Monday, May 30, 2016

Suitable for any Memorial Day BBQ: the latest BIG ENCHILADA episode!


Greetings, out there in podland,  the 96th exciting episode of The Big Enchilada is here, so weep no more. We have wild new sounds from He Who Cannot Be Named, Alien Space Kitchen, Sex Hogs II,  San Antonio Kid, a couple of Swedish bands, Rattanson and Fezz, classic punk rock from The Germs, The Eyes and Skull Control, a strange ditty from rockin' Rod McKuen and to celebrate episode 96, some sweet sounds from the 9,696-year-old Perfect Master himself, Question Mark (and the Mysterians).


Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: Honey Rock by Barney Kessel)
96 Lagrimas by Los Shains
"8" Teen by Question Mark & The Mysterians
Losing My Mind by Alien Space Kitchen 
MDManne by San Antonio Kid
Wandering Black Hole by Rattanson
I Dig Her Wig by Rod McKuen

(Background Music: Banshee by The Derangers)
Lovedoll by He Who Cannot Be Named
Pigtails by Sex Hogs II 
Magma by The Scrams
Demolition Man by Skull Control
Ugly by SA90
I'm Your Witchdoctor by The Chants
Around and Around by The Germs

(Background Music: Straitjacket by Bill Haley & The Comets)
Fezzalized by Fezz
I Want You to Be My Baby by Grace Chang
Kill Your Parents by The Eyes
Hellbound by Sinners
There's a UFO Up There by Travis Wammack
Money Changes Everything by Ought
(Background Music: 96 Tears (en Espanol) by  Question Mark & The Mysterians)

Play it below:

Sunday, May 29, 2016


Sunday, May, 2016 
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M. 
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time 
Host: Steve Terrell
101.1 FM
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Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Losing My Mind by Alien Space Kitchen
Kill Your Parents by The Eyes
One More Time by He Who Cannot Be Named
Top Secret by KAOS
Family Fun Night by Figures of Light
Hoochie Coochie Man by New York Dolls
Ruby's Old Time by The Fleshtones
Wandering Black Hole by Rattanson
Prodigal Son by Rev. John Wilkins (Live at Scott's Pottery Gallery, Arroyo Seco, June 8)

MDManne by San Antonio Kid
War Going On by Sulphur City
Speed Freak by Stomachmouths
Hot Stumps by Skull Control
Fezzalized by Fezz
In Hell by The Monsters
I Dig Her Wig by Rod McKuen

Take Me to Our Place by Jonny Manak & The Depressives
Round and Round by The Germs
Pigtails by Sex Hogs II
My Shadow by Jay Reatard
Don't Send Me Flowers I Ain't Dead Yet by Reigning Sound
Boys in the Wood by Black Lips
Rockin' Bones by The Cramps
Shakin' All Over by Flamin' Groovies
96 Tears by Question Mark & The Mysterians

Money Changes Everything by Ought
Lemmy by The Come n' Go
Brother, My Cup is Empty by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
This One's from the Heart by Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Friday, May 27, 2016


Friday May 27, 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
He Ain't Right by Legendary Shack Shakers
Tryin' to Forget the Blues by Porter Wagoner
Shave 'em Dry by Asylum Street Spankers
Keep Your Mouth Shut by Beth Lee & The Breakups
The Government Road by Del McCoury Band
Soldier of the Cross by Ricky Skaggs
Ricky Skaggs Tonight by Will Rigsby
It's an Old Southern Custom by Ukulele Ike 
Transfusion by He Who Cannot Be Named

He'll Have to Go / Okie From Muskogee by Leon Russell (Live at Lensic June 4)
Vengeance Gonna Be Mine by Slackeye Slim 
Born in Jail by Scott H. Biram
All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down by The Supersuckers
Fist City by Loretta Lynn
I'm the Man Who Rode the Mule Around the World by Charlie Poole
Wrong John by Jim Stringer

Catch Me a Possum by The Watzloves
Daddy Got Bit by a Rapid Possum by Angry Johnny & GTO
Possum Man by The Brothers Covelle
Carve that Possum by Southern Culture on the Skids
Sarah Jane by Robbie Fulks
Skip a Rope by Dallas Wayne
Everybody Out by Al Scorch
Making Believe by Wanda Jackson
Ride by Wayne Hancock (Live at Skylight June 3)

