Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Posted by count reeshard at 10:21 PM
Doug Sahm - Oh No Not Another One
Doug Sahm's final studio album, The Return of Wayne Douglas, was released not long after his death from a heart attack in Taos, New Mexico hotel room in 1999. The name of the disc was a reference to an alias he'd used to release a cool 1970 Mercury honky-tonk 45, and as you'd expect with a title like that the album itself was pure deep-fried country music from beginning to end. Not surprisingly, Sahm, like a lot of people, was completely disenchanted with the pop and rock sounds that were becoming the hallmark of hit country records and used this track to blow off a little steam.
Monday, July 30, 2012
|Kim Fowley (in the Western shirt) with among others |
Del Shannon, Bruce Johnston and Gene Vincent. From his website.
KIM FOWLEY: Michoacan was written by Atwood Allen and [myself]. Atwood Allen was the Electric Ice Man from San Antonio, and his grass that he cultivated and blended and rolled into joints was apparently legendary. I don’t smoke dope so I have no idea if it’s true, but according to gravevine legend Bob Dylan smoked some of Atwood’s blend and thought it was Doug Sahm’s blend and then liked Doug Sahm’s music more than he normally would, because he thought his abilities as a tobacconist cum blender of psychedelics gave him a different status. And then when he found it it was Atwood Allen’s, possibly he didn’t like Doug Sahm as much. Now, this is just a story that floats around ballrooms in Austin. It is possibly untrue. It’s possibly true. I’m not in an Austin ballroom and I wasn’t there when the rumors started. Have you ever heard that rumour before?
|from left: Ernie Durawa, Doug Sahm, Atwood Allen (click here for photo source)|
|Tom Ayres bio here|
|Swedish psych/prog band does a German polka version of Tex-Mex |
song with lyrics by a California freak. The mind reels.
|J.J. Light - lost Chicano psych classic!|
|Gene Thomas - NOT J.J. Light!|
Doug Sahm sings Gene Thomas
|I was unable to verify the Cuban live album, but here's|
the studio version from Shake Hands with the Devil
This interview expanded to include several other topics, and we will see more of it in the very near future. Kim Fowley would like to let you know that he has just recorded a new release with Snow Mercy called Live in Overdrive. "We did it in an hour. It's one of the dumbest records you've ever heard. It's STUPID. Which is the key word in rock and roll. It's really stupid, and if you guys are smoking dope, jacking off, or robbing cars, this is the record to do it to. Everything good about Paul and Paula and Dale and Grace, you will find on this piece of trash, on steroids. Be sure and check it out. It's on iTunes."
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Sir Douglas Quintet - Nitty Gritty
The shiner Doug's sporting in the photo above was the result of a fractious 1973 run-in with police in Balcones Heights, just outside of San Antonio. Doug was enjoying an evening out with some friends at La Rosa Mexican Restaurant, when some clearly over-aggressive policing led an officer to ask who owned the gold and black Oldsmobile Cutlass with the California license plates. When Doug volunteered that he owned the car in question, the cop asked him to step outside while his fellow officers stayed inside to hassle Sahm's companions in the hopes of getting a low level drug bust. A moment later, drummer George Rains looked outside and witnessed a cop take Sahm, handcuffed at the time, and slam his head into the hood of his car. The police never did find any drugs on Sahm or in his car, so they settled for a charge of public intoxication, but that was quickly thrown out of court. The whole incident was a catalyst for Sahm's decision to relocate to the friendlier town of Austin.
Source: Texas Tornado: The Times & Music Of Doug Sahm by Jan Reid.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Posted by gene sculatti at 7:22 PM
Friday, July 27, 2012
SCREENPLAY BY WILLIAM CASTLE !!!
Posted by count reeshard at 12:39 AM
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Alvin Crow & The Pleasant Valley Boys (w/ Doug Sahm on guitar & vocals) - Pick Me Up On Your Way Down
In the late 90s, Doug Sahm spent some time occasionally sitting in on steel guitar on gigs with his old pal Alvin Crow & The Pleasant Valley Boys. In fact, one of my fondest musical memories is seeing Sahm play steel for Crow all evening at a show at a honky-tonk called the Broken Spoke in south Austin back in about 1996 or so. As I recall, the entire evening Crow referred to Sahm as Wayne Douglas, which is the pseudonym Sahm used on a Mercury country 45 released in 1970, which is audible here. In fact, at the end of this performance Crow can be heard acknowledging Sahm's performance by enthusiastically calling out "Sir Wayne!"
