2003-09-10 10:31:47 BST
Nice one Matt. Respect to Kraemer for getting in touch and taking the time out to write an informative and lengthy response. God bless Google!
2003-09-10 15:30:28 BST
That is way cool dude.
2003-09-10 17:55:49 BST
2003-09-10 22:20:53 BST
As Phil says, god bless Google! And cheers to Walt, too, for that matter. :)
2003-09-11 10:42:47 BST
I’m a amatuer musician, and I can trace my love of all thing funk back to some time in the early 80s and being sat infront of sesami st and seeing the amazing pinball animation, with the most far out tune behind it (Walt – its the superb Rhodes playing that I would reckon is why people think its a Hancock tune). Ever since, I’ve been trying to trace this tune. Anyone got it, like in any format (other than the remixed version thats just not the same!)??
2003-09-13 00:20:53 BST
I saw this as i was forwarded the letter from Walt by Sesame Workshop. Pity it didn’t reach us in time for the Ninja release as it would have made great sleeve notes. Might just make it on another Sesame release we’re planning in the future though ;)
As the record will finally see the light of day on Monday i’d like to let Tim know that it is basically exactly the same as the original ‘Pinball Number Count’ that Walt recorded.
When i obtained tapes (no.s 2 through 12, there is no number 1 apparently) from Sesame Street i realised that the track came in 3 different versions. Each had the same beginning and end chorus but there was a choice of 3 different ‘bridges’ scattered amongst the songs and each has it’s own particular number shouted throughout.
All i did was a minimal re-edit of the original adding all 3 bridges to the existing chorus but chopping in different numbers randomly in the places they originally sat in each particular version.
The version on the 3 CD Sesame boxset is an early mix that includes a couple of Count von Count samples at either end. This was originally done for a mix CD i released but didn’t make the cut. Sesame liked it so much they put it on their box set and kept the spokenword either end.
The version coming out on vinyl is the exact same arrangement, without the Count, but remastered and mixed to a much higher standard. As the original tracks were less than a minute long the re edit brings parts of all the versions together to make up just over 2 and a half minutes worth of Pinball nostalgia.
2003-09-14 17:14:07 BST
See, kids, this-
and not American liberals banging on about Howard Dean-is why weblogs are making the world a better place.
2003-09-16 13:57:16 BST
Cheers Kev – respec!
2003-09-24 03:18:01 BST
wow this is just the tops
2003-10-01 17:11:30 BST
Serious props for the info.
Seeing this song’s inclusion on the recent set convinced me to pull the purchasing trigger.
BTW, many omissions on the box set (‘Telephone Rock’ & ‘Letter B’ for starters), but that’s off-topic. Maybe CTW will keep the vaults flowing for the diehards? A Cut Chemist mix of that crazed “Hat, Hat … mmm, Hat” rhyming song, perhaps?
2003-12-16 15:07:42 GMT
I am trying to figure out the chords and melody for this very song. What a great tune! Damn it’s difficult!
If anyone has any information they can share on this challenge, please email me at email@example.com
2003-12-21 01:34:35 GMT
Wow – what fantastic information.
The pinball song always used to be my favourite part of sesame street and i apparently used to cry if i missed it.
2004-01-05 05:20:46 GMT
my band was doing an in store set at rough trade record shop in london last month and the shop played the pinball song while we were setting up. we all stopped what we were doing at freaked out at how amazing it was. i think they said some german dj’s released a remix of it?? it was only on vinyl so i didn’t buy it. looks like it’s available on cd through sesame street now, yay…..i really should have turntable, shame on me.
2004-03-18 23:01:40 GMT
This is all good, but what about the extraordinary Jazz Numbers Jeff Hale animation that pre-dated the Pinball version? I hear so much from Gen Y-ers about the Pointer Sisters \”Pinball\” numbers clip; but what about the psychedelic, beautiful, and still eye-poppingly imaginative \”Jazz Numbers\” cartoon that featured Grace Slick singing the numbers? Someone out there must remember it, and I hope if you do, Walt, you\’ll tell us Gen X-er old timers about OUR generation\’s numbers clip. Anyone out there remember the bald wizard in the peaked cap for 7? The devil at the end of 3? The snarling hockey-player whose flying puck leads in 4? How about the homage to the Jackson 5 and The Beatles in 5? I know someone out there remembers, not just me… and btw, Walt: I own all the clips of each version, so if you want to hear and see them again, post a request here, and I\’ll get you a VHS copy of the whole megilah!
2004-03-29 18:18:18 BST
please let me know how I can get a VHS copy of your clips. That would ROCK!
