Thursday, May 16, 2024

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Come for the Shame, Stay for the Scandal


Earlier this week I saw Mississippi bluesman Cedrick Burnside play at the Tumbleroot here in Santa Fe. As I suspected, Burnside, grandson of the late master R.L. Burnside, was fantastic and any Santa Fe blues fan who missed it should regret it.

But this post isn't about the music Burnside played. It's about a joke he told Monday night.

It was a funny joke, but I already knew the punchline. That's because I was familiar with this song I first heard by Gabriel Sanchez, aka Baby Gaby.

Here's that song:

Despite the name "Pepito" and Baby Gaby's exaggerated Mexican accent, I've always suspected that the dysfunctional family poked fun at in this tune might not be Mexican at all.

And in fact, that's the case.

The first known published telling of this tale was "Madame la Marquise." a poem satirizing French aristocracy by British-born poet Robert Service in his 1940 collection Bar-room Ballads: A Book Of Verse.

Here's how it starts out:

Said Hongray de la Glaciere unto his proud Papa:

"I want to take a wife, mon Pere." The Marquis laughed: "Ha! Ha!

And whose, my son?" he slyly said; but Hongray with a frown

Cried: "Fi! Papa, I mean -- to wed. I want to settle down."

The Marquis de la Glaciere responded with a smile:

"You're young, my boy; I much prefer that you should wait awhile."

Kind of wordy, no? It takes a few lines more before the Marquis gets around to warning his lovesick son about the dangers of possible incest.

And that leads us to a classic zombie movie ...

In 1943, the calypso star known as Sir Lancelot (Lancelot Victor Edward Pinard) wrote a song for -- and appeared in -- a creepy film called I Walked With a Zombie.  (But no, Roky Erikson never covered this)

Lancelot called the tune "Fort Holland Calypso Song" (Not "Fort Collins" as it's mistitled in the video below. My daughter lives in Fort Collins and if there were any zombies there, I'm pretty sure she would have told me.)

Check the scene below:

Notice the refrain and the melody are very similar to the song Baby Gaby sings. But there's no story about a lad wanting to marry girls his dad thinks are his secret sisters. 

But skip ahead about 20 years and another calypso singer, Lord Melody rewrote Sir Lancelot's lyrics, adding the basic ""Madame la Marquise" plot, and here we go. But I still don't know why he'd call his song "Wau Wau":

"Shame"-- or "Wau Wau" spread around the Caribbean. Puerto Rico-born pop singer Shawn Elliott had a hit in South America with his version:

Here's Peter Tosh of The Wailers, backed by The Skatellites in 1965:

Tex-Mex folk-rocker Trini Lopez also sang of this troubled family:

Also in the '60s, Buffy Sainte-Marie sang an Irish-style song called "Johnny Be Fair," which tells the familiar story, though Canadian folklorist Edith Fowke quotes The Buffy Sainte-Marie Songbook, (1971) where the singer introduces "Johnny Be Fair," saying her song was "based on a joke I heard from an Irishman ..." 

And this seemed like an affirmation to me. The strange idea that prompted me to look into this song was a weird and unsubstantiated notion I had that the story told in the Baby Gaby song I love might have originated in Ireland. "Pepito" is much closer to Lord Melody and the others posted above, but the plot is the same as Buffy's:

But as we all know, shame and scandal often leads to Madness! The British punk-ska group recorded this in 2005.

Now all us Cedrick Burnside fans need to convince the man to craft his joke into a song ...

Cedrick at Tumbleroot, Santa Fe, NM 5-13-24

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

Sunday, May 12, 2024


Sunday, May 12, 2024
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM, 101.1 FM 
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell Email me! 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
Gurzle by Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Weird Dog by Frankie & The Witch Fingers 
Predator X by King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard 
Devil Again by Thee Oh Sees
Rites of Osiris by Billy Bill Miller
History of the Future by Black Angels
Dark Matter by Dark Matter
Chameleon by Sleeve Cannon

TV Set by The Cramps 
Long Haired Guys from England by Too Much Joy
House of Suffering by Bad Brains
Staubsaugerbaby by Blind Butcher
You Really Love Me by Cedric Burnside

