Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless) – The Mash (1970)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide is Painless) by The Mash. The record was released in 1970, on the CBS record label and has been reworked into the American star as often painted on American army vehicles.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of the TV show M*A*S*H, 70’s theme music, the American army, Margaret ‘Hotlips’ Houlihan or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)
Media Artist/s: The Mash
Record Label: CBS
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1970s
Genre: Pop / Pop Rock / Theme

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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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Additional information

Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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