Various Artists – The American Song-Poem Anthology

Compilation of mail-order metapop from people who brought us the Langley Schools Music Project

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Older readers may recall those ads in US mags of the ’60s and ’70s which, for a sum of cash, offered to set your lyrics to music. Many responded, and this CD collects 28 of the best, and worst, examples, including the most notorious?John Trubee’s “Blind Man’s Penis”?and much genuine strangeness, featuring love songs to carpet bugs, Richard Nixon, masturbation and green fingernails. The most prominent figure is one Rodd Keith, whose “Heartbroken Pain” was later covered by Yo La Tengo.

Intriguing stuff.

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