Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Yep, just some songs about the shotgun.
First a hit by Tennessee Ernie Ford
Here's the Park Avenue Hillbilly, Miss Dorothy Shay, whose mother was frightened by a shotgun, they say ...
Some "Shotgun Blues" from the original Sonny Boy Williamson
I just recently became aware of this bitchen soul record by Roy C called "Shotgun Wedding."
And what set me off on this rampage of shotgun songs? This little clip by The Reverend Peyton, of course.
Sunday, December 04, 2016
Sunday, Dec. 4, 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)ksfr.org
Here's my playlist :
OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Lightning's Girl by Nancy Sinatra
You Let the Dead In by Churchwood
Baby Let Me Bang Your Box by MFC Chicken
Cheap Thrills by Ruben & The Jets
Don't You Just Know It by The Sonics
Action Packed by The Del Moroccos
Devil Dance by The A-Bones
Better to Be Lucky Than Good by The Electric Mess
Cold Line by Nots
Campanas del Mission by De Los Muertos
We Go On by The Come 'N Go
Losing My Mind by Alien Space Kitchen
Don't Lie to Me by Mojo Brothers
Forming by The Germs
Nomads of The Lost by Oh! Gunquit
Zip Code by Deadbolt
Gangsters by The Dustaphonics
Tucson Girls by Gregg Turner
Why Do You Hate Me by Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons
Persona Non Grata by The Upper Crust
49 Guitars and One Girl by Pere Ubu
White Glove Service by The Grannies
The Flesh is Weak by James Chance & The Contortions
I Would Die For You by The Rockin' Guys
Sunglasses After Dark by Archie & The Bunkers
I'm Alright by Mose Allison
Hound Dog by 68 Comeback
I'm Gonna Have Fun by Jack Lee
Satisfy You by The Seeds
Give It Back by Sharon Jones
Harry Hippie by Bobby Womack
At the Crossroads by Hickoids
Lili Marleen by Zuch Kazik
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis
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Friday, December 02, 2016
Here's my playlist :
OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
Back from the Shadows Again by Firesign Theatre
The Bottle Never Let Me Down by Dale Watson
Apartment 34 by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Who's Gonna Take Your Garbage Out by Rosie Flores & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
Saginaw, Michigan by Jimmie Dale Gilmore
James River Blues by Old Crow Medicine Show
Gentlemen by The Handsome Family
Little Pig by Robert Gordon
I Cry, Then I Drink, Then I Cry by Cornell Hurd
Highway Queen by Nikki Lane
Lonesome Road Blues by Martha Fields
Midnight Caller by Southern Culture on the Skids
Just Like Geronimo by The Dashboard Saviors
Dolores by T. Tex Edwards & Out on Parole
Bad Times Are Coming Round Again by The Waco Brothers
You Don't Love God (If You Don't Love Your Neighbor) by Rhonda Vincent
My Turn to Howl by Penny Jo Pullus
Ain't No Top 40 Song by Terry Allen
I'm a Ramblin' Man by Waylon Jennings
Dirty House Blues by Wayne Hancock
Please Baby Please by Dwight Yoakam
Crawdad Song by Washboard Hank
Jason Fleming by Roger Miller
Milk Shakin' Mama by Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Too Many Rivers by Webb Wilder
Buffalo Hunter by J. Michael Combs
Over the Mountain by John Hartford
Good Love Shouldn't Feel So Bad by Kris Kristofferson
Opportunity to Cry by Tom Jones
Cold Hard Truth by George Jones
To Get Through This Day by Miss Leslie
Fishing Blues by Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets
Thursday, December 01, 2016
A strange character introduces himself: "They call me Hanging Johnny ... But I never hung nobody ..."
But after that little disclaimer Johnny begins bragging about all the people he has hanged. His mother, his brother, his sister Nancy, a robber, a police officer, a friar, his own mates and skippers ..." Different versions include different victims.
It's no wonder this morbid little sea chanty delights me so.
Indeed, "Hanging Johnny" is a classic sea chanty. It's a halyard chanty, a call and response sung by crew members engaged in a long, tedious task like setting the sails on a ship.
According to the liner notes of a 1967 EP titled Chicken on a Raft by a folk group called The Young Tradition:
"Hanging Johnny" is a good example of a shanty that was ready made for stringing out, a trick used by the shantyman for lengthening a song to suit the job in hand. Anyone could be a candidate for Hanging Johnny's rope until he had enough verses to finish the job.
On her folk ballad site The Contemplator, Lesley Nelson-Burns writes:
There is speculation that "Hanging Johnny" may refer to the eighteenth century hangman, Jack Ketch. In fact "Jack Ketch" was a term used to refer to all hangman, named after a Jack Ketch who was the executioner at Tyburn from 1663-1686.
