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Nuggets #3 – 13th Floor Elevators

13th floor elevators

If there was one band which encapsulated the essence of “Nuggets” it was without doubt the 13th Floor Elevators who originated in Austin, Texas in 1965 their  classic debut track, which features on the original Nuggets album, below was released in January 1966.

“You’re Gonna Miss Me” – 13th Floor Elevators

The single has a distinctive sound in part due to the use of the “electric jug” and this was taken further into their debut album The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators  also released in 1966

the psychedelic sounds of

Today, the 13th Floor Elevators continues to influence new generations of musicians. In 1990, 21 contemporary bands — including R.E.M., ZZ Top, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Primal Scream — recorded covers of Elevators songs on Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye: A Tribute to Roky Erickson, one of the first tribute albums, in what would become a fad. In 2005, a panel at the SXSW music festival discussed the music of the Elevators and Powell St. John, one of the Elevators’ songwriters.

The song “You’re Gonna Miss Me” was covered by influential Australian group Radio Birdman on their 1977 album Radios Appear.

Seminal 1980s drone/space-rock band Spacemen 3 were hugely influenced by the 13th Floor Elevators, covering Roller Coaster twice, for debut album Sound of Confusionand as a 17 minute version for debut EP “Walkin’ With Jesus”. Vocalist/guitarist Pete Kember also covered “Thru the Rhythm” with his post-Spacemen 3 project Spectrum.

Other notable covers are “You’re Gonna Miss Me” by the Psycotic Pineapple, “(I’ve Got) Levitation” by Julian Cope, and “Reverberation (Doubt)” by the Jesus and Mary Chain.

Le Bonne Route, a 1996 album by Deniz Tek of Radio Birdmanfeatures a song titled ‘Lunatics at the Edge of the World’, which Tek described as “An ode to Syd Barrettand Roky Erickson.”

Starting in 1999, a group of fans started the Roky CD Club to disseminate rare and unreleased 13th Floor Elevators & Roky Erickson music. To date, they have put out almost fifty volumes of material, to much acclaim, while helping spread the ‘Elevators message and name.

In the 2000 movie High Fidelity, “You’re Gonna Miss Me” was used in the opening scene and is the first song on the movie soundtrack.

In 2006, Dell Computers used “You’re Gonna Miss Me” in one of their ads for their XPS laptop.

On April 24, 2007, during a radio promotion/interview before a concert, Jesse Laceyof Brand new credited the inspiration and a few lyrics for the song Degausser to Roky Erickson.

The band have also been an influence on the “stoner rock” scene the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and Nebula and Names and Faces have regarded them as a big influence.

Noted Hollywood actor Johnny Depppraised the Elevators in a 2005 interview with Esquire Magazine: “Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, a band out of Texas. They were basically the first psychedelic-rock band. 1965. And if you listen to old 13th Floor Elevators stuff—Roky Erickson especially, his voice—and then go back and listen to early Led Zeppelin, you know that Robert Plant absolutely copped everything from Roky Erickson. And it’s amazing. And Roky Erickson is sitting in Austin, Texas; he’s just there. And Robert Plant had a huge hit. It always goes back to those guys, you know? I love those fucking guys.”

Additionally, in the novel Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve the airship belonging to Thaddeus Valentine is named The Thirteenth Floor Elevator

Here is the electric jug in action

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September 30, 2009 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

Blueflint Album Launch


In amongst all these US Nuggets postings it is time for a bit of home grown culture.

Blueflint were touted by a Scotland on Sunday Review during 2008 as one of the top ten acts to watch.

Based around the banjo duo of Deborah Arnott and Clare-Louise Neilson, whose music subtly intertwines the clawhammer and three-finger picking styles of banjo along with beautifully stark but sweet vocal harmonies in original songs and ballads of love, loss and revenge.  Blueflint’s unique sound is enhanced by the contribution from an excellent line-up of talented and versatile musicians including Roddy Neilson on fiddle and Hugh Kelly on double bass.

“High Bright Morning” – Blueflint


Blueflint’s new CD ‘High Bright Morning,’ (produced by Jim Sutherland – Aberfeldy, ‘New Town’ BBC) will be launched on Wednesday 30th September at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh, followed by a launch event on Thursday 1st October at the Green Note in London.

high bright morning

Following on from the launch events, Blueflint are touring Scotland in the autumn.
The CD launch tour takes them to venues such as the Tolbooth, Stirling; the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles; Aros Arts Centre, Skye; the Birnam Institute and many more.

To visit Blueflint click HERE and HERE

Pictures by Stewart Ennis

To buy the music of Blueflint click HERE

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Bluegrass, Celtic, New Music, New Releases, Video | | Leave a comment

Nuggets #2 – The Standells


The Standells feature on both the original album and have a further couple of songs included on the extended box set.

From the original album here is their first hit single.

