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Where do all the kazoos go???

The Shambles 03 Apr 99 - 02:58 PM
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Subject: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: The Shambles
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 02:58 PM

There must have been thousands of this small but perfectly formed instruments made and sold, over the years but where are they played?

Do people rush home from buying kazoos at festivals and secret themselves in locked and sound-proofed rooms to practice their playing?

Where do the expert players perform?

It is time to come out of the closet.

We must be told.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 03:19 PM

Shambles..look for them in Jug Bands (wherever they play) and kids' Kazoo orchestras! (I know of one around Toronto)

I bought a hand made rosewood (no, I'm not kidding) Kazoo at the N.O.M.A.D. festival in Connecticut 2 years ago and have played it exactly once since then. It's the loudest instrument in the universe, and if my wife Heather finds it, I know she'll throw it out!


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: The Shambles
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 03:30 PM

Rick

Do you think that is what happens to the majority of them?

Not mine though, as my wife is the kazoo player in the band and she instructed me to purchase one for her yesterday, when I went to the first festival of the year. I didn't see any rosewood ones though.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Mikal
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 04:43 PM

Hey! I resemble that remark!

I was given one as a joke years ago by my Uncle Joe. I paid him back by playing it all the time at the family get togethers. I am considered a Kazoo Virtuoso, (which is one step above pond scum, so my Uncle claims.)

There used to be a lot of really good steel ones comming out of Hong Kong. We bought a hundred of them for a marching Kazoo band thing a few years back.

My old one is retired now, and the only ones I find here are the half-sized plastic jobs!

Mikal (hey, it makes the Bodrhan look like an instrument of the gods!)


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: from:lingolucky
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 04:58 PM

there is a strong new trend in music, certainly in the houston area, which is the ukulele band. there are at least 30 of them in Greater Houston, most of them inspired by one talented musician: Buddy Griffin. Most of the players are of retirement age, and they play to all kind of organizations, but mostly to senior citizens. and they all have kazoos. my wife and i are proud members of the bayland ragtimers, led by r. l.. henderson it keeps us out of mischief and sometimes we play folk music, lingolucky @2aol.com


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: from:lingolucky April 3
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 05:00 PM

there is a strong new trend in music, certainly in the houston area, which is the ukulele band. there are at least 30 of them in Greater Houston, most of them inspired by one talented musician: Buddy Griffin. Most of the players are of retirement age, and they play to all kind of organizations, but mostly to senior citizens. and they all have kazoos. my wife and i are proud members of the bayland ragtimers, led by r. l.. henderson it keeps us out of mischief and sometimes we play folk music, lingolucky @2aol.com


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: catspaw49
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 05:14 PM

Rick....Rick.........Bro........mudcateer.........pard.......We need to talk.

You bought a ROSEWOOD freakin' KAZOO???? Kong Kazoos don't cut it huh? A Rosewood Kazoo...is that East Indian or the more humble Bolivian? Did this guy offer you anything else? Jade Ocarina? Bubinga and Padauck Slide whistle? Madagascan Ebony Nose Flute? A Tiple maybe?

Well that'll about do it! I mean Karen has offered to let me get one of the animal ocarinas, but I'm holding out for one where I blow up a possum's ass. But a rosewood kazoo? two questions left...........First, is this guy still around and second...Does He Have Anymore???

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Mike Billo
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 05:16 PM

I kazoo (it's a noun and verb)and I'm proud of it!A lot of self-important types frown on it as "not a real instrument" but it's activated by the human voice which is the ultimate musical instrument. In the mid-'70's, I was in the house band at the Abbey Tavern Irish pub here in San Francisco and had a beat up old saxophone that I stuck a kazoo on in place of the mouthpiece, and on rock 'n roll songs I would play the kazoo while pretending to "finger" the keys of the sax. People often complimented my "sax playing"!!!


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
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Date: 03 Apr 99 - 05:17 PM

FROM: Lingolucky SUBJ. RE: where do all the kazoos go? Date: 03 Apr 1999 there is a trend in music toward UKULELE bands. thirty or more in the Houston area. they all have \kazoos and use them for instrumental breaks. you can get used to them. my wife and i are proud members of the BAYLAND RAGTIMERS , led by R. L. Henderson. We play AARP meetings, retirement homes, lodges with good results. The kazoo works easily into choruses along with ukes, banjos, fuitars, piano and keyboard. Really, the band sounds pretty good. ingolucky


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: from:lingolucky
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 05:19 PM

there is a strong new trend in music, certainly in the houston area, which is the ukulele band. there are at least 30 of them in Greater Houston, most of them inspired by one talented musician: Buddy Griffin. Most of the players are of retirement age, and they play to all kind of organizations, but mostly to senior citizens. and they all have kazoos. my wife and i are proud members of the bayland ragtimers, led by r. l.. henderson it keeps us out of mischief and sometimes we play folk music, lingolucky @2aol.com


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 05:26 PM

Mike--A great tale! Jesse Fuller, who wrote "San Francisco Bay Blues," had a kazoo tucked in beside his blues harp in his harmonica holder. He played them along with guitar (usually 12-string) and his home-made foot pedal electric bass. I saw him near the end of his life-- he'd have coughing fits between songs, but still put on a great show. He lived in Oakland, across the bay from SF, and had family in Berkeley. I had his granddaughter in a freshman English class at Berkeley High. --seed


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Ted from Australia
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 05:40 PM

Kazoos, (quite rightly in my opinion,) unless carefuuly watched over and used at least once a week, slip through a wormhole in space to join all the capos, plectrums, electric guitat leads and blues harps. They go to a parallel universe next to the place where all the ball point pens are.

