Friday, April 29, 2016


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Friday, April 29, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
Red Red Robin by Rosie Flores
OnTop of Spaghetti by Jane Baxter Miller 
Stay a Little Longer by Glambilly
Deep Fat Fried by Jim Stringer
Everybody Out by Al Scorch
Columbus Stockade Blues by Pine Hill Haints
Drugstore Truckdrivin' Man by Jason & The Scorchers
What's a Simple Man to Do by Steve Earle
Pool Cue by Two Tons of Steel
Anytime by Eddie Arnold

Keep Your Mouth Shut by Beth Lee & The Breakups
This Life With You by Supersuckers with Hayes Carll
Please Believe Me by Dave Insley
The Asp and the Albatross by Freakwater
Big Mack's Off the Blocks by Bill Kirchen
The Hot Guitar by Smilin' Eddie Hill & His Boys
Dyin' Crapshooter's Blues by David Bromberg
Music Makin' Mama from Memphis by RD Hendon

Long Road by Alice Walker
Rainy Day Woman by Waylon Jennings
Sea Stories by Sturgill Simpson
Pocket of a Clown by Dwight Yoakam
False Prophet by Dash Rip Rock
To Ramona by The Mystix
Yesterday's News Just Hit Home Today by Johnny Paycheck
Cakewalk into Town by Taj Mahal 

Wish You Back by Stephanie Hatfield
Gallo de Cielo by Tom Russell with Katy Moffatt
Tomorrow by Eric Hisaw
Sarah Jane by Robbie Fulks
Kern River by Dave Alvin
Lay Me Down by Loretta Lynn with Willie Nelson
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, April 28, 2016


Walking out to the parking lot after work today I looked up to the sky and saw the clouds. But, being from New Mexico, I realized it probably wasn't really going to rain.

And then this song popped into my head:

Though April showers may come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in May ...

It's one of those songs folks my age and older have just known all our lives. I probably first heard it on a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

But the song, written by written by Louis Silvers and lyricist B. G. De Sylva, goes back to a 1921 Broadway musical called Bombo, starring a young Al Jolson.

"April Showers" became one of Jolson's signature songs -- though it wasn't identified with him nearly as much as "My Mammy" or "Swanee."

So let's start with the Jolson original. This YouTube version features a 1933 Betty Boop cartoon as a backdrop. I don't think it has anything to do with the song, but hey. it's a Betty Boop cartoon!

I'm not exactly sure when Mel Torme shot this version with the Page Cavanaugh Trio. But it's pretty snazzy.

Santo & Johnny, best known for their spooky classic "Sleep Walk,"  turned "April Showers" into a rock 'n' roll instrumental.

But, about 14 years after Jolson first sang this tune, there was another song that had "April Showers" in its title, "March Winds and April Showers," written by Walter G. Samuels, Leonard Whitcup and Teddy Powell.  Here's a 1935 recording by Abe Lyman & His California Orchestra, with vocals by crooner Louis Rapp.

And somehow, decades later, that song evolved into this, thanks to  ProleteR, a French guy who loves remixing and modernizing old jazz, R&B and soul tunes. (He does a great "Melancholy Baby")

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY:Attack of the Singing Clowns

Feeling low? Nothing like a singing clown to wipe away your blues.

Unless, of course your sad mood is caused by coulrophobia ...

So without further ado, let's send in the singing clowns.

This first one was an actual TV ad in Argentina a few years ago:

I'm not sure where this video was shot. But I like the title: "Crazy, Hilarious, Funny, Singing Clowns Playing Banjo and Accordion"

These merry fellows are having fun backstage, apparently after a performance of Slava's Snow Show, a theatrical production created in the 90s by Slava Polunin, a Russian clown artist.

And here's Puddles Pity Party singing a Crazy, Hilarious, Funny Big Top favorite

(Puddles actually is better known for this hit )

So if you need more music to awaken your inner Bozo, check out this classic Big Enchlada episode;

Monday, April 25, 2016

Big Enchilada for Mutants


Welcome to the latest Big Enchilada Podcast now on Radio Mutation, formerly known as GaragePunk Pirate radio. In honor of the new name change, I'm dedicating this show to rock 'n' roll mutants every where. Let's mutate together!


Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: Ave Genghis Khan by Os Mutantes)
Keep Movin' by Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon & The Gears
Don't Be Afraid to Pogo by The Gears
I Dreamt of the Dead by The Bonnevilles
All I Want is More by Kathy Freeman & Auto Pilot Club
Tribo Canibal by Horror Deluxe
Hoochie Woman by Tony Joe White

(Background Music: 2 Nigs United for West Compton by Prince)
Come Over Tonight by Terminal Licks 
Beeline by The Ugly Beats
If Mother Knew by The Oblivians with Mr. Quintron
I Know Your Name by Scratch Buffalo 
Red Headed Strangler by Friends of Caesar Romero
Cone of Light by Almighty Defenders

(Background Music: Whipping Post by The Fontanas)
Get Your Kick on Route 666 by Monkeyshines
Boundless by The Blues Against Youth
Chicken Yodeling Woman by O Lendario Chucrobillyman
Hotdog by The No-Brainers
Feeling Very Difficult Today by The Outta Sorts
Yesterday is Here by Rattlin' Bone

Play it here:

Sunday, April 24, 2016


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Sunday, April 24, 2016 
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
Hombre Secreto by The Plugz
We're Desperate by X
Egyptomania by Angry Samoans
Forming by The Germs
Don't Push Me Around by The Zeros
A Life of Crime by The Weirdos
Elk's Lodge Blues by The Gears

Live phone interview with The Gears 

Teenage Brain / When Punk Rock Ruled the World by The Gears

Hanky Panky by Horror Deluxe
In Hell by The Monsters
Opening of the Box by Tony Joe White
Back When Dogs Could Talk by Wayne Kramer
Love Taco by Piñata Protest
I Just Want Some Skank by The Circle Jerks

PRINCE TRRIBUTE (all songs by Prince except where noted)
Darling Nikki
Can't Stop the Feeling I've Got
Never Take the Place of Your Man by The Goo Goo Dolls (with Lance Diamond)
U Got the Look by Prince & Sheena Easton
The Future
A Case of You

Raspberry Beret by Hindu Love Gods
One of Us
Kiss by Tom Jones & The Art of Noise
Substitute CLOSING THEME: I Would Die 4U by Prince

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Friday, April 22, 2016


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Friday, April , 2016
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

Little Red Corvette by The Gear Daddies
Man on a Mission by The Supersuckers
Dope Smokin' Song by Jesse Dayton
Shotgun Blues by Jason & The Scorchers
Don't Feed Me by Black Eyed Vermillion
MisAmerica by Legendary Shack Shakers
Love You 'cause You're Perfect by Al Scorch
Call Me If Your Ever Change Your Mind by Dave Insley
Men's Room L.A. By Kinky Friedman

Satellite of Love by DM Bob & The Deficits
Rowboat by Johnny Cash
Aunt Peg's New Old Man by Robbie Fulks
Crawdad Hole by Doc Watson
Some Velvet Morning by Frontier Circus
No Law in Lurgan by The Bonnevilles
It's Moving Day by Charlie Poole
Lovesick Blues Emmett Miller

Move it On Over by Freddy Cannon & The Gears
Liquored Up by Southern Culture on The Skids
Trainsfusion Blues by Paul Burch & The Waco Brothers
Everything It Takes by Loretta Lynn with Elvis Costello
Holding Things Together by Merle Haggard
I'm a Fool to Fool Around with You by Hank Thompson
Catahoula by Jimbo Mathis
Up in the Holler by Stella Parton
All Around You by Sturgill Simpson
Mockingbird Yodel by Carolina Cotton

Hank Williams by Brent Hoodenpyle & The Loners
Honky Tonkin' by Tom Hiddleston & The Saddle Spring Boys
Wedding Day by Alejandro Escovedo
Apartment #9 by Tammy Wynette 
Falls of Sleep by Freakwater
Louise by Jerry Jeff Walker
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: Are You Afraid to Pogo?

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
April 22, 2016

Andy Warhol was half-right: In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. But he left out one important part. In the future, everyone will star in their own documentary. Seems like every time you turn around these days, there’s a new movie about some band — some famous, some less so.

