From the recent 50’s & 60’s stateside ‘Twistin’ extravaganza, we continue with one of our favourite themes, ‘Youth Culture’, more Rockin’ & Rollin’ to a British beat! (& a great follow up to the 2i’s mix, Dec-2016). This time brought to you by WIRESHAKER……
Nik Cohn, Awopbop-Alopbop-Alopbam-Boom:
“British pop in the fifties was pure farce.
Nobody could sing and nobody could write, and in any case, nobody gave a damn.The industry survived in a state of perpetual self-hyped hysteria, screaming itself hoarse about nothing in particular. There was much assorted greed, schnidery and lunacy. Trousers dropped like ninepins.”
Well, if he wasn’t completely wrong, neither was he entirely right. The case for the defence opens here…
1 DERRY HART & THE HARTBEATS-COME ON BABY
2 THE VIGILANTES-MAN IN SPACE
3 JOE MEEK & TH TORNADOES-TELSTAR (DEMO)
4 KENNY GRAHAM-FOG ON THE HUDSON
5 CLEO LAINE-LET’S SLIP AWAY
6 JOHNNY ‘THE GASH’ GRAY
7 PHILLIP GREEN-MUY RAPIDO
8 LEE CURTIS-JEZEBEL
9 SCOTT LAINE-TEARAWAY JOHNNIE
10 VINCE TAYLOR-JET BLACK MACHINE
11 CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS-CHOPPIN’ N’ CHANGIN’
12 TERRY DENE-THE FEMININE LOOK
13 MARTY WILDE-PUT ME DOWN
14 BILLY FURY & THE FOUR JAYS-PHONE CALL
15 RIKKY BARON-ANGRY YOUNG MAN
16 JOHNNY KIDD & THE PIRATES-RESTLESS
17 TOMMY BRUCE-SHAKIN’ ALL OVER
18 JOHN LEYTON-VOODOO WOMAN
19 SCREAMING LORD SUTCH & THE SAVAGES-’TIL THE FOLLOWING NIGHT
20 CLIVE SCOTT-NIGHTMARE
21 AL SAXON-I’M ALRIGHT JACK
22 DOUG SHELDON-LIVE NOW PAY LATER
23 LEE CORVETTE-GREENBACK DOLLAR
24 THE CLYDE VALLEY STOMPERS-PETER & THE WOLF
25 ANTHONY NEWLEY-BEE-BOM
26 PETULAR CLARK-YA YA TWIST
27 THE SHADOWS-WONDERFUL LAND
As my Canadian brother-in law- is fond of saying, “I like every kind of music: Country AND Western”.
This ones for you, Pete.
1 MILTON BROWN & HIS MUSICAL BROWNIES-DOWN BY THE O-H-I-O
2 THE LOUVIN BROTHERS-CASH ON THE BARRELHEAD
3 DOC WATSON-CRAWDAD HOLE
4 MICHAEL HURLEY-ROBBIN BANKS
5 COMMANDER CODY & THE LOST PLANET AIRMEN-DOWN TO SEEDS & STEMS AGAIN BLUES
6 ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL-TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA
7 RED SIMPSON-DIESEL SMOKE DANGEROUS CURVES
8 SANDY POSEY-I TAKE IT BACK
9 BETTYE SWANN-SWEET DREAMS
10 GUY CLARK-INSTANT COFFEE BLUES
11 SOUTHERN COMFORT-RIVER WOMAN
12 COUNTRY JACK MCDONALD-TENNESSEE STUD
13 JOHNNY PAYCHECK-I’M THE ONLY HELL (MAMA EVER RAISED)
14 MERLE HAGGARD-IF WE MAKE IT THROUGH DECEMBER
15 BUCK OWENS & HIS BUCKAROOS-LOVE IS ME
16 PAM GILBERT-I’M MOVIN’ ON
17 HANK THOMPSON-LET’S GET DRUNK & BE SOMEBODY
18 JIM REEVES-WHERE DOES A BROKEN HEART GO TO?
19 PORTER WAGONER-LONELYVILLE
20 FRED LANE WITH RON PATE’S DEBONAIRE-FROM THE ONE THAT CUT YOU
21 EUGENE CHADBOURNE-MY HEART WOULD KNOW
22 MARGO SMITH-HAND CLAPPIN’ FOOT STOMPIN’ MUSIC
It’s taken awhile for a worthy follow up to the slippery1’s ‘Shoft Shyke’ posted, back in 2014,but Wireshaker has finally come up with the goods-
after the exponential acceleration of the previous three years, most of the freaks were beat. Exhausted. All but burned out.Time for a spot of relaxation and recuperation.
Time slowed as speed gave way to dope and the city was abandoned in favour of the countryside, the mysteries of the East and Inner Space.
The word on everyone’s lips was psychedelia…..
Oh my god! More Girls!! With Guitars!!! And attitude!!!!
