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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Billy Strange and The Munsters

Yep, I'm jumping on the Halloween bandwagon. Better late than never.

Billy Strange - Theme From The Munsters (1:53)

Happy Halloween

Halloween twin-spin from the Fool's Paradise crypt. Tune in to WFMU from 1-3 PM today for Rex's annual Spook party!

Brita Borg - Frankenstein Rock

The Poindexter Bros. - The Booga Man

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Download Of The Day

The Cadillacs - Boogie Man

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Drink Guide


Martha Vickers

Yvonne De Carlo

Halloween Download Of The Day

The Blenders - Graveyard

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sivad's Tour Of WHBQ-Memphis

Rhonda Fleming, 1958

Actress Rhonda Fleming, hanging around with a couple of Shriners.

Halloween Download Of The Day

John Zacherley - Dinner With Drac

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Download Of The Day

The Symbols - Do The Zombie

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Download Of The Day

Bob Mcfadden & Dor - The Mummy

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Halloween Download Of The Day

Baron Daemon & The Vampires - Transylvania Twist

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Music To Spazz By

Join the Dave the Spazz fan club!

Halloween Download Of The Day

Joe Cota - Creep-A-Con Rock

Wild, Wild Weekend

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Effects Of Regularly Visiting Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban

This is Jerry Patterson of Altus, Oklahoma pictured before he began visiting Ichiban and again one month later. Please don't say we didn't warn you.

Halloween Download Of The Day

Roy Clark - Spooky Movies

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Halloween Download Of The Day

Bobby Bare - Vampira

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Halloween Eve Monster Ball

Swing by the Trophy Bar on Devil's Night for the Mad Monster Ball. DJ's Rex, Spazz and Phreddie (Subway Soul Club) will be spinning all your seasonal favorites! Plus!! A Live Gorilla will be released into the crowd at Midnight! Don't be chicken. See you at 351 Broadway at Keap Street in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Thanks to Psycho Spazz for the poster.

Maury Laws - The Mummy

Where Is Mr. Fine Wine?

Bio: Mr. Fine Wine grew up in Detroit in the 1960s and '70s, surrounded by
music and by music-industry people. He went to school with the offspring
of Motown stars; his uncle (believe it or not!) taught John Lee Hooker how
to play guitar chords and owned the local record label Tuba. An avid
collector of soul 45s for 25 years, Fine Wine started DJ'ing soon after he
relocated to New York City. His radio show, "Downtown Soulville"
(, has been converting casual listeners around
the globe into soul freaks since 1994. TimeOut London magazine called it
one of the best independent music podcasts in the world. In addition to
presiding over many local dance parties through the years (including the
Empire State Soul Club, Bumpshop, and Horse River Social), he has held
down a weekly residency at Manhattan dive bar Botanica since 1996--perhaps
the longest-running weekly soul-45 listening party in the world, and one
that has attracted visiting luminaries such as Keb Darge, Ian Wright,
Butch, Egon, Dante Carfagna, Tim Brown, Sami Dariush, and Cut Chemist.
Countries where Fine Wine has DJ'd with his across-the-board mix of R&B,
soul, blues, and funk include Spain, Turkey, Russia, Scotland, England,
Canada, Norway, and Germany, and he has backed the likes of the Mighty
Hannibal, the Gories, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Brian Auger, Dee Dee
Ramone, DJ Shadow, the Detroit Cobras, Cody Black, Rudy Ray Moore, and
Nathaniel Mayer. He has also compiled and written liner notes for the
collections "Vital Organs" (Grooovysounds Unltd.) and "Crash of Thunder"
(Vampisoul) and is working on two new compilations for Vampisoul. Fine
Wine and his friend the Mighty Hannibal are the subjects of a
feature-length documentary film, currently in production, called

You can catch Mr. Fine Wine every Wednesday night at BOTANICA (47
East Houston Street, between Mulberry and Mott, downstairs; 10 till late;

Tune in Friday nights from 7-8 PM on WFMU.

AND starting this very Saturday night, join Fine Wine and Jonathan Toubin (New York Night Train) for the debut of their new monthly 60's Soul night, Out Of This World!! It's located in the old Supreme Trading spot at 213 N. 8th Street, B/W Roebling & Driggs, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Also free.

And, if you're in Helsinki or St. Petersburg:
31 OCTOBER: Soul Sides @ Kuudes Linja, Helsinki
1 NOVEMBER: Something else in Helsinki with Sami
5 NOVEMBER: Druzba bar, St. Petersburg
6 NOVEMBER: Fun City Shingaling, Stereobar (Gorohovaya 49), St. Petersburg

Here's a current top 11, all of which should
be in the box at these gigs:

1. Fenton Robinson "Tennessee Woman" (Duke) ( R & B )
2. Maurice and the Radiants "I Gotta Dance to Keep My Baby" (Chess) (R&B/soul)
3. The Lindreals "The Waltz" (Kim) (soul)
4. Tony Drake "Suddenly" (Brunswick) (funky soul)
5. Tito Puente "A La Salud" (RCA Victor) (Latin R & B )
6. Arthur Griswold "Pretty Mama Blues" (Fortune) (R&B/blues)
7. Odessa Harris "You're What I Need" (Uptown) (soul)
8. Little Willie John "Don't Play With Love" (King) ( R & B )
9. Jimmy Toliver "Come Shine" (T & T) (blues/funk)
10. Williams Brothers "Rap On" (Twain) (funk)
11. George Jackson "Tender Love" (Doro) (soul)

In the meantime, check out this podcast from the Daptone Records Jukebox.

