Yes, my Oriental fille-de-whoopie Fah Lo Suee and I will be at an undisclosed location endeavoring not to make up any jokes referencing New York City
You know, like this prospective campaign ad: "I'm Anthony Weiner, and you'll love my package."
In any case, as a result, posting by moi will necessarily be somewhat fitful for a few days.
But until then, as always, here's a fun project for us all to contemplate:
MOST AHEAD-OF-IT'S-TIME POST ELVIS ROCK/POP/SOUL RECORD OR ALBUM!!!!
And my totally top of my head Top Six is/are:
6. The Monks -- Black Monk Time
From 1966 -- five alienated G.I.s in Germany invent Blank Generation punk several years before Richard Hell got his first blowjob.
5. The 5 Torquays -- "There She Walks"
From 1964 -- the same five alienated G.I's in Germany (before they shaved their heads and changed their name) invent Talking Heads' version of New Wave Rock several years before David Byrne had his first anxiety attack.
4. Eddie Cochran -- "Something Else"
From 1958 -- Cochran invents heavy guitar rock before Rockabilly was even dead.
3. The Travel Agency -- "That's Good"
From 1968 -- some lost-to-the-mists-of history Texas rockers (who they were is unclear) invent New Age at least a decade or so before Yanni played the Acropolis. I should add that this album -- produced by Jimmy Griffin, of Bread fame -- also anticipates pretty much everything Dave Edmunds did a few years later too. If you can find an illegal download on the intertubes, I highly recommend you check it out.
2. The Kit-Kats -- "Won't Find Better (Than Me)"
From 1970 -- a brilliant greaseball bar band from Philadelphia --The Kit-Kats, temporarily doing business under a more hippie-ish nom du disque -- anticipate just about every piano trope of the first couple of Bruce Springsteen albums that followed.
And the number one most amazingly un-commercial (because being ahead of your time is the most egregious sin you can commit in pop music) song/album of all time clearly is --
1. Michael Nesmith -- Tantamount to Treason ("Bonaparte's Retreat")
In which one of the Monkees invents psych-country rock a la Wilco about thirty years before Jeff Tweedy blew his nose.
Alrighty, then -- what would YOUR choices be?
[h/t Sal at Burning Wood]