Saturday, September 24, 2016

THE TOBACCO ROAD GUY

John D. Loudermilk died last Wednesday. Some of you may know his catalog, but I do not. I know one song of his, "Tobacco Road", but I couldn't recall what his original sounded like. He's kind of in that Mose Allison club for me, where I was familiar with covers of the song well before hearing the original, which ended up sounding tame in comparison. With Allison, it was "Parchman Farm" (John Mayall's version, Cactus's, and Johnny Winters), and "Young Man Blues" (The Who). With Loudermilk's "Tobacco Road" it was the Edgar Winter's White Trash version, and the Nashville Teens'.


The Edgar Winter "Tobacco Road" is live, and I think I remember it taking the full side of an LP. It was long. With some scat type vocals, and some long ass high pitched screams. It's almost too much of a vocal showcase, like "if you didn't notice I can sing, check out all this weird stuff". But as a showcase it does the job. The video version below is earlier, about 1969, when he was a part of his brother's band. Being that it is a mere nine minutes long, it might be more tolerable.


Definitely check the video of Loudermilk doing the song solo. The pace lets the pauses speak. Very effective.

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Listen:
John D. Loudermmilk - Tobacco Road (streaming) at YouTube
Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road mp3
at U Music Pub (?)
Southern Culture on the Skids - Tobacco Road mp3
at Billy Chic
Edgar Winter's White Trash - Tobacco Road (Pt 1)
(streaming) at YouTube
Edgar Winter's White Trash - Tobacco Road (Pt 2)
(streaming) at YouTube
Video:
John D. Loudermmilk - Tobacco Road (BBC 1984)
at YouTube
Eric Burdon and War - Tobacco Road (1970)
at YouTube
Visit:
John D Loudermilk fan page
Extensive lists of songs and covers. Tobacco Road is about two thirds down page one of the listings

Thursday, September 22, 2016

RAY CHARLES BETWEEN GOGGLE SEARCHES

I heard Ray Charles this morning, "Unchain My Heart". That kinda set the mood for the day, so I'm still off on that. Rather than going off about this, that or the other thing, I'll just a leave a few things here. If it's not enough, Google your ass right on out of here.

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Listen:
Ray Charles - Greenbacks mp3
at Rubber City Review
Ray Charles with Milt Jackson and Kenny Burrell - Soul Meeting mp3 at Time Goes By
Ray Charles - Ten cuts
at Time Goes By Excellent post.
Video:
Ray Charles - Hit the Road Jack at YouTube

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

THE LINDA LU GUY

Ray Sharpe's "Linda Lu" is one of those second or third tier obscuros that's been covered by a million bands, but the original is only really known by people from the era (1959), people from Texas (he's from Fort Worth), and old rock 'n' roll fiends and collectors. Sharpe was no Chuck Berry, but he sure wanted to be. To that end, "Linda Lu" has some mileage on it. Bobby Fuller covered it, as did Johnny Otis, Roy Head and a bunch of others, including the Stones (who recorded an unreleased version in 1979). The B-side of the record "Monkey's Uncle" is more like a total rip off of Chuck Berry, and despite being produced by Lee Hazelwood and featuring Wrecking Crew mainstay Al Casey on guitar, still manages to come off as the Velvet Underground doing Chuck Berry, particularly the first twenty seconds. You might not hear it, I hear things weird.

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Listen:
Ray Sharpe - Linda Lu mp3 at Mp3 Rockabilly
Ray Sharpe - Monkey's Uncle mp3 at Mp3 Rockabilly
Rolling Stones - Linda Lu (streaming) at YouTube
Doug Sahm - Linda Lu (streaming) at YouTube

Sunday, September 18, 2016

TWO JIMMY DEE FANS CAN'T BE WRONG

I just started reading a John Fogerty autobiography, mostly out of duty. My younger total Creedence fiend self would not forgive me if I didn't. In the beginning of the book Fogerty mentions quite a few records that were favorites of his in his younger days. One he mentions is "Henrietta" by Jimmy Dee and the Offbeats. He describes it as "a frantic rockabilly record", I'm listening. He then goes onto say "The Offbeats - that's just so wacky in the right way. Very punk name 'We suck! Ugh, stab me!'"