I'm not 100% sure but I think he may have been playing lead guitar, as opposed to steel, at this particular gig, which was recorded in Dallas in January 1997.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
|Photo by Mark Folse|
A 2nd line to honor Uncle Lionel Batiste will be held in NYC on Thursday, July 26th at 6:30 PM. The parade will be led by The Stooges Brass Band! Gather at Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center and bring white handkerchiefs, 2nd line umbrellas and large pictures of Uncle Lionel, if you have them.
Followed by a free show on the plaza by The Stooges Brass Band.
(get off my trail you) Sneaky_Snail!
Posted by Kogar the Swinging Ape at 2:53 PM
Doug Sahm Month: Ramblers - Funky Side of Your Mind/Hello Amsterdam/Sir Doug's Recording Trip/One Too Many Mornings
Here's (sort of) three more from the Rough Cuts LP. As requested, the tale of the Sir Douglas Quintet's trip to Amersterdam, and for historical purposes, "Sir Doug's Recording Trip". But perhaps most interestingly, we're also bringing you "Funky Side of Your Mind". Expect this post to ramble like a five minute mid-tempo Sir Douglas Quintet song.
having some chart success, to the moment of recording "Sir Doug's Recording Trip".
|Sir Doug and Huey Meaux on a recording trip |
taken from http://theragblog.blogspot.com*
|Is anybody going to Amsterdam, or maybe Barcelona?|
One cut that features both a fade up AND a fade down is "Leaving Kansas City", a remarkably evocative (particularly for a lifelong Texas boy) ramble about getting out of the middle of America for stranger pastures. When I first discovered this song I had just "left Kansas City" (actually Columbia, MO) after 30 years, "bouncing around in space until I found my place". Sir Doug and I share a birthday, and considering his own love for zodiacal connectivity, I'm going to go a little hippie on y'all and admit that I've always wondered if it wasn't that shared birthdate, among other things, that connected me to his music so strongly.
You can hear Doug call out changes and instructions throughout the song as it lilts along over particularly strong and compassionate ("Crossroads" worthy!) DS vocal. But they obviously don't have an ending for it. I think that Augie Meyer must play the second guitar on this recording, since there's no piano or organ to be heard. On Rough Cuts the song fades after its little whistling coda, and that's that, a perfectly wonderful farewell-to-Mercury-records-last-song-on-the-album kind of a thing. But there's a full version of the take, or fuller, that is as far as I know only available on the Edsel She's About a Mover: The Best of the Sir Douglas Quintet Crazy Cajun Recordings CD (I think there's a one-and-two CD version) that continues past the fade, and into an otherwise unreleased pounder called "Funky Side of Your Mind".
FUNKY SIDE OF YOUR MIND
|Sometimes CDs are good for something|
All-in-all a great lost look at the interband dynamics of the Quintet and one of the best SDQ recordings of the 70s.
And, what the heck, to wrap up and because I mentioned the whole shared birthday thing (and because it's kind of the same song anyway) here's one I never fail to play on November 6, wherever I am - from Together After Five, the "One Too Many Mornings/Got to Sing a Happy Song" medley. While it's always nice to think of all the time I've wasted (and it's not wasted) with Doug Sahm, it's the verse that starts at the 4:00 mark that always gets me.
One Too Many Mornings/Sing a Happy Song
|One too many songs in this post?|
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Doug Sahm & The Markays - Why Why Why
If you ever want to immerse yourself in some of Sahm's most formative early rock & roll efforts, you should definitely make it a point to check out the CD San Antonio Rock (Norton), which shines the spotlight on his hard to track down 45s cut between the years '57 and '61.
Andrew Brown's illuminating liner notes set the stage for the smouldering Why, Why, Why, a San Antonio favorite and Doug's big breakout local hit: "....Doug (now a senior in high school) recorded Why, Why, Why at Texas Sound Studios in early 1960 with the great tenor saxophonist Rocky Morales and his band, the Mar-Kays.
Why, Why, Why was the first big hit, Doug told Deron Bissett. "Funky record, I love it. It was goin' up the charts when school was out. It bugged me 'cause then I couldn't go to school to say, 'Hey look at me, boy....cruise around the drive-in and say 'Hey, I got a hit. What are you doing?' "
Thursday, July 19, 2012
His Ancient Fingers Reached For Young Flesh !!
Battling Twin Sisters !! Good vs. Evil !!
FULL SERVICE SNACK BAR
ONLY THOSE OVER 17 ADMITTED • LEGIBLE PROOF OF AGE REQUIRED
Posted by count reeshard at 6:18 PM
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Since Greg G sent Doug south of the border in an earlier post today, I thought this was an appropriate time to take another excursion down there, this time in the form of a single-only song from the Kris Kristofferson film Cisco Pike, "Michoacan".