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Do Not Fold, Staple, Spindle or Mutilate

Do Not Fold, Staple, Spindle or Mutilate  - 45 rpm

Label: Columbia
Year: 1967
Released on LP: No
Released on CD: No


Do Not Fold, Staple, Spindle or Mutilate


Dave Brubeck (piano)
Eugene Wright (bass)
Joe Morello (drums)
Danny Brubeck (finger cymbals)
Steve Addiss (vocals)
Bill Crofut (vocals)
Palghat Raghu (mridangam)


Recorded in Dave Brubeck's home,Wilton, CT. in August 1968 as part of the recording session for the Columbia LP release, "Summit Sessions".

The track was written specifically for a Canadian movie of the same name.

The origin of the expression "Do not fold, spindle or mutilate" comes from the inscription on an IBM punched card. Frequently, office workers organized papers and forms by stapling or folding them together, or by impaling them on a spindle. Because punched card readers scan uniform rectangular holes in a precise arrangement, any damage to the physical card makes it unusable.

In the 1950s and 1960s, when punched cards became widespread, manufacturers printed a warning on each card; IBMs - "Do not fold, spindle or mutilate" was the best-known. In 1964, the student revolution at the University of California, Berkeley used the phrase as a symbol of authority and regimentation.

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