McGough & McGear's sole album is a witty delight, notable for both its occasional cool tuneful pop-psychedelic rock songs and more frequent blends of music and whimsical Liverpudlian comedy/poetry. Of the song-oriented tracks, "So Much in Love" is groovy circa 1967-68 British harmony pop/rock with touches of heavy rock psychedelia, while the satirical "Ex-Art Student" (with Jimi Hendrix on guitar) combines sunny pop verses with an extended freaky psychedelic break. "Basement Flat," by contrast, is a funny take on a British pub-style sing-along, while McGough's poem "Summer with Monika" bears similarity to outings by the Bonzo Dog Band and Monty Python. The spoken bits are nicely embellished by eclectic folky and jazzy musical backups and background sound effects, and the sad piano ballad "Yellow Book" is indicative of their debts to British theatrical music traditions.
McGough and McGear - McGough and McGear (1968) McGough & McGear was a spin-off of the Scaffold, the British comedy/pop trio famous for including Mike McGear, Paul McCartney's brother. The Scaffold also included poet Roger McGough and John Gorman. Minus Gorman, the duo of McGough & McGear released a self-titled album in 1968.
Far from being just a Beatles-related curiosity, McGough & McGear is a fine (and rare) album deftly combining poetry, comedy, and a good amount of solid pop-psychedelic rock. McGear tended to be more prominent on the straighter rock songs, while McGough had a greater role on the pieces dominated by goofy, yet intellectually sharp, poetry. It's heartily recommended to fans of the more famous Bonzo Dog Band, who had a similarly appealing blend of comedy and rock, though McGough & McGear has a more poetic, spoken word bent. On tracks like "So Much in Love" and "Ex-Art Student," however, the act presented accomplished, sunny British pop-psych that could be enjoyed as relatively pure, tuneful rock songs.
The record also boasted a roster of all-star guests, including, unsurprisingly, Paul McCartney; McCartney's then-girlfriend, actress Jane Asher; Jimi Hendrix, who adds cool psychedelic guitar to "Ex-Art Student"; the other members of the Jimi Hendrix Experience; John Mayall; Zoot Money; Graham Nash; Spencer Davis; ex-Pretty Things drummer Viv Prince; ex-Yardbirds bassist Paul Samwell-Smith; Dave Mason; Gary Leeds of the Walker Brothers; and yet more names that will be known to aficionados of swinging London, like Margaret Asher (Jane Asher's mother) and socialite Prince Stanislaus Klossowiski de Rola. The Beatles' official biographer, Hunter Davies, wrote the liner notes.
The album was largely recorded in the summer of 1967, but not completed and released until the following year. It's been reported that it was intended for issue on the Beatles' new Apple label, but in the end it appeared on Parlophone (the Beatles' standard record company). The album went little noticed, and was only briefly reissued on CD before it went out of print again. ~ All Music Guide -------------
Beatles---The Ultimate Christmas Album (2 CDs!!) Beatles---The Ultimate Christmas Album
This is really an incredible line-up and covers EVERY Christmas recording by The Beatles together and solo! The Beatles "Christmas Records" from 1963 to 1969 are all 320kbps and are fantastic! They are not taken from the scratchy old 45rpms that were sent out to fan club members back in the 60s. These recordings are taken from the original EMI Mastertapes! Awesome!!! Check out CD #2 and you will see some of the rarest Beatles material around! Alot of this stuff is not in the trading circles in this kind of quality! It's the ultimate Christmas by The Beatles!
Tiny Tim Gets Real! A different side of Tiny Tim, really. It's just Tiny Tim, XXXX beer in hand, telling stories of his youth and of his travels. From his crushes to his eccentric behavior, it's all heart-felt, humorous and insightful. Don't fret, though. There's still plenty of ukulele playing and his charmingly high falsetto, though it isn't anything that it used to be (This is 35 years later, remember).
A must listen for Tiny fans, but newcomers would be better off checking out his debut, posted elsewhere on this blog...
01. Welcome To Tiny Tim's World 02. The Ice Skaters Song - 1994 03. Poem For Elizabeth Taylor - 1947 04. You're The Only One - Song For Elizabeth Taylor 05. Tiny Tim's Search For The Magic Princess 06. The Destruction Of The Captain America Collection 07. Tiny Tim's Quest For Elizabeth Taylor 08. When I'm Feeling Sad - 1948 09. Jane - 1948 10. Our Little Secret - 1958 11. Stephanie - 1958 12. Pretty Baby - 1958 13. Don't Call Me Anymore - 1958 14. Whispering Voices - 1958 15. Heaven Only Knows - 1958 16. Dear Tuesday - 1960 17. Tiny Tim At The Café Bizarre 18. Hello Ellie Halsey - 1963 19. Tiny Tim At Page Three 20. If I Could Ride A Spaceship - 1964 21. Tiny Tim Records His 78 Classics 22. Spoiled - 1964 23. Just Another Girl Called Judy - 1964 24. Tiny Tim Receives "Siddhartha" From Miss Bluebell 25. The Tragedy Of Romance 26. Introducing Miss Dixie! 27. Forever Miss Dixie - 1982 28. Tiny Tim Meets The Eternal Princess 29. Jessica Hahn I - 1989 30. I Used To Love Jessica Hahn, But Now I Love Stephanie Bohn - 1990 31. Jessica Hahn II - 1989 32. Santa Claus Has Got The Aids This Year - 1980 33. She Left Me With The Herpes - 1980 34. The Ballad Of An Impotent Troubadour - 1995 - Tiny Tim 35. Just What Do You Mean By 'Antichrist'? - Tiny Tim with Current 93 and Nurse With Wound
A soundtrack album featuring Morton Stevens' theme and incidental music was issued by Capitol Records in 1970. One of the instrumental pieces on the album, "Call to Danger", was excerpted as background music accompanying a "Special Presentation" logo that CBS used to introduce its prime time television specials throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The album was reissued on compact disc by Film Score Monthly in 2010.
Hawaii Five-O (the complete studio version of the theme) Call to Danger (Interestingly, portions of this theme were used as the theme jingle for CBS Special Presentation spots back in the 70's and 80's). McGarrett's Theme Front Street The Long Wait Blues Trip
The Floater Interlude Operation Smash Beach Trip Up Tight The Chase/Hawaii Five-O (the Five-O theme here is the same as the TV version (the first few bars)
The information in the back cover of the album:
Music from the TV Soundtrack A CBS Television Series starring Jack Lord Composed, Arranged and Conducted by Morton Stevens (Capitol/EMI ST-410 Stereo) All selections published by April Music (ASCAP) Produced by Mel Taylor for Melee Productions
Back cover blurb (by Leonard Freeman):
"Before taking a tough new assignment, Morton Stevens (Director of Music, CBS West Coast), graduate of Juilliard School of Music, arranger and conductor for Sammy Davis, Jr. in those halcyon years between 1950 and 1960, composer of literally hundreds of segments of television's finest dramatic shows, and in my opinion, a stone cold genius, made a pilgrimage to Hawaii.
"In our seven-island FIVE-O state, Mort discovered for himself what I had already found: the last Eden, palm trees and skyscrapers, aloha spirit and snarling traffic jams, America;s heartbeat in the Pacific, mecca for more than two million tourists annually, and home for the polygenetic golden people of Hawaii, a vital, hip, swinging place, Polynesia now!
"That's what I asked Morton Stevens to put into music. The value of a great one-minute theme to any television series is inestimable and I wanted one for my then brand spanking new HAWAII FIVE-O. No ukeleles or steel guitars or falsetto singers or overused bongos, but a kind of melding of the Polynesian, the classic, the jazz and most of all the pop sound of today. HAWAII FIVE-O is all of these things and so, happily, is Morton Stevens' music, as you will discover. Aloha!"
01. Green Hornet 02. Four Hornets 03. Casy 04. Horneted House 05. Kato 06. Do The Hornet 07. Black Beauty 08. Guadarahornet 09. Activate The Scanner 10. The Green Hornet 11. Main Title
ABC commissioned this TV series which starred Van Williams as the hero and of course, the legendary Bruce Lee as his sidekick. Based on the classic 1930’s radio series about a newspaper owner Britt Reid. Billy May, celebrated composer and arranger referenced his theme music around Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakoff’s classic 'The Flight Of The Bumble Bee' although there’s plenty of original scoring too. Special limited edition is remastered and the outstanding accompanying booklet is simply stunning packed with masses of authoritative and little-known information and rare photographs! Also, that's Al Hirt playing trumpet on the theme song...
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Lux and Ivy's Favorites!!!
Ok, I got kind of sick of repeating this story 1000 times. So figured I'd include this in the latest volume. I'm the guy who compiles the Lux and Ivy's Favorites Compilations.
It started as a way to keep track of some of the songs Lux, and or Ivy, mentioned in THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE MUSIC BOOK. It was never really intended as anything but a way for a friend of mine and me to have 2 really kick ass compilations.