Regards Ted ;-)>


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Banjer
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 06:55 PM

That must be somewhere near where all those single socks live.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Mike Billo
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 07:07 PM

Hello BSeed! I saw Jesse Fuller here in the Bay Area many times(towards the end it was hard to enjoy a performer who was so obviously ill, but you're right, he could still put on a great show) and he was a tremendous inspiration to me. For my money he was the greatest one man band ever(remember his "footdella"? The bass instrument he played with his feet? Wow!) and a true hero of the kazoo. While we're talking about kazoo heroes, although primarily rememberd for his slide guitar playing, Tampa Red had some incredibly cool jazzy phrasing on the Kazoo.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 09:11 PM

For some great Kazoo stylings check out the "Hoosier Hotshots"....Ok..take it away Hezzie! Brownie McGee hooked one up to a trombone, although I've never heard a recording of it. Others are Geoff Muldaur (and Maria, of course) and Erik Darling on "The Weavers at Carnegie Hall" part two.

Herr Katzpaw. Ve haf vays of making you shtop flunderblunking about mine rosevood Kazoo. Unvortunately ve haf vorgotten zem.

P.S. In the realm of great musicians playing questionable instruments....Louis Armstrong does a hot chorus on slide whistle (please no one start a thread on this instrument) on his "Hot Five " sessions.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: campfire
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 09:35 PM

"Flunderblunking"?

I think that's my new favorite word!


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Mike Billo
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 09:36 PM

Greetings Rick; With all due respect to a fellow mudcatter, you have some facts wrong. Paul "Hezzie" Trietsch played the slide whistle (what Louis played on the Hot Five session you mention)jew's harp and washboard. I have very nearly everything the Hoosier Hot Shots ever recorded, and I'm pretty sure(of course, I could be wrong)that the Kazoo never appeared on even one recording. As far as starting a thread on the slide whistle, I don't think we're in any danger because there have never been that many players. Now back to Kazoos, for hot dixieland comb and tissue paper/kazoo duets, check out the Mound City Blue Blowers. As far as great musicians playing questionable instruments, how about the many times Jimmy Dorsey held his thumb over the tip of a bicycle pump air hose, for "Hot Bicycle Pump" solos?


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: karen k
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 10:25 PM

Yes, Rick really does have a rosewood kazoo from the NOMAD Festival in CT. I know because I saw it and tried to get one too but the man who made it only had one. I got one the next year though. Ask Rick about the funnel he attaches to it. Talk about loud!

Back in the 60's Jesse Fuller stayed at my house 3 times when playing at a coffeehouse that I helped to run. What a wonderful man. There aren't many like him. I can still see his fotdella set up in my living room and hear him singing Ol' Man Mose, Monkey and the Engineer and many more. He was the politest, most humble man I've ever known. He couldn't understand the fuss that people made over him. I'll never forget getting to know him. Those were the days.

Long live the kazoo - the only instrument which I can play melody on!

karen k


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 10:33 PM

Mike!! This has been my week for wrong information. Of course the Mound City guys were what I was thinking of when I wrote "The Hoosiers.." Two days ago I said "SugarCane Harris " when I meant "Hi-Tide Harris!" Geez, what's the point of being a musical trivia nerd when you get it wrong twice? I'm on my best behaviour from now on. My Daddy used to say "measure twice, cut once", so I'm gonna "think twice, type once."

A wonderful local player named "Washboard Hank" plays and TOURS WITH a kitchen sink! He is unrivaled on his instrument.

Dawn, because to me that's the most beautiful name in the English language, I dedicate, and hereby give my word to you. By the way MY favourite new word (coined I believe by Susan Goldberg) is "Omphaloscopist" which means an ultra-navel-gazing singer songwriter.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Mike Billo
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 11:22 PM

Rick; Thank goodness for your posting! I began thinking "he could be right" and was going to spend a sizable part of Easter going through my Hot Shots 78's looking for thge kazoo solos I had convinced myself you must have heard.Is there anything more obsessive/compulsive than a Hoosier Hot Shots fan? Boy, the stuff my wife has to put up with.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 03 Apr 99 - 11:52 PM

Hi Karen, how you doin? Thanks for confirming the existance of the rosewood Kazoo. Yeah I neglected to mention the insertion of the two plastic funnels. Perhaps THAT'S why Heather hates it so much. Do you know the maker's name? Do you know how to find it? I had his card but lost it.

Mike, gotta agree that being a "Hoosier.." afficianado does put one beyond the pale. Perhaps we should start a thread on "what's your weirdest musical influence?"

Some of mine: Bert Brecht, SINGING the "Three Penny Opera" in German. Not ONE friend of mine has ever been able to listen to it for more than a minute! I love it.

Didier Hebert's singing on the Harry Smith Folkways collection. Have to admit, it's hypnotic to me.

Tiny Tim. 'nuff said.

Paul Mason Howard's Dolceola playing on Leadbelly's L.A. sessions. It's wonderful!


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: campfire
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 12:26 AM

Well, so long as nobody gets "flunderblunked" by an "Omphaloscopist"....

I'm honored, Rick!


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: The Shambles
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 01:54 AM

I think a Flunderblunker is a very good term for those who continue to pour scorn on and lump all singer - songwriters together, as if ALL they produce is introspective, and therfore not worth even the effort to listen to. I'm OK now, pet subject rant, out of the way.

May they all be destined to sit at the end of Rick's Rosewood kazoo.

