Sunday, August 29, 2021

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, August 29, 2021
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 :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Bo Diddley is Crazy by Bo Diddley
Soul Typecast by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Land of the Freak by King Khan & The Shrines
Nasty Boogie by Champion Jack Dupree
House of Blue Lights by George Thorogood
Jungle Love by Hipbone Slim & The Knee-Tremblers
Ex-Lax Superstars from Hell Vomiting in Ecstacy by Gloop Nox & The Stik People
I Got the Hots for Charlie Watts by The Exbats

Fired Up by Mo Tucker
Eye of the Hurricane by Half Japanese with Mo Tucker
Stoney Path by Divine Horsemen
Hot Summer by Prince
Blood by REQ'D
Four on the Floor by The Gears
Turn it On, Turn it On, Turn it On by Tom T. Hall
Powell St. John

RIP POWELL ST. JOHN 
All songs by PSJ except where noted

Living With the Animals by Mother Earth
Monkey Island by 13th Floor Elevators
Bye Bye Baby by Big Brother & The Holding Company
On My Way to Houston by Powell St. John & The Aliens 
You Don't Know How Young You Are by Sir Douglas Quintet
Marvel Group
Right Track Now by Gregg Turner Group
Synthetic Love by Cold Sun
I'll Be Moving On by Mother Earth

A Man and His Dog by Joe Ely
Soul Fire by Lee "Scratch" Perry
California Dreamin' by Eddie Hazel
The Collector by The Everly Brothers
That's How I Got to Memphis by Solomon Burke
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday, Moe Tucker


 On this day in 1944, a girl named Maureen Ann Tucker was born in Queens, New York. She grew up to become Moe Tucker, the drummer of weird little group called The Velvet Underground,  which didn't sell many records while they were together, but went on to become one of the most influential bands in rock history.

Tucker, who played standing up, is almost always described as a "minimalist" drummer and often a "primitivist." But besides her pounding, she also occasionally took the spotlight, contributing vocals to three Velvets songs. In contrast to main singer Lou Reed's snarl, Tucker's voice was sweet, girlish, almost shy. 

Reed wrote the song "After Hours," but he was quoted saying the tune was "so innocent and pure" that he couldn't possibly sing it. So Moe did:


Another Velvet song featuring Tucker's voice wasn't all that sweet and innocent. In fact Tucker sounds almost sinister here:


Moe's other Velvet Underground vocal number, "I'm Sticking With You," like "After Hours," sounds childlike and innocent, but more playful. And yet when you listen to the actual lyrics, you realize the song actually is darker than you might have thought: "You held up a stagecoach in the rain / And I’m doing the same / Saw you’re hanging from a tree / And I made believe it was me ..."


After the Velvets broke up, Moe released several solo albums. Here's a tune from the early '90s where she sounds like a precursor to the riot grrl movement. (Lou Reed's on guitar here.)


And here Moe sings "Eye of the Hurricane" with Jad Fair of Half Japanese. The song appeared on Half Japanese's 1993 album Fire in the Sky.


Finally, here's another song from Tucker's 1991 album I Spent a Week There the Other Night. She's backed here by ex-bandmates Reed, John Cale and Sterling Morrison, the first time those four recorded together since Cale left the Velvets more than 20 years before.


Happy birthday Ms. Tucker!

Sunday, August 22, 2021

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, August 22, 2021
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
Money (That's What I Want) by Jerry Lee Lewis
Yes by Prince
Raspberry Beret by Hindu Love Gods
Living in the Heart of Love by The Rolling Stones 
Redhead Girl by Coyotes y Krotal
I'm Always Right by The Control Freaks
Castrati by PocketFishRmen
I Ain't Crying by The Darts
Great Big Kiss by Johnny Thunders

Tupelo Joe by Chuck E. Weiss
Long Way Down by The Ar-Kaics
You're the One I Idolise by CTMF
Lost Dead Island by Laino & The Bad Seeds
Messin' With the Kid by Junior Wells
Violet Crumble, Cherry Ripe by The Fleshtones
Graveyard by Dead Moon
See What You Cause by Cold Sun
Rock of Ages by Homer Henderson

