VARIOUS ARTISTS – The Incredibly Strange Record Club

Album: The Incredibly Strange Record Club

Artist: Various Artists

Label: Cherry Red

Release Date: October 28, 2014

Incredibly Strange 10-28

www.cherryred.co.uk

BY TIM HINELY

As it says on the cover, “Inspired by The Cramps crazy collection, Volume one: fungus, stockings, torture, beatniks, robots and nonsense.”  So with all of that I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but this is ….well, amazing. For those that can appreciate oddball music, made by folks who perhaps had a few, this record is full of them. 26 songs in all. It’s Thanksgiving morning and right now I’m cranking this and getting odd looks.

Tommy Blake offers up “F-olding Money” while Tommy Wills and his Twisting Tomcats tell you to “Aw Shucks Go on Twist.” And Hugh Barrett and the Victors do “Fungus Among Us” to the tune of “Splish Splash.” Next Halloween play The Webs “Lost (cricket in my ear)” and scare the kids and at your next doo wop party crank the living daylights out of The Chips “Rubber Biscuit.” There’s also beautifully strange cuts from The Boss-Tones, The Antwinettes, The Jet Streams, Horace Heller, Big Jox Orchestra and many more. If you want to impress the neighbors walk around the ‘hood with this sticking out of your back pocket.  They’ll make you president of the homeowners association. Honest.

DOWNLOAD: “F-olding Money,” “”Fungus Among Us,” “Aw Shucks Go On Twist,” “Mumbles,” “Robot Man”

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