Carpet Square - Harrell & Sharron Lucky

I went to the local Salvation Army yesterday to kill some time and I found this little gem. It's not in the best condition but well enough to share with you. There isn't a copyright date on the record and there is very limited information on this album available. I'm assuming by the musical style and the clip art on the album cover that it's from the late 60's to early 70's. There is an address on the record itself from Oklahoma City and as an Okie myself, I am saddened this is a product from my own state.

As a young child my parents would constantly feed music into my brain. My dad would put on classical music to help me sleep, for example. I remember back hearing children music, even as a rug rat, I could tell the difference between children's music with real texture (Raffi for example) from drivel like this.

This record, to me at least, is particularly annoying. The music on this album is designed to facilitate tike-sized square dancing. See? The name of the album itself is a pun, which is annoying enough. Children will take carpet segments, turn them nap side down and perform instructed movements. There isn't much one can do on a small carpet square, added with the limited mental capacity of four and five year olds, the activities are quite limited. Twisting, for example, is a real staple move for this activity.

I'll share a few tracks from this record to show you what I mean. This album is fairly rare (gee, I wonder why!?) but you may be able to pick up a copy on eBay.

The first track on this album is an appalling adaptation from an old royalty-free ditty.

Apache - The Tommy Seebach Band

I'm not by any means a fan of Disco but I have to admit I kind of like this one. Nonetheless the concept of mixing an American Indian themed/loosely inspired song (a classic Surf Rock song at that) and Disco seems like a bit of a reach.

Keep The Dogs Away - Thor

Yeah, the late 70's, early 80's was a rough time for Metal. It wasn't, in my opinion, until well into the 80's before the genre actually produced some talent.....Not to say I'm fully educated on the genre to begin with; there may some great stuff out there from this time period that I haven't come across yet.

But anyway, yes this band is completely serious. Believe me, I looked it up. This sounds like a bad mix between Spinal Tap and Wheelz of Steel. The lead man funny enough goes by the name "Jon Mikl Thor". I can only assume he made the name up, but I can't find any information on a possible surname. After his attempt into the musical spotlight he went back to bodybuilding. I think we can all thank him for that.

Never get Ahead - Bobby Conn

I'm not very sure what's going on here but something tells me an illegal substance is involved. In the very least, that would explain the haircut.

On a side note, I'm still trying to figure out who this proverbial "man" figure could possibly be. I'm guessing it has something to do with the Clinton administration.

Super Disco Chino - Enrique y Ana

I suspect this has something to do with the Partridge Family. For some reason I actually like this better than the Partridge Family. That could be because I don't know Spanish.