Sunday, December 03, 2023


Sunday, December 3, 2023
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM, 101.1 FM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell Email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Christmas Light Fight by Dave Del Monte & The Cross County Boys
Lawrence of California by Mekons
Dancing on My Knees by The Yawpers
Caught With The Meat In Your Mouth by Dead Boys
Play Pen by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Even Squeaky Fromme Loves Christmas by Rev. Glen Armstrong
Scott "Top 10" Kempner & Ed Pettersen
Austin, Texas, March 2006, 
Broken Bones by Thinking Fellers Union Local 282
Martin Scorsese by King Missile

Police Call by Drywall
Call The Police by Oblivians
Top Ten by Ed Pettersen  
When The Drugs Kick In by The Del-Lords
Psychotic Sweetheart by The Gears
Don't Let It All Slip Away by Kidd Spike
Drinkin' On The Weekend by Big Al Anderson
Ginkgo & Tofu by Jim Terr

Shane MacGowan Tribute

A mural of Shane in Dublin, 2017

  Streams of Whiskey by The Pogues
  Donegal Express by Shane MacGowan & The Popes
  The Old Main Drag by The Pogues
  The Irish Rover by The Pogues & The Dubliners
  The Rising of the Moon by Shane MacGowan & The Popes
  Thousands are Sailing by The Pogues
  Wild Rover by Dropkick Murphys with Shane MacGowan 
  The Body of an American by The Pogues

  Christmas Card From Hooker In Minneapolis by Tom Waits
  Jeremiah by Sierra Ferrell
  The Vigilante by Judee Sill
  Trouble In Mind by Mose Allison
  Hello by Black Pumas 
  Storms by Lady Wray
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Sunday, November 26, 2023



Sunday, November 26, 2023
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM, 101.1 FM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell Email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
So Glad You're Mine by Elvis Presley
Family Fun Night by Figures Of Light 
Stay Out Of Automobiles by Webb Wilder
She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) by 13th Floor Elevators
In A Free Land by Bob Mould
Swampblood by Legendary Shack Shakers
Lost In The Flood by Jon Dee Graham
The Gurning by The Naxalites

The Creeper by Al Duvall
Mumbo Jumbo by The A-Bones
Get Back With You by The Jackets
Sweet Oblivion by The Manxx 
Wooly Bully by Hasil Adkins
Go-Go Girls by Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs 
I'm All Fired Up by Junior Brown
Sad And Dreamy (The Big One-O) by Alejandro Escovedo
Poor Rock 'n' Roll by The Nobles 

All I Want Is More by Kathy Freeman with Auto Pilot Club
Fujiyama Mama by The Frontier Circus
Good And Evil by Angry Johnny & The Killbillies
Branded On My Heart by The Chesterfield Kings 
Sonic Reducer by Coffin Lids
Clouds of Dawn by Dead Moon 
Certainly All by Eddie Jones
You're the Only One, Delores by Cub Koda 

Puppy Love by Dolly Parton
Last Days of Tampa Red by Ronny Elliott
Don't Blame Me by The Everly Brothers 
Chronicles of a Diamond by Black Pumas 
Goodtime Charlie's Got the Blues by Danny O'Keefe
United Brethren by Slim Cessna's Auto Club
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Sunday, November 19, 2023


Sunday, November 19, 2023
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM, 101.1 FM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell Email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Talk Talk by The Music Machine
Bad Bad Man by The Mullens
Subsonic Dream by The Darts
Tropical Breakdown by Pierre Omer`s Swing Revue
Up To The Gate by The Dead Brothers
Model Ex Citizen by Quintron
Papa Lou And Gran by Little Victor
Dirty Like An Angel by Divine Horsemen 

Primary Baby by Jon Spencer & The HITmakers 
Lost Songs by Howlin' Jaws
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by Jimi Hendrix Experience
All the Smart People by The Grawks
I Do My Best to Survive by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages 
Bloody Mary by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Louisiana Trainwreck by Pere Ubu
Emerê by Tom Zé
Sweet Young Thing by The Chocolate Watchband 

Conspiranoia by Primus
You Make Your Own Heaven And Hell Right Here On Earth by The Temptations 
Tura Satana Tribute Song by The Dustaphonics 
Give Me Five Minutes More by Peter Case
Keep Warm by The Minks 

Funny Farm by Boris McCutcheon 
The Girl With The Wandering Eye by Movie Movie
Ice Cream (Pay Phone) by Black Pumas 
No Quiero by Ry Cooder with Domingo Samudio
The Cold Hard Facts Of Life by John Doe & The Sadies
Born in Memphis, Tennessee by Memphis Slim
I Know Sometimes A Man Is Wrong by David Byrne
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Thursday, November 09, 2023

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Belated Birthday Tribute to Sir Doug

Doug Sahm with Freddy Fender during a Texas Tornados set during the 1997
South by Southwest at Austin's Hole in the Wall.

