Thursday, August 14, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
It's hard to believe it's been 4 months since the Lux Lives East Coast round of shows happened. In case you missed the Facebook postings we raised almost 4,000 dollars for Best Friends Animal Society in Lux's name. If you go to my Facebook page you can read my list of thank you's and other reminiscences about the events.
Dixy Blood is:
Guitar and Attitude: Rich Lustre
Bass and Vocals: Betty Lou Gee
Drums and Vocals: MoeJo
Rhythm Girl BTCP Records 1981
I Could Go to Hell for You Big Beat 1984
On a Jones/Dogfood Psycho Acoustic Sounds 1989
No Reason to Complain Apex 1990
Now and Then 2003
Teenage Obsessions 1978-84 Recordings Rave Up Records 2008
Monday, May 12, 2014
Here is the "remaster" of Lux and Ivy's Favorites Volume 5!
As near as I can tell, I originally made this volume back in 2004. Or at least that's what the date stamps say on the mp3's. Also, in 2004 the Cramps released their How to Make a Monster double CD set, and some of the songs mentioned in the liner notes make an appearance here.
A few major things were fixed; firstly the version of Heartaches by Ted Weems and his Orchestra has been fixed. The song that was on the original mix was not the correct version (or the correct band!) that appeared on the Purple Knif Show. Also fixed is the Jack Eely version of Louie Louie. Listen to your old version and cringe at the quality of that mp3. This one is taken right from my copy of the 45. Back in 2004, I didn't have a copy...
A note regarding Oh! Susanna. As far as I can tell that track hasn't been issued on CD, So I made an mp3 from my own copy of the 45 which sounds a tad better than the original mp3. But seriously, how many of you actually listen to that song when it pops up on your ipod?
Thanks go out to Haunted George for the image for this volume. He found this photo on an old newspaper. I can only imagine it accompanied an article dealing with the horrors of Drag Racing, or Chickie Runs!
Also thanks to Adam Fitch for doing his usual bang up layout work!
And lastly thanks to WFMU and Debbie D. for hosting the LAIF's for easy downloading....
Volume 4 next, maybe?
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Here's my appearance on yesterday's Psychotic Reactions. All in all a pretty good show, I think.
Hear my take on proper pants wearing and my altercation with a vocal group dealer at Allentown...
(download quick, who knows how long it will be there with the media fire big brother programs that like to shut things down)
Monday, January 13, 2014
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
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...