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

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Sunday, November 29, 2020
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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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.

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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

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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

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





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

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





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

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

BIG ENCHILADA 148: SPOOKTACULAR 2020

THE BIG ENCHILADA
 



Boo! Twelve years ago this month, I unleashed my very first podcast full of tacky Halloween humor, dumb audio clips and crazed ghoul-adjacent rock 'n' roll. The podcast quickly evolved into The Big Big Enchilada, and the Spooktacular became an annual monstrous tradition of terror. 

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: Satan Takes a Holiday by Anton LaVey)
The Night by Alien Space Kitchen
Ghostified by Persian Claws
Goin' to a Graveyard by The Fuzztones
Phantom Girl by The Breakers
Vampire Twist by Brave Combo
Champagne Halloween by St. Paul & The Broken Bones

(Background Music: El Vampiro by El Vampiranos)
I Hear Voices by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Shadow World by Undercover Bonobos
Wicked Wanda by The Monsters
Chillidos en la Noche by Los Eskeletos
Night of the Phantom by Larry & The Blue Notes
Land of Spook by Drywall
Ghost in My Boot by Johnny Foodstamp

(Background Music: Lost on Ghost Road by Torn Down Units)
My Daddy is a Vampire by The Meteors 
I'm Your Frankenstein by ChazDaddy
Vampires and Failures by Grandpaboy
Haunted by God by Lonesome Ghost
Stand by Your Ghoul by The Cavemen
(Background Music: It's a Scream (Halloween Mix) by Figures of Light (featuring DJ Chrisz)

Play it below:





Sunday, October 18, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, October 18, 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
Superbird/Tricky Dick by Country Joe & The Fish
Welcome to My Nightmare by Alice Cooper
Something to Believe In by The Woggles
Give Me the Hammer by Mud City Manglers
Make My Move by Acid Fascists
Down Home Girl by The Mummies
It Came From Beyond by The Barbarellatones
(Background Music: Let’s Go Trippin’ by Dick Dale)

She Caught the Katie by Taj Mahal
Thinking ‘bout Me by Fuzzstainz
Teenage Lobotomy by The Ramones
Problem Child by Four More
Laserbrain by The Electric Mess
What Happened to Delila? by The Mekons
Hatt Slough Bridge Deathwish Trip by TAD
Surrender My Heart by Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons
Let’s Do Wrong Tonight by Simon Stokes with with Annette Zilinskas,
(Background Music: Rokula by Los Straitjackets)

Cracklin’ Rosie by Shane MacGowan & The Popes
Non-State Actor by Soundgarden
Penetration by Iggy & The Stooges
$ I Got Money $ by Ghost Wolves
Black Diamond Express Train To Hell Part One by John Schooley & His One-Man Band
People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul by James Brown
Question of Life by Fishbone
Ya Ha Ba Be by Ana Threat 
Honey Don’t by The Beatles
(Background Music: Spooky Bongos by Beach Girls & The Monster)

How I Love You (I’m Telling’ the Birds and the Bees) by Loudon Wainwright III
I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead You Rascal You by Dr. John
I’m Going to Give it to Mary With Love by Cliff Edwards 
Jack, You’re Dead by B.B. King
The Meanest Jukebox in Town by Alvin Youngblood Hart
In Tall Buildings by John Hartford
I Woke Up in a Fucked Up America by Lonnie Holley
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Jonathan Toledo, Thou Art Avenged

 


This week's destruction of the Soldier's Monument in the center of Santa Fe's Plaza after decades of controversy  (read about that HERE) reminded me of an obscure song by a forgotten band of the late 1980s.

I'm talking about a group called The Toll from Columbus, Ohio fronted by a singer named Brad Circone. The Toll's debut album was titled The Price of Progression. I reviewed it in the March 3, 1989 issue of Pasatiempo, just a couple of months after I started my music column, Terrell's Tune-up.

The song I'm talking about is "Jonathan Toledo. "It was one of three songs on the album clocking in at more than 10 minutes. But it's the one I remember most because it hit close to home.

“Jonathan Toldeo made his home in New Mexico,” Circone repeats again and again in the refrain.

