A Blue Halloween


The Last Vampire - Hollywood Vampires
Laffin Beatnik - Johnny Beeman
Little Old Lady From Transylvania - Ghouls
I'm In The Ground For Good - Newports
Boogie Woogie Man Gonna Getcha - Jackie Lee Cochran
Surfer Ghoul - Mr Gasser & The Weirdos
Dead - Poets
Alligator Wine - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Sodomy - Me First & The Gimme Gimmes
Haunted House - Teenage Bottlerocket
Peek-A-Boo - Cadillacs
Dracula's Deuce - Ghouls
Monster Mash Party - Bobby Boris Pickett
She's Fallen In Love With A Monster Mash - Revillos
Coolest Little Monster - John Zacherley
Zombie Walk - Magics
Ghosts From Boot Hill - Hellbenders
I Became Somebody Else - Lolas
Werewolf - Carl Bonafede
Don't Meet Mr. Frankenstein - Carlos Casal Jr.
Lon Chaney Junior's Daughter - Stems
There's A Pale Moon - Hank Ray & Thee Exectioneers
Date With A Vampyre - Screaming Tribesmen
Hot Rod Hearse - 3-D Invisibles
Zombie Dumb - Reverend Horton Heat
Halloween (She Get So Mean) - Rob Zombie
Cha Cha With The Zombies - Upperclassmen
El Monster Surfin' Time - Los Pelegrinos Negros
'til The Following Night - Screaming Lord Sutch
Ghoul's Night Out - Misfits
Do The Zombie - Symbols
Legend Of Sleepy Hollow - Monotones
Que Monstruos Son - Southern Culture On The Skids
Postcard From The Grave - Untamed
Dead Man's Stroll - Revels
Jekyll And Hyde - Jim Burgett
Frankensteins's Party - Swingin' Phillies
Surfing On Mars - Surf Sluts
You Can Get Him Frankenstein - Castle Kings
Hot Rod Hades - Charlie Ryan
Nightmare - Scotty Stuart
Shockmonster Stomp - Ghastly Ones


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I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why.
John Steinbeck

1946 Esquire by Vargas
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Back in the day movie music used to be not much but Miklos Roza and Ben Hur kind of things. Then "Blackboard Jungle" with "Rock Around the Clock" and Elvis changed all of that; for the better I think.
50,000 B.C. (BEFORE CLOTHING) I think it was Frank Zappa who pointed out that the best thing about "Blackboard Jungle" and Elvis in the movies was that there weren't any parents yelling to turn it down! No wonder some theaters reported riots and switch blade vandalism.
So this collection is nothing but a mess of music from TV shows and movies. I hope some of it is surprising and all of it fun in a Big Beat way. Odd to me is that pop music has pretty much taken over the media. I mean, you can take almost any reasonable song and find out some show or movie has used it. Alan Arkush took this to its peak or its nadir with "Crossing Jordan", and then David Chase and T Bone Burnett turned the quirky pop song soundtrack into its own growing genre. It also makes some embarrassing moments such as a review of the newer Fantastic Four movie where this person said the most exciting moment of the movie was recognizing a fave tune in Invisible Girl's ear buds!
This stuff isn't like that. Like I said, it's intended to be fun and you can dance to it. I can't think of any reason you wouldn't want to do that.
I've tended to use cover versions, just because they tend to be less mawkish than the originals and a bit more fun. One exception is "Love Is All Around" which Wet Wet Wet turned into a massive hit for "Notting Hill" by adding strings and aspartame to the max, then singing it in a smooth smooth tenor. I prefer the original which is sung by a dazed punk who just a few months before just wanted to do the "Wild Thing" with, probably, the same girl.

