Meiko Kaji. It’s a name you don’t hear much anymore but for a while she was pretty iconic in Japan.
I first became aware of her in the “Lady Snowblood” movies. These films fall short of being chambray classics for me, but still Tarentino copped liberally from them and even used two of Kajhi’s recordings as theme music in the “Kill Bill” movies.
One thing that fascinated me about Kaji in the “Snowblood” films was her face. She seems to have mastered, or been born with, a face that enables you to read your own emotions into any scene. In other words her face manages to reflect your own feelings.
This was further proven when I stumbled across her Scorpion films. Briefly the Scorpion movies have Kaji as a hardened convict, Matsu. These movies are really over the top. Penal reform seems to consist of state sanctioned gang rape, over a year of solitary confinement chained hand and foot to the cold wet floor, (the year Matsu uses to sharpen a spoon into a knife honing the blade against the stone floor using only her teeth!)
Kaji uses only two expressions through the movies. They are ample. Lingering closeups and Vertovian editing conveys an emotional depth to these movies that is exceptional. One elegant sequence features a 100 foot cascading waterfall that gradually turns to blood. This is a practical effect which makes it even more stupefying in a Fleur De Mal kind of way.
But equally breathtaking is Kaji’s flaccid appraisal of the horrifying miracle. Putting it into words would be like trying to describe the Mona Lisa or detail of Heronymous Bosch. The nattering of Manu’s fellow convicts is a relief from the grim spectacle.
My next accidental discovery were the Stray Cat Rock movies. They all star Kaji, but in different roles. The 3 best movies all have some common traits. One is that Kaji wears only a single unchanged outfit in each, so her stylish look becomes a mere uniform of conformity. Even though the series was shot in the 70’s in this Japan the Summer of Love never excited! The heft chunks of music are all defiantly mid 60’s, often to exciting delirious effect. The dancing, the Japanese music are all mid 60’s cool and hot. Imagine the Peanuts (the two miniature women in the Godzilla films who would sing “Maaawthra, Maaawthora”) covering the Shangri-Las and you’re close to it. I do hope that these were big deal bands in Japan, sort of like The Animals appearing in “Winter Carnival” or the like.
The plots to these 3 little films are intriguing. In all of them Kaji plays an aloof and very tough girl gang leader, fast with a blade and a decision. I get them confused but one of them has the bad boy gang driving around in surplus US Army jeeps! The leader decides to get rid of all the half breeds in town. (Half breeds are Japanese and white or black children from occupying soldiers. They are all portrayed as hard working men trying to just get by as opposed to the gang members who are just coasting on the hustle.)
The next is two out oft owners who’ve befriended a US Viet Nam deserter. They plan to finance a trip to Sweden by selling 500 caps of LSD. The math escapes me as it seems that to raise the $30,000 for the boat means each cap wpu;d have to sell for about $60, which is somehow not quite right. But, anyway, some members of Kaji’s gang steal the LSD. The 3 fellows approach Kaji and explain their plight. For some reason helping a US Army deserter is such a just cause in her mind that she makes her girls return the stolen drugs.It doesn’t end well for anyone.
And the last of the 3 good ones has a tall girl who everyone mistakes for a man? She even sings a song with one of the bands and sounds like a male. It good blasé fun,
“Wild Jumbo” Is something of a waste of Kaji’s talent and a waste of time. “Beat ’71” is the only one of the movies to go psychedelic. It’s an abuse. Kaji is a terrible victim and that’s all she is here. She also gets minimal screen time. It would be a total waste except for one inexplicable scene. For no apparent reason a Japanese hippy band shows up on a flat bed truck. The truck has a banner that says, I think, “The Kings of Rock”. The lead singer plays the wadaiko, while the band plays aheavily percussive tune that’s pretty good, a bit like Plan 9: crunching guitar, cowbell and trap set. After they play the number the truck drives off and one of the actors says, “Who were those guys?” and the reply is, “I have no idea.” which sort of sums the whole flick up nicely.
