Thursday, January 19, 2017

EVE OF DESTRUCTION

Don't get me started. I'm old enough to have lived through bad Presidents. This time I'm lacing up my boots. It's going to be a hell ride. Resist. Don't ask me to give him a chance, don't tell me the country should come together. He is not my President. I have less respect for him than I do the common thug that lives down the street.

For the Sake of the Song posted the cut below back in December. Blaze Foley actually wrote it with Reagan in mind, so it could use a bit more bite to accurately fit the ire. But it's a little nicer than saying FUCK DONALD TRUMP AND EVERY IDIOT THAT VOTED FOR HIM.

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Listen:
Blaze Foley - Oval Office mp3 at For the Sake of the Song
Vent your ire special:
YG with G-Eazy and Macklemore - Fuck Donald Trump at YouTube

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

THE OTHER QUEEN

Last Saturday, I was listing to Saturday Night Fish Fry, a show on the local jazz station that's three hours of jump blues and early R&B. Out here on the west coast it's on at 8:00 to 11:00 (Pacific time), an opportune time to get tuned for the night. It could be just as good a couple hours later, so for the better part of the U.S. it's either a party starter or after hours extension. Stream it here, click on "Listen Live" (and don't let DJ Raymond O'Donnell's mellow looks fool you, Dude knows boogie).

This past Saturday they featured Ruth Brown, "the Queen of R&B", the biggest seller in the early days of Atlantic Records. This was back when R&B really was rhythm and blues, before Aretha was the queen of anything, So for the past few days, I've been high on Ruth Brown. I ran into a collection of twenty one cuts of her early stuff, including her breakthrough, "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean". Dig it.

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Listen:
Ruth Brown - (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean mp3 at Internet Archive
Ruth Brown - This Little Girl's Gone Rockin' mp3
at Internet Archive
Ruth Brown - Wild, Wild Young Man mp3
at Internet Archive
Ruth Brown - 17 more songs
at Internet Archive NOTE: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Video:
Ruth Brown - (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean at YouTube

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SCREW IT. I'M NOT DONE.

I've been meaning to get off my retro bag of late, but, man, one thing always seems to lead to another You're looking for something completely different when you run across a video of a Willie Highwater session at Fame Studio, and then it's all over. Bam, Cool video, dynamite old promo photo and the most haunting song you'll hear all week. Play "It's Too Late" loud and try to go back to what you were doing.

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Listen:
Willie Hightower - It's Too Late mp3 at Smiles Davis
Video:
Willie Hightower - Walk a Mile In My Shoes at YouTube FAME recording session

Monday, January 16, 2017

WHAT'S THAT THING ON YOUR FINGER?

Man, Mississippi Fred McDowell was some kinda slide player, wasn't he? Good, no, excellent, but not too flashy, and not afraid of a sour note. Relaxed. Like he owned the style. Rock guitarists could try all they wanted, and many did, but the bigger they were, the more self aware they were and that is what dissipates the feel. McDowell, though, was the real thing. They wished they could be him, maybe, if only for a song.

Here's a few of his, including "Good Morning Little School Girl", a song that became a staple in the sets of Ten Years After and Johnny Winter, and "You Gotta Move", one the Stones covered on Sticky Fingers. Speaking of Stones, check out "61 Highway" and tell me you don't hear more than a little of Exile on Main St., that is until he takes a solo at 3:30. That starts out sounding like like someone fooling around with a slide for the first time (see "sour note" above) and gets reeled in just as it ends.

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Listen:
Mississippi Fred McDowell - Good Morning Little Scchoolgirl mp3 at Internet Archive
Mississippi Fred McDowell - Sheke 'em On Down mp3
at Internet Archive
Mississippi Fred McDowell - You Gotta Move
(streaming) at YouTube
Mississippi Fred McDowell - 61 Highway mp3
at Fredrator

Saturday, January 14, 2017

(SLAPS FOREHEAD)

Gads! I've been doing this thing for almost ten years and have never posted any Carl Perkins. What the hell? That's a hugh oversight. It didn't even occur to me until I started reading the Sam Phillips bio. My only excuse, if there is one, is that he's such an obvious go-to rockabilly guy that I figured I'd already posted some of his stuff before.

