Thursday, August 30, 2018

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday, Kitty Wells!

On this day 99 years ago, a girl named Ellen Muriel Deason was born in Nashville. She learned to play guitar from her father, who was a railroad brakeman (I guess Jimmie Rogers wasn't the only singing brakeman) and she began singing with her sisters as The Deason for a local radio station in 1936.

Ellen married a singer too -- Johnnie Wright, who later would become part of the famous hillbilly duo Johnnie and Jack. Before that, however, Wright sang with his wife and sister Louise under the name "Johnnie Right & The Harmony Girls."

It was Wright's idea to give Ellen a stage name. He got it from an old folk song called "Sweet Kitty Wells."

Kitty began recording in 1949 on RCA Records. She didn't have a major hit, however, until 1952 when she recorded an "answer song" to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life."

The song was as controversial as it was popular. Back then, female singers weren't supposed to be talking back to men -- especially in the world of country music.

"It's a shame that all the blame is on us women..." Scandalous!

Some radio stations banned it -- as did The Grand Old Opry initially. But the public loved it. A star was born.

She died in 2012, not long before her 93rd birthday.

Here's that first big hit.

Kitty followed "Honky Tonk Angels" with another answer song -- this one answering Webb Pierce's "Backstreet Affair."

But there was much more to Kitty than answer songs. "Making Believe" is a classic.

Here's a good honky-tonker, "I Heard the Jukebox Play."

She also asked that age-old musical question, "Will Your Lawyer Talk to God."

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Gonna Lounge You All Night Long

Liza sings with Queen at the 1992 Freddy Mercury Tribute 

A lot of folks don't remember -- and that might be a good thing -- a strange, short-lived musical fad of the 1990s and early 2000s: Stars of easy-listening doing versions of rock 'n' roll tunes.

It was hip.

It was ironic.

It got old pretty fast.

But here are some examples of this weird little trend.

In an album dedicated to the rock/lounge connection, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme covered this popular Soundgarden song.

Paul Anka was full of teen spirit when he did this 2004 album, Rock Swings.

Stuffy old Pat Boone got In a Metal Mood

Liza did a fantastic job paying tribute to Freddy Mercury

I know Tiny Tom wasn't really a lounge singer -- and definitely not "easy" listening. But he and Brave Combo recorded the swingingest version of "Stairway to Heaven" in human history. I've said it before -- Van Morrison would have KILLED for this arrangement.

Sunday, August 26, 2018


Sunday, August 26, 2018
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Why Me by Question Mark & The Mysterians
The Frog by Sir Frog & The Toads
Road Hawg by Joe Ely
Big Black Witchcraft Rock by The Cramps
Rock 'n' Roll by Lou Reed
Beautiful Day by The Neon Brothers
Don't Ruin My High by Fascinating
Insult to Intellect by The Mobbs
Cat Drug In by The Gibson Bros
Long Long Ponytail by The Fireballs

Berlin by Dicky B. Hardy
Leave Me Alone by Nathaniel Mayer
Hot Coffee by Andre Williams & The Goldstars
Psycho by The Sonics
Chunk of Steel by Hollywood Sinners
Paula by Harlan T. Bobo
I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) by Electric Prunes
Finnegan's Wake by The Dubliners

I'm a Lover Not a Fighter / They Call Me Lazy / I Told My Little Woman by Lazy Lester
Power of the 45 by Big Sandy & The Fly-Rite Boys
Wildcat Tamer by John Schooley
Till Death by Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis
Polka Enemy #1 by Polkaholics
Hosa Dyna by Brave Combo
Who'd You Like to Love You by Li'l Wally

Pero Te Amo by Reverend Beat-Man & Izobel Garcia
Catch Afire by Mojo Juju & The Snake-Oil Merchants
100 Days, 100 Nights by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Everywhere is Nowhere by The Fleshtones with Mary Huff
That Lovin' You Feeling Again by Roy Orbison & Emmylou Harris
Old Friends by Willie Nelson, Roger Miller & Ray Price
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

