Friday, November 23, 2012

The Virginia's Employment Commission (Hire Through) - John Fuzz

First post in a few weeks due to life being crazy and Hurricane Sandy.... Any way just gonna jump right into the music w/ this little funky R&B 45. This here sounds a bit like a little more funky version of "The Coasters" I could not find much about this 45 except from what i lifted below from the great "FUNKY VIRGINA" blog.


"John Fuzz" is rockin' R'n'B that could be straight outta the early 60's. Opening with the theme from "Dragnet", "John Fuzz" lays out the misadventures of a sad sack cop who gets hit in the head with a mustard jar while trying to break up a domestic dispute, slips on a banana peel while walking his beat, and ends up in the hospital with a busted jaw after trying to recover a stolen car. Then in the final verse there's a slight change of heart as the cop's tormentors sort of take pity on the poor underpaid officer, a nice enough guy who never complains, even when he saved that kid stuck in a pipe. "He's alright!", they declare. Gee, thanks!

"John Fuzz" is more in line with the "novelty" tag applied to many of Guida's records. Apparently, Frank must have believed in this odd ball ditty on some level, because he waited another two years to re-release it (not an uncharacteristic move) as the debut of his New Faces '69 label. This time around "Fuzz" was preposterously credited to The Virginia's Employment Commission with the parenthetical tag "Hire Through". Is there any way the actual state agency known as the Virginia Employment Commission signed off on this? Seems unfathomable, but Mr. Guida could be very persuasive, and it was the late 60's.

The Virginia's Employment Commission (Hire Through)- John Fuzz

1 comment:

Holly said...

Love this! Thank you.