Friday, July 24, 2020

Hippie Love Turbo Radio Show - Code Word "Strawberry"

On this week's Hippie Love Turbo Radio Show, on KUCR 88.3 FM, I talked about the band Devil's Kitchen and Family Dog On The Great Highway, which was a neat venue that the band regularly preformed at. A ton of shows were hosted at the venue, many of which featured all the big names in the San Fransisco psychedelic scene. One particular performance of importance was an acoustic set by the Grateful Dead which Rhino Records released on a limited edition vinyl set. The set features cleaned up and remastered audio taken from a tape found in Jerry Garcia's personal collection. You can read some history about the location of the venue here.

Bo Diddley's song Diddy Wah Diddy has been covered by a slew of artists over the years but on this week's episode you heard a version by The Remains. However, the most popular version is probably by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band; a band that's best known for its bizarre mix of rock, avant-garde jazz, and the blues. Captain Beefheart's Diddy Wah Diddy is fairly straight forward and found some success upon release, so much so that the band found themselves promoting the single on Dick Clark's music variety show Where The Action Is. Check out how the band's television performances evolved from lip-syncing in the California sun (1966) to their explosive live set on The Beat Club in Germany, (1972.)

A young but blurry Captain Beefheart!

After playing Ronnie and The Daytonas' song GTO you heard me mention that some GTOs came with an optional tachometer that sat on the hood. Hood mounted tachs became a popular aftermarket accessory that muscle car owners still use to this day. The way they look reminds me of some sort of mid century modern table clock.

What could you mount on the hood of a Tesla?
Well folks, this post is getting a little long winded so lets run through the rest of the stuff I blabbed on about! During the show you heard me quickly mention the dark history of Joe Meek, the Jolly Green Giant statue that towers over 55 feet in Blue Earth, Minnesota, and this weeks movie suggestion Horror Express. Because I played a cover of Sixteen Tons I also mentioned Merle Travis and how his guitar styling influenced Chet Atkins.

The songs featured during this episode are below:

Devil’s Kitchen - (You’ve Got Your) Head on Right

The Buddhas - Lost Innocence

London Fog - Maudie

Sonomatics - Sixteen Tons

Friday, July 17, 2020

Hippie Love Turbo Radio Show - Code Word "Fig"

On this week's Hippie Love Turbo Radio Show, on KUCR 88.3 FM, I played a little ditty by
The Poets that was used during a real silly party scene in the movie: Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster.
Hey, space lady! Do you like rock n roll music?
During one of the breaks I got a little agricultural and mentioned the clumsy but lovable Fig Beetle, also known as Figeaters, and I speculated that Lebanese band The Cedars, were most likely named after the beautifully fragrant cedar of Lebanon.

This week's movie choice was: A Penguin's Memories, which is a unusually endearing movie about a penguin that tries to readjust to life after fighting in the "Delta War" (an analogue of the Vietnam War.) It's bizarre seeing cute animals tackle such dark topics, but what adds to this strangeness is knowing that the main penguin characters originated from Japanese beer commercials for the brand Suntory Beer. Read more about this film here.

The songs featured during this episode are below:

The Cedars - I Don't Know Why

The Strangers - Fever

The Crystal Rain - Hey Ma Ma

Bandolero - Together

The Painted Ship ‎– Frustration

The Baroques - Mary Jane

Shoremen - She's Bad

Namelosers - Susie Q

The Ghost Squad - Sitting In The Park

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Hippie Love Turbo Radio Show - Code Word "Avocado"

On this week's Hippie Love Turbo Radio Show, on KUCR 88.3 FM, I played a song by The Troyes and I mentioned that they were from Battle Creek Michigan and that the bassist Jason Newsted was from Battle Creek as well. Are there some sort of rock and roll amoebas floating around in Battle Creeks drinking water? Who knows?
Unfortunately, I made a mistake in this episode and I said that I played: It's Monster Surfing Time from the album of the same name but, in fact, I played There's A Creature In The Surfer's Lagoon. Doh!