Human Breakdown of Absurdity by Norm Burns
Little Rug Bug by NRBQ
Beat of the Traps by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
I Lost My Girl to an Argentinian Cowboy by (unknown)
Deaf Woman's Vagina by John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors of America
Gold Digger's Rag by San Antonio Kid

Dream Operator by Annie McEnroe with Talking Heads
J'entends Siffler le Train / 500 Miles by Martha Fields
Treasure of Love by The Flatlanders
Bowling Green by The Everly Brothers
That's How I Got to Memphis by Tom T. Hall
The Kingdom of Heaven is Within You by 13th Floor Elevators
Where I Fell by Robbie Fulks
Since I Don't Have You by The Skyliners
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

TWISTED GROOVE PLAYLIST






Saturday, August 21, 2021
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
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10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Sharkey's Night by Laurie Anderson
Thunder by The Mekons
Welcome 2 America by Prince
Let the Devil In by TV on the Radio
Son of a Bitch's Brew by The Invertebrates
We're Laughing by The Psychedelic Aliens 

Funky Tonk by Miles Davis
Nebulae by Sun Ra

Bright New Day by John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors of America
A Real Indication by Xiu Xiu
Jack Paints it Red by The Thought Gang
Twisted Flower by Cold Sun
Organ Mission of Love by S.T. Mikael
Terraplane by Captain Beefheart 

Help Me Somebody by Brian Eno & David Byrne
Hunted by a Freak by Mogwai
There's No Such Thing as the Masses by Sue Ann Harkey
Flicking Cigarettes at the Sun by Pere Ubu


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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Song-Poem Cover Versions


It's been nearly six years since I blogged about the twisted world of song-poems on a Wacky Wednesday.

Well, friend, that's too long!

Today I'm going to feature some examples of actual musicians, some of whom you might have even heard of, who have covered some classic song poems. 

Their love is obvious.

But first, I know many of you who somehow missed my post in 2015 might be scratching your head, or other parts of your body wondering "What in tarnation is a `song-poem' ?"

Quoting again from the brilliant, if crazed, now out of print compilation called I'm Just the Other Woman, which I reviewed in The New Mexican back in 2001.

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

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

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

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

The liner notes also point out that "this sleazy little corner of the music industry has attracted a subculture of fans who collect and groove on the strangest and most unintentionally funny song-poems they can unearth."

Here I'll spotlight the work on some members of that subculture who have performed song-poems. And each of those tunes will be followed by the original.

Let's start with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's version of "Beat of the Traps," which appeared on their outtakes compilation Mo' Width.

Somehow Spencer's version sprang from this tune sung -- or shouted -- by the Pavarotti of the Song-Poem, Rodd Keith. The Allmusic review of Spencer's album said the Blues Explosion's take is "never as weird as the original, hard as it tries. "


Iconic iconoclast R. Stevie Moore included John Trubee's  "A Blind Man's Penis" (originally titled "Peace and Love") as part of a medley with a couple of other classic American songs.


Trubee, who for decades has created wild music, usually under the name "John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors of America" wrote the lyrics in the '70s as a young man (was a teenager at the time) and paid some fee for a song-poem company to write the melody and record it. The country-fried singer is Ramsey Kearney, a monster of song poem vocals. Here's the original that made us all fall in love:


Texas singer Gretchen Phillips made a few changes to one of the greatest song poems in human history. Note, despite the title listed for this video, the correct title is "Gretchen Phillips Says Yes."


And here's the original disco version, about an actual president, sung by the amazing Gene Marshall:


For more info on song poems, check out the American Song-Poem Music Archives (which is still up ut hasn't been updated in years.

Here is my 2015 song-poem blog post. Among the videos are the original "Little Rug Bug" by Rodd Keith and the heart-wrenching cover by NRBQ.

