Monday, March 30, 2009

Trini Lopez - Sinner Man

I'm not a huge Trini Lopez fan but this is a good tune and something the devil knows a little something about...

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone...

Trini Lopez - Sinner Man

Friday, March 27, 2009

Bobby Cole - The Omen - Holly

Songs removed due to someones pussy having sand in it....


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bobby Cole - The Omen

Originally posted 9/5/08, I've added the flip "Holly" because i've had a few folks ask for it. (Sorry no label scan now but I'll get one up at work next week)

If you didn't catch this the 1st time around here you go!

Here is another odd one:
From one time Jazz cat and lover of Judy garland.

Here’s part of the story:

BOBBY's first album “New New New” was issued in mono and stereo by Columbia.
Not all that different from what other jazz trios were doing, about the only thing NEW NEW NEW was Bobby himself...his youthful voice already having a smokey burr to it. I thought he was effective on "Ebb Tide," "I sound like I have a sock in my mouth!" he said.
There are some "tasty" arrangements (as they used to say) and one trademark tune is "The Lady's In Love With You." This would be one of Bobby's piano-pounding up-tempo trademarks on the bistro circuit. I'm sure he sang it to many a ringsider couple...the guy feeling proud, and the girl...staring and dreaming about Bobby.
Bobby could've gotten a deal with Capitol through his pal Sinatra...but Bobby didn't want to be doing what Frank and Dino were doing. Or do what he did on the Columbia album. It was do it his way, or not at all
So it was not at all

In 1963 Bobby and Judy Garland became an item, and Bobby became the conductor and arranger (replacing Mel Torme) as "The Judy Garland Show" sputtered toward the end of its run .

Here's where it gets a bit more interesting:

One night in Greenwich Village, Bobby saw Jerry Jeff Walker strumming a little tune called "Mr. Bojangles." It wasn't much...but Bobby saw its potential. Seized with new energy and purpose, he worked all his magic in trying to get backing for a single. He was so worked up over the arrangements and what he would need, he barely even considered the B-side
"Mister Bojangles" (released on Columbia's subsidiary Date Records) was a little masterpiece, something George ("For the Benefit of Mr. Kite") Martin would've been proud of. With its sorrowful violin and sweet calliope, the orchestration set the tone for an elegy to an old vaudevillian, and Bobby's world-weary vocal made the sentiment truly ache
The big surprise was the B-Side, a folk-rock original called "Bus 22 to Bethlehem." Excellent lyrics here on the commercialization of religion. Bobby just tossed it off with some guitars and a beat...but it was a very worthy companion to "Mister Bojangles."
Unfortunately for Bobby, Atco signed Walker and Jerry Jeff's country version fought a regional war with Bobby's production. Depending on where Columbia and Atlantic had better coverage and strength, radio stations played one version or the other, and the two versions hovered around bottom of the Top 40 without either breaking through.
But it was Bobby's version that led to ballad-jazz versions from Sammy Davis Jr. , George Burns and others. Walker's version yielded another twangy try via the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Bobby was asked if that was his only single. And he said yes
But actually, a second single appeared on the Date label. Bobby may have been correct that it was pressed in white label demo versions but not really "released" in a meaningful quantity. So it wasn't really an official second "single." Or, he may simply have not thought much about "The Omen," a kind of heavy "message" effort with heavy, symbolic lyrics (very fitting for the time).

Info lifted from: Bobby Cole Music

So that being said: here’s the date single….

Songs removed:

Monday, March 16, 2009

Zip-Codes - Sweet Meat Part 1

Alright peeps, switching gears here with something funky from the Zip-Codes on Better records that will have to hold you over for the next week or so because I'm taking me and my sunny disposition on the road and out to Texas for SXSW (South By South West), where yours truly and my band Solace will be playing Friday the 20th @ the Room 710 in Austin.

A quick search of the interwebs came up goose eggs on the zip-codes except that a few peeps are selling this thing, but I'm shouting this out to my man DJ Prestige because i was planning on spinning this at the last 45 session but the Guinness got in the way so maybe next time!

See you 'round the way...

Zip-Codes - Sweet Meat Part 1

Friday, March 13, 2009

Marvin Rainwater - So You Think You've Got Troubles

Going to stick with the country/hillbilly side of things and give you some Marvin Rainwater from 1957 for the weekend. This dude kicked in Jersey and man could he rock a headband = way cooler than you.

