If I ever want to do a compilation called Songs of the Mule 2, I will surely want to use the mule number on this album by Jackie Brenston, which also contains music about chewing gum, fast cars and a song that makes the observation that Fat Meat is Greasy, who knew.
Ted hails from parts unknown or the little town of Orillia, Ontario. A regular Rahsaan Roland Kirk of the keyboards, Ted cooked up his own little homemade 88's complete with five keyboards, pedalboard, Hammond B-3, Minimoog, Mellotron, and an echolette. Topped off with his unique vocals, the album is a tour de force of classics like "Satin Doll" and 70's mainstays like "Will It Go Round In Circles", "Schools Out" and the most excellent "Your Mama Don't Dance".
Sometimes if you are patient, blogs that appear to be dead magically come back to life. Case in point, Twist and Frit'-- that introduced me to so many great Belgian pop tunes from the sixties-- just posted some new stuff after a year's hiatus. Quiet joy did ensue.
This album had all the earmarks of a musical trainwreck (which is of course why I bought it).....Gospel legends the Golden Gate Quartet singing backup for pop princess Line Renaud at a glitzy Parisian dance hall? Oddly enough, the quartet's smooth harmonies work well with such poppy numbers as "Viva Cuba" and "Conga Parade"...heck, the whole album rocks. Grab it here, and dig it much.
Recorded in 1972, Gimmicks of Sweden is a Scandinavian take on Brasil '66, in collaboration with samba jazz flautist/saxophonist JT Meirelles. There are some pretty harmonies and gently swaying samba tunes that are the signature of the genre, very digg-able indeed.
It's been a while since any information about Bert Kaempfert was posted here on PCL, so maybe it's time for you to get hold of Tipsy Gypsy, Tricky Trombone, and Fluter's Holiday, all from Kaenpfert's Living It Up!
World of Kane treats us this rollicking theme song to what looks like a pretty fun French movie, "Trop jolies pour être honnêtes." Now I've gotta see it. Is it too soon to book it for the Great PCL FilmFest?
More than a social network, this is the always making sense Doctor Aperitivo's advice. This week with Black Sabbath sang in Thai, a picnic with Faust, synth playing a strange bridge on the river kwai, Krzysztof Komeda and a lot more fantastic delights.
lazy mood ... sunny day ... really don't want to work today ... you shouldn't listen to this album!
"The Hiltonaires were named for Kingston's Hilton Hotel, where they were the house band. Though not necessarily the best mento group ever recorded, The Hiltonaires may have been the most prolific, recording six LPs during mento's middle period. They also toured North America. this LP adds an electric guitar ska chop to some tracks, but the music is really still mento in both instrumentation and repertoire (even if the word "Ska" is worked into some of the titles of familiar mento songs, like "Ska and Fall Back" instead of "Dip and Fall Back")". via mento music
The Hiltonaires - ska-motion in ska-lip-so available thanks to Sixties Fever!
PS: i hope Baikinange didn't already shared this one here!
Red-shirt security guards, one wearing body armor stolen from the army, watch over Rama IV Road outside of their fortified enclave at Lumpini Park. (Photo: Kenneth Todd Ruiz / reporterinexile.com)
If you've been paying attention to world news, you know that crap's getting serious in Thailand right now. The country's teetering on the brink of civil war as protesters from the UDD (also known, unironically, as Red Shirts) have occupied central Bangkok and are engaging in deadly firefights with the Thai army. But because this is Thailand, the Land of Smiles, even full-on revolution requires a dance beat. A journalist buddy of mine who is on the ground there has found time in the midst of covering the fighting to post a trio of Red Shirt anthems that are actually kind of groovy.
The songs date from before last week's government crackdown on the protesters, and their joy offers a counterpoint to the horrible scenes of bloodshed coming out of Bangkok now. If only the world's political differences could be settled by dancing instead of shooting...
