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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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Groovie Goolies
A rock band with Dracula, the Wolfman, and Frankenstein. Need I say more? This is the story of Groovie Goolies, from 1970. Spooky version of the theme song performed by Eban Schletter. 
17:04
October 20, 2020
Chevrolet Sings Of Safe Driving And You
A promotional record released by Chevrolet in 1965 to promote driver safety among young drivers. This is the story of Chevrolet Sings Of Safe Driving And You, from 1965. 
16:22
October 13, 2020
The Adventures of Ali and His Gang vs. Mr. Tooth Decay
Muhammed Ali is one of the greatest boxers of all time. One of the most famous people of all time. A Boxer, activist, and philanthropist. But did you know that in 1976, he teamed up with his friend Arther Morrison to make a children's album about dental hygiene? This is the story of The Adventures of Ali and His Gang vs. Mr. Tooth Decay, from 1976. 
15:14
October 6, 2020
John Travolta
After becoming the breakout star of Welcome Back Kotter, John Travolta caught the attention of Bob Reno at Midland International Records. It didn't hurt that he was already a singer with Broadway experience.  This is the story of John Travolta's self-titled album, from 1976. 
16:42
September 29, 2020
Miss Barbara Eden
Actress Barbara Eden stole the show on I Dream of Jeannie. But before she got into acting, she’d always had a love of singing. So after a couple of successful seasons on television, Barbara got to make an album for Dot Records. This is the story of Miss Barbara Eden, from 1967. 
15:23
September 22, 2020
Deion Sanders - Prime Time
Professional baseball player. Professional football player. Why not try rapping? This is the story of Deion Sanders' Prime Time, from 1994. 
17:34
September 15, 2020
Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution
In 1970, two comedy writers from the Carol Burnett Show and Get Smart decided to try to capitalize on the popularity of espionage movies and shows. But this one would be different...with a cast made up entirely of chimpanzees. Those chimps also played in a band called The Evolution Revolution. This is the story of Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution.
16:12
September 8, 2020
Chunky A - Large And In Charge
At the beginning of 1989, The Arsenio Hall Show debuted.  It was a hit.  At the end of 1989, Arsenio released an album by his overweight, rapper alter ego, Chunky A. This is the story of Chunky A's Large And In Charge, from 1989.
18:16
August 31, 2020
Bizarre Singles : Ted Cassidy - The Lurch
Free bonus episode in honor of Record Store Day 2020. This is an episode of Bizarre Singles from the Patreon feed ( patreon.com/bizarrealbums ) on Ted Cassidy's "The Lurch". Ted Cassidy played Lurch on the Addams Family tv show in the 60's. Just re-pressed for Record Store Day by Jackpot Records. Visit recordstoreday.com to find a copy! 
13:20
August 30, 2020
Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits
A self-described housewife, Elva Miller would go into the recording studio and record songs simply as a hobby. Then, a series of events lead her to signing a contract with Capitol Records. This is the story of Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits, from 1966. Special thanks to Eliza Skinner. Support the show on Patreon! patreon.com/bizarrealbums
16:13
August 25, 2020
David Hasselhoff - Night Rocker
He became the biggest star on daytime tv. Then he quit and became a prime time star. But he always had his eyes set on a music career. This is the story of David Hasselhoff's Night Rocker, from 1985. 
17:51
August 18, 2020
Chevy Chase - Chevy Chase
He played in bands in his younger days, but eventually found a career in comedy. Once his comedy career took off, Chevy Chase tried to bring his comedy and music together This is the story of Chevy Chase's self titled album, from 1980. 
15:19
August 11, 2020
The Shaggs - Philosophy of The World
A mother reads her son’s palm and makes some predictions about his future. One of those predictions was that his daughters would be the biggest girl group in America. Despite no musical experience, or even interest, the girls were told by their father they would be taking music lessons and forming a band. This is the story of The Shaggs’ Philosophy of the World, from 1969.
16:28
August 4, 2020
The Amazing Mets
In 1969, the New York Mets had one of the biggest turnarounds in the history of Major League Baseball. Fans took to calling them the amazing Mets, so they surprised their fans by making an album. This is the story of The Amazing Mets, from 1969.  Thanks to John Ross Bowie!  Follow him on social media, @johnrossbowie. 
15:22
July 28, 2020
The Globetrotters
In 1970, the Harlem Globetrotters got their own Saturday morning cartoon. The show’s music supervisor was the man with the golden ear, Don Kirshner. So, that meant the show had a surprisingly good soundtrack, thanks to uncredited studio musicians. This is the story of The Globetrotters. from 1970. 
