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Monday, February 28, 2011

Eddie Brandt, 1924-2011

    Eddie Brandt was a piano player, writer, and arranger for Spike Jones & His City Slickers for many years, which alone should qualify anyone for a cushy spot in the afterlife. But that's not nearly all! He was head writer (and provided "Incidental Voices") for Beany & Cecil, he wrote for Hanna-Barbera in the '60s on Frankenstein, Jr. and The Cattanooga Cats, among others, and he even had an uncredited role as a piano player in Paul Frees' classic The Beatniks! I didn't have a lot of luck tracking down any good photos of the man (here's a so-so one of him in the '70s with Johnny Bond and Bob Nolan), but you can see him talking about his old boss in this clip:

   He also ran what sounds like a pretty amazing video store in North Hollywood, still being run by his wife and son. I would suggest checking it out if you find yourself in the vicinity.

   The Hollywood Reporter has the story. Note that they cite his age as 89; I'm going with the birthdate cited by the IMDB, which isn't always wise. Caveat emptor.

BONUS LINK: here's Mark Evanier to say a bit more about Mr. Brandt.

The Real Don Steele

KHJ The Real Don Steele 1965 (aircheck)

JANE RUSSELL 1921-2011

Attention Ichibaners!

A pledge of $75 gets you the new Ichiban premium (trust me, it's stupid) + a Tim Biskup t-shirt!

Dave Clark Five - Chaquita (mp3)

Eat Flaming Death!

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Saturday, February 26, 2011


WFMU is listener supported radio!  All of our DJs are unpaid volunteers.  Once a year, we have a two week marathon to raise enough dough to keep operating for one more year.   That time is Monday, Feb. 28 - March 13th..  Tune in for all the zany, on air hi jinks on WFMU.  Pledges of $15 or more qualify to win fabulous prizes!  $75 gets you any DJ premium, including the new Ichiban One-Liners CD.  I'll also be live on Fool's Paradise W/ Rex on Saturday March 12th from 1-3 PM est.  Give until it hurts.  I know I do.

Make a pledge Here!

Slim Harpo - I Need Money ($$$)

Ichiban Is Number 1!

Thanks to listener Arthur for sharing these 1970s Japanese radio promo print spots.  More here.

Coming Soon

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Pair Of Empty Sleeves (MP3)

Blaine Smith - A Pair Of Empty Sleeves (2:52)

Blaine Smith serves up an extremely mournful tale of a soldier who returns home from war with a mangled body only to find that his sweetheart's love for him has not survived their separation. This one's probably not for the squeamish.

The Bluebonnet label sure was a beautiful thing to behold, though.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

5678's On Ghoul A Go Go

Coming Soon

The Blues According To Lightnin' Hopkins

Thanks to pal Jody for bringing this incredible video to our attention.  Click here to watch the 1967 film of Lightnin's visit to his hometown in Centerville, Texas.

Update!  More Lightnin' from SShark here.

Jungle 45 of the Week!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Recent Additions To The Ichiban New Bin

Frances Burnett - Sweetie  (45) 

Thanks to Greg O for the dancin' disc.  Anybody know anything about Frances Burnett?  I'd love to hear more.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011



Sunday, February 20, 2011

Adopt Your Favorite DJ!

Act now to adopt your favorite WFMU DJ! For one low payment of $365 you can adopt Debbie D, Rex, Mr. Fine Wine or Dave the Spazz. Offer expires March 13, 2011. Must like monkeys.

Details here.

On The Air With Greg Cartwright Vol. 3

The Goo Goo Man Of The Hour is Greg Cartwright!!!!!  Greg graduated to Studio A for Round 3 of spinning the obscure hits on WFMU's Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban.   Don't miss Round 1 and 2.

Big thanks to Greg and all of the Reigning Sound; Lance, Dave, DA and Jason for playing the sold out WFMU benefit at Maxwell's on the heels of playing a sold out show at the Bell House.  Join the party by listening to Terre T's archive of the live simulcast.  And if you believe in free form radio, support it!  We're a dying breed.

DJ Greg O (mp3)

Larry McDowell - Patty, Do You Remember?
John David - Cloudy Sunshine
Jim White - Crying Out Loud
The Ausbon Sisters - Forever And Ever
Dorothy Berry - Crying On My Pillow
Dan Nix - I Know
Jerry Naylor - I Found You
Shake - Chesterfield Blues
Terry Fox - Leave Us Alone
Rick Lancelot - Homeless Heart
Sunliners - Well One
Original Dukes - Ain't About To Lose My Cool
Reperata & The Delrons - Take A Look Around You
Charles Over - Barbara
Gary Stewart - Walk On Boy
The Checkmates - Talk To Me
Georgia Louis - Walk With Me Lord
Tikis - Somebody's Son
Royal Playboys - Goodbye Bo
The Barons - Money Don't Grow On Trees
The Ideals - Cathy's Clown
Henry Lumpkin - Don't Leave Me
Jamie Hurt & The Merriteens - Big Brass Horn
Larry Herman & The Fabulous Prophets - Gertrude
Mr. Wiggles - Home Boy
Pastels - Cause I Love You
John David - Miscount
Don Lee - Biloxi Mississippi


