Friday, 29 September 2017

Hugh Hefner's Rock & Roll Party

Hugh Hefner isn't normally thought of as a figure with a connection to R&R but part of his "Playboy" esthetic, or ideology even, included the idea that a Playboy Man should have god taste in literature (Hemingway, Capote, Mailer, Miller, Vidal and Baldwin all wrote for him), art (Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism, Dali) and music. At a time when "swingers" were still listening to Mantovani or Jackie Gleason's "Songs For Lovers" albums Hefner promoted some fairly hip music. Starting with the obvious choices like Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan in the 1950's he moved into Cool Jazz and before embracing the Summer Of Love in the mid sixties. One of his projects in the late 1960's was a late night TV show called "Playboy After Dark which had on some of the coolest bands around, including a number of black musicians hosted by Hef in a somewhat incongruous tuxedo.

IKE & TINA TURNER;


STEPPENWOLF ~ "AMERICA";


PETER GREEN'S FLEETWOOD MAC ~ "RATTLESNAKE SHAKE";


THE BYRDS ~ "YOU AIN'T GOING NOWHERE" & "THIS WHEELS ON FIRE";


DEEP PURPLE ~ "HUSH;


IRON BUTTERFLY ~ "INNA-GADDA-DAVIDA";


CANNED HEAT ~ "ON THE ROAD AGAIN";


JAMES BROWN;


MARVIN GAYE ~ "CHAINED";


JAMES COTTON & LUTHER TUCKER;


BUDDY MILES;


BB KING ~ "THE THRILL IS GONE";


BUDDY RICH;


DAVE BRUBECK ~ "TAKE FIVE";

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Throwback Thursdays Retro Zines; Rear Garde (April 1988)

Rear Garde Magazine ~ April 1988

By this issue Montreal's Rear Garde was less of a program guide for CSGR and more of a straight-up music mag, although they still printed their top 30 charts.

This issue featured interviews w/NoMeansNo, Schooly D, A Neon Rome, UIC and the Wailers (that's Bob Marley's band, not the 1960's Seattle band) with reviews of records by; Alien Sex Fiend, Einsturzende Neubauten, Lydia Lunch, Agnostic Front, Tav Falco, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Front Line Assembly, Gang Grenn, the Corndogs, Dave Howard, Whitenoise, 13 Engines, the Crumbsuckers and the Legendary Pink Dots. There were concert reviews for the Nouvelle Musique Festival w/The Asexuals, Teenage Head, Fail Safe, Condition, Change Of Heart, Jerry Jerry, Three O'Clock Train, The Darned, the Hodads and a cast of dozens.

A NEON ROME ~ "THE MAGICAL SUMMER OF 85";


Montreal club listings for that month include; Henry Rollins Band & Failsafe, the Gruesomes & the Ten Commandments, These Imortal Souls, Big Dipper, Lillian Allen & Fifth Column, the Crawlin'Kingsnakes, the Hodads, the Village People, Ziggy Marley, Celine Dion (apparently some of her first gigs), the Curiosity Shop, Savage Garden, the Corndogs & EJ Brule, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, the Doughboys, the Randy Peters, the Whirlygigs, the Crumbsuckers, Corrupted Youth, Flesh For Lulu, Agnostic Front and a Rear Garde benefit w/The Darned, Asexuals, Jerry Jerry, My Dog Popper, Failsafe, the Infamous Bustards, Mecca Normal, Flying Leathernecks, Ray Condo, the Hodads and a bunch of forgotten local bands.
In other news Voivod and Corrupted Youth have new albums coming out, CSGR has a new tapedeck (altogether now; ohhhh) and Paul Gott rants about the Grammys.