All background music during my yacks tonight was by The Fireballs of Raton, N.M. who are playing a free show on the Santa Fe Plaza on Tuesday, Aug. 28

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Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
8 am to 10 am Sundays Mountain Time
Substitute Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM

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Here's the playlist :
You Sure Got Away With Women by Washboard Hank
Dink's Song by Dave Van Ronk
Someday We'll Look Back by Merle Haggard
Chocolate to the Bone by Barbecue Bob
I've Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash
I Ride an Old Paint by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
New Paint by Loudon Wainwright III
The Wreck of the 97 by Ernest Stoneman
The Old Ark's a Moving by A.A. Gray & Seven Foot Dilly
Sam the College Leader Man by Hoosier Hotshots
Collegiana by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Bad Dreams by Tony Joe White
Clouds by Eric Hisaw
Do Angels Ever Dream They're Falling by Ronny Elliott
This Town Gets Around by Margo Price
Fighting Back From a Whiskey Glass by Stevie Tombstone

When Did Right Become Wrong by Bill Hearne
Round Too Long by Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis
New Ways to Fail by Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Open G by Ray Wylie Hubbard
Suzie Anna Riverstone by The Imperial Rooster
John Lee Hooker for President by Ry Cooder
Bears in Them Woods by Nancy Apple

You Coulda Walked Around the World by Butch Hancock
If You Were a Bluebird by Joe Ely
Stealin' Stralin' by Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Dave Alvin
My Rough and Rowdy Ways by Bill Cox
Pretty Polly by The Dead Brothers
New Bumble Bee by Memphis Minnie
No Ordinary Blue by John Prine
The Duck’s Yas Yas Yas by James “Stump” Johnson

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: Robbie & Linda Gail

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
August 24, 2018

In his previous two albums, Upland Stories (2016) and Gone Away Backwards (2013), Robbie Fulks made the greatest music of his impressive career. Both featured fairly subdued and mostly acoustic songs. But they are powerful songs that cut deep, covering themes of displacement, disappointment, economic and emotional despair, cruel fates, and tangible frustration. Considering that Fulks began his recording career in the 1990s with a string of irreverent, comic tunes such as “Papa Was a Steel-Headed Man,” “She Took a Lot of Pills (And Died),” “I Told Her Lies,” and “Darn This Town” (title bowdlerized for your protection), his albums of the 2010s have shown growth, maturity, and emotional depth.

But sometimes a guy just needs to take a break from the heaviness and tear up the honky tonk with a boogie-woogie country gal. And that’s just what he does on Wild! Wild! Wild!, Fulks’ new duet album with rockabilly royal Linda Gail Lewis. The songs here are much lighter than Fulks’ last couple of efforts. But Lordy, this album is fun. It’s full of rockabilly romps, country weepers, blue-eyed soul, bouncy blues, sweet harmonies, drinkin’ songs, cheatin’ songs ... the sounds that made America a beacon of the Free World.

A little background on Ms. Lewis. She’s grown up in the shadow of her OG rock ’n’ roll brother, Jerry Lee Lewis (which means she’s also the cousin of Urban Cowboy-era country star Mickey Gilley and disgraced evangelist Jimmy Swaggart).

As a teenager, she began touring and occasionally recording with Jerry Lee in the early ’60s, releasing her first solo album, Two Sides of Linda Gail Lewis, in 1969, the same year she released a duet album called Together with her brother.
Fulks & Lewis

After a “nervous breakdown,” the rockabilly wildcat quit showbiz for a decade or so, but returned to performing in the late ’80s and to recording in the early ’90s. And she’s cranked out a steady stream of records since — mainly on small labels and European labels. Her best-known album has to be You Win Again, her 2000 duet record with Van Morrison.

