Nursery rhymes: all about perspective, just like everything else

A few people have pointed out I post a lot of records which were intended for children. Some are ironically adult-themed or weird, and some are just awesome to listeners of all ages. I listened to a lot of records as a kid, and I still feel like a kid when I listen to them now – working in a record store doesn’t make me feel like a kid in a candy store, it makes me feel like a kid in a record store!

jack and the beanstalk al jazzbo collins

(“Jack and the Beanstalk”)

snow white and the seven dwarves all jazzbo collins

(“Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”)

These 78s by Al “Jazzbo” Collins was one my kids really dug, to use hip vernacular. They were into it, man. I don’t know if they knew what to make of it, but they wanted to hear it again and again, baby.

Collins was a disc jockey back when working at a radio station had something to do with music. He hosted a few TV shows over the years, too, including “Jazzbeaux’z Rehearsal”, which featured boiled egg spinning contests. For a short period of time (in between Steve Allen and Jack Parr) he was the host of the Tonight Show – someday that fact is going to come up in bar trivia and you’re going to look like a freakin’ genius, all thanks to the Hymie’s blog.

the three little pigs al jazzbo collins

(“The Three Little Pigs”)

little red riding hood al jazzbo collins

(“Little Red Riding Hood”)

Last week we posted some saucy 50s 45s, including “Stop Whistling Wolf” by Eve Boswell (check it here, yo). There’s a cookin’ rockabilly version of the same some by the Maddox Brothers & Sister Rose, but don’t check Hymie’s for it – I already did and we haven’t got a copy. Little Red Riding Hood songs are a lot of fun – the most famous, of course, is by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. Another favorite of mine is by the totally underrated 90s “punkabilly” group the Gr’ups:

red riding hood

(“Red Riding Hood”)

I probably shouldn’t but I play that record when the kids are around – I love that band! No Idea recently reissued a compilation LP called A Li’l Lost 1992-1994, which I enthusiastically recommend and would be thrilled to special order for you.

A record I haven’t played for my kids is George Carlin’s Toledo Windowbox, a comedy album with a charming before/after jacket (already post on the blog here) and a lot of drug humor (it is, afterall, the album on which Carlin bills his work as “Goofy Shit”). Here is his interpretation of the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – it kind of sums up things up for today:

carlin nursery rhymes

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