17:36
July 21, 2020
NASCAR Goes Country
In the early 1970’s, NASCAR racing had seen a big surge in popularity.  Jim Donoho, the son of Nashville racing promoter Bill Donoho wanted to get some of the most popular NASCAR drivers to make a country music album. This is the story of NASCAR Goes Country, from 1975. 
15:06
July 14, 2020
Sesame Street Fever
Saturday Night Fever was released in late 1977, bringing both John Travolta and disco to the masses. Less than a year later, Cookie Monster, Grover and the rest of the gang from Sesame Street hopped onto the disco bandwagon. This is the story of Sesame Street Fever, from 1978.
17:08
July 7, 2020
Crispin Hellion Glover - The Big Problem ≠ The Solution. The Solution = Let It Be
Just 3 years after graduating high school, Crispin Glover was cast in one of the biggest movies of all time, Back To The Future in 1985. He followed that with the critically successful River’s Edge. Then, he took a few years off of acting and pursued other creative projects. Writing and illustrating books...and making an album. This is the story of Crispin Hellion Glover’s The Big Problem ≠ The Solution. The Solution = Let It Be from 1989. Special thanks to Matt Gourley and "Weird Al" Yankovic.
19:13
June 30, 2020
William Shatner - The Transformed Man
The story of the infamous album by Star Trek's William Shatner, The Transformed Man from 1968.
18:20
June 23, 2020
Hogan's Heroes Sing The Best of World War II
Hogan’s Heroes was not exactly your typical sitcom. Debuting on CBS in 1965, it was set in a German POW camp during World War II. And it was a hit. So, in 1966, the supporting cast made an album of popular World War II songs. This is the story of Hogan's Heroes Sing The Best of World War II, from 1966.
18:44
June 16, 2020
Eddie Murphy - How Could It Be
He dominated standup comedy. He was a cast member of Saturday Night Live when he was 19. He was a movie star. In Eddie Murphy's own words, his ego said "I can do anything!", so he recorded an album. This is the story of Eddie Murphy's How Could It Be from 1985. 
15:11
June 9, 2020
Macho Man Randy Savage - Be A Man
Macho Man Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan, two of the biggest stars in the history of professional wrestling. They had an on again/off again friendship both in the ring and out. In 2003, when he was more or less retired from wrestling, Macho Man wasn't happy with Hogan and called him out....rapping. This is the story of Be A Man by Macho Man Randy Savage, from 2003.   
19:26
June 3, 2020
Buckner & Garcia - Pac-Man Fever
May 22, 2020 was the 40th anniversary of the release of Pac-Man, the video game that made video games for everybody. Two Ohio musicians living  in Georgia, Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia, loved Pac-Man so much that they decided to write a song about it. And it got them signed. This is the story of Bucker & Garcia’s Pac-Man Fever, from 1982.
18:16
May 26, 2020
Don Johnson - Heartbeat
NBC’s Miami Vice was the hottest show on television in the mid 80’s. The show’s breakout star, Don Johnson, told the head of CBS Records he wanted to make an album. So they signed him. This the story of Don Johnson’s Heartbeat, from 1986.
16:48
May 19, 2020
Hamm's '65 - Bursting with Freshness (LIVE!)
In March of 1965, The Theodore Hamm Brewing Company held it’s Centennial Celebration party in Minneapolis, Attendees that night would receive a copy of the souvenir album, Hamm’s 65- Bursting with Freshness. This episode was recorded live on February 18, 2020 at Able Seedhouse & Brewery in Minneapolis, MN. 
21:14
May 12, 2020
David Lee Roth - Sonrisa Salvaje
One year after his departure from Van Halen, David Lee Roth released his first solo album, Eat ‘Em and Smile. It was a double platinum success. And then, he re-recorded all of the vocals and released it in Spanish, under a new title. This is the story of Sonrisa Salvaje from 1986. Special thanks to Brian Keith Diaz for the Spanish intro and Zach Comtois for the guitars.  briankeithdiaz.com zachcomtois.com
18:21
May 5, 2020
Bizarre Singles - Lapti Nek (from Return of the Jedi) BONUS EPISODE
Free bonus episode of Bizarre Singles from patreon.com/bizarrealbums
16:02
May 4, 2020
Morton Downey Jr. Sings
Morton Downey Jr. was a pioneer of what would come to be called “trash tv”. After his controversial talk show became a massive success, he tried to return to his roots by releasing an album. This is the story of Morton Downey Jr. Sings, from 1989.
