Friday, November 30, 2007

The Mom & Dads - Merry Christmas With

There's nothing like having family around at Christmas time. The reconnects, the laughter, the warmth, the love, the sibling rivalry, the photos, the big family meals, the one too many servings of egg nog, the inappropriate comments, the misunderstandings, the snits, the feuds, the clock watching, the diviing up of the leftovers, the opening of presents, the swap of gift receipts, the rounding up of the noisy kids, and the drive home.

Ahhh, there's no place like home for the holidays...

This album is from The Mom & Dads, a Spokane, Washington music group that specialized in Western styled dance music - polkas and waltzes mainly. I first came across this album in an impulse book I purchased last year at Barnes & Noble called "Horrifically Bad Album Covers". The author of the book is Nick DiFonzo who runs the aptly named Bizarre Records website - some real gems over there!

As soon as I saw the cover, I immediately began searching online and found a copy via eBay. The back cover is just as bad (purple vests are never in fashion) while the music (all instrumental) is oddly catchy. A few of the tracks contain the clippity-clop of horses which adds to the fun!

Stay clear of the 5:11 version of "Auld Lang Syne". It's a gas for about 1:30, then utterly and ultimately deadly.

Polka on down for yourself:

The Mom & Dads - Merry Christmas With

Happy listening...



Anonymous said...

Thanks for your marvelous posts, but I wish you would post at higher quality/bit rate.

Stephen said...

What's wrong with the cover? I think they look nice. ;)

CaptainOT said...

Anon - What would you suggest?

Stephen - This was Nick DiFonzo's comment about the cover:

"Ah, that's more like it - a traditional family Christmas! The house is alive with the scamper of middle-aged men's feet and the smell of newly extruded polyester. Now that's what I call Christmas".

Being a child of the 1970s, I can relate!


Scott said...

I think I went to Hebrew School with their sons.

Anonymous said...

I'm "anon" from above.

I would suggest 320kps instead of 128.


pete said...

Thanks for the heads up regarding the quality of the rip. Ripping anything below 192 from vinyl sounds pretty bad.

Anyway, my parents used to have a couple 8-tracks around of 'The Moms & Dads'. Actually, one of those releases has/had been reissued on CD, but can't recall which one.