The Great Crepitation Contest of 1946

Note: This recording contains material that may be offensive to some listeners.

For those of you who collect such ephemera, here's an unusual bit of radio memorabilia that should be an upgrade from copies that have been floating around on lps and the web.

In this post, "The Great Crepitation Contest of 1946", the granddaddy of all "party records" and a recording surrounded by much rumor and misinformation. Apparently, this was originally produced as an in-house joke by CBC sports announcer Sidney S. Brown assisted by CBC producer Jules Lipton. Some sources indicate the recording was done in Toronto in late 1940 at "Red" Foster's Studios on Alcorn Avenue. There have also been rumors for many years that it found its way to some in the US military who released it as a V-disc, although a V-disc or AFRS copy has never surfaced to my knowledge.

What we do know is that someone at Columbia Records in 1947 dubbed the program to a set of 78 rpm masters and pressed the recording on two 12" 78's, matrix numbers xxx1-4. The resulting set, with cover art by influential in-house graphic artist Alex Steinweiss (crediting himself as "Joe Blow" on the cover) and bright yellow Trillblow Records labels, was given to Columbia Records distributors as a premium. CBS president Ted Wallerstein nixed the release, but some copies did circulate.

I've never seen anyone on the web claiming to have an original Columbia pressing of "The Great Crepitation Contest", even though copies of the 78s were dubbed many times and released on various party lps over the years. But, here's proof that Columbia actually pressed and released the records - the discs are Columbia's laminated pressings of the period and the cover art is most definitely by Steinweiss. It's also an opportunity to hear the recording in a first-generation copy from the original Columbia 78 release.

You can read more about Steinweiss and see examples of his work at the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame and this site about Remington Records.

I obtained my copy of the "Great Crepitation Contest" in the mid 1990s, not really knowing what it was, from a man at a Winston-Salem flea market who owned a record store in the area for many years. I never had an opportunity to ask him where he got it.

Anyone seen another copy of this set? Any ideas on who the guys are in the photo in the inside front cover?

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  • Jerry James

    Holy Crapfest, Batman !

    This site sure went downhill fast.

    May 14, 2008 at 11:26 pm
  • jim

    I had a copy of this on reel to reel from 1971 that a friend made for me. I believe his father owned an original of it that he got while serving in WWII. My opinion then was that it was a show made for the boys……. I may be wrong. I transferred it to cassette about 14 years ago. I’ll take a look for it but i doubt mine is of a better sound quality then yours. As an aside, I can see no reason why anyone should find this offensive in any way. It’s funny and not done in an offensive manner at all. Turn your Tv on and within seconds you will find things infinitely more vile.

    May 15, 2008 at 9:01 am
  • Sean Martin

    The site “went downhill”?

    Uh, Jerry, please, hold your outrage, huh? It’s a legitimate part of sound history, one of those odd little things that folks talk about but no one’s ever actually seen, let alone heard. Should we just ignore it because it doesnt meet some strange version of “community standards”?

    Man, move on.

    May 15, 2008 at 10:03 am
  • Sean Martin

    BTW, Randy, Paul Boomer (in the photo) might be Paul “Boomer” Stamp, drummer for the Newfoundland band the Irish Descendents. He was part of a concert celebration for Ron Haines last year and looks to be about the right age.

    May 16, 2008 at 6:27 am
  • randsesotericotr

    I did some digging and I’m wondering if the guy on the left in the photo on the inside of the album cover is Alex Steinweiss himself - look at this photo of Steinweiss when he was on staff at Columbia during the same time period as the Crepitation album set was released:

    http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/90/steinweisshx6.jpg

    May 16, 2008 at 6:59 am
  • Alfred Black

    Peee- ewwww !

    This is the exact moment that this site “jumped the shark”

    May 17, 2008 at 1:27 pm
  • Jim Widner

    Randy, your discovered photo certainly looks like the same man. I notice in your picture, he has a “widow’s peak” while in the photo on the web site, he doesn’t. There doesn’t look to be much different in age, but in the new photo he looks older and usually you don’t get a widow’s peak as you get older, you lose it!