So we went about the arduous process
of finding all the songs mentioned in that interview. It took a loooong time. We used the file sharing program, Napster, as well as our own personal collections. So, one thing lead to another and when word got around that these compilations were out there, they started being traded from fan to fan to fan. So, at some point I decided to put them up on Napster and let anyone who wanted them have them. As the years went buy, more interviews with Lux and Ivy kept popping up, and the list of songs they mentioned got longer and longer. This resulted in new volumes...~WMFU
i was too lazy to compile a tracklist, but suffice it to say, if you were interested in the first 3 volumes then you'll want these ones, too. and the next 7, as well!
01- pretty things - Come See Me 02 - On the Go - The Leather Boy 03 - Roy Brown - Butcher Pete - Part 1 04 - Roy Brown - Butcher Pete Part 2 05 - The Carnations - Scorpion 06 - Uh Oh - The Imps 07 - Doctor Ross - The Boogie Disease 08 - howlin' wolf - smokestack lightnin' 09 - Polka Dot Slim - A Thing You Gotta Face 10 - ventures - the rat 11 - Mohammed Rafi aka ted lyons and his cubs - Jaan Pehechaan Ho 12 - Bo Diddley - 05 - Congo 13 - Anton LaVey - 01 - Satan Takes a Holiday (instrumental) 14 - the symbols - Do the Zombie 15 - Stampede - The Scarlets 16 - Danny Dell & The Trends - Froggy 17 - Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - Shakin' All Over 18 - Kinks - You Really Got Me 19 - The Strangers - Caterpillar Crawl 20 - Rubber Room - Porter Waggoner 21 - robert mitchum - ballad of thunder road [ ] 22 - Duane Eddy - Ramrod 23 - Dick Penner - Cindy Lou 24 - Ideals - Go Go Gorilla 25 - Jack Nitzsche - The Lonely Surfer 26 - Johnny Burnette Trio - Rockbilly Boogie - 13 - honey hush 27 - Mickey & Sylvia - No Good Lover 29 - Bo Diddley - 02 - I'm A Man 30 - johnny fortune - Dragster 31 - the gee cees - Buzzsaw Twist
01 - 13th floor elevators - you're gonna miss me 02 - ric cartey - young love 03 - slim harpo - strange love 04 - the champs - train to nowhere 05 - cozy cole - topsy part one and two 06 - zacherle - dinner with dracula 07 - randey alvey - green fuzz 08 - jackie morningstar - rockin in the graveyard 09 - john buck and his blazers - forbidden city 10 - marvin rainwater - hot and cold 11 - blues rockers - calling all cows 12 - five blobs - the blob 13 - ric cartey - oo eee 14 - june wilkinson and mamie van doren - bikini with no top on top 15 - wayne williams - red hot mama 16 - bosstones - mope-itty moope 17 - kieth corvale - trapped love 18 - storey sisters - bad motorcycle 19 - lightnin slim - its mighty crazy 20 - mcfadden and dor - noisy village 21 - crescents - pink dominoes 22 - markettes - out of limits 23 - chimes - zindy lou 24 - crystals - the screw 25 - invectas - the hump 26 - earl hagen and the new interns - new interns watusi 27 - billy ward and the dominoes - jennie lee
a weird, cool, fun tribute to "American Graffitti"
CD1; 01 Moto Litas - Rock around the clock. 2:18 02 Richie Venus - Sixteen candles. 3:20 03 Susan & the Surftones - Runaway. 2:33 04 Voodoo Court - Why do fools fall in love. 1:34 05 Rogers Sisters - That'll be the day. 2:06 06 B.C. & the 5-Speeds - Fanny mae. 2:28 07 Capacitors - At the hop. 2:34 08 Bully - She’s so fine. 3:32 09 Buzzards - The stroll. 3:16 10 Kahuna Kawentzmann - See you in september. 3:01 11 Waistcoats - Surfin’ safari. 1:58 12 Cosmonauti - He’s the great imposter. 2:01 13 Creatures of the Golden Dawn - Almost grown. 2:21 14 Surfones - Smoke gets in your eyes. 3:24 15 Daikaiju - Little darlin’. 2:06 16 Sit ’n Spin - Peppermint twist. 2:02 17 Aqualads - Barbara Ann. 2:15 18 Fabulous Planktones - Book of love. 2:58 19 Bikini Men - Maybe baby. 1:48 20 Strangemen - Ya ya. 2:40 21 Big Fat Combo - The great pretender. 3:28
CD2; 01 Dipsomaniacs - Ain’t that a shame. 1:34 02 Noseriders & Greg - Johnny b. goode. 5:57 03 Big Ray & the Futuras - I only have eyes for you. 4:20 04 Wrong Corpses - Get a job. 2:59 05 Bluejays - To the aisle. 2:51 06 Petty Booka - Do you wanna dance. 3:02 07 X-Impossibles - Party doll. 2:07 08 Bradipos IV - Come go with me. 2:41 09 Squid Vicious - You’re 16, you’re beautiful. 1:33 10 Hifi Ramblers - Love potion no. 9. 2:23 11 Deoras - Since I don’t have you. 2:44 12 Atlantics - Chantilly lace. 2:27 13 Jem Crossland & Hypertonics - Teen angel. 1:41 14 Mel Previte & the Gangsters of L - Crying in the chapel. 2:43 15 Paul Johnson - A thousand miles away. 2:14 16 Mookie Brill - Heart and soul. 2:46 17 Fifty Foot Combo - Green onions. 4:31 18 Urban Surf Kings - Only you. 2:32 19 Candyeyeslugger - Goodnight sweetheart. 2:49 20 Drifting Sand - All summer long. 3:51
Some information from internet; This is a very fun compilation/concept album, with many fine tracks proving that doo-wop is a rich field to be mined for surf. 41 bands from all over the planet to cover all those songs that made that era a dream, A great, outta control 2 CD tribute to the soundtrack of American Graffiti , featuring some of the best surf n' garage bands in the world!
Wolfman Jack was a gravelly-voiced, American disc jockey who became world famous in the 1960s and 1970s, and whose real name was Robert Weston Smith (January 21, 1938 – July 1, 1995).
Wolfman Jack released two albums on the Wooden Nickel label: Wolfman Jack (1972) and Through the Ages (1973). His 1972 single "I Ain't Never Seen a White Man" hit #106 on the Billboard Singles Charts. In 1973 he appeared in director George Lucas' second feature film, American Graffiti, as himself. His broadcasts tie the film together, and a main character catches a glimpse of the mysterious Wolfman in a pivotal scene. In gratitude for Wolfman Jack's participation, Lucas gave him a fraction of a "point"—the division of the profits from a film—and the extreme financial success of American Graffiti provided him with a regular income for life. He also appeared in the film's 1979 sequel More American Graffiti.
01 Sweet Caroline 02 here's An Old Man In Our Town 03 Diggin' On Mrs Jones 04 Spinning Ball 05 Hey Wolfman 06 I Ain't Never Seen A White Man 07 Gallop 08 Hoodooin' Of Miss Fanny De Berry
This is a classic comedy release from 1975 featuring the best of their comedy radio show. Featured performers (get ready for this list): Christopher Guest, Bill Murray, John Belushi, Brian Doyle--Murray, Chevy Chase, Harold Ramis, Gilda Radner,> This release includes comedy sketches by various members and musical comedy by Christopher Guest (Spinal Tap, Film Director).
National Lampoon - Gold Turkey (1975)
01. Front Row Center 02. Public Disservice 03. Mother Goose's Wine 04. My Husband 05. Megaphone Newsreel 06. The Trial 07. Jimmy Dugan Story 08. Well-Intentioned Blues 09. A Laugh From The Past 10. Stand Up 11. Hockey 12. Prison Farm 13. Mr. Veal Chop 14. The Immigrants
01. Introduction - Downers And Uppers 02. Questions and Answers 03. Dope Pusher 04. Bill Talks About Hard Drugs 05. I Found a Way Out 06. Order In The Classroom 07. People Make Mistakes 08. I Know I Can Handle It 09. Bill Talks About Pushers 10. Captain Junkie 11. Bill and the Kids Sing / Closing
what's up with BILL?...he seems to be cluing these kids in on shit more than anything else on this record... he was friends with Miles Davis and Quincy Jones...he used to be A FUNNY JAZZBRO...apparently, he's really INTO the Jell-O Pudding Pops... he's kind of a loopy guy who sometimes gets mad at his own people (whoopie sykes)...and i guess he's a scholar of sorts when it comes to DRUGS! here, good ol' bill fills the kiddies in on the do's and don'ts of being a DRUG ADDICT!...it's really cool to hear ol' bill talkin' about the dope and the heroin and the uppers and the downers and the cocaine and the weed and the grass ...nuthin' 'bout a damn puddin' pop, tho....
The Sons of the Pioneers 1949 From Top: Hugh Farr, Ken "Festus" Curtis, Bob Nolan, Lloyd Perryman, Shug Fisher, Karl Farr.
The Sons of the Pioneers is an American cowboy singing group founded in 1933 by Leonard Slye (better known by his later screen name, Roy Rogers), with Tim Spencer and Bob Nolan. They were joined by Hugh Farr (fiddle/bass vocals) in 1934, Karl Farr (guitar) in 1935, and Lloyd Perryman (vocals) in 1936.