My Idaho Home by Carolyn Mark
No Paddle Wheel by Jaime Michaels (Live at San Miguel Mission June 11)
I Just Can't You Say Goodbye by Willie Nelson
Sad Songs and Waltzes by Ernest Tubb
Crossing Muddy Waters by John Hiatt
Lonesome Whistle Blow by The Blues Against Youth
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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TERRELL'S TUNEUP: From the Current Crop of Garage-Punk Madness

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
May 27, 2016

Here are a bunch of albums in the garage, punk, crazy rock vein that I’ve been enjoying lately. What?
You’ve never heard of any of these bands? That’s why I included links. Click them. Educate yourselves. Broaden your horizons. Dare to explore ...

* My Degeneration by He Who Cannot Be Named. If Los Straitjackets are the golden, heroic, baby-faced luchadores of rock ’n’ roll, then He Who Cannot Be Named is the villainous, rule-breaking hair-pulling, eye-gouging heel.

After all, he’s a founding member of the Dwarves, veteran spunk-rockers best known for album covers featuring images with naked women crucifying a midget, and for getting kicked off Sub Pop Records at the peak of the great grunge scare for creating a hoax in which they claimed He Who had been killed in a knife fight. You know, my kind of band.

So on He Who’s latest solo record, the veteran guitarist (who never has revealed his real name) sings sweet praises to a blow-up rubber sex partner (“Lovedoll”) and a touching 1950s-edged ode to necrophilia (“One More Time”). Santa Fe’s own Gregg Turner has also explored this theme.

One of my favorites is a song that doesn’t contain any overt perversity. It’s the album opener, a rousing tune in which the singer declares he’s better than you, smarter than you, richer than you. It’s almost certainly a jab at snobs. But it’s more fun if you assume He Who Cannot Be Named really means it and expects you to bow to his superiority.

Like his mothership band, He Who has plenty of good old-fashioned rowdy punk songs, several of which are addictively melodic. But he also branches out musically. “Transfusion” and “Beautiful Disease” feature a banjo, reminding me a little of the late Tommy Ramone’s “bluegrass” band, Uncle Monk. And on “Our Sacred Hate,” there is a screechy fiddle that suggests Celt-punk. Dropkick Murphys or The Tossers would do good versions of this.

* Part I  by Sex Hogs II. Just a few years ago there was a bitchen little garage band in Albuquerque The Scrams. I never got to see them live — and in fact, I hadn’t even heard of them until several years ago when I was listening to a podcast by a crony, in which he played a Scrams song, called me out by name, and basically ordered me to love them. That wasn’t hard. They were great.

Unfortunately The Scrams are no more. But just a few weeks ago, former Scramster Nate Daly, who contacted me to tell me about his new band Sex Hogs II. (I’m not sure what happened to Sex Hogs I.) These feral Hogs sound a lot like the long-lost Scrams.

It’s raw straightforward garage-rock fun — “Blood in the Dirt,” “Want Some,” and “I Object” being fine high-octane boppers. But these guys are capable of pulling off slower tunes as well, such as “Sacrifice.”

I actually was surprised to learn that Sex Hogs II is a duo. They produce a pretty full sound for just two guys. The members are identified only as “Guitar Hog” and “Drum Hog” (Daly, I presume. He was the drummer for The Scrams.). “Bass Hog” joins them on one tune and, even better, “Sax Hog” plays on two others.

One of those, “Pigtails,” is, for the moment at least, my favorite tune on this record. It sounds like some kind of early ’60s rock ballad — or maybe a powerful Reigning Sound tune. I’m not sure which Hog is singing, but he pours his guts into it. And Sax Hog earns his slop on this one. (I’m a sucker for a sax on punk songs, so let’s have a moment of silence for former Stooge Steve Mackay, who died last October.)

And speaking of Reigning Sound, the only nonoriginal song here is an inspired cover of the Greg Cartwright-penned “Drowning,” which first appeared on RS’s album Too Much Guitar! Like they do on “Pigtails,” the Hogs give this one a lot of heart and soul.

