Thursday, November 09, 2006

Final Flogging

Today in Music History:

In 1967 Jann Wenner publishes the first issue of 'Rolling Stone' in San Francisco.
I hate to flog a dead crazy horse one more time, but after seeing a video today, I'm going to feature The Osmonds one more time. I promise to not mention them for at least three of four months after this post.

The Osmonds' breakthrough US hit, "One Bad Apple", featuring lead vocals by Merrill and Donny, was released in early 1971. Some say it bore an uncanny similarity to the 'bubblegum soul' sound of their contemporaries, The Jackson 5. The song spent five weeks at No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1971, and even hit #6 on the R&B chart. The Osmond Brothers' similarities to The Jackson 5 have been a source of both criticism and humour throughout the years. Critics charge that the Osmonds were subconsciously mimicking the Jacksons' sound for a white audience, while the group's fans contend that their best work is equal to, or at least more ambitious than, the J5's hits. Both groups started performing in the early 60's. In spite of their squeaky clean Mormon image, the Osmonds had a soulful, sometimes raucous sound which was a precursor of the power pop of later years.

Imagine this, in 1971 The Osmonds released 5 albums. The following year, 1972, five more albums were released. Admittedly a couple of those albums were Donny Osmond solo albums, but all the brothers performed on those. Which was a thorn in a couple of the brothers sides. Two years, Ten albums. Compare that output to todays standard of an album every two or three years. By their fifth album they were writing, playing all instruments instead of the occasional session musicians, even producing their own albums in their home studio. While some of the early albums were a bit on the bubblegum side, by the time they released the Phase III album towards the end of 1971, they were rocking pretty hard with their own material.

So you have all heard my out of print rants so I won't rehash my rant but rather than have someone fork out a couple hundred dollars to get one of these gems from some greedy collector, here's another Osmond offering from the homercat. This was their fourth album released in 1971, called Homemade. I believe that they had bullt their recording studio by now, thus the title, but I could very well be wrong. There's some good music here folks. Another vinyl rip. Excellent sound.

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1 The Honey Bee Song 2:20
2 Carrie 2:48
3 Double Lovin' 2:30
4 Chilly Winds 2:54
5 Sho Would Be Nice 3:30
6 The Promised Land 2:45
7 If You're Gonna Leave Me 3:27
8 We Never Said Forever 2:48
9 She Makes Me Warm 2:24
10 Shuckin' and Jivin' 2:10

Homemade by The Osmonds (rs)
For the first time in over 30 years this album is now available on CD for the first time ever.

This was all brought on by Weird Al Yankovic's recent video for his new song White and Nerdy. Throughout the years Donny Osmond has maintained a sense of humour about his teen idol days. In a 2005 Sprint PCS advertisement, a still youthful-looking Donny himself jokes that Sprint allows him to save whenever he calls family members including Jimmy, Marie, and Tito Jackson. Weird Al's new video has Donny poking fun at himself again as he is extremely white and dancing very nerdy behind and with Al. The video is a comic masterpiece and while I hate to put those youtubey video things on my site because I am annoyed by them, I feel I have to put this one up as it is too damn good to miss. Look for Donny to make his first appearance about halfway through.

White and Nerdy by Weird Al Yankovic
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