Come back, little Eva•tone

Eva•tone Soundsheets were fun.  They were more generically called flexi-discs.  I have a few, and I’ll get around to transferring and posting them. There’s precious little information available about these earliest of floppy discs, even from Eva•tone; which is still in business, but ceased soundsheet production in 2000.

Here’s a flexi-disc from the early 1970’s with an interview of Batman comic-book writer Denny O’Neil.  A much more recent interview with O’Neil is on the Batman Begins DVD.

DynaPubs

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Chicken Fat Attack

When I was kid, along with perhaps millions of kids in gym classes across America, I was forced to exercise to a song called Chickenfat. I always assumed the song was done by nobody in particular, but how wrong I was. Chickenfat was written by Meredith Willson and sung by Robert Preston, who had some slight success with something called The Music Man.

Robert Preston (1918-1987)

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Isn’t this just great? Robert Preston was one-of-a-kind. It isn’t so much the nostalgic kick of hearing this again that I appreciate, as it is Preston’s tremendous talent and enthusiasm.

Pratt Attack

My name is Pratt. As in Prattfall [sic], Prattle, etc. Being artistically inclined when I was younger, in high school I wanted to attend Pratt Institute in New York. Didn’t happen.

Here’s a short YouTube video from someone who made it to Pratt. The background audio is too loud relative to her voice, but I don’t want to nit-pick a worthy and earnest artistic effort. But she also has the sky moving backwards in the airplane windows, and it shouldn’t have been too hard to find a jet sound. OK, now I’m nit-picking!