C.W. McCall, Rubber Duck, Polydor PD-1-6094, 1976
Breaker One Nine, this here it the bargain bin, you got a copy of me ten-four?
As I mentioned a few days ago when discussing Lulu, an artist known for having just one big hit can have follow-up records with some real merit beyond what they will be remembered for. Then there are “artists” like C.W.McCall who tend to bleed dry every ounce of their one hit into a never-ending stream more of the same.
This follow-up album to the wildly successful #1 single Convoy is not worthy of searching out unless you have a burning desire to find out more about the antics of the Rubber Duck, Suicide Jockey and Long Haired Friends Of Jesus. And trust me, the story was fine just where you last heard about them. The Convoy couldn’t plausibly head to Australia without a serious leap of faith in the abilities of a cab over Pete with a refer on.
I don’t blame him for trying, because Convoy succeeded beyond all expectations, but the record buying public was maybe more caught up in novelty of the record a whole lot more than the person who made it. Not to pick on anyone’s talent, but I don’t think people lined up to see The Hurt Locker because it was a Jessica Chastain movie. Even though she was great in it, the role of the lead actor was superfluous to the story.
In case you haven’t noticed, Bargain Bin record shoppers have to often take a leap of faith on the kind the records they find. This album is a great example of this. There is not way in the world that I or virtually anyone beside’s C.W. McCall’s descendants would ever search out this record, but on the other hand, when you find a Near Mint copy in a bin for $1, you also realize that you’ll never again be presented with this opportunity. It’s so rare and so quirky, yet so cheap, that you may as well go for it.
As it turns out, I will never get the 33 minutes back that I spent listening to this record, but I never have to spend three seconds looking for it again should the need arise. And when I need to make room for new records on the shelf, this one can make the trip back to where it came from before you can say Ten-Four Good Buddy.
Cost: $1, $971 Remaining