The Mighty Albini 1962-2024

The Model by Big Black
Monkey Trick by The Jesus Lizard
50 Ft Queenie by PJ Harvey
Hellbound by The Breeders
Very Ape by Nirvana
Papa Was a Steel Headed Man by Robbie Fulks
Cat's Blues by Palace Music
Bone Machine by The Pixies
Sugar in My Hog by Fred Schneider 
Hello There by Cheap Trick
My Idea of Fun by The Stooges
Dick Johnson by Pussy Galore

Cadillac by Kitty Coen
Dollar Bill Bar by Sierra Ferrell
I Never Talk to Strangers by Tom Waits & Bette Midler
I'm Not Ready Yet by George Jones
Dying to Live by Edgar Winter
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Sunday, April 28, 2024


Sunday, April 28, 2024
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM, 101.1 FM 
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell Email me! terrell(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Sticks and Stones by Ekko Astral
Cosmetic by Notts
You'll Be the Death of Me by Kate Clover
Good Boy by Sam Snitchy
Vampire Love by WolfWolf
The Sky is a Poisonous Garden by Concrete Blonde
25th Floor by Patti Smith
The Pusher (Walter Brennan Style) by Jim Terr

God Has Lodged A Tenant In My Uterus by Miss Tammy Faye Starlit
Git Back in the Truck by The Hickoids
ROBOT by The Scaners
Funky Butt by Mississippi John Hurt
I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say by Dr. John

Reach for The Sky by Carbon Silicon
Pretty Lord Sundance Part 1 by Lord Sundance
You Don't Get to Tell Me by Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Texas Taliban by Lacy J. Dalton
I Found My Love by Dex Romweber
Low Rider by Ty Segall
Pork Soda by Primus 
The Unquiet Grave by Ed Pettersen and Henry Kaiser

Pretty Jane LeBeaux by Cedar Hill Refugees
Oil in My Lamp by The Byrds
Cpt. Gravity Mouse Welcome by Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Two Ton Feather by Dion & The Wanderers
Hello by Black Pumas
Patience by Brittany Howard
Lucky Day by Tom Waits
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Albums Named for Unappetizing Food

O.K., I'll admit this is a pretty dumb idea. 

It came to me yesterday after I ran into my friend Dan during my afternoon walk along the Santa Fe River Trail and he mentioned a Ty Segall album called Fudge Sandwich.  For some reason that reminded me of Primus' album Pork Soda.

Then it got worse.

So here's. selection of songs from albums named for dishes you've probably never consumed -- and never would want to.

My drink order? How about a frosty can of ...

I see the soup d'jour is Goat Head Soup.

I can' decide between the Burnt Weenie Sandwich ...

Or the Fudge Sandwich ...

But I would like a side of Caviar and Chitlins

And for dessert, how about a slice of Spider-Cake? (I'm cheating here. This actually is an EP by a group called The Ashens, not a full album. But that's o.k. I'm suddenly not very hungry.)

Sunday, April 21, 2024



Sunday, April 21, 2024
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM, 101.1 FM 
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell Email me! terrell(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Bo Diddley is Crazy by Bo Diddley
Do the Clam by The Cramps
On Brand by Ekko Astral
Mama Get the Hammer by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Todo Negro by Los Salvejes
Amazons and Coyotes by The Dreamlovers
Nazingwa by WITCH
Tipi Tipi Tin by Baby Gaby

What Happened to Delilah by The Mekons
Crusader by Sleater-Kinney
Killer Diller Blues by Alabama Shakes
Wine by James Luther Dickinson
Evil Hearted Ada by Flamin' Groovies
I Wanna Go by Los Mockers
Suffer to Sing the Blues by David Bromberg

Murder Ballad Set 
Pretty Polly by Dock Boggs
Tom Dooley by Steve Earle & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts 
Banks of the Ohio by Snakefarm
Rose Conolly by Peter Case
Me and Rose Connelly by Rachel Brooke
Knoxville Girl by The Louvin Brothers
Delilah by The Pine Valley Cosmonauts

The Bonnie Earl O'Murray by Ed Pettersen & Henry Kaiser
Lilli Schull by Uncle Tupelo
Been Set Free by Son Volt
Murder of the Lawson Family by Dave Alvin
Delia's Gone by Johnny Cash
Poor Ellen Smith by Laura Cantrell
The Kindness of Strangers by Nick Cave


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