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Various Artists: I'm Going Slightly Mad: Music from the Dark Side of the Mind [Slipcase]

Track List

>I'm Nuts About Screwy Music - Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra
>Gloomy Sunday - Billie Holiday
>I've Got Bluebirds in My Belfry - Betty Hutton
>Horray Hooray, I'm Goin' Away - Beatrice Kay/Mitchell Ayres
>Blow a Fuse (It's Oh So Quiet) - Betty Hutton
>Twisted - Annie Ross
>New Blowtop Blues - Dinah Washington
>Mountains in the Moonlight - Johnnie Ray
>Suicide - The Tibbs Brothers
>I'm Going Crazy - The Tibbs Brothers/Redd Foxx
>It's Fun to Be Livin in the Crazy House - Mose Allison/Redd Foxx
>Lost Mind - Jack Turner/Mose Allison
>Nightmare - Slick Slavin/Jaack Turner
>Speed Crazy - Slick Slavin/Little Walter
>Crazy Mixed Up World - Zanies/Little Walter
>Mad Scientist - Zanies/Mighty Sparrow
>Mad Bomber, The - Mighty Sparrow/William Penix
>Dig That Crazy Driver - Little Willie John/William Penix
>Spasms - Little Willie John/Bo Diddley
>Crackin' Up - Eddie Cochran/Bo Diddley
>Nervous Breakdown - Eddie Cochran/Lenny Bruce
>Psychopathia Sexualis - Lenny Bruce/Buddy Knox
>I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself - James Brown/Buddy Knox
>I'll Go Crazy - Diana Dors
>Crazy He Calls Me - Diana Dors/Woodrow "Woody" Leafer
>There Are Drums in My Typewriter - Woodrow "Woody" Leafer/The Creed Taylor Orchestra
>You're Driving Me Crazy - The Creed Taylor Orchestra/Bobby Hendricks
>Psycho - Patsy Cline/Bobby Hendricks
>Crazy [TV Broadcast] - Patsy Cline

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Alan Clayson.

I'm Going Slightly Mad: Music from the Dark Side of the Mind collects 29 slices of diseased brain tissue culled from the '40s, '50s, and '60s. Insomnia, suicide, paranoia, schizophrenia, and drug addiction are well-known sources of inspiration when it comes to penning popular songs, but despite all of the dark connotations, the compilers of this twisted package did an awfully nice job keeping the tone light: Billie Holiday's "Gloomy Sunday" feels a lot less desperate when paired with Buddy Knox's burger stand rave-up "I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself." Longtime fans of the Dr. Demento series will probably have a lot of these already, but the collection is evenly split between novelty tunes and genuine, left-field classics, making it a sure-fire bet for anyone looking to expand their horizons, even if the sky ahead looks a little foreboding. ~ James Christopher Monger


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