My Life In Motion Pictures
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - Los Plantronics
Sing, Sing, Sing - Flat Duo Jets
Batusi A-Go! Go! - Or - (I Shouldn't Wish To Attract Attention) - Nelson Riddle
Ben - Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
Stand - REM
Cry Me A River - Jeff Beck
The Lonely Bull - Duo Tones
One Eyed Jack - Jailbirds
Battleship Chains - Georgia Satellites
Soul Man (stereo) - Sam And Dave
Runaway ('Crime Story' version) - Del Shannon
Poison Ivy - Vulcanes
Hang 'Em High - Sandblasters
Little Green Bag - George Baker Selection
Travelin' Man - Ricky Nelson
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding - Matthew Sweet And Susanna Hoffs
The Ballad Of Paladin - Johnny Western
Action - Freddy Cannon
High School Confidential - Blasters
Misirlou - Emotionals
Duke Of Earl - Gene Chandler
Goldfinger - Man or Astro-Man?
With a Girl Like You - Rutles
Do Anything You Wanna Do - Flashcubes
For A Few Dollars More - Death Valley
Goo Goo Muck - Frank Popp Ensemble
(Theme From) The Monkees (Previously Unissued Early Version) - Monkees
Five O'Clock World - Vogues
Eve Of Destruction - Dickies
Oh, Pretty Woman - Rockapella
Dead Flowers - Barney Bentall And The Legendary Hearts
Love Is All Around - Troggs
North To Alaska - Dwight Yoakam
You're So Vain - Tony Randall And Jack Klugman
Inner-Manipulations - Barry McGuire
The Riddler - Riddler
I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) - Ikettes
Bits and Pieces (stereo/vinyl) - Dave Clark Five
Couldn't Get It Right - Climax Blues Band

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Gene And Eddie

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The greatest singer ever is Gene Vincent. There’s no discussion of this, no proof required. It’s a pure and simple fact, a syllogism. Gene Vincent was the greatest, the best singer there ever was or ever will be. Buddy Holly waited in a hotel lobby just to get Gene’s autograph. Every night Gene looked to the skies and sang to the angels, he entertained the angels and calmed the devils. Gene Vincent.
I saw him perform only once. He was fat and out of shape. The club was sold out. The band maybe knew Gene’s songs. It was the greatest show I’d ever seen or ever would see. It didn’t set a yardstick for other shows. It was a unique and once and never again experience.
Gene Vincent.
I’ve collected anecdotes about him throughout my life. Some are bizarre, some eerie and most wrong. The stories fascinated and titillated me. Most of the storytellers became close friends. We had Gene Vincent in common and that was enough to support love down through decades.
There are plenty of books about him. There need to be. There are plenty of reissues of his music. They’re all essential. Gene died in his thirties. He was a sopped up alky. He was a bloated figure who looked like he’d been living for 60 years at least. I was reminded of the corpse of Charlie Parker.
It’s not true but it should have been that his last words were, “She took everything, mama. Even my record player.”

Eddie Cochran was Gene’s best friend. Eddie died before Gene but was still with Gene.
Eddie was a session player in Hollywood at fifteen. He was a mean guitarist and a talented songwriter. He was a teenager and knew exactly what that meant. Every musical generation has featured an Eddie Cochran cover as part of their canon of viva la diference.
He sweated talent. His work with Gene was superb but not his finest. He died too soon, but who doesn’t. His passing left a hole in the world and in our lives.

What’s here is their music. It could have gone on for 3 days and then started all over again. I’d not have complained.
There’s a lot missing in this little sampler.

