Episode 26 Miscellaneous
There’s no footage of Eddie Bo from the old days that I’m aware of, but here’s audio of his only nationally charting single. Hook & Sling Parts 1 & 2. Would have loved to have played this on #26, but it’s not on Spotify. It’s been sampled on nearly 100 records, by artists like NWA, LL Cool J, Justin Timberlake, and Kanye.
St. Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Milton Brown & his Musical Brownies – Garbage Man Blues. The into is not PC, but a pretty cool song afterward.
The Royal Coachmen – Repeating. This is the flip side to Loophole. Both songs are credited to Don Gates, who may have been the famous songwriter David Gates. I wasn’t 100%, so I didn’t mention it in #26. Anyhow, this is another nice obscure surf rock song.
Episode 25 Videos
The great Wardell Gray playing with Count Basie’s small group. I think this is his only filmed appearance.
The Allah-Las performing Catamaran for KEXP.
Konono No.1 filmed live in France.
Episode 24 Videos
The Boswell Sisters – Heebie Jeebies
The Boswell Sisters – Crazy People
The Boswell’s in the short, Close Farmony. Clarity is not so great.
The Remains on the Ed Sullivan Show with Let Me Through.
The Remains on Hullabaloo with Diddy Wah Diddy.
Horsegirl – Ballroom Dance Scene
Emily Remler – Tenor Madness
Cansei de Ser Sexy – Music Is My Hot Hot Sex
Episode 23 Extras
Ernie Freeman backing the Platters in the film, Rock Around the Clock.
Emitt Rhodes fronting the Merry Go Round on The Dating Game
Heaven 17 performing Play to Win on Top of the Pops
Heaven 17 – Let Me Go
Kishore Kumar – Eena Meena Deeka
San Cisco – Awkward
Double XX Posse – Not Gonna Be Able to Do It
Art Brut – Alcoholics Unanimous
Episode 22 Extras
Elis Regina & Tom Jobim – Aguas de Marco
Stuff Smith. One of the best ever.
The Cardigans and their biggest hit, Lovefool.
PawPaw Rod – Glass House
The Delta Rhythm Boys. Lee Gaines wrote lyrics to the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn classic, “Take the ‘A’ Train”.
The DRB with another Duke Ellington composition that Lee Gaines wrote lyrics for.
A nice BBC news piece on James Reese Europe & the Hellfighters.
Hoodoo Gurus – I Want You Back
Hoodoo Gurus – Death Defying. Didn’t have time for this one on the podcast, but wanted all to hear it.
If I had time on the podcast, this is the Jack Kerouac piece that I would have chosen. October in the Railroad Earth.
Episode 21 Extras
The Bongos – Numbers with Wings
Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three and their NPR Tiny Desk Concert
OKI & the Dub Ainu Band
Marion Harris – I’m Funny that Way
Hardrock Gunter with the Abbie Neal & the Ranch Girls
CAN – Vitamin C
CAN – I Want More from Top of the Pops
Episode 20 Extras
Warner Bros. shot this short of Jimmie Lunceford’s Orchestra. They perform Rhythm Is Our Business & Nagasaki. This clip is edited and doesn’t show dancers, The Three Brown Jacks or singer Myra Johnson. The full video is on Youtube if you care to see it.
Lunceford’s band appeared in the film Blues in the Night. It’s Hollywood in the 40’s, so of course a white actor, whose solo was actually done the band’s Snooky Young, has to upstage them.
Free Energy – Bang Pop
There’s not much video of Pee Wee Crayton, but here’s a clip of him from 1983 doing Blues After Hours.
Crayton’s opening riff from Do unto Others was used by John Lennon in Revolution. Audio only.
Mutabaruka performing in New York in 1984.
Jazz Pizzicato, performed by Liberace and his string section.
The Knife – Heartbeats
The Sony Bravia commercial that featured the Jose Gonzalez version of Heartbeats, plus a making-of featurette. Some have called this one of the best commercials ever made. I believe that this was only used in Europe.
Episode 19 Misc.
Jackson do Pandiero performing two songs from a Brazilian TV Special.
The Three Keys in their only filmed appearance. Them There Eyes.
The Will Bradley Orchestra in a Soundie. Boardwalk Boogie.
Another Will Bradley Soundie. This one with Ray McKinley on vocals.
Lloyd Cole – Perfect Skin. There’s a little delay before this one kicks in.
Lloyd Cole – Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken? This was never a single, so no original video. This was a KEXP in studio performance from 2015.
Camera Obscura – Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken
The Saints – Know Your Product
The Fab Four – Hark. This one mashes up Hark! The Herald Angels Sing with Help!
If you’re interested in reading Bobby Rivers’ blog post on Calvin Boze, here it is.
Episode 18 Extras
France Gall with the original version of Laisse Tomber Les Filles
Erroll Garner – Where or When. Many times his suit covered up the thick telephone book that he sat on. It’s in plain sight here.
