Sunday, May 20, 2007

Crazy Trainwreck

As those of you playing at home know, I host The Smart Set, a weekly radio show at Jazz 90.1 here in Rochester (Saturday nights, 5-6pm, also live at Jazz901.org). It’s an over-the-top radio show, broadcasting “live” from venues like the Kow Tow Room high atop the Imperial Hotel (Where Subservience is More than a Tradition!), the Blue Buddha Lounge at the Tiki Village Motor Inn (Twice voted Best Bar in Town by the Middle School Student’s Association), the Club Flamingo (Home of the famous ten-minute happy hour), and the Red Fez (Always a Tassel, Seldom a Hassle). There are lively crowds, strange drink specials and each week I get to play 15 or so great swingin’ tunes.

But last night I played a tune so bad that even I cringe recalling it – Pat Boone’s rendition of Black Sabbath’s Crazy Train. [See Steve's comment below]

Now I love a good Pat Boone tune as much as the next guy, but this…this was unforgivable. I fielded four calls during the song – three saying it was god-awful and one thanking me for playing his request.

The gent requesting the tune - and it had to be a prank - had called the week before asking me if I could somehow find a version of this and add it to the show next week. Unfortunately, it was easy to find. It clearly falls in the what-were-they-thinking pile, with a weak performance by everyone involved, especially whoever coached the back up singers to do that Toot Toot Crazy Train! thing.

Why am I telling you this? After inflicting it on my listening audience I feel morally obligated to warn others.

My next show will be on Saturday, June 2nd. Listen in if you can – I promise not to repeat that mistake.

4 comments:

steve said...

Crazy Train is not by Black Sabbath, it's by Ozzy Osbourne solo. But I have to agree, Pat Boone's version is laughably awful.

Charles benoit said...

Every Metalhead at work today tore into me for that incorrect attribution. For penance I shall bite the head off a bat.

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