Git It Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Be Bop A Lula Unknown - Rebel Heart Vol. 7
Bop Street Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Let’s Get Together Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Box Set - Summertime Blues
Gene And Eddie Stray Cats - Runaway Boys
Jelly Bean Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Story - Three Steps To Heaven
The Day The World Turned Blue Gene Vincent - The Day The World Turned Blue
Sweet Gene Vincent Ian Dury - Sweet Gene Vincent
Born To Be A Rolling Stone (Alternate Take) Gene Vincent - Rebel Heart Vol. 7
Rollin’ Danny Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Drive-In Show Eddie Cochran - The Ballads Of Eddie Cochran
Weekend (Stereo) Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Box Set - Somethin’ Else
Pink Peg Slacks (Alt) Eddie Cochran - All The Best
Just Like Eddie Heinz - 25 Rock N Roll Hits
Mean When I’m Mad Eddie Cochran - The Best Of Eddie Cochran
Lonely Street (Undubbed Version) Gene Vincent - Rebel Heart Vol. 7
Cut Across Shorty Eddie Cochran - The Best Of Eddie Cochran
Spoken Message Gene Vincent - Rebel Heart Vol 1
Over The Rainbow Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Unchained Melody Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Summertime Blues Beach Boys - Surfin’ Safari
Water Baby Blues (short riff) Eddie Cochran - Rockin’ It Country Style
My Love To Remember Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Box Set - I’m Ready
My Way Who - Odds And Sods
North Carolina Line Gene Vincent - The Day The World Turned Blue
Cherished Memories Eddie Cochran - The Best Of Eddie Cochran
I Got A Baby Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Three Steps To Heaven Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Box Set - Somethin’ Else
Blue Jean Bop Gene Vincent - Rockabilly’s Gravest Hits
C’Mon Everybody Sex Pistols - The Great Rock And Roll Swindle
Rip It Up (out take) Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Red Blue Jeans and a Pony Tail Jeff Beck - Crazy Legs
Vincent’s Blues Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Hurtin For You Baby Gene Vincent - Born To Be A Rolling Stone
Don’t Bye, Bye Baby Me Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Story
Am I That Easy To Forget Gene Vincent - Born To Be A Rolling Stone
Boll Weevil Song Eddie Cochran - The Best Of Eddie Cochran
Somethin’ Else-Pistol Packin’ Mama Flamin’ Groovies - Supersnazz
Cotton Picker Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Box Set - I’m Ready
Baby Blue Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Dance In The Street Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Lucky Star Gene Vincent - The Gene Vincent Box Set
Hallelujah I Love Her So-C’mon Everybody-Somethin’Else-Twenty Flight Rock Eddie Cochran - The Eddie Cochran Story
The Story Of The Rockers Gene Vincent - Rebel Heart Vol 2
Race With The Devil Gene Vincent - Rockabilly’s Gravest Hits

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I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen
A.A. Milne

Gas by Edward Hopper
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I thought my last podcast was pretty terrible. The songs were all great, impeccably so. The weakness lie in me.
The podcast is available on the podcast page (see the menu up top there.) but only because of my compulsiveness. It's not good although I like the self deprecating cover art.
My big Blue dog passed over. Whenever I worked on a podcast he'd nudge me in the shoulder from behind while I faced the computer screen.
That's my other excuse for the huge delay here. But it's his memory and two, yes two requests for more music that generate this latest missive.
This is the annual welcome to summer podcast. It is okay. I somehow lost the list of songs and performers . . . so take it as it is!

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If I don't feel too abysmal (unlikely) the next podcast will be dedicated to Gene And Eddie! Impossible to mess that one up.

Podcast.net seems to have gone belly up. A shame really. Leaves only iTunes.
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Christmas Stocking
The Christmas podcast is finally here. Mainly new stuff with a bit of the old favorites. It is Christmas and part of Christmas is traditions which bring back memories and nostalgia or old stuff.
Comic Cavalcade 25It's great.
Around here the time keeps flowing faster as we figure out who to gift and who to snub. Sadly most of the snubs are for financial reasons and not for looking to hurt. And the few people whom might feel lost without a present from the pack are on the list!
I'm pushing for Christmas decorations this year. A $35 wreath was nixed ($35 for a wreath?!?!?) I think twinkling lights on the front porch would be tasteful and noticed by absolutely no one but me. Twinkle lights would be $9, so if I can find a power point I'm good to go!
So you can see Christmas is just the same as it is for everyone else. That's a good thing I guess, reconnecting with old friends and people I love. Appreciating the people and dogs I love. Trying to figure out what to do with the dog who lives in my kitchen, the normal concerns of Christmas and the attendant joy and memories.
I wish the same for you.

