealed) at Goodwill for a quarter. That cover is just all over the map, isn't it? The songs on this album are all composed by Frank Di Silvestro, and sung by two young ladies and a girl who solo on the different songs. The music itself sounds all synthesized. And the songs...well, the songs just don't sound quite right to me. It's not the performances; they're all fine. I think it's Frank's writing. Sometimes there's a wonky attempt at a rhyme. Often a line will have three or four extra syllables so it doesn't quite scan right. Give it a listen and see what you think.

All three singers list a number of generic credits (performing in commercials and/or soaps), but Meg Bussert actually has a pretty decent resume. She's performed on Broadway in "Camelot" with Richard Harris, among other things. And she's now a full-time Professor at NYU, teaching Acting and Theatre Studies. I would certainly call her the best one on this album, even managing to pull off different sounding vocals on "I'm Little Miss Christmas". Meanwhile, the most interesting thing I've found that Frank Di Silvestro has done is write a book called "Boy Jesus and His Dog".

Anywho, I've got a few more Christmas albums coming soon in the mix, so enjoy this!

Here's the track list:
  1. When Mrs. Claus Plays Piano - Denyse St. George
  2. Silver Bell, the Heavenly Reindeer - Meg Bussert
  3. Toy Heaven - Kristy Graves
  4. The Rockefeller Center Tree - Meg Bussert
  5. I'm Little Miss Christmas - Meg Bussert
  6. I Love Christmas in New York - Meg Bussert
  7. Ice Dancing - Meg Bussert
  8. Christmas Carousel - Meg Bussert
  9. Mrs. Claus Is Special Too - Meg Bussert
  10. On Christmas I'll See Lots of Snow - Meg Bussert
  11. Blitzen & the Caribou Fell in Love - Denyse St. George
  12. The Christmas Rose - Kristy Graves
  13. We Are Children Who Love to Sing - Kristy Graves
  14. Sam the Snowman & Flo the Snowwoman - Meg Bussert
  15. I Dreamed I was in Christmasland - Denyse St. George
Click here or here to download!

BONUS: Here's a clip of Meg Bussert as Queen Guinevere in a revival of Camelot:

Monday, December 01, 2008

Be a Train - Selma Rich Brody

Selma Rich Brody strikes again! Here's a fun album that's all about pretending you're a train, and the different adventures you can have. On the back of the album cover (and included with this download) is a train hat you can cut out and wear, if you need a bit more motivation (or loco-motivation if you will). Anyway, hope you enjoy this!

Here's the track list:
  1. Rollo the Railroad Train
  2. Train School
  3. Mountain Train
  4. I'm a Train
  5. Chugga Chugga Choo Choo
  6. Little Train That Caught a Cold
  7. Mail Train
  8. Happy Train Song
  9. I Got a Train for My Birthday
  10. Rollo the Railroad Train

Click here or here to download!

OGF Wisdom for December

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Here's your Prof. Otis G. Firefly wisdom for December, right on time (because I'm putting it in in August)! Enjoy!!

This concludes the monthly words of wisdom from "Prof. Otis G. Firefly's Phantasmagoric Almanac". I hope you all enjoyed it! I'll try to think of something else for a running gag for next year.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

By Henry Gibson

This is another case of a comedian making an album that gets re-released after they get popular years later. Gibson, in case you don't recall, hit it big on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", best known for the funny poems he would recite. He does a lot of that here too, but I think here he seems more like a charming (if slightly odd) young country boy. It's still a pretty interesting album to listen to though. Hope you like it!

