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Funky Friday – One Year Souled

Posted in Funk, Funky Friday, mini mix, rock n roll, rockadoodledoo, Soul, The Beatles, thnorthern soul on August 8, 2008 by planetmondo

I’m nipping off next week, (back to sunny Stow – again) but while I’m away – on August 15th – this piece of ol’ puffery completes it’s first year of orbit in the blogosphere (I’m discounting, but not deleting the first three directionless posts) – so to celebrate breaking the one year barrier, I’ve made a pick ‘n’ mix buffet of tasty treats and groovy goodies gathered from all around my hat.. err, blogroll.

So, a tip of the titfter and a ‘thank you for the music’ is due to all those on the ‘1YS’ tracklist for the tip top tunes, and to anyone who’s ever contributed or commented on this ol’ blog, as well as a ton of cyberchums for chit chat, chippings in, inspiration and ideas like …

Pre blogging mates
Marmite, Bleech,Lil, Piley, Tronik

Early doors hook ups
Ally, Axe Victim, Bitter Andrew, BLTP, Davey, Mick , Rob

The Big Bosses of blogging
Larry and Vince (for adding me before I’d got the hang of joined up blogging)

Crate Diggers United
Devil Dick, Jenn, HSBD, Matt, Mr Double Down

Newer kids on this blog
Cocktails, Rock Mother, Simon, Suzy Roman

Heroes and hitmakers who’ve appeared here.
Brian James, Marco Pirroni, Mark Vidler, Simone Stenfors

And finally a special mention for all those silent peepers, prowlers and binge bloggers that arrive via random.com and spend around 12 hours necking down every page and piece without a whisper.

So my funky friends tuck in, fill your boots, raise a glass, shake a leg and here’s to another fab year .
‘One Year Souled Mix’

I Just Want To Celebrate – Rare Earth
Ain’t Nothing But A Houseparty – The Showstoppers
Super Party-The Soul Hustlers Fufu Vince
Watch Your Step – Bobby ParkerRoman Empress
You Can’t Go On – Lonnie LesterMatt Beat Collector
Cooking Catfish – Albert KingLarry F16 Corners
Take Me – Betty EverettDevil Dick
Maybe I’m Amazed – Sunday’s Child – Soul Shower (deleted blog)
You’re The Fool – The Three DegreesFufu Stew
Crossword Puzzle (Say No Go)- Sly And The Family Stone Ally
Funky Mississippi – Rufus Thomas Davey H
96 Tears – Aretha FranklinSimon
Lady Moogdonna – Soundhog
Alive – Beastie Boys/Alan Hawkshaw – Soulwax
Molotov Cocktail Party – Vivi Bach Und Dietmar SchoenherrRock Mother
Soul Sitar – Sohail RhanaPiley
Spinout – Elvis PresleyDiddy Wah
Dancin’ Pain – Wynder K. Frog
I Can’t Get Next to You – Mongo SantamariaBitter Andrew
Vertigo Leitmotiv – Bernard EstardyPaul Blow Up
Quittin Time – Big MaybelleMr Double Down
Doin’ the Banana Split – The Banana Splits F16 for track facts
Talkin’ ’bout Soul – Little Richard
Do What You Did – Thurston HarrisRob
Do You Love Me – The Sonics
Closing Motif

AND to think I was actually worried about running out of puff and stuff to stick in my cyberspace scrapbook.

Did You Know ? The colours on PM and are inspired by Swizzles Double Lollies and the fact that pink/orange/both seemed to be such a popular pallet in the 70s.

Funky Friday – If I Ruled The World….

Posted in anthems, Funk, Funky Friday, guitar, rock n roll, rockadoodledoo, Soul on July 24, 2008 by planetmondo

This would be the end of office hours anthem. When clocking off time arrives (4 pm Monday – Thursday, 2:30 Fridays) whistles wouldn’t be blown or hooters tooted. No,no, no. ‘Soul Town’* would be piped through PAs as everyone drifts away from their desks and doings, heading for the park to waft through willow trees.
The Motherhood – ‘Soul Town’

All alarm clocks would kick off at the crack of 10am (Mondays to Fridays) with this ripstart stormer.
The Fabulous Wailers – ‘Wailin”

And The Gee-Cees would provide the offical opening fanfare for all Saturday night shindiggs, shakedowns and tear ups.
The Gee-Cees -‘Buzz Saw Twist’

Suggestions for parade music, event anthems and any other occasion motifs are always welcome.

