Bizarre Albums

By Tony Thaxton

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 Oct 26, 2019

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Tony Thaxton explores the weirder side of music, celebrating and telling the story behind those strange albums that make you wonder how and why they exist. Doing deep dives on albums released by pro athletes, actors, fictional characters, and more. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bizarrealbums/support Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bizarrealbums/support

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The Johnny Cash Children’s Album
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Johnny Cash. The country music outlaw. The Man in Black. The man who once sang the lyrics, “I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die”, released a children’s album in 1975. This is the story of The Johnny Cash Children’s Album from 1975.




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Mar 24, 2020
Mother Earth’s Plantasia
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A former writer for Gilligan’s Island named Joel Rapp, his wife Lynn Rapp, and a synthesizer pioneer named Mort Garson team up to release an album of music…for plants. This is the story of Mother Earth’s Plantasia from 1976.




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Mar 17, 2020
Miss Piggy's Aerobique Exercise Workout Album
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Jane Fonda’s Workout played a huge part of the 80's fitness craze. With success, comes parody. This is the story of Miss Piggy's Aerobique Exercise Workout Album, from 1982.   



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Mar 10, 2020
Bathtubs Over Broadway - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Part Two)
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The thrilling conclusion to the soundtrack for the 2018 documentary Bathtubs Over Broadway. 

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Mar 05, 2020
Bathtubs Over Broadway- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Part One)
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Steve Young was a writer for David Letterman for over 20 years. While record shopping for a segment on the show, he stumbled into some  mysterious, corporate souvenir records marked "internal use only". Little did he know, they would change his life. This was the subject of the 2018 documentary, Bathtubs Over Broadway. The film's soundtrack made many of these available to the public for the first time ever. This is the story of Bathtubs Over Broadway- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, from 2019.    



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Mar 03, 2020
Mae West - Way Out West
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Mae West. Actress, playwright, sex symbol…and 70 something year old rock and roll singer?!? It happened. With a teenage backing band. This is the story of Mae West’s Way Out West album from 1966.

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Feb 25, 2020
BIZARRE SINGLES: Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks - City of Crime
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A free episode of Bizarre Singles from the Patreon.com/bizarrealbums page! This one is about the rap single released by actors Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks, "City of Crime" from the soundtrack to their Dragnet movie from 1987.   

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Feb 23, 2020
And Me...I'm Ed McMahon
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“The first time I heard that Ed was taking singing lessons I made a citizens arrest on his tonsils for assault with a deadly weapon.

After listening to this album, however, I think I’m liable to be sued for false arrest. Ed can sing. And quite well, too.

I’m certain you’ll find “And Me…I’m Ed McMahon” as delightful and as pleasant a surprise as I have” - Johnny Carson.

This is the story of And Me…I’m Ed McMahon from 1967.




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Feb 23, 2020
Pink Panther Punk
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An animated opening movie title sequence spawned one of the most iconic cartoon characters of all time, The Pink Panther. In 1981, The Pink Panther released a so-called "punk" record. This is the story of Pink Panther Punk from 1981. 

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Feb 04, 2020
Michael Jackson - Ghosts (LIVE!)
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From the first ever live Bizarre Albums show. This time, instead of an album, telling the story of Michael Jackson's ill-fated Ghosts music video from 1997. Recorded live on October 18, 2019 as part of Podcast Party at the Pack Theater in Los Angeles, CA. 

