Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fighting The Tropical Heat In The Summer of Hate & War

Waiting (in vain) for opportunity to knock in the early 1990's

The first Clash bootleg I bought as a kid was of the show below, Capitol Theatre, New Jersey 1980

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Someday, Someway/It's Only Make Believe/Fire

Still from The Loveless 1981

Robert Gordon vs. Conway Twitty, Marshall Crenshaw, Robin Williams and Bruce Springsteen

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Milk Of Amnesia & Women Say The Darndest Things-SCTV

Catherine O'Hara and Andrea Martin were my two favorite SCTV cast members.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Flower, Punk!-Exploring The Contours Of An Imaginary Genre

their acid cut with too much speed, their sound more foreboding than blissful, they met under television skies on the other side of no direction. they sat in bottles pretending they were in cans knowing their girls weren't right & wouldn't touch them no how. they got busted with charlie brown & the beave for copping dirt weed from uncle fester outside 1313 mockingbird lane while the standells played. finked on by eddie h. & shipped out by uncle sam, napalm nam split their minds open. killed with a living death that forever saw that mocking hysterical joker face in the flowers & sky. they would they were a weed. 

back home eating fatback bacon & spiked cornflakes no one knew their name, no guru would have them, their face did not fit. they drove right past nirvana sipping milkshakes with charlie manson's angels. the mini-skirt blues drove 'em crazy & their seed gone bad. they broke their brains & lost their souls, which like their threads were on installment from sears roebuck. so they goofed on jello in all night cafes until the mind gangsters & the brain police vibed them straight out the room. but if you squint in the wrong direction at sundown you can still see their shadows on the corner eating flowers, haunted hallways & mother's pills. 

1. Hangin' Out- The Blox
2. Satisfy You- The Seeds
3. Stephanie Knows Who- Love
4. Not Right- The Stooges
5. How Does It Feel to Feel- The Creation
6. Blue Is Beautiful- The Make-Up
7. Earthquake- 13th Floor Elevators
8. Seventh World- Sleepers
9. 7 And 7 Is- The Soul Benders
10. Split Myself In Two- Meat Puppets
11. Mini Skirt Blues-Flower Children
12. Cloud 149-Pere Ubu
13. Rejected- Sterling Damon
14. They Saved Hitler's Cock- Angry Samoans
15. Spazz- The Elastik Band
16. The Madman (Running Through The Fields)- Eric Burdon & The Animals
17. My Movie- J.F.A.
18. Feathered Fish- Sons of Adam
19. Repulsive Situation-Gaylon Lord
20. The Wind Blows Your Hair- The Seeds
21. Final Solution- Pere Ubu
22. Please Go Home- The Rolling Stones
23. It's Raining Today- Angry Samoans
24. Let Me Out- The Lost Generation
25. Flower Punk- Mothers of Invention
26. 7 And 7 Is- Five By Five

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Back To Back Number Ones-1964

Possibly the two best pop songs ever, both never fail to give me chills! You gotta respect how composed and dignified the Supremes, and really all the Motown acts, were what with all that screaming and foolishness going on behind them-kind of adds to the fun though and hey Toni Basil (who I love) probably had something to do with it. 

Hal Blaine lays down the big beat so solid you could break your back on it.  

Monday, May 1, 2017

Tossing Insults At The Sky With The Flamin' Groovies

I had a great dream the other day in which I was under a bridge with Kerouac and Bukowski drinking beer and listening to the Flamin' Groovies. Jack was in huarache sandals and a weird surfer's bathing suit with lots of stitching and a lace up front and dancing drunkenly to "Laurie Did It" while Bukowski sat in a lawn chair radiating glumness and sucking down beer but at times showing some grudging amusement at the spectacle of Jack's dancing. We all took turns tossing insults at the sky. The demiurge was neither amused nor concerned. He had already planned our separate demises aeons ago

Current Listening: Flamin' Groovies-entire discography, Alice Cooper-Love it to Death, The Monkees-Missing Links, The Berlin Brats, Chris Bell-I Am The Cosmos, Shaun Cassidy's Greatest Hits & Highs In The Mid-Sixties-Texas & L.A. volumes. 

Getting ready to read Mike Nesmith's Infinite Tuesday and the new Ed Sanders book on Sharon Tate- update on the latter its a real stinker, Sanders doesn't seem to have any skills with prose.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

There Ain't No Sanity Clause/Make 'Em Laugh

Three of my favorite things- The Marx Brothers, The Damned & Donald O'Connor- people used to be so talented. What happened?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I Want My Little Winghead! -1976 Edition

I just got back from 1976 and came across some minor points of interest that I thought I'd share with you. In a very stoned NME interview with Patti Smith in Amsterdam she tells Charles Shaar Murray the following- There's no shame in not being cool sometimes, y'know....I'm often really uncool. Back in the States they call me "winghead" because my hair always...didj' ever notice how my hair sticks out?

I immediately flashed on Television's "little johnny jewel" and it's "all that guy ever said is I want my little winghead" lyric, which I always found both puzzling and funny.  Charles Shaar Murray also mentions a drunk Frenchman named Claude hanging around who obviously knows Patti and ends up vomiting all over the place before the show. I wonder if this might be Claude Bessy (aka Kickboy Face)?   Oh she also calls Bowie's Station to Station and The Stones Black & Blue the Sgt. Pepper and Pet Sounds of the 70's.  Station to Station is pretty much established as a great record, but Black & Blue still comes in for a lot of heat, personally I dig it, but it took a while.  Anyway I like to hear interesting people babble even and sometimes especially when stoned. And one thing about Patti she knew her influences backwards and forwards and was good at making connections between the dots, using them to create something new, mixing and matching, creating hybrids in her alchemical lab in the Chelsea Hotel.  Shit, she was doing vision boards when you were still in short pants and nobody had come up with a dumb name for it.

Other enjoyable lagan discovered back in '76 was a guest appearance by the always awesome Mary Woronov on the infamous Charlie's Angels women's prison episode called "Angels in Chains" where, you guessed it, Ms. Woronov plays a rather sinister, most likely lesbian, prison matron. One of the great things about the often poorly written television of the 1970's is this interesting guest appearances, for instance in addition to Mary Woronov I also sat through a silly and amusing Welcome Back Kotter episode called "The Museum" with John Astin (aka Gomez) as a museum curator named Mr. Gore-"its pronounced gore-ay". Some great old Marx Brothers routines were referenced with Kotter as Groucho and Epstein as Harpo.  

Of course any 70's TV binge is incomplete without the Six Million Dollar Man-particularly funny is a Season 3 episode called "The White Lightning War" where Steve Austin goes down south to Georgia to break up a moonshine operation, with plenty of hokey banjo background music accompanying the usual bionic "boing boing" effects. Steve's disguise is a stick on beard and a cowboy hat, and the locals are strictly corn. So with all this 1970's nonsense in mind here's an old mix centered mostly in that decade that I'm still real happy with called We Can Rebuild Him- click below and enjoy

Steve Austin deep undercover
Well I'm off to 1966 to watch the new Criterion edition of Blow-Up and Moonrise Kingdom- there's a somewhat disturbing connection between Blow-Up's star David Hemmings and Benjamin Britten whose music is featured in Moonrise Kingdom. Its weird how these connections form sometimes when you're not even looking for them, originally it was just a 1966 thing. 
Mary Woronov on Charlie's Angels

                                 Patti reads The Soft Machine whilst working on her winghead