Wednesday, December 30, 2020

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Sharing a Birthday

UPDATED 


On this day, December 30 in 1928, a child named Elias McDaniel was born in McComb, Mississippi. He would grow up to be a member of the Valencia County Sheriff's Reserves, an honorary citizen of Santa Fe, and, oh yeah, a true founding father of rock 'n' roll, known to the world as Bo Diddley.

Thirty three years later in New York City a boy named Sean Patrick Hannity was born. He grew up to be one of the nation's most successful right-wing blowhards and unofficial advisors of outgoing President Donald J. Trump, the loser of last month's presidential election.

Hannity and Diddley born on the same day. This proves astrology is real!

I've met both of these birthday boys. In 1985 I interviewed Deputy Diddley when he came to Santa Fe to play Club West. The day of the show Mayor Louis Montano -- at my urging -- had Diddley come to his office to be honored with a certificate naming him an honorary citizen of our city. That was a momentous day!

Then in 2004, at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, while waking around the convention center one afternoon I stumbled across "Radio Row," where radio reporters were working. There at a desk was Hannity doing a live broadcast. I was surprised to see him at a Democratic convention and stood there slack-jawed for a couple of moments. Hannity looked up at me, obviously irritated. "Can I help you with something?" he said. 

That wasn't as momentous as meeting Bo Diddley.

In honor of the senior birthday boy, here are a couple of tunes celebrating the man amongst men. 

Sorry, I couldn't find any songs honoring Sean Hannity. [OOOPS! See update below]

First, Warren Zevon covering a Diddley hit:

Here's Roky Erikson with The Nervebreakers, mutating one of Diddley's hits

The Jesus and Mary Chain proclaimed that "Bo Diddley is Jesus." I'd have loved to have seen Diddley's face if or when he ever heard this.


And here's Diddley himself, doing one of my favorite songs from his latter-day catalogue.


UPDATE: My Washington correspondent and Beltway Insider pointed this Hannity song by the Gregory Brothers (featuring Blondie. And what's Weird Al doing in this photo?)



Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Chicken Shack Playlist




Tuesday, December 29, 2020
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)
I Like My Baby’s Pudding by Wynonie Harris
Let Me Off Uptown by Gene Krupa (vocals by Anita O'Day)
Five Guys Named Moe by Louis Jordan
Jack, You’re Dead by B.B. King
African Twist by Stacy Lane
What a Little Moonlight Can Do by Benny Goodman (vocals by Helen Ward)
(Background Music: Late at Bailey’s Pad by Warren Barker)

Low Down Dog by Big Joe Turner & Pete Johnson 
I’m a Country Boy by Clarence “Frogman” Henry
Zip Gun Bop by Royal Crown Revue
Detroit Swing City by Alien Fashion Show
You Heard What I Said by Kid Thomas & Joe Bennett
I’m Gonna Put a Watch on You by Ruby Lee
Seventh Son by Mose Allison
(Background Music: Chicken Stuff by Hop Wilson)

I’ve Known Rivers by Gary Bartz & Nu-Troop
Rock H-Bomb by H Bomb Fergusson
My Chick by Rosco Gordon
(Background Music: Back at the Chicken Shack by Reuben Wilson)

Zip a Dee Doo Dah by Sun Ra
Twee-Twee-Tweet by Cab Calloway
Atomic Cocktail by Slim Gaillard
Decent Woman Blues by Julia Lee
Mutual Admiration Society by Louis Prima & Keely Smith 
(Background Music: M Squad Theme by Stanley Wilson)

Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop by Lionel Hampton
Faces in the Jazzamatazz by Ken Nordine
I’m Busted by Ray Charles with The Count Basie Orchestra
El Tirili by Don Tosti’s Pachuco Boogie Boys
Wine Wine Wine by Floyd Dixon
(Background Music: The Killer by Lalo Schifrin)

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom by Ma Rainey
The Other Night by Big Maybelle
Heebie Jeebies by Louis Armstrong
Heebie Jeebies by Little Richard
The Greasy Chicken by Andre Williams
Happy New Year to You by The Qualities
(Background Music: Back at The Chicken Shack by Jimmy Smith)


Sunday, December 27, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

UPDATED with Mixcloud link!





Sunday, December 27, 2020
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
Happy New Year by Spike Jones & His City Slickers
New Year’s Eve at the Gates of Hell by Ray Wylie Hubbard
See You in the Boneyard by Divine Horsemen
Monkey David Wine by Scott H. Biram with Jesse Dayton
Shanghai by Degurutieni
New Year’s Eve by Dengue Fever
(Background Music: Harlem Nocturne by Esquivel)

SIMON STOKES TRIBUTE SET 


All Songs by Simon except where noted

Johnny Gillette
Hard Travelin’
Slice It, Dice It by Timothy Leary & Simon Stokes
Miniskirt Blues by The Cramps with Iggy Pop
Trapped in a Nightmare (Simon with Hammerlock)
Let’s Do Wrong Tonight (Simon with Annette Zilinskas)
Ride on Angel (The Incredible Simon Stokes & The Black Whip Thrill Band)
Nixon’s Dead Ass by Russell Means
Down for Death
(Background Music: Tango by The D.J. Bonebrake Trio)