Garner in a 1968 concert in Copenhagen. I wouldn’t expect anyone to watch all 24 minutes, but I couldn’t blame you if you did.
Garner playing Misty on the Ed Sullivan Show
Frances Forever – Space Girl
The Spirits of Rhythm from the film, Sweetheart of the Campus. It’s a film from the 40’s with African American’s in it, so, of course, they are dressed as elevator boys and are shown throwing dice. Nothing I can do to change the past, but glad a live performance of these guys exists. Leo Watson was considered by many to be the greatest scat singer of all-time. He’s little known today, though.
Leo Watson recorded Nagasaki with Gene Krupa’s band. He does a short scat vocal that shows his immense talent. It starts at the :20 second mark and ends at :48. If this were on Spotify, I would have played it. Audio only.
Cabaret Voltaire – Sensoria
Episode 17 Stuff
This is another Michael Hurley song that you may like. Sweet Lucy was on Have Moicy!
Little Barrie shows you how to play the Better Call Saul Theme!
Svend Asmussen was a terrific entertainer. Hallejulah! I’m a Bum.
The trailer for the upcoming Karen Dalton documentary. Can’t wait to see this.
Jungle Brothers with a remix of Doin Our Own Dang.
Some footage of Jimmie Noone from the 1944 movie, Block Busters.
Odessa – Caribou
1930’s footage of Little Jack Little and some guests.
Episode 16 Videos
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats
The Pied Pipers w/Jo Stafford
Bunker Hill’s Hide and Go Seek in the John Water’s film “Hairspray”. Starts around the 2:44 mark.
Trends of Culture – Off and On
SOAK – Knock Me Off My Feet
Wire – Eardrum Buzz
Wire – Ahead
Wire – Kidney Bingos
Trailer for the Wire doc “People in a Film”
Episode 15 Videos
This Slim Gaillard clip was taken from The Steve Allen Show in 1962. Slim would always begin a song introduction rather seriously, then quickly transition for a laugh. Slim’s fingers are freakishly long.
My vote for the coolest 5 minutes in film history! From the musical “Hellzapoppin”. Slim & Slam play along with Rex Stewart and others. Then come the Harlem Congeroos, featuring Frankie Manning, with their untoppable jitterbugging. Unfortunately, these great artists had to be depicted as service employees. I can’t change the past, but I’m happy to highlight their brilliance.
This was taken from Slim’s short, “O’Voutee O’Rooney”. That’s Bam Brown on bass and Scatman Crothers on drums. Scatman later voiced Hong Kong Phooey.
Blossom Dearie. So great!
Blossom voiced Schoolhouse Rock’s, Unpack Your Adjectives.
YACHT – Psychic City
Le Tigre – Hot Topic
The Dave Brubeck Quartet featuring Paul Desmond and his composition, Take 5.
Tenpole Tudor – Swords of A Thousand Men
An early film short featuring mogul Irving Mills.
Episode 14 Videos & Extras
The Spongetones – She Goes Out with Everybody
From the 1930 film, The Big Pond, it’s Maurice Chevalier with You’ve Brought a New Kind of Love to Me
The only band ever invited to play at the CERN Supercollider. Deerhoof interpreted the sounds of the collider being activated.
The Soft Pack – Parasites
Comedian, Bob Odenkirk, has some spontaneous, uncomfortable fun with The Soft Pack. It’s a takeoff on John & Yoko’s Bed-In for Peace.
Episode 13 Videos & Extras
Noonday Underground – London
Matias Aguayo – El Sucu Tucu
I-Level – Minefield. This was the lead single from their LP.
The Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers. From Letterman’s Late Show.
The International Sweethearts of Rhythm : America’s Hottest All-Girl Band. A short, terrific documentary on the band. If you have a spare half hour, check it out!
Episode 12 Videos & Extras
A Hollywood short that starred Spade Cooley and his band.
Muggsy Spanier and his band performing At the Jazz Band Ball in the 60’s.
Lizzy Mercier Descloux performing the disco-infused Fire.
The Music Machine – Talk Talk
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – The Sun Ain’t Shining No More
Celia Cruz – Bernabe
Rex Orange County – Sunflower
Episode 11 Videos & Extras
The Swan Silvertones, featuring the legendary Claude Jeter, performing Only Believe.
The Plimsouls – A Million Miles Away
The Plimsouls with Shaky City & I’ll Get Lucky. Live in 1983.
Dickie Harrell on drums for Gene Vincent’s Be Bop A Lula. From the Jayne Mansfield film, The Girl Can’t Help It.
Linda Martell singing bad case of the Blues on Hee Haw. She scored two Top 40 Country hits on her debut LP, but never was able to record again.
Khruangbin – Time (You and I)
OOIOO – Umo
Phil Harris – That’s What I Like About the South
Episode 10 Videos
The Raveonettes – Love in a Trashcan.
Star Sign – Teenage Fanclub
Ice Cream – Battles w/Matias Aguayo
Episode 9 Videos & Extras
The adorable and fabulous Sugar Chile Robinson in his only movie appearance.
