Wednesday, July 31, 2019

WACKY WEDNESDAY: The Musical World of Lurch


Today would have been the 87th birthday of the late character actor Ted Cassidy, the man who played the Frankenstein-like butler Lurch on television's beloved The Addams Family.

Happy birthday, Ted!

Cassidy died in 1979, but Lurch still lives in the hearts of the true.

Devoted Addams Family fans know that Lurch had vocal talents beyond his trademark growling and catch phrase, "You rang?" He was a rock 'n' roll star ... or might have been.

Here's a scene in which his musical talent is discovered:



Just like The Beatlers, The Rolling Stones, Howlin' Wolf and so many great talents, Lurch got a spot on Shindig.



And back during his 15 minutes of musical fame, Cassidy showed he had real Red Sovine chops on this country talking song, which was the B-Side of "Do the Lurch."



Finally, on this Wacky Wednesday, here's Lurch doing a wacky Wednesday dance

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The New Big Enchilada is Out of This World!

THE BIG ENCHILADA



Greetings citizens of the galaxy and welcome to this month's spacey, racy episode of the Big Enchilada This month we're slipping the surly bonds of Earth and taking a joyride to the stars. That's one small step for podcast, one giant leap for podcastkind.

Shout out to my grandson Gideon Brake who provided the artwork for this episode.

And remember, The Big Enchilada is officially listed in the iTunes store. So go subscribe, if you haven't already (and gimme a good rating and review if you're so inclined.) Thanks. 


Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: Outer Space Dixie by One Plus One)
Rocket Ship Rock by Yochanan
Wojny by Kazik & Zdunek Ensemble
Born Down Deep in the Country by Ali Gator & & His Real Hot Reptile Rockers
Texas Ranger Man by Hickoids
Girl From Outer Space by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

(Background Music: Rockin' in the Orbit by Jimmie Haskell & His Orchestra)
I've Got it All by Xoe Fitzgerald
Earn Your Heaven by The Yawpers
Crane's Cafe by TAD
Sweet Thang by Jack Oblivian & The Dream Killers
Tweakers from Outer Space by The Royal Hounds

(Background Music: Rocket Boogie 88 by Big Joe Turner)
Outer Space by The Sex Organs
Bee Bop Palooza by Bee Bee Sea
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark by The Night Beats
Ne Dam Te by Ivana Rushaidat & Rakete
Juvenile Delinquent by Ronnie Allen
New Rocket Train Boogie by Edison Rocket Train
(Background Music: War of the Satellites by Man or Astroman?)

Play it here:




Sunday, July 28, 2019

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, July 28, 2019
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Your Cousin's on Cops by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Who Do You Love by Bo Diddley
Tonight is the Night by The Goon Mat & Lord Bernardo
I Got the Hits by John Spencer
Pooky Poo by Bobby Rush
Red Riding Hood & The Wolf by Bunker Hill with Link Wray
Marble Orchard by Fire Bad!
Wait for Me by Roger Darmawuzan
Gangsters by Kazik & Zdunek Ensemble
Treat Her Right by Los Straitjackets & Mark Lindsay

Back in the USSR by Dead Kennedys
Things We Said Today by The Beatles
Annie Had a Baby by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Penny Instead by Charlie Pickett
The Green Manalishi by The Flesh Eaters
Driftwood 40-23 by The Hickoids
Scarla by Jack Oblivian & The Dream Killers
Rat Fink by Ron Haydock & The Boppers

Xoe's Favorite Honky Tonk by Xoe Fitzgerald
Honey Don't You Want a Man Like Me by Frank Zappa
The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing by The Persuassions
Zip a Dee Doo Dah by The Mummies
Boob Scotch by Bob Log III
Detroit House Party by Left Lane Cruiser
Jesus Built My Hotrod by Ministry
Let's Get the Baby High by Dead Milkmen

Give Punk a Chance by Alien Space Kitchen
Built Environment by Nots
Astral Plane by The Modern Lovers
Too Close to Heaven by The Dad Horse Experience
Hard Times by Eilen Jewell
Nothing But Flowers by Talking Heads
Something Broken in the Promised Land by Wayne Kramer
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Walter Brennan's Musical Legacy



Dag nabbit, it's Walter Brennan's birthday! He was born 125 years ago today in Lynn, Mass,

Happy birthday, Walter!

