Wednesday, August 12, 2020

THE OLD TIMEY SHREDDER

Okay, this means I'm out of some loop. I like bluegrass as much as the next guy, but I don't actively keep on it. Why? It's old timey shit, it will always be around. Isn't new old timey an oxymoron anyway? Still, even if bluegrass wasn't my bag at all, I would certainly think I'd hear about a talent like this guy. I was listening to a hip hop track at YouTube and it popped up in the sidebar. "Dust In A Baggie"? What the hell. When the guy finally starts playng (at the point the video below starts) it becomes instantly obvious, this isn't your average picker in the back room at some house party with Stoney McBaggyshorts over in the background. I feel a little lame for not knowing about him. The video linked at the bottom is from around 2012, putting him at about age nineteen. He looks to be about the same age in the one directly below. There's a bunch of other videos from over the years over at YouTube, He's changed his looks quite a bit, but I don't care about that. Dude fucking smokes.



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Video:
Meet Billy Strings at YouTube

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

MAS MINGUS

Aw fuck, downloads be damned. There's this guy I met a few years ago, Daniel. We met while ogling the same cherry early fifties Chevy rolling by. (I think it was a Chevy, I may remember it wrong.) After talking cars a little bit we parted ways, and over the course of a couple years we got to know each other a little better. He had a really cool style, old school, but not in a traditional way. Part of it was the way he talked, almost always with a grin and a conspiratory manner, like he was letting you in on something. It was just in this manner he told me stories about hanging out with Charles Mingus's son, what the inside of Fantasy Records was like, stuff like that. All of these stories, and he's just a few years older than me.

Daniel moved away a year or so ago but we've kept in touch. He posted some Mingus tonight at Facebook. "Haitian Fight Song". Yee haw, that's the first Mingus song I ever heard, and the song that made me seek out more of his shit. That's it, I caught the Mingus tonight. Unfortunately I couldn't find an mp3 of that song, but it set the mood. Downloads be damned tonight. Most of you probably listen to this stuff through your phone anyway. YouTube's good for that. Hell, just go out and buy it.

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Listen:
Charles Mingus - Haitian Fight Song (streaming) at YouTube
Charles Mingus - Lock 'em Up mp3
at London Jazz Collector This thing goes off. Check the yell at 4:16
Charles Mingus - Cecilia mp3
at Pixie Radio
Charles Mingus - All the Things You Could Be Right Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother mp3
at African American Literary Theory

Monday, August 10, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 26

I'm just finishing reading Never a Dull Moment: 1971 The Year That Rock Exploded (by David Hepworth) and there was a lot of shit that prompted memories. It's an account of the year 1971, chronologically January through December, in rock music. He makes a good case for it being an epic year of firsts and big changes. I won't ruin it for you, just take my word for it. One thing he devotes a few pages to was The Concert For Bangladesh, the film, the LP and the concert itself. For those of you who've never heard of it, it was a benefit concert (actually two shows) organized by George Harrison for the war torn Bangladesh, where people were starving to death. He was asked for help by his friend Ravi Shankar and he just dug in, inviting friends Leon Russell, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston and so on. A very crowded stage. Just one of the clips has Harrison, Dylan and Russell singing "Just Like A Woman".


I couldn't find the whole thing but I did find a playlist someone put together at YouTube. There's enough to give you an idea if you want to pursue it, I'm sure it's all over the place online. I've no idea how young you would have to be to not be cognizant of the event. Well, not young. How non-old you would have to be.

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Visit:
George Harrison and Friends The Concert For Bangladesh (playlist) at YouTube

Sunday, August 9, 2020

NOW WITH ADDED DISTRACTIONS!

Yeah, this record has been here before, a bunch. It's one of my favorite reggae LPs, early Horace Andy on Studio One. Seriously, this is the shit. As close to the true sound of classic Studio One from the golden age, the early seventies, as you're gonna get. The reason I'm posting it is because I had a jolt earlier today. I was going down my alley on the way to the beach and a car driving down the street at the end of the alley drove by playing, no, blasting Horace Andy's original version of "Skylarking", the Studio One version. I doubt seriously that anyone but me would get worked up about something like that, at least not in this neighborhood. Here's why: It's kind of obscure, you have to be into reggae to know the song, and you have to be really into reggae to know the Studio One version. Most Horace Andy compilations feature the song, but a later version recorded who knows where. And then there is the stuff he did with Massive Attack. Not my thing. Another thing is that my neighborhood ain't exactly dread central. There's a fair amount of rastas, but they don't typically broadcast their tunes from a car. Most of the reggae you hear around here is either Bob Marley, some digital type dancehall shit (not a big fan of dancehall nor digital reggae) or some horrid white reggae crap (Slightly Stoopid lives in town). In fact, I think that today might be the first time I heard any Studio One Horace Andy outside of my own apartment or house (years ago I lived in a house where we played it quite a bit).



