Monday, April 25, 2005

Wacky Dust



A teenager coming from an unstable homelife, in 1934 young Ella Fitzgerald ends up living on the streets of NY, and wins a talent contest at The Apollo Theater. She hooks up with hunchbacked drummer Chick Webb, who becomes her legal guardian and by the late 30's she spends a total of six years fronting Webb's band, based outta Harlem's Savoy Ballroom. Webb dies of heart attack in '39, Ella continues leading his band until 1942, and then goes on to a storied career becoming America's "first lady of song"... Here she is recording a naughty lil' nightclub fave for Decca long before the many awards and accolades came pouring in...

 Ella & Chick stompin' at The Savoy 1938



download "Wacky Dust"
as as performed by Chick Webb & His Orchestra featuring Ella Fitzgerald




" Wacky Dust"


(composers : Stanley Adams & Oscar Levant)



They call it wacky dust
It's from a hot cornet
It gives your feet a feeling so breezy
And oh, it's so easy to get

They call it wacky dust
It brings a dancing jag
And once it starts, then only a
Sap'll refuse to Big Apple or Shag

Oh I don't know just why
It gets you so high
Putting a buzz in you heart
You'll do a marathon
You'll wanna go on
Kickin' the ceilin' apart

They call it wacky dust
It's something you can't trust
And in the end the rhythm will stop
When it does, then you'll drop
From happy wacky dust

[Instrumental]

Oh we don't know just why
It gets you so high
Putting a buzz in you heart
You'll do a marathon
You'll wanna go on
Kickin' the ceilin' apart

They call it wacky dust
It's something you can't trust
And in the end the rhythm will stop
When it does, then you'll drop
From happy wacky dust

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Kill From The Heart

a quck headline scan shows lotsa bummers to sort through in the media

bodies floating down the tigris

neo-cons on parade in gov't all over DC & headed to UN

Britney Spears breeding...


gotta puke ...

wipe chin...

so anyhow...

here's a special tune for you kids that are playing attention

Dicks - Kill from the heart - Live @ Rauls

get it now, it'll be gone soon, thanks to "something I learned today"

meanwhile, uh, as usual...

I'm on the hunt for work...

what's new?

if I hadn't lost my wallet again it wouldn't be so ugly I suppose...

In the last week: I've monkeyed building stages for The Shakespeare Festival, Taxi dispatching, sold lectures of MP3'z on CD to doctors, sold beer & vodka to drunks,

but it seems I'm so broke & unfocused I can barely make it to a focus group...

In fact have a marketing proposal to give in a few hours to a marketing flack & recruiter for The School of Rock

yeah, just like the one the Jack black movie is based on...only that this one is for real and needs students badly to survive... and it needs someone like me to find em I suppose... which is why this blog entry is getting cut short...

I need to assemble a pro marketing proposal, and get some sleep before the crack of dawn creeps up on me... yikes!


Tunes That I Heard circa Apr 22, 2005, 01:24

1. Johnny Cash - I Won't Back Down
2.
The Undertones - My Perfect Cousin
3.
10cc - The Things We Do for Love
4.
Elvis Presley - Baby What You Want Me To Do
5.
Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
6.
Ann Peebles - I Can't Stand The Rain
7.
Humble Pie - 30 Days In The Hole
8.
Alice Cooper - Under My Wheels
9.
Princess Superstar - Bad Babysitter (Featuring High & Mighty)
10.
Soundgarden - Kickstand


yo folks, please dig the

First Daughter of Satan:



sadly, this is a real picture from the last inaugural ball...



T-shirts are for sale of course here: http://www.cafepress.com/satannnnnnnn

Thursday, April 14, 2005

The weird, the stupid, the sensational and the untrue

"The weird, the stupid, the coarse, the sensational and the untrue are becoming
our cultural norm, even our ideal" - Carl Bernstein , in a recent a speech by the reporter who broke the Watergate story. Now 61, he is alarmed by the collapse in responsibility and various failures of the modern media.