Saturday, February 19, 2011

This Weekend At The Fool's Paradise Twin

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Introducing Waylon Jennings (clip)


Louis Armstrong Goes Country

Louis Armstrong - Miller's Cave

Believe it or not, Louis Armstrong really did go country. It happened with the 1970 release of an LP named Louis "Country & Western" Armstrong and from what I can tell from this 45, the experiment produced very enjoyable results. Here's his take on Miller's Cave, a tale of infidelity and retribution that was a huge hit for Hank Snow in 1960.

Friday, February 18, 2011


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Do Twist!!

シャンパン・ツイスト (mp3)


Jungle 45 of the Week!


Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene

Watch this Amazing doc about DC "shock jock" Petey Greene on PBS.  Available online until February 22!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Guitar Lightnin' Lee

Guitar Lightnin' Lee is coming to town this week. You've probably never heard of him. Neither had I, until I wandered out onto the back patio at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans last fall to take a break from the overcrowded main room. Who was this gentleman in the cowboy shirt playing guitar sitting in a chair, backed by a band about 20 years his junior playing high octane rock and roll and blues, kicking all kinds of ass and following him through his oddly placed chord changes like it was easy? His songs sounded mostly, basically, like Chuck Berry or Jimmy Reed. That might be a little bit of an oversimplification, and I don't want you to think that this is some kind of imitative nostalgia act, because Guitar Lightnin' Lee and the Thunder Band were on fire and very much in the moment. How can I explain it? When I hear, say, a beat up 45 of "Sweet Little Rock & Roller" blasting out of the speakers, I don't think "Wow, this takes me back to another time when I wasn't even born yet, before music sucked like it does now." I think (if I'm thinking anything at all), "This sounds really good RIGHT NOW". And thus it was on this autumn night in New Orleans. Sometimes he would play a Chuck Berry guitar intro and it would go into a Jimmy Reed sounding song, or vice-versa. I have no idea how the band knew what to do, but they did. After a few songs I was hooked and had completely forgotten about whatever bigger-name act I was waiting to go back inside for. Then Guitar Lightnin' said "Okay, we got one or two more" and the crowd let out that collective "awwww" whiny-kid sound. Then he played one or two more. And then some more. Like another hour and a half at least. It kept going like that. "We got one more", followed by ten more songs. The longer they played, the more intense and loose and crazy it got. The Stomp was an embarassment of riches, as it is every year. At the 2010 edition I saw Sugar Pie DeSanto, DL Menard, Roy Loney and Cyril Jordan of the Flamin' Groovies backed by the A-Bones (and Lazy Lester playing harmonica on "Scratch My Back"!), The Trashmen, Tommy Brown, Roy Head, and on and on, but if forced to pick the best act I saw, I would have to say it was Guitar Lightnin' Lee and the Thunder Band. So there.
Our pal Todd-o-phonic Todd was there too. I remember because we looked at each other while the show was going on with that look that says "are you effin' kidding me?" I also remember because he yelled a lot and tried to shimmy up one of the cables that held up the tent that hung over the patio and got admonished by House of Blues security. Anyway, reached out to for a blurb from a nightlife tastemaker, Todd had this to say:

"Guitar Lightnin' Lee truly captures lightnin' in a bottle, as long as it's a whiskey bottle. Mix up Chuck Berry, Jimmy Reed and a good chunk of old fashioned New Orleans hoodoo and you've got the musical equivalent of Razzles. Is it rock'n'roll? Blues? R'n'B? I don't know...all I know is....IT SPLITS MY MIND WIDE OPEN!!!"

Hells yeah!

And now you jaded New Yorkers have a chance to get some for yourself.

Thursday February 17th: Live on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock on the mighty WFMU, noon to 3 PM
Thursday February 17th: Lakeside Lounge, NYC
Friday February 18th: The Bell House, Brooklyn. Opening for the Reigning Sound, who feature our own DA the DJ on keyboards and friend of the Ichiban Greg Cartwright (Oblivians, Compulsive Gamblers, Parting Gifts), who is the best songwriter we have on the planet right now. The Reigning Sound put on a scorching live show and I imagine they will step it up an extra notch when they have to follow Guitar Lightnin'! Also on the bill: Detroit's The Sights.
Saturday February 19th: Maxwell's, Hoboken NJ
Sunday February 20th: Trash Bar, Brooklyn NY

Here are two tunes that I ripped from the double 7" single I got after that show in New Orleans. Purchase it here, buy the self-released CDR here or buy them at one of these shows. The 7" features Antoine Domino III on piano! Yes, that is who you think it is. These are posted to give you a taste of what a treat you're in for. Buy the damn record and/or CD, ya freeloaders.