Gravedigger by Billy Joe Winghead
Burnin’ Love (Blasphemy version) by Frontier Dan & The Hickoids
New Year’s Polka by Brave Combo
Attack of the Killer Cranes by Oh! Gunquit
1947 by Kazik Staszewski & Kwartet ProForma
Lonely Avenue by Tav Falco’s Panther Burns
Let’s Go Get Stoned by Ray Charles
I’ll Fly Away by Homer Henderson
(Background Music: Birmingham Breakdown by The Chocolate Dandies)

A Great New Year by Ted Hawkins
Goodbye Year, Goodbye by X
Bang Bang Bang by Eilen Jewell
Alien Eye by Eleni Mandell
One Toke Over the Line by Brewer & Shipley
You Better Pray by Hamell on Trial
Brand New Year by The Bottle Rockets
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY: A Christmas Song From My Brother

 


On this Christmas Eve, I'd like to share a beautiful, spooky song that my brother, Jack Clift, first made me aware of back in the 1980s.

 Jack recorded this old song under the title "It Being Nearly Christmas Time" for a compilation called A New Mexico Christmas, produced by the good folks at Kludgit Sound in 1986. 

But don't expect much ho-ho-ho and mistletoe from this one. It's about a mother who sends her three sons off to sea where they meet their doom. Mom is so distraught she calls on the wind and sea to return her children. And sure enough, right around Christmas they return -- as ghosts. They can't even eat the nice Christmas dinner she made them. Then they have to go back to Heaven -- or wherever their new home is.

Jack's song is a version of an old British folk song called "The Wife of Usher's Well." Like most respectable old folk songs there are countless versions that popped up in the British Isles and the US. Steeleye Span even did a version in the '70s (though, as much as I love Steeleye, I never liked their take on this song.)

But here's a fairly recent version, with a Classics Comics style video, sung by a woman named Marilyn Cowan. Note, in this, as in the case of the earliest British versions of the song, the three children don't return at Christmas. Instead, they come back at Martinmas, the feast of St. Martin, which is in November.

But my favorite version is another one that's connected to my brother. In 2009, my brother and John Carter Cash collaborated with a small army of Nashville stars and Uzbek musicians for an album called Pale Imperfect Diamond. On that record Jack revisited the song, this time under its proper title and with the Peasall Sisters providing vocals.

Merry Christmas and hoping any ghostly visitors are friendly.


For more deep dives into songs, check out The Stephen W. Terrell Web Log Songbook


Sunday, December 20, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





Sunday, December , 2020
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 Sock it To Me, Santa by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Roadrunner- Savage Mix by The Krayolas
I Gotta Fever by X
Waste of Time by Paint Fumes
It’s Gravity by T. Tex Edwards
Ping Pong at Pang’s by Oh! Gunquit
Ping’s Chinese Restaurant by Harvey McLaughlin
Your Sugar is All I Want by Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders
Saint Nick’s Farm by The Gay Sportscasters
Do They Know It’s Christmas by Richard Cheese
(Background Music: Joy to the World by The Klezmonauts)

Santa’s Doing the Horizontal Twist by Kay Martin & Her Body Guards
West Yorks Ballad by Mekons
Past All Dishonor by Divine Horsemen
Tantamount by Churchwood
Lead Me On by Paul “Wine” Jones
Strange Words by The Electric Mess
Baby It’s Cold Outside by Albert & Gage
Just a Closer Walk With Thee by Homer Henderson
(Background Music: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Beausoleil)

Blue Grey Christmas by King Coleman
Ay Pee, Ah Yee by Kazik Staszewski & Kwartet ProForma
Can’t Delete Nightmares by Degurutieni
Such a Scream by Tom Waits
Santa Stole My Whiskey by Jonny Manak
Hurray for Santa Claus by The Fleshtones
Mean and Evil by Juke Joint Pimps
Lose Your Mind by Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds
A Wizard Doesn’t Need a Computer by Dan Melchior und Das Menace
Must Be Santa by Brave Combo
(Background Music: Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Jackie & The Cedrics)

Christmas Time Blues by Billy Boy Arnold
Trying to Get To You by Roy & The Devil’s Motorcycle
Can’t Stay Long by Scott H. Biram
Horny Hound by Roy D. Mercer
Wonderful by Brian Wilson
Miles to Go by Eilen Jewell
So Much Wine by The Handsome Family
Happy Christmas (War is Over) by Lorette Velvette

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Have Yourself a Bluesy Little Christmas

 


Someone told me that it's almost Christmas.

Woah, if true!

So here are a few choice musical Christmas treats from the magical realm of blues and rhythm and blues.

Let's start with Reverend Edward Clayborn, aka "The Guitar Evangelist," with a 1928 release called "The Wrong Way to Celebrate Christmas," in which he declares, "While the church is praying, on Christmas day / Other people are roamin' the streets and drinkin' their soul away ..."

