For Octoberfest, two versions of “In Heaven There Is No Beer” (sometimes known as “No Beer In Heaven”) from records I’ve culled. For a time I bought any record that had this song in it in an attempt to find a particularly loopy version I heard more than a decade ago on tourist radio as I was driving through Drumheller, Alberta. It was a spirited version with interjections in several languages (“Ja ja ja ja”, “Oui oui oui oui”) between the choruses. I still wish I could find that version.
You may recall that several years ago I listened to all 4000+ LPs in my record collection and culled about 700 of them. This year, before moving to my swank executive condo, I had another culling. There was no time to listen to everything – at best I could sample a few records that I was on the fence about. I was swift and ruthless – in three weeks I accomplished what took three years the first time. In the end I culled about 1100 LPs – some of them I sold in my garage sale but most of them went to Goodwill (check them out at the Goodbooks store in Old Strathcona).
Some records had one or two amusing tracks on them but didn’t merit keeping. I recorded a few of these cuts to share with you here:
Alfred Hause: Popcorn
Gershon Kingsley’s early Moog synthesizer hit (made famous by Hot Butter) is given a tango makeover. The LP also has a tango version of Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind”.
Donn Reynolds: Indian Love Call
“King of the Yodellers.” On Arc records (Oops, I neglected to scan the cover).
Red McCoy: Rock and Roll Atom
A rockabilly science lesson. Read about Red McCoy here.
The Versatiles: I’m Coming Home
An original murder song by a trio of blind musicians from Edmonton, Canada. Another record cover I neglected to scan – I think it had a stock shot of mountains.
Nino Baron: Canada
Canada’s centennial year theme song, written by Bobby (“The Pied Piper”) Gimby. Nino loses the plot at around 26 seconds but recovers. From the French liner notes I glean that Nino was from Yugoslavia and his Gulbransen organ was worth $15,000.
Otto Blihovde: Lutefisk
Norwegian-born Wisconsin singer/button accordion player Otto Blihovde was 75 when he made this record. It’s on the Polka City label.