Bizarre Albums

de Tony Thaxton

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

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Penny Marshall / Cindy Williams - Laverne & Shirley Sing

por Tony Thaxton

Laverne and Shirley (Penny Marshal and Cindy Williams) first appeared on an episode of Happy Days in late 1975. Just a few months later, they had their own spinoff. And it was immediately a huge hit. By the end of it’s first year on the air, they even released an album in-character. This is the story of Laverne & Shirley Sing, from 1976.

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Chris Gaines - Greatest Hits

por Tony Thaxton

In the 90's, Garth Brooks was the biggest star in all of music. He had four different albums that sold more than 10 million copies. He was not only the biggest star in country music, but he crossed over into the pop world as well. Then, Brooks did something very different. He created Chris Gaines, a rockstar alter ego. This is the story of Chris Gaines' Greatest Hits, also known as Garth Brooks in…the Life of Chris Gaines, from 1999.

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SINGLES: The Crypt Keeper - The Crypt Jam

por Tony Thaxton

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Brie Larson - Finally Out Of P.E.

por Tony Thaxton

Brie Larson. Academy Award winning actress, Marvel superhero, and...teen pop star? It happened. This is the story of Brie Larson's Finally Out Of P.E., from 2005. 

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All Ears: CB Songs

por Tony Thaxton

Citizen's Band Radio, or CB Radio, blew up in the 1970's. They earned nearly 30% of all of Radio Shack's revenue. So, Radio Shack decided to capitalize on the trend and release a Radio Shack exclusive album full of CB themed songs. This is the story of All Ears: CB Songs, from 1977. 

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Donny Most

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Actor Donny Most, grew up with singing as his first love. When he got the role of Ralph Malph on Happy Days, that derailed his singing dreams…for a little while. This is the story of Donny Most’s self titled album from 1976.


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Kurt Russell

por Tony Thaxton

Kurt Russell made his film debut when he was just 12 years old. By the time he was 15, Walt Disney signed him to a ten year contract. Shortly after his first big starring role for Disney, Kurt Russell recorded a bubblegum pop record for Capitol Records. This is the story or Kurt Russell's self titled album, from 1970.

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Fear of Pop - Volume I

por Tony Thaxton

Ben Folds Five had a mainstream hit with "Brick". The next move? Ben Folds decided to do an experimental project without his bandmates. This is the story of Fear of Pop - Volume I, from 1998.

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George Burns Sings

por Tony Thaxton

A 73 year old comedian releases an album of music? It happened. This is the story of George Burns Sings, from 1969.

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The Beverly Hillbillies

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The Beverly Hillbillies shot to #1 in the ratings faster than any other show in the history of television. It even had a a theme song that went to #1 on the country charts…but when a Beverly Hillbillies album with the entire cast was released, they didn’t have quite as much success. This is the story of The Beverly Hillbillies, from 1965.

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Vanilla Ice - Hard To Swallow

por Tony Thaxton

After having a #1 album that was also the fastest selling hip hop album of all time, Vanilla Ice’s fame faded almost as quickly as it came. He tried to return in 1998…with a nu metal album. This is the story of Vanilla Ice’s Hard to Swallow, from 1998.

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Hulk Hogan and the Wrestling Boot Band - Hulk Rules

por Tony Thaxton

After being the biggest star professional wrestling had ever seen, Hulk Hogan left the WWF to star in his own tv series. It didn't last long before he came back to wrestling, but this time went to rival company, WCW in 1994. One year later, he made an album with some friends and his wife. This is the story of Hulk Hogan and the Wrestling Boot Band's Hulk Rules, from 1995. 


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BIZARRE SINGLES: Prince - Batdance

por Tony Thaxton

Due to a scheduling problem, this week's show is an episode of Bizarre Singles from the Patreon. (I explain in the intro)  Enjoy this episode of Bizarre Singles on Prince's "Batdance", from 1989. 


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Sissy Spacek - Hangin' Up My Heart

por Tony Thaxton

Just a few years after winning an Oscar for her performance as Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter, Sissy Spacek recorded a country album of her own. This is the story of Sissy Spacek's Hangin' Up My Heart, from 1983.


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Rawhide's Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites

por Tony Thaxton

Before becoming a movie star, Clint Eastwood was a cast member of CBS’s Rawhide. Shortly before he got his first starring film role, he released an album. This is the story of Rawhide’s Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites, from 1962…or 1963?


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Ted Knight - Hi Guys

por Tony Thaxton

He was one of the Emmy winning stars of the groundbreaking Mary Tyler Moore Show. Caddyshack was still another 5 years away, but Ted Knight was popular enough to release an album. This is the story of Ted Knight's Hi Guys, from 1975. 

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Buster Poindexter

por Tony Thaxton

David Johansen was the lead singer of the New York Dolls, a highly influential band in the 1970’s that paved the way for glam and punk. After their breakup and a lackluster solo career, David Johansen developed an alter ego, Buster Poindexter, and made an album of calypso and lounge music. This is the story of the debut Buster Poindexter album, from 1987.