A couple of years ago, on an album called Heartbreak Highway, she teamed up with Fulks on a couple of tracks, including a rocking version of “You Are My Sunshine.” Apparently that led to Wild! Wild! Wild!, on Bloodshot Records.

The album starts off with a solo vocal by Linda Gail on “Round Too Long.” The song sounds autobiographical — though it actually was written by Fulks. It begins with a knowing nod to her family heritage: “I’m the sister of a hell-raiser, the daughter of an old tomcat/I was playin’ the piano in a honky-tonk before you bragged about that.” Later she sings, “Won’t you put me in Kentucky when my time on earth has ceased/’Cause out of all the men who hurt me, Jack Daniels hurt me least.”

Similarly, the next tune, “I Just Lived a Country Song,” sung by Fulks, is about “this honky tonkin’ way of living” taking its toll on a hillbilly singer who knows no other world. Robbie sings, “These beer joints where I’m workin’, I started workin’ at sixteen/Now if I look a little ragged, must be those 30 years between … My first single hit the big-time, for a while there I was hot/I can’t recall the early nineties; these last 10 I’d rather not ...”

If “Round Too Long” is Linda Gail’s spotlight and “I Just Lived a Country Song” is Robbie’s, the following song, “That’s Why They Call It Temptation,” a full-blown hillbilly heartbreaker, is the first one that gives the two singers equal footing. They trade off lines and then harmonize on the choruses. My favorite exchange is when Fulks sings, “I tried to keep my hands from where they longed to go,” which Lewis answers with, “And I did all I could to help you, short of sayin’ no.”

Fulks’ sardonic sense of humor comes across in the song “Till Death,” about a woman dealing with a cheating husband. In a weird way, it reminds me of an old song of his, “I Just Want to Meet the Man,” which was about a guy stalking his ex-wife and her new lover. The implied impending violence of that song (“No that’s nothing in my pocket, just a toy I brought for Jane/I couldn’t bear to see her hurting/Now Daddy’s here to kill the pain ...”) actually plays out in the upbeat “Till Death.” Linda Gail sings, “You’re a man that can’t keep a promise/I’m a woman never breaks a vow/We said ‘Till death do us part,’/And that’s now.” You should get a bang out of this number.

Another favorite on Wild! Wild! Wild! is “Who Cares,” a jazzy little tune sung by Lewis and written by country songwriter giant Don Gibson, whose greatest hit was “Oh Lonesome Me.” Besides Linda Gail’s vocals, the best thing the song has going for it is the sweet guitar of Redd Volkaert, who cut his proverbial teeth as one of Merle Haggard’s Strangers.

Then there’s “Foolmaker,” sung by Fulks, which drips with gospel-soaked Southern soul. Out front is NRBQ member Scott Ligon on organ.

This album is probably just a one-shot deal. But I believe that in this collaboration, Linda Gail Lewis brought out the best in Robbie Fulks. And vice versa. Long may they hear the call of the wild, wild, wild.

Let's see some wild, wild videos:

This one's official!

Here's a live version of the title song

I believe Linda Gail hasn't been around nearly long enough.

Sunday, August 19, 2018


Sunday, August , 2018
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet by The Blues Magoos
Don't Break My Laws by Thee Mighty Caesars
Nadine by Harlan T. Bobo
Mr. Rain by The Velvet Underground
Mama Get the Hammer by Barrence Whitfield
Leave Me Alone by Esquirita

Lizard Man by Mean Motor Scooter
Incense and Peppermints by Strawberry Alarm Clock
Out There Aways by The Waco Brothers
Yodelin' Bayonne Blues by Trixie & The Trainwrecks
When I Was Young by Eric Burdon & The Animals
Gangsters by The Dustaphonics
Macorina by Reverend Beat-Man & Izobel Garcia
Frankenstein's Den by Mighty El Dukes

Spirit in the Dark by Aretha Franklin / Spirit in the Dark by Aretha with Ray Charles
Ma Juju Girl by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Tip My Canoe by Dengue Fever
I Will Marry You by Pan Ron
Strange Uncle by Gogol Bordello
I Surrender! by The Fleshtones

