Thursday, July 19, 2007

Don't Let That Dream Slip Away:


It's been a long time since i posted anything really funny...so here's a collection of stuff that never fails to crack me up and it's got a little bit of a story behind it as well.

When I used to live in America, I worked in the music business for a major label record company that mostly handled hard rock and heavy metal acts. The job was fun and interesting; but juggling the madness was a huge stress. It was not an unusual thing to have fellow co-workers break out in random screams to nullify the pressure. Pretty funny. The highlight of every week was checking out the demos that we received from unsigned bands looking to make it big. We would hang in the mail room and anxiously await the days that the demo Cd-r's and cassettes would come in along with some of the most hilarious/horrifying promo photos and press kits! There are few pleasures in life comparable to witnessing the non-stop parade of delusion that just oozes from these recordings. From tone deaf wannabee teen pop stars to your everyday local bar rock band that just happens to have some of the most childish and pathetic lyrics that have ever been written, to party punkers that just write the cheeziest songs. Overall, it's like one big train wreck that is impossible to ignore. The only option seems to be to sit back and laugh.

In a business where i was exposed to artists and bands that tried to ooze cool and charm to the point where it was almost an insult; it was always a refreshing listen to be exposed to bands that were just so bad that all i could do was laugh.

Of all my collection, this particular compilation has been the single most requested Cd-r burn from all my friends. Goes great for the kind of parties where everyone is too loaded too care, or for the times on your next road trip where you need a little levity. Seriously great stuff..worth a listen, and worth a thousand laughs...and some of these songs are actually so bad and unforgettable that they're guaranteed to get stuck in your head. Arrrrgggh!

Now, if i only i had those press photos...

Start the party here

25 comments:

Jason said...

Totally Awesome!! YEAHH! YEAHH!!
I was actually just singing that song two days ago...
Long live "EXQST DGSHT"

Yair said...

After reading your comments was anxious to listen but...
Have downloaded several times from the four mirrors and there's no way to open the zip (have been able to read the titles,all MP4 except one MP3, but that's all).
Could u fix?
Tks in advance.

jAy @ jApAn said...

Yair...i'm not sure why you seem to be having a problem. I just downloaded it myself (using megaupload) & everything worked fine.

I'm happy to try and post it in your upgrade service of choice and see if it works for yoiu.
let me know.

Jason...Totally Awesome indeed! HAHA

Cheers,
J

Dave said...

WOW! Im trying to follow up the "Raj 3" track which is actually an infectious little tune!
Seems they changed their name to the Raj Trio and released an album named Harmony

http://justforaday.blogspot.com/2004/11/harmony-by-raj-trio.html#comments

Does anyone have it?? Cannot find a single trace of it on the web. Id love to hear this thing, seems like a complete enigma.

jAy @ jApAn said...

Dave...thanks for your detective work. Glad to see that they got a cd out...I do not have this but now i want to hear it also!

Glad you liked this stuff....my favorite part of the Raj 3 song is where the singer attempt some hard angst and almost overblows the mike as he shouts "I can't take anyMORE!"

Yair said...

Thanks a lot Jay. Have tried again and this is what I get when unpacking:
From WinRAR 3.7
Quote
! C:\Documents and Settings\Yair\My Documents\My Music\Superstars.zip: Cannot create folder SUPERSTARS!?
The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.
! C:\Documents and Settings\Yair\My Documents\My Music\Superstars.zip: Cannot create SUPERSTARS!?\.DS_Store
The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.
! C:\Documents and Settings\Yair\My Documents\My Music\Superstars.zip: Cannot create SUPERSTARS!?\01 It's Not Right!.m4a
The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.
! C:\Documents and Settings\Yair\My Documents\My Music\Superstars.zip: Cannot create SUPERSTARS!?\02 Don't Let That Dream Slip Away.m4a
The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.
! C:\Documents and Settings\Yair\My Documents\My Music\Superstars.zip: Cannot create SUPERSTARS!?\03 Tony Fabriss.m4a
Unquote
And so on for the rest of the files.

Given by WinZip 11
Quote
The following invalid folder name was encountered in the archive ""SUPERSTARS!?\""

This folder and any files in it will not appear in the main WinZip window, but you may
still be able to extract it by choosing ""All Files"" in the Extract dialog. For more
information, click on Help or press F1.
Unquote

I did the last but it won't work.
Am at lost.
Any idea what's happening?
I've downloaded lots of your great stuff and never ever had a problem.
Is it you're using some other decompressor?
Thanks in advance.
Cheers

Yair said...

Thanks a lot Jay. Have tried again and this is what I get when unpacking:
From WinRAR 3.7
Quote
! C:\Documents and Settings\Yair\My Documents\My Music\Superstars.zip: Cannot create folder SUPERSTARS!?
The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.
! C:\Documents and Settings\Yair\My Documents\My Music\Superstars.zip: Cannot create SUPERSTARS!?\.DS_Store
The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.
! C:\Documents and Settings\Yair\My Documents\My Music\Superstars.zip: Cannot create SUPERSTARS!?\01 It's Not Right!.m4a
The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.
! C:\Documents and Settings\Yair\My Documents\My Music\Superstars.zip: Cannot create SUPERSTARS!?\02 Don't Let That Dream Slip Away.m4a
The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.
! C:\Documents and Settings\Yair\My Documents\My Music\Superstars.zip: Cannot create SUPERSTARS!?\03 Tony Fabriss.m4a
Unquote
And so on for the rest of the files.

Given by WinZip 11
Quote
The following invalid folder name was encountered in the archive ""SUPERSTARS!?\""

This folder and any files in it will not appear in the main WinZip window, but you may
still be able to extract it by choosing ""All Files"" in the Extract dialog. For more
information, click on Help or press F1.
Unquote

I did the last but it won't work.
Am at lost.
Any idea what's happening?
I've downloaded lots of your great stuff and never ever had a problem.
Is it you're using some other decompressor?
Thanks in advance.
Cheers

Anonymous said...

I'm having the same problem. Arrggh.

jAy @ jApAn said...

Try this link and see if it works better:

http://sharebee.com/eb776f14

i only deleted the question mark from the file name. possibly was causing a problem with your download?

dave said...

You have to unpack with different software. I used Uniextract. google it!

Jay: YES! the lyrics are off the bloody wall
"...don't have enough stress"??

Im on a crusade to dig up that album. JOIN ME! nothing can vanish off the web!

there are some expired links to mp3s here: http://www.turbanhead.com/weblog/2002/11/05/ya-hadda-be-dere/

and an early review here:
http://www.purdueexponent.org/2002/01/25/features/raj3.html

Yair said...

Got it!!
The question mark was fuckin' up the whole thing...
The compilation is indeed a gas.
Can imagine those press photos..
Thanks very very much fr ur efforts.
Best regards

jlb418 said...

thanks for sharing this for I really need a good laugh today thanks

Anonymous said...

'Tony Fabris' !!! The BEST 911 Song EVER!!!!!

jesus, how am I ever gonna stop playing these songs.......

jAy @ jApAn said...

it's a SMASH HIT!

John said...

http://www.interpunk.com/item.cfm?Item=52003&

"Broke Americans", an easy google search found this. Ubelievably it seems to have been signed and paid for an actual "label".

How can this be when Tony Fabris seems to have gotten nowhere with his historical fact based crooning?

As a species, we is not wrapped tight ...

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