All Sports Band
Radio Records / Atlantic #RR19321
Finally, here’s a record that reminds me of why I got into collecting bizarre records to begin with! A completely fabricated, major-label group specifically designed to cash in on the 80′s teen fad of… sports.
All Sports Band
All the top American sports of the day are represented. Car racing, from before car racers were rednecks. Baseball, from the days when baseball players were skinny and doing coke instead of steroids. Football, because he’s the black guy. Boxing, because he’s not wearing a shirt. And of course, karate, the king of all 1980′s sports.
Here’s a vid of Dick Clark talking with the band on American Bandstand. Apparently the actual musical performance was just too valuable to post on Youtube.
Continental Oil Company
“Charge! 1966 Sales Program”
“Here comes the crusty, hard-as-nails Old Trooper and his dedicated horse Reveille riding hard out of Fort Conoco to bring you the news of Conoco’s 1966 Sales Program. The Old Trooper is a new symbol that embodies the aggressive spirit and bold new challenge to the petroleum market place. He’s the leader of the ‘espirit de corps’ for Conoco sales people everywhere. You’ll see him often in 1966. Listen to his words of wisdom as he calls the troops together to whip up enthusiasm for the new year. Jump into the spirit of his challenging call to arms… CHARGE!”
The cover of Hickory’s album appears to have been taken at one of those old timey carnival shooting galleries (notice the fake bottles and colored targets). Since the band is from Houston, it was probably at Astroworld. (Aaaand, confirmation:)