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Music. Cultural Studies. In the new INCREDIBLY STRANGE MUSIC, VOL. 1, the editors push way beyond the cheesy TV-celebs-do-pop-faves LP's beloved by garden-variety music cultists. Less a practical guide than a treatise on the philosophical underpinnings of such ephemeria. -- Rolling Stone. Music. Cultural Studies. In the new INCREDIBLY STRANGE MUSIC, VOL. 1, the editors push way beyond the cheesy TV-celebs-do-pop-faves LP's beloved by garden-variety music cultists. Less a practical guide than a treatise on the philosophical underpinnings of such ephemeria. -- Rolling Stone.


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Music. Cultural Studies. In the new INCREDIBLY STRANGE MUSIC, VOL. 1, the editors push way beyond the cheesy TV-celebs-do-pop-faves LP's beloved by garden-variety music cultists. Less a practical guide than a treatise on the philosophical underpinnings of such ephemeria. -- Rolling Stone. Music. Cultural Studies. In the new INCREDIBLY STRANGE MUSIC, VOL. 1, the editors push way beyond the cheesy TV-celebs-do-pop-faves LP's beloved by garden-variety music cultists. Less a practical guide than a treatise on the philosophical underpinnings of such ephemeria. -- Rolling Stone.

30 review for Incredibly Strange Music, Vol. One

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tosh

    One the ultimate and first geek record/music collecting books on Exotica recordings. For a lot of people this was probably the first step to be exposed to artists like Martin Denny, Les Baxter, etc. The book for me was interesting due that it introduced me to a new world of 'new' music - even though most of this stuff was recorded in the 50's - and at the time of the book's publication, mostly unknown. Sort of Ground Zero for the Lounge Core movement, but in reality Re/Search treated this type of One the ultimate and first geek record/music collecting books on Exotica recordings. For a lot of people this was probably the first step to be exposed to artists like Martin Denny, Les Baxter, etc. The book for me was interesting due that it introduced me to a new world of 'new' music - even though most of this stuff was recorded in the 50's - and at the time of the book's publication, mostly unknown. Sort of Ground Zero for the Lounge Core movement, but in reality Re/Search treated this type of music as serious compositons that were criminally overlooked. Also probably the first publication to look at record covers as a lost art form. Fascinating stories, fascinating history and just plain fascinating listening.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    What made this book so much fun was building a play list while I read. I used Spotify and found just about everything listed. Full of wacky people who like peculiar sights and sounds. I'm wacky too! So, hooray! What made this book so much fun was building a play list while I read. I used Spotify and found just about everything listed. Full of wacky people who like peculiar sights and sounds. I'm wacky too! So, hooray!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Artie

    I picked this up because of its cover. It's more about people who collect strange music than it is about the music itself. It came out in the early 90s just before the Internet changed music acquisition. Once upon a time people had to scour flea markets and used record stores for gems that are now readily accessible online. I can't decide if this new development is good or bad but I love the new/old music recommendations included in this. I picked this up because of its cover. It's more about people who collect strange music than it is about the music itself. It came out in the early 90s just before the Internet changed music acquisition. Once upon a time people had to scour flea markets and used record stores for gems that are now readily accessible online. I can't decide if this new development is good or bad but I love the new/old music recommendations included in this.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Soltes

    Music made when record labels were more experimental about music and recording acts with unusual talent. Music not popular in the top 40 type charts,fringe music and culture. Some of the most interesting music made that you just don’t know about. This is a start to learn about obscure music,and the time periods it was released. They could re-write this book and perhaps add hundreds more bands and records released that fit the name. Great reproduction of album covers,that make you want to search Music made when record labels were more experimental about music and recording acts with unusual talent. Music not popular in the top 40 type charts,fringe music and culture. Some of the most interesting music made that you just don’t know about. This is a start to learn about obscure music,and the time periods it was released. They could re-write this book and perhaps add hundreds more bands and records released that fit the name. Great reproduction of album covers,that make you want to search them out and buy them and listen to them. The covers just make you want to buy them. They’re odd,beautiful,crazy,and cool. I dare you to listen to this music!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Djll

    This book opened up new worlds for me. A lot of it is just junk, of course, but it's junk that teaches us. This book opened up new worlds for me. A lot of it is just junk, of course, but it's junk that teaches us.