Amazingly the link I've posted before for the whole LP was still good (it's been online for twelve years). So, yeah, if you like the samples below, go get it. For those of you who have been there, done that, there's a couple related things down there too. Someone posted a  dub version of the Studio One "Skylarking"version on YouTube. I let it run while I was working on this post so I wasn't paying attention when the song ended. Then it started again and it wasn't the same version. So I opened the screen it was playing in and it was a cover, by a kid! What's more, this kid does all sorts of classic reggae, he sings and plays organ. This kid does a cover of Jackie Mittoo's "Ghetto Organ"!! Even if no one else thinks that's fucking awesome, I know my friend Scott will. He gets it.

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Listen:
Horace Andy - Skylarking mp3 at Tumblr
Horace Andy - Skylarking (+ dub)
(streaming) at YouTube
Horace Andy - Where Do the Children Play
(streaming) at YouTube
Horace Andy - Mamie Blue
(streaming) at YouTube
The full LP:
Horace Andy - Skylarking
(download) at Global Grooves Click on the green download button, fill in the captcha, and you're gold baby.
The wiz kid:
Kailash - Ghetto Organ
at YouTube Jackie Mittoo cover
Kailash - Skylarking
at YouTube Horace Andy cover
Kailash - His channel
at YouTube

Saturday, August 8, 2020

NEVER THE COOLEST, BUT NEVER UNCOOL

It felt good. It being yesterday, Friday. The weekend was coming. I hadn't heard Dave Edmund's Everlys-sounding "Here Comes the Weekend" in a long while, so I went on a hunt and fell smack dab into a black hole. A Dave Edmunds black hole. He's done so much over the years without any sort of radical changes to his style that it doesn't seem like that long ago that he had a hit on AM radio in the U.S., but it was way back in 1970. It's hard to imagine that a cover of Smiley Lewis's "I Hear You Knockin'" would be a hit in the U.S., even more remarkable when you consider the fact that he was all but unknown stateside before that.


Dave Edmunds has never really been flashy, never a huge mega-rock star. But he was consistent, had a long career and he never hid his fascination with American roots music. Back in the day my brother had an LP by Love Sculpture, the first band that Edmunds had recorded with. My brother was going through a Bluesbreakers fueled diversion into British blues and Love Sculpture, he reckoned, was kicking it up a notch. He played the shit out of that album.


Fast forward a few years later, I read a review of Edmunds's Git It, his second solo LP, and it mentioned that there was some rockabilly on it. This was the first time I'd ever heard rockabilly mentioned in a review of a current LP. Unlike Britain, when rockabilly died in the U.S., there were no teddy boys fanning the flame. With the exception of Rollin' Rock Records, which I didn't know about at the time, rockabilly in the U.S. was pretty much kaput. So, I bit. That LP, or cassette in my case, was in my Walkman knock-off for a solid week while walking the mile and a half each way to work. It had a bit of everything. Covers of songs by Arthur Crudup ("My Baby Left Me"), Hank Williams ("Hey Good Lookin'") Otis Blackwell ("Let's Talk About Us") and an early Bob Seeger ("Get Out of Denver"), not to mention a version of Rogers/Hart's show tune "Where or When" that sounds like he's attempting a Beach Boys approach. And that's not counting the new songs, some written by Edmunds, some co-written with Nick Lowe, two by Lowe alone and one by Graham Parker. The affiliation was one just beyond the outskirts of pub rock. One of the songs, "I Knew the Bride", is the definitive version, better than Lowe's own version recorded a year or so later. That's just one LP. There's fourteen more. That's why you got the bell bottom boys yesterday. I'm still not through.

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Listen:
Dave Edmunds - I Hear You Knockin' mp3 at Tumblr
Love Sculpture - Wang Dang Doodle
(streaming) at YouTube
Dave Edmunds - Here Comes the Weekend
(streaming) at YouTube
Dave Edmunds - Get Out of Denver mp3
at AM Then FM
Dave Edmunds - Back to School Days mp3
at Rock Town Hall
Dave Edmunds - Worn Out Suits, Brand New Pockets mp3
at Rock Town Hall
Dave Edmunds - I Knew the Bride
(streaming) at YouTube

Friday, August 7, 2020

WE WILL OUT FUCKING BELL BOTTOM YOU

I know nothing about this band other than what I just read in the description at YouTube. But sometimes it's just that way. Funky ass cover, weird band name, curious LP title and an oddball mix of instruments: I'm on it. So far I've skipped around and some has been annoyingly overplayed, some is the good side of grating, and some is just plain out there. You may not ever hear anything like this. Yeah, you should definitely blow this shit up in your ear things.

