Friday, April 24, 2009

I Wander Where Are They Now?

Today is an interesting performance by a group that called themselves The Wandering Souls, and who performed during a local artists week at Silver Dollar City (later Dollywood) back in the early 1980's. I haven't been able to come up with any additional information about them - I know that they were selling a 7" record at the time (which probably had contact info on it) , but I've since never seen a copy of it. They were a family band, with a 13-year-old girl on drums and a 12 or 14-year-old boy on bass backing up a couple of adult singers and instrumentalists.
I talked them into letting me tape one of the shows - I used a cassette recorder and two really odd AKG D1000E microphones.
I'm having trouble nailing down the exact date (and for the last 20 years or so I've had it in my head that this was from 1985, but I wasn't working at Silver Dollar City in 1985, so that date is incorrect) but this performance must be from the summer of 1980 or 1981 (I can't remember whether I had a different summer job between the summer with the Smoky Mt Passion Play and the summer at Silver Dollar City).

I guess you would call this gospel soul -there are some really cool songs in the set, but they probably should have stopped before the encore - I'm not sure they had rehearsed that piece, nor do I think any grouping of them were in the same key.

The Wandering Souls at Silver Dollar City

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Monday, April 13, 2009

It's 80 Degrees, But I Still Need Some Covers

Under the Covers Volume Five

Highlights: Polk Salad Annie, with kazoos standing in for the horn section; Killdozer - I Am, I Said (Neil, were he dead, would be turning in his grave); Neil Young - Mr. Soul (I guess covering yourself counts); Erik Lindgren - In A Gadda Da Vida; Brian Briggs - Nervous Breakdown (one of a dozen great tracks on the Troublemakers* compilation album); The Golden Palaminos - Omaha (not enough Moby Grape covers in the world); Dave Edmunds - Girls Talk.

Side One
 Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hanging On
Blue Cheer - Boney Maroney
Heavy Mental - Revolution
The Fools - Do Wah Diddy
The Mumbles - Polk Salad Annie
Aerosmith - Train Kept A Rollin'
The Space Negroes - Friday On My Mind
Killdozer - I Am, I Said
The Bombardiers - ball of Confusion
Degarmo and Key - Wayfaring Stranger
Neil Young - Mr. Soul
Kenny Vance - Some Kind of Wonderful
The White Animals - Brown Eyed Girl
Ike and Tina Turner - With a Little Help From My Friends

Side Two
Roxy Music - In The Midnight Hour
Erik Lindgren - In A Gadda Da Vida
The Sex Pistols - No Fun
Rod Stewart - Pinball Wizard (what the???)
Brian Briggs - Nervous Breakdown
John Mellencamp - Rave On
The Golden Palaminos - Omaha
Dave Edmunds - Girls Talk
Dave Edmunds - Baby I Love You
U2 - All Along The Watchtower
U2 - Helter Skelter (Todd Steed at a Smokin' Dave show: U2 stole this song from Charles Manson. We're stealin' it baaaack.")
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Who Do You Love?
Dwight Yoakum - Little Sister
Dave Edmunds - Da Do Ron Ron
The Partridge Family - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
The Bollock Brothers - Anarchy in the UK



Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Cover Me, I'm Goin' In!

Volume Four of the series

From this set, I really like the Lowell George, True West, and Marianne Faithful versions. I even like the Jagger/Bowie duet, but probably more for the campy silliness of the video. The Pretenders cut, of course, is classic. I really hate the Devo - that's a long way from Uncontrollable Urge.

Side One
Van Halen - You're No Good
Lowell George - I Can't Stand The Rain
Devo - Bread and Butter
Manfred Mann - Blinded By The Light
Kenny Vance - Bye Bye Love
Marianne Faithful - Working Class Hero
Quiet Riot - Cum On Feel The Noize
Herman Ze German - Wipeout
World Party - All I Really Want To Do
Bananarama - Venus
Richie Cole - Star Trek
Motley Crue - Jailhouse Rock
True West - Lucifer Sam
Tim Ware - Eleanor Rigby
Ike and Tina Turner - Proud Mary
The Young Nashvillians - Sugar Shack

Side Two

Twisted Sister - Leader Of The Pack
R.E.M. - All I Have To Do Is Dream
The Flying Lizards - Summertime Blues
Jagger and Bowie - Dancing In The Street
BAP - Hang On Sloopy/Wild Thing
The White Animals - Gloria
The Cult - Born To Be Wild
The Embarrassment - Pushin' Too Hard
Steve Fisk - Woodstock
The Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing
R.E.M. - There She Goes Again
Armored Saint - Saturday Night Special
Lethal Gospel - Why Don't We Do It In The Road


Thursday, April 02, 2009

Old Airwaves

WUTK's New Airwaves from July 8, 1984 (thank you google and bands that list their 1980's tour dates on their websites for allowing me to determine this exact date). Unfortunately the "Outhouse Tapes" Clutch Cargo interview with Wh-Wh didn't make it onto the tape.


(If you've got a copy of the 1977 National Lampoon album "That's Not Funny, That's Sick!" that this segment's Mr Rogers parody comes from, I be interested in hearing the full sketch.)


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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

(Un)Radio (Un)Radio

Two Unradio segments from 1983 with Ashley Capps and Paul Parris.

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