Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Posted by Dave the Spazz at 10:16 PM
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Here it is, the final day of Joe Tex Month, and we have arrived at Joe Tex's final LP - He Who Is Without Funk Cast the First Stone. After this record, he had a few 12" singles before his untimely death at 49, from a heart attack.
Despite being relatively clean for his entire life, apparently Joe was partying too hard in the late 70s and early 80s. According to Buddy Killen, "During his last four years he staged a marathon of self-abuse. It was as if he was trying to make up for lost time."
Some of the 70s tendency to overindulgence perhaps could explain the inconsistent nature of He Who Is Without Funk.
And now, because I have been to the mountain this last month, I've come back with those 10 commandments, slightly retranslated to be more Ichiban appropriate. Hey, retranslating scripture to the advantage of the translating agency is common practice, so I figure I'm golden.
BEHOLD & LIVETH BY THESE WORDS, THOU ICHIBANNERS:
"1. If thou did not want to get funky, thou never should have got on the dancefloor.
2. Surely thou kneweth thou wouldeth get funky, if ever thy got on the dancefloor.
3. We all sweateth and doeth get stanky whenever we get on a dancefloor.
4. We should not hate, love thee one another, get on down on the dancefloor.
5. Do not stone, love thee one another, get on down on the dancefloor.
6. Now the time cometh, and so I must goeth - to check on the other dancefloors.
7. When I returneth, I want you all to be getting down on the dancefloor.
8. Behold I cometh when thou not knoweth, so get on down on the dancefloor.
9. The music is funky, and it sure is goodeth, get on down on the dancefloor.
10. Peace be unto thee my people, get on down on the dancefloor.
FUNK UP THE DANCEFLOOR!"
What can be said in response to that but AMEN?
Thanks to all the great Ichiban bloggers and commentators for teaching me so much about my favorite soul artist this month. It's been great to witness the power of an aggregate group of bloggers first-hand.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled jungle 45 of the week, already in progress.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Bill Emerson - Goin' Out To Hollywood
So here's a mighty fine record by Bill Emerson, who lays out the inspired tale of a backwoods country boy with a plan to head west to Hollywood, stoked up on visions of movie stardom, limousines, and flashy Fender guitars.
Is it country, rock & roll, or maybe rockabilly? All of the above, I guess, but to tell you the truth I think it's mostly in the ear of the beholder.
Chris T. of Aeriel View loves the Ichiban stream so much that he went out and bought five internet radios so that he can listen in nearly every room of his home. Where there is no dedicated internet radio, he uses his stereo or regular radio. This is easily accomplished by using the WFMU phone app.
Chris will go LIVE this Friday, March 2, 3-5 PM looking for your monetary support of WFMU and Ichiban! Tune in and do the Popeye with him!! And please make a pledge to support the obscure hits of the 50s and 60s!
Ed. note: "I Mess Up Everything I Get My Hands On", "Leaving You Dinner" (mp3s) Also from Bumps & Bruises.
Monday, February 27, 2012
The album had a number of "I Gotcha" soundalikes and a few ballads. It's not peak Tex, but it's not a bad record either. I think, however, I prefer Spills the Beans.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Thanks to everyone who's already pledged to the WFMU 2012 marathon!! One more week to go. Tune in live this Friday from 3-5 PM when Chris T will be giving away fabulous prizes and thanking you on the air for your pledge. You can help keep Ichiban streaming commercial-free 24 hours a day!!
The Trashmen - Church Key
Fellow Soul Clansman Don Covay pays tribute to the big JT.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
We interrupt this blog to bring you a special announcement.
Friday, February 24, 2012
|I have prizes for you!|
Tune in today 3-5 PM EST! This is my one and only marathon show this year. Today is the day to show your support to WFMU's Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban. See you on the radio!
In 1968 Joe Tex found himself in yet another one of those situtations where he was ahead of his time and involved in something that has interesting echoes in modern day soul, r&b and rap: the Soul Clan.
Make a pledge of $50 or more to Ichiban before today at 5 PM EST, and you could win this fabulous compilation of Ichiban One-Liners by our own J.R. Williams!! Check the complete track listing HERE!
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The Tradewinds - Gotcha
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Tune in to Music To Spazz By tonight from 9 PM - Midnight when head chimp, Dave the Spazz tap dances for your dollars to keep WFMU on the air for one more year. These are desperate times and desperate times call for desperate measures! Gaylord Fields will personally thank you on the air!!!
