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Muskrat Love (Record Offer, 1977)

Here's a really hilariously terrible record offer called Muskrat Love from TEJ Records.

Why did the artists involved allow their songs to be re-recorded by sound-alikes?

"So you don't forget, send before midnight tomorrow!"

This aired on local Detroit TV on Saturday, February 26th 1977 during the 5pm to 6pm hour. (not Chicago TV, but still cool)

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I wonder how many super small-market radio stations around the U.S. had LP's like this in their library, played the songs and tried to pass them off as being by the original artists? (Not too dissimilar to the time around 1980 when a radio station in Liberty/Monticello, NY played The Tokens' 1961 hit version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and the DJ actually said it was Robert John's 1972 cover.)

This ad's voiceover (whose name I know not) was heard on many music mail-order ads, particularly from the New York City area, since at least the late 1950's. Either doing the ad spiel as here, or heard at the end saying "To order, call . . . "

Comment posted by W.B. on Friday, January 22nd 2010 at 5:18am.

Wow, that version of "More Than a Feeling" was awful! The whole commercial reminds me of the old SCTV "Stairways to Heaven" commercial.
Comment posted by afdave on Friday, January 22nd 2010 at 11:22am.

WhoEVER thought up the idea of taking original songs and make them SOUNDALIKES should be beaten down!!! I mean what's a record collection of hit music if it's not from ORIGINAL artists!! I mean what person would want an album of re-records???
Comment posted by michiganfan on Friday, January 22nd 2010 at 2:22pm.

I have to agree and say the More Than A Feeling was beyond awful. Sounds like they hired someone off the street to record that. Besides, what was the song doing on a mostly dance album anyway? Reminds me years ago when my parents bought an 8 track claiming "original artists" and it was a group called that (or something like that).
Comment posted by LaPrincess on Friday, January 22nd 2010 at 5:02pm.

The funny thing about that "SCTV" "Stairways to Heaven" parody was, one of the artists supposedly covering this Zeppelin track on that faux compilation was Dolly Parton - and in real life, some two decades later, Ms. Parton did an actual bona fide rendition of the song.
Comment posted by W.B. on Friday, January 22nd 2010 at 5:36pm.

"Offer Not Available in Canada",aren't they lucky!

These records might have served a purpose two years later,at Comiskey Park on July 12,1979 (I think we all know what it was).

This "Collection" not only offended music lovers like us, but with "Nadia's theme" being sung like it was, they offended lots of "Young and the Restless" fans as well.

Comment posted by SoxOnTV44 on Friday, January 22nd 2010 at 6:20pm.

Whoever paid $3.99 for this awful collection should have their head examined.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Friday, January 22nd 2010 at 7:14pm.

I actually heard "Muskrat Love" on the True Oldies station today as part of their "Cheesy & Easy" song of the day!
Comment posted by smctopia on Friday, January 22nd 2010 at 8:42pm.

"Whoever paid $3.99 for this awful collection should have their head examined."

Correction: Whoever paid $3.99 for this awful collection should have their bank account examined. LOL!

Wait, they included the Young & the Restless theme in the lineup? This was like a year after it was used on Young & the Restless the time Romanian gymnast Nadia Comeneci won the gold medal in the 1976 olympics.

Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Friday, January 22nd 2010 at 10:39pm.

The announcer does say that these are "25 of today's biggest, *BADDEST* chartbusters"! And no one has even mentioned the crappy artwork!
Comment posted by T.K. on Saturday, January 23rd 2010 at 12:11am.

As to the vocal rendition of "Nadia's Theme": I think I remember one radio station playing it. WRFM 105.1 FM in New York, in 1977.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, January 23rd 2010 at 5:59am.