Three days ago, November 6, would have been Doug Sahm's 82nd birthday. And later this month, Nov. 18, will be the 24th anniversary of Doug's death.

Congress should just go ahead and declare November to be Doug Sahm month!

Son Volt sings songs of Sahm in Ft. Collins
Earlier this week, I posted on Facebook about Doug's birthday, mentioning the fact that I recently saw Son Volt up in Colorado. That band's most recent album, Day of The Doug, is a Sahm tribute album, and  their show kicked off with a lengthy set of some of those songs as well as a take on "Give Back the Keys to My Heart," a Sahm song on Uncle Tupelo's final album. which featured a guest appearance by Doug himself. (For those not familiar, Uncle Tupelo was the previous band of Son Volt leader Jay Farrar.)

This morning, two of my friends, Rick and Walt, reminded me that there were previous Sahm tribute albums. So on this Throwback Thursday, let's look at all these albums.

Way back in 2002, The Bottle Rockets did an album called Songs of Sahm honoring Sir Doug. Here's a tune from that album:

Skip ahead to 2009 and we'll find a various-artists compilation called Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm, with contributions from the likes of Dave Alvin, Alejandro Escovedo, Delbert McClinton, Little Willie G of Thee Midnighters and Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs. Santa Fe's own Terry Allen did one of the best tracks on this tribute, "I'm Not That Kat Anymore":

But my favorite song on Keep Your Soul was the extremely soulful "Be Real," performed by Freda & The Firedogs, vocals by long, tall Marcia Ball:

Here's a track, from the latest Son Volt album, Day of The Doug, which happens to be the title track of the previous tribute:

And though it's not from a tribute album, one of my favorite Sahm coverd through the years is this one by Alvin Youngblood Hart:

So happy Doug Sahm Month to all who celebrate. Keep groovin'!

Footnote: I was the reporter who broke the news that Sahm had died in Taos in 1999. As I was about to go home from a long day of work at the Santa Fe New Mexican, an editor got a tip that he'd died in a Taos hotel room. Sadly, it turned out to be true.

For my coverage of Sir Doug's death in 1999 -- the initial scoop, plus a second-day story, in which I interviewed a local woman who'd spent time with Doug in Santa Fe before he died -- check this old blog post: CLICK HERE

Yes, Sir Doug was there at that Son Volt show!

Sunday, November 05, 2023



Sunday, November 5 , 2023
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM, 101.1 FM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell Email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Caca de Vaca by Joe "King" Carrasco & The Crowns
Seven Wonders by Holly Golightly
Talking In Your Sleep Again by Divine Horsemen
Broken Windscreen by The Hormonauts
The Cost Of Living by Downliners Sect
1234 Ever by Jon Langford & Skull Orchard
Charlie, Keith, and Ringo by The Tearaways
Cadillac Hips by Soledad Brothers

Old Car by Doo Rag
Super Charger Heaven by White Zombie 
The Worst Facts by Jon Spencer & The HITmakers
The World Turns All Around Her by The Byrds
The Beat Goes On by Giant Sand
Marie by The Alarm Clocks

I Feel Pretty by Little Richard 
Mr. Dynamite by Killer Kin
I'm In Your Mind by King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Tough to Handle by Cesar Rosas 
Gente Normal by Mutagénicos
Gett Off by Prince
I'm Young by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages 

Waiting for the World by City of My Death 
23rd and Stout by Chuck E. Weiss
Wog by Cornershop
I'm Your Man by Nick Cave
Noble Experiment by Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 
Once In A Lifetime by Talking Heads
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Wednesday, November 01, 2023

WACKY WEDNESDAY: It's Kinky's Birthday Again

It was 79 years ago today, Nov. 1, 1944, that singer, songwriter, humorist, novelist, failed political candidate and cigar aficionado Richard Samet Friedman was born in Chicago. A few years later the Friedman family moved to Texas and a little later still, young Richard became Kinky Friedman, king of the wild frontier.