Here's the track list:
  1. How to Write a Poem
  2. The Alligator
  3. Why I Like Soap
  4. The Newspaper
  5. How to Skin a Polecat
  6. How Now, Calpurnia
  7. The Feather
  8. Here Today--Gone Tomorrow
  9. A Little Bit About Myself
  10. How to Take Care of the Plum Tree
  11. Happiness Can Be Yours for Little or No Money
  12. Reflections of New York: Broadway/I Fell Down the Subway
  13. The Coyote
  14. Two Functional Poems: A Birthday/The Wedding
  15. Education Is Important
  16. What Freedom Means to Me in 25 Words or Less
  17. Why I Like Poetry
Click here or here or here to download!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Popeye Song Folio - Captain Paul and the Seafaring Band

I like this one a lot, even though it's a Popeye album without Popeye on it! This album from 1959 apparently features songs from old Popeye cartoons, as performed by Captain Paul and the Seafaring Band. Was Captain Paul a children's host that showed Popeye cartoons on his show? I don't know myself, but one of you guys might be able to answer that. I kind of wish they would have sprung for the expense of an actual cover, instead of simply reprinting what I assume is a Popeye Sunday strip from the year before. I think (like "Yours Truly" says on the back cover) that one of my favorites is the song "I Wanna Be a Life Guard", but there's a lot of fun stuff on here (even if Popeye isn't singing it).

Here's the track list:

  1. I'm Popeye the Sailor Man

  2. The Looney Goon

  3. Olive Oyl's Family Reunion

  4. I Wants What I Wants When I Wants It

  5. The Land of Popeye

  6. I'm Sindbad the Sailor

  7. Sing a Song of Popeye

  8. I Wanna Be a Life Guard

  9. Hamburger Mine

  10. Popeye on Parade

  11. Strike Me Pink Do I See Red

  12. I'll Be Seein' Ya in the Movies
Click here or here or here to download!

BONUS: And now, straight from the Internet Archive, here's the Popeye cartoon that features the song "I Wanna Be A Life Guard" called, oddly enough, "I Wanna Be a Life Guard"

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and Happiness Songs

This is a fun album of happy-type songs. (And why not, it's from Happy Time Records.) The thing I found so unusual about this album is that the front cover is exactly like you see above, just a cute picture of this little boy with nothing to identify what the record inside was and what songs were on it. In fact, the title "'You're a Good Man Charlie Brown' and Happiness Songs" was the only identification of the contents on the record label itself. (The individual songs weren't listed.) I went online to see if I could get more information about the actual album. Imagine my surprise when I saw a picture of this record that's somebody's selling on Amazon.com:

This album lists most (but not all) of the songs on mine. And take a look in the bottom left corner. That's right, it's that same little boy. And you can tell it's from the same picture as mine because if you look at the right on my cover, you can see part of the little girl's hair next to him. Why was the cover redone? I have no idea, except for the fact that that picture of the boy makes me laugh for some reason. (Maybe because it looks like he's in the middle of yelling, "Play ball!!")

As for the songs themselves, this sounds like another patchwork job of songs from numerous sources. I like this version of "Sidewalks of New York" sung by kids that are really belting it out. I also have this exact same version of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" on another album (that just has songs from that show) that I'll probably dig up eventually. Anyway, take a listen. I think you'll enjoy this one!

Here's the track list:
  1. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  2. Happy to Be Me
  3. Hail Hail the Gang's All Here
  4. Wishing Pond
  5. The Candyland Merry Go Round
  6. Big Rock Candy Mountain
  7. The Sidewalks of New York
  8. London Bridge
  9. All Around the Mulberry Bush
  10. One Two Buckle My Shoe
  11. Nick Nack Paddy Whack
  12. Pat-a-Cake
  13. The Happy Polka
Click here or here to download!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Heeere's Amy! - Alison Arngrim as Amy Carter

This being Election Day in the US I had to throw one more political oriented album on here. This is Alison Arngrim (probably best known for playing Nellie Oleson on "Little House on the Prairie") portraying then First Daughter Amy Carter. It's pretty crazy, and I hope you like it, and don't forget to vote!!

