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The Hardy Boys - Here Come the Hardys RCA Victor LSP-4217 1969 Even fellow Bubblegum fetishists tend to give this album pretty short shrift, for some reason, but it is one of my favorites. In Filmation's Hardy Boys cartoon series, aired on Saturday morning for a single season in 1969, Frank and Joe Hardy and their bandmates Chubby, Wanda, and Pete were a rock and roll band that solved crimes in between the gigs they drove to in their way out, funky van. The show was apparently intended to compete with Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? which debuted in the same year. Clearly, it didn't compete very successfully. The stories were based on actual, published Hardy Boys books, and the show followed the standard pattern of the TV music show aimed at juveniles: a bit of story culminating in a performance of a song (two songs per episode in the Hardy Boys, because the stories were rather light.) And, as wikpedia puts it, "these songs were sold at stores on records and audio tapes." Why yes, yes they were. And the band was basically a real band, whose members the cartoon images were obviously drawn to resemble. (I'm looking at you Chubby Morton.) Wanda Kay (real name Devon English, a classically trained pianist and Playboy bunny) was dead hot, both in live action and cartoon form, where they always showed her dancing from behind, though usually in silhouette. Frank Hardy was LA session musician Reed Kailing, a member of the Grass Roots who toured with Badfinger in their final incarnation. And "Pete Jones", believe it or not, was actually the great Robert Crowder of Art Ensemble of Chicago fame. These songs are terrific, and I consider this album a neglected gem. It brings joy to my sad little world. And that ain't hay. I don't recognize any names from the song credits outside of Loizzo, who must be Gary Loizzo of the American Breed, on several of the songs. For me the highlights are "Namby Pamby", "My Little Sweetpea", "That's That", and especially "Those Country Girls": "I was born in the city, but I've been around the world in my time, and if you're looking for a girl who's so pretty mister just drive across the county line, all them heifers there are US prime, and away little pony, there's much more to life..." Also, the country girls are apparently "so masculine they are happy just to see a man alive..." So make it snappy, walk or drive or hitch a ride to any country side... Had I heard this song at the age of four, I'd probably suspect now it had warped me, like so many other such songs I got from cartoons. In fact, I got warped all on my own. There's a second Hardy Boys album called Wheels which I never got around to get a hold of, but it has some great songs on it as well, and if I ever seen one around I'll probably snap it up. As I mentioned above, I never saw this show when it was on, though possibly I could have. I investigated it retrospectively after discovering the album in a bargain bin. I do have a great fondness for that style of far-out TV psychedelic animation, particularly on the musical segments. All the cartoons of my youth were like that, reflecting a real life psychedelic world that I'm very fond of as well. You can find episodes on youtube, and they have a kitschy charm, in small doses. But it's the music that matters. I think it's great. notes: -- live action show opening theme songs "Here Come the Hardys": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNS6HhtElLo -- "Those Country Girls": https://youtu.be/g5bY9ZcVb-I -- "What Happened at Midnight", full episode on YouTube. -- youtube playlist of the albums eleven songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nULN5dVGQio&list=PLVrbkFAtwvSBgKkxqexiYQEB0667XJX0e -- wikipedia Hardy Boys page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hardy_Boys_(1969_TV_series) -- Rob Crowder discogs page: https://www.discogs.com/artist/336120-Rob-Crowder #music #vinyl #vinylcollector #bubblegum #minds

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The Hardy Boys - Here Come the Hardys RCA Victor LSP-4217 1969 Even fellow Bubblegum fetishists tend to give this album pretty short shrift, for some reason, but it is one of my favorites. In Filmation's Hardy Boys cartoon series, aired on Saturday morning for a single season in 1969, Frank and Joe Hardy and their bandmates Chubby, Wanda, and Pete were a rock and roll band that solved crimes in between the gigs they drove to in their way out, funky van. The show was apparently intended to compete with Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? which debuted in the same year. Clearly, it didn't compete very successfully. The stories were based on actual, published Hardy Boys books, and the show followed the standard pattern of the TV music show aimed at juveniles: a bit of story culminating in a performance of a song (two songs per episode in the Hardy Boys, because the stories were rather light.) And, as wikpedia puts it, "these songs were sold at stores on records and audio tapes." Why yes, yes they were. And the band was basically a real band, whose members the cartoon images were obviously drawn to resemble. (I'm looking at you Chubby Morton.) Wanda Kay (real name Devon English, a classically trained pianist and Playboy bunny) was dead hot, both in live action and cartoon form, where they always showed her dancing from behind, though usually in silhouette. Frank Hardy was LA session musician Reed Kailing, a member of the Grass Roots who toured with Badfinger in their final incarnation. And "Pete Jones", believe it or not, was actually the great Robert Crowder of Art Ensemble of Chicago fame. These songs are terrific, and I consider this album a neglected gem. It brings joy to my sad little world. And that ain't hay. I don't recognize any names from the song credits outside of Loizzo, who must be Gary Loizzo of the American Breed, on several of the songs. For me the highlights are "Namby Pamby", "My Little Sweetpea", "That's That", and especially "Those Country Girls": "I was born in the city, but I've been around the world in my time, and if you're looking for a girl who's so pretty mister just drive across the county line, all them heifers there are US prime, and away little pony, there's much more to life..." Also, the country girls are apparently "so masculine they are happy just to see a man alive..." So make it snappy, walk or drive or hitch a ride to any country side... Had I heard this song at the age of four, I'd probably suspect now it had warped me, like so many other such songs I got from cartoons. In fact, I got warped all on my own. There's a second Hardy Boys album called Wheels which I never got around to get a hold of, but it has some great songs on it as well, and if I ever seen one around I'll probably snap it up. As I mentioned above, I never saw this show when it was on, though possibly I could have. I investigated it retrospectively after discovering the album in a bargain bin. I do have a great fondness for that style of far-out TV psychedelic animation, particularly on the musical segments. All the cartoons of my youth were like that, reflecting a real life psychedelic world that I'm very fond of as well. You can find episodes on youtube, and they have a kitschy charm, in small doses. But it's the music that matters. I think it's great. notes: -- live action show opening theme songs "Here Come the Hardys": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNS6HhtElLo -- "Those Country Girls": https://youtu.be/g5bY9ZcVb-I -- "What Happened at Midnight", full episode on YouTube. -- youtube playlist of the albums eleven songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nULN5dVGQio&list=PLVrbkFAtwvSBgKkxqexiYQEB0667XJX0e -- wikipedia Hardy Boys page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hardy_Boys_(1969_TV_series) -- Rob Crowder discogs page: https://www.discogs.com/artist/336120-Rob-Crowder #music #vinyl #vinylcollector #bubblegum #minds

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