D-Sides, Orphans, and Oddities

Contractual Obligation is a frustrating mess!

Sometimes, rock and roll dreams can get waylaid, subdued, or even killed by the signing of the line which is dotted. This episode would take 1,000 hours if we only include black artists from the '40s, '50s, and '60s. And '70s, '80s, and '90s. And '00s and '10s. So I just focused on the easy-hanging fruit that is the people who ALSO profited from the hard work of black musicians to make their palatable caucasian crafting. 

 

Adam VIII John Lennon "Roots" Commercial (1975)

 

What a shitty, washed-out picture. This gives you the idea that Morris Levy just wanted to fuck with Lennon to pay him back for his hubris. Devout (at the time) fans of Lennon like me were perplexed when the last track on "Walls And Bridges" was a strangely shoddy cover of "Ya Ya" with Julian Lennon on drums. Little did we know that that was John Lennon "fulfilling a legal obligation". Just like a junkie would. I don't think anyone would think of Morris Levy as anything but a very sleazy anti-art leech, but that little joke was probably the last straw. "What the fuck is this washed-up hippy doing, and does he know what I can do to him?" Did this whole thing sour Lennon on recording more music, and did he sense his own waning desire to compete with McCartney and use this whole sorry escapade as a good excuse to spend some time in Japan?  Lennon was as dishonest and immature as he was gifted, and we will never know for sure. 

The insert. Almost as insulting as "The Wedding Album". 

Marvin Gaye - Where Are We Going? (1972) I talk to you like you know at least something about popular music. If you don't, let me be the first to tell you that Marvin Gaye recorded an album AFTER "What's Going On" and BEFORE "Let's Get It On". "You're The Man" was intended as another socially conscious record like "What's Going On" (1971), but following the release of its lead single, the title track "You're The Man", [ed: and the lack of positive reaction to same] Gaye canceled its release. [ed: I like this record a lot.]

This was in part due to the reception of the song, as well as the fact that Gaye's political views were different from those of Motown founder Berry Gordy. For these reasons, "You're The Man" was long considered a lost album.

Marvin Gaye - You're The Man (Pts. I&II) (1972)

Marvin Gaye - The World Is Rated X (1972)

Lou Reed - Metal Machine Music (1975) Like The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, etc., some artists tend to benefit from revisionist history. No, "Metal Machine Music" is not a deep, thoughtful cry for help from a misunderstood genius. This was nothing but a big "fuck you" to RCA, which is sad to me because there were so many more talented, interesting, and profound artists than Lou Reed, struggling for royalties, swimming against the tide of record comp.....wait. Maybe he had a point. 

...but it's STILL not as bad as "Having Fun On Stage With Elvis".

Badfinger - Apple Of My Eye (1973) Lookie here. 

Badfinger - Get Away (1973) So you all know the struggles that Badfinger enjoyed with Stan Polley, who once managed one of my favorite singers, Lou Christie. But Badfinger also suffered under the weight of the lethargic promotion afforded them by The Beatles and Apple Records. This was THEIR Contractual Obligation album, and it's not bad at all. Guys that talented could never turn in a clunker. 

From Loudersound

(In 1973) Apple was in disarray, but Badfinger – by far the label’s most successful artists after The Beatles – had further cause for complaint. Their original contract, drawn up in the days when Apple was living up to its fair-minded (i.e. hippy) ideals, offered a generous artist royalty of 5 percent, with Apple also paying for all recording and promotion expenses. Now, with legendary US tough guy Allen Klein running the company, the band were being asked to not only take a reduced royalty rate but also to pay recording costs.

George Harrison, for one, was devastated at the loss from the label of a group he held dear, and allegedly (and uncharacteristically) confronted Bill Collins [ed: their manager since 1966) and said: “You guys fucked us after we did all that work for you.” Collins retorted that they had been unable to speak to their former champion directly (an accusation that rings true with all the superstar retinue surrounding the former Beatle), let alone with the formidable Klein. In retrospect, Badfinger’s departure marked the beginning of the end of Apple as anything other than a ‘vanity’ label for John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

But the inevitable payback was Apple issuing Ass (as the 1973 album ended up being rather unflatteringly called) as a spoiler three months ahead of the band’s debut for their new label. As it transpired, Ass would be the final non-Beatles album to appear on Apple (it reached No. 122 in the US). One track, Pete Ham’s Apple Of My Eye, was a genuinely fond farewell to their former paymasters, and he contributed only one other; much of the music was written by Joey Molland, which gave it a different feel.

Al Steckler, the man who had given Badfinger ‘their’ gold disc in New York City, was later incredibly revealing to Stefan Granados, author of the invaluable Apple history Those Were The Days (Cherry Red Books) when he outlined the contract Badfinger signed with Warner Brothers. A band at the peak of their powers, with a track record of US success and the Beatles’ imprimatur, might have thought their next record deal would set them up for life. Not so. The advance, which looked good on paper, was $2 million for, Steckler told Granados: “something like six albums. After they signed, Bill Collins and Pete Ham told me what the advance was and I figured it out for them. When you deducted the cost of the albums they had to pay for, deducted Polley’s cut, and split the money between Collins and the four guys in the group, it came out to nothing… $60,000 apiece per album. They’d really thought they were millionaires. They looked at each other and realized that I was right and that it was too late to do anything about it. Peter had this horrible look on his face… it was the last time I saw him.”

Badfinger - Timeless (1973)

Bonzo Dog Band - King of Scurf (1971) Neil Innes wrote music for Monty Python and starred in "All You Need is Cash" with Eric idle. He was brilliant and he wrote songs that you know but don't know that it was him. I never liked this group, but as I mentioned in my show, they were in Magical Mystery Tour. These songs were recorded in 1971, a few years after they broke up. But the United Artists label pointed the Fickle Finger of Fate at the boys, and we have this. 

Bonzo Dog Band - The Strain (1971) 

Bonzo Dog Band - Bad Blood (1971)

ELP - Memoirs of an Officer and a Gentleman (1978)

The Mamas and the Papas - Blueberries For Breakfast (1971) Like the Bonzos, they were gently reminded by the bean-counters at Dunhill that there was some unfinished business. So they created this. Again, not that bad! 

The Mamas and the Papas - Lady Genevieve (1971) For a drug-addled, amoral daughter-fucker, John Phillips sure wrote a lot of songs about his wife. 

The Mamas and the Papas - Pacific Coast Highway (1971)

The Mamas and the Papas - People Like Us (1971)

I Didn’t Know That Was a Cover! And I Actually Came To This Party With My Friends, So…..I Should Go. I’ll See You.

