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WEAK Polka Pontoon
© Tom Brusky, 2014
 

Catalog #: PP5035
Released: September 21, 2014
Produced and performed by
: Tom Brusky
Additional musicians, vocalists, and voiceovers: David Austin, Debra Babich,
    
Michelle Blenker,Carter Brosowsky, CowboyTheGirl, Janine Herr, Don Hunjadi,
     Kj Lyn, Brian Miracle, Rick McKay, Matt Newton, Lauryn Noelle, Justin
     Spanbauer,
Dan Tutsch, Inna Voloshin, and Jake Warne
Length: 67 minutes

 
Using musical parody and humor, WEAK Polka Pontoon takes a lighthearted, satirical jab at polka music through the bumbling operation of a fictional, hometown radio station. It's a polka CD, but all the music is delivered in the form of a one-hour polka radio show complete with commercials, anouncements, news, special segments, and more.

Radio station WEAK is located in downtown Glaucoma, a quaint, all-American town nestled in the heart of Wisconsin's rural polka country. Every Saturday morning, the region's older folks tune in to WEAK 108.7 FM to hear the Polka Pontoon radio show. The show, sponsored by such businesses as Zedwick-Gerber Funeral Home and Doctor Wells' Orthotics, is hosted by the aloof-yet-adorable Bill Sczyszykowski.

From the technical difficulties to the incompetent announcing, the WEAK Polka Pontoon radio show is doomed from the beginning. The commercials are outrageous, the news reports are anything but politically correct, and some of the music is absolutely intolerable.

But there's another side to the Polka Pontoon...

Even a bad polka radio show will play good polka music now and then, and the Polka Pontoon is no exception. This CD delivers professionally recorded music spanning several polka styles, mainly in the form of juxtaposed, creatively-arranged medleys. You'll hear Slovenian-style polkas played by a Dutchmen band, Dutchmen-style polkas played by a Slovenian band, parodied contemporary hits performed “live in concert” by a Polish band, a blend of polka and heavy metal like you've never imagined possible, and more. The bands may be fictional, but the music is very real. Featured bands include:

       * Ronnie Tercik
       * The Polka Yokels
       * The Happy Slovenian Lumberjacks
       * The Gruenwalds
       * The Fairfield Kickers Button Box Club
       * The Dutchmen of Swing
       * Arnie Glaschmeister
       * The Dyna-Aire Versa-Sticktones (whose name later influenced a real band: The DynaVersaStickToneAires)

Professional musicians, vocalists, and voice-over artists were hired to give this album the highest production value possible. Roughly 300 hours were invested in its creation from start to finish.
 

 
"Love this CD!  Very well done all the way through."
Gary Brueggen
"You don't have a CD like this one – it's totally unique!"
Greg Drust, A+ Radio Productions
"I’ve been producing polka music radio shows for over 35 years and I am amazed how accurate and realistic the content of this fictitious program on WEAK Radio is."
Craig Ebel, It's Polka Time!
"I found Tom's use of satire both funny and spot on.
I hope his creative arrangements and musical prowess are not overlooked."
Ed Klancnik
"I laughed so hard (it's supposed to be funny, right?) that it brought tears to my eyes!"
Steve Meisner
  "...filled with creative musicianship, unique humor, and top notch sonic engineering."
Alex Meixner
"This CD is filled with layers of enjoyment. Everytime we listen we hear something new!"
Eric & Nancy Noltkamper
  "An instant one-of-a-kind classic listeners will be talking about for years to come!"
Mike Schneider
"Tom Brusky's creativity and musical abilities are showcased in this humorous look at polka radio shows. I have not laughed so hard in a long time."
Jeff Winard
"Every time I listen to it, I catch something new that I missed the first time. Very well done musically and it's fun to laugh at the little things in life!"
Barefoot Becky


IMPORTANT: This is not your everyday polka album. Although 99% of it is suitable for all ages, some of the material is not appropriate for young audiences. If you are easily offended by political incorrectness or implied coarse language, we recommend you do not purchase this CD.
 






 
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