Thursday, April 30, 2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Songs That The Wheel Taught Us


Ray Benson with Asleep at the Wheel at the
2010 Thirsty Ear Festival, Eaves Ranch, NM

About the same time that the world found out that John Prine had caught COVID-19, there was news that Ray Benson -- supreme commander and president for life of the venerable western-swing revival band Asleep at the Wheel also had contracted the disease.

But unlike Prine, Benson, 69, survived it. And, during this cruel time, that made me happy.

So in celebration here's a salute to long tall Ray and some of the songs the Wheel has helped keep alive.

First here's "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie," a Louis Jordan song that appeared on Asleep at the Wheel's self-titled 1974 album.



The first Wheel album I ever owned was Texas Gold (1975). One of my favorite songs on that was "Let Me Go Home, Whiskey," written by a bluesman named John "Shifty" Henry and a hit for Amos Milburn in the 1950s.



Also on Texas Gold sung by original Wheelster Chris O'Connell, was this soulful ballad, which was written and originally recorded by Tousaint McCall.



In 1987, Asleep at the Wheel had a hit with this song, originally recorded in the mid 1940s by Freddie Slack with the incomparable Ella Mae Morse on vocals


But most of all, Asleep at the Wheel has always been known as among the finest contemporary interpreters of Bob Wills. They've actually recorded not one, not two, but THREE tribute albums to the King of Western Swing and routinely include Wills covers on their records. This collaboration with the traitorous Dixie Chicks from 1999's Ride with Bob is one of my favorites.






Stay well, Mr. Benson and keep that Wheel rolling!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Big Enchilada Asks an Eternal Question

THE BIG ENCHILADA



It seems like we've all spent an eternity bunkered down in our own homes, playing solitaire alone, smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo -- and growing tired of eating our own cooking. So in hopes of alleviating your tedium, here's a brand new Big Enchilada podcast that answers, in our own music cryptic way,  age-old metaphysical questions like "where are you going to spend Eternity?"

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: Psychodestruct by The Switch Trout)
Eternity Road by Monkeyshines
Hunker in My Bunker by Dave Del Monte & The Cross Country Boys
Fuel My Fire by L7
Punk Ass Blues by Simon Stokes & Hammerlock
And on the Seventh Day by Blabbermouth vs Lachlan-Young
Hodad Makin' the Scene With a 6-Pack by The Silly Surfers

(Background Music: X-Craft On Tirpitz by Wild Billy Chyldish & CTMF)
Relax About the Afterlife by A+ Setup
Girls Are Dancing on the Highway by Weird Omen
Grits Ain't Groceries by '68 Comeback
Trash-Talkin' Paint-Huffin' Girl by The Cavemen (New Zealand)
Reel You In by Sin City
Bowling Alley Oop by The Cavemen (Texas)

(Background Music: Black Widow by Frantic Flattops)
Eternally is Here by The Gun Club
You Get All the Fun by Hipbone Slim & The Knee Tremblers
Nerve by The Screamin' Yeehaws
Hey Girl by Cole & The Embers
Couldn't Find Love by The Coachwhips
It's Trash by The Cavemen (Florida)
Eternally Yours by The Barons
(Background Music: Richard Diamond by Buddy Morrow)


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Sunday, April 26, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





Sunday, April 26, 2020
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
9 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 Will Save Rock 'n' Roll by The Dictators
Not Me by The Orlons
Garaje de Muerte By Los Peyotes
Karate Monkey by The Kongsmen
Double-Crossin' Girl by the Fe Fi Four Plus 2
Night Train by James Brown
She's Goin' Crazy by The Fast Talkers
A Place in Space by Busy McCarroll

Poor But Honest by Ian Whitcomb
In the Doghouse by The Bombpops
Cadillac by The Dear Watsons
Cherry Red by Ty Segall
She Devil (with the Polka Dot Bikini) by Help Me Devil
Tiger Man by John Schooley
Miss Betty by Bloodshot Bill
Kate by Johnny Cash

