I am still trying to confirm all the details but this is what I believe to be true at the moment.
Sometime back in the year 2000, I was 25 years old and very much enjoyed going to nightclubs. I had previously visited the now legendary nightclub in Hamtramck Michigan called The Motor and I liked the place.
I don’t remember why I decided to go there again that particular night. I think I was just bored of the other places that I frequented at the time. I went alone.
When I got there, it looked like a party was wrapping up. The song was on the speakers. I had never heard it before. I didn’t know anything about Detroit Grand Pubahs.
There was a table with a large club-sub sandwich. Most of it had been eaten. I’m talking about the kind you might get at a work lunch. Something like this photo.
I had no idea what was going on exactly. It was not until much later when I encountered the song online that I pieced together that I might have inadvertently attended its release party!
The song ended up on the dance music charts in both the US and UK. Then they made the goofy video you see at the top of this blog.
The track makes use of a pitch-shift effect on the vocals that produces a chipmunk-like voice. For that reason alone it made it to rotation here at FunHouse Radio.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish is the title of the fourth book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. Its title is the message left by the dolphins when the entire species evacuated Planet Earth just before it’s scheduled demolition to make way for a “hyperspace bypass”.
A song with the same name was created for the 2005 film. Right at the beginning of the movie we hear the vocal choir version of the song as performed by Hilary Summers, Kemi Ominiyi, & RSVP Voices.
But did you know that on the Soundtrack CD there is a second version of the song? That’s right and it’s done in the style of lounge singer Richard Cheese but it’s actually Neil Hannon.
The 2005 movie was good but this author highly recommends the six-part miniseries from the BBC. It’s streaming on Hulu right now in the USA. If you want to take a really deep dive, check out the BBC Radio-Dramas based on the books. They are far-out indeed.
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!
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!
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