All I’m really saying is that Meiko Kaji is cool in the same way that Bardot and Tuesday Weld are cool. She brings something gracious to the screen and to life. It’s worthwhile checking out her movies.
The title of this podcast is a pun . . . I thought it was funny even if I do have to explain it. It’s acoustic, cowboy song stuff.
Signed D.C. (alt) – Love
A World Of Our Own – Seekers
It’s Gonna Be Alright – Gerry and The Pacemakers
Rosemary Rose – Kinks
Three Steps To Heaven (Version 2) – Eddie Cochran
Bird Dog – Everly Brothers
A Teenager In Love – Lou Christie
I’m Low, Low, Low – Loy Clingman
Play That Cheap Trick – Tommy Womack
It’s In The Bottle – Robert Gordon
Hey Joe – Ed Kuepper
Knapsack – Amy Rigby
Waimea – Travoltas
Wild Thing – Senator Bobby
A Thousand Miles From Nowhere (alt) – Dwight Yoakam
Treat Me Nice – Glen Glenn
For Your Love – Graham Gouldman
School’s Out – Hellsongs
Singing In The Rain – John Martyn
Tompkins Square Blues – Optic Nerve
Don’t – Persuasions
Waterloo Sunset – Peter Bruntnell
Ordinary World – Green Day
What Exactly – PF Sloan
A Day In The Life – Phil Angotti
Set Me Free – Pineapples
Dream Lover – Ricky Nelson
Sunrise – Who
Living Next Door To Alice – Smokie
Thirteen – Sparkle Jets UK
First Time – Teenage Bottle rocket
What Am I Doing Hangin’ Round? – Those Big Belt Buckles
Find Another Man – Travis Wammack
Streets Of Laredo – Webb Wilder
Thank You – Whigs
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This years podcast for Christmas: Well, it’s big. Took a while to prune down to this size; nearly two and a half hours! And I think it’s pretty fine.
I let it get big because it’s been a cruddy year and we may be facing the end of the country. I mean, Donald Trump is the worst president since Nixon. Trump is going in declaring he’s a racist bigot crook and claims it doesn’t matter. We knew what he was when you elected him. Elected him with all the crime and corruption and hatred you knew he’d bring.
Yeah, the year was a mess so it’s all the reason to celebrate because it may be the last time. There’ll be times coming when the celebration means more but the last time we can rejoice in freedom is always memorable.
Too many of my friends died this year. All tragically because all dyings are tragic. More reason to wonder why I’m still hanging around. I dropped a 150 pound hunk of steel on my head this fall. It didn’t kill me. Then O tried to face plant myself while driving my shoulder into a brick wall. It hurt but I wiped the blood out of my eyes and finished walking the dogs. I’m still here. Maybe as punishment? I doubt that. I can still sing.
We had some fun this year, at least in this house. Had three foster dogs, two of them are in a better place already. One, Big Samson the Gentle is going to be ready for a forever home sooner than we’d think. He’s really a loving kind.
We moved. It was hell and torturously expensive. Still deep in debt over it.
It’s one of the small reasons this might be the last Christmas PodCast. BlueHost, who I’ve been pretty happy with have announced a jacked up rate increase, about 70%! I don’t think I can afford that. I’ve made a point of ignoring all entreaties to monetize the site. Sometimes that gets me taken advantage of. It’s a small thing and doesn’t mean much. The site will vanish is all. But maybe I can find a cheaper acceptable alternative. I’ll look.
The site has had over two million unique visitors just to the main page, about seven million other people just looking for some music or to look at the pictures. I think that’s fine and gratifying. The pictures are worth seeing and the music worth hearing. HEY! Check out Material Issues great Christmas track “Merry Christmas Will Do” And Chris Von Sneidern’s track “Santa Claus,” for me they’re the new Christmas Anthems. But all the tracks are memorable, I think. I will always enjoy how spell correct tried to change Vibeke Saugestad into Vitamin Suggested. The podcast has already had about four thousand downloads and that’s just from the way I slop things around with all my non-announcements.
