The decade of the 1990's out with s ome real and genuine promise, and my ears were especially glued to the sounds that Creation Records in the UK was releasing; music that had one foot rooted in the '60's but music that also looked forward. The early '90's was also a peak in hip hop, and the best of this music still stands tall today and doesn't feel dated. It was also cool to see bands that I loved (Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Mudhoney to name a few) get signed to big labels and start making a [...]
Welcome back cats and kitties; this week's post is the first in yet another series- namely, some lesser known garage-y tracks from my 45 stash. First up we have Jim Valley, known forever as Harpo, as he was named during his tenure as on of Paul Revere's Raiders (thanks to a striking resemblence to Harpo Marx). In late '65, original Raider lead guitarist Drake Levin decided to join the National Guard, as he was up to be drafted into the army. In early '66, The Raiders snatched up Jim Valley from the Portland-based Don & The Goodtimes to [...]
With a name that intentionally plays on the word MOD, one could easily lump Chicago's Mauds in with the other Anglo-influenced rock n roll bands operating in mid-to-late '60's Chicago. Wrong! The Mauds took their biggest influence from soul music and, in lead singer Jimy Rogers, had a vocalist that had the blue-eyed soul pipes to back up the claim. The group was TIGHT musically and their concerts are the stuff of legend. While they were massive in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs (their cover of Sam & Dave's "Hold [...]
Alot of great clips in this little trailer - have not seen the vast majoirty of these - "Reelin' In The Years Productions (RITY), the world's largest music footage library, has announced an agreement to exclusively represent for licensing, all of the music footage from the classic television program The Red Skelton Hour which aired on CBS from 1962 - 1970. This footage is unique in that the music performances haven't been seen since the program went off the air over 40 years ago." "The Red Skelton Hour is acknowledged as one of America's [...]
Here's the second single from Bay Area Girl Group Soul Sensation The Bang Girl Group Revue , from their vinyl LP/ CD "Soul Shangri-La". Buy "Soul Shangri-La" on vinyl. Buy "Soul Shangri-La" as MP3 download.
Johnny Thunders (BBC Saturday Live 24th March 1984)
"Bob Denver (Maynard G. Krebs) and Edd (Kookie) Byrnes introduce a fantasic medley of the top songs by Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, Annette, Pat Boone, Anita Bryant and Bobby Darin."
The Art Laboe Show Opening (Episode #5. November 19, 1958. KTLA Los Angeles)
Hailing from the same fertile mid-60's Boston rock n roll scene that birthed Barry & The Remains, the equally talented Lost released two amazing singles before breaking up in 1967. The Lost was fronted by Boston rock/ punk legend Willie Alexander, aka Lou reed's "replacement" in the Velvet Underground. Bassist Walter Powers also ended up as another Velveteen Underground member. While Alexander is a FINE singer (as heard on these sides), history probably would treat the post-Lou velvets more fairly a) if the Doug Yule led band changed their name and b) wasn't forced by their manager to [...]
Here's the latest installment of my ongoing series of unusual covers; nothing like hearing a different rendition of a familiar song that can either put a different artistic spin on a classic or draw a mustache-on-the-mona-lisa, depending on your outlook. "Girl Watcher" in its original version by The O'Kaysions is not only a soul classic, but somehow takes a subject matter that could be incredibly creepy, but somehow manages to NOT be, thanks to its breezy, lilting groove. In 1968, two years after The O'Kaysions original, a "Ginger Thompson" cut a gender reversed version. What a reversal; what [...]
To celebrate our passing the 4000 Likes' mark on our Fanpage : the Official "Swingin' Mademoiselle's" Facebook, where the fans really get to interact with the actual French Mademoiselle Pop chanteuses from back in the era (and gets to bring them back alive with interviews... and recently a new record!), one of our co-adminis' (Matthew Meek aka. Cinnamonk YT Channel) decided to create an imaginative vid' drawin' it's script from the lyrics (provided by yours truly...) of an actual Unreleased song (... so, it's an exclusive Premiere!), by one of our favorite Mademoiselle cherie : Laura Ulmer. She belts out [...]