Jesse Fuller was a great inspiration to me also.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Mark Roffe
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 03:14 AM

I've had a metal kazoo clamped to one side of my harmonica holder for 25 years. I don't know where the old ones go, 'cause I ain't never had to replace it (and I've had a brand new never-used spare one standing by for about 20 years). Although I dig novelty/jug band energetic kazoo playing, my real inspiration for kazoo comes from Tampa Red...not the early stuff where he was known as the "The Guitar Wizard," playing uptempo slide on his gold plated style 4 National, but rather on the c.1960 Prestige Bluesville albums "Don't Tampa With the Blues" and "Don't Jive Me," where he played simple slow blues on a Gibson archtop, accompanied only by his two-horned kazoo. He played slow, musing, intentional, soulful kazoo. Kazoo as a serious and emotional instrument rather than a maniacally humorous novelty.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 03:35 AM

The mention of the rosewood kazoo reminded me of the surprising presence of a gold inlaid cedar kazoo that was found among the items in Tutankahmen's tomb. This bore out the suspicions of late 1800's egyptologists that the instrument portrayed in a frieze in the tomb of Ramses 11 was indeed a kazoo, being played by a high priest of Osiris in a funerary procession that also included lutes, drums, and flutes.The presence of this unlikely instrument in Ramses tomb decoration was probably a reference to the Battle of Kadesh, where Ramses' army had triumphed over the Hittites leaving, as another frieze states, " the strangers of Hatti slain by the Son(Sun) of Amon, their kazoos scattered in the dust." At this time, there was apparently no social stigma attached to this instrument.

What connection, if any, exists between the ancient Egyptians and the first century Christian Kazoo Cults that sprang up in Asia Minor has not been established. This much is known. These early cultists considered the Kazoo much more than a musical instument. They often wore these symbols of their belief on leather laces around their neck, using them as an audible means of identifying one another. The rapid increase in the number of these Kazoo cultists resulted in a declaration by Constantine that their belief was a heresy, and in time the kazoo was almost entirely stamped out.

Strangely enough the kazoo was not seen again until it re-emerged among the Basques of northern France in the 1600's. Basque immigrants probably brought the kazoo, along with the bota bag,to America in the early 19th century. During the Civil War the kazoo became a popular instrument among soldiers on both sides of the conflict. There was even a Kazoo marching band, The 12th New York Kazoo Zouaves, who suffered tragic losses at the Battle of Antietam when they were mistakenly fired upon by units from their own side.

Make no mistake, the history of the Kazoo is an illustrious one. For more information, read Edward Mahoney's Kazoos Through the Ages , or contact the kazoo web site at the Julliard Institute at www.kazoostudies.com ...LEJ


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: reggie miles
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 03:37 AM

Mike, I'm a Hot Shots fan myself. Are you familiar with Captain Stubby and The Boone County Buccaneers I don't have any of their recordings but I do have a late thirties bio rag of both bands and the similiarities between Captain Stubby's and Hezzie's washboard/sound effects units is astounding. They cound be twins. They're so much alike that I wonder which one came first the Captain or the Hezzie version. Captain Stubby (Tom Fouts)was at that time (late thirties) a part of a radio broadcast ensemble doing a show called the Boone County Jamboree on WLW. I gleaned this info from a song folio of favorite songs published by M. M. Cole Publishing Co. of Chicago. All of the songs in it were copyrighted between 1930 and 1941. The Hoosiers info is from an album of songs and photographs published by the Hot Shots in Chicago its copyright is 1938. All of this is such an obscure bit of trivia that it's probably of little use to the world at large here in 1999 but being a washboard/sound effects gizmo player for the last twenty years I find it fascinating that two contemporaries could be performing during the same time frame, in the same geographical location with such amazingly similiar eclectic instruments. Mind you each group was covering a different style of music. The Hot Shots were more pop and jazz and the Buccaneers very much country and hillbilly. Washboards that I've noticed over the years, (and there aren't a lot of us), all seem to have one thing in common and that is that no two are much alike. While I'm sure there are new converts every day still our numbers are few and interest in this sort of thing is not exactly main stream music industry stuff. Now getting to the kazoo, I've been collecting unusual kazoos for years. They've been around for some time. I've managed to unearth some great examples of their evolutionary transformations. Well you gotta collect something, and being a player of such an odd collection of sounds on my Eldorado rhythm board, kazoo seemed to fit right in. My current favorite that I use is a kazoozaphone. A metal bodied kazoo with a Sousaphone shaped metal bell over the resonator chamber. And speaking of Jesse, how many of you are familiar with Robert "Oneman" Johnson? He's a good friend who created a twelve string "foot piano" similiar to Jesse's five string "foot diller". Oneman also uses a hyhat like Jesse. He plays four different types and styles of guitar, (not simultaneously, he's a man after all not an octopus). He does however play guitar, foot piano, hyhat, and a harmonica in a rack, which also serves to hold a kazoo, at the same time, just like Jesse. He is also a wonderful writer, last count about 140 songs. It's been a distinct privilege to have his blessing to perform and record his material which makes up a large part of my song bag. Tampa Red's involvement with kazoo has had definite influence on my friend Jack Cook. Jack is a guitarist and when we play together he enjoys requesting Jesse Fuller tunes of me so he can kazoo along. Jack and I have been mixing it up with another friend Mogen Speiss who plays reeds, (clarinet and sax). Two kazoos and a clarinet isn't something for the timid. It's been great fun. Finally, (I bet you were wondering when I'd run out), there is someone else I thought I should mention concerning this idea of kazoozolgy. This young man is known as Carlton Baltimore, who presently and almost exclusively plays music on the streets of the Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. Carlton has got to be one of the foremost exponents of kazooing without actually playing a kazoo. Instead he uses a variety of funnel shaped rolls of paper or even the bottoms of paper cups as resonators and amplifiers of his unique kazoo technique. He is a very powerful player of this eclectic art form and has a beautiful bass range singing voice as well. Okay on to another thread. See you there,

Reggie Miles


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 03:46 AM

"Don't Tampa with the Blues" just jumped to the top of my to be acquired list, along with a replacement kazoo (I like the trombone kind)--all my old ones (along with some of my blues harps and a bicycle belonging to the kid next door) got turned into wire coathangers. --seed


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Barbara
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 03:52 AM

Thought that was paper clips, seed.
All my kazoos end up in the back of the kitchen tool/junk drawer with the bicycle tire repair kit and the decorations off the wedding cake and the solder and mouse turds and...
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Banjer
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 04:48 AM

Herr Fielding, Ze mezods may hav bin forgotten, but check back on ze thread about Mudcat shutting down and ze fate of Max and all should become clear to you again! (Your Bert Brecht singing The Three Penny Opera in German and the suggested hog tying make for a start)

Lonesome E J, I am not so sure that the friendly fire that ended the 12th NY Kazouaves Marching Band was accidental, or tragic for that matter.

