Flipping through stacks of unsleeved three for a buck 45s and i spotted this gem. The only reason i even paused to look at it was because it was so trashed. The damn thing looks like it survived a natural disaster! Then i saw (barely) that it was a ZZ Hill record... (Hear another one of ZZ's fine offerings HERE.) Surprisingly enough the grooves themselves looked like they were in decent shape considering what a mess the label was, so i had to take a chance. Glad i did too because this is a pretty righteous old tune. I didn't transfer the flip side and now i don't remember if it was simply because the song sucked or if it was unplayable... Either way, this sides a keeper. Enjoy.
Now, i'm not a fan of the Like A Rock, Turn The Page era Bob Seger. It's what i used to call 'parents rock,' but now that i'm older and half the people i know actually are parents, the term doesn't really apply anymore. These days, i think i'll just refer to Bob Seger's music as "crap." Kind of like when you try to explain to the layman that Fleetwood Mac used to be a killer blues outfit before they hired Syevie Nicks and became the 1970s radio pop shitheads that everyone knows them as. It's easier to just say 'fuck that band' even if they did make some great records in their early days. Much like The Mac, Bob also made a few great records way back when he was a much much younger man. Todays selection would be one of those.
I've read that ole Bob hasn't allowed his early LPs to be reissued, so the only way to get them, and these singles, is to find used vinyl copies (or digital transfers from vinyl.) Too bad too, because what little i've heard from Bob's psychedelic era, it's pretty amazing stuff... Even if it is who it is.
Here's the flip side to his pre-suck era hit, Ramblin Gamblin Man. Dig the psychedelic sounds of Tales Of Lucy Blue.
This ones for a buddy of mine who recently separated from his wife.
Whatever, he probably never looks at the blog anyway... And if he does: When are you gonna get your sorry ass back up to Chicago anyway? We got some catchin up to do...
I posted the flip side a little less than a year ago. It's even stupider than this, if you can believe that. Personally, i think stuff like this is hilarious... Follow the LINK to hear it. You'll be glad you did.
I don't know much about the Ides Of March... All i do know is that they were the one-hit-wonder Chicago group who had a big hit with 'Vehicle' in 1970, but that's all i got. I bought this one because it was another single from the same era (probably from the same LP) that wasn't Vehicle. I figured- Why not. The flip side is a sucky slow-jam, but this tune is fucking insane. Dig that scream/growl around the 1:50 mark. Holy crap i love this stuff.
I don't care what anybody says, i think this stuff is hilarious. That chipmunk voice in these early rock and roll songs gets me every time. There's just not enough silliness like this in modern music...
The flip side of one of the finest slabs of wax to grace my record collection. You can hear the top side by following this LINK. I'm telling you what, this was when a sorry ass bass player had to really work for a living. Listen to this guy go. Amazing.
The flip side to 'Here Comes The Night.' I didn't already know the title, so i was pleasantly surprised when i dropped the needle and heard some of the finest 1960s British white-boy-blues since the Yardbirds. Dig it. Van The Man (before he was a total prick) and Them.
I've had a copy of this record for many a year, but like many of my beat up old 50 cent 45s, teh sound quality has got a serious case of sizzlin bacon... Pretty piss-poor to say the least, so i never even bothered to transfer it. I recently replaced it with a decent sounding copy which i'm pretty happy about because it's an old favorite. I'll probably put my old copy to good use as a wedge to level out that uneven leg on my dining room table, so all is not lost.
I found this one a few weeks back while digging through box after box after box of dusty old 45s in a giant bookstore in Springfield, Il. Looking at the label it's a very mysterious record. At first i thought it might be one from a multi record set, but now i'm thinking it's more likely that it was a promotional giveaway. A 'sample from the upcoming album' or whatever. I actually found two of these and bought them both for around 50 cents each. A little nosing around the innerwebs, and it looks like they can be had on Ebay for a few bucks a pop. So it's not a super rare record, but it's not exactly readily available on the wild world of webs either... I suppose i'd classify it as obscure. Turns out it was exactly what i thought it was going to be- vintage Flip Wilson cutting up on stage. Just a cool little sample of the comedy of yesteryear, and definitely a neat thing to own.