Heeere's the track list:
  1. Amy's Answering Service
  2. Roots
  3. Y'all C'mon 'a My White House
  4. Amy Carter Superstar!
  5. Medi-Kids
  6. High Finance
  7. Pickin' an' Strummin'
  8. 18 1/2
  9. Mammy Knows Best
  10. Y'all C'mon 'a My White House II
  11. Dear Diary
  12. Cookies
  13. Birds & Bees
  14. Amy's Prayer
Click heeere or heeere to download!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

OGF Wisdom for November

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Here's your Prof. Otis G. Firefly wisdom for November, right on time (because I'm putting it in in August)! Enjoy!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

At the Organ Grinder Vol. 2

Hey Gang! Sorry for taking a while to get something new on here, but school and work have been playing havoc with what little free time I have. Here's something odd to throw in here though. I don't know if Organ Grinder Pizza was a chain or not, but one of their primary features was their huge pipe organ. This album features some of the music played on that instrument. It's a pretty eclectic mix here (YMCA??), and I hope you like it!

Organ Grinder Pizza closed in 1996, but this site has some great pictures of the restaurant and their organ.

Here's the track list:
  1. Chattanooga Choo Choo - Jonas Nordwall
  2. Makin' Whoopee - Jonas Nordwall
  3. The Hustle - Jonas Nordwall
  4. May - Don Simmons
  5. Pennsylvania 6-5000 - Don Simmons
  6. You/Who? (Medley of 20's Hits) - Paul Quarino
  7. Hands of Time - Paul Quarino
  8. After the Lovin' - Paul Quarino
  9. YMCA - Paul Quarino
  10. Baby, Oh Where Can You Be? - Don Coxon
  11. La Paloma Blanca - Russ Chilson
Click here or here to download!

BONUS: Here's a commercial for Organ Grinder Pizza!

Friday, October 17, 2008

OGF Zodiac for Oct. 17 - Dec. 31: Pistachio the Nut

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Here's where I fall in the Prof. Otis G. Firefly zodiac: under the dubious symbol of Pistachio the Nut! That seems strangely appropriate somehow...!

That concludes the zodiac portion of "Prof. Otis G. Firefly's Phantasmagoric Almanac". I hope you all enjoyed it!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

OGF Zodiac for Oct. 16: Oleo the Butterfat-Fly

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Remember how I promised all of you born on October 16th a special surprise yesterday? Well, here it is. You've got your own zodiac symbol to yourself just like the October 15th kids! Isn't that lovely?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

OGF Zodiac for Oct. 15: Polici the Insurance Salesman

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This sign of the Otis G. Firefly Zodiac is only for those born on October 15th. Is there anybody here born on that day? (If you were actually born on tomorrow's date, there's a special surprise for you. What is it? Well, you'll find out on your birthday!)

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

OGF Wisdom for October

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Here's your Prof. Otis G. Firefly wisdom for October, right on time (because I'm putting it in in August)! Enjoy!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

OGF Zodiac for Sept. 30 - Oct. 14: Proboscis the Anteater

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If you were born between Sept. 30th and Oct. 14th, you fall under the sign of Proboscis the Anteater (at least, according to Prof. Otis G. Firefly you do)! Hey, at least he's kind of cute (in an anteatery sort of way...)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Serendipity Singers Sing of Love, Lies, and Flying Festoons,...

The Serendipity Singers were a popular folk group at the time. This album features songs written by Shel Silverstein, probably most famous for his children's poetry books like "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (although he did much more than that). It's actually a very interesting variety of songs here. My favorite off of the album is the song "Plastic", which talks about the pervasiveness of plastic in our society. It would still be current, except you'd have to change the "record" reference to "CD". Anyhow, there's lots of fun stuff here, and I hope you like it!

Here's the track list:
  1. Little Sally Saucer
  2. When Peaches Grow on Lilac Trees
  3. The Monkey and the Elephant
  4. Modern Talk
  5. Everytime
  6. The Clam
  7. The Beanstalk
  8. The Slitheree-Dee
  9. Some Days
  10. Muddy Old River
  11. Willowy Billowy Land
  12. Plastic
  13. If You Come Back in Summer
  14. The Flying Festoon
  15. Boa Constrictor
  16. The Lion
Click here or here to download!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Erick - Pastor Pickin'

And taking the Creepy Christian Puppets to its logical conclusion, here's Erick, performing with his manipulator Beverly Massegee. (I would guess "manipulator" is the technical term for somebody who operates a ventriloquist dummy, but it still sounds a little unsettling.) This is another case of something that probably works a lot better in person. (The audience seems to like it well enough.) But robbed of the visuals and not knowing who the people are that are being joked about, it loses something in the translation. But it's a fun little novelty, and I hope you like it.

