"Pico and Sepulveda"
Single by Felix Figueroa & His Orchestra
Released1947
GenreJazz
Length2:30
Songwriter(s)Eddie Maxwell and Jule Styne

"Pico and Sepulveda" is a 1947 song by Freddy Martin and his orchestra. Composed by Eddie Maxwell (Eddie Cherkose) and Jule Styne (Ambassador Records, 1947 — b/w "She of the Coffee Brown Eyes"), it features a Latin-style beat, and Martin used the alias "Felix Figueroa" when performing and recording the song. It was frequently played on the Dr. Demento radio show in the 1970s, serving as the show's opening theme.[1]

Background

The lyrics are primarily a recitation of Los Angeles area streetnames: Doheny, Cahuenga, La Brea, La Jolla, Sequoia, Alvarado, Santa Monica, Beverly Drive, and Vine (Martin's alias, Figueroa, is also a Los Angeles streetname.) The intersection of West Pico Boulevard and South Sepulveda Boulevard is in the Rancho Park neighborhood. The singer expresses a desire to "feel alive and settle down in my La Brea Tar Pits, where nobody's dreams come true".

The song was featured in the soundtrack of Richard Elfman's 1980 underground cult film, Forbidden Zone. "Pico and Sepulveda" was covered in 2002 by Lee Presson and the Nails on their album El Bando En Fuego!. Several amateur versions were submitted to and played on the Dr. Demento radio program by such groups as the Roto Rooter Good Time Christmas Band.[2]

Pico & Sepulveda, 2008
Pico & Sepulveda, 2008

References

  1. ^ "Pico and Sepulveda". Felix Figueroa & His Orchestra. Mad Music Productions, LLC. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  2. ^ "The Dr. Demento Show - Pico And Sepulveda "Roll Your Own" contest submissions". The Demented Music Database. Retrieved 4 December 2018.