This album from 1978 features the Temple City Kazoo Orchestra playing that most maligned of instruments, the kazoo. The kazoo was invented by an African-American named Alabama Vest in Macon, Georgia sometime in the 19th century and it was first publicized at the Georgia State Fair in 1852. (I got all this information from Wikipedia, so you know itâ€™s true.)
This first song is called â€œ2001 Sprach Kazoostraâ€ and itâ€™s based onâ€¦well, you know what itâ€™s based on. You can almost imagine the little Star Children playing this as the monolith approaches Earth.
This next song shows how kazoos can even be used in disco music. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present â€œStayinâ€™ Alive.â€ (Beware of some pretty scary ad-libbing here.)
While this last song is not included on this record, itâ€™s still by them and it really needs to be included. There was an annoying group in the ’80s called Stars on 45 that did medleys of songs to a steady clap track. Here, the Temple City Kazoo Orchestra does its own take on this phenomenon.
BONUS: Hereâ€™s a clip of the Temple City Kazoo Orchestra performing live on The Mike Douglas Show!
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If youâ€™re also interested in hearing their take on â€œMiss Youâ€ by the Rolling Stones and â€œWhole Lotta Loveâ€ by Led Zeppelin, you can get the whole thing right here!