Thursday, November 20, 2008
Moving Forward by Going Backward
Yes, I know... it's been too long since my last post. The jukeboxmafia got married last month and has been neglecting his blogging duties. Sorry for the prolonged silence, but here at last is something interesting.
Kasenetz and Katz were two of the most prolific producers of bubblegum music in the late sixties. They produced the Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum co. and many, many others including this one: the Kasenetz-Katz Super Cirkus. Side one of this disc is a pretty straight forward bubblegum confection (featuring Joey levine on vocals) called I'm in Love With You. Flip it over however and something dark and disturbing is going on here. Something like a depressed walrus singing on his deathbed. I was pretty intrigued when I heard this and very curious about what the hell I was hearing. Whatever it is, it is not only recorded backwards but it's also recorded at the wrong speed.
A little digital trickery reveals that To You With Love is simply about one minute of the middle of I'm in Love With You played backward at 16 rpm...
Whether this was a joke, a rather lame stab at psychedelia or an attempt to insure that only the A side received radio airplay I have no idea...
Kasenetz-Katz Super Cirkus
To You With Love (original)
Buddha - 82 - 1969
To You With Love (altered)