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

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