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Monday, October 31, 2011

So Good...Happy Halloween...


Here's my favorite segment from what is the greatest animated film, in my opinion. The rest of it can also be viewed on YouTube. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Happy Halloween!!!

 Boo from the Great Garloo...

AND Frankie Stein & His Ghouls.

Happy Halloween!

I'll be spinning all your favorite Halloween songs tonight on WFMU's Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban webstream!  Tune in from 8-10 PM EST.

Don't forget, today is the last day to support our silent fundraiser!  We are 26% short of our goal!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Batman Fights Dracula!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Spazz Comes Alive

Did you miss Spazz Comes Alive?!  Listen to the archive now!!  And while you're at it, make a pledge to keep chimp rock on the air.

Doin' The Drac!!

Join us at the WFMU Record Fair Saturday, October 29th from 3-5 PM for an on air Halloween party!!  Rex will be spinning all your favorite records of the season, including this audience participation number:  Dance The Dracula (Doin' The Drac) Featuring The Monstrosities.  (45)  Practice at home so you'll be prepared!  Cape optional.  Only 3 more days to support the old noise!!  Keep the Saturday Afternoon Tradition alive!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011



Wreck Of The Old 97

Flatt & Scruggs? Definitely, but let's not overlook the delightful Joi Lansing as a high-heeled hillbilly songbird. Let's hear it for whoever the casting director was....

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


There are only 5 more days left to support what we do here at WFMU's Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban.  If you dig the blog or listen to the webstream please let us know!  Pledge Central.  Thanks.




When in doubt, build your own!

Cosmic Tones - Gonna Build Me A Woman

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Howie takes a trip to The Haunted Shack!!  Listen Now!

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Giant Gila Monster Redux

How I EVER forgot to include this with my previous GIANT GILA MONSTER entry is BEYOND me:

Joe Johnson - The Gila Monster

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Les 5 Gentlemen - "Qu'As-Tu Katioucha" (Video)

Les 5 Gentlemen perform "Qu'As-Tu Katioucha" on a show called "A Tous Vents" (1.22.67). It's part of The Bedazzled Video Hour (and a half) 2011 - "French Pop Rarities 1966-1967". See it live at the WFMU Record Fair - Saturday, October 29



Saturday, October 22, 2011

Rainbow Over Texas

This photo comes to us from the 1946 Roy Rogers movie Rainbow Over Texas, which also featured Bob Nolan (vocalist for the Sons Of The Pioneers) and Sheldon Leonard, who went on to produce the Andy Griffith Show and, I think we could all agree, much more importantly, Gomer Pyle, USMC.

Kathy King, The Dallas Dazzler

Friday, October 21, 2011

"French Pop Rarities 1966-1967" - Saturday, October 29 - WFMU Record Fair A/V Room

I'm very pleased to have been asked to present a program in the WFMU Record Fair A/V Room for the 7th year in a row. The theme for this years Bedazzled Video Hour (and a half) is "French Pop Rarities 1966-1967". I've combed through our archives and put together an amazing selection of Ultra-Rare French Pop Clips broadcast in those classic years of 1966 and 1967. Saturday, October 29 · 5:30pm - 7:00pm WFMU Record Fair A/V Room - 125 W. 18th Street (Between 6th & 7th)

The complete track listing is as follows can be found here. The Facebook event page is here.

Happy Birthday Lux!

In honor of Lux Interior's birthday, here is a little scene from one of his fave Trash Flicks - THE CREEPING TERROR!
Arrrghhh! The Horror! The Horror!!!

Happy Birthday, Lux. We miss you!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Support Your Favorite Radio Station!

WFMU needs your donations to upgrade our turntables!  If everyone gave $15 we could reach our measly goal.  Thanks!!!

Big thanks to Ichibaners Greg, Kogar, Richard, Jimmy, Joe, Carmen, Michael, Melissa, Brendan, Jennifer and Bob for supporting the obscuro hits!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tor Birthday!

Halloween 1960

This spooky and surreal photo was used as the basis for a 1960 LIFE magazine cover story on Halloween, which can be seen below.

Los Angeles Jack O Lantern, 1952

Via the LIFE archives.



"That Thing"

It MUST'VE been.

Jayhawks - Creature From Outer Space


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Help Wanted

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Frankenstein Monster Speaker

Request Line

 Photo credit:  Jimmy Fountain

Listener Alex requested Midnight Blues by Charlie Rich, first heard at the WFMU/WMBR Friars Club DJ night.

Frankenstein of '59!

