"R. Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serenaders"
Blue Goose 2014, 1974
"R. Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serenaders" is the first album by the CSS. It
features R. Crumb, Allan Dodge, and Robert E. Armstrong. The three remained the core of
the CSS over the next two albums, CSS#2 and CSS#3 despite many changes in personnel. This album does not
appear to be available on CD.
FLASH - Now available from a Japanese company - I'm told that the
informational contact on the pages will respond in English.
Recordings" (Japan) - follow link for "artists"
The record contains up-tempo string band music, mostly songs from the early part of
the 20th century. It's fun, light hearted and has surprisingly little sarcasm
the tone of the nominal leader's better known art form!
The cover has a background of a typical "Crumb" scene of an old city, with
the title drawn against a starry sky. A sepia-toned photo of the band is in the
foreground, labeled "The Cheap Suit Serenaders givin' 'em what they want at a recent
New Year's party." In the picture, Crumb is playing a four-string banjo, Dodge a
mandolin, and Armstrong a "Universal" accordion (the brand name of the accordion
is barely visible). Insets photos show each member's face, and a hand drawn tombstone
shaped label in the lower right says "Hot Tunes - Ballads - Blues - Waltzes - Old
Standards." The back cover has the title again and a list of the musicians and their
instruments. The songs are listed with small Crumb illustrations for most of them. At the
bottom is some information on the recording.
"Bring a load-a, RC Cola, TV dinner, plate-a twinkies, takes a pink
burrito, for to keep me clean" (Get a Load of This)
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