Anyone know any cool cheap record stores and/or junk shops in the Washington DC area for a guy like me to waste a few bucks? Just came down here from points north where i knew where to go, but now i'm in our nations capital and i don't know the scene here. I'll be here for a few more days...
Just figured i'd throw that out there to see if any of my adoring fans might know what place(s) i should hit while i'm here. I'm in Arlington, VA. Leave me a comment if you got any bright ideas. I'd rather hear about places from someone who might actually know, rather than ending up wasting my time at a bunch of shitty chain CD stores.
Enjoy a little Steppenwolf while you think about that. Thanks!
Happy Holiday to you! I may or may not get a post in tomorrow, what with it being the baby Jesuses birthday and all. Family, dinner, obligations, etc, etc... I plan on being busy all day long, so i'll probably blow it off.
Here's the other side of that Sonics record i posted a while back. This ones a knock-off of Chuck Berry's 'Too much monkey business' with christmas lyrics. You really can't go wrong ripping off Chuck. Here's proof. Enjoy!
I don't usually provide links to entire albums, but since i'm in the giving mood (and since he died on Christmas day) i would like to pass on to you, dear reader, the greatest Christmas album ever recorded. Mister Dynamite. Soul brother number one. The hardest working man in show business. Mr James Brown's Funky Christmas. It's a bold statement i know, but i'm sticking to it. Christmas themed songs or not, you could rock this album in July and still get the party jumping. This ones been a holiday favorite of mine for a long time. Hopefully you'll dig it too.
Here's a little taste:
This copy has a real shitty cover scan because it's something i downloaded myself- But it's the thought that counts right.? Whaddya want fer nuthin?! At least it's the right size.
Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy some James Brown's Funky Christmas- On me. You're welcome.
Here's what 'Anonymous' had to say about it in the comments section of the first post:
The Royaltones were from Allen Park, Michigan and formed in late 1956 with leader/saxophone player George katsakis AKA George Kaye, & had their biggest hit in 1958 with "Poor Boy" on Jubilee Records. The group were always popular in the Detroit area from 1957-1967, & backed up some well-known Detroit legends, including Soul singer Gino Washington & Del Shannon. They added Guitarist Dennis Coffey in 1964, & nearly had another big national hit with "Our Faded Love" on Mala Records. One more single charted in 1959 ("Flamingo Express" on Goldisc Records,run by George Goldner, & reportedly Mafia involvement with Goldner's partner-in-crime, the notorious Morris Levy)before disbanding in 1967 after issuing 8 45 RPM Records. Dennis Coffey went on to form the Detroit Guitar Band with Motown Bassist Bob Babbitt, & hit the Top 40 in 1971 with "Scorpio" & "Tarus" on the Sussex Label.Kaye went on to co-form the Attrack label with Gino Washington in 1968, issuing local records in Detroit well into the 70's. .
Ahh yes- the comedic stylings of Homer & Jethro. Brilliant in it's stupidity. There's something about a vintage novelty record that makes me extremely happy. I just don't know what else to say about it... Enjoy!
I ever tell you about the time i saw Cheech? It's the summer of '99 and we're on the highway around the border of Nevada and California. We see this cool old hot-rodded out 1940's van- Bright yellow, blinding chrome everywhere... A real beauty, could have been an extra in a 1980's ZZ Top video. After a while we pull along in the left hand lane to pass, we all look over to get one last look at this bad-ass old truck before it goes away behind us forever, and who's driving? Cheech! That's right- Cheech. Best part was that when he saw me & My friends gawking at his ride, he smiled and flashed us the classic 'peace sign' with his fingers. It was totally him.
Of course there's no proof that it was actually the real Cheech. I suppose it's possible that it was just some dude who looked exactly like him. As far as my buddies and myself are concerned though, it was most definitely, Cheech. That's my story and i'm sticking to it. I saw Cheech and no one can take that from me.
December 15. Well whaddya know, it's been a solid year since i started the ole Junk Shop Juke Box. Fifty two weeks... Three hundred and sixty five days... One go-round...
Thanks to all the fine folks who stop by to listen to my scratchy old records, and read my inane ramblings. Your comments are always appreciated. I might not always respond, but it does make me happy knowing someone took the 2 and a half minutes out of their life to play one of my selections and then tell me that they did so. Thanks.
Big huge thank you's to the folks who donated a few bucks of their money to buy me a proper DivShare account when i did my PLEDGE DRIVE. I have more storage space now than i know what to do with. So much so, i started another blog to feature my vintage childrens 78s, (which you can find HERE.)
