R.I.P. John D. Loudermilk

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We are saddened to learn of the passing of Nashville songwriter John D. Loudermilk, he was 82. He wrote songs that we’re covered by Eddie Cochran (“Sittin’ On the Balcony”), the Everly Brothers (“Torture”, “Ebony Eyes”), Johnny Cash (“Bad News”), Roy Orbison  (“I’ll Never Tell”), Paul Revere and the Raiders (“Indian Reservation”), Marianne Faithful (“This Little Bird”), and scores of others. His song “Break My Mind” has been covered by artists as diverse as Sammy Davis Jr., Glenn Campbell, Roy Orbison, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis,  the Box Tops, and Wreckless Eric. He best known song, “Tobacco Road, ” became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic for the Nashville Teens in 1964, and has since been covered hundreds of times.

48 Years Ago Today: The MC5 and the Stooges Sign With Elektra

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History was made on September 22, 1968 when Elektra Records signed the MC5 and the Stooges. Danny Fields was responsible for brokering the deal and you can learn more about how he brought Detroit’s finest to the world as well as the rest of his amazing career in rock ‘n’ roll from the new documentary about his life, Danny Says.

L.A.M.F. Live – NYC, Nov.16

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Yesterday, the Bowery Electric announced a special one night only performance of the classic Heartbreakers album L.A.M.F. on November 16 by an all-star lineup which features original Heartbreaker Walter Lure along with Clem Burke of Blondie, Tommy Stinson of the Replacements and Wayne Kramer of the MC5. Tickets are $20, and there will be two shows, at 8:00 and 10:00. This sounds like a real blast, and I wish I could be there myself, but we’ll see if we can get some pics direct from the scene when it happens.

R.I.P. Curtis Hanson

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RIP Curtis Hanson (71)

Co-wrote The Dunwich Horror for AIP and then made the really creepy Sweet Kill, aka A Tear For Eddie, aka The Arousers, in 1972 with Tab Hunter as a guy who gets off on getting off with girls he’s just killed. He went on to co-write Sam Fuller’s White Dog, and direct Losin’ It, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, L.A. Confidential, and 8 Mile.

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Curtis Hanson with Sam Fuller. t/y  Anthony Vatima.
Curtis Hanson with Sam Fuller. t/y Anthony Vitamia.

Freaks Hall 2017 Election: Non-Performers

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It’s time to begin our election for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks Hall class of 2017. This year, we’ll be conducting our non-performer election first, and then in October, we’ll begin the balloting for our performer inductees.

For those not already familiar with the Freaks Hall, here is a quick explanation:

The Freaks Hall honors artists, groups and contributors who have not been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Commercial success and/or critical acclaim are not factors in choosing candidates or inductees. Rather, we seek to spotlight those people who embody the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll in their recordings, performances, and in the lives they’ve lived. In fact, we often strive to recognize those who are not likely to ever be invited to one of the establishment’s made for TV galas – the forgotten heroes, the renegades, and the free spirits who have left a unique imprint on the history of rock ‘n’ roll.

In our previous three elections, we’ve inducted a total of six non-performers: Lester Bangs and John Peel in 2014, Kim Fowley and Joe Meek in 2015, and Shadow Morton and Greg Shaw in 2016.  For the class of 2017, we’ll be selecting two more from the list of nominees below.

HOW TO VOTE: Below is the list of our ten nominees. Select up to five (minimum of three) and send your ballot to rocknrollfreaks@gmail.com. The polls are open until Friday, September 30 at 8:00 PM EST. The top two vote getters will be inducted as part of our Freaks Hall class of 2017. 

2017 Freaks Hall Non-Performer Nominees: 

Rodney Bingenheimer (disc jockey, nightclub owner, Rodney on the ROQ, Rodney’s English Disco)

Harold Bronson & Richard Foos (Rhino Records)

Danny Fields (manager, publicist, journalist and author)

Lenny Kaye (rock journalist, Nuggets originator)

Miriam Linna & Billy Miller (Norton Records, Kicks Magazine)

Malcolm McLaren (manager, impresario)

Dewey Phillips (Memphis disc jockey, “Red, Hot & Blue”

Lillian Roxon (rock journalist, Lillian Roxon’s Rock Encyclopedia)

Paul Williams (editor of Crawdaddy, author)

Tom Wilson (record producer)

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LET’S FREAK OUT AGAIN! Second Annual Freak Out Weekend kicks off August 26!

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Last August, we decided to throw a little party in Seattle and it blossomed into a three day bash that we called the First Annual Freak Out Weekend.  Well, the Summer time is here kiddies, and it’s time to do it again. The Second Annual Freak Out Weekend will take place from August 26-28 and we’ve got some great stuff lined up that you’re not gonna wanna miss!

On Friday the 26th, Lisa Petrucci of Something Weird Video will host an evening of movies under the stars at the top secret LFP Starlite Cinema.  We’ll be watching Monster A Go-Go (1965) and Devil’s Angels (1967), along with a wild selection of hand picked trailers and shorts from the SWV vaults. This is a free, private event. Go to the Freak Out Weekend Facebook event page for more info.