Marvin Karlton Rainwater (born July 2, 1925 in Wichita, Kansas) is an American country and rockabilly singer who had several hits during the late 1950s including "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird" and "Whole Lotta Woman." He was best-known for wearing Native American outfits on stage. He is 25% Cherokee.

Rainwater was one of country's most noteworthy stars in the 1950s, when his good looks and baritone voice made him popular. One of the first rockabilly songs he recorded was "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird." Released in 1957, the song became a big country-pop crossover hit, making Rainwater one of the first country singers to appeal to a pop market. The song reached number five on the country charts. During the song's success, Rainwater re-located to the New Jersey-New York area. His next single, "So You Think You Got Troubles," was a successful follow-up on the country charts, but not on the pop charts.

Ya know, whenever I'm feeling down, i put this little tune on and think to myself, yep, life still sucks...

so I'm puttin' me a bar in the back of my car and drive myself to drink.

Marvin Rainwater - So You Think You've Got Troubles

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bonnie Lou - Tennessee Wig Walk

Going to stick with the King label here and some more early country rockin' style, this time from 1953.

Bonnie Lou (born Mary Jo Kath October 27, 1924, Talawanda, Indiana) is an American Rock and Roll and Country Music singer. During the mid 1950s, rock and roll was the hottest selling music on the market. Few women however ventured into this territory, like Bonnie Lou. Bonnie Lou was one of the first female Rock & Roll stars who proved to the public that female singers could indeed sing rock and roll.

Bonnie Lou's real name is Mary Jo Kath, and she was born in 1924 in Illinois. Mary grew up listening to Patsy Montana and her band "The Prairie Ramblers", and was greatly inspired by her. Mary learned how to yodel, which was from the help of her Swiss grandmother. As a child she learned how to play two instruments, the violin and guitar. By the young age of 16, she was singing and performing on a local radio show in Bloomington, Illinois. By age 18, Mary went on a bigger radio show, which aired in Kansas City, Missouri. Her exposure on this radio show in Kansas City, helped her land a job as a singer on WLW Radio in Cincinnati, Ohio, where station executive Bill McCluskey hired Mary as a singer a yodeler for his radio show called Midwestern Hayride Country & Western Radio Program. McCluskey was the one who gave Mary Jo the stage name she would be known by for the rest of her life, "Bonnie Lou". While on the radio show in Cincinnati, Lou performed regularly with Country Music girl group the Girls of the Golden West, which Lou listened to as a child.

Bonnie Lou continued radio performances until the end of the 1940s. Her radio performances were even cut to acetate and released to the public. However, Bonnie Lou never truly broke as a recording artist until the 1950s.

In 1953, Lou signed on with her first record company called King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the beginning stages of her recording career, Lou recorded Country Music material and released it. Bonnie soon had big Country Music hits with "Tennessee Wig Walk" and "Seven Lonely Days". Both songs were Top 10 Country hits. The flip side of her hit "Seven Lonely Days" featured the song "Just Out of Reach", which would later be covered by other Country singers, like Patsy Cline, Billie Jo Spears, Jean Shepard, and k.d. Lang.

Soon, Bonnie started recording Rockabilly or Rock & Roll. In 1954, she recorded the song "Two-Step Side-Step", which was written by Murry Wilson, who is the father of The Beach Boys, Carl, Brian, and Dennis. In 1955, she released her first Rock & Roll record called "Daddy-O". The song was a Top 15 Pop hit that year, and turned Lou into a major Rock & Roll star overnight. The song was later covered by The Fontaine Sisters on the Dot Records label. It wasn't until 1958 though that Bonnie had another hit, this a duet with Rusty York called "La Dee Dah". They soon recorded a Teen Pop song together called "I Let the School Bell Ding-a-Ling". Soon, Lou left the King label for another Cincinnati record label called Fraternity. She released several different singles for Fraternity, one of which were as successful as her singles for the King label.

Bonnie Lou - Tennessee Wig Walk

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Neal Burris - The Sissy Song

Not much i could find out about Mr. Burris here 'cept this;

He was born March 11, 1929 and this is a 1951, cover version of the Billy Briggs song. Don't ask me how there are pictures of Neal on the interweb but no info.

