Over the weekend, I visited one of my favorite record stores where I found a funny album cover that I decided I must own. Apparently, “Music for Half-Assed Friends” was an album cover released without any actual vinyl platter inside. It was merely an empty album cover, sold to collectors that wanted to impress their friends with goofy album covers. I have no idea when this product was actually sold, but I’m guessing it was either during the 50s or 60s, back when MAD magazine was running strong.
On the back of the cover it states:
Suggested titles, suitable for enclosure in this Album Cover, are as follows:
You Go To My Head
In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning
That Old Feeling
Just in Time
Just A-Sittin’ and A-Rockin
Let’s Sit This One Out
Doing What Comes Naturally
Somethings Got To Give
I Gotta Go Now
I Can’t Get Started With You.
Hmm… I’m wondering if the next-to-last song title might have been inspired by a certain garage rock anthem?
If you liked this kind of humor, be sure to check out “Who Cut The Cheese?” written by my friend Jim Dawson, co-author of the out-of-print, but absolutely essential reference book “What Was the First Rock ‘N’ Roll Record?“