here, here, here) as pure white cacophony within the meager limitations of built-in camera mics.. Here the recording is surprisingly balanced, though Mario Rubalcaba's (Rocket from the Crypt, Hot Snakes, Earthless) insane drumming tends to find its way front and center. The frontman, C. Goldsby, remains obscure and has not been in any other bands as far as I know. Director John Hughes saw Clikatat play in Chicago and loved them. He had intentions to release their next album on his own label, but, sadly, he dropped dead walking down the street just 15 years after he had the chance.
To the working classes...
March 11, 2010
March 9, 2010
"Isn't that awful? You sing your heart out and nobody... nobody ever listens."
Robert Mitchum is most popularly remembered as the Hollywood anti-hero and laconic "soul of film noir," and it was a persona he cultivated offscreen as well. As a teen during the Great Depression, he lived the vagrant life of a rail rider, landing him in a Georgia chain gang at age 14. He tried his hand at a number of jobs, including metal worker, prizefighter, ditch-digger, coal miner, and as a ghostwriter for Carroll Righter, "Astrologer to the Stars." He also dabbled in community theater groups and wrote original songs and nightclub routines for his sister to perform. Upon the birth of his first son, he tried settling down and worked as a jackhammer operator, but the stress of it caused him to temporarily go blind. Looking for work, he began taking jobs as a movie extra.
The result is a novelty record infinitely more interesting than anything Belafonte ever recorded. If Mitchum's faux-Trinidadian accent seems a curious counter-distinction to his more serious persona, his approach to the material is anything but kitsch. The banjo in "I Learn A Merengue, Mama" and the production in "Mama Looka Boo Boo" are examples of unusual arrangements in what makes for a surprisingly solid album.
Calypso Is Like So (1957)
When he appeared on "What's My Line" in 1965, nobody seemed aware that he was even a singer. "I had made a couple of records," Mitchum said. An incredulous woman asks, "Singing records?"
Mitchum later released a compilation of songs called That Man, Robert Mitchum Sings (1967).
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