I do think you’ll like the music and I think it will make your spirits gladder and take you away from this place and to the place where dreams seem like yesterdays and hopes happen every tomorrow. It’s Christmas time and that means something. It’s the time you can believe Old Man Potter got arrested for stealing Uncle Billy’s money. A time when kindness is repaid with love and mercy. It’s that time when WWI troops stopped killing each other and sang carols to themselves and to their enemies and didn’t start shooting each other until December 26th. It’s a time when people are bigger than nations and we can take a minute and see the other person hiding there too afraid to speak. It’s Christmas.
As long as you can reach out and find a hand or a fuzzy head to hold and pet nothing is as bad as we think and all we are doing is what we need to do. And we believe that somewhere we are all trying to do the right thing.
Merry Christmas. Happy Chanukah. Feliz Navidad. To a brighter New Year.
Aloha Christmas – Dukes Of Surf
Ski Party – Wondermints
Are You Ready For Christmas – BBBs
Merry Christmas Will Do – Material Issue
Even Santa Gets The Blues – Eugene Ruffolo
It’s Xmas (And Everyone Is Miserable) – Dirty Sidewalks
Help Me Forget – Solicitors
A Christmas Carol (For The Losers In Love) – Vibeke Saugestad
Christmas Eve Can Kill You – Everly Brothers
Christmas At Ground Zero – Weird Al Yankovic
A Surfer’s Christmas List – Surfaris
I Want An Alien For Christmas – Fountains Of Wayne
I Want Elvis For Christmas – Holly Twins (with Eddie Cochran)
(I Want) A Beatle For Christmas – Patty Surbey And The Canadian V.I.P.s
Santa Got Lost In Texas – Little Joe (Michael Landon)
Santa Got A DWI – Sherman Linton
Christmas For Cowboys – Jars of Clay
Come All Ye Faithful Surfer Girls – Chevelles
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Tommy Roe
Jingle Bell Laugh – St. Nicklas
Jingle Bells Slide – Jack Scott
Hey There, St. Nicholas! (Plain White T’s vs Smokey Robinson) – Voicedude
Little Drummer Boy – Miracle Legion
Santa’s Got an Airplane (Version 2) – Beach Boys
Santa Claus – Chris Von Sneidern
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Ronnie Spector And Darlene Love
Under The Christmas Tree – Swingin’ Neckbreakers
2000 Miles – Grip Weeds
Christmas Must Be Tonight – The Band
Merry Twist-Mas – Marcels
Come On Christmas – Barely Pink
It’s Always Christmas At My House – Huntingtons
Let It Snow – Me, You And Her
Look Around You (It’s Christmas Time) – Bobby Goldsboro
4th Of July / Christmas Rag – Peter Case
A Round About Christmas – Kingston Trio
Shchedryk (Ukranian Bell Carol) – Pink Martini
Jingle Jangle Christmas – Vibeke Saugestad
Christmas Would Not Be Christmas – Carpet Frogs
X-Mas – Epicycle
Everyday Is Christmas – SWAG
The Dawn Of Correction – Spokesmen
Twas The Night Before Xmas – Huey Piano Smith
White Christmas – Platters
The Bells Of St. Mary – Bob B Soxx And The Blue Jeans
Amazing Grace – Jeff Beck
Gloria in Excelsis Deo – London Symphony Orchestra
New Year’s Revolution (demo) – Graham Parker
The Christmas Song (Unreleased Alternate Take) – Nat King Cole
Silent Night – Everly Brothers And The Boys Town Choir
O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) – Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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Maybe I’m wrong but I think we all need a break from Donald Trump and autocracy and the hell we’ve visited upon ourselves.