When Rogers began his film career, the group took on Pat Brady (string bass), who brought with him his flair for comedy (Brady later starred as Rogers' sidekick in his popular 1951 television program). The group remained popular into the 1960s. In 2003, the Sons of the Pioneers was among the winners of the Golden Boot Award, along with actors Chris Alcaide, Kelo Henderson, Tommy Lee Jones, and Kris Kristofferson.
Though all of the original members are deceased, the group continues. Group "trail boss," Dale Warren (a member since 1952, replacing Ken Curtis), died in August of 2008, ending a 56-year stint with the group. The group still performs regularly at concerts in Branson, Missouri and other locations, as of 2010, led by current "trail boss" Luther Nallie (who joined 42 years ago). Current members are Luther Nallie, Gary LeMaster, Ken Lattimore, Randy Rudd, Ricky Boen and Mark Abbott.
SONS OF THE PIONEERS 25 Favorite Cowboy Songs (1956)
1. Tumbling Tumbleweeds 2. Press Along To The Big Corral 3. Wind 4. Bunkhouse Bugle Boy 5. Home On The Range 6. La Borachita 7. Timber Trail 8. Happy Cowboy 9. Cowboy Lament 10. Pajarillo Barrenquero 11. So Long To The Red River Valley 12. Come And Get It 13. Cool Water 14. Curly Joe From Idaho 15. Cowboy's Dream 16. Along The Santa Fe Trail 17. The Last Round-up 18. Farr Away Stomp 19. Red River Valley 20. Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie 21. Sweet Betsy From Pike 22. Slow Moving Cattle 23. Texas Stomp 24. Yellow Rose Of Texas 25. The Everlasting Hills Of Oklahoma
bonus track "THE CASTRATION OF STRAWBERRY ROAN" by The Sons of the Pioneers
this song is probably NSFW...or gramma or grampa or little kids or anybody else for that reason. this song is a balls-out rendition of a song called "The Castration Of Strawberry Roan", about some poor goddamn horse...damn, yo.... one of the most coarse horse songs i ever did hear..."Cool Clear, Water" it ain't... you won't find THIS song on any GREATEST HITS compilations...
The Castration of the Strawberry Roan...
I was layin' round town in a house of ill fame, Laid up with a rough, tough hustlin' dame, When a hop-headed pimp with his nose full of coke Beat me outta that woman and left me stone broke.
When up steps a feller and he says, "Say, my lad, You any damn good ridin' horses that's bad?" I says, "You damn right! That's one thing I can do. I'm a second-rate pimp, but a good buckaroo.
"Bring on your bad horses' cause I never saw one That had me a guessin' or bothered me none." He said. "Guess again, there's one horse that I own, You might have heard of him, the Strawberry Roan."
I says, "I guess we've all heard of that ball bearin' stud, He's got epizootic, the glanders, and crud, He's the worst fuckin' outlaw that ever been foaled, He hadn't been rode and he's twenty years old."
cho: Oh! the Strawherry Roan, how many colts has he thrown? He's got gonorrhea, the cankers, and syph, He's strictured with clap but his cock is still stiff Oh! that renegade Strawberry Roan.
The upshot of it was that I found myself hired To snap out some colts that that breed stud had sired; They was knot-headed cayuses just like their dad Most of 'em roan, and all of 'em bad.
From mornin' till night how those bastards did fight, Till my ass drug my tracks out way before night, With my balls in my boots and my mouth full of shit, I's plum tuckered out and all ready to quit.
When up steps the boss and he says, "That's enough, Them strawberry roan colts is just too damn tough; I'm plum sick and tired seein' you take them falls, Rope that man-killin' stud and we'll carve out his balls."
cho: Oh! the Strawberry Roan, we went out to unbend his bone I built a big loop and went in the corral, Roped his front feet, and he farted and fell, And we flattened ol' Strawberry Roan.
The boss held his head, and I hog tied his legs, Got out my jackknife and went for his eggs: When I carved on his bag, he let out a squall, And squealed like a pig when I whittled one ball.
But all I could locate was one of his nuts, The other was hidden somewhere in his guts, So I rolled up my sleeves and all over blood I fished for the seed in the guts of that stud.
I thought I had found it, I felt something pass, But it was only a turd on the way to his ass; Just then I heard one of them blood-curdlin' squalls, And I looked and the roan had the boss by the balls.
I tromped on his head, but it wasn't no use, He was just like a bulldog, he wouldn't turn loose; So I untied his legs, and he got to his feet, But the boss's voice changed, and I knew we was beat.
cho: Oh! the Strawberry Roan, I advise you to leave him alone He's a knot-headed cayuse with only one ball, And the boss he's a eunuch with no balls at all, Lay off of the Strawberry Roan.
01 Festus Talks About Gunsmoke's Dodge City Dodge City 02 Festus Tells About His Grandpa 03 Hawg Haagen 04 Festus Talks About Girls 05 GOLLY BILL 06 Festus Talks About Teenage Music and Dances 07 CORN BREAD AND BUTTERMILK 08 Festus Tells About His Home Town 09 MY HOME TOWN 10 Festus Writes To His Girl 11 PHOOEY ON YOU LITTLE DARLIN' 12 Festus Talks About Mules 13 YOU'RE NOTHIN' BUT A "IT" 14 Festus Tells About His Trip To Las Vegas LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Ken Curtis (July 2, 1916–April 28, 1991) was an American singer and actor best known for his role as Festus Haggen on the long-running CBS-TV Western drama, Gunsmoke.
Most people who grew up with Festus' distinctive high pitched twang ringing in their ears (and I can just hear it now), have no idea that Ken Curtis had one of the finest voices ever to grace vinyl and the silver screen.
Ken began his career in Hollywood as a NBC radio staff singer, then went on to become a big band vocalist. His next step up was to singing cowboy in a series of films for Columbia.
The films themselves are amazingly silly, largely because of the contemporary post-war western "laugh-happy action musical" scripts and the "novelty" band the Hoosier Hot Shots, who add their "special" brand of music and comedy to all Ken's singing cowboy films. Nonetheless, Ken's singing contributions to the films are sublime and he also wrote the title song for Lone Star Moonlight. Bend an ear to these tunes (and forgive the sound quality, the films weren't in great condition)
Festus Haggen, bless his heart, did not put an end to Ken Curtis' singing career. In fact, he loved to sing his ownself (made up songs, in particular) and did so on some rare but welcome occasions in his early Gunsmoke days. In the episode "Once a Haggen" (1964) Festus sings quite a bit including Six Shiney Black Horses, composed by Ken Curtis. Ken Curtis made two albums during his Gunsmoke run: Festus Sings 'n Talks 'Bout Dodge City 'n Stuff and Gunsmoke's Festus Haggen Calls Out Ken Curtis. He performed a few of the songs in his earlier Gunsmoke episodes, including “The Ballad of Hawg Haggen” and “Cornbread and Buttermilk.” Ken wrote most of the monologues and songs on the first album...
Deteriorata, Performed by Norman Rose; back-up vocals by Melissa Manchester; bass: John "Cooker" LoPresti; drums: Jim Payne; keyboard: Milissa Manchester; guitar: Christopher Guest; music composed and arranged by Christopher Guest; lyrics by Tony Hendra
A parody of "Desiderata," the then-popular dorm poster which was turned a minor hit record by Les Crane. This piece also appeared in the magazine (though I can't seem to find it!) and was also sold as a poster.
Phono Phunnies, Performed by Christopher Guest and Michael O'Donoghue
Teenyrap, Performed by Christopher Guest and Naomi R. Page
It's Obvious, Performed by Melissa Manchester, Christopher Guest, and Tony Hendra
Catch It and You Keep It, Performed by Jackson Beck, Christpher Guest, Jack Marks, Jill André, Windy Craig, and others; from an idea by Benjie Aerenson
TV game show parody where audience members try to catch valuable prizes (including electric knives, dinette sets, even a house) thrown down from the top of the CBS building
'Quinas 'n' 'Rasmus, Performed by M.R.D. [initials only--no other info available]
All Kidding Aside (PSA), Performed by Christopher Guest
Phono Phunnies, Performed by Christopher Guest
Teenyrap, Performed by Christopher Guest and Naomi R. Page
Magical Misery Tour (Bootleg Record), Performed by Tony Hendra (as John Lennon), Melissa Manchester (as Yoko Ono); piano: Melissa Manchester; drums: Jim Payne; bass: John "Cooker" LoPresti; composed by Christopher Cerf; arranged by Christopher Guest John Lennon's own words are turned against him, making him out as an ungrateful prima donna, in this spooky parody
Those Fabulous Sixties, Performed by Christopher Guest (as Bob Dylan) Parody of a K-Tel-type television ad in which Bob Dylan hawks a collection of protest songs
Profiles in Chrome, Performed by Jackson Beck, Christopher Guest, Jill André, Jack Marks, Norman Rose, Alex Bennett, Michael O'Donoghue, Tony Hendra, and Windy Craig (as Richard Nixon)
When the Democrats nominate a Pontiac GTO for the '72 Presidential election, Nixon counters by transforming himself into a car. The piece ends with America The Beautiful played on car horns.