On Saturday the 27th, we kick off two nights of live rock ‘n’ roll at Darrell’s Tavern in Shoreline,  WA. First up, we’ve got three great garage punk groups from acrss the Pacific Northwest. From Portland, we have all-girl combo The Mean Reds, and the fabulous Sellwoods. Closing out the night will be Seattle’s most rockin’ simians, the Primate Five.  This show starts at 8 PM, 21+, $10.

On Sunday the 28th, we’ve got a great closing night party lined up, featuring legendary guitarist Jerry Miller of Moby Grape fame, as well as Jim Basnight & the Mobettes, who will be performing a special one-time only set of 1960s and 70s Pacific Northwest nuggets. We’ll also have some surprise special guests and DJ Stevie Dee. This is an early show, starting at 6 PM, 21, $8.

So,… ARE YOU GONNA BE THERE?  Check in at our Facebook event page to let us know you’re coming!

Official Second Annual Freak Out Weekend trailer, created by Max Brody.

Album of the Day: Turban Renewal – A Tribute to Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs (1994, Norton Records)

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ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FREAKS ALBUM OF THE DAY FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 3:

VARIOUS ARTISTS, TURBAN RENEWAL: A TRIBUTE TO SAM THE SHAM & THE PHARAOHS (1994, NORTON RECORDS)

Track Listing:

1 –Hasil Adkins Wooly Bully
2 –The Lyres* Ring Dang Doo
3 –The Untamed Youth* Monkey See Monkey Do
4 –The Brood (3) Love Me Like Before
5 –Homer Henderson I Wish It Were Me
6 –The Devil Dogs Don’t Try It
7 –John Felice Lil’ Riding Hood
8 –Jackie And The Cedrics* Pharaoh A Go Go
9 –The Fleshtones Medicine Man
10 –Original Ben Vaughn Combo, The* Grasshopper
11 –The Ranch Hounds* Green’ich Grendel
12 –The Naughty Ones Sweet Talk
13 –Handsome Dick Manitoba Ju Ju Hand
14 –Nine Pound Hammer Oh That’s Good, No That’s Bad
15 –Little Richard Elizondo Combo Juimonos (Let’s Went)
16 –The Hentchmen Like You Used To
17 –The Senders Let’s Talk It Over
18 –The A-Bones (I’m In With) The Out Crowd
19 –Great Gaylord* And The Friggs Deputy Dog
20 –The Swingin’ Neckbreakers Struttin’
21 –Roy Loney And The Young Fresh Fellows* I Couldn’t Spell !!*@!
22 –Teengenerate Sorry ‘Bout That
23 –Los Chiflados Del Ritmo The Hair On My Chinny Chin Chin
24 –Flat Duo Jets The Phantom
25 –The Vacant Lot How Do You Catch A Girl
26 –Rudy “Tutti” Grayzell Y Los A-Bones* Wooly Bully Espanol

AllMusic Review by Don Snowden [3/5]

The flood of artist tribute albums is pretty loathsome — too much piggybacking on someone else’s creative coattails just to get heard — but Turban Renewal shapes us more like it, from the name to a dedication to Mattie and Hattie. Take one obscure but deserving artist, assemble the right bunch of in-with-the-out-crowd suspects cum fans, and let ‘em loose on the songbook. It may have prompted Rhino to get its Pharaohization best-of compilation out on CD a couple of years later — but Turban Renewal shows even more clearly how distinctive Sam the Sham himself really is.

See, he may be eternally linked with ’60s garage punk now, but Sam came out of the rhythm & blues, and even those monolithic riff tunes had a lightness and swing to the rhythm, because the players were coming up with black music (and Tex-Mex R&B, in Sam’s case) as a big part of their listening diet. That light feel is missing in action here — it’s almost all rock thud, bash and crash down below in the rhythm section — and nobody comes close to matching Sam’s vocal charisma or charm, either.

There are plenty of worthy performances here — it’s just that the tracks mostly capture one element of Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs’ essence, and the rest escape them. There are solid efforts in the faithful vein (Homer Henderson, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Untamed Youth, and the ever-reliable Fleshtones, although their take on “Medicine Man” captures the exuberance with more of a ? and the Mysterians feel). Others plug into R&B from a guitar-heavy, neo-New York Dolls angle with varying degrees of success: the Devil Dogs, John Felice, Swingin’ Neckbreakers; Ranch Hounds, with their storming take on “Greenwich Grendel,” and the Naughty Ones’ solid R&B groove with harmonica and sax.

Ben Vaughn’s accordion-driven “Grasshopper” gets the charm, Ray Loney’s “I Couldn’t Spell !!*@!” catches the slyness, and the two power pop outings are surprisingly good (The Brood and the Vacant Lot’s backing harmonies and drum drive on “How Do You Catch a Girl”). Plenty of crash and burns, too, from the merely unmemorable — Chiflados del Ritmo, Flat Duo Jets — to badly misconceived — Great Gaylord’s unfunny “Deputy Dog,” Nine Pound Hammer’s totally wrong Ramones-blast through “Oh, That’s Good,” or Hasil Adkins doing a one-rockabilly-wildman-band thrash on “Wooly Bully”.

Can’t say anything on Turban Renewal really cuts the originals, but it’s stronger overall than it sounds at first listen, and probably gave a lot of these bands a cool cover version for their live sets. Tell you the best thing about it, though — it’ll send you scurrying off to track down that Rhino Sam the Sham compilation. And, damn, that sucker will sure sound good.

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