Thursday, December 31, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY: New Year's Blues

Father Time's got the New Year Blues

OK, enough of this Auld Lang Syne crap! As this year goes down the tubes of eternity, let's get down down with some New Year's blues with some of the great blues artists from the last century.

Let's kick it off with Blind Lemon Jefferson and this song from the late 1920s.



Lightnin' Hopkins did this jaunty little jumper in the early 1950s



Back in 1962 Roosevelt Sykes sang about his troubles keeping New Year's resolutions.



Also in the early '60s Lonnie Johnson had some New Year's blues

 

This 1935 recording features Mary Harris on vocals, Charley Jordan on guitar and Petey Wheatstraw (William Bunch) on piano.



Finally, also from 1935, here is some Tampa Red.





May your New Year not be so blue!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

WACKY WEDNESDAY: The Auld Lang Syne Variations


The new year is nearly upon us, so it's important to remember that there's more than one way to tip a cup of kindness with "Auld Lang Syne."

For instance, there's the Japanese one-man band way.



Here is another street musician, this one from Texas. "Folkie Kay" doesn't normally dress this way. She was wearing a costume that she says was "made for a production of Shakespeare's play Richard III at the University of Texas in the early 50s." Listen close and you'll hear a kazoo in the background.



Then there's this guy, performing what Dangerous Minds calls a "David Lynchian" version of Auld Lang Syne" on a theremin.



There's the slasher-movie/serial-killer way ...



And finally, here's how you do it if you're a cigarette-smoking cartoon lamb working for an Christian e-card company ...


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Thursday, December 24, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY: A Very Autry Christmas


I believe that Gene Autry was America's greatest singing cowboy.

I realize that Roy Rogers fans would dispute that. But one thing that's not debatable is that Autry was America's greatest singing Christmas cowboy. He could claim that title just for writing the following holiday hit (performed in 1953 in this video.)





But Autry also wrote this song, which he sang in the 1949 movie "The Cowboy and The Indians," in which Autry helps the Navajos, including Jay Silverheels (who also played Tonto in The Lone Ranger) against an an evil trading post operator.  The movie poster says, "Autry Blasts Pale Face Renegades."




And while Autry didn't write this next song, he was the first to record it, back in 1950

Have a very merry Gene Autry Christmas !

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Santa Claus in Outer Space


The idea of Santa Claus in Outer Space has been a twisted sub genre of popular Christmas music for decades now. It's not known exactly when Santa Claus began his space traveling. But The Lennon Sisters with Lawrence Welk's Little Band were singing about it by the late 1950s.



A disco-era Tiny Tim gave us a a Yuletide outer space tune. It rocketed to instant obscurity.



This next one is featured on my new Big Enchilada Christmas Special. It's by Bobby Helm, best known for "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." (Hat tip to my brother Jack)



Finally, here's the thrilling climax of Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, (I just realized that the title of that movie is itself a spoiler!) which ends in the classic Christmas song, "Hooray for Santa Claus."



And for all sorts of wacky Christmas songs, check out my Christmas Specials at The Big Enchilada Podcast.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

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Sunday, December 20, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell
Webcasting!
101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell(at)ksfr.org

Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres

Repo Man by Iggy Pop

Buy Before You Die by Figures of Light

Hillbilly with Knife Skills by The Grannies

Don't Be Angry by Nick Curran & The Nitelifes

Mr. Good Enough by JJ & The Real Jerks

The Claw by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

I Got Your Number by The Sonics

Funeral by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Smell of Incense by Southwest FOB

So Much in Love by The Persuassions

 

Dig That Crazy Santa Claus by The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Party World by Carbon/Silicon

Hey Darling by Sleater-Kinney

The 99s by Dead Moon

Hey Santa Claus by The Chesterfield Kings

Still Sober After All These Beers by The Bad Lovers

Get Away by Miriam

I Wish You Would by Tom Jones

Just Let Me Know by Any Dirty Party

Christmas in Jail by The Youngsters

 

Christmas Island by Leon Redbone

Land of 1,000 Dances by Jello Biafra & The Raunch and Soul All Stars

People Look Away by Death

Tomboy by Acid Baby Jesus

Santa Came Home Drunk by Clyde Lasley & The Cadillac Baby Specials

Sock it to Me Santa by Bob Seeger & The Last Heard

Sztos by Kazik & Kwartet ProForma

Smoked All My Bud by King Mud

Hurray for Santa Claus by The Fleshtones

 

Lupine Ossuary by Thee Oh Sees

We'll Be Together Again by Dex Romweber Duo

Chocolate Jesus by Raw Death

Taxidermy Porno by The Hex Dispensers

The Mystery of Love by Marianne Faithful

O Holy Night by Brian WIlson

Lucky Day by Tom Waits

Saturday, December 19, 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE BIG ENCHILADA!!!


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Merry Christmas, dear friends out there in Podland ! It's time once again to courageously wage the War on Christmas with another Big Enchilada Christmas Special. Once again we'll revel in the magic and madness of the season and jingle your bells with some festive rock 'n' roll and beyond.