    May 18, 2008 at 10:08 am
  • ykw

    “one of those odd little things that folks talk about but no one’s ever actually seen, let alone heard”

    Dunno ’bout”no one”, but I heard this played annually as an event for decades on the old DR. DEMENTO radio program — for all I know, it may =still= be getting play there.

    May 24, 2008 at 9:26 pm
  • MASSEY

    i HAVE ORIGINAL ALUMINUM ACETATE RECORDING (2) PURCHASED IN 1946. INTERESTED IN VALUATION AND MAY SELL.

    BOTHERED MY WIFE FOR 58 YEARS.

    Jul 1, 2008 at 4:53 pm
  • Razzilla

    I read in Anna Russell’s autobiography “I’m Not Making This Up You Know” that Paul Boomer was Anna’s agent at the time… and she suggested that they use his name for it… The first time she actually heard it…she was in Dallas and they were selling bootleg recordings of it… This probably makes it one the most famous of the pirate recordings out there today…if not THE most famous…

    Aug 22, 2008 at 12:49 pm
  • Capt.Jack

    I remember my father bringing the 78 rpm home to play for us around 1948-50 and from then on it got play whenever certain, understanding friends visited. The dialog from this has been incorporated into the family usage for the past 60 yrs .& I can still remember how the ending was considered such dirty language at the time to hear on a recording. I have the record somewhere along with the original “Victory at Sea” recording, and can picture the blue label with the title “Great Canadian Sporting Event”. Great fun! & memories of an innocent time. Jack

    Sep 13, 2008 at 3:51 pm
  • Joel

    I have a I, II, III, and VI LP version of these. They were stored in a Cuban Rhythms case. The interesting thing is that stamp on the VI LP is IV. Yes, stamp with 4 but labled with a 6. The number 4 record is stamped with a Z and a W. Others stamped as well.

    If someone knows more about these please let me know.

    Nov 14, 2008 at 8:24 pm
  • NegSpin

    I got this on a homemade record long ago, one someone dubbed off on one those Wilcox-Gay-type discs from the ’40s and ’50s. It was good enough to transfer it to cassette in the ’80s. We listened to it a number of times. At the time I had no idea where it originated. I thought it was an actual radio presentation, but of something of course fictional and humorous. It’s nice to see it out there, so well known on the internet. One of the funniest bits is the description of the Fenetre de breeze, the zephyr window.

    Nov 19, 2008 at 4:38 pm
  • Jeff

    Thanks for the download. My girlfriend’s grandfather was amazed that we found this recording for him. Thanks!

    Dec 24, 2008 at 7:51 pm
  • pvdl

    I have to say that you just made my dad’s day - and his brother’s. They are 71 and 70 years old, respectively, and both have been telling me about this recording for years. Their favorite uncle introduced them to it when they were kids.

    Regardless of their age, they both still think it’s hilarious, and it brought back great memories for them.

    Thank you!

    Jan 17, 2009 at 1:04 pm
  • Dale

    I believe it’s spelled “Fenetre debris” (the debris in this case being the “shit”). :-) My dad has had an LP recording of this since I was a kid (I’m 61 now) and transferred it to cassette tape as well. Thanks!

    Jan 25, 2009 at 12:50 pm
  • William I. Erickson

    This is the original version, as it should be. I also heard the watered down version. The announcer said, “Ooooooh, he sh…. defecated. This was 50 years ago. Never could decide which recording was the funniest. Everybody should CD this thing for posterity. It’s a super classic.

    Feb 4, 2009 at 6:25 am
  • rick stump

    as a kid, my uncle would give us his rendition of this famous match up. needless to say, at age 11, it was the funniest thing in the world. i just lost it when lord W. wasted one in boomers face. all through the event i never heard either contestant call a safety. in my 11 year old crowd, one would have a sore arm for weeks..

    Mar 6, 2009 at 10:17 am
  • Roger Beardsley

    I have a set of vinyl white label tests of the ‘Contest’. They have ‘PART 1′, ‘PART II’, ‘PART III’ & ‘PART IV’ in the area between the label and recorded section. Also the numbers 8481, 8482, 8483 & 8484. These tests include several slips by Brown including one where he says ‘I can’t go on’. Other versions I’ve heard have the slips edited out.