Time to go home and see the family, especially those of us who’ve had our families torn away from us for the simple crime of getting old. Cause the world sucks right now. The politicians who are foolish enough to call themselves our government are thinking about nothing more than getting rich. They keep forgetting us. They forget Matewan, Hoffa, Gutherie, Steinbeck and the right hand of the God which isn’t them but is us, the people who live and work and die. Who really don’t want to get rich, who don’t worry about position, who just want to see some reasons to smile.
Yeah they forget about us and what history has shown we will always do when with all their greed and their scheming and brilliant plans and their art of selfishness.
So I hope you get to be with your family whatever, whoever they might be and how many of them might be left. I hope you get to drive cause flying is sure a pain now, a terrible pain. Easiest way to control us is making it miserable to travel. It’s all right, they’ve never been able to close off our blue highways.
They’ll rely on the stolen freedoms to keep us occupied while they use their positions to steal and exploit. As usual they’ll forget that we’re here.
This podcast is made for DAP’s, for earbuds. If you can play it in your car that’s groovy, maybe even better. It will get you home and get you through rants from your uncle and Mom’s disapproving glances. It will get you home and then back. I promise.
I’m working on the Christmas Podcast!?!? Rah. It ought to be pretty good and some fun!
The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Flogging Molly
The Impression That I Get – Mighty Mighty BossTones
God Only Knows – Nylons
Nancy Jean – Richard Barone
It’s A Hard Life – Roger Daltrey
Hallelujah! – Clique
Spam Song. – Monty Python
I Should Have Known Better – Sand Rubies
My Wife Thinks You’re Dead – Junior Brown
How Fine Can One Guy Be – Jelly Beans
I’m Gonna Steal Your Girlfriend – Teen Machine
Southern Love – Montesas
Gigantor – Dickies
Afterglow (acoustic) – Quiet Riot
Carol – Marauders
Malaguena – Ritchie Valens
Farmhouse – Phish
I Need Your Love – Boyfriends
Mercury Blues – David Lindley
Shut Down – Ramouns
Help You Dream – Blasters
C’Mon Everybody (alt) – Eddie Cochran
Dearest – Buddy Holly
Shanty Tramp – Betty Dickerson
Horn Of Plenty – Ribeye Brothers
Since I Lost Your Lovin’ – Lori Burton
Stop Your Sobbing (stereo) – Kinks
I Still Want You – Paul Collins’ Beat
Dark Side (live) – Shadows Of Knight
I Need You – Lolas
Juvenile Delinquent – Rubinoos
Lover Boy – Robert Gordon
Die Everyday – Martinets
Any Time At All – Magic Christian
In Time – Tearaways
Diane – Therapy?
Gee – Beach Boys
I’m A Believer – Rocking JoJo and His Red Hot Angels
Shake Your Tail Feather – Five Du-Tones
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It’s Halloween, the gateway to the holiday season. So of course it means terror and laffs.
In LA it was the time for all the drag queens to come out full on. And the crowds and the infinite terror of Hell Night.
Never see kids trick or treating anymore.
This Halloween podcast starting out looking pretty bleak. No one has done much of a Halloween release in the past few years, at least none that I’ve been able to find. But in picking through the dregs of the season I think it turned out pretty well. Nothing as awesome as Gene Simmons “Haunted House” or the Boss Martins “Have You ever Seen?” but pretty good stuff nonetheless.
Ah, as for personal stuff. We fostered a very abused young man. He got adopted in one day! I mean after a month of rehab and getting to love him, he got adopted for a $250.00 adoption fee!! Anyone willing to pay $250 for a 1 and 1/2 year old mixed breed pup with torn up ears and as much scar tissue as skin has to be looking into that pups eyes and seeing the wonderfulness that he is. Good job to the wife on rescuing him and helping to save him. (He did most of the work himself, given a chance, with the sweet gentleness that makes up most of him.)
