Tuesday, December 20, 2011

1967-Gold Painted Nails

                                      http://www.mediafire.com/file/syyufldbls54x8n/goldpaintednails.zip

What we have here is a labor of love.  I've taken the six or eight cd's (can't remember if it was 6 or 8) of outtakes from Their Satanic Majesties Request sessions and condensed it down to one very listenable instrumental cd. Trust me there was a lot of stuff that needed trimming, including countless false starts and breakdowns. Are false starts ever fun to listen to?  I don't think so. The Stones were well known for fucking about in the studio and if you've listened to enough of their bootlegs you'll know that many of their outtakes are not worth revisiting. But the fragmentation and long gestation of this record, worked up in the studio throughout 1967 in a heady atmosphere of psychedelics and in between numerous drug busts, provides a large and interesting collection of outtakes - including early instrumental versions and fascinating fragments that never were completed, like the evocatively titled "Gold Painted Nails".

Readers of this blog will already be familiar with my love for the 1965-1967 era of the Rolling Stones.  Their Satanic Majesties Request, originally to be titled Cosmic Christmas, was the last record of this era.  It's still underrated, and more often than not dismissed outright as a weak also ran of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper, the similarities though not accidental, are mainly surface. The Beatles were clearly an influence on the Stones throughout the sixties, and probably never more than on this record.  But, and everybody has a big but, the Stones take on psychedelia was by their very nature much darker and Occult than the Beatles version -  more Arthur Machen than Lewis Carroll, more Golden Dawn than Eastern mystic- and so even with the obvious and undeniable influence of Pepper, Satanic Majesties is unique and worthy in its own right. Brian Jones on mellotron shines particularly bright.

This will be my last post of 2011.  Merry Christmas!



Friday, December 16, 2011

1980-Holiday in Cambodia



So admittedly Jello can be hard to take, or at the very least an acquired taste, but this is such an intense performance (especially East Bay Ray's guitar part) of a great song that its frankly beyond reproach.  Oh I suppose you could argue that the song is in questionable taste, but hey they were a hardcore band named the Dead Kennedys, so meet 'em halfway why don't cha.  Extra points to Jello for lyrics that reference both Dr. Seuss and Pol Pot.  Talk about running the gamut!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

That Old Gang of Mine


Hal Chase, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs in New York 1945

1. Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine)- Gene Vincent- If sweet Gene Vincent ever put a bad performance down on tape I have yet to hear it, all of his records are amazing.  Vincent's version of this 1920's chestnut is top notch.  Below is a clip Vincent singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".  Gene Vincent suffered chronic pain from a leg injury for much of his life and this pain imbues his rendition of the song.




2. Lonely Planet Boy- The New York Dolls- Completely unlike any of the other songs on the Doll's debut album, "Lonely Planet Boy" has been a favorite since I first heard this record.  This was one of a handful of songs I played in my first group post high school, it was actually a duo, myself and a girl named Becky who was just learning to play guitar.  The other two songs I remember playing were "No Fun" and T. Rex's "Rip Off".

3. Blue Moon- Elvis Presley- A ghostly transmission from another dimension, one of Elvis's most transcendent performances.  




4. 9th & Hennepin- Tom Waits- Just one line of this song- "All the doughnuts have names that sound like prostitutes" is funnier than the entire output of celebrated "humorists" like David Sedaris.   "There's nothing wrong with her a hundred dollars won't fix" is another gem.  Fuck it, the whole song is a collection of great lines, take your pick.  "No one brings anything small into a bar around here, they all started out with bad directions".  Rag water, bitters and blue ruin.




5. Uncle Bob's Midnight Blues- Randy Newman- "Been up so long that it looks like down to me".

6. Old Western Movies- William Burroughs & tomdandy-  Burroughs reads a piece by Kerouac from a 90's tribute to Kerouac called Kicks, Joy and Darkness.  It's an amazing reading that reveals the largely neglected intersections of their prose styles.  These similarities, the way Kerouac's writing that developed out of sketching with words resembles Burroughs' cut ups can be partially explained through Gysin's observation that reality itself is a cut-up ie the cut up mimics the way we perceive our daily reality - various random input assaults our senses at all times, from all around.  And so Kerouac's prose in which he sketched the scene before him would naturally at times resemble Gysin/Burroughs cut-ups, arriving at similar points through different methods.  

