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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Let's Go Trippin'!

DJ T. Texas Tiny-Newport Harbor Buffalo Ranch
Don't miss the new book by John Blair about the surf music scene in California from 1960-66.  John tells the story of the surfing craze with great stories and photos.  Available from Arcadia Publishing.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Fringe Factory Has Your Number! Tonight at 8 et!

Our show kicks off with some brand new Sonics plus the Fe Fi Four + 2, The Fabulous Thunderbeats, Gary Wilde and much much more! You can meet up with us live, in the chat room by following the link to and looking for the Ichiban Stream ... and you can also listen in by clicking the Tune In Radio button to the right of your screen.

Never miss a show! Our archive blog logs them all!

Crayons to Perfume! Francoise Hardy and the Dream Girls! Tonite at 7

Francoise Hardy leads a legion of sleepy eyed, moony dreamers tonight on Crayons to Perfume! at 7pm et on WFMU.orgon the Ichiban Stream!

Don't forget, you can catch all of the shows at the Crayons to Perfume! blog archive along with a few links to some nifty girly downloads. Here's a little taste of the irresistible Francoise, below!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame BY and FOR the People

We're all sick of the self-anointed "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," right? Sick of their bad choices, sick of their egregious snubs, and sick of their self-important made-for-TV tux and tie galas that are the very antithesis of rock 'n' roll. That doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with paying tribute to the greatest rock 'n' rollers of all-time, but it's a lot more fun when US, the fans, the people who love this music, buy the records, and really, truly, passionately care about it get to pick who deserves the honor. And that is what the Rock 'n' Roll Freak Pantheon is all about. 

The Pantheon was the brainchild of the "secret" Facebook group "Rock 'n' Roll Freaks". The purpose is to honor "artists and groups who have not been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Commercial success and/or critical acclaim are not factors in choosing candidates or inductees." Rather, it seeks "to spotlight those people who embody the true spirit of rock 'n' roll in their recordings, performances, and in the lives they've lived,... the forgotten heroes, the renegades, and the free spirits who have left a unique imprint on the history of rock 'n' roll. 

A series of elections were conducted during 2014 to come up with the inaugural class, including one for non-performing contributors, and sixteen names made the cut: The 13th Floor Elevatos, Lester Bangs, Johnny Burnette & the Rock 'n' Roll Trio, the Cramps, Dick Dale, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Love, the MC5, New York Dolls, John Peel, the Pretty Things, ? & the Mysterians, Paul Revere & the Raiders, the Seeds, the Sonics, and (the top vote-getter of 'em all) Link Wray

The 2015 election is now underway and the polls close on Friday, May 22, 2015. It is comprised of two ballots, one for performers and one for the non-performing contributor category. Some of the names on the former include Hasil Adkins, Richard Berry, Captain Beefheart, Wayne Cochran, the Dictators, Esquerita, Flamin' Groovies, the Monks, the Fabulous Wailers, and Larry Williams. On the latter ballot, you'll find names like Kim Fowley, Joe Meek, Murray the K., and Greg Shaw. To see the full list of nominees and to find out how you can vote, visit the Rock 'n' Roll Freaks website

There was no induction ceremony for the 2014 class of inductees, and while you'll never see the Rock 'n' Roll Freaks put on a spectacle as pompous and over-blown as Jann Wenner's Cleveland cabal does every year, both classes of inductees will be honored at the First Annual Freak Out Weekend in Seattle from August 7-9. 

You can follow the Rock 'n' Roll Freak Pantheon on Facebook here

Cambodian Rocks AT Monty Hall Tonight!

Join WFMU for an evening of Cambodian music tonight!  Here's a preview from the Friday night show at City Winery, featuring Chhom Nimol from Dengue Fever.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Shake It! With the Fringe Factory at 8 tonite!

The Fringe Factory always has a full hour of shakin' action here at 8pm on Wednesdays on Rock'n'Soul Ichiban! Kicking it off are the Expressions with Return to Innocence from the new BFTG #10, we've also got the Deltonics, Blue & The Grey, Broken Jug, and brand new releases from the Routes and the Ar-Kaics! Ichiban at 8

Want more? Check out our archives!

Crayons to Perfume's Girls of the Week Patty & The Emblems and Mixed Up Shook Up Girls at 7!

Patty & The Emblems from Philly PA (well, at least Patty Russell!) are our Girls of the Week, in a show that can't decide yes or no! Crazy, Mixed Up Girls!

We've got The Ladybirds, Velvetones, Voilaine, Shangri-Las and may many more girls, tonite at 7 on the Ichiban Stream You can join us in the chat room by clicking the playlist and comments link as soon as I'm on the air!

Don't forget to check out our archive for even MORE girls!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dengue Fever

Baksey Cham Krong

There are several events coming up that celebrate the forgotten Rock 'n' Roll music from Cambodia.
This Saturday, join Gary Sullivan as he fills in for Rob W on WFMU.  Gary will be joined by the director of Don't Think I've Forgotten:  Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll.  Tune in from 6-9 PM.  See the film at Film Forum April 22-28.  Then, join us at Monty Hall on April 28 for an evening of music with Chom Nimol and members of Baksey Cham Krong.  Don't miss it!!

