Flo & Eddie - Illegal, Immoral, and Fattening, white label promo with bio sheet and photo. I’m repeating myself (maybe you didn’t see my earlier post) but, in my opinion, this is one of the funniest rock albums ever made. Not PC. Also not safe for work. Also inappropriate for young children. Maybe you shouldn’t listen to it at all…
Imitation Lunch - The Turtles - It Ain’t Me Babe (Bob Dylan Cover)
Two Dylan covers in a week? Unintentional! I probably did this subconsciously. Yesterday I took to task reorganizing my records. I have been long neglecting this job. It’s not like I have a Rob Gordon amount of records either, I have a meager 2 shelves at this point and a subpar portable Crosley record player. Nothing to brag about, certainly shameful in the eyes of diehard audiophiles. I digress. I was re-alphabetizing (I did not put my records in autobiographical order) and decided to spin The Turtles’ Golden Hits, the first volume of their greatest. I decided to start on side B because I really wanted to hear this track. I’m going to go ahead and put it out there, I find the Turtles version of this song to be superior to Dylan’s. I like Bob Dylan, I really do. While Dylan’s original is beautifully simplistic, the Turtles turn it into a pretty rockin’ tune accompanied by those killer harmonies Mark Vollman (Flo) and Howard Kaylan (Eddie) are known for.
After dissolution of the band, Flo & Eddie went on to be contributing members to a number of bands as session musicians (backing vocals on Bang A Gong by T.Rex, just found that out. Thanks Wikipedia!) but garnered much attention for their contribution to Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, even appearing in his weird ass film 200 Motels (which is totally available to watch on Instant Netflix). Flo & Eddie may not be Bob Dylan, but they’re pretty legendary in their own rights. - a
Third show from this tour that I have heard, the others being a bootleg of the Boston show w/ Bianca & the official Philly '76 release.
This one is fun and different because Flo & Eddie come out for a pretty fun encore ofRudy Wants To Buy Yez A Drink, Would You Go All The Way?, Daddy Daddy Daddy, What Kind Of Girl?, Dinah-Moe Humm, Stranded In The Jungle, Camarillo Brillo, & Muffin Man.
Flo & Eddie Meet The Wolfman. Promo 7" with booklet and sticker. Wolfman Jack interviews Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (The Crossfires, The Turtles, Frank Zappa’s Mothers, The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie). This was released to promote their second, self titled, album. Their third album, Illegal, Immoral, and Fattening, is one of the funniest rock records ever made. I would rank it with The Bonzo Dog Band and Tenacious D. It’s that funny, though definitely not for everyone. It’s very politically incorrect.
Checkpoint Charlie. Eponymous (pseudonymous) 12" EP. Checkpoint Charlie was really Flo & Eddie, who were really Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan of The Turtles and Frank Zappa’s Mothers. It plays from the inner grooves to the outer edge, rather than the normal outer to inner.
On this day in music history: November 29, 1980 - “Autoamerican”, the fifth studio album by Blondie is released. Produced by Mike Chapman, it is recorded at United/Western Studios in Hollywood, CA from Summer - Fall 1980. Following the musically diverse “Eat To The Beat” released thirteen months before, Blondie looks to push their musical and creative boundaries even further beyond its punk and new wave roots. Their fifth release will explore various musical genres including rock, funk, jazz, blues and rap. Producer Mike Chapman will insist on a change of locale, with the band pulling up stakes from their New York City base and recording in Southern California. The album features a number of guest musicians including Howard Kaylan & Mark Volman (aka “Flo & Eddie”) (backing vocals), Tom Scott (saxophone), Ray Brown (bass), Wah Wah Watson (guitar), Ollie Brown, Alex Acuña (percussion), and Jimmie Haskell (horn and string arranger). It will spin off two singles, including a cover of The Paragons reggae classic “The Tide Is High” (#1 Pop) and the Hip Hop influenced “Rapture” (#1 Pop, #33 R&B). The album is remastered and reissued on CD twice. The first reissue in 1994 features the extended mixes of “Rapture” and “Live It Up”, and the 2001 reissue again include the extended mix of “Rapture” along with the full soundtrack album mix of “Call Me” and “Suzy & Jeffrey” (the non-LP B-side of “The Tide Is High”). “Autoamerican” peaks at number seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.