Friday, October 27, 2023

Kogar's Jungle Juice Show #37 HALLOWEEN Special!


Greetings BOILS and GHOULS, it is time for you CREEPS to FEAST on Kogar’s FOUL FARE of DISGUSTING SELECTIONS of HOWLING HALLOWEEN HORRORS! Your master of SCARE-A-MONIES has been looking in his little BLECCH BOOK trying to figure out what TASTY TERROR TIDBITS to RUIN your eardrums with on this GHASTLY episode of KOGAR’S JUNGLE JUICE! What kind of BLOOD CURDLERS does he have in store for you this week? Well, the REEKING RECIPE OF REVOLTING REVELRY will make the strongest man QUAKE and QUIVER in FRIGHT!  How much will you be able to take?! 3 HOURS of 45 SLIME SLINGERS are coming your way! VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES, FRANKENTEINS, MUMMIES, HORROR HOSTS and VOODOO to give your NIGHTMARES nightmares!  Join us IF YOU DARE!!!


Friday, October 20, 2023

Kogar's Jungle Juice Show #36!


Another week means another big batch of Jungle Juice Sounds to sooth your inner beast or beastess! This show features artists like Ronny kae, Wynonna Carr, Eddie Bond, Big Walter, The Swamp Rats and TWO different JAGUARS! Get LOOSE with JUNGLE JUICE! Next Week! A big, giant, spooky 3 HOUR HALLOWEEN extravaganza!

Show #36

Friday, October 13, 2023

Kogar's Jungle Juice Show #35!


Here is Kogar's Jungle Juice for OCTOBER 13th! A Friday, at that! This show features a set of songs from RIVINGTONS related groups as well as artists like: Charlie Feathers, Baker Knight, Guitar Gable, Otis Rush and JC Davis! Songs about MAD GASS, Bippin and Boppin, Killin Hens, French Fried Potatoes and Ketchup and other delights! Full playlist over at the Boss Radio 66 Blogspot!

Show #35!

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

The Something Weird Lux Interior Tapes


Ok, Kiddies, Finksters, Weirdos and Mad Daddy-O’s, Here’s something that’s been taking up some of my time these past few months. Let’s rewind a few years back to when our tale really begins. I was lending a monkey’s paw on Something Weird’s Greatest Hits LP with Something Weird’s Fearless Leader, Lisa Petrucci and King of the Weirdos Howie Pyro. During this time, Lisa mentioned to me that Lux Interior had sent a cassette tape to her husband and founder of Something Weird Video, Mike Vraney. It was a cassette tape of music for Something Weird’s series called Nudie Cuties (and Peepland USA). Back in the early days of SW Mike was cobbling together nudie loops into two hour tapes. These tapes featured scenes of gals dancing, prancing, and of course ROCK CLIMBING in the altogether. Mike had used the tape as a music bed to the action taking place on the screen.

Lisa also told me that Lux was a HUGE fan of the series, as well as a huge fan of the company in general (who isn’t?!).  She told me that Mike said Lux used to do housework with Nudie Cuties playing in the background! Picture Lux all decked out in his, um, “LUX-Ness” vacuuming or dusting!  If I remember correctly, she said “a tape” and that if she found it; I “would be the first to know.”  At the time, my mind was already reeling with almost daily communications with Howie about songs that we all loved from the AMAZING library of flicks from the SW catalog of mind blowers.  Add to that madness, the thought of a tape that Lux sent to Mike filled with music that he thought would be cool for the Nudie Cutie series? Yowza! What could be on that tape?

The caveat was that the tape was lost and located somewhere within the VAST Something Weird Archive.

Years went by and every once in a great while I would mention the tape to Lisa, but it was still lost somewhere in the Never-Never Land of WEIRD.

As time went on, my mind wandered back to the tape and Nudie Cuties. Maybe I could  track down the original VHS tapes and just go through them all “for science.” But that was a daunting task as the original VHS tapes hadn’t been ported over directly to DVD, so the DVD’s were different than the original tapes. Oh yeah, and also….there’s THREE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY volumes of Nudie Cuties and Peepland USA tapes!  There would really be no way to tell which music was from where. HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of hours of gals dancing, prancing and don’t forget--ROCK CLIMBING!  I pictured myself becoming the “Pop-Eye” version of the Flaming Carrot; emerging from my shack, after watching hundreds of hours of gals frolicking, clad only in an old sweat stained overcoat with a permanent “pop-eye-d” gaze, dried drool at the corner of my mouth, mind shattered and wrecked beyond reason.