He was one of the country's best -known character actors starting back in the 1930s, winning his first Oscar for his role as Swedish lumberjack Swan Bostrom in a film called Come and Get It. 

He's become best-known for being the crusty sidekick of cowboy heroes like Gary Cooper (The Westerner and others) and  John Wayne (Rio Bravo and others). And I first knew him as Grandpappy Amos in a TV sitcom, The Real McCoys, which ran from 1957 to 1963.

But he also was a recording artist, a pioneer of white rap (or maybe, in Brennan's case, we should call it "clip-clop" music

Here are some of his tunes:



Mel Tillis wrote it, Kenny Rogers made it a hit. But Walter nailed it:



You have to have known that Walter would have at least one maudlin mama song


And this one actually was a huge hit in 1962:



Sunday, July 21, 2019

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST






Sunday, July 31, 2019
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Who Was In My Room Last Night by Butthole Surfers
Obeah Man by Meet Your Death
Bloody Mary by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Oh My Lover by P.J. Harvey
Put de Pot On, Mary by Poontang Perkins
The Second Generation Punks by Wild Billy Chyldish &CTMF
TV Eye by Iggy Pop
She's Wild by The Vagoos
Forgiveness Through Pain by The Yawpers
Too Much Tension by The Mystery Lights

Bulldog by The Beatles
Isolation by Ty Segall
Bad Neighborhood by Daddy Longlegs
Louie Louie by The Night Beats
Don't You Just Know It by The Sonics
Personality Crisis by Johnny Thunders
Lula Baby by The A-Bones

The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll by Bob Dylan
Who's Knocking on My Door by The Legendary Stardust Cowboy
Xoe's FAvorite Honky Tonk by Xoe Fitzgerald
Bury Me Deep by Steve Train & His Bad Habits
Guns of Thunder by Pierced Arrows
Cool Arrow by Hickoids
Shake Sugaree by Elizabeth Cotton with Brenda Evans

Sweet Lizzy by Bobby Rush
79 Cents (The Meow Song) by Eilen Jewell
I'm the Ocean by Neil Young & Pearl Jam
It's Only Make Believe by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
The Curtain Falls by Bobby Darin
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: Rolling the Thunder

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
July 19, 2019



Warning: This column is full of spoilers for the Netflix movie Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese. Life is full of spoilers. Welcome to the real world, kids.

A little historical perspective for those who weren’t around or those who were in a coma during the mid-’70s: the Rolling Thunder Revue was a ragtag tour featuring Dylan and lots of other musicians, including lots of his old folkie pals like Joan Baez, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and Bobby Neuwirth; beat poet Allen Ginsberg; and Dylan rock contemporaries like Joni Mitchell and Roger McGuinn.

Backed by a group that included band leader T-Bone Burnett (who nobody had heard of at the time), David Bowie alum Mick Ronson on guitar, and mystery lady Scarlet Rivera on violin, the revue was the antithesis of the big-time mega-monster corporate stadium-rock tour that was rising in the ’70s. Rolling Thunder played small venues with little advance publicity.

And lots of great concert footage was captured by the incomparable Dutch filmmaker Stefan van Dorp, hired by Dylan to accompany the merry caravan.
Van Dorp, a Dutch master

One thing I liked about Rolling Thunder is that you can’t always tell what’s the “real world” and what ain’t. It’s part documentary and part mockumentary. At least one of the characters is completely made up, and several of the people being interviewed didn’t really do what they claimed to do during the daze of that tour.

Some critics have complained that the cruel and callous Dylan and his henchman Scorsese snared them into this web of deception. One overwrought review likened these deceptions to the “fake news” epidemic in the Trump era. Some calmer voices just dismissed the fake interviews as an unnecessary distraction.

When I found out about this — after reading up on the film right after watching it — I howled with laughter. I was duped! I shouted, loud enough to frighten my cat. It was a classic Dylan jest. No wonder Scorsese included Joni Mitchell singing “Coyote” in the doc. Like Joni’s protagonist, Dylan is the ultimate trickster.

