Additional information about this, The Mash vinyl art.
The Mash – The Artists
The Mash are session singers John Bahler, Tom Bahler, Ron Hicklin and Ian Freebairn-Smith. They were bought together specifically to perform the Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)
Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless) – The Song
Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless) is a song written by Johnny Mandel (music) and Michael Altman (lyrics). It was the theme song for both the movie and TV series M*A*S*H. Mike Altman was 14 years old when he wrote the song’s lyrics. The song was written specifically for Ken Prymus, the actor playing Private Seidman, who sang it during the faux-suicide of Walter “Painless Pole” Waldowski (John Schuck) in the film’s “Last Supper” scene. Director Robert Altman had two stipulations about the song for Mandel: it had to be called “Suicide Is Painless” and it had to be the “stupidest song ever written”. Altman attempted to write the lyrics himself, but upon finding it too difficult for his 45-year-old brain to write “stupid enough,” he gave the task to his 14-year-old-son Michael, who wrote the lyrics in five minutes. Altman later decided that the song worked so well, he would use it as the film’s main theme, despite Mandel’s initial objections. This version was sung by uncredited session singers John Bahler, Tom Bahler, Ron Hicklin and Ian Freebairn-Smith and the single was attributed to “The Mash”.
American Star – The Shape
Modelled into the shape of the star which is often on American army vehicles
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