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Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: Santa or Astro-Santa? by Los Esquivitos)
Champagne of Christmas by The Fleshtones
Santa Was a Trucker by Erich McMann
I'm Givin' You the Blues for Christmas by Thee Fine Lines
Ain't No Chimney in the Projects by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
We Wish You a Merry Christmas by Music Infection
Merry Christmas to Me by The Waco Brothers 

(Background Music: Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Los Straitjackets)
Saint Nick's Farm by The Gay Sportscasters
Oranges for Christmas by El Vez
Christmas Blues by Washboard Pete
Run Rudolph Run by Reverend Horton Heat
Christmas is a Lie by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Christmas by Little Marcy

(Background Music: It Came Upo a Midnight Clear by Beausoleil)
Captain Santa Claus and His Reindeer Space Patrol by Bobby Helms
Hanukkah O Hanukkah / Carol O' The Bells by Unhung Heroes
Hang Your Balls on the Christmas Tree by Kay Martin & Her Body Guards
It's Christmas Time Ebeneezer by The Len Price  3
Christmas in Jail by The Mighty Soul Deacons
The Boner (Christmas version) by Santa Geil and His Red Nosed Pimps
(Background Music: Sleigh Ride by Squirrel Nut Zippers)

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Friday, December 18, 2015

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST

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Friday, November , 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
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10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens

Captain Santa Claus and His Reindeer Space Patrol by Bobby Helms

Six Bullets for Christmas by Angry Johnny & The Killbillies

Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used to Do by Tom Jones

C'Mon a My House by The Satellites

Hands Off My Whiskey by Kady Bow

Satan and the Saint by The Malpass Brothers

40 Miles to Vegas by Southern Culture on the Skids

Smash that Radio by The Electric Rag Band

Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy by Buck Owens

Santa Lost a Ho by The WhiskeyBelles

 

Out Yonder by Luke Reed

St. James Infirmary by Oh Lazurus

Cat head Biscuits and Gravy by Nancy Apple & Rob McNurlin

I Gave Up All I Had by Gurf Morlix

Cold and Bitter Tears by Ted Hawkins

One Hundred Miles by Tim Easton

Rat's Ass by Danny Barnes

Santa Can't Stay by Dwight Yoakam

 

LEFTY FRIZZELL Set

How Far Down Can I Go by Brennen Leigh

If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time by Willie Nelson

Long Black Veil by The Band

Always Late With Your Kisses by Merle Haggard

Mom and Dad's Waltz by Bobby Osbourn

That's the Way Love Goes by The Harmony Sisters

I Love You a Thousand Ways by Lefty Frizzell

You Want Everything But Me by Brennen Leigh

She's Gone Gone Gone by Lefty Frizzell

 

Please Ask That Clown to Stop Crying by Neil Hamburger

Lonely Christmas Call by George Jones

Velveteen Matador by Freakwater

Abolition by Cynthia Becker

Carolina by Stevie Tombstone

You Put the X in Xmas by Dead Man's Hollow

Oh Susana by Ronny Elliott

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets


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TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: Tributes to Ted and Lefty and other Fun New Music

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
December 18, 2015


When I first heard about a tribute album in the works for Ted Hawkins, my reaction was, “About damn time!” And when I heard Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins, my two-word summation was, “Well done.”

Unfortunately, your reaction while reading this might be “Ted who?” So I guess I better give my Ted talk.

Hawkins was a busker — a street musician who did some of his best work singing for tips at Venice Beach. He was born in Mississippi, spent too much time in jail, and had a voice that sounded like a grittier version of Sam Cooke’s. He was discovered and rediscovered a couple of times by show-biz heavies. And he died just months after the release of his first major-label album.

If you believe in signs from the universe, consider this: He died in 1995 on New Year’s Day. Died on New Year’s Day, like Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt.

Cold and Bitter Tears is mostly populated by alt-country singers, many of them from Texas. Like most tribute albums, most of the songs don’t compare — and shouldn’t be compared — with the original versions. But there are some real gems here.

Gruff-voiced Jon Dee Graham captures the spirit of “Strange Conversation,” while Sunny Sweeney, who I’d never heard before, makes you wonder why “Happy Hour” didn’t hit the country charts. And Shinyribs (Kev Russell of The Gourds) turns “Who Got My Natural Comb?” into a crazy soul rave-up.

Mary Gauthier nails “Sorry You’re Sick,” complete with slinky, swampy guitar. The refrain of this tune, “What do you want from the liquor store/Something sour or something sweet?” is jarring. After promising to do whatever it takes to heal a seriously ailing lover, the answer can be found at a liquor store? But as Gauthier recently told the Los Angeles Times, “There is nothing to me as heartbreaking or compelling as one addict’s compassion for another who is dying of addiction.”

The finest track on this tribute is sung by Hawkins himself.

Judging by the tape hiss, “Great New Year” is from some long-lost homemade recording. It starts off as a typical nostalgic holiday tune, with the singer fantasizing about his family gathering around and the children opening presents just like the old days. But reality starts revealing itself with the singer confessing that this family scene probably won’t happen, and probably didn’t happen even in the good old days. Hawkins wonders if his kids even remember him and sings, “I was cruel, mean and selfish/I didn’t show no fatherly love./Now they’re all with their mother/Giving her all the love.”

It stings. Just like Hawkins’ best tunes.



Here's a video of Shnyribs, Sunny Sweeney, Tim Easton and Randy Weeks doing a live version of a Hawkins song.




And here's Ted himself teaching some European buskers how to busk better



Also recommended:

* Brennen Leigh Sings Lefty Frizzell. I’m most familiar with Texas songbird Brennen Leigh by way of a couple of duet albums with male singers — 2014’s excellent Before the World Was Made, which she performed with Noel McKay, and Holdin’ Our Own and Other Country Gold Duets, which she made in 2007 with Austin country crooner Jesse Dayton.

On her new album, Leigh has a silent partner, the late William Orville Frizzell, better known as “Lefty.”

She’s hardly the first to pay homage to this country music titan. Merle Haggard did a tribute album, as did Willie Nelson. This might be the first by a woman, however.

And if you’re familiar with her albums with McKay and Dayton, it should be no surprise that she stuck to a good, clean honky-tonk sound, which suits her sweet, sexy voice as much as it suits Frizzell’s songs.

