WFMU Ichiban, Rock and Soul with Debbie D

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Funky Crimes - Monkey Hustle


The Soul Continentals - Goobah (African Twist)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Get Down!


Figured it was time to share my flood damged copy of Get Down by Harvey Scales and the Seven Sounds. Awwwright!

Drug Mania @ Fool's Paradise Twin


THIS WEEKEND !!

GET DOWN !
with
THE PLEASURE LOVERS !!
 ENTER THEIR WANTON WORLD
of
PSYCHEDELIC ECSTASY !!!
 

FIRST...
 
Taste a moment of madness...listen to the sound of purple ! 
PSYCH-OUT
(1968, dir. Richard Rush)
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THEN... 

Bizarre...Weird...Wild...They're the 
HALLUCINATION GENERATION 
(1966, dir. Edward Mann)

FULL SERVICE SNACK BAR
featuring: 
Tasty corndogs!  Refreshing beverages! Savory BBQ!
...and - for this engagement only - SMITH BROS. COUGH DROPS !!
*No Outside Food Or Drink*

PROGRAM BEGINS AT DUSK
ONLY THOSE OVER 17 ADMITTED • LEGIBLE PROOF OF AGE REQUIRED 

THE FOOL'S PARADISE TWIN ACCEPTS
JAMES BROWN BLACK & BROWN STAMPS

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Note from the editor:  Hallucination Generation movie trailer
 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Rules Of The Game - According to AIP

 
As stated above, the American International Pictures credo. Of course, the same goes double for the Fool's Paradise Twin Drive-In. 
 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tassel Twirler Tuesday!


Everybody_Fish!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Honky Tonk Mondays



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

A-Bones Alert!

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.

Gary Usher Month - Ridin' Trails

 
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

Funky Crimes - TNT!

The Fabulous Counts - Jan Jan

The Hondells

Japanese EP
Via Rob Santos

Friday, June 22, 2012

Haulin' Honda



Here's a fiery Hondells instrumental, as done by the both the Hondells and the Untamed Youth.

Beverly Williams - He's Hurtin' Me

Via Rob Santos

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Barbara Steele weekend @ Fool's Paradise Twin !


THIS WEEKEND !!

Take 3 Trips To HELL
With
Satan's Angel !!

BARBARA STEELE !!!
 
"She didn't need make-up, she just had those eyes... !" 
 - Poison Ivy of The Cramps, describing BARBARA STEELE


FIRST...

BLACK SUNDAY
(1960, dir. Mario Bava)


THEN...
CASTLE OF BLOOD
(1964, dir. Sergio Corbucci)
AND FINALLY...

TERROR-CREATURES 
FROM THE GRAVE
(1965, dir. Ralph Zucker)

FULL SERVICE SNACK BAR
featuring: 
Tasty corndogs!  Refreshing beverages! Savory BBQ!
...and - for this engagement only - PASTA FA-GHOUL !!
*No Outside Food Or Drink*
 

THE FOOL'S PARADISE TWIN ACCEPTS
JAMES BROWN BLACK & BROWN STAMPS
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Hot Rod High (Alternate Version)



Thanks to Rob Santos for sending us this alternate version of the Hondells doing "Hot Rod High" from one of his Gary Usher acetates!

The Hondells - Sea Cruise (Scopitone S-1034)


Hondells Pic Sleeve Comes To Life!



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.

25 Bad Ass Instros


Check 'em out! (CLICK HERE)

Johnny "Big Hand" Bartlett For Gary Usher Month

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)

Figure 1


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

Cactus Juice

The Champs - Cactus Juice
(Songwriter: Gary Usher)

Soul Is Our Music!



Take the radio outside and listen to the Summer Soooooul-stice programs with me and Gaylord Fields!

2011

2010

And be sure to tune in live this Sunday from 5 - 7 PM for this year's edition.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Ichiban Live!



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

Times Square - - - 48 years ago today



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.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Gary Usher Month

Fun City, U-S-A
The Surfaris - So Get Out (Produced and arranged by Gary Usher)

Papa Ooh Mow Mow

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.