I can't remember all the details, but it seems some years ago there was a young feller that swallowed a kazoo which ultimately found its way to the lower end of the intestinal tract where it became lodged. Subsequent meals of beans, onions and other gas producing foods provided hours of entertainment.

All this history reminds me of a story: It seems that many years ago Alexander the Great, during one of his many forays out into the world, had traveling with him an alchemist. This Man of miracles concocted a liquid which when soaked into cloth would change color with the passing of time. Alexander ordered him to make a cloth impregnated with the substance which he promptly affixed to his wrist. He used it, of course as we would use a watch today, to tell time, hence its name, ALEXANDERS RAG TIME BAND.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: catspaw49
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 06:33 AM

Oh Gawd..........THAT WAS THE WORST, THE WORST!!!!!!!

I'm goin' back to bed.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Night Owl
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 06:40 AM

CUTE!!!! And just how do we explain the silly grin on our faces today?


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Banjer
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 08:31 AM

Night owl, just do the way I do, explain nothing, let everyone wonder...

G'night Catspaw....


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Tony Burns
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 11:41 AM

For those who must have a wooden kazoo there are 2 models listed in the Lark In The Morning Catalogue. They do not list a rosewood model however, I was in the San Francisco store in February and know that they carry more instruments than are listed in the catalogue.

PS. In case my attempt at creating a link did not work here is the URL for the page in the catalog containing the kazoos. http://www.larkinthemorning.com/MenComNet/Business/Retail/Larknet/Winds


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Mike Billo
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 12:09 PM

Reggie!! You sure sound like a kindred spirit. I've never heard of Captain Stubby and the Boone County Buccaneers. Who's been keeping this information from me? I'm going to have to start seeking out their stuff immediately. The only other band I've found that sounds like the HHS, that were performing at the same time as the HHS was a group from Texas called Bob Skyles and his Skyrockets. In fact one of their records was "We're Not The Hoosier Hot Shots". I'm sure you already know about Washboards International, but just in case you don't, they are at http://www.washboards.com. Are you aware of the Washboard rub-off on the last day of the Saceamento Dixieland Jubilee memoroial Day weekend? Hundreds of washboard players from around the world playing simultaneously (not everybody's cup of tea, the faint-hearted are soon weeded out)and swapping design ideas. Also, my wife, Marian, and I maintain a Spoons,Bones and Washboards site at http://homestead.com/oldmusic/MusicalSpoons.html check it out. I've never heard of Robert "Oneman" Johnson or Carlton Baltimore either! You're posting was a wealth of information. Anyone interseted in the Washboard rub-off in Sacramento or, talking washboard lore in general (you may be the only one Reggie)email me at mbillo@earthlink.net


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 01:51 PM

Howdy Shambles. Can't agree with you more about lumping groups of performers together with one choice word. (even if the word tickles my funnybone, like "omphaloscopist") I'm sure Ms. Goldberg (or whoever coined the word) counts many songwriters among her friends, as I do. (and I make my own songs as well) However, 3 hours at one of our prime open stage venues here in Toronto, might just send the most tolerant folk fan racing off into the night searching for someone who can play a guitar without "plugging in" and can sing about something other than the current problems with their love life. The nick-names probably come when someone has become inundated with a certain style and shouts their new word to the heavens. Not to worry though, being called "celtoid" has not resulted in thousands of guitarists retuning from DADGAD to regular tuning. The ugly sobriquet "Folk Nazi" hasn't sent ultra traditionalists running to buy Lonnie Donegan records, and the slightly snarky "white blue singer" tag, never stopped me from trying to play like Tampa Red or Big Bill. I have two framed rejection notices on my desk at the moment. One from a festival saying in effect: Thanks, but you're too "commercial" for us, and the other, also from a festival implying "you're not commercial enough!!" Oi Vay! Got to laugh!


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: catspaw49
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 02:17 PM

Damn but I LOVE threads that include both good topics and good (or bad) humor.

For many people that inability to "classify" leads to some interesting "classifications." Rick, you have the best example I've heard in a long time. Your tastes and interests defy specific classification, and since you don't have a strong focus on any one thing, nobody knows what to think. In my somewhat distorted view though, I view that as the true heart of folk. The sounds and traditions are passed along regardless of "race, creed, or origin." I can never buy off on a new piece not being folk simply because it's new. Nor does age impart greatness. Folk is a musical history and all history starts now.

Perhaps it's our complex world and the fact that in most walks of life specialization is a way of life and to do a good job, you must keep a narrow window. I think we allow ourselves to go the same way in areas of music as well, and more's the pity.

catspaw

PS--I'm serious about the possum ocarina; saw one and should have bought it, but we needed the money for gas to get home and my plastic was filled...vacation...What a stupid decision. Gas fer chrissakes!


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 02:28 PM

Catspaw, sorry but I have to question your spelling. The "Possum Macarena" you're referring to was done by V.P. Al Gore while continuing to try and convince country folk that he's still just an ol' plow boy at heart!

While touring Washington Last week we went by the VERY exclusive school he attended. He didn't learn to slop the hogs in THAT place!


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: catspaw49
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 02:38 PM

Yeah..."Daddy's" place in TN. ain't much of a hogg slopper either!

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Barbara
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 03:13 PM

Catspaw, if you can give me a clue about dimensions, I might be able to make you a clay possum ocarina. I can't remember just offhand what makes them sound. Do they have a whistle aperture? If I lay my hands on a functional one, a possum one should be easy; I regularly make gargoyles and critters and rattles and such out of clay. (fired). How bout a possum kazoo? I bet I could do one of those. Did it have a tail at all? or was the tail curled around and the butt the soundhole? Want to send me a sketch? I'm serious.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: catspaw49
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 03:22 PM

Hey ... Far out Barbara ... I'd love it and Thanks!!!

