Tuesday, September 25, 2007
With just a few days to go, I want to remind folks to visit the Gothtober Halloween countdown site during the next month. It's always fun and interesting. (You can also view last year's Calendar).
Silly band , but a great pop song.
Great band, those first three albums are classics.
I always loved this song...
Monday, September 24, 2007
And the Festival is opened by Count Gore De Vol!!!!
some Halloween sites of note
First of all, here are some sites of general interest, with lots of links, some history of the holiday, sound effects, recipes, costumes, pictures, etc.
These are home pages for commercial, semi-commercial, and inspired yard haunts in the greater DC region.
Here are some sites dedicated to listing pro & semipro haunts (and corn mazes) around the country.
Haunting Pro sites
Sites devoted to Home Haunts
more on Wuss Nation
Have never seen this video before. Ochs is one of my faves.
"We show them how to make good choices" says the bureaucratic nanny....my ass.....
40 years, my gods....
Sunday, September 23, 2007
An interesting footnote.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Always thought this was one of the best songs from '76. I always thought the Wilson sisters should've done better and stayed away from mainstream formulas that engulfed them in the 80's. Oh well, that first album was wonderful...
Under-rated band. Great sound, one of the first to integrate horns successfully into rock.
Great mid-Sixties garage rock. I love this song.
One of the greatest R&R bands. Amazing.
I'm just curious, is there anything from China NOT made out of lead, rat poison or engine coolant?
What a dumb fuck.
With the Equinox upon us, I'm now getting in Full-Halloween mode here. Will try posting up a list of valuable links for the Holiday in the next two weeks.
Happy Pig's Face Day!
Another obscure holiday I'm resurrecting.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I've seen at least one weak performance by Southside, but I've also seen some great ones. One of the best White R&B singers and bands - ever. When he's cooking, Southside can take a song and add a depth of emotion to it that is almost painful. Linda and I caught the Jukes at Merriweather about twenty years ago and they opened with the old Supremes hit of Stop! In The Name of Love. It was unbelievable - one of the most energetic and joyful performances I've ever seen - a near religious experience. And the Jukes are one of those bands that can play for hours and get better and better. You never leave a Southside concert early.
One of the great kicks in the ass to pop culture! Charming lads! Perfectly timed and executed.
My second favorite Bowie song, (after Heroes). Great song to have out on the radio when you're a teenager...
Man, I wish I'd seen this tour. One of the best bands ever assembled. Leon Russell wrote this little love song to Rita Coolidge, (both were in this group).
With Little Stevie Winwood. Ow!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I swear this looks like a Glen Baxter model: "Rupert lectured for hours, but was unable to convince the wooden fish to vote Tory" or "Even the wearing of his best ascot couldn't get Lance noticed by the carved haddock".
Wonderfully repellent and compellingly sleazy. And by all that is Holy, what the hell is the Open Face Sandwich Club?!? My mind reels with the possibilities!
Jersey's finest son meets Rockville's finest daughter. It doesn't get any better than this, comrades. THIS is religion.
Known mostly for her work with the Go Go's, Wieldin is a wonderful songwriter and recording artist. Her tunes can be beautiful, sensitive, cute, and fun. Another in a long line of underappreciated performers.
One of the great British rockers. Our wedding song....
Yes, it's dumb; but you just can't get it out of your head. Classic high school rock...
Great band and song.
Insert Richard Gere joke here...
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
At some emotional level, I consider this quite sad; but I also consider it inevitable. It wouldn't surprise me to see only 10-12 languages commonly spoken by the end of this century.
So cool. Theme to the American release of Patrick McGoohan's Secret Agent TV series. My personal theme song in the mid Sixties, always running in my head - cause the odds were I wouldn't live to see tomorrow...
A good cover of an old Soft Boys tune (which I couldn't locate any footage of). Punk meets neo-psychedelia. Neat!
A guilty pleasure. Most groups like this do nothing for me, but I've always liked 38 Special's music.
Another great cut from the Concert for Bangladesh. Leon is one of those living legends in pop culture, with a resume a mile long. The Master of Space & Time...
My favorite Ringo song; this is from the Concert for Bangladesh.
I wish they had the ones from Sears in the 60's. For those of you too young - there was a real sense of ritual and excitement to these things, much like the childhood memories evoked in Sheppard's Christmas Story. They'd be dropped off on your front doorstep around the second or third week of October. As far as we were concerned, that was the official start to the Christmas greed-fest. Within 72 hours the whole catalog would be memorized, underlined, bookmarked, and cross referenced. A merciless 24-hour-a-day lobbying effort would be directed at the parents, backed by vague threats and allusions to blackmail and extortion, only ending on Christmas morning with the inevitable sack of coal and stack of switches....
Monday, September 17, 2007
Another great and forgotten band. They, and this song, should have been huge. It's like some sort of pop Frankenstein monster - with parts from all sorts of 60's & 70's sub-currents.