Funky Crimes - Black Bag

Carlos "Sherlock" Holmes - Black Bag

Thursday, June 14, 2012

3-WAY MONDO MADNESS @ Fool's Paradise Twin

STRANGE JUNGLE MANHOOD RITES !
SICK OR BIZARRE ? GRUESOME OR NATURAL ?
EXOTIC OR HIDEOUS !?!?
THIS WEEKEND !!
 
MONDO !
MONDO !!
MONDO !!!
FIRST...
THE ONE THAT STARTED IT ALL !
MONDO CANE
    (1962, dir. Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi) 
 
THEN...
WITH NARRATION BY
VINCENT PRICE !
TABOOS OF THE WORLD
(1964, Romolo Marcellini)

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AND FINALLY...

STRIP BARS ! TOPLESS GIRL ROCK BANDS ! DRUGS !
JAYNE KNOWS WHERE THE ACTION IS !!

IN 

THE WILD, WILD WORLD OF JAYNE MANSFIELD
(1968, Dick Randall)
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FULL SERVICE SNACK BAR
featuring: 
Tasty corndogs!  Refreshing beverages! Savory BBQ!
...and - for this engagement only - Fool's Paradise Pu-Pu Platters !! 
 
*No Outside Food Or Drink*
 
THE FOOL'S PARADISE TWIN ACCEPTS
JAMES BROWN BLACK & BROWN STAMPS
 
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tassel Twirler Tuesday!


Happy 80th birthday Charlie!!


Nice alternate take with false start from Feathers & Co. - "Ohhh let's GO!!!"

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Stan Kenton - Rock & Roller
















Stan Kenton  -  Tequila


I have no idea how a progressive jazzbo like Kenton wound up waxing Tequila, but it all worked out pretty well.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

BLAXPLOITATION 2nd Big Nite @ Fool's Paradise Twin



Just a reminder to all moto'cycle riders and bunny seat sitters about Part 2 of the Blaxploitation Festival screening this evening at the Fool's Paradise Twin.

Owing to a run on the Fried Bologna Po'boys last night, there will be a substitution this evening at the FP Twin's snack bar:
Wimp's Memorial Macaroni & Cheese 
(list of ingredients available upon request)
 also
Grape Jell-o


pimp coffin

Funky Crimes - Itchy Brother

The Nite-Liters - Itchy Brother

Friday, June 8, 2012

Debbie Does WFMU


I'll be playing all Gary Usher inspired songs on the radio today from 3-5 PM EDT.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

BLAXPLOITATION WEEKEND @ The Fool's Paradise Twin

 
THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED !
IT'S SHOWING AT THE FOOL'S PARADISE TWIN !
THIS WEEKEND !!
 
TWO 
BIG NIGHTS OF
BLAXPLOITATION !! 


FRIDAY ONLY!!
3 BLASTS OF BLACK POWER!!!
 
Rudy Ray Moore
IS
THE HUMAN TORNADO 
(1976, dir. Cliff Roquemore) 
 
 
 
THEN...
Pam Grier
IS
SHEBA BABY
(1975, dir. William Girdler) 
 
 
 
AND FINALLY...
Rosie Grier & Ray Milland
ARE
THE THING WITH TWO HEADS
(1972, dir. Lee Frost)
 




SATURDAY ONLY!!
3 TONS 
OF
DOWNTOWN DYN-O-MITE!!!
 
 
HIPPIES GET THEIR DASHIKIS ON !
IN
GHETTO FREAKS
(aka LOVE COMMUNE)
(1970, dir. Robert J. Emery) 
  


THEN...
Kiel Martin & Mel Stewart
IN
TRICK BABY 
(1972, dir. Larry Yust) 
 


AND FINALLY...
Marki Bey & Robert "Dr. Phibes" Quarry
IN
SUGAR HILL
(1974, dir. Paul Maslansky)
  
 
 
FULL SERVICE SNACK BAR
featuring: 
Tasty corndogs!  Refreshing beverages! Savory BBQ!
...and - for this engagement only - Fried Bologna Po'boy Sandwiches!

*No Outside Food Or Drink*
 
THE FOOL'S PARADISE TWIN ACCEPTS
JAMES BROWN BLACK & BROWN STAMPS

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