* Apprentice by The Blues Against Youth. This is a one-man band from Italy, that one-man being a Roman guy named Gianni TBAY. (TBAY. Think about it.)  He sings and plays guitar (lots of slide!) and drums. His sound is reminiscent of American one-man bands like Scott H. Biram and John Schooley, with both country and blues roots and a D.I.Y. punk-rock sensibility.

This album starts off with a slow and purdy blues instrumental called “Keep It Goin’.” At just over a minute long, however, this really is just an invocation to the blues spirits.

The faster-paced “Medium Size Star Bound” is the real opener. It features some tasty picking and lyrics about career frustration (“Medium size star bound/They can make you drown/Turn you upside down/But they can’t take your heart.” And in the middle, where you might expect a guitar solo, Gianni gives us a whistle solo. No, it’s not played on a whistle instrument — he actually whistles a melody. Truly whistling is a lost art in rock ’n’ roll.

One of my favorites here is “Got Blood in My Rhythm,” a jaunty number that would work for either the Rolling Stones (Exile on Main St.-era) as well as Dinosaur Jr. And did I say something about country roots? There’s a stunning cover here of one of Hank Williams’ saddest songs, “I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow.”

The album’s most impressive number is the title song, a seven-minute hard, gritty blues. Coming from out of nowhere, there’s an electric organ solo that’s nothing short of spooky. I’m not sure if this is Gianni or another musician. All I know is that it works.

It's video time"

HeWho goes country

And here's another mellow song

Here is some live Blues Against Youth

And when I searched for "Sex Hogs" on Youtube, I only found animal husbandry videos. But here is one of their songs you can listen to:

Thursday, May 26, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Covering Bob, From Buck Owens to Ministry

He's been singing, writing and recording songs for more than 50 years, And now Bob Dylan has turned 75, That happened just this week, on Tuesday, May 24.

Happy Birthday, dear Zimmy.

So in honor of one of the most covered songwriters in modern history, here's a wide variety of artists singing songs of Bob.

While most of the musical acts below are not obscure by any means, these Dylan covers aren't that well known. (Except maybe one. But you'll have to read on.)

Dylan has been covered by rock bands, soul singers, blues belters, country musicians, lounge crooners, traditional Irish bands and probably Tuvan throat singers and  Norwegian marching bands.

I actually didn't find any of the latter. If I ever do, you know I'll post them.

Here is Nick Cave mutating a song Dylan wrote for Johnny Cash, "Wanted Man."

In 1974 Tina Turner changed "She Belongs to Me" into "He Belongs to Me" on her first solo album, Tina Turns the Country On. She also did another song on that album, "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You."

The industrial rock group Ministry also went country -- well, not really -- with this tune from Dylan's Nashville Skyline. 

Buck Owens stumbled over the line about "ceremonies of the horsemen," but he sings it straight from the heart.

Dylan is a favorite of the Golden Throats -- Telly Savalas singing "I Shall Be Released," Eddie Albert blowing "Blowing in the Wind" and of course William Shatner's game-changing take on "Mr. Tambourine Man." But my favorite is "It Ain't Me Babe" as performed as a spoken word piece by Sebastian Cabot's (He was "Mr. French,' the butler in the '60s sitcom Family Affair.)

Sebastian starts off as if he's nursing the hangover of his life ("Go away from my window!") and ends up sounding like a third rate villain taunting some poor hostage. Enjoy.

Unlike the others here, this song actually was a minor hit of sorts -- at least I remember WKY in Oklahoma City playing it -- by a vocal group calling itself "The Wonder Who." But nobody wondered very long. Everyone figured out that it was The Four Seasons with Frankie Valli in hyper-drive falsetto. Many say Frankie did it as a joke. If so, it was a cruel joke ...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Happy Birthday, Wesley Willis

It's just a few days until Wesley Willis' birthday. He would have been 53 next Tuesday.

Willis was a large man from Chicago who suffered from schizophrenia. He was one of the monsters of outsider music. He was not talented in the conventional way but his songs were direct, sincere, often hilarious and frequently touching.

He'd recite his lyrics over tacky, pre-programmed Casio-type electronic keyboard riffs.