In a recent speech to journalists he decried an "idiot culture" that
is more concerned with Donald Trump's sex life, than coverage of world
affairs & life changing events.

"the consequences to a society that is misinformed and disinformed by
the grotesque values of this idiot culture are truly perilous."

http://www.ljworld.com/section/citynews/story/202103

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speaking of idiot culture...

One cannot be anything but excited to hear that it is alive and
well... and I myself am horrifically attracted to it like a roadside
car accident one cannot resist peeking at...if only because everyone
else is too...

fine fascinating examples of idiot culture listed below:

Teen Magazines Blamed for Rise in Girls' Suicide

The pressure to conform to images of female perfection in teenage
magazines is contributing to a rise in the suicide rate among young
women aged 15 to 24...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2090-1573008,00.html

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The Gawker, a website that highlights pretty much the purely idiotic,
reports on NY faux punk rock band the Bravery, demonstrating "hipster
belligerence" par excellance this past weekend. Their cleverly coiffed
bass player was reportedly spotted charging the door at another band's
sold out show in Boston shouting, "We're in the Bravery! You have to
let us in!"

The doorman, apparently declined and being just as brave as the Bravery, well fisticuffs broke out forcing the now wounded would be VIPs into exile a local IHOP instead.

The Bravery, a 21st centuryblend of Good Charlotte, Oasis & Kajagoogoo

Bravery Brawl in Boston


meanwhile, uh, from Europa, I think this is some Norwegian Rasta Arabs rapping about snuffing Prez Bush ...

translated for your pleasure

the vid has a pro-palestinian bent & beat a cameo from Casey Kasem ( he's an Arba y'know!) and it's getting hits

i film

supposedly it was banned in Norway for it's violent unconscionable message

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http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2667824?htv=12


supposedly it was banned in Norway for it's unconscionable message

dig it...

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my most played artists this week

1. The Small Faces

2. Joe Tex

3. Ramones

4. Akon

5. The Undertones

6. The Jam

7. Thin Lizzy

8. Bloc Party

9. Sigue Sigue Sputnik

10. Chuck Prophet

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Some Random Tracks

as of 22:03:06 PDT, April 14 2005

Audio Scrobbler Plugin ID: DVoodoo

1 Big Black - Heartbeat
2 P.M. Dawn - Art Deco Halos
3 Flipper - Ever
4 The Arcade Fire - Headlights Look Like Diamonds
5 Panthers - Thank Me With Your Hands
6 Ryan Adams - Cold Roses
7 Akon - Lonely (f. Bobby Vinton)
8 The Who with Tina Turner (Tommy OST) - Acid Queen
9 Brian Wilson - Our Prayer (Freeform Reform)
10 The Arcade Fire - Old Flame

Saturday, April 09, 2005

We're Gonna Roll [ the post war R&B era]

A brief, (but still pretty exhaustive) look at post war blues


The decade that followed the end of the Second World War brought about an explosive era in American cultural life, which besides television as a new influence, folks had a new sound emerging on the airwaves as well. As a mass rural negro migration towards the industrial centers of the north occured, so-called "race music" became a national commercial force. Along with BeBop & Modern Jazz , urban blues, swing and boogie woogie, were country blues music and gospel that all intertwined to become the roots of rock and roll. In the wake of these developments, many independent labels sprung up to capitalize on the trends from coast to coast.


With the end of the war freeing production resources, there was an abundance of little labels producing R&B around the country. One of the first acts to garner widespread attention for the "Harlem Hit Parade" sound in the 40's was Pvt. Cecil Grant ( i.e Gant ) who's tune "I Wonder" was on the "Gilt-Edge" label. An ex-soldier who first sprung up at an L.A War Bonds rally, toured as "The G.I. Sing-sation' dressed in Army khaki.

download I Wonder

His indie hit " I Wonder" was pressed under wartime rationing using hidden neighborhood pressing plants and reportedly black market supplies of shellac.



Cecil Gant's "Nashville Jumps" launched Bullet Records' "sepia" series in 1946.