1 siouxsie & the banshees-metal postcard (mitageisen)
2 big in japan-suicide a go go
3 the slits-newtown
4 x-ray spex-artificial
5 essential logic-aerosol burns
6 jane aire & the belvederes-nasty…nice
7 au pairs-set up
8 delta 5-mind your own business
9 girls at our best-go for gold
10 pink military-back on the london stage
11 pressler-morgan one plus one-you’re gonna watch me
12 kleenex-ain’t you
13 ludus-my cherry is in sherry
14 flying lizards-her story
15 action packed!-(drowning out) the big jets
16 poison girls-jenny
18 the raincoats-in love
you might also want to check out an old show from rosspunk-
Take a couple of gallons of adolescent working/lower middle-class testosterone; sprinkle liberally with a mixture of Purple Hearts & LSD; strain through a stack of Marshall amps set to maximum and voila! the meanest, toughest sound of the mid 60’s: English Freakbeat.
1 the yardbirds-happenings ten years time ago
2 the small faces-e too d
3 the misunderstood- children of the sun
4 the creation-making time
5 the craig-i must be mad
6 curiosity shoppe-baby i need you
7 elmer gantry’s velvet opera- flames (single vers)
8 the penny peeps-model village (in my back garden)
9 the sorrows-you’ve got what i want
10 the mark four-i’m leaving
11 the syndicats-crawdaddy simone
12 the primitives-you said
13 the wheels-road block
14 the birds-leaving here
15 wimple winch-save my soul
16 the open mind-cast a spell
17 the truth-sueno
18 tintem abbey-vacuum cleaner
19 les fleur de lys-circles
20 apostolic intervention-tell me have you ever seen me
21 herman’s hermits-it’s alright now
22 the dave clark 5-concentration baby
23 the troggs-6-6-5-4-3-2-1
The time: any Friday or Saturday evening between 1969 & ’72, around 11.30PM.
The place: most British provincial town centres, but for argument’s sake, let’s say The Bier Keller on Bridge Street in Warrington.
The dress code: split-knee loons, scoop-neck long-flared-sleeve t shirts and in winter, an ex-army great-coat.
The hair-style: abundant.
The fragrance: a heady mixture of patchouli, Old Holborn and Newcastle Brown.
2 TRIFLE-ONE WAY GLASS
3 WALRUS-WHO CAN I TRUST
4 AUDIENCE-BELLADONNA MOONSHINE
6 CLOUDS-TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER
7 HELL PREACHERS INC.-COURANTE
8 BLODWYN PIG-SEE MY WAY
9 PETE BROWN & PIBLOKTO!-LIVING LIFE BACKWARDS
10 QUATERMASS-BLACK SHEEP OF THE FAMILY
11 WARM DUST-MAN WITHOUT A STRAW
12 THE ALAN BROWN SET-THRU THE NIGHT
13 BATTERED ORNAMENTS-THEN I MUST GO
14 VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR-THEME ONE
15 CURIOSITY SHOPPE-BABY I NEED YOU
16 BALLS-FIGHT FOR MY COUNTRY
17 JODY GRIND-PAINT IT BLACK
18 EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND-OUT DEMONS OUT
HAPPY NEW YEAR CRITTERS!
Just before we move on, we got our main man ‘wireshaker’ to share a few bits ’n bobs, both old & new that tickled his fancy in 2017, an a nice listen it is too.
WIRESHAKER- A few new (to me) things that made a pretty rotten year just that little bit more palatable….
1 johannischer choir-berceuse
2 laetitia sadier source ensemble-double voice, extra voice
3 jane weaver-H>A>K
4 the moonlandingz-lufthansa man
5 richard dawson-beggar
6 willie joe duncan-unitar rock
7 sounds inc-taboo
8 brigitte fontaine & areski belkacem-il pleut sur la gare
9 zinade- soon
10 graham bond-walking in the park
11 p.p.arnold-medicated goo
12 sarah webster fabio-sweet songs
13 thundercat feat.louis cole-bus in these streets
14 can-shikako maruten
15 anton barbeau-scary monsters and super creeps
16 thurston moore-exalted
17 the kingston trio-try to remember
The soundtrack to an early 70’s August afternoon during the school summer holiday when rain’s stopped play at Old Trafford, Trent Bridge or Edgebaston.
Boredom recollected in tranquillity.
The raw material of psychedelia (congas, fuzz bass, Fender Rhodes pianos, guitars adapted to sound like sitars) refracted through a middle-aged swinging suburban prism.
