Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Enjoy Yourself - It's Later Than You Think

Just got back from a gig at Annie's Social Club in SF where I visited the merch table of the rejuvenated L.A punk act known as Butt Trumpet...

I recall being frightened of my copy of their old "Primitive Enema" CD a decade back... and then later hearing of the tragic demise of band member Bianca Butthole in an aftershow car crash on tour in New Orleans a few years back.

Bianca was on tour in 2001 with her new band featuring ex-patriettes of Butt Trumpet called Betty Blowtorch.

Betty Blowtorch - Strung Out

The band was roking, on the rise, with an album out that was gaining momentum.

I cught em just a few weeks before Bianca went down in a ball of fast moving metal, driven into a guardrail by a speeding drunk driver...

and instantly, the world lost a fierce indie rock n roll queen.

Her memorial was held at the Dragonfly, a club off Santa Monica Blvd in L.A, where her ashes were kept in a Kiss lunchbox, while AC/DC songs pumped from the speakers.

Now I find there is a film/DVD out telling te story of Bianca and her bandmates, the notorious Sharon Needles, Blare N Bitch, and Judy Molish...

plus cameos from members of Guns & Roses, and even Vanilla Ice y'all...

rawk on...

see clips etc at http://BettyBlowtorch.com

now Thom & her old outfit the ye olde Butt Trumpet are back on the road, likely missing the old Bianca in person, but reviling the timid & tepid audiences in her spirit.

Butt Trumpet - Classic Asshole

Butt Trumpet - Shut Up

more butt trumpet info & music at http://www.ohshit.com

here's a couple more tunes that I'd write something clever about if I had the time...

but I got home so late and half to be back at work before I know it... and all my braincells are tapped...





I'll just say this one's from Rick Rizzo's longtime Chicago alt rock band from their Zeros & Ones release out now on Thrill Jockey...

Eleventh Dream Day - Lately I've Been Thinking

and this one is a classic that has been a live staple for 40's big band leader Guy Lombardo & even late 70's ska act The Specials ...

here's The Louis Prima version recorded in NYC on a cold Jan day in 1950 and released originally on Mercury Records...

I could go on & on about the amazing Louis Prima, but first I'll just let ya have the tune...

Louis Prima - Enjoy Yourself ( It's Later Than You Think)

And because the title expresses my dreaded sentiments exactly ... I'll do an in depth Louis Prima related post at another time when we can do the man and his fantastic career some justice.

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Jon said...

Oddly enough, I picked up both a Keely Smith and a Louis Prima/Keely Smith Album this week. Nothing like it to change a foul mood.

Karl Bakla said...

I'll be checking out the latest line up of Butt Trumpet tonight, can't wait!