The Sunnyslope Strings release controversial….instrumental?

Possibly the most inoffensive act on Onus Records has to be The Sunnyslope Strings, the label’s version of post millennium muzak, or as label honcho Tommy Globbit likes to look at it, “MFSB meets Mantovani.” Their most recent release, posted on the label’s site is “Three Minute Vacation,” a condensed travelogue of  tropical and urban sounds that lasts at precisely three minutes. No controversy there. Nobody making waves, as it were.

But apparently some logophobics (people with an abnormal fear or dislike of  words or letterheads) who have developed a fear of the Screen Gems closing  logo, other wise knows as “The S From Hell”) claim that The Sunnyslope Strings and producer Don Glasser have conspired to stir up unrest by sampling the mid 1960’s ID music  on the fade of the tag of the new song, a fact that is driven home by the letter “S” appearing on the “Three Minute Vacation” cyber sleeve.sunnyslope 2“Anyone who has spent any time in Sunnyslope knows “S” Mountain. It’s Sunnyslope Mountain. And we’re The Sunnyslope  Strings. That’s what the S is for. There’s no satanic re-purposing of that letter or any sampling from Screen Gems going on,” insists Glasser, who admits feeling anxiety after seeing the Screen Gems logo but only attributes it to “I Dream of Jeannie” reruns being over.

Glasser is also adamant that there is no sampling at all on any Sunnyslope Strings tracks but one reed player in the group who has since been let go spilled the beans before Glasser tried could buy his silence with a Hot Pockets Cheeseburger With Crispy Buttery Seasoned Crust, for those of you who collect that sort of information.

“Look, we didn’t record an ocean in the studio. Don ripped that off of a Relaxings Sounds of the Sea CD his analyst makes him listen to for calming purposes,” the unnamed sideman said. “There’s samples all over this latest track. He even had bits of the Seinfeld theme buried underneath the rhythm section before taking it out completely.All part of his Wall of Sound but it’s more like his Shag Carpet of Sound if you ask me. Lots of stuff you don’t  below the surface that you don’t notice until it hurts you. But that’s no French horn at the end of ‘Three Minute Vacation.’. It’s the Screen Gems theme. Clear as day.”

We ask you to check out the song for yourself at and compare it with the track below.

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