I checked out the song and it was good, deserved of Fogerty's sub-genre "dashboard banger". It was frantic alright, but what was the "We suck! Ugh, stab me!" bit? What is that all about? Is that what Fogerty sees punk as? That's Archie Bunker.

Interest piqued, I started digging around. The Rockabilly Hall of Fame says that it was the first record that Bob Dylan ever bought, and he covered it early in his career. Oh, what's this? The Trashmen covered it?  Sold.

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Listen:
Jimmy Dee and the Offbeats -Henrietta mp3 at Mp3 Rockabilly
Jimmy Dee and the Offbeats - You're Late Miss Kate mp3 at Rocky 52
Jimmy Dee and the Offbeats - Here I Come mp3 at Rocky 52
The Trashmen - Henrietta (streaming) at YouTube

Friday, September 16, 2016

THE 27 CLUB? THOSE OLD FARTS?

Years ago a friend of mine worked for as a rep for a record company that specialized in reissues. When she'd come down from L.A. to call on San Diego record stores, we'd hang out and occasionally she'd turm me on to a promo or two. I don't remember any of the records that I picked up, with one exception. A Richie Valens LP. For some reason, I gravitated to it, specifically "Hurry Up", a tame rocker that anyone who's had to wait for someone taking an inordinate amount of time "getting ready" to go out will relate too. I don't know why I liked that particular song so much, maybe because Valens was only seventeen when he recorded it but mature enough to recognize the aggravation that that type of scenario produces.

After looking for the song online for the last few years I just found it, along with a couple dozen other songs by Valens, pretty much his entire recorded output. He only put out a couple albums before he died in 1959, in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. Before being written into Don McLean's "American Pie" as "the day the music died", Eddie Cochran recorded a solemn cover of Joey Dee's song about the incident, "Three Stars". Where Dee's original is rather hokey, Cochran's take is personal, you can hear him getting choked up while singing it, possibly the reason it wasn't released until 1966 (half a dozen years after Cochran died in a car crash). He actually changed the original lyrics to make it even more personal "Ritchie, you were just starting to realize your dreams, Everyone calls me a kid, but you were only seventeen." Get out the hankies.

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Listen:
Ritchie Valens - Hurry Up mp3
at Internet Archive
Ritchie Valens - Fast Freight mp3
at Internet Archive
Ritchie Valens - Boney Maroney mp3
at Internet Archive
Ritchie Valens - 24 more cuts
at Internet Archive
NOTE: Once there scroll down to "Download Options" on the right side of your screen click on that, then select "VBR MP3"
Eddie Cochran - Three Stars
(streaming) at YouTube

Thursday, September 15, 2016

YEE HAW, CRAZY JAM!

A cut from the soundtrack above, titled "Freakout # 1"? Look at that cover. Of course I'm going there. If that doesn't appeal to you, you don't have what it takes to join the Fucked Up Weird Shit Club. No matter, just move onto the next blog, I'm sure they have the Bee Gees over there.



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Listen:
Shades of Joy -Freakout #1 at Dinosaur Gardens Stick around for the whole thing.
Music from El Topo - All seven songs (with liner notes) at Dinosaur Gardens

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

THE MESSAGE SONG

Back in 1984 I was in Bielefeld Germany visiting a girl I'd met in the states. Our plan was to hitchhike to Berlin the night after I arrived, but first she had to attend a few college classes, so since I had nothing else to do I went along to check out her school. While she was in class, I killed time by browsing tables set up by different organizations and one was displaying booklets and badges from the African National Congress, whom I'd never heard of. I started talking to the people running the table and it was the first time I'd ever heard the term apartheid, and the first time I'd heard the name Nelson Mandela (still imprisoned at the time). Needless to say, I probably came off as the classic ignorant American. But the people at the table were patient, filling me in on all the shit that I'd never even heard about in the states.