Perkins was the first Sun Records artist with a million seller, "Blue Suede Shoes", right after Elvis jumped ship. He was only on the label for a few years, and, like Billy Lee Riley, left in the dust as Phillips put all his promo resources behind Jerry Lee Lewis. Pissed off, he went to Columbia, a label ill equipped to get the performances that Phillips had, and make no mistake, Phillips didn't just press "record" and turn knobs. He coached and he coaxed. It doesn't matter what your studio is like, if you don't have the patience or wherewithal to do that, you might get a good record, but you won't get the awesome shit for the ages that Phillips did.

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Listen:
Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes mp3 at Rocky 52
Carl Perkins - Honey Don't mp3
at Rocky 52
Carl Perkins - Put Your Cat Clothes On mp3
at Bag of Songs
Carl Perkins - Gone, Gone, Gone mp3
at Cold Splinters
Carl Perkins - Matchbox mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly
Carl Perkins - Dixie Fried mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly
Carl Perkins - Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly

Friday, January 13, 2017

NO MO' HOT DOGS

A few months ago, I read Getting Nowhere Fast: The Untold Story of Independent Music in San Diego 1976 - 1986 by Ray Brandes. Primarily about the local music scene, there is an antidote as told by Joel Kmak, a drummer and mainstay of the San Diego scene for decades. He describes a local show that actually predates the particular period, but is a crack up that makes me smile every time I imagine the scenario. One night Howlin' Wolf was playing a club gig, and Bo Diddley, who happened to be playing at another club across town, showed up unannounced and joined Howlin' Wolf onstage. Kmak says "So they're playing and then all of a sudden Howlin' Wolf gets off stage and goes back to the bar and orders a  bunch of hot dogs! He's sitting back at the bar, eating hot dogs and talking to the cute groupies! Meanwhile Bo Diddley's getting pissed because he's up on the stage playing Howlin' Wolf's show!"

It's with that scenario in mind that I went looking again for "The Super Super Blues Band" an album that features Bo Diddley, Howlin Wolf, and Muddy Waters (along with Otis Spann, Hubert Sumlin and Buddy Guy). It's not a compilation, but rather in-studio jams featuring different combinations of the assembled giants. The big reason I wanted to hear again it is because it includes a lot of wisecracks and ribbing that might shed some light on the goat-getting dynamic of the hot dog incident. In other words, I wanted to hear them giving each other shit. There might not be much of it in there, but, hey, I get to listen to Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters fuckin' around while I look for it.

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Listen:
The Super Super Blues Band - Spoonful mp3 at Internet Archive
The Super Super Blues Band - Diddley Daddy mp3 at Internet Archive
The Super Super Blues Band - Long Distance Call mp3 at Internet Archive
The whole LP:
The Super Super Blues Band at Internet Archive In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Thursday, January 12, 2017

THE UNLIKELY NOT BAD COVER

To put it mildly, I'm suspect of reggae not originating from Jamaica. I'm even more suspect of reggae covers of punk rock songs. Show me a non-Jamaican reggae cover of a punk rock song, and I'll request in no uncertain terms that you get the fuck out. But, when I see a post of various semi-current (the post is from a year ago) reggae cuts that includes a song called "My War", out of curiosity, I'm gonna bite. It couldn't possibly be a cover of Black Flag's "My War", and if it is, it will surely suck. Guess what? It doesn't.

If you're gonna spout off about Black Flag's original being more Sabbath than punk rock, no one cares. Split hairs on your own time. If you'd actually been at a Black Flag show back in the day, you might see it differently.

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Listen:
The Skints - My War mp3 at Soul Donuts
Black Flag - My War (streaming) at YouTube

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

THE ONE OFF

This is one of those songs that you may run across once. Not a hit, not a big name, probably didn't create so much as a ripple, but it swings, and it may not ever pop up again. I run across enough of these to know that if I don't download it or at least bookmark it, a year from now when the song pops into my head, I'll kick myself for not remembering where I heard it. 

Gus "The Groove" Lewis was a New Orleans DJ, so given the song title, this seems like an elaborate ad. But it was on a label that was co-owned by Allen Toussaint. And it does have that unidentifiable oomph.

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Listen:
Gus "The Groove" Lewis - Let the Groove Move You mp3 at Soul Garage

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

INSTRO DIDDLEY

Kogar the Swinging Ape is up to his ol' tricks again over at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban. Out of nowhere comes a mix of thirty instrumentals, all from Bo Diddley. No clue what LPs or B-sides these are from having just run across this mix I haven't even started to look, but regardless, it's a no brainer. Bo Diddley shits riffs. I'm gonna right click and just fucking wallow in it.

