Monday, January 13, 2014

The Playboys - Jungle Fever

Here's a classic instrumental from 1959!  I'd heard for years this was a song The Cramps were either into, or adapted in to one of their songs. It's been on a few instrumental compilations and it sounded a bit like The Cramps, but not a hundred percent. I never put it on a Lux and Ivy's Favorites volume because I could never find anywhere they mentioned the song, etc.

So I found the actual 45 in Allentown this past year and snapped it up in a hurry.

Playing it at 33 1/3 it becomes a BIT more apparent that The Cramps used it for a song. Give a listen and see what you think.

As a side note, I've heard a few times that the labels on this particular 45 were somehow reversed and this is actually a song called Shotgun, but I don't see that since the stamp in the dead wax matches the label number of R 572.

Either way, here they both are, one at 45 and the other at 33!

Jungle_Fever at 45

Jungle_Fever at 33

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Rural Blues Vol. 3 - Down Home Stomp

Back in the early 90's I was up in Portland Maine. I ended up at a local place that sold only vinyl. NO compact discs allowed! In fact, their CD section was a zip lock bag with broken CD's inside. I think its still there, but I forget the name of the place.

So I'm in there browsing around when the most fucked up distorted blues I had ever heard came chugging out of the little speaker in the store. It hit me like a freight train. What the fuck was this?! Ok, play it cool, don't go running up to the counter asking what the hell this was.  So I continue shopping around.

Then another track bursts forth and its even more mind blowing then the previous one!  Distorted vocals, killer harmonica that mimicked a train sound....jaw dropping stuff...

At the time I had been listening to a lot of what is now known as "garage punk" of that era. One band in particular that I couldn't get enough of was the Jack O' Fire. These guys were amazing.  Amazing harmonica playing lead singer, like a twisted little brother of Howlin' Wolfe himself. The rest of the band was amazing too. They covered a ton of blues tunes and also did punk rock covers but in a blues style.  Great, great fucking band.

Well the first two songs I heard that day sounded a hell of a lot like the Jack O' Fire. 

It ended up being Papa Lightfoot. 

So after a while I went up to the owner and asked what record he was playing. He showed me the record pictured above.  It was a compilation of various artists from the Imperial record label. I asked him how much it was, to which he replied; "Oh, THAT'S not for sale!"

UGH, like a punch to the gut. I wrote down the name of the record and some of the artists and after buying some stuff that WAS for sale, went on my merry way. 

That record haunted me for like 3 years. I found it at Amoeba records in SF.  It's one of my favorite records that I play all the time.  Pick up the other records in the series if you can find them. All great that I've heard anyway...


Saturday, December 21, 2013

VPRO Interview with Lux and Ivy

Here's a cool interview someone hipped me to on Facebook (thanks Jan Kooi!). It's from around the time Stay Sick came out. It's always great hearing Lux and Ivy talk about movies and music.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Here's a great Cramps boot of the band recorded live in Palo Alto, California, 1979.  I think it was originally brodcast on KFAT. 

Mentioned in the Ian Johnston book as being the one good Cramps bootleg (according to L and I).  Of course, they suggested you burn the album sleeve and liner notes because of the nazi connection...


Add here is the insert so you can see what i was talking about...

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A SCORPION by any other name...

Head over to Ichi Ban to download another version of Jimmie McConville's SCORPION!


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lux and Ivy's Favorites Volume 3 (remaster)

Presenting the Remaster of Volume 3!

A few tweaks here and there (one being the major change of the correct version of The Gorilla!), and overall improvement in sound.

Looking at the tracklist this volume reveals that I probably finished compiling it in 2001 or 2. The reason why is that the movie Ghost World came out in 2001. And that is the when the mystery of Ted Lyons and his Cubs was solved.

Most folks know this story, but it bears repeating. In the Incredibly Strange Music interview with Lux and Ivy, they talk about this amazing video of a band called Ted Lyons and his Cubs.  They go on and on about it and how cool it is, etc. I searched for anything by this "band" for years.  By now everyone's seen the famous Ghost World/Gumnaam video, hell it's even parodied in a fuckin' beer commercial!  But back in the early 2000's not a lot of people knew about it.  So the DVD of GWorld comes out and a friend spots it right away, the Ted Lyons logo on the drum head!  Mystery solved...

Thanks to J.R. Williams for the amazing artwork (sorry it took so long, J.R.!) and to Adam Fitch for his impecible layout work. And as always WFMU.

Incidentally, here is a photo of Lux with one of the comic books that was the basis of this volume's cover.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Intoxica with Howie Pyro!

Here's the show from when Howie had me as a guest on his show.

Here's the set up for this. I was in Los Angeles for the fabulous Norton Records benefit that Howie organized to help Billy and Miriam get back on their feet after Hurricane Sandy gave them a royal going over. It was one of many benefits that happened all over the world the last few months.  Amazing bands like 60's legends Thee Midniters, The Sloths (well, they're legends to me anyway), and a host of other bands both "old" and new played a day long concert to show their love for Norton Records.

So, by the time Tuesday rolled around I was literally dead on my feet.  I don't ordinarily have that "Pyro" lifestyle where I get a few hours of sleep and then it's go go-go, go, go go-go, ya know?  If you know me at all or have listened to the other shows I've guested on, you can hear my voice sounds kind of messed up. Well that's because I was developing some sort of viral upper respiratory infection at the time!  When I got back from California was sick for like 3 weeks...

Hopefully everyone that checks out this blog is familiar with Howie and his amazing show INTOXICA on  I must admit it was a blast to be on his show but also a little intimidating.  Just listen to his show and you'll see why pretty quick. This dude has a collection of wildest, most retardinest music out there. He also sends my already reeling head spinning 2 seconds before his show starts by telling me that all he wants me to play is stuff that he doesn't have! Uhhh, really?!

After a few minutes of drawing a blank I think I put together a pretty good mix of music to check out. Luckily I had brought a few hundred records for the week "just in case." 

So, thanks again Howie for doin' what you do, and letting me spin some rekkids...

Listen/Download here:

And if you haven't, check out all the other archived shows (including the amazing show with Jimmy from Thee Midniters!)