Buchanan & Goodman - Frankenstein of 59 (part 1)
Frankenstein Returns (part 2)

H.M. Subjects

There's a pretty good chance that, as the sort of person who reads this blog, you're aware of Miami, Florida's legendary Montells. It's also not unlikely that you're aware of their cover of the Pretty Things' "Don't Bring me Down," which was reissued as part of the Montells/Evil split compilation released on Corduroy in 2002 (apparently out of print). It's at least possible that you own the 45, and if you do, it might look like this:

...or it might look like this:

My copy, however, looks like this:

...and it sounds like THIS (i.e. pretty scratchy). Any of you record hounds seen one like this before? This copy just has the "censored" version on both sides with loud bleeps over the mildly suggestive lyrics, which makes it sound a million times dirtier. The gimmick, as well as the new, more "British" name (shades of the Sir Douglas Quintet!), was the brainchild of their manager, local WFUN DJ "Doc" Downey. Say what you will about  the late Morton Downey, Jr (and there's plenty that you could say!), he knew a few things about getting people's attention.

Rarely Seen Music Video 1962-1970 - Tuesday, October 25 - Toms River, NJ

Music Video collector Spike Priggen (of the and blogs) will present a program of rarely seen music video clips from his collection.

First up is a program of "Scopitones", the almost forgotten pre-cursor to the modern music video, shot on 16mm film and shown on an early type of "Video Juke-Box". Scopitone machines were usually located in bars and lounges, allowing for a slightly more "risque" feel than one could see on TV or in the Movies at that time. Scopitones became a sensation in France in 1962 and quickly spread to the US, but by 1967, after a racketeering trial and fortunes lost by both Francis Ford Coppola and Debbie Reynolds, Scopitone was over.

The 2nd hour of the program will feature newly unearthed footage originally broadcast on French TV, including early live footage of bands such as The Kinks, The Who, The Yardbirds, Them, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Otis Redding, The Moody Blues, The Pretty Things, & The Spencer Davis Group as well as clips of Nancy Sinatra, The Shirelles, Dion, Screaming Lord Sutch, Dusty Springfield, Sonny & Cher, The Electric Prunes and much much more.
Link to event page


Jason Willis, proprietor of the great blog Scar Stuff (still up but not quite as functional as before), last year on Halloween did an animation that is so massively mindblowing to me. It coincided with the release of a book I thought could never happen about the history of Eerie Publications. Eerie Pubs (not to be confused with Eerie Magazine pubished by Warren) was a super sleazy publishing house with a long dirty history of Myron Fass' weird one shot magazines (exploiting just about ANYTHING of the moment from Son Of Sam to Elvis & Test Tube babies from Outer Space). Eerie Pubs did a long series of the lowest rung horror comic mags with the sickest most insane covers ever! I was so obsessed with these as a kid that i almost never noticed how crappy the insides were. Redrawn cut up & put back together old comics that Fass did in the 50's with loads of extra gore dumped on the top, with some good new stuff thrown in as well. These were looked down upon forever & you could buy 'em up till about 10 years ago for about a quarter. Suddenly people started appreciating these magazines (Weird, Tales of Voodoo, Witches Tales, Horror Tales, Tales From The Tomb, Terror Tales, Weird Vampire Tales, etc...haha) and prices went up & up which was as bizarre as the magazines themselves. The good folks at Feral House Publishing did a gorgeous book about these magazines & the history of Mr. Fass. Jason Willis did an animation made out of dissected images from the covers of these mags. Seeing them move, even this much is total magic to me as these images are burned into my brain from a lifetime of staring at these magazine covers.
Here is his animation (best to watch on YouTube as the right side seems to be clipped here):

here is a link to his blog entry & description of this animation:

and here's a link to the book:

They even made a commercial for the book! haha..

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween Hangover Hellride!!

Tune in to Intoxica Radio With Howie Pyro Halloween Edition 2010 !! 


Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Cat's Funeral

Los Saico's - El Entierro De Los Gatos (mp3)

La Pelicula

El Rock 'n' Roll En Peru

Starring: Los Shain's, York's, Belking's, Drag's, Holy's, Saico's, Jaguar's and more!!

Punishment Poll

Have a little mercy and make a pledge during our "silent fundraiser" that's going on now thru the end of October.  The goal for Ichiban is $3000 and we've only raised $300 so far!!!  If you dig the blog or listen to the stream, please kick in some change to make it possible for us to keep doing it.  Thanks!!

Thank you to Joe, Richard, Jimmy, Carmen, Greg, Kogar and Michael for pledging to WFMU's Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban!!

Spooky Movies

What is your must see Halloween movie?  I'll take anything by William Castle.  Paul Gaita has compiled a nice collection Here and Here.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Jungle 45 of the Week!


(I had no way to rip vinyl for a while that's why this series disappeared. There may be a few more 45's before I can fill a complete CD. Then the whole series will be posted here along with a swanky J.R. Williams cover)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Happy Birthday, Melba Montgomery (MP3s)

Big Big Heartaches

South Of Lonesome

Big Tears Are Coming

From the Ichiban satellite office down here in Georgia, I'd like to wish Melba Montgomery a very happy 73rd birthday. Melba, who was born on October 14, 1938 in Iron City, Tennessee, came from a very musical family.