However, a web page about "Hanging Johnny" in the Traditional Ballad Index on the California State University, Fresno website says:
According to most sources, the "hanging" in this song does not refer to execution. Great Lakes sailor Carl Joys said it referred to the young sailors who went aloft to swing out the halyards when a sail was hoisted. Another account says it referred to a sailor who held a rope lashed to other sailors. If this "hanger" let them go in a bad sea, they would be washed overboard and lost.
I guess that would explain Johnny's claim that he never hung nobody.
Part of "Hanging Johnny" was featured in a scene from the 1962 movie version of Herman Melville's Billy Budd.
Here is a version recorded by ethnographer Sidney Robertson Cowell in Belvedere, Calif. Performing are a bunch of sailors -- Captain Leighton Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, and Leighton McKenzie.
This one's from a 1979 Smithsonian Folkways album Sea Songs: Louis Killen, Stan Hugill and the X Seamen's Institute sing of Cape Horn sailing at the Seattle Chantey Festival
But my favorite is a more recent take on "Hanging Johnny" by Stan Ridgway, which appeared on Hal Wilner's 2006 various artist compilation Rogue's Gallery.
Don't forget to hang, boys, hang.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
|I'm not sure whether Budweiser was sponsoring Tiny|
He hadn't been feeling well that day. And he'd suffered a heart attack a few weeks before at a ukulele festival in Massachusetts. So after performing an abbreviated version of his hit novelty song "Tiptoe Through the Tulips." His wife, Susan Khaury, told The Associated Press that she'd gone up to the stage to help him back to their table.
It was then when he collapsed.
"He went out with a big bang. Very theatrical," Miss Sue told the wire service. "That was his way, to collapse in front of hundreds of people."
The singer died at a Minneapolis hospital later that night.
So in honor of a true entertainer, here are some videos of Tiny singing some songs he's not normally known for.
On this one he sings "Earth Angel" on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1970 with a group called The Enchanted Forest.
Here's a "duet" with himself on Australian TV. (Sorry, but I don't recognize the song. If you know it, please tell me in the comments section.)
This is a clip from You Are What You Eat, a film by Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary.) The female singer here is Eleanor Barooshian, aka Chelsea Lee, who later was in a girl group called The Cake, (which is a story in itself.) Allegedly The off-camera band on this song is none other than The Band.)
For the last quarter century of his career, Tiny Tim was considered an "outsider" musician. In that light, seeing him perform on national TV with Bing Crosby seems almost like Frank Sinatra sharing the stage with The Shaggs. But here he is with Der Bingle -- and a nice cameo by Bobbie Gentry toward the end.
Tiny has been featured in Wacky Wednesday a couple of times before:
* Songs Tiny Taught Us
* Take the Skinheads Through the Tulips
Rest in Peace, Tiny!
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
(Background Music: Cigány Körtánc / Gypsy Round Dance by Balogh Kálmán & the Hungarian Gypsy Cimbalom Band)
The Gasser by The Fleshtones
Latent Psychosis by Dow Jones & The Industrials
One Big White Nightmare by Churchwood
Get Up by De Los Muertos
Kremlin Dogs by Gregg Turner
NORTON RECORDS set
R.I.P. Billy Miller, 1954-2016
(Background Music: The Birds by The Motivations)
No More Hot Dogs by Hasil Adkins
The Monkey by The Great Gaylord
It's a Lie by King Khan
You'll Be Mine by Daddy Long Legs
Burn Baby Burn by Stud Cole
Which End is Up by Miriam
Lula Baby by The A-Bones
(Background Music: Talisman #2 by Monarcs)
(For my previous Norton set, check out Big Enchilada 54)
Dead in a Motel Room by Hickoids
Hideous by Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons
Kiss Her Dead by Delaney Davidson
Trouble of the World by Dex Romweber
(Background Music: I'm in the Mood for Love by Man Chou-Po Orchestra)
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Sunday, November 27, 2016
Sunday, No. 27, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell
(This show was prerecorded. It originally aired Sept. 2, 2012)
OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Dive by L7
Mr. Big Hat by The McCool Whips
Suicide Cat by Pong
Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell by Iggy & The Stooges
Nobody to Love by The 13th Floor Elevators
Maelstrom by Rocket From the Crypt
Four O'Clocker by Thinking Fellers Union Local 282
I Pity the Man by The Hickoids
Draggin' the Line by Tommy James & The Shondells
(Russian title) by Pussy Riot
Hang On by Pussy Galore
Cuckoo by The Monks
Milkshake and Honey by Sleater-Kinney
Tiger Lillian by Kevin Coyne
Hot Rod Baby by Elvis From Outer Space
Somebodu Knockin' by T-Model Ford
Women and Wimmen by John Lee Hooker
Nancy Sinatra Tribute Set
Nancy Sinatra by The Bottle Rockets
How Does That Grab You by Empress of Furrs
Summer Wine by Rick Shea & Patty Booker
Some Velvet Morning by Firewater
These Boots Are Made for Walkin' by Johnny Thunders & Wayne Kramer
Lightnin's Girl by Lydia Lunch
You Only Live Twice by Nancy Sinatra
Prisoner of The Tiki Room by Mojo Nixon
The Trip by Donovan
Done Got Old by Robert Belfour
No Chance by Houndog
Between the Ditches by The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band
Long Black Veil by The Walkabouts
The Port of Amsterdam by David Bowie
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Thursday, November 24, 2016
These days I wouldn’t last long in such a game. It’s true that I don’t like a large percentage of the new crap that’s out there. But it’s also possible that there’s another factor at work. Maybe I’ve become more musically conservative in my advanced years and more cynical about what constitutes musical innovation.
