- Posted by Johanna on July 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel News
Since I’m celebrating the conclusion of Omaha the Cat Dancer, I thought I’d mention an oddity related to the series.
In 1988, Kitchen Sink released an Omaha picture disc, a record printed with art. Well, it was “Ordinary Records, a division of Kitchen Sink Press”, but close enough. Weirdly, there was also a Will Eisner Spirit picture disc as part of this line.
The LP contents were 11 songs by the Shakers, a band that included Reed Waller and Kate Worley as guitarists and vocalists.
- They Call Her Omaha
- Cry Out Loud
- Cinnamon Jam
- Rhythm Blues
- The Kiss and the Knife
- Goofus and Gallant
- Sassafrass Jones
- Window on the World
- We Kept on Dancing
Thanks to Joe Rosales, who bought the only one of these I’ve ever seen, I heard the songs back in the day, and they’re not bad. In 2004, Waller digitally remastered the music and was selling a CD/MP3 version (with an additional track), but I can’t find any links to it now.
Until a legit source resurfaces, here are a few samples, made from a cassette tape circa 1989. These are not the full tracks — it wouldn’t be right of me to share them — but they should give you a flavor of some of the content. Here’s part of the first track, “They Call Her Omaha”, which explains the backstory of the title character.
“Wildcat” was the song that featured in the comic itself, the one that Omaha danced in the video for.
“Cinnamon Jam” is just my favorite of the tracks. I love the feeling of a low-key weekend escape with friends. (Every other chorus, by the way, says “music and apple pie”, not “drugs”.)