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Allan Sherman - Music To Dispense With (Scott Paper) 1966

On: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Allan Sherman
Allan Copelon
Nov 30 1924 – Nov 20 1973 age 48

"Music to Dispense With" in mono on Scott Paper SP12 is a one sided album with 6 parodies. Sherman was commissioned by the Scott Paper Company (Container Division) to write 6 songs - (Makin' Whoopee/Makin' Coffee; Vending Machines; There are Cups; There'll Be Some Changes Made/That's How the Change is Made; The Wonderful Tree in the Forest; and Scott Cups). Released in extremely limited supply, Sherman, one of the main influences on Weird Al and a Dr. Demento favorite, didn't necessarily make Scott Paper very happy - as at least one of his songs was 'environmentally conscious'. Very few of these made it out of the corporation. 
The environmental parody 'The Wonderful Tree is the Forest' - is a real slap on the face to paper and lumber companies and it's just amazing how it made it onto vinyl. Possibly someone from Scott Paper caught the drift of the song, full of sarcasm, and pulled all the albums that remained. (I have no idea how they were distributed but they were not sold in stores). 'The Wonderful Tree...." is about a centuries old sequoia that is 640 feet tall but is chopped and cut from the top down (taking with it birds' nests, etc.) until it is completely felled and hauled to a paper processing plant - first becoming wood chips and then pulp to make Scott cups. It also mentions a dog that has nowhere to pee.  Not to worry, Scott will plant a seed in the same place and 100 years from now there will be a replica and the dog will have a spot to pee again. I can't imagine the executives from Scott would have appreciated this song - if they took the time to listen to the words or think about its pro-ecology message.
Here's a bit from 'noisesfortheleg' blogspot: The Scott Paper Company commissioned Sherman to write six songs for them. They were handed a masterpiece of parodic songs concerning the effects of reforestation, technology, and economics on man and dog.
Did Scott flinch when Sherman declared their products made holy water 'somewhat holier' or made chicken soup taste 'twice as Jewish?' And when was the last time a corporation risked being directly responsible for religious humor? So, it won't be easy to find yourself another copy of this one-sided gem.  This album should also be of interest to collectors of Coca Cola memorabilia (of which I've been informed that there are a few more Coke collectors than Scott Paper products collectors) because two vintage Coca Cola cups are pictured on the back cover. Enlarge the photo and see for yourself.

This was a promotional item not issued to the public. It is a real gem if you happen to find it. It was available by sending in a postcard from a 7" record that contained an exclusive introduction, as well as "Vending Machines.
01  Makin' Coffee
02  Vending Machines
03  There Are Cups
04  That's How The Change Is Made
05  The Wonderful Tree In The Forest
06  Scott Cups

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His other material on this blog is "tagged" at the bottom of this post
Best Of Allan Sherman 1965
More Folk Songs By Allan Sherman & His Friends 1962
Selections From The Fig Leaves Are Falling (Promo) 1968
A Gift Of Laughter, Best Of Allan Sherman Vol II 1986
Allan Sherman And You 1964


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