Friday, July 31, 2015

Dick Sherman & Milt Larsen / The Characters: Smash Flops

From 1959, two TV comedy writers, Dick Sherman & Milt Larsen, present a cycle of novelty songs in the "spectacularly inappropriate" milieu: peppy tunes to welcome Amelia Earhart home, congratulate the Hindenburg on a safe landing, wish good luck to General Custer, etc. With jokes about the all-American goodness of Little Rock and the peaceful hush of Cape Canaveral, these are polite chuckle-fests squarely in the bag of early-1960s satire; but "Congratulations Tom Dewey" is a subtle unexploded time bomb that, should it survive into the unknown digital future of millenia to come, will play hell with historians who think they've found a true musical artifact of the Truman election upset of 1948. Featuring The Characters, a close harmony group then popular on the casino circuit. And of course, dig that crazy cover art by the immortal Virgil "VIP" Partch.

Congratulations, Tom Dewey
I Wish I Was In Chicago
We're Depending On You, General Custer
When the Hindenburg Lands Today
Confederate Victory Song
Forty-Eight States in the U.S.A.
When Amelia Earhart Flies Home
Little Rock, That All American Town
Good Job, Well Done, Neville Chamberlain
Sleepy Cape Canaveral Moon
Columbus, You Big Bag of Steam
Bon Voyage Titanic

Album audio & artwork

DISCLAIMER: To the best of my knowledge, this work is out of print and not available for purchase in any format. If you are the artist and are planning a reissue, please let me know and I’ll remove it from the blog. Also please get in touch if you’ve lost your art &/or sound masters and would like to talk with me about my restoration work.

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