But I was a little disappointed that a teenage Sharon Stone didn’t really join the tour because Dylan liked her KISS T-shirt. (She wasn’t there at all.)

And it would have been cooler had the stuffy, vainglorious van Dorp — who complains about everyone in Rolling Thunder nearly as much as people complain about him — had been real. Van Dorp (played by Bette Midler’s real-life husband, Martin von Haselberg), was a vehicle for Scorsese to poke fun at the self-important earnestness of talking heads in rock documentaries.

But whatever you think about these little twists, the music in the film is tremendous. Standouts include the live “Isis” (probably the best song on Dylan’s album Desire, released around the same time as the tour), as well as “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” and “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” both of which he turns into rowdy rockers.

All these and others are a thrill to behold.

A real thrill.

Terrell’s Tune-up’s top 10 underrated Dylan songs:

* “Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)” — This song from Dylan’s Street Legal (1978) evokes troubling images of impending violence at some border town saloon. This would have fit in on Dylan’s Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid soundtrack a few years earlier.

* “Billy 1” — Speaking of Pat ’n’ Billy, this song didn’t really shoot me in the back until about 20 years ago, when I walked into the Lincoln County Courthouse — from which Billy made a daring escape and killed two deputies in 1878 — and someone was playing this song. It made the whole visit magical.

* “Days of ’49” — Dylan didn’t write this tune, which appeared on his unjustly panned 1970 effort Self Portrait. The narrator is an aged ’49er recalling his friends and how they met their demise. “Of the comrades all that I’ve had, there’s none that’s left to boast/ And I’m left alone in my misery like some poor wandering ghost.” Those words go through my head every time a friend of mine dies, which is far too often these days.

* “Jokerman” — This oracle of a song, from his otherwise unremarkable 1983 album Infidels, proves that not everything Dylan did in the mid-’80s sucked. Just most of it.

* “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” — I didn’t begin to understand this gem from 1965’s Highway 61 Revisited (still Dylan’s greatest album) until years later, after I myself had gotten lost in the rain in Juárez a few times.

* “Everything Is Broken” — This swampy, bongo-boosted tune from Oh Mercy (1989) sounds like Slim Harpo’s “115th Nightmare.”

* “Watching the River Flow” — This was a 1971 single that didn’t appear on an album until the arrival of Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2, released later that year. It features Leon Russell on piano and Jesse Ed Davis on guitar. It has one of my favorite Dylan couplets, “People disagreeing everywhere you look/Makes you wanna stop and read a book ...”

* “Dignity” — This was recorded in 1989 during Dylan’s Oh Mercy sessions but didn’t see commercial release, in a remixed version, for another five years.

* “Mississippi” — This laid-back gem first appeared on Love and Theft (2001), but the slower, looser version that kicks off The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs (2008) is the best. It’s like a hip update to the country classic “Gotta Travel On.”

* “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” — One of the best bloody tracks on Blood on the Tracks (1975). I came to truly appreciate this song during a break-up the next year.

Now with some videos!

Where have you been, my blue-eyed son?



Isis in all her glory



Here's Joni and "Coyote" as seen in the film



Here's Marty!



THROWBACK THURSDAY: Screamin' Birthday Wishes





Ninety years ago today a baby was born. Born to scream.

That baby was Jalacy Hawkins, but rock 'n' rollers know him as Screamin' Jay.

I got a weird compliment from my friend Dave last last week. He was telling another friend about my radio show  and he said, "The most mainstream thing you'll hear on it is Screamin' Jay Hawkins."

I got to interview Screamin' Jay when he played Club West in Santa Fe in the mid '80s. The most memorable thing about that interview was Hawkins getting into an argument with a local musician who was part of his pick-up band.

His show was fantastic though.

Screamin' Jay died back in early 2000 at the age of 70. But his hoodoo spirit still haunts us.

I'm pretty sure most people reading this are quite familiar with Screamin' Jay's signature song, "I Put a Spell on You."  But he did a lot more than that. Here's a few of those ....



In his later years, Screamin' Jay was a wonderful interpreter of Tom Waits. He recorded "Heart Attack and Vine" and "Ice Cream Man," but this one is my favorite:



This is one of his early ones, whih I like even more than "Alligator Wine."