I Was Dancing at the Lesbian Bar by Jonathan Richman
Hey Stop Messin' Around by the Hush Puppies
And On the 7th Day by Blabbermouth vs. Lachlan-Young
You Got Me Cryin' by Johnny Otis
No Hobo by Salty Pajamas
Perverts in the Sun by Iggy Pop
Miniskirt Blues by The Cramps with Iggy Pop
Punk Ass Blues by Simon Stokes & Hammerlock
Cesspool by The Electric Mess
The G Man Got the T Man by Cee Pee Johnson

Dog Meat by Flamin' Groovies
Then Comes Dudley by The Jesus Lizard
Exercise Man by The Dean Ween Group
Ghost Rider by Suicide
Days and Days by Concrete Blonde
Just Dropped In to See What  Condition My Condition Was In by Mojo Nixon
It's Your Voodoo Working by Charles Sheffield
Mi Saxophone by Al Hurricane

Mama Get the Hammer by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
The Jellybutt of Timbuktu by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Sock it To Me Baby by James Carr
I Had it Made by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
She's a Burglar by Howard Tate
I'm Lost by MFC Chicken
Back Door Friend by Jimmy Rogers
Lies I Told by Ghost Wolves
In the Garden / You Send Me / Allegheny by Van Morrison

I Got Stoned and Missed It by Shel Silverstein 
Come Back When You're Younger by Jerry Reed & Old Dogs
Red Neck -Hippie Romance by Bobby Bare
Gorgeous George by Ronny Elliott
Any Fool With a Heart by Tami Neilson
The Christian Thing by Jono Manson with Eliza Gilkyson & Terry Allen
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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FOLK REMEDY PLAYLIST


Sunday, April 26, 2020
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
8 am to 10 am Sundays Mountain Time
Substitute Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM

Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org
Here's the playlist :
Shake Sugaree by Elizabeth Cotton with Brenda Evans
Hang Me, O Hang Me by Dave Van Ronk
The Yellow Bandanna by Faron Young
Happy Hicky the Hobo by The Delmore Brothers
Special Love by Rolf Cahn
Kentucky by The Louvin Brothers
Buffalo Hunter by J. Michael Combs
I'm a Soldier by The Five Blind Boys of Alabama
Luther Played Guitar by Stan Ridgway

If the River Was Whiskey by Charlie Poole
Be Careful of the Stones You Throw by Little Jimmy Dickens
Donald & Lydia by John Prine

The 1919 Influenza Blues by Essie Jenkins
Jesus is Coming Soon by Blind Willie Johnson
Pneumonia Blues by Lightnin' Hopkins
Pneumonia Blues (I Keep on Aching) by Big Bill Broonzy

Diamond Joe by Bob Dylan
Jacob's Ladder by Greg Brown
Froggie Went a Courtin' by Bruce Springsteen
Wayfarin' Stranger by Neil Young
Sign of Judgment by Dave Alvin
Tom Dooley by Johnny Dowd
Alcohol and Drugs by Anthony Leon & The Chain

The Devil's Game by Stevie Tombstone
Don't Bring Your Banjo Home by Grandma Jones
Jimbo Jambo Land by Shorty Godwin
Salty Dog by Gus Cannon
Uncle Smoochface by Michael Hurley
Rising  Sun Blues by King Davi's Jug Band
Army Life by Lead Belly
In the Dark of Morning by Possessed by Paul James
Suzie Ana Riverstone by The Imperial Rooster
Bye Bye Blues by Hoosier Hotshots


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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Just Another Shel Game



I was happily surprised a couple of weeks ago when I saw Shel Silverstein's name in the news. Bobby Bare, for me the greatest interpreter of Silverstein's songs, just released a "new" album -- actually. a 42-year old "lost in the vault" concept album called Great American Saturday Night, featuring Bobby singing 12 previously unreleased Silverstein songs (13 if you count the reprise of the title song.)

