Hey there..you may be bored reading the same old bin column from a few years back..but honest..one of these days I am going to put up all my great crazy record review columns if I can get at an email or two demanding that I post them here..are you interested? Lemme Know -Z 2007
Label: Design Records
Purchased from : Goodwill (Akron, Ohio)
Artist: The Batboys
Year of Release : 1968?
Writer: Michael Devine
The Scene of
the Crime: A middle-class suburban home in the summer of 1968.
Its a sunny Saturday afternoon and Mom and Dad return
from the local Krogers with the weekly supply of foodstuffs.
young man , we found you a very special surprise at the grocery
Unsuspecting Lad: Gee, Mom, what is it? Huh? What is it?
Dad: Its that Batman record you have been
bugging us about all month. Now, dont play it too loud.
Mom: (Pulling the album out of large brown bag)
Here you go, you little scalawag!
Salivating Youngster: Wow! Cool! Thanks! ...Hey, thats
funny, it doesnt look like the Batman record I saw in
the music store!
Dad: Aw, Batman, Schmatman! Theyre all the same.
youth trots his new album to his room, rips
open the plastic wrap and looks at the label.
Man, I never heard of these songs:
Mighty Mayhem, Cheatin Charlie,
The Uppercut Blues?
Oh well, heres the Batman theme, Ill play that one
Echh! ...this doesnt sound anything like the one on TV.
Wheres the guitar? Wheres the singers going Nah-Nah
Nah-Nah Nah-Nah Nah-Nah? Its just some guys and
a roller rink organ! P.U.! Gee...Every song on here stinks!
record by The Batboys, is then placed in the special box
under his bed with his old kiddie records.
It is then taken to the Goodwill some 30+ years later, priced
at 60 cents where it awaited the next chump.
Title: Jan and Dean Meet Batman
Label: Liberty Records
Purchased from: Gift from Gerry Tonti
Price: I had to play it on the radio
Artist: Jan and Dean
Year of Release : 1966
Writer: Michael Devine
After ingesting this feeble attempt, I cannot determine if this
is pre-accident Jan and Dean. This is clearly a
case of bad ideas surrounded by yes men and a huge budget. The
concept of the album is that Jan and Dean are transformed into
a fun-loving, yet inept duo of superheroes by their studio engineer
when he accidentally crossed wires on the recording console
during The Little Old Lady from Pasadena. The little
old lady appears and calls on the newly christened Captain
Jan and Dean, the Boy Blunder for help. She explains that
she will contact them via a chocolate chip cookie signal reciever.
I would like to cease reviewing the storyline of this Batman
inspired concept album to state that it becomes even more juvenile
and less entertaining. Its roams in that area between
absurd and embarrassing. The perfect example is that first few
seconds of consciousness after a deep REM sleep. You are disoriented
and your brain is trying to sift through a network of information
and scenarios that made perfect sense only moments ago. This
album captures that comatose muddle.
In an effort to make things less deranged, studio engineers
edited in tiny bits of real songs and an avalanche of sound
effects. The graphics department was handed a large budget to
produce the slick color glossy cover. Licensing was cleared
to fully unite ABC-TVs Batman TV show and
Liberty records. In fact, the back cover is nothing more than
a overtly detailed history of Batman and a plug
for the television show. They pop in the Neal Hefti, Batman
Theme to try to appease the audience.
But, unlike Batman, all these do-gooders cannot
save the day. The album is the nadir of Batman knock-offs.