Shel Silverstein - Boy Named Sue (1969)  Silverstein introduced it to Johnny Cash at what they used to call a "guitar pull," where musicians would pass a guitar around and play their songs. He was the main songwriter for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, and he wrote "The Giving Tree". 

Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds - Ain't No Woman Like The One I Got (1972) From Discogs: Hallway Symphony was the second studio album of the band Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, released in 1972. It was their final album for the Dunhill label. That same year, Tommy Reynolds quit the group to form a band called Shango; different session musicians took his place in their touring and recording before Alan Dennison replaced him permanently a year later (but the band kept their original name of "Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds"). In 1973, the band was dropped from Dunhill due to lack of chart success, but they continued touring and performing live in Las Vegas and various colleges, thanks to the continuing radio play of their huge hit "Don't Pull Your Love." The guys who wrote this also smeared their scent on AM radio thusly:

Yes, do tell your friends that they recorded "Falling In Love" on Playboy Records, the only #1 for that label. 

Peter, Paul, and Mary - And When I Die (1966)   

Family Dogg - Arizona (1969) This would be a big solo hit for Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, who I like. The fellow who wrote this, Kenny Young, also wrote "Under The Boardwalk" by The Drifters

Johnny Madara & the Juvenaires  - Do The Bop (1957) When Danny & the Juniors were still called The Juvenairs. Initially called "Do the Bop", the song was heard by Dick Clark, who suggested they change the band name to the Juniors and the chorus from "Let's all do the Bop" to "Let's go to the Hop". After performing the song on Clark's show American Bandstand, it gained popularity and went to the top of the US charts, remaining at number one for five weeks.

Connie Stevens - Keep Growing Strong (Betcha By Golly Wow) (1970) You couldn't watch TV without seeing Connie Stevens in the '70s. It's strange that such a scattershot discography (she recorded mostly in the early '60s) should feature such a great song. In fact, I don't see mention of it at all on her website, which, I'm sure was last updated years ago. Her daughter Joely was on Ellen (the show, not the woman) and keeps plugging away. Like you and me. 

Johnny Rivers - By The Time I Get to Phoenix (1965) 

Petula Clark - Call Me (1965) 

David Martin - Can't Smile Without You (1975)

Gator Creek - Danny’s Song (1970) Anne Murray turned this into a hit a few years later. This song was written by the fella that sang "Footloose" and duetted with Stevie Nicks on "Whenever I Call You Friend". Gator Creek included Michael Omartian, who went on to produce Christopher Cross, Whitney Houston, and Michael Bolton. So...thanks? 

PJ Proby - Delilah (1967) 

Shorty Long - Devil With The Blue Dress On (1964) From that Wikipedia: Long's biggest hit was "Here Comes the Judge" which in July 1968 reached No. 4 on the R&B charts and No. 8 eight on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was inspired by a comic act on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In about a judge by Pigmeat Markham, whose own "Here Comes the Judge" – a similar song with different lyrics – charted three weeks after Long's, also in July 1968, and reached No. 19 on Billboard.

Long was the only Motown artist besides Smokey Robinson who was allowed to produce his own recordings in the 1960s. Marvin Gaye, in David Ritz's biography Divided Soul: The Life & Times of Marvin Gaye, described Shorty Long as "this beautiful cat who had two hits, and then got ignored by Motown." Gaye claimed he "fought for guys like Shorty" while at Motown, since no one ever pushed for these artists. When Holland-Dozier-Holland came to Gaye with a tune, he stated, "Why are you going to produce me? Why don't you produce Shorty Long?"

On June 29, 1969, Long and a friend drowned when their boat crashed on the Detroit River in Michigan. Stevie Wonder played the harmonica at his burial and placed it on his casket afterward. 

Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In inspired many, many records. One by Freddie Cannon. It's shit. Most of them are. 

The Greenbriar Boys - Different Drum (1966) Great song? Meh. Rhymes "knock it" with "market". 

Larry Williams - Dizzy Miss Lizzy (1958)

The Exciters - Doo Wah Diddy (1963) Best known for their hit single, "Tell Him" which reached #4 on the US charts in February 1963.

Thelma Houston - Do You Know Where You're Going To (1973)  This was made into a monster hit as "Love Theme From 'Mahogany'" by Diana Ross in 1975. I guess anything can be a "love theme". 

 
These are the lyrics to the version everyone knows:
 
Once we were standing still in time,
Chasing the fantasies that filled our minds.
And you knew how I loved you but my spirit was free,
Laughing at the questions that you once asked of me.
....
Now looking back at all we planned,
We let so many dreams just slip through our hands.
Why must we wait so long before we see
How sad the answers to those questions can be?
 
And here are the previous, somewhat inscrutable lyrics sung by Thelma Houston: 
 
Sometimes, while standing still in time,
You think you leave the thoughts that filled your minds.
Now we've both been to Stoney Brook, just hanging out, 
We've had a look and seen what nothing's about.
....
Now, what am I to say to you?
What kind of prayer am I to pray for you?
I can only do my best and tell ya what I see,
And if you see the rest, please send it to me...
 

The Moments  - We Don't Cry Out Loud (1976) 

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes - Don't Leave Me This Way (1975) This was made into a monster hit by Thelma Houston in 1976. No matter which version you listen to, if that chorus doesn't make you move and smile, I can't help you. 

The Raindrops - Hanky Panky (1963) The Raindrops were an American pop studio group from New York, associated with the Brill Building style of 1960s pop. The group existed from 1963 to 1965 and consisted of Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry who were also both famous songwriters. 

The Dells - Higher and Higher (1967) 

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - I Heard It Thru The Grapevine (1966) 

The Captain and Tennille - I Write The Songs (1975)

Helen Shapiro - It’s My Party (1963) 

Richard Kerr - I’ll Never Love This Way Again (1978) Richard Kerr is an English composer, who co-wrote "Mandy", "Looks Like We Made It" and "Somewhere in the Night" (all of which became hit singles for Barry Manilow) and "I'll Never Love This Way Again", for Dionne Warwick.

Paul Revere and the Raiders - (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (1966) Fans consider this the apex of the Revere canon, but I prefer the crazy, desperate intensity of Collage. Still, good, beat-heavy set anchored by "Kicks" and this. 

 

Gene Cotton - Let Your Love Flow (1975) 

Neil Sedaka - Love Will Keep Us Together (1973) The original version is pretty good, with some of the electric and unique magic of the Captain and Tennile version that dominated the charts in 1975. I know POACA will not agree, but if you could disassociate the treacly image of these married session players and their TV show, it was an incredible song. And this version was recorded at Strawberry Studios in collaboration with Graham GouldmanLol CremeKevin Godley, and Eric Stewart, who had formed the band 10cc since their first joint venture with Sedaka on Solitaire.