2004-03-31 13:33:08 BST
I have pinball animations for the numbers 4,8 and 10 recorded from dutch television – with dutch lyrics. I can convert them to a digital format, but I am not sure about copyright…
I am not sure what Heather means with the Jazz Numbers cartoon. Her description (\”psychedelic\”, and the hockey player in number 4), fit what I understand to be the pinball number animation…
2004-05-13 17:41:29 BST
Heather, if you can get me a VHS copy (or post up somewhere a digital copy), that would rock! email me and let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org
2004-06-13 10:17:17 BST
what a wicked tune. Not only was this a childhood song for me and my friends but I have also experienced some crazy sing alongs to this tune under various substances and it blows me away everytime.
There is something about that tune that is magic! 123-4-5-678-9-10-11-12
2004-10-17 01:51:40 BST
yo that song used to scare me as a kid. Foreal. Freaked me out. But lately i heard a modern day remixed funk song that droped that in there and it was bangin. I havent been able to get it out of my head since. Its a strangly addictive tune. Never has a song affected me like that.
2004-10-18 03:25:37 BST
OMG! I am absolutely amazed this information is on the internet. I was blown away when I used google to look up this song. It was also MY favorite Sesame Street song, and as an 18-year-old college student… this has made my day.
2004-10-27 19:11:36 BST
Comparing the Grace Slick “Jazz Numbers” Jeff Hale animation sequence (a.k.a. “Racecars/Spies,” to SS fans) to the Pointer Sisters’ “Pinball Numbers,” is only fair if you consider that they were 10 years apart? Each one’s a pretty fair specimen of their generation, and its tastes. One was hippie-psychadelic, the other Superfly-funkadelic.
“Jazz Numbers” aired on the VERY FIRST SS episode in 1969…same year as Woodstock, BTW. :o The animation was trippy, in the style of Peter Max and the cartoon “Yellow Submarine” movie. This experiment was to be followed by many more like it, in the early years of SS.
Sometimes this technique backfired. Most impressionable <5 youngters I know, [gentle sarcasm] are not emotionally equipped to take a head-trip. Check out alt.tv.sesame-street sometime, and see how many threads are titled with variations on, “which-sketch-scared-the-crap-out-of-you-as-a-kid?” Still, this same footage was so evocative that those same children (now Gen-X’ers) are scrambling to find copies of those short-films today.
Excerpts from MY personal list of horrors:
-12 rocks in the desert, forming the number “12”
-stop-motion orange singing “Habanera” from the opera “Carmen”
-a bakery, where time-lapse dough is rising to nightmarish sound FX
-a sinister voice counts from 1-20; the corresponding number appears onscreen, and something awful happens to it.
Some that I just thought were neat:
-David (former cast member) as a Hindu snake-charmer, charming the number “12” out of a basket
-4-armed Hindu swami, counting to 20, to neat sitar music.
Was I going somewhere with this? :)
2005-01-24 17:56:58 GMT
To this day I am still deathly afraid of this.
-4-armed Hindu swami, counting to 20, to neat sitar music.
Haven’t seen it in decades, but the mere mention of it fills me with horror.
I am trying to find a pic to see if I can overcome the fear.
2005-02-01 01:15:26 GMT
I’m trying to arrange “The Pinball Song” for a jazz combo I’m in from memory, but alas, it was in the OTHER half of my lifetime that I heard it. I would kill for even a crappy copy of it in any audio form, so I can refresh my mind. If anyone has a lead, please email me
2005-02-17 02:30:29 GMT
I have been trying to obtain copies of the “Jazz Numbers” segments ( with the spies and number 1-10 engulfing the screen at the end) vocalized by Grace Slick for a very long time!
I already have complete versions of numbers 2-6, 8 and 10 on tape, but I would greatly appreciate getting copies of #7 and 9, as I haven’t seen those in years. Surprisingly, years ago someone pointed out to me versions of these cartoons in Hebrew (a language I don’t know fluently) that were found on the video series of “Shalom Sesame”, and I obtained copies of numbers 4, 6 and 8. It’s a different woman voicing doing a different number!
I’m looking for more of these “international” versions of this cartoon in any language; in particular, as far as the Spanish language is concerned, only #’s 7 and 10 in that language were ever shown on the original Sesame Street, although the remaining numbers must have been shown on the Spanish-speaking versions of the show. I haven’t seen those versions in years, so if anyone has copies of those, I’d greatly love to get copies!
Trades for clips or SS “Unpaved” or “The Electric Company” episodes can be arranged if you want. BTW, I have the Hindu swami 1-20 segment in both English and Spanish, too!
P.S. I live in Toronto, Canada.