Leroy Carr apparently tried to celebrate Christmas in the wrong way. Here's a 1929 tune called "Christmas in Jail."

Skipping ahead a few decades, a doo-wop called The Youngsters had a hit with a song of the same title.

Back in the '30s, Bumble Bee Slim had a specific request of Santa Claus:

Here's a tune from 1954 from a singer named Jimmy Butler who only wants to trim your tree:

Finally, here's some holiday cheer from 1962 by Huey "Piano" Smith & The Clowns, "Doing the Santa Claus":




Sunday, December 13, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





Sunday, December 13, 2020
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
Someone Like You by Divine Horsemen
Hobo Jingle by Scott H. Biram
Holy Motor by Sloks
Leonardo by Kazik Staszewski & Kwartet ProForma
Hey! Rockstar by Jon Langford & Skull Orchard
What Happened to Delila by The Mekons
Surfing on Christmas Day (Santa Won’t You Bring Me Some Waves) by Southern Culture on the Skids
(Background Music: Chinatown, My Chinatown by David Murray)

Christmas With Satan by James White
Turn It Off - Zombie Mix by Kathy Freeman
Eat Your Heart and Wear Your Face by The Cavemen
Nutbush City Limits by Frontier Dan & The Hickoids
Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprise by Devo
I Refuse to Sing by Elected Officials
They Don’t Know by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Who’s Been Driving My Little Yellow Taxi Cab by Lincoln St. Exit
I Can’t Control Myself by Big Maybelle
Empty Yodel No. 0 by Nick Shoulders
Even Squeaky Fromme Loves Christmas by Rev. Glen Armstrong
(Background Music: Lint Head Stomp by Phebel Wright)

Blue Christmas by Stan Ridgway
Dance Like Fuck by Oh! Gunquit
Won’t You by The Plasmatics
Bang On by The Breeders
Breakfast Taters by MFC Chicken
Go-Go Girls by Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs
Don’t Take My Whiskey Away From Me by Wynonie Harris
Built for Comfort by Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
Seeds & Candy by Boris McCutcheon
In the Dark of Morning by Possessed by Paul James
Christmas Boogie by Canned Heat & The Chipmunks
(Background Music: Swingin’ on Pier 13 by The Bomboras)

Can Man Christmas by Joe West
Midnight Express by Degurutieni Day-guru-tee-enny
Always Horses Coming by Giant Sand
Whiskey Willey by Michael Hurley
Coney Island Waltz by Harvey McLaughlin
The Old Rugged Cross by Homer Henderson
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Wednesday, December 09, 2020

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Happy Birthday Redd Foxx

 



On Dec. 9, 1922, John Elroy Sanford was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up to be known by another name, Redd Foxx. But he didn't forget the surname of his birth. Probably more people know him from the hit sitcom Sanford & Son than his previous decades as a raunchy "party records" comic. (His character's name, Fred Sanford, also happened to be the name of his father and his older brother.)

Although he's far better known as a comedian, Foxx also was a singer. When he was just a 13-year-old kid, according to his website, Fox "supported himself by playing the washboard in a band."

Soon he began his career as a stand-up comedian on the Chitlin Circuit. To put it mildly, he wasn't afraid to "play blue." By the mid 1950s his nightclub career led to a recording career, with Foxx creating an avalanche of "party albums" that sold admirably, despite the fact that none of his records ever had any chance of actual radio play.

But even before that, Foxx recorded five R&B singles for Savoy Records. Here's one from 1946, a tune titled "Fine Jelly Blues."


He also sang with bands like the Kenny Watts Hot Five. (Pianist Watt with Kenny Watts & His Brooklyn Buddies backed Foxx on his Savoy singles.)  

This one's called "Shame on You" from 1947.


Foxx recorded some more R&B singles in the mid '50s. Here's  "It's Fun To Be Living In The Crazy House," from 1957.


As Fred Sanford, Foxx often sang on his TV show. This one, "All of Me"  is a duet with Scatman Crothers.


And in honor of the season ... 


Happy birthday, Red!



Sunday, December 06, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, December 6, 2020
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
Behind the Barn by Demon’s Claws
Can’t Be Brought Down by Roky Erikson
You Got That Thing by Holly Golightly
Leave Me Alone So I Can Rock Again by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Sookie Sookie by Steppenwolf
Speed Limit by Dot Wiggin Band
Language is a Virus by Laurie Anderson
(Background Music: Riff Blues by Skip Martin)

Ill Wind by Dinola
Johnny Voodoo by Empress of Fur
In the Rex by Churchwood
Eat Your Heart and Wear Your Face by The Cavemen
Roam by The B-52s
When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again by Big Al Downing
(Background Music: Spooky Bongos by Beach Girls & The Monster)

Florentine Pogen by Frank Zappa 
Platypus by Mr. Bungle
Horrorshow by The Blacks
Cry Cry, Laugh Laugh by The Krayolas
Shake Shake by The Bluetones
Go! Go! Go! by Roy Orbison
Bamalamalicious  by Rattanson
There Oughta Be a Law Against Sunny Southern California by Terry Allen
(Background Music: Lonely Guitar by Bert Weedon)

The Old Main Drag by The Pogues
Rose Tattoo by Dropkick Murphys
Polka Christmas by The Polkaholics
Since I Met You Baby by Asylum Street Spankers
What Is Love by Cheetah Chrome
Moonglow, Lamp Low by Eleni Mandell
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, December 03, 2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday Gussie Davis!