But one thing I can say for myself: I was a fan of Churchwood before most people outside of Austin, which means I’m far cooler than most of those “stump the critic” twits. And Churchwood, as they prove once again with their recently released fourth album, Hex City, is a band that all true rock ’n’ roll fans should seek out.
Churchwood is fronted by singer Joe Doerr, an English professor by day, and guitarist Bill Anderson, who I only recently realized used to play with the acoustic country/punk group The Meat Purveyors, who were always one of the highlights of Bloodshot Records’ annual South by Southwest party at the Yard Dog Art Gallery. Anderson and Doerr have been co-conspirators for decades in various Austin bands.
Some critics — and in fact their own record company, Saustex — have called them an avant-garde blues band. There’s a lot of truth in that. You can certainly hear the influence of Captain Beefheart — who put the sounds of Howlin’ Wolf through a Dadaist meat grinder — in Churchwood’s musical magic.
|Churchwwod live in Austin 2015|
But the band goes well beyond the Captain’s brand of blues. You also can hear echoes of Beefheart’s pal Frank Zappa in Churchwood’s knack for suddenly changing time signatures in the middle of a song. I’ve compared them to Pere Ubu.
And a current weird musical fantasy of mine is producing a split album that would have Churchwood doing songs by The Fall on one side and The Fall covering Churchwood tunes on the other.
On this album, the band’s basic lineup — which includes guitarist Billysteve Korpi, Adam Kahan on bass, and drummer Julien Peterson — is fortified on some songs by a horn section (The Money Shot Brass) and a pair of female vocalists called The Nicotine Choir.
Every track is filled with incredible blues, funk, and sometimes even metal riffs, as if the Dap-Kings were in a vicious battle with the Butthole Surfers while Doerr plays the role of oracle, unleashing barrages of verse.
By the title, you might suspect “One Big White Nightmare” is about the 2016 election. But what I hear is Doerr standing on the sidelines of some pending apocalypse laughing insanely while shooting arrows of flaming literary imagery: “Haiku: seventeen syllables/frame about a doubt with a grim conclusion/yahoo: all the Houyhnhnms in the world/are getting rounded and ridden into mass delusion …”
(Houyhnhnms? That should get a Swift response.)
Desperately fleeing from some crazy unnamed trouble is a theme that runs through more than one song on Hex City. On the low and slow “Hallelujah” (no, not the song by Leonard Cohen, peace be upon him), Doerr sings, “Yeah, we slithered out of Dodge in a ’60 El Camino/and we parked beneath a sycamore tree/the radio was playing ‘Found My Love in Portofino’ when you entered all the terms of my plea. …”
A few songs later, on “Chickasaw Fire,” he rapidly recites, “payin’ no attention ’cause I’m jailhouse broke/I drive a stolen Cadillac and into the smoke/of a Chickasaw fire. …”
Hex City itself is a dangerous adventure. And the adventure only deepens with every listen.
Hickoids. This is a bittersweet EP by these venerated Austin cowpunks and Saustex Records flagship band. It’s a happy occasion because this is the first Hickoids release since 2013’s Hairy Chafin’ Ape Suit. But it’s also sad because the six tracks on this CD are the last recordings by the late Davy Jones, the lanky goofball guitarist known for his sweet smile, tacky plaid suits, colorful paint-flecked boots, and cowboy hats.
Jones -- a founding Hickoids member along with Saustex commander Jeff Smith -- died of lung cancer a year ago. In fact, this column is being published on Nov. 25, the first anniversary of Davy’s death.
