Julia Gardner

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In act of sheer bravado, Julia Gardner entered Variety Studios on West 46th Street in New York City and recorded the 13 titles featured on an LP that became infamous, for a time: Instant Sex. The year…
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In act of sheer bravado, Julia Gardner entered Variety Studios on West 46th Street in New York City and recorded the 13 titles featured on an LP that became infamous, for a time: Instant Sex. The year was 1968 and various branches of the United States justice system were involved in intense attacks against any kind of entertainment that involved sexual content. The producer of Instant Sex was already facing an obscenity indictment for his previous contributions to the naughty world of party records.

Not to be confused with the recording engineer Julie Gardner and also not the same Julie Gardner who worked on childrens' records, the voice behind Instant Sex was required to belt out or seductively slur ditties conforming to one of the basic tenets of songwriting: the list of titles should be in itself a point-of-sale feature. Yet in the domain of sexual innuendo, a title's attention-getting features represent not much more than a come-on. Regrettably, songs such as "I Blew Louie in St. Louis" and "Keep Your Knees Together Daughter" don't have much to offer beyond their titles. The record didn't even seem to get a rise out of the censors and by 1970 the producer was himself trying to unload the material.