The Kazoo would be great and the rat like tail could curl around the body on a kazoo a lot easier. Please go for it! I'll be happy to pat AND I'll send you something fun in return...and it's musical. (Before someone thinks the worst). Let me know if I need to send you something diagram wise.

THANKS>>>THANKS>>>THANKS

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Bill D
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 07:21 PM

I didn't know I played a 'kazoozaphone/..but I guess I do...I had a broken 'trombone' model..and one of those sousaphone types..so I screwed the bell on the trombone remnant, and now have a kazoo with 2 bells...one of which can be turned 'round to face me..like a kazoo monitor!..one can also mute either or both bells for varied sounds..lots of volume! I was given a layered wood kazoo a couple years ago..(sound holes on two sides..wonder if it's the same model as the Rosewood one..(tho, this is NOT rosewood..)(met a guy who made a rosewood recorder once..he found out the hard was he is allergic to some rosewoods, as I am...so be careful..blistered lips can wreck your love life!)


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 04 Apr 99 - 07:30 PM

That's the same as I've got Bill. I just looked at it and maybe it's not rosewood..but it's some kinda wood. If your good lady is around, I posted a question for her on the Mudcat pics thread. I'm startin' to tear up another instrument!


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Barbara
Date: 05 Apr 99 - 01:20 AM

Say, Bill, do you call that thingie a kazooba?


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: reggie miles
Date: 05 Apr 99 - 03:36 AM

Mike,

Thanks for the links. See ya in cyberspace, Reggie


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Bert
Date: 05 Apr 99 - 09:15 AM

Wow! I haven't played a kazoo since I was kid. Our local youth club had a kazoo band, we each made our own instruments using garden hose and various funnels. Ah, happy memories.

Our leader played 'conductor' and tried to make us play The Blue Danube but every time his back was turned we would play schoolboy songs such as Billy Boy & John Peel.

It was a great skit that went down well with audiences.

I think all those kazoos must have long since passed int Kazoo Heaven.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: AlistairUK
Date: 05 Apr 99 - 09:34 AM

Well it seems we have...wait for it, wait for it...Kazoos up the wazoo here.

Oh I can here the groans across the miles.

Alistair (kazoo player and proud of it)

p.s. catspaw. What is this fixation you have for blowing wind up a possums' arse?


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: catspaw49
Date: 05 Apr 99 - 12:07 PM

Because a 'possum's funnier than a 'gator...and who else would have one?

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: AlistairUK
Date: 05 Apr 99 - 12:18 PM

cat: I think it's down to childhood trauma myself...did a possum blow up your arse when you were a child perhaps?


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: karen k
Date: 05 Apr 99 - 02:22 PM

Rick, The toymaker at NOMAD who makes the rosewood kazoos is:


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: karen k
Date: 05 Apr 99 - 02:28 PM

Rick,

Oops, just wanted to keep you guessing a bit longer!

Kazoo maker is: John E. Foley of JF WOODWOKS 15 Rebecca St. Trumbull, CT 06611 Sure hope he doesn't mind my posting his name and address.

But probably nobody minds a little free publicity.

karen k


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Bill D
Date: 05 Apr 99 - 04:46 PM

Rick..my wooden kazoo, upon examining it, is Padauk, Maple and Walnut...very common combination these days..Padauk is used for LOTS of wooden instruments...like those xylophone things, and an ocarina.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 03:49 AM

Bert, I'm glad you didn't have a "Kazoo up the Wazoo" band. --seed


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Mike Billo
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 10:57 AM

Before this thread dies a natural death (some would say that's long overdue), check out the amazing kazoo collection of Captain Kazoo at http://www.captainkazoo.com/


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: AlistairUK
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 12:15 PM

I think we should get more into catspaws desire to blow up a possums bum. I mean this could get really facinating, better than a tiple band if you ask me.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 09:37 AM

I know where mine came from (a Christmas cracker). So far it goes most places with me where I think I might be allowed to join in. ("I took my kazoo to a party but nobody asked me to play" as the old song might have said!).So far it's come back- no-one has knocked it down my throat! Don't knock it, for those of us who can't play anything else it is a godsend- and has the added benefit in my case of preventing me from singing or (even worse) whistling. A steel comb and the old fashioned shiny lavatory paper used to be OK, but that new soft stuff.... I too love Jesse Fuller, Red McKenzie, Tony Hall of the Spinners etc.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 11:48 AM

Tony DAVIS I should have said! I was listening to a tape I'd compiled of Cliff Hall's Caribbean songs in the Spinner's reperoire over the wekend which accounted for the gaffe!


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: reggie miles
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 03:14 PM

Karen, thanks for the info about the exotic kazoo maker I'm thinkin' one of those could be the perfect addition to my Eldorado Rhythm Board. Reggie Miles


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Jen
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 09:35 PM

I wrote a story about a kazoo-playing girl and the Host of Faerie... it will be published in Eternity Online Here? hopefully! in June if anyone's interested!

(Now let's see if my link showed up)

Jen


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Barbara
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 09:12 PM

Say, Catspaw, I just spent the afternoon making a possum, and the only problem I got now is that no matter how hard I blow up its butt, I can't QUITE make it whistle. Its eyes bug out, but it don't sing.
Yet.
And yes, I carved a slot in it, and punched some holes, and I can tell the potential is there, but the sucker just won't howl. Yet. It just makes this pitiful little moaning noise, like blowing through your thumbs.
I've made flutes, but never a whistle, and this possum and I are going through this till I get it. The bad thing about clay is, it's flexible, but the good thing is, when it don't work, I just pack some more clay in, and try again.
I sure hope you have fun with this.
And, assuming he survives this, you need to tell me where to send him (is your personal mail not working?)
By the way, the way he's made it looks a little more like youre blowing his balls than his butt, hope that isn't a big problem.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: catspaw49
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 10:16 PM

Barbara, I just love you to death....Such dedication and determination in the face...well, not the face exactly, but,uh...well you get my point. I have had a bit of a problem with my mail, but I'll get back to you ASAP. Many Thanks Again,

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Barbara
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 10:34 PM

By George, I've got it! This whistle pig whistles!
Now, does anyone know how to tune one of these? Move sound holes which direction, does changing size make a difference?
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: reggie miles
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 03:10 AM

Barbara, I know some friends who work in clay that create ocarinas. They may be able to give you some tips. They are Sandi and Richard Schmidt you can email them at clayz@gte.net. Hope it helps. They make excellent ocarinas.