Sad and Dreamy by Alejandro Escovedo
Take This Pain by Stevie Tombstone
Down on the Street by The Stooges
The Gypsy by Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs
Shades and Hues by Shooter Jennings
Who Cares by Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

All background music during my yacks tonight was by The Fireballs of Raton, N.M. who are playing a free show on the Santa Fe Plaza on Tuesday, Aug. 28

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

THROWBACK THURSDAY: A Love Letter to Ketty Lester

I was just a kid -- third grade I think -- just discovering the joys of early '60s AM radio when my young soul was captivated by a husky voice singing over a haunting piano.

"Love letters straight from your heart / Keep us so near when we're apart ..."

It was a singer named Ketty (for years I thought it was "Kitty") Lester and the song, definitely her greatest hit, was "Love Letters."

Born Revoyda Frierson in Hope, Arkansas (take note Bill Clinton fans) on this day in 1934, Lester began recording in the late 1950s. In 1962 she released a single "I'm a Fool to Want You." However DJs preferred the flip side, which, you guessed it, came straight from Ketty's heart.

And they were right.

"Love Letters" was written in the 1940s by Edward Heyman and music by Victor Young. An instrumental version appeared in a 1945 movie called Love Letters and was nominated for a best-song Oscar. A rather schmaltzy version of the song, with lyrics, was recorded by a singer named Dick Haymes in 1945.  Here's what it sounded like:

Tony Bennett recorded the song, with a jazzy guitar, in 1955


Fast forward to this century for my second-favorite version of "Love Letters" by Tom Jones, backed by guitarist Jeff Beck. I'm not sure who's on piano. This is from a 2003 PBS documentary series,
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Red, White & Blues.

Going back to the early 1970s, John Lennon paid tribute to Lester by capturing the piano part from "Love Letters" on his song "God."

And in the '80s David Lynch via Dennis Hopper, paid tribute -- in his own peculiar way -- in Blue Velvet. "Don't be a good neighbor to her. I'll send you a love letter, straight from my heart, fucker ..."

O.K. Ketty, show 'em how it's done!

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WACKY WEDNESDAY: It's Feast Day for Santa Muerte

Today, August 15 is the Feast of Santa Muerte.

Fans of Breaking Bad have at least a passing familiarity with the cult of Santa Muerte. Here's what the New York Times had to say in 2017 about this religious movement:

To her followers, Santa Muerte is a powerful healer, a bringer of prosperity, an agent of vengeance. Some ask her for green cards, lovers, health, protection against violent drug cartels or immigration agents. Some ask her to punish their rivals. They call her the Pretty Girl, the White Girl, the Godmother, the Bony Lady and dozens of other names, including Santisima Muerte, most holy death.

Little celebrated before 2001, and rejected by the Vatican, she has garnered a following of 10 million to 12 million devotees in Mexico and beyond — the fastest-growing religious movement in the Americas, said R. Andrew Chesnut, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of “Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint.” Her following includes drug lords, hard-working families, prisoners and members of sexual minorities.

In honor of her fewast day falling on Wacky Wednesday, here are some songs about death.

Let's start with this Louis Jordan classic:

The Dubliners go to Finnegan's wake:

Tom T. Hall wrote one of the funniest songs about funerals:

Here's Oingo Boingo's take on the subject:

And Elvis Costello had death on his mind back in 1989

Sunday, August 12, 2018


Sunday, August 12, 2018
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Have Love Will Travel by The Sonics
The Wasp by Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons
C by Thee Oh Sees
Where Were You? by The Mekons
God is a Bullet by Concrete Blonde
Get Off the Road by R. Lewis Band
Mujeres Gato en la Luna by Los Eskeletos
Black Metal by Reverend Beat-Man & Izobel Garcia
Happy and Bleeding by PJ Harvey

