Welcome to the home of The Dangerous R&R Show radio program....heard Friday evenings on http://www.homegrownradionj.com/ 7-8pm EST with a rebroadcast Saturdays 8-9am.
I did DRR Show on WNTI FM for 16 years renaming it The Soft Machine. Well the DRR Show is near and dear to my heart and I found myself almost saying 'Dangerous' instead of 'Soft'....you dig?.... So a change back was in order....I feel better.

The purpose of this blog is not to make money but to provide a forum for the sharing of records that have either been lost in time or perhaps never had their day in the sun. Enjoy yourself while your here and feel free to add your comments to each post.

I'll be posting 45 rpms, 78 rpms, & LP cuts from records in my collection. Occasional postings from friends and the ever entertaining BILKO BAYZBALL.

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DRR Show Podcast #13....Bo Diddley Beat! & Other Muckity Mucks

Ok...so here's the deal....you can listen to the podcast via the player[s] on the home page....just click on the "home" button....there won't be another new show until the week of June 6th. Taking some time off and traveling to the family reunion where I hope not too much blood is shed...we're Irish. This weeks show celebrates the Bo Diddley Beat! Bo Did-It if you will. Starting off in BoStyle with Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks' killer version of "Who do you love" where Robbie Robertson displays some early Telecaster chops that he would duplicate 2 yrs later when the Hawks backed John Hammond, Jr on his groundbreaking "So Many Roads" LP from 1965. Little Walter keeps the drums pounding with an incredible instrumental that doesn't get the attention that it deserves..."Crazy Legs" indeed....Dr. Jack Van Impe waxes poetic on "the beat!" before Hipbone Slim & the Knee Tremblers do the "Diddley Squat" from "What The Shiek Said"......Bo Diddley wails to "Mona", one of the greatest echo-laden vocals evah! The mass comes to fruition when Robert Ward and the Ohio Untouchables "Hot Stuff" lays down a bed for yours truly to comment on the offerings of this Epistle....."skinny-dippin' in the Oil-O-Joy......" Time to shift gears, hop on a plane for Billy Nicols via London laments the loss of the "Girl from New York" from his ultra-rare LP "Would You Believe". Ex Rocket From the Crypt head honcho, Speedo, with his latest band The Night Marchers "Jump in the fire" from their debut "See You In Magic" gets the thumbs up from uber critic, SzQ the lady that keeps all things Mickster grounded... In case you were wondering: "Night Marchers are ghostly apparitions of a band of beings who move with purpose to the beat of primitive pounding drums. Some say they are armed spirit warriors en route to or from battle, toting archaic weaponry and clothed in decorated helmets and cloaks. Other accounts tell of high-ranking alii (ruler) spirits being guided to places of high importance or to welcome new warriors to join in battle. Perhaps these restless souls are looking to reclaim rightful territory, replay a battle gone awry, or avenge their own deaths. Some say the Night Marchers are searching methodically for an entrance into the next world." Jackie Brenston's follow up to what most consider to be the "1st R&R record", "Rocket 88" was "Independent Woman". A pretty cool r&b number that got 'cool' reviews....well the flip of this great 78rpm [only / no 45 rpm versions out there] was credited to Brenston but is really Billy "Red" Love and his band of plunkers....."Juiced" has to be one of the greatest odes to the potation that fuels just about everything from this era of recordings...1951 / Sun Studios / Chess Records release...."now for the rest of the story....." Bo Diddley makes another appearance at the pulpit with his dancin' shoes on..."Bo's Twist" aka "Rockin' Bo" has it's time on the big stage from 1962...Michigan throws in it's $0.02 with The Woolies relentless slam-in-the-face version of "Who do you love" on Dunhill rekids from 1966.... Time for a sermon from Reverend Mick before heading over to France for some Ye Ye doin's via Christine Laume and Jacqueline Perez with "Rouge rouge" & "Go home" respectively... The last offering of the Podcast is a DRR Show staple, Kai Ray's "I want some of that", The Uptowns' "Here she come again" and the incredible, always mind numbing CAN with "Hoolah hoolah" from the reunion of CAN and their 1st singer, Malcolm Mooney from "Rite Time" Thats it for this week...remember that we won't have a new show for a couple of weeks but don't let that stop you from listening to old pods and turning on your friends to the show...hey! someone's got to keep this music alive!. Signing off for this week and with a promise to be back recharged with handfulls of 45's & 78's, Your humble host, Mickster