No one around here cares much but I’m pretty impressed with myself. After going through all that nuclear medicine and sonograms and stuff it seems that all those past years of surf and football paid off. It’s not supposed to but my hear has gotten better! My heart is, right now, as good as anyone else’s.
I still plan to live forever.
Go Trojans. Go me.
And if I can figure out the logistics and money I plan to coach as a volunteer at the reservation school in the area.
Rabian The Fiendage Idol – Bobby Boris Pickett
Jack The Ripper – Galaxy Trio
Psycho – Bobby Hendricks
Graveyard Hop (Studio Rehearsal) – Love
Already Dead – Electric Frankenstein
Werewolf – Gary Warren
The Gila Monster – Joe Johnson
Rockin’ Zombie – Crewnecks
Leopard Man – Joe Wallace
Screamin’ Ball – Duponts
The Gypsy – James Hunter Six
Stalkin’ – Duane Eddy
Devil’s Carnival – Davie Allan And The Arrows
Graveyard Rock – Tarantula Ghoul And Her Gravediggers
Roadside Cross – Cobrajets
A Fistful of Terror – Bomboras
Twistin’ In The Jungle – Buddy Bow
Go Go The Cannibal – Ronnie Self
Sinister Purpose – Southern Culture On The Skids
Ghost Satellite – Bob And Jerry
The Monster Hop – Bert Convy
Til the Following Night – Screaming Lord Sutch
Livin’ In The Fridge – Weird Al Yankovic
You Came From Outer Space – Kirby Stone Four
Martian Hop – Ran Dells
Popeye (The Gravedigger) – John Zacherley
Be True To Your Ghoul – Ghouls
Spooky Girl – Ghastly Ones
Happy Halloween – Fuzztones
Rockin’ In The Graveyard – Roy Loney
Haunted Hipster – Fleshtones
The Spooky Surfer – Sidewinders
Hearse With a Curse – Mr Gasser And The Weirdos
Undying Love – Stems
I Was A Teenage Monster – Keytones
In The Hall Of The Mountain King – Coffin Daggers
Son Of Frankenstein – Boris Karloff
Little Death Coupe – Surf Trio
Boogie Man Bash – Six Feet Under
Munsters/Hawaii Five-O – Spy-Fi
Haunted House – Teenage Bottlerocket
It – Regal-Aires
Peace In The Valley – Eddie Spaghetti
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Its been a long hard time so far. Too much of it has been about doctors, my doctors and yours. Making the move I have to meet a whole corps of new doctors. The usual suspects.
I realize I now have decades of experience dealing with the medical industry, sort of annoyed it never appears on job applications nor can I figure out how to put it in my CV.
So it really bugs me when friends get ill or come close to some other catastrophe. Then all my experience suddenly gets pretty worthless. It comes down to the hackneyed phrases, “Yeah, I had that”; “They gave me that pill”. Stuff that offers real consolation but what else can you say?
The only thing going through my head and heart is, “Hey! Don’t die. Don’t. Because as much as you might be suffering that doesn’t feel like as much as I’ll suffer if you die. So, don’t die.””
So I put together a mess of songs about doctors. That’s it. Too numb thinking about this and wondering if having radioactive blood gives me any special powers. I’ve been pointing my finger at things and making sound effects with my mouth but nothing’s happened. Nothing blew up, or grew to giant size or even levitated. I feel gypped.