Riot City by Archie & The Bunkers
I'm the Slime by Frank Zappa
Look in the Mirror by Gregg Turner
TJ by Hickoids
Anything Goes at a Rooster Show by The Imperial Rooster
Rimbaud Diddley by Churchwood
Into Yer Shtik by Mudhoney

The Band Drinks for Free by The Fleshtones
The Brother I Never Had by Miss Ludella Black
I Don't Understand Her Anymore by The Masonics
She Cracked by The Modern Lovers
See That Girl by Lynx Lynx
Tina Louise by The Dirtbombs
Bearded and Bored by Quan & The Chinese Takeouts
Boom Boom by Tony Joe White
Zig Zag Wanderer by Captain Beefheart
The Stain of Music by Negativland

Mule Skinner by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Action Reaction by Ramblin' Deano
Wreck on the Highway by Stevie Tombstone
That's Why They Call It Temptation by Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis
Hiawatha by Laurie Anderson
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, August 10, 2018


Los Hickoids @ Antones

Lotsa good music in and around Santa Fe this week.

Tonight, barring some last-minute work emergency, I'm heading out to The Mineshaft Taven in Madrid where The Hickoids are playing tonight. 

Opening the show, which is scheduled to starts at 9 p.m., is the pride of Espanola, The Imperial Rooster.

The Rooster Crows

Then Saturday night, former Angry Samoan Gregg Turner and his band will play at Duel Brewing, 1228 Parkway Dr (off Rufina) in Santa Fe.

Turner, Sarah, Krissi

This show starts at 7 p.m. I'll be there. 



Thursday, August 09, 2018

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: New Albums by The Fleshtomes and Miss Ludella Black

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
August 10, 2018

It’s no secret that I’m a major fan of The Fleshtones, that dandy, beyond bitchen little band from New York that’s been grinding out no-frills, back-to-basics rock ’n’ roll — they’ve dubbed it “Super Rock” — for more than 40 years. (Their first gig was at CBGB in 1976.) However, truth is, I have not been super-impressed by the Super Rock on the last few Fleshtones albums. Though all of their works in recent years have some great tunes, I thought the group didn’t quite earn their beer on The Band Drinks for Free (2016) and that they were spinning their wheels on Wheel of Talent (2014). Brooklyn Sound Solution (2011), which featured Patti Smith’s guitarist Lenny Kaye, was good, but it had too many instrumentals.

But I had a feeling about their new one, Budget Buster, which was released earlier this year. And, by Jiminy Cricket, I was right — it’s a winner. It’s not a “regular” studio album — it’s a compilation of outtakes, B-sides, and other oddities culled from the past 10 years or so — but to these jaded old ears, this is the best album since 2008’s Take a Good Look, my favorite Fleshtones record of all time.

For the sake of the uninitiated, The Fleshtones is the brainchild of Peter Zaremba (vocals, keyboards, harmonica) and Keith Streng (vocals, guitar), a couple of Queens boys who created a hopped-up hybrid of garage rock, punk, New Wave, and soul. They’re the only original members, though drummer Bill Milhizer has been with them since the early ’80s and bassist Ken Fox has been a Fleshtone since the early ’90s. But despite Zaremba’s stint hosting The Cutting Edge, an alt-rock show on MTV, for more than four years in the ’80s, The Fleshtones’ Super Rock never achieved super success. Oh well. That just means that the music they make is done out of joy and love, not because of some marketing plan.

Budget Buster is full of memorable songs. The opening track, a cover of Little Richard’s “Dancing All Around the World,” which was recorded in Spain, is pure good rocking fun. “Ama Como un Hombre” is a Spanish-language version of “Love Like a Man” from The Band Drinks for Free, with the same addictive little organ hook as on the English version of the song, which was written by Alvin Lee and first recorded nearly 50 years ago by Ten Years After.

