March 25, 2017


While decluttering recently, I came upon my Devo ticket stub (click to enlarge). Apparently, my mom let me see them on a school night.
Things became a little weird in the early 1980s, and I loved it.

If something was strange and made me laugh from its absurdity and wackiness, the better. Welcome, Devo. If you like to dance or want a giggle, these will make you, at least, bob your head:

Whip It
Girl U Want
That's Good
Through Being Cool
Beautiful World
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
• If you're really adventurous, watch this

At the concert I bought a red, flower-pot hat. I also bought a concert t-shirt. The concert was during their strange, plastic-shoulder, potato-body phase. When the t-shirt became too small to wear, I gave it to a friend with the stipulation to give it back when she no longer wore it. A few years ago she returned it. Ta da.

A very Devo Christmas in 1982. The above photo is THIS!

March 17, 2017

customer service dos and don'ts

Want a job at The Krystal? Then stop being a trollop already.

March 10, 2017

Oh No Not My Baby

Maxine Brown performs at The Bitter End in 1968. The Carole King-Gerry Goffin tune was recorded by Merry Clayton in 1972.
Here is a peek at the creative process with King on piano.

Have a listen to Maxine Brown's 1964 recording:

March 3, 2017

The Letter

The Box Tops perform live at The Bitter End much to the audience's excitement. Why would you want to name yourself after the top of a box? Am I missing something? Just like a little, bitty baby now.

February 25, 2017

learn The Big Apple

Make it hot. Wiggle. Loosen up sister. If kids were roaming the streets today doing this, they would be teaching you how to twerk. Ugh.

February 17, 2017

Friday morning dose of 1967

The Move perform I Can Hear the Grass Grow on French tv.

February 9, 2017

Polk Salad Annie

Take your pick from several renditions of the 1969 hit by Tony Joe White. Polk salad, properly spelled "poke," is American pokeweed, a poisonous plant that needs to be boiled, rinsed, then boiled again before sautĂ©ing it in a skillet with bacon fat. A "poke" is a small bag or sack. Sock a little polk salad to me. Chomp, chomp, chomp.

live on Swedish tv, 1969 
with Johnny Cash
live on British tv, 1970

February 4, 2017

Tina Britt

Dusty Springfield covers Britt's 1965 tune The Real Thing.

February 1, 2017

beautiful harmonies

The Everly Brothers perform live on The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show in 1961. Check out the go-go version of Ford's Sixteen Tons.

January 26, 2017

A Face in the Crowd

In the clip above, Andy Griffith talks about his role in the 1957 film directed by Elia Kazan. Here is the scene that he references. Discuss.

January 20, 2017

This Can't Be True

Eddie Holman belts out his 1965 Cameo-Parkway hit.

January 15, 2017

Uber? Lyft?

Call me old-fashioned, but I'll take a big yellow taxi instead.

January 11, 2017

perfect for today's lifestyle

It's a fun fashion sensation. It's fun. Goes where you go. A fun part of your life. I couldn't have said it better. Thanks, K-TEL.

January 6, 2017

Ruby and the Romantics

It's 2017. Is this the year that our day will come?

December 27, 2016

Here It Comes Again

The Fortunes perform on the top of Montmartre in 1965.

December 17, 2016

Santa's been naughty, again

This has now made its way to the top of my Christmas wish list.

December 13, 2016

'tis the season...

...for listening to some of my favorite Christmas music. Enjoy the mix.

December 6, 2016

Darlene Love's Christmas Show

It's not Christmas season until I break out the Phil Spector Christmas album from 1963 featuring Darlene Love. I'll be seeing her Christmas show this weekend in the lovely town of Beverly, Massachusetts.
What a swell, early Christmas present. Whoopppeeeeeee!

UPDATE: I now have a new Christmas tradition since Darlene remarked that she'd be back next year. What an incredible voice and what a blowout of a show. Love sang her well-known Christmas songs, her iconic 1960s hits and tunes from her new album. Wonderful band and backup singers. Terrific show all around. I was extremely impressed.

Darlene lent her voice for this hilarious Saturday Night Live short.

November 27, 2016

Motown on Ready Steady Go!

Dusty Springfield introduces Motown to England via RSG!

Here's a terrific documentary about the Motown Revue touring Great Britain in 1965 right before they appeared on Ready Steady Go!

November 18, 2016

Friday morning dose of 1967

The Kinks perform Waterloo Sunset on Beat-Club in 1967.