Also this documentary by Jamie Meltzer called Off the Charts is a must-see. I've got the DVD. You can watch it HERE.

And HERE is NPR's Scott Simon interviewing Gene Marshall and song-poem aficionado Phil Milstein


Sunday, August 15, 2021

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, August 15, 2021
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
Baby Doll by The Del Moroccos 
Society by The Routes
Jezebel by Bernadette Seacrest 
Glam Racket by The Fall
Chaise Lougue by Wet Leg
Do You Understand by Sinister Six
Get Some Help by The Control Freaks
Ain't I'm A Dog by Ronnie Self
Not Me by The Orlons
Necrophiliac in Love by The Blood Drained Cows

World of Freaks by Harry Perry
It's a Hard World by The Seeds
Nude Sexuality in the Afternoon by John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors of America
Black Plague Blues by Figures of Light
Subliminal Fascism by Fishbone
Stop Breaking Down by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
What Do They Watch by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Golden Shower of Hits by The Circle Jerks

We Are Normal by Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Walking to You by Dinosaur Jr.
Waiting for the Bus by Violent Femmes
You're Crazy for Taking the Bus by Jonathan Richman
Own It, Bone It by The Barbaraellatones 
Fever by Bandemic
Where Were You by The Mekons
Murdered Out by Kim Gordon
Destroying Anything by Negativeland

Dynamite Woman by Dave Alvin
Veronica by Elvis Costello
Politicians In My Eyes by Black Pumas
You're a Prisoner by Death
Snowing in Raton by The Flatlanders
The Curtain Falls by Bobby Darin
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Sunday, August 08, 2021

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, August 8, 2021
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 :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Sinner Man / Hey Miss Lucy by Esquerita 
Face of the Screaming Werewolf by The Fleshtones
Oliver Plunkett's Head by Too Much Joy
President by ET Explore Me
Bad Dumplings by Hipbone Slim & The Knee Tremblers
It's OK by Dead Moon
Fire in the Western World by The Dirtbombs
Many Whores Copulate for Money by John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors of America


One Tin Soldier by The Dick Nixons
Tiger Man by John Schooley
Baby You Crazy by Nick Curran & The Lowlifes
The Clown of the Town by Reverend Beat-Man
Wild Man by The Shadows of Knight
Treat Her Right by Los Straitjackets starring Mark Lindsey
Hit the Road Jack by The Cat
Crazy Mixed Up World by Ray Condo

Mexican Radio by Wall of Voodoo
Your Haunted Head by Concrete Blonde
Ain't Got a Worry by Roy & The Devil's Motorcycle
You Knock Me Out by The Tenants
Hot Biscuits and Sweet Marie by Lincoln Chase
Humans by Pocket FishRmen
Junior's Whoop by Junior Wells & The Aces

A Man and His Dog by Joe Ely
Give My Love to Rose by The Flatlanders
No Help Wanted by Dale Watson
Tangled Web by Harvey McLaughlin
Swing Low Sweet Chariot by Homer Henderson
Vampire by Bernadette Seacrest
Give Me Wine or Money by The Mekons
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, August 05, 2021

THROWBACK THURSDAY: American Bandstand Memories

 


On August 5, 1957 -- which wasn't long before I turned four years old -- the ABC network debuted an afternoon teenage dance show hosted by a clean-cut guy from Philadelphia named Dick Clark.

Known as "America's Oldest Teenager," Clark had been with the show's precursor, "Bandstand," which aired on local TV in Philadelphia. (WFIL, now WPVI). The original show had been around since 1952. Clark came aboard in 1956. When ABC asked local affiliates for suggestions for a an afternoon show, Clark lobbied for "Bandstand" to go national.

According to Clark's obituary (he died in 2012 at the age of 82) in the Los Angeles Times, "Clark and “American Bandstand” not only gave young fans what they wanted, it gave their parents a measure of assurance that this new music craze was not as scruffy or as scary as they feared. Buttoned-down and always upbeat, polite and polished, Clark came across more like an articulate graduate student than a carnival barker."