I'm going to go ahead and assume this group is from New York City, it's just a hunch i had- but i'm sticking with it. New York City or not, the tunes got a groove so thick you could cut it with a knife, and i don't know a whole lot about dancin but this one makes me wanna move...
Mr. Jimmy Reed and friends with a nice low-down slow burner in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I chose this one based on the title alone. Even though you can't understand Jimmy Reed's drunken mumble-mouth singing, especially on this duet (is that Mama Reed singing with him?) it seemed fitting anyway.
Here's a b-side by the greatest acid rock band of all time ,the granddaddys of heavy metal, the sultans of stoner rock, the band who invented the 'it doesn't have to be good, as long as its loud' philosophy: Blue Cheer. Here they are with the flip side of the hit Summertime Blues, this ones called Out Of Focus. As far as 'desert island discs' go, Vincebus Eruptum, the album from whence this tune comes, would be one of mine.
I don't know a whole lot about polka music, but i think i do know a little bit about having a good time, and Polka music is always about fun...
I just picked up a bunch of these on a few different hometown labels from Illinois and Wisconsin, and from the half-assed internet research my wife did, she says they look like they're from the early 70s, but some might be earlier.. Either way, they are fun... And having a good time is what really matters.
Check this one out, it's called the Bartender Polka. Enjoy!
I went into this gigantic used book store in Springfield the other day, and they had a whole room dedicated to the records. An entire room. Like the size of a large bedroom- full of records! It was only one section of about 10 which were full of actual books (It being a book store and all.) I camped out and spent a couple hours there going through box after box of an estimated 3000 45s, and i never even got into the CDs LPs or 78s...
Luckily my wife went to high school with the guy who ran the place, because he was looking to get a buck a piece for them. I came out with well over a hundred keepers, and he let me have them all for 60 bucks. He even threw in a copy of Queen's Fat Bottomed Girls, with picture sleeve, that he had sitting around at the register while we were talking to him. Nice guy. Good people.
Of the 20 or so sides i've actually listened to so far, this one has got to be the stupidest. Enjoy!
I'm no expert on the Olympics, but i'll tell you the one thing i do know- I have yet to hear a song by this group that i didn't like. All i have is a 20 song hits compilation and the two other 45s i've featured here in the past, and it's as the kids say these days, all good. Naturally when i found this record recently i was excited to hear these two 'new' songs. And they did not disappoint. Check out the fuzz-bass on this track. It's fucking unbelievable. It sounds like the Misfits for crissakes.
The othe rtwo Olympics 45s i've shared here are from 1960, but judging by the sound and the fact that the 1965 television series I-Spy is referenced in the lyrics, i'd say this one's from a few years later. Say, oh i don't know, 1965 or so... Of course, i could be totally wrong. Either way it's a hell of a tune. Lend them your ear for just a moment won't you... And dig that FUZZ bass. So cool.
I had a hell of a time making a decent recording, because the music is so distorted in the first place. My half-assed transfer barely does it justice, but it'll have to do. If it's high fidelity you want, you're in the wrong place anyway... If you've visited before, you oughtta know that by now.
¿Era realmente necesario para traducir esta canción? Hablantes de español no sólo podría sacudir su botín en la pista de baile para que como todo el mundo. En ese momento, yo personalmente dudo que alguien al sur de la frontera estaba pensando "¿Sabes, cava i esa canción, pero me gusta más, si yo pudiera entender la letra estúpida", pero puedo estar equivocado. También hay una versión finlandesa de esta canción. Nombre traducido de la canción es "Kung-Fu Taistelee" Al parecer, las palabras fueron consideradas tan importantes que sentía que era necesario volver a grabar ... Es lo que es. Con eso dicho, aquí, Tony Escudero y su versión de Kung Fu Fighting.
A year or so ago, i was told by a friend that i should pick up a Shocking Blue record, and i took his suggestion into serious consideration. We even listened to one of their albums from his ipod. Of course, we were drinking beers and talking through the whole thing, so i diddn't really hear it, but i remember digging it anyway...
More recently i was rapping with a different friend about music, (and when i say 'different' I mean 'different'), he also told me to seek out a Shocking Blue record.