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Listen:
Bo Knows Instro - 30 song mix at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 30 individual mp3s in a zip
Teasers:
Bo Diddley - Aztec mp3 at Internet Archive In mix above 
Bo Diddley - Surf, Sink or Swim (streaming) at YouTube Not in mix
Bo Diddley - Fiery Eyes (streaming) at YouTube Not in mix

Sunday, January 8, 2017

YOU'LL NEVER HEAR IT AGAIN

It's not the greatest record in the world. Hell, it really isn't great at all. Maybe not even good. It's just a little oddball, four fairly lame, but differently lame, covers done by a Mexican rock band. I'll tell you what, I'm snagging "Hola Te Quireo", a cover of the Doors' "Hello I Love You", partly because it's a right racket, and also for the same reason I always snag these sorts of things, so they'll end up buried for years only to reappear in a shuffle at which time I'll ask myself "Where the fuck did this come from?"

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Listen:
La Experiencia - Hola Te Quireo mp3 at Vuelve Primavera Hello, I Love You cover
La Experiencia - Three more covers
at Vuelve Primavera Mrs. Robinson; River Deep, Mountain High; Sunshine of Your Love

Saturday, January 7, 2017

THE NUT WHO BROKE ELVIS

I'm still in the thick of reading Peter Guralnick's Sam Phillips - The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll, and it's a whopper. So good that I've found it hard to listen to anything other than Sun related stuff for the past week. Just about every page has some factoid, story or quote worthy of a bookmark. My brand new copy is no more. It's dogeared to shit.



If you happen to have read it, or are reading it, you know the name Dewey Phillips, the Memphis DJ that was pals with Phillips. The only guy Sam Phillips really let his hair down with, particularly because Dewey Phillips was such a good natured fast talking good ol' boy. Sam Phillips's girl Friday, Marion Keisker MacInnes, who was dedicated and indispensable at Sun from the start, thought Dewey Phillips was crass, common, in short a hick. You can get a good a good idea of where both impressions come from by listening to an hour his show, Red Hot and Blue as aired on WHBQ in the early fifties. An interesting thing to note is the way he talks over the records, not just as the intros but even in the middle of songs, which is exactly how the whole reggae DJ sub-genre began a decade and a half later. A hick U-Roy.



Phillips song selection on this particular show is 100% hell yeah: Amos Milburn, Rosco Gordon, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Larry Williams, Bill Dogget..you get the idea, and when this non-stop yapper opens his mouth, you can understand why he was a hot DJ. Even his improvised pitches for beer, furniture, suits and beer are entertaining. To wit, in a spot for CV beer, he recommends that when you're "playin' canasta or whatever" and you have your CV beer, "you jus' go back to the fridge there, and if the ol' lady has it crammed full of ham 'n eggs 'n all dat, you jus' pull 'em out and lay 'en down on the floor, put dat CV in there and get it cold." This guy's a trip.

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Listen:
Dewey Phillips - On the Air mp3 at Beware of the Blog An hour of his WHBQ "Red Hot and Blue" show
Video:
Dewey Phillips - Short narrative profile at YouTube Described by Knox Phillips, Sam Phillips's son
Visit:

Friday, January 6, 2017

AT THIS MOMENT, THIS IS THE SHIT

Yee haw! An Ethio-jazz inspired eighteen song mix from the ever boss Hearsay. Don't ask me why, and I know I'm not alone here, I'm a nut about this type of music. It's exotic, that's pretty obvious, but it's more the feel that I dig. For the duration of any length, when I hear this stuff, I am not of America, I become a world citizen. Sounds corny as hell, but after hearing this type of music I don't even give a shit about seeming corny. I'm a world citizen. Get out of my way. I have no time for your bullshit. I'm ready to jam.