And look on the bright side. You don't have that huge face staring at you from the album cover when you're listening to this like I did!

Click here or here to download!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Oops! There Comes a Smile - Jim & Tammy & Their Friends

Continuing our theme of "Creepy Puppets", here's one with a decidedly Christian bent. It's Tammy Faye Bakker singing songs in her puppety voices (with a little help from her husband Jim on the stories). I think I've got another album of these that I'll look for if you guys are interested. And did you ever notice that Susie Moppet (that's the girl puppet on the left) looks like Porky Pig in drag?

Oops! There comes the track list:
  1. The Joy of the Lord
  2. What a Wonderful Day That Will Be
  3. Oops! There Comes a Smile
  4. Happiness Is the Lord
  5. God Is Watching You
  6. Do Lord
  7. I Wonder
  8. Heaven Is a Wonderful Place
  9. Praise the Lord
  10. God's Not Dead
  11. Story (The Pearl of Great Price)
  12. Story (Noah's Ark)
Click here or here to download!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Punch and Judy - Doug Anderson the "Magic Clown"

Look, I know that Punch and Judy have been a puppet tradition for decades, but when you put it on a record without the benefit of watching it, it's just a story about a guy who repeatedly hits his wife and baby with a stick. He also almost hangs, but tricks the policeman into getting his own foot caught in the noose. By the time it's all over Punch has gone to Hell (I guess that's what the picture is showing) and (SPOILER ALERT) kills the Devil! And it's all narrated by Doug Anderson the "Magic Clown" who does his best to remind us that it's all pretend. Enjoy!

Click here or here to download!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Raggedy Ann & Andy's Alphabet & Numbers

Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy get taken to school by the little girl that owns them (I forgot her name!) and when they get back, they teach the other toys about the alphabet and numbers. This one has that odd Jon Lovitz sounding guy doing narration again. I expect someone to stop him and compliment him on how convincing he is, so he can yell, "ACTING!!!"

I've got quite a few things saved here, but I just started school again myself, so I haven't had time to write descriptions for them yet. I'll try to get a few of them in the pipeline pretty soon if I can.

Click here or here to download!

Monday, September 01, 2008

OGF Wisdom for September

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Here's your Prof. Otis G. Firefly wisdom for September, right on time (because I'm putting it in in August)! Enjoy!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Show You Should Have Been Watching: "The Middleman"

(Since "The Middleman" is not on any more (hopefully just for the season), I'm making a few corrections to this post. You can still watch the cool stuff about it though.)

There's a show on ABC Family called "The Middleman" that I hope all of you saw. It's just so wonderfully wacky and quirky. And while it's gotten some great reviews, it's not doing so well in the ratings, so please PLEASE give this show a chance and see what you think. (I guess I should say I hope you did now.)

Here's what critics think of it:

And here's some Public Service Announcements produced by the cast:

On ABC Family's website you can even watch an episode (Go to Shows/The Middleman/Full Episodes). I think you can watch the season finale there. Alternate realities! Good guys gone bad! Goatees!! Unfortunately, rather than make more episodes available as streaming videos on the website, they sell past episodes on iTunes. (Thanks, ABC Family.) As I said, this is just a fun show that really deserves a chance. Maybe it'll be back next season. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Score 3 Points: The Official Robin-Doud National Political Survey Test

Let's throw another political album into the ring here. This one is done by the same people that brought you "Welcome to the LBJ Ranch" and "Lyndon Johnson's Lonely Heart's Club Band", and follows the same format of taking actual recorded interviews and putting humorous content around it. I don't think it works quite as well this time. Maybe you just need to be more aware of (what were then) current events. Hopefully you'll get some enjoyment out of it!

