Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Vigs
"Evil Eyes"

The Vigs
Somebody Loves Me
(Dobre Records, 1976)

Ever buy a record/CD/whatever just because it looks terrible?

Me, too!

Today's tune comes from an album I bought at BestBuy a number of years ago. They had several boxes of vinyl LPs all priced at 25¢, and further marked down another 50%! I saw the cover of this one and it jabbed a barbed icepick in my eye, forcing me to pick it up. When I flipped it over and read the liner notes, well, it was just a given that it would be mine!

Mia and Tommy met on the revolving stage at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas where she was headlining and generally having a fabulous show business career, appearing on national television many times, and he was featured soloist and arranger with Esquivel. Tommy started to write musical arrangements for her while he continued working with other top stars as conductor, instrumental soloist and orchestrator. They were married and eventually moved to Los Angeles where Roger Vig was born, and weighing in at 10 lbs. 7 oz. he started to play the drums almost immediately . . . This is their first album together.

Not long after, I headed back to the office with a lovely pile of dreck*.

Leader Tommy Vig (still active 35 years later!) penned most of the material on the album, but, sadly, 3½-year-old Roger appears only on a special arrangement of the Theme from S.W.A.T. (his favorite song). I'll let the liner notes fill y'all in on today's song:

Mia is featured on this movie theme song. Tommy composed it for his original score for the Gerald Cormier film, The Barn of the Naked Dead starring Andrew Pine. (The film is about a satanic psycho who terrorizes innocent young women in an abandoned barn somewhere in the Nevada desert.)

Sounds like a lovely family film.

Now, here's the freaky thing . . . this record is somewhat collectible! It apparently goes for around $30 on eBay, according to PopSike. I can't imagine the folks who've paid that much have actually heard it in advance. I mean, my 12½¢ (plus tax) was well-spent, but I would not have been happy had I spent 240 times that.

*It wasn't all bad. I got the second Dwight Twilley Band album, Twilley Don't Mind, 'cause I remembered seeing him on Saturday morning TV when I was a kid, with Luanne Platter's then mostly unknown future husband Lucky on bass, and bought it for the heck of it. I've been a big fan ever since.

3 biased opinions:

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Virginia Vig said...

This is wonderful. It makes me want to wear polyester.

Biki Honko said...

.........running from room in horror!................slam!