Thursday, November 13, 2014


This blog is now 10 years old. And amidst all the media hype, the presidential pronouncements, and the parades, one lovely maniacs actually sent me an email headed: "I love Filthy Fridays and want to give you money." Well... okay! Hadn't thought about it before, but if someone wants to click on the new PayPal button to your right, that's up to you. We all celebrate in our own ways. And this is how I celebrate: by continuing our series of weekend-starters from the mid-century Golden Age of Sleaze. 

What to read/look at whilst listening to these instrumentals? Why, take a gander at the gams on this website (makes wolf whistle): "Decedent History," a site of particular interest to those in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but any dedicated sleaze-ologist worth his/her weight in tassels should find it fascinatingly filthy fun.

Listening to a burlesque show?! Who'd want to do that? Well, for starters, the millions who bought David Rose's bump-n-grind big band instrumental, "The Stripper," a record that went to #1 on the American charts in 1962. Which of course, lead to records released designed to cash in on Rose's success, inc. 2 albums by Rose himself, "The Stripper," and "More! More! More! of the Stripper," both of which are in print.

So yes, one of today's albums does indeed include a cover of "The Stripper," but these records weren't just cash-ins. "Bald" Bill Hagan & His Trocaderons were an actual burlesque show band that performed at Philadelphia's still extant Trocadera Theater, tho nowadays it's a concert venue. The music is mostly the kind of Dixieland jazz played as a slow grind that typifies burlesque music, but also dips into rock'n'roll ("The G-String Twist"), and psuedo-Middle Eastern belly-dance exotica ("Erotic Fantasy" is a version of that exotic antiquity "Song of India"), another common style found wherever 'torso tossers' were found strutting down 'varicose alley' (aka: the runway.) And compared to Rose's studio slickness, these fun records sound a little more raw and loose - probably closer to what it actually sounded like at joints like the "Troc".  The recording dates would seem to put these at the tail-end of the original burly-q era.

Both albums recorded from vinyl. The first one starts off a bit scratchy, during the MC intro/phony applause effects, but improves. Va-va-voom!

Bald Bill Hagan And His Trocaderons - Music To Strip By (1966)

Bald Bill Hagan And His Trocaderons - Music For A Strip Tease Party (1967)

Music To Strip By:
A1A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
A2Bumps And Grinds
A3Frankie And Johnny
A4G-String Twist
A6Night Train
B1The Stripper
B2Party Time
B3Bedroom Blues
B4Second Honeymoon
B5Girdles Aweigh
B6My Heart Belongs To Daddy
 Music For A Strip Tease Party:
A1I'm In The Mood For Love
A2Stripper's Delight
A3Erotic Fantasy
A4C Cup Blues
A5Vampin' And Campin'
B1A Good Man Is Hard To Find
B3Koochie Galore
B4Cha Bump
B5Makin' Whoopee


Mike O'Donnell said...

"Decedent History"? Surely sleaze is not dead.

AmericanSamourai said...

Thanks, Mr. Fab!

Mr Fab said...

You're welcome, American-san! Mike, I suppose that yes, there is still sleaze, but does it have any cultural resonance nowadays? I suspect that the repressed sexuality of the pre-birth control pill/free love/'sexual revolution' era fueled the likes of, among other things, rhythm'n'blues/rock'n'roll, cuz it got pretty flaccid after that.

Steve Ray said...

A professional Dallas club man, DJ Pierre, was delighted to see this post and these albums, and he demanded I text him the link right away.

He promised to tell me if he ever worked some of these tracks into one of his sets.

Thanks, Mr. Fab!

Mr Fab said...

Stve: What, no Motley Crue or "Darling Nikki"?! Hope DJ Pierre gets some use out of these, would love to hear about that.

Steve Ray said...

There is no shortage of modern equivalents of "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do," but DJ Pierre has a great ear and a curious mind.

I'll keep you posted!

oiche said...

Thanks for these! Just the tonic after a shift...

Mr Fab said...

You're welcome, oiche. Want a little gin with this tonic?