Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Happy Birthday Mel Brooks!


Mel Brooks, center, as Gov. William J. Lepetomane in Blazing Saddles, 1974


Mel Brooks, the comic force behind some of the funniest movies of the '70s, turns 91 today.

Happy birthday, Mel!

Though he's basically known as a comedian, writer, director, producer and actor, Brooks also had an ear for music. The songs in his movies helped make them memorable

To celebrate his birthday this Wacky Wednesday here are some of the best songs from his films.

Let's start with this scene in Blazing Saddles featuring Madeline Kahn as the Marlene Dietrich-like Lili von Shtup singing a ditty called "I'm Tired."



In Young Frankenstein Gene Wilder as Dr. Frankenstein and Peter  Boyle as his monster teamed up for a rendition of "Puttin' on the Ritz."



Robin Hood: Men in Tights was one of Brooks' later movies (1993.) Here  Cary Elwes as Robin Hood serenades Maid Marian (Amy Yasbeck) with "The Night is Young and You're So Beautiful," a song Dean Martin recorded a few decades before.



Brooks himself sings the theme of his 1977 Hitchcock spoof High Anxiety in a hotel lounge. He wrote the song too.



But music-wise I don't believe Brooks ever topped this glorious anthem from his 1968 film The Producers.







Sunday, June 25, 2017

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





Sunday, June 25, 2017
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrell(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Occidental Front by Black Lips
Girl Happy by Elvis Presley
The Point is Overflowing by Left Lane Cruiser
Crybabies Go Home by The Ghost Wolves
I'm Not Like Everyone Else by The Rockin' Guys
Bikini Girls With Machine Guns by The Cramps
The Grace by The Molting Vultures
I Shot All the Birds by The Blind Shake
Truck Stop by Suzi Quatro

Voodoo Priestess by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Walk on Guilded Splinters by Jello Biafra & The New Orleans Raunch and Soul All-Stars
The Lucky Ones by Mudhoney
That's When I Reach for My Revolver by Mission of Burma

Demon in Profile by Afghan Whigs
Heathen Child by Grinderman
Every Girl Deserves a Song by The Electric Mess
Skintrade by The Mekons
Almost a God by Movie Star Junkies
No Rocks on Mars by The Vagoos
You Never Had It Better by The Electric Prunes
Hap Hap Happy Heart by Pamela Lucia
Time Can Do So Much by Negativland

Burning Love by The Residents
Days of Being Wild by ... and You Will Know Us by The Trail of Dead
The Thing That Should Not Be by Primus
Falling by Xiu Xiu
I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound by Dion
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, June 23, 2017

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST



Friday, June 23, 2017
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens

Move it on Over by George Thorogood
In the Jailhouse by The Grevious Angels
Hotdog That Made Him Mad by Wanda Jackson
If You Play With My Mind by Cornell Hurd
Lonesome 7-7203 by Hawkshaw Hankins
Bottom Below by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
3-Pecker Goat by Jesse Dayton
Punk Rockin' Honky Tonk Girl by The Blue Chieftains
This is How It Ends by Steve Earle

White Trash by Fred Eaglesmith
The Love In by Ben Colder
Broken Halos by Chris Stapleton 
Armistice Day by The Yawpers
Visionland by The Banditos
Fourteen Rivers, Fourteen Floods by Beck
Dolores by Eddie Noack
Hucklebuck by The Riptones 
Good Morning Judge by Louis Innis & His Stringbusters
Foldin' Bed by Whistler's Jug Band

Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves by The Last Mile Ramblers
How Fast Them Trucks Can Go by Claude Gray
Truck Drivers Blues by Cliff Brown
Give Me 40 Acres by The Willis Brothers
Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man by The Byrds
UFOs Big Rigs and BBQ by Mojo Nixon & The World Famous Blue Jays
Highway Cafe by Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys
Truck Drivin' Man by Terry Fell
Mama Hated Diesels by Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen

A Tombstone Every Mile by Dick Curless
Diesel Daisy by Killbilly
Truck Stop Hooker by Stinky Joe McCoy
Giddy Up Go by Red Sovine
Truck Stops and Pretty Girls by Jim & Jesse
Six Days on the Road by Rig Rock Deluxe (Dale Watson, Rosie Flores, Wayne Hancock, Toni Price, Kim Richie, Jon Langford, with Lou Whitney & The Skeletons)
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Songs for the Truck Stop


An overflow crowd at a public meeting in Santa Fe showed up to protest a proposed Flying J truck stop off I-25 south of the city.

According to a news story by my Santa Fe New Mexican colleague Justin Horwath, residents of the nearby Rancho Viejo neighborhood claimed the truck stop would bring unwanted traffic, crime and pollution. One guy even warned of the danger of light pollution coming from a 24 truck stop.

In other words, a fairly typical Santa Fe NIMBY battle. I must have covered a million of 'em back when I had the City Hall beat.

But for a lover of vintage country music, there just seems something un-American about attacking a truck stop,

As any serious country music fan knows, a truck stop is a hallowed place, an oasis on the highway, where a pretty waitress will pour you another cup of coffee (for it is the best in the land!)

A truck stop is where the brave men and women who bring the food to our supermarkets, and other goods to our stores can take a shower, grab a burger and a piece of pie and share a little face-to-face conversation with fellow humans to relieve the tedium that white-line brings.

Surely that outweighs a little light pollution.

Whenever someone protests a truck stop, somewhere out on the Lost Highway, the ghost of Big Joe sheds a quiet tear as he drives his Phantom 309 through the shadows.

O.K., I'll stop. Enjoy some classic American truck driver songs. Most of these have been banging around in my head since I read Justin's story,

I first heard "Truck Drivin' Man" done by Buck Owens. Butit was written and first recorded back in 1954 by an Alabama-born singer named Terry Fell.



Dave Dudley --  born David Darwin Pedruska in Spencer, Wisc. -- is best known for his truck-driver songs in the 1960s. His best-known song is this hit from 1963.



Red Simpson was a pioneer of the Bakersfield Sound as well as an important purveyor of truck driving songs. "Roll, Truck Roll" is my favorite Simpson tune.



Kitty Wells, one of the giants of 1950s country music, sang a sweet testimonial to truck stop waitresses



Dick Curless, a New Englander who wrote many truck driving songs in the 1960s, did this song about "truck stops with swingin' chicks" in this tune called "Chick Inspector."//



Here's another Red, Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine, who made it big with truck driver tunes. He's responsible for the spooky "Big Joe & The Phantom 309." This maudlin little weeper, also a "talking" song -- or maybe you can call it "white rap" -- was even a bigger hit for Sovine. It's about a guy who drives a truck called the "Giddy Up Go."



But this one is my favorite truck driving song of all time. I prefer the version by New Mexico's own Last Mile Ramblers, who performed and recorded it back in the '70s. But a Texan named Doye O'Dell was the first to record "Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves" back in 1952. The song features a hotshot steel guitarist named Speedy West.



You can bet your bottom dollar that I'm going to play a big load of truck driver songs on The Santa Fe Opry Friday night on KSFR.







Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Let's Get Residential




On this Wacky Wednesday let us now praise The Residents and the joy they bring.

This anonymous music and art collective has been together for more than 40  years in various evolving forms.

Today we salute one particular aspect of The Residents -- their cover songs. They've been reinterpreting, deconstructing and mutating popular songs by better-known artists  in their own peculiar way  since the very beginning.

In fact, the very first track on their very first album Meet The Residents (1974) was a version of Nancy Sinatra's "Boots."  Check this out.



Since that time, The Residents have released entire albums of covers of specific artists including Elvis Presley (The King & Eye), Hank Williams and John Phillip Sousa (Stars & Hank Forever) and George Gershwin and James Brown (George & James). Here's a tune from that one.



