ILM's 2005 collaborative mix project hoonja-doonja!

March 30, 2005

Spanky & Our Gang, "Leopard Skin Phones"

Wikipedia on Maximalism:

"...Maximalism as a genre in the plastic arts emphasises work-intensive practices and concentrates on the process of creation itself..."

Now neither vinyl nor aluminum are exactly plastic, but both are hard substances that are cheap enough to manufacture en masse without requiring government grants (yet), and there is no greater example of a song that describes its own creation than that of the relatively obscure maxi-group from the late 60s called Spanky & Our Gang.

"Leopard Skin Phones", from the group's third album Anything You Choose b/w Without Rhyme Or Reason from 1968, is a fast-paced groovy multi-part musical that takes you a stereophonic recording journey -- quite literally. The lyrics talk directly about the process of listening, recording, and how one can manipulate stereo, in the middle of a sudden plot involving someone that is ready to dismantle the entire experience.

Listen for yourself. The syllabus is right there in the song, so you're good to go.

[NOTE: I digitized this from a somewhat scratchy copy of the album. If anyone can provide a CD quality Mp3, by all means, let me know, and I can replace this with a better sounding file.]

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