WFMU Ichiban, Rock and Soul with Debbie D


    Tuesday, June 28, 2011

    "Frankenstein" - Ghetto Reality

    "Frankenstein" - Ghetto Reality

    Sunday, June 26, 2011

    Mar-Keys - Last Night

    Happy 50th Anniversary!!

    Mar-Keys - Last Night (mp3)

    Saturday, June 25, 2011

    This Weekend At The Fool's Paradise Twin!

    Pee Wee Herman Meets Dolly Parton

    This positively weird clip comes from Dolly, Dolly Parton's 1987/88 attempt at reviving the dying TV variety show genre. Stick around till the end and you'll hear Pee Wee and Dolly duet on Hank Williams' Hey Good Lookin'.

    Friday, June 24, 2011

    The Money and The Time

    I was sitting around listening to Lefty Frizzell. This is something that happens quite often. I noticed that he cut quite a few different versions (with different guests, backup singers, bands and even lyrics) of his first and probably best known single "If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time".

    So I decided to put together all the ones I could find. This includes the demo version as well as the truncated versions that were used as intro and outro to his appearances on the U.S. armed forces sponsored "Country Music Time".

    I also added in Lefty's attempt to go back to the same well with "If You Can Spare The Time (I Won't Miss The Money)" as well as a couple of versions of his song "(When Me and My Baby Go) Steppin' Out" which specifically mentions both "the money" and "the time" in its lyrics.

    Click here to get the money and the time!

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011


    Professor Julius Kelp In The Flesh

    Coming This Weekend!

    Tuesday, June 21, 2011


    Sunday, June 19, 2011

    8 Weeks In A Bar Room

    Ramblin' Red Bailey - Eight Weeks In A Bar Room

    So here's a lightly mangled copy of Eight Weeks In A Bar Room, Ramblin' Red Bailey's woozy ode to a bout with hardcore alcoholism triggered by, what else, the departure of the woman he loved. I first heard the song, like, I assume, most of the people who know it, on the celebrated twisted country LP comp God Less America.

    Saturday, June 18, 2011

    This Weekend At The Fool's Paradise Twin

    A caveman is discovered out in the desert who proceeds to fall in love with a girl and then wreak havoc on a nearby town.  Starring Ray Dennis Steckler as Mr. Fishman.


    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    Detroit Blues: The Early 1950s

    I picked this LP up for cheap a couple of weeks ago. It includes John Lee Hooker's first recording of "House Rent Boogie", recently fallen hero Eddie Kirkland's "No Shoes", "I Need $100" by One String Sam (one of those rare tracks where you see the name of the artist and the song title and think "There's no way this isn't good" and then get the record home and find out you're right), and most amazingly, Detroit Count's "Hastings Street Opera", a travelogue of the buckets o' blood that lined Detroit's pre-urban renewal main stem. Listen and learn. I guarantee you there was no guidebook to bars where the bartenders shoot everyone in there after 2 in the morning and you can get a steak sandwich that tastes like fish. The LP was in one of those heavy plastic library covers and a closer look revealed that some enterprising soul had snatched it from the New York Public Library's listening room. Whether they did it out of greed, or figuring that it was justified because one day soon the library wouldn't have a turntable, we'll never know, but in the end they did the world a favor because now it's available in the demented wilderness that we call the internet. There are a couple of annoying but brief left channel dropouts courtesy of my dying receiver, and, sadly, a skip on Bobo Jenkins's "Ten Below Zero", but it could have been a lot worse.

    Baby Boy Warren - Sanafee
    Baby Boy Warren - Baby Boy Blues
    Baby Boy Warren - Mattie Mae
    Baby Boy Warren - Chicken
    Dr. Ross - Thirty Two Twenty
    Bobo Jenkins - Ten Below Zero
    Bobo Jenkins - Baby Don't You Want To Go
    Eddie Kirkland - No Shoes
    Detroit Count - Hastings Street Opera, Parts 1 & 2
    L.C. Green - Remember Way Back
    Big Maceo - Big City Blues
    John Lee Hooker - House Rent Boogie
    One String Sam - I Need $100
    Brother Will Hairston - Alabama Bus

    Addendum: Commenter BB points out an important fact that I forgot to mention, which is that the harmonica player on the Baby Boy Warren tracks is none other than Sonny Boy Williamson (the second Sonny Boy, aka Rice Miller, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Sonny Boy Williamson Too, or Sonny Boy Williamson Also, not to be confused with the first Sonny Boy Williamson). Thanks BB!