Psychedelic Time Capsule: Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds

Psychedelic Time Capsule Record Review
Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds / La Vallee [Harvest Records 1972]
Cover - Hipgnosis

David Gilmour - guitar / vocals / VCS3 Synth
Nick Mason - drums / percussion
Richard Wright - keyboards / vocals / VCS3 Synth
Roger Waters - bass / vocals / VCS3 Synth

I know what your thinking....this isn't some obscure LP that's nearly impossible to find. Nor is it that elusive rock and roll gem you find at a garage sale hidden amongst Englebert Humperdink's Greatest Hits, Three Dog Night, Seals and Crofts, David Bowie's "Let's Dance" or Christopher Cross......but if you did see it in this box of 70's & 80's dreck a crepuscular ray of light would stream through the "clouds" and despite whatever kind of feelings you have about the totally obnoxious empire of Pink Floyd, listening to Obscured By Clouds would serve as a plausible reason to throw all of those feelings out the window. Why? Because it's probably nothing like the Floyd you've known and heard before, given that your exposure stretches only to the follow up, "Dark Side of the Moon" or 1979's elaborate, band ending"The Wall". During the recording of "The Wall" keyboardist extroadinaire Richard Wright told Roger Waters "to fuck off" when told he had to cut short his Christmas vacation during the recording which prompted Waters to demand Wright's resignation...but that's a whole other story.....

Eagerly placing the stylus along the edge of the faintly scratched LP suddenly the walls begin to 'shake & vibe-er-ate'. The low buzzing of the album's title track builds, while David Gilmour gently (as only he can] picks out a rough-around-the-edges guitar solo seemingly simple, ha ha!! Perfect.... a brilliant opener. If your like me you welcome the slight crackling as the music fades past all of the nitty of the gritty "Introduction", easing into "Burning Bridges," a beautifully mellow track that foreshadows the future signature sound of the Floyd to come. Skip to the next track and you hit "The Gold It's In The..." Yeah, a little bit of an annoying cliffhanger title, but the real gold is the proceeding "Wot's...Uh The Deal," which should be someone's favorite Floyd song. The piano lead in mid-song.... I don't know, it's simply ridiculous, and all the more depressing. God rest your soul, dear Richard.

Side 1 ends on the notion of the instrumental track "Mudmen." Filler? Could be. It's actually pretty satisfying, especially if you choose to listen to the album all the way through. Flip over to side 2 and you'll hit "Childhood's End," another sort of funky-catchy track that serves well as an opener. After that it's a lush free for all with "Free Four," the album's only single and the only one written by Waters exclusively. Can anyone remember any stations playing this?!? "Stay" is the obligatory ballad, echoing a sort of desperate tone, but then again "Obscured by Clouds" was originally recorded as the soundtrack for Barbet Schroeders' La Vallee [The Valley]. At this point in their career, the band were not new to scoring movies. They had already scored the films "More" [another Barbet Schroeder film] and Michelangelo Antonioni's "Zabriskie Point" in 1969 and 1970 respectively. So when they went in to score Vallee, they had a lot more experience and therefore produced a much finer product.

Floyd was already working on The Dark Side of the Moon during this period, but production was interrupted when they travelled to France to score the movie. Nick Mason refers to the project:

"After the success of More, we had agreed to do another sound track for Barbet Schroeder. His new film was called La Vallée and we travelled over to France to record the music in the last week of February... We did the recording with the same method we had employed for More, following a rough cut of the film, using stopwatches for specific cues and creating interlinking musical moods that would be cross-faded to suit the final version... The recording time was extremely tight. We only had two weeks to record the soundtrack with a short amount of time afterwards to turn it into an album."

The album closes on "Absolutely Curtains"....I love the synths and gentle percussions [[the first Pink Floyd album to feature the VCS 3 synthesiser]. An eerie note to conclude the record on, but it no doubt foreshadows the even darker shit that was on it's way as this was actually recorded during the rough construction of "Dark Side Of The Moon"......

The music fades and a sketchy chorus of children appear as a man begins to sing in a foreign language. Nothing new for Pink as they sampled fans at a soccer match on their previous and transitional record "Meddle".

