Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Oct 31st 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five “Jack, You're Dead” from Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five (JSP Records 2001) —Recorded in 1946 - "What's the use of having muscles / When your life hangs by a thread / If you ain't got no red corpuscles / Jack, you're dead!"Buy it!
The Pac-Keys “Greasy Pumpkin” from Charles "Packy" Axton - Late Late Party - 1965-67 (Light In The Attic 2011) —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!
Dusty Springfield “Spooky” from Complete A and B Sides 1963-1970 (Mercury 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!
The Hues Corporation “There He Is Again” from Blacula (Music from the Original Soundtrack) (Rev-Ola 1972) —Recorded a couple of years prior to their "Rock The Boat" hit. Your basic soul beware the vampire kind of song.Buy it!
Gene Page “Good To the Last Drop” from Blacula (Music from the Original Soundtrack) (Rev-Ola 1972) —Music bed. 1972 instrumental written and arranged by Gene Page. The title kind of says it all.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Whistlin' Past the Graveyard” from Blue Valentine (Ekektra 1978) —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!
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!
French Frith Kaiser Thompson “Now That I Am Dead” from Invisible Means (Windham Hill 1990) —Written by John French and featuring the vocals of Richard Thompson. "Now that I am dead I can make a living."Buy it!
Laika & The Cosmonauts “Psycko” from Children of Nuggets (Rhino 2005) —1994 instrumental by the Finnish band combining two Bernard Hermann compositions - the movie themes from "Psycho" and "Vertigo."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) —Written by Roky Erickson.Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “Rock and Roll” from The Best of the Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed (Verve 1989) —RIP Lou Reed. Just a tremendous influence on so many songwriters and bands. Written by Lou Reed and originally released on the 1970 "Loaded" album.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Silver Factory Theme” from 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature Records 2010) —Music bed.Buy it!
June Tabor and the Oyster Band “All Tomorrow's Parties” from Freedom and Rain (Cooking Vinyl 1990) —Sublime version of the Velvet Underground song written by Lou Reed and sung by one of Britain's greatest vocalists.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Ann Buchanan Theme” from 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature Records 2010) —Music bed.Buy it!
Jonathan Richman “Vampire Girl” from You Must Ask the Heart (Rounder 1995) —Written by Jonathan Richman. - "It's not the mascara, It's not the tight dress, (well maybe it is) / It's the look in the eyes that's gonna scare you to death. / Vampire Girl, Vampire Girl / I get so intrigued when they look like a vampire girl."Buy it!
The Frantics “Werewolf” from Stomp! Northwest Killers 1960-64 (Norton 2001) —Music bed. 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!
Chuck Berry “Down Bound Train” from Johnny B. Goode: His Complete '50s Chess Recordings (Hip-O Select 2007) —1955 Chess single written by Chuck Berry.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!
Sonny Richard's Panics with Cindy & Misty “The Voo Doo Walk” from These Ghoulish Things (Ace 2005) —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!
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!
Rum Drum Ramblers “Gonna Haunt You” from Mean Scene (Lightnin' Thunders 2011) L —Written by the Rum Drum Ramblers and dedicated to the memory of Robert Ward and his "untouchable Magnatone sound."Buy it!
Tommy Collins “Black Cat” from That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 3 Rockabilly from the Vaults of Capitol Records (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 1992) —Recorded in 1960.Buy it!