I've previously, in Wacky Wednesday, celebrated Kinky's birthday, back in November 2016, where I explained how God led me to Kinky back in 1973 and how a couple of decades later, I got to open for him a couple of times at Albuquerque shows.

So today I'll just say "Happy birthday, Kinky!" and post a few songs that I hadn't previously, 

To start off, here's a tune that didn't make Kinky popular in the hospitality industry. Oh, waitret ... :

With the current rise in anti-Semitism, this Kinky Klassic might be even more relevant than before: 

This one explains an alternative use for religious pamphlets left in restroom stalls:

And, from the same concert as the video above, is another Kinky waitress song. But, though obviously satirical, it's full of pathos and full of heart. (But one thing I've always wanted to know: how many American truckdrivers actually order corn and how many truckstops actually offer beef on rye?):

Happy birthday, Kinky!

Sunday, October 29, 2023


Sunday, October 29, 2023
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM, 101.1 FM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell Email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
It's Money That Matters by Randy Newman
Money by Wolfman Jack & The Wolfpack
Cape May Diamond by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Night of the Monsters by Robbie Quine
Greenback Dollar Bill by Louis Prima & Sam Butera
Graveyard by Dead Moon
Do the Pig by Rodd Keith
Blue Moon Baby by Dave 'Diddle' Day 
$ Bill the Cowboy by Waco Brothers
Brother Can You Spare a Dime by Rudy Vallee

The Vampire Dog Of Jesus Christ by Gregg Turner Group 
House Rent Jump by Peter Case 
Ten Dollars More by The Fleshtones
Halloween (She Get So Mean) by Rob Zombie & The Ghastly Ones
Am I Blue? by The Voluptuous Horror Of Karen Black 
Money Be No Sand by Charles Iwegbue & His Archibogs 
Janie Made A Monster by Fab 5
Rock Billy Boogie by Johnny Burnette
Lady Creature by Baronen & Satan 

The Monster That Challenged The World by Jad Fair & Samuel Locke Ward 
Calling All Demons by Mekons 
Corn Money by The Defibulators 
Jacinto by Mutagénicos
Sonic Bloom by Night Beats
Graveyard Chicks Are Easy by The Dead Beat Jacks 
Ookami Otoko by Horror Deluxe 

Cold Dark Taverns by Jim Terr
Money Don't Matter 2 Night by Prince
Black and Shiny Crow by Johnny Dowd
Port of Amsterdam by Dave Van Ronk 
Center Of Gravity by Yo La Tengo
Witches Hat by Incredible String Band 
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Thursday, October 26, 2023

THROWBACK THURSDAY: In Praise of Faux-Folk

Old Hickory leads The Wonderful 99 at the Battle of The Alamo

In the late 1950s and early '60s there was a fun little trend in country music. With songs like Johnny Horton's "The Battle of New Orleans," "El Paso" by Marty Robbins, and Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" suddenly there were all these story songs on country radio -- with many of them crossing over to Top 40 stations.

With many such hits concerning historical events and characters, this phenomenon sometimes is referred to as "faux folk." Some say faux folk was a response -- basically a chance to cash in -- on the rising popularity of actual "folk" music, such as the surprising success in 1958 of The Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley."

Also, I suspect that at some of these were reactions to current events of the day. More on that later.

"The Battle of New Orleans" probably is the best known of the faux folk songs. But Johnny Horton sang others as well, including "Sink the Bismark," a historical song about more recent history, the 1941 sinking of a German battleship during WWII:

In addition to "El Paso," (Fun fact: El Paso is the only city in New Mexico that is not a city in New Mexico) Marty Robbins also sang of a bigger violent skirmish in the great state of Texas. Robbins' "The Ballad of The Alamo" was a tie-in with the 1960 John Wayne movie The Alamo. The melody, which can be heard in the movie, was composed by Ukrainian-born Hollywood soundtrack genius Dimitri Tiomkin (whose other "hits" include "Do Not Forsake Me" from the Gary Cooper classic High Noon). The lyrics were by Paul Francis Webster, who also wrote the words for "Black Coffee," The Twelfth of Never" and the Spiderman theme (!). 

There's no known recording of Marty Robbins singing "Spiderman."