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This mess of Christmas tunes is heavy on the power pop. What is power pop but smashing heavy guitars with a lot of la la la's tossed in. I like most of them quite a bit and it makes me keep looking for more.

You Can't Stop Christmas From Coming - Corey Leland
Its Christmas Time - Boss Martians
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Joey Ramone
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - X
Going Up To Bethlehem - Bob Rivers
Little Beatbox Boy - Street Corner Symphony
Hazy Shade Of Winter - Bangles
God! Surf Ye Merry Gentlemen - Vern Jules & The Aquanauts
Surfin Santa - Sonic Surf City
Little Saint Nick - Beach Boys
Little Drummer Boy - Los Straitjackets
Chanukah Guy - Goldbergs
In Tempo Per Natale - Smodati
This Christmas - UNDECIDED By Default
Frosty The Snowman - FroSTed
Mistletoe Kissing - Vibeke Saugestad
Sleigh Ride - Ronettes
The Man In The Santa Suit - Fountains Of Wayne
I Saw Mommy Biting Santa Claus (A Zombie Christmas Carol) - Dollyrots
Mr. Santa Claus - Fleshtones
There Ain't No Santa Claus - Risk
You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Rockapella
Mary's Boy Child - Rubber Band
Blues For Christmas - Wanda Jackson
Christmas In Jail - Youngsters
Christmas Is Knockin At Your Door - Rockabilly Boogie Band
Po' Folks Christmas - Bill Anderson
Underneath The Christmas Tree - Bill Lloyd
Super Sunny Christmas - Redd Kross
Winter Wonderland - Peggy Lee
Rain, Sleet, Snow - Paul Revere And The Raiders
California Christmas - Sketch Middle
Christmas Is The Only Time - Wes Lachot
Yulesville - Edd Byrnes
Christmas In The Congo - Marquees
The Little Drummer Boy - Elvin Bishop
Wonderful Christmastime - Shins
Happy Xmas (War is Over) - Sleeping At Last
We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Kingston Trio
God Bless Us All - Doug Powell
My Christmas Card To You - Partridge Family
Silent Night - Frankie Lymon
I Don't Want To Say Goodbye - Scheme
Auld Lange Syne - Lonesome Travelers

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Happy Halloween 2014

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"Untitled" by Frank Frazetta

I managed to get the Halloween podcast done and out BEFORE Halloween.
I'm proud of that. I like this edition too. It's cool andMummy s shroud french 1967 funny music with some moments to slip into. So enjoy it, please have fun and then get off of my lawn!

There's a lot of things to say, about life, people I;ve met, monsters I've met. No time now.
the worst thing is that ecto, my decades old blogging tool got purchased by some company or other a while ago. It stopped working on OS X 10.10 Yosemite. How stupid. How inconvenient with no one trying to fix it!
I'm trying to trace the code so I can replicate some of its effects. Using MarsEdit now, which is okay but not as dazzle dazzle. It works though and it well maintained by the company. It has the capacity to use the old ecto codes that I was fond of.

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Gore-Gons - Ghoul Bash
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You
Lolas - I Become Somebody Else
B.U.G. - Strangler In The Night
The Big Bopper - The Purple People Eater Meets The Witchdoctor
Ghastly Ones - Draculon
Zacherley - Gravy (With Some Cyanide)
Nervous Norvus - The Fang
Jack And Jim - Midnight Monster Hop
Archie King - The Vampires
Bleed - The Goon
Bo Diddley - Bo Meets The Monster
Gene Moss & The Monsters - I Want To Bite Your Hand
Bobby Boris Pickett - Grave Yard Shift
Boots Walker - They're Here
Coye Wilcox - Zippy Hippy Dippy
Daylighters - Mad House Jump
Gary "Spider" Webb - The Cave (Part 1)
Freddy Fortune & The Four-Gone Conclusions - Dracula's Deuce
Los Straitjackets - Rockula
Morgus & The Ghouls - Morgus The Magnificent
Roy Clark - Spooky Movies
Shonen Knife - Devil House
Southern Culture On The Skids - Goo Goo Muck
Kilroy - Lake Orangatanga
Jan Amber - The Little Martian
Lord Sutch - Black And Hairy
Kip Tyler - She's My Witch
Monotones - Zombie
Mr Gasser & The Weirdos - Hearse With A Curse
Naturals - The Mummy
Sir Finks - Weird Beard
Sonny Richard's Panics - The Voo Doo Walk
Tarantula Goul - Graveyard Rock
Terry Teen - The Hearse
Lambretta Suede & The Motel 6 - Gravediggers Rock
Woggles - Dracula's Daughter
Zanies - The Mad Scientist
Art Roberts - Ivan The Terrible
Doggers - Boogie Man
Madeira - Theme From Young Frankenstein

