Monday, May 7, 2007
The sound quality on this one is not very good--lots of unintentional distortion and tape noises--but it was included here because it is one of the earliest Meat Beetles compositions in existence. In 1987, one of the Meat Beetles was on "vacation" in Florida (The Meat Beetles do not find any enjoyment in visiting Florida, and they live in Georgia, which should tell you a lot!). He (she?) was listening to talk radio (a favorite pastime of all the Meat Beetles) and heard this call on the Bob Lasssiter show, in Tampa. She (he?) was fortunate enough to already be taping the show (at least one Meat Beetle has a recording device going at almost any minute of any day). He (she?) took the tape back to the other Meat Beetles and they immediately set about editing and adding other sounds.
This is pre-digital Meat Beetles--no computers, no sophisticated processing facilities, just two tape recorders with "pause " buttons.
In case you can't make it out, what you are listening to is a guy calling a talk show host and threatening to call the police on him because he spoke disrespectfully of Ronald Reagan and Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker. Perhaps the gentleman had a propane leak in his Airstream?
Listen: Mr. Airstream
Download Mp3 (8 MB)