“Dirty Water” – The Standells

Formed in 1962 the band actually made a bit of a name for themselves on the R&B Lounge scene with their dance steps, matching suits and cheesy grins, however, in 1965 they went through a bit of a metamorphosis changing their image to a “Carnaby Street” look with a new harder sound with attitude to match.

the standells

Here is one of my favourite tracks from the box set

“Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White” – The Standells


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September 29, 2009 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Old Music | , | Leave a comment

Jerry Lee Lewis


Goodness Gracious Jerry Lee Lewis is 74 years old today, 4 years away from being a record 78.

September 29, 2009 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New News, Video | | 1 Comment

Nuggets #1 – Introduction/The Electric Prunes


“Nuggets Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968” is perhaps one of the most famous Compilation Albums in the history of that wide ranging genre we call “rock music”.

Released in 1972 the music contained therein was in essence the evidence of US musicians re-acquainting themselves with some of their roots that seemed to have been put to one side, without doubt it was their call to arms as response to the Beatles/Stones/Who invasion which had dominated the US charts during this period.

The original album was assembled by Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records, and Lenny Kaye, later lead guitarist for the Patti Smith Group. The original double album was released on LP by Elektra in 1972 with liner notes by Kaye that contained one of the first uses of the term “punk rock“. It was reissued with a new cover design by Sire Records in 1976

I have a reprint version of the original double album which extended to 27 tracks plus the Rhino released 4 CD box set, released in 1998, which replicated the original album on CD1 and added three more CD’s of like-minded material some of which even eclipsed the quality of the original album.

nuggets box set

Over the coming week I will bring you some of the key tracks from the original album plus some of the best tracks from the extended CD box set.

So it is only fair to start at the beginning and Track 1

“I Had To Much To Dream (Last Night)” – The Electric Prunes

The Electric Prunes were from San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, despite the original album notes stating their origins were in  Seattle.

This track was released in January 1967 peaking at No11 in the US Charts.

electric_prunes album

“come forth Electric Prunes and move from the shallows and venture forth into the deep”

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September 28, 2009 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

New Music – The Raveonettes

in and out of control

The Raveonettes new album “In And Out Of Control” is scheduled to hit the shelves on 5th October from which this track is taken.

“Last Dance” – The Raveonettes

Your lipstick smeared sad, I adore you
I always have
And every time you overdose
I rush to intensive care
Another sad eye stare before you disappear

If this is the last dance, if this is the last dance
Then save it for me baby
If this is the last dance, if this is the last dance
Then save it for me baby
Ooooh ooooh
Then save it for me baby
Oohhhh oooooh
Then save it for me baby

Your addiction and you are in love.
Night star crossed, I wait my turn
And every time you overdose I rush to intensive care
Another sad eye stare before you disappear.

If this is the last dance, if this is the last dance
Then save it for me baby
If this is the last dance, if this is the last dance
Then save it for me baby
Then save it for me baby

I want to know, I want to know
If it’s the last, if it’s the last dance
I wanna know, I wanna know
Baby baby please.

If this is the last dance, if this is the last dance
Then save it for me baby
If this is the last dance, if this is the last dance
Then save it for me baby
If this is the last dance, if this is the last dance
Then save it for me baby


To buy the music of The Raveonettes click HERE

September 28, 2009 Posted by | New Music, New Releases, Video | | Leave a comment

Rain Man


Just finished watching Rain Man, first time I have watched it for several years yet it still hits home and must surely have been one of Dustin Hoffman’s finest performances.

To buy the DVD of Rain Man click HERE

What I never realised before is that during the dance lesson scene the music used is  “At Last” performed by the great Etta James

This was one of our key wedding songs and was an all time favourite of Fiona’s.

I have posted the MP3 of the song before so here is Beyonceseeking to replicate the magic in the film “Cadillac Records”

To buy the music of Etta James click HERE


To buy Cadillac Records on DVD click HERE

September 28, 2009 Posted by | Fiona, Movies, Mrs D, Old Music, R&B, Soul, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Play Misty For Me………okay

Erroll Garner

Erroll Garner

“Misty” – The Erroll Garner Trio

This Erroll Garner composition has of course taken on alife of it’s own beyond the world of jazz as the song that was the centre piece for the Clint Eastwood film “Play Misty For Me”

Despite this celebrity it should be remembered that the song was already regarded as a jazz standard and that Garner was without doubt a very distinctive pianist with a unique style unlike anyone else.

play misty for me

As for the film, released in 1971, it was of course directed by Clint Eastwood who plays David “Dave” Garver, a KRML radio disc jockey who becomes the target of Evelyn Draper, an obsessed female fan, played by Jessica Walter. Donna Millsplays his re-acquainted girlfriend, Tobie Williams. The title comes from Draper’s habit of phoning in to Garver’s radio show and asking him to play “Misty”.

