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Incredibly Strange Music: v.1: Vol 1 (Re/Search) Paperback – 1 May 1993

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: RE/Search,U.S.; First Edition edition (1 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940642220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940642225
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,109,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Examines such overlooked works of music as Hawaiian music, sound-effects recordings, electronically synthesized music, and offbeat titles such as "How to Strip for Your Husband," and "Muhammad Ali Fights Tooth Decay".


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After their popular "Incredibly Strange Films" book, the Re/Search team shifts their focus to music, specifically to fringe genres represented primarily by forgotten vinyl releases of the past. Interviewing assorted individuals, both music lovers and cult stars alike, V.Vale and Andrea Juno explore their record collections and gather anecdotes about beloved artists, treasured finds, and favorite album covers. In the first volume, Ivy and Lux of The Cramps recall their discovery of rockabilly and garage rock through thrift store scavenging, and members of the Phantom Surfers discuss surf and hot rod music, monster party albums, and Beatles knockoffs. Brian and Stuart of San Francisco's Amok Books talk about lounge and exotica music (Les Baxter, Arthur Lymann, Korla Pandit), and the founders of Norton Records detail the strange careers of Hasil Adkins and Esquerita. There's also chats with Eartha Kitt, exotica legend Martin Denny, and Jean Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley on their work both together and solo. Throughout the pages are hundreds of B&W photos and images of classic retro album covers. A companion CD was released featuring selections from some of the records covered. These books are an excellent read for those drawn to the bizarre, the shameless, and the ridiculous in music history. These are the unsung artists who never get mentioned in traditional music guides. Definitely recommended.
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 May 2010
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Research; musical archeologists of cultural ephemera, parade another golden seam derived from the labyrinth caverns of yesteryears eccentricities. Deep in the mantle, the fossilised discarded layers of latent disposable objects, lay flat and compressed, just waiting for someone to add water. Careful sifting of the strata reveals these sonic nuggets. The frontline miners hacking, chipping and sifting through cultural dross to discover fossilised rubies, emeralds, sapphires, diamonds, gold, silver and platinum. Taken to the surface they are played loud.

Interviewing the original archeological pioneers complete with pickaxe handle and miners lamp, the originators are revealed in the glare. Rockabilly, Surf Hot Rod, Exotica, the weird and the obscure are firstly charged with electric before they are watered and allowed out to greet the throng.

Wandering with iron boots, they eventually place their hands on the throat of moderne merdiocrity and slowly1 Strangle it gently, allowing it one last breath....sorry for being banal...eeuchhh.

Modern cultures eventual demise could be greeted with tickertape cheers. Except it has created a vast swathe of torpor.

Meanwhile the ashes of the past resurrected, jitterbugs, jives and twists a vision for the new.

Into the blender, locked within the bowels of Room 101 goes corporate chump rock, blandboozling rhythm n beats, maudlin self obsessed minger songwriters, zzzz Factor manufacture, music by numbers and drafted over production. You know, the obvious.

Parading their lithe nude bodies by the pool of life are the demons of clasique, jazz, soul, rnb, 60's punk, 70' punk, industrial, exotica, the gauche, the experi-mental, the outre, the indigenous and the weird.

All now frolicing in the bath of the new world disorder.

Go get em tiger!
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By A Customer on 9 April 1999
This book mostly consists of interviews with people discussing their unusual record collections. If that sounds like your bag, here it is. Of course, I dug it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d6f17c0) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d45d8a0) out of 5 stars Strange book for strange collectors! 20 May 2000
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This book was good therapy- it was reasuring to find that there were many people out there like me that spent a great deal of their spare time combing thriftstores and yardsales to find Martin Deny albums or twisted versions of Beatles tunes sung by washed up celebrities.
Here's a simple test to see if you'd like this book: you're at the local thrift store when from the corner of your eye you see a record of Buddy Hacket singing favorite Yiddish songs. Do you...
A)keep looking for your Partrige Family lunchpail that your mother gave away 18 years ago.
B)Break into a cold sweat and lunge for the record with trembling hands.
If your answer is B maybe you should check out this book.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d21f18c) out of 5 stars The In Sounds From Way Out 3 Aug. 2000
By Michael Sean - Published on Amazon.com
After their popular "Incredibly Strange Films" book, the Re/Search team shifts their focus to music, specifically to fringe genres represented primarily by forgotten vinyl releases of the past. Interviewing assorted individuals, both music lovers and cult stars alike, V.Vale and Andrea Juno explore their record collections and gather anecdotes about beloved artists, treasured finds, and favorite album covers. In the first volume, Ivy and Lux of The Cramps recall their discovery of rockabilly and garage rock through thrift store scavenging, and members of the Phantom Surfers discuss surf and hot rod music, monster party albums, and Beatles knockoffs. Brian and Stuart of San Francisco's Amok Books talk about lounge and exotica music (Les Baxter, Arthur Lymann, Korla Pandit), and the founders of Norton Records detail the strange careers of Hasil Adkins and Esquerita. There's also chats with Eartha Kitt, exotica legend Martin Denny, and Jean Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley on their work both together and solo. Throughout the pages are hundreds of B&W photos and images of classic retro album covers. A companion CD was released featuring selections from some of the records covered. These books are an excellent read for those drawn to the bizarre, the shameless, and the ridiculous in music history. These are the unsung artists who never get mentioned in traditional music guides. Definitely recommended.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d9f2e10) out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL! 16 Oct. 2002
By Elvis-from-Hell - Published on Amazon.com
This is the definitive book on thrift store music finds. Of course, because of its publication it's become increasingly difficult to make good thrift scores since it's opened up the field to many more collectors. But at least we've still got ebay! If the Velvet Underground can lay claim to launching 1000 bands, then the "Incredibly Strange Music" series is responsible for launching thousands of record collections.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d39e168) out of 5 stars Far out, baby! 9 April 1999
By clayface9@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
This book mostly consists of interviews with people discussing their unusual record collections. If that sounds like your bag, here it is. Of course, I dug it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d2f6ba0) out of 5 stars Biblical and fascinating book of obscure records 10 Feb. 2015
By chris - Published on Amazon.com
Another incredible volume in the Re-Search Publications collection. A book of unusual, strange and extraordinary music collecting for geeks/collectors and those interested in obscure music. Comprehensive guide to rare and wonderful vinyl records with famous record collectors like Ivy and Lux from the Cramps sharing their stories of finding and collecting rare records and sharing some of their favorites from their massive collections. There are lots of cool pictures of rare record covers and like previous RE-SEARCH books this is beautifully put together, edited, and jam packed with information you wont find anywhere else. Out of print so pick this up while you still can. Amazing book.
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