The CSGR Top 33 Charts;

That Month ~ Artist ~ Album ~ Label ~ Cancon
1. The Dik Van Dykes ~ Nobody Likes ~ Og! ~ cc

2. Alien Sex Fiend ~ All Our Yesterdays ~ Anagram

3. Dave Howard Singers ~ Yon Yonson ~ Hallelujah ~ cc

4. Various Artists ~ Music From The Armpit ~ Problem Children ~ cc

5. Kali & Dub Inc ~ Uncensored Reggae ~ Boomshot ~ cc

6. Various Artist ~ Hog Butcher For The World ~ Mad Queen

7. Black Flag ~ Wanted Again ~ SST

8. Tragic Mulato ~ Locos por el Sexo ~ Alternative Tentacles

9. The Lemon Heads ~ Hate Your Friends ~ Taang!

10. The Pogues ~ If I Should Fall From Grace ~ MCA

11. Cowboy Junkies ~ The Trinity Sessions ~ Latent ~ cc

12. Roy Buchanan ~ Hot Wires ~ Alligator

13. The Pixies ~ Come On Pilgrim ~ 4AD

14. Two Men Laughing ~ Dead Or Alive ~ Seba ~ cc

15. Various Artists ~ Fear Power God ~ CFN

16. Breaking Circus ~ Smoker's Paradise ~ Homestead

17. Front Line Assembly ~ Initial Command ~ KK ~ cc

18. Various Artists ~ Writing In Stone ~ Rubber Records ~ cc

19. Bunny Wailer ~ Rule Dance Hall ~ Shaniche

20. Bop (Harvey) ~ Nation From Nation ~ Grand Hall

21. Various Artists ~ Flip Side Fanzine 3 ~ Flipside

22. The Sinners ~ Some Enchanted Evening ~ s/r ~ cc

23. Various Artists ~ Potatoes ~ Ralph

24. Les Garcons Boucher ~ Garcons Boucher ~ Boucher

25. Gary Clail ~ Tackhead Sound System ~ Nettwerk

26. Gang Green ~ You Got It ~ Fringe

27. The UK Subs ~ A.W.O.L ~ NRAS

28. Family Plot ~ Convictions FP Music

29. Ludwig Von 88 ~ Le Mission ~ Bondage ~ cc

30. White Noise ~ Heavy Metal ~ Amok ~ cc

31. Chalice ~ Up Till Now ~ RAS

32. The Crumbsuckers ~ Beat On My Back ~ Combat

33. Firehose ~ If'N ~ SST

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Top 5 Cassettes;
No. Artist ~ Album ~ Label ~ Cancon
1. Various Artists ~ Animals Fight Back ~ s/r ~ cc

2. The Flying Leathernecks ~ Demo ~ S/R ~ cc

3. Mark Sutherford ~ Insects Not Poetry ~ s/r ~ cc

4. Blair Richard Martin ~ Sweet Little Girl ~ s/r ~ cc

5. This New Land ~ Demo ~ s/r ~ cc

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Top 5 Industrial Albums;
No. ~ Artist ~ Title ~ Label ~ cc
1. Einsterzende Neubauten ~ Einsterzende Neubauten ~ Some Bizzare

2. Various Artists ~ Ears To The Ground ~ Gelatinous

3. Controlled Bleeding ~ Core ~ Subterranean

4. Recoil ~ Hydrology ~ Stumm 51

5. Les Mysteres Des Voix ~ Volume 2 ~ HAD ~ cc

NOMEANSNO ~ "MAGIC GUNS";


UIC;


The Throwback Thursdays Retro Video Project Pres; Siouxsie & The Banshees (pt.2)

More from my Throwback Thursday Retro Video Project. This week; Siouxsie & The Banshees, pt.2. SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES ~ "HALLOWEEN";


This is a song off their best album, "Ju-Ju" from 1981. The video uses a 1907 short by the Spanish-French film-maker Segundo De Chomon, a contemporary of the more famous George Melies, whose style he expanded on.

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES ~ "VOODOO DOLLY";


Another song off of "Ju Ju" using a Segundo De Chomon film.

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES ~ "LET GO";


This song is a b-side off the 1984 "Swimming Horses" single using another Segundo De Chomon short film, "Les Oeufs De Paques" from 1907. I also used this film for an Ultravox song.

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES ~ "PULLED TO BITS";


This song was originally a b-side that later appeared on the 1983 live album "Nocturne" using newsreel footage from the collapse of the Tacoma Bridge in 1946.

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES ~ "SWITCH";


A song off their debut 1978 album "The Scream" using an Edwin S Porter film "Life Of An American Fireman from 1903.

