Monday, October 29, 2012

The Monkees Tour & Nesmith in Glasgow

The three remaining Monkees are doing a fall tour of the U.S..  I hope that they make their way to Texas next year, would love to see them play with Nesmith. Speaking of which here are two clips of Mike, currently on a solo tour in the UK, in Glasgow. And then for a bit of nostalgia their audition clips for the show.

Monday, October 22, 2012

93 KHJ Boss Radio In Los Angeles- September 7, 1966

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Monkee Trip Time! The link above contains roughly 80 minutes of LA's 93 KHJ Boss Radio featuring DJ's Frank Terry and Gary Mack recorded on September 7, 1966. Witness the greatness of AM radio in the mid-1960's! The Monkee trip, featured prominently in this aircheck, was a promotional contest the station sponsored for the debut of the Monkees TV show. Winners of the contest rode a train from LA to Del Mar (renamed Clarksville for the event) where the Monkees boarded and rode the train back to LA with the kids, performing in one of the cars along the way. The trip took place on September 11, 1966 one day prior to the debut of the Monkees TV show on September 12. Below you'll find some silent footage of the trip, the Boss Top Thirty for September 7, 1966, and a pic of four of the Boss Jocks on the train. For more information on KHJ Boss Radio visit -  
Boss Jocks-Gary Mack, Johnny Williams, Johnny Mitchell and Frank Terry aboard the train

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Computer Love-1975-81

Kraftwerk, so fresh and so clean, are one of the things that make me glad to be alive.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

First Cuts & Different Drums

The Stone Poneys
I saw Martin McDonagh's new film Seven Psychopaths over the weekend. It's a fun film not in the least because it gives two great actors, Sam Rockwell and Chris Walken, a hell of a lot of room to do their thing, so much so that in their scenes together they completely eclipse Colin Farrell, his ever looming eyebrows and hair notwithstanding. I'm not a fan of Woody Harrelson, something about the guy bugs me, but he's passable here as well- yet it's easy to see how Micky Rourke, who was the director's first choice for Harrelson's character, could have brought more presence and authentic nuttiness to the portrayal of dog loving Charlie. Oh well. It's also a treat to see Tom Waits, Harry Dean Stanton and the under used Kevin Corrigan make appearances in smaller roles in the film. And Linda Bright Clay, a striking older actress with whom I was not familiar, is very impressive in her performance as the wife of Walken's character, more than holding her own with the other more well known actors with whom she's paired.  

So it's a funny and fun film, go see it!  The cherry on top, and the reason for this post ("I'm trying to come to the point, I won't give up my obsessions" A.G.) was the prominent use in the film of two of my favorite songs in their very best versions- P.P. Arnold's rendition of Cat Steven's "The First Cut Is The Deepest" and the Stone Poneys' version of Michael Nesmith's "Different Drum". I can't figure how or really if the songs actually tie in to anything that happens in the movie, but it was still a thrill to hear them featured so prominently in a new film. Makes you feel that there are others out there who share your obsessions and taste.

The Great P.P. Arnold
So here's each of the aforementioned songs followed by the composer's version.  Even Cat Stevens greatly preferred P.P.'s version of "First Cut Is The Deepest".  But Nesmith's version of "Different Drum" is mighty fine and depending on the day and how I feel rival's The Stone Poneys.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Look At That Caveman Go!

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1. Alley-Oop- The Hollywood Argyles- The greatest vocal in pop/rock history? Certainly it's up right near the tippy top, but who is it singing?  I always heard Gary Paxton, but apparently there's some debate. Here's Paxton's official statement on the matter, you know its serious when cats start issuing signed statements.

2. I'm Shakin'-Little Willie John- "When you take me in your arms to talk romance, my heart starts doing the St. Vitus Dance." Good stuff that.  Check out the little fills the drummer does at the end of each couplet to mimic both the rhythm and meaning of the lyrics.  Solid!

3. Who Put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine?- Harry the Hipster Gibson- "She stays up nights making all the rounds, they say she lost about 69 pounds, now Mr. Murphy claims she's getting awful thin, and all she says is give me some skin, mop!"

4. I'm Ready- Fats Domino- Favorite lyric in this one is "don't send me no letter, cause I can't read". But hey he can fuck all night, so who needs letters or books for that matter.

5. New Amphetamine Shriek- The Fugs- So yeah there's a bit of a theme developing here, after all something's got to get that caveman going. "I love to draw pictures in layers and layers, and say the words backwards when I say my prayers". 

6. The Boo Boo Song- King Coleman- Okay now we're moving into some unassailable territory, so don't dare try to front on this one like your too fucking cool for school, just stick it in your car stereo, turn it up, roll down the windows and drive, and watch people's heads turn.  

7. Rocket 88- Jackie Brenston- Good ol' Ike Turner wrote this one, and it's often credited as the first rock n' roll song. Don't really matter what you call it though, not when it moves like this- "step in my rocket and don't be late, baby we're pulling out about half past eight, going round the corner and get a fifth, everybody in my car's gonna take a little nip".

8. Transfusion- Nervous Norvus- Pour the crimson in me Jimson! A real gone paleface for sure.

9. Cycle Annie- The Beachnuts- This fella sounds familiar.

10. Surfin' Bird- The Trashmen- True heart and soul of rock n' roll (not to get all Huey Lewis on ya) is contained in the Beats' idea of goofin', the holy fool trip, which is definitely what you got going on in this here cut.  Glorious nonsense, oh and sex is big part of it too, not this song but der rock n' roll.  Guess that's why the British haven't been able to kill it off, though they've been trying for decades.

11. If You're A Viper- Jim Kweskin Jug Band- bust your conk on peppermint candy!

12. Little Demon- Screamin' Jay Hawkins- Maybe should have saved this one for a halloween mix, oh well there's more where this came from.

13. Ahab the Arab- Ray Stevens- This Fatima girl sounds hip, I want an introduction- "there she was friends and neighbors, laying there in all her radiant beauty, eating on a raisin, grape, apricot, pomegranate, bowl of chitterlings, two bananas, three Hershey bars, sipping on an ice cold RC Co-Cola, listenin' to her transistor, watchin' the Grand Ole Opry on the tube, readin' a Mad Magazine while she sung, 'Does your chewing gum lose its flavor?'"

14. Niki Hoeky- P.J. Proby- Ya dig me on the scooby doo!

15. Boobs A Lot- The Holy Modal Rounders- I've always been more of an ass man myself, but its not an either/or proposition, and lately its not a proposition at all, heh. You don't have to pick a side, reminds me of the Eastbound and Down bit below. Earlier version of the tune back when Weber and Stampfel were playing with the Fugs follows.

16. Bread and Butter- The Newbeats- This used to blow my mind back when I'd hear it on oldies radio, and even more so when I found out it was sung by these three ofays. Mmm, toast and jam.

17. My Baby Left Me- Elvis Presley- Hillbilly Bop.

18. Bop Pills- Macy Skipper- They're good for what ails you!

19. Mule Skinner Blues- The Fendermen- This is what happens when you take too many of those bop pills. "Where's that water boy man?"

20. Waiting in School- Ricky Nelson- Pure poetry, both the vocal delivered so effortlessly and Burton's guitar. Late breaking correction apparently it's Joe Maphis playing the lead here, with James Burton on rhythm.

21. Oo-Ma-Liddi- J.J. Jackson and the Jackals- Speaking the secret language!

22. The Girl Can't Help It- Little Richard- "If she smiling beef steak become well done".

23. I Like Girls- Nervous Norvus- Interesting pragmatic approach from Norvus.

24. Happiness is Havin'- Beaver and the Trappers- So this is Jerry Mathers' mid-60's garage band, post sitcome fame. That's right it's the Beaver singing and I believe he wrote the tune as well. Hell its Southern California in the mid-60's why not form a garage band.  Lyrically it sounds like the Beave is still figuring things out and might be trying a bit too hard to convince us that being left alone equals happiness. Ward might have needed to have a talk with the boy based on some of the other lyrical assertions. 


The Beaver invents Darby Crash
25. Have Love, Will Travel- The Sharps- Written and produced by Lee Hazlewood and Lester Sill with Duane Eddy on guitar.

26. Latin Skate- The Cheap Skates- Couldn't find the Cheap Skates version on youtube, so the Roberto Jordan cover is below instead, making it more Latin by a half.

27. Satisfaction- Manfred Mann- Pretty hot!

28. Eleanor Rigby- Doodles Weaver- Probably my favorite version of this tune, sadly can't find it on youtube, download the mix though as you really need to hear this.  

29. They're Coming to Take Me Away- Napoleon XIV- A suitable ending!

Dedicated to Alfred and Sylvester too!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Curves Can Kill- The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

Last night I went to a screening of the remastered version of the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour , due out on DVD and Blu-Ray next week. The film is definitely easier on the eyes now, though still somewhat of a mess, at least its not a scratchy, grainy, washed out mess. The musical sequences are of course the main highlight, and one of the best is provided by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. In honor of their fine contribution to the cause lets watch some of their appearances on Do Not Adjust Your Set, shall we? Come on you've got nothing to lose except your mind, and what good has it ever done you?!