Unknown, Aerobics Country, Upstart Records UPS-1, 1982
Another day another fitness routine. And if you thought yesterday’s entry was obscure, this one really, um, takes the cake. Not only does no one fess up to being the “artist” here, but this is the one and only apparent release for Upstart Records. The record is billed as “the down-home way to aerobic fitness with easy to follow vocal and visual instructions”, as if I needed any motivation to bend over repeatedly while listening to You’re The Reason Why God Made Oklahoma.
Besides some generally boring liner notes and general heath statistics about heart rate and body mass index, there really isn’t much instruction on the jacket. And while the blue bathing suit and cowgirl hat wearing model looks good, I doubt she relied on this record for her body type, no matter how much she loves a rainy night.
But I still love upstart records, like this one from Upstart Records of Arlington Texas. I hope they weren’t under any illusions of outselling The Beatles, or even Slim Whitman, but it is an accomplishment to get this far in the record business. No matter how awful it turns out.
Cost: $2, $518 Remaining