Monday, February 25, 2019
tuesday 19 feb 19, my washington DCene facebook feed all aflutter
with news of Skip Groff, record store owner/label guy. Sad demise
age 70; when i visited my distant cuzzin Martha Hull (who found
me through MY SPACE!) she had me call ole DCene folks. So an obit
on Skip: I was still living in Brockport NY and used to bid on
records from him through the mail as a teen! Lotsa Yardbirds 45s
that I played along to in Bloomington, Indiana, so if you ever
hear me "play it lik Jeff Beck would", Skip sold me that 45! Stationed
in DC, Slickee Boys etc, RECORDS, KIM KANE, I did meet Skip in
person and his Yesterday and Today store selling "punk" was equal
to the record store in the Rat! His influence on the DCene equaled
in Boston by Jimmy Harold. A pioneer maybe. washington post etc
gave him all kindsa tribute as is. When Pete Shelley died, Howard
Wuelfing, Slickee Boys, played me Buzzcocks in Skip's store. Tina
Peel, Bad brains, all that DC hardcore: Skip! Lastly, and he and
I DID discuss this, was he put out Hello World by the Korps as
a Kleenkut/Limp records release so for that I am ever grateful
ESPECIALLY coz ONE copy resides now in Flensburg Germany! Skip
currently is of course hangin in rocknroll heaven with all his
idols whose records he collected..…
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
day of Wodin 20 feb 19. checking my club-linehan-ago-go message
thread re: practice, MJ Quirk writes that Peter Tork had died.
Next up was a flurry of Tork/Monkees possible covers.....but let
me plug the club linehan-ago-go gig at midway cafe THIS saturday
9 march 19 with state of union and crunchtime cd release. SO many
Peter fans posting on facebook, I'm even at a loss for words on
what even to add.....tho best summed up in a cartoon in my newsfeed
with Davy Jones going "hey Pete? ' ow are ya? it's bin a long
tyme" as they walk over the rainbow into rocknroll heaven hands
on shoulders.... and let's KEEP that happy thought!.....
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Day, 21 feb 19. My dad died in 'Nam this day '67 when Syd Barrett
recorded "Matilda Mother", this being THE first song recorded
for Pink floyd's Piper at gates of dawn (released 5 aug 67, ten
years before Music to Kill By..."shine on you Krazee Gizmo!").
2019 I have WMBR Pontoon palace" on WMBR 0600-0800....Doll's "stranded
in the jungle", a 1974 fave and then.....Johnny and Jumper cables'
"kilebasa"!!! Rich Pontius did a ramble about how he hated the
song when it came out (too much airplay!) or "I could say how
i lived with one one of kenne Highlnad's ex-girlfriends".....didnt
I see her in the opening scene of Fellini's City of Women?" ...
Thursday, February 81, 2019
23 feb 19. mad painter practice for gig at C
note hull mass. friday 3 may 19. because of Alex Gitlin's heavy
Hammond organ, i showed the guys my Vanilla Fudge version of "the
rain the park and other things"...."Kenne what song is this?"
rearranged SO unrecognizably! Needs Shadow Morton production!
Flynn Young nailed the Carmine Appice drum parts so well it "Kept
me hangin' on"! (Vanilla Fudge uber bananrama,sorry Flynn!). Thinking
of tossing in my re-arrangement of "the letter" next with "hello
suzi" intro. Now I have Alex Gitlin (major record collector!)
talkin' 'bout Jeff Beck's take on "love is blue", so look for
frivolity in heavy! 1968 covers soon, Mad Painter is THE band
Friday, March 1, 2019
Transgender soul music pioneer jackie shane recorded her biggest hit in 1960s Boston" (!) Louie's
showplace lounge in roxbury! 1962 (I was in jacksonville NC). WILD put "any other way" in heavy
rotation. skippy white had a store three blocks down washington street from Louie's. skippy quoted
in https://muse.jhu.edu/article/705138 Soul Source "at one stage the ensemble was up in Boston and
cut tracks for Skippy White (1964)"...Skippy IS legendary among soul collectors! I also find "Money'
b/w "I've really got the blues" on Stop label 104; this 45 is on youtube and "producer- Skippy White".
Gene Dante did a posthumous tribute to her and I turnt into record geek but hey! you KNOW you're good when
people as diverse as Kenne Highland, Skippy White and Gene Dante dig you! WILL I see any music this good as
her the weekend?