Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Most Cracked Out Record Ever Made (Or The Best)

From the left that's Farfi Fiddlefeast, Rifkin Swiftinbrush, Blinky Thinkertinker, and Erfo Oftengoof.  Produced in 1981 on the K-Tel label (they put out cheap flexi comps of old hits like Ronco) this is basically Sword & Sorcery-style Chipmunks vocal characterizations over a Prog-Rock-Opera-Disco production melee.  As far as composition goes, these guys mean it. Possibly Mormon?

They get a lot of points for the cover being super horrifying - but simple.  Also note the shading.  This is an early example of what I call "extreme shading" which took over cartoons and illustration in the late 80s and early 90s.  Just look at that Yellow Balloon.  You better believe there's a song called Yellow Balloon.

The lyrics to When I Go Out To Play

And there's a completely hideous poster that's included in the sleeve, with an accompanying map key and everything, describing the magical land of the Lolliwinks.  My favorite place to chill is at Cockeye the Hermit's Hole - where a reclusive can be seclusive.

Click To Make me BIG

And here's "Yellow Balloon" because you need to hear it.  There is also a Jan and Dean song called "Yellow Balloon from their concept record Save For A Rainy Day, but this is not that, or related to that in any way, at all, not even a little.