For anyone who has ever ventured inside the door of New England’s premier avant/psych/punk record emporium and all-round swell hang-out – Twisted Village records – or even picked up a music rag worth reading, Angela Sawyer will be a name that rings instant bells as one of the most consistently entertaining, passionate, widely-listened, smart, stupe voices to come out of a culture that would regularly pass off mere cultural critique as the real ooh-poo-pah-doo. But we know different, and so does Angela. We’re flattered to have her on board, so much so that we threw the doors opened and asked her to write us about whatever was on her mind. She said it was Weird Voices and handed in the wildest/longest column we’ve had to date.
The Weirdest Voices in the World
Crooners are cool. Me, I love the shit outta Frank Sinatra. Follow the sweep of his intricate, immaculate phrasing and you will open the gate to the mental version of Disneyland. But as you and I know, Mr. Frog's Wild Ride is not the only ride in the park, and it is not really all that wild. Go on over by the Haunted House, and you'll find the barks, bellows, honks, howls, rasps, roars, screeches, shrieks, sighs, squeals, squeaks, wheezes, whispers and whoops. You say you wanna hear 'em scream? Follow the alphabet below.
Abruptum-Obscuritatem Advoco Amplectere Me (Deathlike Silence) cd 1993 Testicle-in-a-vice champs, hands down. Abruptum sound like a drunk Keiji Haino singing over a teen-metal practice tape played on a boombox. If you think about it, Haino's rather dippy to begin with, so the fact that somebody invented a stupider version of his schtick is pretty impressive. The story behind this band is also one of the best ever. They were a duo, consisting of a Swedish dwarf named It (nÇe Tony SÑrkÑÑ), and his best friend in corpsepaint, Evil. Word has it, it was It who first thought up an inner circle of elite black metal bands, which eventually became the Satanic Black Circle. I've also been told the inimitable It evinced the 'tortured' performance on this album by literally nailing his hand to a table. Whips, and cutting up your back only to pour salt down it have also been rumored. Wonder of wonders, the band broke up after just a few years. Apparently, some other black metal dudes threatened his family, so It had to take a break, move to Finland, and sell all his chainmail. It later made a solo album dedicated to Evil, and they both ended up in other, more down-to-earth metal bands. These days, It claims he feels "more free than ever before" and swears he's a towering 5'2". Could a band so ridiculous be real? You can write to Evil himself (nÇe Morgan HÜkansson) to find out: Box 609, 601 14 Norrkoping, Sweden.
David Seville/Chipmunks-The Chipmunk Song (Liberty) 45 1958 Known better by his stage name David Seville, Ross Bagdasarian invented the Chipmunks. He first hit the biz in 1951, when he and his cousin wrote "Come-On-A My House" for an off-Broadway show. After producer extraordinaire Mitch Miller forced it upon Rosemary Clooney, it became a huge hit and Ross was given a job at Liberty Records. He released a few singles as Seville, and got Patience and Prudence signed to the label. 1958's "Witch Doctor" marked the first time Ross recorded his voice at 1/2 speed (the tape recorder which made it possible had just hit the consumer market). Ross' uncle had also just moved to Walla Walla, Washington, inspiring the tagline "walla walla bing bang". The novelty hit big and the money from it thwarted an impending bankruptcy for Liberty. Around Christmastime that year when their cash had again run dry, Liberty asked Ross for a follow-up. Bagdasarian's four-year-old son Adam had been bugging him about presents. In addition, Ross had recently slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting a chipmunk, who legendarily stood up and chattered at the car. The result was "The Chipmunk Song". Alvin, Simon and Theodore were named for record label honchos Al Bennett and Si Warnoker, plus the engineer for the session, Ted Keep. Bagdasarian also appeared in minor film roles, including an obsessive pianist in Hitchcock's Rear Window. Upon his death in 1972, Ross Bagdasarian's eldest son, Ross Bagdasarian Jr., took over as the voice of the Chipmunks. He still releases their recordings today.