18:21
April 28, 2020
Lou Reed - Metal Machine Music
In 1974, Lou Reed had a top 10 album with Sally Can’t Dance. His label, RCA Records, pushed him to release another album quickly. What they got was a double album of nothing but noisy feedback and guitar effects. This is the story of Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music from 1975. 
16:30
April 21, 2020
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Part Two)
The thrilling conclusion to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, from 1978. 
18:15
April 16, 2020
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Part One)
Robert Stigwood was on fire. He was the manager of the Bee Gees. He produced the films Grease and Saturday Night Fever. Those soundtracks combined sold over 70 million copies for his label, RSO Records. For his next project, Stigwood produced a jukebox musical film made up entirely of Beatles songs. The cast included some of the biggest stars of the seventies…The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, and even Steve Martin. How could it possibly fail? This is the story of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, from 1978.
21:20
April 14, 2020
Paris Hilton - Paris
She was already an heiress. She was already a model. She was already an author. She had become an actress. So, of course, there would be an album. This is the story of Paris Hilton’s album, Paris, from 2006.
21:21
April 7, 2020
Piledriver : The Wrestling Album II
Professional wrestling exploded in the 1980’s. Particularly the World Wrestling Federation. With one album already behind them, Vince McMahon decided it was time for his company to record a follow up. This is the story of Piledriver: The Wrestling Album II from 1987. 
23:08
March 31, 2020
The Johnny Cash Children’s Album
Johnny Cash. The country music outlaw. The Man in Black. The man who once sang the lyrics, “I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die”, released a children’s album in 1975. This is the story of The Johnny Cash Children’s Album from 1975.
20:32
March 24, 2020
Mother Earth’s Plantasia
A former writer for Gilligan’s Island named Joel Rapp, his wife Lynn Rapp, and a synthesizer pioneer named Mort Garson team up to release an album of music…for plants. This is the story of Mother Earth’s Plantasia from 1976.
21:14
March 17, 2020
Miss Piggy's Aerobique Exercise Workout Album
Jane Fonda’s Workout played a huge part of the 80's fitness craze. With success, comes parody. This is the story of Miss Piggy's Aerobique Exercise Workout Album, from 1982.   
18:54
March 10, 2020
Bathtubs Over Broadway - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Part Two)
The thrilling conclusion to the soundtrack for the 2018 documentary Bathtubs Over Broadway. 
16:32
March 5, 2020
Bathtubs Over Broadway- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Part One)
Steve Young was a writer for David Letterman for over 20 years. While record shopping for a segment on the show, he stumbled into some  mysterious, corporate souvenir records marked "internal use only". Little did he know, they would change his life. This was the subject of the 2018 documentary, Bathtubs Over Broadway. The film's soundtrack made many of these available to the public for the first time ever. This is the story of Bathtubs Over Broadway- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, from 2019.    
18:58
March 3, 2020
Mae West - Way Out West
Mae West. Actress, playwright, sex symbol…and 70 something year old rock and roll singer?!? It happened. With a teenage backing band. This is the story of Mae West’s Way Out West album from 1966.
18:41
February 25, 2020
BIZARRE SINGLES: Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks - City of Crime
A free episode of Bizarre Singles from the Patreon.com/bizarrealbums page! This one is about the rap single released by actors Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks, "City of Crime" from the soundtrack to their Dragnet movie from 1987.   
14:48
February 23, 2020
And Me...I'm Ed McMahon
“The first time I heard that Ed was taking singing lessons I made a citizens arrest on his tonsils for assault with a deadly weapon. After listening to this album, however, I think I’m liable to be sued for false arrest. Ed can sing. And quite well, too. I’m certain you’ll find “And Me…I’m Ed McMahon” as delightful and as pleasant a surprise as I have” - Johnny Carson. This is the story of And Me…I’m Ed McMahon from 1967.
20:58
February 23, 2020
Pink Panther Punk
An animated opening movie title sequence spawned one of the most iconic cartoon characters of all time, The Pink Panther. In 1981, The Pink Panther released a so-called "punk" record. This is the story of Pink Panther Punk from 1981. 
19:14
February 4, 2020
Michael Jackson - Ghosts (LIVE!)
From the first ever live Bizarre Albums show. This time, instead of an album, telling the story of Michael Jackson's ill-fated Ghosts music video from 1997. Recorded live on October 18, 2019 as part of Podcast Party at the Pack Theater in Los Angeles, CA. 
19:11
January 28, 2020
John Wayne - America, Why I Love Her
John Wayne. The Duke. He loved America. So much so, that in 1973 he recorded an album of patriotic poems set to music. This is the story of John Wayne's America, Why I Love Her from 1973.  