There’s plenty of tasty wah-wah guitar (Mr. Streng, I presume) on “Touch and Go,” while “Everywhere Is Nowhere” features vocals by the big-haired — and even bigger-voiced — Mary Huff of Southern Culture on the Skids.

Viva Fleshtones!
The closest The Fleshtones come to political commentary is on “End of My Neighborhood,” which strikes the same anti-gentrification stance as the title song from Take a Good Look. It’s a hard-driving rocker with a hook straight out of The Yardbirds’ “Heart Full of Soul.” (At their best, The Fleshtones do sound like an American Yardbirds.)

“Dominique LaboubĂ©e” is an urgent-sounding ode to the late singer of the French punk band called Dogs. And another strong tune is “The Band Drinks For Free,” which I assume was originally meant as the title track of their 2016 album. I’m not sure why it would have become an outtake. It’s better than many songs on that album.

In Sweat, his 2007 biography of the band, author Joe Bonomo called The Fleshtones “America’s Garage Band.” I just wish that more Americans — and people from other countries, for that matter — appreciated them as such.

Also recommended:

* Till You Lie in Your Grave by Miss Ludella Black. For nearly all of the 1990s, Miss Black was a member of Thee Headcoatees, an all-female British garage-punk band created by the mad genius Billy Childish as a women’s auxiliary for his band Thee Headcoats. Thee Headcoatees sang shoulda-been hits like “My Boyfriend’s Learning Karate,” “Davey Crockett (Gabba Hey),” and “Melvin.” One of Black’s bandmates was Holly Golightly, whose latest album, Clippety Clop, was reviewed in this column just a few weeks ago.

Backed by a powerful little combo called The Masonics — whose 2017 album, Obermann Rides Again, is worth seeking out — Black’s music is retro without being cloying, emulating the girl group sound of the early ’60s, but with a harder-edged punk-rock sensibility.

While I love the rockers here like “Am I Going Insane” (which features a sly vocal nod to The Shangri-Las’ “Leader of the Pack”), “A Creature Called Doubt,” and the slightly country-flavored “Cruel Anniversary,” my favorite song on the album at the moment is a slow, strange one called “The Brother I Never Had.” Here Black longs for a relative who never existed. “When I was a little girl, I yearned for a brother/The brother who’d be there to watch over me.”

Black also covers a Beatles song, “Wait,” a relatively obscure tune from Rubber Soul. I like this one more than the other recent Beatles cover I’ve heard, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” which is on The Melvins’ latest album, Pinkus Abortion Technician.

Have some videos:

First, The Fleshtones, with a live version of "Dancing All Over the World"

Here's an "official" Fleshtones video

And here's Miss Ludella with the title track of her new album.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: 88 Years of Betty Boop

On Aug. 9, 1930, America's cartoon sweetheart made her debut in a cartoon feature called Dizzy Dishes.

Although she would become one of the sexiest cartoon characters of that era -- or any era -- Betty actually started out as a dog.

From Mental Floss:

"...she was designed to be an object of lust for Bimbo, a dog character who was currently the lead in many of Max Fleischer's Talkartoons. Because she was created for Bimbo, she was originally an anthropomorphic poodle character, but she still had her Betty charms.

"The character was based on the looks of singer Helen Kane, best known for her song "I Wanna Be Loved By You," and actress Clara Bow, who was the inspiration for Betty's Brooklyn accent. As Betty proved to be more and more popular, she evolved into a full human by 1932, her floppy ears turned into hoop earrings and her poodle nose was morphed into a cute button nose."

According to The New York Times in 1996:

“Gertrude Stein and Jean-Paul Sartre were said to be big fans of the scantily clad gamine, whose sex appeal and sassy attitude got her into racy situations with legions of lecherous suitors. That is, until 1934, when the Government imposed controls on American movie content, altering Ms. Boop’s wardrobe and toning down her adventures.”

The Betty Boop Youtube channel has collected some of the many songs Betty sang in these videos below. Happy birthday, Betty!

