Make horrid scars and gashes.


MAD Magazine "Fink Along With Mad" (Big Top, 12-1306, 1962)

The second of two MAD LPs released on Big Top, this gem was written and produced by Norm Blagman & Sam Bobrick, and performed by Jeanne Hayes, Mike Russo & The Dellwoods (seems that the sax solo on "It's A Gas" was even played by Mr. King Curtis!). A few of these songs were also issued as cardboard records in the mag in '62 (a tradition that continued with Eva-Tone sheets til the 80's. I can still sing every damn version of the 1980 "It's a Super Spectacular Day" flexi thanks to a foolish decision to tape record all 8 endings in a row. Man, it took forever to get that last one.)

Back to 1962, this vinyl rip is from a friend (at 160 kbps), but since I've been playing it over & over this weekend I figured the time was right to share it all the same. There's some catchy Teen-Pop/ R+R on here, and I'm sure that the social anxiety humor (roundly eclipsed by more counter-cultural forces a little later in the decade) served an important function for weirdo youth. Oh, and it's phunny.

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Blogger Mark Tidrick said...

I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that your blog is simply...amazing. Thanks for being you! I finally complete my Frankie Stein collection (I've had a nice bootleg collection on CD for awhile) and added a few albums to my collection to scare myself and my family in the coming months...Thanks for the kudos to Wade Denning, too...If I could I'd by you a beer or two...Keep Cool and THANKS again for the tasty selections!

2/13/2006 2:52 PM

Blogger Jason said...

Cool, thanks!

(and the next time my band is in Cleveland I'll do my best to take you up on that beer)

2/14/2006 9:58 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up in the Carthay Circle section of L.A. and Sam Bobrick was our next door neighbor. He also wrote "It's a Gas"...I used to watch Winchell Mahoney time at his house. Cool to see this, had no idea he wrote this one too.

2/14/2006 6:21 PM

Blogger Jason said...

Wow! That's pretty damn cool. The same team (Blagman/ Bobrick) wrote the earlier Big Top/ MAD lp as well.

Here's a (non-audio) link. Anyone have this to share?

2/14/2006 8:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, I've always wanted to hear this stuff. As a kid I had Mad Disco and the Super Spetacular Day flexi. Since you went to the hard work of isolating all the individual endings, can you post those as well. In fact, please post any other Mad recordings you have. I can't get enough.

2/17/2006 10:35 AM

Blogger Jason said...

Oh, that tape is (sadly) long, long gone. All of the endings were included on the Totally MAD CD Rom that came out a few years back though, so maybe you can scare one of those up.

2/17/2006 10:42 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the super spectacular flexi-disc as well......if anyone knows of a mp3 copy it would be much appreciated.

4/16/2006 11:27 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did manage to find a partial .iso file from the totally mad cd series.....all 8 versions were there.....low grade wav form tho....if anyone wants it leave a post here...ill check back.

4/17/2006 2:07 AM

Blogger Jason said...

Yessir, I'd love to hear them again; lo-fi is a-okay with me.

4/17/2006 5:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um... This link took me to the RapidShare site. Sorry I came in late, but I hate to miss this one...

4/28/2006 12:01 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok these are 128kb mono mp3's (all 8 endings) i had to post to angelfire, hope this works...i really hate angelfire.....Enjoy

4/29/2006 9:11 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok lets try this again

4/29/2006 9:15 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus Christmas

4/29/2006 9:17 AM

Blogger Jason said...

Totally fantastic! I'm gonna up this into the main section -- thanks a lot!

4/29/2006 1:14 PM

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5/14/2006 4:15 AM

Blogger Tom said...

Well, I was compiling a set of Mother's Day CDs and from Mason William's Classical Gas, I recalled Alfred E. Newman's "It's a Gas" -- so thanks for posting it -- and all the other cool stuff! My early education was all Mad Magazine and Superman. I can even remember the night my brother and I fought over the Mad Magazine with the black plastic insert of "It's a Gas" on the way to get ice cream with Dad. Laughing along with "It's a Gas" was one of the few things my brother and I did which wasn't fighting!

Jeez, I feel old!

5/14/2006 4:18 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason, You have a band?

You have some esplainin' to do!

If you can give me some mp3s, I can post them in my blog. My Speciality for the Fink Along with Mad album, and by the way, I linked this page from my blog!

7/26/2006 10:27 PM

Blogger Obbop said...

It would be outtasight, groovy, even, if someone arose with a Mad Magazine flexi-disc from the mid 1960s titled "She Got a Nose Job."

A wonderful titty whose words I still partially recall;

"She gotta' nose job she gotta' nose job now it's turned up instead of hangin' down.

She gotta' nose job she gotta' nose she's the prettiest gal in town... nose job"

Such fine music about a pertinent topic.

9/16/2006 2:53 AM

Blogger Jason said...

obbop: You can actually find that song here on the full MAD lp "MAD Twists Rock n Roll" (hosted by PCL Linkdump). Enjoy!

9/16/2006 4:37 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an original copy of "Nose Job" that is a record on cardboard by The Dellwoods. Would like to sell. Contact me at for details.

12/25/2008 11:38 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is awesome!! As a kid my brothers and I used to sing along with A E Newman on "Its A Gas" and the others on Fink Along With Mad. Now my grandkids will be able to have the same twisted experience!!! You are awesome!!!

9/26/2010 7:36 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obop... you said "titty" uhuhuh I think you meant "ditty" ;)

10/02/2010 9:06 AM


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