Vinyl Dynamite #65
Today's Vinyl Dynamite selections: Pufnstuf, the movie soundtrack, The Harrad Experiment featuring the vocal stylings of Don Johnson, and a Starland Vocal Band record.
"Different" by Mama Cass
"Zap the World"
"If I Could"
I've never actually seen The Harrad Experiment, so I guess I can't judge. But it seems like a self-important mess trying to be controversial. It's about sexual experiments at a university where students are encouraged to "try things"
One of those students happens to be Don Johnson, who, unfortunately, sings a couple songs on this LP. They're awful.
"It's Not Over" by Don Johnson
"A Bird in the Hand" - a pretty groovy instrumental
Everyone knows and loves that cheesy, yet oh-so-graphically-sexual "Afternoon Delight"... but how many of you have actually sat down and given an entire record by the Starland Vocal Band a whirl?
"Afternoon Delight" was such a hit, it spawned their own variety show (featuring David Letterman), but their follow up LP was an abysmal failure. This record, 4X4, released in late 1979, didn't perform much better and would be their last (save a Christmas album), and the Danoffs would divorce a year after this record.
Turns out, the record isn't too bad. For some reason, they're terrible when trying to sound like meaningful folk artists, but excel when they get dirty - "Love Stuff" is a respectably good pop song.
"Love, I Thought I Would Never Find Love"
The album cover is autographed by someone named "Price" (who has quite the fancy signature) - the trouble is, no one in the band has that name. So, no idea what that autograph is all about.