Hmm...Let's see for this album here; "Car Crash" performed by Folks Wagen. "You Make Feel Like Dancin...Off a Bridge'" performed by Leo Sprayer, "I Wish...I were Stevie Wonder" performed by Stevie Wander, "More than a Stealing" performed by Kenosha, "Not-ia's Theme (or; Just Plain Restless)" performed by Chuck and Scott from their mother's basement in Berwyn, and of course "Rat Love" (couldn't afford the royalties for use of the title) performed by Sergeant and some girl working her way through truck driving school.

Did I miss any?

Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Saturday, January 23rd 2010 at 10:27am.

How 'bout "Jisco" by Stucco, "Sorry's Not That Hard a Word" by Dean Baldry, "You Absolutely Do Have to Be a Star" by Marilyn Coocoo and Willie Mavis, "Busy Line" by the Tinnfoyles, and "The Rubber Check Man" by the Schwinners.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, January 23rd 2010 at 11:19am.

Oh . . . wouldn't that other piece be "Groundhog Love" by the Buck Private and Pooneil?
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, January 23rd 2010 at 11:32am.

armitagenlowell & W.B. - Good ones. I especially like "The Rubber Check Man" and Stevie Wander. :-D
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, January 23rd 2010 at 11:55am.

That's some funny stuff right there!
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Saturday, January 23rd 2010 at 2:40pm.

Brookville Marketing distributed the album.
I wonder if they are a division (or sub-division) of Dewey, Cheatem and Howe? Or even STD?

Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Saturday, January 23rd 2010 at 4:39pm.

I actually remember this commercial, so it DID air in Chicago. I remember the shot of the suds getting hosed off...(Anybody who bought this really DID get hosed...) I was only eight so I didn't pick up on the fact that the songs were horribly bad covers. There was a "money back guarantee"; wonder if many sent the damn thing back?
Comment posted by wretchedrepast on Saturday, January 23rd 2010 at 9:45pm.

@ Wretched: I'm glad you didn't buy the Muskrat Love record collection.


Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Saturday, January 23rd 2010 at 9:58pm.

And did anyone notice on the far shot of this LP, the labels appear to be of Thomas J. Valentino's Major Records label (famous for their series of LP's of royalty-free sound effects that were used by some TV shows)?
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, January 23rd 2010 at 10:02pm.

"Muskrat Love (Record Offer, 1977)" is now #16 with a bullet on the Most Commented Videos list! Let's hear it for those crazy muskrats...
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, January 23rd 2010 at 10:06pm.

I also seem to recall that in New York, this ad aired a lot on WOR Channel 9. I don't think the other stations touched this with a 10-foot pole.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, January 23rd 2010 at 10:09pm.

All I can say is: Wow.
Comment posted by DinkCincinnati on Sunday, January 24th 2010 at 12:31am.

F.T.R., the act playing these cheesy recreations was called "Dimensional Sound." T.E.J. Records was (ostensibly) the label.
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, January 24th 2010 at 9:37am.

The voiceover of this "Muskrat Love" ad was also heard at 11:38-12:08 at the tail end of another ad for "soundalike" recordings from 1958, on:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnMzex8W8Dw

Comment posted by W.B. on Monday, January 25th 2010 at 6:16am.

Milli Vanilli style singers!

Even vocals on Nadia's Theme?

Comment posted by dth1971 on Monday, January 25th 2010 at 9:16pm.

So, what happens after midnight tomorrow?
Comment posted by motownphilly on Wednesday, January 27th 2010 at 11:20am.

The records will turn into pumpkins? ;)
Comment posted by W.B. on Friday, January 29th 2010 at 11:10am.

I remember this commercial and now that I hear it again 33 years later, these must the worst covers of songs that I've ever heard. I guess the speaker in the old RCA Magnavision TV must have hidden a lot of the fidelity of these songs. Wow, that "More Than a Feeling" cut was painful.
Comment posted by Stevie TV on Sunday, January 31st 2010 at 10:15pm.

