From Sweden, the land of smoked fish, thinly-sliced cheese and moody existential drama comes this collection of incredibly strange love songs. Thrill to the bossa-nova-styled breakup ballad “Det finns ingenting att hämta (There’s Nothing Left to Save)” and swoon to “April, April,” an ode to springtime in which Siw Malmkvist sings of being “infected with the love germ.” Later on, explore the finer points of lust with Johnny and Lillemor, have a drink or two with Towa Carson and Lasse Lönndal, and enjoy a melancholy train ride home with Åke Sandin.
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I found the clip on YouTube below a few months ago and couldn’t get it out of my head! Here it is in all its 45-rpm single glory.
Who’s up for a nine-piece Christian 80s power-rock ensemble?
Fun facts about The Channels:
From Northport, Long Island, it’s… Marie and the Vagabonds! Marie is the “self-imposed” leader of the group, rocking hard on Hammond Organ and a voice rich in “quality and emotion.” Brother Joey’s “unique” style, “greatly influenced by Elvis Presley,” “conquers ballads or rock.” Together, they’re a “rare musical experience”! But don’t forget cousin Johnny, who contribues no less than 25% of the group’s charisma. He always “generates excitement”! If you have ever wondered what a drunken regrettable hook-up in a suburban Long Island cocktail lounge in the nineteen-seventies would be like, this is the album for you!
I honestly cannot think of anything snarky to say about this album– any joke I might crack would pale in comparison to the sheer horror of it all. The track below starts out fairly mild, but give it a few and I guarantee it won’t disappoint.
Oy, you want I should tell you about this record? You should be so lucky!
Based on Dan Greenburg’s book of the same name, this record enacts some of the finer points of being a Jewish Mother (at least during the Nixon era). Gertrude Berg, star of radio and television, supplies the Jewish Mother part.The Jewish Mother’s Guide to Food Distribution Still pretty funny and spot-on today, it will make you alternately laugh and cringe… just like your real mother does.