When Circone starts his [spoken] narrative, the locale becomes more specific. He is apparently describing the Palace of the Governors.


“I walked myself gently across the park / The elderly Indian women, they were all lined up against the wall / And I bet the reason that they have their backs against the wall / Is because they’re afraid we’re going to stick another knife in the / And then they’d really have to fall.”

(I noted in my review that the vendors would look pretty stupid if they sat facing the wall.)

Circone then describes the museum gift shop and how wrong it is for “the culture of shambles … the culture of shame” to sell “Indian artifacts.”

He then goes across the street to the Plaza and becomes outraged by the Soldier’s Monument. In Circone's words there was an inscription that said, "This is in memory of all those white soldiers who lost their lives clearing the land for us to settle upon."

The inscription, of course didn't literally say that. However a plaque on one side of the obelisk commemorated  “heroes” who died in battle with “savage Indians.” (Of course, in the early '70s, a time in which the racist sentiment on the monument was under attack, some guy, dressed as a workman, quietly went to the Plaza one afternoon and chiseled off the word "savage." This vandal, who I've always thought of as a clever outlaw hero never was caught. And I don't believe he's ever come forward.)

Though The Price of Progression has been out of print for years, it recently became available digitally on iTunes and on Spotify.

Here's "Jonathan Toledo":


Thursday, October 15, 2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Songs That Taj Taught Us


As a young music dog growing up in the 1960s, I first became acquainted with great American blues artists due to the noble efforts of British rockers like The Rolling Stones and The Animals. And later my appreciation of blues from bygone eras grew deeper -- especially country blues artists -- thanks to the noble efforts of contemporary musicians like Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, better know to the free world as Taj Mahal.

Taj is still kicking at the age of 78. And some of those old songs he recorded are immortal. Here are just a few of them.

Let's start out with this Sleepy John Estes tune called "Diving Duck Blues." (Taj's version is HERE)

The opening line of the song, "If the river was whiskey and I was a diving duck" has been used in some adaptations of another song, "Hesitation Blues," (sometimes called "If the River Was Whiskey,") which Taj also covered. This is a 1930 version of that by hillbilly giant, Charlie Poole:


Taj loved Robert Johnson and covered his song "Walkin' Blues."

This probably is my favorite Taj song ever. He got it from Henry Thomas, a Texas-born bluesman who recorded it in 1928. Before I was familiar with Taj's version of "Fishing Blues," I'd already heard The Lovin' Spoonful's stab at it. Taj's version though sounded true and authentic.

And, leaving the realm of country blues, Taj did a funky version (with Linda Tillery) of R&B titan Louis Jordan's "Beans and Cornbread."



Sunday, October 11, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





Sunday, October 11, 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
Hard to Be Humble by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Her House to the Way to Hell by The Tombstones
Puked to High Heaven by Mike Watt
Precious Memories by The Blasters
So Long Baby, Goodbye by Dave Alvin
Boppin’ and Shakin’ by Crazy Cavan & The Rhythm Rockers
Youngblood by The Coasters
Next Time by The Aristokatz
(Background Music: Outrageous by The Civil Tones)

I’m Crying by The Animals
Thrash City by Poly Styrene
Sick of You by Pirate Love
Flaccid is the Night by Pocket FishRmen 
Right Side of the Mind by Angry Samoans
Jenny I Read by Concrete Blonde
Drunk Tonight by The Bloody Irish Boys
What Good Can Drinkin’ Do by Martha Fields
Hot ’N’ Cold by Ray Condo 
(Background Music: Television Fission by Man Or Astroman?)

If I Should Fall from the Grace of God by The Pogues
Doing It Right by The Yawpers
Land by Patti Smith
Motorcycle Madness by Daddy Long Legs
Live Like a Dog by The Kill Spectors
Like a Monkey in the Zoo by Daniel Johnston
Fuck Off by Audrey Auld
(Background Music: 4/4 Situation by The DJ Bonebrake Trio)

It’s a Big Old Goofy World by John Prine
Sam Stone by Swamp Dogg
Harpo’s Blues by Phoebe Snow
As Teardrops Break by Dead Moon
$1,000 Car by The Handsome Family
Zoysia by The Bottle Rockets

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Wednesday, October 07, 2020

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Songs for Buford

O.K., last Throwback Thursday I did a post in honor of of an infamous criminal, so this week, on Wacky Wednesday let's honor a legendary lawman, the late great Buford Pusser.