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES ~ "WE HUNGER";


This is a song from the 1984 "Hyena" album. I don't actually know much about the silent film clip other than it's from a longer film and probably from the mid-1920's and seemed to fit the song perfectly.

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES ~ "TURN TO STONE";


This track off the 1986 album "Peep Show" uses another film by Segundo De Chomon

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Throwback Thursdays Retro Zines; "Rear Garde Magazine" ( June 1986)

"Rear Garde" was a Montreal based music magazine (mostly punk & post punk) from the late 1980's. Started by Paul Gott of the Ripcordz originally as a program guide for campus/community radio station CRSG out of Concordia University, the zine later evolved into a national music mag. This issue is from 1986 when it was still doubling as a program guide.

This issue is 20 pages in length and is subtitled the "Not a Cow-Punk" issue. The guide features in depth pieces on rockabilly guy Ray Condo, Montreal punk band The Asexuals, 8th Route Army, New York Garage Band the Fleshtones, Toronto Bluesman The Paul James Band, and California Garage-Psyche band The Three O'Clock Train and avant garde classical composer Wolfgang Bottenberg.

THE FLESHTONES ~ "SOUL CITY";


Reviews include Hasil Adkins, Nihilist Spasm Band, Chris Houston, Condition, Nurse With Wound, Current 93, Controlled Bleeding, Bowser & Blue. Concert reviews include Siouxsie & The Banshees, Lords Of The New Church & American Girls, Burning Spear and the 1986 Electro-Acoustic Festival with Pierre Henry.

Along with the CSRG top thirty charts there are listings for Montreal shows that month which included The Gruesomes, 10,000 Maniacs, The Shadowy Men, Green On Red, Donovan, Monty Cantsin, Killdozer, Three O'clock Train, 39 Steps, The A-Bones, Anne Clark, Depeche Mode, Julian Lennon, Deja Voodoo, Slickee Boys, The Darned, Sonny Okuson, Kool & The Gang, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Beach Boys, Archie Shepp, Public Image Limited (Hey! I saw that tour!), Tangerine Dream (saw them too).



THE THREE O'CLOCK TRAIN ~ "TAIN OF DREAMS";


CRSG Top 30 Charts;

This Week ~ Last Week ~ Artist ~ Album ~ Label ~ Weeks On ~ Cancon;

1. ~ 1 ~ Three O'Clock Train ~ Wig Wam Beach ~ Pipeline ~ 11 ~ cc

2. ~ 2 ~ Ray Condo ~ Greenback Dollar ~ s/r ~ 6 ~ cc

3. ~ 4 ~ S.C.U.M. ~ Born Too Soon ~ Psyche ~ 12 ~ cc

4. ~ 8 ~ The Gruesomes ~ Jack The Ripper ~ s/r ~ 6 ~ cc

5. ~ 27 ~ The Cucumbers ~ All Shook Up ~ Fake Doome ~ 2

6. ~ 3 ~ The Paul James Band ~ Almost Crazy ~ Lick n' Stick ~ 4 ~ cc

7. ~ n.a ~ The Ramones ~ Something To Believe In ~ Beggars Banquet ~ n.a.