Guitar Lightnin' Lee and his Thunder Band:
Going To Amsterdam
Mississippi Alabama Bound

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day P.S.A.

 Blenders - Don't Fuck Around With Love (mp3)


Radio Nut!

Sunday, February 13, 2011



Saturday, February 12, 2011

Come On Down To My Boat

Every Mother's Son - The In Sound (mp3)


That Don't Make No Sense No. 1: 'Ling Ting Tong' — Chinatown, My Chinatown?

In this ongoing series, we shall explore the incongruities, illogic and idiocy to be found in many of our favorite songs.

The Five Keys announced themselves as the progenitors of "wok 'n' roll" with "Ling Ting Tong," their Top 5 R& B smash from 1955. This work of proto-doo-wop vocal harmony from Column A, coupled with a lyrical penchant for exoticism from Column B, became the recipe for a veritable pupu platter's worth of "chop suey rock" singles to follow.

And while one shouldn't have much of an expectation that a quintet of R&B slingers from Newport News, Va., would be Geography Bee champs, their curious knowledge of matters of a municipal nature can only be called, for lack of a better word, inscrutable.

Just take in the opening lines of "Ling Ting Tong" (okay, to be precise, the first words that are actually delivered in English, following the beautiful nonsense of "Tie-sa-mokum-boo-dye-ay/Tie-sa-mokum-boo"), and make sure to have your favorite head-scratching finger poised and at the ready:

I went to Chinatown
Way back in Old Hong Kong
To get some Egg Foo Yung
And then i heard a gong

Now, this author can't claim to be an absolute expert on provincial affairs as they pertain to Sino-British colonialism in the 19th and 20th centuries, but under what line of reasoning would someone presume that Hong Kong has its own Chinatown? That would be akin to singing about picking up a couple of scoops of gelato in Rome's Little Italy!

Why, the whole thing makes me throw my hands up and exclaim, "That don't make no sense!"

Tacos & Mariscos



Learn To Dance In 12 Easy Videos!

Friday, February 11, 2011

This Weekend At The Fool's Paradise Twin

The Carrie Nations (Clip)


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Viet Nam '66

Gene Hatton & The Randells - Viet Nam "66"

I don't want to be too much of a spoiler, but I can tell you this much: Gene Hatton has a very tragic tale to tell.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Jungle 45 of the Week!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Eefin-anny Monkey

Rolf Harris teaches his chimp to eef. I swear I'm not making this up. Thanks to Jay Wade Edwards for bringing this astonishing clip to my attention.

What's an Eefin-anny Monkey? It's the title of one of the many eeefin' tracks that can be heard over on this Beware Of The Blog post, which will tell you all you need to know about eeephin'.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sam & Dave Revue

Via Network Awesome!


Sunday, February 6, 2011


Saturday, February 5, 2011

I'm From Georgia, That's All

Not that I'm defensive about it or anything.

Denny Peltier - I'm From Georgia, That's All (2:10)

Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

RIP Tura Satana

Tempest Storm

Now Playing At The Fool's Paradise Twin

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Featuring Dick Dale & the Del-Tones (clip)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Live Music Show

Here's another Live Music Show I put together for Network Awesome.  This time featuring rockers on sit-coms.   The Beau Brummelstones, Sacred Cows, The Gories, The Honeybees, Standells, etc!!  Be sure to look for a cameo of  Phil Spector on I Dream Of Jeannie w/ Boyce & Hart!  And Leslie Gore on Batman!

Also showing today, Twilight Show, Talk Show, Spiderman, You Bet Your Life and The Naked Kiss!!

Don't miss the archive section for more  TV greatness!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Gonna Buy Me A Jukebox

Charlie Walker - Gonna Buy Me A Jukebox (mp3)


Master Control

Where the magic happens.

The Temptations - (I Know) I'm Losing You

George Kent - Hello, I'm a Jukebox

George Kent - Hello, I'm a Jukebox - ca. 1969, written by Tom T. Hall

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Wilson Pickett Poretta Soul Festival

Urgent request for anyone with video footage of the 1995 Poretta Sweet Soul Music Fest in Italia.

Especially Wilson Pickett & Rufus Thomas.

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Wild Record Collection Screening!!!

Join our pals, Snuffles and the dancing zoo revue on Friday  Feb. 11 at 7 PM and Saturday/Sunday at 5 PM for a TV Party at the Museum Of The Moving Image in Queens!!!  It's all part of a Public Access TV retrospective.  Free with museum admission.