Virtual Crate Diggin’: Lenny & the Squigtones Elder Utah Smith
I will rhapsodize about the joys of crate diggin’—going to record stores and searching for hours through boxes, looking for undiscovered gold or rare gems—forever. Same goes for virtual crate diggin’. It’s essentially the same thing, only you can do it in your skivvies, with no time constraints, unlike at brick-and-mortar stores that have things like “regular business hours” and standards of dress. And online, the crates are myriad and deep, especially at WFMU.org, which is like KRCL XXL, an alpha among public/listener-supported radio stations. It’s a music-geek Mecca, if you will.
Many times in my life, I’ve stayed up all night suckin’ down digital music from “Beware of the Blog” (blog.wfmu.org). It’s also a lot like staying up to listen to The Dr. Demento Show on Rock 103.5 back in the early-to-mid ’80s, only … XXL. You’re guaranteed to find a slew of rare studio and live recordings by artists you know and love, and acts you’d likely have never discovered otherwise.
Earlier this week, my man Spaff, a local song-parody lyricist I covered way back when, sent a group text announcing the latest addition to his autographed LP collection: the eponymous (and only) album by Lenny and the Squigtones. A fictional group led by Lenny and Squiggy (Michael McKean and David Lander), the greaser goofballs from the Happy Days spinoff Laverne & Shirley. Naturally, since the songs are written and performed comedic actors,…