Sounds of summer…
1 enoch light & brass menagerie-season of the witch
2 syd dale-portobello market
3 johnny pearson-delhi discotheque
4 gunter noras-gemini
5 the ted heath orchestra-light my fire
6 bert kaempfert-never my love
7 ken woodman & his piccadilly brass-town talk
8 john schroeder-the main chance
9 the keith mansfield orchestra-soul thing
10 the mike cotton sound-soul serenade
11 houston person-soul dance
12 tony osbourne’s three brass buttons-brass ’n’ ivory
13 dick welter-hacienda happening
14 tony hatch-spanish charade
15 bama winds-spanish grease
16 xylos inc-walk on by
17 julius rechter & the baja marimba band-flyin’ high
18 alan tee-light flight
19 the fontana concert orchestra-too much of nothing
20 james clarke-double take
21 sounds orchestral-image
22 brian bennett-chameleon
1 And as the third decade of their strivings and wanderings approached, the children of the tribe of Elvis who was to them the King, began to weary of their wicked ways and question the direction of their travel.
2 Some demanded a return to the purer time of The King and his court saying “Eugene of Vincent needed not a sitar”. But they were few in number and their strictures held no great sway.
3 Howbeit more sought a renewed acquaintance with the Celestial Father, He before whom even The King genuflected, through the vessel of music composed by sons and daughters of captivity to hymn His praises and lighten their burdens.
4 And even those who, in their hearts, acknowledged not the existence of the Father did behold the fervour with which the sons and daughters of captivity, true believers all, comported their lives and perceived an emotional honesty therein.
5 So it came to pass that many children of The King did lay aside instruments of the Orient and gather unto themselves products of the organ-makers of Hammond and surround themselves with choirs summoned from the Nubian plains in emulation of those earlier hymns of praise.
6 And as the years of nineteen hundred and three-score became the years of nineteen hundred three-score and ten, many recordings bearing witness to this new-found revelation were issued.
7 And those who encountered the recordings heard that they were good.
8 And even though the children of the tribe of Elvis would beget generations ripe to fall into apostasy and revive the wicked ways of old, the spirit suffusing those recordings would forever tumble through the years, yea even unto the final days of the twentieth century. And beyond…
1.BEAVER & KRAUSE-WALKIN’ BY THE RIVER
2 BELL & ARC-HIGH PRIEST OF MEMPHIS
3 SPOOKY TOOTH-HANGMAN HANG MY SHELL ON A TREE
4 LEON RUSSELL-HUMMINGBIRD
5 MELANIE & THE EDWIN HAWKING SINGERS-LAY DOWN (CANDLES IN THE RAIN)
6 DENNIS WILSON-RIVER SONG
7 GENE CLARK-LIFE’S GREATEST FOOL
8 JIMMY CLIFF-CAN’T STOP WORRYING, CAN’T STOP LOVING
9 BOBBIE GENTRY-GLORY HALLELUJAH HOW THEY’LL SING
10 LULU-SWEEP AROUND YOUR OWN BACK DOOR
11 CLIFF RICHARD-THROW DOWN A LINE
12 BLISS-I HEAR YOU CALL
13 DAVID BOWIE-WIN
14 SPIRITUALIZED-I THINK I’M IN LOVE
15 CARLA BLEY-THE LORD IS LISTENING TO YA HALLELUJAH
Crisp green shirt like Miles.
Croissants and cappuccino,
Latest Italian styles.
Suzette’s riding pillion.
Clean living under pressure,
Black bombers by the million.
Flamingo for an all-nighter,
A new Jamaican rhythm.
60’s are gonna be brighter,
The age of Modernism. Wireshaker.
1 MARK MURPHY-MILESTONES
2 JOHNNY LYTLE-SELIM
3 KRZYSZTOF KOMEDA-CHERRY
4 LAMBERT, HENDRICKS & ROSS-MR P.C
5 ART BLAKEY-NO PROBLEM
6 CANNONBALL ADDERLEY-THIS HERE
7 JIMMY DREW-BABY LOU
8 TUBBY HAYES-LADY E
9 VIC FELDMAN QUARTET-A TASTE OF HONEY
10 MOSE ALLISON- YOUNG MAN BLUES
11 RED PRICE & BLUE BEATS ROARIN’
12 THE TRIUMPHS-BURNT BISCUITS
13 SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES-MICKY’S MONKEY
14 THE MARVELETTES- I’LL KEEP ON HOLDING ON
15 EDDIE HOLLAND-LEAVING HERE
16 JIMMY MCGRIFF-ALL ABOUT MY GIRL
17 PHIL UPCHURCH COMBO-YOU CAN’T SIT DOWN (PT.1)
18 THE OLYMPICS-THE BOUNCE
19 OWEN GRAY-PLEASE LET ME GO
20 BABA BROOKS ORCHESTRA-WATERMELON MAN
21 THE GRAHAM BOND ORGANISATION-WADE IN THE WATER (VERS.1)
22 ZOOT MONEY’S BIG ROLL BAND-GET ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
23 GEORGIE FAME & THE BLUE FLAMES-WORK SONG (LIVE)
FOR MORE OF THE 60’S/MODS-SEE ALSO ‘MODERNIST TO MOD’, ‘ALL THAT JAZZ’ AND A FEW OF THE SOUL/SKA & ROCKSTEADY PLAYLISTS.