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Vinyl Vic's Rare & Obscure Answer Records, Vol. 9

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Vinyl Vic's series of CD anthologies of hard to find answer records of the '50s and '60s keeps going strong with this ninth installment, which delivers more little-known singles that put a different spin on well-known pop and rock hits. This volume includes a rare example of an artist answering one of their own records, as Clarence "Frogman" Henry updates "Ain't Got No Home" with "I Found a Home" (the girl and the frog are once again heard from), and this set also includes one of the wildest tunes in the series, "Puddy Cat," in which Wade Curtis transforms "Surfin' Bird" into something even weirder and more frantic. Betty Reilly's "Saga of Elvis Presley" manages to reference both "Heartbreak Hotel" and the Cadets' "Stranded in the Jungle" at the same time, and "Please Mr. Kennedy" is not only a parody of Larry Verne's "Please Mr. Custer," it was one of several tunes from the '60s that informed the song of the same name performed by Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver in the film Inside Llewyn Davis. ("Please Mr. Custer" gets another, slightly more straightforward lampooning in "Custer's Last Man" by Popcorn & the Mohawks.) "There Goes the Big Boss Man," which twists "Big Boss Man" by way of Roger Miller, is a rare track from the Shacklefords, a folk combo that featured Lee Hazlewood, and the great British comic Spike Milligan parodies the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" with "Purple Airplane" (John Lennon was a big Milligan fan, making the take-off all the more interesting). And if "Gringo" by El Clod (a send-up of Lorne Greene's "Ringo") is a groan-inducing low point, "Run, Uncle John" by Jerry McCain is a top-shelf R&B stomper, and Doris Drew's "Where's a Your House" is a reply to Rosemary Clooney's "Come ona My House" that's nearly as sassy as the original. Once again, Vinyl Vic has delivered the goods for collectors of arcane pop, and there's great fun to be had with this collection.

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