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:: Everybody's On Strike ::

Yes, more manna from Buddah. If you've learned anything from reading the Robot, it's that Buddah was a strange label that really pushed things with marketing and trends, particularly when it came to extremely hit-or-miss genres like Bubblegum and Disco. This single is a whopper, even for them.

The first break-in, or cut-in, songs were made in the 50's by a guy named Dickie Goodman, with help from his friend Bill Buchanan. The idea was to have interviews, based on breaking news stories, where the answers to the questions were given in spliced phrases from popular songs. There's a very long and very interesting article on the phenomenon and how it affected sampling and artists' rights (yes, even back then) right here.

So this is basically a ripoff of the old Goodman-Buchanan cut-in, "The Flying Saucer," with evidently nothing but Buddah songs spliced in (including Quick Joey Small!), so they wouldn't have to pay any royalties to outside parties. So who is Vik Venus? He was a DJ named Jack Spector, who worked for WMCA in New York City. What became of Vik/Jack? According to the website, he died on the air in 1994. Way to go, Jack!

The b-side, Everybody's On Strike, is definitely not Jack Spector, though it's credited to Vik Venus. It's got to be more of the Buddah studio guys who formed the other 38 fake Bubblegum bands on their roster. Keeping with the spirit of the a-side, this song has a novelty ending.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006 9:42:00 PM

Oh right on! Dickie Goodman tracks - He did one around the time Nixon was being re-elected and it was heavy political and funny and full of great snippets from songs like 'Funky Butt' (Bertha Butt? one of the Butt sisters?"). Anyway, great memory. I'm checking it out now.    

Thursday, September 21, 2006 6:18:00 AM

Although I have this record and I made a file off it a few years back, I'm downloading yours for two reasons...

1. I feel like hearing it.

2. Your vinyl conversions sound better than mine.

I might as well pick up on the B side while I'm here, as I've never heard it all the way through. I also have it by another Buddah group that I think is called 'Wannabee Herd'. Most likely the exact same thing.

..... bbb    

Thursday, September 21, 2006 7:08:00 AM

Actually...I meant to mention, and plum forgot, that the b-side writing credit was listed as "Wannaby Herd," so that sounds right on.    

Tuesday, September 26, 2006 12:05:00 PM

i think buddah released at least one captain beefheart album.


Tuesday, January 05, 2010 10:27:00 PM

Greetings from Alaska. What song does he sample after asking: "may I ask why you volunteered for an important and dangerous mission?"
-"Cause I'm a fool for you baby!"
indications are that it is also a buddah release.
Discovered your site while researching this track.
Good Work.    

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