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December 12, 2003

The annual Spike Jones birthday show; Jones was born on December 14th, 1911.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Pal-Yat-Chee Spiked! (1994) Spike Jones and His City Slickers The lyric vocals of Homer and Jethro combine with the terrifying tenor of Sir Frederic Gas in the tribute to Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci; recorded March 10th, 1950.
Hotcha Cornia (Black Eyes) Spiked! (1994) Spike Jones and His City Slickers Recorded July 28th, 1942, this is a send-up of the then-popular Russian song "Dark Eyes"
Laura Spiked! (1994) Spike Jones and His Other Orchestra Sure, it starts out like a straight version of the classic David Raksin / Johnny Mercer title theme, but about halfway through Laura's picture gets a moustache and a clown nose. It was recorded May 6th, 1946.
Boom Dot Bust 1 Boom Dot Bust (2001) The Firesign Theatre We pause for a quick phony commercial from the world of high tech.
Selections from The Nutcracker (Chinese Dance, Dance of the Flutes, Arabian Dance, Russian Dance, March) Spiked! (1994) Spike Jones and His City Slickers These five cuts constitute just about everything that is actually funny from Spike's surprisingly maudlin 1945 arrangement (complete with saccharine chorus and sappy lyrics) of music from Tchaikovsky's ballet. The longer piece (a good 20 minutes) is a classic example of an adult's concept of what kids want to hear, based on the odd assumption that a kid is just a simple-minded adult.
Powerhouse Spiked! (1994) Spike Jones and His City Slickers This version of the Raymond Scott instrumental that ended up in so many Warner Brothers cartoons was recorded on February 6th, 1961 and wasn't released commercially until it appeared on this CD in 1994.
Frantic Freeway Spiked! (1994) Spike Jones and His City Slickers This automotive conga line was the "B" side of "Powerhouse"
Boom Dot Bust 2 Boom Dot Bust (2001) The Firesign Theatre Yet another pause for the cause, just because.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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