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Listen:
Akalé Wubé – Jawa Jawa mp3 at Hearsay 2010
Woima Collective – Puno
mp3 at Hearsay 2010
Imperial Tiger Orchestra – Emnete (Live)
mp3 at Hearsay 2010
Mulatu Astatke – Emnete mp3
at Hearsay 1970, the Big Daddy
The whole thing:
Endengena - 18 song mix
at Hearsay Available as a full download, streaming, or individual mp3s

Thursday, January 5, 2017

THIS LADY IS A KNOWN CUSSER

Man, this internet is getting to be like some giant blog thrift store. All of these blogs that are still online, that haven't seen a new post in years. It's like the crap in thrift stores. Do you ever look at some poor old object in a thrift store and think, you know what, this thing ain't so bad. It looks like it's been here a while, and the the poor thing's not getting any use. Pretty soon the whole world is going to forget where they saw it, and may be unsure it ever existed. Well, I'm not going to stand by and let that happen, not to any dormant blog that's still online years after the last post, definitely if it's still got good content. So, for the hundredth time, dig Soul Garage. Here's Laverne Baker and Ruth Brown, both posted over there back in 2010. Both were released on Atlantic back when the label had it really going on. Dig the guitar tone on "Bumble Bee". And hear Baker and Jackie Wilson call each other filthy names on that other cut, "Better Think Twice".

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Listen:
Lavern Baker – Bumble Bee mp3 at Soul Garage
Ruth Brown – I Don’t Know mp3
at Soul Garage
Candymouth Bonus:
Lavern Baker and Jackie Wilson - Better Think Twice (Version X) mp3
at Beware of the Blog

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

YOU'VE GOTTA FIGHT

It's 1958, you're nineteen years old. Rock 'n' roll has been around for a couple years and you're eating that shit up. When it comes time to write your first song, you bear allegiance. That's what Trini Lopez did. Although "The Right to Rock" wouldn't exactly give Gene Vincent a run for his money, it's sturdy enough to be surprising considering the source. When I think of Trini Loez, I think of some V-neck sweater dude, a guy that pays the bills playing "If I Had a Hammer" at the Sands, One thing I was right about, when I saw "Trini Lopez" and the name of the song I correctly imagined it would have some hokey background vocals. The surprise is that it doesn't derail the song. Corny lyrics as they are, if this really was the first song he ever wrote (as I've seen mentioned) it's a pretty decent first effort.

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Listen:
Trini Lopez - The Right to Rock mp3 at Rocky 52
Trini Lopez - Yes You Do mp3 at Rocky 52
Trini Lopez - Rock On mp3 at Rocky 52

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

STUDY HALL

I can't think straight. The past few weeks I've been ODing on music. New acquisitions, a couple of books, the most fruitful trip to a record store I've had in years, a little hang time with some old punk friends and reconnecting with one of the first reggae fiends I ever talked shop with. Haven't been much in the mood for slowing down. The two books I'm reading happen to be by the same author, Peter Guralnick. One is "Sweet Soul Music" an excellent read so far, all about Southern soul. I've had it since 1986, and had read parts but never cover to cover. So after thirty years I start reading it, get about halfway through it, and then Christmas comes and my sister gives me Guralnick's recently published bio of Sun Records and Memphis Recording Studio owner Sam Phillips. So I'm halfway through that as well. Busy, busy, I'm going to cut out and leave you with these Sun obscuros. They've been posted before, but it's been a few years.

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Listen:
Andy Anderson - Tough, Tough, Tough mp3 at Rocky 52
Warren Smith - So Long I'm Gone mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Mack Self - Mad at You mp3 at Rocky 52
Ike Turner - Get It Over Baby mp3 at Kollege Daily

Sunday, January 1, 2017

THIS NICE LADY IS BARBARA PERRY

So who's Barbara Perry? All I know is that she recorded at Fame. That's it. I don't know how many records or whether there were any hits. I don't need to know much of anything, that's how good this one is. Actually I would like to know who's big idea it was to put those weird guitar effects in there. That's probably why I never heard of Barbara Perry. But, hey, iIt's a cool song from a cool studio, a little known singer and a weird guitar sound. What's not to like?

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Listen:
Barbara Perry - A Man is a Mean Thing mp3 at Boogaloo Time

I FELL ASLEEP

I may not have been on the money at midnight, but I will be the asshole waking you up in a few hours, on the phone screaming "What?!! Your're hungover???!!" Prepare yourself with these from Lightnin' Hopkins. He slays me. Dude had a song for everything,

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Listen:
Lightnin' Hopkins - Happy New Year mp3 at Daily Grind
Lightnin' Hopkins - Uncle Stan, the Hip Hit Record Man mp3 at Diddy Wah
Extra:
High resolution version of photo above at Past Blues

Saturday, December 31, 2016

YOU NEED TO STOP BEING DORKS

I kind of fell into this one, listening to something else and when it ended, this was next on whatever random playlist I was on. I like the sound of the guitars. With a turn of a volume knob, you could have some pretty crunchy stuff there. But, no, the boys would rather concentrate on the stupid moves. Missed it by that much. Just listen to the song, but don't look at them while you do. It ruins the whole thing.

