Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WACKY WEDNESDAY: The Doctor, The Eggplant and Me

Most people familiar with Norman Greenbaum know him as the "Spirit in the Sky" guy.

But years before Greenbaum was doing the psychedelic Jesus boogie, he was selling some musical snake oil under the name of Dr. West.

And though Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band never got to be as famous as Jim Kweskin's Jug Band, which came before them, or Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, who came after them,

But Greenbaum's band had a true novelty hit, circa 1966 with a goofy jug-band style tune called "The Eggplant That Ate Chicago."

For the uninitiated, here's how that song went:

According to an old rock 'n' roll cliche, The Velvet Underground didn't sell many records, but every one who bought one of their records started a band.

That was my story, except instead of The Velvet Underground, it was Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band. (Except I didn't actually buy their album I won my copy from WKY Radio in Oklahoma City. They had a contest for people to draw the Eggplant that Ate Chicago. I did and I was one of the winners. I was in the 8th grade.)

And just like the Eggplant thought about Chicago, it "was a treat, it was sweet, it was just like sugar.”

As I wrote when reviewing a Dr. West retrospect in No Depression magazine back in 1999:

Ramhorn City, here we come
The official punk rock party line is that punk is the most democratic of all types of music because you don’t even know how to play your instrument to be in a band. But for me, as a youngster in the late 1960s, it was jug-band music that opened the door. With a jug band, you didn’t even need to have a real instrument to join in. Antiquated household appliances like the washtub and washboard could be turned into a rhythm section, kindergarten percussion instruments were welcome, and kazoos were mandatory.

The band with my brother Jack was called The Ramhorn City Go-Go Squad & Uptight Washtub Band. We covered "Eggplant," (though to be honest, we never got the hang of the song), as well as other Dr. West tunes, including these two:

But apparently we weren't the only ones who dug "Eggplant." Here's a soul version by the great Big Maybelle.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Politicians: Watch the Songs You're Using

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker apparently likes The Dropkick Murphys more than the Murphs like him.

The Boston Celt -punk band took to Twitter to call Walker for using their song "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" at his political events -- most recently at the Iowa Freedom Summit over the weekend.

“@ScottWalker @GovWalker Please stop using our music in any way. We literally hate you. Love, Dropkick Murphys,”
You can read more HERE (Thanks, Elena)

Walker should heed the story of another governor, ex-Florida Gov. Charlie Crist who appropriated a song from a rock band The Talking Heads' "Road to Nowhere," without permission. (Warning: The following video is painful to watch.)

Notice Crist didn't use "Psycho Killer" when he ran for governor of Florida last year.

I know know how these artists feel. I hated it when Lyndon Larouche used my song at the campaign rallies. (Just kidding, just kidding ...)

Here is the Dropkick song that started the fuss:

Sunday, January 25, 2015


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Sunday, January 25, 2015 
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M. 
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Friday, January 23, 2015


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Friday, January 23, 2015 
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM 
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time 
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I'm Emceeing a Gregg Turner Show

Poster by Ronn Spencer

I'll be the Master of Ceremonies Saturday night at a show my my pal, ex-Angry Samoan Gregg Turner,

Turner currently is pushing his Kickstarter project to raise cash to record a new album he;s calling Chartbusters! (Click that link and check out the groovy promo video where you'll see my sensituve portrayal of Sammy the Spatula.)

The show is at Phil's Space Gallery, 1410 Second Street at 7 pm Saturday Jan. 24.

It's free, but Gregg will be shamelessly begging you to donate to his Kickstarter. (For $15 you get a CD when Chartbusters! is released. Bigger pledges bring you more goodies).

So come by Saturday night. I might even join turner to sing our favorite Bono song.