By the time I got to London a few weeks later, after I'd read the ANC material that I'd picked up, the Special AKA's "Free Nelson Mandela" was climbing up the British charts (eventually making it to #9). When I spotted the 45, it was a no brainer, all the while thinking "Where the hell have I been?" Back at home a month or so later, the song started getting airplay on a local radio station. Dang me if it didn't do the job. The whole point of any protest song is to bring about awareness, and possibly change. To that end, many of the kids in the U.S. were now learning about apartheid for the first time through a song. It was hard to find anybody, in my particular circle, that didn't know about apartheid or Nelson Mandela. Multiply that by every country that had the record in shops and you've got a whole lot of kids going, "Hey, what's this? This is just plain wrong!" That is about the best that you could hope for a protest song.

In 1990, apartheid was abolished, and Mandela was released from prison. He went on to be elected president of South Africa, inaugurated on May 10, 1994, almost ten years to the day after I'd first heard his name. All of that was a trip to follow, a big change in ten years, and a great, great, protest song. Here's a few versions.

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Listen:
The Special AKA - Free Nelson Mandela mp3 at ATumblr (?) 1984
The Special AKA - Free Nelson Mandela (Instrumental) mp3
at AM Then FM 1984
Yikes!:
The Special AKA - Free Nelson Mandela (The Whole World Is Watching Dance Mix)
(streaming) at YouTube 1988 WTF?
Video:
The Special AKA - Free Nelson Mandela (Official)
at YouTube
The Special AKA - Free Nelson Mandela (Early version, first performance)
at YouTube
The Special AKA - Racist Friend
at YouTube On topic and also good.
Visit:
The Special Aka: In the Studio review at The Guardian "weird, vivid nightmares on Jerry Dammers’ utterly compelling final album" Retrospective review of LP that contained the song.

Monday, September 12, 2016

DOWN WITH COMBS

Serge Gainsbourg did this one, from a soundtrack to some foreign flick called "La Horse", supposedly really rare at one time. It's like some sort of twisted cousin of a Morricone soundtrack. It almost sounds like a few songs edited together, it's got so many things popping in an out. The drum break in the middle is pretty baddass. This is what he sounds like with his mouth shut.

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Listen:
Serge Gainsbourg with Jean Claude Vannier - Theme from La Horse mp3 at Now Again Records

Sunday, September 11, 2016

MEET DRIMBLE WEDGE

Here's a few Dudley Moore and Peter Cook things. I know, hear me out. The first is the title song of the original version of the film Bedazzled, which starred Moore and Cook. Cook does this one stone faced, fronting the fictitious Drimble Wedge & The Vegetations. As a downer, it's a hoot. Bad hippie pop psych with the lyrics that sound like something the Monks would write. There's also a great cover of the song by Bongwater and a video of Dudley Moore performing an instrumental version with his jazz trio (him on piano, a bassist and drummer). It's great, the thing swings in a cocktail hour sort of way.

There's a 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.

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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:
Peter Cook - Bedazzled at YouTube
Dudley Moore Trio - Bedazzled at YouTube

Saturday, September 10, 2016

TO ODDBALL, ADD ODDBALL

I just love it when an oddball group does an obscure oddball cover. It's like oddball squared. To some, the 5678s may not seem like an oddball band, but, c'mon, a Japanese all-women trio that plays surfish garagy rockawhatever in dresses, heels and beehive up-dos that would make Ronnie Spector proud? That might be your cup of tea, as it is mine, but you'd have to agree that it is rather odd in that you don't see a lot of Japanese women in dresses, heels and beehive updos that would make Ronnie Spector proud doing it. The Rock-A-Teens, the band that originally recorded "Woo Hoo", get the credit for the tune and its brilliant lyrics.



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Listen:
The 5678s - Bomb the Twist EP (via Mediafire) at Poison in the Machine Five song EP, including "Woo Hoo" in a zip
The Rock-A-Teens - Woo Hoo mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly

Video:
The 5678s - Woo Hoo at YouTube Live at the Reading Festival, 2006

Friday, September 9, 2016

A FINGER IN EVERY KINGSTON PIE

Ohh, man, Prince Buster died yesterday. If you know his music, you might pause for a second like you do with the passing of any musical figure, respect, reflection, and on to the next story. But Prince Buster was so much more than just a musician. The guy did everything. He started out as a bouncer for Coxsone Dodd's sound system, a position that expanded with him identifying the songs of other sound system operators (that sounds fun) and selecting records for Dodd, eventually leaving to start his own soundsystem. That was just the beginning. Before the decade was out he would make his own music, and act as producer, label owner, record store owner, and talent scout. Dude did it all.