Although Burroughs was reportedly excited and enthusiastic about Kerouac's ideas in his Belief and Technique for Modern Prose he generally avoided making public comments on Kerouac's actual writing other than to note its cultural influence on a generation and the fact that Jack was admirably committed to his vocation from an early age and encouraged Burroughs himself to become a writer.  I suspect that the sentimentality of much of Kerouac's work and its at times embarrassing naivety were both somewhat off putting to him - also its not unnatural to have difficulty appreciating a friend's work, especially a younger friend.  With all this in mind its quite nice, heartwarming even, to hear the inspired reading WSB gives to Jack's Old Western Movies, especially when he can't help but chuckle at Jack's line about "the courier, run by Steve, is a paper wearing a sunbonnet".  I imagine raising a chuckle out of the extra dry humored Burroughs was quite an accomplishment.  

WSB & JK goofing as hardboiled characters

7. Not You, Or I, My Dear- Stefan Grossman- "The sea remembers nothing, not you, or I, my dear".

8. If I Was With a Woman- Ian Dury and the Blockheads- "If I was with a woman I'd never ask her questions, but if she did not want me to I would".  heh.







9. Don't Give Me No Lip Child- Dave Berry- If you can't dance to this, you can't dance.


10. Crawdaddy Simone-The Syndicats- Joe Meek & Syndicats guitarist Ray Fenwick blow minds in 1965, holy shit those guitar breaks dropped in from a future that never came!

11. No Fun- The Sex Pistols- A bit of fuckology and maybe Lydon's most mesmerizing vocal- working himself into an ecstatic frenzy.  He takes the Stooges ode to suburban torpor in his teeth and shakes the fucking thing by the neck until its transformed into a razor edge raw existential anthem with the repetition of the lines "I'm alive, I'm alone, I'm alive, I'm alone".  Live at the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas below (next week Merle Haggard!).



12. Jet Boy- New York Dolls- Someday I might have to do a mix chronicling the influence of West Side Story on pop music.   The clip below is from Old Grey Whistle Test with a bit of your boy Whispering Bob Harris at the end.


13. Sweet Gene Vincent- Ian Dury & the Blockheads- "I miss your sad Virginia whisper" sigh.


14.  Roadrunner Thrice (Live 1977)- Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers- Where the Stooges found boredom and frustration in the suburbs, Jonathan found the beauty of the modern world and companionship of the AM radio.  In this live version we get a guided tour by Jonathan as he and the Modern Lovers motor down in Massachusetts whilst expanding in length on the themes of Roadrunner.  "I'm in love with my own loneliness".  Below Jonathan plays Roadrunner with original Modern Lover Ernie Brooks in 1998 for Joey Ramone's birthday.



15. Tango Till They're Sore- Tom Waits- My Mom's family is all from New Orleans, this song makes me nostalgic for a past I never knew.  Last time I was in N.O. was late 1999 when we buried my grandmother.  "I'll tell you all my secrets but I lie about my past, so send me off to bed forevermore". The clip below of Waits performing the song on Letterman in 1986 is astonishing, nice that something like this could happen on network TV in the 1980's.  Had to post the rest, good stuff!





16. The Electrician-The Walker Brothers- "He's drilling through the spiritus sanctus tonight".

17. I Wish I Was Your Mother-Mott the Hoople- "Is there a happy ending? I don't think so".

18. Memo to My Son- Randy Newman- "Wait till you learn how to talk babe, I'll show you how smart I am".

19. Billy- Lou Reed-  It's a sad and beautiful world, mostly just sad.

20.  Don't Let the Sunshine Fool You- Townes Van Zandt


Monday, November 21, 2011

1978-Alright Cowboys! The Sex Pistols in San Antonio

                                                      Sex Pistols Live in San Antonio

On January 8th 1978 the Sex Pistols played Randy's Rodeo in San Antonio, Texas to a sold out crowd of roughly two thousand.  This was the third date of their American tour, two days later they played Dallas, which was the extent of their appearances in Texas.  The Dallas show is great and you can find footage of that show in its entirety online.  But the show at Randy's placed the band in a much more hostile environment- the audience was a truly strange assortment of early Texas versions of punks (basing their look on major media reports on the music, many still with beards!), along with rednecks, freaks, cowboys, and Mexicans.  The audience bootleg I've uploaded is of rough quality but it definitely gives you a feel for the electric atmosphere of the show.

