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Dumpster Vinyl Volume 17: Miss EBS (Emergency Broadcast System) from “The Big Sound” Series PS-5R-1

2016/03/06

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I was planning on rolling out another set of Dumpster Vinyl posts this summer or fall, but this one’s just too good to sit on that long. Plus it involves me trying to sell you something, but we’ll get to that.

I wasn’t around for the original Cold War, and chances are you weren’t either.  Long story short, USA and Russia weren’t friends, there was a lot of posturing and pissing-contest kind of stuff going on with building up stockpiles of nuclear arms.  The good: all of this got man to the moon much sooner than it would have happened otherwise.  The bad: living in fear of nuclear weapons.  You probably are familiar with the 1951 cartoon “Duck and Cover” (or the South Park spoof of it).  I can’t really say if there was still lingering fear of nuclear war by 1963, but I’m sure the previous year’s Cuban Missile Crisis didn’t help things.

At any rate, President Kennedy was worried enough about it to want a better way to get the word to everyone quickly if bombs were about to drop.  So the CONELRAD system (which we’ve heard about before) was replaced by the Emergency Broadcast System, which I basically remember as being the least offensive thing that ever interrupted what I was watching on TV.

I can only imagine the tough task that these “Big Sound” writers had before them.  Not only did they have to convey to listeners that there was a new Emergency Broadcast System, but also that it replaced the old CONELRAD system and they would have to retrain their radio-dialing-fingers to stop tuning in to 640 or 1240. Not only that, but they’d need to somehow obscure the “emergency” part of the whole deal.  You don’t really want to make listeners face their own mortality between ads for used cars and “My Boyfriend’s Back”.  So what did they come up with? Sex!

That’s right! Let’s personify the new system as a silken-voiced vixen!  This is why I’m doing this series, folks: for hokey stuff like this that was once someone’s good idea.  This edition of Dumpster Vinyl is probably my favorite so far–it even tops Tony Bennett telling you the temperature.  Without further ado, I present to you… Miss EBS!

 

Oh, also, there’s also some celebrities saying their names. They probably didn’t even know it was being used for this.

And, regarding that YouTube video there: I did whip up some artwork of Miss EBS.

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It looks awful here, because I’m using a free WordPress template that thinks nobody every wants to enlarge images. But it looks great, scout’s honor! If you want to buy a poster, you can buy a poster!  You can buy a poster at Society 6 by clicking on this link hereBuy a poster.

(Do it now before Secret Service guys come tell me about copyright law in morse code, with their fists, on my torso. But honestly,

(Also, I’ve never sold a poster before, but I would recommend the smaller sizes to get nice, crisp art. Also, let me know if the prices are too high, or if you can recommend a different site to sell through. Also, buy a poster.)

 

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Dumpster Vinyl Volume 9: Celebrity Degrees from “The Big Sound” series

2015/09/20

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Oh man.  This is the kind of treasure that I was hoping would be buried in all these boxes of LPs my uncle saved from the junkheap.  This is a disc full of 10-second spots of celebrities telling you what the temperature is, backed by the most early-60s swingin’ kinda big band music you’ve ever heard. Plus a lot of them relay the temperature in rhyme! And Spike Jones gets to use cartoon sound effects!

Unlike the public service messages, this is a good backdrop against which the celebrities can make some light-hearted jokes about how hot it’s gotten. I love this kooky stuff! If you ever wanted to hear Tony Curtis tell you it’s 88 degrees, your dream is now fulfilled and you can die happy. Please leave me in your will.

I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did!

P.S. Disc MF-7 R in “The Big Sound” series; all the celebrities participating are in the tags for this post.

P.P.S. They had a lot of Connies back then, didn’t they?

P.P.P.S. Fabian’s track sounded like he was in a bathroom stall until halfway through, when I assume someone adjusted his mic or some levels or whatever.  And one of Steve Allen’s deliveries is really weak. Makes me wonder how many takes some of these celebrities got.

Dumpster Vinyl Volume 3: Who’s in the Magic Circle Now? from “The Big Sound” series

2015/08/09

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Yikes, has it been 6 months since I did one of these?

Here we have another in the “Spinning the Magic Circle” series of introductions to songs by the artists who recorded them.  I’m happy to report that the ones on this disc are far less boring.  Steve Allen even makes a joke this time!

The only names I recognize this time around are Connie Francis, Nelson Riddle, Della Reese, Spike Jones, and Steve Allen.  Nelson Riddle was the guy who scored the old Batman TV show!  And I’ve never listened to Spike Jones’s stuff, but I feel like I should now; he introduces his records by saying to get the kids out of the room.

This one might have been first in the series? I didn’t realize until comparing this with the other one, but they have some codes on them.  This one is RAM-1-R; the one I did six months ago was RAM-2-R.

Anyway, here’s another Magic Circle disc. Enjoy!

Dumpster Vinyl Volume 2: Who’s in the Magic Circle now? from “The Big Sound” series

2015/02/06

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Earlier this week I introduced you to Happy Day Radio and Captain Happy. Today I’m going to give you something a little different from the collection of LPs salvaged from a radio station dumpster. Here we have the first in a series (that is, the first I’ve digitized) of introductions to songs by various artists. The “line” of discs seems to be called “The BIG Sound”, though the introductions were made under the title “Spinning the Magic Circle”. Each of these tracks has the “Spinning the Magic Circle” intro, plus an introduction to a song by a singer.  There is no mention of any song title in any of these introductory tracks.  Morever, there is a production track with the “Magic Circle” business, and then space for, I assume, the radio station to record their own intros, or to use if they had a musician there are the station for an interview.  The tracks on side 1 of this disc have the “Magic Circle” intros before the artists talk; side 2 has just the artist introductions plus a production track of just the backing music.

Here’s the information from the paper disc sleeve (these have no cardboard sleeves):

Exclusive United States Distributor:
Richard H. Ullman, Inc.
1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y.

Stars International Presents
The BIG Sound

Stars International and Richard H. Ullman, Inc. are divisions of the Peter Frank Organization, Inc., Hollywood/New York

There is no date on either the sleeve or the disc, but I can make a rough (rough!) guess based on a few clues:

  1. These were found along with the Happy Day Radio discs, which themselves were produced in 1970.
  2. This particular disc features artists who recorded music in the 1950s
  3. One artist in particular hopes that their song will bring back good memories, and two others imply that the song has been around awhile–indicating that this might have been meant for an oldies station (although, I should add, one of the artists introduces a song as being a new recording)
  4. Four of the artists (Kirby Stone, Frankie Vaughan, Pete King, and Steve Allen) refer to their songs as being from their “latest album”. I can confirm that Frankie Vaughan and Steve Allen were recording into the 60s (Stone and King are a little more difficult to research)

So I would have to guess early 1960s at the absolute earliest, and early 1970s at the latest.  Anyways, I hope you enjoy “Spinning the Magic Circle”!

P.S. Doesn’t Steve Allen sound incredibly bored by the whole thing?