Monday, October 28, 2019
day of Thor. 24 October 19. Cal Cali presents
at Thunder Road (formerly Jasper's!) a Mess-Around
of tribute bands (next week, really Halloween is Cal's Dylan tribute
at Greek-American social club; Monntag 28 oct 19 GLiDER
open for 999 in Providence, RI und Freitag 1
Nov 19 Michael Wheddle's 70th down at C-Note
Hull! (shit, next we'll be covering DMZ's "Busy
Man")....ok lemme "look at last night" (Slade)
before I have Brazilian buffet and Globo TV, eye on me....Thee
Fighting Fish did Neil Young and Krazee Horse; Bob
Roos excelled at getting that "Cowgurl in the Sand"
rampant/distorto sound I love so well on early Neil Young. "dont
cry no tears" blew me away coz first tyme I jammed with Johnny
Jumper Cable May '80, that and Iggy's "Funtime"
were on his list of songs to cover! Neil Young not really my voice
and thank Allah! that no recording was made....but Thee Fightin'
Fish were "da fockin' ballz!" Secret weapon: Blonde
Sara who can really belt it out, fockin' "I dont
to want to talk about it"! (she sang solo or harmonise with
Andy Excuse). I had that Krazee Horse lp on 8-track!
Rolling Stone review; my facebook friend John mendelsohn! Next
was up Sara Scaliwag, as Tom Petty! (drag
acts like this belong on Heavy Metal Topless!).
Tophat and "how far did you chase the NY Dolls for those
red leather pants and platforms?", she sang early Tom Petty,
like first three albums, opening with "I need to Know".
Cal Cali doing good harmonies, MJ Quirk
steady on bass, Schmel Herbie playing clean and
melodic, like Petty's Byrds influences! THIS clown was happy!
After that, Cal fronts his Dylan tribute: he
sings/blows harp; Schmel -guitar and Captain
Easy Chord-keys. Me and Clark Dark as
rhythm section, getting into funky Motown/Stax-Volt grooves! (James
Jamerson did all my bass lines using one digit, so i was less
Jack Bruce than with GLiDER). THE Legendary Cazbat
was "Happier than a porpoise mouth"; cazbats having
recently jammed on "from a buick 6", Highway 61 revisited.
He DID give Cal tribute. Then I did RoKenne Erikson
with Triple Thick as band,"goddam, I declare!"
they were so fuckin' good! Greg Flanagan was
wailin' like Gary Rossington and doing Keef Richard moves as Mitch
Murphy shouted out the toons. When you have folks from
the other bands dancin', you know you doin' somethin' right! The
Evil One album was played, but openers were 13th floor Elevator
"fire engine" and lose with "you're gonna miss
me" (no ceiling tiles ala Neats at Underground were harmed
in this performance!). I sang like it was Jumper cables in '89
"rumble" doin' "kielbasa" and proud to say,
after years of singing gospel, didnt lose my voice! lastly Baabes
dressed like The
but sounded like the Baabes coverin "come
on up" and "I'm down". i truly had fun, if you
missed it, your loss.....like ozzy sang on "sabbath bloody
sabbath": "you missed it!""
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
saturday 19 oct 19, once ballroom, somerville,
mass. reviewed by blowfish but i'll toss in my view. Baabes
through a good p.a. are the fucken balls and I just remember seeing
The Stooges 31 dec 73; this is a very HIGHland
compliment! Also, their version of Young rascals "come on up"
done like the Damned did "Help" (FRANTIC!)
I even like better than my cover on Be More Flamboyant. Muck
and the Mires always sound like the Knickerbockers playing
Hello World at 78 rpm and "Doreen" sounds like the Korps
playing "Amerika First" at 78 but with harmonies! Forgot
the song towards end, but lead guitar quoted "L.A. Woman"
in a Yardsbirdian sort of way, so so far: Baabes:
total 1977 and Muck-1966 sounding. ("Retro
but chic";fug it, I WILL paraphrase David Johansen!). GLiDER
blasted through Ramones-y rock with me playing like Jay Gruberger
meets Jack Bruce (even copping his seriousness on stage!) AND, JUST
for Ken kaiser's benefit; during a Schmel
solo (where we usually DO sound like a punk Cream or at
least Death out of the Motor City), i quoted Afrika Korps "too
cool to fool" which was nothing more than Kiss's "Cold
Gin" played at Ramones speed. Lastly, The Fleshtones,
I opened up with Johnny and Jumper Cables and Capture the Flag at
Jumpin Jack Parkin' Lot July '85 and, God bless 'em, they STILL
sound like the Kingsmen played at 78 OR with the energy level of
the Gizmos in Detroit August 2019. Choreography was amazing and,
dare I say it, FLAMBOYBANT! I'd almost gladly trade in mah ole laigs
for new, but I enjoy walkin' like an old crippled blues guy. "Love
that Muddy Waters"! A great fun night, folks even coming from
Worcester, Mass via Flensburg germany! (as is Frau Heidi
Brenke-Malone, dj! I DID get to say "Guten abend"
as I was unloading gear, passing Fleshtones drummer and Fleshtones
bassist DID like my playing; him and Muck's bassist both from james
Jamerson school of bass!). Lastly, Cal Cali be
da man putting on this show, give him a hand....or since it's halloween...a
foot!...or a head! (Sideline: 1000 or so John Funke, WMBR
played "dinner with drac" by John Zacherle, a 45 i got
from Circus penpal TOM TABER about '72....Novelty records are da
fockin' bolls! or I aint got same birthday DOctor Demento!".....
