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January 26, 2006 9:41 AM   Subscribe

Terminally Weird But Godly Right by Gary S. Paxton. (info and bio) With abortion politics in the news, enjoy The Big "A" = The Big "M" in both mp3 and very recommended animated video format.
posted by Peter H (15 comments total)
The Christian God has killed far more fetuses than we could ever hope to.
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Awesome at 9:58 AM on January 26, 2006

See also; more
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Awesome at 10:03 AM on January 26, 2006

Thanks, Peter H.

Countdown till animation is stolen and rebranded by eBaum's World...
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 10:19 AM on January 26, 2006

I love the scary angel things in the SomethingAwful heaven.
posted by agropyron at 10:30 AM on January 26, 2006

I've already loved this record for a while, since (I think) The Record Robot The Record Robot featured it a while back.

A couple of other good hook-ups for weird and wonderful nonsense like this :

Music For Maniacs

Crud Crud

posted by coach_mcguirk at 11:49 AM on January 26, 2006

Is this the same Gary Paxton who recorded "Alley Oop" in the early sixties?
posted by rdone at 11:58 AM on January 26, 2006

Answer: Yes. But There's More!

Paxton produced, released and was a backing musician on Bobby "Boris" Pickett's eternal smash "The Monster Mash."

Weird story ... Born and raised in Somerville, Massachusetts, after graduating from high school and fulfilling his military service, Bobby Pickett decided to relocated to Los Angeles. Although his prime interest was in becoming an actor, Pickett found time to join a number of singing groups including The Stompers and The Cordials. As a member of The Cordials he eventually working his knack for vocal impersonations into the group's lounge act.

A chance encounter with writer/producer/Garpax Records owner Gary S. Paxton (who'd also enjoyed success as a member of The Hollywood Argyles), led to a conversation that somehow tied the popularity of various dance crazes and monster movies (Pickett being a long standing fan of the genre). Convinced he could make money cashing in on the twin crazes, Pickett wasted no time co-writing a song with friend Leonard Capizzi. Literally blending Dee Dee Sharp's "Mashed Potato Time" with a hip and ghoulish lyric, "Monster Mash" proved irresistable. Paxton quickly rushed Pickett into the studio to cut the song. Back by The Crypt Kickers (ex Ronnny & the Daytonas Johnny MacRae, former The Bermudas Rickie Page, Leon Russell and Paxton himself, they completed the track within a matter of hours. Released nationally to take advantage of the forthcoming Halloween, within a matter of weeks the single ("Monster Mash" b/w "Monster Mash Party" Garpax catalog number 44167), had topped the American singles chart.

posted by rdone at 12:12 PM on January 26, 2006

posted by jenovus at 3:26 PM on January 26, 2006

Side note: Gary S. Paxton mentored and produced albums for Tammy Faye Bakker during the late 70s. He was a frequent guest on Jim Bakker's "PTL Club" TV show, and he and Tammy Faye became close friends. Emotional but platonic, from all accounts.

Spent some time down there in the early 80s, so I know more than I want to. :)
posted by The Deej at 3:40 PM on January 26, 2006

Hey rdone, Thank for posting all that. I had no idea. Got me looking around for a bit. Had fun with Gary today.

Here's a nice little postscript!

The Deej Thank you for that as well - Have you seen "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"? It's great, especially the more you know about those satellite televangelist empires.
posted by Peter H at 6:58 PM on January 26, 2006

December 28th:

Today, my mother killed me.

Whyyyyy did you kill me, Mommyyyyy
When Gooood made me special for yoooou
I really wanted to seeee yoooou
and put my little aaaaarrms around yoooou

I'd knock Lil Markie for ending three lines in a row with "you", but I guess he was pretty new at that songwriting stuff. It's like Elliot Smith all over again.
posted by cortex at 7:56 PM on January 26, 2006

Peter H-
Yes, I own The Eyes of Tammy Faye. (The movie, not the actual eyes.) I thought it was really well done. I am not a "fan," but can say that Tammy Faye is actually much more likable in person than on TV. Jim Bakker was pretty aloof and insulated from the masses. And, geez, all that other stuff going on...

I had a good amount of behind-the-scenes access from about '80-'82, and what I saw convinced me to leave.
posted by The Deej at 8:53 PM on January 26, 2006

Damn ....Well, I'm genuinely interested! Elaborate?

And yes, my girlfriend and I became very protective of Tammy Faye watching the film. You do sense that she's a genuinely innocent, good person. And anyone with puppets, you know, is okay in any book with me. ....And for her to be one of the first people, religious or otherwise, to acknowledge AIDS as a human problem in the 80s on a national show was pretty damn cool.

But please, what stories do you have? What were you doing around there around that time?
posted by Peter H at 9:04 PM on January 26, 2006

Peter H
True points about Tammy... I'll send you some of my saga to the e-mail in your profile, as we are now seriously off topic. :)
posted by The Deej at 10:35 AM on January 27, 2006

YES, Please Do! Thanks. Look forward to hearing from you.
posted by Peter H at 10:57 AM on January 27, 2006

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