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Mind Widening Music: Bizarro Music #5 – Spike Jones

by Lee Widener

In this month’s column it is my great pleasure to present an artist I consider the grandfather of Bizarro music, Spike Jones. Spike Jones was a drummer, percussionist, composer and bandleader mostly popular in the 40s and 50s, though he did release some recordings in the 1960s.

As a drummer, he rose through the ranks, playing in many different bands, combos and orchestras, but Spike wasn’t happy playing things straight. He loved to clown around, and he and his fellow musicians would practice after hours, playing parodies and jazzed up versions of popular hits. They recorded their sessions and pressed discs to share with family and friends. One of these recordings made it to the hands of an RCA Victor executive, who signed Spike and his band to a contract. Their first release waspikegun.JPGs “Der Fuehrer’s Face,” a novelty tune ridiculing Adolf Hitler. It reached number three on the U.S. charts and Spike Jones and his City Slickers became stars.

Just as Bizarro Fiction takes genre fiction and filters it through a funhouse mirror so that it becomes something strange and wonderful, Spike Jones warped popular and classical music so that it transformed into something that could only be judged on its own merits. His version of the William Tell Overture, filled with sound effects and bad jokes, told the story of a very unusual horse race. As a percussionist, Spike peppered his recordings with gunshots, pots and pans, cutlery, bells, whistles, explosions and general mayhem. Here is a theatrical short where Spike skewers a popular hit of the time, “Cocktails for Two,” which includes one of Spike Jones’ trademarks, a vocal affectation referred to as “gugging,” a repeated rapid fire use of the glottal stop.

Spike and the City Slickers, accomplished musicians and singers all, could be seen in movies, endless touring with his act “The Musical Depreciation Society,” and most importantly on the upstart medium of television where he was a frequent guest and had several series of his own. The visual value of Spike’s performances cannot be overestimated. He and his band wore outrageously loud suits, and filled each number with endless sight gags that stretched the boundaries of reality. Here is their version of the popular tune “That Old Black Magic,” with vocals by Billy Barty, one of the original Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz, doing impressions of Johnnie Ray, James Cagney, Jimmy Durante, and others.

One of the characteristics of Bizarro Fiction is that it’s critical of mainstream society and cultural norms. Spike Jones’ music destroyed the mainstream music of the day, and ridiculed high-brow music with his decidedly low-brow antics. In this final clip from his tv show the sponsor decides the show needs a little class. The solution is to have the entire band dress as women. I don’t know how that’s classy, but it sure is bizarre.

There is a lot more Spike Jones on youtube. I encourage you to seek it out.

Lee Widener is a lifelong collector of weird music. For ten years he ran the internet radio station NeverEndingWonder Radio, which specialized in odd, unusual, freaky and bizarre music, and still runs a small Halloween themed radio station, which can be found at Welcome to Weirdsville . He is the author of “David Bowie is Trying to Kill Me!” and “Rock N Roll Head Case” published in October 2015 by Eraserhead Press.

Twisted Tuesdays: Dildo-Blades

by Tracy Vanity

Since I had so much fun with the Halloween Creepypasta Countdown and I loathe Christmas, I thought I’d continue the spooky holiday cheer by fucking with your heads every Tuesday through some sort of twisted video, song, story, picture, etc.

This week, let’s begin with a freshly uploaded video from M dot Strange whose work I posted last month during the Creepypasta Countdown. This latest creation is entitled Heart String Marionette which is “A tale about a kid, a samurai mime, and a stripper who all try to defeat a warlord and an evil clown who have successfully turned a countryside into a never ending nightmare filled with horrible monsters.”

This seems to be made specifically for Bizarro Central. Shit, if you want someone to animate your Bizarro book, you might want to hit this guy up!

Like most of dot’s work, it has that video game/final boss feel with twisted computer animation, an original storyline with crazy characters, and a bangin’ soundtrack. The following youtube comment q&a encompasses the essence of this movie better than I ever could:

“Is this based on a true story?” -realisticHomeboy

“Yep- they be wielding dildo-blades in marionette samurai hood” -mdotstrange

Oh good, I love documentaries! Where can I get me a dildo-blade?

Another glorious video gift from The Art of Bleeding: All Things Nice

by Tracy Vanity

What are girls made of?

Kim Fowley, dolls, hot nurses, female anatomy, floating nursery rhyme characters, tripped out medical fetish animation, beautifully disorienting music…what more could you ask for?

We interrupt the Halloween countdown to bring you breaking news….

by Tracy Vanity

I could just add this to a creepypasta post but ZOMBIES…

A retiree was filmed gnawing at a young man’s arm in a fight for a train seat in a subway in Guangzhou, Guangzhou Province yesterday morning.

The 67-year-old man surnamed Chen scuffled with a 28-year-old teacher surnamed Wu around 8:30am over a seat, and Chen was seen biting Wu’s arm for nearly 30 seconds, leaving blood stains on their faces and arms, an online video showed.

In the 46-second footage, Wu huddled up in the seat to protect his head and dodge the old man’s violent attack. No passenger in the car stepped forward to separate them. They just stood around to film the brawl.

The two men were taken away by police after the train stopped at the next station. Their injuries were not serious and both agreed to pay their own medical costs, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported today.

They expressed regret at the police station and were not detained.


Vanity’s Creepypasta Halloween Countdown Day #12: Tits

by Tracy Vanity

Attack of the boob! There are worse ways to die.

Vanity’s Creepypasta Halloween Countdown Day #11: Puppets

by Tracy Vanity

Damn that pic even freaks me out!

The following two-part animated short is dark, beautiful, and of course, creepy. It reminds me of Jan Švankmajer, whose work I adore. I love puppets and stop motion animation!

★ BTW Happy spooky birthday to Madeleine Swann, our top Bizarro Central Halloween countdown commenter! ★

Vanity’s Creepypasta Halloween Countdown Day #10: Imagination

by Tracy Vanity

Where did she go?