November 12, 2016

The English Beat

On a recent vacation to California, a friend and I happened upon a free, outdoor concert. Lo and behold, the highlight of the show was The English Beat, one of my favorite groups from the 1980s. Thanks universe! What a fantastic show. No wonder why I loved them so much.
Their music is a fusion of soul, pop, reggae and ska.

Save It For Later
Save It For Later, live on tv
I Confess
Mirror in the Bathroom
Too Nice To Talk To
Best Friend
Tears of a Clown
The 1967 version by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles:

Can't Get Used to Losing You
Here's the original version by Andy Williams from 1963:

Beyoncé heavily sampled it in the song Hold Up.

After 4 years, the band broke up and the members formed Fine Young Cannibals and General Public. I loved Johnny Come Home.

November 6, 2016

Levi Stubbs

One of my favorite singers of all time, for obvious reasons.

Baby I Need Your Loving, 1964
Ask the Lonely on Hullabaloo, 1965
I Can't Help Myself, live with 2 drummers
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, 1966
Something About You, 1965
3-song medley, 1967
Bernadette, 1967

November 3, 2016

Junior Walker

Junior Walker does his thang at London's Ram Jam Club in 1967. Would someone please hurry up and invent a time machine already?! Thanks in advance. Whooooooooooooaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!

November 1, 2016

best cat video ever

I cannot stop laughing at this cat watching this Psycho scene. It's reacting to a cat toy being waved around, but it's still purrrrrrrfect.

October 29, 2016

88 Rewound

I love this WMBR radio show and look forward to it every week.

October 26, 2016

Six O'Clock Rock tv show

Six O'Clock Rock was a teenage music program from Australia that aired from 1959-1962. All that spinning is making me dizzy.

The host Johnny O'Keefe, 1959
December 1960

October 21, 2016

Halloween's a comin'

Shake it with Wednesday while she does the James Brown.

How cute is this circa 1964 elementary school Halloween parade?
Here is some excellent footage of another parade from 1932.

October 19, 2016

Wednesday morning dose of 1968

Put on your Nehru jacket and love beads and boogaloo baby.

October 15, 2016

Little Green Bag

Here are two videos from the Dutch group The George Baker Selection of their groovy hit Little Green Bag from 1970. Five years later, they would have a humongous, world-wide hit with this.

October 7, 2016

London's Marquee Club

Let's drop into The Marquee for a little afternoon shimmy...

Michael the Lover, The Ram Jam Band
You Don't Know Like I Know, The Ram Jam Band
I Take What I Want, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers
I'll Take Good Care of You, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers
Hey Joe, Jimi Hendrix
My Generation, The Who

Here's another version of Michael the Lover and Garnet Mimms' original version of I'll Take Good Care of You with intro by Otis.

I Take What I Want, Sam and Dave here and here
You Don't Know Like I Know, Sam and Dave 

September 30, 2016

Gladys Knight

Growing up in the 1970s, one of my favorite groups was Gladys Knight and the Pips. I'm finally going to be seeing her in "Lynn, Lynn the city of sin" of all places. I'm so excited to hear that beautiful voice.

I can't stop watching this terrific version of I Heard it Through the Grapevine from a V.A. hospital performance in 1970 during the Vietnam War. What a wonderful thing they did. I love their exit.

If I Were Your Woman
If I Were Your Woman, whole song
I Don't Want To Do Wrong
I Really Got To Use My Imagination, circa 1975
I Heard it Through the Grapevine on Soul Train
Friendship Train
• Midnight Train to Georgia with Neither One of Us
You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

UPDATE: I was knocked out by Gladys Knight's show. It started with a mash-up of Nitty Gritty and Shake Your Body Down to the Ground. She then sang covers by Adele, Sam Smith and others. Her four young backup singers (2 male, 2 female) came forward and did a Prince tribute while Gladys hung out in the background, letting them have the spotlight. The tribute ended with Knight coming forward and belting out Purple Rain. She closed the show with a very audience-involved rendition of Midnight Train to Georgia. She's called "The Empress of Soul" for a reason. Wow.

September 16, 2016

In the Midnight Ow

Groove along with the Germans. But just say "no" to puffy shirts.

September 5, 2016

Uptight and outta sight

Here's a 16-year-old Stevie Wonder singing live, circa 1966.
Here's another great clip. It looks like Swingin' Time.

August 28, 2016

Swing the Jingle

Swing the Jingle was a 1965-1974 advertising project that had popular music groups and singers recording the Coke jingle in their own musical style and sound. Check out the history of this undertaking and have a listen to these groovy radio spots.