LOOK WHAT I HAVE FOUND - The Weirdest Collection 2
16 of the weirdest tunes extracted from 10 of the first 70 volumes

sample of the sleeve

In The Trashcan Records       GARBAGE-X9
"It's impossible to equal the weirdness of The Weird Collection, but this sampler must be crazier, you must agree: Zombies, Ghostriders, Superman, James Bomb,... Ever seen a compilation with all these critters gathered around a pile of long forgotten 45s?"

1. The Jokers: Batman theme
From vol 66 "Can't Stop Now"
And here are The Jokers, amongst the finest bands ever to emerge from the Antwerp 60s scene. This time with a fantastic fast rendition of the Batman theme (also recorded in 1966) including a frantic organ and fuzz guitars. The most recognizable sound of the Jokers however is the drum beat!
9. King Flash: Zombie jamboree
From vol 65 "Zombie Kartin' Is Taboo"
Originally known as “Jumbie Jamberee”, a Trinidad calypso tune from 1953, this 1957 "Zombie Jamboree" is about ghosts called jumbies dancing in a cemetery “back to back, belly to belly”. Harry Belafonte regularly performed the song and even Bob Marley and the Wailers issued a reggae version ("Jumbie Jamboree"). Later it was used by Spike Lee and others. It’s one of the craziest tunes to dance to on your local Tiki Halloween party.

2. The Outlaws: Ambush
From vol 65 "Zombie Kartin' Is Taboo"
Don’t run, don’t hide; it’s not real bullets you hear at the intro… I’ve never heard a bad song by The Outlaws (these Outlaws I mean). Ambush is wild ‘cowboys against Indians” entertainment for 2’23” full of guitar madness.

10. Pete Bennett & The Embers: Fever
From vol 56 "Fall Out"
One of my all time fave songs is “Fever” (I collect every version). This is a great swinging instrumental version of the Little Willie John classic mixed with the Mar-Keys’ “Last night”. Two years earlier they had one other 45 “Bunny hop/Tarantella” on Cupid in 1959.

3. The Shadows: Maroc 7
From vol 59 "Carnaby Street"
Don’t stop here! The Shadows have recorded some amazing tracks in the late 60s! Including this one from 1967; I have picked the flip “Bombay duck”  for vol 60. Taken from the James Bondish motion picture “Maroc 7” featuring Cyd Charisse and set in Morocco.
11. The Fontane Sisters: Daddy-o
From vol 56 "Fall Out"
Being the sexier version of The Andrews Sisters their careers started with RCA in 1951. In 1954 they switched to Pat Boone’s Dot label up until 1960. In 1955 they released this cool swinging tune.They also recorded a 45 with Perry Como in the beginning of the 50s.

4. Tom Spencer & His Popcorns: Ghostrider
From vol 70 "Go To Hell"
The b-side is called ”Moogie boogie”, so it’s not so surprising to hear that it’s an instrumental Moog version of “Ghostriders in the sky”. It’s made to be mixed with one of the many “Popcorn” versions. Great party tune.

12. Burt Mackay: Eagle pass ballad
From vol 56 "Fall out".
Another one from that same volume, but no, this 1972 recording ain’t Ennio Morricone nor a Sergio Leone soundtrack. Would you close your eyes? Yes? Ok, you’re riding through the Grand Canyon facing Eagle Pass, your guns burning on your side and you’re too thirsty to whistle, but still you do…

5. Smoky & The Fabulous Blades: Charlie’s theme pt2
From vol 67 "Superman vs Napoleon Solo"
Was this a theme for a movie, a televion series, a radio show? “Jerk, baby, jerk” is the flipside which I’ve put on vol 66. A piano based instrumental tune that’s not as bad as I first thought. As it's from 1964 it's not about the guy from Charlie's Angels.
13. Marino Marini: Ciccio’o piscatore
From vol 54 "Copacabana"
He was 28 when recording this mysterious Napolitan tune. Together with his quartet he recorded hundreds of songs that appeared on so many 45s, most of them on the Italian label of Durium and sometimes in France as well on Vogue. More Marino Marini entries on volumes 28, 43 and 50.

6. Sam & His Twistin’ Five: Gipsy twist
From vol 64 "Shake Twist Jerk Boogie"
Sam & His Rockin’ Five under a new name to cash in on the 1961 twist rage (very popular in Belgium) only for this release. Four singles have been released all being reissued over the years. Freddy Sunder and Jack Sels are behind this project.

14. Evariste: Les pommes de lune
From vol 67 "Superman vs Napoleon Solo"
One of the wackiest (and scariest?) people in France’s show business. Evariste sings about the “apples of the moon”. A 1967 cosmic psychedelic novelty craziness like nothing you’ve ever heard before! Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

7. The De John Sisters: Mu-cha-cha
From vol 56 "Fall out"
This is the flip of “Mah little baby”, their version of the same Shortnin’ Bread, which I already put on vol 52. Born as Julie and Dux DeGiovanni the sisters had a recording career for almost all through the 50s and this 1957 release is among their best.
15. Dickie Goodman: James bomb
From vol 64 "Shake Twist Jerk Boogie"
A 1966 cut-up novelty comedy record about James Bond renamed as James Bomb. It’s not only one of the best I’ve ever heard, but also one of the lesser known. Dickie Goodman was the master in this kind of releases. His recording career is divided over 26 record labels!

8. John Buck & Blazers: Chi chi
From vol 60 "Giant walk"
On the magnificent compilation “Forbidden city dog food” compiled by Lux Interior you can find “Forbidden city” by this band from 1961 ("the last upside down year before 6009"). I went looking for the 45 and here it is with two fantastic instrumental sides. “Chi chi” is an exotic tune which should be served with a Kahlua Mai Tai.

16. The Jokers: Tabou
From vol 65 "Zombie Kartin' Is Taboo"
THEE exotica tune of exotica tunes “Tabou” by Belgian guitar instro masters The Jokers recorded in 1964. There’s a Belgian surf band called Fifty Foot Combo who have the unlikely habit to include a Jokers song (cover or original) on each of their releases. Tabou appeared on their first EP.