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Jan 28, 2020
John Wayne - America, Why I Love Her
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John Wayne. The Duke. He loved America. So much so, that in 1973 he recorded an album of patriotic poems set to music. This is the story of John Wayne's America, Why I Love Her from 1973.   --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bizarrealbums/support
Jan 21, 2020
Having Fun with Elvis On Stage
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Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker was not a Colonel. In fact, he wasn't even a legal US citizen. Many people believe he was a con man and would do anything to make some money. One of his craziest plans was to release an Elvis Presley album...of just talking. This is the story of Having Fun with Elvis On Stage from 1974. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bizarrealbums/support
Jan 14, 2020
New Monkees
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MTV aired episodes of the old Monkees tv show in 1986, which was also the twentieth anniversary of the band and the tv series. It exploded and Monkeemania had returned. The following year, a tv producer wanted to capitalize on their popularity a reboot of The Monkees...The New Monkees. This is their story.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bizarrealbums/support
Jan 07, 2020
Richard Simmons - Reach
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After opening his own salad bar and gym in Beverly Hills, Richard Simmons started getting national attention when his energetic demeanor was attracting celebrities to work out with him. Once the 80's hit, Richard Simmons was on tv, selling books, and of course, making an album. This is the story of Richard Simmons' Reach, from 1982.            


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Dec 31, 2019
Christmas Time with The Three Stooges
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The Three Stooges started out as a vaudeville act back in the 1920's. They starred in 190 short films and in 1959, they branched out into making records.  Originally released as The Three Stooges Sing Six Happy Yuletide Songs, the album has been reissued several times, and also with the name, Christmas Time with The Three Stooges. This is their story.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bizarrealbums/support
Dec 24, 2019
Christmas in the Stars : Star Wars Christmas Album
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Following the surprise success of his Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk album, Meco Monardo set his sights on making a Star Wars Christmas Album….only two years after the debacle of the Star Wars Holiday Special. This is the story of Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album, from 1980.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bizarrealbums/support
Dec 17, 2019
Twisted Sister - A Twisted Christmas
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Long Island’s Twisted Sister were 1980’s MTV/heavy metal darlings. After reuniting in the early 2000's, they announced they would make one last album....a Christmas album. This is the story of A Twisted Christmas by Twisted Sister, from 2006.  



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Dec 10, 2019
Tales From The Crypt - Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas
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Comic books. Movies. TV series. Animated spin-offs. Tales From The Crypt did it all. Including a Christmas album in 1994. 

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Dec 03, 2019
Dinosaurs - Big Songs
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Dinosaurs was a sitcom that was born from an idea that Jim Henson had shortly before his passing in 1990. Eventually his son Brian took over the Jim Henson Company and was able to make the show for ABC in 1991. The show was a hit, so of course, that lead to an album in 1992. This is the story of Dinosaurs - Big Songs. 



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Nov 26, 2019
Van Morrison - The Authorized Bang Collection (Contractual Obligation Session)
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After his band Them broke up, Van Morrison was courted by Bang Records and Bert Berns to record some solo material. After a promising start, it quickly went downhill, eventually resulting in Morrison recording over thirty nonsense songs that he made up on the spot just to get out of his record deal. The tapes had come to be known under many names, "The Contractual Obligation Session" being one of them. In 2017, the session was officially released on The Authorized Bang Collection. This is the story of how it all came to be. 

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Nov 19, 2019
Meco - Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk
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Record producer Domenico "Meco" Monardo saw Star Wars on it's opening day in May of 1977. He ended up seeing it 11 times in the theaters. He loved John Williams' score and dreamed up a disco version that he thought could be a hit...and he was right. This is the story of Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk by Meco, from 1977. 

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Nov 12, 2019
Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark
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On the heels of the success of Sam Raimi's 2002 Spider-Man movie, Marvel announced a Spider-Man musical. Bono and The Edge from U2 were tapped to do the music. It seemed like everything was falling into place...then...budget problems, delays, firings, injuries, and even a death eventually lead to the most expensive show in Broadway history. This is the story of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, and it's accompanying album. 