Joe's next album, From the Roots Came the Rapper, is one I have never been able to crack the code on. There is just so much wrong with it. From the outset - look at that weird mod cover - what does that have to do with our down-home, nitty-gritty philosopher?
The album was recorded in Muscle Shoals studios with Eddie Hinton and some of his fellow Shoalers, so the playing is fine, but this really does sound like Joe trying to make an Isaac Hayes album. There's only one original on the record, and one of the two "raps", on the tediously eternal version of Burt Bacharach's "I'll Never Fall in Love Again", is one of the few times I can't connect with a Tex sermon. Sure there's some ringer songwriters - future Ichiban month candidate Jerry Williams Jr. (aka Swamp Dogg), Don Covay, and the Left Rev. Eugene McDaniels, but overall things just feel off.
I suspect that the main reason the record doesn't really launch is because it's produced by Dave Crawford and Brad Shapiro, rather than Joe's main man, Buddy Killen. It's the only record that Killen didn't produce after Joe joined Dial, and it shows. JT sounds more uptight and serious than usual, and the whole thing is just kind of a drag. Anyone who has any insight into why this album is worthwhile is encouraged to open my ears to it.
A new direction was coming, though, as was Joe's biggest hit yet.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I'll be live on the WFMU Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban webstream this Friday from 3-5 PM with MC Julie from the Dark Night Of The Soul With Julie, heard every Tuesday 3-6 AM on WFMU. We will be giving away prizes in exchange for your dough. We need full participation from all the Ichibaners!! If you are listening while you're at work getting paid, please PLEDGE! Make sure to specify "Ichiban" to be entered into the drawing for fabulous prizes, like rare records and DVDs.
$15 = entered into drawing
$50 = entered into drawing + grand prize drawing (CD compiled by J.R. Williams)
$75 = all + Ichiban One-Liners Volume 3 with artwork by Takeshi Tadatsu
$180 = all + WFMU Vintage Pack + 3 DJ premiums + T-shirt, bag, naming rights
More swag here.
Please specify you'd like to credit your pledge to Ichiban to qualify.
Week 2: Chris T will take over hosting duties.
Thanks to listener Jonathan Lemon for the video!
Thanks to listener Sean Bonnell for sending in this amazing clip of Bo Diddley doing his thing circa 1972!! Wembley Stadium - London, England. Check out this lineup!!
IMDb: Batman and Robin escape Catwoman's trap by hitting the precise note needed to shatter the glass chamber in which they're prisoners. They quickly get on the trail of Catwoman. The feminine feline criminal eventually "steals" the voices of Chad and Jeremy, Commissioner Gordon and talk-show host Allen Stephens. She blackmails the British government, which faces the lost of revenue from the taxes on Chad and Jeremy's performances. Batman and Robin eventually capture Catwoman and her gang, but not before Batman and Catwoman express obvious affection for each other. Written by Bill Koenig
*Note Catwoman's shout out to Ichiban's Mr. March, Roger Miller!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Next up: Batman
Monday, February 20, 2012
Joe Tex - Papa Was Too, By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Gala De Clôture 3.14.69) via bedazzled.tv
Posted by Spike Priggen at 12:43 PM
Regardless, they're both really good records with lots of great tracks.
Side one of Happy Soul in particular stands up with any LP side of soul music you'd care to name. A bunch of the tracks from this record have been posted elsewhere on Ichiban through the course of the month, but a couple haven't been covered yet. I'm a big fan of the home-town hi-jinx of "You Need Me", which has an almost Tom T. Hall vibe to it in terms of its telling little details. "Some were crying, and some bought lunch!"
And my DJ box is always packing the freight train of laffs that is "Go Home and Do It", because of one glorious occasion when I played it, much to the crowd's delight, right after some jerky couple finally got kicked out of one of my gigs for being obnoxious.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Since you're going to make a pledge to WFMU's 2012 marathon anyway, why not maximize your swag?
Any person who pays their pledge of $180 or more by Feb. 26th will receive the Vintage WFMU Pack - Upsalapalooza double CD, Crackpots & Visionaries Vol. 2 card set, plus a classic issue of LCD (WFMU's old 'zine).
3 DJ Premiums, Global Domination Bag, new WFMU T-shirt and naming rights to a WFMU Fixture.
Might I suggest:
DJ premiums can also be yours for a pledge of $75 each.
Posted by Debbie D at 3:42 PM
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Joe Tex covers show up in the oddest places. Buddy Killen was one busy song-selling-son-of-a-gun from next door.