Speaking of New Mexico, here's some faux folk from Johnny Cash:

Also from that era came "The Ballad of Davy Crocket," which tied in with the huge Disney-inspired Crocket craze of the mid '50s. (Here's a good recent podcast about that phenomenon.) This version below appeared on a Doug Sahm album, with some help from The Gourds:

I wrote about Claude King's "The Burning of Atlanta" in an old Tune-up column a few years ago. So being the pompous cheeseball that I am, allow me to quote myself:

This 1962 single was the follow-up to Claude King’s biggest hit, the country classic “Wolverton Mountain.” In many ways, the song — which concerns Gen. William Sherman’s torching of the Georgia city in Nov. 1864 — fits in the “faux folk song” phenomenon of that era ... But “Atlanta” has an edge to it, especially considering what was going on with the civil rights movement in the South in 1962. King singing, “We don’t care what the Yankees say, the South’s gonna rise again,” was more than a little charged in this context.

Like all trends in popular music, the faux-folk era ended quietly and faded into the mist of our memories. Many of the songs live on, "El Paso" being the best example. (The blast couple of times I've seen Marty Stuart, he's sung the song by that other Marty.)

But a few decades later, John Prine and Peter Case (who's appearing in Santa Fe on Nov. 12) co-wrote a little tune called "Wonderful 99," which satirized the faux-folk era. It appeared on Case's 1992 album Six-Pack of Love.

The first verse goes:

You've heard about the dirty dozen and the tales of the green beret

The men that sank the Bismarck and the fighting C.I. A. 

But if you're talkin' danger then one name comes to mind 

Make an unwise decision call the wonderful 99

I can see Johnny Horton smiling from beyond 

Sunday, October 22, 2023



Sunday, October , 2023
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM, 101.1 FM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell Email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Destroy All Monsters by Jad Fair & Samuel Locke Ward
Save All Monsters by Xposed 4Heads 
The Price Of Love by Buddy Miller
Kool Thing by Sonic Youth 
Headless Ghost by The Nightmares
Viking by Los Lobos
Stranger by Black Lips
Framed by The Robins

Only Time Will Tell by Movie Movie
Snake Doctor Blues by Jelly Jaw Short
The Payback by James Brown
Broken Heart Man by Yol Aularong 
Killing Floor by Jimi Hendrix Experience 
Are You Experienced? by Devo 
Bloodstains On The Wall by Honeyboy
Grandma by Long John Hunter 

Rock 'n' Roll Murder by The Leaving Trains 
Mera Naam Bano Hey by Tandoori Knights  
Zombie Walk by The Magics
This Funky Music Makes You Feel Good by WAR 
Ice Pick by Johnny Dowd
Hush, Hush, Hush (Here Comes The Boogie Man) by Henry Hall
La Llarona by Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds
Spooksville by The Nu-Trends

Stand Beside Me by The Dreamtones
My Dawlin' New Orleans by Lil' Queenie & The Percolators 
Why I Cry by Pitiful Panics
I'm in the Ground for Good by The Newports 
House Carpenter by Boris McCutcheon
Winter Garden by Steve Leon & The Accusations
West Virginia Waltz by Sierra Ferrell
Yesterday Is Here  by Tom Waits 
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Sunday, October 15, 2023



Sunday, October 15 , 2023
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM, 101.1 FM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell Email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Hey Miss Glynis by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
A Lap Full Of Hate by Movie Star Junkies
Current Events by Joe "King" Carrasco & Los Corona 
Screamin' Ball (At Dracula Hall) by Duponts
Zombi B. Good by Horror Deluxe
Sometimes You've Got To Stop Chasing Rainbows by Son Volt
A Real Good High by Movie Movie
2 Big Pumpkins by Elvira 
Space Rock Band by City of My Death

Remember by John Lennon
I Found Out by Nathaniel Mayer
We're All Water by tUnE-yArDs 
Transvestopyre by The Barbarellatones
The Creature From The Black Leather Lagoon by The Cramps
Candyman by Cornershop
That's My Little Suzie by Ritchie Valens

Let's Make It by John Lee Hooker & Canned Heat 
Atomic Swing by Pierre Omer`s Swing Revue
Jack The Ripper by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
LSD by Johnny Dowd
Because Of LSD by Bud Freeman
My Friend Is A Stooge by Pere Ubu 
Bang Your Thing at the Ball by Bob Log III 
Cruella De Vil by Mutagénicos

