Pico and Sepulveda

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"Pico and Sepulveda"
Single by Felix Figueroa & His Orchestra
Released 1947
Genre Jazz
Length 2:30
Writer(s) Eddie Maxwell and Jule Styne

"Pico and Sepulveda" is a 1947 song by Freddy Martin and his orchestra. Composed by Eddie Maxwell 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]

The lyrics are mostly just a recitation of Los Angeles-area streetnames: Doheny, Cahuenga, La Brea, La Jolla, Sequoia, Alvarado, Santa Monica, Beverly Drive, and Vine (Figueroa is also a Los Angeles street). The intersection of West Pico Boulevard and South Sepulveda Boulevard is in the Rancho Park neighborhood.

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


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