The eyeball boys took a stab at Ray Charles ...



Here's a classic performance of an Elvis classic on Night Music, a syndicated show in the late '80s and early '90s that remains my favorite TV music show since Shindig. On that same episode, The Residents backed Conway Twitty on a song.



Here's a Rolling Stones favorite as re-imagined by The Residents



The Residents go country ... but I don't think Hank done it that a way.



And finally, a little Sousa for yousa






Sunday, June 18, 2017

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, June 18 , 2017
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
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10 p.m. to midnight Sundays 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
All Was Well by Benjamin Booker
Whettin' My Knife by The Ghost Wolves
Baby, I'm in the Mood for You by Dion
Bionic Girl by The Exterminators
You Can't Sit Down by Wolfman Jack
The World by The Count Five
Rocketship to Freedom by The Molting Vultures
Wandering Black Hole by Rattason
I Smell A Rat by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Killing the Wolfman by The King Khan & BBQ Show
Ghost Robot by Willis Earl Beal

Murder in My Heart for the Judge by Moby Grape
Society of Plants by The Blind Shake
Death of an  Angel by Destination Lonely
Onion by The Mekons
Into the Floor by Afghan Whigs
Nutbush City Limits by Ike & Tina Turner
Mama Guitar by The Oblivians
I Fuck Alone by The Grannies
I Think I'm Going Down by Weird Omen
The Beat Generation by Bob McFdden & Dor

Advanced Romance by Frank Zappa & The Mothers with Capt. Beefheart
Squatting in Heaven by The Black Lips
Happy People Make Me Sick by The Monsters
Wasn't That Good by Wynonie Harris
Psycho Love by The Meteors
Think About It by Grey City Passengers
Give Me Back My Wig by Hound Dog Taylor

Over the Mountain, Across the Sea by Johnny & Joe
Lips of a Loser by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Village of Love / Going Back to the Village of Love by Nathaniel Mayer
Leaving it All Up to You by Don & Dewy
Come on Up to the House by Tom Waits
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, June 16, 2017

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST



Friday, June 16, 2017
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
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: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
Ain't I'm a Dog by Ronnie Self
Settin' the Woods on Fore by The Tractors
Gonna Be Flyin' Tonight by Wayne Hancock
Big Mouth by Nikki Lane
So You Wannabe an Outlaw by Steve Earle with Willie Nelson
Take Your Love Out of Town by Zephaniah Ohora
She's No Angel by New Riders of the Purple Sage
The Nail by Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Little Ramona (Gone Hillbilly Nuts) by BR5-49

It's Her Turn Now by Boris McCutcheon
Hurtin' on the Bottle by Margo Price
Jubilee by Ashley Monroe
My Tennessee Mountain Home by Dolly Parton
Come as You Are by Iron Horse
Last Thing I Needed First Thing this Morning by Chris Stapleton
Truck Driver's Woman by Nancy Apple

Nobody's Dirty Business by Bettye Lavette
Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me by Mississippi John Hurt
Did You Hear John Hurt by Dave Van Ronk
It Gets Easier by Willie Nelson
Cumberland Gap by Jason Isbelle
Fair Swiss Maiden by Roger Miller
Lover of Your Dreams by Zeno Tornado
Intentional Heartache by Dwight Yoakam
Make Him Behave by The Collins Kids

Nothing Takes the Place of You by Shinyribs
Please Don't by Lauria
I Drink by Bobby Bare
Lost From Me by Stephanie Hatfield
I'm Going Home by Slackeye Slim
Old Dog Tray by Peter Stampfel & The Bottle Caps
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets


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WACKY WEDNESDAY: Happy Birthday Mel Brooks!

Mel Brooks, center, as Gov. William J. Lepetomane in Blazing Saddles , 1974 Mel Brooks, the comic force behind some of the funniest m...