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Archive for November, 2008

Song ID: Keith Colley – “Mindrocker” (1967)

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

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“Mindrocker,” as recorded by Fenwyck in 1967 has become a garage-psych classic, and it was written by Keith “Enamorado” Colley from a few posts ago. He also wrote, with his wife Linda, the Knickerbockers’ “One Track Mind.” Here’s Colley’s demo of “Mindrocker” which gives the Fenwyck version a serious run for its money. This cut, by the way, comes from a recent collection of demos put together buy Colley himself. Also check out “Time” and “Bird Doggin’” (yeah, the same one later done by Gene Vincent).

Keith Colley – “Mindrocker” (1967)

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posted by Kim Simpson

Pop Matters’ White Album anniversary feature

Friday, November 21st, 2008

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Pop Matters is doing an anniversary feature on the Beatles’ White Album in which each song is commented on by a staff writer. I do a serviceable job on “Mother Nature’s Son” even though McCartney was probably just goofing on Donovan.

posted by Kim Simpson

Song ID: Keith Colley – “Enamorado” (1963)

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

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In the early sixties Keith Colley was headed toward a Gene Pitney-esque sort of situation – crashing the gates as a teen idol while working behind the scenes as a songwriter and publisher. For Colley, though, the behind-the-scenes stuff won out and he ended up with only one charting single, “Enamorado,” which peaked at #66 in ‘63 (although his “Queridita Mia” did bubble under at #122 later that year). Colley, a non-Spanish-speaking Washingtonian, wound up giving this track the south-of-the-border treatment at the visionary behest of his label. And it sounds, in fact, a bit like Gene Pitney singing in Spanish. Doo-doo-be-doo.

Keith Colley – “Enamorado”

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posted by Kim Simpson

Sunday Service/Song ID: Good News – “I’m a-Losin’ My Mind” (1969)

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

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So you have this charming Jesus thrift store find floating around forever, then you come to find out the duo that recorded it is actually Kevin Bacon’s brother Michael and Larry Gold, a man responsible for some of the entire Philly soul genre’s crucial string arrangements.

Good News – “I’m a-Losin’ My Mind” (1969)

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Remembering Liberace, Pt. 2

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

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I came across this anecdote when I was reading Alice Cooper’s Golf Monster last summer, and I guess it will now accompany every Liberace encounter I’ll ever have. Take it away, Alice:

Liberace had two dressing rooms. He had his meet-and-greet dressing room and another private area for his closest friends. We went back to the meet-and-greet room, and he told us, “Look, if you guys could just wait in the other room, that would be great.”

Inside the meet-and-greet room were all these little old ladies filing in and out. Liberace was showing off his jewels. He had a couple of little dogs yapping around him.

Now, this is the weird part.

As soon as everybody leaves, Liberace kicks the dogs away. “Get these freakin’ mutts outta here. They’re drivin’ me nuts.”

It was Liberace speaking in a voice I’d never heard him speak in before. It wasn’t the lazy-tongued effeminate Liberace voice. It was a regular, straight-guy voice.

“Where’s my beer?” he shouted.

No kidding. Then Liberace comes out wearing a pair of Levi’s, a white T-shirt, and cowboy boots. “Hey, guys, let’s go grab a beer someplace. Don’t worry. Nobody’ll recognize me”. . .
If he was messing with us, he was really good at it.

posted by Kim Simpson

Remembering Liberace, Pt. 1

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Thanks to my friend Dennis who steered me toward this truly extraordinary version by Liberace (1919-1987) of the Neil and Barbra torcher, recorded sometime during the great one’s last decade with us. More on Liberace tomorrow.

posted by Kim Simpson

“It was the 5th day of November, I have reason to remember”

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Here’s John Martyn circa ‘77 doing his version of “Spencer the Rover,” about the return on Guy Fawkes Night (Nov. 5) of something thought to be lost. As for me, I’ll never forget the 4th.

Song ID: Gianni Marzocchi – “Urca urca tirulero” (1973)

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

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Disney’s 1973 cartoon version of Robin Hood featured Roger Miller doing the songs and narration in the form of a rooster. Here’s how the Italian version of the rooster sounded (it’s actually a singer named Gianni Marzocchi). This was officially released on an Italian issue CD called Disney Forever Vol. 1, now out of print.

Gianni Marzocchi – “Urca urca tirulero” (1973)

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posted by Kim Simpson

“The Folk Bazaar” debuts tomorrow on KOOP

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

My new radio show’s called “The Folk Bazaar,” and starting tomorrow it will air every Wednesday at 3, featuring internationally-oriented folk music, psychedelic/acid/weird/neo folk and folk rock, solo instrumental folk, inventive singer-songwriters, exotic medinas, heads in clouds, and imaginations running wild. The Serbian group above, S vremena na vreme (From Time to Time), is right in the pocket (the song’s called “Strange Tree” from 1973). If you’re in Austin, spin the dial counter-clockwise to 91.7 FM. If you’re listening on the web, catch a live stream at the KOOP website (click “listen now” at top left). [Update 2/14: A few months after its debut I changed the show name to “The International Folk Bazaar.” It now airs every Thursday at 11 am CST on KOOP