Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Build A Cave !
David "Honeyboy" Edwards is one of the few remaining original practitioners of the acoustic Delta blues style.
As a guitarist and country blues singer, Edwards has been playing" traditional and unadulterated Mississippi Delta blues" since he left his home in Shaw, Mississippi, at the age of fourteen.
In 1942, Edwards began his recording career, cutting fifteen tracks for Library of Congress' Alan Lomax at Stovall's Plantation, as well as several Texas labels, and Sam Phillips' Sun Records in Memphis.
Honeyboy Edwards - Build A Cave
Honeyboy Edwards - Who May Your Regular Be
Monday, June 27, 2005
Sonny Burgess !
Sonny Burgess has been through the music evolution and the revolution. His music spans five decades of air play, concerts, dance parties, and radio shows ! An original Sun recording artist, he and fellow band members put on a rock and roll show that was so full of energy that it became legend (The Pacers were Sonny Burgess' first band). Their 50's releases made the youngsters wanna dance and their parents have appoplexy. There was gyrating, stage sliding, and acrobatics. They would build a human pyramid in the middle of the dance floor climbing on top of each other and continuing to play all the while.
With his red-dyed hair, matching stage suit and guitar, and wild stage performances, Burgess and the Pacers made mincemeat of the competition on many of the early-'50s rock & roll package tours.
Though his Sun releases never brought him much in the way of commercial success, his recordings nonetheless remain landmarks of the early rockabilly style.
Sonny Burgess & The Pacers - My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
Sonny Burgess & The Pacers - Red Headed Woman
Sonny Burgess & The Pacers - Watcha Gonna Do
Friday, June 24, 2005
The Centurions !
Formed in the Newport Beach area of Southern California in the late '50s, The Centurions did some recordings for the Shepherd and Del-Fi label, of which "Bullwinkle Part II," with its spooky, trebly bass and lead guitars, was the best.
The band also cut some decent, if mostly generic, other sides for Del-Fi, powered by both guitars and raunchy saxes; the best of them, like "Bullwinkle Part II," made good use of minor melodies, reverb guitar, and throbbing bass lines.
The Centurions - Bullwinkle, Part II
The Centurions - Intoxica
The Centurions - Latiñ'a
FRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDAY BONUS !!!
The Peeple - Hi Yo Camel !
See y'all next week.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
It's A Hard Life !
Best-known for their rock & roll standard "Pushin' Too Hard," the Seeds combined the raw appeal of garage rock with a fondness for ragged, trashy psychedelia.
Sky Saxon (vocals) and guitarist Jan Savage formed the Seeds with keyboardist Daryl Hooper and drummer Rick Andridge in Los Angles in 1965.
By the end of 1966, they had secured a contract with GNP Crescendo, releasing "Pushin' Too Hard" as their first single.
Its raw, simple riff and Saxon's howling, half-spoken intonation established a pattern that remained almost unchanged throughout the group's career. The song climbed into the Top 40 early in 1967.
I'm going back to the beach guys.
It's a hard life.
The Seeds - It's A Hard Life
The Seeds - Pushin' Too Hard
Monday, June 20, 2005
Rockin' In The Graveyard !
Important news brothers & sisters , it’s getting warmer and warmer, the reverend is getting lazier and lazier (awc’mon, french riviera for christs sake).
SO, There will only be two or three posts a week for a few months.
Keep the faith my friends, and let’s pray with the mysterious Jackie Morningstar. Tough, tough '58 rockabilly novelty tune from the Sandy Records,Mobile, Alabama.
I'm going to spread the word at the beach.
Jackie Morningstar - Rockin' In The Graveyard
Jackie Morningstar - No Date Tonight
Friday, June 17, 2005
Frankie Stein & His Ghouls !
The concept for Frankie Stein and the Ghouls was to play '60s style instrumental dance rock with screams and other bizarre sound effects mixed in, and then to give the songs corny "horror" titles. Monster Go-Go at its best! (Teenage dance tunes punctuated by screams, gunshots, coffin lids creaking and so on.)
Whether doing the watusi, frug, swim or Hully Gully, these groovy ghouls prove that fear can be fun !
Read more here
Frankie Stein & His Ghouls - Doctor Spook
Frankie Stein & His Ghouls - Kiss Of Death
Frankie Stein & His Ghouls - Mummy's Little Monster
THE LEGENDARY FRIDAY BONUS !!!
Gabriel And His Angels - Hey !
Have a gooood weekend.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Thee Midniters !
These eight Chicano multi-instrumentalists from East Los Angeles had a local top ten hit with the cruising anthem, "Whittier Blvd" (inspired by the Rolling Stones' "2120 South Michigan Boulevard" and still popular in the area today) in 1965, that included several trademark aspects that set them apart from other bands of the era, particularly the use of brass instruments and a maniacal hyena-ish laugh.
Much of their repertoire featured driving, slightly punkish rock/R&B, yet lead singer Willie Garcia also had a heartbreaking delivery on slow and steamy ballads.
Thee Midniters - Jump, Jive And Harmonize
Thee Midniters - Whittier Blvd
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Gone, Gone, Gone !
The cream of British rock royalty and more joined together for a musical rave up in praise of rock and roll legend, Carl Perkins back in 1985. For those who missed the original TV broadcast, this video’s been a long time coming, but U.K.-based Snapper Music finally delivers the goods on their newly released sixty minute DVD entitled Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session.
Carl Perkins & Friends - Gone, Gone, Gone
Carl Perkins & Friends - Sun Medley
This one's for Lili-Rose & her happy parents. Well done brother Bob !
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Monday, June 13, 2005
Earthquake c/w Satan's Holiday (1965), a US-only release on Titan as by The Lancasters, was actually a one-off guitar instrumental produced in London by the indomitable Kim Fowley and featured guitar pyrotechnics by a young and impecunious Ritchie Blackmore.