Reggie Miles


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Bert
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 10:30 AM

How much are you selling these things for Barbara? You did know, of course, that we would never let you get away with making just ONE, didn't you?

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: AlistairUK
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 10:38 AM

Hey if y'all get together and call yourselves "Paw and Possum Butt Blowers". I think you may have a hit on your hands.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 10:43 AM

I was about to say Barbara could go into the business, but I think poor old Shambles would have heart failure.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: The Shambles
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 02:11 PM

AAAAGGGGHHHHH !!!


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Jen
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 03:40 PM

Barbara, I've tried to make them also, but out of polymer clay. I found a website(I'm not sure the exact address, but I searched dogpile for 'ocarinas' http://www.dogpile.com (cute search engine.)
But I've always wanted to make them out of polymer clay, but it hasn't worked yet. I found a page where someone has made them out of polymer clay, so now I know it's possible!

Jen, back to cleaning. Break is over! ;-)


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Barbara
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 10:50 PM

Reggie's reference people were friendly and helpful and I haven't checked out the websites they gave me yet. Getting a clean edge and the right slant on the fipple seems to be the biggest part of the trick.
Ooo 'paw you're gonna love this. And I hear ya, Bert.
Only catch is, the person costuming Wizard of Oz just got scheduled for some emergency surgery, and she asked me yesterday to take over (cast 52, show opens second week May, and about 2/3 of the costumes are done).
So, if you all can just keep your fantasies live for a while (Alistair will have no trouble with this, I can tell) and not get your shorts in a wad, I'll have more time to make more of these in about 5 weeks.
Hang on to your dreams.
Blessings,
Barbara
And catspaw, I won't know for sure if you get shipped this one until next week when it gets fired.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 11:45 PM

And Bless you Barb!!!Many Thanks.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: LEJ
Date: 10 Apr 99 - 01:44 AM

Hey Barbara...how bout setting up a Genuine Catspaw Possum Kazoo stand at MUDSTOCK 99? Bet you could move a few there...LEJ


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Night Owl
Date: 10 Apr 99 - 01:50 AM

Fantasy # 5,632.....catspaw receives his new "possum whistle" in time to send a tune for the Mudcat CD!!


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Apr 99 - 02:03 AM

Ah, requests all ready......I'm deeply moved......................................... .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............sorry, I guess it was just gas.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: The Shambles
Date: 06 Sep 00 - 07:28 PM

I found one down the back of a chair today. A kazoo that is.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: catspaw49
Date: 06 Sep 00 - 07:41 PM

Well this is interesting. I'm glad you found your kazoo Sham......Any potato chips or popcorn? We also find a lot of that.

This was really an interesting thread as it wove its way about wasn't it? Its also the birthplace of Cleigh O'Possum and odlly enough I had (or rather CLEIGH had) just mentioned this very thread in another one called, "BS:Don't miss it."

Thanks Shambles for the refresh.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: The Shambles
Date: 06 Sep 00 - 08:40 PM

Not too sure that it was my kazoo. It was so old, it was probably Jesse Fuller's? There were a lot of plectrums there too.

Yes this thread was a bit of fun. I remenbered the kazoos but I had forgotten that it was Cleigh's birthplace. But I refreshed it anyway. Don't know what that says?

The fun is good but it's not really worth losing good contributors over is it?. It's just getting the balance right, I guess?

Can we declare Peace?


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: richlmo
Date: 06 Sep 00 - 11:23 PM

There was a band from the Chapel Hill area called Hot Shandy who did some fine 3-part Kazooing about 20 years ago. I think I still have an album somewhere. I keep a kazoo in my guitar case, but I haven't played it in a LONG time. Used to show off playing " Yakkity Sax" with it. It can be fun


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: catspaw49
Date: 06 Sep 00 - 11:37 PM

We're probably both weary of the hatchets in our heads anyway aren't we?

Peace.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: GUEST,JTT
Date: 07 Sep 00 - 09:21 AM

The kazoos are now located in the Republic of Kazuistan, a breakaway FSU (former Soviet Union) country in the Caucasus Mountains


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 07 Sep 00 - 09:55 AM

Paul James, a Toronto legend has a kazoo attached to the end of a harmonica rack that he uses in his solo acoustic show. It sure is a fun instrument, especially when Paul plays it.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 07 Sep 00 - 10:19 AM

Ah.

This is why I keep coming back to the mudcat. I think I've laughed harder reading this thread than I've laughed in a month. (Visiting captain kazoo helped too.)

Did catspaw ever get his ocarina?


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: catspaw49
Date: 07 Sep 00 - 10:57 AM

So rabbit.........Please familiarize yourself with CLEIGH O'POSSUM -- Mudcat Icon and then go check out the thread called "BS-Don't Miss It".....I think.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 07 Sep 00 - 01:27 PM

Hands up any banjo player who's been asked to play duelling banjos by some guitar player who wants to get the girl! Well after many such requests Geoff the Duck decided drastic measures were needed and now if asked if he plays said tune says yes and does so solo on banjo and kazoo. A treat not to be missed!!!!


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: The Shambles
Date: 07 Sep 00 - 02:56 PM

What if he is asked for duelling kazoos?


