Monthly Archives: May 2009

Chillin With The Refrigerator – The Fat Boys (Sutra Records, 1985)

fatboysNumber 72 for the Chicago Bears, William Perry made his pro-football debut in 1985. He was knick named “The Refrigeerator” because he quite literally was; at 6’2″ tall and 382 pounds his size was an intimidating as it was effective. He became famous as a defensive lineman, a position which specializes in tackling.

The Fat Bays were also new to their career in 1985. Kool Rock Ski, Prince Markie Dee and Buff Love the Huan Beat Box were just three chubby guys from Brooklyn. Over the next six years they would go on to record six Platium records.

It was only natural that they would collaborate on a music project.

“Over 300 pounds of human flesh / and at my point of view, he’s the best / don’t be surprised / at what you see / it’s the Fat Boys / and William Perry”

This track is a special 12″, and it doesn’t appear anywhere else that I know of. I personally think this is a pretty good track. And in general I like the Fat Boys. I think they were sort of overlooked because of the gimmick. This track is worth it for the beatboxing alone.

Chillin’ With the Refrigerator – The Fat Boys (download)

Looky, Looky, My Cookie’s Gone – The Raspberry Pirates (Atco Records, 1968)

raspberrypiratesThe Raspberry Pirates were robbed.

It took exactly one listen to this for me to recognize the distinctive opening passage of this song, as it is almost identical to “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy,” recorded by the Ohio Express, also in 1968. This similarity is more than coincidental– both musically and syllabolically. Give these two tracks a listen:

Looky, Looky, My Cookie’s Gone – The Raspberry Pirates (download)

“Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” was released by Buddah Records in 1968, and went to #4 on the US pop charts. Interestingly, it has been noted that this song was ripped off as well. The same distictive opening adopted a third time by the Beatles, for their sang “Back in the USSR,” recorded three months after the release of “Yummy Yummy Yummy.”

Karma’s a bitch!

Any Trouble (s/t) – “Playing Bogart” (Stiff Records, 1987)

any-troubleAny Trouble had a huge problem from the start. Singer Clive Gregson sounds a lot like Elvis Costello. The band found great initial success but eventually the comaprisons to “Punch the Clock” prevailed. This, their first record, was thier most sucsessful.

This particular record is a real treat. Dancy, fun music at its best. In short, solid gold pop.  They have a Dire Strights thing going on towards the end. Recommended if you like REM, the DBs and Elvis Costello.

Any Trouble – Playing Bogart (download)