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Buchanan & Goodman
"Politically Correct?"

© Lunratick

October 23 - 29, 2016

Year of Release: 1995
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Disc One:
  • Flying Saucer (Part One)--
    Buchanan & Goodman
  • Flying Saucer (Part Two)--
    Buchanan & Goodman
  • Flying Saucer The 2nd--
    Buchanan & Goodman
  • Flying Saucer The 3rd--
    Buchanan & Goodman
  • Flying Saucers Go West--
    Buchanan & Goodman
  • Buchanan And Goodman On Trial--
    Buchanan & Goodman
  • Santa And The Satellite (Part One)--
    Buchanan & Goodman
  • Santa And The Satellite (Part Two)--
    Buchanan & Goodman
  • The Touchables--
    Buchanan & Goodman
  • The Touchables In Brooklyn--
    Buchanan & Goodman
  • Santa And The Touchables--
    Buchanan & Goodman
  • Ben Crazy--
    Buchanan & Goodman
  • The Banana Boat Story--
    Buchanan & Goodman
  • Frankenstein of '59--
    Buchanan & Goodman
  • Frankenstein Returns--
    Buchanan & Goodman
  • Berlin Top Ten--
    Buchanan & Goodman
  • The Thing--
    Bill Buchanan
  • The Creature--
    Buchanan & Ancell
  • Meet The Creature--
    Buchanan & Ancell
  • The Invasion--
    Buchanan & Greenfield
  • Washington Uptight--
    Dickie Goodman &
    The Penn Players
  • Shnonanza--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Batman And His Grandmother--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Senate Hearing--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Election Year 1964--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Luna Trip--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Lock Up
    (Later Known As Mystery)--
    Dickie Goodman
  • On Campus--
    Dickie Goodman
    Disc Two:
  • James Bomb--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Energy Crisis '74--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Mudamad Ali--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Charlies Devils--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Kong--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Laverne The Fonz And Shirley--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Watergate--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Mr. President (One)--
    Dickie Goodman
  • The Purple People Eater--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Gerry Ford (A Special Report)--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Mr. Jaws--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Energy Crisis '79--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Mrs. Jaws--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Super-Duper Man--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Election '80--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Rocky--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Mr. President (Two)--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Inflation In The Nation--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Star Warts--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Deep Roots--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Radio Russia--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Washington Inside-Out--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Dallas--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Soul President Number One--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Super Fly Meets Shaft--
    Dickie Goodman &
    John & Ernest
  • Hey E.T.--
    Dickie Goodman
  • The Attack Of The Z-Monster--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Safe Sex Report--
    Dickie Goodman
  • Good Night

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    Buchanan & Goodmann -- Politically Correct? -- A Complete Complilation of 57 Recordings on Two Compact Discs -- LunaTrick Records

    For Novelty fans, and Dr. Demento fans, (Bill) Buchanan (and especially) (Dickie) Goodman's "little newscasts" of the events of the day featured a storyline where they would ask questions, and have bits from original Rock & Roll hits. In today's musical world, most of these bits from hits would face copyright infringements. Luckily for this 2-disc compilation, all the bits are from the original recordings.

    Back in the 1970s, Dickie Goodman's parody of the Jaws movie was a big novelty hit, "Mr. Jaws". What made my interest even more, was discovering two 45 rpm records I would receive from garage sales: Buchanan & Goodman's "Flying Saucer" (Parts 1 and 2), and another unlabeled 45 I received, and it would be Buchanan & Goodman's "The Touchables." In junior high school, one of the students there had the 45 "Batman And His Grandmother." The events of the day, movies, TV shows were the focus of these "little newscasts."

    "The Flying Saucer" would expand to five "stories." There was even a Santa Claus parody, having two "stories." Monsters were even taken on, as Frankenstein, The Thing, The Creature. TV shows, Movies and Celebrities: Batman, James Bond, Mahammad Ali, Charlies Angels, King Kong, Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, Jaws. Politics: The Senate, The Elections (1964, 1980), Energy Crisis (1974, 1979), Gerald Ford. And a whole lot more.

    "The Flying Saucer" (Parts 1 and 2), "Mr. Jaws" and "The Touchables" were the ones that have always stood out in my mind, having these vinyl gems. The other compilation that would later surface, was based on Dickie Goodman: Dickie Goodman & Friends: Greatest Fables. However, most of the sound bits from the Rock & Roll hit records were not the originals. Even though this would be a common copyright problem today, Buchanan & Goodman faced this same problem when they first started. "Buchanan And Goodman On Trial" was the focus on this "copyright issue." Goodman's Greatest Fables basically focused on Goodman's career by himself. Another note to mention, there are recordings from Greatest Fables that are not included on this 2-disc set.

    But This 2-disc set pretty much sums it up, and complete(?). Bill Buchanan & Dickie Goodman started this particular parodies of "stories." They would be officially titled "break-in" recordings.