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Listen:
Exmagma - Goldball 1974 (full album) (streaming) at YouTube

Thursday, August 6, 2020

STILL APPROPRIATE

Man, I dig this one. David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets) and whoever the hell the Comrades are, doing a cover of John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth". It sounds like a cheapo version of Berlin-era Bowie. It kinda works. I don't think it has quite enough of a thud though. I'd up the bass. It made me think of Generation X's cover which needs some punch too. No one, that I've heard anyway, has made a version that's as heavy as Lennon's original. And his wasn't loud, just well produced. Maybe it was because you can only hear a good song for the first time once. Whatever, I just wish there was a cover of it that would just completely bLow me away. Eh, this will do for now.



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Listen:
Love and Rockets - Ball of Confusion mp3 at  Zed Equals Zee Earlier David J

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

EARLY KAREN HATING

I'm browsing over at The Probe, All the way back to the earliest posts, fifteen years ago, and amazingly the links are good. Bookmark it because you'll never get through it in one sitting, and the full name, Probe Is Turning-On the People is impossible to remember until it becomes ingrained. And it will.

Here's one from Half-Japanese. Karen's getting kicked out of the house. And, yeah, speaking of Karen, there's a link to the Wiki page for the pejorative use of Karen and the story behind all of that nonsense.

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Listen:
Half-Japanese - Karen mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Visit:

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 25

Pam Grier pointing a gun at some fool.
I read in a book today that the Melvin Van Peebles film Sweet Sweetback's Badasssss Song predated Shaft. I had always assumed that Shaft was one of the earliest Blaxploitation films. [Insert apology for possibly offending some people by using the term "Blaxploitation". That's the common term. School me on something better.] Did some digging when I got in and found out that Sweet Sweetback's Badasssss Song was actually the first of the genre. Man, the shit you learn, So, I went back to check the theme song, because it has a cool groove. Then others. And so on. Fast forward and I'm now knee deep in Blaxploitation flicks over at the YouTube. What the fuck, it's been a while.


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Listen:
Luchi De Jesus - Friday Foster Main Title mp3 at Soul Donuts
Dennis Coffey - Love Theme from Black Belt Jones mp3
at Blaxplotation
The Dells - No Way Back mp3
at Soul Donuts
Melvin Van Peebles - Sweetback's Theme mp3
at Oz Good It's actually a pre-fame Earth, Wind and Fire, and composed by Van Peebles
Willie Hutch - Tell Me Why Has Our Love Turned Cold mp3
at Crate Kings

Video:
Blaxploitation flicks
at YouTube Tons of them. Tip: Jim Kelly.

Monday, August 3, 2020

TEENAGE ME IS ABOUT TO SHIT HIS PANTS.

This is a gift to my younger self. When I was in my early teens, there was one band that mattered to me more than any others, Creedence. For whatever reason, after buying their fifth LP Cosmos Factory as my first album ever, I hitched my wagon to them and no other band came close. I did a term paper on them, collected their back catalog and checked out the sources of their covers, and of those there were some good ones. On their first LP, Screamin' Jay Hawkin's "I Put A Spell On You", Dale Hawkins' "Suzie Q" and Wilson Picketts's "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)". On their second Bayou Country, Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly". On their third LP, Green River, they covered Nappy Brown's "The Night Time Is the Right Time" (likely picked up from Ray Charles's version). On their forth LP, Leadbelly's "Cotton Fields", and "Midnight Special" a traditional folk song that no one seems to know who wrote. Cosmo's Factory yielded Bo Diddley's "Before You Accuse Me", Roy Orbison's "Ooby Dooby", Arthur Crudup's "My Baby Left Me" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", a hit for Marvin Gaye just a couple years earlier. When you're as young as I was, you didn't know shit about any of these songs or the artists that recorded them. But it was a map for future digging.

I never got to see Creedence other than a TV special that was on around that time. If I had known that they played at Woodstock, I would have been hysterical after going to see the movie and not seeing them in it. So, these clips are for my younger self. Although I still think that Creedence was a damn good band, John Fogerty's  solo career has kind of diluted things. Nevertheless, I would have gone ape shit back then to see Creedence on the big screen.



There's some other videos below, a few more Woodstock clips and the odd TV appearances. The kicker for me, oddball lover that I am, is not even a real Creedence video, It;s a thing I ran across on Vimeo, a guy with the handle "Soul Train Bro", Dude lets you watch him listen to side one of Bayou Country. This is not one of those videos where you get someone totally unfamiliar with a band to react either in a quizzical or excited way, and you, familiar with the band, laugh your ass off. No, Soul Train Bro does little more than listen, making about four comments during the whole thing. That's an exaggeration, but there are minutes that tick away while he moves and reacts so little, you'd swear the video is frozen. It's just so out there in its nothingness that it's right up my alley. Like a classic rock version of Eno's Music For Airports.

The oddball icing on the cake is Soul Train Bro's Vimeo channel, which is totally unrelated to Creedence. It's just him sharing his listens on a variety of LP sides. Led Zepp, Betty Davis, Jethro Tull, 13th Floor Elevators, Deep Purple, Rory Gallagher, Sabbath and others. My younger self would want no part of Soul Train Bro's listening parties. My current self values the raising of any freak flag, even if the person holding the flag doesn't even know it. Fuckin' Soul Train Bro is okay in my book.

