"R. Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serenaders" (CSS) are a loosely organized string band playing songs from the 1920s and (occasionally) modern songs styled after the songs of the 20s. They recorded three albums in the 70s and occasionally are active today, though usually without Mr. Crumb who lives in France.
How to find the CDs or hear samples of their music:
Follow the link below to go directly to the "R. Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serenaders" information on CDNow, a leading Web retailer of music. This is the only place I've found some samples of the music, though there are a only a few on the Shanachie Records website. Amazon has short samples of most of the songs, and you can try some sound samples there, (even buy the CDs if you want...).
Amazon's page for "Number Two" (now called "Chasin' Rainbows")
Amazon's page for "Number Three" (now called "Singing in the Bathtub")
Recordings" (Japan) where you can get "Number One" on CD
- I'm told that the informational contact on the pages will respond in
A 78 rpm single on the Ordinary Records" label: Possibly the first CSS record was a 78 rpm single, on the "Ordinary Records" label (no number) with the motto "A high standard of standardness." It has "River Blues" and "Wisconsin Wiggle" on it.
Party Record: Another early CSS recording was the "Party Record," a 78 RPM recording with fairly risqué lyrics. The songs are "My Girl's Pussy" (click here for approximate lyrics) and "Christopher Columbus" (click here for approximate lyrics - WARNING, NOT FOR THE DELICATE or easily offended!). Here's a scan of the front cover and here's a scan of the back cover. It was on "Red Goose Records" #2016 ("Red Goose" being a pseudonym for "Blue Goose" probably because the record was on red vinyl).
Another 78 rpm record: The Cheap Suit Serenaders had an another 78 rpm single on Blue Goose, with the song "Duck's Yas Yas" backed with "Beautiful Missouri Waltz." I don't know where it goes chronologically.
Here are links to informational pages about each
of the three albums:
Some other Crumb-related sites (there are no other Cheap Suit Serenaders sites that I can find)
Lynch - Megan has worked with several members of the CSS and her new
album "Songs the Brothers Warner Taught Me" - is delightful.
This will appeal to all ages, I guarantee!
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