About Wacky Alex

Creator of FunHouse Radio

“The All Chicken Restaurant” by Art Paul Schlosser

In his own words, “It’s a song I wrote for my 67 songs in less than 67 Minutes which is a song about a restaurant that everything taste like Chicken”.

Today is National Fried Chicken Day! So if you are allowed to eat fried chicken, have a great time! We’re going to eat some nuggets from the air fryer.

You might have heard us playing this goofy little ditty on the air.

“I Like ‘Em Big And Stupid” by Julie Brown

If you heard this track on FunHouse Radio, it was off the LP Trapped In The Body Of A White Girl. I have a copy of the 1987 release in my vinyl collection. It was her second full length album. The track had been previously released as single in 1983.

I remember Julie Brown most for her music, valley girl character and her Madonna parodies. Other may remember that her music was featured on The Dr Demento Show.

She’s done more than comedy music.

Checking out her Wikipedia reveals that she has had a surprisingly storied career in show business. She’s been in movies like Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 In. Women. She’s appeared in TV Shows like The Middle & Happy Days, She’s even voiced cartoon characters for Animaniacs!

12″ single cover design

“White Rabbit (Go Ask Alice)” by Jefferson Airplane, “live” on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

July 4th is Alice In Wonderland Day. The occasion is celebrated by Lewis Caroll fans around the world, but especially in England. This Acid-Rock classic is all about Carol’s famous novel.

From what I can tell, the vocals are live. In fact her performance is sublime. I think the music however is from the studio recording. The rest of the band is pantomiming. Things like this were common on 1960s TV.

Happy Lewis Carol Day. Follow the White Rabbit!

Courtesy of The British Library

-Wacky Alex

“Square Dance Rap” by Sir Mix-A-Lot

Today is American Redneck Day. Y’all ready to get busy? I’m crazy therefore this was the first song that came to mind for the occasion.

Sir Mix-A-Lot had an album and singles out on the scene long before “Baby Got Back”. His album Swass came out in 1988 on the strength of their single “Posse on Broadway” which was not a a comedy track like this one. I had the album on cassette.

“Square Dance Rap” was actually released as a single. I first heard the song on the radio but was a different mix. The version that appeared on the album had some editing done to it that makes it a little more goofy.

My fifth grade teacher managed to get our class to square dance back in 1985. Square dancing was really a thing in American culture, even as recently as the 1980s. The photo above was found on this great article about the square dancing fad. It’s from 1986 and shows an Ohio square dance club enjoying one of their twice monthly dances.

Have you ever learned to Square Dance? Let us know in the comments.

-Wacky Alex

“Blame Canada” by Robin Williams LIVE at The 1999 Oscars

This was supposed to be the song of the day for yesterday. July 1 is Canada Day and this time it’s actually Canada’s fault that we are a day late posting this blog.

Blame Canada. Yesterday several fans from Canada decided to send up compliments on Discord. They kept distracting me with all the nice things they kept saying about the station. I was supposed to be getting my work done but Canada decided to interrupt me. I can’t help it. It’s Canada’s fault!

The video on this page looks like it came from a VHS tape of the live program. I have never seen a professional release of this. I hope they don’t take it down. I’ve been a Robbin Williams fan for most of my life. I was very sad to learn of his death.

The photo above is by Bruce Reeve/CBC. You can blame Canada for that too, although I added Robin’s face.

How do you like to celebrate Canada Day? Do you play certain songs? Let us know in the comments.

-Wacky Alex

“Camera” by Karl Bartos

Today is National Camera Day. I can’t think of a more perfect song to mark the occasion.

You may remember Karl Bartos from his work with the band Kraftwerk. This track comes from Karl’s 2005 solo album Communication. The entire album is freaking great. You can really hear how he must have influenced Kraftwerk and vice versa.

It’s hard to get a physical copy because it was released in Germany, UK, and Japan only, in limited numbers. Sometimes the CD is listed for $60 or more on auction sites. I have the UK version on CD.

If you have been just using your phone for taking snapshots, why not dig out that old digital camera and take some higher quality photographs today. You can share them with us on Twitter or Discord.

What do you think of Karl Bartos as a soloist? What are your thoughts on departure from the band in 1990? Let us know in the comments!

-Wacky Alex

“I Can Only Count To Four” by Psychostick, Parody of “Bodies” by Drowning Pool

Knock-Off “Muppets” go metal to tell the world about their arithmetic angst. You know it’s frustrating when you can only count to four (unless you are a punk-rock drummer). The band called Psychostick made this hilarious parody of of “Bodies” by Drowning Pool. Rock on!

Did you love or hate this? Something in between? Let us know in the comments.

-Wacky Alex