THE GRADUATES, L.O.V.E & Bachelor Party

Found this one-sided promotional flexi disc for Triumph´s Blues – Disco Bras in Bruxelles last year.  No information about the origin of the Graduates, but from the accent of DJ John Bright who introduces the group, I´d guess they´re from South Africa.

Two funky tunes advertizing for bras. Disco bras….

 

THE GRADUATES, L.O.V.E. & Bachelor Party

 

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JINGLE JUMPERS, Jumpin´ The Jingle, 1965

jingle-jumpers-frontjingle-jumpers-backexp-4422-vogexp-4423-vogThis EP promoted the Jingle Jump toy in France. Dansez Le Jingle Jump is a cover version of  Jingle Jump bei Danny Peil and the Tigers/Apollos.

When I first listened to this EP, I immediately thought: This does not sound like a budget-group doing a half-assed promo song, but an established rock´n´roll band. I listened to it again and again. Finally it hit me: I know this voice!  It sounds like Eddy Mitchell!

I found reference to the record in the book La belle histoire des groupes de rock français des années 60 by Jean Chalvidant and Hervé Mouvet published in 2001:  In 1962, Eddy Mitchell broke up with Chausettes Noires and went solo in 1963. In 1964 he briefly got together with Les Fantômes and recorded these four beat tunes…

JINGLE JUMPERS, La lecon de jingle jump, 1965

JINGLE JUMPERS, Jumpin´ the jingle, 1965

JINGLE JUMPERS, Dansez le jingle, 1965

JINGLE JUMPERS, Jingle jump champions, 1965

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THE TIGERS, Flip Side,1964

loud-smash-hit-recordits-a-cool-inside-soundjingle-jumpflipsideThis record has been postes by various blogs over the years and you can easily find it on youtube. Kinda boring to post it here, I know. But it ties-in with my next record, that also promoted the Jingle Jump toy.

Like the Hoola Hoop in 1958, the Jingle Jump was a rock´n´roll toy for children. It was manufactured in Milwaukee, Wiskonsin, also the home of the Raynard label that put out this promotional record by local rock´n´roll group Danny Peil & the Tigers (also known as Danny Peil & The Apollos).

The flip is a nice, overamplified instrumental rocker. Kinda undeservingly simply called Flip Side…

THE TIGERS, Flip Side,1964

DANNY PEIL AND THE TIGERS, Jingle Jump, 1964

Television commercial for the Jingle Jump toy:

 

 


PAUL DORIS AND PAULA SMITH WITH JACK SAY´S ORCHESTRA, Hey! Paula, 1963

e-32-be-32-aOne last item that involved the king of the Belgian Budgets, Jack Say. While visiting Brussels and posting from here, I would have preferred to post a record that involved the Atomium, but that´s rather hard to come by. And probably quite expensive. This one was only 1 Euro and at least has the word EXPO in it. Expo, as in Expo 58 when the Atomium was built.

The Expo label was used to promote bread. Funny, how they re-interpreted the title to Paul & Paula´s hit song and gave them last names.

The anonymous duo tried to be faithful to the original, though. As the label notes: “with Jack SAY´s orchestra”….

PAUL DORIS AND PAULA SMITH WITH JACK SAY´S ORCHESTRA, Hey! Paula, 1963

CONRAD MEYER MIT ORCHESTER UND CHOR, Blume von Tahiti, 1963


SUSKE & WISKE, De Regendag, 1978

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It´s been raining quite a bit here in Brussels over the past days, so here´s a record about “A Rainy Day”. Suske & Wiske is one of the most famous and successful Belgian comics series. Since its creation in 1945, it sold 145 million copies. This promotional multi-media item for kids, produced for German food brand Knorr,  is a good example of Belgian multilingualism. Side A is in Flemish and side B is in French. The four-page comic insert also has speech balloons in both languages, so you can read along while you listen to the record.

If this very thin Flexi-Disc only contained spoken word adventures of Suske & Wiske, I wouln´t have recorded them. Instead, there´s a funny little tune mixed into the story. Kinda power-pop meets nerve-racking noise…

SUSKE & WISKE, De Regendag, 1978

BOB & BOBETTE, La Pluie, 1978

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JOY UNLIMITED, Der Top-Hit von Topset, 1974

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A krautrocker´s chocolate bar? The Topset chocolate bar seems to have vanished from the market quickly, at least I can not remember it and I was 8 years old in 1974, a perfect customer for chocolate bars. I guess I was more into Kinderschokolade.

Here´s the Mannheim krautrockers Joy Unlimited, minus the vocalist they named themselves after – Joy Fleming, the inventor of German Soul singing.

I posted another promotional 45 by Joy Unlimited in 2008.

“Was heisst´n das, groovy?”

“Topset ist groovy!”

JOY UNLIMITED, Das neue Topset, 1974

JOY UNLIMITED, Qua Qua Pa Pa Qua, 1974

Nice water color drawing here on the sleeve, but with a classic “mistake” by the artist. Whenever I have drawn guitars like this, the musicians complained: ” That´s wrong! Why do the guitars have no strings?”

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Ein neuer Schlager… , 1961

diolen-frontdiolen-backdiolen-seite-1diolen-seite-2A couple of years ago, I posted a song celebrating the advantages of polyester. While the 4 Cravattos were praising Trevira, this 2-sided flexible record is promoting Diolen. Back then I wrote: ” Today trying to find synthetic clothes from the 1950s is much harder than finding flexible vinyl advertisement records from the same time.”

While that still is right,  don´t get the wrong idea. These promotional flexis are still mostly worthless, because there is no market for them.  Still, I bet some idiot will offer a copy on ebay soon – for 20 Euros. Of course nobody ever buys these flexi discs for 20 Euros. There´s only a handful collectors of flexis. I´m one of them and I never pay more than 1 Euro.

When will they ever learn,

that records like this one belong in the free-box….

Ein neuer Schlager…

…die neue Krawatte aus Diolen mit vielen Vorzügen und einer großen Spezial-Werbung

 

 


TRIO SORRENTO, Geh´n Sie doch… , 1963

zum-tanz-mit-dem-trio-sorrentoT-74253-1T-74253-2Trio Sorrento was a fixture in the Berlin music scene from the 50s to the 70s. While less prolific than fellow Berlin trio 3 Travellers, they still managed to record a bunch of records for Ariola, CBS, Fontana, Elite Special  and budgets like Baccarola and Opera.

Among them, this promotional record for local supermarket chain Butter Beck, issued to celebrate the company´s 75th anniversary. Initially established in 1888 as a butter-shop by Oskar Beck, the company went out of business in 2004, and was sold to local rival Kaiser´s.

In 2006, a retro-Butter Beck toy truck was issued by the German toy manufacturer Wiking. A toy and this happy, swingin´ little tune seem to be the only things that commemorate the company today. An Internet search will probably turn out this post, just because I mentioned Butter Beck a bunch of times.

Butter Beck, Butter Beck, Butter Beck….

TRIO SORRENTO, Geh´n Sie doch… , 1963

TRIO SORRENTO, Hello Mary Lou, 1963

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