Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Chime in as we sing away the recession!

Things are so bad, a picture is now only worth 200 words. People are using the sun to get a tan. Everyone is downsizing — CEOs are even playing miniature golf.

Recession has us in depression, and we are certainly not going to let a good crisis go to waste, hence this week’s episode on songs about hard times ...

As we discovered when we did a little research, this is not the first recession the U.S. has endured. It looks like in our history there have been as many as 31 recessions and 6 depressions, starting with the Great Panic of 1819. There was even a 23 year depression between 1873 and 1896. And yes, this will be on the test.

No doubt about it: Recessing is depressing. But, we are trying to keep things in perspective. Remember the words of W.C. Fields, “A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.”

Speaking of which, here’s Elvis in a jumpsuit:

It could be worse, you could be a child actor … From “Annie”

Every week on “Record bin Roulette,” KPLU’s John Kessler and John Maynard put an insightful and fun spin on a century's worth of discarded vinyl. The feature is published here and airs on KPLU 88.5 every Thursday during Morning Edition, All Things Considered and on Weekend Saturday Edition.