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Video:

Saturday, August 1, 2020

VINTAGE SICK

A friend of mine hepped me to an early Cramps promo film of Human Fly, from 1978. This is before music videos. My Friend had originally seen it back in the day, sandwiched between two midnight movie type feature films, in an actual theater. So in that context, it does seem like a B-movie short. It's the early Cramps too, when they still had Bryan Gregory.



I wanted to post that before I forgot and as long at I was doing that I figured I'd pad it with a few other things that you might not have seen. One is a video of them playing at a mental hospital for an audiece of mental patients. It could be seen as an opportunistic publicity stunt or a heartfelt pulic service. I don't care so I never really looked into it. I do know that I feel slightly voyeuristic when I watch footage of the patients. I don't like that feeling. Nor do I like the feeling of seeing the Cramps playing a Halloween party on an episode of Beverley Hills 90210, but there it is, in all it's glory.

There's also some music links, one is an entire live set at CBGBs from 1978. Not the greatest fidelity, but actually pretty good for that era and particularly that venue, not exactly a concert hall.

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Listen:
The Cramps - Human Fly mp3 at Review Stalker
The Cramps - Primitive mp3
at The Flaneur's Arcade
The Cramps - Goo Goo Muck mp3
at Review Stalker
The Cramps - Live at CBGBs mp3
at Internet Archive 13 Songs, go there for song list.
Video:
The Cramps - The Way I Walk (live)
at YouTube At Napa Mental Facility 1978
The Cramps - On Beverly Hills 90210 at YouTube

Thursday, July 30, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 24

This is, eh, pretty cool I guess. You don't run into many clips of the early Doors where they're not lip syncing. And you certainly don't run into many clips of the Doors doing a spoken word thing that would show up on an LP three years later as a song. Or maybe you do. I'm not near that level of a Doors fiend to keep tabs on this kinda shit. The clip is from 1968, the tracks are "Alabama Song", "Back Door Man", "Texas Radio and The Big Beat", "Love Me Two Times", "When the Music is Over" and "Unknown Soldier". The part I'm taking about is "Texas..." (at 5:15), it would appear in 1971 as "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" on the  L.A. Woman LP.


There's some other Doors shake down there. Don't blame me for the Snoop Dogg thing. I ran across it and had never heard it. I think it was made for a video game. It's mildly amusing to hear him rattle on about the lizard king.

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Listen:
The Doors - Five to One mp3 at M.Rouzeau (?)
The Doors - L.A. Woman mp3
at Crooke Madame (?)
The Doors - Riders on the Storm mp3
at Parakno (?)
Snoop Dogg ft [sic] the Doors - Riders on the Storm mp3
at Street Racing
The Doors - The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)
(streaming) at YouTube

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

AT YOUR PERIL

Oh man, this a bad news, good news, good news, bad news scenario. I ran into a Donnas song from 1999, "Keep On Loving You". As soon as I read the title, I had that ultra bland top 40 song in my head, not theirs but another song that had the same title. I most certainly did not want that shit floating around in my skull. I clicked without haste to foster an intervention. The Donnas' song couldn't possibly be a cover. Fuck, it is. Oh, but it's actually not bad if you don't think of the original. Hey, maybe it will replace the original in my head , or at least cancel it out. Oh shit. The final result, bad news: I now have a fucking REO Speedwagon song stuck in my head.

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Listen:
The Donnas - Keep On Loving You mp3 at Tumblr
The Donnas - Rock 'n' Roll Machine mp3 at Like Mike 69 (?)
The Donnas - Take It Off mp3 at Tumblr

Sunday, July 26, 2020

THIS IS NOT PETER COOK.

Bedazzled happened to be on TV tonight, the original with Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and, in a small role, Raquel Welch. When I first saw the film it was all about Raquel Welch. She became my first adolescent fantasy lady. I will not go further.

Besides the scenes with Welch, there was one scene I'd forgotten about. Without giving you the context (that would ruin the continuity of the plot twists), it's Peter Cook as a pop star singing the title song on a TV show. The background music is light psyche and the lyrics are pure negativity. Like a list of the Monk's song titles: "I don't care, so you said, I don't want you, I don't need you, I don't love you, leave me alone, I'm self contained, just go away." Thanks a lot Mr. Happy.


Here's a handful of other related stuff, including covers of the song, one by Bongwater and the other by the Dudley Moore Trio, a jazz thing that's really good. There's another song by Moore and Cook "The L.S. Bumble Bee", a parody of the Beatles' and Beach Boys' veiled drug references. Apparently it was convincing enough that some bootleggers released it as a rare Beatles outtake. Who the hell knows with people?