To 'Stevie TV': The group that performed these soundalikes was called "Dimensional Sound," but evidently their "sound" was extremely *one*-dimensional (if even that). While Boston's follow-up LP, "Don't Look Back," was delivered under extremely rushed circumstances (much to Tom Scholz' eternal chagrin, thus spurring a feud with powerful CBS Records then-chief Walter Yetnikoff down the road), it sounds as carefully and meticulously crafted as their debut album in comparison to this rendition of their "More Than a Feeling."

And while the original '70's numbers could be considered "cheesy," they sound like absolutely sublime masterpieces of art if placed alongside this set.

It should be mentioned that before 1977 was out, this "Dimensional Sound" group was replaced by another hack soundalike group, "Dynamic Sound" (another misleading name, as that group's sound was not exactly dynamic). I seem to remember hearing ads circa 1977-8-9 on local New York radio stations inviting would-be singers to put their voices on pre-existing instrumental demo tracks at a recording studio which may've bore the name(s) of one of these "soundalike" acts, and I wonder if it was the case that those would-be "demo" singers were the ones heard on these recordings.

Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, January 31st 2010 at 11:30pm.

I wonder if I can buy this album on iTunes?
Comment posted by motownphilly on Tuesday, March 2nd 2010 at 9:38am.

Correction: It's TEJ Records, not "DEJ".
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Monday, March 22nd 2010 at 12:12am.

For those who are interested (or masochistic - or whatever), there's actually someone offering an 8-TRACK of one volume of this LP set:
http://www.8-track-shack.com/muskrat-love-and-24-more-big-hits-p-27558.html

Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, March 23rd 2010 at 2:57pm.

25 HITS? Why not the Muskrat Love title?
Comment posted by dth1971 on Wednesday, March 24th 2010 at 7:37am.

It should also be noted that Dimensional Sound's ripoff covers were issued on two labels: the aforementioned T.E.J., and also Los Angeles-based United/Superior Records (one-record sets of 10 songs apiece, as "Disco Gold #__"). In fact, my memory of their mangling of "Car Wash" was from United/Superior's "Disco Gold #2" (US-7808) - not from this "Muskrat Love" set. I'm wondering if there was a connection between this and their being replaced with Dynamic Sound effective with their two-record "Can't Stop Dancing" LP that T.E.J. put out in late 1977.
Comment posted by W.B. on Friday, March 26th 2010 at 3:12pm.

Who the hell would've paid $3.99 for an album in 1977, that was ripoff awful & had a cover that looked like it belonged on a children's book? ROFLMAO!
Comment posted by OldTVNut on Thursday, June 9th 2011 at 8:58pm.

As Casey Kasem said: "Muskrat Suzy, Muskrat Sam, soon to be Mr. and Mrs. Muskrat".
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Friday, October 14th 2011 at 7:51pm.

See how starved for good entertainment we were back then? However, Rubberband Man sure was cool! *downloading now*
Comment posted by ScarlettOHara on Sunday, October 16th 2011 at 4:28am.

Believe it or not, Elton John early in his career was recording cover songs for albums like this in England. You can find 'em on the CD Reg Dwight's Piano Goes Pop. Some of his covers were very good ("My Baby Loves Lovin'" and "Yellow River"); but I can't imagine why they had him record "Young, Gifted and Black"?!?
Comment posted by ChrisBCritter on Tuesday, February 26th 2013 at 12:57am.

Thus making it especially ironic that, now that Elton was a superstar, someone was impersonating him. Does anyone know if this Elton soundalike ever made it on his own?
Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, February 26th 2013 at 5:17am.

Never mind the cheap re-recordings. Only an idiot would buy an album just named after one of the worst songs of all time.
Comment posted by Studio76Art on Monday, March 25th 2013 at 11:05pm.

I have this album, what you hear on this commercial is mostly accurate. However, the version of "Nadia's Theme" on my copy is 100% instrumental.
Comment posted by OddityArchive on Monday, March 3rd 2014 at 9:29pm.

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I still see the X. ;-)


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