    Carolyn Brandt Is Cee Bee Beaumont

    Rat Pfink

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    The Coasters - What Is the Secret of Your Success

    R. Crumb On Rock 'N' Roll

        He's not generally perceived as a big fan of post-depression era pop music, but Crumb has spoken at various points of his fondness for early rock 'n' roll. And while his general distaste for hippie music has been addressed in many interviews through the years, no one has ever asked what '60s music he did like until now:

    From Crumb On Others, Part One, by Alex Wood:


    Robert: "Yes! Last great proletarian rock 'n' roll band. 1966 -- My Baby Does the Hanky Panky, great record. That to me was the last year there was a bunch of good, proletarian rock and roll hits on the radio. After that it was taken over by the California psychedelic thing. I just didn’t find that as interesting. That was all very middle-class. Once the Beatles became famous, then the middle class began to embrace rock 'n' roll and abandoned the kind of middle of the road sound of Bobby Rydell and Pat Boone and all that stuff. And when the middle-class embraced it, they cleaned it up, it wasn’t the same. But Tommy James was one of the last bands, and Sam The Sham, he was another one of the last ones: Wooly Bully and stuff like that."
    Alex: "Did you like Little Red Riding Hood?"
    Robert: "Great, great masterpiece. [laughs] But after that, I started to lose interest in rock n’ roll. The golden age of rock 'n' roll was in the 50s and for me, particularly Rockabilly. I really liked that. A lot of the rockabilly stuff was really wild and kind of scared the bourgeois, scared them."
    Alex: "Like Jerry Lee Lewis?"
    Robert: "Yeah, great! Great piano player. Little Richard too, excellent piano player but they’re showmen so you don’t get to hear enough piano. But going back to Tommy James, he made a psychedelic song called Crimson and Clover. Remember that? I thought that was pretty good… 'Crimson and clover, over and over…'"

    Monday, June 13, 2011

    Recent Additions To The Ichiban New Bin

    V.A. - The Music City Story

    Wanda Burt & The Crescendoes - Scheming (mp3)


    Radio On!

    Staple Singers

    Mr. Fine Wine did an outstanding fill-in for Sinner's Crossroads last week.  Catch it here.  Also, don't miss Kevin Nutt from Sinners Crossroads filling in for Fine Wine here.


    Sunday, June 12, 2011

    I've Got My Pride (MP3)

    Jan Howard - I've Got My Pride

    In late 1960, Jan Howard released I've Got My Pride, a fine honky-tonker authored by one of country music's greatest songwriters, her then-husband Harlan Howard. Despite the fact that it was a superb performance and a great song, it quickly disappeared without coming anywhere near the charts.

    Billboard's anonymous reviewer described it this way: "She doesn't have her man, but she has her pride, is the theme of this up-tempo country weeper, handled in sparkling fashion by the thrush over strong support. A sock side by the lass." I'd say that's about the size of it.

    Eddie on Elvis

    Noted author and possibly the world's most perfectly developed man (now that Charles Atlas is gone) Eddie Deezen tells you about some of Mr. Presley's animal pals, right here.

    BONUS! Here's more from Eddie, writing about Snap, Crackle, and Pop.


    Saturday, June 11, 2011

    This Weekend At The Fool's Paradise Twin

    The Maniacs Are Loose! aka The Thrill Killers! (trailer)


    Lemon Grove Kids Meet The Monsters (Theme)


    Thursday, June 9, 2011

    June Is Ray Dennis Steckler Month

    Riding the Pfinkmobile

    Wednesday, June 8, 2011

    France Gall - "Das war eine schone Party" ("Poupee De Cire, Poupee De Son" In German)


    Monday, June 6, 2011

    Ray Dennis Steckler

    Cash Flagg and Liz Renay in the Thrill Killers

    Special News Bulletin!!! (mp3)


    Sunday, June 5, 2011


    My Gal's Outa Her Tree Again (MP3)

    Johnny Selph - My Gal's Outa Her Tree Again

    More Johnny Selph craziness can be heard over here.

    Saturday, June 4, 2011


    Friday, June 3, 2011

    Sweet Little 17

    Former Rifleman star Chuck Connors helps Berry Gordy celebrate his daughter's 17th birthday. Los Angeles, 1971. From the Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library.

    Ron Haydock

    AKA Vin Saxon

    AKA Lonnie Lord

    AKA Don Sheppard

    AKA Jerry Lee Vincent

    "I'm out for kicks in life, doing whatever I want whenever I want, on the move like there's no tomorrow, I'm living like there's only today. Yeah, that was the right word for what I wanted out of life -- kicks. And I never had to look very far or very hard to find them. Somehow, they always managed to find me."

    Thursday, June 2, 2011

    This Weekend At The Fool's Paradise Twin

    Wild Guitar (movie)


    The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed Up Zombies (movie)


    Ray Dennis Steckler

    In 1962, Ray Dennis Steckler was a prop man, an assistant cameraman and director of photography on The World's Greatest Sinner pt. 1pt. 2 starring Timothy Carey!

    Frank Zappa - World's Greatest Sinner (mp3)


    Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    June Is Ray Dennis Steckler Month

    Right here on WFMU's Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban.