Thursday, November 26, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends and loyal readers.

On this holiday -- which somehow always seems to coincide with Throwback Thursday -- I'm just going to give you a few songs of gratitude.

Here's a New Orleans singer named Allen  Matthews, also known as "Fat Man Matthews" and listed on this 1953 single as "Fats Matthews." The song is written by none other than Dave Bartholomew, the venerated band leader, songwriter, talent scout and A&R man who is responsible for the rise of another Fats, Antoine Domino.

Here's the Last of the Red Hot Mamas herself, Sophie Tucker who recorded this in 1934. (I'm thankful to B.C. for playing this on his pre-Thanksgiving episode of Blue Monday on KSFR this week.

Finally, I just stumbled across this song, recorded by one Charles Hackett in 1912, while messing around on the 78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings section of 

Assuming this is the same guy,  Hackett, no relation to Buddy Hackett, was an opera singer from Massachusetts who was born in 1889 and died in 1942. He was best known for his role of Romeo in Roméo et Juliette.

The Allmusic Guide says of Hackett:

If at times his dramatic fires burned on low flame, he was nonetheless appreciated by many connoisseurs for his finesse and unfailingly musical performances.

Enjoy a little Thanksgiving finesse below

Have a safe and humane Thanksgiving. Don't accept any turkeys with drugs or razor blades.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


I can't believe I've done an entire year of Wacky Wednesdays and not done a feature on song-poems,

"What is a song-poem?" you may ask. Well let me quote from myself from a 2001 Terrell's Tune-up where I wrote about a crazy compilation called I'm Just the Other Woman, which I'd just purchased.

You've seen those ads in the back of supermarket tabloids, detective mags, movie rags and girlie books: “Song Poems Wanted. Your poems turned into songs by professional musicians. Send immediately for FREE evaluation ...

Of course, its a scam. It's been going on for years — a century by some reports. 

You send in your poem and the company sends you back a glowing evaluation. Your song has true hit potential. Now all you need to do is send in $100 (or whatever the going rate is these days) and your poem will be put to music and recorded in an actual recording studio by some of the nations top session musicians.

They don't mention that these overworked and under-appreciated musicians crank out as many as a dozen songs an hour and sometimes the melody used on your song has been and will be used for others. 

Theres always the implication that this recording will be sent around to the top A&R people at major record companies. And of course youll get a few copies of the record to show your friends; in fact some song-poem companies actually have put out compilations.

And wouldn't you know it, this sleazy little corner of the music industry has attracted a subculture of fans who collect and groove on the strangest and most unintentionally funny song-poems they can unearth.

You can learn a lot more about this strange phenomenon at the American Song-Poem Archives, where I first learned about "I'm Just the Other Woman." (Caution though, a lot of those links are dead and it looks like they haven't updated the "news" section in more than 10 years.)

A year or so after I wrote that column there appeared a documentary directed by Jamie Meltzer called Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story.

Below is one of my favorite tunes from that movie. It was written by a gent named Caglar Juan Singletary.

Another one from the movie is one of the most infamous song-poems out there: "Blind Man's Penis" by John Trubee. Unlike Singletary and most other song-poem poets, Trubee purposely wrote strange and outrageous lyrics as a weird prank. Sung by Ramsey Kearney, the prank became an oughta-be country classic. (I played it on The Santa Fe Opry last week.)

Here is the title song of that song-poem compilation I reviewed in 2001. This is the second version. The even more bizarre original version (like this one, sung in falsetto by song-poem superstar Rodd Keith) was rejected by lyrics writer Mary Clignett.

Gene Marshall, who recorded under the name John Muir, delivered this anti-drug message.

This one's a sad story of a decent American cuckolded by an Argentine cowboy.

(From my 2001 column) E. Grange's “Palace Roses" is downright surreal. The music is raw honky tonk with a sweet, weeping steel guitar. Singer Todd Andrews drawls a verse about dancing roses before the speaking part: "I am the father of the palace roses/I sponsor many ceremony dances at my beautiful pink roses palace/the roses palace is attended by all the roses then there is dining after the dancing/and fun is had by all.

Here's another Rodd Keith classic. The lyrics were by a lady named Mildred Shankland.

And here's a loving cover of "Rug Bug" by NRBQ.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Be Thankful! There's a New Big Enchilada episode!


On this latest Big Enchilada Podcast episode we're going to make all the android babies boogie. But don't worry, androids of all ages -- and humans too -- are free to boogie as well. After a warm-up set of good old fashioned garage-punk sounds (mostly new material) we're going Around the World in a Daze with crazy sounds from around the globe.And then this show turns Seedy, finishing it off with a set of Seeds/Sky Saxon covers in honor of the bitchen new documentary, The Seeds: Pushin' Too Hard


Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: Shock Hop by Johnny Cale)
Android Robot by Acid Baby Jesus
Split Decision by JJ & The Real Jerks
Down and Out by The Vagoos
Just Let Me Know by Any Dirty Party
Across the River by Dead Cat Stimpy
Judy in Disguise by Jello Biafra & The Raunch and Soul All-Stars

(Background Music: Lipovacko Kolo by 3 Mustaphas 3)
El Brujito Ramon by Rolando Bruno
Chaghaybou by Tinariwen
Nomadisavej by Cankisou
Ram Say Sok by Dengue Fever
Awiha by Mazhott

(Background Music: Hammer Blow by Skip Martin)

Sky Saxon / Seeds Set
No Hay Mas Qui Dar by Los Shains
It's a Hard Life by The A-Bones
Stems and Flowers by The Chesterfield Kings
Moth and The Flame by Simon Stokes & The Heathen Angels
The Wind Blows Your Hair by Purple Merkins
You Can't Be Trusted by The Seeds

Sunday, November 22, 2015


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Sunday, November 22, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell
101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres

Jack Ruby by Camper Van Beethoven

Fish in the Jailhouse by Tom Waits

Highway 61 Revisted by Bob Dylan

Accelerated Emotion by The Fleshtones

Lose Your Mind by The Seeds

A+ on Arson Class by Rocket From The Crypt

Twist Man by Dead Cat Stimpy

Sai'een by Mazhott

A Man for the Nation by John Lee Granderson


November by The Rockin' Guys

Howl by J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound

Give Me Back My Wig by Hound Dog Taylor

Ax Me by JJ & The Real Jerks

Crazy Pills by Quan & The Chinese Takeouts

Little Blonde Girl by Any Dirty Party

Lee Harvey was a Friend of Mine by Homer Henderson


A Man Amongst Men by Big Joe Williams

Livin' in Chaos by The Sonics

No, I'm Iron Man by Butthole Surfers

Now I Step Over Your World / Punch Me Again, Now Ya Drunken Idiot by John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors of America

Screwdriver by The BellRays

Land of 1,000 Dances by Jello Biafra & The Raunch and Soul All-Stars

Darlin' Corey by Oh Lazarus

Moonlight Motel by Gun Club


Falafel King by Rolando Bruno

Tinde by Tinariwen with Lalla Badi

Venom Party by The Vagoos

Make You Mine by The Black Lips

The River in Reverse by Allen Toussaint & Elvis Costello

Full Moon in the Daylight Sky by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

President Kennedy Gave His Life by Mary Ross

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, November 20, 2015


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Friday, November 20, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :
OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
Mudflap Girl by The Misery Jackals
Pigsville by The Waco Brothers
Shadows Where the Magic Was by James Hand
FBI Top 10 by DM Bob & The Deficits
Here Am I, Oh Lord, Send Me by Alvin Youngblood Hart
It'll Be Me by The Malpass Brothers
Sister Kate by Oh Lazarus
Whiskey in a Jar by Hazeldine
Blind Man's Penis by John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors Of America

Don Houston by Slackeye Slim
Anything Goes at a Rooster Show by The Imperial Rooster
Revelation Blues by Garner Sloan
Paranormal Girlfriend by Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band
Devil in Her Eyes by Calamity Cubes
Down to the Bone by Legendary Shack Shakers
Three Bullets by Electric Rag Band
Fuck Off by Audrey Auld

Stranger in Town by Dave Alvin
I Pity the Poor Immigrant by Richie Havens
Worried Mind / A Man I Hardly Know by Eilen Jewell
Jailhouse Tears by Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello
One Has My Name, The Other Has My Heart by Jerry Lee Lewis
All My Rowdy Friends by The Supersuckers

Big Things by James McMurtry
There Stands the Glass by Ted Hawkins
Shake Sugaree by David Bromberg
Dover to Dunkirk by Jack Hardy
Opportunity to Cry by Willie Nelson
Evicted by Peter Case
The Beast in Me by Nick Lowe
Where I Fell by Robbie Fulks
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY: A Year of Great Old Songs

I don't know what got into me a year ago this week, but only one day after debuting my Wacky Wednesday feature on this blog,

I launched Throwback Thursday to explore the music and musicians of decades past. The original intent was to spotlight music from before I was born -- and echoes of those old sounds in more contemporary music. I haven't strictly adhered to that, but nearly all of my Throwback posts are based on music from at least 50 years ago.

Frequently on Throwback Thursday I'll select an old song, try to give a little history about it and show various versions of it to show how it's evolved.

I'm pretty sure this is a complete list of those tunes with links to the original posts. If I left out any you know of, please let me know. (I threw in a couple of Wacky Wednesday songs plus a few from a few years before I started Throwback Thursday as well)


The Throwback Thursday Songbook

All My Trials

Auld Lang Syne

Beedle um Bum  (This was my first Throwback Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014)

Brennan on the Moor

Cabbage Head / Four Nights Drunk / Wake Up Baby (from August 2014, a few months before I started Throwback Thursday)

Crawdad Hole     

Diver Boy / Edwin

Ghost Riders in the Sky 

Going Home / Miracles

Goober Peas

Goodnight Irene

House of the Rising Sun

I'll See You in My Dreams

Moonlight Bay

Pretty Peggy-O

Sam Hall

See That My Grave is Kept Clean / One Kind Favor

Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair

The Sheik of Araby (This one appeared in Wacky Wednesday)

Shortnin' Bread

Sloop John B   

Stagolee (This one is from 2008)

St. James Infirmary / Streets of Laredo / Dyin' Crapshooter Blues / Unfortunate Rake (This one is from 2012)

Two Lovely Black Eyes

WPLJ (This one also appeared in Wacky Wednesday)

The Year of Jubilo

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WACKY WEDNESDAY: One Year of Wacky

One year ago, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, I unleashed a new weekly feature on this here web log.

Wacky Wednesday, was created, I wrote, "to introduce you, the reader to strange, funny and/or confounding music -- the type of "unclaimed melodies" that the Firesign Theatre's Don G. O'Vani was talking about when he said, `if you were to go into a record store and ask for them they would think you were crazy!' "

I've tried to live up to that mission statement. Some weeks work better than others, but I think I've provided you guys with a lot of wackiness this past 12 months.

My very first post was a salute to a musician named Bob Purse who I'd just discovered on the Free Music Archive.

Below are videos and other mementos of the first year of Wacky Wednesday. Keep the wackiness alive!

Early on, I wrote about a song that tore at the soul of a youngster (yours truly) who loved The Beatles as well as Allan Sherman. The day I posted this, I showed it to my oldest grandson, then 3. He looked at me bewildered and asked, "Why does Pop hate The Beatles?"

I wish I knew, kid, I wish I knew!

Wacky Wednesday has explored the musical legacy of Muhammad Ali.

Bad karaoke is usually good for some good wholesome fun (and cheap laffs).

In honor of the 41st anniversary of the resignation of President Nixon, I did a Wacky Wednesday full of Watergate songs. Here is one I stumbled across while searching for another song.

On April Fool's Day I looked at a cruel prank that cost The Dwarves a record contract.

One of my favorite Wacky Wednesdays was one about "Cult Classics" -- by real cults.

And one Wednesday I featured songs by, about and associated with Popeye.

One Wacky Wednesday I wrote about that strange night in 1986 when Camper Van Beethoven served as Tiny Tim's pickup band. The complete show, starting with Camper's set, can be heard in the player below.

And not very long ago, in belated honor of R. Crumb's birthday, I explored the cartoonist's contributions to music.

One week we had a musical battle royal with songs by and about wrestlers. Here is a heartbreaker.

One week I looked at the history of "Louie Louie," including the your-tax-money-at-work FBI investigation of the subsersve song:

And the world of Bollywood is rarely short on wackiness.

This world isn't getting any saner. Something tells me there will be plenty of wackiness to mine in the year ahead.

Please come back to this blog tomorrow for a very special Throwback Thursday.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Eilen Jewell in Santa Fe Thursday

Big mea culpa here: I've been playing Eilen Jewell's music for years on The Santa Fe Opry for years now and I've been mispronouncing her name. I've called her "Eileen," I've called her "Ellen," I've called her "Zsa Zsa" (OK, I'm just lying there), everything but her actual name, which, (as I found out tonight listening to some of her YouTube videos) is pronounced "EEL-un."

But the point is, I have been playing her songs on the radio for years, and I only play the stuff I like. So I heartily recommend you catch her show in Santa Fe this Thursday (November 19). She'll be playing at the Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de Los Marquez. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Buy tickets HERE.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Eilen. She attended St. John's College around the turn of the century and she's said many times in interviews that her first public gigs were busking at the Farmer's Market here.

So be there at her show. Until then, enjoy a couple of her videos:

Sunday, November 15, 2015


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Sunday, November, 2015 
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M. 
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time 
Host: Steve Terrell
101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Mercury Blues by David Lindley
Don't Slander Me by Roky Erikson
I Guess You're My Girl by The Vagoos
Dial Up Doll by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Tuned Out by JJ & The Real Jerks
Baby Doll by The Del Morrocos
Rickshaw Rattletrap by Churchwood
The Claw by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Why You Leave Me by T. Valentine & Daddy Long Legs

Eclipse Boliviano by Rolando Bruno
Naspare by Cankisou
Bemin Sebeb Letlash by Mahmoud Ahmed
Tamiditin by Tinariwen
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child by Rev. Johnny L. Jones

Satisfy You by The Seeds
Can't Seem to Make You Mine by Alex Chilton
It's a Hard Life by The A-Bones
Moth and the Flame by Simon Stokes & The Heathen Angel Band
Stems and Flowers by The Chesterfield Kings
You Gotta Ride by Sky Saxon
The Wind Blows Your Hair by Purple Merkins
No Hay Mas Qui Dar [Pushin' Too Hard] by Los Shains
900 Million People Daily The Seeds

Price Tag by Sleater-Kinney
Lovecrimes by The Afghan Whigs
Queen Jane Approximately by Bob Dylan
Wish That I Was Dead by The Dwarves
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis
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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Hula Nite with Sky Saxon

Yesterday, following my Tune-Up column on The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard documentary, which is showing at the Jean Cocteau next week, my KSFR crony and fellow Seeds fan Sean Conlon sent me an email about the time he went to a Sky Saxon show 25 years ago.

With Sean's permission, I share the email here:

"Bring me the hula girls!"
In 1990 I visited a friend in San Francisco and he told me we were going to see another friend's band open for Sky!  I was surprised because I'd heard Saxon had burned out and disappeared, but my friend told me he'd seen a reunited Seeds share a bill with Love a few months earlier, and that Sky had been in fine form.  

So we head down to the venue, which turns out to be the lobby of a seemingly deserted SRO hotel in the Tenderloin.  There was a hand-drawn cardboard sign on the door, and that was apparently the only advertising that had been done for the gig besides word of mouth.  There were maybe 20 people in the dimly lit room.  There was a bar, but no stage; just a corner that had been cleared out.  In another corner was Sky, sitting with 5 or 6 hippie chicks.  They were young, maybe about 20.  He looked old, and in bad shape.  

During my friend's opening set (they were sort of a Toiling Midgets-wannabe band.  In 1983 the Midgets had been our upstairs neighbors in the Mission district.)  Sky's entourage got on the dance floor and hula-hooped.  Things were looking up.

There was a problem, though.  Sky hadn't brought a band.  I'm not sure if he thought the promoter was going to provide one, or if he just forgot.  He asked my friend's group to back him, although they didn't know any of his material.  No worries, he said, just do your thing and I'll work with it.  So they noodled around while he recited some verse and a few lines from Pushin' Too Hard, and sang "Mr Mojo Risin'" over and over while the hippie chicks continued with the hula hoops.  After about 10 minutes of this, Sky went back to his table in the corner, the entourage packed up and they all left.  

I'm still not sure if it was the best or worst show I ever saw.

So there you have it.

Don't forget the The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard is showing at the Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Montezuma Ave., 505-466-5528) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and Thursday, Nov. 19. The doc’s director, Neil Norman will be on hand for Q & both nights.

I don't think hula hoops will be provided.

And don't forget tomorrow night's Terrell’s Sound World on on KSFR-101.1 FM. here I'll be playing a special segment featuring the music of the Seeds, Sky Saxon, and lots of cool bands covering their songs. The show starts at 10 p.m. with the Seeds set starting at the 11th hour.