Friday, May 22, 2009

Sinking Radio: Nilsson's "Cuddly Toy"

This is my weekly reminder to tune in to Sinking Radio on from Noon to 2:00 PM.

Each week the hosts play an official You Set the Scene pick. My pick for today's show is Harry Nilsson's "Cuddly Toy." Since Todd plays Nilsson all the time, it probably won't be a popular pick with Sylvia.

The track comes from Nilsson's RCA Records debut, Pandemonium Shadow Scene. It's one of my favorite Nilsson records, showcasing his humor in songwriting, and features an homage to the Beatles and Phil Spector. At only 31 minutes, the record flys by.

Pandemonium Shadow Scene didn't fare too well commercially, but did get the attention of the Beatles and the Monkees. Nilsson was introduced to the Monkees and did an impromptu performance of "Cuddly Toy." The Monkees dug it, and covered it on their Billboard #1, two million selling album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. It's got some pretty twisted lyrics.

Nilsson's a fascinating character. If you ever get a chance to see the documentary, Who Is Harry Nilsson (and Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him), check it out. Unfortunately it's never gotten a DVD release.

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