If all of that wasn't enough, he's sometimes credited with the whole ska guitar chord on the afterbeat thing, that chunka chunka, a prime ingredient of nearly all ska and reggae throughout the sixties, seventies, and beyond. In the middle there he pioneered the slow down into rocksteady. Keep in mind, this is all in the space of about ten years. Maaan, I'm gonna need a longer pause.

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Listen:
Prince Buster All Stars - Desafinado mp3 at Jaliskoska
Prince Buster - One Step Beyond mp3
at Plain or Pan
Prince Buster - Madness mp3
at Plain or Pan
Prince Buster - The Scorcher mp3
at Plain or Pan
Prince Buster - Al Capone mp3
at Plain or Pan
Prince Buster - Enjoy Yourself mp3 at Audio Drums
Prince Buster - Respect mp3
at Groove Addict
Prince Buster - Judge Dread mp3
at Cubik Musik
Prince Buster - Soul of Africa mp3
at Groove Addict
Visit:
Prince Buster at Wikipedia

Thursday, September 8, 2016

OTIS DOES SLIM, SAM, B.B. AND THE TEMPS

Once you get past Otis Redding's hits and check out his covers of other peoples hits, you really start to appreciate how much his sound is his own. Thanks in no small part to Booker T and the MGs, and the horns, the Mar-Keys.  But really, that gravely ol' voice of his. Sometimes you just need it.

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Listen:
Otis Redding - Scratch My Back mp3 at Groove Addict
Otis Redding - Chain Gang mp3 at Groove Addict
Otis Redding - Rock Me Baby mp3 at Groove Addict
Otis Redding - My Girl mp3 at Groove Addict

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

DAPTONE ROCK

I don't follow the rock magazines, and I often have a hard time buying into the recommendations of strangers regardless. There's just too much hype, spread way too fast by people without a decent comprehension of what music has been done before and making comparisons to other bands that aren't all that accurate. But when I get a heads up from my dear friend Jacqui Ramirez, someone I used to do a fanzine with, someone I've known long enough that it was her that turned me on to Richard Hell way back in the day, when I get a heads up from her, you better believe I'm listening. And when she suggests that I listen without watching a video first, I do. A recommendation the old fashioned way, word of mouth. So it is that I am apparently late to this party, but I guarantee you, the last beer in the fridge still isn't safe.

Mystery Lights are the first rock 'n' roll band to be released on Daptone's new imprint label Wick. They recorded in Daptone's studio, so you know it went through a quality filter without being subjected to an intentionally lo-fi-posing-as-garage type mix. This could get good.

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Listen:
The Mystery Lights - Melt mp3 at Still In Rock If the link doesn't work, go there and scroll down to the bottom of the post
The Mystery Lights - More songs at their Bandcamp Page 

Monday, September 5, 2016

THE KILLER ON SUN

I would hope that most of you are familiar with Jerry Lee Lewis's early stuff on Sun Records. This isn't for the converted, This is for the beginners that came along too late, through no fault of their own, and haven't gotten that far back yet in their backtracking. If that describes you, listen up. Get some Jerry Lee Lewis Sun-era stuff. If you want to know early rock 'n' roll, you have to pass through a dozen or of the greats. Elvis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and so on. Jerry Lee's one of them. Finding 18 Sun-era cuts of his on one night is an instant crash course.

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Listen:
Jerry Lee Lewis - Big Blon' Baby mp3 at Internet Archive
Jerry Lee Lewis - Wild One mp3
at Internet Archive
Jerry Lee Lewis - Lewis Boogie mp3
at Internet Archive
Jerry Lee Lewis - 15 more cuts from Sun-era
at Internet Archive
NOTE:
Once there scroll down to "Download Options" on the right side of your screen click on that, then select "VBR MP3"

Sunday, September 4, 2016

TAKE TOMORROW OFF

Tomorrow is Labor Day, a holiday in the U.S. Per the government, it's "a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers." Labor Day is also the unofficial end of the summer, in that vacationers have headed home to pack the kids off to school. A lot of people have one last blow out before shit gets serious again. To that end here's some oddball surf.

