Uge Mad Charles b/w Mad Charles Love Theme 45 (WGW, 1974)
Why is the moon made of cheese? Is the ocean really filled with God's tears? Who buys midget porn? What was the event, the force, the explosion that resulted in Uge's Mad Charles? These are all questions which have no answer, riddles that will plague us until our dying day. Perhaps there is no explanation for a record about a robotic karate master who seeks peace but will fight and destroy when need be. Maybe there is no explanation for why a song that sounds like it was made some time between 1966 and 1969 has a release date of 1974. And why the song doesn't go on for another five, nay ten minutes so Mad Charles can fight every single stereotype known to man is something we will never know. I think it might be a good idea just to let the genius of Uge be.
I lucked into this record. I was behind the counter at the bookstore one day when Mike Trouchon walked in and gave me the Uge 45 with the words, "You are gonna dig this." I thanked him and he disappeared.
Hey, It's Great Shakes is now unretired.