Monday, February 4, 2013

Lux and Ivy's Favorites Volume Seventeen


Here is the last Lux and Ivy’s Favorites; Volume Seventeen.

Over a year ago when I put up the Ez listening double CD together I had kind of made up my mind that it was going to be the last volume for a few reasons. The main reason being the increasing number of bootlegs “stealing” my idea. There have been at least 3, that I know of, CD’s (or now even LP’s) of material taken from my compilations and being sold on the market. The worst of these even have liner notes from some guy that writes for that bastion of musical excellence, Mojo Magazine (huh?). I believe the guy even picked the tracks for them too. Wow, what a lot of hard work that must have been! Spending years collecting information, tracking down rare tracks, identifying and going through old tapes….wow, he must be a busy guy! Oh wait; he did most of that with the click of a button….

The worst thing about these endeavors is that they use Lux and Ivy’s name to turn a profit. Something I’ve never done. Over the years I’ve gotten numerous requests from people wanting me to put these on vinyl. I was always adamant that I wouldn’t do something like that. I do these for fun and to expose people to music that they may not have known about. Some people do radio shows, I put together compilations. The idea of some record label making money off this is too much for me to take.

For that reason, this volume has no track listing.

 Now, any fan of the series that downloads this last volume should have a good idea of what artist does what song. How could you not recognize (NAME REDACTED)’s voice or (NAME REDACTED)’s guitar tone? Most of the songs have been on any number of other compilations and now that you’ve listened to 16 other volumes of this stuff, I would hope you would have gone on to buying copious amounts of music from your favorite online retailers or those things that still exist in some corners of the world; record shops. If Seventeen was going to be made available, I couldn’t just put the track listing out with it so that some douchebag could throw it on some future compilation. Though the risk is there that it will happen anyway, I guess, but I’m not going to make it easy for them.

Seventeen basically exists because it was nearly done back when Sixteen came out. Sixteen came about because a track listing fell into my lap and it was easy to find a lot of that Ez listening stuff pretty quickly. Meanwhile Seventeen languished in my car CD player.  A good portion of Seventeen came from a tape that Lux gave to someone back in the late 70’s. That person was kind enough to send it my way. It took a lot of work to get this original tape copied because he didn’t have the means to copy it! Then once I received it, I had to go thru it song by song to identify them (much like you will have to when you listen to Seventeen), track them down, and then make mp3’s out of them.

So since so much went in to actually finding the tape and having the tape transferred to another tape, and so much work had already gone in to it that I felt it should be made available. Plus it would coincide with the Lux Lives events being held all over the world.

And since I mentioned it, I figured I’d throw this gauntlet down for everyone that reads this blog, listens to The Cramps, or digs LAIF’s: throw your own Lux Lives events every year! Don’t sit around bitching that nothing like that ever happens in your town. If no one else is doing it, YOU do it! Have a party, get some friends together, watch some Herschell Gordon Lewis movies, listen to cool music, and celebrate the life of Lux and all that The Cramps have given you over the years.

Every year we have the media reminding us that this is the day Elvis died, or the day John Lennon died, etc etc; but for someone like Lux, no one’s going to keep his memory alive unless YOU do something.

Special thanks go out to Adam Fitch for working on the cover, Bruce Milne, Howie Pyro, Martin Hemmel, and MizzKizz for identifying/uncovering some of these tracks, and the fine folks at WFMU.

61 comments:

  1. Thanks a million, Kogar, I love these comps, use them a lot for dj-ing too and for driving while the spirit of Lux take care of me. Trace my favourite names also... Greetings from Spain. Lux will also make justice to that bad bootleggers.

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  2. Thanks so much Kogar, I've listened to your Lux and Ivy comps for two years solid, I must be unhealthy and sick by now! Your hard work is seriously appreciated :)

    Connie, New Zealand.

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  3. A goldmine; Thank youze very mucho, Ivan, singer for rocknroll band Nervous Shakes

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  4. Fantastic work!
    - Omar

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  5. Great (final, yuk!) volume of LAIF.
    I only recognized half of the songs, I hope the king of Siam sent me a telegram.
    Patrick

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  6. Integrity means poverty : it's great to know there are still some kind of menlike this in this world ! Thank you for your incredible work, black death to the ones who spoiled it ! Eric from France.

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  7. Thanks so much for the new volume (and of course all the others)!

    Sad to know this will be the last, but, man, seventeen volumes! That's quite something! I get your point and it sucks. The one company I have in mind is far from being some evil business entity, quite the opposite, but I've got no idea what's gotten into them by doing this. Anyway, cheers for sharing your labors of love, it's much appreciated!

    -MLP

    P.S. I guess we can't expect remastered edition of the remaining volumes anymore?

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  8. Thank you very much for the enduring work!

    Champagne to your real friends, real pain to your sham friends.

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  9. thanx mate. lux live!
    michael Myers dj

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  10. thanks as usual for the effort care and passion
    best wishes
    stephen

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  11. "I do these for fun and to expose people to music that they may not have known about."

    I couldn't agree more. You've enlightened my listening experience, Sir. At least we know you're the real deal.

    Thanks.

    Dunk.

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  12. thanks so much! brilliant to have another volume - your passion and magnificence is much appreciated

    stay sick

    Craig

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  13. Thank you so much for all of these great comps.

    Even though I understand how you feel I can't help but disagree with your reasons for not including a track list. It defeats the purpose of spreading the music to more people. I also think it's sad to let a few douchbags ruin the party for everyone.