 

Goodness Gussie, it's the birthday of one of the most successful African-American songwriters of the 19th Century, the first Black Tin Pan Alley composers, Mr. Gussie Davis. 

Though he died when he was just 35, many of his tunes lived on into the 20th Century and eventually were recorded by early country music stars. He also wrote a song that's become an American classic -- though Davis hasn't received proper credit for it. (Keep reading to the bottom.)

An article about the songwriter by Wayne Erbsen in Native Ground  quotes Tin-Pan Alley historian Maxwell Marcuse:

“Gussie Davis reached for the tender spots that lurk deep within all of us, no matter how thick or tough our outer crusts may be. In an era of ‘sing-em-and-weep’ melodies, Davis did more than his share to open up the tear ducts of America.”

Born in Dayton on Dec. 3, 1863, Davis wanted to attend the Nelson Musical College in Cincinnati. But his application to the school was rejected because of his race. 

But, according to Eileen Southern in her 1997 book, The Music of Black Americans: A History, Davis found a workaround. He got a job as a janitor at the school and was paid in part with private music lessons from the instructors there. 

He self-published his first song in 1880, when he was only 18, a sentimental ditty called "We Sat Beneath The Maple On The Hill." 

In Ernsen's piece Davis was quoted saying:

I was just eighteen years old, and not caring to enter in the rear, I set to work to study music, and before long I managed to get together a pretty air and had it arranged. It was the ‘Maple on the Hill,’ and became quite popular throughout the West. Music publishers are not over generous in taking to publishing or even handling music from an unknown person, and I found a great deal of trouble, but I gave one publisher money to get it out, and he took pity on me. The song proved a great go.”

Let's hear a 1926 recording of that song by Vernon Dalhart, a pioneering country singer (He's the first to record "The Wreck of the Old 97" back in the 1920s.) But hey Vern, you don't sound that country here!

Davis kept writing and publishing songs. Before long, he hooked up with Cincinnati publisher George Propheter, who in 1886 moved to New York. Davis followed him. Davis kept writing as well as performing. In 1895 he was invited by the New York World to enter the paper's contest to determine the 10 best songwriters in the U.S. Davis came in second with his song, "Send Back the Picture and the Ring", and won a prize of $500 in gold.

I couldn't find a recording of this online, but here's a melodramatic1893 song -- composed by Davis and lyricist William H. Windom -- called "The Fatal Wedding." This was Davis' first national hit The performer here is another white country singer, Bradley Kincaid.

Vernon Dalhart also recorded another Davis tune, "The Baggage Coach Ahead." This is a more recent live version by the late Mac Wiseman.

This is "My Creole Sue," which Davis published in 1898, a year before his death. This recording is from 1923 by a group called The Shannon Quartet.

None of the above songs are very familiar to modern audiences, but chances are you've heard this one. A 2000 report by NPR says Leadbelly always attributed "Goodnight Irene" to his uncle. However, Davis composed the song he titled "Irene, Good Night" in 1886. It became a favorite of traveling minstrel shows.

So goodnight, Irene and happy birthday Gussie!


Sunday, November 29, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





Sunday, November 29, 2020
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 :Circus Freak by The Electric Prunes
Dead Moon Night by Dead Moon
Haint Blue by Churchwood
Hunker in My Bunker by Dave Del Monte & The Cross Country Boys
Heart Attack and Vine by Lydia Lunch
Secret Agent Man by Devo
(Background Music: Mental Strain at Dawn by David Murray)

Loch Lomand by Richard Thompson
I Don’t Know by The Hipshakes
Bittersweet Romance Song by The Dirtbombs
El Jefe/Mucho Trabajo by Lone Monk
Carry Me Home by The Hentchmen
Daniel Webster & The Devil by Big Daddy
Apartment 9 by Ricky Hell & The Voidboys
Just Like Eddie by Heinz
First We Take Manhattan by Warren Zevon
Two Lovely Black Eyes by Charles Coburn 
(Background Music: The Phantom by Bubba Thomas & The Lightmen Plus One)

Gator Gator by The Krayolas
Jail in San Antone by Mitch Webb & The Swindles
Lockdown Blues by The Moonlight 5
Twój Mój Czas by Kult
Ratz by Pussy Gillette
Black Diamond Express Train To Hell Part One by John Schooley & His One Man Band
Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall by The Waco Brothers with Paul Burch
People Who Died by Drive-by Truckers
(Background Music: Bye Bye Blues by Esquivel)

No Reply by The Beatles
All I Have to Offer You Is Me by Ted Hawkins
All’s Well in Roswell by Harvey McLaughlin
Roswell Town by Jack Clift & His Illuminati Assassination Orchestra
Barbry Allen by Chipper Thompson
Tomorrow Wendy by Concrete Blonde
OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres


CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

WACKY WEDNESDAY: She Was a Barroom Smash

Today, November 25, 2020, would have been the 174th birthday of radical prohibitionist Carrie Nation. 

