Kay Martin was not only a topless model, but a lounge performer. The perfect woman?!
Dig the kooky cover of "Blue Moon" a la The Champs' "Tequila," the rockabilly rumbler (with unexpected three-part harmonies towards the end) "I Ain't Mad At 'Chu," and a version of Gershwin's "Summertime" that sports the new-and-improved lyrics: "Your daddy's a flip and your mommy's a gasser." If you were expecting something more Rusty Warren-ish and ribald, you may be surprised by such dark, weird, atmospheric gems as "The Heel," "Johnny Guitar" and the self-explanatory "Swamp Girl." When she tries to play it straight on standards like "Sentimental Journey," it isn't too interesting - she sings better than you'd expect, but not that well. Her enthusiastic Body Guards (rock that accordion!) chime in from time to time.
Kay Martin And Her Body Guards
|Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
|I Ain't Mad At 'Chu
|I Got It Bad
|Baby, Did You Hear
Two of her other albums are available elsewhere on the intar-webs, one on WFMU's Beware of the
Blog, and her christmas album is out there somewhere, don't remember where.