15:18
January 21, 2020
Having Fun with Elvis On Stage
Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker was not a Colonel. In fact, he wasn't even a legal US citizen. Many people believe he was a con man and would do anything to make some money. One of his craziest plans was to release an Elvis Presley album...of just talking. This is the story of Having Fun with Elvis On Stage from 1974.
17:24
January 14, 2020
New Monkees
MTV aired episodes of the old Monkees tv show in 1986, which was also the twentieth anniversary of the band and the tv series. It exploded and Monkeemania had returned. The following year, a tv producer wanted to capitalize on their popularity a reboot of The Monkees...The New Monkees. This is their story. 
17:24
January 7, 2020
Richard Simmons - Reach
After opening his own salad bar and gym in Beverly Hills, Richard Simmons started getting national attention when his energetic demeanor was attracting celebrities to work out with him. Once the 80's hit, Richard Simmons was on tv, selling books, and of course, making an album. This is the story of Richard Simmons' Reach, from 1982.            
17:06
December 31, 2019
Christmas Time with The Three Stooges
The Three Stooges started out as a vaudeville act back in the 1920's. They starred in 190 short films and in 1959, they branched out into making records.  Originally released as The Three Stooges Sing Six Happy Yuletide Songs, the album has been reissued several times, and also with the name, Christmas Time with The Three Stooges. This is their story. 
18:36
December 24, 2019
Christmas in the Stars : Star Wars Christmas Album
Following the surprise success of his Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk album, Meco Monardo set his sights on making a Star Wars Christmas Album….only two years after the debacle of the Star Wars Holiday Special. This is the story of Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album, from 1980. 
21:12
December 17, 2019
Twisted Sister - A Twisted Christmas
Long Island’s Twisted Sister were 1980’s MTV/heavy metal darlings. After reuniting in the early 2000's, they announced they would make one last album....a Christmas album. This is the story of A Twisted Christmas by Twisted Sister, from 2006.  
21:14
December 10, 2019
Tales From The Crypt - Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas
Comic books. Movies. TV series. Animated spin-offs. Tales From The Crypt did it all. Including a Christmas album in 1994. 
18:56
December 3, 2019
Dinosaurs - Big Songs
Dinosaurs was a sitcom that was born from an idea that Jim Henson had shortly before his passing in 1990. Eventually his son Brian took over the Jim Henson Company and was able to make the show for ABC in 1991. The show was a hit, so of course, that lead to an album in 1992. This is the story of Dinosaurs - Big Songs. 
19:00
November 26, 2019
Van Morrison - The Authorized Bang Collection (Contractual Obligation Session)
After his band Them broke up, Van Morrison was courted by Bang Records and Bert Berns to record some solo material. After a promising start, it quickly went downhill, eventually resulting in Morrison recording over thirty nonsense songs that he made up on the spot just to get out of his record deal. The tapes had come to be known under many names, "The Contractual Obligation Session" being one of them. In 2017, the session was officially released on The Authorized Bang Collection. This is the story of how it all came to be. 
20:38
November 19, 2019
Meco - Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk
Record producer Domenico "Meco" Monardo saw Star Wars on it's opening day in May of 1977. He ended up seeing it 11 times in the theaters. He loved John Williams' score and dreamed up a disco version that he thought could be a hit...and he was right. This is the story of Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk by Meco, from 1977. 
15:37
November 12, 2019
Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark
On the heels of the success of Sam Raimi's 2002 Spider-Man movie, Marvel announced a Spider-Man musical. Bono and The Edge from U2 were tapped to do the music. It seemed like everything was falling into place...then...budget problems, delays, firings, injuries, and even a death eventually lead to the most expensive show in Broadway history. This is the story of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, and it's accompanying album. 
17:12
November 5, 2019
Freddy's Greatest Hits
It's Halloween! Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street was a hit in 1984. But it was after A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors that it totally crossed into the mainstream. Freddy Krueger merchandise was everywhere. Including this album from 1987 by a group of studio musicians calling themselves The Elm Street Group.  Special thanks to Will Hodge for the contact and Eban Schletter for the spooky music.
19:40
October 29, 2019
The Munsters
Happy Halloween! Within a few weeks of it's tv debut in 1964, The Munsters became one of the top ten shows on television. The show premiered in September and before the end of the year, there was already tons of merchandise, including this album. 
17:24
October 22, 2019
Bizarre Singles (Free Bonus) - Monster Rap - Bobby "Boris" Pickett
Get in the Halloween spirit with a free bonus episode from the Patreon feed. Sign up for weekly bonus episodes of the spinoff show, Bizarre Singles, at patreon.com/bizarrealbums ! 
09:48
October 18, 2019
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