Friday, March 29, 2013
Thanks to Rex from Fool's Paradise for this killer diller dedicated to our hero.
From a deep, dark catacomb down in the Fool’s Paradise fur-lined fallout shelter comes this true Big Daddy Roth rarity courtesy of Attila and the Huns. Issued as the B-Side to their anthemic Sonics-rip “Mojo Cools”, this crunchy copy includes an autograph to “Sharon” from Attila himself!
Atilla and The Huns - My Name's Big Daddy
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Lester Flatt - I Can't Tell The Boys From The Girls
Justin Tubb & Goldie Hill - Sure Fire Kisses
Justin's 45-themed Nudie attire is likely the best stage wear any of us will ever see. Surely, Ernest was beaming with pride. Courtesy of Bear Family's superb Pepper Hot Baby, a collection of Tubb's honky-tonkin' 1950s sides.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
One of the hardest things I ever did was write this book with Ed Roth. He was so nuts! He made me make up a lot of his autobiography. Haha. He had a letter that I wrote him in nutso beatnik slang, that i wrote after meeting him in 1986 with Miriam Linna, Billy Miller, Andrea Kusten, etc.(see Miriam's recent postings here & on Facebook for info on that fateful day, Miriam wound up writing the intro to this book. I was pretty vocal that i wanted her to write the book but it was too late...), this letter was the blueprint for all writing of Fink stuff from that point on. He had called & asked me to write the comics he was publishing, but I couldn't get it together. So some years later in fine small town hick style, not realizing just how large a city Noo Yawk really iz, the Grand Finkster hisself jingled our ol' bud Pat Redding who was handling the krazy book deal-o in da big rotten apple & sez "Hey Pat! You live in New York, do ya know this cat named Howie Pyro?" (kinda slipped into the sorta lingo the book was scrawled in...). Miraculously she did & he said he wanted me to write it. He just happened to wind up on the phone with the one person in the publishing field in the biggest city on earth (or there abouts) who DID know me. Too weird. Or maybe not weird enough. Anyhooo this thing was WRITTEN, yeah, written with pencil/pen & paper! Waaay before computers, and i couldn't type. Still can't! It took forever & was beyond difficult. Big Daddy turned out to be pretty darned difficult as well. I loved him to death & don't wanna tarnish his rep (hahaha) but truth is he hated Rock N Roll & I seriously hadda fight to get it in the book. And other stuff too. And he insisted on mentioning his wife Bev literally about every other sentence, like a thousand times. (We counted cuz they had to pay me to remove her damned name & change it to "my wife" when she left him & he didn't want her name in it anymore! It had to be done by hand & i wanted to be paid ten cents or a quarter or some nonsense per name. Somewhere i have it written down...hahaha). I just found all the letters i got from Roth festooned with tons of drawings, on great stationery with cassette tapes and all kindsa good stuff. Luckily i had moved to LA in 2,000 and Roth was gonna be at the Rat Fink Reunion at Moon Eyes the following year & that same day I was just starting to reord the first Danzig record that I was on & I had to sneak out & see Ed. I just HAD to. I got in trouble, but Glenn understood, being a fan & big collector. This photo is from that meeting & Big Daddy died literally weeks after this & I just knew it was meant to be. I really am one lucky fink to have gotten to do all this stuff. See you all at the big LA Norton Records Benefit. I'll have lotsa krazy surprises in store for you fellow finks there!
Howie Pyro 3/26/13
Posted by Howie Pyro at 10:18 PM
Miriam's letter to Bill Gaines from Mad Mag! Thanks, Mimsy!
Big thanks to Howie Pyro over at Luxuria Music for playing an Ed "Big Daddy" Roth set on his show! Listen here. You can catch Intoxica Radio with Howie every Tuesday night live at 9 PM PST. The show is also archived every week!
Hardrock Gunter - February 25th 1925 - March 15th 2013
Hardrock Gunter passed away a few weeks ago. Give a listen to this fantastic interview that took place back in 2010 on Fool's Paradise with Rex. Learn the origin of the "Hardrock" name and hear how he acheived the amazing echo Boppin to Grandfather's Clock.
Great Music and Great tales from the man himself.
