Sunday, April 8, 2007

Buffoon in Asia Minor

Bill Martin Buffoon in Asia Minor: Concerto for Head Phones and Contra LP
(Warner Brothers, 1970)

This wonderfully surreal piece of sketch comedy came from a pal of Michael Nesmith, Harry Nilsson, and Ringo Starr. Known mostly as William E. Martin, Bill wrote songs for the Monkees, penned a few tunes with Nilsson, and then turned out this album. A commercial flop (every copy I've seen has a cut corner), Martin's stream of conscious pieces have more than a hint of psychedeilia in them. That the kids didn't pick up on this says more for their lack of adventure than the quality of the record. Still, I am puzzles as to why a record with a sleeve warning of "WARNING: THIS IS NOT A TOY!, It is the culmination of four and one half billion years of evolutionary development on this planet and with proper care will make more than adequate frisbee for years to come. WARNING: THIS IS NOT AN Enchilada" didn't become a best seller.

After Buffoon stiffed, Martin's career took the path of writing (Elephant Parts, Harry & the Hendersons, 3rd Rock from the Sun, etc.), acting (Hey, Hey We're the Monkees, An Evening with Sir William Martin), and doing cartoon voices (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, GoBots, etc.).

Flash Flood, Chapter 1

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El Repugno
The Whole Enchilada Marches Off


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Scott, fabulous stuff! The Bill Martin is hilarious. just fluked on your blog. Was really keen on hearing some of your older posts - the dialect record and the Dan Theman - assume you took them down due to lack of space?


September 15, 2007 at 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know how to get a hold
of Billy Martin? I heard thru
the grapevine that he joined
Harry in the G.Northwest..
Cousin K.M. goodincolo@aol

August 23, 2008 at 9:17 PM  

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