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:

 

 


BLUEJEAN-JENNY, Rumpelstilzchen-Boogie, 1958

rondo-1110brondo-1101aRumpelstilzchen-Boogie is a German cover version of Lou Monte´s Someone Else Is Taking You Home. The German lyrics, written by Klaus Doll and Nicolaus Hix, are completely unrelated to the original and were probably made to fit the kiddie rock´n´roll concept.

The Berlin ultra-budget flexi-label Rondo took over both sides from the Austrian Harmona 3-D label. Changing the pseudonym from Bluejean-Jenny to Susanne, the sides were also released in Austria by Schallplattengilde Gutenberg. Discogs and various German collector-sites accredit both releases to Susanne Adorjan, most likely because she was the only Susanne in the roster of both labels.

Rumpelstiltskin-Boogie…

BLUEJEAN-JENNY, Rumpelstilzchen-Boogie

Bluejean Cinderella was originally recorded by the The Peewees (a group of kids!) for Josie Records.  German lyrics were written by Horst de Gray and  Tambour, who also wrote similar teenage material in 1958 for Austrian Rocker Robert Benett (“Das freu´t mich so” (Jive after Five – Carl Perkins), “Insgeheim” (Secretly -Jimmie Rogers) and “Total Verrückt” (All Shook Up – Elvis).

 BLUEJEAN-JENNY, Bluejean Cinderella

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Berlin Beatet Bestes zu Gast bei Hidden Tracks

hd-bbbGleich von 22 bis 23 Uhr bin ich zum zweiten Mal Studiogast bei Kai Bempreikszs Hidden Tracks auf Byte FM. Wir quatschen über seltsame deutsche Platten und hören uns die Berlin Beatet Bestes “Top-Hits” des vergangenen Jahrs an.

Ab 22 Uhr zu hören bei Byte FM hier.

 


PICTURESQUE BELGIUM

picturesque-belgium-frontpicturesque-belgium-backBye Bye Brussels! I´m returning to Berlin after 10 Days in the city together with the staff of Jungle World. Our “Belgium Issue” will hit the newsstands next Thursday.

Rescued a bunch of “Discocarte”- postcard records on the Marolles flea market last Sunday, shortly before I saw the rest of the box getting destroyed in the  rain. Kinda sad, kinda not. Most people who´ve never seen a postcard record, seem to like the idea. Like an E-mail with a picture and an MP3 attached. Only much cooler!

Until they hear the music …

Liechtensteiner Polka

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The small scanner is not in the picture, but you can see me digitizing postcard records at our house in Brussels with my portable record player:

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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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