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Sonntag 27 october 19. brattle Thee-ate-er 330 pm-five pm. Lifeboat.
1944. tallulah bankhead stays flamboyant aboard
a lifeboat. lots of anti-Deutsch world war two sentiment. A product
of it's tyme. Then 615 pm mad painter practice,
look for a cantab gig soon! Flynn Young stepped
out so on keyboards Alex Gitlin's original based
on "rain and Tears' by Aprodite's Child (a cuzzin to "whiter
shade of pale") I messed around on drums, keeping tyme like
BJ Wilson ("Procol Bore-um; editor" (of O. rextasy!))
then tossin' in some jazzy toms work ala Mitch Mitchell (think "Lil
Wing" or "1983,a merman i shall turn to be")....well
at least in MY delusions I was drumming like Mitch Mitchell! "yes,I
Thursday, October 31, 2019
"Monday 28 october 19, Providence Rhode Island at Koto: 999!
Miss Lyn will have her version, so i'll touch on extra highlights....999
did "Boiler" for souncheck and, like I always
thought, BEFORE he was in Kilburn
and the High Roads, Nick Cash damn sure heard
Slade Alive! But just as much as AC/DC lissen to Humble
Pie's SMOKIN'. 999's bassist Arturo explained the
Ampeg bass rig to me after helping my big ass onstage (a feat of
strength ONLY Andy Excuse can do! 12 ounce curls!). "oi'd appreciate
it if you left the settings the way they were"; shit! 999 soundcheck
I want this sound! GLiDER did a
good set as I channeled Jay Gruberger on Afrika Korps live at
cantone's like always. After soundcheck, I thanked
Clap bassist for letting me use HIS bass rig; investigative
reporting finds out they existed AFTER Get the Clap! by the Clap
on Klen-kut records! (saw them play "cant buy me love"
at a Teaneck NJ tennis court in '78). BUT the Clap was
THE only punk band in Lehigh valley, Pennsylvania, so as a Indiana
Gizmo, I know the feeling! (first record 1979). BEFORE they went
on, and after 999 said "Nice set, feller!" (I was fucken
BEAMING!) talked a bit more with Arturo their bassist
who was born same year as me and saw a lot of same concerts early
'70s! (Rory Gallagher/Johnny Winter/John Mayall for blues and PROG
ROCK "'ave you 'eard of Camel"? THAT is Alex Gitlin (Mad
Painter) and Joel Simches (WMFO) territory!) "oi live in Newcastle,
but still 'ave me London accent; oi lissen a lot of folk and prog
at 'ome"....an early '70s dude like I! There's more...we 'ad
this chat as the Clap's guitarist played Ramones and Dead Boys "all
this and more" during Clap soundcheck; he was good too! 999
did all the hits like "Emergency"/"Homicide"
and more that I DONT remember, sounding like the records, Nick
Cash quite a frontman, since I am too! lastly, 999
bassist was in The
Lurkers, a '77 London punk combo running similtaneous
to Afrika Korps. Cal cali Bob Cenci and Miss
Lyn worked together, made this happen, I have great lifetyme
memory; this was as cool as hangin' out with Brownsville Station
til sun came up 9 july 74!"......
Friday, November 01, 2019
wed 30 oct 19, somerville theater,730 pm $11.00 Texas
Chainsaw Massacre. Last film of a horror film fest
that I missed whilst opening for Fleshtones and/or 999! (Folks came
from Boston AND Providence: A TAIL of Two Cities!) ok, we all seen
this and listen to Ramones song what else is NEW did i notice? Ida
may: "18 aug 73"...shit, I will wager you that the Nationals
will win the World Series (oh wait, they did!) that I had wrote
"Kiss of a Rat", tried to figger out Grand Funk's "Paranoid"
(like Climax Blues Band "couldnt get it right") AND reviewed
we're an Amerika First Band Grand Funk lp, gold vinyl for Bloomington,Indiana's
Beyond Our Control. Fashions: bell-bottoms, David Cassidy
hair, short-shorts, halter tops...."My Head's In '73"!!!
This tyme around i appreciated the soundtrack comin' out of DETROIT-built
America First ve-hicles, so dig THIS! The Music of Texas Chainsaw
Music. Only seven songs but there's a youtube of the music PLUS
looks like it was 1974 vinyl! Hopelessly Obscure are Roger Bartlett
and Friends/Timberline Rose/Arkey Blue and Los Cyclones! ("unfortunately
i have close to "zero" information about this group. Again,
it is my hope that either band member or family relation may contact
me on this topic"....."Sad Day" (Stones non-lp b-side!)
when O. Rex is more well known! (Rock Scene!).
Other film geek thangs DO agree that the Texas Chainsaw Cannibal
family DID indulge in inbreeding....how ELSE to explain Leatherface?"..