Sunday, April 18, 2021

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, April 18, 2021
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
Thunder on the Mountain by Wanda Jackson
Oofty Goofty (Wild Man from Borneo) by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Still in Hollywood by Concrete Blonde
She Looks Like a Woman by The Fleshtones 
Too Political by The Dicks
The Beat Goes on by The Pretty Things
In This Rubber Tomb by Mudhoney
Swing Low Sweet Chariot by Homer Henderson

Rattle Can by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Highway 61 Revisited by Dave Alvin
Beat Generation by The Beat Farmers
Sceptre by Sleeve Cannon
Burn She-Devil, Burn by The Cramps
That Kind of Man by The Syndicate of Sound
Yankin' My Chain by Joe "King" Carrasco
Pay Your Rates by The Fall
Skull and Crossbones by Sparkle Moore

What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are / Bwana Dik / Latex Solar Beef by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
Funnel of Love by T. Tex Edwards
Televangelist by Nots
Stay Out of It by Kathy Freeman
Aha by Honshu Wolves
Can't Delete Nightmares by Degurutieni
Little Chicken Wah Wah by Huey "Piano" Smith
Endless Sleep by Jody Reynolds

Little Red Rooster by Big Mama Thornton
They Don't Rob the Trains Anymore by Ronny Elliott
One Night of Sin by Southern Culture on the Skids
Lucky and Alone by Rachel Brooke
I Love You Truly by Peter Stampfel
A Mission in Life by Stan Ridgway
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Golden Throats Strike Again!

 


It's been more than a year since I dedicated a Wacky Wednesday to the Golden Throats.

Well, friend, that's too long!

What's a "Golden Throat?" you might ask. As I've said before:

Back in the '80s and '90s, when Rhino Records was actually a cool label, they released a series of albums called Golden Throats. These nutball compilations featured movie and TV stars, sports heroes and every stripe of cheesy celebrity singing ham-fisted versions of songs they had no business singing. Pop tunes, rock 'n' roll hits, country song, whatever. Nothing was sacred and nothing was safe from the Golden Throats. 

 Because of the exposure from the Rhino series, some of these unintentionally hilarious songsters became notorious and ironically hip. Think William Shatner -- the Elvis of the Golden Throats! -- and his over-the-top renditions of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Mr. Tambourine Man."

So, let's start today with Mamie Van Doren dissing the beatniks, as only Mamie could:

Another singing blonde bombshell of the mid 20th Century was Jayne Mansfield.  Although her vocal talent wasn't her best-known attribute, it might not be fair to label her as a "Golden Throat." She was a classically trained violinist and pianist and she actually could sing. 

Jack Nicholson sings "La Vie En Rose" in the 2003 movie Something's Gotta Give."


Super model -- but not so super singer -- Naomi Campbell meets T Rex


Finally, here are William Frawley and Vivian Vance -- who portrayed the beloved Fred & Ethel Mertz in I Love Lucy -- as OG Golden Throats in 1953. (Sorry, the person who posted this doesn't allow embeds. You have to click on "Watch on YouTube" in lower right corner.)

More Golden Throat action HERE, HERE and HERE


Sunday, April 11, 2021

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, April 11 , 2021
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
Louie Louie by Richard Berry & The Pharaohs 
Pills by Bo Diddley
Cosmic Thing by The B52s
Foot in Mouth by The Routes
New Socks by MFC Chicken
I'm on the Dish But I Ain't No Rag by The Toy Trucks
Miss Muerte by The Flesheaters
Fixin' to Crawl by Churchwood
There's a New Sound by Tony Burrello

Hell on Earth by James Chance
27 Devils by REQ'D
Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely by Husker Du
Stuck Here Again by L7
Porno for Pyros by Porno for Pyros
I Fought the Law by Bobby Fuller Four


The Glory of Love by The Five Keys
Count Every Star by The Ravens
Native Girl by The Native Boys
Betty My Love by The Cadillacs
Later That Night by Ruben & The Jets
Memories of El Monte by The Calvanes
Earth Angel by The Penguins
Amazons and Coyotes by The Dreamlovers
Life is But a Dream by The Harptones

Over the Mountain, Across the Sea by Johnnie & Joe
Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home) by The Impalas
A Lover's Prayer by Dion & The Belmonts
Since I Don't Have You by The Skyliners
What's Your Name by Don & Juan
My True Story by The Jive Five
Gee by The Crows
We Belong Together by Robert & Johnny
Daddy's Home by Shep & The Limelighters
Goodnight My Love by Jesse Belvin
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, April 08, 2021

THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Glory of Doo Wop


About a week ago I got in a discussion on Facebook with my friend Max about the magic of doo wop. I sent him a link to an old piece I wrote in 1994 about meeting Gaynel Hodge in Phoenix the night before that year's Lollapalooza (re-published on this blog a mere 17 years ago). 

Afterwards I remembered that just a few months before encountering Gaynel, I'd written a Terrell's Tune-up column about a wonderful Rhino Records box set that collected four CDs worth worth of doo wop classics.

So what the heck? Here's that column, which hasn't been published since its original appearance in the Santa Fe New Mexican's Pasatiempo. I'll insert a few videos and links.

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
May 27, 1994

Like most folks my age, I first became cognizant of doo wop music in the late 1960s through such comedy groups as Sha Na Na and Frank Zappa's Ruben and The Jets.

In other words, for years, doo wop seemed like a quaint joke. Ram a lama ding dong. You, know, stuff like that.

But one night last winter I was driving alone on a rainy night, listening, for reasons I don't remember, to an oldies station, which happened to play “I Only Have Eyes for You” by The Flamingos.