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 07 Sep 00 - 03:26 PM

Has anyone considered the problems of keeping a kazoo in your mouth whilst playing another instrument. Obviously the one man bands with the "Mouth Truss" do not have a problem because they do not actually need to hold it. I find that the grip you need to exert to prevent it flying across the room acn make my jaw ache. Plastic kazoos tend to disintegrate with bite marks at the end. My metal kazoo is definitely slightly compressed. I also wrap plastic electrical insulating tape around the mouthpiece as it otherwise tended to slip out from between the teeth. Any better suggestions? Quack!


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 07 Sep 00 - 04:10 PM

The link didn't work for me! What's the long way round?


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 07 Sep 00 - 04:21 PM

Never mind. I found it.

That's amazing. And beautiful in it's own...unique...way.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 07 Sep 00 - 06:28 PM

My daughter destroys them.... anyone need a kazoo flattened? Her total is about 6 now (not bad as she is only 4 and only been kazoo squishing for 2 years now....), and that includes the vintage metal one, that gets repaired with plastic bags, the only kazoo with Sainsburys written across it....

LTS


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 07 Sep 00 - 07:00 PM

Where have all the kazoos gone?
Long time passing!
Where have all the kazoos gone?
Long time ago.
Where have all the kazoos gone?
Gone to closets, every one!
Oh, when will we ever learn?
Oh, when will we ever learn?


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: catspaw49
Date: 07 Sep 00 - 07:03 PM

I'd suggest replacing "Gone to closets" with "Lost in couches" or "Gone to sofas".........otherwise Dave,its a winner.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Bill D
Date: 07 Sep 00 - 07:25 PM

all I know is, at our local sings, you can count on 4-6 kazoos appearing if a song seems to require it. A kazoo is a wonderful instrument...no capo required


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 07 Sep 00 - 07:42 PM

And you don't need muscles like Schwarzenegger to carry the darned thing either!!

(from one who has lumped her fair share of PA and instruments around....)

LTS


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Lena
Date: 07 Sep 00 - 07:58 PM

I went in kazoo's native land(or supposed to be...) twice but I found no tracks of it in folk bands.But I found out why flamingoes are an endangered spieces around there:they make flutes out of their long legs


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 07 Sep 00 - 10:49 PM

LOL!

Dave, every time I passed this thread I thought the same thing, but I wasn't brave enough to think of a verse!

:D


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 08 Sep 00 - 04:13 AM

I know where they go!

To the same places that the tea spoons, single socks, pens, sellotape, scissors, and tweezers do!

Well that's what goes walkabout in our house...

It's the borrowers.

Hell it's something!

Ella


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: northfolk/al cholger
Date: 08 Sep 00 - 01:03 PM

Thread creep, for those who remember...

" While there is a lower class, I am in it; Where there is a criminal element, I am of it; While there is a soul in prison, I am not free; While there is a Tigers Game, I am in the bleachers." EUGENE V. DEBS

until this year, kazoo impressarios by the thousands converged on Tiger Stadium in Detroit, for the annual Eugene V. Debs Kazoo night...more than an occasional celebrity, many Detroit area lawyers, politicos and ne'er do wells of every persuasion, were together in the bleachers to play old labor songs and raise hijinx.

This year the whole thing came to an end with the move to Comerica Park...Deb's don't do Luxury boxes...look for us in Toledo, or Lansing, or Boston before they close that old landmark...


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 08 Sep 00 - 01:15 PM

Come to Fenway, while there is a Fenway, and bring down the walls!

Redsox management just doesn't understand that a new park won't be the same draw. Maybe several thousand kazoos playing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" will wake 'em up!


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Bert
Date: 08 Sep 00 - 03:21 PM

Now you've gorn an dun it Bill D. Ol Spaw is now duty bound to manufacture the 'Bill D Kazoo Capo and Autoharp muffler'

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: GUEST,Rich(stupidbodhránplayerwhodoesn'tknowanybet
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 12:40 PM

So I'm reading this thread entitled "don't miss this" and I hit this blue clicky thing entitled "Where do all the kazoos go?" and it sends me down a worm-hole in Time and Space (probably not entirely unlike the worm-hole in Time and Space where the single socks go) and I end up in this thread in the past and I'm reading it and it and suddenly I come upon Spaw's post referring to the don't miss it thread that I started out in as if that were in the past(which at that point it was) and I get (or got "past tense") confused as to which is in the past and there is a fiendish part of me that wishes I knew how to make a blue clicky thing that would send one back to the "don't miss this" thread thereby forming a sort of Mobius thread strip back and forth between the two threads and part of me is glad that I can't be cause if you can lose a kazoo or a pick or a single sock in a little worm-hole in Time and Space then the Mudcat Mobius Thread Strip could probably eat up a whole guitar and I just realized that this is one really long sentence and I'm not sure where all the periods have gone but if I had to guess, I'd say there probably with the kazoos and lost socks and that is about all I have to say on the subject because, to tell the truth, I've forgotten what the topic was to begin with and now I finally understand what you mean when you say thread creep and there is a sick little part of me which is related to the part of me who liked the idea of the Mudcat Mobius Thread Strip and that part of me isn't the least bit sorry about starting to thread creep because if it's the worst thing I do today then I'm doing alright and if it's not the worst thing I do today then it's not really worth getting upset over so I'll leave you now............................