Leigh covers many of the lofty Lefty’s best-known songs — “Saginaw, Michigan,” “Mom and Dad’s Waltz,” etc. But my favorites are the lesser-known nuggets from the Lefty catalogue, songs like “Run ’Em Off,” “My Baby Is a Tramp,” and “What You Gonna Do, Leroy?”

Interesting fact: Lefty Frizzell served some time in New Mexico. At the age of nineteen he wrote one of his greatest songs, the first song on the Leigh tribute, “I Love You A Thousand Ways,” in 1947, while locked up in the Roswell jail on a statutory rape charge.

“The song was a plaintive apology to his wife, Alice, for his misdeeds,” musician Deke Dickerson wrote in his liner notes for a Frizzell box set on the Bear Family label


And, according to Dickerson, Lefty landed in the pokey only eight days after the fabled UFO crash near Roswell.

Coincidence? You tell me!

From the Roswell jail to Brennen Leigh ...



* Walk on Jindal’s Splinters by Jello Biafra & The New Orleans Raunch and Soul All-Stars.

This is a live New Orleans concert by former Dead Kennedys frontman Biafra that reportedly was done on a dare.

Teaming up with a rootsy but raucous band (including a horn section), the West Coast punk lord blasts his way through a bunch of Big Easy R & B classics including “Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo,” “Mother-in-Law” and “Working in a Coal Mine.”

Jello puts his stamp on Rockin’ Sidney’s zydeco anthem, “(Don’t Mess With) My Toot Toot,” does an intense version of “House of the Rising Sun,” and pays tribute to the late Alex Chilton, a New Orleans resident, with “Bangkok.”

My favorites include a properly spooky, near-13-minute version of Dr. John’s hoodoo-soaked masterpiece “I Walk on Guilded Splinters” and a wild romp through “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses),” originally done by John Fred & His Playboy Band.

The whole album is downright insane. And I can’t get enough of it.

Here's Jello in disguise ...





* Bloodshot Six Pack to Go: Working Songs for the Drinking Class. Speaking of The Dead Kennedys, there is a dandy DK cover on this new Bloodshot Records compilation.

 Elizabeth Cook does a countrified take on the Kennedys’ signature “Too Drunk to Fuck.” It’s a beautiful thing.

And in another salute to a West Coast punk band, banjo picker Al Scorch does a crazy version of  Black Flag's “Six Pack."

There also are songs by Texas honky-tonker Dale Watson, Banditos, Bobby Bare Jr. and a creditable cover of The Pogues’ “If I Should Fall from the Grace of God” by Deer Tick.

The compilation is available as seven 7-inch vinyl records or as digital downloads.

Here is Deer Tick falling from grace

Thursday, December 17, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Songs That Leon Taught Us


When Leon Redbone released his first album On the Track in 1975, it was as if he walked out of a time warp from some haunted vaudeville theater. With his natty white suit, Panama hat and ever-present sunglasses, he looked the part of a traveling songster from some forgotten era.

And his music seemed familiar, yet, with his sometimes mumbled baritone vocals, somehow other worldly. He played old blues, jazz, a little country (he was especially fond of Jimmie Rodgers, an ocassional folk song like "Polly Wolly Doodle," English music hall tunes, 1920s crooner's material.

His arrangements were subtle, never cutesy. Every time I'd hear a Leon song on the radio, (yes, for awhile there in the mid '70s they'd actually play him on the rock stations -- probably because Bob Dylan had said nice things about him in Rolling Stone.

Earlier this year his website announced that Leon was retiring from recording and performing due to health reasons. So this might be a good time to pay tribute to him by taking a look and listen to some of the wonderful songs that I first heard through him.

Let's start with the title cut of one of Leon's early albums. The song goes back to the mid 1800s, during the English music hall era. A singer named George Leybourne wrote the words while one Alfred Lee wrote the melody. But my favorite version was recorded by bluesman Blind Blake in 1932.



Here is another Redbone signature tune, which actually is an old Fats Waller song from the 1930s,



This is a song Leon performed on his first Saturday Night Live appearance in 1976. It was written by Irving Berlin and first recorded by Ethel Merman in 1938



Here's the title song of Leon's Christmas album, This early version is by The Andrews Sisters with the Guy Lombardo Orchestra


And while we're at it, merry Christmas from Leon and Dr. John!






Wednesday, December 16, 2015

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Merry Christmas, You Animals!



Here's some Yuletide cheer from some of our friends in the animal kingdom.

For this first one I'll give a hat tip to my friend Chuck who recently posted this on Facebook. It may be the scariest Christmas song I've ever heard, (You can learn more about about the album HERE)



I think this one is fake. But the horn section is pretty good.



 And then there is this classic ...



Finally, Richard Cheese does it doggy style

Sunday, December 13, 2015

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

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Sunday, December 13, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell
Webcasting!
101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell(at)ksfr.org

Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres

Turned Out Light by Thee Oh Sees

Gimme Danger by Iggy & The Stooges

Dan Dare by The Mekons

Two Sided Triangle by Any Dirty Party

I Guess You're My Girl by The Vagoos

Long Distance Call by Super Super Blues Band

Everybody Loves a Train by Tom Jones

 

Don't Mess With My Toot Toot by Jello Biafra & The Raunch and Soul All Stars

Fake This One by Churchwood

Sit Down Baby by Dave & Phil Alvin

Rat Time by King Mud

Love is Like a Blob by Quintron & Miss Pussycat

Daisy Mae by The Seeds

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindoor by Tiny Tim

 

Boston Blackie by Chuck E. Weiss

Rock 'n' Roll Baby by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

Rollin' and Tumblin' by Canned Heat

Backstreet Girl by Social Distortion

We Live Dangerous by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Crossroad Hop by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

