Record bin Roulette

Record Bin Roulette
4:03 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Pop songs brave the elements

The chemical elements are the building blocks of life, including many a pop tune. Since we skipped chemistry in high school, most of our science education came from this song which conveniently names all of the elements. This tongue-twisting footage is an amazing live performance by Tom Lehrer:

Read more
Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Pumping Out Cold and Hot Blooded Hits

That red stuff pumping through our bodies has inspired more than a few hit songs.

Some border on the grisly—Nervous Norvous reached the charts in 1956 with the grisly “Transfusion”. With lyrics like “Slip the blood to me, Bud” and “Pump the juice to me, Bruce”, it was considered offensive to many, and banned from some radio stations. But it also gave famed radio DJ Dr. Demento his name. After Barrett Hansen played “Transfusion” on the radio, people said he had to be ‘demented.’ He was, and the name stuck.

Read more
Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu June 21, 2012

No more pencils, no more books

School's Out!
ChrisM70 Flickr

It all began in 1635 in Boston—the nation’s first public school, the Boston Latin School. There were only 9 students enrolled back then, but they had the distinction of enjoying the very first summer vacation. That got us thinking about school-day songs, and we found that there are more songs about the end of school than about school itself.

Read more
Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Singing about good dads and funky fathers

This week we honor our Dads with a kaleidoscope of music videos. Starting on the sentimental side, here’s former Mouseketeer Paul Peterson singing, without a trace of irony, scorn or contempt, a ballad called “My Dad”:

Read more
Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Here comes the bride songs

The great scholar Dave Barry wrote, “Marriage is very much like a birthday candle, in that 'the flames of passion burn brightest when the wick of intimacy is first ignited by the disposable butane lighter of physical attraction, but sooner or later the heat of familiarity causes the wax of boredom to drip all over the vanilla frosting of novelty and the shredded coconut of romance.”

Read more
Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Rocket science inspired by Rock Music

NASA

Space flight is finally becoming a reality for non-astronauts. Very, very rich non-astronauts. For a couple hundred grand, you can reserve a seat on Virgin Galactic, which is planning trips to space and beyond. Your fellow passengers might include Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie and Stephen Hawking, all of whom have already reserved window seats.

Read more
Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Boogie Woogie and Battle Hymns for Memorial Day

Jason A. Samfield

Memorial Day originated after the Civil War, and commemorates soldiers fallen in battle. Record Bin Roulette salutes with song and video.

Read more
Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Musical feuds help album sales

uwdigitalcollections

Musicians generally get along with each other, but when their disagreements happen in public, things get interesting.

Read more
Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Sayings for 'Mommie Dearest'

Anna Jarvis worked hard to make Mother’s Day a holiday. She started the effort in 1908, and by 1914 convinced President Woodrow Wilson to declare it an official national holiday. But nine years later, commercialization of the day had become so rampant, that she became a major opponent of the very holiday she helped create. She was actually arrested while protesting against it.

This week we show our gratitude to Mom with a collection of distinguished sayings…

Read more
Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Secrets and lies in song

Pinocchio, pathological liar
Express Monorail Flickr

It’s getting harder to keep a secret these days--between your ATM card, Facebook and the NSA snooping on emails and phone calls, our lives are pretty much on record in some form.  Of course people will continue to lie and try to keep secrets, but even the Secret Service couldn’t keep their Columbian Expedition under cover...

Read more
Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Aging ... time marches on in song

Time Marches On

Aging is a high price to pay for maturity. But, getting old seems to be the only way to live a long time. One advantage of being old … you’ve already learned everything the hard way.

Read more
Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu April 12, 2012

What's Up, Doc? Songs to celebrate that exam

"Calling Dr. Howard! Dr. Fine! Dr. Howard!"

This week we play Doctor, examining those practitioners of psychiatry, proctology and podiatry with our chilly stethoscopes. Now bend over a bit, this may feel a little uncomfortable…

Read more
Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Hot hits from the Bible

Pop stars and Nuns. They don’t usually go together, with some notable exceptions.

But in 1973, Sister Janet Mead, a Roman Catholic nun from Australia had an international smash hit on her hands with her single “The Lord’s Prayer."

Read more
Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu March 29, 2012

A few songs about real people

The Actual Girl From Ipanema!

Art imitates life in this week’s episode, some great (and not-so-great) songs have been inspired by actual factual folks.

Read more
Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Pucker up and hit those high notes, time for The Whistler

Beware The Whistler!

I am the Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes... I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak ... opening to the 1940’s radio drama The Whistler.

Whistling has been around as long as we’ve had lips, and that puckering propensity has had a vital role in many iconic movies and songs.

Read more

Pages