Also, I'm pretty sure this Mr. Burris never shot himself in the leg... (OK the spelling is different but it's phonetically the same, you get the joke no?)

Neal Burris - The Sissy Song

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Forward to the Caves 3/5/09 Play List:

On the air now 8 to 10 PM EST


union carbide productions - born in the 60's
duochrome - theremin
steel pole bath tub - quark
daisycutter - elektrokill
barkmarket - radio static
6L6 - Goodbye
steel pole bath tub - pause
the wretched ones - bottles & cans
instant death - the enabler

bubblegum thunder - 2x4
bubblegum thunder - cheater
bubblegum thunder - coward
craw - 405
cough suppresant alcoholics - cunt super aeronaut
guinea worms - i'm a cobweb
dr gunni - eddi hnifur
dr gunni - gott mal
dr gunni - nonni stubbur
snakefinger - the spot
drain - flower mound

aviso hara - how to feed your family
transmegetti - mercitron
cough suppresant alcoholics - metal is not dead
monsterland - plastic
aviso hara - raspberry beret
bubblegum thunder - regret
transmegetti - rent a rocket
craw - stomp
cough suppresant alcoholics - tab at the liquor store
monsterland - vegas hate fuck
transmegetti - yes i can read

union carbide productions - ring my bell
unsane - vandal-x
scientists - there's a monster in me

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Life - Snake Bite

This was originally posted on 8/26/08 but I'm re-posting this little number because i had a very cool comment left and because this post is so old would most likely would not be seen by many, but one of the members of "The Life' left a very informative comment. So while maybe i'll bitch about no one leaving comments (see previous post) events like this make it worth my while, knowing that members of long forgotten bands are out there and approve of the devil trying to keep their memory alive is very cool. So please if you didn't check this tune out the first time around please do so now and leave some more comments!!!

I couldn't find anything about this kooky little garage number here except that it is from 1967 or 1968? But that might not even be correct because this sounds earlier unless these guys were just stuck in time.... Every time i searched all i came up with was "records" of people losing their life from snakebite! And not the good kind of records but those lame ass ones cops put in folders and then box up and go on your permanent RECORD...

So enjoy this little odd garage type number on HI records and recorded in Memphis in 1967? and written by Walt Stewart.

Here is the additional info given by Bill of "The Life"

Great to come across "Snakebite" on your blog. Here's a bit more info about "The Life". We recorded this in about '67, along with about five other songs by Walt. "Snakebite" was a "pick-hit" in a handful of cities in the South, but faded from play in a few months. "The Life" was the recording name for our group, otherwise known as the "Hungry I". We were a seven piece (keyboard, bass, 2 guitars, 2 trumpets & drums) group that did a lot of traveling across the south in the late 60's, based in Auburn, AL, where most of us were students at the university. Walt Stewart was lead singer & guitarist, and did a good bit of song writing. Marvin Taylor was lead guitarist, Stacy Goss and Mike Stough-trumpets & vocals, Bill Stubblefield on keyboards & vocals, Ed (Sunshine) Roberts on drums & vocals and Bill Baggett (me) on bass.
Can't recall how the opportunity to record in Memphis came about, but we were all pretty hyped about finally getting what we considered to be, our share of sunlight. Although the group was a good combination of talent and personalities, we finally split up after a couple of years and everyone went in different directions. A web search today indicates that most have stayed in music and have done very well for themselves, although a couple of us eventually headed in a different professional direction. The visual arts turned out to be my calling.
I've got a great photo of the group that was a publicity shot made around the time of the recording, but don't know how to enter it on the blog.
Keep up the good work. I appreciate your ear for the choices you consistently shed a bit of light on.
February 28, 2009 11:18 AM

Bill if your still out there many thanks! and email me that photo so i can add it to this post!

Check the comments for a link the more info!!!

The Life - Snake Bite

Monday, March 2, 2009

Jokers Wild - All I See Is You

Testing, testing...

Is this thing on?

Is there anybody out there?

The few, the proud, the demented...

Today on this VERY snowy day you get a kinda punky garage psych tune... Has a little bit of a 66 vibe but goes for some psych moves and what the fuck with the crazy theremin sound? is that theremin or one of those plastic whistles with a slide? I don't know anything about these guys but from the sound i'd say this is 1967 but what the fuck do i know. Ah, fuck it, no ones listening anyway...


Jokers Wild - All I See Is You