Click To hear the rare track from Cecil called "Nashville Jumps" as well as a 29 minute history of Nashville R&B featuring Bobby Hebb - "Sunny", The Prisonaires - "Just Walkin' in the Rain", Christine Kittrell - "Sittin' Here Drinking", Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson - "Soul Shake", all in just 4 well compressed megabytes





Cecil was a lively performer & broke attendance records at major venues, and attracted both black and white audiences. His success was credited by many as an inspirational sign to start their own carreers and labels.


Cecil Gant recording session, WSM studio,
Nashville, c. late 1940s

Gant had later releases on L.A's Bronze & King, Nashville's Bullet in '48-9, Dot & Downbeat/Swingtime in '49, Imperial, 4 Star & Decca in '50 & 51; but no strong hits. He died of alcoholism & pneumonia in 1951, a 38 year old footnote in the path to R&B juke box glory and the fortunes it generated.



One of the earliest independents founded to cash in on R&B sounds was Apollo, named to capitalize on the famous theater nearby in upper Manhattan 1943. It was run by three jewish guys who ran a Harlem music shop & who's first hits featured Coleman Hawkins, The Five Royales and later in the 50's Doo Wop era The Larks .

( click to hear The Larks "My Reverie" a vocal group hit from 1951) .

NY based entrepeneur's like George Goldner (Tico, Roulette, Gee, Gone), Hy Weiss (Old Town), Al Silver (Herald), Bobby Robinson (Fury, Whirlin' Disc) all tried to cash in on the new street vocal group sound. NYC based R&B indies that also competed in the "race" market included Manor, Savoy, Jubilee, DeLuxe, National, and Dootune. In 1947 with money borrowed from a dentist, the Ertegun Bros. launched their newly devised Atlantic imprint.


George Leaner, owner of Chicago's Groove Record Shop once said " The Illinois Central Railroad brought the blues to Chicago". As the factories of Gary, and "killing floors" of the southside meat packing districts were filled with newly arrived southern blacks, a new music scene arose. As Leaner noted " The emergence of BMI and the rapid growth of Negro radio in the late forties accelerated the blues movement".

One of the first to capitalize on the new energy & scene was the Rhumboogie label in 1944. The label was affiliated with a popular nightclub operation co-owned by boxer Joe Louis. They had a relationship with guitar hero T- Bone Walker that put the club & label on the map, but the club had a fire on New Year's Eve 1946, and the operation never regained momentum.

In the midwest other labels arose like Leaner's own "One-Derful" as well as "Hy-Tone", "J.O.B", "Rhumboogie", "Miracle", "Old Swing-Master","Vee-Jay" & "Mercury" were all building momentum and releasing sides. Syd Nathan's "King Records" run out of a Cincinatti icehouse would also include "Federal" & later own it's own pressing plant. Two southside nightclub owning Jewish immigrants in Chicago posistioned themselves to reap the rewards of R&B. They owned a nightclub called the Mocambo and soon realized more moey could be made recording the acts that were playing every week.ad that ran in Chicago Bee 1947
This is reputed to be the only ad the Chess Bros ever ran for their club.

They eventually affiliated in 1950 with Aristocrat records (who had already recorded bluesmen Sunnyland Slim & Muddy Waters), and bought the label to become the big time blues breakthru boys, operating a storefront studio and two vital imprints: "Chess" & "Checker".

Arnold Shaw in his 1971 book "World of Soul", wrote of Leonard Chess & his southen talent searches. "Carrying a heavy two piece Magnatone tape recorder in his car, he would record on location, frequently running a long extension cord from a bean or cotton field into an electrical outlet in a farmhouse. Arthur "BigBoy" Crudup whom Leonard found in Forest Mississippi, was recorded in this fashion.

Big Boy Crudup
In Shreveport La, Chess was introduced to Ferdinand "Fats" Washington by Disk Jockey Stan the Record Man... Howlin' Wolf was a field-trip find in 1948 in West Memphis Ark. where Chess recorded two sides with a 5 piece combo including Ike Turner at the piano and James Cotton on harp."

