Battle of the TV Guise

img003Wacky word jazz describing idiot box imagery with the Mechanical Spider Clinic‘s four vidiots, Peter Stenshoel, Chuck Isle, Mark Masyga & Jerry.

Chuck

Chuck

Jerry reads; Mark laughs

Jerry reads; Mark laughs

These half-wits matched wits on the air February 27, 1987 (KFAI, Minneapolis-St.Paul) and met again at a house party a year later February 13, 1988 as the tape recorder rolled capturing the event (photos) before a gathering of their friends (pardon some of the overripe sound levels). Listen: https://archive.org/details/battle_of_the_tv_guise

MSC Theme by Bat Lenny; additional background ambiance by ZXQ Studios. KFAI’s Elizabeth Thurber can be heard giving the radio show a promo.SKM_284e15100314530_0001img004

 

Meet The Pylons

Just in time for the Summer of Road Construction, from The Mechanical Spider Clinic archive, a “mockumentary” about a fictitious instrumental surf-rock band from Wyoming, The Pylons. thePylons
The founding members ran into each other while constructing a toll road, and began singing folk music as The Undivided Highwaymen with songs such as “Don’t Strike That Hazard Cone” and “Turn Turn Turn Left at the Stop Sign.” But it was as The Pylons they had their biggest smashes: rock and roll instrumentals like “Burnin’ Rubber,” “Walkin’ the Ten Foot Viaduct,” “The Ditch (Parts 1 & 2)” and “Don’t Strike That Hazard Cone ’64.”WindshieldCrack
Supplying voices and songs of The Pylons were real musicians from Minnesota, members of The RevtunesThe Thunderbats, Subject to Change, and New England’s only banjo surf-rock combo, The Illusions; also featuring the voices of Chuck Isle; Ken Dresher; Ray Dahl; Rob Shapiro; Bill Bader; Peter Stenshoel; Kelly Itoh. Thanks to Mark Masyga.

The Mechanical Spider Clinic Volume Four

More mayhem from Modjeski’s Mechanical Spider Clinic show (KFAI, 1985-1987). Take-offs include Young Man With a Golden Tuba, and a spoof of Perry Mason. Rob Shapiro, Blanche Fubar, Andy Schultz, Bob Rynkiewicz, Diana Swan with sound effects.

TV Guise with Peter Stenshoel, and mash-ups of Masyga reMarks and mic shots from Chuck I. of same. Skogmo concludes, with bonus “sequel” called 13th Floor Elevator, and an episode of Judd Mastoid, Midget Auto Mechanic.

Sponsors include The Clever Rodent Cafe; Spin-Around Hank’s; The Personal Flamboyance Device; Quaking Otis; and of course, Captain Wink’s Chains in Low Sodium Sauce. Original music cues for Mason, Earthy Pebbley, and Miles Racist by Andy Schultz and Chuck IsleDixie Halloween by The Toy Lovers. Poster art by Marc Myers.

Listen at archive.org

The Mechanical Spider Clinic Volume Three

Jerry’s third full hour of original satire, jocular frenzy and dark humor.

Fake commercials for Glandma’s Cookies; Polkas from the Heartburn of Kitchen Space; Uncle Ron’s Summit Pump; Grandpa Ravi’s Tackle Pal; G.I. Frothing Joe; Stout Eddie’s; The Elvis Styling Kit; and Captain Wink’s Original Circular Potato Chains.

Bogey Humphart and Lauren Becool star in To Have and Half Crocked; Bomb Theater’s satire, The Tar Baby Brigade, anticipated modern action movies like The Expendables with mercenaries (including a Rambo knock-off) on a suicide mission into a South American country.

Sport fishing TV shows are sent up with Hook, Line and Sinker.

Regular features: Skogmo, Lazlo Morbid, Consumer Survival Biscuit. Voices by Alice Phoenix, Rob Shapiro, Andy Mayer, Bob Rynkiewicz, Diana Swan, and Dexter. Chuck Isle played guitar behind Walter Brennan, and teamed with Mark Masyga for TV Guise.

Listen at archive.org

The Mechanical Spider Clinic Volume Two

Jerry’s back with a second hour of twisted TV lampoons (Mister Rogers’ Rear Window), and old time radio spoofs (The Blue Weasel, Minnesota’s answer to The Green Hornet).

Chuck Isle and Mark Masyga contribute commercials for Thundering Meat DNA Restructuring Powder, Open Wound BBQ Sauce, Magic Gesticulations Shampoo, The Mechanical Clinics and give you the TV Guise.

With Ken Dresher‘s Room For Rent, as well as regular features: Skogmo, Lazlo Morbid, and Consumer Survival Biscuit. Voices by Leigh Bowser, Bob Rynkiewicz, Diana Swan, Rob Shapiro, Brian Anderson, Andy Schultz.

Listen now at archive.org

The Mechanical Spider Clinic Volume One

Jerry’s KFAI radio series of original comedy skits begins regular features Consumer Survival Biscuit, Life With Lazlo Morbid, and Bomb Theater (grade-Z movie matinee: Hot Rods From Outer Space!).

Regular contributors Chuck Isle and Mark Masyga offer commercials for Liquid Executioner, Saint Watermain Place, Chez Bob’s Detail Recount Store, Dubb’s More-Gas Board, and read schedule highlights from TV Guise.

High tension radio drama with J.B. “Touch” Skogmo and Tim Wynntoplotte, Pre-K Van Drivers begins with three thrill-packed chapters.

Voices by Kay Kirscht, Andy Schultz. Poster created by Marc Myers.

Listen now at archive.org 

Charles Brin meets Mickey Mouse in apartheid South Africa

Available for listening at archive.org: radio gems of Jerry with Charles Brin (1923-2016), whose acting credits include the movies Grumpy Old Men, A Serious Man and Inherit the Wind on Broadway.

Jerry’s original radio works featured Charles as Sherlock Holmes; portraying crafty Tolarr catapulting Dick Future and his Dancing Stool to the White House; Charles Brin reading Charles Fort; and Charles rapping Beat word-poetry as Lord Buckley hosting a TV kids show, Danny Phantom. Here’s a teaser, a clip of Charles Brin on Mechanical Spider Clinic as a zebra giving Mickey and Donald a tour of apartheid South Africa, in Jerry’s 1985 lampoon of Disney cartoon characters used as diplomats to foreign cultures.

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