    Don't let them piss on your parade. Their actions can in no way take anything away from all the good that you have done for this kind of music.

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  14. thanks for all the positive feedback! i guess i should have clarified: i WILL continue to do the ramsters of the old volumes (basically any volume without a cover needs to be remastered). Volume 3 will be next (jr williams cover) and number 5 (haunted george cover) after that.

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  15. i run through a LAIF comp at least once a week.
    Thanks so much for compiling this treasure trove of musical genius...also thanks for all the tassel twisters...can't get enough!

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  16. Really appreciate your kindness and generosity, not to mention your music knowledge. Looking forward to hearing some LAIFs. All the best,

    Iggy

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  17. I'm very happy to hear the remasters will keep coming - that's so awesome, thanks!
    -MLP

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  18. thank you!!
    someone has the tracklist with the names of the bands (songs)

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  19. Kogar you are incredible thank you for all your hard work!

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  20. I just wanted to say Thank you for your goal being completed with me, you introduced me to a whole new world of music, and i cant explain what thrill it has been to just hear these rare gems, but i know how you feel about others and their greedy ambitions, thats this system! its sad because in my life i've learn that everything that starts with a good ambition always ends in the opposite, not with the person it started with but with someone else. I was excited to see this new comp then i read of what was happening and all i can say thank you for all your hard work and it wont be forgotten, and may it go well for you, thank you again and I understand and respect your decision-i'd do the same thing cause its not about the money at all.....but then we have fools wanting something else always there to ruin it-be safe-do good work-and hope to "hear" from you again

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  21. Thank you so, so SOOOOO much!! ♥♥♥

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  22. i would also point out that this blog isn't going away. there will be more 45's, more comps, and more all around cool stuff. i think with these 17 volumes you can really go off and do your own thing now...no need to wait for another volume, go out and BUY the originals, go out and BUY stuff by these artists. there's TONS of charlie feathers, link wray, hasil adkins, andre williams, 60's garage, rock and roll instrumentals, r and b/soul/blues compilations out there.

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  23. Thank you, Kogar, you are truly doing Satan's work.

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  24. Thanks! I really enjoyed this volume.

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    1. Thanx once again.. YOU Rock the world.. See U one day!

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  26. Thanks you very much these & looking forward to listening to this. Thanks again !!

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  27. Thanks So Much these are all wonderful

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  28. Thank you for all of the effort to keep our brains moist. I have really enjoyed the Lux series and look forward to hearing this one.

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  29. Really really appreciate everything you've ever done. Magnificent music that I now can't live without!

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  30. Great work great series! Thank you very much!

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  31. I have no qualms about the track list. It's like a treasure hunt. I've got 7 left. The music is outstanding and well worth any effort it might take to track down the song titles.

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  32. Thanks for all these brilliant compilations over the last couple of years or so, without them my musical palette would be dull indeed. Keep the rock and roll flame burning.

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  33. You sir, are a supernova of culture! I am(and all share'd with) Deeply greatfull for all your consumate work ,also you have paid true respect to LuX & Ivy + the Cramps ! You Are Terrific~ Thank You ~ Marcos.

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  34. Thanks Kogar. Like to believe the karma police will deal with those that need dealing with in due course. Best to you, Kevin Drummond

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  35. Vol. 17 has no tracklist!! Is there any somewhere?

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  36. Thanks for taking the time to put this series together. I've been listening to these comps for years and I still find something new in there. It has been a great listening experience.

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  37. Like Debbie D and some of your other posse, you are a national treasure and we are all in your debt....for those of us lurking out here and who don't have the time (and patience?) to track them all down--though I'll cop I found a few and it was fun--any chance of ever getting a track list? If not, c'est cool. Anywhichway, eternally grateful for what you do

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  38. Thank you. BTW, if you want a shortcut to the tracklist, Winamp has an autotag function that is accurate at least part of the time.

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  39. I can not identify tracks 22, 25 and 29. Anyone wanna help?

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  40. I didn't get those either. I'm missing like 6 of them.

    Thanks for putting this together. These comps are so wonderful.

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  41. A big thank you for these comps !

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  42. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Thank you from the bottom of my little rotten heart!

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  43. Hey Kogar, would you send us the list if we asked nicely?

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  44. Hi Kogar,

    I just wanted to personally thank you for doing this! LAIF has been my default setting for probably 5 years. I was recently asked in a weekly Chicago paper, The Chicago Reader, what is "In Rotation" for me, and I had to raise the candle. Thanks so very much!

    http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/sufjan-arvo-zylo-taki-coil-moskowitz-dauby-dax/Content?oid=17732281

    Best,


    Arvo

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    1. wow, sorry, just seeing this now.. thank you for the kind words!

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  45. Why not putting the tags?

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  46. Now that it's nearly 3 years down the road, any chance we could get the complete tracklisting? I hate having untagged mp3s, and I'm short by about 7 or 8 songs from figuring out the final list!

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  47. I have all the right names except 4 tracks. 11,22,25 and 29. Any chance anyone has them?

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  48. Kogar is a dick... these songs don't belong to you, so acting like you can't release the titles because someone might sell them as a comp, especially after all these years, is a tool move.
    Just put up the F%$#ing list, and be done with it. I don't want to have to spend the rest of my life tracking down the IDs for these songs, when you know what they are, and refuse to put out a list.

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