On the west coast in Los Angeles in the 1940s saw Specialty, Imperial, Aladdin, and several labels operated by the Bihari brothers like Modern/Meteor/Kent/Flair/RPM & Crown being particularly notable. In Oakland, Bob Geddins operated numerous small labels like Down Town, Big Town, Irma, Elko & Calva Tone. Geddins recorded early sides by Lowell Fulson, Jimmy McCracklin, Jimmy Wilson, Sugar Pie DeSanto and many others. In the south, Freedom, Peacock, and Ace were R&B forces. In Tennessee, Sam Phillips opened his Memphis Recording Service in 1950, while new labels like Dot, Bulleit, Nashboro & Excello were based in Nashville and similar entrepreneurs were going at it in towns like Philedelphia, Houston & New Orleans and coast to coast.


In some cases artists, who were compensated with literally pennies on the dollar, recorded under different names for different labels for a variety of contractual reasons. One performer who cut many sides for various labels under various monikers was John Lee Hooker. Born in Mississippi, but this Delta raised bluesman worked as a janitor in Detroit factories before cutting records. Unhappy with his arrangements with Modern, John begat a spate of pseudononymous recordings for labels such as Savoy, Regent, Specialty, Staff, Acorn, Federal, Chance, Gotham, Deluxe, Gone and Time. These boogie-based numbers were seen credited from the likes of nom de blues like Delta John, John Lee Booker, Johnny Williams, Johnny Lee, Birmingham Sam, 'Boogie Man', Texas Slim, John Lee Cooker, 'Texas Slim' and even 'Little Pork Chops'. To the consternation of discographers, over the years he recorded under his own proper name on dozens of other labels as well.

John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillen from 1948


On July 22, 1949 Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood hosted a session that was released under the name "Shorty Muggins".

A psuedonym for an individual that had already had a fairly long career by this point as a vaudeville & film performer, and whom would soon become one of the world's most recognizable entertainers...

We're talking about Mr Yes-I-Can, Sammy Davis, Jr. who was joined on this session by members of The Woody Herman Orchestra (acc), Dave Cavanaugh (arr, con, ts), Gerald Wiggins (p).

Sammy Davis Jr a.k.a Shorty Muggins We're Gonna Roll - 02:07 (writer credited as Bobby Black) from Capitol 78: 70052 (1949)


Click to Dig this fairly hard to find Sammy aka Shorty Muggins track that is really a feisty Jump Blues era type cut.



original "Shorty Muggins" 78 label


Elmore Nixon's piano is to be heard on many more records than he made under his own name. By his early teens in Houston, he was already backing Peppermint Harris on his Gold Star debut, and first sang with the gospel group The Pilgrim Travelers . He recorded with many Texas artists as a backing band member but his debut record, "Foolish Love', wasn't made until 1949 for the "Sittin In With" label as Elmore Nix & The Hadacol Boys. His own music reflected the jump music of the time. Sessions followed for Big Town, Peacock, Mercury, Savoy and Imperial. This track was done for "Sittin In With" a NY label that had a 4 year run owned by two bros. Bob & Morty Shad. Elmore was a respected pianist, who recorded with his nephew Clifton Chenier until around 1966. The southern style blues track featured here from the early 50's has backing from Henry Hayes and his Rhythm Kings.

Elmore Nixon - I Went To See A Gypsy

Born Mabel Louise Smith in Jackson Tennesse in 1924, her first professional stage exposure came via the all female Sweethearts of Rhythm, and later on Decca sides as part of Christine Chatman's Orchestra. An appearance with Jimmy Witherspoon at The Flame Show Bar in Detroit circa 1952, won her solo acclalim and soon a deal with Okeh, Columbia's R&B subsidiary. Newly renamed "Big Maybelle", her first session produced "Gabbin Blues" which was a top ten R&B hit in 1952.