Teenyrap, Performed by Christopher Guest and Naomi R. Page
Phono Phunnies, Performed by Christopher Guest and Tony Hendra
Pigeons, Performed by Michael O'Donoghue
Suport Your Locol Polece (PSA), Performed by "Loren Order" (as Frank Rizzo)
Pull the Tregros, Performed by Diana Reed (as Joan Baez); guitar: Frani Bell; bass: Dean Munson; composed by Tony Hendra; arranged by Christopher Guest
Joan Baez parody in which she encourages blacks to riot in prisons while she cheers them on from a safe distance
Teenyrap, Performed by Christopher Guest and Naomi R. Page
ng Asi , Performed by Christopher Guest
Phono Phunnies, Performed by Christopher Guest and Naomi R. Page
Concert in Bangla Desh, Performed by Tony Hendra and Christopher Guest
George Harrison's Concert for Bangla Desh is given the old switcheroo: an Indian "tragedy team" tells sad jokes before a starving audience in Bangla Desh for the purpose of collecting a bowl of brown rice for George Harrison so he can fast
Clues #1, #2, #3, and #4, Performed by Tony Hendra and Christopher Guest (not listed--scattered throughout the album)
These are short bits not listed anywhere on the album which refer to Paul McCartney and his support for the Irish independence movement. In several of the bits, we hear an Irish tenor in a pub starting to sing "Give Ireland back to the Irish..." cut short by a gun shot.
Album Credits: Sections of Teeny Rap written by Christopher Guest; all other material, including lyrics, written by Michael O'Donoghue and Tony Hendra; sound production by Bob Tischler; inside photograph by Larry Couzens; art direction by Michael Gross; recording engineer: Pat Martin; recording technician: Gus Mossler; sound effects: Bob Tischler; musical director: Christopher Guest; producers: Michael O'Donoghue and Tony Hendra; production assistant: Roberta Kaman; executive producer: Jerry Taylor
Richard Dorian "Dickie" Goodman (April 19, 1934 – November 6, 1989) is considered one of the earliest proponents of sampling in music. He used a series of "break-in" records he created from 1956 to 1986.
In June 1956, Goodman thought, “What if a seemingly normal record was interrupted by a report of flying saucers landing?” His first record, "The Flying Saucer," was co-written with partner Bill Buchanan, featured a four-minute rewriting of Orson Welles’ famous “War of the Worlds" radio show. While Goodman asked questions of pedestrians, scientists, and even the Martian himself, their responses were "snipped" from lyrics of popular songs of the day, such as:
* "The Great Pretender" by The Platters * "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley * "Earth Angel" by The Penguins * "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard * "Maybellene" by Chuck Berry
Although "The Flying Saucer" became a major hit, it also landed Goodman in court for copyright infringement - e.g. the songs he used to create his "break-in" records. The lawsuits were later settled out of court when the judge ruled that Goodman's records were burlesques and parodies, and were original creations in and of themselves.
Goodman later recorded other break-in records, usually based around a political theme, or having his reporter (often as "John Cameron Cameron", a reference to newscaster John Cameron Swayze) alter-ego interviewing Batman or Neil Armstrong. In 1975, Goodman returned to the pop charts with "Mr. Jaws," a break-in record in which he interviewed several characters from the film Jaws. Peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, "Mr. Jaws" became Goodman's biggest-selling hit record. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in September 1975.
Goodman's singles often had instrumental numbers (in which his actual role is uncertain) as B-sides. These are not found on either his original LPs or his CD compilation albums.
Luniverse, Goodman's own record label released some works by other artists, including songs leased to him by the Del-Vikings, one of the first racially integrated groups in rock music.
Goodman died in North Carolina in 1989 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Goodman is survived by his sons Jed and Jon and daughter Janie.
His son, Jon Goodman, supervised the issue of Greatest Fables, the first authorised CD collection of Dickie Goodman's recordings in 1998. The album included Jon's tribute, "Return Of The Flying Saucer". Jon also authored a biography of sorts about his dad, entitled The King of Novelty in 2000 published by Xlibris Corporation. In 2008, Jon Goodman updated his father's "Energy Crisis '74" which he posted in the Dickie Goodman MySpace page.
In 2006, his estate produced and authorized two albums: All Time Novelty Hits and Dickie Goodman's Greatest Hits.
01 Mr. Jaws 02 Energy Crisis 03 Superfly Meets Shaft 04 The Touchables 05 The Touchables in Brooklyn 06 Flying Saucer Part 1 07 Flying Saucer Part 2 08 Santa and the Satellite Part 1 09 Santa and the Satellite Part 2 10 Flying Saucer the Second
Neil's Heavy Concept Album is a 1984 recording of songs and spoken comedy routines by British actor Nigel Planer, in character as the long-suffering hippie Neil from the BBC comedy series The Young Ones. Production, arrangements and keyboards are by famed Canterbury keyboardist Dave Stewart, who also debuts on guitar, bass and drums.
The album followed the success of the Neil single "Hole in My Shoe" — a cover version of Traffic's 1967 hit — which reached number 2 in the United Kingdom.
The album starts with a spoken apology in which Neil apologizes for the album's quality. Additional spoken tracks include Neil having a conversation with a potato in a sewer, reciting a poem to his rubber plant, and experiencing a flashback. Also included is a parody horror movie commercial, which sees vegetarian Neil being turned into a carnivorous monster after accidentally eating a hamburger.
Among the originals is the Planer composition "Lentil Nightmare", a dark metal number that quotes from King Crimson's "The Court of the Crimson King" and features Planer singing in an uncharacteristic loud, high falsetto. In "Bad Karma in the UK", Neil's mum (played by musician Barbara Gaskin) admonishes him to watch his I Ching, chew his food eleven times, and remember his expectorant.
The album was heavily promoted by MTV, who had embraced The Young Ones and served as the sole outlet for the original LP in the US. A television commercial for the album had Neil in character talking about his "really beautiful" album, displaying a hole in his shoe, and hitting his head on a table.
01. "Hello Vegetables" – :26 02. "Hole In My Shoe" – 3:40 03. "Heavy Potato Encounter" – :42 04. "My White Bicycle" – 3:31 05. "Neil the Barbarian" – 1:12 (narrated by Nigel Planer's brother Roger Planer) 06. "Lentil Nightmare" – 5:47 07. "Computer Alarm" – :36 08. "Wayne" – 1:36 09. "The Gnome" – 2:29 10. "Cosmic Jam" – 2:26 11. "Golf Girl" – 4:40 (featuring Dawn French as a not-so-nice fairy godmother) 12. "Bad Karma in the UK" – 2:17 13. "Our Tune" – 1:13 14. "Ken" – :41 15. "The End of the World Cabaret" – 1:09 16. "No Future (God Save the Queen)" – 2:12 17. "Floating" – 1:39 18. "Hurdy Gurdy Man" – 3:46 19. "Paranoid Remix" – 1:59 20. "The Amoeba Song (From 'A Very Cellular Song')" – 1:19
Horrible Electric Musicians
* Bryson Graham - heavy metal drummer * Gavin Harrison - flash studio drummer * Pip Pyle - drunken cabaret drummer * Jakko Jakszyk - heavy and psychedelic guitarist * Dave Stewart - keyboardist, heavy metal bassist, useless drummer and fifties guitarist * Rick Biddulph - cabaret bass & Rickenbacker 12 string
Beautiful Acoustic Musicians
* Jimmy Hastings - flute, saxophone and piccolo * Annie Whitehead - trombone * Barbara Gaskin - backing vocals * Ted Hayton - backing vocals on "Hole In My Shoe" * Rick Biddulph - 12 string guitar
Ivor Cutler's final album for Virgin Records, 1976's Jammy Smears, is one of the best releases of his career. Kicking off with the jazzy piano tune "Bicarbonate of Chicken," a funny and bizarre dialogue with a waiter, the album runs through 31 brief songs, poems, and surreal short stories like the hilarious "Big Jim." About evenly split between recitations and songs like the catchy shaggy dog story "Barabadabada" and the oddly philosophical "Everybody Got," Jammy Smears features more of Cutler's piano playing than any of his albums other than 1967's jazz trio album Ludo. His trademark droning harmonium makes only a small handful of appearances. As on its predecessor, 1975's Velvet Donkey, Cutler's friend Phyllis April King reads five of her own poems and a short story, "The Wasted Call," on Jammy Smears, all of them based on life in and around a cottage in Dorset. Because most of Cutler's pieces this time out share the rural theme, with an episode of his ongoing Life in a Scotch Sitting Room, Volume Two centered around a family walk in the country and several poems and stories about birds, bugs, and other wildlife, King's contributions are much more smoothly integrated with the whole than they had been on Velvet Donkey. Cutler's usual morbid obsessions crop up infrequently, making Jammy Smears one of his sunniest and most playful albums.
