Monday, March 31, 2008

King for a Day

Every issue of The New Yorker has run a weekly advertisement from Brunswick Records ("Panatropes, Radiolas, Records") containing a list of the lastest two-sided 78s, along with an illustration meant to represent one of the higher-profile hit songs.

The illustrator was Frank Hoctor and I believe he rarely listened to the songs he was illustrating, instead just drawing something crazy that had some tangential relationship to the title.

Here's how he represents "King for a Day" from the variety musical "Blackbirds of 1928."

I can't find the lyrics for this particular song but is it really about a man who holds a broom and a chihuahua, while standing on the chest of a terrified woman?

This does not inspire me to pick up the album.


Kimber said...

This is just weird.

Muffy St. Bernard said...

The more I look at it, the more disturbing it is.