The northeast Los Angeles “punk surfabilly” band called The Gears got theirs with a fun new rock doc called Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo, which is playing next week at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

I’ve never pretended to be an expert on the L.A. punk scene, though I’m a longtime fan of bands like X, The Germs, and Angry Samoans (even before founding member Gregg Turner moved to Santa Fe). I loved the movie The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) as well as Repo Man (1984), which had a soundtrack featuring Black Flag, The Circle Jerks, and The Plugz.

But I have to confess, until I recently saw Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo, I’d never heard of The Gears. But now I’m a fan. 

Like any decent band documentary, this one, directed by Gears manager Chris Ashford, is crammed full of interviews with band members past and present, others from the L.A. punk world, live footage both ancient and recent, photos, and all sorts of Gear lore. Which Gear got kicked out of the band for breaking a beer bottle across a roadie’s face? Why is singer Axxel G. Reese obsessed with pirates? What was The Gears’ connection with early-’60s rocker Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon, Chicano artist Richard Duardo, and Santa Fe photographer Ronn Spencer? You not only get to know the band, but the whole milieu from which the group sprang.

The origin of The Gears goes back to when Reese and drummer Dave Drive (real names Terry Davis and Dave Fernandez) went to elementary school together in the largely Hispanic Glassell Park neighborhood. They knocked around in various bands for years, finally coming back together as The Gears in the late ’70s.

Current Gears bassist Mike Manifold (real name Mike Villalobos), was just a kid when The Gears started out. But living near Dave Drive’s house, he was familiar with the group. He’d watch the musicians load and unload their equipment and often smell marijuana smoke wafting out of the house as he walked home from school. His grandmother, he said, warned him to “stay away from those kids.”

Apparently a secret nexus of L.A. punk rock was the Budget Rent-a-Car office in Glendale. That’s where Kidd Spike (Jeff Austin) and Brian “Redz” Anderson met before they joined The Gears. Marc Moreland of Wall of Voodoo and Johnny Stingray of The Controllers worked there, too. Spike originally played with The Controllers, but The Gears managed to steal him. Spike, who learned to play guitar from listening to a Ramones record, is credited for bringing the rockabilly influence to the band.

Miss Mercy of the infamous GTOs — a collective of groupies that Frank Zappa fashioned into an a cappella singing group — took The Gears under her wing, becoming known as their “fashion consultant.” She’d find seersucker suits, leopard-skin jackets, and cowboy boots for the band and do their hair, which in those days involved exaggerated rockabilly greaser styles. “They always smelled like Tres Flores [hair pomade],” the singer from Mad Society, another early L.A. punk group, says.

The documentary tells the stories behind some of The Gears’ songs. Their first single was “Let’s Go to the Beach.” Reese explains that living in northeast Los Angeles, the beach was “a trek for us. We weren’t really beach kids by any stretch of the imagination.” “Hard Rock” was written by original guitarist “Crazy Ruben” Urbina, inspired, he says, by the death of Elvis Presley. “Trudie Trudie” was an ode to a scenester and early Gears fan from South Bay. The real Trudie appears in the documentary.

“Elks Lodge Riot” is about the notorious “St. Patrick’s Day Massacre,” which occurred on March 17, 1979, at a big punk show (with an all-star bill including X, The Go-Gos, The Plugz and others) in an actual Elks Lodge near MacArthur Park. That night, Los Angeles police in riot gear raided the joint right in the middle of The Plugz’s set. A bunch of kids got beat up, and the reason is still pretty hazy.

And naturally they talk about the song that became the title for this movie, “Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo.” Crazy Ruben explains that he was self-conscious about diving head-on into punk culture, so the song was basically written as a message to himself. 

Of course, as a dance craze, the pogo was much tamer than the crazy moshing at punk shows that soon followed. And as the ’80s progressed, the L.A. punk scene grew a lot more aggressive. The violence and fury of the hardcore scene was off-putting to members of The Gears. “There was a transition in L.A. punk that I didn’t like,” Spike says. By that point, he was getting pretty burned out anyway, he says.

So after Spike split, The Gears broke up in the mid-’80s and hived off into various other groups. But they’ve regrouped at least a couple of times through the years. And judging from their more recent album, When Things Get Ugly (2014), as well as the live footage from the movie, they’re still in fine form. 

So check out this flick, and if the spirit moves you, don’t be afraid to pogo.

Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo is showing on one night only, at 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. Director Chris Ashford and some members of the band will be on hand for the showing.

I’ll be doing a live interview with Axxel and Spike from The Gears this week on my radio show, Terrell’s Sound World. The show starts at 10 p.m. on KSFR, 101.1 FM. 

Here's the promo for the doc

Let's Go to the Beach

Freddy Cannon teams up with The Gears for a crazed take on "Tallahassee Lassie."

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Fare Thee Well, Old Hickory

No, the new $20 bill will NOT be a Bozo Buck

It looks like Andy Jackson is moving to the back of the buck.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Wednesday a redesign of the nation's $5, $10 and $20 bills. On the $20, President Andrew Jackson is being moved to the backside of the bill while Harriet Tubman will replace him on the front.

For those who don't their history, Tubman was born a slave in 1822. But she escaped to her freedom and went on to become an abolitionist, a spy for the Union during the Civil War and a major player in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to non-slave states.

Most the folks I talked to Wednesday were glad to see Jackson go.  After all, he was a slaveholder and dedicated advocate of removing Indians from their homelands in the southeastern U.S. The Trail of Tears? That was his. He signed the Indian Removal Act which forced many Southern tribes to Indian Territory (now known as Oklahoma.)

And I agree, Tubman's a better choice. But still, somewhere inside me I hear the voice of Johnny Horton and feel some bittersweet nostalgia for Old Hickoy.

Here's what I'm talking about:

I've known this song since I was a little kid. But I didn't realize until recently that it's a descendant of a song, written in 1821 by one Samuel Woodworth.

It's called "The Hunters of Kentucky," though it's also known as "The Battle of New Orleans" "Jackson and Kentucky" and "Half Horse or Half Alligator." Jackson himself used the song as his campaign theme both times he ran for president (1824 and 1828.)

Here's a version by a singer named Tom Roush.

While searching for Andrew Jackson songs last night (somehow I thought there would be more) I found a group from Arizona called the Andrew Jackson Jihad. They're pretty cool, but they're demoting Andrew Jackson too. A couple of months ago they shortened their name to simply AJJ. "Interesting historical figure as he was, he was an odious person and our fascination with him has grown stale," the band said.

Old Hickory can't get a break these days.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: It's 4-20 Again!

Yes, it's that that time of the year again ...

And here's some music for a little holiday joy.

I just saw The Super Suckers play this song live Tuesday Monday night at Meow Wolf.

Some Arkansas depravity from Rockin' Guys. (The original version is HERE)

I remember this Steppenwolf song from high school.

The late John Hartford sings about bonding with his grandmother

Espanola's own Imperial Rooster, responsible citizens that they are, encourages the youth not to toke and drive

If this ain't enough for ya, check out last year's Throwback Thursday 4-20 post.

Have a safe and happy 4-20

Sunday, April 17, 2016


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Sunday, April 17, 2016
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

All I Want is More by Kathy Freeman with Auto Pilot Club

Cheap Thrills by Ruben & The Jets

Bee Line by The Ugly Beats

She's Got Fangs by The Electric Mess

Like Food, It Feeds by Coachwhips

Primitive Man by The Monsters

CC Rider by The Gibson Brothers and Workdog

One Night of Sin by Simon Stokes

Murder in My Heart for the Judge by Moby Grape


FUF / Trudie Trudie by The Gears

Tribe Cannibal by Horror Deluxe

Yona's Blues by The Come N' Go

Death of Beewak by Angry Samoans

New Kind of a Kick by The Cramps

Nerja' sawa (نرجع سوا ) by Mazhott

Almost Black by James Chance

8th Grade (Pre-teen Cretins) by The Conjugal Visits


Tie My Hands to the Floor by Sulphur City

Got Blood in My Rhythm by The Blues Against Youth

Sugar Farm by Lonesome Shack

Bad Habits by The Outta Sorts

Egypt Berry by The Night Beats

Left of the Dial by The Replacements

One More Try by Barrence Whitfiled & The Savages


Nantucket Girls Song by The Tossers

Breakup From Hell by The Barbarellatones

Centerfold by Beach Balls

Ballroom by Vulgargrad

I'll Take Care of You by Gil Scott-Heron

Yesterday is Gone by Rattlin' Bone

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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