Essential. A great version from the legendary TNT show. John and his autoharp, Zally clowning around. One of my all-time favorite songs and bands. To be successful, R&R and R&B had to capture more than the usual boy/girl thing. They had to encompass the whole of our lives, successes and failures, danger and daring, and also a certain innocence and longing. The Spoonful provided that last part. I can only echo some old liner notes from one of their albums, listening to these old tunes and when they were written and wonder how the hell we got to where we are today.
You gotta have guts to cover Chuck Berry, and you better be damn good - Winter succeeds. This is a fun version.
One of the great lost power pop bands. Saw 'em once at the old Ontario Theater and thought they were great. They played this tune, a perfect little DC number...
(Thanks for the link, Pete!)
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
That Ghost Host With The Most, Count Gore De Vol, does it again! This week he's showing that Classic Mexican horror film, The Wrestling Women Versus The Aztec Mummy. THAT'S Entertainment!
I know that 70's soft rock is waaay out of fashion, but I've always enjoyed America and this is probably my fave tune by 'em. There are times of simplicity in everyone's life, generally early on; when both the successes and the failures, the good times and the bad are very instinctual and basic. These guys' songs remind me a little of that.
One of the great rock bands, underappreciated, as usual. I wish I could play a piano like Terry. Soooo cool!
Go ahead and laugh - I always liked this balled. Very sweet.
Great stuff! Take John Lee Hooker and stick him out on the desert plains of West Texas and this is what you get!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Perfect vocals; but where's John's hat?! I just found out a few months ago that Cass grew up on my street, about seven blocks down!
People tend to forget how big these guys were in the early and mid 60's. They had some great songs, and this is probably my fave.
One of the the GREAT driving songs. May the gods help anyone in front of me when this comes on the radio at night...
Maslow's Pyramid for the modern ages.
Lousy video quality. But one of my fave garage/psychedelia songs and bands. Brilliant stuff!
Happy Holy Nut Day!
Probably my first/earliest childhood memories of television. And one of my first heroes, (along with Zorro and Robin Hood).
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Noisy psychedelic music of despair - I love it...
In a decade literally crammed to the rafters with interesting songs, this was one of the most. Fascinating and mysterious lyrics, a beautiful combination of baroque pop/country goth/paisley pop pyschelia. One of those tunes that gets better around the fourth or fifth drink. Hazelwood was a weird little genius and is sorely missed.
Probably the best example of blue-eyed soul, ever. Perfect vocals and great Spector production. This is an example of everything clicking just right.
Another good garage band, featuring Moulty on drums (who had a hook for a left hand which he used to drum with - how cool is that!?!). Created one of the first odes to guys with long hair - Are You A Boy, Or Are You A Girl? Fun stuff!
Wonderful first generation Garage Rock, just when it was turning to psychedelia.
Sad. I wouldn't use that swill to flush with...
Francis Scott Key wrote the national anthem on the night of Sept 13-14th in 1814. I confess that I've never liked it. No one can sing it, no one knows all the words, it's too slow, the tune is stolen from the Brits, etc. I think Yankee Doodle would have been a good choice, or better yet, this little gem. Cheers!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I hope this so-called judge rethinks his decision soon. I certainly wouldn't want any tentacled "accidents" to happen to him. ... Meanwhile, I now hereby pronounce you all Spawn And Wife. Amen.
Fantastic song from one of the best albums - ever. Rod & The Faces could rock!
Unfortunately, it's only a partial recording. I was going to say this was one of my fave Byrds' tunes; but hell, I love everything this band has ever done! Essential.
Probably the national anthem of the modern power pop movement. Great song and tragic band.
When you pry it from my cold, dismembered hand...
Play Freebird! Er, I mean Stairway!!!!
If you like this kind of humor, be sure to check out Glen Baxter's comic books - He's THE MASTER.
The Monkees TV show debuted on this date in '66.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Ah, that's it - a little East Coast decadence. High school games, cheap wine, and full of worry. Amusing that one can get nostalgic over early 70's Weimar America...
Sometimes Mellencamp's rural Midwest schtick gets a little too much for me, (I was born in a LARGE town...). But I do enjoy quite a few of his tunes, and this is my favorite. Good instrumentation and a weariness in the lyrics I can identify with more and more.
One of the first punk/new wave bands to get a major contract. Unjustly ignored by the public. They were a great group.
Cool band with a great sound.
Linda and I were noticing this in our shopping more and more. Three weeks ago I purposefully went down the aisles of Total Wines just picking up bottles based on the cleverness of their labels - and they ended up being pretty good! No great finds, but no duds either.
a bad day for muggers
Monday, September 10, 2007
Interesting movie, great pop song. I don't know if folks much older OR younger than me would really appreciate this tune, but it captures the times it was recorded in nicely.
Wonderful band and sound. Those mid-period seven albums are Essential.