The Boner by Santa Geil & His Red Nose Pimps

 

Oh No / The Orange County Lumber Truck by The Mothers of Invention

Notoryczna narzeczona (Notorious Bride) by Kazik & Kwartet ProForma

Break the Spell by Gogol Bordello

Soy de Sagitario by Rolando Bruno

Cry About the Radio by Mary Weiss

Cheryl's Going Home by Miriam

The Kiss by Judee Sill

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, December 11, 2015

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST

 

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Friday, December 11, 2015
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

White Lightnin' by The Waco Brothers

Stay a Little Longer by Willie Nelson

I Gotta Get Drunk by Gas Huffer

Hey Warden by Audrey Auld

Western Union Wire by Kinky Friedman & His Texas Jewboys

Askin' For Disaster by Banditos

Step Down by Jack Barlow

All You Facsists by Billy Bragg & Wilco

Opportunity to Cry by Tom Jones

 

Slide Off of Your Satin Sheets by DM Bob & The Deficits

Here Comes My Ball and Chain Again by Cornell Hurd

Run 'em Off by Brennen Leigh

Shine, Shave, Shower by Lefty Frizzell

Bad Dog by Danny Barnes

Santa Loves to Boogie by Asleep at the Wheel

Single Girl Again by Oh Lazarus

The Bottle Never Let Me Down by Dale Watson

Mystery Mountain by Porter Wagoner

Banks of the Brazos by James Hand

 

Let's Hop a Train by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

The One That Got Away by Legendary Shack Shakers

Santa Gotta Choo Choo by Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks

Needle and Thread by Eilen Jewell

Sloppy Drunk Blues by Devil in a Woodpile

Another Clown by Mose McCormack

California Hills by Nathan Payne & The Wild Bores

She's Got My Car by Electric Rag Band

 

Evicted by Peter Case

Runnin' From the Ghost of Your Past by Stevie Tombstone

Midnight Sun by Rolf Cahn

Bolshevik and Bollweevil by Freakwater

Angels Dancing 'cross the Moon by Chip Taylor & John Prine

Merry Christmas from the Family by Robert Earl Keen

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets


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Thursday, December 10, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY: It's Almost Spike Jones' Birthday



Lindley Armstrong Jones was born Dec. 14, 1911 in Long Beach, California. The son of a railroad man, young Lindley was nicknamed "Spike" at an early age. His unusual musical talent began to emerge early on. 

According to various newspaper accounts, he got his first instrument at the age of 11 when "a negro cook" at a railroad lunch counter in Calexico, Calif. whittled two sticks from chair rungs and gave young Spike a breadboard to pound on. Reportedly he drummed along as he an the cook sang a duet of "Carolina in the Morning."

Jones started out as a jazz drummer and later got radio gigs with the likes of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. But he and the band that came to be known as The City Slicker had a knack for performing parodies of popular songs, and as Cub Koda wrote in the Allmusic Guide  "taking the air out of pompous classical selections ..." 

Koda wrote:

"Not merely content to do cornball renderings of standard material or trite novelty tunes for comedic effect, Jones' musical vision encompassed whistles, bells, gargling, broken glass, and gunshots perfectly timed and wedded to the most musical and unmusical of source points. ... A definite precursor to the video age, Jones didn't merely play the songs funny, he illustrated them as well, a total audio and visual assault for the senses."

I'm reminded of Frank Zappa in Koda's description of Jones' role as bandleader: 

"Spike was a strict bandleader and taskmaster, making sure his musicians were precision tight and adept in a variety of musical styles from Dixieland to classical, with a caliber of musicianship several notches higher than most big bands of the day that played so-called `straight' music."

Spike Jones had to be heard to be believed. So in honor of his birthday, coming up on Monday, here are some live television performances from the 1950s.









And here is one of Jones' best known songs from the 1940s.



Happy birthday, Spike!

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

WACKY WEDNESDAY: This One's For the Birds!



Here's a high-flying tune by Jay Wilbur & His Metropole Players from 1932



The great Mel Blanc had a big hit with his tribute to this feathered celebrity in 1948



The Holy Modal Rounders did this bird ode in Easy Rider



The Trashmen had a big one-hit wonder with "Surfin' Bird." That that actually was a medley of sorts of two R&B songs by The Rivingtons, "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" and this one, "The Bird's the Word"



Warning: DO NOT WATCH THIS WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF HALLUCINOGENIC DRUGS! (You might see gooney birds! But I love this lady's voice.)



If, for some strange reason you like these tunes, you might like my Duck Songs post from earlier this year.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

John Lennon: 35 Years Gone


Hard to believe it's been that long since John Lennon was gunned down in New York City. This grim anniversary always brings back a flood of memories. I might have shared some (all?) of these thoughts before on this blog. But please indulge an old man.

Like most of us who were alive at the time, I found out about the killing on TV. I was in bed with my then wife, who was nearly eight months pregnant with our daughter. I'm not one of those to do much hand-wringing over "how can I bring a child into a world like this?" But that night was one of the few times I ever indulged in such despair.

The next day, I had a gig to sing some songs on KUNM's Home of Happy Feet.  while driving down to Albuquerque we were listening to the radio. There was a news report talking about Lennon's autopsy. We switched the channel. On that station they were playing The Beatles' "A Day in the Life." We tuned in right as Lennon was singing, "And though the holes were rather small, they had to count them all ..."

That's a true story.

On Happy Feet, even though it wasn't part of my normal repertoire, I spat out one of the angriest versions of "Working Class Hero" imaginable. Years later my pal Erik Ness gave me a cassette tape of that radio performance. It brought back all that horror.