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Listen:

Friday, December 30, 2016

BLOWFLY MEETS THE ANGELS

Clarence Reid aka Blowfly, died in January. Barely a peep from the press, not famous enough I guess. If you know him, you know that the Reid/Blowfly split is way deeper than just using the two names. One, the Clarence Reid half, is a fairly straight forward soul/funk singer. Alter ego Blowfly is a candymouthed would-be super hero of undetermined origin. It's hard to reconcile because the Reid stuff really doesn't hint at the Blowfly stuff. Blowfly is entertaining in an oddball eccentric sort of way but impossible to take seriously, while the Reid stuff totally holds up on it's own.



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Listen:
Clarence Reid - Nobody But You Babe mp3 at The Ear Hole
Clarence Reid - Twenty-Five Miles mp3
at The Ear Hole
Clarence Reid - Masterpiece mp3
at The Ear Hole
Blowfly - Blowfly's Rap mp3 at Ghost Ritual
Blowfly - She's Bad
(streaming) at YouTube
Blowfly - The First Black President  mp3 at Probe is Turning-On the People
Video:
Blowfly with Isaac Hayes - Fonky Party at YouTube With Dolemite and Jim Kelly
The Weird World of Blowfly - Documentary at YouTube
Visit:
Blowfly at Wikipedia

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

COVER A TROMBONIST? YEAH, SURE...

Irma Thomas's "Time Is On My Side" is actually not the original version of the song as your drunk friend will try to tell you. The original was by a trombonist, Kai Winding, and it included only two lines of lyrics "Time is on my side" and "You'll come running back" (sung by Cissy Houston, Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick). Lyrics were added for Thomas's version, and that's the way it hit the charts, and that's the version the Stones heard.

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Listen:
Irma Thomas - Time Is On My Side mp3 at Groove Addict
Irma Thomas - Two Winters Long mp3 at Keep the Coffee Coming
Kai Winding - Time Is On My Side (streaming) at YouTube

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

DIG THE TWIST-O-FLEX WATCHBAND

There weren't many singers that recorded for Chess, Sun and Stax. Rufus Thomas did, but most people associate him with Stax, and all of those two sided "Do the" songs ("The Breakdown", "(Do the) Push and Pull", "Do the Funky Chicken", "Do the Funky Penguin", "Do the Double Bump"), He did do some comical stuff and seemed to be too aware that he was older, referring to himself as the "World's Oldest Teenager" and "the Clown Prince of Dance". That may sell records but it's not going to get you the long term respect you are deserved. That may slow in coming because as years go by, you hear Rufus Thomas's name mentioned less and less. 

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Listen:
Rufus Thomas - Tiger Man mp3 at Internet Archive Sun Records
Rufus Thomas - Juanita mp3
at Internet Archive Chess Records
Rufus Thomas - (Do the) Push and Pull (Pt 1 & 2) mp3
at Internet Archive Stax Records
Rufus Thomas - Sixty Minute Man mp3
at Internet Archive Stax Records
The Goods:
Rufus Thomas - Anthology 1
at Internet Archive 26 Songs
Rufus Thomas - Anthology 2
at Internet Archive 26 more songs
Visit:
Rufus Thomas
at Wikipedia

Monday, December 26, 2016

SHE KICKED SO MUCH ASS

Dang me, I just ran into Etta James's "Seven Day Fool", I'd forgotten how good it is. Dig the production, particularly the sound of the drums. That other one,"Tough Lover", is kick ass in a Little Richard sorta way. Man, she was so good.

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Listen:
Etta James - Seven Day Fool mp3 at Boogaloo Time
Etta James - Tough Lover mp3
at Dusty Books
Other:
Large high resolution version of above photo

Sunday, December 25, 2016

BEHIND ALL THAT HAIR

Wizzard was Roy Wood's band after the Move and the first couple years of Electric Light Orchestra. After those two he started Wizzard and began painting his face with stars n' shit. Wizzard's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" has all sorts of shit going on, it's Phil Spector meets Mott the Hoople, sort of, really densely layered. Total Wall of Sound aspirations going on. I dig it.

