I have been unable to add anything new to BizarreRecords.com for a long while now. I thought it was a problem with the WordPress coding and was going to have to completely rebuild the site. It turns out it was a database problem all along… And I finally fixed it! You can even comment again!
Please let me know if you see any missing images, audio files, or other issues.
So as you may or may not have noticed. Bizarrerecords.com has been having some technical issues over the past few months affecting my ability to post and your ability to comment. After many failed attempts to fix the problem, I finally restored a backup of the site and everything seems to be going swimmingly again. But a few posts have disappeared, so sorry if you see a few repeats…
In 1967, the game company approached the Combinations, a garage band from Easton, Pennsylvania, and asked them to be the sound for what they hoped would be the next new dance and game craze. Dance Instructor to the Stars “Killer Joe” Piro was recruited to write and perform the dance (he’s the guy on the cover).
Listen to “Bump Ball”:
The band was put up in a New York studio with Julie Andrews’ producer and James Brown’s horn section and emerged with one song… the steaming pile of crap that serves as the title track to this record. The song is an awkward mish-mash that sounds like it was recorded by three different bands who couldn’t hear one another. But that didn’t stop Milton Bradley from thinking they had the Next Big Thing on their hands.
Today I found an old magazine ad featuring one of my favorite album covers, Sound Off… Softly, which I like especially because it shows a woman holding the album cover showing the woman holding the album cover. So now I have a magazine ad showing the album cover showing the woman holding the album cover showing the woman holding the album cover.
Interestingly, I also scored a copy of the Psychocybernetics book. The Psychocybernetics album cover shows a picture of this book, and the enclosed book has a picture of the album showing a picture of the book.
I first started this site almost 15 years ago. I’ve been updating it manually with my limited HTML skillz. This has not only time consuming, but the site was looking increasingly dated. Finally I have manually reposted every album cover’s page into a wordpress blog post. And check this out…
YOU CAN MAKE COMMENTS! Yay! Its like 2001 all over again. Never let it be said that BizarreRecords.com is not on the cutting edge of internet technology.
If you’re looking for your favorite cover, check out the INDEX page.