Her brothers Earl and Carl, like Melba, were also talented songwriters. Carl, in fact, co-wrote two great trucker anthems, Six Days On The Road and Give Me Forty Acres, while Earl (also known as Peanutt) cut his teeth as a studio guitar player in the Muscle Shoals area (that's him playing on Arthur Alexander's You Better Move On) and went on to write over three dozen songs recorded by George Jones.

After spending a few years as the "girl singer" in Roy Acuff's band, Melba began releasing records under her own name in 1963, around the same time she began recording a string of duets with George Jones. Her solo material from this time period is comprised on numerous superb honky-tonkers like the three tracks above and, as Joe Sixpack points out, it remains a scandal and a shame that no one has put together a good compilation of her early years.

The Monster!

Ahhhh... Gotta love that frightening model car destroyer The Giant Gila Monster from 1959!
I know I do.
Pure shlocky fun!

Below you can see what happens when ol' Gila shows up at the teen dance hungry for Rock & Roll Action, but gets subjected to saccharine chump Don Sullivan's warbling instead.

Surely the shindig would have been much more... umm... SMASHING...  if  Evans Carroll & The Tempos had been booked as the musical entertainment.

Evans Carroll & The Tempos - The Monster

More Songs We Taught Porter Wagoner

During our "Country Music Week" festivities the other week, there was some discussion of the relative merits of "The First Mrs. Jones" as performed by Porter Wagoner versus Bill Anderson's own version (SPOILER ALERT: they're both awesome!). This week, I'd like to initiate a similar discussion about another song from The Cold Hard Facts of Life, arguably Porter's greatest  (I'd certainly argue for it!).

Here's Porter's familiar version:

And here's a version by its composer, Mr.Willie Hugh Nelson.

   As much as I love Porter's version, I've got to lean toward Willie's rendition:  cooler and detached, yet with the quiet menace lurking right under the surface. This is a record that my wife doesn't care for, particularly if I'm singing along (she's also not fond of Jack Kittel's version of "Psycho", for some reason). Women! Who can figure 'em?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Teen-Age Werewolf!


October Surprise: The High Priest of LSD vs. the Pineapple Princess

Fall is here and the time is right for reflection. The tenth month presents us with the occasion to assess the respective impact of two particular personages whose work has contributed mightily to popular culture. Born the same day, October 22nd, twenty-two years apart, Timothy Leary (1920) often gets the nod over Annette Funicello (1942). After all, the principal tribute accorded the Disney donna was an under-two-minute L.A. radio hit, Red Kross’ “Annette’s Got the Hits,” whereas the paddy medicine-man earned a 6:36 salute from the Moody Blues in the FM staple “Legend of a Mind” (“He'll fly his astral plane, Take you on trips around the bay/ Brings you back the same day, Timothy Leary”).

A look at the records, however, reveals a much more complex case, one that tilts toward the gal who taught the world to do “The Clyde” []. Leary’s big coming-out was 1967’s Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out LP, which is no Surrealistic Pillow or even David Hemmings Happens. Against a background of electronic skronks, blips and sitar blues, acid’s high priest freaks freely and encourages co-tripper Ralph Metzner to “relive all those scenes” in an “electric chain of remembrance.” In “All the Girls Are Yours,” Timbo’s gal-pal Rosemary Woodruff challenges Ralphy-boy to put forth his pud: “Can your offer your stamen trembling in the meadow for the electric penetration of pollen?” [].

As you might expect, Annette’s more chaste, limiting her birds-and-beeswax to “chalk on the sidewalk, ’nitials on a tree” in 1959’s “Tall Paul” []. But she out-rocks Leary and along the way invents Carole King (whose copycat “Short Mort” single on RCA followed later in ’59; King’s classic may well have inspired pint-sized popsters like Jerry Landis). Funicello’s “First Name Initial” is even better,” and, while it’s a toss-up when it comes to their respective forays into spiritualism—Annette’s “O Dio Mio” vs. Tim’s “You Can Be Anyone This Time Around”—in the creative-collaboration department the Cali kid easily bests the Cambridge quack. He pairs with Simon Stokes (of the Black Whip Thrill Band) for the extended dope-joke “Mushroom Adventure” [], but she pals with Paul Anka, to do his Joe Turner-modeled “Train of Love” [ ], a Top-40 entry in 1960. Around then, T.L. was dosing convicts as part of Harvard’s ‘Psilocybin Project.’ No contest.
--Gene Sculatti

A Change Of Tense

While Johnny Cash claims to walk the line, Don Costa does not make that claim for himself at present, but aspires to that course of action at some unspecified future time. Regrettably, Mr. Costa failed to provide any vocals that might clarify the issue.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


The Kingsmen

Songs The Woggles Taught Us Update!

The Kan Dells - Cry Girl

Collect them all here.


Do you DARE enter The House Of Terror!?
B-R-R-R-R  OH-H-H-H!




Monday, October 10, 2011


Horrors of the Black Museum Radio Promos