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Venus Calling

Once again, your help is required.   Back in 2019 fellow obscure music blogger Bob, of Dead Waxand That’s All Rite Mama, sent me audio clips from both sides of a 45 that had been sold back in 2017 via...

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Great Scott!

A pair of tracks today from an album I would desperately love to own a copy of. If anyone out there has access to the full album – or indeed owns a physical copy they would be willing to part with, do...

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A Sound Reputation

I’ve finally begun the arduous task of digitising my entire song-poem collection. It’s a job that will take months – I have hundreds of song-poem 45s and dozens of albums – but I reckon it will be...

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So Long, Frank Lyle Buck

A little follow-up to last week’s post.   Last week I wrote a little about Globe, the Nashville-based studio that pumped out hundreds of song-poems and vanity projects by singers including Sonny...

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You Are the GoZoo Band

1966 was a great year for musical oddities: Mrs. Miller was ruling the roost internationally; in Canada musician and producer Tony Roman unveiled the wonderful Madame St Onge, those silly savages...

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Du Bist Die Beat-Oma

No one seems to know the name of the real woman behind the name Die Beat Oma (the Beat Granny), the aged Austrian chanteuse who released just one 45... The very disc that I present for you today....

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Two Faces of Virginia

Virginia Anne McKenna, OBE, is an English stage and screen actress, author, and wildlife campaigner, who this month celebrated her 90thbirthday.   Best known for films including A Town Like...

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Pancho Sings!

Regular Blog reader Dave Schmidt has been kind enough to send me several tracks recently, and today’s pairing comes from his collection. so it’s him you should be either thanking or cursing, depending...

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A Crop of Crap From Columbine

It's been a little quiet around here of late, hasn't it? Well, let's make up for that right this very now, with the first of a bunch of stiffs from the ever-popular Columbine label of Hollywood, one...

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Four More Columbine 'Hits'

Another bunch of cuts from Columbine for you today, another four song-poems for you to ‘enjoy’… if that’s possible.   I had intended to give you all four tracks from one EP, but on playback I realised...

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Another Collection of Cacophony from Columbine

Another four tracks from my personal Columbine stash for you this week, this time the entire 1983 release, Columbine EP-189. It's a fairly mediocre release, but the final cut is a real pip!...

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When Is a Smurf Not a Smurf?

Enough with the song poems already… although if you are interested in song-poems, especially those from Ted Rosen’s hallmark stable, I urge you to check out Bob Purse’s latest post and then this...

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To Be Perfectly Frank

Four cuts today, recorded at La Motte Street studios in St. Helier, and issued by Mousehole Records of Jersey (the in-house, custom label of Mousehole Studio) in 1983, the entire Jersey’s Love EP from...

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Hail to the Chief

How, in 14 years of blogging, have I never written about Chief Kooffreh before. one of the most original, and most ‘outsidery’ of all outsider artists?   Alternatively known as Bassey Kooffreh, Bassey...

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Have You Heard the Fut?

It is the ninth of October tomorrow, the day that would have been John Lennon’s 81st birthday. On next Wednesday’s World’s Worst Records Radio Show I shall be playing an hour of Beatle-related...

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Nasty Little Record

It is not unusual for a sports star to flex his or her vocal cords, and over the years it seems that almost anyone who has enjoyed a modicum of fame on the sports field has been coerced into the...

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Down, Down, Down to St Helier

This week I would like to introduce you to the late singer, composer, author and tutor Bob Anthony. I am hugely indebted to Richard Heath and the Jersey Evening Post for a good chunk of what follows....

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The Rudest Man in Britain

Three years ago this very week we broadcast the very first episode of The World’s Worst Records Radio Show. It was a stumbling and shaky start, but I have now presented more than 150 episodes, or 150...

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There's A New Sound

Here's a classic I've not included on the blog before, despite having written about the artist on the B-side... and it also gives me a good excuse to look into the work of pianist, composer and music...

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Christmas Cavalcade 2021: Part One

Welcome, everyone, to the first installment of this year’s Christmas Cavalcade. Yes, it’s December already, which means that every blog post between now and Christmas day will be given over to the...

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Christmas Cavalcade 2021: Part Two

Over the years, I have featured a number of festive-themed, Beatle-related novelties during the Christmas Cavalcade. In fact, it’s almost become a tradition In It’s Own Write (see what I did there?)...

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Christmas Cavalcade 2021: Part Three

The big day is getting closer, but we still have time for a few more festive fails.   First up was suggested to me by my friend The Squire, over at the Squire Presents. Our annual Christmas chin-wag...

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Le Streak, C'est Chic

 A fun little disc for you today to round of the year… perfect for your New Year’s Eve party!   Born in Quasqueton, Iowa as Larry Lee Blankenburg, Larry Lujack was a US Top-40 radio DJ who worked...

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Mavin James Revisited

I’ve written about Mavin James before, both here and in my book The World’s Worst Records Volume 1, but to accompany the recent discovery of a previously-unknown fourth single release, here’s a bit of...

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Another Trip to Venus

A short post today, but an interesting one (I hope). Last April I wrote about a disc I was desperate to source, a little thing called Venus, Land of Love, composed by Lawrence Milton Boren and...

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