Todays song is 'Marionette' by The Marvelettes. In 1961 The Marvelettes came in fourth at a high school talent show and won a chance to audition for Motown. After a successful first audition they were asked to return with some original material. They returned with what would be their biggest hit, 'Please Mr. Postman.' After the release of that single The Marvelettes released a few unsuccessful singles and albums, went through some roster changes, and eventually broke up. In 1970 after they disbanded Smokey Robinson felt the former member Wanda Young had some potential and recorded her solo album. She recorded with Motown house band The Andantes, but, after completion of the recording, Robinson felt that the Marvelettes name was more marketable and recognizable. So, he released the album The Marvelettes, The Reutrn of the Marvelettes, despite it being a Wanda Young and The Andantes album. (As an interesting side note, the album cover featured Young and two other women, "fake Marvelettes," whose faces are purposefully obscured. See it here.) The song 'Marionette' was one of the singles off of this album, so, todays track is really 'Marionette' by Wanda Young and The Andantes.
And as a bonus here is the b-side to the single. A cover of The Miracles 'After All':
Kind of another bummer comic today, but I think it's good to do stuff like this every so often. That and these songs aren't always about cheery subjects.
Today's song is brought to you by Darondo. He was a San Francisco native when he released the single 'Didn't I' on Bay Area label Music City Records in 1973. It didn't really make any waves, in or out of the Bay Area, and Darondo fell into obscurity. Rumor has it that he got by on pimping, though he denies that claim. But, he does confirm that he could be seen driving through neighborhoods in an all white Rolls Royce, with the custom licence plate 'DARONDO,' and that his name came from people on the streets saying 'Dang, DARON got DOugh.' Years later, British DJ and big time crate-digger Gilles Peterson helped pull him out of the void by featuring 'Didn't I' on his BBC radio show. This led to the rerelease of some of his recordings in the form of the album Let My People Go in 2006. Here is 'Didn't I':
So, I suppose this is fits right in with the Man v. Machine theme. This is the first post I've made in almost a week from my own home. Although, I must say, posting comics to your blog whilst crouching in a doorway outside your friends apartment, stealing their internet, in New York is quite the interesting experience. Hopefully this is the last drawing I'll have to make about my internet sucking for a long time.
In honor of the battle of the wits on Jeopardy! this week the theme is going to be Man vs. Machine. Enjoy!
And also I want to thank Noah Scalin for featuring me on his blog today and thank everyone who is checking out my work because of it (thank you to the regulars also!) Everyone should check out his site, where you kind find out about what other people are doing as daily projects, neato! The site is:
Sad comic and sad musician story today. James Ramsey was better known for a little while by his stage name Baby Huey, a name he took on due to his comparative size to the overgrown cartoon baby duck. He headed the group Baby Huey & The Babysitters and played the local circuit in Chicago before being signed to Curtis Mayfield's Curtom Records. Unfortunately Baby Huey struggled with alcohol and heroin addiction and prior to the release of his first, and ultimately only, record was found dead in his hotel room. His record The Living Legend did not chart very well when it first came out and fell between the cracks a little bit. Later it had a small resurgence as hip-hop artists started to sample it more and more. Here is the single 'Hard Times' off of The Living Legend:
And the bonus track for today is his cover of Sam Cooke's 'A Change is Going to Come' in which he turns it into a nine minute long jam session:
Super sweet collaboration comic today! Me and my good buddy, the super talented Will Varner, did this little jam tonight after consuming a large amount of Chinese food. We took turns drawing each panel. Everyone should look at his website:
The musical selection for the day comes from a mean organ player named Brother Jack McDuff (although sometimes the 'Brother' is dropped from his name). I first found out about this guy when I picked up his record 'Tobacco Road', mostly for the cover, from a dollar bin at a random record store in the middle of Iowa. Once I got it home and gave it a listen it became one of my favorites. Sadly I don't know a whole lot of his history. He had a long career though, releasing his first album in 1960 and his last album in 2001. I've listened to a lot of his music from the 60's and there is some incredible organ playing on his tracks. So, if you are into that kind of thing I recommend looking him up if don't already know about him. Here is a jam off of that 'Tobacco Road' album that was written by the man himself, 'Can't Get Satisfied':
And here is a bonus jam from him about what I wish I was eating on Super Bowl Sunday:
I know yesterdays Dwight Dwiangle comic said more would be revealed today, but it looks like it might be more like Monday now. Sorry to those of you that stayed up all night waiting for the next part. Hopefully fun personal stories with scary movie references are just as good and exciting for you.