ne of the weirder musical phenomenons of the mid 20th century was the industrial musical. To extol the virtues of their products, corporations would hire Broadway talent to compose and record a suite of promotional songs revolving around a contrived storyline, and the soundtracks to these "musicals" were given away as souvenir record albums at conferences and trade shows. In 1969, plumbing fixture manufacturer Amercian-Standard hired an industrial show veteran named Sid Siegel—who wrote many other shows including ones for Standard Oil and Encyclopedia Brittanica—to write the songs for their musical The Bathrooms Are Coming! The front cover of the album sported shots of a hillbilly with a jug of booze, a club wielding caveman standing near a toilet bowl, annoyed looking women, and deluxe 1960s bathrooms. The back of the jacket featured more product shots and a summary of the show's psuedo-feminist plot:

The Bathrooms Are Coming premiered a new decade of bathroom fixtures born out of exhaustive human and product research by American-Standard. The story began with the introduction of a mythical Greek goddess Femma, the epitome of all women's attitudes, reflections and desires and the leader of all women's movements. In the play Femma is called upon by other women to start a bathroom revolution - "Join the fight for bathroom safety, Femma ... the fight for beauty and luxury. We need freedom from bathroom oppression. Join the fight for better bathrooms."

he songs describe American-Standard models such as the Ultra-Bath and Spectra 70, as well as the agony of having an outmoded bathtub. The centerpiece of the album is the wonderful tune "My Bathroom Is A Private Kind Of Place," in which a woman earnestly sings, "The only place where I can stay making faces at my face ... My bathroom is much more than it may seem, where I wash and where I cream, a special place where I can stay, and cream, and dream and dream and dream ... I'm free, I'm free ... Now at last I can really be me ..."

my bathroom is a private kind of place.mp3