(By the way, this album (and the two mentioned above) have covers with art by famed artist Frank Frazetta, although in this case he only did the carving of Johnson.)
Here's the track list:
  1. Opening

  2. Section 1: True or False

  3. Section 2: Multiple Choice

  4. Section 3: Statistical Survey

  5. Section 4: What Do You Hear?

  6. Section 5: Sound Effects

  7. Section 6: True or False

  8. Section 7: What Were They Doing When They Said It?

  9. Section 8: Multiple Choice

  10. Section 9: What Do You Hear?

  11. Section 10: Sound Effects

  12. Closing
Click here or here to download!

Friday, August 15, 2008

It's Cool in the Furnace

I thought the re-release of this was the same recording as this one, but it turns out it was totally redone, so here's the original deal. A great, fun Christian musical with some catchy tunes. Enjoy!

(Note: The first song has a couple of skips in it towards the end. I tried getting them out, but I didn't have any luck. Sometimes I can edit in a similar part from earlier in the song, but this happened right after the key change, so it wouldn't have matched. The rest of it's fine though.)

Here's the track list:
  1. Shadrach (has a couple of skips in it)
  2. Jerusalem Town
  3. It Pays to Remember
  4. Tra-La
  5. Show Us the Dream
  6. The King's Decree
  7. Know When to Say No
  8. It's Cool in the Furnace
  9. Let the People Praise
Click here or here to download!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

OGF Zodiac for Aug. 9 - Sept. 29: Peppercorn the Sneezing Turtle

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Here's where you fall in the Prof. Otis G. Firefly Zodiac if you were born from Aug. 9th through Sept. 29th. Yeah, they're getting pretty strange here, but there you go!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Sing the Happy Romper Room Songs

Here's another album of Romper Room songs, and even though it's certified with Mister Do-Bee and Happy Jack the Jack-in-the-box, I still don't remember any of these songs. Where's the Do-Bee song ("Do-Bee a car sitter, Don't be a car stander") or the Punch-a-Ball song? I don't know. There's gotta be an album of those songs, but this one ain't it. There's still some nice kids' songs on here though. Hope you like it.

Here's the track list:

  1. Exercise Song

  2. Fall

  3. Sleepy Time

  4. Five Little Chickadees

  5. I Have Two Eyes

  6. Laughing Song

  7. My Snowman

  8. Romper Room Magic Mirror Song

  9. Romper Room Prayer

  10. Romper Room Safety Song

  11. Spring

  12. Summertime

  13. Ten Little Indians

  14. Ten Little Men

  15. What Do They Say?
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UPDATE: For an album with more of the traditional Romper Room songs, it's available in mp3 format from Amazon.com! You can get it here.

OGF Wisdom for August

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Here's your Prof. Otis G. Firefly Wisdom for August, and only a couple of days late! Enjoy!!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Please help me find a record!!

I'm looking for a copy of a record I had many years ago.

Here's what I remember about it:

It was the size of a 45 (with the large hole in the middle) but I think it played at 78 speed.

It had a blue label (was probably an older Golden Record).

It had songs based on and sung by comic strip characters. There was a song by Beetle Bailey and Sgt. Snorkel, Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse, and Barney Google and Snuffy Smith. There may have been another one (Blondie?), but I don't remember for sure. I even know some of the words of the songs. I'll put the lyrics I know in case it rings a bell with you:

Beetle Bailey and Sgt. Snorkel - “Police It”

If it don’t walk
And it don’t talk
Police it!
Police it!
If it don’t run
When it sees you come
Police it!
Police it!

Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse – “It’s the Conk that Means He Cares”

My Ignatz is stupendous.
He just knocks me out!
And every brick
He hits me with
Just makes my love for him grow.

It’s the conk that means he cares.
It means more than flowers or candy.
It’s the conk that means he cares
So I always make sure there’s a brick
That’s handy.

Barney Google and Snuffy Smith – “Plain Folks”

Snuffy: We’re plain folks
Just plain folks
We’re happy in the mountains.
And we like our home just the way that it is.

Barney: Sorry, but I thought I’d make us rich
But I’ll be rich you’ll see
And if’n you stick with me
You won’t be a-livin’ in a shack no more
Gonna get us a house with a bell on the door!

