Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

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Category: Flexi-discs

TMBG: Learning Can Be Fun

I’ve always appreciated how They Might Be Giants respect their fanbase and labor hard to provide high value for the entertainment dollar.  While their music has always had strong appeal to a younger demographic, in recent years They Might Be Giants have released albums aimed squarely at the school-age crowd,

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Mad Mag’s Multi-Groove Flexi-disc

Remember the Las Vegas Roulette record* with the “multi-groove” in which the tonearm stylus randomly selects (at least, in theory) one of 38 separate grooves – one for each slot on the roulette wheel – so as to allow partygoers the ability to play roulette from the comfort of home?  

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Joe Meek’s Bike Anthem of ’64

Hey, just in time for summer:  here’s a catchy bicycle-themed dance step “Bike Beat” from 1964 that was actually a work-for-hire product by Joe (“Telstar“) Meek for Raleigh Bicycles and was only released on flexi-disc!  Providing the backing track are Joe Meek’s house band, The Outlaws, disguised as “The Rally

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“Hold It Baby”: Swedish Soul

Sweden’s Slam Creepers, judging solely by their name, sounds like a band of relatively recent vintage (e.g., 1980s hardcore?) — and yet, their first release, fascinatingly enough, was a split single in 1965:  a 7-inch flexi-disc in which shared Slam Creepers shared space with The Hollies and fellow Swedish band,

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Nashville Chowdown: Rice’s Great Image Makeover

I cannot imagine why anyone would let this album go, but someone obviously did, and five dollars later, we became family: The album’s subtitle is a bit of a hoot:  “country & western supper music and singing rice-ipes” (as in recipes for rice).  Would you be surprised to learn that

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Q: Who’s the Swingin’est Dolly?

Answer:  Swingy. I picked up a flexi-disc at the local thrift store, just like the ones kids used to cut out of the back of cereal boxes back when “Sugar Sugar” by the Archies was burning up the charts (click here for a discography of “cereal box records” by those

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