Dezurik Sisters-Arizona Yodeler (Vocalion) 78 1938 Dutch sisters raised along the Mississippi river, who grew up on a farm and imitated the animals there, especially the chickens. Their laser-sharp harmonizing and helium-high voices made them stand out even when country yodeling was as common as dirt. After an appearance at a county fair in Minnesota, they were invited to be part of the house band for the WLS National Barn Dance radio/stage show. Over the years, this weekly exposure led to performances on other nationally syndicated radio shows (who sometimes billed them as the Cackle Sisters to stave off contract disputes), as well as six sides for Vocalion and a movie appearance. Carolyn married WLS house guitarist Rusty Gill. Her sister Mary Jane married Augie Klein, the WLS accordion player. Both girls took a year off in 1940 to have children, and worked through WWII while their husbands were overseas. After a car crash in 1947, Mary Jane retired and was replaced by her younger sister Lorraine. Then in 1956, during a Midwestern fashion craze, the sisters and their backup band dropped their country songs and ran out to buy Bavarian suspenders. They soon became one of the polka sensations of Chicago.
Bo Diddley-Beach Party (Checker) lp 1963 Do you know Bo? Did you know he can bark like a dog? Not only is this record full of charbroiled blats of stomping hard rock, the song "Bo Diddley's Dog" ends with a singularly accurate impression of a slobbering coonhound. Duchess & Jerome Green make the scene. Plus, like all good live records, the audience is piped in by the engineers at the mixing board.
Harm A. Drost-Speech After the Femoval of the Larynx (Folkways) lp 1964 Head of the speech department at an Ear Nose & Throat hospital in the Netherlands, Harm A. Drost has long spent his days writing papers like "Adductor Spasmodic Dysphonia and Botulinum Toxin Treatment". In the imaginations of weirdos and record geeks however, ol' Harm is a noise overlord. In an attempt to help laryngectomy patients adjust to their new world, he created one of the weirdest and most famous records on Folkways. It's filled with ducky singing, lip pops, electronic buzzing, and a ton of screwed-up croaking. Also notable are painful anecdotes from patients, who lost all their friends and had their businesses go under as soon as they started talking like Kermit the Frog. Harm's obvious passion for speech irregularities makes him a bit fussy. So give the poor bastard a break when he contends that those fancy artificial voice buzzers are just for people too stupid to learn to burp their way through every word. Harm also wrote a book in 1977 called Speech and Language: An Audiovisual Training Programme for Children with a Slowed Down Speech. It's written in Dutch, and currently available from Amazon.
Paul Dutton-Mouth Pieces (Ohm) cd 2000 I refuse to be afraid of sound poets, even if they might be oxymorons. Dutton is the goofiest and least academic sound poet around. He's been working in Canada with the Four Horsemen since 1970, and is pretty much just a regular guy who likes country records and yelling. This cd has a great drone number called "Hiding", and I concede that it's prim enough to make an NPR exec happy. But Dutton's specialty are the tracks that have daffy conceptual punchlines, like "Jazzstory". That's the one where he squawks out hot free jazz, naming the names of each instrument, and using those same names to evoke each of their textures. No electronic effects or processing, no feedback, overdubs, or fades, and they have to tell you so right on the record cover because otherwise you might not believe it.
Leif Elggren/Thomas Liljenberg-9.11 (Firework Editions) cd 1999 A fantastic fifty-eight minutes and eighteen seconds of two guys, laughing. Sometimes they chortle. Sometimes they snicker. Sometimes they giggle. Sometimes they sound like they're faking it and then the fake laughing cracks them up again. The only thing they don't do is stop. Supposedly a companion to their book of fake letters to celebrities (which is maniacally funny in its own right). I'd say this is far better defined as a testament to Elggren & Liljenberg's ability to make a roller coaster of sonic energy out of nothing. My UPS deliveryman, who remained deaf to everything else he heard emanating from my environs, adored this record and wouldn't stop bugging me about it until I made him his own copy. Elggren also has a record on the same label that's nothing but snoring.
