One of the first “sound board” crank call recordings to hit the Internets, and probably still the funniest, This mp3 features the unmistakable voice of bodybuilder, action movie star, and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger calling Gateway Computers for some help. Gateway should give dear Cassie a medal for her professionalism, as she maintains composure under a barrage of meticulously timed Ah-nold samples from Terminator, Kindergarten Cop, Total Recall and other popcorn flicks. As silly as this is, it’s inspired art! Now stop whining.
“Arnold Calls Gateway“ (play/download mp3)
Ah, the unspeakably funny and cringe-worthy Troggs tape. The gr8est fly on the wall document of a band melting down ever recorded. Often cited as the inspiration behind Spinal Tap, this mp3 oozes absurdity and dysfunction. There’s a fine moment, when you hear the guitar player doing his part, and someone shouts “YEAH!” in the talk-back mic, the guitarist continues playing EXACTLY the same part, and the voice comes in again with “NO!” Shortly thereafter there is a sort of cackle, the unmistakable croak of a grown man cracking. Sickly pleasurable. They may not have gotten their number one out of this, but they sure have entertained millions of people with this unintended meme. For the band that did “Wild Thing,” tis an inglorious end. For the advanced class, try the Infamous Troggs Tapes Megamix.
“The Infamous Troggs Tapes“ (play/download mp3)
So yeah, I went and did it, couldn’t leave all you lovely music lovers in the lurch, and I hafta post more gr8 music, so you this year you can find me @ SuperFan2010.com! I will leave superfan2009.com up, as it is entertaining a lot of happy visitors, and there will never be a time when the music discoveries I’ve posted here lose their lustre. To the contrary, gr8 music only sounds better with age, and the longer these posts are up, the more people will have the opportunity to discover and enjoy them. And that’s my mission here, with this labor of love! Here’s to a gr8 year of music and fun. xo
Lee “Scratch” Perry – “Santa Claus”
It seems Lee “Scratch” Perry‘s musical evolution will never stop. Jamaican music innovator number one, Perry has from the early 60′s to the present been a core author of the operating systems for ska, reggae, and dub, spawning myriad sub-genres and altering the perceptions and priorities of generations of fans and musicians world wide. Quite a resume. Now on, like, his ten thousandth LP or something, “madman scratchy” has a new release on the lovely Narnack Records label. This track, a wild riff on Perry’s already wild “Having A Party” which I posted earlier, is closer to a dubby downtempo or house vibe than the Reggae based work he’s most famous for. But the unique voice and mind bending take on life are instantly recognizable as no one else’s. Here’s holiday music of a kind I promise you, you have never heard before. Santa Claus is coming, so catch Scratchy on his short US tour they just announced, and be good!
Lee “Scratch” Perry
This mp3 by The Kingpins has been burning up the bandwidth for ska fans young and old around the world. With a base coat of late 70′s two-tone, and a Pollockian splatter of new wave angst, this picture is completed by the bold and colorful strokes of a female French Canadian vocalist named Lo. The Kingpins don’t tour under that name anymore, but they left their mark with an incendiary live show and some excellent recordings, which helped kick off what would become known as 3rd wave ska. You can catch them in their new incarnation as Lo And The Magnetics, and follow the “Need more!” link below to find this album and other juicy merch and tunes from this fun and influential act.
All my Cherry Picks are open source mp3s, free and legal, because they’re posted with the artists’ permission. These are permalinks. They’re not goin’ anywhere. If you like these, check out more, I’ve posted one a day, since January!
Ryan Adams calls Jim DeRogatis Answering Machine
Ryan Adams now legendary meltdown on Jim DeRogatis‘ answering machine made the rounds back in ’04 and soon became immortalized on the Interwebs. Utterly hilarious, or unbearable depending on your perspective, this is what happens when an artist gets one too many personal insults from a critic, throws decorum to the wind and fires back. Little could Adams know that his rant would soon be downloaded millions of times and take on a momentum of its own. I happen to like Ryan Adams’ music a lot, but I think I’d be down with this even if I thought it was shite! Little lite humor for your holiday fun =)
I’m Superfan, die hard music fan. I decided there is so much gr8 music in on the Interwebs, I just had to start a new blog to slice through it and take you directly to the cream of the cream, as I see it! I have probably heard more new music in the last year than most people hear in their entire post-college lives! But I’m not braggin’ – I just want to share the fun with fellow music lovers who want to get turned on to some legitimately great stuff. You with me? Well let’s go then!