Silverstein, who died in 1999 at the age of 68, teamed up with Bare on several albums beginning in the early '70s. These include Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys, Legends and Lies; Singin' in the Kitchen; Hard Time Hungrys; The Winner and Other Losers; Bare; Down and Dirty; Drunk and Crazy; and Drinkin' From the Bottle, Singin' From the Heart.

While Silverstein was best known for his novelty hits, he also wrote some wonderful non-humorous songs such as "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" (best version by Marianne Faithful), Waylon Jennings' "A Couple More Years" and Emmylou Harris' honky-tonk stomper "Queen of the Silver Dollar." Weirdly, all three of these were first recorded by '70s lightweights Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show.

But on Wacky Wednesday, we're celebrating Shel's wacky side.

Here's a tune from Great American Saturday Night.



I keep going back and forth between the following song and "Marie Laveau" (from Lullabys, Legends and Lies) as my favorite Silverstein cover by Bare. "Marie" is undeniably great, but ultimately, this one is ... "The Winner."



Just a year before he died, Shel collaborated with Bobby -- along with Waylon, Jerry Reed and Mel Tillis -- on this 1998 concept album about male aging called Old Dogs. Waymore sings this one. The best line: "She's a twice-a-night woman in love with a once-a-month man.



Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue" probably was Silverstein's best-known song. Lesser known (and for good reason) was the sequel, also written by Shel. Please note: the video below is by a Johnny Cash impersonator. (Please don't report this tune to the WOKE POLICE!)



Silverstein was the chief songwriter for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show in the early '70s (before they devolved into a '70s schmaltz-pop band by the end of that decade). He wrote their first hit, "Sylvia's Mother," which wasn't all that wacky, but he also wrote "Cover of the Rolling Stone," which became a novelty-song classic. Here's one that's not nearly as famous



And here Silverstein is with Hook & the boys with an original called "Don't Give a Dose to the One You Love Most."



Sunday, April 19, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





Sunday, April 19, 2020
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
9 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
Always Always Always by MFC Chicken
Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
The Man With the Gallows Eyes by The Chatham Singers
Typical Girls by The Slits
A Girl Named Sandoz by Eric Burdon & The Animals
I Wanna Come Back from the World of LSD by Fe-Fi-Four plus 2
Too Far by The Electric Mess
Bowling Alley Oop by The Cavemen

Ants on the Melon by The Gourds
Last Exit to Brooklyn by The Fall
Hammer I Miss You by Jay Reatard
Catfish Kate by The Pixies
Sorrow's Forecast by Dead Moon
Academy Fight Song by Mission of Burma
Fairy Tale in the Supermarket by The Raincoats
Great American Saturday Night by Bobby Bare

Contort Yourself by James Chance
Theresa's Sound World by Sonic Youth
Phantom by The Darts
Don't Let Go by Bloodshot Bill
Let's Say Goodnight by Los Lobos
Summer of Love by Alien Space Kitchen
Shallow Grave by The Nevermores
Portals by Mean Motor Scooter

Loony Rock by Screaming Lord Sutch
Stadium West by L7
Jaguar Nana by Orlando Julius
Rumbler by Black Lips
Last Time I Saw Cole by Deadbolt
Muffin Man by Frank Zappa


4-20 Warm-up set

All the Jive is Gone by Andy Kirk
Texas Tea Party by Jack Teagarden
If You're a Viper by Rosetta Howard & The Harlem Hamfats
I Like Marijuana by David Peel & The Lower East Side
Reefer Song by Fats Waller
Mama Smoked Marijuana by The Reefers
Sweet Marijuana Brown by Barney Bigard Sextet
Marijuana the Devil's Flower by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
The Spinach Song by Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
Granny Wontcha Smoke Some Marijuana by John Hartford
The Man from Harlem by Cab Calloway


Roll and Tumble by John Lee Hooker
Motorcycle Irene by Moby Grape
Your White Stained Dress by Possessed by Paul James
Souvenirs by Bettye LaVette
Please Send Me Someone to Love by Percy Mayfield
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Songs for Sandoz




On April 16, 1943, a chemist named Albert Hofmann, was working at Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, when he accidentally absorbed a chemical he'd synthesized from a rye fungus.

