> I hear ya. I've got a mishmash of music (I
> dare not say the "d"
> word...do_nloads) But I picked that up from
> my dad. He had everything from Mozart to
> Shastakovitch, to Johnny Mathis to Spike
> Jones. Did you ever hear him? He was nuts.
> I found out from my younger sister that he
> had bought an AC/DC album the year he died
> (72 yrs old). So I got my tastes largely
> from him, though I never listen to such
> I'm more of a Beatles to Freddy and the
> Dreamers, Nat King Cole to James Brown type.
> What do you listen to the most? Which era?
> 60's, 70's, 80's, etc.?
> Please check out the link all the way at the
> bottom, but first read this excerpt from a
> different link:
> "Musical Depreciation Revue, another
> success from the Rhino Records crew, makes
> for a great introduction to the maddeningly
> wonderful work of Jones and his various
> crews of City Slickers.
> All the legendary jaw-droppers and
> head-scratchers are here -- "Der
> Fuehrer's Face," "All I Want for
> Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth),"
> "Cocktails for Two," the manifold
> classical parodies -- plus plenty of odder
> and less-known efforts. There's even a true
> lost number, "By the Beautiful
> Sea," which in a precursor of the
> "obscene or not?" lyric wars of
> later generations was withdrawn because the
> line "then up for air" was heard
> as "then up her ass."
> Rhino's remastering job does the best it can
> with the original source discs and generally
> succeeds quite well, while a slew of photos
> and notes (from a perfect one-two team of
> Cub Koda and Dr. Demento) gives plenty of
> interesting background detail. They also
> make a really good case for Jones and his
> crew being the unheralded forebears to
> George Clinton and the Parliament/Funkadelic
> empire. It may sound strange, but consider:
> a core central personality who acts more as
> conductor and ringleader than individual
> performer, a rotating lineup adjusting and
> trying out different things over the years,
> and an emphasis on musical ability and nutty
> humor in equal measures.
> Jones may never have tried for the
> mothership, but in his own way he found his
> groove, and given all the non-musical noises
> he turned into music, who's to say he didn't
> help invent sample-based music as