Thursday, August 29, 2013
The Outrageous Conduct Of Jimmy Hart
I can still recall looking at a WWF Magazine from around 1987. It was around twenty years ago, so the magazine was already several years old at that point. Located near the end of the issue was a full page ad, complete with order blank, touting Outrageous Conduct. Did Jimmy Hart, "The Mouth of the South," "Wrestling Renaissance Man," and "The Dick Clark of Wrestling" actually have his own album with the WWF's involvement? Seeing as that the order blank seemed authentic enough and there was no print anywhere to declare that it wasn't, I figured that the album had to really exist. Why had I never come across it?
It seems that the album had a retail release in Canada, but may have only been available in the U.S. via the aforementioned magazine order blank. Curiously enough, there is a small pinback button that was obviously made to promote the album. Where these were used is anyone's guess. In the same color scheme as the album cover, the button boldly proclaims "Jimmy Hart" and "Get Outrageous." It's possible that many fans who wanted to "get outrageous" never had the chance. It's another possibility that the powers that be behind the album didn't feel that music produced and performed by a "bad guy" manager would be a huge seller.
Many, if not all, of the songs on the album were released as singles by Hart back in the Memphis days. The album includes "Eat Your Hart Out, Rick Springfield," "Juvenile Delinquents," "We Hate School," "Handsome Jimmy," and "Blackboard Jungle" on side one with "Solid Gold Rock & Roll," "Hippo Hips," "Barbra Streisand's Nose," "Tammy Wynott," and an instrumental of "Blackboard Jungle" on side two. Truly a lineup of songs that reflected the fun side of Hart's character.
Mr. Hart is a heckuva guy who frequently makes signings and other appearances. Perhaps someday soon I will get to ask him just what the story behind the WWF re-release of "Outrageous Conduct" really entails. Promotional oddity? Rare collectible? Fun piece of memorabilia, if you ask me. Maybe I'll get him to sing a few more bars of the unused WWF theme for Leilani Kai and Judy Martin, "The Glamour Girls," as well. For a man as "loud" as he was with that infamous megaphone, you wouldn't think that so many great mysteries would've been held in for so long!