As you can see below Roger Waters was not the primary songwriter or singer for the LP. He was instrumental in the writing process as was David Gilmour & the much underrated Richard Wright.

Track listing:

Side one
1. "Obscured by Clouds" Gilmour, Waters [Instrumental] 3:03
2. "When You're In" Gilmour, Waters, Wright, Mason [Instrumental] 2:30
3. "Burning Bridges" Wright, Waters / Lead vocals: Gilmour, Wright 3:29
4. "The Gold It's in The..." Gilmour, Waters / Lead Vocals: Gilmour 3:07
5. "Wot's... Uh the Deal?" Gilmour, Waters / Lead vocals: Gilmour 5:08
6. "Mudmen" Wright, Gilmour [Instrumental] 4:20

Side two
7. "Childhood's End" Gilmour / Lead vocals: Gilmour 4:31
8. "Free Four" Waters / Lead vocals: Waters 4:15
9. "Stay" Waters, Wright / Lead vocals: Wright 4:05
10. "Absolutely Curtains" Gilmour, Waters, Wright, Mason [Instrumental] 5:52

Obscured by Clouds was issued in June, 1972 -- seven months after "Meddle", nine months before "Dark Side of the Moon", the tail-end of Pink Floyd's prolific epoch.

All in all not their best but essential for Floyd fans as it layed the groundwork for "Darkside of the Moon" / "Wish You Were Here" and the aformentioned "The Wall".

The Honeycombs - Can't Get Through To You

The Honeycombs - Can't get through to you [Warner Brothers 1965]

One night a group, known then as The Sheratons, was playing in a London pub, The Mildmay Tavern in the Balls Pond Road. In the audience were Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, a very prolific British songwriting team, who later wrote hits for such artists as Lulu, Elvis Presley, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich and Petula Clark. Howard and Blaikley, then working in production for BBC Television, liked what they saw and suggested the band might like to hear some of their material. The band had an upcoming audition with indie record producer Joe Meek, whom most notably had produced The Tornados, and composed their number one hit ("Telstar") in 1962, and were eager for some new material. At the audition in Meek's studio in Holloway Road, they played Howard and Blaikley's "Have I the Right?" which Meek recorded.

Have I The Right?" hit number one in the UK and number five in the U.S. in the autumn of 1964 shortly after the start of the British Invasion. They were especially successful in Sweden (four consecutive number ones) and in Japan (where they issued a live album entitled, In Tokyo). Honey Lantree was an accomplished drummer and the star attraction of the group as she was one of very few female drummers at the time. The unique and heavily compressed bass drum sound on "Have I The Right?", which many other drummers of the period tried to replicate, was augmented by the group stamping on the stairs of Meek's studio. Meek achieved this by placing four microphones attached with bicycle clips under the stairs.

The group's founder Martin Murray had worked as a hairdresser, Honey Lantree being his assistant. They decided to combine his profession with the name of the drummer, and changed their name to The Honeycombs. They were signed to the Pye record label.

After proving a 'sleeper' for seven weeks the record took off in the summer of 1964 reaching the number one spot around the world
and selling over 2 million records. It was Meek's final hit in the
United States, where it was issued on the Interphon label (a Vee Jay label).

Listen to this Joe Meek penned b-side and get ready for an assault on your senses....

The Honeycombs Can't get through to you

Yaphet Koto - Have You Ever Seen The Blues?

Yaphet Koto - Have you ever seen the blues? [Chisa 1968]

A great actor who unfortunately came up when the Hollywood system allowed for only one or two Black actors to play prominent roles in marque movies. Had Kotto started in the 1990s, you would know his name as well as you know Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington, and Samuel Jackson. But as it is, Yaphet Kotto remains a cult figure known mostly for his role as the best Bond villain, Dr. Karanga AKA Mr. Big, from Live & Let Die. Kotto fans thrill every time they see him show up in a bit role on TV or as a character in a movie.

Kotto did this jazz poetry blast back in '68, and it comes off as a bit less Burn Baby, Burn than The Last Poets. Perhaps that is because Kotto is the son of a Cameroonian prince! And his producer on this is fellow African Hugh Masekela. Coming from Africa and seeing the plight of American Blacks in the 1960s, especially the institutionalized poverty, is a bit different than living it. So maybe that is why Kotto doesn't spit the same rage as The Last Poets......or maybe he is just a different cat.

