Recently I did a post about a Good Housekeeping exercise record I own. After thinking about it, I realized there are several other ridiculous records I know of and should share. So consider this entry #2 in what will be a new series: “Have you heard this?” There will even be a category for it on the sidebar.
Today’s gem is “The Ring of Happiness” by the Korean’s Children Choir, a record I’ve had for 2 years but never really sat down to listen to. Today I decided just for you I’d give it a try and tell you about this masterpiece. Judging from the write up on the back I’d guess it’s from the late 60’s, maybe early 70’s. First thing I noticed was that despite being a Korean children’s choir, everything except one song is in english. Really giving the listener a worldly experience. This record honestly sounds like something you’d hear in a Charlie Brown special.
The write up on the back is the best part of this record. It gives a history of their U.S. tours and television appearances. Some of it is completely random information that has no explanation. One example is they let you know about a soloist who appeared on all four of the choir’s tours and how he is nicknamed, “Peanuts”. Why? They won’t tell you. They also inform you of the high praise for two appearances on the Ed Sullivan show. Wait, are they rock stars now? Did Ed ask them to change the lyrics to one of their tunes? I’m sure they were smashing up hotel rooms with Mick Jagger. Then there’s the tid bit about Raymond Burr (yes, TV’s Perry Mason) introducing them on an Art Linkletter show. If someone made this up they deserve an award for their brilliance in the field of fiction.
In closing, do I recommend you seek out your own copy? No. If you have a friend with a copy I recommend giving it a listen or better yet, giving it a read.
The things that people have recorded to records can simply be outstanding. In the past few years I have come across some golden stuff, whether it be at garage sales or Audio Reader events. My absolute favorite you ask? Why the copy of “Good Housekeeping’s Plan for Reducing the Sporting Way”. I have no idea when this came out. Maybe the 60’s? Either way, here’s a quick description of the record: A narrator’s voice comes on to tell you the name of your exercise and proceeds to give an explanation of how to do it. Queue the relaxing big band music and for the next minute you’ll be exercising away.
The descriptions are great. They are for exercise like “the golf swing” or “tossing the beach ball”. Explaining to you that in order to practice “the good golf swing” you must stand erect. Personally, I would’ve tried it seated. Mind you, these exercises are not intended to be done with the prop. Nope, it’s just you miming it. Do not use an actual bowling ball when you do the “bowling ball fling”. It ends disastrously. The record of course came with an insert that briefly depicts these exercises, has a Q&A section, and even a calorie chart. The Q&A section is absurd. There is one about dieting and they recommend their 1200 calorie diet that at the time you could mail a nickel to them to receive. And what should you wear while performing these you ask? Well they recommend that you don something that’s not very restricting. Top two options given out are “shortie pajamas” or a “bathing suit”. I don’t know about you, but generally any chance I’m given to break out my bathing suit, it’s going to happen. This record is a fantastic bit of knowledge to have in your corner the next time your friends are discussing their exercise regimens. On a similar note: My office has a box for free items. Co-workers bring the things they have no more use for so other co-workers can sort through them and take gems. Recently several inspirational religious cd’s came to find a home in this box. It was pointed out to me that one contained a fan club application.
Never ever name your fan club the “youth army”.
Just awful. How did no one stop to say, “Hey, uh, it’s probably not a good idea to refer to your fan club as a ‘youth army’.” If you currently are thinking of starting your own youth army, please do everyone a favor: don’t.