Feelin’ So Good (S.K.O.O.B.Y. D.O.O.) – Sunshine On Mars
D’Ya Feel Lucky – Happiness Dragon
Doctor Doctor – Who
Witch Doctor – David Seville
I Don’t Need No Doctor – Sonics
Witchdoctor – Sidewinders
Doctor Rhythm – Dave Clark Five
No Expectations – Soulsavers
Doctor Doctor – Shimmys
Doctor Boogie (Live) – Flamin’ Groovies
Doctor My Eyes – Jackson Browne
Oh, Doctor – Phil Alvin
On & Off – Wellingtons
Good Lovin’ – Rascals
Woman Love (take 12) – Gene Vincent
Slow Death – Roy Loney
Help Me Rhonda – Ramouns
Dr. Apache – Lolas
A Beginning From An End – Jan & Dean
Dr. Goldfoot & The Bikini Machine – Beas
Dr. Kitch – Bosshoss
Dr. Love – Tom Jones
Dr. Stone – Leaves
Dr. Gullotine – Coffin Daggers
Turn Your Back – Billy Talent
Goodbye Eddie Goodbye – Juicy Fruits
Rock Therapy – Johnny Burnette Trio
Dr. Feelgood – Lords
Every Moment – Chevelles
Poison Ivy – Vulcanes
Rock’ N’ Roll Suicide – Tony Hadley
Feelin’ So Good (S.K.O.O.B.Y. D.O.O.) – Lolas
Spirit In The Sky – Doctor & The Medics
The Hallelujah Chorus – Roches
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We’re moving. New Mexico. Still east of I-5.
Still managed to get the last podcast in, the summer and surf-y one. Everyone wants music to drive to the beach on July 4th, the official start of summer. Of course, the surfers never really left the beach so this podcast is for sitting in your car and looking at all the people cluttering up your beach, and for consoling yourself that there aren’t any good waves out there anyway.
I’m just up here having heart attacks, signing papers I have to struggle to understand and trusting in Huey that the papers mean what I think they do. Then have to fuss about and worry my wife being happy there and how the five dogs are going to function and survive in an alien world. The sun blasted high desert vs the oppressive heat and humidity of the American south. No contest, in my mind, but that’s only in my mind.
So we’re moving to New Mexico, home of Billy the Kid and the Atom Bomb, land of white sands and Buddy Holly.
I don’t know what that legacy has to do with being happy today. I’d take small town happy: A little job, keeping the house in repair, eating comfortable food and laughing. I like laughing and think it’s worth quite a bit. There’s not much laughter left in a Donald Trump world.
SO this is supposed to be about the music, about a bunch of songs to drive to the beach or to drive from the south to the south west.
Here they are.
Aloha Oe – Blue Wahini Serenaders
Good Morning, Good Morning – Lolas
Summer’s Here – Rob Smith
Summer’s Here – Shades
Midnight At Pinks – Hal Blaine
We’ll Be Back In A Minute (Take 12) – Monkees
Summertime Radio – Surfin’ Lungs
Pipeline – Dick Dale
RPM – Sonic Surf City
Summerscool – Montana
Surfin’ Kansas City – Lawrence Lange
Twist And Shout – Eliminators
The La La La Song – Astronauts
Girl All The Bad Guys Want – Bowling For Soup
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Susan And The SurfTones
Aloha Steve And Danno – Radio Birdman
Hot Rod USA – Rip Chords
Summertime Blues – Alan Jackson
Oh Pretty Woman – Roy Loney
For A Few Dollars More – Los Plantronics
Tribute To The Beach Boys – Tokens
Attention! Accident (Sur L’autoroute De L’ouest) – Les Gams
Little Honda (alt) – Beach Boys
Drums A Go-Go (Edit) – Hollywood Persuaders
SS 396 – Paul Revere And The Raiders
My Love Ain’t Free – Boss Martians
Be With Me – Yum Yums
Let’s Go To The Beach – Slow Slushy Boys
Surfin’ USA – Chris White
Let Her Dance – Surf Trio
Banzai Washout – Bitch Boys
Look Whose Laughing Now – Bruce And Terry
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away – Jan And Dean
On A Summer Night – Crash Kelly
Summer’s Almost Gone – Doors
The Last Time – Mr Encrypto
End Of The Summer – Lolas
Time Will Tell – Flash Cadillac And The Continental Kids
Chicago 60616 – Kenny And The Kasuals
I Don’t Want To Say Goodbye – Scheme
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I don’t like singer/songwriters much at all. I really dislike that singer/songwriter is now a genre. The trademark of the genre is scratchy thin sounding acoustic guitar and a forlorn vocalist who feels that the world has let them down.
