The Soul Continentals - Goobah (African Twist)
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Posted by J.R. Williams at 10:52 AM
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Figured it was time to share my flood damged copy of Get Down by Harvey Scales and the Seven Sounds. Awwwright!
THIS WEEKEND !!
PSYCHEDELIC ECSTASY !!!
Taste a moment of madness...listen to the sound of purple !
...and - for this engagement only - SMITH BROS. COUGH DROPS !!
PROGRAM BEGINS AT DUSK
ONLY THOSE OVER 17 ADMITTED • LEGIBLE PROOF OF AGE REQUIRED
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Join us tonight at the Rock Shop in Brooklyn for a live taping of the Gowanus All-Stars! Free. 8 PM.
WFMU T-shirt to the best rebel yell in attendance!! Stay tuned for air date.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
The mighty A-Bones return to the Bowery this Tuesday night to play a benefit for Fly's Eye 3D, presented by filmmaker Henry Jones! Fresh from rocking the Brooklyn Aquarium last night, the heroes of Ichiban Rock 'n' Soul will be appearing with the Fleshtones and Nervous Rex at the Bowery Electric. Djs include Todd-o-phonic Todd and Dany Johnson!! Doors at 7. $10.00.
More info on Henry Jones provided by Bruce Bennett.
The Kickstands - Ridin' Trails
In 1964, Gary Usher was a hired hand on The Kickstands' motorcycle-themed Capitol LP Black Boots And Bikes. The record ended up featuring four tunes written by Usher and frequent co-hort Roger Christian, as well as another by Usher only. The album featured the vocal talents of Gary Usher, as well as a couple of the guys in the photo above - Dennis McCarthy and Dick Burns, who handles lead vocals on this track.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Here's a fiery Hondells instrumental, as done by the both the Hondells and the Untamed Youth.
Via Rob Santos
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Satan's Angel !!
Posted by count reeshard at 8:14 PM
Thanks to Rob Santos for sending us this alternate version of the Hondells doing "Hot Rod High" from one of his Gary Usher acetates!
Here's a 1965 Hondells clip that serves as a companion piece to Johnny Bartlett's eloquent Gary Usher post from a bit earlier today. Check out how the pic sleeve in Johnny's post comes to life in a frenzy of lip-synching insanity! Scroll down a post or two to check out the sleeve in question.
Gary Usher Month??? Seems a rather insignificant amount of time to dedicate to a man that I've based my whole life on. But maybe I'm a bit eccentric in this regard. However, we agree that the man should be honored, and that's boss.
You're reading this so you're probably smarter than the average ho-dad and know all about the teen tycoon of traction. But let me tell you my perspective.
When I started buyin' records at the tender age of ten--this was 1975--finding early Beach Boys records for a quarter at garage sales was a lead-pipe cinch. And what I noticed is that the name Gary Usher appeared on the writing credits of all my favorite tunes. Fast forward five years when I got into other surf and hot rod music and I kept noticing those magical words that appeared all over the place, thusly (G. Usher-R. Christian). Whether it was the Hondells, The Kickstands, The Super Stocks, The Revells, etc., there was that uncommon denominator that makes all those records so special. And when you throw the name Richie Podolor into the mix your motorcycle-jargoned brain starts doin' wheelies right outta your skull.
So clearly, Gary U. and Roger C. must have gotten together and said, hey, we can make some ginchy music for today's youth. And they did. And how.
But of all those aforementioned studio masterpieces, The Hondells are standouts. And they almost appear to be a real band. Matching sweaters? Check. Matching motorcycles? Check. Matching pompadours? Check. Sure, you could say that Gary Usher knew his audience and wrote accordingly. But I think it's a bit deeper than that. I think he was writing from experience (he met Brian Wilson at the drag strip cuz he was a bona fide motor head). His undeniable talent for songwriting, storytelling and musical production (after all, he was like Phil Spector, but better) made for one great platter after another. The Hondells were the perfect vehicle (pardon the pun) for him.