Snuffy repeats his part.

Even if I found my copy of it it's so worn out I'd be hard pressed to get a good recording of it. If anybody knows where I could find this, please let me know. Thanks!

Rock Goes Folk - The Topsiders

Here's another unusual mash-up of sorts. The Topsiders took what were popular songs at the time and reimagined them as traditional folk songs. Does it work? I don't know. It almost sounds like they knew a few chords and were bound and determined to make each song have only those chords in it, whether they really fit or not. It's an interesting experiment though.

Here's the track list:
  1. Let the Good Times Roll
  2. The Wayward Wind
  3. Come Go With Me
  4. Ain't That a Shame
  5. Tammy
  6. Diana
  7. Heartbreak Hotel
  8. Unchained Melody
  9. Bye Bye Love
  10. Venus
  11. Devil or Angel
  12. Dream Lover
NOTES: In the comments section, Guav found a nice little article about the band here. Also, I found out that this is now available on Amazon (with a couple of songs added) under the title "The Topsiders." You can get it by clicking on the link below:

Friday, July 25, 2008

Ode to Joy

It's time once again for me to bring a little culture to the proceedings:

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Peter Pan Chorus Sings Songs from Sesame Street Vol. II

The Peter Pan Chorus takes a stab at some classic songs from Sesame Street. I think they're better off when they just sing the songs normally. When they try to do funny voices it doesn't work as well. Take a listen and see what you think!

Here's the track list:
  1. Rubber Duckie
  2. I Love Trash
  3. J Jump
  4. Up and Down
  5. What Are Kids Called
  6. Sesame Street
  7. Somebody Come and Play
  8. Number Five
  9. I've Got Two
  10. Green
Click here or here to download!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Alley Cat and Chicken Fat: An Album of Fun Dances- Irwin the Disco Duck and the Wibble Wabble Singers

Here's a different "Alley Cat and Chicken Fat" album, this one tied in with Irwin the Disco Duck. I have no idea why, since none of these songs come close to replicating disco! We do get Irwin's original Donald-like voice though, so it sounds like he's introducing the Wheelbarrow Polka. Another interesting thing which I've included with the file: apparently there was a comic story of sorts on the back covers of the albums. This one features the unusual conclusion to it.

Anyway, sorry for the long absence, and I hope you like the album!

Here's the track list:
  1. Alley Cat
  2. Chicken Fat
  3. Limbo Rock
  4. The Twist
  5. Mashed Potatoes
  6. Hully Gully
  7. The Monkey
  8. Beer Barrel Polka
  9. Mexican Hat Dance
  10. Turkey in the Straw (Square Dance)
Click here or here to download!

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Adventures of Batman & Rubin (the Jewish Boy Wonder) - Allen & Rossi

I thought this would be a good one to put up to tie in with the opening of "The Dark Knight". I went record shopping a couple of months ago and scored a sealed copy of this. Marty Allen and Steve Rossi were a popular comedy duo at the time, and this is the story of a comic book reading boy named Rubin (Allen), and his dream of joining Batman and battling the Penguin, the Catwoman, and the Riddler.

The most interesting thing about this record is listed at the top of the cover: "Created and Written by Bob Kane (Creator of Batman & Robin)". Yup, supposedly this album was written by Bob Kane himself. He even wrote the liner notes on the back cover. (However, considering how much has later been discovered about Kane's "sole" creatorship of Batman, I have some doubts about this.)

I know a lot of you are going to want to know if this album is funny. To be honest, I didn't get many laughs from it. (Maybe if you're Jewish some of the references might be funnier.) But regardless of that, I thought it would be good to put up for the historical significance of it. Enjoy!

Here's the track list:
  1. Rubin's Dream
  2. Enter Batman
  3. Enter Commissioner Gordon
  4. Enter the Penguin
  5. At the Discotheque
  6. Enter the Catwoman
  7. Enter the Riddler
  8. A Clue
  9. Batman and Rubin Meet the Riddler
  10. Rubin Awakes
Click here or here to download!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Happy 4th of July from Me and the Muppets!