Still I like Jesse Malin and Ryan Adams when they do something that isn’t forlorn at least. I’ve never liked the songs that want somebody to save them, someone to come and take control of their life. I prefer the songs where you dance your way out of danger, songs where you rail against the storm and come out planning to win.
Thing is I like the power of acoustic guitars. I love the Everly Brothers in “Bye Bye Love and “Poor Jenny”. Everyone knows that Elvis started with the Martin Dreadnaught.
Mel Bay man, be the life of the party. Ten Days to entertaining your friends and family. Acoustic guitars; Harmony guitars with 2 inch action.
Girls would ask, after hearing you jam it up on an electric guitar, if you could play acoustic guitar. Like they were two different instruments. They’d tell you how dreamy some singer/songwriter was when he played his acoustic guitar . . . Those girls were all pretty cute too . . . maybe I better rethink this singer/songwriter antipathy thing . . .
The Welcome Summer podcast might be a little late. We’re moving; wife, five dogs and a pile of stuff are all moving to the SouthWest, back to the SouthWest.
Perfect Day (Acoustic Demo) – Lou Reed
Desert Pete – Kingston Trio
Happy Jack (Acoustic) – Who
Tough, Tough, Tough – Andy Anderson
Make You Mine – Chump Change
You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Party! sessions mix, take 2, session #3) – Beach Boys
Twelve-Thirty – Autoliner
Peggy Sue Got Married – Buddy Holly
Go Your Own Way – Acoustic Hits
Johnny B. Goode – Dion
Don’t Worry Baby – Derrick Harris
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Cat Stevens
Only When I Dream (mono) – Bobby Fuller
The Torch – Dropkick Murphys
After Midnight – Acoustic Burgoo
Two Perfectly Ordinary People – Or – (!!!!) – Nelson Riddle
Black Mountain Side – Dread Zeppelin
Spanish Kiss – Dick Dale
Missfortune – Bram Tchaikovsky
Under The Bridge – Flying Pickets
That’s How It Will Be – Troggs
Chupacabra – Black Label Society
Talent Show – Replacements
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly – California Guitar Trio
Feelin’ Low – Ernie Chaffin
Dragon Lady – Fantastic Baggys
Monterey Jack – Dr Hook And The Medicine Show
Be My Lover – Mojo Nixon
Ain’t That Good News – Sam Cooke
Pipeline – Michael Chapdelaine
Paint It Black – Michael Fix
Hotel California – Kings Of Acoustica
Stay the Night (Acoustic) – Green Day
Sunrise – Willie Wisely
I’ve Waited As Long As I Can – Tony Rice
Gabriella – Tony Joe White
Red River Stomp – Bluefields
’39 – Ingram Hill
We Can Work It Out – Paul McCartney
Rockin’ In The Free World (live) – Neil Young
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Click images for desktop size: “Season’s Greetings” by Unknown When I was a kid I read in a Dennis The Menace Christmas Special about Christmas around the world, how some countries celebrate Christmas differently.
I was five years old, so to me differently meant strange. I was a lid, so strange didn’t bother me. I liked that some countries celebrated Christmas on the fifth, the twelfth, the fifteenth. Some even had twelve days of Christmas which was even a better deal than Chanukah. I think it was Italy that even had their Christmas delivered by a witch!
It was different. It interested me, amazed me and confused me. It didn’t scare me.
Even as a kid who learned to not be afraid of waves, rocks, high places, scared dogs, even as a kid with so many fears to overcome, things that were merely different didn’t scare me.
It annoys me that as an adult I’m expected to tolerate hate and fear, stupidity actually, stupidity as great as the dumbness that fueled McArthyism. It’s a corporate world now, and we have to accept the role of being only consumers. America has stripped away almost all of our rights in the name of fear and greed.