01 Bicarbonate of Chicken 02 Filcombe Cottage, Dorset 03 Squeeze Bees 04 The Turn 05 Life in a Scotch Sitting Room, Volume Two, Episode Eleven 06 A Linnett 07 Jumping and Pecking 08 The Other Half 09 Beautiful Cosmos 10 The Path 11 Barabadabada 12 Big Jim 13 In the Chestnut Tree 14 Dust 15 Rubber Toy 16 Unexpected Join 17 A Wooden Tree 18 When I Stand on an Open Cart 19 High Is the Wind 20 The Surly Buddy 21 Pearly-Winged Fly 22 Garden Path at Filcombe 23 Paddington Town 24 Cage of Small Birds 25 Life in a Scotch Sitting Room, Vol. 2 EP.6 26 Irk Cutler 3:09 27 Lemon Flower 28 Red Admiral 29 Everybody Got 30 The Wasted Call 31 Wasted Call
God Bless Tiny Tim was the first album by Tiny Tim. Released in 1968 on the Reprise label, it included "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me" (the song which made him famous), a version of "I Got You Babe", and a collection of more obscure songs. Many of the songs have humorous lyrics, are sung for humorous effect, or have an unexpected hook. It is widely praised, but was not released on CD until the late 1990s, and then only in Japan.
The album was produced by Richard Perry, who had produced Captain Beefheart's first album, Safe As Milk, and was to go on to produce Diana Ross, Rod Stewart and Ringo Starr. The arrangements are by Artie Butler.
The songs were written by a variety of composers, most from the early 20th century, and most rather obscure, although "I Got You Babe" was by Sonny Bono, and "Stay Down Here Where You Belong" was by Irving Berlin.
For some of the album, Tim sings in his unusual falsetto style. However, on a number of songs, "Stay Down Here Where You Belong", "The Coming Home Party" and others) he sings baritone, demonstrating his voice's great range. In "On the Old Front Porch", "Daddy, Daddy, What is Heaven Like?" and on "I Got You Babe" he sings both baritone and falsetto, alternating between the two. A joke in "I Got You Babe" is revealed in the last words where both baritone and falsetto voices unexpectedly sing at once, revealing the apparently agile duet is actually himself singing double-tracked.
01. "Welcome to My Dream" 02. "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me" 03. "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight" 04. "On The Old Front Porch" 05. "The Viper" 06. "Stay Down Here Where You Belong" 07. "Then I'd Be Satisfied With Life" 08. "Strawberry Tea" 09. "The Other Side" 10. "Ever Since You Told Me That You Love Me (I'm A Nut)" 11. "Daddy, Daddy, What Is Heaven Like?" 12. "The Coming Home Party" 13. "Fill Your Heart" 14. "I Got You, Babe" 15. "This Is All I Ask"
One of rock's most enduring and insightful parodies, brilliantly mirroring The Beatles' career, “The Rutles” is the soundtrack to the spoof documentary television film “All You Need Is Cash,” which aired on NBC in the U.S. on March 22, 1978. The brainchild of Neil Innes and former Monty Python member Eric Idle, the film is beloved by Beatles fans worldwide and even features a cameo from George Harrison as a TV reporter. The Rutles themselves were Neil Innes as Ron Nasty (Lennon), Eric Idle as Dirk McQuickly (McCartney), Rikki Fataar as Stig O'Hara (Harrison) and John Halsey as Barry Wom (Ringo). The fifth Rutle, for recording purposes, was guitarist Ollie Halsall. It should be noted that Eric Idle does not perform on this CD. He lip-synched to Halsall’s vocals in the TV movie. This expanded CD issued in 1990 adds six tracks to the 14-track vinyl version first released by Warner Bros. in 1978. The soundtrack reached #63 on the Billboard album charts.
Neil Innes: Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals Ollie Halsall: Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals Rikki Fataar: Guitar, Bass, Sitar, Tabla, Vocals John Halsey: Percussion, Vocals Andy Brown: Bass
All songs written and produced by Neil Innes.
1. Goose-Step Mama* 2. Number Two 3. Baby Let Me Be* 4. Hold My Hand 5. Blue Suede Schubert* 6. I Must Be In Love 7. With A Girl Like You 8. Between Us* 9. Living In Hope 10. Ouch! 11. It's Looking Good* 12. Doubleback Alley 13. Good Times Roll 14. Nevertheless 15. Love Life 16. Piggy In The Middle 17. Another Day 18. Cheese And Onions 19. Get Up And Go* 20. Let's Be Natural
"Ivor Cutler's very earliest work was very hard to find in the decades after it was first issued. This compilation does an exemplary job of restoring it to wide availability, its 28 tracks combining everything from the 1961 LP Who Tore Your Trousers?, the 1959 EP Ivor Cutler of Y'Hup, and the 1961 EP Get Away from the Wall. Cutler's material would become more outrageously surreal on later recordings, perhaps, but these efforts are very much in step with the style for which he's beloved. With almost equal doses of spoken word and warbly singing with harmonium, these pieces take gentle pokes that subtly transform everyday experiences into something nearly surreal. It might be too gentle and subtle for those who like their comedy brash, or for Americans not attuned to his very British brand of humor. Still, it's easy to hear elements that the likes of the Bonzo Dog Band and Monty Python would take to more vivid (and more internationally accessible) extremes. And if it's not often laugh-out-loud funny, or too musically diverse, there's plenty of weird wordplay to generate amusement, such as his ode to a "Muscular Tree" and "Stick Out Your Chest," whose exhortative lyrics are totally undercut by Cutler's knowingly silly tone." - AMG
'Ivor Cutler plays "11 musical instruments including the harmonium, guitar, recorder, bamboo flute and 6 pianos". He has written 38 songs that might be described as a combination of Franz Kafka and the Goons.'
1. Here's A Health For Simon 2. Size Nine And A Half 3. Pickle Your Knees 4. Mary's A Cow 5. Gravity Begins At Home 6. Cowpuncher And A Bird 7. Boo Boo Bird 8. Steady Job 9. Obliging Fairy 10. First Love 11. Who Tore Your Trousers James 12. Are You Alright Jack 13. Red Flower 14. Do You Ever Feel Lonely 15. Warning To The Flies 16. Grass Seed 17. Market Place 18. Tooth Song 19. Egg Meat 20. Muscular Tree 21. Handymen 22. Sh Chi 23. Stick Out Your Chest 24. Turkish Bath Play 25. There's A Turtle In My Soup 26. Gruts For Tea 27. Get Away From The Wall 28. Tureen
jim said... I thought you might like some Ivor Cutler... THANKS, JIM!
Former Bonzo Dog leader Stanshall continued his Sir Henry "epic" with Sir Henry at Ndidi's Kraal, a record that probably raised hackles on its release in 1983, and maybe even more so now, with its portrayal of the white Englishmen and his superior attitude toward the black South Africans working for him -- at one point, he even paints letters of the alphabet on them (in white gloss) because he can't pronounce their names. But the thing to be remembered is that it's meant to be funny, a parody of those colonials who trampled unwittingly all over native customs in the name of Empire and civilization. On that level, it certainly succeeds, although following the narrative (assuming that's actually possible) is like finding your way out of the labyrinth; after so many twists and turns, it becomes almost impossible. Apart from one song, it's all spoken word, a vehicle for Stanshall's remarkable stream-of-consciousness wit and wordplay, while the musicians (including future Mekon Suzi Honeymoon) remain generally unobtrusive -- which is just as well, since the tale and its telling are quite mesmerizing without any accompaniment. So long as you don't ask what it's about, and take it as a gleeful exercise in the surrealism of the English language, you'll love this disc by the late Stanshall. - AMG
01 N'Didid's Kraal - Part One 02 N'Didi's Kraal - Part Two 03 N'Didi's Kraal - Part Three
Cornology is a 1992 compilation box set of the complete recorded output of The Bonzo Dog Band issued on the Parlophone, Liberty and United Artists labels.
The three CDs each have subtitles. Volume one is titled The Intro and contains the albums Gorilla and The Doughnut In Granny's Greenhouse. Volume two is subtitled The Outro and contains the albums Tadpoles and Keynsham. Volume three is titled Dog Ends and contains their final original album Let's Make Up And Be Friendly along with early Bonzo Dog singles, odds and ends and solo material.
* 1 Track listing o 1.1 Disc one--The Intro (DADA is normal--normal is nice) o 1.2 Disc two--The Outro (The noises of your bodies are a part of this CD) o 1.3 Disc three--Dog Ends (Mothers with children please note: this CD is inedible!)
