Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Mad Dog Vachon

With all the recent news about Montreal born Chris Benoit and his murder/suicide freakout (not to mention the Dr. Mengele-type experiments he was doing on his son), I thought I would shine a light on a more positive (not to mention musical) member of Montreal's wrestling fraternity, Mad Dog Vachon.

Like fellow Canadian Bad News Brown, Vachon was a "real" wrestler who actually wrestled in the Olympics. And like Bad News, he had far more monetary success as a villain in the squared circle. Vachon achieved that rare level of success for a true heel: to have people love to hate him. With his shaved head and beard, the diminutive Vachon cut a striking figure in the ring. And, of course there was his voice. He sounded like he consumed a steady diet of rusty razor blades and washed it down with battery acid. It was voice made for spitting out the evil patter of a wrestling villain. And it sounds great on record, too!
In the fine tradition of vinyl oddities like Classy Freddie Blassie's "Pencil Neck Geeks" and the WWF's Wrestling Album, Vachon was beloved enough to warrant Denis Pantis of DSP records recording him "singing", of all things, A RAP SONG! Yes, "Le Rap A Mad Dog."
In a way, it makes perfect sense. Montreal was a huge disco town, yet at the time it didn't have a sizable enough black population to have its own genuine hip hop scene. So, in the tradition of Mel Brooks' "It's Good to be the King" (a fairly big rap record in 1981), it made sense to combine Montreal's homegrown disco sound and a homegrown wrestling villain with the novelty known as rapping.
Vachon's lawnmower voice and sizable personality are more than up to the task. I can’t understand anything he is saying (and it be would doubtful I could even if he was speaking English), but the sheer ridiculous force of Vachon’s schtick propels the track. The backing band does a credible job of mimicking the sounds of New York, with divebombing synthe blips, vamping guitars, and handclaps. Vachon calls out Rambo, Rocky, Reagan, Mr. T, Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Iron Man and more before devolving into a series of incoherent grunts and mumblings.
I have this on 7”. I have no idea if it came out on 12” or not. As DSP was not really a disco label, it may well have not have, as it was probably marketed more as a novelty record than as a genuine disco record, so the need to push it towards real club DJ’s was probably minimal. I also don’t know what year it came out, although my guess is 1982.
Mad Dog Vachon- Le Rap A Mag Dog


Blogger S.ébastien said...

This is Primo stuff!!! Incredible! I'm *secretly* always on the look out for this kind of obscure-mediocre numbers. Great find! Thank you!

July 11, 2007 at 6:39:00 PM PDT  
Blogger L'Homme Scalp said...

Le contenu de 'Tête Carrée' est d'une qualité indiscutable, bravo! Cependant, je ne suis pas certain de comprendre comment fonctionne Wikiupload et je ne veux pas m'abonner à TOUS les services de téléchargement. Can you help me?

August 18, 2007 at 8:25:00 AM PDT  
Blogger S.ébastien said...

There seems to be a problem with that "Mad Dog" file (TrojanHorse infected). Could you please re-up this one?


September 16, 2007 at 12:44:00 PM PDT  
Blogger S.ébastien said...


Could you reup this one please? ; p


September 18, 2007 at 4:05:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Frédérick said...

Unfortunately, it seems impossible (for me) to download this track ! It seemed to be quite something...

September 18, 2007 at 4:10:00 PM PDT  
Blogger petergunn said...

hi, download is fixed, sorry bout that!

September 21, 2007 at 2:19:00 AM PDT  
Blogger petergunn said...

oh, and i have realized wikiupload sucks balls and am in the process of switching all mp3's from the blog over to divshare, so please bare with me...

September 21, 2007 at 2:39:00 AM PDT  

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