At this time of year it makes me cringe with pent up rage that guys think that making money makes you smart enough to espouse hatred as a response to fear. Orson Wells and Joseph Mankiewicz knew, “There’s no secret to making money if all you want to do is make money. You don’t even have to be smart.”
I’ve always loved Christmas so I resent people yelling at me about how I have to hate others to protect myself. I was raised in a world that believed that being different was normal. That being a jew or a gentile wasn’t that big a thing, nowhere near as big a deal as it was being a Trojan or a Bruin, and that big deal only lasted a week.
While I know that I’ll never have that huge rush of waking up and seeing all, I mean ALL the Mad Magazine paperbacks spread under the tree, I know that kind of rush is gone for me and anyone else over seven years old but I can’t believe that this crew of tin despots want to ruin those cold silent nights, those Christmas eves where a boy and his dog wandered the slushy streets and said Merry
Click images for desktop size: “Christmas Eve” by Unknown Christmas to strangers, said Merry Christmas and often enough got a reply that warmed a boys heart.
This seems like it might be a pointless rant lost against a rising crescendo of pointless rants, but when people are out there shooting each other and the governments solution is to get more guns out there . . . more guns? They say because a good guy with a gun beats a bad guy with a gun.
But in all this bloodshed where is this good guy? Why hasn’t one of these good guys stood up and stopped the carnage?
When you look at this group you see many corpulent old men, their hands shaky from alcohol, their eyes dulled by too much TV. If one of these “good guys” were ever actually at a shooting they’d be so scared and confused that if they did start firing it would be it would be innocent bystanders wounded and dead.
This “good guy” crew say no because, I guess they saw a movie. They go to target ranges. They got a permit. They probably believe that they can do easily and mystically what police and soldiers, men trained to defend themselves and others can seldom accomplish.
It’s sad enough to make me wish more for Christmas and to wish everyone a Happy Christmas, A Happy New Year and Peace On Earth.
Lots of chipper Power Pop this Christmas mix. I still get a rush thinking of bands on stage playing this Christmas stuff, really celebrating the holiday. Enjoy it with someone, at least that’ my hope. For me, the big rush is getting the Everly Brothers with the Vienna Boys Choir – that’s not a misprint. It’s awesome.
St. Luke 2:6-9 – Tennessee Ernie Ford
The First Noel – Everly Brothers And The Boys Town Choir
Merry X-Mas Everybody – Refreshments
Father Christmas – OK Go
Shake Up Christmas – Train
We Wish You A Merry Christmas – Folk Angel
Christmas Lights – Montgomery Cliffs
Christmas Night Of Zombies – MXPX
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – SugarCult
Christmas Every Day – Jeremy
We Three Kings – Thee Swank Bastards
Jingle Bells – Ricky Nelson
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Dion
Christmas Time Again – CONNECTION
Please Leave Me Home For Xmas – Imperial Drag
Christmas In Jail – Youngsters
Baby It’s Cold Outside – Little Hurricane
I Must Have Been So Good – Vibeke Saugestad
Sweet Christmas – Shonen Knife
Hippy Christmas – Cosmo Topper
Join Us For Christmas – AlternativA
The Christmas Song – Raveonettes
Winter Wonderland – Partridge Family
Mr Christmas – Van Walker
You Trashed My Christmas – Primitives
The Night Santa Went Crazy – Weird Al Yankovic
Department Store Santa Claus (Before Xmas) – Howard Morris
Canadian Christmas – Fleshtones
Dancin’ With Santa – Trashmen
Jingle Bells – Glen Glenn
Little Drummer Boy – Lolas
Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix
Angels We Have Heard On High – Davie Allan & The Arrows
Shake Hands With Santa Claus – Louis Prima
Little Saint Nick – Beach Boys
Silent Night – Temptations
We Wish You A Merry Christmas – Everly Brothers And The Boys Town Choir
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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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Click images for desktop size: “1946 Esquire” by Vargas 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.
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.
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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