Halloween Download Of The Day

Screaming Lord Sutch - She's Fallen In Love With a Monster Man

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

RIP Vic Mizzy

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Frankie Stein and His Ghouls (last LP)

Monster Sounds and Dance Music!

Food For The Soul

Ghost Riders In The Sky, Lawrence Welk Style

This 1961 Lawrence Welk Show clip might just comprise the coolest two minutes in the show's history. Guitarist Neil LeVang completely nails Ghost Riders In The Sky, along with considerable help and atmospherics from the entire LW Orchestra.

Halloween Download Of The Day

The Creeps - The Whip

Monday, October 19, 2009

Vincent Price - The House On Haunted Hill

Watch the genius of William Castle in The House On Haunted Hill.

Ghoul A Go-Go

Vlad & Creighton dropped in on Rex for the October 30th 2004 edition of Fool's Paradise. Listen Now!

Halloween Download Of The Day

Gene "Bowlegs" Miller - Frankenstein Walk

Kogar's Spooky Spectacular

Ichiban Head Honcho Debbie D was kind enough to let me post a Halloween themed compilation I put together last year for my myspace blog. It's been retooled a little bit and Michael Deforge did an amazing "cover" for it. Check out his website for more amazing work.

When I put this together I wanted to stay away from the usual novelty type Halloween songs. That's why something like THE FABULOUS WAILERS lead it off with a great eerie instrumental. Listen to that song and try NOT to think of people barricaded in a house fighting marauding (slow moving!) zombies!

Enjoy, and Happy Halloween...

Track List

01. Boris Karloff - From the film TARGETS
02. the fabulous wailers - high wall
03. jackie morningstar - rockin in the graveyard
04. mad daddy - werewolf poem
05. the abstracts - nightmare
06. the fabulous five - janie made a monster
07. los sleepers - zombie
08. the connoisseurs - count macabre
09. BIG BOY GROVES- Bucket o' blood
10. The Tingler - William Castle
11. Unknown - Rat Pfink Theme
12. ricky roy - screamin mimi
13. ralph nielsen & the chancellors - scream
14. little marcus and the devotions - lone stranger went mad
15. The Five Jones Boys - Mr. Ghost Goes To Town
16. the poets - dead
17. Watusi Zombie - Jan Davis
18. the fortunes - the ghoul in school
19. Frankie Stein And His Ghouls - Knives And Lovers (Swim)
20. Duponts - Screamin Ball
21. the mighty el dukes - frankenstein's den
22. larry and the blue notes Night of the Sadist
23. lord luther - teenage creature
24. The Vampire - Archie King
25. the jayhawks - the creature from outer space
26. randy luck - i was a teenage caveman
27. Los Shains - El Monstruo
28. Cobwebs - Devil Girl '66
29. johnny anderson - zoola zooky
30. the tumblers - scream
31. Danny Ware - The Zombie Stomp
32. Johnny Fever - Zombie
33. Upperclassmen - Cha-Cha with the Zombies

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Halloween Download Of The Day

Los Sleepers - El Zombie

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Hawaii Five Oh No!

CBS has announced that they've finally cleared all the legal hurdles and are moving forward with plans to revive Hawaii Five-O.

Will it be worthwhile? Are remade television series (or feature films, for that matter) ever very exciting? I'm dubious. If you're hungering for the originals, CBS has posted quite a few full-length episodes from the show's first 2 seasons.

Below is a pretty fascinating clip, showing the retooled open from a 1990s attempt to get the show back on the air. Believe it or not, Garey Busey was to star in the Steve McGarrett role.

Frankie Stein and His Ghouls (4th LP)

Monster Melodies!

Halloween Download Of The Day

Kip Tyler - She's My Witch

Surf Bums

Friday, October 16, 2009


Re-announcing the WFMU Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban DJ contest. Send us your best 1 hour DJ mix via CD or DVD to WFMU Ichiban DJ Contest/PO Box 2011/Jersey City NJ/07303. Rules: No Rules! This is internet radio so no FCC regulations apply. But try to keep it classy. Anyone may enter unless you are already a WFMU Boss Jock. Winner receives a WFMU Ichiban prize pack! Plus, a downloadable link on our "You Be A DJ" blogroll. Contest ends December 25th, 2009. Please!! --Only pre-1970's recordings. Questions?? Email us: Winner to be announced Jan. 25 2010.

Here are some tips on how to be a DJ.

What are you waiting for?!

