Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Let's not exhaust this space to quibble over whether the mere existence and propagation of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is warranted or not. And we shall similarly pay minimal heed to the immutable truth that Paul Simon is in said Rock Hall not once but twice (as a solo performer and as half of Simon and Garfunkel), which to some may indicate he's been inducted either one too many times or two too many times. All that concerns this author is that as long as they let Rhymin' Simon in, those doors should open even wider to accommodate his late-'50s/early-'60s rockin' incarnations Jerry Landis, True Taylor, and Tico and the Triumphs.
It may be difficult to reconcile that the very same person who composed "A Simple Desultory Philippic" could also give birth to "Get Up and Do the Wobble," but one doesn't require a postage stamp contest à la Elvis to determine which manifestation of the singer and songwriter in question the typical Ichiban reader and listener would favor. So now that your preference has been duly presupposed, please enjoy this guaranteed Garfunkel-free trio of top teen tunes from the days when Paul Simon resided on the greaseball side of Music Town (all songs YouTube).
True Taylor — "True or False" (Big, 1958)
Here Paul yelps a rockabilly bopper that alternately could have been titled "Blue Moon of Kew Gardens."
Tico and the Triumphs — "Motorcycle" (Amy, 1961, Billboard No. 99)
Simon's sonata for the 'Sicle Set puts the "J.D." in early Jan and Dean.
Jerry Landis — "The Lone Teen Ranger" (Amy, 1962, Billboard No. 97)
His "Western Movies"-referencing dum-dum doo-wop ditty exposes a different kind of Olympics doping.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Here's Wendell Austin's hillbilly classic LSD, always worth hearing one more time. And you know who else recorded a pretty snappy version of this tune? Fuzztones front man Rudi Protrudi, on his country album It's A White Trash Thing. He may be much better known for his garage mayhem, but he definitely seems to have an affinity for the country stuff, too.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Perchance To Dream (video)
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Come meet our latest Ichiban DJ, Howie Pyro at Home Sweet Home in NYC this Friday night. Howie will be Jonathan Toubin's special guest at New York Night Train's weekly 45 RPM party. It's free before 11 PM and after 3 AM. Or $3 at the door. See you there!
Monday, August 8, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Tune in today from 12 - 3 PM when Todd-o-phonic Todd fills in for Joe Belock. He'll be interviewing Philly Hall Of Fame DJ, Jerry Blavat.