"Satan's Holiday" is a fine, menacing tune, with part of the songwriting credit going to James Phelge, the Rolling Stones' friend honored by half of the Nanker-Phelge pseudonym the Stones used on early group compositions !
PS: Of course, the melody is taken from Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt (In the hall of the mountain king)
The Lancasters - Satan's Holiday
The Lancasters - Earthshaker
Friday, June 10, 2005
Moshi Moshi !
Beware…Beware….The Rev brings you …Bob kojima !!!
Hawai'ian and exotica artists, such as Gene Rains, Arthur Lyman, and Martin Denny, hired Japanese musicians (some playing samisen and other traditional instruments), covered Japanese standards, and composed their own impressions.
Progressive records from Japan offered amazing glimpses into the rapid transformation of Japan into a modern, more global society.
And Latin music had an enormous impact on Japanese music, as in the U.S.
and here's the best example with Bob Kojima - Moshi Moshi (1960). Enjoy.
Bob Kojima - Kiiroi Sakurambo
Bob Kojima - Nozaki Kouta
Bob Kojima - On Na Samurai
And by request, a re-post-friday-bonus !
The Earthboys - Space Girl
Have a great weekend !
Thursday, June 09, 2005
The Coasters !
The Coasters were one of the few artists in rock history to successfully straddle the line between music and comedy.
Their undeniably funny lyrics and on-stage antics might have suggested a simple troupe of clowns, but Coasters records were no mere novelties -- their material, supplied by the legendary team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, was too witty, their arrangements too well-crafted, and the group itself too musically proficient.
That engaging and infectious combination made them one of the most popular early R&B/rock & roll acts, as well as one of the most consistently entertaining doo wop/vocal groups of all time.
The Coasters - Riot In Cell Block #9
The Coasters - I Must Be Dreamin'
The Coasters - Three Cool Cats
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
You Gotta Play Fair !
Curley Griffin (born in 1918-real name Howard Griffin) was a blind singer/songwriter who had a local radio show in Jackson and recorded some singles (era 1955-1957).
Small detail ,Griffin let Carl Perkins himself use the radio stations recording equipment to make some early demo tapes.
Curley Griffin - You Gotta play fair
Curley Griffin - Got Rockin' On My Mind
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
I Was A Teenage Werewolf !
Ok, tough choice.
With my good friend Fire of love , we’re doing a Cramps special today. So in case you don’t know it yet, Lux Interior is Elvis' twin brother Jesse, risen from the dead, the monster Elvis, the evil twin. On this song, he growls, groans, moans, and stalks his lyrical terrain as if hypnotised or possessed. That’s why you have to buy all their records Godammit.
So here’s my « Tuesday Fav Cramps Song » (it will change tomorrow of course). Based on the Shades’ instrumental « Strolling after dark », I was a teenage werewolf remains the perfect song to spread the good word.
Everything is perfect in its own perverted way!
The Cramps - I Was A Teenage Werewolf
Monday, June 06, 2005
Go! Go! Go!
The Del-Tinos played from 1963 to 1966 and the line-up included young Cub Koda (guitar, vocals) Rusty Creech on bass and drummer Doug Hankes.
Originally a drummer at age five, Koda switched over to guitar when he formed his first band. The group cut its first single -- Roy Orbison's "Go Go Go" -- in the fall of 1963, and released two more 45s independently before it disbanded in 1966. By this time, Koda had become so immersed in the blues that the last Del-Tinos single had the trio doing Muddy Waters' "I Got My Mojo Workin'" on one side and Robert Johnson's "Ramblin' on My Mind" on the other.
The Del-Tinos - Go! Go! Go!
The Del-Tinos - Ramrod
Friday, June 03, 2005
Jesus Is In The House !
For your happy weekend, here’s something I’ve found in my old dusty tapes, buried in the crypt , 12 minutes of heavenly hapiness.
Be blessed, it’s propably the worst mix you’ll ever gonna hear in your entire life !
So I wish you good luck with this..umm…thing.
The disciples spread the good news everywhere. The Lord worked with them.
Jesus Is In The House, Part. 1 (12 :40) Tracklist :
1. Bunker Hill – The girl can’t dance
2. Cathi Stout – Hips & Abdomen
3. Johnny Fortune – Dragster
4. Los Irancudos – Hava Nagila
5. Complesso Mongibello – Menulli In Festa (extract)
6. Ac Dc – Rocker
7. Elvis Presley – Viva Las Vegas
Jesus Is In The House, Part 1
Follow the rules, have a great weekend.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Reconsider Baby !
Lowell Fulson took the smooth, jazz-tinged jump-blues of Texas to California, where he had rhythm-and-blues hits from the 1940s to the 60s.
He wrote songs that were also recorded by Elvis Presley ("Reconsider Baby"), Otis Redding and Carla Thomas ("Tramp") and B.B. King ("Three O'Clock Blues").He had his first rhythm-and-blues hit, "Three O'Clock Blues," on the Swingtime label in 1948, and went on tour in 1950 with a band that included Ray Charles on piano.
Other bands Fulson led would include Ike Turner on guitar and Stanley Turrentine or King Curtis on tenor saxophone. He continued to have hits, including a version of Memphis Slim's "Nobody Loves Me" that he retitled "Everyday I Have the Blues," and his own song, "Blue Shadows," in 1950.
Although he lived in California, he began recording for the Chicago-based Checker label (part of Chess Records) in 1954, when he had a hit with "Reconsider Baby." Yeah.
Lowell Fulson - Reconsider baby
Lowell Fulson - Don't Drive Me baby
Lowell Fulson - Rock This Morning