Sunday, June 04, 2006

Cool Yourself Off! (The Perfect Record, Part Three)

Just in time for summer, I've just uploaded a little known, ridiculous novelty song from the early 1960's (one which came out on a major label, no less), called "Beer Beer Bottla Beer" by A.C. Ducey.

I first heard this song on the Dr. Demento show around 1980, it immediately went into heavy rotation, and I spent the next 20 years looking for a copy, finally securing one on eBay a few years ago. I don't actually drink beer, finding it quite vile, thank you, but that doesn't stop this record from being one of my all time favorite records.

That's not Thurl Ravenscroft singing, but for more than a moment one might think it is, even though I now suspect that the vocal has been slowed down for effect. And as one might have gathered, I'm a sucker for an eccentric bass vocal performance.

There is so much to love here, from the double tracked vocals, which start and stop more or less at random, to the understated arrangement, to the minimilist lyrics ("whattaya mean, wait'll next year" being my favorite moment), to the clinking of beer bottles as the instrumental sections begin. I can't imagine a way this record could be improved!

I hope this will become one of your favorite songs, too, whether you enjoy beer or not.

1 comment:

Stuart Shea said...

This is indeed one of my favorite records ever. Acquiring one myself last year was a big event in my life.