San Antonio was the gig where Sid took his bass off and hit somebody in the head with it, which you can see at the end of the clip below. McClaren's decision to have the band avoid their major markets on both coasts and instead play Texas and the South was a stroke of genius, at least from the stand point of maximizing confrontation, thereby giving the band something challenging to play off of - a real culture clash.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

1969-1971 All The Tired Horses

http://www.mediafire.com/file/c20wco1f3io774h/alltiredhorses.zip
As the 1960's drew to a close with Dick Nixon in the White House, no end in sight in Vietnam, multiple political leaders assassinated in rapid succession, and infighting amongst radical groups (much of which was instigated by the FBI's COINTELPRO) leading to further fragmentation of what was from the start a shaky alliance of various stripes of students, militants, hippies and minorities, the mood of the culture began to shift, there was a feeling of weariness in the air, a realization that the societal and political changes that had seemed so imminent as to be inevitable during the period of 1966-68 had in many ways amounted to little more than, as Lennon put it, "just more kids walking around with long hair". 

These feelings of fatigue and defeat -of the wind going out of the sails of the counter culture - were reflected in much of the music of the time, which had begun to celebrate a return to a rural lifestyle and adopt a more personal and apolitical stance. The records of the leading lights took on a decidedly mellow and pastoral/bucolic feel.  This trend would eventually devolve into the banality of the Eagles, Bread and James Taylor, the kind of bloodless navel gazing singer songwriter records that made punk so necessary, but despite this eventual descent into formulaic blandness there was a great deal of compelling music made in the period of 1969-1971.  All the Tired Horses is my take on this period. 


1. All The Tired Horses- Bob Dylan
2. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere- Neil Young & Crazy Horse
3. Heart of the Country- Paul McCartney
4. The Seeker- The Who
5. Pass Me By- The Hello People
6. Feel Flows- The Beach Boys
7. The Moonbeam Song- Harry Nilsson
8. Dead Flowers- The Rolling Stones
9. Gettin' By, High and Strange- Kris Kristofferson
10. Alberta #1- Bob Dylan
11. Baby- Os Mutantes
12. Oklahoma U.S.A.- The Kinks
13. Hold On- John Lennon
14. Look at Me, Mama- John Buck Wilkin
15. Lookin' At Tomorrow- The Beach Boys
16. The Losing End- Neil Young
17. These Dreams of You- Van Morrison
18. Man We Was Lonely- Paul McCartney
19. Fearless- Pink Floyd
20. Helpless- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
21. Singalong Junk- Paul McCartney
22. Chestnut Mare- The Byrds
23. Last Of The Unnatural Acts- John Phillips
24. Moonlight Mile- The Rolling Stones

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Royal Jelly-Dewey Cox & Dirk McQuickly

Imaginary readers, for your consideration here are four of my favorite scenes from the movies "Walk Hard" and "All You Need is Cash"- Dewey Cox in his Dylan phase and Eric Idle as the McCartney-esque Dirk McQuickly - followed by Dewey's infamous meeting with the Beatles and John Belushi as Ron Decline (Allen Klein).




Monday, November 7, 2011

Marianne Faithfull-Absolutely Fabulous

I've been enjoying Marianne Faithfull's autobiography, Faithfull,  the last month or so.  It's not a long book but I've been reading it slowly along with other books and comics, as is my wont.  This book must definitely set the record for the most appearances of the phrase 'in flagrante' in one place!  For kicks and to amuse yourself try reading it out loud in an exaggerated English accent.  It also makes a nice companion read to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume III Century # 2 1969.

One of the stories she tells that I hadn't heard was that she was dating a heroin dealer in Paris in the early 70's (don't have the book nearby and can't recall his name, something French) who was called over by Pamela Courson the night Jim Morrison died, Marianne begged to go along to meet Jim, but was left behind, the guy returned later very freaked out and they fled to Morocco (natch).  Another great story she tells is Dylan seeking her out in the late 70's after Broken English was released, and how she ended up playing the record for him over and over again while quizzing him "do you understand what this song means?" as he had done with her and his record in their last meeting in the mid-60's. She says he really enjoyed it.  She also explains the circumstances behind her voice seizing up during her early 1980 appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Here are some clips of the absolutely fabulous Marianne in action through the years!

