Jello Biafra, the former Dead Kennedys singer who released his work on his Alternative Tentacles records label, published this eulogy when Willis died in 2003:

As I got to know Wesley, what really struck me was his sheer will power, his unrelenting drive to succeed and over come a horrifically poor background, child abuse, racism, chronic schizophrenia and obesity among other things. He was the most courageous person I have ever known. Yet through it all he had such a deep, all-encompassing love of life. Little things, big things. He loved bus rides. He loved watching trains. He loved writing songs about how much he loved his friends. He loved travelling to new towns so he could headbutt new friends. Is there any band he saw that escaped being in their own song about how much he loved their show? He was so warm, so sweet, so giving. He could be a handful when he came to visit; but as soon as he left, we'd miss him immediately.

Let's honor Wesley with a few of his songs. One the first couple, he talks about his mental condition.

Many of his songs were set on buses.

Some of his themes were pure fantasy.

Before he confined himself to Casio accompaniment, Willis had a punk band, The Wesley Willis Fiasco.

Many of Willis' songs were tributes to musicians and/or celebrities he liked. Kurt Cobain and Oprah Winfrey were among those to receive the Wesley treatment. So was Jello Biafra,  In this song, Willis declares: "You are a good punk rocker / You are a singing maniac / You can really sing your ass off to the max / You are a good person  ..."

Though Willis might have whipped Spiderman's ass, Gingerman knocked him out.

Rock over London, rock on Chicago ... Winston tastes good like a cigarette should ...

Sunday, May 22, 2016


Sunday, May 22, 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 
It's Not My Way by The Monsters
Lovedoll by HehoCannotBeNamed
I'm a Spaz / Fuck the World by The Spastics
Don't Talk to Me by The Eyes
Wandering Black Hole by Raatanson
Cosmic Debris by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
Monster Stomp by Cool Jerks
Four on the Floor by The Gears
Blasting Through by Alien Space Kitchen
Booted by Rosco Gordon

Who Stole the Kiska by The Polkaholics 
Today Sometime by The Come n' Go
Dimples by The Animals
Who Do I Have to Kill to Get Out of Here by The Bonnevilles 
I Object by Sex Hogs II
Blew My Speakers by The Angel Babies
Ballad of Jimmy Tanks by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
You're Not Blank by The Dils
Bad Boy by Larry Williams

Apprentice by The Blues Against Youth
Smells Like Bad Nirvana by Skull Control
Smells Like Nirvana by Weird Al Yankovic
Round and Round by The Germs
Hellhound by Sinners
Make You Mine by Black Lips
I'm a Trash Man by Deke Dickerson & The Trashmen
Poor Dog (Who Can't Wag His Own Tail) by Little Richard
Do the Clam by The Cramps

Gypsy Son by Javier Escovedo
Do You Love Me by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Big Legged Mamas Are Back in Style by Taj Mahal
Meet Me in the Graveyard by Andre Williams
Brick by Brick by Iggy Pop
Curtain Falls by Bobby Darin
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Sunday, May 22, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
8 am to 10 am  Sundays Mountain Time
Substitute  Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's the playlist :

Welcome Table and Prayer by Alice Wine
Run to Jesus for Refuge by Charles Barnett
My Wonderful Counselor by The Davis Sisters
Woke Up This Morning with Jesus on My Mind by Roosevelt Graves & Brother
He's a Mighty Rock by The Joy Harmonizers
Old Gospel Ship by Ruby Vass
Do You Call That Religion by Rev. A. Johnson
The Very Same God by The Silver Leaf Quartet
I'm a Soldier by The Original Blind Boys of Mississippi

Down by The Riverside by Snooks Eaglin
On the Rock Where Moses Stood by The Carter Family
What a Mother Can Do by Rev. Lonnie Farris
I Wish I Was in Heaven by Mississippi Fred McDowell, Denise Gardner & Mattie Gardner
You Ought to Been There by The BC Harmonizers
Two Little Fishes by Rev. Louis Overstreet
Milky White Way by The Trumpeteers
He Won't Deny Me by The Swan Silvertones
Jesus on the Mainline by James Shoter & Viola James