Cambodian Rocks!  (MP3s)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Everything's Fringe Factory, tonight at 8!

The Fringe Factory gang has garage and psych obscurities tonight at 8! Ichiban!

The Jaynettes sing of Spring on Crayons to Perfume! at 7

The girls have Spring Fever! They're singing about the Birds, and the Bees and the Flowers and the Trees! Catch them tonite on Ichiban!

Check out psych folk gal duo The Fire, on Garage Hangover!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WHIG OUT! at 8 while the Fringe Factory is on Vacation!

Whig Out! is filling in for the Fringe Factory while it's on vacation - same sounds you love, just a hair different!

Crayons to Perfume! Girls of the week are the AVENGERS GIRLS!! 7pm!

Actresses! Models! Go-Go Girls! Beauty Queens!

Did you know Linda Thorson was Canadian? or that Lada Edmund Jr. Hullabaloos wildest dancer also sang? or that Ann Margaret could get a little psychedelic?

The most famous girls do it all and more tonight! at 7pm tonight!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

R.I.P. Stan Freberg

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Pop Of Greenwich Village

1 Henry Burr: Rose Of Washington Square
2 The Village Stompers: The Bird Of Bleeker Street
3 Warren Galjour: Christopher Street
4 Curtis Knight: Down In The Village
5 Gordon Ramsey: Hurry Down To Bleecker
6 Caloogie: Bleecker Street
7 The Ames Brothers: Washington Square
8 Sonny Vincent: Washington Square Park Incident
9 The Beatles: Positively 4th Street
10 Valerie & Bobby Capers: West 4th Street
11 The "E" Types: 4th Street
12 Johnny Rivers: Positively 4th Street
13 unknown: McDougal Street Freakout
14 Billie Dearborn: MacDougal Street Blues
15 I, She & Me: McDougal Street
16 Elmer Bernstein: Greenwich Village Rumble
17 Jim & Jesse: Greenwich Village Folk Song Salesman
18 Neljä Penniä: Washington Square
19 Miluše Voborníková a Petr Spálený Bílá Víla (Greenwich Village)
20 The Tradewinds: The Girl From Greenwich Village
21 Simon & Garfunkel: Bleecker Street
22 Jill Jones: 77 Bleeker St
23 The Village Stompers: Washington Square
24 Dave Brubeck Quartet: Autumn In Washington Square
25 Lenzberg's Riverside Orch.: Rose Of Washington Square
26 Aretha Franklin: Rose Of Washington Square
27 Exuma: The Bowery
28 Ferre Grignard: On The Bowery
29 Elmer Bernstein: MacDougal Street Special
30 Fred Neil: Bleecker And MacDougal
31 Mitch Miller & His Orch.: The Bowery Grenadiers
32 Uncle Dave Macon: I'll Never Go There Any More (The Bowery)
33 Willie Nile: The Day I Saw Bo Diddley In Washington Square
34 Mick Harvey: St. Mark's Place
35 Lou Reed: Sally Can't Dance
36 Thomas Newman: St. Mark's Place
37 Lou Reed: Halloween Parade
38 Tommy Scott & The Men Of The Long Journey: Good-Bye, Greenwich Village

Saturday, April 4, 2015


J.R. Williams

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Vigon's French R&B

"Vigon" immigrated to France from Morocco and adopted this stage name because in his younger days his little schoolmates teased him about his incorrect pronunciation of "vagon" (wagon). He made several rhythm & blues records including this particularly strong cover of Little Richard's Bama Lama Bama Loo. (Thanks to my friend Max for the tip !)

Here he is live in 1969 with his band Les Lemons, doing "The Spoiler".

[Footnote : This is remarkable since there was almost no soul/R&B "made in France." The exception that proves the rule is, of course, Nino Ferrer, born in Italy. Here he is rocking the Brussels train station.]

[Footnote : Original version of The Spoiler (I think) by Eddie Purrel.]

US version  Ed.

[Footnote : As a bonus, here's a Finnish band's version of Bama Lama.]

But was Little Richard annoyed by these copy-cats ? We have the official response. After performing the song himself, Richard unambiguously sets the record straight. In a hilarious, pre-rehearsed interview with Dick Clark, he states that he is "very grateful to know that my material is the type of material that the entertainers today would like to use."

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Fringe Factory 8pm tonite!

We've got wylde cover versions, unlikely songs, before they were famous, brand new Pow Wows, new King Khan & BBQ Show, plus fuzzy faves and wacky way-outs! Check us out on at 8 pm ET

Crayons to Perfume! Cover Girls! 7pm Tonite!

It's our second installment of Cover Girls! This time the girls cover the Shirelles, British and American pop, rock and soul, plus a little bit of psychedelia! Tune into at 7 and look for the Ichiban stream. Join us in the chat room by clicking the comments and playlist link....and don't miss a show! Our archives have it all! and check out the interview on Cha Cha Charming!