Friday, December 09, 2016


Friday, Dec. 9, 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
Damn the Damage by Reverse Cowgirls
Crazy Mixed Emotions by Rosie Flores
It's Gravity by T. Tex Edwards
Crazy Blues by J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper)
Swampblood by Legendary Shack Shakers
I Crossed the Line by Jim Stringer
Holy Ghost Rock 'n' Roller by Jesse Dayton
I'm Mad by The Reverend Horton Heat
Kentucky Borderline by Rhonda Vincent
How Lew Sin Ate by Dr. West's Medicine Show & Junk Band

I Wanna Be Sedated by Two Tons of Steel
New Deal of Love by Hank Thompson
An Incident Off St. Kitts by The Mekons & Robbie Fulkss
Red Brick Wall by The Waco Brothers
They Took the Strs Out of Heaven by Floyd Tillman & Johnny Bush
I Love You So Much It Hurts by Merle Haggard
Slippin' Around by Ernest Tubb
Each Night at Nine by Floyd Tillman & Willie Nelson
Driving Nails in My Coffin by New Duncan Imperials

Travelin' Mood by John McEuen
Voodoo Voodoo by Marti Brom
Inside View by Dale Watson
Heavy on the Lonesome by Miss Leslie & The Juke Jointers
99 Years to Go by The Wray Brothers
Bobbin' Bonnie by Eddie Bond
Polka de Nalgas by The Imperial Rooster
Boogie Woogie Country Girl by Sleepy LaBeef
Let's Bounce by The Supersuckers
Beer Cans Down the Trans Can by Washboard Hank
Downward Mobility by Southern Culture on the Skids

Katy Kay by Robbie Fulks
Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine by Wayne Hancock
Men With Broken Hearts by Hank Williams
The Bad Wind by Tony Joe White
You Make the Blues Feel Like a Sunny Day by Michael Hearne & Shake Russell
Getting to Know You by NRBQ
Empty Bottle by The Calamity Cubes
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: I Love That Dirty Water

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
Dec. 9, 2016

The recent passing of Norton Records co-founder Billy Miller set me to thinking about how much I appreciate great independent record labels. I assume Norton will remain a national treasure under the direction of Miller’s talented and visionary widow Miriam Linna.

But Miller’s death also makes me appreciate other great labels as well. Loyal readers of this column have seen me sing the praises of Norton, as well as others like BloodshotSaustexVoodoo Rhythm, and Off Label.

Another one that deserves to be high on that list — especially for us fans of garage-punk and modern rock ’n’ soul — is Dirty Water Records. It's a British company named after The Standells’ major 1966 hit and an offshoot of the Dirty Water Club in London, which operated for more than a decade out of a venue called The Boston and still produces occasional live music events at various London spots.

I’ve written in the past about Dirty Water recording artists like King Salami &The Cumberland 3, Los Peyotes, and Hollywood Sinners. Here’s a look at several recent Dirty Water releases.

* Johnny & Bo by The Dustaphonics. Next only to King Salami, this band is probably the most exciting Dirty Water act in the label’s 12-year history. Featuring the guitar of the French-born Yvan Serrano-Fontova and the full-throttle vocals of Hayley Red, The Dustaphonics combine surf music, punk, and R&B (and a few echoes of ska, soundtrack music, and exotica) into a unique hopped-up sound.

The Johnny and Bo in the title refer to Ramone and Diddley, who are in Serrano-Fontova’s and Red’s personal pantheon of music heroes. The title song, complete with the famous Bo beat and a reverb-heavy guitar, has a refrain combining “Hey, Bo Diddley” and The Ramones’ signature “Gabba gabba hey.”

There’s also a high-spirited tribute song celebrating the late Tura Satana, the star of Russ Meyer‘s sex-sational 1965 classic, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. Before her death in 2011, Satana collaborated with Serrano-Fontova on some music projects, including co-writing an early Dustaphonics song, “Burlesque Queen.” Here’s a DJ tip: Play this alongside The Cramps’ version of “Faster Pussycat.”

Other highlights here are a sped-up cover of The Specials’ 1979 ska-revival hit “Gangsters,” a tune called “Listen to the Showman Twang” (featuring Red calling out idols including Dick Dale, The Ventures, Mickey Baker, Magic Sam, and The Trashmen), and not one but two versions of a song called “You Don’t Love Me Anymore” — one with a horn section and one without.

I’m just confused as to why they’re called The Dustaphonics. There ain’t nothing dusty about these sounds.

* Goin’ Chicken Crazy by MFC Chicken. This band leans heavily on soul and R&B, as filtered
through 1960s Northwestern U.S. bands like The Sonics and The Wailers. Led by sax man/singer Spencer Evoy and guitarist Alberto Ziol, this album sounds like a party that has no intention of ever ending. That’s probably most evident in the songs “Hooch Party,” “Blackout Drunk,” and the Chicken’s raucous cover of The Toppers’ 1954 novelty, “Baby Let Me Bang Your Box.”

The group celebrates simple joys like having a new pair of socks, roast potatoes, and even hair-care products.