Friday, November 4, 2011

Tony Hendra-Genius is Pain!

Former editor of National Lampoon, Tony Hendra, who most Americans will remember best as Ian Faith, the manager of Spinal Tap recorded this parody of John Lennon titled "Magical Misery Tour" on the National Lampoon album Radio Dinner released in 1972.  The song might require more than a cursory familiarity with Lennon to appreciate its humor, but trust me its brilliant satire.  Part of the genius here is that the lyrics are taken in large part (with allowances for repetition, paraphrase and occasional rhyme schemes- I don't think he said "pardon me sir" or "the sky is blue"), albeit out of context from a bitter soul baring interview that John did with Rolling Stone in 1970-71, not long after his experience with primal scream therapy and the break up of the Beatles and accompanying legal hassles, which goes some way in explaining the "mood" he was in.  

For maximum effect Tony Hendra and collaborator Michael O'Donoghue cherry picked the most outrageous and off the wall bits and Hendra then delivered them in a voice approximating the most anguished vocal moments from the first Plastic Ono Band album - primal screaming and all making it sound that much more obnoxious and funny, though if you listen to, or even read the actual interview in context it's surprisingly calm and reasonable and certainly makes more sense and is less obnoxious than what you will hear in the clip below. 

I'm an unabashed fan of Lennon but I've found it only increases one's love and appreciation to be able to laugh at the more ridiculous aspect of the things and people we love, their foibles if you will.  One of my favorite things about John was that he did seem to be more genuinely honest and open than most "performers" and for that reason had these public moments that run the gamut from total insecurity to ridiculous egomaniacal behavior, from thoughtfulness and insight to obnoxiousness personified, he as they say put it all out there, you know, human frailties. All that being said I suspect Lennon would have found this amusing if he ever heard it, he seemed to have a good sense of humor about himself and his failings and did reportedly love the Rutles, which was a more affectionate satire but still had its biting moments (I'm thinking of the portrayal of Yoko in particular).  Enjoy!


I've been rereading the Lennon Rolling Stone interview, eventually published in hardback, since posting this and want to point out for the record that John had many nice things to say about the Stones and to a certain extent Jagger in the course of the interview.  And Jagger and Lennon rekindled a friendship of sorts later in the 70's during John's estrangement from Yoko.  Clearly their relationship always had a fair amount of tension due to competitiveness, as this clip from the Stones Rock n' Roll Circus nicely illustrates.


Lennon is somewhat surprisingly less charitable overall to Dylan in the Rolling Stone interview, which might be due to his own self consciousness about being at one time so heavily influenced by Bob.  Speaking of tension and one-upmanship this is probably as a good an opportunity as any to post the infamous outtake sequences from Eat the Document of a very fucked up Dylan and fairly sober and uncomfortable Lennon exchanging jokes, barbs and awkward silences in the back of Limousine in England circa 1966.





Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thee Soundtrack to Kenneth Anger's Magick Lantern Cycle

Alfred Kinsey with Kenneth Anger at the Abbey of Thelema in Cefalu- 1955
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Round about Halloween seems as appropriate time as any to post the soundtracks I've assembled for five of the films from Kenneth Anger's Magick Lantern Cycle; Scorpio Rising, Kustom Kar Kommandos, Puce Moment, Invocation of My Demon Brother, and both versions of Rabbit's Moon.  I had the pleasure of seeing Anger screen these films in person on two occasions, once at the University of Texas on Halloween, his favorite holiday!  Fantoma's DVD set of Anger's films is highly recommended.  Watch at your own risk, and Happy Halloween.



