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Sunday, January 31, 2010


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Banjo Boys

Here is Denmark's most exciting entertainment export for 1960:
Jan & Kjeld delivering their rather unique interpretation of Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti." As a bonus, you also get their huge international smash hit: "Banjo Boy."
Tutti Frutti

Banjo Boy

Ghost Riders In The Sky

The Baja Marimba Band - Ghost Riders In The Sky (2:47)

Andre Williams Book Blasts, NYC!

Photo by Christy Kane.

Get ready for 3 nights of Big Boss Action as Andre "Mr. Rhythm" Williams swings into town to read from his new book, Sweets!

Round 1 - Feb. 4 Music To Spazz By on WFMU
Tune in to Dave the Spazz from 8-11 PM when Andre and special guests drop by to spin "Greasy Chicken" and other Delights!

Round 2 - Feb. 5 Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church
Andre Williams & Nick Toschses read from Sweets.
Lenny Kaye to Emcee
10 PM $8
131 E. 10th Street b/t 2ed and 3ed Ave.

**Get there early or miss the literary event of the season.

After party at the world famous Beauty Bar 231 W. 14th St. b/t 2nd & 3rd Ave.
Andre joins Josh Styles' SMASHED! BLOCKED! dance party to spin 45s all nite long!

Round 3 - Feb. 6 Saturday Night Fish Fry
After-after party at the fabulous Tip-Top Bar and Grill in historic Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn!
Andre to hold court at this all-out dance blast for our glittering illiterati! Andre will hawk and Hancock Sweets and other assorted ltd edition accoutrements, all available at this swingin' Saturday soiree. Do not miss! Special guests galore!!
432 Franklin Ave b/t Madison & Putnam Brooklyn
9 PM -?
Admission free to anyone with the secret password (barnyard utterance from "Greasy Chicken"!)

Pick It Up For Valentines Day! LTD edition SWEETS PERFUME!
"Fragrance By Andre" Get transported to the mean streets of Sweetsville with SWEETS perfume. Badass half ounce bottle in badass gift box! Available only at the Tip Top.

Special thanks to the Queen Of Kicksville, Miriam Linna for making all this magic happen. See you there!!

Friday, January 29, 2010


Thursday, January 28, 2010


Bobby 'Blue' Bland

Bobby Blue Bland - Call On Me (45)

All Aboard!

Ironing Board Sam performing Ray Charles' "Sticks & Stones" (intro by Noble Blackwell & Padre)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Priscilla Beaulieu Early '60s

Muscle Beach, 1951

September 1, 1951. Jackie Graham (left) and Malcolm Brenner ("Mr. California"). Via the USC Digital Library.



Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hey Mr. DJ

Photo by Benny Joseph

Mask Man & The Agents - Love Bandito (45)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Two-Headed Mansfield!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Fortune Teller

Benny Spellman - Fortune Teller (45)

Friday, January 22, 2010


Thursday, January 21, 2010


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bus Drivin' Man

Why do truck drivers get all the recognition? For once, let's hear it for the bus drivers.

Spence Spencer - Bus Drivin' Man (2:18)

And clearly, since we're already on the subject of buses, there will never be a better time to share a photo of the greatest bus graphics ever. Photo via copyranter.

The Cameradio

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Monday, January 18, 2010

Dee Mullins - The Continuing Story

Dee Mullins - Guilt Box (45)

Learn to Play the Ukelele!

Here's Everything you need to learn how to play the Ukelele. As for the vocal technique, you're on your own...

Ukelele Ike - That's My Weakness Now

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Snow Skiing!

For more Kim Fowley awesomeness check out the two new LP/CD releases on Norton Records called ONE MAN'S GARBAGE and ANOTHER MAN'S GOLD!


Saturday, January 16, 2010

New York World's Fair 1964-1965

"First at the fair" - the gas industry's exhibit helped set the festive mood of the Fair with it's Carousel, Fun House, Puppet Show and the Festival Restaurant.


Frank Gorshin As The Riddler

The Riddler - The Riddler (45)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Nancy Sinatra - Come On Over

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Gary Mitchell - Ichiban DJ Contest Winner!

The Ichiban judges are happy to announce the grand prize winner of our You Be A DJ Contest! Put your hands together for Mr. Gary Mitchell!! He's got what it takes to be a Boss Ichiban Jock. Congratulations, Gary! You've earned a spot on our DJ Wall Of Fame, located on the right side of this page. Tune in Saturdays from 3-7 PM on 1430 WNAV in Annapolis, MD or the first Tuesday of each month from 8-11 PM on Top Shelf Oldies to hear more from Gary Mitchell, seen here with Cousin Brucie. You can also buy 45s from him in the back corner of the Metropolitan Pavilion during the annual WFMU record fair. Thanks to everyone for participating. Rock On.

DJ Contest Winner - Gary Mitchell (mp3)


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Every Record Tells a Story...

Some are just better storytellers than others...

Sunnyland Slim - Layin' in My Cell Sleepin'

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Harmon Bethea 1923 - 2009

Mask Man & The Agents - The World Is A Cafeteria (45)

Tune in to the Gaylord Fields program this Sunday from 5-7 PM when we will be Playing every Cap-Tans/Mask Man & The Agents record we can find in honor of Harmon Bethea aka The Mask Man. Mr. Bethea had the Big One last month in DC at the age of 86.