Essential Logic-Aerosol Burns (Cells/Rough Trade) 45 1978 16 year-old sax player, Lora Logic (aka Susan Whitby), answered an ad in the local paper for a punk musician and ended up joining X-Ray Spex. She got kicked out after a year, apparently because singer Poly Styrene thought she was getting too much attention. Logic tried art school for a couple of months, and then formed her own band and stepped up to the mike. Poly's then-infamous hoots on "Oh Bondage Up Yours" were instantly made as threatening as margarine. Lora's squealing was an inspired cross between Sid Vicious-style intonation and her own sax honking. And even though she ended up joining the Krishnas, you can still curdle a jug of milk if you leave it near your speakers while playing this single.
Hellhammer-Apocalyptic Raids (Noise) lp 1985 Before starting Celtic Frost, Thomas Fischer was just an unlucky teenager whose Mom had moved him to Switzerland. But he and a couple of friends loved Rush, Kerrang, Motorhead, and Venom (whose 45s they played on 33rpm, to get to the essence of their heaviness). So they got themselves some really heavy stage names, a really heavy Rickenbacker bass, and a whole lot of really heavy leather & eyeliner. And then they tried to write the heaviest song in the whole world. It worked. They eventually recorded the hamfisted "Triumph of Death". Too inept to play their instruments, they hit the musical lottery with an utterly momentous scream. 'Dambuster' vocals indeed. It's probably the greatest bray in recorded music history, and deservedly kicks off the song, the band, and the whole world of contemporary metal.
Pierre Henry-Variations Pour Une Porte Et Un Soupir (Philips) lp 1963 Teenaged Pierre started out as a drummer for classical orchestras. He wrote a couple of pieces, and then met Pierre Schaffer in '44, whose experiments in musique concrete were just getting underway. By the time of this piece 20 years later, musique concrete was a full blown movement and there were electronic & tape studios up and running around the world. Henry had far outclassed Schaffer as a composer and been on his own for years. However, the solo Henry still had no cause cÇläbre to rival Stockhausen's Gesang der Junglinge or Varese's Poäme êlectronique. Enter a squeaky door in a country attic. The door is generally regarded to be the star of this piece, while the sigh merely sets up the punch lines. But endless minute variations on a single sound are Pierre's calling card, and he squeezes the whiz outta cheese whiz during every minute of this number. Just count how many different kinds of rattles, scrapes and toots he gets out of one single little puff of air.
Junko-Sleeping Beauty (Elevage de Poussiere) lp 2004 Singer from Hijokaidan (translation: Emergency Exit), commonly known as Patty Waters, cubed. Her solo record is a monolith, and it is absolutely true that it will make you go blind if you play it loud enough. Junko spikes the punch with piercing whoops, drives everything with amazing energy, and sports complete control of all those scratchy edges. The b-side is also the a-side backwards, as though hearing the damn thing forward hadn't obliterated you already.
Helen Kane-I Wanna Be Loved By You (Victor) 78 1928 Helen began performing at age 15: a tiny, roly-poly singer with a silly, squeaky yelp. Her lack of pitch and thick Bronx accent kept her from being a headliner, but she soldiered along the lower echelons of vaudeville for several years. She changed her last name when she was married for the first time in the mid 20s, and kept the name for its showmanship even after her husband was long gone. In '28, during a typical appearance at the Paramount in Times Square, she performed one of the hits of the day ("That's My Weakness Now"), and decided to toss in a little scat line. "I just put it in at one of the rehearsals," she reflected later. "It's like vo-de-o-do, Crosby with boo-boo-boo and Durante with cha-cha-cha." But Helen's boop-boop-a-doop made her a sudden star. She was soon raking in 5 & 1_2 grand a week to appear in Oscar Hamerstein's Good Boy. And in it she introduced her megahit "I Wanna Be Loved By You". A countrywide fad ensued, with dolls manufactured in her image, look-alike contests, and heaps of radio and nightclub performances. In 1930, animators Dave, Max, and Louis Fleischer decided to satirize Helen's overwhelming popularity with a caricature. They assigned a staff animator to draw up a girlfriend for their character Bimbo the Dog. As Betty Boop slowly became the main character in the Fleischer cartoons, her popularity began to outstrip Kane's own. Although Helen continued to perform on & off for the rest of her life, a two-year-long lawsuit with the cartoon company effectively ended her national stardom.