"...in association with 10C.C."

Roger Miller - Me and Bobby McGee (1969) 

Racey - Kitty (1979) 

The Ever-Green Blues - Midnight Confessions (1967)

The Brothers Four - Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) 

 

“Einstein is dead. Schopenhauer is dead… and I’m not feeling so well myself!”

Brian Johnson Hoover Vacuum Commercial (1980) I wonder if Angus Young heard this and said "Yeah, this is our guy." 

PSA -  Big Trouble in a Small Tube (1960s) Confession: While building a model car in my youth, I accidentally sniffed the tube. And then I ran outside, panicking, believing that then and there I became a drug addict. 

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - For What It's Worth (1970) 

The Sweet - Broken Heart Attack (1967) NOT the same group that did "Ballroom Blitz". This Sweet had two discs on Smash Records out of Chicago in 1967, featuring Bobby Howard, who recorded with Link Wray. Would you like to hear 5 versions of "Rumble" recorded by Link Wray? Not today. Soon. 

The Sweet - Slow Motion (1968) This is the real deal. Well, as real as the initial idea got. In just a few years, "Love is Like Oxygen"!! 

Wink Martindale  - Look at Me (1964) Music by Bobby Darin, Lyrics by Randy Newman, sung by gameshow presence from the '70s and '80s. Do you like Eric Andre? Do you recall the first season when that guy showed up in a black bodysuit with little balls on it? THAT WAS WINK MARTINDALE

Fantastic 4 Meets The Moleman (1975) Fantastic Four is a short-lived 1975 radio drama based on the Marvel Comics series. It adapted the early issues of the comic book by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Featuring Bill Murray as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch.

Y Dyniadon Ynfyd Hirfelyn Tesog - Dyddiau Fu (1970)

Bill Cosby - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1968)

Pacific Gas and Electric - Are You Ready (1970) This song reached #14 on Billboard, and should not be played on my show. I don't care. Do u?

David Frye - Nixon Gets High (1970) Like our man Vaughn Meader, David Frye's shelf-life was not up to him. 

T.J. Stone -  She's Gotta Have It (1974) Deep Throat II Soundtrack. Very good song from a rarely heard soundtrack. This movie also starred Andrea True, who had a big hit with "More, More, More", which was sampled a few decades later on Len's only hit, "Steal My Sunshine". This particular song was co-written by one of my favorite singers, Tony Bruno

I know you don't have the inclination to do this, but if you're a crate-digging so and so like me, porn music was MUCH better in the '70s than any era after. It was in the budget. Now, it's just synth noises and fake synth strings. OR SO I HEAR. 

Eddie Kendricks - He's A Friend (1976)

Brother Theodore - Quadrupedism (1959) POACA will remember the David Lettermen show in its nascent stages, wild, untamed, unpredictable. And he used to have this guy on. He was brilliant. Transcendent. After a fevered, impassioned plea to us to escape the "DUNG HEAP of the UNIVERSE!!!", he deadpans, "Let me read you an article from the 'Woman's Daily Digest'" and I lost it. This is an amazing piece of art. Play this at parties when you have one. 

And he was ALSO in a porn movie, not as an actor, but in one of the great flicks of the era, "Gums". 

 

Frank Sinatra - Tie A Yellow Ribbon Around The Ole Oak Tree (1974) 

Denny Doherty - Gathering The Words (1971) Everyone in The Mamas and the Papas had terrible solo careers. I wonder why. 

The Style Council - Internationalists (1985) 

Joy Unlimited - All Together Now (1970) Starts out sounding like "Come Together" and I wish it were. 

Lally Stott - Bimbyloo (1973) British singer/composer. He wrote the original version of 'Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep', a worldwide smash hit in 1971 when it was released by Middle Of The Road. Died on 6 June 1977 on a Harley Davidson allegedly bought with the royalties of Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep. See what happens? The lesson: Don't write Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

Mudcrutch - Cause is Understood (1973) 

Sha Na Na - Sleepin' on a Song (1972) 

Split Enz - Holy Smoke (1978) 

The Fireballs - Chicken Little (1968) Their hit was "Sugar Shack". Listen to the unique production of "Sugar Shack" next time it comes up on your Beach Music station. 

XTC - Funk Pop a Roll (1983) 

Zager & Evans - Cary Lynn Javes (1969) 

Jerry Clower - Thoughts On Streaking (1975) 

PSA - 7th Day Adventists (?) 

No New Tale To Tell

“Boy, is Vaughn Meader fucked.” - Lenny Bruce, Nov. 22, 1963

"When you're down, it's a long way up. When you're up, it's a long way down. It's all the same thing. No new tale to tell." - Love and Rockets 

 

REO Speedwagon - Ridin' The Storm Out (studio version) (1973) I played this song over and over in my High School cool-kids band Second Age, having never heard this studio version, sung by not Kevin Cronin. Not nearly as exciting. 

Rufus - Read All About It (1971) On this show, I play songs by Rufus AND The American Breed, whose big hit was "Bend Me, Shape Me".  They had three top-40 songs in total. Al Ciner, Kevin Murphy, and Lee Graziano went on to form Rufus. Chaka Kahn (Yvette Marie Stevens) joined in 1972, age 18, and the rest is history. I love Chaka Kahn almost as much as I love Gladys Knight. All music we heard in the '80s and '90s came (usually) from people who had lived through great hardship, for long years, and no promised road to success. 

Bay City Rollers - Jenny (1972) Not a bad group, even though they were produced by that unctuous Jonathan King (who gave the world Genesis (good) and the "Ooohgachaca" version of "Hooked on a Feeling" (bad)), they were struggling with their sound, but I don't think it would be fair to label them a 'boy band' at this point. That would come in a couple of years. 

Bay City Rollers - Hey C.B. (1973) 

Wings - Beware My Love (demo) (1976) Led Zeppelin's John Bonham on drums. The studio version featured the somewhat less swingy Joe English, who went on to play with the band Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead formed, Kingfish, but not WITH Bob Weir. Kingfish signed to Jet Records for their 1978 album Trident. Since they were on Jet, it makes sense that they opened for ELO on their Out Of The Blue tour (with the spaceship and pre-recorded backing) which I attended. September 1978. I asked a guy who studies all things GD but even HE doesn't know for sure who the drummer for that tour was. 

The Crucibles - Beware Of Low-Flying Birds (1966) 5-pc band from Madison, Wisconsin, later "known" as Kiriae Crucible. Can you imagine getting to record your own song in a real recording studio, and when the things arrive, the title is changed because of a shortage of space/ink on the label? TRUE STORY!