It was the very first acid trip in human history.

"Last Friday, April 16,1943, I was forced to interrupt my work in the laboratory in the middle of the afternoon and proceed home, being affected by a remarkable restlessness, combined with a slight dizziness," Hofmann later wrote. "At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant intoxicated-like condition, characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination. In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the daylight to be unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. After some two hours this condition faded away."

Though it must have been frightening, three days later, he intentionally took a larger dose of lysergic acid diethylamide-25, and took a little ride on his bicycle. Thus April 19 became known to acid heads as "Bicycle Day."

Wrote Hofmann:

Everything in my field of vision wavered and was distorted as if seen in a curved mirror. I also had the sensation of being unable to move from the spot. Nevertheless, my assistant later told me that we had traveled very rapidly. Finally, we arrived at home safe and sound, and I was just barely capable of asking my companion to summon our family doctor and request milk from the neighbors. ... The dizziness and sensation of fainting became so strong at times that I could no longer hold myself erect, and had to lie down on a sofa. My surroundings had now transformed themselves in more terrifying ways. Everything in the room spun around, and the familiar objects and pieces of furniture assumed grotesque, threatening forms. ... Slowly I came back from a weird, unfamiliar world to reassuring everyday reality. The horror softened and gave way to a feeling of good fortune and gratitude, the more normal perceptions and thoughts returned, and I became more confident that the danger of insanity was conclusively past. 

Despite those scary moments, Hofmann was convinced that LSD could be used in therapy for schizophrenics and continued his experimentation, with the blessings of his employer. Sandoz eventually  began manufacturing LSD and selling it, completely legally up through the mid '60s for research purposes.

But word got out about LSD and before you know it, and people who were not part of formal experiments started using it on their own. A counterculture was born.  There was backlash from the government, and what Hofmann called his "problem child" was criminalized.

But in the mid-60s, there were many songs inspired by LSD trips and with clever references to acid -- "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, "White Rabbit," and some even say Nancy Sinatra's "Sugar Town."

But some tunes were more specific. One of the coolest was one from an Albuquerque band called Fe Fi Four Plus 2:



Well, Eric Burdon did get a little clever with with this song. While he didn't sing the words "LSD," it's hard to get more specific than "Sandoz." As the Animal sang, "Strange things, very strange things, my mind has wings..."



Singing a decade later about marijuana, Peter Tosh sand, "Legalize it and I will advertise it." But Country Joe & The Fish wrote an LSD commercial soon after it was de-legalized.



Country singer Wendell Austin was closer in spirit to Fe Fi Four Plus Two. He too wanted to come back from the world of LSD. "I started using LSD, it gave me quite a kick / It's better than booze and easy to use, but it made me mentally sick ..."





Tuesday, April 14, 2020

CHICKEN SHACK PLAYLIST



Tuesday, March 17, 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 :

That Chick's Too Young to Fry by Louis Jordan
Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar by Will Bradley
Darling Darling Darling by The Meters
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey by Fats Domino
Rockin' the Joint by Esquirita
Hot Skillet Mama by Yochanan
It's Your Voodoo Working by Charles Sheffield
Mountain Oysters by Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Castin' My Spell by Johnny Otis

Sam Stone by Swamp Dogg
Souvenirs by Bette LaVette
Please Let Me Go Round Again by Swamp Dogg & John Prine
Wine-O-Boogie by Big Joe Turner
Quiet Whiskey by Wynonie Harris
I've Got a Feelin' by Big Maybelle
I Need Your Lovin' by Wolfman Jack

4-20 Warm-up set

Reefer Man by Cab Calloway
If You're a Viper by Kermit Ruffins
Champagne & Reefer by Muddy Waters
Reefer Head Woman by Jazz Gillum
Dopey Joe by Slim & Slam
Sweet Marijuana Brown by Viper Mad Trio
Weed Smoker's Dream by The Harlem Hamfats