And please, please, please pop over and say hello the Larry Funky 16 the King of Crate Diggers who’s just reached 1 million hits – yes 1 million – and is celebrating with a special mix of funky Beatles covers.

*If I ever get round to doing a podcast (called-‘Spodulike’ ) I may use ‘Soul Town’ as the closedown tune

Funky Friday – The Joy Of Six

Posted in Funky Friday, guest blogger, rock n roll, rockadoodledoo, vive le rock on July 17, 2008 by planetmondo


It’s guest blogger time again, and here’s a first – a Mr and Mrs post!
That snappy couple Devil Dick from The Devils Music (Psych Rock, Stoner Funk and Garage Goodies)and Jenn from Eye Eat Music (Punky nuggets, Hippy treats and Rocking Beats), have hand picked six – yes SIX rock-a-doodle dandies to fill your boogie boots, so over to that ol’ Devil called Dick …

We’d both like to thank Planet Mondo for having us do this little guest post over here at his world famous Mondo Atomic Blog!!! This is as it looks a HIS and HERS Collaboration for Your Funky Friday. Please Enjoy

Ladies first and she’s giving you some Doo-Wop…

The Dells – “I want to Go Home”: Boy Group Harmonizers of the 50’s. Doo-Wop Born in a Chicago Burbs High School . Cut released late 1956.
The Dells – “I want to Go Home”

The Eternals –“Rocking in the Jungle”: Bronx Doo-Wop Groups 1st 45’ release originally titled “Christmas in the Jungle” which wasn’t working out so well since the holiday was over 8 months away. Careful where you step, you may cross a lion in your travels with this tune.
The Eternals –“Rocking in the Jungle”

The Coasters – “Sorry Gonna Have to Pass”: Storytelling R&B Vocal Group of the late 50s. They were outside the box when it came to Mainstream Doo-Wop, many would try to imitating their style in later years. But they are the Kings of weaving vocals around a story.
The Coasters – “Sorry Gonna Have to Pass”

The Devil’s part of the show is 3 choice, little instrumental nuggets!

Jon Thomas – “Fat Back”: A nice little soulful instrumental R&B number with plenty of Killer organ and sax from1957
Jon Thomas – “Fat Back”

The Craftsmen – “Rock Along”: A kooky little rockin’ surf type instrumental from -1961: Plenty of crazy organ and twangy guitars a-go-go!!!
The Craftsmen – “Rock Along”

The Dartells – “Dartell Stomp”: Another Great Rockin’ Instrumental this time from 1963! More killer organ work, pumping bass and a driving drum beat and break that doesn’t quit!
The Dartells – “Dartell Stomp”

If these 6 little ditties don’t put a smile on your face this fine Friday then I don’t know what will!!!

Now you you’ve filled your groovy boots here – why not pop on over to The Devils Music and Eye Eat Music for a bellyful of sizzling and scorching sounds

Midweek Boogaloo – Amos Milburn

Posted in rock n roll, rockadoodledoo, vive le rock on April 16, 2008 by planetmondo

The first in an occasional series documenting tunes, tracks and clips that swish, swing and have a rythm section that thumps, bumps and bounces like those pesky picnic grabbing ants from Tom and Jerry.

How snappy would it be to walk up to some dusty ol’ pub piano, crack your knuckles and hammer out the honky tonk like this….

Amos Milburn – Down The Road Apiece

‘Down The Road Apiece’ was reworked some years later by the Stones, who really don’t make a bad shout of it – hear here.

And for all out rockingness….

Amos Milburn – Chicken Shack Boogie

Funky Friday – Southern Soul

Posted in Elvis Presley, Funky Friday, northern soul, rock n roll, Soul on January 11, 2008 by planetmondo

Every Friday is Funky Friday on Planet Mondo, and this week brings you an Elvis special to mark his 72nd birthday earlier this week.

First up a couple of youtube treats.

“Man That’s Dirty”

This outtake from the ’68 Special is the absolute essence of Elvis and crackles with magic. While the offstage boffins were making technical tweaks and possibly ‘checking levels’ between takes, Elvis asks for his guitar, kicks off the riff for ‘Baby What You Want Me To Do’ the orchestra jump in, start jamming and the audience go wild.

PS – Does anyone know what model of guitar Elvis is cranking? – I’m stumped.

