Back in the nineties, I knew this guy who had an art car covered in Herb Alpert's most recognizable album, the bestselling 1965 Whipped Cream & Other Delights. You know the one, it's green and got a woman seductively slathered in whipped cream on the cover.
The 1962 Chevy Biscayne was called "Whip It!" and its creator didn't just use the album's suggestive cover on the vehicle, he also used the album's vinyl records.
At some point, he put out a call to friends that if we saw the album while thrifting (and it was cheap), to grab it. Apparently, fresh stock was required due to ongoing weather damage.
In those days, I would spend both Saturday and Sunday at the flea market and, needless to say, I spent a lot of time digging through boxes of records looking for that damn album.
So, you can imagine my surprise today when I came across this, a record store in Michigan that, at least temporarily, only has one album. Yup, Whipped Cream & Other Delights.
Martin Schneider of Dangerous Minds writes:
Last week Dave Taylor, who runs Weirdsville Records in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, on the northern edge of Detroit, pulled a funny kind of prank when he decided to switch up the visual look of his store for an hour or two. You can see the results above and below—a full wall of Whipped Cream & Other Delights and Whipped Cream & Other Delights fronting every bin! (Yes, in case you were wondering, the unseen albums in the bins are not all Alpert's masterpiece, they're just regular albums.)
Anyone who would name his store Weirdsville and would transform it into a shrine to Herb Alpert is OK by me. I reached out to Taylor and got him to discuss the stunt. His amusing opening salvo went like this: "Every day we get records in. There will be AT LEAST 2 of these in every stack! 9 out of 10 households had this record! It's a great record and who can't love this cover?"
One of the most interesting aspects of the display is that Taylor went out of his way to make sure customers understood that the copies are not for sale. Taylor says that he has about 75 copies of the album, and sheepishly admitted that he is "stockpiling the Herb."
To bring it full circle, Herb Alpert himself gave it a shoutout on Facebook: