Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Oct 27th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
The Pac-Keys “Greasy Pumpkin” from Charles "Packy" Axton - Late Late Party - 1965-67 (Light In The Attic 2011) N —Instrumental recorded circa 1966/67 at Ardent Studios. Featuring members of the future Hi Rhythm Section including Leroy Hodges, Teenie Hodges & Hubbie Turner.Buy it!
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five “Jack, You're Dead” from Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five (JSP Records 2001) —Recorded in 1946 & written by Richard Miles & Walter Bishop, Jr. "What's the use of havin' muscles when your life hangs by a thread? If you aint got no red corpuscles, Jack you dead!"Buy it!
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross “Halloween Spooks” from The Hottest New Group In Jazz (Columbia 1959) —1962 song written by Dave Lambert and found on this 2-CD reissue of three LPs they made for Columbia along with five previously unreleased tracks.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “Spooky” from Complete A and B Sides (1963-1970) (UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)JAD 2006) —Soulful version of the Classics IV song recorded in 1968 with Georgie Fame's backing band for the Mercury label. Found on this 2-CD set compiled by Saint Etienne.Buy it!
Shorty Long “Devil With The Blue Dress” from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 4: 1964 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2006) —Slower & groovier original version of the song released in 1964. Written by Shorty Long & William "Mickey" Stevenson. Still my favorite version of this song.Buy it!
Ken Nordine “Strollin' Spooks” from Monster Sounds & Boppin' Tracks - Vol. 1 (Marginal) —Music bed. Instrumental from the man famous for both his voiceovers over commercials and movie trailers and for his recordings.Buy it!
Laika & The Cosmonauts “Psycko” from Children of Nuggets (Rhino 2005) —Music bed. You get two - two Hitchcock movie themes in one. In this case, Psycho & Vertigo - both written by Bernard Herrmann. Recorded in Finland in 1994.Buy it!
James Brown “Devil's Den” from James Brown: Live at the Garden (Hip-O Select 2009) —1967 2-CD live recording reissued including more than a disc of previously unreleased tracks (including this one). Despite the album title, these performances came from the Latin Casino in New Jersey.Buy it!
Gnarls Barkley “The Boogie Monster” from St. Elsewhere CD ALBUM (Downtown Recordings 2006) —"I got a monster in my closet / Someone's underneath my bed / The wind's knocking at my window / I'd kill it but it's already dead / It waits till the midnight hour to come / To torture me for the wrong that I've done"Buy it!
Gene Page “Blacula” from Can You Dig It? (Soul Jazz 2009) —Music bed. Instrumental originally found on the 1969 Blacula movie soundtrack and included on this 2-CD, 34-track collection of songs from Black action films. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Whistlin' Past The Graveyard” from Used Songs (1973-1980) (Rhino 2001) —Recorded in 1978 and featuring Earl Palmer on drums, Harold Battiste on piano, Herbert Hardesty on on tenor sax & Alvin "Shine" Robinson on guitar.Buy it!
John Wesley Harding “If You Have Ghosts” from Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye (A Tribute To Roky Erickson) (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1990) —Recorded in 1990 & found on this compilation of various artists covering songs written by Roky Erickson.Buy it!
Roky Erickson and The Aliens “Creature With the Atom Brain” from I Have Always Been Here Before (Shout! Factory 2005) —1980 song written by Roky Erickson & found on this really fine 2-CD anthology.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Castro Halloween” from Castro Halloween single (Yep Roc 2011) N —Single from his forthcoming release, Temple Beautiful, slated for release on January 24th, 2012. Can't wait for this one.Buy it!
Neko Case “Things That Scare Me” from Blacklisted (Bloodshot 2002) —Written by Neko Case & Tom Ray with backing by Joey Burns & John Convertino (of Calexico), Jon Rauhouse, and Dallas Good (Sadies).Buy it!
The Frantics “Werewolf” from Stomp! Northwest Killers 1960-64 (Norton 2001) —Instrumental from this Seattle band that recorded from 1956-66. Jerry Miller and Bob Mosley from the Frantics later went on to form Moby Grape.Buy it!
R.E.M. “I Walked With A Zombie” from Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye (A Tribute To Roky Erickson) (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1990) —Written by Roky Erickson.Buy it!
Jumpin' Gene Simmons “Haunted House” from Mostly Ghostly: More Horror For Halloween (Ace 2010) —Recorded in 1964 for the Hi label with backing by Bobby Stewart, Reggie Young, Bobby Emmons, Jerry Arnold & Harvey Henderson.Buy it!
Lee Ross “The Mummy's Curse” from Horror Hop (Raucous Records 2006) —"Last night at the museum, they're searching for a trace / Of the thief who stole the mummy's bracelet from its case. / And now tonight the mummy's curse is on his thievin' head / For tonight the mummy's come to life, awakened from the dead."Buy it!
Los Lobos “Grim Grinning Ghosts” from Los Lobos Goes Disney CD ALBUM (Disney Sound 2009) —If you've ever been on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland, you know this song. Written by Buddy Baker.Buy it!
The Five Jones Boys “Mr. Ghost Goes To Town” from Halloween Classics: Songs That Scared the Bloomers Off Your Great-Grandma (Legacy Recordings 2007) —Recorded in 1936. One of the best Halloween songs, ever.Buy it!
Jonathan Richman “Vampire Girl” from You Must Ask the Heart (Rounder 1995) —"Does she cook beans? Does she cook rice? Does she do ritual sacrifice? / Vampire Girl, Vampire Girl / Whoah, I get so intrigued when they look like a vampire girl."Buy it!
Screamin' Lord Sutch & the Savages “She's Fallen In Love With The Monster Man” from Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 (Universal Music Group International 2006) —Recorded in 1964 and released in the U.S. on the Cameo label.Buy it!
Creedence Clearwater Revival “Tombstone Shadow” from Green River (Fantasy 2011) —"Tombstone Shadow, stretchin' across my path / Every time I get some good news / Ooh, There's a shadow on my back."Buy it!
Sonny Richard's Panics “The Voo Doo Walk (feat. Featuring Cindy and Misty)” from 50s Rock 'n Roll Horror (Burning Fire 2009) —Recorded in 1962 for Chancellor Records. Who are Cindy and Misty, you ask? Mary & Teresa Desrocher who wrote & contribute vocals to this track.Buy it!
Squirrel Nut Zippers “Hell” from Hot (Mammoth Records 1997) —" Now the D and the A and the M / And the N and the A / And the T and the I-O-N / Lose your face, lose your name / Then get fitted for a suit of flame"Buy it!
Billy Lee Riley “Nightmare Mash” from 100 Halloween Rock 'n Roll Classics (Classic Music International 2010) —Recorded in 1962 several months after "Monster Mash" became a hit. More than just a little similar.Buy it!
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