The latest in my never ending series of records by, for, and/or about the great city of Chicago.
I thought it was interesting that Norman Greenbaum (A native of suburban Boston) is credited as songwriter for both sides of this record. I'd heard this song a long time ago before i found my copy recently, but i had no idea that this is was what old Norm was up to before his smash hit "Spirit in the sky." You learn something new every day.
This tune actually hit #52 on the Billboard chart in 1966... What a time that must have been- Shit like this was on the radio every day. Man, i was put here during the wrong music era...
The other day i found a shitload of old blues records at a random ass junk shop. The guy told me they were rescued from an abandoned building on the south side of Chicago. They looked like they survived a flood- caked in dirt, and who knows what else, so they are all kinda noisy. (I washed the ones i bought in the kitchen sink.) Lots of amazing things that you don't see often- All original label stuff. Jimmy Reed, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, etc... The good shit. Pretty beat up records though- thrown carelessly into milk crates without any sleeves, but considering that they cost me three for a buck, i couldn't complain. I bought all the ones that weren't cracked and/or really badly damaged (and my standards are pretty low.) I spent about nine dollars and walked away with some serious scratchy old gems.
Here's one from Junior Wells that i'd never heard before. Wow.
Best part about this particular side: "Produced by Jack Daniels." You think? Coincidence? We may never know. Either way it's a righteous jam.
I'll probably never play in a band again because i'm old and jaded. Been there and done that- but if i did, and could have it my way, i'd want my band to sound just like the Young Rascals before they dropped the 'Young.'
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Fucking unbelievable, this stuff. It doesn't get much better than this.
I guess this is where you go if you wanna check out the broads. Sounds like my kind of place. It's a nice day out, i'm thinking about heading down there in a little while myself.
I have a radio copy that has the a-side, a tune called Kee Mo Sabe, on both sides. I found this one recently and grabbed it because i wanted this one too, the natural b-side.
It's not a bad little ditty...
People- If you're on the interwebs, and are on the Facebook, go check out Cuzzin Tom's page HERE. The poor bastard has had a fan page since at least July of last year and, as of this writing, only 11 people "like" it- And that's including myself and my roommate...
Go pay him a visit. The guy needs all the attention he can get.
I just picked up not one, but two of Cuzzin Tom's masterpieces. 10 cent 45s- I thought i had three different titles, but i actually ended up two of this one. Oh well. Anyone out there want a copy? Seriously, shoot me a message if you do- i really don't need more than one in my collection.
I may not know a whole lot about music, and i don't claim to, but even i couldn't help but notice the similarities between this one and the Olympics' Big Boy Pete. How these guys got away with such a blatant rip-off is anybody's guess. It was a different era... But hey- if you're gonna steal you might as well steal the best. That much i do know, and The Kingsmen knew it too.
Good for them.
So i went to this record show at a hotel out in the suburbs yesterday and bought eighteen dollars worth of shitty 45s. I actually unearthed quite a few interesting sides. Found lots of polka records... At one booth while looking through the 25-for-5 dollar records, i ended up talking to this hilarious wise-ass dude. We were rapping about music and what kind of records we collect etc, and i told him i was into old odd-ball novelty weirdness, among other things. At one point he found this record and told me that i had to get it. I took his word on it, and put it in my stack. First thing i did when i got home was give it a spin, and wow... He was absolutely right, this song is just plain silly, is what it is. The crying baby sounds are too much...
This one's for John. Hopefully he'll actually check out the site.
I saw these guys perform this tune live at a White Sox game last year.
Good times. Good times...
And while i'm not sure that the South Side has thee best crack in town, it's still pretty high quality stuff to be sure. But hey- what do i know, these guys are obviously the real experts. I'm just some punk-ass transplant from Boston, and i'm not even Irish!
Not the happiest song that you're gonna hear today, but hey, an anniversary is an anniversary. I don't make the rules around here.
Text below taken from THIS website, which has a complete list of every record released about the Mai Lai Massacre. Believe it or not it's actually quite a few, and it seems like this one (and it's two cover versions) were the ones that inspired many of the others.
The "My Lai Massacre" was the mass murder of between 300-500 civilians in the South Vietnamese villages of My Lai and Song My by US forces on March 16, 1968, as part of the Vietnam War. The platoon leader, Second Lieutenant William Calley, was charged on September 5, 1969 for premeditated murder. The trial, which commenced on November 17, 1970, saw Calley take the line that he acted under orders and therefore was not guilty. He was convicted on March 29, 1971 for killing 22 Vietnamese civilians and sentenced to life imprisonment. The military reduced Calley's sentence to 20 years in April 1971.
He woke up this morning, and his baby was gone. So she left him. We've all been there. Yeah, it's a real drag and all... But did she really have to take his record player too? That's just fucked up is what that is. Cut a brother some slack over here. Geez...
God damn heathens. You can't wash away your sins with soap and water. You better get you sinner ass back to church is what the hell you better do.
And while you're there, put in a good word for me.
I suppose it couldn't hurt.
Don't know who the performers are on this (or any of these Hit records), but they usually do a pretty decent job of handling the material. Leroy and Lucille pretty much nailed it with their version of this Ray Charles number.
This record is so bad. Good bad. Or bad in a good way. Whatever. I don't necessarily seek out these song poem records, but i do grab them when i randomly find them. I just picked this one up a few weeks ago, and finally got around to actually listening to it.
Whenever i find small label records with local street addresses i do a google map search out of curiosity. My roommate recently picked up an original Buckinghams LP, and it has a Chicago address for what would have been their fan club at the time, and it's right here in our neighborhood only about a mile from where we live. And- it's just some random ass house...
The address for this one is on Lake Shore Drive, and it looks to be a high-rise lake front apartment building. Probably some pretty swank digs. Must have been where the songwriter lived at the time. Coincidentally, there's a place (possibly the name of one of the apartment buildings there) called "The Hallmark" right there too. No relation, because i found this site which tells us that the Halmark label (with one 'L') was, and still is, out of Quincy, Ma.
I didn't search the other addresses because i don't live in Wisconsin, Virginia, or Washington....
I might be biased because this song is local to me, but of the four selections on this EP, this one kind of blew my mind. Wow. But you can be the judge of that because if you really want them, you can get all four tracks HERE.
If, as an adult, you tell someone that you like Judas Priest, it's almost like admitting to the fact that you huffed glue when you were a teenager. Sure, it's in the past, but no one wants to hear it or talk about it now... Just let it go. Just let it go.
Judas Priest doing a Joan Baez tune... What kind of crazy shit is that? Hey- they pulled it off though. Good on them.
I haven't followed up on my 'Going Places' theme in a good long while. I think it's high time i hit the road and visit some far off exotic lands- Or at least an American city i've never been to before... This time we're headed south, way down to F-l-a... Tallahassie to be more precise.
Random budget cover record. You got this guy doing Tallahassie Lassie, and on the flip you got some other guys doing Along Came Jones.
Both are pretty decent versions.
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