Buddah's Dial-A-Hit

Hear 360 degrees of sound on this Buddah Records sampler!

You gotta love the pop music mavens at Buddah Records for putting out this sampler disc to showcase bands like Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Co, Elephant's Memory, The Road, and many others. The album jacket is a real treat. It's two-ply cardboard with a wheel in the middle. See the exposed part of the wheel on the right-hand side of the jacket? As you turn the wheel, the name of the artist and their picture changes in the two window cutouts. Now that's innovation.

Inside the double fold-out jacket is a letter from Buddah Records vice-president Neil Bogart. I like his opening paragraph, which sums up Buddah thusly: "When Buddah Records was formed two years ago, most songs were about crime and war and depression. We felt there was a place for a new kind of music that would make people feel happy. So we got together two talented young producers named Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz who had an idea for music that would make you smile. It was called 'bubblegum music'".

Indeed, I smiled more than once while listening to this album. There are some well-known cuts here (Summer in the City, She's Not There) but it's the ones that didn't end up in the annals of rock music history that I like the best. My favorite is Hot Dog Man by Elephant's Memory. It starts off with a tape recording of the band chatting with a real hot dog vendor, and progresses into a delightfully diverse psychedelic trip in praise of this "real live hero". Now that makes me happy.

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Hot Dog Man (MP3) Elephant's Memory celebrates that unsung hero, the Hot Dog Man.
Mr. Tambourine Man (MP3) Melanie delivers this Dylan hit with a style all her own.

Your Comments:

Squirrel Police says:
Damn! Melanie sounds exactly like Bjork,
and this cover kicks butt. (04-27-2004)

Peanut Head ( says:
Hey Hobo-Ken, tanks fer fukkin' ruinin' dis great LP wid all yer bullshit ramblin'...

Is dis da same Melanie who was singin' bout "A Brand New Key"?? "Lay Down"??

Melanie Kafka? Well....wuddafuk happen to her? She is NOT da bomb...I keeps tellin' ya it's Jimmy Osmundt....and never mind dem bros of his...Jimmy stands out babies....

I listen to dat "Mr. Tamboring Man" and I don see none o' da shit YOU see....whatcha smokin' dere pal?? Can I buy sum of yer shit??

Oh yeah...when did Mr. Dilland EVER have an upbeat song, pal? Man, I gotsta have whatever you is smokin' da Bomb, baby!!!

Yeah....heh Mommy is calling me..bye.... (04-27-2004)

buddah rulez (04-21-2004)

Peanut Head ( says:

Crazy, funky shit....DA BOMB..uh-oh, my Mommy's calling me....gotta go....bye.... (04-19-2004)

Hobo-Ken says:
I noticed that no one has a comment for Melanie's version of "Mr. Tambourine Man". I just want to say I.M.O. this is the best version I've ever heard. For those that don't know, "Mr. Tambourine Man" is about some one asking for drugs from their dealer. Her singing sets the mood of the song perfectly. You can hear the despair of an addict looking for her next fix. You can almost envision a desperate addict in the middle of the night begging for something to get her through to the next day. While Dylan's hit was made more upbeat to mask the message from those who would have definitely censored him, Melanie's version brings it back to it's original intent, making it a moody, melancholy anthem of the late 60's and early 70's drug culture. (04-17-2004)

Mike "Pinky" Semrad ( says:
Confirmed this LP with my band, the Smoke Ring..was also released on 8-Track (2 varieties - one WITH and one without the spinning dial). It was also released on 4-track and Cassette in 1969. I've since located various LP's (DJ and regular release) and the 2 8-track Varieties (different covers)..all the same songs and tracks.
For more on The Smoke Ring go to (02-19-2004)

Jeff Forti ( says:
I saw the Road several times in the early 70's while I lived in Buffalo. They were truly a nice band in the style I thought of Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Very little seems to be known of them today. I was wondering if anyone could help me to locate the record put out by The Mellow Brick Road and the second (or third) album put out by the Road on Kama Sutra called Cognition. The Road are now truly part of Buffalo, New York Rock and Roll History. (02-04-2004)

John Michaelson says:
Don't forget their work with John Lennon. (01-24-2004)

Pete says:
RE: Frank's comment
"I believe The Road (who cover The Zombies' "She's Not There") are actually Donny Iris and The Jaggerz (of "The Rapper", "Ah! Leah", etc. fame...)"

The Road were a band from Buffalo, NY that had a regional hit with "She's Not There" and made an appearance on the Cleveland based "Upbeat" program in the early 70's performing the song. They released 3 albums on Kama Sutra Records.
This from the Fuzz, Acid, & Flowers website.