I finally decided to take the advice of my two friends, who's opinions i highly value, a little more seriously. I got myself a Shocking Blue record. I already have their hit Venus on one of those cheezy two sided oldies hits re-issue 45s from the 80's, and probably at least one of the many compilations of 1960s one hit wonders i have... I actually bought this record for this tune, i wanted the original flip-side. Turns out, it's quite the rocker... Who knew? Oh yeah, i guess my two buddies did. Thanks for the tip fellas.
Who were Bill Deal and the Rondells? Beats me. I've never heard of em. I just grabbed this one because i recognized the Heritage label from one of the other 45 blogs i follow, and figured it was worth taking a chance on. A quick google search informs me that they had three chart hits in 1969, and this was one of them, but that's all i got. This aint a bad little ditty if you ask me. The flip side though- not so much.
Here's the first of many that i picked up on my trip to DC. This one came from an antique shop that i happened by on my way to a record store proper. I figured- What the hell, you never know. It didn't take me long to sniff out the records, they had lots of LPs. The usual suspects- Montovani, The South Pacific (etc) soundtracks, Herb Alpert... The 45s were located in another part of the place altogether, and they actually had some decent looking stuff.
When I asked 'how much' the lady said 'a dollar each.' For scratchy old, no sleeve havin, carelessly thrown into a random box 45s. I don't think so. I tried turning on the charm and talking her down on the price because i had already found some pretty cool sides, but she seemed like she wouldn't budge. "I usually get records like this for a quarter each, considering the condition they are in... blah blah blah..." She was a nice old lady, i wasn't trying to take her for a ride, but she still seemed like she'd only go 50 cents each- which was actually what i was willing to pay. Classic haggler strategy- First you low-ball em, then they come back up with a slightly higher price, which was the fair price that you had in mind in the first place. This woman wasn't stupid, we were both just playing the game. And she was nice, we were chatting about regular stuff. I told her i was visiting from Chicago, the in-laws baby, etc... Turns out she's got a son about my age... Anyway, i picked out 7 or 8 records, because at this point i thought they were going to be a half a buck each, when she rung me up she actually gave them to me for a quarter. Nice. It pays to chat up old ladies in antique shops.
This was the first record i found there, and it was also the first one i converted yesterday. I'm a fan of the Rascals- 'Young' and otherwise, but i didn't recognize the tune from the title. When i dropped the needle, i knew it as that song i had heard, but wasn't sure who it was. I guess i knew it as the Rascals, but it's been a while since i've heard it. When i put it on yesterday, I looked at my wife and said: "If this was the only record i bought in DC, and i paid thirty bucks for it, it still would have been worth every penny."
Finally home from my east-coast trip. I was able to hit three proper record stores in Washington DC. It was supposed to be four, but one was closed for the day, (The one day i had available to go shopping.) Ahh well. I'll hit em up next time.
I got about 50 new 45s to check out, as soon as this post is off, i'm going to fire up the turntable and listen to and/or burn a bunch of new tunes. Until i have something "new" for you, here's the top side of that Shorty Long platter i spun a few posts back. (Hear it HERE.)
My east-coast trip has been a lot of fun so far. I'll be home in a few days with a ton of new 45s i picked up along the way. Some wack-ass junk shop oddities i got up north, (i already mailed myself a package home) and a bunch of vintage garage and R&B stuff i picked up here in DC at a joint called The CD Cellar. (Thanks to Snakeboy for tipping me off on that one. That place was great.) If you find yourself in our nations capital, and can get over to Arlington and are looking for a cool place to do a little record shopping, i'd highly recommend stopping there. Tons of used vinyl, and cheap (fair) prices. I bought 25 or so 45s there for a buck each- scored some real boss tunage there.
Anyway- Here's one from the archives. I posted the flip-side of this one in October, hear it HERE. The new records will have to wait till i get back to the great midwest...
Oh yeah- Happy New Year too. Out with the oughts and in with the teens.
"Aside from pornography, stalking ex girlfriends, tv commercials from my youth, and new and interesting ways for me to ignore my family- this blog has to be the best thing on the internets." -E.S.U. III
Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976: Allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.
Music and images are presented for demonstration purposes. Nobody's making any money offa this, we're just trying to dig on some tunes. So let's all just relax.
If you are the copyright owner of any of the material presented here and for whatever reason you want it removed, let me know and i'll make it go away, right away.