Friday, October 30, 2009

Chuck Osbourne - Frankenstein Pt. 1

OK Folks, tomorrow is the big day! And i will end my brief but fulfilling (at least for me) excursion into the haunting land of Halloween/Monster music with my fave monster of them all...

The almighty FRANKENSTEIN!

When i was about 6 years old i begged my Mom to get me a 6 foot Franky with glowing eyes and bolts from the back of a comic book and man was i excited the day that baby came! I hung it up my wall in my room and proudly tried to scare my little sister with it! Man i though i was cool, that was until it was bed time and the monsters eyes would not stop glowing and staring at me!!! Ha! I think i ran for the hill (Mom's bed) but man i sure wish i still had that silly plastic monster...

Anyway, as with my previous couple of tunes this i heavier funky psych jam with some killer ripping guitar work, and some crude vocals, just like the devil digs 'em... 6 feet under! Get it? Digs 'em 6 feet under!?!? oh, never mind...

Chuck Osbourne? Hittsburg USA Records? Hell if i know... Just don't forget this was ANOTHER Super M Production....

Get crude, get funky and let it rip! This one is all killer thriller and no lame filler....

and if this doesn't satisfy all your Franky needs heads over to A Patchwork Of Flesh to fulfill your needs...

Chuck Osbourne - Frankenstein Pt. 1

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Smokey Jam - Lady Vampire

Alright, i could not find ANYTHING out about this band but Halloween without Vampires, even Lady Vampires is like catching the clap without getting laid...
The label states "Area Band" but what area that was i have no idea but i don't think it was Transylvania...
Being on Weird records doesn't hurt this bad boy, er, girl but the real jewel is the song itself, in 1 minuet and 52 seconds they manage to squeeze in some great spooky organ, great fuzzy guitar leads, smooth and somewhat spooky vocals and some more fuzzy guitar, fuzzy, man i do love the fuzzy... ya know more of a 70's bush man.... and i'm sure being from 1972 there was plenty of bush "round these boys...

wait, is this a family show?

matters... enjoy the fuzz.

Oh yeah, check the date on the record with the one on your calendar today...

It was 27 years ago today, Sargent Pepper's told his.... Uh Oh, Wrong Record! Let me Out Of Here!

Smokey Jam - Lady Vampire

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Rattles - The Witch

I dig this tune immensely... And what would Halloween be like without some Witch action? Throw is some fuzzy wah wah guitar and once again count this devil in!!!

The Rattles began their career in the same Hamburg scene where many Liverpool based UK rock groups got their start. They met The Beatles in 1962 and played alongside them on three occasions in Germany; at Munich, Essen and Hamburg. In 1968 they recorded "The Witch", written by Hildebrandt, which was a hit in Germany. The group was forced to split up owing to army service and other reasons and a new line-up formed, although Hildebrandt remained as songwriter and record producer. They enjoyed sustained success in their own country through the 1960s, and recorded a new version of "The Witch" in 1970 which became their only international hit.

"The Witch" went Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart, in addition to hitting the Top 20 in Austria and on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. By April 1971, it had sold over one million copies, with the Rattles becoming the first German group to ever appear in the U.S. charts.

* Achim Reichel - vocals, guitar
* Herbert Hildebrandt - bass
* Hans Joachim Kreuzfeld - guitar
* Reinhard "Dickie" Tarrach - drums

This was the mid 1960s line-up. By the time of "The Witch" they had all left and successively been replaced by other musicians, with Edna Béjarano now being the lead singer.

The Rattles - The Witch

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Studebaker Bro's - Lie'n In The Grave

Going to switch gears here for the last few days before Halloween.

Most of, if not all of my previous Halloween posts from last year have been 50's or 60's campy novelty type tunes so i thought I'd change it up with a few late 60's early 70's garage and heavy psych type jams just to shake things up around these parts of Hell!

And while this isn't necessarily a real Halloween type tune anytime someone is singing about graves and dust and bones followed up by some ripping FUZZ guitar count this devil IN!!!

As for The Studebaker Bro's or Little Fort records your guess is as good as mine...

The Studebaker Bro's - Lie'n In The Grave

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Tarantulas - Tarantula - Black Widow

What would Halloween be like without some spiders!?!?

Fortunately for us "The Tarantulas" give us these 2 creepy instrumentals from 1960 and now i give them to you... Just in time for the Hell-A-Day!

As for the band:

The Tarantulas first recorded as the Spyders and had some personnel changes before changing their name. Band members included Bobby Tucker, Fred Crook, Dan Rains, Sammy Creason, and Bill English. The Tarantulas' best known song is "Tarantula," and they recorded several other songs including "Like Spellbound" and "Kaw Liga." "Tarantula" was recorded at Fernwood studio in Memphis ca. 1960 and was released as a single (Atlantic-2102 b/w "Black Widow"). This song is included on the CD Fernwood Rock N Roll. After Bill Black passed away in 1965, Bobby Tucker became the lead for the Bill Black Combo and the group, which incorporated other Tarantulas members, recorded until the 1970s.

The Tarantulas - Tarantula

The Tarantulas - Black Widow

The Tarantulas - Tarantula

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Surfmen - The Ghost Hop

What is Halloween without some Ghosts???

Just a little kooky, (some-what) spooky and groovy surf instrumental here to get your weekend started!

