This track has been on lots of blogs ever since it was posted on WFMU’s unforgettable and amazing 365 Day Project from ten years ago, but a lot of ink has been spilled over it, it being sort of a pretext for various blog people to do lots of pseudo-social commentary and snarky cheap shots at pre-post-modernist consumer culture suburban Americana. Just because something is funny and quaint doesn’t really mean it’s something to laugh at. I genuinely love this recording and think it should be appreciated for it’s sincerity (as well as artistry and high production values). I can imagine that the little girl reading poetry is the CEO’s granddaughter. The CEO…? Yes, this was made by the Chromalox corporation in 1970, and it’s a 10 minute song about an HVAC system.
Autumn tears me up, it’s really wonderful.