One day, about a month or so back, a box bearing the Something Weird address appeared on my front porch! How curious! There’s almost NOTHING like receiving a mysterious package from Lisa and SW. “What could it be?” I thought as my hands began to shake while opening the almost foot long box.  You guessed it, it was cassette tapes!  Over two dozen of them! Lisa sent a nice little note telling me I was the Custodian of the Something Weird Cassette Tape Archive.

Commence complete BRAIN MELTDOWN.

It wasn’t just “a tape.” Lux had sent multiple tapes for use in the series! In this batch, there are 10 or so 90 minute tapes made by Lux sometime in the 90’s I’m guessing. There are 5 tapes with Lux’s handwriting on the spine, as well as one playlist/track listing for a tape NOT included (or if it is, I haven’t found it yet).  Also included is a sticky note from Lux saying “Hey Youze – Here’s another of these here tapes – Talk to ya soon!”  The note is signed with his iconic signature.

The tapes themselves are filled mostly with easy listening type tunes; think Esquivel, Arthur Lyman, John Barry; along the lines of Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume 16. There is also a fair amount of seriously obscure “moody” surf music. There are also 2 full tapes of what I would call double entendre dirty songs. These could easily be used to torture someone. One or two songs is funny, but 3 hours? “STOP! I’LL TALK!!!”  I would say that I have been able to identify maybe 75 percent of the music so far, either songs I recognize, or with the help of music identification software. Something I usually don’t like to use, but since there are so many tapes and songs, it was kind of a necessity.

It’s been really amazing going through the tapes and picking up on these little amazing things. One tape has two songs from what have become known as The Vip Vop tapes. Tapes Lux made back in the day, and that have been since bootlegged. This is huge clue that this particular tape was made by Lux. Of course these are two songs that I’ve been trying to identify for over 20 years! Fingers crossed that someday they will be uncovered (along with maybe another 60 or so songs that are a mystery from these new tapes).

What will happen with these, you ask? Well, I’m digitizing them and trying to ID songs where possible. Other than that I don’t know. These tapes “could” result in I don’t know how many volumes of Lux and Ivy’s Favorites. But, is the world ready for volume upon volume of this kind of stuff? Or I could do a best of? I don’t know, we’ll see what happens.

 I love the titles he gave them. Carrying on the tradition from Forbidden City Dog Food, Lux would title his tapes with songs from the particular compilation he was making. My favorite here is obviously PUSSYFOOT COCK FIGHT. A combination of Bob and Phil & The Orchestra’s Pussyfoot and The Sheik's Men song called Bangkok Cockfight. A quick YouTube search will clue you in to the kind of music is on this tape.

I want to thank Lisa Petrucci for entrusting me with this insanity. It has been quite a thrill being a “tape detective” and matching up tapes with their proper tape covers. Over the years I’ve been sent various tapes like this, but never at this volume. In times past I would spend sometimes years trying to identify songs myself, or with the help of people like Howie Pyro or Rex Doane. The experience of excavating tapes like this is a real thrill, and of course it opens up a whole new world of trying to track these songs down on their original format, either on 45 or LP. It’s so cool hearing an old favorite, or being completely blown away by something you’ve never heard before (you’ll never hear it all, but it sure is fun to try!).

Please check out and check out what they have to offer! There’s the afore mentioned SOMETHING WEIRD’S GREATEST HITS on LP and CD, as well as The Spook Show a Go-Go LP that I wrote some of the liner notes for, amazing soundtracks, as well as THOUSANDS of some of the craziest and coolest movies ever made (available on physical media or digital download), including, oh, you know; 270 volumes of Nudie Cuties! 

(NOTE: It’s almost impossible to figure which volumes the music Lux picked for Nudie Cuties, or if even Mike used all of it, but odds are they would be in the first 100 volumes, so that should narrow it down for some future “popeyes” in training!)



Friday, October 6, 2023

Kogar's Jungle Juice Show #35


Kogar's Jungle Juice Show #34! We're finally in OCTOBER! The best month of the year! Enjoy the usual mix of CAVEMAN MUSIC FOR CAVEMAN PEOPLE! This show features artists like; The Rangers, Shades of Rhythm, Sheriff and the Revels, Little Walter, Link Davis, Ricky Coyne and Bobby Fuller! Full playlist over at the Boss Radio 66 blogspot!

Show #35!