    Classic and still funny 40 years after I first heard it.

    Apr 21, 2009 at 5:51 pm
  • David Dugle AKA Rusty Pipes

    I used to run a radio show called Insanity Palace which was similar to Doctor Demento but dealt more in spoken word comedy than the good Doctor. I aired the Crepitation Contest early in 1981on WAIF in Cincinnati. (Uncensored too, it aired was very late at night with a disclaimer.)

    The copy I played was borrowed and I didn’t know much about it, but it was still pretty clear on the old aircheck cassette. I am certain that copy must have been on a standard LP because WAIF didn’t have any 78RPM turntables so it had to have been a second generation copy at least.

    I was transcribing the aircheck of that show to an MP3 and decided to see what I could find about it on the Net, since I have a huge comedy collection and I’m supposed to be something of an authority on this kind of crap, er, farting. Great write up and a beautiful copy of it too! I have never seen the covers or knew the name of the artist before. THANKS RAND!

    Jun 13, 2009 at 8:43 am
  • David Dugle AKA Rusty Pipes

    BTW I vote for “fenetre de breeze”. I hear a “z” when he says it and in French “debris” is properly pronounced as “debree”. Besides “fenetre de breeze” is funnier!

    Jun 13, 2009 at 8:53 am
  • Pattie

    I grew up with a copy of this in our house that was my dad’s. This would have been in the late 50’s, but all I remember is it had a solid red cover with the title in yellow (I’m guessing on the font colour) and it was an LP not the version on 78. It was one of the funniest things I’d ever heard. Still a classic!

    Jul 31, 2009 at 3:58 pm
  • secretmuse

    This had many other permutations. I have seen this as a 78 rpm set which appear also to be late 1940s, 10 inch.The four-part tests mentioned above were no doubt dubbed from these 2 10″ 78s.They had printed labels. Also 12″ acetates have circulated (33 1/3)with the punchline word just snipped out.Then there are other pressings including the Anonymous 12″ white Label, the red cover someone mentioned above, which was bootlegged in the 60s by Joe Davis for BEACON. Those in turn were bootlegged again in the 70s with paper insert covers. And today I found the weirdest pressing yet, with a personally typed sleeve as ” Fahrting Contest” on the Heirloom label, no cover, set up with phoney label copy as a classical lp by the non-existant “Vladivostok Concert Society”. (There is at least one other Heirloom decoy lp, an anthology of party records from 78s.) -pvc

    Aug 16, 2009 at 9:23 pm
  • terry cooke

    just a comment concerning a technical point re the transfer of the 78 to the mp3 , as a retired sound engineer (X CBC Canada) i feel that the record player was running a touch too fast not 78rpm but more like 80 + as syd browns voice tone was more baratone in real life and my copy runs truer to speed thanks terryc m

    Aug 23, 2009 at 6:50 pm
  • kevan brown

    my folks had this record in the early 50’s. by the time I was in JR High 67, one of my older brothers friends must of swiped it. No pun indented. Chi ch and Chong didn’t have anything on these Blokes Thanks for giving me the opportunity to hear it again.

    Sep 26, 2009 at 1:17 am
  • Jim

    I used to hear this on Dr. Demento back in the early 70’s. The major difference was when Lord Windesmere lost the contest, he “sploched” instead of “sh!t” A timeless classic.

    Oct 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm
  • Sean

    we used to sell a ton of these recordings. We purchased the CD’s from a supplier. I’d get calls from people all the time tellng me when they first heard it. I had one older guy tell me he heard it in Europe in the early part of WWII….so, not sure if he was mistaken, or maybe it wasn’t actually done in 1946?

    ….I’m wondering now if this recording is in the public domain, or if it is still copyrighted. Can anybody shed some light on this?

    Thanks!