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Listen:
Peter Cook - Bedazzled mp3
at Dinosaur Gardens
Bongwater - Bedazzled mp3
at Dinosaur Gardens
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore- The LS Bumble Bee
at 365 Days Project
Dudley Moore - Strip Club mp3
at Dinosaur Gardens
Video:
Dudley Moore Trio - Bedazzled
at YouTube

Saturday, July 25, 2020

RATTY ASS DENIM ROCK

Man, last night was a cornucopia of diversions. It started out with a tip from the Mystery Suggester to check Shindig! magazine's The Hot 100- The Soundtrack of Our Evolution a playlist at YouTube featuring "deep, deep cuts" all released on 45s and featured at one point or another in the first 100 issues of the magazine. Now, I've never bought the magazine as I am a tightwad, and as a British mag it's pricey here in the states. I have, however, leafed through several at length at the newsstand and it seems like a good mag. Good enough to produce a thoroughly listenable playlist of stuff I've never heard before. Good enough for me.

I left a comment for the Mystery Suggester and she responded that she had detoured the list and was now on a "Budgie rampage". What a great way to say that you're binging on a particular band. I realized that I'd somehow never posted any Budgie. The MS probably did not know that, but she probably did know that I'd take the bait. (When the first three songs a rather slipshod search turned up were titled "Guts", "Homicidal Suicidal" and "Hammer and Tongs", it's hard not to.) And another reason I love the Mystery Suggester: She gets it. Name a genre and she's got a favorite, or several. It had me longing for the days when she lived in my apartment complex and we could hang out all the time.

One thing we'd do was drink and watch Rock 'n' Roll Jeopardy. If you've never heard of that game show, it aired in the U.S. from 1998 to 2001 and was a rock 'n' roll trivia version of Jeopardy. It was great fun, particularly when they'd have some unlikely famous musician as a contestant who made mincemeat out of his/her unlikely famous musician opponents (i.e. Mark McGrath made mincemeat out of Graham Nash and Joe Walsh, both of whom knew little beyond their 1970's hayday). Most of the time is was non-celebrities that seemed to carry themselves like they thought they'd slay their opponents, One thing I remember fondly about those nights was coming up with imagined background info on the contestants based on their look, their swagger and, in some cases, the look that you get when you're clearly out of your league. There's a few episodes on YouTube so go grab a friend and a twelver and live it up.

So, from Shindig's list to Budgie to Rock 'n' Roll Jeopardy. That's why I ditched yesterday. Still working on all three, so mañana.

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Listen:
The Hot 100 - The Soundtrack Of Our Evolution at YouTube 100 song playlist by Shindig!
Budgie - Guts mp3
at Jalene 40 (?)
Budgie - Homicidal Suicidal mp3
at Tumblr
Budgie - Hammer and Tongs mp3
at Tumblr
Visit:
Rock 'n' Roll Jeopardy episodes
at YouTube

Thursday, July 23, 2020

CARLEEN WAITING FOR THE NEXT ADJECTIVE

Carleen and the Groovers have been here before but I'm in a Carleen and the Groovers mood and I'm dragging you with me. The four songs below are all that they recorded, two 45s. Carleen Jean Butler was the drummer, a very funky drummer. These four songs are tight as fuck.

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Listen:
Carleen & the Groovers - Can We Rap mp3 at Now Again
Carleen & the Groovers - The Thing mp3
at Now Again
Carleen & the Groovers - Right On mp3
at Now Again
Carleen & the Groovers - Hot Pants mp3
at Now Again
Visit:
Carleen and the Groovers - Profile and interview
at Heavyweight Funk 45s

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 23

Okay, any film that starts with a shot of someone's feet in brothel creepers and follows it with Little Richard's "Rip It Up" as the background music has my attention. The film, Buddy's Song stars Roger Daltrey as a teddy boy. So far so good.

I'd initially been looking for That'll Be The Day,  a movie that starred David Essex ("Rock On") as a beginning rocker getting his feet wet. It also stars Ringo Starr, Billy Fury and Keith Moon. Yee haw, right? Its a great flick but unfortunately the search was fruitless, as it has always has been. (I've been wanting to post it for years and never been able to find it.) Ditto with the movies sequel, Stardust, which takes Essex's character into the seventies. That movie adds Marty Wilde, Adam Faith and Dave Edmunds to the cast.

From Stardust: Essex, Edmunds and Moon as Jim McLain and the Stray Cats
 
When I couldn't find those two, I just poked around the suggested videos in the sidebar and caught an image of Daltrey with a ducktail, drapecoat...you know, the whole teddy boy look. I'm going to give it a shot. I'm not expecting much, but it starts with creepers and Little Richard so it'll probably have a decent soundtrack. And that is my bored-as-fuck post for the night.


A footnote: It didn't occur to me until about ten minutes ago that I've never heard Essex's "Rock On" on a decent sound system. After just listening to it I'm kinda digging it in a Isaac Hayes-type string-heavy slow jam version of a rock song. It doesn't annoy me as much now.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

OBSCUROPUNK'S NOT DEAD!

