Recycling Never Sounded So Groovy!
Welcome to another week here at Iron Leg.
One of the great pleasures of record collecting/researching is that every once in a while you come upon something genuinely surprising and groovy.
If you follow the Iron Leg Radio Show Podcast, you will have already heard the Round Robin instro ‘Sit and Dance’ a few episodes back.
It is a very swinging bit of Hollywood-au-go-go with some very ginchy organ in the middle and has the sound of a prime, mid-60s, swinging nightclub/discotheque scene.
I had every intention of giving the song its own write-up when something very strange happened.
I had been wanting to get my hands on the very cool, pre-Monkees Micky Dolenz 45 ‘Don’t Do It’ (which I will post sometime soon) and was lucky enough to grab a cheap copy a few weeks back.
There was a gap of a few days between when it fell through the mail slot, and when I had an opportunity to digimatize it.
I had never heard the flip-side, ‘Plastic Symphony III’ before, so when I dropped the needle into the grooves I had my mind blown, because there, coursing from the speakers was the very same track as on the Round Robin 45.
Naturally, I leapt upon the interwebs in search of information, and while I can’t say I have any definitive answers for you, there are several intriguing clues to be had.
The Round Robin 45 appeared on the Domain label, which was distributed by the Challenge label, on which the Dolenz 45 was released.
Both records were produced by Tony Sepe and Martin Brooks, co-owners of the labels with Bob Krasnow.
Where the song appears as ‘Sit and Dance’ the writing is credited to Elaine Fink and Shirley Romans.
When the song appeared as ‘Plastic Symphony III’ on the flipside of the Dolenz 45 (credited only to ‘Instrumental’) the name Bob Richardson was tacked on.
Fink and Romans were also credited with composing another Round Robin instrumental b-side, ‘Slauson Shuffletime’.
Other than than, I find myself in Dead-eds-ville.
While I find nothing shocking about the re-use of the track – that kind of thing happened all the time, especially when throw-away tunes were slapped on the flipside of a record so as not to distract from the featured track (Sit and Dance appeared on the flip of more than one Round Robin disc) – I think that ‘Sit and Dance’/’Plastic Symphony III’ is especially cool.
Though I don’t have much to go on, I wonder if Fink and Romans were actual songwriters, or merely names of friends or family members slapped on a tune to collect royalties.
If anyone knows for sure, please let me know.
See you next week.