8. ~ 6 ~ The Nils ~ Sell Out Young ~ Psyche ~ 24 ~ cc

9. ~ n.a ~ Chris Houston ~ Hate Filled Man ~ Zulu ~ n.a ~ cc

10. ~ 7 ~ The Ripcordz ~ Circular Motion ~ s/r ~ 10 ~ cc

11. ~ 10 ~ Siouxsie & The Banshees ~ Tinderbox ~ Polygram ~ 3

12. ~ 12 ~ The March Violets ~ Electric Shades ~ Relativity ~ 3

13. ~ n.a ~ Nihilist Spasm Band ~ 1 x X = X ~ United Dairies ~ n.a ~ cc

14. ~ 15 ~ The Pandoras ~ It's About Time ~ Closer ~ 2

15. ~ n.a ~ Condition ~ Ghost Train ~ s/r ~ n.a ~ cc

16. ~ 14 ~ The Violent Femmes ~ The Blind Leading The Naked ~ Slash ~ 11

17. ~ n.a ~ Smudgeman ~ Changing My Name ~ s/r ~ n.a ~ cc

18. ~ 19 ~ Teenage Head ~ Trouble In The Jungle ~ Warpt ~ 13 ~ cc

19. ~ 9 ~ The Asexuals ~ Contemporary World ~ Psyche ~ 13 ~ cc

20. ~ 22 ~ My Dog Popper ~ Gino ~ s/r ~ 3 ~ cc

21. ~ 23 ~ Dayglow Abortions ~ Dayglow Abortions ~ Fringe ~ 2 ~ cc

22. ~ 25 ~ Johnathan Richman ~ It's Time For ~ Rough Trade ~ 3

23. ~ 28 ~ Sturm Group ~ Century Ho! ~ Green Fuse ~ 10 ~ cc

24. ~ 25 ~ Various Artists ~ It Came From Canada ~ OG! ~ 24 ~ cc

25. ~ 16 ~ The U.K.Subs ~ In Action ~ RFB ~ 6 ~ cc

26. ~ 24 ~ Mind Altering Device ~ To Touch The Face Of God ~ s/r ~ 3 ~ cc

27. ~ 24 ~ Rhythm Activism ~ Rhythm Activism ~ s/r ~ 3 ~ cc

28. ~ n.a ~ Test Dept. ~ Unacceptable Face Of Freedom ~ Some Bizarre ~ n.a

29. ~ n.a ~ Hasil Adkins ~ Out To Hunch ~ Norton ~ n.a

30. ~ n.a ~ Ludwig Von 88 ~ Houlala ~ Bondage ~ n.a

RAY CONDO & HIS HARD ROCK GONERS ~ "WAY OUT THERE";


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Jazz Blues Top 5;

This Week ~ Last Week ~ Artist ~ Album ~ Label ~ Weeks On ~ Cancon;

1. ~ 1 ~ Skywalk ~ The Bohemians ~ Zebra ~ 3 ~ cc

2. ~ 2 ~ Larry Carlton ~ Alone But Never Alone ~ MCA ~ 3

3. ~ n.a ~ UZEB ~ Between The Lines ~ A&M ~ n.a ~ cc

4. ~ 3 ~ David Grisman ~ Acousticity ~ MCA ~ 7

5. ~ 4 ~ Jackie Washington ~ Is You Is Or Is You Ain't ~ Roto-Noto ~ 12 ~ cc

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Reggae/Afropop Top 5;

This Week ~ Last Week ~ Artist ~ Album ~ Label ~ Weeks On ~ Cancon;

1. ~ 2 ~ J.R.Express ~ She's A Dancer ~ s/r ~ 3 ~ cc

2. ~ 3 ~ Black Uhuru ~ Brutal ~ Attic ~ 3

3. ~ 4 ~ Becket ~ Stranger Man ~ Cocoa ~ 3

4. ~ 1 ~ Linton Kwesi Johnson ~ In Concert With The Dub Band ~ Rough Trade ~ 4

5. ~ n.a ~ Youssou N'Dour ~ The Rubberband Man ~ Magnetic ~ n.a

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SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES ~ "RED OVER WHITE";

The Throwback Thursdays Retro Video Project Presents; Siouxsie & The Banshees (pt.1)

More from my Throwback Thursday Retro Video Project. This week; Siouxsie & The Banshees. I always though their music had a cinematic quality.



SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES ~ "CARCASS";


Happily this track off the first album about festishizing "dead pork" turned out to be perfect for this weird French film

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES ~ "SUBURBAN RELAPSE";


Here's another song from the first album using an early French film from Pathe;

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES ~ "RED OVER WHITE";


This song originally appeared as the flipside to the "Israel" 45. This second, more lush version, appeared on "The Thorn" ep. The video is a collection of fan dancers from the 1900's. Some of the footage are of Loie Fuller, an American who invented the style and became very popular, especially in France. The others are various imitators from France and America including American Chrissie Sheridan, filmed by Thomas Edison. This may be my favorite video.