Big Maybelle - Gabbin' Blues

Jimmy Wilson was a West Coast guitarist with Texan roots who recorded for many labels, particularly those out of Oakland. Among the imprints his tunes graced were Cava Tone,Aladdin,Big Town,7-11,Irma, Elko, and Chart. On this track his voice & style are somewhat reminiscient of Otis Rush. Likely recorded in Lake Charles LA for the GoldBand label, this was a minor hit on the chitlin circuit. Other hits for him were 1953's "Tin Pan Alley", "Jumpin From 6 to 6", and "Blues at Sunrise", all mostly forgotten by his death in 1965.

Jimmy Wilson & His All Stars - Trouble In My Home

In 1948 Detroit's Joe Von Battle started a label called JVB. Among his productions was this great little track from circa 1953 that appeared on a JVB 78 featuring

Tye Tongue Hanley
- You Got My Nose Wide Open"...


A Detroit record store owner, Von Battle's portable recording equipment is also credited as making the 1st recordings of a Reverand's daughter fresh from the choir of her father's New Bethel Baptist Church, in Detroit's Paradise Valley, an ironically titled ghetto.

That girl, would make several acetates on a series of Sundays in 1956 with Von Battle that document the first steps on a path that would make Aretha Franklin one of the most sucessful & soulful singers of her time. We'll get to her some other time...

In the meantime I hope ya dig the post war R&B tunes featured here.




Thanx to all my wonderful source material, including websites like


www.wfpl.org/otc_archive_january12005.htm (the 4 mb .mp3 feature produced by WFPL, based on a new Nashville R&B exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame with songs taken from the 2CD set, "Night Train to Nashville")

http://www.history-of-rock.com/independent.htm features a look at indie lables of the early rock era

http://www.nugrape.net, pic of Shorty Muggins label, and many of the rare .mp3z

http://bluesland.net/thang/ for info on Big Maybelle

The Red Saunders Research Foundation for Chicago info on Chess & Aristocrat

Plus good ol' fashioned books from guys like Peter Guralnik, Arnold Shaw and others and I look forward to someday perusing a new massive 4 volume collection known as The R & B Indies. Here is what it contains : The R&B Indies encompasses the early post-war jump combos, the blues craze of the forties and fifties, the teaming vocal groups that led to the many subcategories of Soul music in the sixties and seventies and eighties, chronologically listed side-by-side to present a full and clear picture of all that has been marketed under the banner of R&B.

phew!

Friday, April 08, 2005

Pomona Stoner Session

Download a rare recorded excerpt of a bender that got beyond control. Track conceived & recorded by the Inland Hemperors live in an apartment in Pomona Ca in late 1994 just across the street from Willie's Lounge, a nasty lil' bar off the old route 66.

Cockblocker

I'm singing, guitar by SF real estate mogul John Gel, drums Chris Smay, bass by Fatty

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

past & present & eury-nation


lil mike in his Clash "Know Your Rights" tour T-shirt circa 1983 


here suck up an MP3 of my wacked beaten & fried white striped seven eury-nation remix

Recent Tracks as of 07:15:55 AM PDT, April 8 2005

    compiled via AudioScrobbler


  • 1 The Dynamics - Misery
  • 2 Fela Kuti - Look And Laugh
  • 3 Andrew Bird - Opposite Day
  • 4 Fiona Apple - Not About Love (v1)
  • 5 DJ Numark and Pomo - Imagine 06:59:54 PDT, April 8 2005
  • 6 Mos Def - Shinjiro (featuring DJ Krush)
  • 7 John Holt - I Will
  • 8 Roy Harper - One Man Rock and Roll Band
  • 9 The Jam - To Be Someone (Didn't We Have A Nice Time?)
  • 10 The Raveonettes - Ode To L.A.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

MDC 25 years of dead cops

MDC 25 years of dead cops



last week I got to see some old
friends that are
sorta like real punk rock show biz legends ...at least in my book...



it was rank



it was illin'



i was chillin'

