The Original ?Bad Boys of Music?
Spike Jones and His City Slickers Bring Their Unique Brand of Melodious Mayhem to DVD
Spike Jones: The Legend
Available in Special 4-Disc Collector?s Set Oct. 30th
Now you can experience this unique, classic television ? featuring some of Spike?s biggest hits ? on DVD for the first time in a special-edition, four-disc collector?s set, Spike Jones: The Legend, in stores nationwide Oct. 30 from Infinity Entertainment Group and SJ2 Entertainment.
In the late ?40s, Spike produced the Musical Depreciation Revue, touring the U.S. with a company of 40; musicians, acrobats, dancers, jugglers, singers and comedians, traveling via two Pullman sleepers and a baggage car ? a virtual Cirque du Spike.
In the early ?50s, with beautiful vocalist Helen Grayco (Mrs. Spike Jones) by his side, Spike brought his musical aggregation into living rooms across the country. Best known for novelty songs and parodies of popular music from the day, ranging from classical to pop, his musical maxim was, ?They write ?em and I wreck ?em!? And the public loved him!
Included on Spike Jones: The Legend are four of his earliest NBC television shows, two Colgate Comedy Hour shows from 1951 and two All Star Revue programs from 1952. Also included is a bonus audio CD containing two NBC pilot radio shows from 1945, never before made available.
Songs included are ?All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth? and ?Cocktails for Two,? both inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, as well as Spike?s hits ?Laura,? ?Glow Worm,? ?Hawaiian War Chant,? ?Chloe? and ?You Always Hurt the One You Love.?
Making appearances are Liberace, Jim Backus (the voice of Mr. Magoo, Gilligan?s Island), Billy Eckstine, Gale Robbins, Hugh Herbert (in his last TV appearance), a young Mike Wallace (as the announcer) and a surprise walk on by television pioneer Dave Garroway.
Commented Spike Jones, Jr., executive producer of the box set, ?My family and I are thrilled about this collection, especially the rare special feature footage.?
Special features include: A rare interview with Spike and his family in their Beverly Hills home on CBS? Person to Person (1960); Spike?s appearance as ?Leonard Burnside? on The Ed Sullivan Show (1961); ?Weird Al? Yankovic discussing Jones? influence on his career, comedy and music; ?Spike Bytes? from Joe Siracusa, Spike?s drummer from 1946-52, whose audio commentary takes us behind the Slickers scene; and interviews with musicians, writers and family members including Helen Grayco.
Spike Jones: The Legend Infinity Entertainment/SJ2 Entertainment Genre: Classic TV/Variety/Music Not Rated Format: DVD Only Running Time: Approx. 2 3/4 Hours (DVD) / 45 Minutes (CD) Suggested Retail Price: $49.98 Street Date: Oct. 30, 2007 Catalog #: SPK2012 UPC Code: #617742201291
Vampire Surprise is the 2007 First Place Winner of The Mad Music Archive Best New Halloween Song Contest
About Veronique: Known as The "Weird Val" of Cabaret, for her hilarious parodies and side-splitting covers. ( Imagine if Jim Morrison and Elvira had a love child with a French accent). Deemed "too extreme for Simon" she was gonged off the first season of "America's Got Talent", after only 20 seconds, thus proving her gifts are wasted on the masses. She is the recipient of The Unanimous Choice Award for Best Indie Cabaret Artist by the Los Angeles Music Awards.
Official Website: weirdval.com
After completing the launch of the single version of "Vampire Surprise", she will be releasing a new, full-length recording, "Veronique's Red Velvet LIVE!" which features 14 tracks, including, you guessed it- a live version of) "Vampire Surprise", as well as a "secret" bonus track.
About Jann: He's is an accomplished composer, sound engineer & sound effects specialist, and film editor, who was nominated for an ARIA Award (the Australian equivilent of the Grammy's) for the soundtrack of the film "Red Express." In Poland, he was the founder, of the band Res Publica, (which was later renamed Republika, and under Grzegorz Ciechowski went on to much acclaim in that country).
After Jann's successes in Poland and Australia, he was admitted into the US as "alien of extraordinary ability." Since completing his collaboration with Veronique, he is working on orchestrations of a new rock opera with the legendary Jon Anderson, of the mega-band YES. Official Website- http://Composing.com
The song was initially called "Spooky Garlic Dracula Song", but neither of them really liked it. When a replacement name was not easily forthcoming, one evening, Veronique half-joking/half-serious, turned to the portrait of Frank Zappa that hangs in Jann's studio and beseeched the venerable dead composer to give them guidance for a new song title. Within seconds, a light bulb went off above her head and the words "Vampire Surprise" issued from her lips for the first time...
BTW, the image of Veronique wearing nothing but here red and black striped gloves was shot by r enowned erotic & fetish photographer Justice Howard. Official Website: http://www.JusticeHoward.com/