Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ruby Murray

Artist: Ruby Murray
LP: Irish (And Proud Of It)
Song: "Cockles and Mussels"
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Song: "Miss O'Leary's Irish Fruit Cake"
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Song: "Forty Shades of Green"
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Happy St. Patrick's Day from me and Ruby Murray! Born in Belfast in 1935, Ruby was an Irish national treasure, reaching her peak popularity in the mid-to-late 1950s. She seems to have delighted in sharing her talent with others, even performing for nursing home staff in her final years, before succumbing to cancer in 1996 at the age of 61. You can read more about the lovely Miss Murray here and here. Ruby's rendition of "Forty Shades of Green," it's safe to assume, was the inspiration for this more modern tale of romance developed years later and set in the Pacific Northwest.

[ Ruby Murray: March 29, 1935 — December 17, 1996 ]

Friday, March 16, 2018

Tiny Tim

Artist: Tiny Tim
LP: For All My Little Friends
Song: "They Always Pick On Me"
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Song: "Chickery Chick"
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If you're a genuine Greenwich Village super-hipster, then you probably know this popular musician by one of his earlier monikers: Dary Dover, Judas K. Foxglove, Emmett Swink, Vernon Castle, or maybe Sir Timothy Timms, Texarcana Tex or Larry Love, the Singing Canary. But to the rest of us, he's just Tiny Tim. Nowadays all the cool bands have a ukulele in their midst, but where was that moral support back in 1969? A trail-blazer is Tiny Tim.

On the way home from work tonight I suddenly had a hankering for a burrito at Gorditos. I hadn't been there in years (and years). The two gals behind me in line were discussing Tiny Tim, how there's the Charles Dickens one, and then the other one, the singer. One of the gals broke into mini performance of Tim's hit single "Tiptoe Through the Tulips." When she finished I asked her to do it again. She would not, but it still made my night. The burrito helped too. Damn their burritos are good. You can read all about Judas K. Foxglove on Wikipedia here.

[ Tiny Tim: April 12, 1932 — November 30, 1996 ]

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Pat & Lolly Vegas

Artist: Pat & Lolly Vegas
LP: Pat & Lolly Vegas at the Haunted House
Song: "Here I Go (Falling In Love Again)"
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Song: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
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This 1965 LP by the Vegas brothers is another one of the treasures I picked up at Daybreak Records a few weeks ago. After being persuaded by Jimi Hendrix to embrace their native roots, Pat & Lolly went on to form Redbone in 1969...and the rest, as they say, is Wikipedia entry. I've just gone and picked up a truckload of foam rubber, six gallons of red food coloring, 24 white party hats and a fog machine. I'll be spending the rest of the weekend re-creating that fantastic Haunted House bandstand in the bedroom of my apartment!

[ Pat & Lolly Vegas ]

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Reds

Artist: The Reds
LP: The Reds
Song: "Whatcha' Doin' to Me" / "Not You"
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I'm running out of room again. I keep thinking maybe I'll get rid of some of my late-'70s post punk LPs since lots of them kinda' sound the same...but then they're all so damn good! Like this debut from The Reds on A&M Records. It was evidently a flop when it came out, since A&M dropped them like a red hot potato. Yet the music of The Reds holds up today more than just about anything that went zooming to the top of the charts in 1979. Of course The Reds released their record on green vinyl. You can read a bit about the group here and here. This one's a keeper.
[ The Reds ]

Monday, February 5, 2018

Medium Medium

Artist: Medium Medium
LP: The Glitterhouse
Song: "Mice or Monsters"
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So I went to my second ever vinyl Meet Up group gathering two Saturdays ago. It was once again organized by the friendly guy from West Seattle named Ryan (he organized the first one a few months ago where we went to two record stores in Ballard), but this time we were heading to a double-dipping record dig in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. First we'd go to Daybreak Records, followed by Jive Time Records down the street. According to the website, Ryan and I were to be joined by a pretty brunette gal and some guy named John. John showed up, but he didn't stay long, because he only dropped by in hopes of getting to know the beautiful brunette, since not that many gorgeous women are into records. That what he said, anyway. But she failed to appear. I don't think she was real. I don't think that many gorgeous women are into records.