    Oct 27, 2009 at 8:44 am
  • Sam Mann

    The original Crepitation Contest was made by Special Services of the Armed Forces during WWII at Fort Dix, NJ. My dad was there, and the entertainers in that unit had carte blanch to all copyrighted items so long as it was for the greater war effort. They assembled all sorts of clips and the like, and assigned roles to play. One day a General was visiting the camp and the CO brought him in, and he demanded to hear a sample of their work, and fixated on the just finished record sitting there on the turntable. They tried to dissuade him but he was adamant. The crew thought they’d be in the brig, so with hearts in mouth they played it and the General peed his pants and ordered the distribution to the forces to boost morale. When my dad found a copy on line in the late 1990’s he fell out of his chair laughing so hard. I never saw my dad cry until that moment…i thought he would have an anyeurism right then and there. if anyone has information regarding the Special Services units during WWII, and the celebrities and talent that was assigned there, it would be a great start to get the real truth on the origins of this classic.

    Nov 4, 2009 at 5:50 pm
  • Sean

    Does anybody know where I can find out if this recording is now public domain?

    thanks sean

    Nov 6, 2009 at 10:18 am
  • "Captain Billy" Hergonson

    I first heard this in the late ’60’s at Ithaca College in the Radio/TV department. I haven’t heard it again until today. It is even FUNNIER, if that is possible. The the posters who thought it was offensive, let me refer you to any “Run DMC” recording to straighten you out on “offensive”. Classic? This DEFINES classic!

    Nov 9, 2009 at 4:51 pm
  • Steve Freeman

    I have an LP (33rpm) transcribed from I know not what by my late uncle in a studio in San Francisco in the mid-50’s. I had the recording transferred to tape about twenty-five years ago, and have a cassette and reel-to-reel versions, which I passed on to my cousins. My late uncle was a nationally known expert in the broadcasting of music, and the fidelity of the recording is pretty good. If I were smart enough I’d get the thing on to a CD. Thanks for posting this classic of lowbrow humor.

    Dec 15, 2009 at 10:58 pm
  • Mark

    Thank God for the internet. I hadn’t heard this glorious bit of windbreaking virtuousity since the late 60’s where the mother of one of my friends brought it back from the east coast on a cassette with artwork that was similar to the “cheeky” cover art shown above. We had it committed to memory and had never laughed so hard in our then short lives. The recording exacts that same sick humor out of me today. This was such a wonderful bit of parody of sporting broadcasts of the day regardless of which side of the US /Canadian border you were on. Thanks for posting it for future generations to enjoy.

    Dec 21, 2009 at 4:44 pm
  • Joe Blow

    I heard this in my college dorm in the Fall of 1969. One of the seniors had an LP copy of it. He was a psych major by the way.

    Mar 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm
  • Boomer

    Hello Canada!

    Senior high school, 1962-63, I had a classmate who had heard The Crepitation Contest. Remember “Rockets”? Ice cream in tubes that you pushed up with a stick? The movement would make little farting noises, and we would have a farting contest at lunch everyday for a long time. The classmate new some of the terms and how it ended.

    I told another buddy about the contest, and he had heard something about it. In 1970, we set out for Philadelphia from Reading and went into an adult shop - fairly new in those days. I looked around and up, and there were adult records (33-1/3) in a row -and right in the middle was the bright red album. We each bought one.

    Hurried back to Reading and spent the rest of the day roaring with laughter! Had neighbors in, too. The terms became part of our vocabulary and still is to this day. I’ve made many copies for friends.

    Mar 30, 2010 at 12:29 am
  • mic

    “Releases” of this recording seem to have myriad forms. My copy, which contains the same as the posted recording on two 78 rpm discs, comes in a 10″ gatefold sleeve, labeled “flutterblast contest” on the cover (with a cartoon of the participants and judge), and on the inside: “Strictly for Laughs; And Brother…We Mean Laughs (In Four Parts); Note: these records may be played on automatic or manual phonographs” on one side, and rubberstamped: Columbia Music Co., 158 Taylor St., San Francisco 2, GRaystone 4-4121″ on the other. The 78 rpm discs are white lablels, with “CONTEST PT.2″ etc., rubber stamped on them, except the first side on which “Part I” is handwritten. All very weird…just bought it on a whim not expecting to find the Crepitation Contest!

    Apr 5, 2010 at 1:09 am
  • Michael Cooney

    Pure genius.