I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate by Hoosier Hotshots
Tired Chicken Blues by Cannon's Jug Stompers
Bye Bye Policeman by Jim Jackson
Johnny Goodwin by Bull Mountain Moonshiners
Nine Pound Hammer is Too Heavy by The Monroe Brothers
How Can You Have the Blues by Georgia Tom & Kansas City Kitty
Mississippi Bollweevil Blues by The Masked Marvel
Dope Head Blues by Victoria Spivey
Bed Bug Blues by Gov. Jimmie Davis

Sounder Medley by Taj Mahal
The Bum Hotel by Uncle Dave Macon
Cocaine by Dick Justice
Jimbo Jambo Land by Shorty Godwin
My Little Bimbo Down on the Bamboo Isle by Frank Crumit
She's in the Graveyard Now by Earl McDonald's Original Louisville Jug Band
That Nasty Swing by Cliff Carlisle
Keep it Clean by Charley Jordan

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Friday, May 20, 2016


Friday, May 20, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
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
The Fool by Zeno Torado & The Boney Google Brothers
Rocket in Your Pocket by Jenny & The Steady-Gos
How Cold Hearted Can You Get by Hank Thompson
Johnson to Jones by The Waco Brothers
I Don't Know How This Story Ends by Dave Insley
Much Too Young For Love by Barney Burchum
Wouldya Wanna by Beth Lee & The Breakups
Jump in the River by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Billy the Kid by Ry Cooder
Katy Kay by Robbie Fulks

Frankie & Albert by Taj Mahal with the Pointer Sisters
Wasted Mind by Danny Barnes
Hey Bartender by Dan Hicks & The Hot LIcks
Rose Connoly by Peter Case
Me and Rose Connoly by Rachel Brooke
Whispering Sea by Loretta Lynn
Sweet Sweet Young 'un by Al Duvall

All songs by GC except where noted

Cold Dog Soup
Randall Knife
Baton Rouge by Bill Hearne
Homegrown Tomoatos
Tornado Time in Texas
The Cape by Asleep at the Wheel
Heartbroke by Ricky Skaggs
Bunkhouse Blues

Queenie's Song by Terry Allen
Baby Took a Limo to Memphis
Talk is Cheap by Don Williams
L.A. Freeway by Jerry Jeff Walker
Out in the Parking Lot 
One Hell of a Guy by Chip Taylor with Guy Clark

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Blood on the Old Banjo

I'm in the mood for some musical bloodlust ... in the folk tradition.

Here's a handful of proud old traditional songs that deal in senseless violence, mayhem, misogyny and murder.

Songs that make you proud to be an American.

Let's start out with "Wild Bill Jones" as performed by a gent named Frank Proffitt, a Tennessee banjo picker who is credited with popularizing another great murder ballad, "Tom Dooley."

Bluesman King Solomon Hill sings "Whoopee Blues," a grim little threat to a woman who done him wrong.
"Tell me you been gone all day, that you may make whoopee all night; / I'm gonna take my razor and cut your late hours / You wouldn't think I'd be servin' you right ..."Devil's got 90,000 women, he just need one more..."

"Delia's Gone" is normally associated with Johnny Cash. But the song goes back at least to 1900, when 14-year-old Delia Green was murdered by her 15-year-old boyfriend in Savannah, Georgia. This is a calypso version by Bahama-born Blake Alphonso Higgs, also known as "Bind Blake' (Not to be confused with the American Arthur "Blind" Blake.)

And this is one that I know best by The Everly Brothers and, later, Peter Case. But like the others here, "Down in the Willow Garden" goes back much further. One weird little "folk process" things about this song: In many versions, including the one below by Charlie Monroe, the singer says he had a bottle of burgandy wine. But in others, like The Everlys' it's "burglar's wine." SOmeho that seems more evil and mysterious.

This next one goes back centuries to the British Isles. It's the tale of a psyhotic killer, a baby murder infact. This grim little tale sometimes is called "Lamkin" sometimes Lambkin' and numerous variations thereof. Sometimes the villain is a stone mason who was stiffed for payment by some nobel. Lankin takes revenge on helpless members of the rich guy's family, aided by a "false nurse." The most memorable lyrics; "We will pinch him, we will break him, we will stab him with a pin ..."
When I first heard back in the '70s, it was "Long Lankin" and was performed by the British folk rock band Steeleye Span. This is a 2004 performance by Steeleye.