introduction to rather rare records

MY FIRST “POST” was with the Wyoming Valley West High School newspaper, where I was the nerd who got the gig of reviewing records. That was 1969 and, like most nerds with super cool record collections, I wrote condescending reviews of records that all my non-nerd classmates bought. 1 I remember damning Glen Campbell (in the ’60s, teens actually bought Glen Campbell albums and were still cool) and dismissing Cream’s last album, GOODBYE. Then, everything changed. In 1970, I found Paul Williams’s book Outlaw Blues, a collection of his writings from Crawdaddy magazine. Williams didn’t write negative reviews—he wrote… Continue Reading introduction to rather rare records

the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 3

THE AVID COLLECTOR’S GUIDE to Wild In The Streets Part 3 addresses records made that are associated with this movie—both singles and albums. All were released in the wake of the very successful movie in 1968, but few were hits. Before commencing, I recommend that you first read “On Wild In The Streets As Political And Social Satire” and then the first part of this four-part series of articles about the movie and its music. The movie Wild In The Streets was released to American theaters on May 29, 1968. Since people who have just seen a movie are more likely to purchase the… Continue Reading the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 3

the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 2

THE AVID COLLECTOR’S GUIDE to Wild In The Streets Part 2 addresses records made that are associated with this movie—both singles and albums. All were released in the wake of the very successful movie in 1968, but few were hits. Before commencing, I recommend that you first read “On Wild In The Streets As Political And Social Satire” and then the first part of this four-part series of articles about the movie and its music. This second part more or less focuses on Davie Allan, with and without his band, the Arrows. Allan is a pivotal figure around which so many of these Wild… Continue Reading the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 2

the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 1

IN 1968, AIP’S NEW MOVIE was not about bikers, babes, and devils. While “Wild In The Streets” was another American International Pictures exploitational B-movie, it was also a clever combination of sociopolitical satire, black humor, and some genuinely good rock & roll. The Avid Collector’s Guide to Wild In The Streets Part 1 addresses the records associated with that movie and its music. 1 This is the first of four parts that focus on the records revolving around that movie, with the primary focus is on the WILD IN THE STREETS original soundtrack album. A secondary focus is the contributions… Continue Reading the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 1

wild in the streets as sociopolitical satire and black humor

JACK WEINBERG DEFINED THE SIXTIES by exhorting, “We don’t trust anyone over 30!” That was 1964 and there is a good chance that he knew exactly the kind of effect that it would have on young people around the country (although he denies it). He might not have had a clue that it would also have an effect on non-political movers and shakers in Hollywood with a bent for sociopolitical satire. At least one movie seems to have used those six words as the basis for its plot—Wild In The Streets. 1 This article is a follow-up to “The… Continue Reading wild in the streets as sociopolitical satire and black humor

I know where manchester is—do you know who the hollies are?

  THE HOLLIES ARE FROM MANCHESTER—everyone knows that, right? Hah! I bumped into a young couple at the Bellevue Transit Center. Good looking guy, very pretty girl. Both in their mid 20s, both spick-and-spanned and nicely attired. When we exchanged “Hellos” I heard the accent and asked them from which part of England they hailed. “Manchester!” he said. “Ah,” said I. “The home of the Holies.” “What?” said she. “The Hollies—they’re from Manchester,” I responded, wondering what was going on. They looked at each other and then at me. “Um, you don’t know who the Hollies are?” I asked.… Continue Reading I know where manchester is—do you know who the hollies are?

hyperbolic exaggeration in pop culture and miss patsy cline

THIS ARTICLE SEEMS TO BE ABOUT PATSY CLINE. But it’s not—at least, not primarily. Primarily it’s about hyperbolic exaggeration in describing the accomplishments of popular stars, regardless of whether the artist needs such embellishment to shine among other stars. Fans of any field of artistic or athletic endeavor are given to excessive bragging about their faves, whether it’s rock bands or comic book artists or baseball players. But what is said in a friendly argument among friends over a few pints looks absurd if not insulting when stated by a writer whose opinions are given weight by being published… Continue Reading hyperbolic exaggeration in pop culture and miss patsy cline