7 inch Polka
Eat Cheese or Die
Happy Notes Orchestra – I Love You Waltz b/w Drinking Man’s Polka
Here’s a fantastic slice of Wisconsin polka that I dug up from a dusty old bin at the thrift store. The Happy Notes were a good times styled party band who might still be playing even today. According to this short history, founding member Norm was a drummer who was influenced by Rock n’ Roll and Li’l Wally to start a rowdy, upbeat party polka band.
The I love You Waltz is ribald and funny and completely catchy. You will surely sing it to the one that you love! Best of all, it’s:
A Drinking Man’s Polka seems to be the musical lament of a group of cuckolded men, “We left our Wives at home. We left our Skirts with 6 other Jerks, that’s why we’re drinking alone.” Nice straight ahead Polish style Polka, with a verse in Polish.
Get drunk and listen to this.
Sore Neck, Ringing Ears
I’ve seriously been slackin’ on the photo posts.
Here’s some bands! —Don’t Forgets to Clicks the Pics!—
Brave Combo – this band rules. Best Nuclear Polka band on Earth? Yes! They’re from Texas.
Junkface – Portland Power Pop! These guys put on a great show @ the Borg Ward.
Genesis Climber – San Francisco prog-adelic math core – aka – Math Is The Bastard!
La Piovra – Italian Hardcore Octo-Punk Attack!
7 inch Polka!
Li’l Wally – She Likes Kiolbasa b/w Drunk In The Garden 45 195X
From Chicago, Illinois, it’s Li’l Wally! This guy was a super-star back in his day, and his memory will always live on in the hearts of Polka fanatics everywhere. This is one of his most famous discs, showcasing his simple, stripped down form of Street Polka, basically just a simple drum kit laying down a danceable beat and Li’l Wally singing while he plays his accordian. On the A-side, Wally sings an infectious little ditty about a lady who enjoys consuming the over-sized Polish sausage called Kiolbasa even more than she likes to eat fish. The B-side is a pretty song about being drunk which is sung all in Polish.
Li’l Wally is notable for starting his own successful regional record label long before it was common place to do such a thing. In fact, you can still buy his records from Jay Jay today! Check the sight just to see how they’ve changed their famous slogan…
Grab a beer and a sausage & check it out!