Meet The Mighty Manfred and Richard D

Be sure to check out our super special guest DJ set from The Professor of Rock 'n' Roll, Mr. Manfred Jones, aka the Mighty Manfred, aka the person that trained me at my first radio gig, WUOG in Athens, Georgia, way back in 1988. He's heard on the Sirius/XM "Underground Garage" channel. He's also been fronting the world's longest running garage band, The Woggles since 1987.


1. Don Gardner - My Baby Likes To Boogaloo
2. Los Buenos - Woovy Groovy
3. The Mohawks - Champ
4. Los Impala - Todo Gira
5. King Khan & His Shrines - Kukamonga Boogaloo
6. Rex Garvin - Emulsified
7. Chubby Checker - Karate Monkey
8. Little Willie John - Uh Uh Baby
9. The Branded - You Got The Hurt
10. The Devils - The Devil Dance
11. Muck & The Mires - Doreen
12. Revellions - Up To You
13. Lyn Collins - Think (About It)
14. Freddy & The Kinfolk - Blabbermouth
15. Etta James - You Got It
16. Hal Driggers - Brown Baggin'
17. Earl King - Trick Bag
18. Solomon Burke - Can't Stop Lovin' You
19. The Clique - Superman
20. The Sheep - Twelve Months Later
21. Human Beinz - Nobody But Me
22. James Brown - Shout & Shimmy
23. Tony Clarke - Woman, Love and a Man
24. Lavern Baker - Bumble Bee
25. Heino - Karamba, Karacho, Ein Whiskey
26. Big Al Downing - Georgia Slop
27. Eddie Bo - Every Dog Has His Day
28. Sir Latimore Brown - Shake & Vibrate
29. Dorothy, Oma and Zelpha - Gonna Put It On Your Mind
30. The A-bones - Take Up The Slack Daddy-O

Download it now!

When you're done with that, check out Ichiban listener # 1 - Richard D, aka the Sebring Man from down in F-l-a. He's contributed many top notch Soul tracks for the Ichiban stream. Thanks, Richard!

Folder - 01 tracks - Richard_Ds_Party_3
Tracks: 58:26 minutes playtime

Mr Wiggles & Wigglin' Men - (Parkway 104 1964) Fat Back Pt 2 (Instr)
*** with richard - intro
Larry Bright - (Del Fi 4209 1963) The Bacon Fat
Don Covay - (LP Firefly 313 1958 "Ooh My Soul,")
track: Believe It or Not
Teddy & Continentals - (Pik 235 1961) Ev' Rybody Pony
DeNielle and the Dramatics - (Margate 1967?) The Octopus
Don Gardner - (TNT 500 1966) Let's Party
King Coleman - (Columbia 41927 1961) Black Bottom Blues
Gate Wesley & Band - (Atlantic 2319 1966) Do The Batman
*** richard - first set recap - with Melvin Jackson -
(LP Limelight 86071 1969 "Funky Skull,")
track: Funky Skull Pt 1 (Instr)
B Goode - (Gem 0100 1968) Hokey Pokey Rock
The Emperors - (Brunswick 55333 1967) Karate Boogaloo
Soul Brothers - (Pine Hill 1967) Boogaloo Time (Instr)
Bobby Patterson - (Jetstar 111 1968) Broadway Ain't Funky No More
The Twistin' KIngs - (Motown 1022 1961) White House Twist
Johnny Winter - (Frolic 503 1962) Voodoo Twist
The Fantastic Johnny C - (Phil La 305 1967) Boogaloo Down Broadway
*** richard - second set recap - with Melvin Jackson -
(LP Limelight 86071 1969 "Funky Skull,")
track: Funky Skull Pt 1 (Instr)
The Cavaliers - (Tel 1006 1959) I Wanna Dance
The Jive Five - (Beltone 2019 1962) Hully Gully Calling Time
Roy Lee Johnson - (OKeh 7182 1962) Busy Body
Harvey Scales & Seven Sounds - (Magic Touch 2007 1967) Get Down
AC Reed - (Nike 2002 1967) Boogaloo Tramp
Soul Brothers Six - (Atlantic 2645 1969) Drive
*** richard - final set recap - with Melvin Jackson -
(LP Limelight 86071 1969 "Funky Skull,")
track: Funky Skull Pt 1 (Instr)
Big Elmer Parker - (Blue Jay 1969) Going to New York Pt 1

Download Party Mix 3 now!

Halloween Download Of The Day

Igor & The Maniacs - The Big Green

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bobby Burgess & Cissy King

Former Mouseketeer Bobby Burgess is seen here flying through the air with Cissy King, his dance partner for many years on the Lawrence Welk Show.

Odd fact of debatable value: Burgess is married to the daughter of famed accordionist Myron Floren.

Halloween Download Of The Day

Frantics - Werewolf

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Halloween Download Of The Day

The Deadly Ones - It's Monster Surfing Time

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Frankie Stein and His Ghouls (3rd LP)

Ghoul Music!

Ichiban Fan Club Meeting #1

Fred Gwynn and Al Lewis are your hosts.

Halloween Download Of The Day

The Emersons - Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

Monday, October 12, 2009


Thanks to the totally awesome Jimmy Fountain for the Ichiban poster!

Coney Island Baby

Uh, Coney Island, Cincinnati that is......