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Listen:
The Chantays - Wayward Nile mp3 at Internet Archive
The Fentones - The Mexican mp3 at Internet Archive
The Shadows - Kon Tiki mp3 
at Internet Archive
The Surfaris - Point Panic mp3
at Internet Archive
The Gamblers - Moon Dawg mp3
at Internet Archive
The Frantics - Werewolf mp3
at Internet Archive
The Beach Boys - Stoked mp3
at Internet Archive

Friday, September 2, 2016

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL

To hell with that School of Rock nonsense. When it becomes that self aware, it takes out the very thing that makes it rock. That is, figuring it out yourself. Stumbling. Sure, take lessons and practice, practice, practice, but for crying out loud, let the kids figure out how to make a band. Don't just fucking hand it to them. Yes, good for your kid, I'm very happy for you, but that class he is in, and others like it, will be the ruination of rock 'n' roll. Or not.

Kashmere Stage Band were a high school band directed by music teacher Conrad "Prof" Johnson. They kicked ass. Super funky. There was no School of Rock franchise back then. Just a teacher who gave a shit.

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Listen:
Kashmere Stage Band - Super Bad mp3
at MOG
Kashmere Stage Band - Thank You mp3
at Life Signs Project

Kashmere Stage Band - Take Five mp3 at NowAgain
Kashmere Stage Band - Do You Dig It Man? mp3 at NowAgain
Kashmere Stage Band - Zero Point (Parts 1 & 2) mp3 at NowAgain
Visit:
Kashmere Stage Band at Wikipedia

Thursday, September 1, 2016

KEEPING IT SIMPLE STUPID

Here's a cool photo of Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter. And a couple songs. And a link to thirty something more songs. And, if you're a complete ignoramus, a link to the Wikipedia thing. The first of these songs "In New Orleans" was later renamed "The House of the Rising Sun" and was a hit for the Animals. The second song "The Gallis Pole" was lifted by Led Zepp.

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Listen:
Lead Belly - In New Orleans mp3 at Internet Archive
Lead Belly - The Gallis Pole mp3
at Internet Archive
Lead Belly - The Collection at Internet Archive 38 Songs
Lead Belly at Wikipedia
High resolution version of above photo 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WAIT, WE'VE GOT TOO MANY BUTTONS.

Just diggin' on instrumentals tonight, and these just hit the spot. The first one, probably too slow to even be called a slow jam, is Booker T and the MGs' version of "Summertime". The sucker is either for the slow dance of the century or some serious heavy petting in slo mo. Break out the Courvoisier, or light a big fatty, I don't care.

After that, pick things up with the Mar-Keys' "Philly Dog" (the B-side to "Last Night") and then onto the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band and "Spreadin' Honey" with hand claps so prominent that when the handclap solo comes (yes, there is one), you feel like the laughs on you.

As you exit, do take a second to revisit The Midniters' "Whittier Blvd". Love the song, could definitely do without the intro, but, man, it's a solid jam.

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Listen:
Booker T. & The MGs - Summertime mp3 at Internet Archive
The Mar-Keys - Philly Dog mp3
at Internet Archive
The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band - Spreadin Honey mp3
at Internet Archive
The Midniters - Whittier Blvd mp3
at Internet Archive

Monday, August 29, 2016

BURNING SPEAR SAVES THE DAY

I had the jazz station on today. I'm cautious, During the day it an be hit and miss. From noon until one they played an hour of Charlie Parker, so I left it on. An hour later came the miss, a too breezy, too light, reggae-jazz tune. I was about to turn it off, then I caught myself humming along to it. What the fuck? They're playing Burning Spear?!? "Marcus Garvey"? After checking the playlist I found out it was Monty Alexander and Ernest Ranglin who I know are capable of heavier shit. Yeesh! As soon as I got home I cleared my head with the original.

Here's Alexander and Ranglin's version, and the original. Burning Spear's was released in 1975. which is mindblowing when you consider that it was just a year after "Rocking Time" and "Call On You", both from his second LP. His first two albums were on Studio One, both are insanely barren, in a good no-frills way. But, man, compared to them "Marcus Garvey" is some sort of thick, heavy roots bomb.