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Listen:
Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday mp3 at Desuchan (?)
Video:
Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
at YouTube

THE SOFT SPOT

One thing about Slade didn't strike me until years after my first exposure, I neither hated them nor loved them. That doesn't mean I was indifferent. Slade ingratiated themselves by being oddballs. Ridiculous outfits and bad haircuts, even for the time. Oh, and Noddy Holders ratty ass beard. Actually it was mostly Dave Hill and Holder that always looked goofy. But these guys endeared themselves to me. They were either clueless, or simply couldn't give a shit. I don't care, they were different and loud, and Holder's voice sounded like an hysterical old lady with a two pack a day habit. I would bet that most of my friends that are cognizant of Slade probably feel the same way. I've never met a true hardcore Slade fan, but I've never met anyone who hated them either.

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Listen:
Slade - Merry X'mas Everybody mp3 at Panic Stream
Video:
Slade - Merry X'mas Everybody at YouTube

Saturday, December 24, 2016

YOUR HOLIDAY SECRET WEAPON

That up there is the Sir John Trio, from left to right, Ebby Hardy the drummer, Chuck Berry, and Johnnie Johnson, the pianist and band leader. Johnson hired Chuck Berry to fill in for an ailing member who ended up never returning. It was Berry's first big break. He was not yet the master of licks he would become, but he had a strong onstage personality and with Johnson's guidance became the Chuck Berry we all know and love. Johnson is on nearly all of Berry's significant hits though sometimes not as audible as others. "Merry Christmas Baby" is a slow one and you can hear both well. Understated genius, both with a light touch, respecting each others space.

Now, here's the plan for tonight. Grab your squeeze, head for the mistletoe. Get under it. Play this song. Close the deal.

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Listen:
Chuck Berry - Merry Christmas Baby mp3 at Panic Stream

Friday, December 23, 2016

SAYS SO RIGHT THERE "ROCK"

How did I miss this one? Cathy Sharpe inna Wanda Jackson stylee. I've linked to the hosting site many times, even to the particular multi-song post, but I never checked this one. Hot diggity. 1960 goodness, with a Chuck Berry chaser.

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Listen:
Cathy Sharpe - North Pole Rock mp3 at Black Squirrel Amusements
Chuck Berry - Run Rudolph Run mp3 at Cause Equals Time
 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

YOU'RE BRINGING ME DOWN, MAN.

This sucker may come in handy in the coming days. William Burroughs's "The Junky's Christmas" is one piece of work. Talk about taking the wind out of the sails. It is a sourpuss tour de force. And that makes it perfect for clearing a party out. I'd keep that in mind.

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Listen:
William S. Burroughs - The Junky's Christmas mp3 at Music Like Dirt
Video:
William S. Burroughs - The Junky's Christmas
at YouTube

BLAME KRAMPUS

Because (again), why the hell not? If Can wants to fuck with "Silent Night", who am I to stop them? 

The photo might not be all of the same members that are on the song, I just like the photo because they look like they're sitting on a mountain of potatoes.

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Listen:
Can - Silent Night mp3 at The Decibel Tolls
Video:
Can - Mother Sky at YouTube Totally unrelated, because you could use an art hippie freak out right about now.

SCROOGE ROCK

The Sonics are not in the mood. Defective mistletoe, no presents, all sorts of gripes crammed into "Don't Believe in Christmas". Their attempt to make nice with the fat man in "Santa Clause" doesn't come off as entirely sincere. They're probably screwed. 

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Listen:
The Sonics - Don't Believe In Christmas mp3 at Scratch Bomb

The Sonics - Santa Claus mp3 at The Decibel Tolls

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

TAKE A BREAK VINCE

The jazz station just played Vince Guaraldi for the umpteenth time. Yeesh. I'm sick of that guy, at least the Christmas stuff that gets played to death every year. You gotta realize, growing up when and where I did, I've heard the music from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" every year for decades. Now, when I want keyboard driven holiday songs I need a little more meat on the bones. Jimmy Smith does a fine job. So do Booker T and the MGs.

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Listen:
Jimmy Smith - Jingle Bells mp3 at Panic Stream
Jimmy Smith - Santa Claus is Coming to Town mp3
at Review Stalker
Jimmy Smith - God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman mp3
at Panic Stream
Booker T and the MGs - Jingle Bells mp3 at The Rising Storm
Booker T and the MGs - Santa Claus is Coming to Town mp3
at The Rising Storm