All tracks by Neil Innes and/or Vivian Stanshall except were noted Disc one--The Intro (DADA is normal--normal is nice):
Tracks 1-15 from the album Gorilla. Tracks 16-27 from the album The Doughnut In Granny's Greenhouse
1. "Cool Britannia" (Traditional) – 1:00 2. "The Equestrian Statue" – 2:44 3. "Jollity Farm" (Les Sarony) – 2:28 4. "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" (George Cory, Douglass Cross) – 1:04 5. "Look Out, There's A Monster Coming" – 2:54 6. "Jazz, Delicious Hot, Disgusting Cold" (Ash, Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell, Innes, Rodney Slater, Legs Larry Smith, Roger Ruskin Spear, Stanshall) – 3:10 7. "Death Cab For Cutie" – 2:56 8. "Narcissus" (Ethelbert Nevin) – 0:23 9. "The Intro And The Outro" – 3:03 10. "Mickey's Son And Daughter" (Connor, Edward Lisbona) – 2:43 11. "Big Shot" – 3:29 12. "Music For The Head Ballet" – 1:45 13. "Piggy Bank Love" – 3:03 14. "I'm Bored" – 3:07 15. "The Sound Of Music" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 1:23 16. "We Are Normal" – 4:50 17. "Postcard" – 4:22 18. "Beautiful Zelda" – 2:27 19. "Can Blue Men Sing The Whites" – 2:47 20. "Hello Mabel" – 2:46 21. "Kama Sutra" – 0:39 22. "Humanoid Boogie" – 3:04 23. "Trouser Press" – 2:20 24. "My Pink Half Of The Drainpipe" – 3:33 25. "Rockaliser Baby" – 3:29 26. "Rhinocratic Oaths" – 3:21 27. "11 Mustachioed Daughters" – 3:49
Disc two--The Outro (The noises of your bodies are a part of this CD):
Tracks 1-11 from the album Tadpoles. Tracks 12-25 from the album Keynsham.
1. "Hunting Tigers Out In INDIAH" (Stanley Damerell, Evans, Hargreaves) – 3:06 2. "Shirt" (Spear) – 4:27 3. "Tubas In The Moonlight" (Spear) – 2:22 4. "Dr. Jazz" (Walter Melrose, Oliver) – 2:40 5. "Monster Mash" (Leonard Capizzi, Bobby Pickett) – 2:59 6. "I'm the Urban Spaceman" – 2:23 7. "Ali-Baba's Camel" (Noel Gay) – 3:31 8. "Laughing Blues" (Bradley) – 3:44 9. "By A Waterfall" (Fain Kahal) – 3:08 10. "Mr. Apollo" – 4:20 11. "Canyons Of Your Mind" – 3:03 12. "You Done My Brain In" – 1:41 13. "Keynsham" – 2:22 14. "Quiet Talks & Summer Walks – 3:37 15. "Tent" – 3:06 16. "We Were Wrong" – 2:32 17. "Joke Shop Man" – 1:23 18. "The Bride Stripped Bare By 'Bachelors'" – 2:39 19. "Look At Me, I'm Wonderful" – 1:46 20. "What Do You Do?" – 3:12 21. "Mr. Slater's Parrot" – 2:27 22. "Sport" – 3:30 23. "I Want To Be With You" – 2:16 24. "Noises For The Leg" – 1:54 25. "'Busted'" – 5:47
Disc three--Dog Ends (Mothers with children please note: this CD is inedible!):
Tracks 7-17 from the album Let's Make Up And Be Friendly
1. "My Brother Makes The Noises For The Talkies" (Amberg, Bernauer, Raymond) – 3:02 2. "I'm Going To Bring A Watermelon To My Girl Tonight" (Conrad) – 2:03 3. "Alley Oop" (Dallas Frazier) – 2:32 4. "Button Up Your Overcoat" (Lew Brown, Buddy DeSylva, Ray Henderson) – 2:53 5. "Mr. Apollo" – 4:13 (Single Version) (German Version) 6. "Ready Mades" – 3:08 7. "The Strain" – 3:23 8. "Turkeys" – 2:10 9. "King Of Scurf" – 5:00 10. "Waiting For The Wardrobe" (Spear) – 2:47 11. "Straight From My Heart" – 3:06 12. "Rusty (Champion Thrust)" (Tony Kaye, Legs Larry Smith) – 7:05 13. "Rawlinson End" – 9:07 14. "Don't Get Me Wrong" – 4:53 15. "Fresh Wound" – 4:26 16. "Bad Blood" – 5:32 17. "Slush" – 2:20 18. "Labio-Dental Fricative" – 3:08 (Performed by Vivian Stanshall Sean Head Showband) 19. "Re-Cycled Vinyl Blues" – 3:32 (Performed by Neil Innes) 20. "Trouser Freak" (Spear) – 2:18 (Performed by Roger Ruskin Spear & His Giant Orchestral Wardrobe)
01 - Octopus 02 - Late Night 03 - Terrapin 04 - Swan Lee (Silas Lang) 05 - Wolfpack 06 - Golden Hair 07 - Here I Go 08 - Long Gone 09 - No Good Trying 10 - Opel 11 - Baby Lemonade 12 - Gigolo Aunt 13 - Dominoes 14 - Wouldn't You Miss Me (Dark Globe) 15 - Wined And Dined 16 - Effervescing Elephant 17 - Waving My Arms In The Air 18 - I Never Lied To You 19 - Love Song 20 - Two Of A Kind 21 - Bob Dylan Blues (Previously Unreleased) 22 - Golden Hair (Instrumental)
43 track comp of the 13th Floor Elevator's career. The later stuff is really great as well, despite his mental state.
Tracklisting 1. We Sell Soul - (with The Spades) 2. It's A Cold Night For Alligators - (with Roky Erickson & The Aliens) 3. Your Gonna Miss Me - (with 13th Floor Elevators) 4. Creature With The Atom Brain - (with Roky Erickson & The Aliens) 5. Stand For The Fire Demon - (with Roky Erickson & The Aliens) 6. Reverberation (Doubt) - (with 13th Floor Elevators) 7. Bloody Hammer - (with Roky Erickson & The Aliens) 8. Tried To Hide - (with 13th Floor Elevators) 9. Wind And More 10. Fire Engine - (with 13th Floor Elevators) 11. If You Have Ghosts - (with Roky Erickson & The Aliens) 12. She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) - (with 13th Floor Elevators) 13. Song To Abe Lincoln - (with Roky Erickson & Blieb Alien) 14. Slip Inside This House - (with 13th Floor Elevators) 15. Anthem (I Promise) 16. Splash 1 - (with 13th Floor Elevators) 17. Dust - (with 13th Floor Elevators) 18. Warning (Social And Political Injustices) 19. Beast 20. I Had To Tell You - (with 13th Floor Elevators) 21. Postures (Leave Your Body Behind) - (with 13th Floor Elevators) 22. You Don't Love Me Yet 23. Clear Night For Love 24. Right Track Now - (featuring Roky Erickson & Clementine Hall) 25. Red Temple Prayer (Two Headed Dog) - (with Roky Erickson & Blieb Alien) 26. Don't Slander Me 27. Starry Eyes - (with Roky Erickson & Blieb Alien) 28. Nothing In Return 29. Burn The Flames 30. Bermuda 31. Interpreter 32. When You Get Delighted 33. True Love Cast Out All Evil 34. Mine Mine Mind - (with Roky Erickson & The Aliens) 35. For You (I'd Do Anything) 36. I Have Always Been Here Before 37. Click Your Fingers Applauding The Play - (with Roky Erickson & The Aliens) 38. Please Judge 39. We Are Never Talking 40. I Think Up Demons - (with Roky Erickson & The Aliens) 41. I'm Gonna Free Her 42. Don't Shake Me Lucifer - (with Roky Erickson & The Aliens) 43. White Faces - (with Roky Erickson & The Aliens)
A nicely packaged European bootleg bringing together a whole bunch of rare and unavailable Magic Band goodies. Much of the content has since been included on the Grow Fins box set and Zappa's Mystery Disc CD but there are a couple of items here that are still not available commercially.
Overall the sound is pretty good although the Avalon tracks are not as good as they could have been (still great to get the very rare 'Blues Jam' track included though).
For a change this is a boot that has been compiled by a real fan and this shows in the sleeve notes which I'll include here:-
"The first track in this collection is probably the earliest recording of Don Van Vliet, recorded in a classroom at Antelope Valley College/High with Zappa on guitar and Beefheart on Vocals.
'Teenage Maltshop': believed to have been recorded circa 1963/4 at Zappa's Cucamonga studio Z, as part of a Teenage Opera, offered to Dot Records but turned down because of the distorted guitar. 'Metal Man...' also recorded in Studio Z in the main studio, but with Beefheart outside in the corridor to the studio singing whatever words were scribbled on the walls!
'Avalon Ballroom' 1966 was the first CB & Magic BAnd, probably CB, Doug Moon, Jerry Handley & Paul Blakely. This shows the influence of Howlin Wolf - he even says people have requested a Wolf song before singing 'Evil'.
'Frying Pan Acetate': An alt version. predates release on A&M.
'Almost Grown': Is an unreleased variation of a Chuck Berry song, & 'Call On Me': A much slower version than as released on Safe As Milk.
The 'Moody Liz Acetate', although very similar to the recently located Strictly Personal OT found by Sequel, is a White Label test Pressing with a similar as released version of 'On Tomorrow'. An item this fan would give my right arm to own.