Thrirty five years ... My ex-wife Pam has passed. Erik has passed. Marilyn from Home of Happy Feet has passed. So these songs below are for them. Let's remember Lennon as the rocker who started his career entertaining drunken sailors in Hamburg, performing with a toilet seat around his neck. Let's remember his rage and humor. Let's remember Lennon!






Sunday, December 06, 2015

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

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Sunday, December 6, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell
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Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres

Down and Out by The Vagoos

Love by Country Joe & The Fish

All Action Man by The Coyote Men

Trouble Hurricane by The Grannies

Love is What We Were Made For by Alex Maryol

Possessed by Robert Johnson by Dead Cat Stimpy

Ice Queen by JJ & The Real Jerks

Hot Head by Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band

Speak Now Woman by Howlin' Wolf

 

Do Me a Favor by The Arctic Monkeys

Gun by The Stooges

Games by Husker Du

Covered with Flies by The Grifters

Sausage and Sauerkraut for Santa by The Polkaholics

Fruit Fly by Hickoids

Again and Again by The Black Lips

How Could I Be Such a Fool by Ruben & The Jets

 

Heart Attack and Vine by Lydia Lunch

Bad as Me by Tom Jones

Don't Be Taken In by Miriam

Lover's Curse by Bracey Everett

My Generation by Patti Smith

Walking Down Lonely Street by Ty Wagner

Bury Our Friends by Sleater-Kinney

Big Fanny by Big John Hamilton

Rock Me by Steppenwolf

 

Christmas Island by Leon Redbone

Katy Didn't by Barrence Whitfoield & The Savages

Web by Thee Oh Sees

Can't Seem to Make You Mine by The Seeds

The Kindness of Strangers by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Act of Faith by Stan Ridgway

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, December 04, 2015

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST

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Friday, December 4, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
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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

If We Make It Through December by Merle Haggard

Free Born Man by Jimmy Martin

I Play with Girls My Own Age by Cornell Hurd

My Baby is a Tramp by Brennen Leigh

All Men Are Liars by Nick Lowe

You Wanna Give Me a Lift by Eilen Jewell

Feudin' and Fightin' by Marti Brom

Jack's Red Cheetah by Cathy Faber's Swingin' Country Band

Payday Blues by Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks

Too Drunk to Fuck by Elizabeth Cook

 

Elvis Presley Blues by Tom Jones

Lonesome Grave by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs

Mr. Musselwhite's Blues by Ray Wylie Hubbard

Darlin' Corey by Oh Lazarus

It Wasn't You by Slackeye Slim

Dead Bury the Dead by Legendary Shack Shakers

Wild Cat Boogie by Forest Rye

No Disappointment in Heaven by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

 

Come Back When You're Younger by Jerry Reed

Two Rons Don't Make It Right by Junior Brown

I Found Somebody to Love by The Malpass Brothers

Country Funk by Southern Culture on the Skids

Perfect Sea by Mose McCormack

If I Should Fall From the Face of God by Deertick

Whole Lotta Women by Steve James

As Long As I Can See the Light by Ted Hawkins

If I Go Crazy by Peter Case

 

Troubador Blues Stevie Tombstone

Papa by Cynthia Becker

I Don't Hurt Anymore by Hank Snow

Keep Smiling Old Pal by Norman Blake

One for the Road by Chip Taylor with Jon Langford and Carrie Rodriguez

December Day by Willie Nelson

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets


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Thursday, December 03, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY: It's Almost Sammy's Birthday!



Only five more shopping days until Sammy Davis, Jr.'s birthday!

Yes Sammy was born December 8, 1925 in Harlem. He would have been 90 had he lived.

You don't know who Sammy was? Sammy did it all, baby. He sang, he danced, he told jokes, he acted in movies, he marched with Martin Luther King, he embraced Richard Nixon, he dabbled in Satanism,  he was an OG in the Rat Pack with Frank and Dino.

He was Sammy!

And he started young. At the age of seven, he was cast in the title role in a short called Rufus Jones for President, in which he sang this classic tune:



But of course Sammy only got more amazing as he grew older. Here's a starry-eyed song from 1954.


Some of my favorite Sammy songs were written by Anthony Newley. Dig these




At Sammy's funeral in 1990, his longtime pal Jesse Jackson gave the eulogy and frequently told those who loved the man to "let Bojangles rest."

And while I respect that thought, a talent like Sammy's never truly rests.

Sammy, we love ya, baby. Happy birthday,



Wednesday, December 02, 2015

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Worldwide Beatles


The Beatles didn't just conquer America in 1964.

They conquered the world.

An this is how the world showed its gratitude. Here is a sampling of Beatles covers from all around the globe.

Let's start with a Chinese cover of  "And I Love Her" by Techniques Band.



Enjoy a "Yellow Submarine" by Simo Ja Spede from Finland.



Let's "Carry That Weight" with the Hover Chamber Choir of Armenia.



Cambodian superstar Sinn Sisamouth covers "Hey Jude."



Also from southeast Asia, a version of "Day Tripper" by a band called Starlight, from the glorious Thai Beat a Go-Go compilations.



Charlotte Dada of Ghana sings "Don't Let Me Down."



From Mexico comes Los Apson witht their version of "Mr. Moonlight" (which they call "Triste Luna," or "Sad Moon.")



Here's some reggae Beatles by The Heptones from Jamaica.



And some Bollywood Beatles from Mohammad Rafi and the great Asha Bohsle singing "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in Hindi.



Finally, here is described by the guy who posted it called "The worst cover of a Beatles song ever!" I'm not sure who the person who posted called him a "Fat Russian singer who looks like Newt Gingrich." I'm not sure whether this is the Russian Navy behind him, but you've been warned.








Monday, November 30, 2015

Eagles of Death Metal on Paris Massacre

To divert somewhat from the normal lighthearted tone of this blog, I feel I have to post this interview in Vice with The Eagles of Death Metal, whose recent Paris concert ended in carnage.

Maniacal religious fanatics from ISIS (ir ISIL? Or Daesh or whatever you want to call these evil creeps) shot and killed dozens of people at the band's Nov. 13 show at the Batclan concert hall. (I've seen the death count at 89 and 90. Not sure which if either are accurate. The toal number of victims of the Paris attacks is about 130 people.)

It's hard to listen to but the video of the interview is below.






The Eagles of Death Metal will donate all publishing royalties of this song to a fund for the Par8is victims and are encouraging other musicians to record it.




Sunday, November 29, 2015

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

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Sunday, November 29, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell
Webcasting!
101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell(at)ksfr.org

Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres

Rollin' and Tumblin' by Canned Heat

Skinny Legs and All by Joe Tex

Bangkok by Jello Biafra & Ther Raunch 'n' Roll All-Stars

Jello Biafra by Wesley Willis

All Women are Bad by The Cramps

Sick Bed by The Voluptuous World of Karen Black

The Hand Don't Fit the Glove by Miriam

Luci Baines by The A-Bones

I'll Be Back by Question Mark & The Mysterians

 

Nerja Sawa by Mazhott

Viento by Rolando Bruno

Held My Baby Last Night by Hound Dog Taylor

Let's Get Funky by Elvin Bishop

Disease by Dead Cat Stimpy

Wish I Was a Catfish by T. Model Ford

 

Blind and Deaf by No-Hit Makers

Nobody Spoil My Fun by The Seeds

Jimmy Would by Chuck E. Weiss

Looking for Somebody by Any Dirty Party

Shotgun by Yo La Tengo

Wade in Bloody Water by The Grannies

Rock 'n' Roll Murder by The Leaving Trains

I'm Just the Other Woman by MSR Singers

 

Govinda by The Radha Krsna Temple

Gypsy by Lovestuck

Don't Cry For Me New Jersey by Candye Kane

She Wasn't Around by Alex Maiorano & The Black Tales

The Lady's Letter by Pops Staples

It Must Be Sunday by Phoebe Snow

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, November 27, 2015

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST

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Friday, November 27, 2015
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10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens

Skip a Rope by Kentucky Headhunters

Mud by Legendary Shack Shakers

What You Gonna Do, Leroy? by Brennen Leigh

Scorched by The Satellites

Corn Likker by Buck Owens

Together Again by Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen

Harm's Way by The Waco Brothers

I'm a Nut by Leroy Pullens

Go Find Your Heaven by Ted & The Wranglers

Turkey in the Straw by Sen. Robert Byrd

 

Send Me to the 'lectric Chair / I Like to Sleep Late in the Morning / Summer Wages by David Bromberg

Happy Hour by Ted Hawkins

Cold and Bitter Tears by Kasey Chambers

Tupelo County Jail by Old 97s

Two Dollar Strings by The Electric Rag Band

Dog by Bottle Rockets

Baby It's Cold Outside by Homer & Jethro

 

R.I.P. Davy Jones

Driftwood 40-23 / Side by Side Doublewides by The Hickoids

Song for David J by Glenn Jones

God Loves the Hickoids by The Grannies

Viva Mose McCormack!

It's No Secret / Beans and Make Believe / New Mexico Blues / Under the Jail by Mose McCormack

 

I'm Coming Home by Cynthia Becker

Four Old Brokes by Joe Ely

It Keeps Right on a Hurtin' by Louie Setzer

Big Fool of the Year by George Jones

I'vre Got a Tender Heart by Merle Haggard

Come on Up to the House by Oh Lazarus

Miracle of Five by Eleni Mandell

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets


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TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: Don't Fear the Foreign!

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
November 12, 2015

America: home of the brave, land of the fearful. And crown thy good with paranoid contradictions … Them foreigners, if they aren’t bringing terrorism, they’re bringing Ebola. Their gun-toting mass murderers are coming to take away the jobs of decent American gun-toting mass murderers ...

Recent events in the news — along with some new albums from around the world I’ve been listening to lately — got me thinking about a certain punk-rock band I discovered online earlier this year. It’s called Mazhott, and starting about 2007, the group rocked the casbah from Damascus, Syria. Yes, that Syria.
Mazhott live!

In a 2009 interview in Taqwacore Journal, the band’s guitarist Rashwan said, “We sing about stuff that matters to young people, in general, and social [issues]. [For example], the high school diploma, here, is unbelievably difficult, so, we wrote about that. We wrote about fathers forcing their young daughters to marry older men, about our generation that is frustrated and lost and don’t know [what] to do with their lives, about less separating of boys and girls, and about how we need more attention and freedom.”

Of course, I couldn’t understand any of the lyrics because they’re in Arabic. But the music rocks, so I bought the digital version of Mazhott’s EP from its Bandcamp page. With my modest payment, I wrote a note wishing the musicians well and hoping they were all safe from the troubles over there.

I got a nice email back from Rashwan, who said, “All of us at Mazhott are safe and sound, but unfortunately each in a different country.” I guess that would make them refugees, but if I’m not reading too much into it, “safe and sound” implies some level of stability.

And I just heard from Rashwan last week for the first time in months. He sent me an MP3 of a new Mazhott song — their first recording in years. I'll play that on Terrell's Sound World, on KSFR-101.1 FM and www.ksfr.org, at 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29.

Did I say something about some music from around the world?

