The House of Wild Delights

The House of Wild Delights

vendredi 1 octobre 2010

"I Walked All Night"- The Embers

Holy Licks ! Another piece of luscious & lascivious genius ! I simply just can't get enough of this highly addictive song !

And you know what ? It makes me want to rub myself against whoever or whatever stands or lies around !'ve been warned !

Once again, I don't know much about The Embers themselves and how they recorded this way cooool masterpiece.

I just know it was recorded for Murray Nash's own Do-Ra-Me label, Nashville Tennessee, in the very early 60's I guess (Nash has been running his label from 1955 to the late 60s) and sadly stayed unreleased. Too bad...Just imagine a cute little 7" piece of wax with "I walked all night" on one side and "The Thump !" on the other...Has anyone ever seen a copy of this ? An acetate ?

The song was written by Hargus "Pig" Robbins (sitting quietly smiling behind his sunglasses on the couch up there). He may had even played on it, who knows ?

You may know the man better as Mel Robbins, the heavy breathin' piano hitter behind "Save it" (leased by Murray Nash to Chess and released on their subsidiary label Argo in 1959).
Robbins was later renowned for being a highly demanded Nashville session musician (he recorded with George Jones, Ernest Tubb, Neil Young and many many others).

Robbins became blind when he was a little kid after he had hurt himself with his father's knife.
So listen children : Don't ever play with Daddy's knife unless you REALLY want to be become a piano master !
And now, close your eyes (needn't do that if you're blind of course...), relax and feel the retarded(?) magic(??) moronic(???) mood of "I walked all night" warming your body and drawing a stupid toothless smile on your silly ugly face !
Oh, I took this tune for the podcast from the "BORN BAD vol. 7" lp compilation but you can also find it in the "Songs The Cramps taught us" serie and in the great Ace compilation "El Primitivo American Rock'n'Roll and Rockabilly".
Enjoy !
You can still listen to the CALL OF WILD PIRATE RADIO episode 1 HERE or even somewhere around HERE.
You can still subscribe to THE HOUSE OF WILD DELIGHTS podcast HERE.
You can join me at the GaragePunk Hideout HERE or even become a "fan" on Facebook HERE.
But if you want to offer me a drink or more, you'll have to find me in the real world...

vendredi 24 septembre 2010

"Voodoo Kiss" by Don Sargent and The Buddies

Jungle and Bongos, Voodoo and Tremolos...

What else does it take to be an ever favorite of your devoted Hoodoo Preacher ???

A reverberated harmonica ? Well, listen closely : here it comes !

"Voodoo Kiss" is a haunting captivating love jungle ballad written by Don Shea and Jack Bowman, originally released in 1959 on the Californian CATALINA records label. (Check the pic up there of the beautiful 45 and yours ugly.)

I sadly confess that I don't know much about Don Sargent nor his Buddies ( Wow ! Such a gay name, so teen and innocent (???) ! Still wondering..Is this a song about some exotic enchanted she-beauty or about some muscular semi-naked wild yet tender he-native ???).

I only know he recorded some other sides for various labels such as RCA (with Shorty Rogers and his Orchestra : "Red Ruby Lips/Deep goes my Love in 1958) or World Pacific records ("Gypsy Boots/St James Infirmary in 1959)...
Of course, I'd be glad to get some more informations from any of you rock'n'roll geeks and exotica freaks.

Here's a little bit of extra music for you, picked up from youtube. Enjoy :

See you soon I hope !

mercredi 19 mai 2010


It's been quite a long time since my last post...well, it's even been a very long time !

Sorry for those who read this. I'll try to post stuff more often but you know how it is...the nights are too short and there's so many great things to achieve before the dawn !
Let's investigate the playlist a little further now...

"Down in Mexico" by the GATOR SHADES BLUES BAND.

I love that version of this great Lieber/Stoller classic ! Not as luscious and lascive as the wonderful Coasters version but so catchy it never fails in making one wanna get up and dance like a possessed freak !!! Well, it's got that effect on me !!!

GATOR SHADES BLUES BAND was in fact an alias for KENNY AND THE KASUALS backing MAX LIPSCOMB (real name of SCOTTY MCKAY). Got it ?

Let me explain : SCOTTY MCKAY was born MAX LIPSCOMB in 1937 in Dallas, Texas and died in 1991.
He's well known for being a member of GENE VINCENT 's BLUE CAPS in 1957 for a few months providing backing vocals, then a little rhythm guitar and ended up hitting a few notes on the first piano ever heard on a BLUE CAPS session.
The Legend tells us (and you know you gotta believe in legends, don't you ?) he couldn't really play any instrument but he was the right good looking cat in the right cool place at the right moment !
He then cut a few sides under the name of Scotty McKay, but I'll tell you more about this later (wait for episode 3 baby, have a fresh drink and be patient...).
Later, about 1967 I believe, he recorded this explosive version of "Down in Mexico" with THE GATOR SHADES BLUES BAND.

