Saturday, July 30, 2005

Mondo Absurdo

Allow me to be a complete fucking nerd...

"TPOS 020: "Mondo Absurdo: Celebrity Grossouts Vol. 1" by TELLY SAVALAS, SONNY BONO, LEONARD NIMOY, WINK MARTINDALE, WILLIAM SHATNER. 13 songs, 60 min. We don't know who told these guys they could sing, but they can't. What they do to songs like "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" is beyond belief." (from

Unca' Bill Widener (WRFL alum since day one in 1988) gave me around 50 cassettes last Spring and I've just now started to tear into them. Upon organizing the cases (stacked against the wall in my bedroom), a certain one stood out. The spine read: "WILLIAM SHATNER, LEONARD NIMOY, WINK MARTINDALE, TELLY SAVALAS...mondo absurdo". Of course, with the xeroxed, sloppily placed caps displaying the "dull-scrap" font, the style is tasty but I just never had the umph to pop it in. Mondo Absurdo is a "TV personalities performing music" compilation series. It seems the label put it out for punkers to sit around, chief up, pop in the player and laugh balls. Either that or these people genuinely find worth in this music. I doubt it.

Leaving for work, I grabbed some noiser jams: Burning Star Core-"THE VERY HEART OF THE WORLD" disc, Jason Schuler's "Migraine Sounds" cassette, Jessica Rylan/2673 split CD-r release as well as Jessica's "Wicked Witch" cassette and finally, A Certain Ratio mix tape. As much as these recordings get me going, I needed something more. Perhaps, a laugh.

Finally, after six months of holding onto these plastic peckers, I caved in and grabbed this Mondo Absurdo compilation of critters. So far, so pleased...


Sonny Bono-
"Laugh At Me"
"My Best Friend's Girl Is Out Of Sight"
"Pammie's On A Bummer"

Wink Martindale-
"Deck Of Cards"
"Melody Of Love"
"Steal Away"

Telly Savalas-
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
"Who Loves Ya Baby"

William Shatner-
"Sweet Shatner Suite"

Leonard Nimoy-
"Everybody's Talkin'"
"Let It Be Me"
"The Sun Will Shine"

cassette liner notes:

""Laugh At Me" presents Sonny as the Atonal Messiah. Dylan he ain't. This version is taken from Atco single 6369 which, unlike the version on the "best of Sonny and Cher" LP, is unedited, retaining the sounds of Sonny choking and running out of breath with complete sincerity. "My Best Friend's Girl Is Out Of Sight" and "Pammie's On A Bummer" were paired on Atco single 6531. The Sentiment of the former is entirely inappropriate for the mayor of Palm Springs. The spaghetti psychedelia of the latter is entirely appropriate."

Okay, I'm going to agree with the fact that "Pammie's On A Bummer" is a helluva jam. The other two tracks aren't THAT bad. I've heard worse music being hailed under the guise of so called current "free folk" revivalists. TOTALLY sounds like Dylan!

"These tracks are from the LP "Deck OF Cards" (Hamilton 128). The title cut was an actual hit in 1853 (sic). "Melody Of Love" has no melody. If moribund grannies flip, it is over Wink's thorazined delivery. "Steal Away" proves that Wink is white. Wink graduated to host a plethora of secular television game shows."

Creepy. The fact that Wink is white has no pull with the fact that this shit is creepy. It is just creepy.

""Telly" (MCA LP 436) gives us "If", rendered in the forgettable narrative style of William Shatner, and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin", done in the more menacing Telly style. Our gratitude for the stategically placed and very loud background singers. The title track to MCA LP 2160 "Who Loves Ya Baby" demonstrates why disco is dead."

Wow. I sort of thought his version of that Righteous Brothers horseshit was smokin. Fuck the original anyway. Unless your Swayze in "Ghost".

"Connoisseurs of the absurd may have already heard of William Shatner's rendition of "Mr. Tambourine Man" on the Rhino LP "The Golden Throat". Here is the same song made more ridiculous by being presented in the context of the whole album side of Bill's all too mortal Decca LP "The Transformed Man". Pompous, manic, depraved, retarded."

Yeah, we've all been hip to this album for a minute. I was living in NICHOLASVILLE when I heard this tripper. Times have changed and I bet even new metal dorks have this on the deck at home inbetween bong hits and D&D sessions for a knee slap. Even still, I would take this over 75% of the current crop college radio bands.

"If Sonny Bono is the bleating sheep of pop music, then Leonard Nimoy is the wounded cow. Never has such a bizarre voice been put to songs like "Let It Be Me" and "Everybody's Talkin'". As a special bonus, we present "The Sun Will Rise", a Nimoy original that precurses his career as a Hallmark greeting card author. From the LP "The New World of Leonard Nimoy"(DOT 25966)."

DAMN! This is great stuff! I REALLY dig these songs. Yeah, same as Shatner, "been there, heard that" but I wasn't matured enough in my 'audial' diet to hang with this beef. His version of "Everybody' Talkin'" is total stoked stock. Nimoy was always cooler than Shatner on the show. I wouldn't agree that Leonard sounds like a wounded cow, more like he had a pet cow and that cow died so he made a little record in memory of his little friend.

While I was looking for a laugh, all I found in this compilation was a deep peek into the mind of five famous crazies. Enthralled. Within these "tunes" exist hallways of mystery, chaos, energy. Call me what you please but there is much more to grab onto inside these tracks than what's happening atop the surface of music these days. Anymore, kicking back to something a bit off satisfies the soul tons more. Think i'm gonna call up Burning Star Core, J. Rylan, J. Schuler and the members of A Certain Ratio and invite them all over for carrot sticks and Bobby Sherman...backwards. Won't you join us?

(photos are of...C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core CD case), Jessica Rylan(w. mic in hand), A Certain Ratio (album cover), Mr. Savalas, Nimoy, Shatner, Bono the Sheriff and Wink's "Deck Of Cards" LP sleeve).


At 7:07 AM, Blogger KaBluie said...


Please post the entire "The New World of Leonard Nimoy" LP! I need six songs from it!



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