There's a strumming of three guitar chords, followed by the steady beat of a piano. Singer Tommy Hunt comes in singing effortlessly,  My love must be a kind of blind love/I can't see anyone but you , as if he's got to justify what he has to say.

Then the group responds with unintelligible, almost discordant syllables, like some kind of eerie voodoo chant. All this before Hunt starts the first verse, invoking celestial bodies.

By the end of the song, all five Flamingos are gushing the beautiful melody, the falsetto going nuts as if possessed by the loa  of high register. It almost seems that the group is having the aural equivalent of a simultaneous orgasm, right there in the echo chamber.

But way before the song got to this point on that rainy Santa Fe night, I was transported into the past, reliving a buried memory of being a 5-year-old kid, listening to a radio late at night to a sound that was alluring and forbidding at the same time, just like Lou Reed's Jenny.

Or just like Paul Simon's “Rene and Georgette Magritte”:

The Penguins, The Moonglows, The Orioles, The Five Satins/The deep, forbidden music they'd be longing for ...

And, as if by magic, just a couple of weeks later Rhino Records announced its new four-disc Doo Wop Box.  

In recent years, with all-oldies radio, recurring '50s revivals and all, much of the mystery and power has been sapped out of this strange and wonderful music.

Therefore, it is best to look at Rhino's Doo Wop Box with the eyes of Rene and Georgette, wide-eyed immigrants entering a new world, where almost every song is an adventure. Even overly familiar tunes,  “16 Candles,” “Only You,” “Earth Angel,” regain some of their magic if listened to in this spirit.

Listening to the four hours-plus of music in this collection, one realizes there are definite traits of the doo wop Universe.

Sometime it seems like a world in which every utterance, every movement is painstakingly planned, every harmony in place. But, then, before your very ears, it will seem to break down into near anarchy, a falsetto screaming like a banshee, the bass man grunting noises that seem to come from deep within the earth.  

There's an underlying religious atmosphere. Although God is rarely mentioned after The Orioles' “Crying in the Chapel.”

But there's all sorts of holy imagery here, “Earth Angel,” “The Book of Love,” “The 10 Commandments of Love,” “Devil or Angel.”

There's also evidence of nature worship. For instance, Dion asks the stars up above why it hurts to be a teen-ager in love.

Doo wop singers tend to give themselves mythic powers. They always are willing to climb the highest mountain and swim the deepest sea.

And sometimes a group almost will prove itself to be superhuman with songs that are downright transcendental.

There's  “My True Story” by a Brooklyn group called The Jive Five. The sad little love story of Earl and Sue might seem lethally corny under any other context. But, when Eugene Pitts wails,  “And you will cry cryyyyyyy cryyyyyyyyy ...” any listener who ever has had his heart ripped out will know this is the real thing.

Then there's “Since I Don't Have You” by The Skyliners, a white group from Pittsburgh. Forget about Axl Rose's limp cover. He's outgunned by Jimmy Beaumont who by the end of the song shouts “You-ooh! You-oooh! You-oooooh!”  like a wounded accuser while Janet Vogel sings a near aria like a siren of the cosmos in the background. [Note from 2021: I'm not sure why The Skyliners, in this 1959 TV appearance are dressed up like they're serenading Marshal Dillon and Miss Kitty at the Longbranch Saloon!]

Despite some self-conscious goofery here and there, the most appealing thing about doo wop is its sincerity. When Johnny Maestro (now there's a rock 'n' roll moniker!) of The Crests sings, “You are the prettiest, loveliest girl I've ever seen,” to his 16-year-old birthday girl, you know he means every word. And because of the forceful way he sings it, a listener will believe Maestro will feel that way about his sweetie for the rest of his life.  

Sometimes simple sincerity seems magical in a jaded world.

xxx

Here's Johnny Maestro & The Crests with their big hit. No Matt Gaetz jokes, please.



Don't worry, Ruben. I still love you

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Chicken Shack Playlist




Tuesday, April 6, 2021
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays Mountain Time
Substitute Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :
(Background Music: Back at the Chicken Shack by Jimmy Smith)
Honey Hush by Big Joe Turner
Sittin' on it All the Time by Wynonie Harris
Drunk by Jimmy Liggins
Watermelon Man by Johnnie Taylor
Party Town by Bobby Charles
Foolin' Myself by Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson
Hang It Up by King Coleman
High Blood Pressure by The Marathons
(Background Music Back at the Chicken Shack by Charlie Musselwhite)

Total Destruction of your Mind by Swamp Dogg
Crazy Lover by Richard Berry
I Smell Trouble by Ike & Tina Turner
I'll Go Crazy by James Brown
Jivin' Around by Andre Williams
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens by Louis Jordan
Chicken Shack Boogie by The Five Scamps
(Background Music Back at the Chicken Shack by Robert Cray)

Reefer Madness Set 

Light Up by Buster Bailey
Feelin' High and Happy by Hot Lips Paige
Jack, I'm Mellow by Trixie Smith
Marihuana Boogie by Lalo Guerro
Save the Roach for Me by Buck Washington
Reefer Head Woman by Jazz Gillum
Weed Smoker's Dream by The Harlem Hamfats
Lotus Blossom (Sweet Marijuana) by Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
If You're a Viper by Fats Waller
The G Man Got the T Man by Jack McVea
The Man from Harlem by Cab Calloway
Dopey Joe by Slim & Slam
All the Jive is Gone by Andy Kirk & His 12 Clouds of Joy
(Background Music Blue Reefer Blues by Richard M. Jones)

Muck Muck by Yochanan with Sun Ra
Unchained Melody by Golden Group Melodies
She's My Soul by Little Isidore  & The Inquisitors
Let's Make Love Tonight by Earl Williams
36-22-36 by Bobby "Blue" Bland
Don't Get Around Much Anymore by Mose Allison








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