Damn the fear-mongering! Let these new albums cross your borders and immigrate into your ears!

* Bailazo by Rolando Bruno. Once upon a time, there was a Peruvian garage-punk band called Los Peyotes. (I’ve reviewed their work in this column and played their songs on my radio shows and podcast.)

Guitarist Bruno, who I believe is Argentine, was a member of this hopped-up, snot-rock combo. Now he’s been reborn as a cumbia king. Or as his new record company Voodoo Rhythm describes his new sound, “Full Blast Psychedelic Latino Cumbia Garage with a very Cheesy Touch of a ’70s Supermarket!!!”

His cumbia obsession started out as a side project while Los Peyotes was still happening. He’d upload old cumbia songs onto his computer and mutate them into rocking Latin dance numbers filtered through his own punk-rock perspective. For Bailazo, he composed original songs and hired actual musicians to create this crazy sound.

Bruno brings an international perspective to his already wild musical vision. He throws in Middle-Eastern sounds on “Falafel King.” (Is that an oud, dude?) And there’s also what sounds like a bagpipe. This tune would make the British world music band 3 Mustaphas 3 jealous.

And he’s turning Siamese on “Thai Cumbia,” which could almost be a kung fu movie soundtrack waiting to happen. This track starts off and ends relatively slow. But the sped-up middle section sounds like some frenzied Carlos Santana guitar attack.

Cankisou in action
* Supay by Cankisou. This band from the Czech Republic never ceases to amaze me. It’s a seven-piece group that mixes musical influences from who knows how many cultures into a unique blend of rock ’n’ roll.

You’ll hear strands of Middle-Eastern music; rhythmic Afro-beat sounding sounds; jazz excursions and sonic allusions to Balkan music; and a touch of metal here and there. (And Breaking Bad fans’ ears will perk up at the opening notes of the song “Korobori,” which sounds just like the soundtrack to that late, great show’s opening sequence. “Korobori” turns into what sounds like a salute to the band Morphine — except there’s a brief bluegrass section in there, too.)

I can’t write about Cankisou without quoting from its own origin myth on its website:

“Cankisou music is based on an old legend about one-legged Canki people, and the band also learnt their language, which is understandable all over the world.”

For a one-legged people, these guys sure kick butt. If you like Gogol Bordello or 3 Mustaphas 3 (them again!) or, to get a little more obscure, Polish rocker Kazik Staszewski and his band Kult, do yourself a favor and listen to some Cankisou.

Live at the old Santa Fe Brewing Company a few years ago
* Live in Paris, Oukis N’Asuf by Tinariwen. This live album is the latest by this musical collective made up of nomadic Tuareg tribesmen from northwestern Africa. They have played New Mexico several times in recent years.

Many of the original members of the band were living in Libya when they were forced into military service by the late and not-so-great dictator Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi. Some of Tinariwen also fought as Tuareg rebels against the government of Mali.

So truly, this music is what Joe Strummer would have called “rebel rock.” Actually it’s trancy guitar music with powerful Saharan percussion provided by a conga-like instrument called a darbuka. And no, I don’t understand the lyrics, sung in a Berber language, Tamasheq. But I understand the words have gotten the group banned on the radio in Mali and Algeria, so they must be subversive.

Even cooler, Tinariwen leader Ibrahim Ag Alhabib has said in interviews that some of his earliest influences were the singing cowboys of American Westerns. I don’t hear any Gene Autry in this album, but I’ll keep listening.

Songs from all the acts I discussed here can be found on the latest Big Enchilada podcast.

Let's have some videos!

Here is Mazhott's last live show in Damascus back in 2010



Enter Rolando Bruno



Those Cankisou boys were the wildest men in Borneo back in 2012



And here is Tinariwen live in Paris with Lalla Badi.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Songs of Thanks


Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends and loyal readers.

On this holiday -- which somehow always seems to coincide with Throwback Thursday -- I'm just going to give you a few songs of gratitude.

Here's a New Orleans singer named Allen  Matthews, also known as "Fat Man Matthews" and listed on this 1953 single as "Fats Matthews." The song is written by none other than Dave Bartholomew, the venerated band leader, songwriter, talent scout and A&R man who is responsible for the rise of another Fats, Antoine Domino.




Here's the Last of the Red Hot Mamas herself, Sophie Tucker who recorded this in 1934. (I'm thankful to B.C. for playing this on his pre-Thanksgiving episode of Blue Monday on KSFR this week.



Finally, I just stumbled across this song, recorded by one Charles Hackett in 1912, while messing around on the 78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings section of Archives.org. 

Assuming this is the same guy,  Hackett, no relation to Buddy Hackett, was an opera singer from Massachusetts who was born in 1889 and died in 1942. He was best known for his role of Romeo in Roméo et Juliette.

The Allmusic Guide says of Hackett:

If at times his dramatic fires burned on low flame, he was nonetheless appreciated by many connoisseurs for his finesse and unfailingly musical performances.

Enjoy a little Thanksgiving finesse below




Have a safe and humane Thanksgiving. Don't accept any turkeys with drugs or razor blades.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WACKY WEDNESDAY: A Song-Poem Primer


I can't believe I've done an entire year of Wacky Wednesdays and not done a feature on song-poems,

"What is a song-poem?" you may ask. Well let me quote from myself from a 2001 Terrell's Tune-up where I wrote about a crazy compilation called I'm Just the Other Woman, which I'd just purchased.

You've seen those ads in the back of supermarket tabloids, detective mags, movie rags and girlie books: “Song Poems Wanted. Your poems turned into songs by professional musicians. Send immediately for FREE evaluation ...

Of course, its a scam. It's been going on for years — a century by some reports. 

