Photo from the cover of International Photographer magazine, April 1937
British psych-pop producer Mark Wirtz moved to Los Angeles in the early '70s, and his own recordings from this period became progressively weirder, always maintaining a glossy pop sheen but conveying a sense of being "not quite right". A sunny instrumental might be titled "Satan Took a Tramride", for instance. For my money, though, the weirdest thing that Wirtz released during this period, the "Love Is Egg-Shaped"/"Maniac vs. Brainiac" single that Bomp Records put out in 1982. It was his last release before putting music on hold in favor of spending time with his daughter. These songs are fun sunshine-pop on one level, but there's a manic, cartoon-soundtrack feel to them that makes my skin crawl. In a good way? Sure - kinda.
"Maniac vs. Brainiac" by Mark Wirtz