Believe me, you won't know these guys. Which is the point. Punk rock, like garage and rockabilly, included thousands of bands that may have put out a couple of 45s, but outside of the six clubs within a hundred mile radius from where they lived there's a good chance they're pretty much nobodies. Sometimes they deserved the obscurity, sometimes they didn't. Life is harsh. Unless your band sucked anyway.

Killed By Death is awesome. Punk and hardcore with a little power pop, all 45s and most of them by bands that you never heard of. If you think that a nobody band can't be any good, consider this: Back in the seventies my brother brought home a totally random punk 45 by a band none of us had ever heard of. It just had a plain DIY looking sleeve. Cheap enough to take a chance. It turned out to be pretty good, even laughable in parts (da-dum, da-dum). It was an original pressing of the Buzzcocks Spiral Scratch EP now worth all sorts of money.

If you don't see the merit in hearing bands that A) You've never heard of, or B) May never hear again if you don't chance a click, then you've come to the wrong place. Every favorite band was a random pick for someone at some point in time.

Here's a link to the band that started this train of thought tonight, a Swedish band, Besökarna (photo above). A song from Spiral Scratch is down there too, along with a link I just ran across tonight Old, Weak, But Always a Wanker - The Punk Years. Oh jeez, that's an old school punk rock black hole if there ever was one.

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Listen:
Besökarna - Discobranden mp3 at Killed By Death
Besökarna - Two other songs
at Killed By Death
Buzzcocks - Boredom mp3
at Inside Pulse What this song is doing buried on a site like that is beyond me.
Visit:
Old, Weak, But Always a Wanker - The Punk Years
Tons of stuff here, finding the downloads is easy once you figure it out. If you can't, leave a comment and I'll spell it out.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

"WHO'S THIS LAPTOP ASSHOLE?" ASKED DAD.

I haven't listened to anything by Girl Talk in years. I seem to remember the big deal with him (Girl Talk is one guy) was that he used a massive amount of samples. Tonight  I was digging around a dead blog and ran into a song of his and, guess what? Massive amount of samples. A minute after hearing a sample ot the Edgar Winter Group's "Frankenstein" I'm hearing the Beastie Boys over Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life". Then I ran into a free download of the entire LP, "authorized" by Girl Talk. Could be good, could be bad. I think I'll appreciate it more if I think about it as hanging with some stoner that wants you to hear his favorite thirty second snippets of songs all night. I've been on the receiving end of that.

A list of songs sampled on the album is also at the site, so you can play that game. When you think you hear something you recognize, check the list. What the hell, you're probably just sitting around the house anyway.

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 22

Years ago I was on the road with my brother. I think we were in L.A.. We stopped at a convenience store and were walking by the magazine rack. There were a couple feather haired teen-aged girls flipping through heavy metal rock magazines and one of them said "Ohh, Jake E. Lee, he's so fine! I'd fuck him in a second!" (Lee was Ozzy Osborne's guitarist at the time.) We waited until we left the store before we started laughing. It was total teenage innocence and we did not want to break the spell. Rock star adulation is a culture I haven't participated in since pre-punk rock days. When the hair metal thing was going strong in the late eighties I was too busy listening to weird post-punk shit and other non-metal stuff.

That incident and more came to mind today when I heard Apollo 440's "Stadium Parking Lot". The first lines, after a Beastie Boys type riff intro: "Gonna make enough noise to wake the dead, It's going on in my head! Back from the land that time forgot, there's a party in the stadium parking lot!" That reminded me of a film, Heavy Metal Parking Lot (which in turn made me think of Jake E. Lee's future wife). Heavy Metal Parking Lot is a short decidedly low budget documentary. A guy takes a video camera around to different tailgate groups in a stadium parking lot to interview partiers waiting for Judas Priest to take the stage. It's hilarious. Young kids ready to party down and rock out. Definitely back from the land that time forgot.

When I first saw it, it was on VHS tape, swapped, copied, passed around, copied again, etc. It was before DVDs existed and before YouTube existed. The only way you could see it was if someone you knew had a copy, someone who had been included in the chain of copiers. I was fortunate. I had a friend named Max who seemed to have all of the tapes that no one else had. (Max was also the person to hep me to the Monks via VHS, before their LP was reissued.) So "Heavy Metal Parking Lot was one of the first things I tried to find when YouTube started. It was there very early and has been there ever since.


There have been all sorts of offshoots by the same guys. One is Neil Diamond parking lot and the tailgaters in that one are mainly middle aged women, some bringing daughters or captive husbands. It's endearing from an innocent fan adulation standpoint. There's also a "Where are they now" round up of the original heavy metal parking lotters. This shit is not me, this sort of pre-show tune up and getting too giddy for your own good. But I sure do dig watching it.