And here's a sweet tribute to one of my favorite stars of Twin Peaks.








Sunday, July 14, 2019

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, June 14, 2019
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
I Can't Stop Thinking About It by The Dirtbombs
Sweet Young Thing by The Monkees
Sweet Young Thing by The Chocolate Watchband
Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More by Mudhoney
Long Way Down by Sons of Hercules
God is a Bullet by Concrete Blonde
Bust Out by April March & The Makers
Contagious by Sleeve Cannon
Deal by Dr. John

Bend Over, I'll Drive by The Cramps
I'll Be Loving You by The King Khan & BBQ Show
Cosmonaut  by Mean Motor Scooter
Overthrown by Thee Oh Sees
Hands on the Controls by The Coachwhips
Love My Lover by The Fleshtones
Let's Get it On by Alien Space Kitchen
Laura By Xoe Fitzgerald
May Be a Scandal by Roosevelt Sykes

Boy in a Bubble by Jack Oblivian & The Dream Killers
No Panic, No Stress by The Scaners
Wouldn't You Know by Billy Lee Riley
I Have Always Been Here Before by The Hickoids
Devil in Me by Churchwood
Light Rail Coyote by Sleater-Kinney
Crazy Date by T. Tex Edwards
Bury Me Deep by Kim Lenz
Love Like Crazy by Jessica Lee Wilkes
I'm Clean by Shinyribs

Working Hard for Your Love by Eilen Jewell
All the Way Back Home by The Dinosaur Truckers
In San Francisco Bay by DBUK
Watching Over Me by Cynthia Becker & The Edge
Georgia Lee by Tom Waits
A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch & Mickey
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Loony Lunar Tunes


It was 50 years ago this month that Neil Armstrong made that one small step for man.

In honor of the brave men aboard Apollo 11, here are some wacky songs about the moon  and beyond.

I do believe Lucia Pamela walked on the moon before Neil Armstrong



Here's Don Lewis, the self-proclaimed first country singer on the moon.



Devo tried to warn us about all the space junk out there



This one actually is a parody of another novelty song from the early '60s by Charlie Drake called "My Boomerang Won't Come Back"



Here's an old sound by Nu Sounds, a Sun Ra project.



Finally here's The Legendary Stardust Cowboy (even though I'm pretty sure he didn't write this song.)




Sunday, July 07, 2019

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, June 7, 2019
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
He's Waitin' / Eyes on Me by The Night Beats
Janglin' Jack by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Sheena's in a Goth Gang by The Cramps
Let Me In by ET Explore Me
Hollywood High by Alien Space Kitchen
Worthless by The Yawpers
Scarla by Jack Oblivian & The Dream Killers
Call the Police by The Oblivians
Fall on You by The Plimsouls

We're Desperate by X
Rational Actor by Notts
Sun Medallion by King Tuff
Lawrence of California by The Mekons
Don't Mess Up My Baby by Black Lips
Clouds of Dawn by Dead Moon
Poison Ivy by Imperial Wax
I Will Dare by The Replacements
Baby Face by Bobby Darin

Frankie & The Time Machine by Xoe Fitzgerald
$2,000 Navajo Rug by Joe West & The Sinners
Hey Joe by Lee Moses
Commando by The Ramones
Heart by REQ'D
Set to Stun by The Grannies
Hornet's Heart by Thinking Fellers Union Local 282
Old Time Religion by B.B. King

Witness by Eilen Jewell
I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say by Dr. John
Isolation by Ty Segall
Aggie and the DA by Hamell on Train
I Hate These Songs by Dale Watson
Remember (Christmas) by Nilsson
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, July 04, 2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Have a SOULFUL Independence Day!




Have a safe and soulful Fourth of July.

Here are some classic patriotic songs performed by soul music stars.

Sharon does Woody


Ray Charles did the ultimate version of this patriotic classic (if you don't count the version I did with Butch Hancock in the early '80s at the Forge in downtown Santa Fe,)


God bless Aretha





THROWBACK THURSDAY: O Sisters, Let's Go Down

The Coen brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000 )  is one of my favorite movies of all time and contains one of my favorite so...