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Friday, March 29, 2013

His Name's Big Daddy

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

I Can't Tell The Boys From The Girls (MP3)

The generation gap was a truly colossal chasm in 1969, as evidenced by this snippet of a Dear Abby column, which is guaranteed authentic!

Lester Flatt  -  I Can't Tell The Boys From The Girls

Sure Fire Kisses (MP3)

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

My confession: The Rat Fink book I co-wrote with Ed Roth. IT'S FINKING TIME!

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!
Rat On!
Howie Pyro 3/26/13

Miriam Linna - Rat Fink

Miriam's letter to Bill Gaines from Mad Mag!  Thanks, Mimsy!

Do The Rat Fink With Howie Pyro!

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

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:

Happy Birthday To The Patron Saint Of Ichiban

Monday, March 25, 2013

Thinking About Lee "The Burner" Austin And A Few Nice Things

March 22, 1934 I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling) Here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart) ~EMMA~

Published in The Augusta Chronicle on March 22, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth & Von Dutch On Network Awesome

Benefit For Norton Records!

More info.


Ed Big Daddy Roth's ULTIMATE Surf Buggy
Seen in Beach Blanket Bingo & Village Of The Giants

Monday, March 18, 2013

Divorce Court: So Much For Me, So Much For You

1 Carole King: A Road To Nowhere
2 Del Shannon: Break Up
3 The Five Du-Tones: Divorce Court
4 Gladys Knight & The Pips: The End Of Our Road
5 Marvin Gaye: You Can Leave But It's Going To Cost You
6 Hank Snow: Marriage And Divorce
7 Hoosier Hot Shots: Divorce Me C.O.D
8 Skeeter Davis: Set Him Free
9 Dolly Parton: D-I-V-O-R-C-E
10 Tammy Wynette: The Divorce Sale
11 Johnny Moore with "Col." Tex Herring: Sold To The Highest Bidder
12 Stonewall Jackson: Recess Time
13 Waylon Jennings: For The Kids
14 Irma Thomas: We Won't Be In Your Way Anymore
15 Skeets McDonald: Mrs. Right's Divorcing Mr. Wrong
16 Buck Owens & Rose Maddox: Mental Cruelty
17 Hank Williams: Help Me Understand
18 Joan Rivers: The Shaft
19 Jerry Reed: She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft)
20 T-Bone Walker: Alimony Blues
21 Bobby Bare: Alimony
22 Mickey Rooney: Alimony Blues
23 The Belvederes: Wage Assignment Blues
24 Merle Haggard & Bonnie Owens: So Much For Me, So Much For You
25 Carole Bayer Sager: You're Moving Out Today
26 Wreckless Eric: 33s And 45s
27 Doris Duke: Divorce Decree
28 Laura Lee: The Rip-Off
29 Richard "Dimples" Fields with Betty Wright: She's Got Papers On Me
30 Kitty Wells: Will Your Lawyer Talk To God
31 George Jones: Divorce Or Destroy
32 Beth-Anne Hayes: Oh Please Dear Santa Claus
33 Vikki Carr: With Pen In Hand
34 Sonny (Bono): You Better Sit Down Kids
35 Rob Orbison: It's Over
36 Lenny Bruce (with Steve Allen): All Alone
37 Elvis Presley: Suspicious Minds (live)
38 Molly Bee: I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again


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!!

"Fanilla Fudge"

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!

Here they are on the Ray Anthony Show. I'd like to
imagine that they closed the show by jamming with 
Ray on an extended version of Bunny Hop, but I
expect that that was not what happened.

*No relation to our Glorious Leader.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands 11

You could win this great comp when you pledge to WFMU's Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban today!!

Mr. Gasser And The Weirdos

Thanks to our pals over at Sundazed Records for donating these limited edition "Black Friday" LPs to WFMU's Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban fundraising marathon!  Rods n' Ratfinks & Surfink!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Sharkskin Louis Jordan

"Giving the impression of an unwanted backstage "John," bubble-eyed bandleader Louis Jordan is about to be expelled by resolute dancing twins, Joyce and Jean Spencer, as trio hams it up between performances at the Tivoli Theater in Chicago."  Jet magazine, 1959.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ray Price & Wanda Jackson

This remarkable photo of Ray Price and Wanda Jackson comes to us from the Nudie Cohn Facebook page.  Thanks for sharing.

Mother's Worry

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!

Weird-Ohs On Wheels!

Thanks to J.R. Williams for donating this collection of Motor Monsters to WFMU's Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban fundraising marathon!  You could win it if you pledge $15 or more before this Sunday's show.  Preview some tracks here.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Rockabilly Rebel

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

Ichiban One-Liners Volume 4

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)

Two Hour Excursion To Nowhere

Pledge your support for the old noise, win fabulous prizes!!  1-3 PM.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Big Daddy Roth Month: The Orbitron-- Lost and Found!

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!
 It had a short life on the car show circuit, and Ed sold it to Darryl Starbird in 1967 for $750. He sold it it to someone in Texas shortly thereafter, and it was lost to history for decades (one story holds that around 1973 it was in the hands of a teen-ager who actually drove it to school!). In recent years, it was tracked down in Ciudad Juarez, and it's since been restored to its original glory. Read the story here, and for more photos, click here.

This fellow is no relation, but he's also cool. Learn more about him here.

Total Destruction To Your Mind

Thanks to David Marchese for sending us this great interview he did for Spin Magazine!

Check it out here.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos

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

Cookout Time

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!

Happy Birthday Ed "Big Daddy" Roth

The Weird-Ohs - Francis The Foul

Hot Rod High


Sunday, March 3, 2013

March Is Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Month

Coming soon

Friday, March 1, 2013

"Big Daddy"!

Do the "Weirdo Wiggle" with Ed "Big Daddy" Roth!

Mr. Gasser & the Weirdos - WEIRDO WIGGLE