From Buffalo, New York, they were previously known as The Mellow Brick Rode, who released one 45 in 1968 - Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket / Other Side Of This Life (United Artists UA 50333).

On their 1970 LP they come across as a club/covers band with occasional Vanilla Fudge mannerisms in their heavyish treatments. They tackle the Zombies' She's Not There (one of their better offerings and a minor hit), Buffalo Springfield's Mr.Soul and Rock'n'Roll Woman (credit points for good taste if not the results), Sly Stone's Dance To The Music, Love-itis (tough R&B pop also done by The Sonics). Despite occasional heavy or fuzz guitar noises it's a patchy album - on the down side they deliver a funky brassed-up version of garageband fave I Can Only Give You Everything and an uptempo lounge-style Taste Of Honey.


jim ( says:
Just found this one on 8-track!! Unfortunately, there's no dial. (01-07-2004)

JJ jackson ( says:
I have a BIG hot dog : ) (12-18-2003)

Frank says:
I'm a proud owner of this album (got it in a trade with my cousin in '69.) I believe The Road (who cover The Zombies' "She's Not There") are actually Donny Iris and The Jaggerz (of "The Rapper", "Ah! Leah", etc. fame...) (11-07-2003)

meatloaf says:
i am the hot dag man (10-18-2003)

MIke "Pinky" Semrad ( says:
The Smoke Ring ("No Not Much") on this LP, continues to perform. Played Comstock Rock (Nebraska) in July 2003, with Walter Trout, Grand Funk, Little River Band and Def Leppard. Another Buddah compilation (pressed and released in England) has been located, also containing The Smoke Ring ("No Not Much")...titled "This is Buddah". (10-16-2003)

MIke "Pinky" Semrad ( says:
The Smoke Ring ("No Not Much") on this LP, continues to perform. Played Comstock Rock (Nebraska) in July 2003, with Walter Trout, Grand Funk, Little River Band and Def Leppard. Another Buddah compilation (pressed and released in England) has been located, also containing The Smoke Ring ("No Not Much")...titled "This is Buddah". (10-16-2003)

Scott Fergusson says:
Re: Hot Dog Man -- "Salt Peanuts" (Dizzy Gillespie) it ain't, but it's still got more balls than most of the Buddah catalog. By the way, there's a chain of hot dog vendors in Vancouver that goes under the name "Mr. Tubesteak" (I kid you not). They appear to do a thriving business among the blissfully-ignorant locals. That certainly made ME smile! (08-27-2003)

ChangBaKid says:
Bell did the same thing with their DIAL-A-HIT compilation. Don't know which came first. Buddah's OK by me, man! Any company that uses Captain Beefheart for its' maiden release and released records that spurred on The Ramones is fine by me! Kneel to Shiva, oh yee of little faith! (07-22-2003)

Steve Slack ( says:
Frankly, I thought "Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth" was a far better compilation. Buddah put out equal amounts of greatness and cheese, sometimes in the same record. I followed the Buddah from "Simon Says" through "More More More" all the way to James Chance and the Contortions. As for the numerous requests for MP3s and copies, the only thing I can respond broadly with is to look for the individual bands and song titles, and keep searching those bargain bins in the record and thrift stores....I had "Naked Truth" as a kid, lost it, and found it again, I'm sure things will be just as lucky for you. When in doubt, consult Now for individual answers: Dale Sims, Ian Lloyd ended up in Foreigner. Miles, Buddah distributed Charisma in the early 70's and so released Monty Python, Genesis, etc. to the USA. Rae Lee, Melanie was at her best on "Candles In The Rain". Glen and Taylor Chrome, the full name of the performers of "Quick Joey Small" are The Kasnetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus. Hello to Clay Pigeon, I hope you've kept copies of your 1000 radio shows. The most recent information on the BMG rereleases from the Buddah catalog points to a mention of a BMG Heritage label. I saw a promo CD in November 2002 for BMG's advent of Buddah as a label by which they were going to pour in all their historic releases, including Victor and classic speeches, as well as an imprint for reissues by Henry Rollins and Iggy Pop (!), this all seems to have changed now as there is no mention of Buddah or Heritage on any of BMG's websites. So keep digging in those bins! (06-16-2003)


Sharkey says:
damn, that Hot Dog Man track sucks like a gaping chest wound. and how does Summer In The City - a moody, atmospheric song that seems to warn of riots and cultural meltdown - qualify as 'bubblegum music' that's meant to make you smile? anyone? (04-29-2003)

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