With that said- here's to another year of sides from my random-ass record collection. I think i'll celebrate by re-posting the very first record i featured here, because nobody saw or heard it the first time around anyway. Big Boy Pete is one of my all time favorites. It's the age-old story of a couple bad asses duking it out in a bar. They never say what about- a gambling debt, a woman, whatever. Kind of a low rent, or in-the-tradition-of take on the classic Stagger Lee tale with it’s Stetson hat reference. Only in this version, Big Boy Pete gets chased off by the man instead of the other way around as it's usually told. This tune is kind of thhe bridge between Stagger Lee and Bad Bad Leroy Brown if you ask me… Classic rock and roll subject matter. I love this stuff. Enjoy. And thanks again for reading/listening.
The joint was a jumpin’ on the corner (yeah-yeah) Down on a Honky Tonk Street (yeah-yeah) When all of a sudden up drove a Cadillac (yeah-yeah) And out stepped a cat named Pete
Diamonds on-a every finger (yeah-yeah) Wore a tailor-made suit He smoked a black cigar (so what?) He wore a Stetson hat (yeah) He wore a pair-a cowboy boots
He busted on through the doorway (yeah-yeah) Bad as-a he could be (yeah-yeah) He pulled out his pistol, he turned around He said, ‘My name is a Big Boy Pete’
The music stopped, there wasn’t a sound A-over in the corner stood-a, Bad Man Brown Brown smiled a grin, he said, ‘My friend’ (‘You take your 3 steps forward and I’m ‘onna-a, do you in’)
Now Pete said, ‘A look it, here buddy’ (yeah-yeah) ‘Fore I tan your hide’ (yeah-yeah) I got a forty-five to keep me alive Seven bullets on my side
Brown pulled a knife, he jumped on Pete They fought from the counter right on out to the street They swung from north, they swung from south Brown cut that black cigar right outta Pete’s mouth! Pete hit the ground, he yelled and screamed (Pete took his Stetson hat and beat the scene)
Now if you’re ever down on the corner (yeah-yeah) Down on-a Honky Tonk Street (yeah-yeah) Don’t mess with Brown (yeah-yeah) He’ll cut you down Take a message from-a Big Boy Pete .
Hows about an old classic. Nothing new unusual or special about this one, it's just a really great song is all. My copy of this record noisy as hell, it's been beat up pretty good. A true testament to the durability of the vintage vinyl 45. 'Sizzlin bacon' as i like to call it. I don't know, a song like this- i think all the noise adds just a little something... Enjoy.
Here's a fun one about being stuck in the snow by a group who's name i actually just figured out. Da "Yoopers" is the phonetical spelling of "U.P.'er" Meaning, someone from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It's what someone with a northern Michigan, Wisconsin, and/or Minnesota accent would sound like if they said it. Like Bob and Doug McKenzie... I know, I know- they were Canadian. I'm talking about the accent here. Plus there's not much of a difference when you get to that part of the country anyway... Ok, Fargo- better now? Just listen to the song.
Enjoy the snow up there folks. We only got about a half a foot down here in Chicago so far, but it's early in the season yet.......
I can't quite put an ear on which song, but this one really reminds me of Procol Harum's Whiter Shade Of Pale. Not the song specificly but that album as a whole. That main vocal melody, and the kind of desperate sound of Shorty's voice screams Procol Harum's first album to me. I don't know the first damn thing about the what's and why's of music theory, i've been a bass/guitar player for a long time but never had a formal lesson, i just know what i think i hear... That's what i'm hearing when i listen to this one. It's kind of a random comparison, i know. Two totally diffrent styles of music, but both with the same feel i guess...
Whatever, if you've got that one give it a spin again for the first time ,it's a great record. Until you do, lend Shorty your ear, and Sing what you wanna.
Here's one of my favorite Christmas records, not because the music is good (it's actually pretty piss-poor) but because it's such an anti-Christmas pair of Christmas songs. The sloppy low-budget drunk punk style fits the statement perfectly if you ask me.
When i got this one I hadn't heard any other music by the band, (still haven't) but a pair of punk rock Christmas songs by a group called Alcoholics Unanimous..?! I mean, this was going to be a winner no matter what. And it's on 'snow' white vinyl- come on... All i remember is that i bought it via mail-order over 10 years ago, (the pre-internet days.) It's been a holiday favorite of mine ever since. One i've enjoyed 'round the holidays for many years, and plan on enjoying 'round the holidays for many years to come.
Perhaps it will become a holiday favorite to some of my dear readers as well... My gift to YOU. You're welcome.
I realize that sometimes people who look at sites like this have the attention span of a three year old, so i don't post videos here very often, but once in a great while it has to be done. This would be one of those rare occasions...