    From the liner notes of Politically Correct?:

    Bill Buchanan was born June 3rd, 1935 in Hewlett, New York. Dickie Goodman was born April 19th, 1934 in Hewlett, New York. They were best friends for most of their young lives through grammar school and on through high school.

    In June of 1956, Bill and Dickie came up with an idea of novelty recordings using excerpts from songs that were popular at the time. They came up with the "Flying Saucer," which they released on their own record label called Luniverse Records on July 25, 1956.

    The record became an overnight success for the duo reaching number seven on the nation wide hit charts for over thirteen consecutive weeks. The problems arose however with many lawsuits from record companies whose material/songs they used. After long legal entanglements they finally made out of court settelments with over twenty five record companies. From then on they followed legal procedures and had a long list of break-in recordings such as "Buchanan And Goodmam On Trial," a spoof on their previous law suits, "The Flying Saucers Go West," "The Touchables" and many, many others.

    By the end of January 1959, because of individual disagreements, Bill and Dickie went their separate ways. Bill teamed up with other partners for a short period of time and did three more break-in recordings with little major success then decided to quit the business. Today Bill Buchanan is in the jewelry business in the state of Texas. Dickie Goodman went on from the point of their breakup in 1959 to have thirty seven more "break-in" recordings. Some of these recordings made the top one hundred chart listing and some went nowehere.

    By November 6th, 1989 Goodman fell into a deep depression with little or no success of his recordings through the years on many of his own record labels such as Mark-X, Rori, Diamond, Cotique, Red Bird and Rainy Wednesday.

    On this date Dickie Goodman committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.

    For thirty three years both together and apart the public had the opportunity and pleasure of laughing and enjoying over fifty "break-in" recordings of these two most talented and much ahead of their time recording artist. We will always be on the look out for Buchanan & Goodman.
    Mr. I.M.A. Novelty Collector


    As the liner notes stated, Bill Buchanan would leave the business, after a few more recordings. "The Thing" was one of his remakes, as the original was recorded by comedian Phil Harris. Buchanan's remake was basically the same as Harris -- No sound bits were included. He teamed up with a new partner, Bob Ancell, for more parody recordings as he did with Dickie Goodman. One recording on this compliation is credited as "Buchanan & Greenfield." This would be Howard Greenfield, as he would be a famous songwriter/co-writer for hits of Neil Sedaka. Bill Buchanan passed away of cancer, on August 1, 1996. He was 66 years old.

    Dickie Goodman would be the most sucessful, continuing his novelty parody stories after his departure with Bill Buchanan. Throughout the late 1960, 1970s, and 1980s, Goodman made many recordings. The 1970s decade would be his finest. Other credits to Goodman were "Dickie Goodman & The Penn Players," which was an alias for "The Pennsylvania Players," and "Dickie Goodman & John & Ernest" (John Free and Ernest Smith).

    And thanks to the novelty radio show from Dr. Demento, Goodman's novelty would be introduced to a new audience. But sadly, by the late 1980s, Goodman's novelty wasn't as popular, as he fell into a deep depression. On November 6, 1989, he committed suicide, by shooting himself in the head. He was 55 years old. Survived by two sons and a daughter, his son Jon released a book about his father's career. He would also record his own "break-n" novelty record for Greatest Fables -- "Return of the Flying Saucer ('97)." Jon Goodman currently operates the Dickie Goodman Productions LLC Company, in Philadelphia. Dickie Goodman's website can be found here.

    As this compilation is definitely a treasure, it seems as you listen to these many tracks today, the "break-in" stategy does get a bit worn. However, this was ahead of its time, back in the day. "Mr. Jaws" would be the breakthrough novelty track, as it was heard on the radio, as many times as the popular Rock & Roll hits were played. Another novelty I remember hearing on the radio was "Energy Crisis '74."

    By the time Dr. Demento brought back Goodman's recordings, it would bring Goodman's novelty back to life. (When I was listening to the Doctor's shows, it was during high school, in the early 1980s.) However, by the late 1980s, it seemed this kind of novelty wasn't accepted, causing Goodman's depression and suicide death. Although you may not hear Buchanan & Goodman's work on today's radio airwaves, they are now featured more on Internet/Satellite Radio. There are novelty channels out there, featuring their novelty recordings, introducing themselves to another audience, that will always accept and appreciate the work that they did. And these "break-in" may not be in today's novelty, it did launch the parody of songs (as Weird Al Yankovic did), for another political noveltist, Paul Shanklin, and other comedians, specializing in impersonating political figures, such as our U.S. Presidents.

    Bill Buchanan and (espeically) Dickie Goodman paved the way for the novelty record in a very unique way. Listen to this compilation, as you hear their "stories" and "conversations" using the popular songs at the time. It's humorous, funny, and of course, they all tell funny stories. We can only imagine more of this kind of novelty in today's day and age, with today's Rap music, and of course, the ongoing political figures that have been with us after Dickie Goodman's untimely death.




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