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[Man, I thought I got obsessive.]



Between 1968 and 1977 Mingering Mike recorded over fifty albums, managed
thirty-five of his own record labels, and produced, directed and starred in
nine of his own motion pictures. In 1972 alone he released fifteen LPs and
over twenty singles, and his traveling revue played for sold out crowds the
world over.

How is it that such a prolific musician has gone under the radar for the
more than thirty years? The answer is that all took place in Mike's
imagination, and in the vast collection of fake cardboard records and
acapella home recordings that he made for himself as a teenager in
Washington, D.C. in the late 1960s.

In 2003 two record diggers (Dori Hadar and Frank Beylotte) stumbled into
the world of Mingering Mike at a flea market. There they discovered a
collection of albums that were made solely of cardboard, each intricately
crafted with gatefold interiors, extensive liner notes, and grooves drawn
onto the "vinyl." The crates contained albums not only by Mingering Mike,
but also other unheard of artists such as Joseph War, the Big "D," and
Rambling Ralph, on labels such as Fake Records, Inc., Decision, Sex, and
Mother Goose. There were even soundtracks to imaginary kung fu films and a
benefit album for sickle cell anemia.

Hadar posted pictures of the albums on Soulstrut and Mike instantly became
a cult hero. He tracked Mike down and eventually Mike revealed his story of
how as a lonesome teenager he dreamt of being a soul singer, songwriter and
producer. And how he lived out his dream by creating an amazing imaginary
career for himself.

Mike’s discography is enormous. We’ll be adding more albums, 45s and songs
in the coming days.

In the meantime, check out the galleries and the new Mingering Mike BOOK,
out now on Princeton Architectural Press!

        AUDIO ANDRE - TUXEDO STYLED
        Puppy Dog Records #5440 (1972)

        Track Listing:

        O O Baby
        Barnadette
        Three Footsteps Away (From The Altar)
        United
        Beginnings
        Make It With You
        First Time I Saw Your Face
        Spinning Around
        People Got To Be Free
        Andre Your Name Should Be In Light’s
        It’s All In The Game Of Love
        World


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