Possibly more exciting is 'Korn Ring Finger'. Why this was not included on the Sequel CD amazed me ... An excellent track that you hope will never end.
This brings us up to the 'Trout Rehearsals' - they sound if they were made to be a part warm-up to the actual recordings. You can hear Don in the back throughout blowin his Sax from different parts of the room experimenting with the sound on 'Hair Pie' Variations. It was said by Beefheart that although the album was recorded very quickly, the amount of work that must have been put in by all the band members; to get to a stage where the instrumental backing was rteady for Beefheart to sing over these complex rhythms is awe inspiring ... & how he actually managed to add the vocals only he knows.
The immediate contrast between 'Moody Liz' & 'Korn Ring Finger' from the S. Personal Ots is extraordinary especially considering there is barely a year between the recordings ... 'Ella Guru' is a sheer delight to hear in its instrumental form, as are others on the CD.
These are not the digital recordings of the 90s ... But to be 'a fly on the wall' whilst one of the most amazing albums was being prepared for an unsuspecting public, & to hear some of the Early Years of Mr Don V Vliet playing with an equally very young Mr Zappa is a treat. We have included hopefully some of the rarities that maybe, just maybe will entice someone to try to dig into the vaults & find these hidden gems.
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore vol 1 1. The Florida Airport Tape (1:04) 2. Once Upon A Time (4:38) 3. Sofa #1 (2:53) 4. The Mammy Anthem (5:41) 5. You Didn't Try To Call Me (3:39) 6. Diseases Of The Band (2:22) 7. Tryin' To Grow A Chin (3:44) 8. Let's Make The Water Turn Black/ Harry, You're A Beast/ The Orange County Lumber Truck (3:28) 9. The Groupie Routine (5:41) 10. Ruthie-Ruthie (Brock/Berry) (2:57) 11. Babbette (3:36) 12. I'm The Slime (3:13) 13. Big Swifty (8:47) 14. Don't Eat The Yellow Snow (20:16) 15. Plastic People (Zappa/Berry) (4:39) 16. The Torture Never Stops (15:48) 17. Fine Girl (2:55) 18. Zomby Woof (5:39) 19. Sweet Leilani (Owens) (2:39) 20. Oh No (4:34) 21. Be In My Video (3:30) 22. The Deathless Horsie (5:29) 23. The Dangerous Kitchen (1:50) 24. Dumb All Over (4:20) 25. Heavenly Bank Account (4:06) 26. Suicide Chump (4:56) 27. Tell Me You Love Me (2:09) 28. Sofa #2 (3:01)
Nighthawks at the Diner is a 1975 album by Tom Waits, released on Asylum Records. The title was inspired by Edward Hopper's 1942 painting Nighthawks.
The album's working title had been "Nighthawk Postcards from Easy Street," but it was shortened to Nighthawks at the Diner.
The album was recorded live in Record Plant Studios, in front of a small invited audience. This gives the record an intimate feeling as Waits spends time telling stories, jokes and explaining the stories behind his songs through seven separate introductions.
1. "(Opening Intro)" 2:58 2. "Emotional Weather Report" 3:47 3. ""(Intro)" to "On a Foggy Night"" 2:16 4. "On a Foggy Night" 3:48 5. ""(Intro)" to "Eggs and Sausage"" 1:53 6. "Eggs and Sausage (In a Cadillac with Susan Michelson)" 4:19
1. ""(Intro)" to "Better Off Without a Wife"" 3:02 2. "Better Off Without a Wife" 3:59 3. "Nighthawk Postcards (From Easy Street)" 11:30
1. ""(Intro)" to "Warm Beer and Cold Women"" 0:55 2. "Warm Beer and Cold Women" 5:21 3. ""(Intro)" to "Putnam County"" 0:47 4. "Putnam County" 7:35 5. "Spare Parts I (A Nocturnal Emission)" Waits, Chuck E. Weiss 6:25
1. "Nobody" 2:51 2. ""(Intro)" to "Big Joe and Phantom 309"" 0:40 3. "Big Joe and Phantom 309" Tommy Faile 6:29 4. "Spare Parts II and Closing" Waits, Weiss 5:13
* Pete Christlieb – tenor sax * Bill Goodwin – drums * Jim Hughart – upright bass * Mike Melvoin – piano, electric piano * Tom Waits – vocals, piano, guitar
While Rhino's compilation might mark a better place to start, Reads on the Road is certainly a worthy collection of some of Jack Kerouac's narratives and poetry, embellished by some actual singing. Kerouac is a more enjoyable author to hear reading on disc than most, since his prose had much of a jazz rhythm, and since he was an engaging reader/performer himself. The big find on this 74-minute CD is the 28-minute excerpt from On the Road his most famous and widely-read book, found on '50s acetates that had been thought lost. "On the Road" is presented as it was discovered, with just Kerouac's voice, but guitarist Vic Juris and Hammond organist John Medeski recorded music in 1998 for his early-'60s musical song-poem "On the Road" (a separate performance from his reading of material from the book). It's unexpected, and amusing if not brilliant, to hear Kerouac sing three jazz standards by the likes of Sammy Kahn, Johnny Mercer, and Gordon Jenkins in the late 1950s (presented with the original musical backing, by unknown musicians). David Amram, who had provided musical backup for Kerouac's readings in the late 1950s, wrote and recorded music in 1998 for two more Kerouac poems, cut by Kerouac in the back of a record shop, including the previously unpublished "Washington D.C. Blues," which runs for 17 minutes. Ending the set is Tom Waits, backed by Primus, doing yet another "On the Road," for which Waits put music to Kerouac's prose.
1 Aint' We Got Fun 02:34 2 On the Road (Jazz of the Beat Generation) 28:45 3 On the Road 02:18 4 Come Rain or Come Shine 03:42 5 Orizaba 210 Blues 09:34 6 When a Woman Loves a Man 02:57 7 Leavin' Town 03:04 8 Washington D.C. Blues 17:46 9 On the Road 03:58
There seems to have been a double-LP version in the US (note: most people are quite certain that there never was a US Pregnant), but all we have here is a track list for the single LP version:
1. Hungry Freaks, Daddy (03:30) 2. How Could I Be Such a Fool? (03:28) 3. Uncle Bernie's Farm (02:09) 4. Son of Suzy Creamcheese (01:37) 5. Love of My Life (03:05) 6. Who Needs the Peace Corps? (02:46)
7. Mother People (02:34) 8. Jelly Roll Gum Drop (02:17) 9. Who Are the Brain Police? (03:30) 10. I Ain't Got No Heart (02:35) 11. Trouble Comin' Every Day (02:35) 12. Motherly Love (02:47)
The cover, credited to a Jürgen E Gesang (funny name), is by far the ugliest ever on a Zappa album (and it also appears on a various-artists compilation from Argentina called Sound Monsters
Side 1 Side 2 1. YOU DONE MY BRAIN IN (Innes) 1.40 An Affirmation of madness. 2. KEYNSHAM (Innes) 2.20 "We" are introduced. 3. QUIET TALKS & SUMMER WALKS (Innes) 3.15 All the romance of the novel. 4. TENT (Stanshall) 2.30 A penetrating inquiry & some recreations. 5. WE WERE WRONG (Stanshall) 2.30 Nostalgic routine. Spot the deliberate fag. 6. JOKE SHOP MAN (Innes) 1.23 The Armoury of Deception. 7. THE BRIDE STRIPPED BARE BY "BACHELORS" (Stanshall/Innes) 2.35 Welcome t' Club Foot 8. LOOK AT ME, I'M WONDERFUL (Stanshall) 1.45 A warning.. 9. WHAT DO YOU DO? (Innes) 3.15 Nihilist chant before deciding, decoding, decanting, n' chanting, N' baku, disgorging, dat's gorging piglets! 10. MR. SLATER'S PARROT (Stanshall) 2.18 Own-up Time. A paradox. Homely fun. Demands for the right to live like a civilised human-bean. 11. SPORT (Stanshall) 3.20 (THE ODD BOY) Unusual flash-back. Rehearsals for the Rape of the mind. 12. I WANT TO BE WITH YOU (Innes) 2.15 Sounds reasonable. 13. NOISES FOR THE LEG (Stanshall) 2.15 Procession of the Freaks. A horrid dream. 14. "BUSTED" (Stanshall/Innes) 5.40 Finale & extravaganza. Pate & Putty. The "ballet" of the streets & an astounding wind-up. The End.
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By Prof. Harvey J. Satan
WELCOME TO KEYNSHAM!
Population: 6 Bonzo's, their instruments, their songs, and YOU.
[ Whereas most people are NOT aloud to talk about "Keynsham"....I knew the right palms to cross with silver....and can henceforth reveal as much as I was aloud to be told by the locals.....at least until the full moon comes out. ]
Now read on....