I found this online and wanted to share it with you guys. This is a new video clip from the Muppets in honor of Independence Day. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

OGF Wisdom for July

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Here's your words of wisdom for July, courtesy of Prof. Otis G. Firefly. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

7 Days to Better Bowling

Here's one of those self-hypnosis type records; this one is supposed to make you a better bowler. You're supposed to listen to Side 1 during the day and Side 2 at night. I was going to try it myself, but there's a big caution on the front stating that this record is "for right handed bowlers only". I'm a leftie myself, so I don't know what effect they think it'll have on me. Maybe they think it'll turn me into some sort of robotic killing machine. Or maybe it'll just make me bowl screwy. Who knows? Frankly, I'm not willing to take that chance.

Click here or here to download!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Lyndon Johnson's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Earle Doud & Alan Robin

I was going to lump the few political records I found together around November, but it really is a mixed bag. I like this one though. This is actually a sequel to "Welcome to the L.B.J. Ranch" that I have featured here put together by the same people, and the concept is the same as well. The commentators ask questions and the politicians provide answers that are actually taken from other interviews and recordings of them with humorous results. I enjoy this because you don't even have to really know much about the politicians to laugh at the jokes, but it's probably funnier if you do know about them. Anyway, I think you'll like this one!

Here's the track list:
  1. Senator Everett Dirksen
  2. President Lyndon B. Johnson
  3. Governor Ronald Reagan
  4. Senator Robert Kennedy
  5. Vice President Hubert Humphrey
  6. Mrs. Ladybird Johnson
  7. Vice President Richard Nixon
  8. Senator Barry Goldwater
Click here or here to download!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Alley Cat and Chicken Fat Plus Other Fun Dances - The Golden Orchestra and Chorus

Here's a record of games and dances for kids. I seem to remember having a pretty old 45 with this version of "Drop the Handkerchief" and "Button Button", so this could be another compilation of songs from various sources. Anyway, some neat stuff here, and I hope you like it!

Here's the track list:
  1. Alley Cat
  2. Chicken Fat
  3. Musical Chairs
  4. Button Button
  5. Drop the Handkerchief
  6. Skip to My Loo
  7. The Farmer in the Dell
  8. Bingo
  9. Follow the Leader
  10. Simon Says
  11. My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean/Good Morning to You
  12. Clap Your Hands/Springfield Mountain/The World Turned Upside Down
  13. Hokey Pokey
Click here or here to download!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Hulk Cartoon Intro

I was impressed that the new "Iron Man" movie found a place for the theme song to the sixties cartoon of it. I'd be REALLY impressed if the new "Incredible Hulk" movie found a place for this:

Saturday, June 14, 2008

It's About Time - The Peter Pan Orchestra and Chorus

Here's an interesting children's record talking about all aspects of time. It starts simply talking about the minute hand and the hour hand of the clock, then getting into days of the week and months of the year. By the time it's all said and done, they even get into Greenwich Mean Time and the International Date Line! Pretty heady stuff for a kid's record, don't you think?

Here's the track list:
  1. About Time
  2. The Clock: The Minute Hand Song
  3. The Hour Hand Song
  4. Every Hour Has Sixty Minutes in It
  5. The Big Hand Is Up
  6. The Minute Hand March
  7. You Tell the Time When You Hear the Chime
  8. A Clock Has Hands
  9. The Days of the Week
  10. (When) You Were Born
  11. The Months of the Year
  12. It Rotates on Its Axis
  13. Spin Around the Sun
  14. The Hemispheres
  15. Half a World Away
  16. From Pole to Pole
  17. It Is Later East of Greenwich
  18. The International Date Line
  19. About Time Reprise
Click here or here to download!

Monday, June 09, 2008

The Pickwick Children's Chorus Sing "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and Other Fun Songs of Today

In comparison with the previous album posted here, here's some kids that just sound like they're having fun singing their lungs out! It's kind of a strange album cover though. Why is there one boy in the front driving and nine girls in the back? And why do I feel like the girl at the bottom left with the cat's eye glasses is staring into my soul? Anyhow, hope you enjoy this fun album!

