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    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    Goodbye Slim Harpo

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    Ridin' with the Grumpy King: Broderick Crawford's 'Highway Patrol'


    “Twenty-one-fifty to headquarters…What’s your ten-twenty?....Ten-four…Twenty-one-fifty by…”

    If that numeral sequence is all Greek to you, you’re probably not familiar with the most utilitarian cop-show of all time. By comparison, Dragnet was high style, its dialogue sculpted like stanzas of Milton, Jack Webb’s Joe Friday a commanding presence every bit as authorial as Orson Wells. If The Untouchables was noir, Dragnet the boiled-harder reduction of a Forties radio drama, then Highway Patrol (1955-59) was the crime series that dispensed with all pretense and got down, most expediently, to the genre’s basic hood-bull transactions.

    It helps that Broderick Crawford’s Lt. Dan Matthews is a gruff superior whose barked orders, issued from flapping jowls, betray nothing but an impatient drive to wrap the case pronto. Invariably, this means a quick trip to the wall map and a plan to “Put roadblocks here, here and here! Tell Twenty-one-ten to meet us there! I’m off to Centerville!” Matthews then hops into Car Twenty-one-fifty (a giant Buick) and burns rubber down open roads leading to Centerville and Capital City—which are, in reality, the palm-dotted country lanes of an as yet unsprawled San Fernando Valley.

    The show’s thugs are generally great types: uncaring gunsels who’d just as soon plug a human obstacle as park illegally outside the gas station they’re robbing, and a fair amount of them are tough, good-looking dames who’d easily make a Miriam Linna bad-girls compendium. All, of course, are brought to justice, thanks to the unbeatable combination of roadblocks and Matthews’ bulky pursuit; Crawford’s weight doesn’t permit long chases, but he’s light on his tiny feet and has no problem hacking through the brush of a chaparral canyon in his dark suit and hard shoes if it means a brief shootout and swift apprehension of the perp.

    Time constraints make mercy a luxury Matthews can’t afford. Wounded baddies are left to lie in the dirt, clutching exit holes. Victims are consoled with “Sorry about the loss of your husband and son, Mrs. Johnson. Now let’s get back to headquarters!” Nor is empathy or imagination wasted on the episode titles of the half-hour series: “Car Theft,” “Plane Crash,” “Released Convict.” An obvious promo tie-in with some SoCal aeronautics firm explains such riveting installments as “Desert Copter,” “Mountain Copter” and “Blast Area Copter.”

    We’re talking functional, get-it-over-and-done TV. No brooding detectives, no smart-ass junior dicks, no quirky Goths manning under-lit crime labs. And each show closes with Crawford, anxious to get to his favorite after-work watering-hole, delivering a terse public-service announcement couplet—“If you care to drive, drive with care” or “Leave your blood at the blood bank, not on the highway…” Ten-four.

    Now playing: on MGM DVD’s and the Antenna TV channel. Sample show:


    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    Slim Harpo LIVE!

    David Kearns and Joe Drago recorded Slim playing live at the Sage Avenue Armory back in 1961.  The sound isn't the greatest, but it's all we've got.  Here's a sample.

    Slim Harpo Live - "I'm A King Bee", "Got Love If You Want It" and "When The Saints Go Marching In"

    Junco Partner

    Tune it to Music To Spazz By tonight, when Dave the Spazz welcomes Lily Keber, the director of Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius Of James Booker.  Catch a screening Sunday or Monday as part of the Sound + Vision festival at the Film Society Of Lincoln Center then head to the Great Jones where WFMU DJ, Matt Fiveash will be serving up unlimited Abitas.  Also, don't miss Charles Bradley: Soul Of America, the story of Daptone's latest star, which opens the festival Friday at 6:30.  (Also streaming via itunes and highly recommended).


    Monday, July 22, 2013

    That's Alright Baby (Don't Start Cryin' Now)

    Don't Start Cryin' Now (1961)

    Slim Harpo

    Blues Hangover (1960)
    What A Dream 

    Saturday, July 20, 2013

    Are In-Laws Really Outlaws?

    1 Art Linkletter: mother-in-law joke
    2 Calvin Arnold: Mama-In-Law
    3 Jimmy Witherspoon: Don't Ever Move A Woman Into Your House
    4 Champion Jack Dupree: Mother-In-Law Blues
    5 Bing Crosby: The Whistler's Mother In Law
    6 B.K. Anderson: Mother-In-Law Cha Cha
    7 Ernie K-Doe: Mother In Law (incorp. alt. & studio chatter)
    8 Gary Paxton: Mother-In-Law
    9 Ernie K-Doe: My Mother-In-Law (Is In My Hair Again)
    10 Bo Diddley: Husband-In-Law
    11 Jim Nesbitt: Husbands-In-Law
    12 Charlie Rich: Hawg Jaw
    13 Champion Jack Dupree wtih Mr. Bear: Lonely Road Blues
    14 Jamo Thomas: Jive Mother-In-Law
    15 Little Junior Parker: Mother-In-Law Blues
    16 Kursaal Flyers: Monster-In-Law
    17 Kui Lee: Ain't No Big Thing
    18 Lee Perry: Mother-In-Law
    19 Lucas & Mike Cotton Sound: Mother-In-Law
    20 Jim Nesbitt: Mother-In-Law
    21 Chiquita: Father-In-Law
    22 James Spencer: In-Law Trouble
    23 Marion Harris: Brother-In-Law Dan
    24 Paul Peek: Brother-In-Law (He's A Moocher)
    25 Peetie Wheatstraw: The Devil's Son-In-Law
    26 The Nashville Teens: Devil-In-Law
    27 The Blossoms: Son-In-Law
    28 Louise Brown: Son-In-Law
    29 The Satintones: You'd Make A Fine Son-In-Law
    30 Edward Gates White: Mother-In-Law
    31 Mack McQuire: Mother-In-Law Blues
    32 Rod Bernard: My Old Mother-In-Law
    33 The Allen Brothers: Mother-In-Law Blues
    34 The Misfits: My Mother-In-Law
    35 The Volumes: Oh My Mother-In-Law
    36 Clarence Carter: Mother-In-Law
    37 The Brochures: My In-Laws Are Outlaws
    38 Sir Douglas Quintet: Are In-Laws Really Outlaws?

    Friday, July 12, 2013

    Mondo Topless Radio Extravaganza

    Thanks to my pal Phil for sending along these fantastic screen captures of radio shots from Russ Meyer's Mondo Topless

    Thursday, July 11, 2013

    James Moore aka Slim Harpo

    Slim's first record was produced by Jay Miller for Ernie Young's Excello Records out of Nashville.  Jay claims it was his idea for Slim to have a gimmicky, nasal sounding voice.  "I'm A King Bee" b/w "I Got Love If You Want It" is a good place to start.

    Friday, July 5, 2013

    July Is Slim Harpo Month

    Thursday, July 4, 2013

    Freedom Wins Again

    Thanks to Jim Blanchard for sharing this patriotic themed comp!

    Get it!

    Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    Adiós, Black Belt Jones

    From FUNKY CRIMES: A radio spot for BLACK BELT JONES (R.I.P. Jim Kelly), plus "Get It" by Wilmer & the Dukes.

    Get it, Jim...