Happy birthday, Carrie.

Mrs. Nation -- who also was known as "Carry Nation," in case you think I'm guilty of a typo -- became famous for leading attacks on saloons in which she and her followers used axes to smash up these dens of inequity. She showed that Lizzie Borden wasn't the only 19th Century woman to "take an ax." 
According to History.com, Nation described her June 6. 1900 raid on a saloon in Kiowa, Kansas:

“I ran behind the bar, smashed the mirror and all the bottles under it; picked up the cash register, threw it down; then broke the faucets of the refrigerator, opened the door and cut the rubber tubes that conducted the beer,” she recalled. “I threw over the slot machine…and got from it a sharp piece of iron with which I opened the bungs of the beer kegs, and opened the faucets of the barrels, and then the beers flew in every direction and I was completely saturated.”

She seems nice ...

As is the case of many American fanatics, Nation was inspired by The Bible and direct messages from God. In her own Bible, she wrote the word "smashing" besides this inspirational passage (Jeremiah 1:10):

"See, I have this day set thee over the nation and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant."

She was either the John Brown of her time, or the Eric Rudolph, depending on your point of view.

Nation's dream of national alcohol prohibition came true in 1919. We all know how that worked out...

But this is a music blog, so to honor Carrie or Carry or whoever she was, here are some songs inspired by the temperance movement.

Let's start with "The Lips That Touch Liquor Will Never Touch Mine," with a melody by George T. Evans and words by Sam Booth. Unfortunately this 2016 recording bythe Women's Choir at Concordia College only includes the first verse.


This temperance tune, recorded in 1916 by singer/evangelist Homer Rodeheaver "Molly and the Baby Don't You Know" was about wives and children who suffered from an alcoholic husband and father.


Along those lines is "Father's a Drunkard and Mother is Dead," written in 1866 by one Mrs. E.A. Parkhurst. This recording is by Cincinnati's University Singers on an album released in 1997.


I couldn't do a post about temperance songs without including this Kinks klassic:


And I can't help but wonder how Mrs. Nation would feel about her name being used by a fictitious rock 'n' roll band in a notorious outrageously sleazy movie, Beyond the Valley of The Dolls. Ladies and gentlemens I present The Carrie Nations!


Tip a glass to Carrie Nation on her birthday!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Here's the New Hillbilly Big Enchilada Episode

THE BIG ENCHILADA
 



Hare Krishna, we're honky tonkin' now! Welcome to the latest hillbilly episode of The Big Enchilada, Hillbilly Happy Hour, an hour of hillbilly music, old and new, bound to make you happy. You'll hear bluegrass, rockabilly, hard-core honky tonk and more. This show includes a tribute to three giants who died last month, Jerry Jeff Walker, Billy Joe Shaver and Johnny Bush.

Remember, The Big Enchilada still is officially listed in the iTunes store. So go subscribe, if you haven't already (and please, gentle listeners, give me a five-star rating and review if you're so inclined.) Thanks. 

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Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: Old Joe Clark by Red Allen & Frank Wakefield)
Happy Hour in Hell by Cornell Hurd
Honky Tonk Hangover by Miss Leslie
Details by The Beaumonts
Bad Boy by Martha Fields
Second and San Antone by Earl Poole Ball


(Background Music: Fresh Fish by Last Mile Ramblers)
Meanest Jukebox in Town by Alvin Youngblood Hart
Eat My Words by Marti Brom
If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me by Geraldine Fibbers
Don't Make Me Pregnant by Miss Tammy Faye Starlite
Mississippi John Hurt by Ray Wylie Hubbard

(Background Music: Chicken Reel Stomp by The Tune Wranglers)
Trashy Women by Jerry Jeff Walker
I've Been to Georgia on a Fast Train by Billy Joe Shaver
Dos Tacos by Johnny Bush
Devil Always Made Me Think Twice by Chris Stapleton
Turtles All the Way Down by Sturgill Simpson
Long Violent History by Tyler Childers
(Background Music: Bear Creek Stomp by Tommy Hancock & The Supernatural Band)

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





Sunday, November 22, 2020
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 
Poor Gary from the Gallows by Harvey McLaughlin
Over You by The Cavemen
Teen Angel by Dirty Fences
Julio Iglesias by Butthole Surfers
All I’m Saying by Alien Space Kitchen
Rats in My Kitchen by The Fleshtones
Ain’t Your Choir by Churchwood
One Dark Day by Dave Del Monte & The Cross Country Boys
Don’t Make Me Pregnant by Miss Tammy Faye Starlite
(Background Music: Jitterbug by Angelo Badalamenti)