Yeaaaah, you're right honey, these Kenny & The Kasuals !!!
"Journey to Tyme" !!!
"Come on Kid" !!!
and more 60's Texas garage anthems...
Kenny & The Kasuals were from Dallas too. Any connection ?
They were Kenny Daniel (vocal & guitar), Lee Lightfoot (bass), Paul Roach (keyboards), David "Bird" Blachley (drums) and Jerry Smith, later replaced by Tommy Nichols (lead guitar).
And their ultra classic "Journey to Tyme" is supposed to be the first recorded tune featuring a fuzzzzzzzz bass ! Yep, that's what I've been told ! And I'm a believin' kind of guy.
But, back to our "mexican" affair, they backed up Scotty McKay and, for any reason, the latter didn't want the name of Kenny & The Kasuals to appear on the recordings. He then changed it to Gator Shades Blues Band after Paul's nickname : "Gator Shades".
And they called him "Gator Shades" coz he was always wearing dark sunglasses on stage.
You got it now ???
So enjoy this version of "Down in Mexico" again and again baby, it'll make your hips shake !
Oh, I got this version from the "Things gettin' better" lp on the Eva french record label but I'd really like to learn more about the original recordings since I hadn't been able to find any informations on it. Is there a 45 ? What's the original label ?
Any informations (or corrections) are welcome.
Thanks for being here instead of there.

To be continued...

Oops, check this before you leave :

Kenny and the Kasuals "I'm not talking" from their "Impact" lp (1965)

And a love message from Scotty McKay in 1961 :

mercredi 14 avril 2010

A few details about CALL OF WILD PIRATE RADIO episode 1 (part 1)

Alright, here are a few details about the playlist below (see previous post) for those who care. (By the way, is there anybody here ???)

Starting off this very first episode was "Got it goin' on" by The Countdowns from their "Right on sound" lp, released in 1997 on Scooch Pooch records.

This was produced by Tim Kerr, recorded by Mike McHugh at the Distillery in Costa Mesa and the liner notes were written by Big Daddy Soul (more Big Daddy words here).
Hmm, that sure looks like a cool record !
And it is !

Listen to the killer intro of "Got it goin' on" and you'll understand that when these guys will later sing about the beat that kills, they know what they're talking about !

First comes this frantic drum beat driven by Lance Porter coupled with that fantastic bass line provided by John Sellers; the song has just started and, wow, you know you won't sit down for a while now ! You just GOT to move your lazy ass ! Ain't got no choice ! That's DYNAMITE !!!

Next come that wild larsen and that screamin' preachin' voice : "I feel alright !" : Brian Waters is in the place ! Ouch !!!

And you should have seen this live (well, maybe you have...) : Brian yelling through the mic of his distorted Telecaster (was it really a Telecaster ?) ! WOW !!!

The Countdowns were from L.A. and, besides their album and a few singles, are quite famous for having been one of Andre Williams', Mr Rhythm himself, backing band on tour and on most tracks from his "Black Godfather" album ( line up for these sessions : Brian Waters, guitar; John Sellers, bass; Zac Pike, guitar; Craig Waters, drums )on In the Red records.

Brian and Lance have been next riding The Flash Express. Check their LP "Introducing the dynamic sound of The Flash Express" released in 2003 on Hit Now records.

To be continued ... someday.
See you in the Hideout.

mercredi 24 mars 2010

Call of the Wild Pirate Radio #1

"CALL OF THE WILD PIRATE RADIO" is a rock'n'roll amateur podcast hosted by The screamin' Soul Preacher ( you may think it's a silly pseudo...).

It's 100% homemade, wild, raw and stupid, full of crazy music, screams and a few mumbles...

The aim of this podcast is just to please my own self by playing records, dancing and shouting ! Yeah, I love that ! You may enjoy it (and that'll make happy), or not.

If you're from a band or a label and I play your song, that means it's great and I love it ! Still, if you don't want to be played in this bad so-called podcast, I understand...just tell me and I'll delete the episode and re-record it (or not) without your song...

Now, you may be already familiar with this podcast and wonder why do I re-post this again ?Well...I 'm wondering too...

Anyway, here's my first try :

CALL OF THE WILD PIRATE RADIO #1 (originally posted 04/22/2008)
About half an hour of non-stop cool and crazy twist 'n' shout, introducing The screamin' Soul Preacher telling you a sick love story full of Rock'n'roll, 60's garage, punk, surf, exotica and even a bit of soul music...

Alright, are you ready for this ?


Here's the playlist :

-"Got it goin' on" The Countdowns
-"Down in Mexico" Gator Shades Blues Band
-"Voodoo kiss" Don Sargent & the Buddies
-"I walked all night" The Embers
-"You're gone I'm left" Tyrone Schmidling
-"Broken heart" The Moonlighters
-"Ghost memories" Gene McKnown
-"I'm a living sickness" The Calico Wall
-"Shock treatment" The Invaders
-"I am to blame" The Blonde Bomber
-"Suicide" The Royal flairs
-"The fun we had" Raggamuffins
-"Hot rods to Heaven" The Fastbacks

That's it.
Thanks for listening. More retarded archives soon...
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