Baptize Me in Wine by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Wear Your Red Dress by Barrence Whitfield
Strange Things Happen by Etta James
Send Me to the 'lectric Chair by Bessie Smith
Dying Crapshooter's Blues by David Bromberg
San Francisco Fan by Joe Jackson
Ugly Papa by Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
Buona Sera by Louis Prima

Sunday, April 12, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





Sunday, April 12, 2020
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
9 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
You Can't Rule Me by Lucinda Williams
Ding Dong Dang by Daddy Long Legs
Cowboys are Square by Thee Mighty Caesars
I Started a Joke by The Dirtbombs
World of Freaks by Harry Perry
Do You Swing by The Fleshtones
Hunker in My Bunker by Dave Del Monte & The Cross Country Boys
Peter Cottontail by The Bubbadinos

Jesus Christ Superstar Set
Heaven on Their Minds by Murray Head
The Temple by Afghan Whigs
Damned for All Time by Scratch Acid
I Don't Know How to Love Him by Nancy Sinatra
King Herod's Song by Mike D'Abo
Superstar by Murray Head
Crucifixion by Ian Gillan

Nobunny Loves You by NoBunny
Ya Wanna Buy a Bunny by Spike Jones
Strange Words by The Electric Mess
Normal People Worry Me by Help Me Devil
If I Can't Have You by Gregg Turner
Holly Sez by Alien Space Kitchen
The Bitch Done Quit Me by King Ivory
Curse of Millhaven by Nick Cave
Rape Me by Richard Cheese

Blackheart Man by Bunny Wailer
Last Days by Earl Zero
Trip to  to the Clinic by Demon's Claws
Slow Death by Flamin' Groovies
Call the Police by The Oblivians
Easter Sunday by Johnny Dowd

Boogie Woogie Country Gal by Linda Gail Lewis & Robbie Fulks
19th Nervous Breakdown by The Standells
My Heart Cries for You by Bloodshot Bill
C by Thee Oh Sees
Last Night by The Scientists
In Vein by The Sons of Hercules
Pipe Dream by Blues Magoos
Can't Fool With Me by The Spaceshits
Cuckoo by Otis Taylor

R.I.P. JOHN PRINE (all songs by Prine except where noted)

Everybody
In Spite of Ourselves by John Prine & Iris Dement
Donald & Lydia
It's a Big Old Goofy World
Please Let Me Go Round Again by Swamp Dogg & Prine
Just the Other Side of Nowhere by Prine & Mac Wiseman
Knockin' on Your Screen Door
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Heaven is Now a Funnier Place


Everyone who loved his music surely knows by now that John Prine died yesterday from COVID-19.

And there's nothing funny about that.

I never met the man so I don’t know what he would have wanted. But I suspect Prine would want us to smile and maybe even laugh when remembering his songs.

He wrote some devastatingly poignant songs ("Souvenirs" has always been my favorite), but he also wrote some very funny ones. As I wrote when reviewing what turned out to be his final album (Tree of Forgiveness, 2018), "Prine’s goofy grin is practically audible in many of the songs on his new album ..."

So, this Wacky Wednesday is for you, Mr. Prine.

Listen to this one and try not to cry like a baby. Maybe laugh like a hyena:



Here's a fun fact: In 1984, some joker wrote to national advice columnist Abigail Van Buren paraphrasing a verse in this next song. Unfamiliar with the lyrics, she published it and responded, "Dear Noisemaker: Listen to your stomach. Calm down and never kiss on an empty stomach. You're either hungry or nervous. Or both."

I think Prine's "Dear Abby" had a better answer.



This duet with Iris DeMent on title song from Prine's 1999 album, wins a big door prize in my book. For one thing it might be the only song in history to sexualize the Easter Bunny. (What kind of message does that send to the children?)



Here's an old song Prine performed a few years ago with fellow Kentuckian Sturgill Simpson.