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Listen:
Apollo Four Forty - Stadium Parking Lot (streaming) at YouTube
Watch:
Neil Diamond Parking Lot
(1997) at YouTube
1986 Heavy Metal Parking Lot Alumni: Where Are They Now?
(2006) at YouTube

Thursday, July 16, 2020

FOR THESE TIMES

A new LP from Run the Jewels. If you're into hip hop, you know all about this. If you're not into hip hop, it's a good place to start, at least for current stuff. You have plenty of time to go backwards. I haven't heard the whole thing yet, despite the fact that it's technically free. The digital version is available on their site as a pay-whatever with the proceeds going to the Mass Defense Program, a worthy cause. I haven't downloaded it because it looks like you have to enter an email address. Mine doesn't come cheap. Regardless it's streaming at YouTube. The song in the video below has been running in my head for the last two days. Only today did I finally read the description. In part "This video is a fantasy of waking up on a day that there is no monetary system, no dividing line, no false construct to tell our fellow man that they are less or more than anyone else." Yee haw! I can most certainly get behind that.


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Listen:
Run the Jewels - RTJ4 (full LP) at Run The Jewels Scroll down for download. Liner notes too.
Run the Jewels - RTJ4 (streamimg) at YouTube

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

HAT SIZE? FOR WHAT?

If you know anything about the history of dub, you know who King Tubby is. He pretty much invented it. He was the first producer/engineer to fade shit out and fade shit back in. He was an electronic wizard, built his own systems, and so on. In his wake came Prince Jammy, Scientist and others. I mention those two because I ran into a mix that has all three of them. I also ran across that photo above, the first I've ever seen of Tubby with hair. That's a "stop the presses!" moment for some. Is for me.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

POOR SIDE OF TOWN WITHOUT PITY

Someone asked for suggestions for a "sad song" mix on Facebook. The two standbys for me have always been "Town Without Pity" and "Poor Side of Town", the latter being a being a favorite despite my distaste foe Johnny Rivers in general. I never quite understood what the attraction was to his stuff back in the sixties. Me not liking him probably stems from my indignation that his tepid cover of Chuck Berry's "Memphis" sold more than the far superior original. It's like Pat Boone covering Little Richard. So, yeah, it's remarkable that I like "Poor Side of Town", so I'm remarking. Though his voice isn't the only thing that carries it, it ain't bad. The production (by co-writer Lou Adler) is good and the light work on the skins by Hal Blaine kinda sorta tugs the ol' heartstrings. The background vocals (Darlene Love among them) work too, just barely skimming the corny net.

The biggee though, for me, in the sad song category is Gene Pitney's "Town Without Pity". What a fucking piece of work that one is. I'm not a musician so I don't know what the technical aspects are that make it such a gut punch, but there's something very effective in the key changes or whatever. The drums to brass intro just slays me. And Pitney sounds like the flood gates are about to open. This was the last song he sang live.

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Listen:
Gene Pitney - Town Without Pity mp3 at Fimoculous 
Johnny Rivers - Poor Side of Town mp3 at Smokeys Trail

Sunday, July 12, 2020

MILKING A MOMENT

I've been running into that image above for years. Decades. It might have been Creem magazine, that's how long ago. It's Iggy Pop at an appearance with the Funhouse era Stooges at the Cincinnati Pop Festival.in 1970. I just ran into a clip of that show, two songs; "TV Eye" and "1970", with Pop doing his walking on hands thing on the latter. Throwing peanut butter? Same episode. This is classic Stooges. Two songs from Funhouse, audience taunting and topped with that awesome sax freakout near the end of "1970". Unfortunately the quality of the video isn't the best, but cool to see regardless. While doing a search for that image above I ran into an article at Goldmine about the resin figure below. Released last November. $250. Ouch.



Without further ado, here's the clip. Hang around for the sax freakout at the end. It would have been great to see live. "You should been here yesterday,"


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Listen:
The Stooges - 1970 mp3 at Tumblr
The Stooges - TV Eye (streaming) at YouTube
Video:
Various Stooges clips at Heliotricity About a half dozen live videos, home movie quality. Sound is not synched
Visit:
Iggy Pop "1970" limited edition wax collectibles at Goldmine

Saturday, July 11, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 21

Been a little busy the last few days. Busy being lazy. Seriously, if you had the choice of a day at the beach, relatively uncrowded (making social distancing easy) with crystal clear 70 degree water and air temperature in the high seventies what would you do? I'm pretty much fried. After hanging on the beach and getting in the water, on the walk home I stopped by the fishing pier to chat with my niece and her not-boyfriend and ended up there for a couple hours (one small holy mackerel, tossed back). It was a great day. A great day to be lazy.