Man, I don't wanna kill your buzz so forget that jive for a second and check out Kotto's Beat-inspired 'try (as in poe'try).

Yaphet Koto Have you ever seen the blues?

Young Jessie - Don't Think I Will

Young Jessie - Don't think I will [Modern 1955]

Young Jessie, was born Obediah Donnell "Obie" Jessie on December 28, 1936, in Lincoln Manor, Dallas, Texas.

Jessie's father was a cook but had no musical background. His
mother, Malinda (née Harris) had a brief musical career playing piano under the name Plunky Harris. On his mother's side of the family, Jessie was also kin to blues musician Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Best known as the writer of his original "Mary Lou," [later covered by Ronnie Hawkins in 1959, Bob Seger in 1976, Gene Clark in 1977 and The Oblivians in 1997] as well as a stint in The Flairs in the early 1950s and The Coasters in 1957 singing lead on "Searchin'" and "Young Blood".

He made several solo singles in the 1950s and 1960s. He would later release a couple of jazz albums under the name Obie Jessie.

His younger brother DeWayne Jessie became an actor and
became well known as Otis Day in the film National Lampoon's
Animal House.

Check out the other side of "Mary Lou" a killer "doomba, doomba, dooma doom" with the great Mickey Baker on guitar.

Young Jessie Don't think I will

'Cile Turner - Crap Shootin' Sinner

'Cile Turner - Crap Shootin' Sinner [Colonial '59]

"Lucile ('Cile) Turner, a young singer from southern Virginia, became fascinated with African-American music while attending the New England Conservatory of Music in the mid-1910s There she attracted attention by singing African-American folk songs and spirituals she had learned as a child from workers on her parents' farm.

By the 1920s, she was touring the Eastern United States giving programs of "Songs from the South," later hosting a popular weekly fifteen-minute radio program on NBC's coast-to-coast network. What began as a hobby for Turner evolved into a full-time profession for the next forty years as she traveled through the South collecting African-American songs and stories to present on radio, records, live performances, and later on her own syndicated television show.

In December 1959, her somewhat creepy 45 "Crap Shootin' Sinner" and "The Golden Rule" made the Cash Box Top 100, and several others received special mention in Billboard Magazine.

'Cile Turner Crap Shootin' Sinner

Eugene White - They Didn't Really Go To The Moon [Pt's 1&2]

Eugene White - They Didn't Really Go To The Moon, pts 1&2 [Royal American]

How, where, why???? All good questions that come to mind when you listen to this slab of conspiracy theory, made-up-on-the-spot, explanation by one Eugene White...a grammar school drop-out for sure. He's got an explanation for just about everything his deer-in the-headlights buddy can throw at him.

I'm not sure when this was recorded but it had to be 1969 or later. Part 1 is on side A and part 2 on side B....I joined them so you could have an uninterrupted listening experience...whew!

The scary side of the whole thing is that the label says:

From the album "They Didn't Really Go To The Moon"

A whole LP of opinions from the man who almost made me wet my pants, Eugene White.

Eugene White They Didn't Really Go To The Moon

The Persuaders [Hollywood Persuaders] - Grunion Run

The Persuaders - Grunion Run [Original Sound 1963]

Around the same time that Frank Zappa was honing his doo-wop chops [See previous post / The Penguins - Memories of El Monte] he was also working with some of the local bands....one band was The Hollywood Persuaders....I don't know if they dropped the "Hollywood" or added it as I have another of their 45's "Drums A-Go-Go that is credited to The Hollywood Persuaders. I guess I could check the #'s but is it really necessary? Just check out Zappa's guitar on this slab of surf/psych!! Awesome.

What they are: Grunion are small sardine-shaped silvery fish that ride the waves in Del Mar City Beach, La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach and Silver Strand Beach up onto the sand to procreate, making for a veritable sea of squirming 4-8 inch fish out of water.

The deal is: The female grunion buries herself in the sand to lay her eggs and the male wraps himself around her to fertilize them--a female's eggs might be fertilized by up to eight males in one night. Then they wait for a wave to take them back out to sea.

The Persuaders Grunion Run