    Apr 10, 2010 at 12:52 am
  • Steve Glos

    I have copy on LP from Tandem Records labeled “The Great Contest”, yellow label LP-1902, includes “The Great Contest” and “Famous Rear Concerto” on Side A, then “Songs Of Our Times”, “Letter To A Teenage Daughter”, “Ode To The Four-Letter Word”, “Little Eva” and “How To Play Golf” on Side B. Anyone have any info on this release?

    Jun 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm
  • Mike Montesinos

    I heard a cassette copy of this when I was stationed in up country Thailand during the Vietnam War. I have thought of it often and talked about it occasionally to friends. No one seemed to have heard it. I had assumed it to be the work of Monty Python, as it sounds like something they would do. Thanks for the memory.

    Sep 3, 2010 at 1:23 am
  • Michael Biel

    This has been discussed several times on the 78-L and I am surprised that this has not been noted here yet. The original master was NOT recorded in Fort Dix NJ by friends of Sam Mann’s father. They might have done their own version but THIS is THE original version. Sydney S. Brown was a real CBC announcer as noted above by Terry Cooke. The original was recorded on a 16-inch lacquer, and was later discovered in RCA Victor Canada by Graham Newton, a cutting engineer there. He made himself a high quality tape dub of it and left the disc at RCA. I have white label test pressings of the Columbia set heard here, xxx1 thru 4 which I obtained from noted collector, the late George Blacker. For those who have noted the many pirated versions that have been circulating — and I have also found quite a few — none are original and complete unless they say “. . . oh he shit!” and include the sign-off with Sydney S. Brown’s name like this one here does.

    Sep 9, 2010 at 1:46 pm
  • Eric Malm

    All I can say is thanks for posting this! I had an old cassette tape, recorded by microphone off a radio broadcast (i.e a really bad one), that we listened to over and over again in junior high… It’s great to share with my kids, now that they’re at an age where farting is (again) so funny.

    Sep 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm
  • Joe Pomp

    I have the Lp version QUE LP #446 “The Origional Trepidation Contest. Red cover white letters side A only. I will be listing it for sale in the next week or so. record at “warehouse.musicstack.com”

    Oct 18, 2010 at 9:02 pm
  • Owen Daniels

    Classic!!

    Nov 13, 2010 at 6:35 pm
  • Christopher Dyer

    Pardon my spelling, but Frenetre du Breeze is clarified on the recordings I have as Zephyr Window. It’s breeze.

    Nov 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm
  • Mike Arlen

    What is the penalty that Windesmear received? It sounds like the announcer is saying something like “plotching,” but I can’t make it out. At first, I thought he pinched a loaf, but the ending suggests this not to be the case.

    Any clues? Thanks,

    Dec 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm
  • Stephanie

    For many, many years, I have heard about ‘The Farting Post’ from my dad (age 64 now) who said it was just hilarious! Is there any way of getting a recording somehow? What a great gift it would be for his 65th bday!!

    Dec 2, 2010 at 6:35 pm
  • Al

    Thanks for posting this!!! I remember hearing it on Dr. Demento 30+ years ago. I was telling my friend about it this week (when he let go a freep); he had never heard of it. Sooooo glad to find it on this site! Now I can identify all my friend’s emissions correctly! Thanks for the laughs!

    Dec 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm
  • Cyb

    I remember our family having a red vinyl copy of this at home when I was a kid in the 60’s! Amazing that information about it is still circulating. Farts never go out of style, I guess. Rooty toot toot!

    Dec 8, 2010 at 2:13 am
  • Bob

    I have my Father’s 2 record set of the Crepittaion contest. 78 RPM, plain white label, Crepitation contest engraved in the record next to the white label. I’m 62 years old and listened to it first when I was about 8 years old….still laughing.

    Dec 12, 2010 at 12:24 am
  • Mary Van Haren

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I remember this LP (I think that’s what was but I may be wrong, it wasn’t a 78) that my stepfather had and how we used to laugh and listen to it. Not sure how it got “lost” but my siblings and I would reminisce about how we loved it. Today the subject of “farts” came up and I thought “I wonder if it’s on the web anywhere” and to my joy I found this site. I will be forwarding it to my family for them to enjoy along with tears of laughter and remembrance of Dunc, our stepfather who we loved so.