Here's the track list:

  1. The Alley Cat Dance

  2. The Unicorn

  3. Dear World

  4. Happy Birthday to Me

  5. Just One of Those Songs

  6. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

  7. Happiness Is

  8. Yellow Submarine

  9. Puff the Magic Dragon

  10. What's More American
Click here or here to download!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

OGF Zodiac for June 8 - Aug. 8: Censor the Bluenose

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Well, it looks like most of you with summer birthdays are stuck under the sign of Censor the Bluenose (at least according to Prof. Otis G. Firefly)!

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Sing Children Sing - The New York City Opera Children's Chorus

As you might expect, this being the New York City Opera Children's Chorus, you're not going to get any crazy renditions of songs here (although it is sort of odd to hear songs like "Go Tell Aunt Rhody" sung so reverently). Enjoy!

Here's the track list:
  1. Uncle Sam's Farm
  2. Go Tell Aunt Rhody
  3. Meshivotzi No-otz (Good Little Baby)
  4. Ol' Dan Tucker
  5. Shenandoah
  6. The Singing School
  7. Wayfaring Stranger
  8. The Blue Tail Fly
  9. La Truya (The Group)
  10. Gentle Annie
  11. Great Grandad
  12. The Farmer Is the Man
  13. The Erie Canal
  14. Simple Gifts
  15. Stars Shining By and By
Click here or here to download!

Friday, June 06, 2008

OGF Zodiac for June 6 - June 7: Bewarius the Junkyard Dog

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The Prof. Otis G. Firefly Zodiac continues with Bewarius the Junkyard Dog. Not too many of you will fall under this sign, considering it only lasts for two days!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

OGF Wisdom for June

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Sorry this is late. I forgot to put it in the scheduled posts. Here's your Prof. Otis G. Firefly wisdom for June. Enjoy!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Woody Woodpecker

There is a little bit of overlap from this album, but unlike that one, this one does use the voice of Woody Woodpecker from that time, Grace Stafford (who also happened to be producer Walter Lantz's wife). This one throws in a slightly different mix of characters than the other one. There's still Woody of course, as well as Andy Panda (Yes, his song is actually called "The Andy Pandy Polka") and Chilly Willy (who they gave a goofy voice for his song), but there's also Inspector Willoughby, the Bearies, and Space Mouse. The only place I ever remembered seeing Space Mouse is on a domino set I had when I was a kid. It was one of those that used pictures instead of dots, and he was one of the pictures.

Anyway, there's lots of fun stuff here, and I hope you like it!

Here's the track list:
  1. Woody Woodpecker Theme
  2. Wackity Woody
  3. Cartoon Showtime
  4. Popcorn Song
  5. Hawaiiuh
  6. Trudging Along
  7. Willoughby March
  8. Woody Woodpecker March
  9. My Little Brown Uke
  10. Woody Woodpecker Waltz
  11. Andy Pandy Polka
  12. Chilly Willy the Penguin
  13. It's the Bearies
  14. The Hill Bearies
  15. Space Mouse Cadet
Click here or here to download!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Jose Jimenez Talks to Teenagers of All Ages

I know a number of high schoolers will be graduating this weekend, so here's a special album for you, performed by Bill Dana's alter-ego, Jose Jimenez, in front of a live studio audience. If afraid to tell you guys that I think this is pretty funny and risk a repeat of the Paul Lynde debacle we had earlier. I do particularly enjoy "The Etiquette Expert" because it sounds like a fun ad-libbed Q&A with young audience members. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this and Congratulations Graduates!

Here's the track list:
  1. The Cheerleader
  2. The Vocational Guidance Counselor
  3. The Etiquette Expert
  4. The Baseball Star
  5. Teenage Problems
  6. The History Lesson - Christopher Columbus
  7. The Marriage Counselor
  8. Another History Lesson - George Washington
  9. My Alma Mater
Click here or here to download!