Spooky Girlfriend by Elvis Costello
Demon In My Head by Joe Buck Yourself
Negatory Romance by Boris McCutcheon
Fare Thee Well by The Dead Brothers 
Nightshift by The Commodores
Shenandoah by Tom Waits & Keith Richards 
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Sunday, October 08, 2023



Sunday, October , 2023
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM, 101.1 FM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell Email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
The Holygram's Song (Back From The Shadows Again) by Firesign Theatre
Leave Me Alone (A Halloween Song) by The Goldstars
Trick Or Treat by Dave Del Monte & The Cross County Boys 
Nshingilile by WITCH
Sarah Lee by Prince Jesse
Good Intentions by Mean Motor Scooter
Burning Bridges Willis Earl Beal
Bang Bang Bang by Eilen Jewell 
Teenage Bells by The Loungers

Prix Zombie by Horror Deluxe 
I'm So Glad by The Famous Ward Singers
Complications by Weird Omen
Take Me To The River by Al Green  
Slippery People by Talking Heads
On My Way to Houston by Powell St. John & The Aliens
Body In Plastic by Glambilly
Loretta The Senators 

Spooks by Ghost Bikini
Nutbush City Limits by Frontier Dan & the Hickoids 
The Green Manalishi by Fleetwood Mac 
7&7 Is by The Standells
Little Girl Of Mine by The Electras
Devil Dance by The A-Bones
Blackout Drunk by MFC Chicken
Burn She-Devil, Burn by The Cramps 
Joey by Concrete Blonde

The Body Of An American by The Pogues
Mysterious by Teenage by Vels 
Beauty In The Fire by Lady Wray
It's Gonna Be Easy by Son Volt
Diamond Mind by The Dead Brothers
Diamond In Your Mind  by Solomon Burke
Feet Start Walking by Doris Duke 
Kaatskill Serenade by David Bromberg
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis



Sunday, October 8, 2023
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
8 am to 10 am Sundays Mountain Time
Substitute Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM

Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's the playlist :
Blue Endless Highway by Nick Shoulders
Ruby, Are You Mad at Your Man by Carolina Chocolate Drops 
Keep Your Soul by Son Volt
Silver Dollar by Sierra Ferrell
Mississippi by The Cactus Blossoms
The Way It Goes by Gillian Welch
Viva Sequin / Do Re Mi by Ry Cooder with Flaco Jimenez

Life Love Death And The Meter Man by Angry Johnny & The Killbillies
Crow Hollow Blues by Stan Ridgway
Too Close To Heaven by Dad Horse Experience 
Longest Train I Ever Saw by John Wadley Quartet
Willow Garden by Charlie Higgins & Wade Ward
Giddyup Do-Nut by Don Bowman
Forever Has Come To An End by Buddy & Julie Miller
Ay, Ai, Ai by Clifton Chenier
Big Man by DM Bob & Speedy Jake

It Doesn't Change Anything by Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Kentucky by The Everly Brothers 
Billy Grimes The Rover by The Massey Family
I Want to Live and Love Always by The Maddox Brothers & Rose
Graveyard Blues by Hobart Smith
Get a Load of This by R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders
Pie In The Sky by Utah Phillips & Ani DiFranco
Hum's Liquor by Lucinda Williams
I Don't Like the Man I Am by Billy Childish & The Singing Loins

I Guess I'm Crazy by Charlie Feathers
Playing Guitars by Jim White
Jesus Don't Love Me by Holly Goligtly & The Brokeoffs
The Sky Above, the Mud Below by Tom Russell
Right Track Now by Powell St.John with Roky Erikson
Alabama Bound by Peter Rowan 
The New Lee Highway Blues by David Bromberg
Diddy Wa Diddie by Leon Redbone

Wednesday, October 04, 2023

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Satellite of Love


Sixty six years ago on this date, the Godless communists of the Soviet Union launched the first man-made satellite into space, a 183-pound metal sphere called "Sputnik 1."

I was barely four years old at the time, so if I do any memories of it, they're buried under tons of rock 'n' roll, television commercial jingles and odd recollections of Andy's Gang episodes.

But all my life I've had it drilled into my head that Sputnik caused a wave of paranoia in the U.S.A.

"... Sputnik struck fear into the hearts of Cold War Americans, who realized that the Soviets could just as well have lofted a nuclear-tipped missile to North America," declared a 2003 reminiscence on NBC.  