That obit discusses that first national show:

"...from the no-frills Studio B of WFIL-TV on Market Street in Philadelphia, Clark greeted a national television audience for the first time with the backdrop of a faux record store, a concrete floor and crowd of giddy teens in clean-cut mode: Ties for boys, no slacks for girls and no gum chewing were the rules from the first day."

Indeed Clark's innate square demeanor made for a pretty weird show. Most of the time American Bandstand  simply played current hits and showed teenagers dancing. The guest artists who came to th studio never played live. They just lip-synched.

Clark used “Bandstand” as a springboard for various business schemes. He became an artist manager, a music publisher and had his fingers in record-pressing plants as well as a distribution business. America's Oldest Teenager had partial rights to more than 100 songs and, according to the Los Angeles Times, "had his name on the financial paperwork of more than 30 music-related businesses." 

Those wheelings and dealings led him to testify before Congress during the payola scandal in 1960. Though he testified that he never accepted any money to play records on the show, ABC made him sell off his business holdings that some saw as conflicts of interest.

Here are some videos of American Bandstand through the years:

Here's Jackie Wilson. According to the Internet Movie Data Base, Jackie appeared on Bandstand five times between 1957 and 1965. "Lonely Teardrops" was released in 1958, so I expect this clip was from one of his two appearances on the show that year.


I'm thinking the following clip might just be the only Andre Williams song ever to be played on Bandstand. This version is by James & Bobby Purify (which was the first version I ever heard.) I also like Dick Clark's Dr. Pepper commercial that introduces it, though I wonder if the "Proud Crowd" he mentions was a precursor of the Proud Boys.


Dick Clark, as he shows in this 1967 interview with The Jefferson Airplane, was in tune with the far-out youth of the Swingin' '60s. He asks bassist Jack Cassidy a very insightful question: "If you gave $100,000 to a hippie ..."


American Bandstand lasted until 1989. At the beginning of that decade, he had a 19-year-old Prince on the show:


Also in 1980, there was something Rotten on Bandstand.


But one group you never heard on American Bandstand was The Tandoori Knights (King Khan & Bloodshot Bill, who wouldn't be around until about 20 years after Clark's show went off the air.) Here is the Tandooris' lament about that fact:


Sunday, August 01, 2021

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST




Sunday, August 1, 2021
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
La Grange by ZZ Top
Nothing's Easy But You and Me by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
To Sing The Blues You Gotta Be Blue by The William Loveday Intention
Roadrunner by Bo Diddley
Hairy Lula by Hipbone Slim & The Knee-Tremblers
Commuter by Danger Cutterhead
Bayou Fever by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Lipstick Vogue by Elvis Costello
Total Destruction of Your Mind by Swamp Dogg

Chemtrailer Trash by Churchwood
60 Pound Mall Rat by Sicko
Electric Pussycat Lounge by Robbie Quine
Sick to the Bone by Laino & The Broken Seeds
Te Puebes Quemar by Rolando Bruno
Weaver Wear by Quintron & Miss Pussycat
Make it Up by Reigning Sound
Devil Whistle, Don't Sing by The Devils with Mark Lanegan

Vicious Pygmy by John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors of America
The Salt Mines of Zanzibar by Gloop Nox & The Stik People
Never Been by Degurutieni
Betty by Johnny Dowd
Mausoleum by Manic Street Preachers
Amorous by Brides of Funkenstein
America the Beautiful by Bobby Rush & The Curb Collective

Civil War by Pocket FishRmen
Another Drunken Sailor Song by Chuck E. Weiss
Lavada's Lounge by Martha Fields
High Shelf Booze by Eilen Jewell
Satin Shoes by The Flatlanders
Everything Grows in Her Garden by Southern Culture on the Skids
Muriel by Eleni Mandell
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Sgt. Barry Sadler: Deep Cuts

  When I think of songs about the Vietnam war, the first one that comes to my mind Country Joe & The Fish's "I F...