September 7th, 2021

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More Offbeat Music Digitized

Completed the digitization from the original "broadcast" copy audio cassettes of episodes 12-15 of "The TRS Music Show", recorded during my friends and I "fake radio show" producing days in the 1980's.

My first intention when I thought up the series was to have other Tape & Record Show Enterprises members in rotation as co-hosts from week to week, but it seems James Stricklin, Jerry Sanders, and Randy Haney were usually "out of pocket" for the recording sessions at the time of production, so as a result, Paul Morrison co-hosted on the majority of episodes. My "observations" about the episodes below are after listening to them for the first time in decades.

Since the only ACTUAL "listeners" we had at the time were the members of TRSE, I had to take "liberties" to use as "plot devices". I used an actual co-worker's name from Burger King in episode 12 as being someone who supposedly "requested" a song, which I completely diverted to a different song as the song played, for comedy effect. In real life, Cheryl Easterling would have NEVER sent a request to hear "You Light Up My Life" by Debbie Boone. She would have requested something from Prince. I just thought Debbie Boone in contrast to what was actually played would be funnier. After the song played, Paul made a comment about Debbie Boone being so "goody goody" she made Marie Osmond look like a "slut".

I had Paul in defensive mode in episode 13, with a song I claimed was "requested" by his then actual girlfriend Debbie Salisbury, then a risque follow-up song after that which I said included things he'd probably like to "do" with Debbie. Luckily, she never heard the "broadcast", since, as stated before, these were "pretend" radio shows.

More "politically incorrect" comments from Paul at the end of episode 14 after the songs by Culture Club and Moe Bandy/Joe Stampley.

Episode 15 had another fake request from Paul's girlfriend Debbie. All the times I worked that into the show, it's a wonder Paul still co-hosted. If he had stopped co-hosting, "The TRS Music Show" would have become "extinct" rather quickly.

Contents of the four episodes digitally transferred this evening, as described on the original handwritten "broadcast" index cards in the files...

"The TRS Music Show: Episode 12. Broadcast Wednesday, September 24,1986 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). Hosted by Albert Sims and Paul Morrison. Songs include: Get Up Offa That Thing/Doctor Detroit(James Brown), Teardrop City(The Monkees), Tip Toe Thru The Tulips(Tiny Tim), Surfin' Bird(The Trashmen), Butterbeans(The B-52's), Broken Hearted Lovers Stew(Benny Hill).

The TRS Music Show: Episode 13. Broadcast Wednesday, October 15,1986 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). Hosted by Albert Sims and Paul Morrison. Songs include: Split Level Head(Napoleon XIV), Pac Man Fever(Buckner and Garcia), Yummy Yummy Yummy(Ohio Express), Shaving Cream(Benny Bell/Paul Wynn), Tall Paul(Annette Funicello), Candy Rapper(Sticky Fingers).

The TRS Music Show: Episode 14. Broadcast Wednesday, October 22,1986 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). Hosted by Albert Sims and Paul Morrison. Songs include: I Ran(A Flock of Seagulls), Temi Dei Monkees(The Monkees), Commercial for the "Beverly Hills Blues Festival", Karma Chameleon(Culture Club), Where's The Dress?(Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley).

The TRS Music Show: Episode 15. Broadcast Wednesday, November 5,1986 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). Hosted by Albert Sims and Paul Morrison. Songs include: Chicken Cordon Blues(Steve Goodman), Strike Up The Band(A W.C. Fields "Lucky Strike" cigarette commercial), Star Collector(The Monkees), Your Cheatin' Heart(Homer and Jethro), First Name Initial(Annette Funicello), Ghost Riders In The Sky(Spike Jones and the City Slickers)."
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Four More Transfers Down

This evening, I finished the digitization of four more old 1980's Tape & Record Show Enterprises "radio shows" recorded by my friends and I, namely episodes 16 and 17 of "The TRS Music Show" and episodes 14 and 15 of "Jerry Sanders' Hit Parade".

In episode 16 of "TRS Music Show", there was a bit of a f**ckup at the beginning. I didn't have the correct first song cued up, so we played the second song first, then the first song second. In episode 17, there was apparently a mouse loose in the studio, according to the banter between Paul Morrison and I. Also in that episode, there was a weird, low "feedback loop" thing happening for a few minutes, which suddenly just vanished. No mention of it was in the episode, so apparently it wasn't heard by us, it just went onto the recording. Might have been a mixing issue. Paul also mentioned in one of the episodes he put a cassette deck identical to the one I was using at the time on layaway. I can't remember, but from the year, I'm assuming it was one of the trusty "double well" JVC decks with a pitch control, which got TRSE through MOST of the 1980's recordings. Bought it from the long defunct local "Howard Griffin Sound Center" at their West Monroe store, in the shopping center where Kmart was located at the time. Wish you could still buy cassette decks like that, but since cassettes are a "faded format" these days, the ION branded machine I'm currently using for the digitizations is about the best I can get these days.

Episode 14 of "Jerry Sanders' Hit Parade" marked the return of the series after a little over a year hiatus. Jerry had several "prior commitments", preventing him from recording new episodes during that time period. With the return of the show came a new theme music. Instead of "Morning Star" by Kool and the Gang, the new theme music was the instrumental version of "Beep A Freak" by The Gap Band. What with the still "missing" episode 4, then the scheduling conflicts to record episodes, it seems, looking back today, the series had some kind of "curse" on it.

Contents of the episodes digitized from the "broadcast version" cassettes this evening, as written on the index cards in the old files...

"The TRS Music Show: Episode 16. Broadcast Wednesday, November 12,1986 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). Hosted by Albert Sims and Paul Morrison. Songs include: Pharaoh A Go-Go(Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs), Hawaiian War Chant(Spike Jones and the City Slickers), Papa Oom Mau Mau(Freehold, New Jersey), Me and My Vibrator(Suzie Seacell), and Goin' Down(The Monkees).

The TRS Music Show: Episode 17. Broadcast Wednesday, February 11,1987 at 7:00pm central. Theme Music: Axel F(Harold Faltermeyer). Hosted by Albert Sims and Paul Morrison. Songs include: Hot Tub Refugee(Steve Goodman), Hooray for Captain Spaulding(Groucho Marx), Inka Dinka Doo(Jimmy Durante), Three Little Fishes(Kay Kyser), I Like Bananas 'Cause They Have No Bones(Hoosier Hotshots), Flying Saucer(Bill Buchanan/Dickie Goodman)."

"Jerry Sanders' Hit Parade: Episode 14. Broadcast Monday, January 7, 1985 at 9:00pm central. Theme Music: Beep A Freak(The Gap Band) . Songs include: Jungle Love(Morris Day and The Time), Reunited(Greg Kihn Band), Talking Out The Side Of Your Neck(Cameo), I Can Dream About You(Dan Hartman and the Sorels), Romancing the Stone(Eddy Grant), Sex Shooter(Appollonia 6), Cleaning Up the Town(The Bus Boys), and Stay the Night(Chicago).

Jerry Sanders' Hit Parade: Episode 15. Broadcast Monday, January 14, 1985 at 9:00pm central. Theme Music: Beep A Freak(The Gap Band) . Songs include: Street Corner(Ashford and Simpson), Don't Stop When You're Hot(Larry Graham), Should I Do It(The Pointer Sisters), It's A Love Thing(The Whispers), In the Navy(The Villiage People), So Rough So Tough(Roger)."