I had a tentative plan for a post but that all went outr the window when I ran into this thing, Rhythm and Blues Revue, a 1955 movie with Lionel Hampton, Big Joe Turner, Amos Milburn, The Larks, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway, Ruth Brown and others. Music à la miscreant will resume shortly.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

NON-DREAD IN A BABYLON

The other night, Saturday to be exact, I was in the shower and for some reason Sam Cooke's "Another Saturday Night" popped into my head. No clue why. Despite the fact that he was an extraordinary singer singing a great song, the song itself, lyrically, has for me lost its relevance over the years, albeit "another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody" is the story of my life. But it was different for me back then when I first heard it. If, like most Saturday nights, I didn't have anybody, it meant one of two things. Either someone had just broken up with me, or I was on the prowl. To be on the prowl and be successful, one has to assert themselves. This I did to some degree when I was younger. As I got older it was less about getting laid and more about being able to laugh after getting laid, and that meant you had to really know the other person. Full stop. Shit, a snippet of a song nearly turned into True Confessions.

I'd known of Sam Cooke since my teens. They would play "You Send Me" and "Cupid" on the oldies station and that was about it. When I hit my mid-teens Rod Stewart released his Never a Dull Moment LP, his last solo album that came anywhere near the sound of his work with the Faces. Believe it kids, Rod Stewart did not always suck. At that point in his career he still had it. I listened the shit out of that LP and one song I particularly liked was "Twistin' the Night Away". Perusing the liner notes, which I sill do with every album, I saw that the song was written by Cooke. So Sam Cooke was now officially on the list.  I picked up a best-of which has served me well over the years but I know it's not enough. Having just one Sam Cooke LP, a greatest hits package at that, leaves a whole lot more untouched. It's like having the #1 combination plate at the taco shop for years without ever trying a tamale. So, yeah, though Cooke has been on the list for decades now, on my sad sack ain't got nobody Saturday I finally started digging around listening to more of his non-hit stuff. Hearing his "Yeah, Man" I realized how ignorant I'd been. I had no idea that Arthur Conley's "Sweet Soul Music" was adapted from a Sam Cooke song. Rather than beat myself up for not knowing that I was stoked. After listening to music for [mumble, mumble] years there is still much to be uncovered. 

A few things you should know about Sam Cooke: He is credited by many as the first soul singer. How the fuck that's determined is beyond me. There was a big gray area when rhythm and blues morphed into soul, so I ain't committing to that one. Cooke wrote a lot of his own songs and had his own record label. He was about having control over his own music. He could have been one of the greatest but he died young (age 33), shot by a woman running a hotel. The incident was a bit of a mess and you can find out the details on other sites, but it involves him possibly raping a woman, the woman possibly escaping through a bathroom window and then Cooke shows up at the managers office missing some of his clothes and one shoe. She shot him, possibly in self defense, and that was the end of Sam Cooke.

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Listen:
Sam Cooke - Another Saturday Night mp3 at Tumblr
Sam Cooke - Twistin' the Night Away mp3 at Rocky 52 Check the horns-to-drums intro.
Sam Cooke - Yeah Man mp3
at Tumblr
Rod Stewart - Twistin' the Night Away
(streaming) at YouTube When the drums come in at 2:40.
Arthur Conley - Sweet Soul Music
at Tumblr

Monday, July 6, 2020

ENNIO HAS A POSSE

Ennio Morricone passed. I heard about it earlier today, but would have forgotten to mention it here had it not been for a heads up from the man from Bergen. Morricone should be familiar to most of you even if you don't know his name. Rather than blab on, here's the text and songs from a post a year and a half ago. A link to the obit at the Guardian is below.

I was in the cereal aisle of a major retailer, going about my business, some distant whistling drifting in from the next aisle. Whoever it was that was whistling, they were good. Real smooth, no phlegm or dryness in the mouth. And it wasn't a boastfully loud whistling, more like "I'm hanging by the cart while my wife finishes pulling stuff from the shelves" type whistling. The type that old men do when they're casually walking from this point to that, because they're retired and don't have to do shit today. The kind of whistling that someone does without thinking about what they're doing. Then it hit me. The person was whistling Ennio Morricone's "For A Few Dollars More". Ho-ly shit. Stuff like that gets me more excited than any normal person should be. I left my cart and went around to the other aisle. Just as I imagined, a guy leaning on the cart, waiting for his old lady. A Mexican guy, faded plaid shirt, worn jeans, like he'd be back tinkering in the garage as soon a he got home. When he stopped whistling, I told him I loved that song and complimented his whistling.

If you know anything about Ennio Morricone, you'd know that he made his nut in soundtracks for Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns. It was only a small part of his career, but that's why middleweights know him. The real fiends know his other work as well. A big part of the Morricone western soundtracks was the use of voices, often wordless grunts and such, and dead on, in tune and in time, whistling. Allessandro Allessandroni was the name of the whistler Morricone used. That's what he did, and what he was called. The Whistler. Aisle five, yo.

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Listen:
Ennio Morricone - For A Few Dollars More mp3 at Blondin
Ennio Morricone - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly mp3
at Tumblr
Ennio Morricone - A Fistful of Dollars mp3
at Gyuermekeknek (?)
Ennio Morricone - The Ecstasy of Gold mp3
at Tumblr
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Ennio Morricone, Oscar-winning Italian film composer, dies aged 91 at Guardian