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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bar/None Records
  • ASIN: B000087DRX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Do You Know The Difference Between Big Wood And Brush - Gary Roberts & The Satellites
2. Rat A Tat Tat, America - Dick Kent
3. I Like Yellow Things - Bobbi Blake
4. I'm Just The Other Woman (remake) - The MSR Singers
5. Human Breakdown Of Absurdity - Norm Burns & Singers
6. Maker Of Smooth Music - Dick Kent
7. Beat Of The Traps - Rod & The MSR Singers
8. Richard Nixon - Rod & The MSR Singers
9. Jimmy Carter Says "Yes" - Gene Marshall
10. Convertibles and Headbands - The Music Magicians
11. How Long Are You Staying - Bill Joy
12. Little Rug Bug - Rod Rogers with The "Swinging Strings"
13. I Lost My Girl To An Argentinian Cowboy - unidentified
14. City's Hospital Patients - Teri Summers & The Librettos
15. Ecstacy [sic] To Frenzy - Rodd Keith
16. All You Need Is A Fertile Mind - Gene Marshall
17. The Moon Men - John Muir
18. The Palace Roses - Todd Andrews
19. Gretchen's New Dish - Dick Kent
20. How Can A Man Overcome His Heartbroken Pain - Rodd Keith
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Like the Langley Schools Music Project reissue, The American Song-Poem Anthology captures a fascinating, if unessential, moment in modern music making. Back in the '60s and '70s, ads in the back of magazines beckoned readers to submit their very own "song-poems," original ditties of often dubious quality. Hopeful songwriters were then given an offer they (thankfully) couldn't refuse: for a few hundred bucks, creative session musicians would do their best to use the public's lyrics and churn out an actual, honest-to-goodness recorded album that they could cherish forever. Some of the finest recorded results--not counting those still awaiting to be discovered in thrift store dime bins--can be found on this often surreal disc. Who can complain about the aptly-titled "Do You Know the Difference Between Big Wood and Brush"? Who can't relate to a song like "I Lost My Girl to An Argentinean Cowboy"? Well, lot's of people. But that's beside the point. It's hard not to love these songs--some patriotic, some romantic, most just plain bizarre--that enterprising young musicians did their best to spice up in any number of different genres (country, funk, disco, and, of course, rock). The songs made by Rodd Keith are particularly genius, but fans of novelty music will be hard-pressed to fault any of these 28 oddball cuts. --Jason Verlinde

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So, if you want to know the difference between big wood and brush, buy this CD.
Peter M. Cummings
Song poem music is a sure cure for when you feel stifled by the creativeless creativity and humorless humor of the corporate media.
smurdge
In a perfect world, the most popular radio station on earth would play such fare in perpetuity.
ge

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jim Basehor on July 12, 2003
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I'd argue that this is the greatest album in the world. It divides listeners into two camps - they either love it or hate it, and make up their minds very quickly. Those who hate it have serious psychological problems and lack a sense of humor. They're the kind of people who are no fun to be around. The rest of us know who we are, and we know the difference between big wood and brush.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ge on September 25, 2003
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in nearly every cut.

In a perfect world, the most

popular radio station on earth

would play such fare in perpetuity.

Tears of joy will flow, control of

bladder will be lost, guaranteed,

THIS is Entertainment!

"There's both more genius and insanity in America than

anywhere else," remarked a gifted young man to me on his way to

enjoy his Prix de Rome some 30 years ago... and this priceless

document proves it
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By paul costello on March 4, 2003
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You will get a good laugh the first few times you listen through the 20 some songs on this cd, but soon you will be infected by these amazing, bizarre, never-ment-for-the-public pop songs.
I can't stop humming "extacy to frenzy", "Jimmy Carter says yes" is one of the finest political song ever, and it's time to consider playing "Rat-a-tat-tat America" before any sporting event.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By uthungus on May 18, 2005
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Although I usually don't write customer reviews on material lots of others already covered I just couldn't resist on this collection! It seems that in the world of "novelty" there are three basic categories, IMO and each is definitely represented here.