The Surfmen consisted of Ray Hunt (lead), Nick Drury (rhythm), Armon Frank (sax), Randall Anglin (bs) & Tim Fitzpatrick (dms). After replacing Drury, Anglin, and Frank with Ed Chiaverini, Ron Griffith, and Joel Willenbring, they changed their name to the Lively Ones in 1962.

I know this is a quick one, but you don't need no slack jawin' from me on this one. Just dig in... Sand and Spooks, oh my!

The Surfmen - The Ghost Hop

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sam The Sham - Haunted House - How Does A Cheating Woman Feel

Trying to get into the "spirit" here of my fave month and fave holiday @ the devil's music with some Halloween classics... last month by this time i had a plethora of spooky and kooky tunes for you all, this month not so much... but here we go with what little time we have left i give you Sam The Sham before the Pharaoh's with his first record. BUT the thing here is that even though this is the start of my Halloween posts, the REAL winner here is the B side and "How Does A Cheating Woman Feel"... It is just a really great song IMHO.

I don't really think i need to give any background on Sam the Sham do i???

Enjoy, and i hope to be back with a few more ghoulish numbers before the month ends...

Sam The Sham - Haunted House
Sam The Sham - How Does A Cheating Woman Feel

Friday, October 9, 2009

Mongo Santamaria - I Can't Get Next To You

This is the jam right here. I know my man DJ Pres ove @ Flea Market Funk posted this one already way back when but this needs to be heard by others other than the funk and soul crew out there so if you haven't heard this wicked Temptations cover done in a funky ass Latin style, man are you in for a treat! This tune just jumps out at you with some seriously tight playing by all involved and really moves.

Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría (April 7, 1917 in Havana, Cuba – February 1, 2003) was an Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist. He is most famous for being the composer of the jazz standard "Afro Blue," recorded by John Coltrane among others. In 1950 he moved to New York where he played with Perez Prado, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Fania All Stars, etc. He was an integral figure in the fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms with R&B and soul, paving the way for the boogaloo era of the late 1960s. His 1963 hit rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.

So take a spin and if this don't get your weekend started off with a bang, check your pulse, you may already be dead...

Mongo Santamaria - I Can't Get Next To You

Monday, October 5, 2009

Myth - Stormy Night

Last year this time i was head long into an all Halloween month, this year, not so much... I just didn't have the time to get it all done. However there may still be some sort of a collaboration between me and The Red Boy at some point, but who knows... Stick around and see what happens...

So anyway, here is a record i know nothing about except that it's from Youngstown Ohio and there is possibly some connection to the Heavy Ohio hitters Poobah??? The A side is a nice rocking 60's style rock jam heavy on blues guitar rock. I love when songs are written for no other purpose then to let the axe man just jam it out. That is definitely the case here!

The guitar has a real nice clean reverb sound and the git man, who's name i do not know is just giving it his all, clunkers and all.... just beautiful. The bass man aint to shabby either! i would assume, that they are brothers, the Adams brothers, by the writing credits on the 7 inch but who knows....

So dig into "Myth" and if you know anything about this band from Youngstown Ohio, drop the knowledge!!!!

Myth - Stormy Night

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Ribeye Brothers - New Ways To Fail

This is a public service message from the devil:

The Ribeye Brothers, who just happen to be my fave active New Jersey band have a new record out and it would serve you well to go and buy it now!!!!

Visit their Myspace page ASAP! and tell them the devil sent you!

The new album is called "New Ways To Fail" which 1st appeared on this here snazzy 7 inch. Which was either re-recorded or re-mixed for the full length and well worth it!

For those not in the know, this is Big Tim Cronin and John Kleiman of Monster Magnet fame doing some sort of negative, self deprecating, alt country, 60's, pop, psych, mash up that oft sounds like The Monkees on a bad bad trip.... Tim is my fave lyricist of ll time... really great stuff. My kids get a kick out this one too, a sure sign of true genius!

Hop to it sucker and go get the new Ribeye record post haste!!!

and enjoy this lil' taste in the meantime....

Ribeye Brothers - New Ways To Fail

Friday, October 2, 2009

Hot Soup - You Took Me By Surprise

I know things have been a bit slow over here these days but hang in there, i still got plenty of vinyl to share. It's just my computer access has been uber limited these days as my PC took a dive into the great unknown and I've been busy handling real life shit as well... but anyway; here is a cut i really dig to start your weekend. Even the crappy styrene pressing which causes some funky surface noise doesn't really detract as this is a heavy and wicked jam that is heavy on the riff and organ. After i found this 45 i went out and searched and bought the album by Hot Soup and it really is nothing like this shit hot mother.

So enjoy this great jam from 1969 on Rama Rama - Remember Records.

As for the band, they were from Florida (Miami?) and Mario Castellano of the Pods went on to sing and play lead guitar with Hot Soup. Their organ player was Willie Akridge, who I see was born on October 21, 1947, in Dothan, Alabama. Akridge was a one time member of the Mar-Teks. Frank Carillo, who recorded for Atlantic in the late 70s, was also in the group. If you need anymore info You try and google "Hot Soup" and tell me what you come up with...

P.S. - Yesterday was my birthday, why didn't you send me something nice???

Hot Soup - You Took Me By Surprise