They are survivors of a world gone mad, bad and completely whacked...and just because this blog software can't handle some of my tags or something...doesn't mean you won't get the tall tale...



the title of their new 'career' retrospective sez it all



"Now More Than Ever"


I speak of the band
Millions of Dead Cops, or Multi Death Corporations or whatever...



last thursday they played a "club"

squeezed in somewhere between two car dealerships...

clustered on a well worn parquet dancefloor beneath a warped & dusty mirrored ceiling in

some ancient Military disco gone AWOL on the former Naval base town of Alameda...
The last time they'd played this burg was at least 15-18

years earlier, at some joint called the Twilight Zone...seems not much

has changed in Alameda... Rod Serling's ghost was definitely nearby



the kids still run around in circles, even if some of the

kids are pushing 40, and weighing a few hundred pounds heavier since their

needle jabbing days...



a once cute girl with a black eye and a mohawk cruised the

merch tables... and drunken people started yelling for "John Wayne was a Nazi" almost as

soon as the band set up their gear...



Not so fast you impatient punkers...

the guys are gonna wanna pummel you with another 20 or so "new songs" & back
catalog chestnuts before you get to the Rhino records endorsed

"hit"...



So to warm it up, they duted off the cobwebs & opened with the song that started off their first LP, and

as it's lead riff blasted the room, I realized it is still relevant, in fact "NOW MORE THAN EVER"...



"Business Is On Parade

! Corporate Scam Charade !"



with images of Prezidunt W & Warren Buffet

& Wal Mart headlines all dancing in my head , the mutant congregation swarmed

enthusiastically around the band like a hive of stunned killer bees.
Mikey Offender was playing bass low slung , dirty dreadlocks swinging. His first appearance with the band in the SF Bay Area in about two decades. Dave was
holding
down the middle of the

floor, battling feedback and the fans for vocal dominance of the room with it's

substandard punk PA & crowd that looked straight of a 1983 Penelope Spheeris

"Decline" outtake reel...



Meanwhile OG guitarist Ron Posner played

back in the corner away from the fray, keeping a stray eye on drummer Al Shvitz.

Recently releassed from San Quentin, Al seemed distracted, mentally frayed and just physically hanging in there, if not outright dopesick.



Mid set Al's 19 year old son Brian,

now a roadie for the family business, was called upon to move the band's van

when it was discovered leaking gas in the parking lot...



Thankfully they

were selling at least 5 or 6 t-shirts an hour to pay for another repair job

before the band gets to CBGB's in May. That's if CBGB's is still there when they get there. NY's aging punk hideaway is also reportedly on as shaky legs as the bands that play it.

MDC's Drummer Al is apparently tied with Mick Mars, Richard Pryor & Hunter S. Thompson in a desperate run
for the wasting away gracelessly due to a rock n roll lifestyle
award.

I've witnessed upclose the rumours & realities of this
band up close, and I'll always love em. The stray children, drug busts, and
often nefarious means through which they had to survive.

When I first moved to SF, I used to load gear,
put up flyers and mainly just live vicariously
through their antics going on
around me. It was a thrill to help out one of the bands that first helped me
discover punkrock, and how far I'd come from skating around to their
albums on my boombox 3000 miles away, and how small & amazing the world seemed when I was actally living with them a couple years later.

Now here it is decades have come and gone , and
the band is commemorating it's 25th year of existence.

My pal called on his cellphone
when I was in the parking lot of last night's show, and seemed amused when I
told him what band I was seeing...






"MDC... holy shit, weren't those guys ...
homophobic?"










I had

to laugh...



MDC were actually one of the few
bands, punk or otherwise, that

actually spoke up on behalf of gays... Hell they
came out here with fellow

Texan freak Gary Floyd of The Dicks.


It's

beyond well documented that they were
out, and out of their skulls too. Dave

even ran a moving service for a minute
called the Homo Truck Driving Men...

and was even the beer slop & sex
trash cleaning janitor for

the gay disco The End Up ...