Anyway, I hadn't ever been to Daybreak Records before, not officially. There was that one time when I popped my head in for two minutes when I was with my niece. I was taking her to get fancy hamburgers at Uneeda Burger next door after we toured the Theo Chocolate factory down the road. But let me tell you, Daybreak Records is aptly named. It's like the sun coming over the hills! I don't seem to be able to keep my car from going there and have already passed through their doorway three more times over the past seven days. Here's a Medium Medium rare record from 1981 that I picked up this evening on my way home from work. You can read about the group here. While trying to find photos of the band I found this guy named Ryhs Lewis who says he wants to be my man. Yes, please.

[ Medium Medium ] 

[ Daybreak Records — Seattle, WA ]

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Marty Wilson and His Orchestra

Artist: Marty Wilson and His Orchestra
LP: Jun'gala
Song: "Misty Poo"
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Song: "Manteca"
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Here's some steaming hot jun'gala music for a cold and dreary Sunday afternoon. (Who would have guessed that "Misty Poo" could be so appealing?) In spite of Marty wearing multiple hats during the making of this record (arranger, conductor, composer, musician—he plays the flute) I wasn't able to find any online info about the fellow, nor locate a single photo of him wearing a hat...except maybe this one. Marty, is that you? There's a gushing track-by-track review of Marty and His Orchestra's 1959 "Jun'gala" LP on the Ambient Exotica website here

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Rodney Arias

Artist: Rodney Arias
LP: Rodney Arias
Song: "I Believe In Love"
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I Believe In Love...and white tuxedo shirts unbuttoned all the way down to there! According to the Bizarre Records Blog Rodney Arias was a Hawaiian lounge legend in the 1970s. "I Believe In Love" is probably the best song on Rodney's self-titled album—so, you know, you can imagine what the others are like. Even so, Rodney reportedly used to roam the halls of Maui Memorial Hospital, strumming his guitar while loungingly serenading the sick and afflicted, so he gets some big kudos for that. I found this autographed copy of Rodney's record at a junk shop in Dallas, Texas a while back and, as is often the case, I was completely captivated by the hair.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Southern All Stars

Artist: Southern All Stars ( サザンオールスターズ )
LP: Hot Uneasiness ( 熱い胸さわぎ )
Song: "Willfully Sinbad" ( 勝手にシンドバッド )
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I didn't realize when I picked up this 1978 Southern All Stars LP at Everyday Music a few years ago that I was acquiring the debut album of the #1 most influential Japanese rock group of all time. (According to a 2003 list, anyhow.) At one point Southern All Stars' songs held 44 spots in the weekly Top 100 Japanese singles chart. That hardly leaves room for anyone else! You can read about the group here and go here to find their entire discography.

I'm afraid my smart phone English translations may be a little off—at least I hope so. Otherwise the Southern All Stars are simply full of nonsense. Wikipedia provided the translations above. (With mine, the album title came out as "Hot Chest Rave," with their debut single called either "Sinbad Without Permission" or "Arbitrarily Sinbad.") Anyhow, I've done the best I could. Google-translated English lyrics to "Willfully Sinbad" included below. Enjoy!

Willfully Sinbad

Chigasaki people of sand and sand and waves disappear 
and memories of summer days disappear into eyes a little
Even so, my tears do not stop
How awful like a lady a little hot tonight
I'll burn a burst of burns
* I remember you until a while
I remembered you 
Shy heart I can not stay like 
the rouge color just came floating * 

** What time is it?
Well what kind of temples are you?
Wait a moment and what time is it now?
It is still an early magical thing
Looking at you, it is the essence of the Moon Raw Row... **

When can I meet Ai Nami lover
Why do not you draw your eyes 
like crowding yourself together

Even the house where Enoshima got to see 
is forgetting that a woman crawling nearly as a dream

No, no I got the sound of the waves tonight
Talking to the man's heart
Waist of the chest of the breasts

[ Southern All Stars ]