JFK ASSASSINATION SET 

November by The Rockin’ Guys
Back and To The Left by JFn’K
Lee Harvey by T. Tex Edwards
Jack Ruby by Camper Van Beethoven
Memories of Kennedy by Hasil Adkins
I Want to Know Why by James & Fannie Brewer
Get Outta Dallas by Mal Thursday & The Cheetahs
A Tragedy in Dallas by James Dotson
He Was a Friend of Mine by The Byrds
(Background Music: Jack Ruby by Roland Alphonso)

Way Down in the Hole by Tom Waits
Hand Sanitizer by The Terrorists
Up in Her Room by The Seeds
Turtles All the Way Down by Sturgill Simpson
(Background Music: Perry Mason Theme by Bloodless Pharoahs with Brian Setzer )

Make It Mine by The Howlin’ Max Messer Show
You Don’t Want Me by The Compulsive Gamblers
When I Turn Off the Living Room Light by The Kinks
Postcards from Italy by Beirut
Hand of God by Soundgarden
In God’s Eyes by Willie Nelson
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY: In Praise of Ray Collins

 

Ray Collins, the original lead singer of The Mothers of Invention, was born on this day, November 17, 1936.

Happy birthday, Ray.

Collins died in 2012 at the age of 76.

After dropping out of high school (he'd gotten his girlfriend pregnant) Collins, the son of a Pomona police officer, started singing with an R&B covers band called The Soul Giants in Pomona, Cal. Among its members were drummer Jimmy Carl Black (a former New Mexico resident) and Roy Estrada on bass. And following a dispute with The Soul Giants' guitarist, Collins recruited a guy named Frank Zappa, who shared his love for old R&B and Doo-Wop, along with his sense of musical adventurousness. 

Collins had a great background in doo-wop. He sang with local L.A. favorite Little Julian Herrera & The Tigers. You can hear his vocals on Herrera's "I Remember Linda."


Collins and Zappa, who had been friends since 1961, engaged in a side project called Ned & Nelda. This 1963 parody of the hit "Hey Paula" definitely was a pre-cursor to Ruben & The Jets.

Collins and Zappa co-wrote a song called "Memories of El Monte," which was recorded in 1963 by The Penguins. It wasn't nearly as big as the group's best-known song, "Earth Angel," but it's still pretty bitchen.

Zappa slowly took over The Soul Giants, which mutated into The Mothers of Invention. Here's a tune from The Mothers' first album, Freak Out (which later was re-recorded for Cruising With Ruben & The Jets.)


And here's the lead track of the Mothers' second album, Absolutely Free.


But tensions between Collins and Zappa were growing during this period. According to a 2009 interview with Collins in The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: 

[Collins] "had been ambivalent about the Mothers ever since Zappa relocated the band from Pomona to Hollywood to pursue a record deal. ... Quitting became a running joke.

"`I think I [quit] four times, maybe,' Collins says. "I didn't like doing that stuff onstage. Too much comedy, too much making fun of stuff. ...  I wanted to make beautiful music. I was raised on Johnny Mathis and Nat King Cole.' "

Collins did quit the band after Absolutely Free, but came back to sing on Cruising with Ruben & The Jets

But I don't think Johnny Mathis done it this way.

Ruben & The Jets turned out to be the last gasp of Collins' music career. 

In the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin interview, Collins said, "People will ask why it's been 40 years since I've been onstage. I don't know ... If you just enjoy life it's conducive to not being successful. You know what I mean? I just enjoy life."


Sunday, November 15, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





Sunday, November 15, 2020
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
Get Thee Gone by Geraldine Fibbers
Teaching You the Fear by The Bellrays
122 Hours of Fear by Archie & The Bunkers
Plenty Wrong to Go Awry by Churchwood
Outta My Mind by The King Khan & BBQ Show
Rom Say Sok by Dengue Fever
(Background Music: Progmorphious by Alien Space Kitchen)

Mojo Workout by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
A Certain Guy by Mary Weiss
Jungle Rock by The Replacements
Keep Your Kitten Inside by Dirty Fences
I Don’t Know by The Hipshakes
I Love You by Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
Badman by The Oblivians
Let it Slide by Shrunken Heads
Angel on the Road by X
Ping’s Chinese Restaurant by Harvey McLaughlin
(Background Music: Project Zero by The Bomboras)

Bella Donna by Goshen
Nightmare by The Cavemen
Buried Next to You by Hipbone Slim & The Knee-Trembers
Normal People Worry Me by Help Me Devil
Speedway by Elvis Presley
When You’re Hot, You’re Hot by Jerry Reed
Queen of My Heart by Big Sandy
The Inhuman by Mekons
Lady in Red by King Shark
They’re Coming to Take Me Away by Butcher Babies
(Background Music: Hoodoo by Johnny Dowd)

’Til the Following Night by Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages 
Must Be Desire by Mojo JuJu
The Faker by Ty Segall
A Good Song by Swamp Dogg
My Shit’s Fucked Up by Warren Zevon
The Band Played On by Richard Thompson & Christine Collister
Rag Doll by Steeleye Span
I Know You Are There by The Handsome Family
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Celebrating Screaming Lord Sutch

 


Yesterday, Tuesday Nov. 10, 2020, would have been the 80th birthday of graveyard rocker and titular head of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party David Edward Sutch. That's Screaming Lord Sutch to you.

