Archive for October, 2008

Freaky Friday – Trilogy Of Terror

Posted in Funk, Funky Friday, garage rock, halloween, mini mix, northern soul, Soul, video, YOUTUBE on October 30, 2008 by planetmondo

Happy Halloween all you crypt kickers, freak-beaters and fangomaniacs. Hell comes to your house early this year with a three part posting for this week’s Freaky Funky Friday including …a seventy minute monster mix – Youtube treat – and a right ol’ Carry On (plus some chilling tunes on C-Mondo too)

Mondo Mania
This years collection of Halloween themed hits and howlers (in a good way) have been alchamixed into ‘Mondo Mania’. Some of the ingredients may not seem immediately obvious witch-way winners but….

‘Barabajagal’s mutterings and mantras about Hammer Horror herbalism, seems to suit the mood of the moment

And ‘Who Do You Love’s imagery of “tombstone hands, graveyard mines, “cobra snake neckties” and “chimney, a-made out of human skull” qualifies it for dead-cert selection..

Mondo Mania

After getting blog-busted last week, I was almost tempted to put the this list in the comments – but nevermind that cobblers, here’s the tracklisting..

The Playboys – Whatizit
Ruth Copeland – Gimme Shelter
The Preachers – Who Do You Love
The Strangeloves – In The Nighttime
Alder Ray – My Heart Is In Danger
Carl Douglas – Sell My Soul To The Devil
Tom Jones – Chills And Fever
Tony Jackson Group – Fortune Teller
Paul’s Disciples – See that My Grave Is Kept Clean
Zoot Money – The Mound Moves
Affinity – Three Sisters
Dusty Springfield – Spooky
Tony Joe White – Stud-Spider
Klaus Doldinger – Back In The Dark
Cream – Strange Brew
Donovan – Barabajagal
The Rattles – The Witch
Tom Jones – Witch Queen Of New Orleans
Georgie Fame – Seventh Son
The Coasters – Love Potion No9
The Exciters – Blowing Up My Mind
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers – I’m Your Witchdoctor
The N’Betweens – Evil Witchman
Jimi Hendrix – Fire
The Sonics- Psycho

And why not revisit last year’s mini-monster-mixes
Tunes From The Crypt and Frighty Night Is Music Night

Or Bitter Andrew’s Halloween countdown, Devil Dick’s spooky tunes or a trip to The Dude’s Ghost Town

Video Nicey
Live from the Prancing Pony-A-Go-Go it’s Georgie Fame as Gandalf the groovy and his bopping hobbits, rocking ’em dead in the Shire

Seventh Son

Frying Tonight
Why not pop on over to the Whippit Inn for a Carry On Screaming grab bag of goodies. There’s everything from Lobby Cards to Locations.

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Never Mind The Bollock Brothers

Posted in 80's, crocs, electronic music, halloween, new wave, Punk, retromania on October 29, 2008 by planetmondo

If you were the age to be out, about and shaking a leg (or flapping an arm) in Southend’s early 80s alt.clubs and shady places like Crocs, Chesters and The Monkey House – or whatever your regional variation was – these two tunes should be more time-trippy than test driving the TARDIS, take you right back to the dry ice-age, and have your phantom senses tasting the ‘snakebites and black‘, smelling the ‘Hard Rock‘ hairspray (or Boots green, gunky, ‘Country Born‘ setting gel), and perhaps feeling the itch of a black mohair jumper if you were ever a proto goth-monster or grebo-warrior…

The Bollock Brothers Horror Movies

I really must get the BB’s ’83 rework of the Pistols NMTB album

Red Lipstique Drac’s Back

At the time, there were shifty whispers that Red Lipstique were actually the Bollock Brothers in disco disguise.


You can see more about the Southend scene (including my live pics of The Damned, The Sweet and Lords Of The New Church – and my punk top 50) at the always excellent Southend Punk site

Glamour Ghouls

Posted in 70's, Batman, bowie, Brian Eno, Comics, glam, halloween, Marc Bolan, rock on October 26, 2008 by planetmondo
I found a load of old scraps and cuttings like this in the loft recently

There’s a gallery of grotesques to choose from when you get to glam related rocky horrors…

Alice Cooper – The New York Dolls ‘Frankenstein’ – Iggy’s ‘Death Trip’ and ‘Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell’ – Suzi Q’s ‘Devil Gate Drive’- Bolan’s ‘Mystic Lady’, ‘Demon Queen’ (or his earlier John’s Children tune ‘‘Desdemona’‘ banned because of it’s “lift up your skirt and fly” line)- Bowie’s ‘Width Of A Circle’, ‘Please Mr Gravedigger’, ‘Beauty And The Beast’ – Roxy’s ‘Bogus Man’ or Eno’s ‘Spirit’s Drifting’ and ‘Everything Merges With The Night’ are just a handful of the Halloween themed hits and howlers available from the spangle age..but I thought these few tunes could do with being reanimated as pre-season of the witch friendly..

