This week’s edition of “Uncommon Oldies” takes us to radio station KILT 1610, January of 1967, in Houston, Texas.
My survey group of the week was from South Texas. The Playboys Of Edinburg started out playing for schoolmates in high school. Their early influences were The Ventures and Duane Eddy, and after 1964 they loved The Beatles, The Byrds, The Hollies, The Yardbirds, and even Moby Grape.
This week’s edition of “Uncommon Oldies” takes us to radio station CHUM 1050 AM, May 29, 1967, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The Cyrkle was originally a frat rock band. The band was formed by two members attending Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. They were later discovered and managed by Brian Epstein, who also managed The Beatles.
“Sing Sang Sung” is the first official single off of Love 2, French band Air’s sixth studio album released early-October of this year. Along with it is a music video as adorable as the song is, seemingly inspired by The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine film and the animation style of George Dunning.
I was lucky enough to download the video when it was on iTunes as the free music video of the week a little while back, but you can check it out here:
According to “James Richards” (a pseudonym), he recently ended up in a parallel dimension in which The Beatles are not only all living, but are still recording and performing as a band. He managed to steal a cassette tape of one of their albums, estimated to have been released in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s in this parallel Earth.
I’ll admit reading his story was creepy (though not really believable)… I only came across it when my sister requested I read it with her after she had found the site on a friend’s Facebook post. My creeps subsided when I listened to the tracks that were made available from the parallel Earth Beatles album “Everyday Chemistry.” My first thoughts: “This is really good quality for having been from a cassette tape,” then, “This is just a Beatles mash-up album!” Yep, props to “James Richards” for the creative backstory, but the bulk of what I heard is suspiciously recognizable elements from post-breakup materials. Not bad for mash-ups, either.