Man, does that album have a neat cover!

During this episode I played the song Batman and Robin Swing from the 1966 album Batman And Robin and I talked about how Sun Ra was involved in its production. You can read more about it on WFMU's Blog.
Hopefully, you are still in the reading mood, because you may have heard me play a song by the band Les Albatros and I speculated that their name was probably based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which is a quick and spooky read that I really dig.
And of course we can't forget this weeks sleazy film recommendation: Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion.

The songs featured during this episode are below:

The Boston Boppers - Whirlwind Girl

The Good Vibrations - Call Me Lightning (The Who cover)

The Bittersweets - Hurtin Kind

The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale - Batman and Robin Swing

Cliff Honiker - Come On, Satan

Los Monstruos - Tenemos Que Irnos de Aquí

Antique ‎– Chaucha

Les Albatros - Flash

The Vejtables - I Still Love You (Unissued Alternate Version)

Hippie Love Turbo Radio Show - Code Word "Grapes"

On this week's Hippie Love Turbo Radio Show, on KUCR 88.3 FM, I talked about the short lived record label Prophonics Studios and how many of their releases have been bootlegged over the years. If you tuned in you also heard a song by The Sandals and I discussed the documentary which heavily features their music: The Endless Summer. But that wasn't the only movie I blabbed on about! As per usual, I also mentioned my weekly horror/sleaze film, and compared to many of the other films I've talked about before, this one is a masterpiece. 



Of course I'm talking about the surreal and haunting: Carnival of Souls. And because a lot of people are out there baking and trying out new stuff, I made a passing reference to Ice Cream Bread. Sweet! (Actually, I've heard it doesn't taste sweet at all).

The songs featured during this episode are below:

Phil and The Frantics - I Must Run

The Four Shakers - Natacha

The 7th Court - One Eyed Witch (I actually played the song on the other side of this release titled: Shake, but I couldn't find any links to it. Sorry!)

The One Way Street - Joy and Sorrow

The Outsiders - I'll Give You Time (To Think It Over)

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Hippie Love Turbo Radio Show - Code Word "Cabbage"

On this week's Hippie Love Turbo Radio Show, on KUCR 88.3 FM, I played a bunch of obscure stuff and it was definitely a ton of fun. I talked about one song in particular, by The Lemon Drops, which was actually a first/alternative take for the song I Live In The Springtime. This version of the song is on a special edition CD put out by Cicadelic Records

Briefly, I mentioned Hanna Barbera's lesser known cartoon Squiddly Diddly and we heard a song from his novelty surf record Surf Busters. Hanna Barbera put out a bunch of novelty records around this time featuring artists known as The Hanna Barbera Singers. Speaking of lesser known Hanna Barbera cartoons, does anyone remember the lovable, sputtering Speed Buggy?

The songs featured during this episode are below:

David Clayton Thomas and The Shays - Brainwashed

The Lemon Drops - I Live In The Springtime

The Chessmen - Wild Thing

The Front Line - Need You No More

The Cupons - Turn Her Down

The Holidays - Deacon Brown V.S. The Devil

Squiddly Diddly - Surf Busters

The Cherry Slush - I Cannot Stop You

Davie and The Arrows - Moonfire

The Esquires - Come On, Come On

France Gall - Nefertiti

The Youngbloods - Four In The Morning

The Zakary Thaks - Can't You Hear Your Daddy's Footsteps

Richard Anthony - La Rue Des Cœurs Perdus

Nun-Plus - Walk About The Craters Of The Moon

Henry Laurens and Jefferson Handkerchief - Hippie Love Turbo Radio Show - Code Word "Barbados Cherry"

This week's episode of Hippie Love Turbo , on KUCR 88.3 FM focused more on psych and featured music that ranged from moody to abrasive....