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Listen:
Monty Alexander and Ernest Ranglin - Marcus Garvey (streaming) at YouTube 2004
Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey mp3
at Online Nigeria 1975
Burning Spear - Rocking Time mp3
at Pixie Radio 1974
Burning Spear - Call On You mp3
at Brobots 1974
Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey (Entire LP)
(streaming) at YouTube 1975
Burning Spear - Garvey Ghost (Dub version, entire LP)
(streaming) at YouTube 1976

Sunday, August 28, 2016

DUDE, THOSE PANTS DON'T MATCH.

Never thought I'd see the day when Fela would be comfort music, but somehow he got in there, on that list of artists that I can always return to, the ones with so much recorded output that as much as I like them, I know full well that there will always be stuff of theirs that I haven't heard. James Brown, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha, all the jazz guys, surf, garage,...shit, the list just goes on and on.

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Listen:
Fela Kuti - Water No Get Enemy mp3 at Miss Trade
Fela Kuti - Shakara mp3
at Essentially Eclectic
Fela Kuti - Mistake mp3
at Soul Donuts
Fela Kuti - Lady mp3
at ATumblr (?)
More Fela in past posts
(scroll down)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

BLUE SHIRT DIDN'T GET THE MEMO

I don't know much about Primal Scream, so I'm withholding judgement. Sort of. I do remember having one of their CDs at one point, so I must have thought that they were all right, but I guess not enough to keep it because I don't have it now. But remembering that I had it, when I saw a cover of John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth", I bit. Dang me if it ain't a cover of Generation X's cover of Lennon's song. Check it. Listen to Lennon's, then Generation X's, then Primal Scream's. You tell me. Were they trying to pass it off as their own interpretation of the song, or did the acknowledge the debt to Generation X's version? Shit, I don't know, I don't follow these things. Check the video too, from the same year. Seems to me they really want to be the Exile-era Stones in that. What, are they some sort of 70s K-Tel record?

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Listen:
John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth (streaming) at YouTube
Generation X - Gimme Some Truth
(streaming) at YouTube
Primal Scream - Gimme Some Truth mp3
at Cover Me
Video:
Primal Scream - Country Girl
at YouTube

Friday, August 26, 2016

EVERY SCENE HAS IT'S DORKS

I've been reading a bit lately, mostly books that I'd forgotten I owned, some never read. Nothing too brainy, just rock stuff. Most of unread ones were picked up more for reference at a later date then a burning desire to read. Really, how many books do you need to read about punk rock before you start reading the same shit over and over. I've been saturated over the years and really had enough of the looking back. But, what the hell, after uncovering some of these in a recent move, I was in the mood for some light reading. One book The England's Dreaming Tapes, is a book of interviews that Jon Savage used for his history of punk book, England's Dreaming. Haven't read the latter, but this interview book is pretty interesting. Even though there's tons of repeated mentions of events, bands, records, cubs, etc., it's interesting to read different players' versions of the same events. How they differ in retrospect depending on the person's station in the punk hierarchy back in the day. 

I never much cared for the Damned, but I thought I was getting a bit more objective about them as the years have gone by. I still haven't ever bought anything by them. When reading Savage's book, I started with a random interview with Mary Harron, a friend of the Punk magazine crew who did time in New York and London in the mid-late seventies. After reading her interview, I remembered what initially turned me off about the Damned. "I thought the The Damned were so dreadful - some ludicrous pre-gothic thing. Music to me was about being minimalist - fast stage act, driving rhythm - or Television's guitar thing. Black, ironic lyrics. It certainly wasn't some nineteen-year-old painted up as Dracula." Ooh, sting like a bee!

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Listen:
The Damned - Neat, Neat, Neat mp3 at Jorge Farah (?)
The Damned - New Rose mp3 at Midwestern Housewives
The Damned - Help (streaming) at YouTube
The Damned - Stab Your Back mp3 at Killed By Death Go there to get it.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

I CRY BULLSHIT ON THAT ONE

This is a weak cash in if there ever was one, this tie-in with surf. I've only heard a few songs on this album, and while they are good ol' fashioned throwaway instrumentals, they are Bo Diddly throwaways so they're better then most. But they are not surf.  "Aztec" down there is much closer, but it's not on that album. It all just goes to show you how big the surf music market was back in the day, when the Beatmeister himself turned surf slut.

