Manage episode 303268615 series 1097392
Oct 3rd is the 26th anniversary of O.J. Simpson’s acquittal of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole.
This song and photo of the 1995 PC diskette of “O.J.-oh!” (to the Harry Belafonte tune of “Day-O”) by song parodist, Loose Bruce Kerr, was the first & only song release of its kind on that medium, including stereo audio with dynamic graphics long before the popularity of the computer video revolution a decade later. It was a collaboration between engineer, Lee Baxter of Campbell, CA and Kerr of Mountain View, CA, both cities in Silicon Valley.
The song’s audio track is a live performance by Loose Bruce but includes his multitrack recorded background instruments and vocals, a feature of his live solo act in the 1980’s and ‘90’s. He opened for “Weird Al” Yankovic and his song parodies and originals have played on the Dr. Demento Show over 140 times over the decades. “O.J.-oh!” reached #1 on that program’s “Funny 5” in May & June of 1995 as the O.J. criminal trial progressed toward acquital in October.
The diskette for sale at Tower Records locations in Silicon Valley was packaged in a clear plastic glove evoking Simpson’s lawyer, Johnnie Cochran’s courtroom statement to the jury, “If it doesn’t fit (Simpson)/You must acquit!”
Kerr went on to become Assistant General Counsel of Sun Microsystems in Silicon Valley in the 2000’s after retiring from his 20 year performing career. After 11 years at Oracle, Kerr then became a contract attorney at Seattle law firm, Davis Wright Tremaine where he works today. He lives with his wife, Linda and their 2 cats in northern California and works remotely.
P.S. the song's the same but the dynamic graphics on the PC Diskette are not visible here, I haven't found a way to convert the old, stale file format! This photo's just of the diskette and glove packaging.