    Dec 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm
  • andrew martin

    Goodness me what a “blast”!I thought my father’s 78rpm Columbia (white label) recording was the last ever, and it was lost in a Queensland (Charleville) Australia flood in 1990.I carried a cassette recording for years that has “gone away” and after a recent long night of rampant nostalgia thought Google may well have it and PRESTO…….thanks!!!!

    Dec 18, 2010 at 8:02 am
  • Andre

    WONDERFUL! Until this very moment, I had not heard this recording since 1969. An utter classic - love the serious tone of the “announcer”…”the ease and comfort” of it all remains intact.

    Jan 4, 2011 at 7:30 am
  • PhilipJohn52

    I first hear the Crepitation Contest in 1965 along with a bunch of friends at Prep School in Massachusetts. One of our classmates had a 33-record called “Musical Treasures” that had this as one of the side 1 cuts. There were a number of other hilarious cuts, but this was the funniest. To this day “triple fultterblasts” and “two-point fuepes” are part of our lexicon whenever we get together for a reunion!

    Jan 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm
  • Vann fleming

    Had a 78 copy I attained sometime between 1953 and 1956. Believe it was in 1953 my junior year in high school. Seem to remember playing it at our beer busts for my high school budies.

    But what I do remember for sure is in my sophmore year at the University of Colorado at the garden apartment at 612 Pleasant Street in Boulder a spaghetti/beer party at which the record got sat on after a uproarious playing of the contest. Very sad day until my son found your recording on the net a year or so ago.

    Jan 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm
  • Terry

    It was 1977, and I was in Texas. My uncle had a blind friend with a reel to reel, who played this for my sister and me. Tonight, thanks to you, I’ll play it for my kids. I’m grateful.

    Jan 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm
  • Kim

    My father has an original pressing of this 78. (Good condition I might add) Obviously he refuses to part with it despite having received some rather lucrative offers. Some things are just too rare to let go.

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm
  • Curtis

    I remember hearing this on Dr. Demento back in the 70’s.. and laughing to tears.. then in the 90’s I actually bought a CD from BMG that had this on it. Good times!

    Mar 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm
  • Sue Appelgate

    My family had the 78 of this when I was a kid. My Dad used to play it and we just stood around the player laughing hysterically. Ahhh, great childhood memories! Don’t know what happened to the 78. My brother might still have it

    Mar 19, 2011 at 8:03 am
  • Chanter

    Aha! This does exist!

    I heard the very end of this recording on Dr. Demento in the late ’90’s, when I was 13 or 14. I recorded buckets of snippets off the radio around that time, and I wish I’d thought to hit the button that night! For whatever reason, Dr. Demento only played the last quarter or so of this, possibly less. I’d never found fart humor all that funny, but when the end rolled around, the infamous four-letter word was replaced with a song clip. I guess WOZZ out of New London, WI was in the minority in playing Dr. Demento during the safe harbor. Anyway, the announcer’s “Oh! He–” followed by an obvious edit-in of people singing “Shaaaaaving cream,” … to heck with fart humor not usually making me laugh. I nearly died!

    I’ve just listened to this all the way through, and the end made me lose it laughing again! I’ve got tears of laughter in my eyes. The people in the next apartment must think I’m a loon. I have half a mind to share this with my kid sister, now I’ve found it online.

    I still think it’d be hilarious to dig up that Dr. Demento clip and hear the ‘Oh! He–shaaaaaving cream!’ again though. Considering the song the clip was taken out of… eh, it’s in the archives somewhere. :)

    Jun 8, 2011 at 7:59 am
  • David

    Gene Tracy, a raunchy ‘truck driver-humor’ comedian, did a rendition of this in the early 70’s, with Tracy performing all the parts. He portrayed Paul Boomer as a drawling American “Good ‘ol Boy” type. I never heard the original until now, and I appreciate you sharing this excellent-quality recording of the original.

    Jun 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm
  • Robin

    My bro-inlaw has a copy of this on a 33-1/3 LP with Redd Foxx on the reverse side. We had a blast listening to it back in the early seventies especially when we were a little high.

