Bizarre Albums

Bizarre Albums

By Tony Thaxton
Tony Thaxton explores the weirder side of music, celebrating and telling the story behind those strange albums that make you wonder how and why they exist. Doing deep dives on albums released by pro athletes, actors, fictional characters, and more. Support this podcast: anchor.fm/bizarrealbums/support
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Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space
Star Trek started gaining a cult following after it's television debut in September of 1966.  A few months later, Dot Records approached the producers about making some sort of Star Trek album. The result: Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space, from 1967. 
17:04
October 15, 2019
Jan and Dean Meet Batman
In 1966, rock bands started to get much more ambitious in the recording studio. On television, Batman had premiered in January and was a huge success. So, Jan and Dean made a rock and comedy concept album about Batman...well, at least that was the plan. 
17:56
October 8, 2019
Joe Pesci - Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just For You
Academy Award winning actor Joe Pesci seemed to always have a connection to music, whether that was playing guitar in bands or helping with the formation of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. In 1998, Pesci released an album of his own, as his character from the hit comedy, My Cousin Vinny....Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just For You.   
18:26
October 1, 2019
George Martin - In My Life
In 1998, after nearly fifty years of producing records, Sir George Martin decided to make one final album. A record for himself, as he put it. He asked some of his friends and heroes to come and perform Beatles songs for it. Recording artists such as Phil Collins and Bobby McFerrin took part...but so did comedians and actors such as Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Goldie Hawn, and Sean Connery.  This is the story of Sir George Martin's final album.   
18:46
September 24, 2019
Chipmunk Punk
Alvin and The Chipmunks had all but faded away in the 1970's. Their unexpected return was due in part to a bored radio DJ making a joke. This is the story of Chipmunk Punk, from 1980. 
16:46
September 17, 2019
Terry Bradshaw - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
In 1976, after winning his second consecutive Super Bowl, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw released an album of country and western covers.   
17:32
September 10, 2019
Lenny and Squiggy Present - Lenny and The Squigtones
Laverne and Shirley was a wildly popular American sitcom in the 70's and 80's. Michael McKean and David Lander played the roles of Laverne and Shirley's upstairs neighbors, Lenny and Squiggy. Occasionally they appeared in episodes playing music as Lenny and The Squigtones. In 1979, Lenny and The Squigtones released an album on Casablanca Records.
18:58
September 3, 2019
Shaquille O'Neal - Shaq Diesel
NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal released a platinum selling hip-hop album in 1993. This is the true story of how it came to be. 
13:46
August 27, 2019
Dee Dee King - Standing In The Spotlight
In 1989, bassist Dee Dee Ramone left The Ramones and made a rap album under the name, Dee Dee King. This is the story of that album, Standing In The Spotlight. 
17:35
August 20, 2019
The Archies
In 1968, a band composed entirely of cartoon characters from Riverdale released their self titled debut album...The Archies. This is their story. 
14:19
August 13, 2019
Bruce Willis - The Return of Bruno
The story of actor Bruce Willis' The Return of Bruno album(1987). 
14:04
August 6, 2019
The Simpsons Sing The Blues
The story of The Simpsons Sing The Blues album(1990). 
14:30
July 30, 2019
The Wrestling Album
For the debut episode, hear the story of the World Wrestling Federation's The Wrestling Album(1985).  
14:22
July 23, 2019
Introducing Bizarre Albums
On this new podcast, Tony Thaxton tells the story behind the strange albums that you can't believe actually exist. 
01:12
July 10, 2019
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