First are the "duds". By definition, either a song so bad overall you just can't stand to listen to it. In this a subcategory - also ones that start out "cute, funny or whimsical" the first time you hear them and are TOTALLY ANNOYING any time after that!

The next are "limited shelf life" tunes that can't help sounding bad now, but they just reflect a bygone era! Here we have "Rat A Tat Tat, America" (about the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration), "Richard Nixon", "Jimmy Carter Says Yes", and one of the Disco tunes "How Long Are You Staying" among a few others.

Then there are the catchy ones! Either so bad they're good, great beat and decent lyrics or (pretty much great beat, weird lyrics as in most here!) Those to me are the most fun and make up for a "risky" purchase of something like this! Tops on my own list are the following:

"I like Yellow Things" - Bobbi Blake! I once saw an early appearance of Gloria Loring on Ed Sullivan where she was a young girl with cascading blond hair and dressed in flower child garb! Although I forget what song she actually sung, I kind of envision this type of a song coming out of her, since this is the type of material she went on to do (remember "Facts of Life" theme and "Friends and Lovers" in the 80s)?!

Groovy beat, weird lyrics faves of mine are "Human Absurdity", "Little Rug Bug", "City's Hospital Patients" and "Convertibles and Headbands". When songs put a funny visual in your head you know you've got something!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By smurdge on August 6, 2003
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Song poem music is a sure cure for when you feel stifled by the creativeless creativity and humorless humor of the corporate media. There's some real musical brilliance here, and I've heard few things in my life more hysterical than the title song, or "Song of the Burmese Land," "Gretchen's New Dish", "The Palace Roses", or the Burl Ives imitation on "Green Fingernails". Like Homer Price with the doughnut song, you WILL walk around helplessly singing "Jimmy Carter Says Yes". Once you hear it, there's no escape.
Not surprisingly, the musical genius here is Rodd Keith, with the beautiful Brian Wilson-ish falsetto descent to a major 7th on "From Ecstacy to Frenzy" or the absolutely swingin' "Run Spook Run", (Dan Hicks should do this one), spoken in a kind of Milton-the Monster type accent. And the way he intones "God in His infinite wisdom placed Richard Nixon on this earth" is priceless. This collection leans a little more "funny" but overall less musically stunning than the Keith collection "I Died Today" on Tzadik, so you should probably get both.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cletus J. "Bubba" Huckabee Jr. on January 2, 2005
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Now if you ask me, and quite a respectable number of singing poets have over the years, then this here album is the firecracker to get your parade started down the avenue of life. If you don't know what I mean, then do yourself a favor and buy this here CD and play the third, eighth, and 20th tracks over and a\over again until you see the light. This here CD is a hoot to hear and a soul searching alternative to all that empty, meaningless, machine-made pop nonsense they got on the radio these days.

Back in the day when me and Mama were still courtin', we'd turn on the radio (I usually listened to "The Hayseed" back then) and hear songs of this type all the time on the AM dial because this is what folk were singing and listening to back then . Now you might commence to thinking, and you would be excused for doing so, that the back-of-the-magazine song poem deal is kind of special and noteworthy because the robot-generated text above rattles on and on about it as if it had some kind of merit when listening to this here music, but truth be node it don't.

Yes indeed, if you want to flog a dead horse and rant on and on about the fact that this here music was composed by regular saps like you and me and put to music in some questionable studio in a strip mall in suburbia by cheesy session musicians... then I'll grant you that point, but you're missing the point if that is all you see (and hear). See, this stuff is real. This stuff is from the soul (down near the spleen) and is full of the richness of life what pop artists can't get near because they are all coated in plastic and airbrushed to blemish-free perfection. That reminds me of the time Mama commenced to have that wart removed from the side of her nose.
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