Sutch, who took his own life in 1999, was, along with another screamer, Jay Hawkins, an early pioneer of mixing horror with rock 'n' roll. His early singles were produced by British iconoclast Joe Meek. According to Discogs, the Lord's very first single, in 1961, was a cover of Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly." But he became far better known for songs like "She's Fallen In Love With The Monster Man," "Monster In Black Tights," "Murder in the Graveyard" and his best known song, "Jack the Ripper."

Spurred by his fame in the U.K., Sutch launched his first campaign for British Parliament in 1963, under the banner of something called the National Teenage Party. He didn't win any of those races. Then in 1982, Sutch and Alan "Howling Laud" Hope created the Official Monster Raving Loony Party, still active today. The party's official motto is "Vote Insanity." Some might argue that the U.S. Republican Party has coopted Official Monster Raving Loony Party values in that respect. But I won't go there.)

Sutch didn't win any elections as a OMRLP candidate. Obviously a victim of voter fraud by the Deep State. That's probably a good thing. But still, for those with ears to hear, Screamin' Lord Sutch's music lives on.

Here's one of his classic monster raving loony tunes,"All Black and Hairy":

Apparently the Lord had a deep desire to become Dracula's son-in-law.

Here's an early rock and blues classics, "Honey, Hush," performed by an early Sutch on French television in the '60s:

A bevy of late '60s British rock royalty -- John Bonham, Jeff Beck, Nicky Hopkins and Noel Redding -- joined the good Lord on his 1970 "comeback" album, Lord Sutch & Heavy Friends. The critics raved: "The album is regarded as a kind of Plan 9 from Outer Space of rock LPs: it's bad, but endearingly so ... " proclaimed Allmusic. "Many Led Zeppelin fans -- who bought this album when it was released on the heels of the first two Zep records -- have never forgiven Page for it."

Aw, what do they know?

And here's the song that made us all fall in love, "Jack the Ripper," live in '65:



Sunday, November 08, 2020

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Sunday, November 8, 2020
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 
This Time I Know I’m Right by Muck & The Mires
Bees of the Invisible by Churchwood
I’ll Be Back by Question Mark & The Mysterians
Jesus Christ Twist by Reverend Beat-Man
Are You a Wally by The Spartan Dreggs
The Money’s Rolling In by Alien Space Kitchen
Fever by Bandemic
It’s a Sin by Alejandro Escovedo
(Background Music: James Bond Theme by Davie Allan & The Arrows)

Don’t Slander Me by The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies
Starvation Dance by The Hickoids
Another Person by Jay Reatard
Prissy Missy by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Conjure Man by Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds
Brain Dead by Sons of Hercules
Arrow Pierce Horror by LoveStruck
He Sure Could Hypnotize by The A-Bones
Naked Party by Ross Johnson with The Gibson Bros.
(Background Music: James Bond Medley by The Stylers)

By My Side by The Dirtbombs
Junk by The Cynics
Oh, How To Do Now by The Monks
Baby, I’m Your Dog by Stomping’ Nick & His Blues Grenade
Give Me Back My Wig by Hound Dog Taylor
Horse With No Water by The Frontier Circus
I Was Drunk by Bobby Bare
(Background Music: James Bond Theme by John Barry Orchestra)

Bad Boy by Martha Fields
Lover’s Hell by Merle Kilgore
Bus Station Blues by Little Freddie King
Sharkey’s Day by Laurie Anderson
What Kind of Fool Am I by Grandpaboy
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Sunday, November 01, 2020

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Sunday, November 1, 2020
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
The New Fangled Maple Leaf Rag by The Hickoids
Aim Tastes Good by Mudhoney
I Couldn't Spell !!*@! by Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
All I Want is More by Kathy Freeman with The Auto Pilot Club
My Little Problem by The Replacements with Johnette Napolitano
Do You Call That a Buddy by Martin, Bogan & The Armstrongs
(Background Music: Guitar Boogie Shuffle by Bert Weedon)

Plenty to Go Awry by Churchwood
Ghosts on Mars by Harvey McLaughlin
Ship Sailed at Six by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
You Bring Me Down by Jonny Manak & The Depressives
We’re Gone by Thee Headcoats
Wild Hog Rhyde by The Angry Samoans
Big Star by Ghost Wolves
Crazy Suzy by Ron Haydock & The Boppers
Bits and Pieces by Joann Jett & The Blackhearts
Any Way You Want It by The Ramones
I Like it Like That by Chris Kenner
Because by Dave Clark FIve
(Background Music: Pig Meat by Baby Sticks & The Kingtones)

Ill Wind by DiNOLA
Marijuana Logic by Pocket FishRmen
Hey, Hey, We’re The Gories by The Gories
Granny Panties by Broomdust Caravan
Carry On by The Del-Lords
Lawd I’m Just a Country Boy in This Great Big Freaky City by Alvin Youngblood Hart
I’m Going to Give It to Mary With Love by Loudon Wainwright III
(Background Music: On Approach by Pell Mell)