    Aug 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • Laura Giberson

    There was another fellow involved in the original production at CBC. His name was John Drainie-his son Mike worked with my mom in Ottawa about 40 years ago. His is one of the voices in this recording.

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:08 am
  • Jerry Riter

    In my 20’s back in 1960, no party was complete without this record. Thank you for preserving it.

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:18 am
  • Thomas Olson

    old two record set of 78’s with an orange construction paper cover with two record sleeves stapled at fold to hold it together and yet with professional block printing, but no other markings whatsoever on cover: Battle of Thunderblow The Great Crepitation Contest Windsmear vs. Boomer

    The records have “Humorous Masterpieces” in purple ink on gray center paper. 1130-1133 as the numbering of the sides of the records. The Crepitation Contest part 1, part 2, etc. Interestingly, parts 1 and 4 are back to back and part 2 and part 3 are on the other record. Previous owner a vice-president of a record company in CA until his death 5 years ago. Original? who could I ask. I have not listened to them.

    Sep 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm
  • Bill

    Thank you so much for this post, been looking for this for years. Lost record in 74 during a move. Thanks again.

    Oct 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm
  • Paul Boomer III

    Laff records released two copies of this one with a pinkish-red cover and one with a toilet seat talking.. 1972-75 there abouts.. http://www.rassoodock.com/images/laff/lord-A152.jpg and http://www.rassoodock.com/images/laff/lord-A193.jpg

    Feb 27, 2012 at 11:05 am
  • james finegan

    I grew up with this record around. my father was a huge fan way back when this recording first appeared . My dad was Bill Finegan , he was a composer and arranger he had a band with his partner Ed Sauter . they’re band was called the Sauter Finegan orchestra and they made alot of records for RCA in the 50’s. The crepitation contest was a central part of the bands inside culture.

    they wrote a tune called The Thundisbreak . My father modeled his announcing style after the announcer sydney s brown on the record.

    My dad would make quotes from the record during live concerts with the band. occasionally someone in the audience would know the record and burst out laughing in the back row.

    this record brought alot of joy and laughter in my house growing up . thanks for putting this here.

    Apr 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm
  • Lydia L. P.

    This was absolutely hilarious, enjoyed it thoroughly, even the sound effects were awesome! Kind of reminds be of something more current, the movie “Blazing Saddles” the bean farting scene was priceless! Thanks for posting this, it was awesome!

    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm
  • k+alb

    Much to my amazement last night, I mentioned ,’it was only a freep’ where apon my girlfriend said ‘at least it wasn’t a flutterblast’ I almost died that she had heard this bit of college age humor from over 20 yrs ago…we listened to it and well let’s just say it was eye watering …in collage we listened to the Dr. Demento version…I’d pay good money for a copy…

    Sep 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm
  • mablefable

    Having grown up in home pervaded with flatulance and defecation humour (which is what happens when you have 3 brothers only a year or two apart in age), this felt highly familiar, it’s something we could have easily made up as kids! Speaking from the female point of view (if there is such a thing), I didn’t find this offensive at all. I too agree that it must be “fenetre de breeze”. The translation “zephyr window” is a literal translation in that a zephyr is a breeze. Part of the humour is the translation of an english word (breeze) used in a french term. Besides, “fenetre debris” would have had to be “fenetre de debris”, and would have been translated to “offal window” or “trash window” or whatever, rather than “zephyr (ie. breeze) window”. There’s my etymological dissertation of the day!

    Sep 30, 2012 at 9:21 am
  • Luther

    We used to listen to this in around 1970. Our copy was on a cassette done by a comedian named Gene Tracy. You can still find it free for download if you search for “international Crepitation Contest”.

    Oct 1, 2012 at 8:06 am
  • Peter Restivo

    Wonderful old radio…. or simulated radio. Imagination over visual. It still works.

    Oct 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm
  • Spaceman Spiff

    In the 1960’s a friend had a copy of these at the University of Colorado. I still remember the “performance”! In truth, we were all ROFLOAO!

    Oct 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm
  • paul abraham

    They have the same thing today, it’s called a debate!

    Oct 4, 2012 at 9:59 am