The film paved the way for later stalker films such as Fatal Attraction, particularly those with a female antagonist, and also those where the villain appeared to have died prematurely. It is also notable for its use of location shooting, mostly in the area of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where Eastwood has long made his home, and where he was elected Mayor in 1986. Additional scenes were shot at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September 1970, featuring jazz greats Johnny Otis, Cannonball Adderley, and future Weather Report founder Joe Zawinul.

The film features a romantic montage backed by Roberta Flack‘s recording of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.”

“First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” – Roberta Flack.

To buy the music of Roberta Flack click HERE

To buy the DVD click HERE

play misty still

September 27, 2009 Posted by | Jazz, Movies, Old Music, R&B, Soul, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Jeff Beck and Imelda May

 beck imelda

Hot on the heels of my Beck and Clapton news story and also in response to the big interest shown on my Imelda May post from 1st July (click HERE)  here is a report on a recent Jeff Beck show at which he used the Imelda May Band plus Imelda herself as guest vocalist.

Jeff Beck & The Imelda May Band
Indigo 2, London
Monday, September 21

“He’s using a different guitar with each bloody song!” exclaims an impeccably attired and surprisingly sober Ronnie Wood. Sat next to him, almost on the edge of his seat, Jimmy Page is staring ahead at the stage absorbing the sights and sounds with a forensic intensity. Honest Ron suddenly gets up and yelps in appreciation, breaking Page’s concentration as his face collapses into a warm infectious grin. “Marvellous”, he exclaims like a proud headmaster, beaming at his charge.

Both of these legends have been drawn out of hibernation by the lure of fellow guitar slinger Jeff Beck‘s one-off performance with the Imelda May band in a special show arranged by American Express. Earlier that day a usually taciturn Beck held a master class comprising a short tutorial and lots of entertaining anecdotes about his adventures with the Yardbirds.

“The show tonight will be like hearing Jeff’s personal record collection,” announced manager/promoter Harvey Goldsmith referring to the choice of vintage material.

Looking a little nervous, without his usual pyrotechnics and camouflage, Beck took a while to warm up and really hit his stride about four numbers in with Train Kept A Rollin’ featuring a simple, swamp-dirty solo which was the total antithesis to his normally baroque fret workouts. This was swiftly followed by Howlin’ Wolf‘s Poor Boy – a nod to Chess Records, Beck explained – and Arthur Crudup‘s My Baby Left Me.

“Back in the old days when the singer got knackered we had to fill in with an instrumental,” announced a by-now jocular Beck who seemed really moved by the audience’s ecstatic response. “This is the tune that made us all go out and steal a Fender Stratocaster… Unfortunately, I didn’t get away with it.” Cue a robust take on The Shadows’ Apache followed by Santo & Johnny’s Sleepwalk.

Candy Box Burlesque Club veteran Imelda May displayed her torch singer credentials with spine-tingling renditions of Remember (Walking In The Sand); Cry Me A River, Lilac Wine, and Please Mr Jailer. It’s easy to see how Beck was inspired to perform this material by May and her band, who have serious rock’n’roll credentials (Page could be seen backstage immersed in conversation with May’s husband/guitarist Darrel Higham about their shared passion for vintage vinyl).

As the show came to a close Beck could be seen to visibly relax during a loose rendition of Green Onions, a stirring tribute to Les Paul on How High The Moon – featuring some gorgeous multi-tracked vocals from Imelda, doing her best Mary Ford impersonation, and an uproarious version of Shake, Rattle and Roll.

As Jimmy Page commented afterwards: “It was just like listening to your favourite jukebox.”

Peter Makowski

Set List: Feel Me/Love Tattoo/Baby Let’s Play House/Double Talking Baby/Cruisin’/Train Kept A-Rollin’/Poor Boy/My Baby Left Me/Rockin’ Is Our Business/Apache/Sleepwalk/Peter Gunn/Remember (Walking In The Sand)/Please Mr Jailer/Corpus Christi Carol/Lilac Wine/Green Onions/Casting My Spell/The Girl Can’t Help It/Brush With The Blues/Rock Around The Clock/Cry Me A River/How High The Moon/Shake Rattle And Roll/Somewhere Over The Rainbow

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For more information on Jeff Beck click HERE and HERE

For more information on Imelda May click HERE and HERE

As a bonus for Imelda fans here is”Johnny Got A Boom Boom” from the iTunes only “Live London Festival ’09” EP which you can purchase HERE

“Johnny Got A Boom Boom” – Imelda May

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Blues, New News, Old Music, Video | , | 4 Comments

New Music – Echo & The Bunnymen


Echo & The Bunnymen were essential listening for me in the mid eighties when they ruled supreme with albums like “Porcupine” (1983)


and “Ocean Rain” (1984)

ocean rain

Since 1984 there has been a stream of selective brilliance through a number of albums and the 12th October sees the release of their latest album “The Fountain” from which this track is taken:-

“I Think I Need It To” – Echo & The Bunnymen

the fountain

To buy the music of Echo & The Bunnymen click HERE

September 25, 2009 Posted by | New Music, New News, New Releases, Video | | Leave a comment

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