Brit readers, bear with me. If you know your Kinks songs, you'll know that line. But most Americans aren't familiar with Mother Riley because these films were never shown here, well, not as far as I know. I first stumbled across them while working in a film archive. I couldn't believe it! Of course I loved the drag factor but Arthur Lucan was a physical comedy genius. There's a wiki page now, of course, so you can read more. Here's a long clip (I couldn't find a good shorter one) but there's plenty more on the youtubes.
And here's the Kinks doing "The Village Green Preservation Society" in 1973.
Hello dear listeners.
We, at the Aperitivo's headquaters, created a very special place with no moral, no rules at all, where scientists or so called can experience whatever they want to. This is the Aperitivo experience.
This week with a great Sun RA song, psyche vibes from Gonja Sufi, Iranian sitar groove, John Carpenter synth action, Jean Pierre Massiera insane disco and a lot more fantastic delights.
If you love novelty music like Spike Jones and the Hoosier Hot Shots-- the hokier, the better, right? you'll love the collection of rare recordings from 1930s band The Kidoodlers at Twindowlicker. You'll get a vintage video and 30+ tunes, all played by a band who used toy instruments to back up their crooning and harmonizing. Plus, now I have an earlier version of my beloved song Oh By Jingo!
Grottu Orloff is a little alien from the planet of Mars who has a wonderful collection of photos and magazines and whatnots that will surely please you. Go visit Grottu's new blog and tell him I sent you, yes?
Speaking of museums of niche interest, while I was connecting at SFO twice last month or saw I beheld the tools of early automated illegal gambling - aka slot machines.
Let me say I detest casinos. They suck. Name anything about them, it sucks even if it's like, say R.E.M. playing the Borgata - they then suck, and so on....
But these early gambling appliances were fascinating- ingenious in their configuration, metalcraft, and design. And next time I'm back on the left coast (which is quite often now) I'm goin' to Big Joe Welch's American Antique Slot Machine Museum, in San Bruno, where 90% of these came from and somewhat fittingly, does not have a website.
Vent Haven Museum in Ft. Mitchell KY features over 700 ventriloquist dummies, as well as mucho memorabilia on all things dummified. Hey Yuma, ROAD TRIP, I know you love the little dummies, wanna meet me there this summer? Maybe Percy Trout will come up and join us there.
I had no idea Yugoslavia had been researching human/heifer skin grafting, is that what's going on here on this album cover? Honestly, I know I need new glasses, but I am completely at a loss to figure out what this is meant to depict. If you can stop retching long enough to download the corresponding music, stick with the A side "Majhni psi" which sounds to me like an outtake from Rocky Horror, except I wouldn't even know because I am probably the only living human under the age of 80 (and I just barely fit in that category) that has never seen that movie.
"Many people love the way you bouncing....you bouncing like a scorpion....oh honey moon girls, you better dance and whine..." at least I THINK that's what he's singing...."Oh Honey Moon Girls" is officially my song of the week!!! Everyone needs to hear it!
Dance with Arjune Popo! And when you figure out what his song "When I Bounce Up Dollary" is about, clue me in, k?
Bruce Haack on I've Got A Secret (Flash Video 02:02). "...Composer Bruce Haack demonstrates his electronic instrument the Dermatron on a 1960 episode of the CBS quiz show, I've Got A Secret, while Praxiteles Pandel plays the piano. The Dermatron was a theremin played on skin instead of air.
Also... Bruce Haack (recording as Jackpine Savage)... Funky Little Song (.mp3 audio 03:39). From the album Together (1971, Dimension 5).
Short version: "I thought they was just lumpy boys".
Festus DOES do a version of a right snappy tune called "Golly Bill". Best line: "You start my pore heart to jumpin' the same as a fat girl a-playing squat tag". And he introduces us to a new dance called the Festus, too. Get it here.
Great collection of vintage gumball machine charms, displays, machines, packaging....it is indeed gumball charm Nirvana. Amazing to remember a time when a penny still bought you something...as John Waters says, the only thing pennies are good for any more is for insulting waitstaff.