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Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth
William Faulkner

Space Travel: Canal
"Space Travel: Canal" by Virgil Finlay

I discovered the Ramones in an odd way. I was reading a magazine about recording gear. In the back of the magazine they would always throw in some record reviews, just as padding. Usually these reviews were for jazz and "Klazzick" rock stuff that really didn't care about. But one review was this incredibly angry spew of irritation and scab picking. This group from New York, according to the reviewer, were all about being stupid and trying to make being stupid seem cool. He hated everything about the Ramones. EVERYTHING!
The phrase I remember vividly was screaming about how the guitar sounded like nothing so much as white noise. To me that sounded beautiful.
MUDDY MAMAIn a world and a time that was promoting Foreigner, Bob Welch and Fleetwood Mac music where the insistent beat was propelled by a white noise guitar, that was beauty of the highest order.
I bought the record the next day. I was disappointed in the record jacket. The black and white photo wasn't gritty enough. The record certainly was though. I loved it all, from Blitzkrieg Bop straight through to Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World.
I went to see the Ramones a lot. Saw them often in LA and then in Germany. In the mid to late 70's only a fool would not concede that they were the greatest band in the world. I saw them at some outdoor show, again in Germany, and it was pretty obvious it was the end of the band. Instead of embarrassing themselves they quit. But the music didn't quit.
Their entire recorded output sounds like a greatest hits collection to me. I wish I'd worked on their movie. I wish I could hear them always and watch Dee Dee jump and swoop while Johnny took his stance. Johnny is still the fastest right hand in show business.
You can talk a lot about the Ramones influence. They changed the world just by being the things that they were.

I promise I'll get the Halloween podcast up by the end of next week. BEFORE Halloween.


Bitch Boys - Road Racer
Kurt Baker - Cruel To Be Kind
Jonathan Edwards - Sunshine
Ramones - I Want You Around
Yo La Tengo - Little Honda
Sahara Hot Nights - Rockaway Beach
Jan And Dean - Popsicle
Boss Martians - Walk Away
Shonen Knife - Chinese Rock
Dahlmanns - Dancing With Joey Ramone
Miriam - Questioningly
Flamin' Groovies - It Won't Be Wrong
Stems - Make You Mine
Del Shannon - So Long Baby (live)
Lolas - I'm Flying
Helen Love - Debbie Love Joey
Johnny Ramone - Viva Las Vegas
Teresa Brewer - I Love Mickey
Joey Ramone - I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)
Ronnie Spector - She Talks To Rainbows
Dee Dee Ramone - I Don't Want To Die In The Basement
Les Cole And The Echos - Be Bopping Daddy
Sparkles - No Friend Of Mine
Troggs - From Home
Joe Clay - Sixteen Chicks
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Havana Affair
Dropkick Murphy - The Guantlet
Adam Faith - It's Alright
Shonen Knife - Pinhead
Nelson Riddle - Batusi A-go-go
PJ Soles - Rock And Roll High School
Ramouns - Little Deuce Coupe
Los Planatronics - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
Ramonetures - She's The One
Jessie Malin - Questioningly
Joey Ramone - What A Wonderful World
John Frusciante - Today Your Love Tomorrow The World
Small Faces - I'm Only Dreaming
Elvis Presley - Steadfast Loyal And True (acapella)

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