SIDE ONE: Our journey begins with the cryptical warning, "I have personally won over....". This personal overthrow seems to have been achieved with the help of heavy machinery! Have androids taken over Keynsham? The first song, "You Done my Brain In", is all Neil, and a rocking good song about the alienation of relationships. Our singer loves the object of his affections so much, he can't even bare to be near her! We are then given our first warning about NOT mentioning the secrets of "Keynsham". And then we are given the very psychedelic song of "Keynsham" which weaves intricate word plays into lyrics, not unlike John Lennon's works, but tells us precious little about "Keynsham". This is followed by the very gentle, "Quiet Talks & Summer Walks", a song about the world seen through the eyes of a flower...yes, in "Keynsham" even the flowers are watching! Next the local dentists seems to be extracting not only teeth, but information as well! We are then treated to the wonderfully looney and loud, "Tent"! "Tent", I believe has always been a fan favourite just because it is so obnoxious in it's intentions and lyrics, and Vivian's vocals! ( He is very much loving singing this song! ).Next is, "We Were Wrong", a hilarious duet, with a lyric exchange between a couple....the twist here is, the couple is "Legs" Larry Smith & Vivian Stanshall. This song has a sort of 50's sound to it, and a great Neil duet on piano & organ. We then run into, "Joke Shop Man", a bit of a creepy song. It sings the virtues of the items a novelty shop sells, and then ends with a sort of haunting mantra of sound, that seems to indicate all of the Joke Shop's wares are suddenly marching on the city! "Bride Stripped Bare By "Bachelors", the next track in your song book, is a look at The Bonzo's themselves, as they arrive in "Keynsham" and receive a less than warm welcome. This may be the only song in which all the Bonzo's sing a solo line. We round out this side with, Look At Me I'm Wonderful", another coupling of "Legs" Larry Smith and Vivian Stanshall. This time it's a delightful poke at smarmy showbiz singers. ( And we fade out to the sounds of more machinery.....was the singer a machine trying to be a human? )
SIDE TWO: Our flip side starts off with the gently inquisitive, "What Do You Do?", Neil's look on the drudgeries of daily life. We are then treated to a really bad pun, followed by: "Mr. Slater's Parrot". This song is a delightful throwback to the early Bonzo sound, you can almost picture them all running about the stage squawking like parrots. Next, with the help of some simple hypnosis, we are reminded of our youth via, "Sport ( The Odd Boy )". This song is unique in it's change in styles,it starts off as baroque with the harpsichord, then becomes medieval with the recorder and drum, and then progresses into a rocking jam for bass and bells! Also amusing is the lyrical commentary that boys whom do not indulge in sport, are basically useless to society. Neil then indulges us in a rock ballad, "I Want To Be With You". ( You might almost think of this as his first song for Yvonne, his wife.). But all is not hearts and flowers, we soon learn that the local military have become werewolves! And to accompany this revelation, we are given "Noises For The Leg", an eerie horror film instrumental, featuring Roger Ruskin Spear on the theremin. Closing out our trip to "Keynsham", is the show stopping, "Busted", a commentary on Youth, Alienation, and The Police....it's actually more comical than it sounds. And as the song fades out, we hear our train taking us out of "Keynsham", and on to pastures new.
Afterward: It's hard to say if this album was ever meant to be a fully realized "concept" album or if it was altered in the final stages and quickly cobbled together. The complete "story", as read in the gatefold sleeve of the album seems to suggest this album was originally going to be both songs and words, rather than songs and bits of chat. The album works in it's final form, the spoken bits seem to add more mystique to it all, but one wonders how the fully completed narration would've sounded? ( Of course, if you are sitting around with friends, you could all get together and act it out for yourself! )
The score so far: At this point "Do Not Adjust Your Set" was over. The Bonzo's had done extensive touring, with bands like "Cream", "The Who", and the up and coming "Led Zepplin". The toils of touring were beginning to take their toll, and the differences in music styles between band members was also becoming a strain. ( How does one hold together a band who's members want to play "Trad. Jazz", "Rock" and "Avant Garde" ? ) This album was a good mix of styles, but it was becoming harder to accommodate all in the band. Not to mention the comings and goings of some band members, making it difficult to keep track of who wanted to still be a Bonzo!
EPILOGUE: As the lads exited the serene, yet slightly terrifying confines of this land known as "Keynsham", they found themselves at a true fork in the road. Three roads to take, three choices to make. The signs up ahead read thusly: "The Brain Opera", "The Break Up", and "The Contractual Obligation". Which would they choose? In true Bonzo form, it would be ALL three! ( More on that below and in our next episode, titled: "Let's Make Up And Be Friendly" )
Plenty of Time This Love of Ours Slaves of Freedom Lamour Perdu Godzilla's Return God Is Love Let's Go Crazy Mississippi Moon Children's Song When Does A Dream Begin Don't Make Me Use My Imagination Elvis & The Disagreeable Backing Singers Early Morning Train Paranoia Keep On Rockin' Something To Say Another Lonely Man Caveman's Dream Godfrey Daniel Drama On A Saturday Night Humanoid Boogie La Vie En Rose Now She's Left You I'm the Urban Spaceman 9-5 Pollution Blues Dream On Happy Ending All In The Name Of Love Amoeba Boogie Blue Suede Schubert Boring Catchphrase Et Cetera Kenny and Liza Knicker Elastic King Love Is Getting Deeper Montana Cafe Spontaneous
also: Vivian's "Great Life" with Neil Innes - Neil Innes discusses the life of his Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band colleague and friend Vivian Stanshall
A collection of original 1920's and 1930's novelty jazz and British Dance Band recordings that inspired, influenced and were covered by The Bonzo Dog Band
1 Leslie Sarony With Jack Hylton And His Orchestra - Jollity Farm 2 BBC Dance Orchestra, The - Mickey's Son And Daughter 3 Savoy Havana Band, The - I'm Gonna Bring A Watermelon To My Girl Tonight 4 Jack Hylton And His Orchestra - Button Up Your Overcoat 5 Percival Mackey And His Band - On Her Doorstep Last Night 6 Rhythmic Troubadours, The - Ali Baba's Camel 7 Jack Hylton And His Orchestra - By A Waterfall 8 Hal Swain And His Band - Hunting Tigers Out In India (Yah) 9 Albert Whelan - My Brother Makes The Noises For The Talkies 10 Jack Hylton's Jazz Band - Laughing Waltz 11 Whispering Jack Smith - All By Yourself In The Moonlight 12 Noël Coward - A Room With A View 13 Bebe Daniels & Ben Lyon - Little Sir Echo 14 Jack Payne And His Dance Orchestra - Make Yourself A Happiness Pie 15 Jay Wilbur And His Band - We'll All Go Riding On A Rainbow 16 Billy Cotton And His Band - Skirts 17 Continental Five, The - The Sheik Of Araby 18 Jack Hylton And His Orchestra - Bell Bottom Trousers 19 Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers - Dr. Jazz Stomp 20 Ray Starita And His Ambassadors - The Flies Crawled Up The Window 21 Jay Whidden And His Band - I Lift Up My Finger And I Say "Tweet Tweet" 22 Savoy Havana Band, The - Masculine Women And Feminine Men 23 Leslie Sarony - Misery Farm 24 Roy Leslie - Omar Khayam's Cave 25 Jack Hodges The Raspberry King - Everything Is Fresh Today 26 Savoy Havana Band, The - Last Night On The Back Porch 27 Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians - I Love To Bumpity Bump
This unusual and very amusing CD features the well matched Alberts, Temperance Seven, and the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. The song, "Ukelele Lady" stars Peter Sellers. Whereas some of the music is American, The Alberts proclaim, "it may be rubbish, but at least it's English rubbish". Songs are mainly from the 1920s. "On her doorstep last night" also appears on the Music of the 20th Century CD performed there by Jack Payne and his Band (1929). The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band started their career in offbeat trad jazz before branching off into areas of rock, blues, and the just plain wonderfully weird for weird's sake. "You're driving me crazy was a 1960's number one for the Temperance Seven.
1. Morse code melody - Alberts 2. Sahara - Temperance Seven 3. Ali Baba's camel - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band 4. Everybody loves my baby - Temperance Seven 5. On her doorstep last night - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band 6. Hard hearted Hannah - Temperance Seven 7. Sleepy valley - Alberts 8. Jazz delicious hot disgusting cold - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band 9. Vo do do de o blues - Temperance Seven 10. I'm going to bring a watermelon - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band 11. To my girl tonight - Milligan, Spike & The Massed Alberts 12. You gotta go now - Milligan, Spike & The Massed Alberts 13. You're driving me crazy - Temperance 14. Dr Jazz - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band 15. Pasadena - Temperance Seven 16. By a waterfall - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band 17. Kaiser drag - Temperance Seven 18. My brother makes noises for - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band 19. Talkies - Sellers, Peter & The Temperance Seven 20. Ukelele lady - Sellers, Peter & The Temperance Seven 21. Blaze away - Alberts 22. Running wild - Temperance Seven 23. Jollity farm - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band 24. Thanks for the melody - Temperance Seven 25. Laughing blues - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band 26. TCP (That certain party) - Temperance Seven 27. Hunting tigers out in Indiah - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band 28. Goodbye dolly gray - Alberts