Picks and Pans Review: The World's Worst Records

UPDATED 02/06/1984 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 02/06/1984 at 01:00 AM EST

Various performers

Actually these are some of the world's best records: They're just parodies of the world's worst. There's the wonderful Kazooed on Klassics, by the Temple City (Calif.) Kazoo Orchestra. Heathen Dan does his 1982 classic, I Like, a takeoff on Tom T. Hall's schmaltzy I Love ("Noses full of snot/Dead things when they rot/Belchin' just for fun/ And scum"). Barnes & Barnes contribute their 1980 miss, Boogie Woogie Amputee ("I love to dance with Peg Leg Sue/ She got one, and I got two"). Omaha's Ogden Edsl Wahalia Blues Ensemble Mondo Bizarrio Band, perhaps best known for Dead Puppies, is represented by Kinko the Clown. The only tune that seems to have been seriously intended is Surfin' Tragedy, a hilariously morbid 1963 release by the Breakers that came at the height of the Dead Man's Curve death-rock era. The album is consistently funny and never really offensive, even though good taste does not appear to have been a major criterion; I Want My Baby Back, by Jimmy Cross, was banned by some radio stations in 1964 because it more than hints at necrophilia. (Rhino)

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