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Listen:
Bo Diddley - Aztec mp3 at Internet Archive
From Surfin' With Bo Diddley:
Bo Diddley - Piggy Back Surfers (streaming) at YouTube
Bo Diddley - Surf, Sink or Swim (streaming) at YouTube
Bo Diddley - Fiery Eyes (streaming) at YouTube
More Bo in the old links (Scroll down)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

SINGS, PLAYS HARP, EATS CHICKEN.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, she's eating chicken, but just look at her. Is that not the cutest photo of Big Mama Thornton you've ever seen? Tonight was her night, and I've been all over the place. Here's just a few of what I came across. It was all over after I saw the video below. I started thinking about how easy it is to find cool shit online nowadays, and how much of it there is. Before the internet, you would never get the opportunity see the clip. Now there's a million of them, and you'll never see them all. But you can start with this one. Big Mama Thornton, 1965, doing "Hound Dog" with Buddy Guy on guitar, and then "Down Home Shakedown", a blues harp battle with her, John Lee Hooker, Big Walter "Shakey" Horton and Dr. Ross. It's exhausting.


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Listen:
Big Mama Thornton - I Smell a Rat mp3 at Internet Archive
Big Mama Thornton - All Right Baby mp3
at Internet Archive
Big Mama Thornton - Stop Hoppin' On Me mp3
at Internet Archive
Big Mama Thornton - Twenty more
at Internet Archive

Monday, August 22, 2016

WINNER OF TONIGHTS ROUND

Poor Throbbing Gristle. Ever time I get close to revisiting their stuff, something distracts me and they get put off, again and again. This time it was a Throbbing Gristle vs ESG mash up or something like that. It made me want to hear ESG by themselves, "Erase You" to be exact. I love that song. See you later Throbbing Gristle. Catch you on the flip flop.

Just for the heck of it, JJ Fad's "Supersonic" is down there. I love that song too. Big time. Listen to the whole thing, it builds.

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Listen:
ESG - Erase You mp3 at ATumblr
JJ Fad - Supersonic mp3
at ATumblr The good stuff starts at :25
ESG - Moody mp3
at Loft and Lost
Throbbing Gristle United vs ESG Moody
(streaming) at Avant-Avant

Sunday, August 21, 2016

DUDE'S STILL CRUISING

A Quantic thing with Alice Russell and U Roy? Hell yeah, I'll bite. It's good to hear U Roy's voice, and to know that he's still active, though under-utilized on this cut, It's almost too chill. I started dozing off when I was listening to it. Really.

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Listen:
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – A Life Worth Living mp3 at KEXP Featuring U Roy and Alice Russell

Saturday, August 20, 2016

EL PARCHE, EL BADASS

I went to a comedy thing last night, my sister competing against a handful of other comics in a competition where the best four move on to the next round. She made it to the next round, thank you very much, but not before some objectionable material was presented. Objectionable to me and about zero others in the room. It wasn't a particular word, or anything lewd or disgusting. That stuff doesn't offend me much. In her hilarious bit about taco shops, she mentioned that she could only tolerate the accordion in norteño music because it came with tacos attached. It didn't bother me that my sister has an aversion to norteño music. Like I said, it was likely just me that was bothered by the statement. What bothers me is that norteño music, including the variant Tex-Mex, is unappreciated in general by music lovers that consider themselves open to all sorts of other types of music. Why this is, I'm not certain. But I thought I might try to change my sister's mind, and perhaps others, by posting some stuff I liked. Flaco Jimenez was to be Exhibit A. To further my case, I went for a handy Exhibit B, and that's when the wheels came off. Fucking Esteban "Steve" Jordan. That guy was so damn nuts. It's not often that you think of Hendrix, Coltrane or even King Tubby, when you're thinking about the accordion, but, man, Jordan liked to fuck with things. He might not convince my sister to reevaluate norteño music, Tex-Mex or the accordion, but I think we can all appreciate his style; his, I don't know, undefinable weirdness. Surely my sister digs weird.