"Hand me down my walking cane
It's a sin to tell a lie
Send my mouth way down south
And kiss my ass goodbye."



And speaking of looking death in the face and laughing, this is the last song on Prine's last album, released two years ago. I bet by now he's already started on that nine-mile cigarette.


R.I.P. Johnn Prine. Thanks for all your timeless and wonderful music.



Sunday, April 05, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





Sunday, April 5, 2020
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
9 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
Plastic Fantastic Lover by The Jefferson Airplane
Tough Lover by Nick Curran & The Lowlifes
Five Dollars by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
A Question of Temperature by Balloon Farm
Funnel of Love by Mike Ness
That's What I'm Talking About by The Big Bopper
John Lawman by Roky Erickson
Hulkster in Heaven by Hulk Hogan

Fuel My Fire by L7
City Sun by The Electric Mess
So I Went to the Beach Melody by Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin
Zombie Cop by Mean Motor Scooter
Love/Hate (Eat Me Alive) by The Ruiners
Bow Down and Die The Almighty Defenders
Breakfast Taters by MFC Chicken
Love You To by The Beatles

Goon Squad by Elvis Costello
Half-Painted House by Nots
I Only Fucked You as a Joke by Childbirth
You Better Run by Junior Kimbrough
I Got Loaded by Lil' Bob & The Lollipops
Betty by Johnny Dowd
Hit the Road Jack by The Cat
Pigfork Jamboree by The Imperial Rooster

Hasil Adkins is in My Head by The Vibes
Punchy Wunchy Wickey Wacky Woo by Hasil Adkins
Live the Life by The Oblivians
One Ugly Child by Thee Headcoats
Can't Get Your Lovin' by Count Five
House of the Rising Sun by Jello Biafra & The New Orleans Raunch & Soul All Stars
Big American Problem by Drywall

Aloha Steve & Danno by Radio Birdman
Kansas City by Hound Dog Taylor
Crazy Mixed Up World by Ray Condo
Stepchild by Solomon Burke
Catfish Blues by Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
My Last Chance by Alien Space Kitchen
Choctaw Bingo by James McMurtry

Sleeping Woman by Delaney Davidson
Jon E. Edwards is in Love by Jon E. Edwards
Moonglow, Lamp Low by Eleni Mandell
I'm Not Your Fool Anymore by Teddy Edwards with Tom Waits
Where or When by Dion & The Belmonts
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, April 02, 2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Songs of a High-Flying Fascist



Lindbergh receives a medal from Luftwaffe commander
Herman Göring on behalf of Adolf Hitler in 1938.
I've been obsessed recently with The Plot Against America, the HBO adaption of Philip Roth's nightmarish alternative-history novel. The basic premise is that Franklin Roosevelt lost the 1940 election to Charles Lindbergh, the aviator who was the first to fly non-stop across the Atlantic in 1927. Politically, Lindbergh was an isolationist with anti-Semitic leanings and Nazi sympathies.

In reality, there was some talk among isolationist Republicans back in the early '40s about Lindbergh running for president. During this time Lindy had become the public face of the nationalist America First Committee (snappy name, no?), fiercely advocating America stay out of the war in Europe -- and leave Hitler alone.

But there's no denying that Lindbergh was a national hero for his historic trip across the ocean between New York and Paris. And that's reflected in songs from the era.

A 1999 article on the American Composer Orchestra's website says, "In the two-year period following Lindbergh's flight, the U.S. Copyright Office recorded three hundred applications on Lindbergh songs."

Here's one from  country singer Vernon Dalhart



Dalhart had a second song about Lindbergh called "Lucky Lindy". But there were about 30 other tunes with that title. Here's. one by Nat Shilkret & The Victor Orchestra from 1927.



This is "When Lindy Comes Home" by The Happiness Boys



Lindbergh also inspired a dance in the late 1920s, the Lindy Hop.



But I'll let Woody Guthrie have the last word.

He saw Lucky Lindy as less of a heroic pilot and more of a fascist shithead.





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 ...