They released 2 perfect LPs and countless 45s (some of the later ones are well worth avoiding). One 45 worth noting is their cover of Jody Reynold's Endless Sleep. Wow, they took a depressing dirge about a teenage girl drowning and made it into an up-tempo toe tapper. BRILLIANT!
Another great Hondells 45 is My Buddy b/w You're Gonna Ride With Me. Sure, both those songs are on their eponymously titled second LP. You see it was Ichiban's very own Debbie D that gave me my copy of the picture sleeve, replete with hole in the center of the sleeve courtesy of some thrift store peg, no doubt (see figure 1). This gift ensured her a lifetime membership to the Hillsdale Records Free 45 Club (an elite subset of humanity in which, not coincidentally, Greg G is also a cardholder).
I could go on, but really the best thing for you to do is scour the record bins for anything that says (G. Usher-R. Christian). Because all the waxing poetic in the world can't compare with 10 seconds of Honda Holiday. (mp3)
Editor's Note: I also got Harvey Scales' Loveitis b/w Get Down in that same thrift score!
Johnny Bartlett and I have been pen pals since the early '90s, when I wrote to the Phantom Surfers Fan Club!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Take the radio outside and listen to the Summer Soooooul-stice programs with me and Gaylord Fields!
And be sure to tune in live this Sunday from 5 - 7 PM for this year's edition.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Thursdays 1-3 PM - Matt Fiveash, 3-5 PM - Ted Barron
Fridays 3-5 PM - Debbie D
Saturdays 11 PM - 2 AM - Live From The Admiral W/ Dr. Filth & Greg Cartwright
Sam Cooke - Shake (2:52)
On June 18, 1964, forty-eight years ago today, Times Square got a brand new billboard - one ordered specifically to promote Sam Cooke's upcoming appearance at New York's Copacabana club. Source: Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke (2005) by Peter Guralnick.
Posted by Greg G at 10:02 AM
Saturday, June 16, 2012
|Fun City, U-S-A|
|Shoot the tube|
Years back there was a great fad among the younger set to punctuate their speech with "bop" or so-called hip expressions. The new fad is even more way out and that is surfin' talk. This glossary will give you a basic insight into the world of the surfer.
Baggies - Trunks that Surfers wear.
Boss - The greatest.
Gremmie - Pseudo surfer. He plays the role but doesn't really surf.
Hang Ten - Standing on front of the board with toes over the edge to increase speed.
Hanging Five - Hanging five toes over the nose of the board.
Hoedad - Anyone who puts down surfing or surfes: An enemy of surfers.
Hot Dog - Wide and heavy board.
Hot Dogger - Expert surfer. Does tricks and shows off.
Kaha Huna - Mythical Hawaiian goddess of surfing.
Pipeline - The hollow tubelike middle of a wave just prior to breaking.
Sand Flea - Person who avoids the water, just lies on the sand.
Shooting The Curl - Catching the wave at just the right moment and riding it out.
Shooting The Pier - Dodging in and out of pilings.
Stein - Worst kind of surfer.
Tube - Hollow part of the wave
Waikiki Kuks - Another name for pseudo surfer.
The Wedge - Another name for a wave.
Wipeout - Catching the wave at the wrong time and being thrown from the surfboard.
Woodie - Car that carries surfboard.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
...and - for this engagement only - Fool's Paradise Pu-Pu Platters !!
Posted by count reeshard at 3:40 AM
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Posted by Shouting Thomas Torment at 8:25 AM
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Stan Kenton - Tequila
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Posted by count reeshard at 4:21 PM
Friday, June 8, 2012
I'll be playing all Gary Usher inspired songs on the radio today from 3-5 PM EDT.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
...and - for this engagement only - Fried Bologna Po'boy Sandwiches!
Posted by count reeshard at 6:15 PM