                                                 Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969)

                                                               Rabbit's Moon (1979 Version)

My signed copy of Hollywood Babylon II
1. Fool's Rush In- Ricky Nelson
2. Wind Up Doll- Little Peggy March
3. My Boyfriend's Back- The Angels
4. Blue Velvet- Bobby Vinton
5. Devil in Disguise- Elvis Presley
6. Hit the Road Jack- Ray Charles
7. Heat Wave- Martha and the Vandellas
8. He's A Rebel- The Crystals
9. Party Lights- Claudine Clark
10. Torture- Kris Jensen
11. Point of No Return- Gene McDaniels
12. I Will Follow Him- Little Peggy March
13. Wipe Out- Surfaris
14. Dream Lover- Paris Sisters
15. Leaving My Old Life Behind- Jonathan Halper
16. I Am A Hermit- Jonathan Halper
17. Invocation of My Demon Brother- Mick Jagger
18. There's A Moon Out Tonight- The Capris
19. Oh What A Night- The Dells
20. Bye Bye Baby- Mary Wells
21. I Only Have Eyes For You- The Flamingos
22. Tears on My Pillow- The El Dorados
23. It Came in the Night- A Raincoat

Friday, October 21, 2011

In Search of Steve Ditko


Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, with radically different and unique styles, were the twin pillars that forever defined in my mind and the minds of several generations of comic book readers how super hero comics should look. Here's an entertaining BBC 4 documentary on the reclusive Ditko.







Monday, October 17, 2011

Bad Moon Rising-A Halloween Mix

                                                         http://www.mediafire.com/?bbfkhi1hhliyeb4

This is the first of two Halloween mixes coming down the pike this month.  This one focuses more on the 1970's and 1980's, though not exclusively.  The next one will be more 1950's and 60's.  Get your demons out, tis the season.

1. Bad Moon Rising- Creedence Clearwater Revival-American bands in the 1980's from the Minutemen to R.E.M to Sonic Youth (who went so far as to name a record after this song) rediscovered and celebrated the records of CCR. The first time I saw R.E.M. live on the Fables of the Reconstruction tour, they played Creedence nonstop before the show and covered at least two of their songs during the set.  CCR peppered their records with a swampy hoodoo sound and the occasional foreboding lyrical theme, like this one, works well in the Halloween context. The weird thing about this one is that musically its so upbeat, doesn't match the lyrics at all.



2. Wolves, Lower- R.E.M.- Less immediately obvious for this type of mix is R.E.M., but their early albums, particularly Chronic Town, had a slightly menacing and creepy Southern Gothic feel.  I love all the weird sounds and ambient touches Mitch Easter threw into the mix on this EP.




3. Mrs. Alves- John Carpenter- As far as sequels go Halloween II, scripted but not directed by Carpenter, is a solid genre film, not groundbreaking like the original, but enjoyable for what it is.  But the soundtrack, this time played on synthesizer rather than piano, is as good, if not better than the original.





4. Jack On Fire- Gun Club- Speaking of Hoodoo. "New Orleans, at the Mardi Gras, I was dancing in a costume made of straw, some Creole boy was lying dead, I used his blood to paint the costume red."





5. I'm Insane- Sonic Youth- Clip below is live in the Mojave desert from the Gila Monster Jamboree in January 1985.  Also on the bill were Redd Kross, the Meat Puppets and Psi Com fronted by a pre-Jane's Addiction Perry Farrell.



6. Left of Reckoning- R.E.M.- Spooky little bit at the end of the second side of Reckoning.  Video of "Time after Time" below.



7. Bar-B-Q Pope- Butthole Surfers- The live take below is interesting, not so much because Gibby is naked and too distracted or fucked up to actually play, but because its so damn early (82 I think), primitive and Gibby looks like John Boy from the Waltons or Ferris Bueller's friend.  A friend of mines Dad coached him in high school basketball and when asked simply said "he was not to be trusted".   I didn't realize Paul Leary sang some of these songs till recently, lovely guitar playing.


8. I Think of Demons- Roky Erickson-  No shit you do!  Years ago my friend Chris juxtaposed the Elevators "I Had To Tell You" with Roky's "Two Headed Dog" on a cassette mix to illustrate the deterioration ("fear I'll lose my spirit" for real) of the man, what neither of us realized at the time was that the Elevator's lyrics were primarily the work of Tommy Hall ( and actually in the case of "I Had To Tell You" the lyrics were written by Tommy's wife Clementine) while Roky was always a horror fan with demons and monsters on his mind.

Clementine Hall
9. TV Set- The Cramps- What's a Halloween mix without the Cramps (rhetorical)? They'll cut your head off and put it in their TV Set.




10. Chainsaw- The Ramones- The first two Ramones album had a lot of horror b-movie action what with this, "you should never have opened that door", "glad to see you go" and "i don't want to go down the basement".  Below Los Ramones live in Houston.