A 2005 dissertation by Ian Kennedy called The Sputnik Crisis And America's Response looks at how the satellite affected America's psyche:

But how did the American reaction unfold? Did hysteria follow immediately after the launch of Sputnik I, as so many sources on the event would lead us to believe? An examination of the public reaction, combined with analysis of it in the proper contextual framework, suggest that the public reaction may not have been immediately fearful. There is evidence to suggest that many Americans were concerned after their communist foes launched the first Sputnik, but not really afraid. Other than the shame of being beaten to the achievement, a large portion of the public felt that they would soon be back on top and that Russian satellite did not pose an immediate threat.

This “not too much to worry about” mentality did not last long into the following month. When the Soviets repeated their achievement with the launch of Sputnik II in early November 1957, a much larger and heavier satellite that included a canine passenger, Americans had more cause for concern. As that month drew to a close, further events would breed a more worried reaction. … 

On 25 November, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a bulwark of leadership that had almost always inspired public confidence, suffered a stroke, causing many to speculate whether the aging leader could still fulfill the weighty obligations of the presidency. Finally, as if to add  insult to injury, the first attempt by the United States to match the Soviets in the new space race resulted in spectacular failure. On 15 December 1957, American rocket technicians attempted to launch their nation’s first satellite. This small sphere, called Vanguard I, barely made it off of the launch pad before the rocket carrying crashed back to Earth in a massive ball of flame. Once Americans saw this highly publicized disaster, most of the “not too much to worry about” feelings that may have existed after the first Sputnik were replaced by genuine concern.

So how did this genuine concern affect American music?

In my quick and not-very-scholarly look at this issue, I found many songs obviously inspired by Sputnik. But what I didn't find was much real paranoia. 

In the world of country music, Ray Anderson, with his band The Homefolks,  declared that "Sputniks and Mutniks" (almost certainly a reference to Laika the space dog, who the Soviets sent to into orbit just a few weeks after Sputnik) "have got me scared." 

But still, considering the title and the upbeat tempo of the song might lead a listener to believe his fear was tongue and cheek. Hear for yourself:

Rockabilly Jerry Engler in his song "Sputnik (Satellite Girl)" didn't seem scared at all:"

Likewise, bluesman Roosevelt Sykes was inspired by Sputnik to celebrate his sexy girlfriend, a "hot rocket baby [who] will leave you flyin' blind":

Another rockabilly, Carl Mann, sang of "Satellite No. 2," I guess a successor to Sputnik 1. Mann's reaction was not to run in fear, but to "dance, dance, dance / Let's dance, to that satellite no. 2":

Even pop star Teresa Brewer saw satellites as something new and cool. "I'm spinning around like a satellite/  And I can see the sun for the stars / Everyday is as gay as a Saturday night / Or a ride on a rocket to Mars":

So if Sputnik caused panic and paranoia, it was my kind of panic and paranoia!

Thursday, September 28, 2023

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Fall Fashions, Zoot Suit Edition

A zoot suit with some Hi-De-Ho!

On this Throwback Thursday let's celebrate the zoot suit, a type of apparel that's inspired many musicians -- as well as sparking a bloody, racist 10-day riot in Los Angeles.

A 2016 article in Smithsonian Magazine described the suit and its significance,

With its super-sized shoulder pads, sprawling lapels and peg leg pants, the zoot suit grew out of the “drape” suits popular in Harlem dance halls in the mid-1930s. The flowing trousers were tapered at the ankles to prevent jitterbugging couples from getting tripped up while they twirled. By the ’40s, the suits were worn by minority men in working-class neighborhoods throughout the country. Though the zoot suit would be donned by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, it was “not a costume or uniform from the world of entertainment,” the Chicago big-band trumpeter and clothier Harold Fox once said. “It came right off the street and out of the ghetto.’’

Maybe the first song with "zoot suit" in the title was "A Zoot Suit (for my Sunday Girl)." It was recorded by all sorts of folks in the '40s including the Kay Kyser Orchestra (who did the original in early 1942), Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters and, later, even Dave Van Ronk. 

My favorite version is the one by Dorothy Danridge and Paul White:

Then there's these guys, whoever they are. (Seriously, does anyone know? Please tell me!)

WARNING: This video probably is illegal in Florida!

Skip ahead to the early 1960s and we'll find a little combo called The High Numbers. 

The who? 