Leo Kupper-s/t (IGL) lp 1981 Kupper tells you in the liner notes that he has just invented Phonetic Music, which looks to be a French cross between musique concrete & sound poetry. He's very interested in codifying vocal production, and so includes some amusing diagrams of an epiglottis, nasal cavity, larynx, etc. However methodical the means, this fantastic record positively bubbles over with wild spluttering, purring, & gargling. Each side has both a gentleman and a lady present, and while side a lets the sibilants do the talking, side b tosses in a bit of processing.
Joan LaBarbara-Tapesongs (Chiaroscuro) lp 1977 Throughout the 70s, Morton Feldman, John Cage, and pretty much every other composer you might think of wrote their voice pieces specifically for Joanie. She can circular sing, sing two notes at once, and make a whole host of other glottal clicks, chirps, and trills. This album is where she first began to make multitrack voice pieces, and also to try out orchestral compositions that drew upon extended vocal techniques rather than merely containing them. It also contains her most pithy, not to mention pissy, song "Cathing". "Cathing" is a tape piece that takes off from a nasty 1977 interview with a singer who disliked the then-current avant garde. Best guess I've ever heard is that the interviewed singer is none other than Cathy Berberian, but nobodys talking.
Menstruation Sisters-Triple Bogie on a Ma Pa Hole (private) 3x7inch 2002 Nik Kamvissis (aka Nik the Greek, Nick Rizili, or The Black Throated Wind) sounds like he might not be a person. I prefer to think he doesn't exist at all. It's much more likely that Oren Ambarchi works nights at an Australian zoo. This would explain how he got himself a mockingbird, who appears in a duet with the aforementioned Mr. Wind on this record. It would explain things even better if it turned out that Ambarchi just captured a small monkey and twisted its head around in exorcist circles a few times, before pressing record and letting the thing loose.
Emmet Miller-I Ain't Got Nobody (Okeh) 78 1928 Miller is the real killer-diller. Nick Tosches wrote a whole damn book on this guy, and I don't think for a second that I can outwrite the Brando of music critics. Gotta slap the high five here though, as Miller's wild, crazy-ass cackle of a yodel is astouding to behold. Copied by Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams & Bob Wills. Played with the Dorsey brothers, Teagarden, Krupa & the glorious Eddie Lang. There's also more info on yodels here: http://www.wfmu.org/~bart/yodel.html
John Lennon/Yoko Ono-Two Virgins (Apple) lp 1968 Did you know that the female voice is supposed to be processed in a different part of the brain than the male voice, and that it takes milliseconds longer? No surprise then, that your brain, no matter how long you give it, cannot process Yoko. This particular album is improvised, so no, it's not quite as tight as Life With the Lions. But who the hell are you to complain? Forget the naked pictures and the zen-sex-at-dawn crap that goes along with this record. 'Cause when the queen of scream opens up her mouth, she sounds like a freakin' cockatiel on crack.
Ros Sereysothea-Collection Vol. 1 (Khmer Rocks) cdr 2004 Outside the US-Euro conglom, thin & screechy female vocals tend to get the respect they deserve. There's a jillion girls who can make you cry with the whines they push through their noses. But Sothea is the whiner who will make you cry the hardest. These days, thanks to http://khmerrocks.com, you don't even have to travel eight thousand miles and make vague gestures at a cassette stand. There's still very little information available on Sothea, except the kind you get from Cambodian cab drivers. But the story goes that she was raised in the countryside, unable to read or write. She was in a local band with her parents, singing duets with her brother. Enticed by the money of the big city, Sothea and her brother moved to Phnom Penh & landed jobs at nightclubs. By the mid-60s the king had named her the Golden Voice of the Royal Capital. She notoriously ran through several men, most of whom thought being a singer was sleazy. In 1975 after the capture of Phnom Penh, Sothea was taken to a Khmer Rouge camp. Before long, her celebrity was discovered and she was required to sing communist party songs for officers in addition to regular camp work. A marriage to one of Pol Pot's assistants was arranged in 1977, and clashes between this husband and the leader of the camp led to her death.