Honky Tonk Heroes by Billy Joe Shaver
Where Do You Want It by Dale Watson
So Far Gone by Alien Space Kitchen
Honey Hush by Johnny Burnette Rock ’n’ Roll Trio
The Snake by Johnny Rivers 
La Feria De La Flores by Los Lobos
Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero by Rene y Rene
Days of 49 by Steve Young
Mr. Bojangles by Jerry Jeff Walker
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Ghostly Voices from the 1930s


Five years ago in my Terrell's Tune-Up column, I spotlighted an album called Halloween Classics: Songs That Scared the Bloomers Off Your Great-Grandma. Besides boasting one of the coolest subtitles in the history of the recording industry

It featured songs, mostly from the 1930s, pertaining to ghosts, corpses, dancing skeletons and other spooky subjects. (Sorry, there were no songs about vampires, werewolves or zombies in this collection.)

Here are a few of my favorites from the album. (More can be found HERE)

Let's start with a morbid little Depression-era ditty called "It Must Be Swell To Be Laying Out Dead" by Alex Bartha's Hotel Traymore Orchestra:

Here's a guy named Putney Dandridge (1902-1946) performing a song called  "Skeleton in the Closet" from 1936:

Rudy Vallee sang this 1937 tribute to Anne Boleyn, one of Henry VIII's exes, called "With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm."

This one, by a band called The Prairie Ramblers, is called "Ghost in the Graveyard." It's from 1935.

Have a safe and terrifying Halloween.



Sunday, October 25, 2020

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Sunday, October 25, 2020
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
Stand by Your Ghoul by The Cavemen
Phantom Girl by The Breakers
One Dark Day by Dave Del Monte & The Cross Country Boys
Messed Up Mary by Muck & The Mires
Wooly Bully by Hasil Adkins
Cheater Bar by Mud City Manglers
Bottle Up and Go by The Mile Ends
My Daddy is a Vampire by The Meteors
Land of Spook by Drywall
(Background Music: Night Creature by The Run-a-ways)

The Night by Alien Space Kitchen
Haunt by Roky Erikson
Ghostified by Persian Claws
Empty Airport Lounge by Assignments
Dragstrip Riot by New Bomb Turks
All I See Are Bones by Lonesome Wyatt & The Holy Spooks
I Scare Myself by Johnny Casino
(Background Music: Cemetery Stomp by The Essex)

Jonathan Toledo by The Toll 
Murder in the Graveyard by Screaming’ Lord Sutch
Jack the Ripper by Los Peyotes
Vampires and Failures by Grandpaboy
La Llorona by Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkeybirds
Hearse With a Curse by Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos
I Walked with a Zombie by Dead City (with Cheetah Chrome) 
(Background Music: The Spook Walks by The Spooks)

The Halloween Parade by Jack Hardy
Halloween Parade by Lou Reed
I Hear Voices by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Daniel Webster and The Devil by Big Daddy
The Ballad of Dwight Fry / Sun Arise by Alice Cooper
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Strolling With The Zombie


 Just a few days before Halloween, it's a good time to celebrate a ghoulishly catchy singalong written by the late Roky Erikson: "I Walked With a Zombie."

The song comes from Roky's classic horror era, when he was cranking out titles like "Bloody Hammer," "If You Have Ghosts" and "Don't Shake Me, Lucifer." (Although the original 1981 copy of The Evil One by Roky Erikson & The Aliens -- a cassette tape recording of my pal Alec's LP -- didn't have the song, subsequent CD releases do.

The title of the song comes from a 1943 movie directed by Jacques Tourneur for RKO. It's the tale of a nurse who "is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island." It's basically a rewrite of Charlotte Bronte's 1847 novel Jane Eyre. except it's set in the Caribbean.  And it's got zombies.

Here's the trailer for the movie:


Getting back to Roky's song, as I said above, this tune is a singalong. The lyrics are simple:

I walked with a zombie
I walked with a zombie
I walked with a zombie last night

It's so simple, other musicians found it easy to cover. Here are a few of those, starting with Jack Oblivian, who's leading some kind of zombie uprising on the streets of Memphis:


Mike Edison (The Raunch Hands, Edison Rocket Train, etc.) also walked with a zombie:


As did Cheetah Chrome, with the band Dead City, whose singer,  Joe Dias, took a few little liberties with the lyrics:


I hated the first cover of "Zombie" I heard. This was by R.E.M. for the 1990 Roky tribute album, Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye. Onenthing that pissed me off was when Michael went into a corny Boris Karloff imitation in one of the latter verses. When I reviewed the album for Terrell's Tune-up, I wrote somethingn to the effect of "Michael Stipe never walked with no zombie. But Roky Erikson did."


And here's Roky's famous walk:


Have a safe and meaningful Halloween!



For more deep dives into songs, check out The Stephen W. Terrell Web Log Songbook

And if you like spooky music, check out the latest Big Enchilada podcast, Spooktacular 2020

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