Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Turn Me On, Dead Man

Was it a hoax? The sensationalist media run amuck? Or did it really happen? In the late '60s rumors began to circulate that paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash and replaced by a double. A plethora of "evidence" and "proof" was offered up by various pundits to support this thesis; Paul was the only Beatle not wearing shoes on the cover of Abbey Road; Paul was dressed in a walrus costume on The Magical Mystery Tour cover; a number of Beatles songs contained "backwards" messages that suggested paul was, indeed, dead. The Beatles themselves were never very forthcoming; even Paul himself never stated for certain whether he had died or not. If that's not proof then the Sloptops don't know what is (or isn't)!

The samples for this piece came from a recording posted at the original "365 Days" project (see link at right, under "Sites You Should Visit), as well as a recording of a 1969 broadcast of the "Uncle Russ Gibb radio show on WKNR, Cleveland.

Here are some links if you would like to read more.

Listen: Paul Is Dead Hoax - Putting the rumor to rest

AUDIO: Beatles In Detroit and Paul is Dead "I read the news today: All Beatles news

Listen: Turn Me On, Dead Man 7.5 Mb

Download Mp3 7.5 Mb

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Just Say Know

Not to long ago, The Meat Beetles were paid a visit by a member or members of We're Late For Class, a jam band from somewhere in America. The Sloptops immediately spotted WLFC as kindred spirits on a myriad of levels. It was decided that these two bands should join forces.

The ensuing sessions were quite fun and a good time was had by all. Except for some neighbors, who called the police. Seven officers responded to the call, but only three returned to the station. The other four could not resist and were drawn into the festivities. After drinking several cups of coffee (with plenty of sugar cubes), the officers in question traded their badges for bongos, their tasers for trumpets, their guns for glockenspiels, and joined the hootenanny.

This piece is respectfully dedicated to the memory of Albert Hoffman, who left this world on April 29, 2008, at the age of 102(!). If you have to ask who he was, you're not ready for the answer.
Listen: Just Say Know

Download Mp3 4MB