Various Artists

Industry Wannabes and Radio Anomalies

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A sort of side project from the Celebrities at Their Worst series, this single-disc effort collects what its title describes -- random radio weirdness not meant for broadcast, along with the efforts of various folks trying to "make it" in show business. No famous names or situations this time around, thus its spin-off from the main series, but as further examples of tape-trading highlights from all over the place, it's another treat. A fair number of cuts are the results of pranks carried out in '70s Phoenix, AZ, by members and followers of pirate radio station KDIL -- little surprise that such material is here, given that the Celebrities series main coordinator, Don Bolles, is from Arizona himself. Some of it is just excuses for saying "f*ck" on the air and the like, but the concerted efforts to fluster a local DJ on another station make for entertainment, covering everything from poodle hair to Czechoslovakia. The true winners on the disc, though, are the wannabes. On the one hand there's the notorious J&H Productions, the full 12-minute cut of somebody in Cleveland sending out a taped message to all the major labels about putting on "the greatest show ever gave." The combination of delusions of grandeur and fractured syntax is simply astounding. Then there's Paul Moralian (aka Paul Super-Apple) an aspiring musician who recorded and sent a demo tape to Keith Richards. His extensive introduction to "'mister-master" Richards is grade-A stalker material -- hearing Moralian trying to claim Richards' attention in his whispery, desperate voice is at once sad and hilarious. As for the songs themselves, "passingly mediocre" are the kindest words to say, though "utterly insane" are the most appropriate. There's a fun bonus at the end -- three calls purportedly from Cambodian or Vietnamese-American associations to various bigots of the caller's acquaintance, combined with songs created from the recordings. Strange, but true.

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