“Some a y’all never been down south too much”

Bill Belew who did ‘wardrobe’ for the ’68 Special, also created Elvis’s jumpsuits. This is one of his earlier, less fussy designs and a style later reworked by The Osmonds, Evel Knievel David Bowie and possibly the crew of Moonbase Alpha. Elvis delivers a true blue eyed Soul stomping, Vegas vamp version of ‘Polk Salad Annie’.

A duet of ‘Polk Salad Annie’ performed by Tony Joe White (its composer) with Johnny Cash is here if you fancy a peep.

This hidden sizzler from Elvis has everything you want from a fatback track – funky keyboards, a shout of “Hot Damn” and double tempo drums on the home run.
Elvis – I Got A Feeling In My Body(Take 1).mp3

A live almost Booker T type take of ‘My Babe’.
Elvis – My Babe (Midnight Show).mp3

Written by Gamble and Huff, the masterminds behind the The O Jays, The Three Degrees and The Sound of Phildelphia ‘Only The Strong Survive’ is a Northern Soul nugget with Elvis sounding exactly like The Six Million Dollar Man on the spoken intro.
Elvis – Only The Strong Survive.mp3

dennishopperchoppers – The Midnight Rider

Posted in live bands, new music, rock n roll on November 27, 2007 by planetmondo


I was on the browse recently at my nearby Rough Trade East nosying for new nuggets – but digging through the racks soon got swift shrift when a seismic swell of rumbling sound spread through the shop from the stage area. Expecting to find a four piece gang going flat out at full volume I was almost dropped on the spot to see a solo performer sat on a delicously vintage Fender amp strumming ghostly notes and crooning moonlight mantras about Fu Manchu and red brides while taking care of business on percussion and bass at the same time. This was dennishopperchoppers playing songs from his album ‘Chop’ – I had discovered my new nugget.

Imagine Sergio Leone remaking El Topo on motorbikes with a soundtrack by Link Wray, Ennio Morricone and Johnny Cash – that is the sound of ‘Chop’. Hypnotic, cinematic and with a voice as rich and resonant as the chimes of a church bell at midnight ‘Chop’ is full of melancholy confidence, lonely moonlit drives, and Death Row confessions.

‘Listening to MC5’ is a waltz in black, ‘I Was Born’ swaggers like a ghost town showdown and ‘The Ballad of Fu Manchu and the Red Bride’ is Venus in black furs singing songs to the siren.

There was a thread recently on the The Word site
“We just want one record that you came across this year that you have really grown to like and you suspect that hardly anybody else has heard” there was no doubt for me X marks the spot for the buried treasue that is dennishopperchoppers and ‘Chop’.

dennishopperchoppers – ‘The Ballad Of Fu Manchu and The Red Bride’

Dennishopperchoppers – ‘If I Lied’

Check out the DHC sites for album details and gig dates.

dennishopperchoppers.com
dennishopperchoppers – myspace

It Was 30 Years Ago Today Pt. 1 – Elvis

Posted in anniversary, Elvis, Elvis Presley, lists, music, Presley, rock n roll on August 16, 2007 by planetmondo


Instead of adding to the flood of anniversary facts, theories and opinions about Elvis on the ‘net – I’m going let the music speak for itself, by listing 5 tracks (and the albums they come from) which really capture the essence of Elvis for me

Hound Dog – A Golden Celebration

This the version where Elvis bump-and-grinds himself into TV history. Stunning.
Can you imagine how shocking this must have been back in the black and white 50’s?????

Baby What Do You Want Me To Do? – Memories-The ’68 Comeback Special

While most musicians of the time were becoming strung out stoners. Elvis was back in black leather.

Only The Strong Survive – The Memphis Record

Soul, Gospel, Raw Blues, Bacharach tunes, – Its all here. Elvis goes Northern Soul on this track

I Didn’t Make It On Playing Guitar – Essential Elvis Vol.4: a Hundred Years from Now

Undubbed, and unedited. Elvis and the band tear it up live in the studio, without the usual choir of angels backing vocals or sugary strings.

I’ve Got A Feelin’ In My Body – Essential Elvis Vol 5 Rhythm and Country

Elvis in full funk mode. And there’s country, folk and acoustic – all recorded at Stax studios. He may be a bit wobbly on a couple of tracks. But, Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues, and For Ol’ Times Sake are his best ballads ever.