Brad

WKCR Is In Trouble!!

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You guys are kidding about Welk, right? My grandmother used to listen to that garbage and I couldn't take it even then. And a one, and a two and ....

No, I'm not kidding about some hipsters being into him. Frankly I think it's a bit of the usual ersatz hip--"let's take some total kitsch and dig it"--but I know several people who've sung his praises in the past year or so. And then there's Upstairs at Larry's.

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Don't forget that Johnny Hodges recorded an album with Welk. And did you know that Welk recorded for the Gennett label in 1928? The tunes are:

  • Spiked Beer (from beer music to champagne music?)
  • Shanghai Honeymoon
  • Doin' the New Low Down (as opposed to the Down Low?)
  • Are You Makin' a Fool of Me?

In 1931, he reorded for Broadway, including a tune called "My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes"

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I've never been hip. Never. So I guess I can thankfully pass on the Welk...

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check out the Lenny Bruce routine about the junkie who gets interviewed for a job with the Welk band:

"Mr. Welk, I have a monkee on my back."

"Vee like animals!"

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check out the Lenny Bruce routine about the junkie who gets interviewed for a job with the Welk band:

"Mr. Welk, I have a monkee on my back."

"Vee like animals!"

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Welk did a tribute to Duke Ellington and announced a tune as 'Take a train' :g

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