TINY TIM – “I LOVE ME” & “GIRL” (1993/6)
Before I heard a note of Tiny Tim’s music, remedy I first was fascinated by him after I saw an apperance of his on “Downey”, Morton Downey, Jr.’s second, less-controversial talk show (after the truly wild “The Morton Downey Jr. Show”, which, if anybody has any tapes of out there, I’d love to do some trading with ya!). This was in either ’95 or ’96, right before Tiny Tim passed away. Tiny cut a grim, ghostly figure — portly, ghoulish and mostly out-of-breath. During the whole bizarre 30-minute interview, Tiny played not a note of music, yet had a ukelele with him on stage the entire time. I was captivated by this truly strange man, and then only later found out that he had captured the public’s attention in the late ’60s with the LP “God Bless Tiny Tim”, which I heard for the first time only recently, and loved.
I also recently tracked down a few other of Tiny’s records, specifically his final few, which include these two, “I Love Me” and “Girl”. “I Love Me” is the more interesting of the two, while “Girl”, recorded with a backing band called Brave Combo, lapses into maudlin smooth-jazzy stuff all too easily.