A 1946 newsreel on Sugar Chile.
A short bio on Sugar Chile that includes his current condition.
Liquid Liquid – Cavern. This is the official 1983 animated video, that has some newer clips of the band mixed in.
There’s not much video out there on The Heartbreakers but here’s a clip of the band performing “Born to Lose” when the reunited in 1979.
Architecture in Helsinki – Heart It Races.
This unofficial “White Lines” video was made by Spike Lee and starred a young Laurence Fishburne. Spike was unknown at the time and was trying to get noticed by Sugar Hill. The video is age restricted, so you have to click on the link to view.
Episode 8 Videos & Whatnot
Ella Mae Morse singing Cow Cow Boogie on Liberace’s TV Show. This was more than a decade after it was a hit.
Ella Mae singing Shoo Shoo Baby in the 1944 movie, South of Dixie. This song and the next are better examples of songs, that made the public think that Ella Mae was black. This song went to #1 on the Harlem Hit Parade. That was the name of the chart prior to being called the Rhythm & Blues Singles Chart.
Buzz Me was a Louis Jordan song that Ella Mae covered. It went to #2 on the Harlem Hit Parade.
Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra with Sister Rosetta Tharpe singing Shout Sister Shout. This was a decade before Chew Tobacco Rag.
This is a must watch! Junior Senior – Move Your Feet
This is taken from the Marx Brothers movie, A Day at the Races. You get to see Ivie Anderson and the great dance group, Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers!
Episode 7 Videos & Extras
Prefab Sprout – When Love Breaks Down
Wear Your Love Like Heaven – Definition of Sound
Wreck the Rod – Nick Waterhouse
The Hombres – Let It All Hang Out. Definition of Sound heavily sampled this late 60’s Garage Rock classic in Wear Your Love Like Heaven.
Episode 6 Videos & Extras
Big Jay McNeeley, live, in 1983.
Harlem – Friendly Ghost
Good News was made into a movie in 1930. Penny Singleton leads “The Varsity Drag”. Just another wacky dance from the Roaring 20’s. Singleton later starred as Blondie, in all of those Dagwood & Blondie films of the 30’s & 40’s. In the 60’s, she voiced Jane on The Jetsons!
Good News was remade in 1947. They got rid of all of the foot stomping and zaniness from the original Varsity Drag dance.
Portishead – Numb
A short piece on Illinois Jacquet and his “Flying Home” solo. He made a career out of that solo. Nice interviews with some elder statesmen of Jazz.
Episode 5 Videos & Extras
The Bluebells in ’82 with, “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool”, live on British TV show, The Old Grey Whistle Test.
Skee Lo – Top of the Stairs.
The Beths – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Love this band! Love this video!
Skeets McDonald backed by a 17 year old, Eddie Cochran, on guitar. “You Oughta See Grandma Rock”. Skeets tells Eddie, to “rock it but don’t ruin it.” No video here.
Episode 4 Videos & Extras
Helen Kane from one of her movies, “Paramount on Parade” She’s teaching a class and the answer to everything is Poop-Oop-A-Doop. She actually said Poop before changing it to Boop a little later, so she Pooped before she Booped.
Helen with first a song, then a dance from her movie, “Sweetie”.
Helen dubbed the, “I Wanna Be Loved By You”, vocals for Debbie Reynolds in the 1950 film, Three Little Words.
The Reebok commercial that used “Bam Bam”.
Wingy Manone with “When the Saints Go Marching In”.
Wingy later in life with “Tailgate Ramble”. He always wore a glove over his prosthetic arm.
Quartetto Cetra singing Blanco e Nero.
When Crapa Pelada appeared on Breaking Bad.
Electrafixion with Sister Pain.
Howler – “Back of Your Neck”
Episode 3 Videos & Extras
Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra, minus the African American members, who weren’t permitted to be filmed.
The Fall – New Big Prinz
The Fall – Hit the North (Part 1)
The Fall – Dead Beat Descendent (live in studio)
The Reverend Gary Davis – If I Had My Way. Good God!
Children of Zion
Somebody Come and Play sung by it’s creator, Joe Raposo.
Arlo Parks – Black Dog
Episode 2 videos & extras!
Machinations – Pressure Sway
The Cribs – Hey Scenesters!
The Dickies in the movie, “18 Again”, performing “You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)”.
The Dickies on CPO Sharkey. This is the full episode but you can advance to 4:15 to see the band.
Gladys Bentley on “You Bet Your Life”.
Select videos of songs that appeared in Episode #1.
Dream Warriors-My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style
Tom Robinson Band – 2-4-6-8 Motorway. From Britain’s Top of the Pops in 1977.
The Cats and The Fiddle – Killin’ Jive. From the 1938 film, “The Duke is Tops”.
Four Tet – A Joy.
Passion Puppets – Like Dust. Video is very representative of MTV era videos.
The Beths – Future Me Hates Me.