The Out of Towners is a collection of covers of songs written by some of the band’s favorite songwriters from Texas. It kicks off with a sweet-sounding version of “I Have Always Been Here Before” by the Lone Star State’s favorite psychedelic ranger, Roky Erickson, and includes a blistering take on Willie Nelson’s hit “Night Life” and a more reverent cover of Doug Sahm’s “At the Crossroads,” a song best known for the line “you just can’t live in Texas if you ain’t got a whole lot of soul.”
|The late great Davy Jones|
There’s a slow, soulful song by Santa Fe resident Terry Allen called “I Just Left Myself Today,” (“I didn’t float, I didn’t fly, I did not transcend. No I just walked out on me again”) from his classic Lubbock on Everything album. And there’s “Dead in a Motel Room,” a dark rocker by the Dicks, an old Austin punk rock band that included Jones. This one has a harmonica solo by Walter Daniels of Big Foot Chester and Meet Your Death.
One of my favorite tunes here is “Cans,” which was written by Rich Minus, who is better known for writing “Laredo Rose,” which was recorded by the Texas Tornados. Minus died earlier this year at the age of seventy-five. “Cans” is the story of a homeless man. I don’t think this band has ever sounded prettier.
Here are some Videos for yas
First some Churchwood. I found some from their recent CD release party at the Hole in the Wall in Austin.
And here is America's beloved Hickoids. Smitty is woefully under-miked here, but this clip captures a big chunk of the Hickoids spirit.
And here's an old favorite tune recorded at the Davy Jones memorial in April.
Every Thanksgiving while counting my blessings and stuffing my face, I think of Little Eva and "The Turkey Trot," her follow-up to her big hit "The Loco-Motion."
Here she is singing on Shindig in 1965, backed up by The Shindogs and The Blossoms.
I was always fascinated with the line "My grandmother taught this dance to me. She did it at the turn of the century.
It's quite possible if Little Eva's grandmother was of dancing age in the early 1900s, she indeed was doing the Turkey Trot. It was a dance craze fueled by the rise of ragtime music.
According to an NPR History Department story last year:
Dances that drew partners close together — along with touching and embracing and all that stuff — became flashpoints for public outrage. They were badmouthed and banned from coast to coast.
Fears that party-goers might do the Bunny Hug or Turkey Trot may have even led to the cancellation of the official inaugural ball of newly elected President Woodrow Wilson in the spring of 1913.
... In the summer of 1909, a bellboy in San Francisco, according to the local Chronicle, was arrested for doing the Turkey Trot at a dance hall. "I can't dance any other way," he told the judge.
If indeed Little Eva's grandmother was Turkey Trotting back in that time, here are some of the songs she would have been dancing to.
Here's a variation by Arthur Pryor, combining the Turkery Trot with another popular "animal dance" of the era, The Grizzly.
And going back even further, this is a wax cylinder recording from 1908 by the American Symphony Orchestra.
Happy Turkey Day. Hope you don't get the trots.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Some of the sweetest memories of my pre-teen years involve being lost in an airplane-glue haze building models. I loved the Aurora monster kits, -- and I once won a prize from a local hobby shop for my Mummy model.
But even more, I loved the Revell models from the Big Daddy Roth universe --- Mr. Gasser, Rat Fiunk, Drag Nut, etc. -- and their rivals, The Weird-ohs from the Hawk Model Company and their beach-loving cousins, The Silly Surfers.
One cool thing about both the Big Daddy Roth models and the Hawk models is that both had music to go along with them. In fact, the Roth-spawned Mr. Gasser & The Weird-ohs had three albums to their credit in the mid '60s.
Even as a kid I noticed that Gasser's band sounded a lot like The Weird-ohs (and The Silly Surfers.) That's because both fake groups were fronted an L.A, studio cat named Gary Usher.
By the time he got around to these bands Usher already had co-written songs with Brian Wilson including "In My Room." (Usher also was the brains behind The Hondells, who had a hit with the Wilson-penned "Little Honda." )
Let's hear some songs by these bands, starting with Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos, singing the title song of their first album, "Hot Rod Hootenanny."
As a kid, one of my favorite Gasser tunes was "The Ballad of Eefin Fink: "He's the hero of the story. But he's the villain too. So naturally the question is "Who?"
Back in the mid '60s I had a split LP of The Weird-ohs and The Silly Surfers. Here's a shoulda-been Weird-ohs hit called "Huey's Hut Rod."
Meanwhile, the best Silly Surfers tune was "Hodad Makin' the Scene With a Six Pack."
Back in the '90s, I thought I might be the last man alive who remembered this stuff. Then Pearl Jam went and covered this Silly Surfers classic
And 10 years ago, the Canadian group, The Sadies did a credible job in conjuring the airplane-glue rock spirit when they provided the soundtrack to the Big Daddy Roth documentary "Tales of the Rat Fink."