For more Betty on this blog, check out this Halloween post from a few years ago.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

WACKY WEDNESDAY: The Magic of Root Boy Slim

This Wacky Wednesday we celebrate the life and music of Foster MacKenzie III, better known to the world as Root Boy Slim.

If you're not familiar with Root, who died in 1993, read this profile in the Orlando Weekly.

Then boogey til you puke ... (This video is from Mr. Mike's Mondo Video)

Another favorite, "Mood Ring."

"They beat me silly with a rubber hose ..."

Root Boy dared to be fat

Sunday, August 05, 2018


Sunday, August , 2018
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Miniskirt Blues by The Flower Children
Dead Moon Walking by Nekromantix
54/40 or Fight by Dead Moon
Underground Railroad by The Weeds
Don't Be Afraid to Pogo by The Gears
Over! Over! by The Fall
Mood Ring by Root Boy Slim
All Girl Band by Jean Caffeine

Every Little Bit of You by Miss Ludella Black
Stewball by Holly Golightly& The Brokeoffs
MELVIN by Thee Headcoatees
Ama Como Un Hombre by The Fleshtones
Teenage Head by The Flamin' Groovies
It's a Lie by King Khan
Spiders by Harlan T. Bobo
Artificial Flowers by Bobby Darin

Gentle Annie by Knickerbocker Four
Work With Me Annie by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Little Annie Fanny by The Kingsmen
The Working Man's Friend by Hickoids
Stuck in Thee Garage by The Dirtbombs
Love Me Two Times by Reverend Beat-Man & Izobel Garcia
You Are On Top by Reverend Beat-Man
Waste of Time by The Cynics
Blues Blues Blues by Hayden Thompson
Booze Party by Three Aces and a Joker
Sharkskin Suit by Wayne Kramer

The Wolf is at Your Door by Howlin' Wolf
Cheree by Suicide
We Three by Patti Smith
Round Midnight by Amy Winehouse
You're a Dog and Don't Talk to Me by Michael Hurley
Did We Fail by the Dead Brothers
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, August 02, 2018

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Songs the Sun Sessions Taught Us

Elvis Presley was more than a great performer. With his earliest recordings he showed that he was a gifted currator of American songs.

On this Throwback Thursday let's look at original -- or in some cases, just earlier -- versions of some of the songs -- country songs, R&B songs, pop tunes -- that make up various versions of Elvis' Sun Sessions.

First of all, hats off to Adam Aguirre of  the Route 66 show on KUNM, who inspired this post by recently playing these first two songs on a recent Saturday night.

First let's start with Ernest Tubb

Elvis apparently loved bluegrass. He rocked this Bill Monroe classic.

Speaking of a blue moon, this tune, written by Richard Rogers & Lorenz Hart was first recorded by Connee Boswell in 1935. I've always liked this early '50s version by Billie Holiday.

Probably my favorite Sun Sessions song is "Tryin' to Get to You." I didn't realize until recently that this song originally was receorded by The Eagles. (No, no those Eagles!)

"My Happiness" goes back to the late '40s, recorded by The Marlin Sisters

We all know Elvis loved the blues. Here's one, by Kokomo Arnold, that Elvis used to get real gone for a change.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Famous Musicians' Birthdays Today

It's the Oneth of the month! Aug. 1 is the birtday of several iconic musicians. Here is some music from some of them.

First, Suzi Gardner of L7 turns 58 today. Here she is singing one of my favorite L7 songs, "Andres."

Chuck D of Public Enemy also turns 58 today. Here's a PE video from a couple of years ago called "No Sympathy from The Devil."

Jim Carroll would have been 69 today, but nine years ago he became a person who died.

And on this day in 1779, one-hit wonder Francis Scott Key was born. Here are James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett from Metalica doing Key's big song.

Also, happy birthday to:
Jerry Garcia
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Robert Cray
Tommy Brolin


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