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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Lux and Ivy's Favorites Volume 14




Well, Well….Here we are with Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume 14!

About a month ago, I had a little less than half of this volume together, but with no real theme. Just some left over songs that never made previous volumes and few other bits here and there.

Then a tape sort of fell into my lap that Lux had made for someone back in the 70’s. Thanks to this unnamed person, here is a new volume of Lux and Ivy’s Favorites.

I’d say that more than half of what is on this volume came from that hour long tape. There were even some songs left over for volume 15 (not to mention ANOTHER tape I have yet to receive). Most, if not all the songs on the tape were rockabilly, thus the vibe of the cover. I wanted it to have that “buffalo bop” kind of look.

A few notes on the songs.

The intro to Knockout is from the fabulous movie LOVE FROM A STRANGER featuring Basil Rathbone in an amazing performance. The movie was mentioned by Lux in the Ian Johnston Cramps book and is well worth seeking out. I thought it was a good way to open this volume.

Before some music nerd pipes up about “Duane De Santo”, yes, I know that’s not who really did that song, but that’s what Lux wrote on the tape case, so that’s the way it’s gonna stay!

The Four Plaid Throats. What is there to say about them? They are the Linn Twins of doo wop as far as I can see. The vocals on “The Message” are just INSANE. This group was mentioned by Lux in the newer Cramps book that came out a few years ago. Their other song will be on LAIF 15, and is a bit more, shall we say, reserved.

It took a while to find both of these songs by the “throats”. At one point I tracked down a bootleg cd with both sides of their lone 45 on it. I was psyched to find it, but disappointed as hell when I listened to it, and found that whoever mastered the damn thing couldn’t get the vocals right! They were popping all over the place. The version on this volume is taken from a Repro that must have come out in the 70’s and is pretty much the only way to hear it unless you can find an original. The fact that is repressed is kind of funny as I don’t really see the sock hop crowd really going for this little number.

I’ve also included 2 bands that Lux and Ivy produced, The Sickidz and The Mad Daddy’s. As well as Chris Spedding, who produced them at one point (Miss Betty being mentioned in some interview years back that I’ve since lost track of).

Lastly, I’ve included the theme song to FIVE MINUTES TO LIVE by Johnny Cash. This movie also popped up in the Ian Johnston book. I had this song years ago, but hadn’t managed to track down a copy of the movie until recently, and lo and behold, the version of the song used in the movie is entirely different then the officially released one! I think the movie version is amazing and features this great guitar solo by Merle Travis. I do not believe this version was ever released, so this is a rip from the dvd (sorry for this hiss).

Shout out’s also go to Adam Fitch for the amazing cover, Dirty Dacoit Dan, and Patrick from France for their help with this volume.

Enjoy this volume and hopefully 15 will be around before the end of the summer.

And again, no bootlegging! This shit is free, free, free!

LAIF_14

Kogar the Swinging Ape

20 Comments:

J.R. Williams said...

Awesome! Thanks again, Kogar!

Korla said...

Great work, again. Thank you so much for doing this. Much obliged.

Noah Webster said...

Chris Spedding, not "Sedding".

T. Tex Edwards said...

Muchas gracias, Kogar...

Kogar the Swinging Ape said...

wow, all that work and all someone can do is point out my spelling error...way to go.

fixed

gabrielharter said...

i've worked at various record stores, spend all my time reading about music, play music, live it, and have lived for quite awhile, etc... however i can say with a shadow of a doubt, that this series is my favorite collection of songs of all time, and has had a very positive effect on my day to day grind. thank so very much.

Kogar the Swinging Ape said...

wow, thanks for the kind words...

stephen said...

linn twins of doo wop cant wait to hear this one - thanks for all your efforts with this and other volumes -memories of soulseek and other sources - love the artwork too and note the cover on j r williams flickr page

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! Amazing mix!

Ted Cogswell said...

Thanks for finally including something by The Mad Daddys. RIP Stinky!

Jana Miller said...

Thank you SO MUCH for all of the time you must put into these. I'm always eagerly awaiting the next one!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome. Where can I find vol. 12 & 13?

Kogar the Swinging Ape said...

here's 12

http://kogarsjunglejuice.blogspot.com/2010/02/lux-and-ivys-favorites-volume-12-lux.html

and 13

http://kogarsjunglejuice.blogspot.com/2009/07/lux-and-ivys-favorites-volume-13-this.html

Anonymous said...

Kogar, thanks so much and don't let the bastards wear you down!

jaimi said...

Thank you thank you thank you thank you
These compilations are the best, so much amazing stuff!

Sheryl said...

This Lux & Ivy collection is the best I've seen anywhere, anyhow! It's by FAR my favorite hunk of great music that I've ever stumbled upon all in one place. I cannot even BEGIN to thank you enough for doing this and sharing this. I love it and I'm spreading the love. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Barney said...

Thanks so much for posting this:) I love music and really enjoyed the volume, just as you said:)

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ERC said...

Fuckin love you Kogar!!

Anonymous said...

This series is one of the greatest things I've ever discovered on the internet. Thankyou so much for all the pleasure it brings, and keeps bringing. Lux would be chuffed. xx

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