The corruption-busting sheriff was the hero of the film series Walking Tall. Here's what the New York Times said about him in his 1974 obituary:

Mr. Puser, elected sheriff of McNairy County in 1964, immediately started a crime‐busting clean‐up of gambling, prostitution and moonshining in the county. Often he personally smashed up gambling equipment, using a pick‐ax.

There were at least seven attempts on Mr. Pusser's life, including one in 1967 when he and his wife Pauline were driving along a country road near the town of New Hope. Their car was sprayed with 30‐caliber bullets, and Mrs. Pusser was killed.

... In addition to being shot at, Mr. Passer was knifed, beaten several times and, once, thrown from a window. He often related in kind, and in some quarters he was criticized for being too tough a law enforcement officer, tending, as one Tennessee newspaper put it, “to overkill in the pursuit of justice.”

He died in a traffic accident at the age of 36.

Not only did he inspire the movie but also several songs.

In fact, country singer Eddie Bond recorded a bunch of Buford songs, many of which are compiled on the 1973 album pictured above. Here a couple of those songs:


No bear was a match for Buford, according to Eddie Bond.


Another country singer named Dave Hall recorded this Buford tribute:


A band called State Line Mob (which also is the name of the criminal organization Pusser fought) did this tune in 2008:


The Drive-By Truckers did not one, not two, but three Buford songs on their their 2004 album (and my favorite DBT album),  The Dirty South. These include "The Boys from Alabama," "Cottonseed" and, my favorite, "The Buford Stick," sung from the perspective of a good old boy sick of the sheriff "shutting down our stills and whores."


Jimmy Buffet sang about a drunken altercation with Sheriff Pusser in his 1999 song "Semi-True Story." The inebriated Buffet had made the mistake of climbing on top of Pusser's car in a hotel parking lot in Nashville.

A walking tall sheriff and a big Cadillac
And me and golf shoes on the hood making tracks
This daring young singer was under attack


And Buford himself, when not busting up moonshine stills, wrestling bears, or beating up Jimmy Buffet , was a recording artist himself. Here's his two-part song "It Happened In Tennessee," released by a Stax Records (!) subsidiary. It was written and produced by Wayne Jackson.



Walk tall in Heaven, Buford!

Sunday, October 04, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





Sunday, October 4, 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
Geraldine by Ol’ Miss Downbeats
Get Off the Road by The Cramps
The Bad Thing by The Arctic Monkeys
League Moon Monkey Mix by The Fall
Bird Brain by Kevin Coyne
Alabama’s Doomed by Wizzard Sleeve
The KKK Took My Baby Away by The Ramones
All by Yourself at Midnight by “Whispering” Jack Smith
(Background Music: Yesiree by Impala)

Messin’ Around by The Ruiners
No Panic, No Stress by The Scaners
Spook Factor by Memphis Morticians
Insane Asylum by Koko Taylor & Willie Dixon
Brains-A-Flame by Johnny Dowd with Anna Coogan
Alphabetland by X
Primitive Love by The Texreys
Shot Down by Nick Curran & The Nitelifes
I Like it Like That by Chris Kenner
Like by Jack Hammer
(Background Music: Jitterbug by Angelo Badalamenti)

King King by Joe “King” Carrasco
That Wasn’t Chicken by Dose
Dust and Dogs by Pere Ubu
Drive You Faster by John Schooley
Somebody Told Me by Little Milton
She’s a Sweet One by Junior Wells
Love My Lover by The Fleshtones
Gig by Zip & The Zippers
El Bracero y La Pachuca by Dueto Taxco
(Background Music: Yabby by The Hully Gully Boys)

Volare by The Drifting Mines
Mr. Wiggly by The Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
After the Ball by Dave Davies
I’m a Guitar King by Dion
Painting Box by The Incredible String Band
All Night Long by Junior Kimbrough
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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