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES ~ "PLACEBO EFFECT";


Another song off "The Thorne" the original version of which on the second album, this one using a film by Segundo De Chomon

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES ~ "OVERGROUND";


Another song off of "The Thorn" this time using a fairly obscure silent film "A Daring Crime".

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES ~ "MELT";


A song off the 1982 "Kiss In The Dreamhouse" album using an abstract film by German experimental film-maker Walter Ruttman; "Opus 2" from 1921.

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES ~ "GREEN FINGERS";


Another song off of "Kiss In The Dreamhouse" using a short art film, "Tails" from 1976, by Paul Sharits. This film spliced together the faded, underdeveloped ends of other films, hence the title. I used this same film for songs by Cabaret Voltaire and Simple Minds song but couldn't decide which version I liked better so I kept them all.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The Throwback Thursdays Retro Video Project Presents; Clock DVA

More from my Throwback Thursday Retro Video Project.
This week; Clock DVA. A Northern English band led by Adi Newton who combined a jazz-funk lineup with post-punk/industrial influences on their first three albums. After that the band broke up and Newton continued on as a purely techno band under the Clock DVA name. Guitarist John Valentine Carruthers would go on to join Siouxsie & The Banshees. They don't seem to have made any proper videos during their classic early phase so mine appear to be the only ones.

CLOCK DVA ~ "SENSORIUM";


A track off their 1981 second album "Thirst" (also their best) using a silent "Lone Ranger" cartoon which was filmed off of a television set. This one definitely has the feel of an early Cabaret Voltaire video.

CLOCK DVA ~ "BLUE TONE";


Another song off of "Thirst" using an early French film "History Of A Crime". The film itself obviously filmed on a stage backdrop and is interesting in using a second stage during the scene where the prisoner is shown sleeping to portray him dreaming of his past life. This was a technique used on stage but not in film once they figured out how to do flashbacks.

CLOCK DVA ~ "MOMENTS";


This song from "Thirst" uses a strange British sci-fi comedy "The Automatic Motorist" from 1911. The film's idea of space is basically that of George Melies films but unlike Melies this film uses multiple sets and allows for a car chase and would have made the Melies films of only a few years earlier seem old hat by comparison.

CLOCK DVA ~ "FOUR HOURS";


The closest thing early Clock DVA had to a single (from "Thirst), here mashed up with a George Melies film "Zeus' Thunderbolts".

CLOCK DVA ~ "PIANO PAIN";


Another track from "Thirst" using some very early BBC TV footage that was captured on an American TV where it was somehow beamed through freak atmospheric conditions. Since almost no TV recordings exist from that era it's interesting to see how similar it was to that of the 1950's Golden Age. Incidentally while most people assume that TV started in the 1950's it's not at all true as I've written about here.

CLOCK DVA ~ "NORTH LOOP";


This one uses Edison Studios newsreel footage of the San Francisco earthquake and fire.

CLOCK DVA ~ "DISCONTENTMENT";


This track off the obscure 1980 debut album "White Souls In Black Suits" which was put out by Industrial godfathers Throbbing Gristle on their Industrial label on cassette only. Yes I actually have one. The video uses newsreel footage of New York shot for the French Pathe company sometime in the mid 1930's. Note; I had some trouble with sound levels on this one.

CLOCK DVA ~ "STILL SILENT";


This track from "White Souls" uses another Op-Art Fluxus film, by John Cavanaugh.

CLOCK DVA ~ "THE CAGE"


This track comes from a set of early demos and uses a "In The Land Of Nod" a weird film which uses some early stop action animation.

CLOCK DVA ~ "SEXUAL OVERTURE";


Another early demo for which I used a WW1 British film "The German Spy Peril". Actually it's only part of the final reel in which the hero is captured by an oddly large group of spies and tossed into a tunnel under Big Ben with a bomb. The rest of the film is apparently lost.

CLOCK DVA ~ "THE SONOLOGY OF SEX";


This song is from the b-side of the "Sound Mirror" single from 1990 put out by the latter, synth only version of Clock DVA. The song is about Elizabeth Bathory the infamous Bloody Countess of the sixteenth century so I used various still photos portrayals of the Countess including some of actresses who have played her on screen including Isabelle Hupert and Palmoa Picasso.