Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Legendary Ken By Request Only

So I was looking at Bad Retro Album Covers for today's post and this one caught my beady eye. I knew that I had to learn more!

Now apparently - according to one of the message boards over at Snopes, there is some debate as to whether this mid-1970s era gem is a real record cover, or a clever fake. Several people point out that (a) the cover shows no signs of wear, and always looks the same in various scans and (b) no one seems to know anything about the actual music (perhaps that is because no one ever requested it).

He seems to have a group of fans over here, by the way; he's credited as Ken Snyder there. On YouTube it transpires that he is a real guy from Iowa and there are several clips from this album (allegedly). I haven't listened to any of them yet but there seems to be some debate there too, on whether these are really genuine songs from the album. There is a clip of him on Mount Rushmore but the audio is cut off and he just says "Now then..." It's at the YouTube link if you are sufficiently interested.

And at Communist Dance Party you can read the full story of the Legend of Ken. I guess it really is true, then! Am I the only one who had never heard of this Legend?

[Image from x-ray delta one at Flickr.]

14 comments:

vanilla said...

Not alone. I never heard of him; and I don't care.

Barbara said...

You're not alone, I never heard of him either, but what a story! I've also never heard of CDP, thanks for sharing that.

That was the funniest thing ever!!

Eric said...

Ken looks like a Sonny Bono wannabe...

A childhood friend of mine's father was in the music business. One of his stories went that Charlie Pride came over to listen to a country single he was going to release called 'Dear Lord, Make Her Mine'. Charlie loved it and said 'that made the hairs stand up on my arm'. Well after the vinyl was printed up, they opened up the package to find the title had been misprinted to 'Dear Lord, Make Her Mind'... hehe

wngl said...

The legend of Ken is news to me and looks totally fake. Funny, but fake. The font is anachronistic.

Dr. Julie-Ann said...

Before I read the CDP posting, my reaction was that the "cover" was really an ad for a male escort from the 70's. But now I feel blasphemous thinking that thought since Ken is a preacher.

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

What's more scary ....the hair? The suit? The creepy ken vibe?

Bill said...

Whew. I've been busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger lately. What a relief to visit Kitchen Retro.

In that close-up photo, Ken doesn't look like a real person. They wouldn't have gone to the time & effort to manufacture a mannequin that looked like that, though, would they?

Lidian said...

vanilla - I don't think you've missed out too much ;)

Barbara - It was a fun bit of research to do.

Eric - That is a great story! lol

James - Yep, that font is suspicious to me too. But the CDP site shows pics of a very old-looking copy of the same cover...so who knows?

Dr. Julie-Ann - Or from a men's groovy-pants ad!

Tracy - I check D, All of the Above.

Bill - I think he and the record were real, probably. That CDP site was convincing. But - the font! It is not 70s at all!

To the Mystery Machine! (Actually, wouldn't that be such a great name for a blog? I'll bet it is taken, I am going to check - hey, it isn't! I am going to snag that, I believe)

Tori Lennox said...

This is the first time I've ever heard of The Legend of Ken, too. He's kind of creepy, though, isn't he? Almost like he's stuffed....

Okay, now I've REALLY creeped myself out. LOL!

Still On The Verge said...

Thanks for the warm welcome back. I have missed hearing from you and the friendly people in EC. I can't believe you are still going at both blogs and EC. Glad to hear you are doing what you truly enjoy.

Lydia

Bossy Betty said...

Oh KEN! I think I am in love!

Relax Max said...

I came here directly from my blog list, seeing only the post title, and hoping for a glimpse of Barbie's boyfriend. And what do I get? A picture of some 1970s pornstar or a poster boy at a Roffler's barbershop who refuses to change the pictures on their waiting room wall. Ah, well. You're a tease today.

Lidian said...

Tori - He does look a little bit stuffed! lol

Bossy Betty - Lucky Barbie, huh?

Max - He would fit right in on a barber shop wall, come to think of it.

demetris said...

unbelievable as it may look, this cover is for real!!! i just happen to have a copy of this album!