Thanks Rex for this amazing interview.
For further study: http://www.hardrockgunter.com
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Monday, March 25, 2013
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Thanks to all the Ichibaners who have pledged to our 2013 - Year Of The Snake Fundraising Marathon! We reached our goal!!!
Ichiban All-Stars include William T in NY, Stephanie C in Boise, our own Bill Kelly, Paul T in Ma, Eugene R in Jersey City, Carmen S in Philly, Michael F in Brooklyn, Justin C in Brooklyn, Sebastian V in Canada, Keenan P in Brooklyn, Erick Z in NYC, Joe R in NYC, Paul H in Canada, Anna A in Brooklyn, Mark E in Canada, Vito D in Canada, Station Manager Ken, last week's co-host, Chris T!, Give The Drummer Radio's Doug Schulkind, our own Terre T, Eva Z in Brooklyn, Wasted T in Brooklyn, Andrew S in NJ, Kelly H in Canada, John T in beautiful Burbank, California, Greg G in Georgia, Jonathan L in Ca, Matthew C in Ky, Dan M in Sea Bright, NJ, Tania B in Somerville, Ma, Steven Rk in Arlington, VA, Laura B in Brooklyn, Thomas P in Sweden, Mike D in Palm Harbor, Fla, Brian D in Chicago, John S in Kingston, NY, our own Irene Trudel, Gaylord Fields, Rex Doane and Kevin Nutt, Arjan P in the Netherlands, Holly in Durham, NC, Andy R in Greeneville, TN, Chris H in Hackensack, Chris P in the UK August G in NYC and Colin M from Austria. You guys rule!!
A while back, a nice woman named Debbi* contacted me at work about buying her son's Star Wars toys, and mentioned that she also had some comics and trading cards from her childhood. I bought what she had, and in our conversation, she mentioned that she thought that she had some more Monkees memorabilia packed away, which I urged her to bring in. A few weeks later, she returned with a batch of cool stuff... two partial fan club kits that had belonged to her and her sister (which, combined, mad one near-complete one), some newsletters, some of the mail-order-only magazines from Tiger Beat, and a batch of trading cards. Also among them was this oddly mislabeled ticket for a Vanilla Fudge show in her hometown of Simsbury, Connecticut. I'm not really a fan of their sludgy sound, even if they were produced by the late, great Shadow Morton, but this is pretty cool. Thanks, Debbi!
*No relation to our Glorious Leader.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
You could win a sealed "Mother's Worry" model kit from 1996, if you pledge $15 or more to WFMU's Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban fundraising marathon before Sunday!
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Thanks to the fine folks at Sunbury Press for donating this prize to Ichiban! You could win it, if you pledge today. You can also order signed copies from their website!
Saturday, March 9, 2013
You can help keep us streaming 24 hours a day when you make a pledge to WFMU! $75 gets you this CD with artwork by Takeshi Tadatsu.
Elijah & the Ebonites - Hot Grits (Girls Raised In The South)
Pledge your support for the old noise, win fabulous prizes!! 1-3 PM.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
|Note the tricolor headlight array, mimicking the dot pattern on a color television screen.|
The Orbitron was always a favorite of mine among Big Daddy's cars, but I'm apparently in the minority. There was never a model kit, slot car, or Hot Wheel, either in 1965 or since, and unlike the Outlaw and the Mysterion, it didn't even get its own Car Craft cover, as you can see.
|Only approximately 1/12 of the cover? An insult!|
|This fellow is no relation, but he's also cool. Learn more about him here.|
Thanks to David Marchese for sending us this great interview he did for Spin Magazine!
Check it out here.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Hot Rod Hootenany was released in 1963 with cover art by Big Daddy aka Mr. Gasser. Musicians included Ichiban All-Stars Gary Usher, Glen Campbell, Jerry Cole and Darlene Love, just to name a few! Long out of print, the geniuses over at Sundazed Records reissued a limited edition run for Black Friday.
Monday, March 4, 2013
This one is dedicated to all you Rat Finks who've already pledged out there, along with Ron Haydock & the Boppers, V-neck sweaters, beehives, Liz Renay, gingham and monster masks. Thanks!