Eedie & Eddie On The Wire


Eedie & Eddie, two DecTalk (tm) voice synthesizers, hosted a dial-up demo of algorithmic composition at Bellcore (Bell Communications Research) starting in 1985. That demo went "off the air" in 1990 (or so) but before they retired, Eedie & Eddie were interviewed by magazines like Scientific American and Newsweek, and even made a record, or rather, a CD (published as an accompaniment to Volume 3, Number 2 of the journal Computing Systems).

One of the selections on their CD was a remake of Lee Hazlewood's classic drunk- cowboy- meets- stoned- flower- child ballad "One Velvet Morning (When I'm Straight)." Although the Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra record of this song was not the least bit rastafarian, Eedie and Eddie considered that a cultural oversight that they were more than willing to correct.

Their band, the Reggaebots, also sings backup...

First, Eddie introduces the song:

Then Eedie and Eddie, backed by the Reggaebots, sing "Some Velvet Morning":


Special thanks go to Brian Redman and WFMU (Home of Freeform Radio, 91.1 FM, East Orange, NJ) for inspiring this travesty.


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