11. Murder on the Moors- Thee Headcoats- Very Joe Meek/Lord Sutch especially with the howling wind at the beginning and end.  Good stuff.


12. Nightshift- Siouxsie & The Banshees- booga booga!  The Doors have much to answer for, I guess. I wonder if Robert Smith is wearing his high top basketball sneakers in this clip, I can't quite tell.



13. Halloween- The Misfits- Like the Cramps these guys and Halloween are a natch. "Once again the Misfits but first Jerry wants to say hi to his Ma."  They'd morphed into more of a thrash band by 1983, the time of the clip below, to the detriment of a lot of their songs.




14. Death to Our Friends- Sonic Youth- Sometimes with this band it's better when nobody bothers to sing.



15. Sonny's Burning- the Birthday Party- "hands up who wants to die" heh, great way to start a song - "flame on!"


16. Fire in My Bones-13th Floor Elevators- "there's something living deep inside my bones" - the other?



17. Something (Live)- The Butthole Surfers- live version trumps the original on EP for sheer ferociousness. The Buttholes moved to Athens GA in the mid 80's in order to "walk in Michael Stipe's footsteps". I bet they scared him too.



18. Old Man Kensey- R.E.M.- So yes I have an agenda to re-contextualize R.E.M. as spooky.


19. Sinister Purpose- Creedence Clearwater Revival- Another great track and evocative title from Green River.


20. Hallowe'en- Sonic Youth- Kim Gordon is creepy to me, she's got some kind of reptilian mating thing going on here with some cat pulling some weird moves on her- "slither up to me, falling on the ground, twisting around".  Some chicks dig creepy, whatcha gonna do.



21. You Should Never Have Opened That Door-The Ramones- Reminds me of a Dennis Wheatley book or at least a movie based on one, specifically The Devil Rides Out, recommended for your Halloween viewing. Another fun one is The Dunwich Horror based on the H.P. Lovecraft story and starring Sandra Dee and Dean Stockwell.


The Devil Rides Out
                                               
The Dunwich Horror

22. Laurie's Theme- John Carpenter- More creepiness from the second Halloween film.


23. Don't Fear the Reaper- Blue Oyster Cult- Carpenter used this song very subtly in the first Halloween movie.  If memory serves it's on the radio as Jamie Lee Curtis is driving around near the beginning of the film, its almost too subtle, but you have to admire his restraint as these days that kind of  music cue would be repeated ad nauseam and at high volume.


Check back next week for our next thrilling installment!!!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

1965-66 READY STEADY GO!- The Rolling Stones

Here's a Rolling Stones READY STEADY GO! special, not certain if this is all 1966, the later portion may very well be 1965 based on the songs played.  To start things off whimsically we have the best of the bunch which is the Stones, Cathy McGowan and Andrew Oldham miming to "I Got You Babe", the three parts in order provided by original uploader follow.








Friday, October 7, 2011

Blow Your Head!

                                                       http://www.mediafire.com/?ab1oj021nd5ac47

This mix consists of songs that all feature the four letter word HEAD in the title.  Why?  Because we like you!

1. HEAD- Radio Spot #1- The Monkees- If you've never seen the Monkees film HEAD you don't know what you're missing, definitely one of the best things Jack Nicholson has ever been involved in (he wrote the screenplay with Bob Rafelson), along with The Trip of course.  Last year criterion released a  remastered widescreen version on their BBS box set America Lost and Found.



2. Be My Head- The Flaming Lips- I really like this period of the lips, its psychedelia that doesn't try to ape a vintage sound and so ends up groundbreaking and original in its own right. They lost me around the Soft Bulletin album, which to these ears sounded way too slick.  I'm not opposed to slick production but I don't think it sits well with Wayne Coyne's voice. And the fact that the their lyrics seemed to get goofier didn't help.  I mean they were always silly, but it used to be funny and fun, now it seems more cloying and trite, a bad combination.  Likable guy though, Wayne Coyne, I like his whole elder statesman with suit and graying hair bit.  It would be a hoot to get their bass player Michael Ivans together sometime with his two look a likes, Robbie Krieger and Steven Wright.



3. Blow Your Head- The JB's- whew hot shit!  I first heard this when Public Enemy sampled it on their debut back in 1987.


4. Motorhead- Hawkwind- Lemmy hears the sound of his future calling during a four or five day speed bender.  "I should be tired, but all I am is wired, I ain't felt this good in an hour" hahaha.  Yes sir, Lemmy's probably somewhere feeling good right now, I find that comforting.

5. Teenage Head- The Flamin' Groovies- "I'm a monster, got a rev'd up teenage head!" continuing the amped up theme here.  This one makes being a little jumped up teenage asshole sound much better than it is, I think, or maybe I just missed out on the fun.  I was always such a nice boy.


6. Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight- Earl Vince and the Valiants- Maybe the flip side of that line from Drugstore Cowboy about how there's nothing more life affirming than getting the shit kicked out of you is that there's nothing more exhilarating than kicking the shit out of someone.

7. The Kid with the Replaceable Head- Richard Hell & The Voidoids- Look out! Beatnik punk rock.  One of my favorites in their slim discography.


8. A Year With No Head- The Blue Orchids- Martin Bramah left the Fall and made some amazing music of his own with the Blue Orchids, still "head music" but maybe with a little less energy.  What if he had stayed in the Fall is one of those great what ifs (Marvel should do the comic) along the lines of what if Gene Clark hadn't left the Byrds after "Eight Miles High".


9. Head- Prince- 80's Prince is basically unassailable, especially early 80's Prince.  Prince's take on sex has always been amusing, innocent in a weird way, not like Kiss's version of how a 10 year old boy would view it, but still weird like his kinks derive from violating a version of morality that is already passe within the larger culture and so it almost seems quaint, for instance the girl in this song whose a "virgin on her way to be wed", does that still happen?  He also seems to think marriage is sexy, see "let's pretend we're married" in which he propagates the mistaken idea that sex is gonna get better after your hitched or that pretending that you are is somehow a turn on.  Should be let's pretend we're not married.



10. Head- The Jesus & Mary Chain- One of the writers from Creem, I think it was Bill Holdship, pointed out that these guys had a heavy oral fixation.  So in the first 21 months of their lives the Reid brothers must have been either over or under fed by their mothers, I'm betting on the latter.  Funny thing is it doesn't seem like that's at all what they're singing about in the one song bearing the title, wacky fellas.


11. Second Head- The Teardrop Explodes- No clip for Second Head, so here's the promo video for Reward, bless his cotton socks.  And be careful with the volume on this one, whoever uploaded this clip uploaded it LOUD.


12. Head Coats On-Thee Headcoats- I'm feeling the Billy Childish intro about avoiding the dreaded day job. I dig how he's stayed true to his vision, gets up people's noses and doesn't worry two shits about being considered "cool"by the British tastemakers/snobs.  There's a really entertaining interview with him at the link below- his take on the Beatles is original and hilarious especially when he describes Paul as "deep, dark and scary, like a Dickensian novel, sick songs like Eleanor Rigby, against childhood and life, Paul's a weirdo".  http://www.vice.com/soft-focus/billy-childish




13. Ooh My Head- Ritchie Valens- Ritchie was only 17 when he died, fucking amazing, what could have been?  The guy was bursting with talent, as a singer, writer, and guitarist.


14. Suzy is a Head Banger- The Ramones- Below live in Houston in February 1978, I was six years old and fixated on Star Wars (probably watching a rerun of the Planet of the Apes or one of the sequels on TV), meanwhile in another part of town THIS was happening.


15. Heads Will Roll- Echo and the Bunnymen- Don't know what they're on about, but I like it.



16. Hedi's Head- Kleenex-  It is nice the clips that you can find on youtube, oh the wonders of our modern world, I feel a tweet coming on.


17. The Man Whose Head Expanded- The Fall- Good use of bad keyboard sounds. "Turn the bloody blimey space invader off". 


18. Head On- Iggy & the Stooges- Average stooges....... is still quite good

19. Beachy Head- Throbbing Gristle- Fun lovers Throbbing Gristle pay tribute to a scenic site where people often go to kill themselves.  


20. I Will Die With My Head in Flames-FELT- That's not gonna be good for your hair Lawrence.

21. Head (Radio Spot #2)- The Monkees- "When you see the end in sight, the beginning may arrive".