Monday, January 11, 2010

Jean Shepard

Jean Shepard - Two Hoops & A Holler (45)

You Be The DJ

The Ichiban webstream will be down for some router maintenance tonight for an hour or so. Why not listen to one of our Guest DJ sets instead? The Richard D Swamp Pop mix will make you feel like you are are in New Orleans in the middle of September.

Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
4 ounces dark rum
4 ounces passion fruit syrup
Crushed ice
Orange and/or lime slice
1 Maraschino Cherry

In a cocktail shaker, add lemon juice, rum, passion fruit syrup, and crushed ice; shake vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes and then strain into a tall glass or hurricane glass.

Garnish with an orange and/or lime slices and a maraschino cherry.

Makes 1 serving.

Welcome To Los Angeles

Nineteen-year-old Austrian actress Romy Schneider arrives at Los Angeles International Airport, January 26, 1958.

Unlike most Los Angeles visitors, she was greeted by Iron Eyes Cody, who crowned her with an elaborate Indian headdress. Los Angeles Examiner, via the USC Digital Library.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

You're Soaking In It

By special request from Ichiban listener Elisa comes this Fool's Paradise favorite from Jan Miner aka Madge with Keep Twisting! (45) Art by Daniel Clowes.

Bonus side from Linda Laurie - Ambrose, Part 5 (45) Just Keep Walkin'!

The Wild Tones - Shut Ups (45) Shut Up And Deal!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Elvis and the TV Set

When I was at Graceland in 2000 I snapped this picture of the actual RCA TV set that Elvis ventilated when he saw fellow crooner Robert Goulet show up on a variety show. Turns out it's probably a phony. Reports at the time indicate that Elvis had the TV repaired and then gave it to his uncle Earl Pritchard who was the head grounds keeper at Graceland. What is real was Elvis' hatred for Goulet. Here's an excerpt from the Elvis Information Network interviewing Elvis insider Marty Lacker:

EIN: Robert Goulet: there is a real myth about the Robert Goulet on TV incident. Can you set the record straight.

ML: Elvis harbored some bad feelings about Goulet from back in the late 50's when he was in the army. Elvis' girlfriend Anita Wood was a singer and she did shows with Goulet and Buddy Hackett. Anita would often write Elvis in Germany and one time Goulet added a post script to one of them telling Elvis in a sly way that he was personally taking care of Anita. Elvis didn't like that and he never forgot so when he saw Goulet on TV, he shot the TV out.

Polk Salad Annie

Thursday, January 7, 2010




Songs The A-Bones Taught Us

Show Poster by Rotodesign

Part 2 on WFMU's Beware Of The Blog

Royal Teens - Sham Rock
Hasil Adkins - Truly Ruly
The Coasters - Little Egypt
Heinz - Questions I Can't Answer
Betty Dickson - Shanty Tramp
Chuck Brooks - Spinnin' My Wheels
Mackey Beers - That Jim
The Sabres - Take Up The Slack Daddy-O
Ole Miss Downbeats - Geraldine
Bracey Everett - Lover's Curse
Torquays - Stolen Moments
The Sonics - Maintaining My Cool
Gene Dunlap - Made In The Shade
Bill Smith Combo - Tough
Larry Williams - You Bug Me Baby
Jack Donovan & The Knight Caps - Time Machine
The Turbines - Wah-Hey
Danny Dell & The Trends - Froggy
The Premiers - Firewater
Jerry Parsons & The Blue Jeans - Don't Need No Job
Linda & The Epics - Gonna Be Loved
The Ronettes - Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love?
Benny Joy - Hey High School Baby
Velvet Underground - Guess I'm Falling In Love
Rudy Grayzell - Judy
The Caps - Who The Heck
Eddie Dugosh - One Mile
Flamin' Groovies - In The USA
The Seeds - It's A Hard Life
Earl Vince & The Valiants - Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In

The A-Bones' latest album, Not Now, made many WFMU top ten lists in 2009.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Swamp Guinea Fever Part 3

Back in November, Ichiban hostess Debbie D posted both sides of an oddball local Georgia 45 by the daughters of the owner of a local fish camp type restaurant. The songs detailed the menu and locale of a long-gone eatery outside of Athens called the Swamp Guinea, which opened its doors in 1961 and went out of business in the early 80s. Then Devlin posted a 1973 Daily News article about a tornado that pummeled the vicinity of the restaurant and a reader followed up with an extensive comment about actually being at the Swamp Guinea when the tornado struck.

So to keep the mania in motion, I dug through the archives of the University of Georgia student newspaper (The Red & Black) to unearth a 1966 Swamp Guinea restaurant review and a few old ads that do a good job conveying what kind of joint it was. The Swamp Guinea's ads can't always be trusted, though. For example, a 1967 ad (above right) that mentions the location as being 10 miles west of Athens, though it was really east of town. Hey, they were too busy fryin' fish to mess with proofreading!

The restaurant featured down home favorites like fried fish (catfish, perch AND flounder!) as well as fried chicken, barbecued pork, ham and steaks, among other crowd-pleasers. But the food was not the only attraction. As we learn from the ads, the Swamp Guinea also offered patrons the opportunity to browse antiques, as well as enjoy miniature golf and a full-blown driving range!



Lonzo & Oscar - Catfish Dinner (MP3, other than the topic this record has no connection to the restaurant)