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Nov 05, 2019
Freddy's Greatest Hits
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It's Halloween! Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street was a hit in 1984. But it was after A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors that it totally crossed into the mainstream. Freddy Krueger merchandise was everywhere. Including this album from 1987 by a group of studio musicians calling themselves The Elm Street Group.  Special thanks to Will Hodge for the contact and Eban Schletter for the spooky music. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bizarrealbums/support
Oct 29, 2019
The Munsters
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Happy Halloween! Within a few weeks of it's tv debut in 1964, The Munsters became one of the top ten shows on television. The show premiered in September and before the end of the year, there was already tons of merchandise, including this album. 

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Oct 22, 2019
Bizarre Singles (Free Bonus) - Monster Rap - Bobby "Boris" Pickett
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Get in the Halloween spirit with a free bonus episode from the Patreon feed. Sign up for weekly bonus episodes of the spinoff show, Bizarre Singles, at patreon.com/bizarrealbums ! 

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Oct 18, 2019
Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space
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Star Trek started gaining a cult following after it's television debut in September of 1966.  A few months later, Dot Records approached the producers about making some sort of Star Trek album. The result: Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space, from 1967. 

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Oct 15, 2019
Jan and Dean Meet Batman
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In 1966, rock bands started to get much more ambitious in the recording studio. On television, Batman had premiered in January and was a huge success. So, Jan and Dean made a rock and comedy concept album about Batman...well, at least that was the plan. 

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Oct 08, 2019
Joe Pesci - Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just For You
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Academy Award winning actor Joe Pesci seemed to always have a connection to music, whether that was playing guitar in bands or helping with the formation of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. In 1998, Pesci released an album of his own, as his character from the hit comedy, My Cousin Vinny....Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just For You.   

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Oct 01, 2019
George Martin - In My Life
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In 1998, after nearly fifty years of producing records, Sir George Martin decided to make one final album. A record for himself, as he put it. He asked some of his friends and heroes to come and perform Beatles songs for it. Recording artists such as Phil Collins and Bobby McFerrin took part...but so did comedians and actors such as Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Goldie Hawn, and Sean Connery.  This is the story of Sir George Martin's final album.   

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Sep 24, 2019
Chipmunk Punk
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Alvin and The Chipmunks had all but faded away in the 1970's. Their unexpected return was due in part to a bored radio DJ making a joke. This is the story of Chipmunk Punk, from 1980. 

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Sep 17, 2019
Terry Bradshaw - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
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In 1976, after winning his second consecutive Super Bowl, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw released an album of country and western covers.   

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Sep 10, 2019
Lenny and Squiggy Present - Lenny and The Squigtones
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Laverne and Shirley was a wildly popular American sitcom in the 70's and 80's. Michael McKean and David Lander played the roles of Laverne and Shirley's upstairs neighbors, Lenny and Squiggy. Occasionally they appeared in episodes playing music as Lenny and The Squigtones. In 1979, Lenny and The Squigtones released an album on Casablanca Records.

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Sep 03, 2019
Shaquille O'Neal - Shaq Diesel
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NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal released a platinum selling hip-hop album in 1993. This is the true story of how it came to be. 

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Aug 27, 2019
Dee Dee King - Standing In The Spotlight
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In 1989, bassist Dee Dee Ramone left The Ramones and made a rap album under the name, Dee Dee King. This is the story of that album, Standing In The Spotlight.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bizarrealbums/support
Aug 20, 2019
The Archies
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In 1968, a band composed entirely of cartoon characters from Riverdale released their self titled debut album...The Archies. This is their story. 

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Aug 13, 2019
Bruce Willis - The Return of Bruno
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The story of actor Bruce Willis' The Return of Bruno album(1987). 

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Aug 06, 2019
The Simpsons Sing The Blues
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The story of The Simpsons Sing The Blues album(1990). 

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Jul 30, 2019
The Wrestling Album
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For the debut episode, hear the story of the World Wrestling Federation's The Wrestling Album(1985).  

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Jul 23, 2019
Introducing Bizarre Albums
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On this new podcast, Tony Thaxton tells the story behind the strange albums that you can't believe actually exist. 

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Jul 10, 2019