In
addition to being on the nutty

forefront of screaming about cops, politicians
& nazis...those boys

battled tons of skinheads around the globe, survived
shootings, the secret

service & many strip searches, drugs, prisons and are
actually

considered homo-punk icons even though they aren't so much gay as they
are

fucking nuts... and man they are getting old.

They also never really


did take themselves too seriously, either about money or politics,

unlike
Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Bad religion or those other three

initial
bands.

MDC was always in it for laughs as much as anything

else. They
have a Chicken Squawk song for Christ sakes. Ever seen Hank

Rollins, Ray
Today or Dave Smalley rile the crowd to do the fucking

Chicken Dance?


They were crazed, often with no concept for

what's cool... They had
more in common with Allen Ginsberg than Danzig and

did an album with a song
about Tofu Spaghetti. It was followed up later with

tunes abot Tofutti &
even a cover of the doo wop hit Love Potion #

9, and then later, an album
with their dog's butt on the cover.

If

they had a manager, maybe he
woulda said "stick with the skulls & shit

guys... dog's butts do not shift
units!"

Dave would play dress up,

appearing as Elvis just to piss
off the retarded die hard punkers in

his audience. In fact if they had stayed
"hard" or whatver like C.O.C or

D.R.I , they probably would have been a big
metal type punk band like Bad

Religion or Circle Jerks.

But they kept
changing their name to shit

like "Millions of Dead Chickens" and would hire some
longhair hippie

guitarist who could play Cream covers.

I used to hang
with Dave while

he got dressed in drag, and he'd invite weird chicks and dudes
over to pee

on him in the bathtub.

One of my favorite shows they ever
did was

right after John Waters favorite leading lady died. It was a packed show
at

the Kennel Club ( i.e now the Justice League) and it was advertised as

MDC ( Mourn Divine Correctly). Dave did the whole show in thick

makeup,
blonde bouffant wig & a big slutty dress that made him look

strikingly like
Divine.

Hell, these guys were unstoppable. Even their

bad reputations
& crappy music couldn't hold back their frequent flyer

miles, all the way to
Russia.





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They

had cool fans too, like Michelle
Shocked who put them as her backing band

for the unlisted bonus track on her big
breakthrough album.

Ironically her label got a pile of returns from people
who were upset

that some "Heavy Metal" group was mistakenly tacked onto their
fave folky

chanteuse's new cassette.

Even currently ego'd out Lint/Tim
from

Rancid was even their humble roadie for awhile after Op Ivy broke up before
Rancid hit MTV.


anyhow

There's a million stories,


but I think I have thrown enuf to constitute a blog


entry...

fave MDC t-shirts:


Gay Anarchist Skin Head



another said something like:

Fight
Racism, Sexism &
Homophobia!

plus all the usual versions

of various sloganeering


I immediately put a

size=2>"No War! No KKK! No Fascist USA
!"
on my gal's

Honda and picked up the 31 track greatest hits
CD...

then I bought

the shirt that said

Vieja Escuela - or for
those of you basic mono

linguists... it means:

"Old School "

they
are in the Bay Area

this weekend on Sat @ Parkside, Sunday @ Burnt Ramen in
Richmond , and

Monday @ Cherry Bar SF


http://www.mdcpunk.com

think they are
hitting Long Beach or something down in
LA & El Cajon next

week

anyhow, if ya dig the punk rock.. then
download em

all...

New MDC MP3 - a lets kill all cops

Old MDC MP3 -
Bye Bye Ronnie


( at the
record release party for the above song off the
Millions of
Damn

Christians LP in 1987 I was harrassed on the roof of
Rathouse on
Landers

@ 16th by Secret Service agents... I videotaped
the
confrontation, tape

was confiscated along with Dave's handguns &
Al's
drums... The Pope

remained in his bulletproof mobile...)