Sonny Sharrock-Black Woman (Vortex) lp 1969 For our purposes, Linda is the real story here. The damn album shoulda been under her name to begin with. After all, who cares about some guitar dude when there's a feral hyena in the room? Linda's orgiastic wailing takes more from horn guys like Pharoah Sanders than singers like Abbey Lincoln. So sometimes she plays with the band and sometimes she steps out front. Sometimes she sings clear tones, and sometimes she just emits spastic wails. Either way, to this day even those people who will tell you they like the weird stuff instantly hate Linda. So use this as a litmus test to make sure your friends aren't just a bunch of namby-pambys.
Joseph Spence-Good Morning Mr. Walker (Arhoolie) lp 1972 The king of the incomprehensible, with a voice that shovels more gravel than a bulldozer. Spence coughs, snorts and growls his way through every syllable, grunting against the rhythm of his guitar playing. This one's my favorite of his, recorded when ol' Joe's caterwaul was 61 years aged & stinking ripe. Most folks spit up their lunch soon as they hear his version of "Sloop John B". Spence spent most of his life traveling back and forth between Nassau and Andros. His style was cultivated during a 1930s stretch working as a sponge hooker. Known in the Bahamas as rhyming, a similar style had already developed when those farming live sponges from the mud shallows couldn't get home for Sunday services. Instead they would improvise call-n-response songs to well worn bible verses. Spence was discovered by Alan Lomax in 1935, then rediscovered by Sam Charters in 1958, and yet again by Kweskin Jug Band's Fritz Richmond in 1964.
Stackwaddy-Bugger Off (Dandelion) lp 1972 Blasted blooze vaguely in the vein of Beefheart or Edgar Broughton, but played by actual dumb construction workers. A total classic of stoopid boogie. Frontman John Knail's "singing" voice has a texture like someone ripping up bedsheets. Curiously enough, that's not even the benighted sir Knail's most prominent vocal hallmark. "You Really Got Me" & "Willie the Pimp" also feature his weird truncated grunting. Where most rock or metal singers would explode, this guy simply ejects. And it's bound to make you giggle at least once. Knail had no interest whatsoever in arty hippies, and was therefore pleased to hurl beer bottles at audience members who weren't paying enough attention. John Peel reported that he once jumped down and beat the living shit out of a couple who were busy making out in a corner. And lo, I therefore charge ye: Don't Make War. Don't Make Love. Make 'Waddy.
Dayle Stanley-A Child of Hollow Times (Squire) lp 1963 Dayle is a Joan Baez type from Boston (hometown props). She topped Broadside magazine's best of local list the year this record came out. She would be merely a typical strident folkie, except that Dayle decided to insert a freaky cross between a yodel and a rolled 'r' in half her songs. This makes her the female answer to Robbie Basho (who is definitely one of the hottest howlers), except that she only has two albums. So far as I know, nobody on earth knows what happened to her. Q.E.D., my money's on pregnancy.
Patty Waters-Sings (ESP) lp 1965 Everybody knows this one, but it can still make you bleed under your skin. The strangled blurt at minute 8 is the obvious mindblower (out of 13 mins, in "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair", in case you're a greenhorn). But it's a moment long about minute 12 that remains my personal favorite. That's when Patty really sounds like she's smokes 2 packs of Parliaments a day & just fried up your testicles for breakfast. She serves 'em with a smile too. Backup band on this record is Burton Greene on piano, Steve Tintweiss on bass & Tom Priceon on drums. Besides the two ESP records, there are also two recent albums, one in 1996 (not so bad) and one last year (downright awful, and not the good kind). Trivia buffs: Patty hit #2 for best vox in the 1967 Downbeat poll. And you can tell your Mom that she was not just some untrained hippie college student. Really, Waters did do some near-pro straight jazz singing, and studied in Los Angeles under Herbie Hancock & Miles Davis for a few years before moving to NYC.
Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers-The Colored Sacred Harp (New World) cd 1993 Sacred Harp, aka shape note singing, is a type of musical notation for acapella church choirs, invented in the late 1700s. It has a limited number of symbols (4 or 7, depending on which church you attend). The symbols can be sung at any pitch, and everybody tunes themselves to each other. Lots of the songs in the various shape note songbooks are rounds or have rounds tossed in somewhere. The whole thing is not too dissimilar to how the Ellington band's famous cross-voicing could still work even though half the band couldn't read charts. This particular Sacred Harp tradition splintered off in the early 1900s because all the other shape note songbooks would only print songs authored by white people. The songbook they use was published in 1932 and most of its songs were written by Judge Jackson, or one of his twelve children. In fact, several of the judge's descendants perform in the choir recorded here. All of the above may explain why so many members of this choir seem to be ground sloths of the early Oligocene epoch. More than one of these hoary geriatrics can spew wet moths from their ancient lungs, and the result is a genuinely grizzly polyphony. Take special note of the expectorant bawl 40 seconds into track 9, "Jesus Rose". That guy was definitely already dead when the tape rolled.
Various-Cajun Country: Don't Drop the Potato (Vestapol) vhs 1990 Mushmouthed cajun fiddler Dennis McGee was born in 1893. So at the time of his appearance in this documentary, he was about as old as Jesus. He performed during the 1920s and 1930s with accordionist AmÇdÇ Ardoin, and for decades with his brother-in-law fiddler Sady Courville. McGee recorded for Vocalion, Brunswick, Melotone, and Swallow, and is most famous for 1929's "Madame Young Donnez Moi Votre Plus Jolie Blonde". This became the best-known standard of the genre even though it borrowed the tune of another notable cajun song "Allons Danser Colinda". McGee finally kicked the bucket in 1989, but not before he was filmed here by Alan Lomax, toothlessly howling a funeral-slow, incomprehensible, keyless, and arhythmic "Jolie Blonde".
68 more wailin' records: Leona Anderson-Music To Suffer By (Unique) lp 1957 Louis Armstrong-Heebie Jeebies (Okeh) 78 1926 Not the first, but the "Rock Around the Clock" of scat Hasil Atkins-Out to Hunch (Norton) lp 1986 Robbie Basho-Basho Sings! (Takoma) lp 1966 Beach Boys-Smile (Vigotone) 2cd 1993 best 'swedish frogs' Cathy Berberian-Beatles Arias (Mercury) lp 1967 Mel Blanc-Capitol Presents Bugs Bunny (Capitol) 78 1947 feat. "Porky Pig in Africa" Jaap Blonk-Flux de Bouche (Staalplaat) cd 1993 Boredoms-Soul Discharge (Shimmy Disc) lp 1990 Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir-Le Mystere De Les Voix Bulgares (Nonesuch) lp 1987 Chemical Engineering Company-Coughs America Knows Best (McGraw Hill) 45 1966 Henri Chopin-Audiopoems (Tangent) lp 1971 Lou Christie-Lightnin Strikes (MGM) lp 1966 Dot Dare-I Wanna Be Loved By You (Harmony) 78 1928 Annette Hanshaw Derek & Clive-Come Again (Virgin) lp 1977 coughing, track two Margaret De Wys-I Oh (Ecstatic Peace) cd 2000 Don Elliott/Sascha Burland-The Nutty Squirrels (MGM) lp 1959 Sam Esh/Hard Black Thing-Montezuma Baby Duck (Old Age/No Age) lp 1995 Four Vagabonds-Rosie the Riveter (Bluebird) 78 1943 instrument impressions Diamanda Galas-the Litanies of Satan (Y) lp 1982 Godz-Contact High (ESP) lp 1966 Augie Gopil/His Royal Tahitians-Tahiti O Tera (Decca) 78 1937 Gene Greene-King of the Bungaloos (Victor) 78 1911 First recording of scat singing Keiji Haino-Watashi Dake (Pinakotheca) lp 1981 Isidore Isou-Musique Letteristes (Al Dante) cd 2000 Florence Foster Jenkins-Adele's Laughing Song (Melotone) 78 1940 Spike Jones-Spiked (Catalyst) 2cds 1004 Sir Frederic Gas, Doodles Weaver, George Rock, Dr. Horatio Q. Birdbath Jo Ann Kelly-Blues & Gospel (GW) lp 1964 old man impersonation Makigami Koichi-Kuchinoha (Tzadik) cd 1995 Ladds Black Aces-Virginia Blues (Gennett) 78 1922 Cliff Edwards' first attempt at "Eefin" Ron Pate's Debonairs feat. Rev. Fred Lane-Raudelunas Pataphysical Revue (Alcohol) cd 2001 extended version of "Concerto for Active Frogs" Jeanne Lee-Conspiracy (Earthform) lp 1974 J. B. Lenoir & His Bayou Boys-Korea Blues (Chess) 78 1951 female impersonation Salvatore Martirano-Ls GA (Polydor) lp 1968 Joe Meek/Blue Men-I Hear a New World (RPM) 1991 Ilhan Mimaroglu/John Cage/Luciano Berio-Agony/Fontana Mix/Visage (Turnabout) lp 1966 Cathy Berberian Phil Minton-A Donut in Both Hands (Rift) lp 1981 Mrs. Miller-Greatest Hits (Capitol) lp 1966 Mills Brothers-Tiger Rag (Brunswick) 78 1931 instrument impressions Meredith Monk-Key (Increase) lp 1970 Ken Nagayama-Martial Arts and Human Impact Sound Effects (The Hollywood Edge) cd 1990 Sainkho Namtchylak-Lost Rivers (FMP) 1991 John Jacob Niles-I Wonder As I Wander/Carols and Love Songs (Tradition) lp 1958 Klaus Nomi-s/t (RCA) lp 1981 M.A. Numinen-In Memoriam (EteenpÑin) lp 1967 burping John Orren/Lillian Drew-A Study in Mimicry (Edison) 78 1918 impressions of train, sawmill, chickens, dogs Joe Perkins-Little Eefin Annie (Sound Stage 7) 45 1963 Pharoah Sanders-Karma (Impulse) lp 1969 Leon Thomas Philemon Arthur & the Dung-s/t (Silence) lp 1971 Kurt Schwitters-Ursonate (Wergo) cd 1993 Little Jimmy Scott-Very Truly Yours (Savoy) lp 1955 female impersonation Shaggs-Philosophy of the World (Third World) lp 1969 Skaters-Dark Rye Bread (Humbug) lp 2005 check Mr. Bower's descrip on this site Sally Stembler/Edward Meeker-Henry's Music Lesson (Edison) 78 1923 laughing Stylers-24 Non-Stop Dancing Music (Apollo) lp 1968? "Chella-la" Yma Sumac-Voice of Xtabay (Capitol) 10" 1950 "Chuncho" Surfaris-Wipe Out (Dot) 45 1963 Tammys-Egyptian Shumba (United Artists) 45 1963 Anonymous-The Okeh laughing record (Okeh) 78 1922 Original Soundtrack-Fist of Fury (Tam) lp 1972 Bruce Lee Various-Ancient Swedish Pastoral Music (Swedish Broadcasting Corporation) lp 1966 yodels & hollers Various - Beating the Dragon Robe (Smithsonian Folkways) lp 1962 opera hijinx Various-Futura Poesia Sonora (Cramps) lp 1977 Various-Hollerin' (Rounder) lp 1976 Various-Inuit: 55 Historical Recordings, Traditional Music from Greenland (Sub Rosa) cd 2004 Various-Jemblung and Related Narratives of Java (Pan) cd 1997 vocal gamelan Various-Mountain Music of Peru (Folkways) lp 1966 sheep impressions? Various-Tuva: Voices from the Center of Asia (Smithsonian Folkways) cd 1987