“I Ain’t Crying (That’s Just Pomade in My Eyes)” pokes fun at the retro culture that often surrounds music like this. “When my girl up and left me, she took my good pomade/Now I’m left with the cheap stuff, the kind that ain’t well made.”

There are so many chicken songs here — “Goin’ Chicken Crazy,” “Chicken in a Hurry,” “Big Cluckin’ Mistake” — I couldn’t help but be reminded of Hasil Adkins’ album (on Norton Records) Poultry in Motion.

* Dirty Rock ’n’ Roll by Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons. This is a high-energy, big-personality English trio, led by singer Puss Johnson, whose voice is a joyful experience that reminds me of KatieJane Garside of Daisy Chainsaw. (Remember “Love Your Money”?)

Even so, some songs on this album deal with gruesome themes. There’s the opening song “Burying the Bodies.” Then in “Hell Bent,” Puss sings of making boots out of a victim’s skin (and shrinking his head and grinding his bones), while the near-metallic “Souvenir” contains romantic lyrics such as, “They’ll find you in a ditch somewhere/bound and broken with no hair/I kept it as a souvenir.”

My favorite songs here are “Why Do You Hate Me,” “Hideous” (a rocking tirade against fashion-obsessed, celebrity-worshiping conformists), and best of all, “Still Livin’ With Mum and Dad,” an ode to eternal youth. “Hey why don’t you come over/and play on my Game Cube/We can listen to punk rock, baby, and make out in my room.”

And there’s even a song about the cat’s mortal enemy: “Dirty Li’l Dog.”

* Mystery Lover by Archie & The Bunkers. This band mostly just rants against hippies and
and demands their wives stifle themselves. Not really. Actually I’m a little puzzled about why this group — a pair of teenage (!) brothers from Cleveland — chose this name. But I don’t care if they call themselves Herman’s Hermits — these youngsters have created some amazing music here. With Cullen O’Connor on organ and Emmett O’Connor on drums (and both contributing vocals), these youngsters rock hard beyond their years.

The omnipresent organ gives the sound a spooky feel that reminds me of Mr. Quintron, the New Orleans keyboardist whom I first came to love through his collaboration with The Oblivians.

Alas, this is only a six-song EP. One of the songs is a cover of “Sunglasses After Dark,” first done by rockabilly Dwight Pullen and later by The Cramps.

For the sake of all us  dingbats and meatheads, I hope these guys have a long future in music and stay true to these roots. can find out more at.

Now let's enjoy some videos, shall we?

First The Dustaphonics ...

Let's go Chicken Crazy with MFC Chicken

Let's grab a little Pussycat

Finally, here's Archie & The Bunkers

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday Floyd Tillman

Some super songs in Super-Sensitive Sound

Today is the birthday of one of country music's greatest songwriters, Floyd Tillman.

He would have been 102.

He was born in Ryan, Oklahoma, but raised in Post, Texas, According to his official website, "Floyd was drawn to playing music by the fact that two of his brothers were earning $5 a night playing dances at a local skating rink.

"Floyd developed his own style of performing at an early age.  He was always just a little off from the beat of the other musicians.  He would rather sing his own compositions than the common hits of the day."

After years of recording hits and relentless touring, Tillman slowed down on his performing in the early 1950's, his website says, Quoting the artist: "It was a daily rat race. I was sleeping in my car-a bus was out of the question, too expensive-and making $200-$500 a night, more money than I could pay taxes on, and I got tired of it.  I told the band they could go on and keep playin' but I was going to retire.  That kind of life can get to you."

Tillman was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1971.  And in 1984, Willie Nelson inducted him into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Tillman died in 2003 at the age of 88.

Here are some of his greatest songs.

Here's Tillman himself singing "I Love You So Much It Hurts Me" in 1948

"They Took the Stars Out of Heaven" was Tillman's first single  in 1944, Here's a 1946 cover by a singer called Boots Faye

According to his website, "Each Night At Nine," a 1944 hit by Tillman, "captured the feelings of lonely servicemen so well that both Axis Sally and Tokyo Rose played it heavily to encourage desertion." Here's a version by one of Tillman's greatest interpreters, Ernest Tubb

Jerry Lee Lewis covers Tillman's "Slippin' Around," known as one of country music's first cheating songs.

Rockabilly star Eddie Bond is one of many to cover Tillman's "This Cold War With You,"

Here's a fairly recent version one of Tillman's most-loved songs, "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin" performed by Rhonda Vincent

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Shotgun Boogie!

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)

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


Friday, Dec. 2, 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

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

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Bizarre Saga of Hanging Johnny

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

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Tiny Tim Died 20 Years Ago Today

I'm not sure whether Budweiser was sponsoring Tiny
On Nov. 30, 1996 Herbert Butros Khaury, better known as Tiny Tim, performed his final gig at a benefit concert at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis.

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

The Latest Big Enchilada Podcast is Served!


Welcome to this month's Big Enchilada, where we're all just dancing at Doom's Doorway. To quote the ascended master Warren Zevon, "Get up and dance or I'll kill ya!" This show includes a tribute to Billy Miller, who died this month, and the fabulous Norton Records.


Here's the playlist:

(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

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
101.1 FM

(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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