Taking Pride In Topeka (Impact Broadcast Marketing, 1990)

Topeka is an Kaw word that means “a good place to grow potatoes.” That may be true, but it’s not good for much else.

Witness two desperate pleas for attention (for something other than being the home of the outrageously bigoted Westboro Baptist church): changing the name of town temporarily to “ToPikachu” in 1998 to capitalize on the raging Pokemon craze and changing it again in 2010 to “Google” in efforts to lure the search engine to building a new facility in Kansas.

This record is proof that Topeka was thinking up weird shit way before those two stunts. In 1990, far into the era of cassette tapes,  they decided that a promotional LP was the way to go. Ron Harbough narrates a short historical vignette preceding each schmaltzy, canned tune.  Why would anyone take pride in Topeka when they couldn’t even be bothered to find local musicians to record this incredibly boring record (all songs written and produced by Impact Broadcast Media, Nashville, Tennessee)? Just try to listen to these with a straight face. Ha!

Celebrate Topeka
Taking Pride in Topeka

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2 responses to “Taking Pride In Topeka (Impact Broadcast Marketing, 1990)

  1. “Bein’ part of sump’in’!”

  2. This seems like something like Branson, Mo. would do. And I had to grow up close to it. Fuck me.

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