Paul McCartney - Dress Me Up As a Robber (demo sections) (1982) 

Wings - Going To New Orleans (My Carnival) (demo) (1975) 

Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night (original version) (1973) Their big breakthrough hit in the US was recorded previously with their first lead singer Nobby Clark, who left the band to pursue a solo career. The band re-recorded a slightly less Scottish version with their new singer Les McKeown, and, of course, hit it huge. Poor Nobby recorded a couple of singles and did some theater, but ended up ruing his decision for the rest of his drug-addled life. How awful. Can you imagine? 

Would you rather be an ex-lead singer whose band blew up right after you left, or would you rather be in that band during their heyday and watch it slowly slip back into the morass of trivia land? 

Paul McCartney - Stop, You Don’t Know Where She Came From (demo) (1980) 

Bay City Rollers - Manana (1972) 

The American Breed - When I’m With You (1970) 

Paul McCartney - It's Not On (Pipes of Peace Bonus Track) (1983)

Paul McCartney - Mr. H Atom/You Know I'll Get You Baby (McCartney II Bonus Track) (1980) 

Bay City Rollers - We Can Make Music (1972) 

Rufus - Fire One Fire Two Fire Three (1971) The origins of Rufus go back to 1962 Cicero, Illinois, when they formed Gary & The Knight Lites.

Rufus - Follow The Lamb (1971) One of the later members of Rufus was David (Hawk) Wolinski, who co-wrote or solely wrote their songs "Hollywood", "Street Player" (later recorded by co-writer Danny Seraphine's band Chicago), "Everlasting Love", "Do You Love What You Feel", and the 1983 hit "Ain't Nobody," which reached #1 on the US Billboard R&B chart.

Rufus - Brand New Day (1971) From the movie "The Landlord". Written by Al Kooper. 

Rufus - Maybe Your Baby (1972) Written by Stevie, who recorded it on his Talking Book album. I like this version a little more. Tighter. 

Paul McCartney - Soily (1971) Someone on Quora said:

Soily is a fictional character created by McCartney, the daughter of Bruce and Yvonne McMouse. The McMouse family lives under the stage where Wings perform in an hour-long cartoon produced by Sir Paul but later shelved. Very few people have seen the film. Presumably, if heard in the animation, the song’s lyrics would make sense in context. But apparently, Paul doesn’t like the movie, and no one who has seen it is clamoring for its release, so it may be left to rot and be lost to history aside from this song and some character sketches sold at auction a few years ago.

I said: A line from the song: "The cat in satin trousers says it's oily..." explains....something...

Wings - Silly Love Songs (demo) (1976)

Suburban 9 to 5 - Captain Kangaroo (1968) Pretty safe to say you haven't heard of this band, but the guitarist is Gary Richrath, later of REO Speedwagon

Suburban 9 to 5 - Sunshine Becomes You (1968) 

The American Breed - Powder (1968) So this is a remnant of the Sgt. Pepper era, where every band member was now asked to (nay, TOLD to) assert their individual personality, like The Monkees, this album art sort of aping Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. more or less. One thing both albums also have in common: They were both released on the descent, although they could not have known it at the time. 

The American Breed - Pumpkin (1968)

The American Breed - Scarlet (1968)

The American Breed -Green (1968)

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Gypsy Lover (1970)

You can read all about the tragic tale of Vaughn Meader all over the web. But what is NOT widely known is that Vaughn Meader released a 1972 album called "The Second Coming" (two cuts are featured here) where he plays the part of Jesus Christ returned to Earth amid the hippy culture that birthed Jesus Christ Superstar (which was produced by Tom O'Horgan, who produced Hair, Lenny (which I own and will feature soon), and was credited with "stage production conceived and adapted by" for the 1978 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band film. So...that career was interesting.) to virtually no sales, no radio play, etc....it was as if he, himself, was the guy that put the rifle in Clay Sha....er......Lee Harvey Oswald's hands. No one wanted to know. He made a sort of comeback, appearing in the film Linda Lovelace For President in 1975. 

Vaughn Meader - The Second Coming (Part 1) (1972)

Vaughn Meader - The Second Coming (Part 2) (1972)

Barry McGuire - Secret Saucer Man (1968) Three years from "Eve Of Destruction". I LOVE this song. 

Bay City Rollers - Alright (1971) 

Clarence Carter - Light My Fire (1969) With Duane Allman of The Allman Joys on guitar. 

Frank Zappa - Public Service Announcement (1968) 

Lena Zavaroni - Jump Down Jimmy (1980) You know her story. Don't you? She suffered from the same affliction as Karen Carpenter

Suburban 9 to 5 - Walk Away (1968) 

Martin & Finley - Long Life And Success To The Farmer (1972)

Milkwood - Makeshift Pawn (1972) Would evolve into The Cars

Nazz - Wonder Who's Loving Her Now (1967)

The Vapors - Prisoners (1979)

The Quick - Ain't Nothin' Gonna Stop Me (1969) 

The Bee Gees show. Angela Bingham and Ken Ray Wilemon visit the studio, pre-’Vid.

Barry Gibb - The Victim (unreleased) (1969) 

Jimmy Ruffin & Marcy Levy - Where Do I Go? (1980) His big hit was "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" which was originally intended for The Spinners. He is the older brother of David Ruffin. Marcy Levy was a veteran of the studio by this time. In this show, I talk about her time with Shakespeare's Sister. To little effect. 

Marcy Levy & Robin Gibb - Help Me! (1980)

From Wikipedia: After working on Jimmy Ruffin's Sunrise (including the track "Where Do I Go", a duet by Ruffin and Marcy Levy) Robin Gibb and Bee Gees keyboardist Blue Weaver work together again by supplying tracks for the soundtrack of the film Times Square. And the result was the song "Help Me!" sung by Levy and Gibb. The song was heard in the film's closing credits. I like the XTC song "Take This Town". I recommend this movie to both of you. 

Lulu - Everybody Clap (1971) Trivia question to stump the room. Name a song that includes members of Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Bee Gees, and Stone The Crows

It's this one. 

How about that? Lulu was Maurice Gibbs' wife. She had a pretty good solo career in the '60s. Her biggest hit was "To Sir With Love". Yeah! That was the gal that let Maurice touch her all over. 

Angela, Ken, and I - Jive Talkin' 

Angela, Ken, and I - Run To Me 

Angela's Utah Stories

The Osmonds - I, I, I (1979) Produced by Maurice Gibb.

Maurice Gibb - Modulating Maurice (1969) Gibb was a session musician in Australia for other artists including Bip Addison, Anne Shelton, April Bryon, Barrington Davis, and singer Jon. Around 1969, Gibb worked with his next-door neighbor, Beatle Ringo Starr, and the result was the track "Modulating Maurice" but it was not released. But here it is, for you. 

The Bee Gees - Lovers (1976) 

Angela, Ken, and I - Stayin' Alive 

Angela, Ken, and I - How Can You Mend A Broken Heart 

Angela, Ken, and I - Centerpiece 

Angela, Ken, and I - How Deep Is Your Love

Go to https://www.angelabinghamvoice.com/

Her album is here.

She probably doesn't recall doing this show, but I FINALLY got around to downloading it. WHAT FUN we had! 

Robin Gibb - Trash (1979) 

The Bee Gees - Claustrophobia (1965) 

The Bee Gees - She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (1976) Listen for the little piccolo phrase after "And so I quit the police department..." If that doesn't make your insides curl up in terror, I don't know what will. This little pop experiment inadvertently gave birth to the "Sgt. Pepper" movie. 

The Fut - Have You Heard The Word? (1969) It's pronounced "foot".

"Have You Heard the Word" was recorded on 6 August 1969. That day, Maurice Gibb had broken his arm falling down a flight of stairs. He showed up wearing a cast and shot full of painkillers, and he proceeded to take advantage of the open bar in the studio. Kipner and Groves were not happy with this listless song to begin with, and as the session deteriorated, they left. Maurice put on tape his best John Lennon vocal impression and somehow played bass as well in his distinctive style. Lawrie recalls that he might have been there too, but admits his memory of the late 1960s is none too good.

This song was credited to The Fut. Years later, Gibb said that he had no idea how that happened. The record appeared in early 1970, with rumors that this song was one of The Beatles, perhaps a bootleg recording. The recording was so plausible as a Lennon song that Yoko Ono [Ed: Ever the pragmatist] and Lenono Music, cleaning house in 1985, registered a copyright on it as a song written by John Lennon, even though Lennon had earlier denied participation in this song. 

Angela, Ken, and I - Massachusetts

Frank Lydon - Fonzie Meets Kotter's Sweathogs (At The School Dance) (1976)

Angela, Ken, and I - More Than a Woman 

Angela, Ken, and I - Night Fever 

Angela, Ken, and I - Tragedy 

Angela, Ken, and I - Nights on Broadway 

I sure do like all the drugs. Give those drugs to me and I will do them. Let’s roll a doobie joint. Yes, I WOULD like that heroin you are offering me. What’s the worst that can happen?

United States Of America - You Can Never Come Down (Demo) (1968) This song was officially released on Joe Byrd's next, slightly inferior band's (Joe Byrd and the Field Hippies) first and only album, American Metaphysical Circus. But this version isn't much better. 

Marijuana (Anti-drug propaganda film with Sonny Bono) (Part 1 of 4) (1968) Marijuana is a 34-minute 1968 anti-drug documentary film by Max Miller and distributed by Avanti Films. It is narrated by Sonny Bono. It was described as "the first major film effort to center upon the use and possible risks of marijuana", in which "arguments for and against its use are presented and the accumulation of arguments against is allowed to speak for itself". Music for the documentary was composed by The Byrds' Gene Clark, a "bizarre" choice in his musical career, resulting in "meandering blues and pseudo-psychedelic instrumental jams". Boy, I don't like Sonny Bono. 

Ambrose Slade - Journey To The Centre Of Your Mind (1969) 

Curious Alice (1971) Written by David Dixon, who co-wrote "I Dig Rock and Roll Music" for Peter, Paul, and Mary. 

Gabor Szabo and the California Dreamers - White Rabbit (1967) Carol Kaye on bass. There's lots of Gabor Szabo's crazy music in the ol' DSOO canon. Some day I will feature it all. 

Index - Eight Miles High (1968)

Kings Road - Casey Jones (1973) Pickwick Records cover band with unknown singers and performers under the marketing moniker = "Played And Sung Like The Original Hits". Really terrible.  It sounds like I sound when I'm making fun of something. This version makes it seem even LONGER than the original. I love the fake crowd noise and the band actually THANKING that fake crowd. Who would do that? Heh...

Surprise Sisters - Got To Get You Into My Life (1976) If artists are oblivious to a song's drug context, does that mean it's not a drug song? The Suprise Sisters release 2 singles in Australia as the Cliffmores before relocating to the UK and changing their name. One-album English - Australian soul-pop - rhythm 'n' blues quartet of sisters. David Bowie [Ed: that solves the drug context conundrum.] saw them performing at the Marquee Club in London and introduced them to Tony Visconti who produced their sole album. As disco goes, pretty tepid regardless. 

The Great Society - White Rabbit (Live) (1966) Grace Slick's band before Jefferson Airplane. She was a model before becoming a singer. You can tell at this point she is a singer, but lacking in some confidence. Perhaps having sex with Paul Kantner gave her that shot in the arm. 

The Mops - White Rabbit (1967) From Japan. You should read about The Mops

The Soft Boys - Cold Turkey (1979) Vocalist Robyn Hitchcock went on to considerable solo success.

The Stranglers - Golden Brown (1981)Their big achievement. They went from style to style, but there is something about them when they pull it back. Who the fuck cares what I think? Here we have two distinctly different takes on heroin. I'll stick with pontificating ignorantly about pot, thank you. 

Johnny Price - Marijuana, The Devil Flower (1971) 

The Terrible Truth (1951) From IMDB:  A Juvenile Court judge is at a loss to understand why so many of America's youths are marijuana addicts, so he decides to investigate on his own. He visits Phyllis, a high school senior and former heroin junkie, who tells him about the horrible effects heroin has had on her. She managed to overcome her addiction to marijuana and heroin, but in the process ruined her hair. This leads the judge to the logical conclusion that the drug problem in the U.S. was introduced by the godless Soviet Communists in an effort to "undermine morale" and that the way to stop the drug epidemic was to "use common sense" (an earlier version, apparently, of the Reagan-era "Just Say No!" campaign, and which had pretty much the same effect--i.e., none).

Gene Marshall - Smoke It, The Pot (197?) 

United States of America - The Garden Of Earthly Delights (1968) 

Neil Diamond - The Pot Smoker's Song (1968) From Dangerous Minds: Neil Diamond’s visits to an NYC rehab called Phoenix House inspired him to start an anti-drug group called Musicians Against Drugs (MAD). The organization soon changed its name to Performers Against Drugs (PAD)... During the verses, actual junkies from Phoenix House talk about how grass made drug fiends of them and ruined their lives, accompanied by merry instrumentation and backing vocals.

Janko Nilovic - Drug Song (1975)

Pepper/Tanner - The Druggist (196?) Pepper Sound Studios, then Pepper-Tanner, still later as The William B. Tanner Company, and for a few years after 1984, Media General. Its jingles ran the gamut from silly to spectacular, depending on the era, the composers, and whether the jingles were recorded in Memphis or Dallas. 

A radio station in a small or medium market would agree to air hundreds of commercials for D-Con or one of Pepper’s other advertising clients over the course of a year, in exchange for which the station would receive a customized jingle package. Some of Pepper’s production libraries were also distributed in this manner. You can write your own voice-over script for your favorite druggist and make your own commercial! DO IT. You fucking want to. 

Talking Heads - Drugs (1979) 

The Mighty Diamonds - Pass The Kouchie (1982) How do you feel when you got no herb?

Harlem Underground Band - Smokin Cheeba Cheeba (1976) Featuring George Benson, whose first album came out in 1964, and went on to record "Let Me Love You One More Time". 

Lawrence Welk - One Toke Over The Line (1971)

Simon & Garfunkel - Patterns (1966) 

The Tokens - Green Plant (1967) Same band that released "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". 

Ultimate Spinach - Mind Flowers (1968)

Neil Young - Roll Another Number (For the Road) (1975) 

Jeannie C. Riley - One Toke Over The Line (1972) Sweet fucking god, did no one in 1972 know what a "toke" was? Another album that was never released on CD. I love them. 

The Believers - The Black Experience In Song

Styx - You Better Ask (1973)

The Believers - Original Cast Recording - Side One (1968)

Sometimes people would include things in their vinyl records shipments that I didn't order. Someone sent me this. I think it's good, and pretty obscure, too. Liner notes by Sidney Poitier. This show ran for about a year off-Broadway. 

Sam Chalpin - Leader of the Pack (1966) Here is a great article on Spectropop you will not read about this whole sad episode. But here is a brief section: 

The engineer: "Sam could not read English very well, maybe not at all. If he could read, then he couldn't see. If he was taught the lyrics, he'd forget them. The melody and meter? He had two chances of getting in the vicinity of either one - slim and none. Slim done took the train. Supposedly, he'd learn the song, then Ed [Ed: His son] would bring him in and we put the head phones on him. I think we actually had to tie them on him - he didn't like it. We'd start trying to overdub him by a): feeding him the old vocal in the cans; b): not feeding him the old vocal in the cans; c): letting him listen over and over again to the line or two he was going to yelp at, and d): Ed standing next to him waving his arms and threatening him with violence.

I swear on my children's lives that Ed made his father cry at least once, maybe more, during these sessions. It was terrible for me to watch, and possibly criminal to be involved in. Today, Ed would be arrested for Elder Abuse, and I would be the one who dropped the dime on him.

If we did one punch-in on a song we did 100. I did so many punch-ins, trying to get a single chorus done, that when the record was complete I was punch drunk. This is not exaggerated. The poor old man couldn't sing, couldn't read, couldn't remember and, most of the time, didn't have a clue what was going on. I may make it sound funny, but truly it was an awful thing for one person to put another person through, let alone a son to his father."

The Split Level - Right Track (1967)

Troy Hess - Please Don't Go Topless, Mother (197?)

"My name is Ron Hellard. I am a writer in Nashville for the last 35 years. One day a secretary at the publishing company I was signed to, asked me to write a song for her son, Troy. I did, as a favor to her, knowing that nothing would come of it. it was just a custom deal.

I sat down and wrote this extremely tongue in cheek crap in about five minutes. I slapped it on a cassette and gave it to her.

The best thing you can say about the record was that it was round.

Showland Records (owned by troy's dad) probably pressed a thousand copies at most. I thought that would be the last I heard of this joke. But thirty years later it shows up on web sites and play lists here and across the great pond. I am amazed. I've read that the writer of this "song" must be a hick, and a lousy writer. That bothers me. as I said, it took ten minutes out of my life and it was a JOKE.

I am a pro writer with cuts by dozens of legit artists and have enjoyed success as a viable composer, but this thing sticks to me like glue. The original publisher was Acoustic Music, the catalog has been sold several times since.

I should clarify. One reviewer assumed that "Topless" was an attempt to write a serious country song, and slammed the writer for it. That's what got to me, it was meant to be, and most certainly is, a parody of country music.

regards
Ron Hellard" 2005

Just Think [The Teenline 424-5700] (1985) Boston Hip-Hop PSA

Styx - Movement For The Common Man (1972)

Sam Chalpin - Satisfaction (1966)

Rodd Keith - The Ballad Of Juan Rio (197?)

My hero Phil Milstein: "Thomas J. Guygax Sr., late of Springfield, Missouri, is credited as lyricist of 10 known song-poem recordings, all cut either by MSR Records or their subsidiary label, Songuild, and each a standout for its broken-field appropriation of accepted English syntax. While poetic license is always conceded to the artist, Guygax consistently goes one better by seeming to ignore the meanings of words altogether or, at least, the order that gives them meaning."

Song-poems are lyrics submitted by everyday citizens to music written and recorded by in-house song mill hacks who could plow through an alarming number of tunes in the space of an afternoon. Each budding lyricist would pay good money to hear their own  musings on an actual vinyl record which could (!) become an enormous incredible worldwide hit. Or so the ads in Popular Mechanics, Modern Romance and Sensational Detective Tru-Crime Cases claimed.

Styx - The Grove Of Eglantine (1973) Styx used to write songs about vaginas. 

Sam Chalpin - Daydream (1966)

The Bob Crewe Generation Orchestra - Barbarella (1968) 

The Byrds - Draft Morning (1968) From Wikipedia: "Draft Morning" is a song about the horrors of the Vietnam War, as well as a protest against the conscription of men into the military during the conflict. The song was initially written by Crosby, but he was fired from the Byrds shortly after he had introduced it to the rest of the band. However, work had already begun on the song's instrumental backing track by the time of Crosby's departure. Controversially, McGuinn and Hillman decided to continue working on the song, despite its author no longer being a member of the band. Having only heard the song's lyrics in their original incarnation a few times, McGuinn and Hillman couldn't remember all of the words when they came to record the vocals and so decided to rewrite the song with their own lyrical additions, giving themselves a co-writing credit in the process. This angered Crosby considerably, since he felt, with some justification, that McGuinn and Hillman had stolen his song. Despite its troubled evolution, "Draft Morning" is often considered one of Crosby's best songs from his tenure with the Byrds. Lyrically, it follows a newly recruited soldier from the morning of his induction into the military through to his experiences of combat and as such, illustrates the predicament faced by many young American men during the 1960s.The song also makes extensive use of battlefield sound effects, provided for the band by the Los Angeles comedy troupe the Firesign Theatre.

Liberace - Ciao! (1970) My first boss at Lenovo was Chau McCullough. I thought she might like this oddity from Liberace's canon, one of the few original songs he recorded. She did not really care. At all. 

The Believers - Original Cast Recording - Side Two (1968)

Don Randi Trio - Tomorrow Never Knows (1966)

Donald Clark Osmond - I Can't Stand It (1977)

France Gall - Zozoi (1970) 

Sam Chalpin - Batman (1966)

Gary Lewis and the Playboys - Medicine Man (1969)

Ray Dorset and Mungo Jerry - Heavy Foot Stomp (1977) 

Kilopop! - Sky Men (200x) Chris Butler and singer Carla Murray created this paean to Joe Meek. I was fooled. 

Lone Kellermann - Kom an Baby (197?) 

The Four Tops - Got To Get You Into My Life (1969)

Joey Welz - Listen To The Voices That Want To Be Free (1974) 

Joey Welz played piano with Bill Haley And His Comets from 1963 until 1966. Link Wray plays guitar. 

Shut Up - Láska K Říkadlům (Back Off Boogaloo) (1972)

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Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978) 

Bruce Springsteen - It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City (1973) 

Bruce Springsteen - Jungleland (1975)

Bruce Springsteen with the Sessions Band - Erie Canal (2007) Miss Nixon (pictured) was our Elementary School music teacher. 

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It struck me like a ton of bricks the other day.

I was having a conversation with Harrison. How did it come up? We were talking about which songs he sang in hie Elementary School music class. He listed a bunch of songs that were on the radio at that time. Death Cab For Cutie and Imagine Dragons. Maroon 5. So what had happened was that the music teacher, to her credit, said to them, "What do you want to sing?" And that was their answer. 

But POACA who lived in West Seneca, New York in the '70s were not afforded this delicious luxury. Nope. We sang this song, "Erie Canal". Do you know what the Erie Canal was? 

Wikipedia: The Erie Canal in New York is part of the east–west, cross-state route of the New York State Canal System. It originally ran 363 miles from the Hudson River in Albany to Lake Erie in Buffalo. It was built to create a navigable water route from New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. 

So, about 100 years after it was the main route for the traversing of goods from NYC to Chicago and beyond, to be replaced by the railroads, we kids were still singing about it. 

WE sang: 

"You're A Grand Old Flag"/"Señor Del Gato"/"O Suzanna"/"Camptown Races"/"America The Beautiful"/"I've Been Working On The Railroad"...lots of jingoism hammered home early, as was racism. What did we think "G'wine ta run all night" meant?

And we didn't get to pick. 

There were these records that Miss Nixon would break out. There must have been a whole industry of songs written for kids, with attendant sheet music and these records featuring what sounded like adults pretending to be kids. If you know of any let me know. I recall one song, "Fender Bender", about a guy who played bass guitar. Another one, "A Better World", which I actually learned to play for my own band, Leo. I would LOVE to hear one of these creepy records. Anyhow...

Bruce Springsteen - The River (1979) 

Steel Mill - Goin' Back To Georgia (1970) 

Bruce Springsteen Band - Don't You Want To Be An Outlaw (1972) 

Child - Hold On, I'm Comin' (1969) 

Tom Waits - Jersey Girl (1980) 

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul - Lyin' in a Bed of Fire (1982)

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - The Fever (1976) 

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - Trapped Again (1978) 

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - Why (1980) 

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - I Don't Want to Go Home (1976) 

Stevie Wonder - Feeding Off the Love of the Land (1975) 

Terrible Lizard - Bang Your Head (1981) This is Human League, the same band that would have a HUGE hit with "Don't You Want Me Baby" and "(Keep Feeling) Fascination". 

“We’d often finish sessions late and everyone would go home – apart from Jo,” recalls Dave Allen. “Jo was staying at the studio because he didn’t have anywhere else to go and after a while we had this idea to make a heavy metal ‘Stars On 45’ record. The beat isn’t difficult, is it? That took 10 minutes. And then it was, ‘OK, what songs have we got to do?’. ‘Smoke On The Water’, ‘Alright Now’, ‘Silver Machine’, ‘School’s Out’… It was a joy to get a guitar out and do a really terrible version of ‘Purple Haze’ over a ‘Stars On 45’ beat. It was relaxation.

“Martin came home very drunk one night when we were trying to do the middle eight of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and we said,’C’mon Martin, we need a mad toms solo like that Led Zeppelin song’, and so he played this brilliant freestyle Linn Drum tom tom solo. In the end, the medley was called ‘Bang Your Head’ and released as a single on Island. The band was called Terrible Lizard. We had a meeting with a guy who said, ‘How are we going to do the promo for this?’. Andy Peebles called it the worst record ever made when he played it on his lunchtime [Radio 1] show. I was very proud.”

Patty Devick - Kill Me! (1979) I love the crazy nature of this single. Artist and song were lost in the shuffle, but I like it. It's unique. 

Patty Devick - Sugar, Sugar, Drive Me (1979) 

The Association - Silent Song Thru The Land (1972) 

The Association - Little Road and a Stone to Roll (1972) Written by John Stewart, who wrote "Daydream Believer" for The Monkees, as well as his own solo hit, "Gold" in 1979. What a great song this is. By then, no one was paying attention to them, but I like this record MUCH more than the ones they made in their halcyon days. 

Brainstorm - She Lets Her Hair Down (Early in the Morning) (1969) NOTE: NOT the same Brainstorm that is featured in the "Conductors" episode.

I've played the version by The Tokens. Would you like to see a hair commercial featuring this song from 1970? Sure you would, you deviant. 

https://youtu.be/7nOKoCP6zXg

Three labels issued versions of "Early in the Morning" as singles in November, 1969 to capitalize on the popularity of the Clairol TV commercial. The first to be released was Gene Pitney's "She Lets Her Hair Down". The record stalled at No. 89 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Tokens` version was released a week or two later and was the most successful of the three versions, peaking at No. 61 on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 10, 1970 (No. 59 in Cash Box on Jan 31, 1970).

Bang, as their trade ad highlighted, went to the source and released Don Young's original version, first released under the name "Brainstorm". Mr. Young also sang on the Clairol TV commercial. The Don Young single never broke out of the Billboard Bubbling Under chart.

 

From Discogs.com:

As a side note, Buddah Records took a full-page ad in Billboard promoting the Tokens' single, "Don't Worry Baby" (February 22, 1970), claiming that the Tokens had performed in the Clairol "She Lets Her Hair Down" commercial. No doubt in response to threats of legal action from various aggrieved parties, Buddah had to take out a full-page "Correction" in Billboard (March 21, 1970) acknowledging the fact that Don Young was the performer in the commercial, and explaining that Buddah had "inadvertently" failed to reference a different Clairol commercial which the Tokens had actually produced.

 

 

Stiff Records, Solo Cream Members, and that “Sidehackers” Soundtrack You Have Been Begging For.

a-ha - Lesson One (Take On Me first demo) (1982) Before their one. big, groundbreaking mega-hit (mostly for the video) this song underwent a couple revisions. They knew somehow that they had gold, but they struggled to find a winning chorus. They would. 

Anna Frid Lyngstad - Guld Och Gröna Ängar (10CC's "The Wall Street Shuffle" in Swedish) (1975) The red-headed female in Abba released solo stuff with some success in her homeland throughout their heyday. But she didn't hit in the USA solo until teaming with Phil Collins for "I Know There's Something Going On" in 1982.  

Anna Frid Lyngstad - Liv På Mars? (David Bowie's "Life On Mars?" in Swedish) (1975)

Anna Frid Lyngstad - Skulle De' Va' Skönt (The Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice" in Swedish) (1975)

Baker Gurvitz Army - Hearts On Fire (1976) A pretty stupid song written by Ginger Baker. I never really liked him. I never liked Cream, to be honest. I like Jack Bruce singing with Carla Bley on "Escalator Over The Hill". 

Bridges - Miss Eerie ("The Juicyfruit Song", the earliest recording of "Take On Me") (1981) In 1981, a-ha’s Paul Waaktaar-Savoy and Magne Furuholmen recorded this song for their band Bridges. In 1984, having formed a-ha with vocalist Morten Harket, they’d take yet another stab at the track. 

Jack Bruce - I'm Gettin' Tired (Of Drinkin' and Gamblin') (1965) 

Ginger Baker's Air Force - Sweet Wine (1970) Same musical structure, in a way, as Mothers of Invention, without the scatology. 

Ginger Baker - Ariwo (1972)

Hawkwind - Levitation (1980) With Ginger Baker on drums. Another band that never really pinged my interest. Throw them on the pile! 

Michael Lloyd and Mike Curb - It's Magic (1969)  From...Hot Wheels Cartoon Soundtrack. Liner notes:

This exciting album contains all of the original sound track music from HOT WHEELS- the high adventure show on ABC-TV's Super Saturday Club. This thrilling weekly cartoon series features a group of young drivers who have formed a "hot wheels" auto club. Their activities cover all aspects of this fast road sport...cross country, track and dunes, and the music reflects their love of high speed action. HOT WHEELS is an up-to-the minute show and the music from the sound track is as turned on and tuned-in as today's high performance cars. Mike Curb. who wrote the music for the show, puts it all into high gear on this fast moving album!

Ian Dury and the Blockheads -  Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt. 3 (1979) These guys could play. I went through their stuff. Very exciting and versatile. The late '70s in UK must have been an exciting time for music fans. 

Ian Dury and the Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (1978) Listen to that bass guitar. Norman Watt-Roy. What fun it must have been to produce these records. That seems to be when the best records were made. When all concerned were united in making a good sound, but not taking themselves too seriously. 

Jack Bruce - Never Tell Your Mother She's Out of Tune (1969) 

Jack Bruce - Pieces Of Mind (1974)

Jack Bruce - Victoria Sage (1971) Even though having Ginger Baker in my band would have been a special circle of hell for me, and I think Jack Bruce might have been a tad busy for my taste, I find both of their records invariably more interesting than anything Eric Clapton did. And aside from Jack Bruce's first solo album, Songs For A Tailor, neither artist charted in the US with anything. And I know this might be sacrilege to say, but is Duane Allman's slide solo on "Layla" THAT good? I find it pretty...meandering. Out of tune, even. Go ahead and kill me. 

Madness - Blue Skinned Beast (1983) Same album as their US hit "Our House". Dan put this on a mix tape for me once. I never forgot. 

Madness - Embarrassment (1980)

Madness are an English ska band from Camden Town, North London, who formed in 1976. One of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s two-tone ska revival, Madness's most successful period was from 1980 to 1986, when the band's songs spent a total of 214 weeks on the UK Singles Chart

Madness have had 15 singles reach the UK top ten, which include "One Step Beyond", "Baggy Trousers" and "It Must Be Love", one UK number one single "House of Fun" and two number ones in Ireland, "House of Fun" and "Wings of a Dove". "Our House" was their biggest US hit. In 2000 the band received the Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for Outstanding Song Collection. 

Madness - On The Town (Feat. Rhoda Dakar)/Bingo (2009) Read the Wiki about this album. Most artists, after how many years, regress or become a trivia act. Madness reached for the stars. It's a worthy listen for sure. 

Marianne Faithfull - I'm a Loser (1965) You had to be there, I guess. 

Mike Curb & Lawrence Brown -Bay City Boys (1967) From the original motion picture soundtrack to the film "Mary Jane".

A car driven by a driver intoxicated by marijuana plunges off a cliff, killing the driver and injuring a female passenger. It turns out marijuana use is rife at a small town high school, led by the clique of Jordan Bates. Art teacher Phil Blake tries to persuade student Jerry Blackburn not to smoke. Jerry borrows Phil's car and Jordan leaves some marijuana in it. Phil gets arrested for possession of marijuana.

This movie starred Fabian, who was a heartthrob in the early '60s. Maybe this was his attempt to be a serious actor. 

The movie was co-written by Dick Gautier (POACA will recall his ubiquitous presence on every game show ever done, as "Hymie" the Robot on Get Smart, and in 1973, when Burt Ward and Yvonne Craig reprised their Batman roles (as Robin and Batgirl respectively) for a TV public service announcement about equal pay for women, Adam West, who was trying to distance himself from the Batman role at the time, declined to participate. Gautier filled in for West as Batman. The other co-writer was Peter Marshall, who hosted The Hollywood Squares for 15 years. 

For the fetishist, here is that PSA, with Dick Gautier as Batman. 

https://youtu.be/3LviAKGZxPs

Mike Curb Congregation - Come Together/Hey Jude (1970) 

The Mike Curb Congregation - Burning Bridges (1970) From the movie "Kelly's Heroes". 

Hank Williams Jr. & The Mike Curb Congregation - Walkin' To New Orleans (1971) 

The New Life - The Sidehackers Soundtrack (1969) Do you remember the MST3K episode? Well, there's a soundtrack that features Mike Curb's involvement. Besides the Sidehackers soundtrack, The New Life also scored songs for a film called Black Water Gold.

 

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