Pope
Dying... but MDC hangs

on!
More New MDC MP3'z -

"Going Nowhere Faster Than You a tune about

their crazy drugging daze


MDC - Ballad of GW Ballad of G.W




Downloads










































wow.. yer persistent...here's another bonus
download for
vous:

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ICE T

who once refered to MDC as "the original cop
killers" of course made a bit of dough
doing his own Cop

Killer shtick, and later did episodes playing a cop on "Law &

Order"...here's his double take on



Black Flag's Police
Story


To download the Ice T track
you will see a header on
the "rapidshare.de" site that says something like

"Ad-financed 1-Click
Webhosting + Webspace" and a browse/upload

field.

3. Scroll down to the
bottom to "Choose download type" and

select "FREE"

4. Another page will
appear. Scroll down to the bottom.

You will see a
message saying "Download
ticket reserved" and it will ask

you to wait
approximately 30-45
seconds.

5. Wait for download link

to appear. Once it's there, right-hand
click
on the red download link and

save your file - You're done!






final thoughts:

I'm was about off to go catch Michael Franti, Mos

Def , Goapele and a buncha other acts at the party for Al Gore's new
http://www.takebacktv.com/ INDTV tv
network... when i was interrupted to take my lil bro and his Fox Sports crew out for beers in North Beach ...

I ended up catching the rockabilly stylings of The Bachelors at the Saloon instead...andmore MDC @ The Cherry Bar ( aka CW Saloon) .

...anyhow here's some notes about

music I've been listening to lately










    As of

late I'm an internet enabled
AudioScrobbler Geek...





    I

love the fact that their is some
software keeping track of all the

tuneage that passes through my
speakers on a given night. Considering

that it took me several days of HTML hell battling to put togther
this retarded blog entry... I want to give you a

taste of the soundtrack I've
had on four different computers...

These cuts were heard while I

was starting this blog
entry
Circa 01:19:23 PDT, March 30 2005

1

Jello Biafra with the
Melvins - The Lighter Side of Global Terrorism
2
Butthole Surfers - Gary Floyd
3 Nick Cave - There Is A Light
4 The
Neville Brothers - Hey Pocky Way
5 David Bowie - Moonage Daydream

heard 00:59:21 PDT, March 30
2005
6 MitchRyder & The Detroit Wheels

- Little Latin Lupe Lu
7
King Tubby & Augustus Pablo - King

Tubby's Borderline Dub
8. The Mars
Volta - The Widow
9. Loretta Lynn

- Portland Oregon (duet with Jack
White)
10. The Cannonball Adderley

Quintet - Walk Tall




by the time I started
posting it things were

different:

1 Caetano Veloso - Billie Jean & Eleanor Rigby
01:03:28 AM PDT
2 Bo Diddley - You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover

3 MDC - Going Nowhere Faster Than You
4 The Clash - I'm So Bored
With The Usa
5 Fastbacks - Go All The Way
6 The Small Faces - Watcha
Gonna Do About It
7 Caetano Veloso - tropicália
8 Frank Zappa -Mom
and Dad
9 M.I.A./Diplo - Fire Fire
10 Fastbacks - Gone To The Moon


(45 version)

a couple week s later i was online late at night and realized i never posted the original story


go figger... something about hairy html f-ups but this was my last tracks


1.
Cannon's Jug Stompers - Walk Right In 02:18:31 PDT, April 24 2005
2. M.I.A./Diplo - LL Cool J/Cavemen - Two Bit Rhythm (M.I.A. Mix) 02:15:41 PDT, April 24 2005
3 Tetine - Ai amor, me so horny 02:14:11 PDT, April 24 2005
4 the mohawks - The Champ 02:12:30 PDT, April 24 2005
5 Rosie Thomas - I Play Music 22:11:55 PDT, April 23 2005
6 Mickey & The Soul Generation - give everybody some - part 1 22:08:14 PDT, April 23 2005
7 Mojo Nixon - Girlfriend in a Coma 22:04:14 PDT, April 23 2005
8 King Crimson - Ladies Of The Road 21:59:13 PDT, April 23 2005
9 Faces - Ooh La La 21:52:42 PDT, April 23 2005
10 Elvis Presley - Burning Love