  6. 4 out of 5

    W Davidson

    One of my all time favourites. As a jumping off point into the bargain bin of musical pop culture this is the go-to book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alohatiki

    Not sure what took me so long to read this. Includes an interview with Mickey McGowen who is encyclopedia of knowledge on music. The interview with the Cramps was interesting as well. The book is from 1994 when CD's were coming into the market and supplanting vinyl. Well now in 2018, funny how no one cares about CD's anymore! Not sure what took me so long to read this. Includes an interview with Mickey McGowen who is encyclopedia of knowledge on music. The interview with the Cramps was interesting as well. The book is from 1994 when CD's were coming into the market and supplanting vinyl. Well now in 2018, funny how no one cares about CD's anymore!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dian

    I bought this before we thought we could see EVERYTHING virtually, on the internet. It's still fun to have around. It's analog. You can hold it in your hand. I bought this before we thought we could see EVERYTHING virtually, on the internet. It's still fun to have around. It's analog. You can hold it in your hand.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Miguel Arsénio

    Didn't finish it, but there's plenty of info about obscure records here. Didn't finish it, but there's plenty of info about obscure records here.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rian

    Incredibly Strange Music surveys the territory of neglected "garage sale" records (mostly from the '50s-'70s), spotlighting genres, artists and one-of-a-kind gems that will delight and surprise. Genres examined include: "easy listening," "exotica," and "celebrity" (massive categories in themselves) as well as more recordings by (singing) cops and (polka playing) priests, undertakers, religious ventriloquists, astronauts, opera-singing parrots, beatnik and hippie records, and gospel by blind teen Incredibly Strange Music surveys the territory of neglected "garage sale" records (mostly from the '50s-'70s), spotlighting genres, artists and one-of-a-kind gems that will delight and surprise. Genres examined include: "easy listening," "exotica," and "celebrity" (massive categories in themselves) as well as more recordings by (singing) cops and (polka playing) priests, undertakers, religious ventriloquists, astronauts, opera-singing parrots, beatnik and hippie records, and gospel by blind teenage girls with bouffant hairdos. Virtually every musical/lyrical boundary in the history of recorded sound has been breached; every sacred cow upturned.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    A mishmash of interviews with various musicians or peripheral figures, who talk about records they like. While it's sporadically interesting, and often entertaining, the actual info supplied on the records themselves is pretty sketchy, and tends to be a list of album titles, rattled off by the interviewee. "Well I like this one and that one and that one", often without much real, in-depth description of the music itself. Despite its frustrating aspect, I enjoyed it somewhat, probably because I'm A mishmash of interviews with various musicians or peripheral figures, who talk about records they like. While it's sporadically interesting, and often entertaining, the actual info supplied on the records themselves is pretty sketchy, and tends to be a list of album titles, rattled off by the interviewee. "Well I like this one and that one and that one", often without much real, in-depth description of the music itself. Despite its frustrating aspect, I enjoyed it somewhat, probably because I'm a music freak, but not enough to bother with its sequel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    a must have for any record collector, or lover of kitsch.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Burt Campbell

    Collection of interviews and articles. When this series came out in the 90s, it provided a unique insight into worlds one never suspected.

  14. 4 out of 5

    chris

    blog

  15. 5 out of 5

    John Paulson

    re-reading now for nostalgia. i love that they include eartha kitt.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Much more substance, as well as variety (the Cramps share space with Eartha Kitt), than any similar titles I've seen in this sub-genre. Much more substance, as well as variety (the Cramps share space with Eartha Kitt), than any similar titles I've seen in this sub-genre.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Detroit

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mustafa Al-Laylah

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brent

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

  21. 5 out of 5

    Krampus Mark

  22. 5 out of 5

    Greenshirt

  23. 4 out of 5

    Holly

  24. 4 out of 5

    Harold Weeks

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melisa

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael Birtchet

  27. 5 out of 5

    Arpad Okay

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ht

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

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