Sunday, June 13, 2004

The Cosmopolitans - "How To Keep Your Husband Happy"

Like it or not "The Stepford Wives" have returned so it's fitting that this week's song is The Cosmopolitans - "How To Keep Your Husband Happy". The Cosmopolitans (Jamie Sims & Nel Moore) started out in North Carolina as a dance troop called Cosmopolitan Dance Troop, then moved to New York City and mutated into a rock act that integrated some dance/performance mayhem. In this song from 1981 they quote lines from 60's fitness guru Debbie Drake's excellent checklist for keeping your husband happy like "Firm and graceful body", "Be interested in him and the things he does" and "Excess fat (taboo)" over guitar and drums provided by fellow Carolinian Mitch Easter. Mitch Easter also co-produced the song with Jamie for Allen Betrock's Shake Records.

The Cosmopolitans - "How To Keep Your Husband Happy".mp3


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved that song back in 1981 or 2 or whatever. Cool, very cool.

Check this out, free Pulsallama downloads!

And I just bought a 12" of "Funky Zoo" by Brian Brain! woo-hoo! I should mp3 it for you...

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heres some more ancient new wave bands from NYC...

2:39 PM  
Blogger Razor said...

Excellent links. I remember Pulsallama and the others vaguely.

9:21 AM  
Blogger chrisp said...

Now, that is a kick-ass album sleeve (good track too)

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I heard there's a new Cosmopolitans retrospecitve CD coming out in April 06! On Dionysus Records - supposed to have a video on it and some live stuff from Max's in New York

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can I get the NEW Cosmopolitans CD? I heard it's out in April 06. on Dionysus - out of LA - huh? i gotta have it!

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got my copy of the Cosmopolitan's CD yesterday from CD Universe. It is very nice indeed.

And remember ladies...

Checklist for keeping your husband happy:
1. Firm and graceful body.
2. Be at home when he arrives. (If you must work, try to arrange it so you're home first.)
3. Clothes, sexy - for your evenings home.
4. Be interested in him and the things he does.
5. A good conversationalist.
6. A bright smile over morning coffee.
7. Nice voice (keep it soft and musical; also a pretty laugh.)
8. Excess fat (taboo).
9. Well-set hair (brushed and clean).
10. Mentally alert (try reading).
11. Pin-curls (if they are a must, pin up after the lights are out and wear a bed cap.)
12. Perfume - just for him, when he's home.
13. A regular manucure.
14. A weekly pedicure.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have this single as one of those flexidiscs they used to put on the magazine covers. I have to dig it out of my collection to see what the magazine was, But I think Robyn Hitchcock's '52 Stations' from the Groovy Decoy album was also on the same flexdisc.

11:07 PM  

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