Here it is:
I was planning on sharing a Jerry Reed record for your listening enjoyment today, and i'm still gonna, but i got sidetracked looking at Jerry's IMDB page which led me to the You Tubes to find the clip of his appearance on Scooby Doo (the internets can be tricky like that sometimes.)... It's the classic Scooby-Doo wrap-up scene where all is well, and everything has been returned back to normal- 'No thanks to those meddling kids.'
Anyway, i decided to include the video clip is because at the very very end when Jerry ends his rendition of Pretty Mary Sunlight, and while the sparse audience applauds, Shaggy & Scooby cheer for 'When You're Hot You're Hot.' And wouldn't you know it, that just happened to be the song i was planning on posting.
So here you go. A classic from the Snowman. This ones for Shag & Scoob. When you're hot, you're hot
I'm not going to get too carried away with Christmas records, because, well, i don't really like Christmas music very much. I do, to quote Dr. Demento, take novelty records very seriously though. So i'll be featuring a handful of holiday and/or winter themed songs throughout the month of December. I have a few that you've probably heard before, and a few obscure numbers that maybe you haven't...
What say we kick it off over here with a little mid 60s stomp about jolly olde St Nick entitled, cleverly enough: Santa Claus. Turn it up.
They found a body in the alley right behind my house the other day. Like three/four doors down. Strangled, and dumped in an alley. It's been about a week now, and she still hasn't been identified. Sure, she was probably a hooker and/or drug addict- but i don't care who you are, that's no way for anyone to go. Now, i'm no police detective, but i'm thinking that the deed was done in a car and our alley is just where the strangler happened to stop to dump the stranglee... At least that's how i'm hoping it went down. I don't like the thought of a cold blooded killer living three houses away... I love living in the city and everything, but this kind of shit freaks a brother out.
It might seem a little twisted, but when i read this news the other day, I immediately thought of this record. It's been a good long while (we're talkin years here) since the last time i spun it, so I didn't remember the words. The line: "Have you got the time to find out who i really am" is an odd little coincidence don't you think? Not to mention- the song is called 'Body.' Kind of a morbid excuse to dig an obscure 'Coop b-side, but that's how it goes. I guess there really is a song for every occasion....
Heres a little ditty i've been sitting on since it was 80 degrees outside. I've just been waiting for it to become as cold as it's so colorfully described in this song before sharing it here. Well, anyone who lives in the great midwest (or damn near anywhere north of the mason-dixon line) will tell you- that time is now. ANd it's only gonna get colder. My only problem is, i don't have a rodeo to go to or a truck to get me there.... Ahh well, i guess a classic novelty song will have to do. Enjoy!
Here's one from my favorite performer ever. I doubt there's anyone out there who doesn't know Question Mark, but if there is- he's the guy, along with his band The Mysterians, who gave us the ultimate garage rock classic "96 Tears." One of the biggest one-hit-wonders of the 60's. But as great a song as it is, the bands other records from the era are just as good.
This is one is proof.
I first caught them in the late 90's in Boston, over thirty years after 96 Tears was released, and him and the band totally blew my mind. I expected to see some tired old dudes just going through the motions, but these guys- Question Mark especially- moved like they were 20 years old. I've seen them play a handful of times since, most recently about two years ago, and even now they swing like it's 1966. If you dig real rock and roll, the way it was meant to be played, these guys are a must see. They still hit the road every few years- go take in a Question Mark gig. You will not be disappointed. I promise.
This is the business card Question Mark gave me the first time i met him in 1998. At the time we talked about having my band open for them the next time they were in town (which, sadly, never happened.) Here's the whole tragic story, and the other side of this record.
PO Box '96'- How great is that...
The nerdy stuff:
The label says 1963, but this record was actually released in 1966. Why, you might be wondering? At first i just thought it was a typo, but I was informed by a keen reader a while back (regarding THIS POST) that it's when Cameo/Parkway trademarked their label designs, and that it has nothing to do when the records themselves were actually issued. I have a few on the Cameo and Parkway labels, and they say '62 or '63, even though i know the songs are from later years...
It's trivial nonsense like this that keeps me up at night.
Kool & The Gang’s version of the Sly & the Family Stone classic.
My only beef with this one is that it’s edited for length. You just know that the Gang kept this live jam going for a lot longer than two and a half minutes… But alas, this is all we get. Also, you gotta wonder what was going on on the stage when they were playing it, because you can only hear one half of the vocals. Like one of the two singers wasn't singing into their microphone- or it wasn't working if they were. At first i thought it was my crummy half-assed recording set up. I checked, and double-checked to make sure my stereo, speakers, and everything were hooked up properly. And they are. It still doesn't sound right to me, but all the other records i did that day sound fine... So- It is what it is.
Criticisms and speculations aside, this is still one hell of a righteous groove. Dig it:
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