Rich


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 01:55 PM

Rich, I really enjoy your stuff and that single sentence probably qualifies as the longest, single sentence in Mudcat History and brings new meaning to the words run-on sentence and even though I got a big laugh and gawd knows you have a funny point there, it is also a problem though not a big one but I mention it because it drives me nuts which I admit is a very short trip and can be argued that that state already exists because its a known fact that I live out where the buses don't run so it doesn't really matter in the least and as you said if its the biggest thing that troubles me today than its a minor point to be sure but I wish ta hell you shoten up that freakin' handle of yours a little bit because every time you post we all know it because the posters list at the top of the thread becomes longer than the thread itself and although I value the thoughts you express and the thought you express as a stupid bodhran player who doesn't know any better could be the truth because you possibly don't and even if you do I wanted to say that that elongated posters list drives me nuts which as I said ain't a big deal but I thought that I'd mention it again as I have before and since you keep posting as a guest although you are certainly a long time poster and I consider you a member, I'd be much obliged if you'd chop a few words or something out of that thing you use as a name although I am speaking only for myself and don't pretend to voice an opinion for anyone else in the place and like I said before, I like you and its not important and since you are not a member I couldn't put this in a Personal Message even though I think you really are a member, just a member sans cookie and in that case I hope you get my message and take no offense from it in any way and I only have one other request and that would be to help me out and tell ne how in the hell to stop writing in this sentence since the habit seems to have set in rather quickly and I remember there is supposed to be some punctuation device to stop this and I think I now see it over here to the lower right so I'll say thanks for your time and understanding in my request for you to shorten up so to speak....................AAHHHHHH.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: GUEST,Rich(stupidbodhránplayer ;-)
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 03:28 PM

Spaw, I'm not counting words to see which of us posted the longest sentence in mudcat history although it would be a feather in either of our caps to be able to claim such a feat but since I don't own a computer and rely on borrowed computers (hence the lack of a cookie) and therefore remain a GUEST (even though you consider me a member and I appreciate) that I think we could both be winners if I took the title of longest sentence posted by a guest and you take the title of longest sentence posted by a regular member and that way we bother can claim our shallow, meaningless victories and not have to count words because I am only a bodhrán player who only has ten fingeers and ten toes to count and then I would be lost so if we can agree to leave it a t that then I can agree to post under a shorter handle at least some of the time unless I really have to admit that I don't know much on a given thread in which case I will be forced to revert back to my old handle but only in extreme conditions and then you can blow your oppossum at me if you feel angry and while you have it out, I think the Mudcat Mobius Thread Strip would be a great name for a reel and since I don't play a melody instrument as of yet (and my mandolin progress is very slow at best) I think you should write the first reel ever specifically intended on an oppossum-shaped ocarina and name it as such and I'd love to hear ir sometime but I am on my way to the Pittsburgh Irish festival (although it's not worth the trip) so I'll have to hear it at another time but before I go I must say I'm glad it was you who posted on top of my rambling run-on post first because I always enjoy your posts and since you can't send me a private message on the mudcat you can reach me at rrayburg@hotmail.com if you feel the need to and now I must leave but not before first typing the word KAZOO because that is what this thread is about and I want to stick to the topic because otherwise I'd be a thread creep and I wouldn't want to do that twice in one day and that's all for now.

Slán agat,

Rich


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 03:56 PM

Rich, I pronounce you the "Hands Down Winner" and a credit to the great traditions of Mudcat BS. T'is a noble thing you have done here and your name will be held in esteem by all!

My Heartiest Congratulations and Heartfelt THANKS!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: GUEST,Rich(bodhránai gan ciall)
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 11:58 PM

Ok, Spaw, I accept but only 'cause I'm too lazy to count words in our posts. As far as my handle, Aine (Sorry I don't know how to put a fada on a capital vowel)can probably confirm one way or the other whether "bodhránai" is the correct term in Irish for someone who plays the bodhran, but it's shorter and "gan ciall" (without sense) is definitely shorter. Tell Cliegh I said "hello" and let her know that her birth led to the three longest consecutive single-sentence posts in Mudcat history. It is now after midnight and I can close this post without typing "kazoo" because I can afford to stray from the subject as it's not the same day. Come to think of it, I just typed the word "kazoo" so I have indeed stuck to the topic. No thread creep here!

Slán agat,
Rich


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Art Thieme
Date: 10 Sep 00 - 02:21 PM

"Old kazoos never die. They just turn into cigars."

---Bill Clinton

"If it's longer than it's wide..."

---Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 10 Sep 00 - 05:48 PM

"bodhránai" is the correct term in Irish for someone who plays the bodhran,

And here was me thinking it was deaf and rythmnless twit.... *BG*

LTS


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 10 Sep 00 - 07:10 PM

harumphs in disgust at the last comment...

a pox on your poxy things - lol

:-p


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: bflat
Date: 10 Sep 00 - 08:02 PM

They are on my scrabble board especially if my opponent leaves spaces before and after "zoo".


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: GUEST,Rich(bodhránai gan ciall)
Date: 10 Sep 00 - 10:42 PM

Thanks, Liz for confirming that (not the rhythmless twit part) And thanks to Ella for the harumphs.

Slán agat
Rich


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 04:31 AM

I just discovered this wonderful thread.

I do a mean rendition of "Stars and Stripes Forever"-- the whole thing, not just the "web-footed friends" part -- on the kazoo every July 4th. I only wish I had a couple of other kazoo players to join in, so I wouldn't have to do the piccolo part and the brass parts at the same time.

I recently bought a harmonica holder specifically to hold my kazoo while I play guitar and have been trying to figure out how to attach it. Taped to the side, eh, Mark Roffe?


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: Rich(bodhránai gan ciall)
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 08:41 PM

Oh geez the last time this thread came around I completely lost the ability to to punctuate anything and I was minding my business looking in wormholes for lost socks and kazoos when quite unexpectedly I found myself in this void where nothing stopped but rather went on and on and on and there was almost the formation of an anomaly in Time and Space the likes of which the world in either 2D or 3D had never seen but it didn't much to the relief of guitars and kazoos and single socks everywhere and I was blatantly attacked by an otherwise friendly Spaw merely on the basis of the length of my handle but we get along much better now and have had quite amusing dialog albeit with punctuation normally and yet here we are a year older and wiser and oh my god it happened again because socks and punctuation just don't mix..............


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Subject: RE: Where do all the kazoos go???
From: The Shambles
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 06:38 PM

reading this one made me smile, once again. I hope that it makes you smile too.


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