First thing you notice is his appearance. Is he an overly groomed ladies man, or will he rip your head off? I'm not going into that, I don't want to ruin it for anyone unfamiliar with him. He just looks like that. Before you start digging for his backstory, check these. "Las Coronelas" is a pretty straight up, with a couple tweaked parts. I could do without the chorus. It gets better. "Squeeze Box Man" is more my speed, accordion funk as far as I'm concerned. "Polkaplex" was written for his beloved Echoplex. Really. Ode to a tape delay. But wait, don't skip the videos. Start with the early one, "Ela Casabel". So fucking good. The cowbell, or whatever it is, is really prominent in the mix which kinda adds to it. Stick around for the flute solo by another member of the band. It smokes, even in that context. No, especially in that context. It's early Jordan too, but you can tell that he already knows he's badass. Next check "Fly Robin Fly". Dude goes effects crazy. Disco Tejano dub. Kraftwerk meets King Tubby in Texas. Something like that. "Clockwise" is insane. Stick around until at least :49 seconds into it. That's where he really takes off. If you have any doubts about whether this is jazz, replace the accordion with a sax. What didn't he do with that thing?

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Listen:
Esteban Jordan - Las Coronelas mp3
at Let's Polka
Esteban Jordan - Squeeze Box Man mp3
at Super Sonido
Esteban Jordan - You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling mp3 at To the Sublime
Esteban Jordan - Polkaplex (streaming) at YouTube
Video:
Esteban Jordan - El Casabel at YouTube From Austin City Limits
Esteban Jordon - Fly Robin Fly at YouTube
Esteban Jordan - Clockwise at YouTube

Thursday, August 18, 2016

THIRTEEN WOMEN AND THIS GUY

Back when we were kids, before our record buying started to eat up every cent of our paper route and lawn mowing money, my brothers and I listened to the radio, a lot. We listened to top forty like every other kid, but we also listened to the oldies station, back when there were oldies stations. They played early rock 'n' roll and soul, doo wop, shit like that. To this day I can't remember what drew us to oldies, but in the overall scheme of things, it was incredible fortuitous. We didn't have to figure out where "Johnny B. Goode" came from when we eventually heard a cover, we already knew. Ditto "Summertime Blues", "Whole Lotta Shakin'" and other early rockers. But why we listened, I'm not sure. We weren't discerning, that much I know. It might be the Coasters one minute, and then with a flip of the dial, Neil Diamond or Mountain. Jerry Reed's "Amos Moses" might as well have been "Tutti Frutti" for all we cared. We just ate it up, all of it.

When we finally did start buying records, we just bought anything and everything. Among my younger brother's early LP purchases, right about the time he bought Black Sabbath Vol 4, and Who's Next, were a couple two record sets of greatest hits, one of Bill Haley and his Comets, and one by Eddie Cochran. Not bad for a twelve year old. Having only heard "Summertime Blues" by Cochran, and "Rock Around the Clock" by Haley, there was a lot of unfamiliar rock 'n' roll to be heard, and it was. Over and over and over. Here are two that were in constant rotation in the boys room, particularly "Thirteen Women". Imagine wrapping your young brain around that.

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Listen:
Eddie Cochran - Nervous Breakdown mp3 at Internet Archive
Bill Halley and His Comets - Thirteen Women mp3 at Internet Archive

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

ROLL IN IT

I'm not even going to mess around with this one, Let's just say that Groove Addict just fucking did it again. The singles discography of Blue Beat Records, from number 001 to 400. Yeah. That's a whole lot of ska. Here's just a few. If you dig ska, go there. I'll see you in a couple weeks. There's four posts, each with multiple zips averaging 25 cuts each, and a few mp3 samples thrown in. Let me know how far you get.

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Listen:
Don Drummond - Ska Town mp3 at Groove Addict
Roland Alphonso - Jericho Chain mp3
at Groove Addict
Prince Buster - Dance Cleopatra mp3
at Groove Addict
The orgy:
Blue Beat Records Singles Discography 001-099
at Groove Addict
Blue Beat Records Singles Discography 100-199
at Groove Addict
Blue Beat Records Singles Discography 200-299
at Groove Addict
Blue Beat Records Singles Discography 300-425
at Groove Addict