Elliott Hall of Music, Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
GK: So I set this hubcap on the track up here (SFX), and it rolls down and into the vortex, where it goes around and around (SFX), and drops through the hole (SFX), and hits the pan (GONG) triggering a cuckoo clock (CUCKOO), and the cuckoo pops out, pushing a weight that falls on a lever (BOING) that hits the bulb of the horn (SFX), which tilts the platform so the hamster (SFX) runs on the treadmill which spins a bicycle wheel (SFX), with little sprockets sticking out of it (DIAL) arranged so that they dial your mother (SFX, PICKUP)
SS (OLD): Hello? Who's there?
GK: And when she answers that closes an electrical loop which pulls the trigger of a pop gun (POP) that hits the helium tank (DING) which inflates the balloon (INFLATE) which bursts (POP) scattering ping pong balls (SFX) which scares the dog (YELP) on the teeter totter (SFX) which shakes the egg that's balanced on the spoon and the egg falls down and lands (SFX), right in the hole of a full roll of toilet paper, activating a lever that sends out two mechanical robot hands (SFX) to drop the bowl of Jell-O (SFX) on the scale (SFX) so it comes up level against a switch that turns on the hot plate that the chicken is standing on (CLUCKS), so it flies off (SFX) and onto the keyboard with a corn kernel on the letter Q and (SFX) when she pecks the Q it sends an electrical current (SFX) to the motor (WHIRR) that raises the piano stool (RD: HEY) and the pianist plays the theme song.
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).