The Jesus of Cool with one of the best bands ever.
There's something very wrong with NASA....
Sunday, September 09, 2007
My fave Nicks tune. Beautiful. Written in Colorado, of course...
One of the most moving and saddest songs I know. The anthem of the Irish diaspora. This is for Cathy O'Brien...
Wonderful wonderful song. (not the best sound quality...)
One of my fave Halloween records!
Fantastic! (I am only slightly miffed that they left mine out...)
Saturday, September 08, 2007
You won't be hungry after viewing these...
Another group that I feel is much more interesting than most folks give them credit for. Some of the best songwriters of the era wrote their hits, and Nesmith was no slouch at early country rock.
Another great Paul Rodgers band.
Nice, vaguely sixties girl sound.
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
Friday, September 07, 2007
And yet another fave. Fantastic tune from '67. Listening to Cousin Duffy on WPGC...
Love this band. Another essential.
Great band and song. Pity they never made it in the States.
There's a horror movie in all of this...
Very cool! Essential!
(Thanks for the notice, Pete!)
Brilliant, Beautiful, Essential. I still remember the first time I heard that debut album - walking into the old Kemp Mill Records off of Braddock Road. The thing had just been released and the clerk put it on their sound system. Ten seconds into their cover of Stop Your Sobbing and I was hooked. Great sound.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
Cool 80's dance tune, with a nod and a wink. Fun stuff!
One of my faves. Beautiful ballad.
Fantastic version, (as is the original by Joy Division).
I thought I was the only one who remembered this song! (Yes Missy, I own the fabulously rare 12" of it....). The Devil Lives In My Husband's Body gets played on Halloweens here at the Manor! (You can listen to it at the above site). Neat!
I love William Castle-style film promotions! And I can't believe we'd sit back and let the Russkies win this "Promotions War". I suggest we immediately up the ante by offering:
1. Free VD shots for anyone viweing the Happy Hooker, etc.
2. Glow-in-the-dark crucifixes for attendees of vampire flicks. Roast garlic could be served on the popcorn.
3. Cans of pea soup for Exorcist fans.
4. Outdoor thermometers to be handed out at all showings of An Inconvenient Truth.
5. Free flea collars for all patrons of werewolf movies.
6. Coupons for Fava Beans at showings of Silence of the Lambs.
7. Pet chameleons handed out during Godzilla movies.
8. Free gerbils for anyone attending a Richard Gere film.
I tell you, we must win this race, and we will!!!
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Ah, summer of '78... Very cool sound. Reminiscent of my boy Al Stewart. I know I am alone in this opinion, but I believe this song is based on a rather obscure Discordian sci-fi story called the Clam of Catastrophe by Arthur Cover.
Wonderful rock'n'roll! Good Paul Rodgers vocal.
Great forgotten artist and song from the 70's. Very pretty.
A nation of wussies...
Horror & Sci Fi flics on TV
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Classic mid-70's cock rock. So stupid it's fun, and a great sound you can't get out of your head. Great to go with that second six pack...
All the soap opera drama and glam got in the way of the fact that this was one of the better folk rock groups. Sonny could combine a pseudo Phil Spector sound and commercialism with Dylanesque pretensions and come up with some pretty neat Top 40 tunes.
A very pretty song, I always liked it. Another good end of Summer song.
One of my faves - very cool song.
Because nothing says you care more than panda poo...
Monday, September 03, 2007
A nice start-of-school song! In its day, the unofficial anthem of William & Mary. It's always neat hearing this song sober, very different from the days when it was released... To all of you about to start classes, I wish you better luck than I ever had. As for me, time for some Virginia Gentleman...
Yes, yes, I know, I know. Throughout the mid and late 70's this was overplayed and he was overexposed. But I still think this was a very pretty love song and it still reminds me of more innocent and hope-filled days. Another good end-of-summer song.
Fun song by a fun group.
My fave Summer tune. If I'm home, I always listen to it every Labor Day, and have been doing so since its release in '69. Beautiful, beautiful song.
(you might need to log into this site to view the link - sorry)
A celebration of one of my fave films in one of my all-time favorite spots on Earth. I've been in and around Ridgway dozens of time over the course of my life, and been stopping in and eating at the True Grit Cafe for at least twenty years now. As many of you old-timers know, I consider that whole region a second home. Just beautiful....
(Thanks for the link, Dolores!)
The events in the song took place on this date...
Sunday, September 02, 2007
So cool! Along with the Ronettes, THE best of the girl groups.
They never got much respect, but I always considered The Stranglers to be one of the better and more interesting bands to come out of late 70's Britain. A mix of Doors-like danger and intelligence.
Sometimes, too white bread, but very good with ballads.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
There are some good suggestions here, (mostly the rude ones), but I'm sorry, "Bitch Set Me Up!" is the only appropriate one...
Reasonably good resource, (the maps need better captioning and descriptions).