That's right! It's the band later known as The Who. I don't think Pete and Roger and the boys actually ever wore an actual zoot suit though:

Known as the first Chicano play on Broadway, Luis Valdez's 1979 musical Zoot Suit (made into a movie starring Edward James Olmos in 1981) was based partly on the 1943 zoot suit "riots" in Los Angeles, in which U.S. Navy members stationed in southern California attacked zoot-attired Chicanos (and Filipinos. And Blacks) in East L.A., as the cops turned a blind eye. Because, you know, patriotism. (Just a few months ago, the Los Angeles City Council formally apologized for "effectively sanctioning the violence perpetuated eight decades ago.") 

The Cherry-Poppin' Daddies had a huge hit in 1997 with their own song about that ugly little stain on American history. 

Now those sailors know where their women went for love!

Monday, September 25, 2023

Mark Jr.'s Hi-Fi House Party Playlist


Monday, September 25, 2023
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM, 101.1 FM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 
Email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's my playlist :

I'll Be Gone by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Hook Line and Sinker by Nick Shoulders
Freakin’ Out by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Rockin' Bones by The Cramps
Burn Baby, Burn by Stud Cole
Go Go Go For Louie's Place by The A-Bones
Hot Skillet Momma by Yochanan
Get In The Groove  by The Mighty Hannibal  
Swingin' Little Chicky by The Beltones
I Couldn't Spell !!*@!  by Roy Loney And The Young Fresh Fellows

Bang Bang Bang by Eilen Jewell 
Please Come On Home by Esquerita 
Pumping (My Heart) by Patti Smith
Honky Tonk Merry Go Round by Patsy Cline
Little Ramona (Gone Hillbilly Nuts) by BR5-49 
Ramona by The Ramones
Deputy Dog  by Great Gaylord & The Friggs 
Lonely Street by Bobby Charles 
Hey! Sister Lucy (What Makes Your Lips So Juicy?) by The Treniers
Rocket To The Moon by Lenny Welch

Marie by Martin, Bogan & Armstrong
The Jim Rob Song by Miss Tammy Faye Starlite
Daddy Rockin' Strong by The Dirtbombs
Little Red Book by Benny Joy 
Flesh Eating Cocaine Blues by Daddy Long Legs
Harlem Shuffle by The's
Jungle Fever by Charlie Feathers
Shanty Tramp by Betty Dickson
Flyin' Saucers Rock And Roll by Billy Lee Riley & The Little Green Men

DooI'll Never Be Mean by The Radiants
The Jones Girl by The Five Satins
Teenage Bells by The Loungers
Love In The Afternoon by The Dreamtones
Your Tender Lips by The Syncopates
Bob-O-Link by The Smart Tones
What's Your Name by Don & Juan 
School day Crush by Nicky & The Nobles
She's Gone (with the wind) by Fred Parris & The Scarlets
The Voice of an Angel by The Mifflin Tripletts
Thrill Of Romance by The Gaytunes 
WPLJ by The Four Deuces

Sunday, September 24, 2023


Sunday, September 24, 2023
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
I'm Ready by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Bad Boy by The A-Bones 
Baby Baby Baby by Barreracudas
Mera Naam Bano Hey by Tandoori Knights 
Everyday Vacation by Alien Space Kitchen
Go Go Gorilla by The Ideals
Walkin' With The Beast by Gun Club
Vegas by Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives

Tower Of Song by Tom Jones
I'm Your Man by Leonard Cohen
Dirt Bag Fever by Quintron
Burning Down The House by Talking Heads 
Rough And Tumble Guy by Webb Wilder 
The Sea by Sierra Ferrell 
Robot Man by Jamie Horton
Voodoo Eyes by The Silhouettes 
Rat Fink by Ron Haydock & The Boppers 

(all songs by GP except where noted)
Still Feeling Blue 
The New Soft Shoe by Polly Parsons & Eden
Hearts On Fire 
Hickory Wind by Bob Mould & Vic Chesnutt
Boulder To Birmingham by Emmylou Harris
Hot Burrito #1 by The Mavericks 
Sin City by The Mekons
In My Hour Of Darkness by Gram Parsons

Is Heaven Real? by Johnny Dowd 
By The Fire by Jon Dee Graham
If I Had You by Johnny Gimble with Emily Gimble 
Whalebone by The Dead Brothers
Steadfast, Loyal And True by Elvis Presley 
All Bad by Nick Shoulders
Crow Hollow Blues by Stan Ridgway
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis


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