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Mr. T's Commandments

por Tony Thaxton

Mr. T was a bouncer and bodyguard who shot to fame when he was cast as Clubber Lang in Rocky III. Through that lead to tv shows, more movies, and even breakfast cereals. He developed a young fanbase, so, he made an album aimed at children. This is the story of Mr. T’s Commandments, from 1984.

Special appearance by Hal Lublin (We Got This with Mark and Hal , Tights & Fights, and Good Morning Night Vale)


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Stevie Wonder's Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants (Part Two)

por Tony Thaxton

Part two of this week's episode, covering the second disc of Stevie Wonder's Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants, from 1979.


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Stevie Wonder's Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants (Part One)

por Tony Thaxton

After winning the Grammy for Album of the Year on three consecutive albums, Stevie Wonder took a three year break from recording. When he returned with a new album, it was a movie soundtrack to a documentary… based on a book…about plants. This is the story of Stevie Wonder's Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants, from 1979.


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The Turtles Present The Battle Of The Bands

por Tony Thaxton

The Turtles record label wanted them to write another “Happy Together”, but then The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. And The Turtles said they wanted to make their own concept album…as a different band playing a different genre for every track. This is the story of The Turtles Present The Battle Of The Bands, from 1968.


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Lindsay Lohan - Speak

por Tony Thaxton

After being a successful child model as well as starring in several successful movies, actress Lindsay Lohan made her debut album when she was only 18. This is the story of Lindsay Lohan's Speak, from 2004.

Special appearance by Jackie Johnson of the Natch Beaut podcast.


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Percy Thrillington - Thrillington

por Tony Thaxton

Paul McCartney released his first solo album in 1970, about one month prior to The Beatles’ Let It Be, the final album they would release. In 1971, he made his second album, Ram, with his wife Linda. Just before it’s release, he also made an orchestral instrumental version of the album. Eventually, the album would be released, under the pseudonym, Percy “Thrills” Thrillington. This is the story of Percy Thrillington’s Thrillington, from 1977. 


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Pat Boone - In A Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy

por Tony Thaxton

Pat Boone was the second biggest act of the late 1950’s, behind only Elvis Presley. Then he went down a country and gospel music path. Then in 1997 he shocked the world with an album of heavy metal covers. This is the story of Pat Boone’s, In A Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy, from 1997.


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Kiefer Sutherland - Down In A Hole

por Tony Thaxton

After over thirty years of being a successful actor, Kiefer Sutherland releases his debut country album. 

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Jack Palance - Palance

por Tony Thaxton

Oscar winner. Emmy winner. Country music recording artist. This is the story of Jack Palance's Palance, from 1970.

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Lynda Carter - Portrait

por Tony Thaxton

Lynda Carter shot to fame on the Wonder Woman tv series in 1975. But her first love was singing. This is the story of Lynda Carter’s Portrait, from 1978.

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BONUS- Bizarre Singles: Christopher Lee- A Heavy Metal Christmas & A Heavy Metal Christmas Too

por Tony Thaxton

Merry Christmas! This is a free bonus episode of Bizarre Singles, originally released last Christmas on the Patreon.  You can get weekly bonus episodes and more at patreon.com/bizarrealbums




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Dallas Cowboys Christmas

por Tony Thaxton

How does combining contemporary christian music, Robert Kardashian and the NFL result in a Christmas album? This is the story of Dallas Cowboys Christmas, from 1985…and 1986.


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Bad Religion - Christmas Songs

por Tony Thaxton

Los Angeles punk veterans Bad Religion. Not exactly the band you would expect to release a Christmas album. But they did it. Because they wanted to. This is the story of Bad Religion's Christmas Songs, from 2013.

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Yoko Ono/John Lennon, Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins

por Tony Thaxton

Just before The Beatles were to begin work on The White Album, John Lennon invited Yoko Ono over to his home....while his wife was away. They took acid, stayed up all night, and made this recording. This is the story of Yoko Ono/John Lennon, Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, from 1968.  


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Evel Knievel

por Tony Thaxton

When motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel set out to jump Snake River Canyon on his "skycycle", an album was released on Amherst Records as a way to promote the event.  This is the story of Evel Knievel, from 1974. 


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Neil Young - Trans

por Tony Thaxton

In the early 80's, for the first time in his career, Neil Young signed with a new record label. Geffen Records gave him a sizable advance and creative control. But after David Geffen heard the record, he tried to sue Young for making "uncharacteristic music". Yes, it was different. But Young has his reasons. This is the story of Neil Young's Trans, from 1982. 


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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Coming Out Of Their Shells

por Tony Thaxton

In 1990, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had one of the biggest movies of the year. Late that summer, they embarked on a tour….as a band…sponsored by Pizza Hut. This is the story of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Coming Out Of Their Shells, from 1990.


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Ethel Merman - The Ethel Merman Disco Album

por Tony Thaxton

Ethel Merman has been called the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage. After nearly 50 years of Broadway and film success, she released a disco album. She was 71 years old. This is the story of Ethel Merman’s The Ethel Merman Disco Album, from 1979. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app