David Bowie Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps).

An overlooked, underplayed thumper that gets lost in the shadows of ‘Ashes To Ashes’ and ‘Fashion’

Marc Bolan You Scare Me To Death

Hellraiser – a heavier-hitting side of The Sweet

Blockbuster –

Blockbuster could well have been inspired by the Batman bruiser Blockbuster(DC’s answer to The Hulk)

Which brings us back to Bowie who referenced Batman in Uncle Arthur

“Uncle Arthur still reads comics
Uncle Arthur follows Batman”

And that’s ‘doing the loop’

Grotbags A-Go-Go

Posted in 70's, before they were famous, charity shop classics, cream cheese, Funky Friday, northern soul, pop quiz on October 25, 2008 by planetmondo

So, the musical mysteron was …..Carol Lee Scott

Better know as ‘Grotbags’ from the Rod Hull and Emu show.

Carol was something of a cabaret legend before crossing over to TV, working with stars like Max Wall, Arthur Askey, Morecambe & Wise, Ella Fitzgerald and Tommy Cooper – there’s an cabtastic interview with her here – on the Licorice Soul website. I first picked up on this tune via the mighty Licorice Soul Working Mans Soul album, a cracking comp’ of classic cabaret turns.

The final rundown looks like this…

1) Kiki Dee – The Day Will Come Between Sunday And Monday

2) Brotherhood Of Man – Reach Out Your Hand

3) Carol Lee Scott – That Little Bit Of Love

As young Mr Grace used to say “You’ve all done very well” so here is the Tronik shredit of N.F.Porter’s Keep On Keepin’ On

Orig’ version

Funky Friday – Who The Funk Are You?

Posted in 60's, 70's, before they were famous, Funk, Funky Friday, northern soul, pop quiz, Soul on October 24, 2008 by planetmondo
It’s Pop-O-Matic!

Well Pop pickers – it’s something a bit diff’ for this week’s Funky Friday..

Can you work out who’s who on this tricky trio of mystery tunes? Can You do it? Of course you can. The prize of an exclusive ‘Tronik Youth’ shredit of a Northern Soul Classic will go to first past the post(ish)

I ran these three nugg’s past Marmite when I bumped into him on the Fenchurch Flyer earlier this week – he managed a healthy crack at it and was certainly in the right territory for all tracks…so I reckon it’s doable, but will give one clue for starters.

All artists are British

Mystery Track 1

Mystery Track 2

Mystery Track 3

Now, you could go a’Googling for clues – but do you really want to live with the head-a’hanging shame of knowing you’ve had a dodgy ace up your internetty.

Eager Beaver

Posted in 60's, 90s, Cover Versions, garage rock, perfect pop, pop-lifting, Remake Remodel on October 22, 2008 by planetmondo

The Call Of The Beaver Patrol
by V. T. Sherman – is available to buy from Amazon…

I knew that this Soup Dragons tune was a rework of this Stones obscurity, and the bass line on this nineties floor-filler was lifted from this sixties soundtrack.

But until a couple of weeks ago, and thanks to the ‘Play Any Track‘ option on my trusty Creative Zen Xtra, I never knew that ….

PWEI – Beaver Patrol

Was a cover of this….

Wilde Knights – ‘Beaver Patrol*

*mis-spelt as ‘Beaver Control’ by the ripping software. My favourite example of rock typo’s in my MP3 collection is The Sweet’s ‘Burn On The Flame’ re-titled by the Russian download service ALLOFMP3 to ‘BUM On The Flame‘ – ouch!!

Rocket Fuel

Posted in 90s, Contrast and compare, electronic music, indie, Remixes on October 19, 2008 by planetmondo


Amazing what a bit tweaking and retuning can do.

With a just bit of jiggery-poppery the funky Buzzcocks bounce and shoegazer a go-go shuffle of the regular version….

Hey Venus

Becomes a white trainers with outsized tounges and long sleeved T-shirt ‘lectro pop nugget (which kind of reminds of this a bit)

Hey Venus – Mad Thatcher Disease Mix

PS – my ol’ mate Marmite has just started a new music based blog Floating In Space – so why not pop on over and have a peep.