You send in your poem and the company sends you back a glowing evaluation. Your song has true hit potential. Now all you need to do is send in $100 (or whatever the going rate is these days) and your poem will be put to music and recorded in an actual recording studio by some of the nations top session musicians.

They don't mention that these overworked and under-appreciated musicians crank out as many as a dozen songs an hour and sometimes the melody used on your song has been and will be used for others. 

Theres always the implication that this recording will be sent around to the top A&R people at major record companies. And of course youll get a few copies of the record to show your friends; in fact some song-poem companies actually have put out compilations.

And wouldn't you know it, this sleazy little corner of the music industry has attracted a subculture of fans who collect and groove on the strangest and most unintentionally funny song-poems they can unearth.


You can learn a lot more about this strange phenomenon at the American Song-Poem Archives, where I first learned about "I'm Just the Other Woman." (Caution though, a lot of those links are dead and it looks like they haven't updated the "news" section in more than 10 years.)

A year or so after I wrote that column there appeared a documentary directed by Jamie Meltzer called Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story.

Below is one of my favorite tunes from that movie. It was written by a gent named Caglar Juan Singletary.



Another one from the movie is one of the most infamous song-poems out there: "Blind Man's Penis" by John Trubee. Unlike Singletary and most other song-poem poets, Trubee purposely wrote strange and outrageous lyrics as a weird prank. Sung by Ramsey Kearney, the prank became an oughta-be country classic. (I played it on The Santa Fe Opry last week.)


Here is the title song of that song-poem compilation I reviewed in 2001. This is the second version. The even more bizarre original version (like this one, sung in falsetto by song-poem superstar Rodd Keith) was rejected by lyrics writer Mary Clignett.



Gene Marshall, who recorded under the name John Muir, delivered this anti-drug message.



This one's a sad story of a decent American cuckolded by an Argentine cowboy.



(From my 2001 column) E. Grange's “Palace Roses" is downright surreal. The music is raw honky tonk with a sweet, weeping steel guitar. Singer Todd Andrews drawls a verse about dancing roses before the speaking part: "I am the father of the palace roses/I sponsor many ceremony dances at my beautiful pink roses palace/the roses palace is attended by all the roses then there is dining after the dancing/and fun is had by all.



Here's another Rodd Keith classic. The lyrics were by a lady named Mildred Shankland.



And here's a loving cover of "Rug Bug" by NRBQ.



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Be Thankful! There's a New Big Enchilada episode!


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On this latest Big Enchilada Podcast episode we're going to make all the android babies boogie. But don't worry, androids of all ages -- and humans too -- are free to boogie as well. After a warm-up set of good old fashioned garage-punk sounds (mostly new material) we're going Around the World in a Daze with crazy sounds from around the globe.And then this show turns Seedy, finishing it off with a set of Seeds/Sky Saxon covers in honor of the bitchen new documentary, The Seeds: Pushin' Too Hard


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Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: Shock Hop by Johnny Cale)
Android Robot by Acid Baby Jesus
Split Decision by JJ & The Real Jerks
Down and Out by The Vagoos
Just Let Me Know by Any Dirty Party
Across the River by Dead Cat Stimpy
Judy in Disguise by Jello Biafra & The Raunch and Soul All-Stars

(Background Music: Lipovacko Kolo by 3 Mustaphas 3)
El Brujito Ramon by Rolando Bruno
Chaghaybou by Tinariwen
Nomadisavej by Cankisou
Ram Say Sok by Dengue Fever
Awiha by Mazhott

(Background Music: Hammer Blow by Skip Martin)

Sky Saxon / Seeds Set
No Hay Mas Qui Dar by Los Shains
It's a Hard Life by The A-Bones
Stems and Flowers by The Chesterfield Kings
Moth and The Flame by Simon Stokes & The Heathen Angels
The Wind Blows Your Hair by Purple Merkins
You Can't Be Trusted by The Seeds




Sunday, November 22, 2015

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

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Sunday, November 22, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell
Webcasting!
101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell(at)ksfr.org

Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres

Jack Ruby by Camper Van Beethoven

Fish in the Jailhouse by Tom Waits

Highway 61 Revisted by Bob Dylan

Accelerated Emotion by The Fleshtones

Lose Your Mind by The Seeds

A+ on Arson Class by Rocket From The Crypt

Twist Man by Dead Cat Stimpy

Sai'een by Mazhott

A Man for the Nation by John Lee Granderson

 

November by The Rockin' Guys

Howl by J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound

Give Me Back My Wig by Hound Dog Taylor

Ax Me by JJ & The Real Jerks

Crazy Pills by Quan & The Chinese Takeouts

Little Blonde Girl by Any Dirty Party

Lee Harvey was a Friend of Mine by Homer Henderson

 

A Man Amongst Men by Big Joe Williams

Livin' in Chaos by The Sonics

No, I'm Iron Man by Butthole Surfers

Now I Step Over Your World / Punch Me Again, Now Ya Drunken Idiot by John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors of America

Screwdriver by The BellRays

Land of 1,000 Dances by Jello Biafra & The Raunch and Soul All-Stars

Darlin' Corey by Oh Lazarus

Moonlight Motel by Gun Club

 

Falafel King by Rolando Bruno

Tinde by Tinariwen with Lalla Badi

Venom Party by The Vagoos

Make You Mine by The Black Lips

The River in Reverse by Allen Toussaint & Elvis Costello

Full Moon in the Daylight Sky by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

President Kennedy Gave His Life by Mary Ross

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: Wolves, Angels and BBQ

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican   May 26, 2017 “Anger is an energy,” John Lydon, a.k.a. Johnny Rotten, inf...