October 30

Friday Song: ‘Zombie Jamboree’ by King Flash & Calypso Carnival

zombie-jamboreeWhat’s the deal with our obsession with zombies? It’s not anything new, as this tune will attest. ‘Zombie Jamboree’ is a zombie-themed calypso tune from 1956. That’s really all I know about it. It’s all I, or you, need to know about it.

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October 23

Friday Song: ‘Love Me’ by THE PHANTOM

the-phantom-love-meI’ve had some kind of sinus thing going on this week; stuffed up head, dull throbbing headache, plugged sore ears…and I need to do something about it. And I think this song right here might just do the trick. I’m talking about the 1958 blast of rockabilly insanity known as “Love Me” by the mysterious masked rocked known to the world only as THE PHANTOM.

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October 9

The Friday Song: ‘Any Way You Wanta’ by Harvey

harvey-any-way-you-wantaWell would you look at that, it’s Friday! Another end to another long work week (even though in this day and age the concept of the ‘work week’ seems somewhat antiquated…with technology, we work all weekend long, am I right? We’re always ON, but that’s a rant for another time.) On Fridays, I like to pay as little attention to the news as possible…it’s all bad anyway.

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September 24

A Short History of the (Short) Golden Age of Surf Music

The Ventures, 1960
The Ventures, 1960
Hey, what’s up everybody… Well, it’s official. Summer’s over. Before I leave my Songs of Summer Extravaganza in the rearview mirror, I wanted to share this article I came across about the heyday of the surf music craze.

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September 6

The Songs of Summer #103: ‘Havalina’ by The Pixies

pixies-havalinaHere we are at the penultimate Songs of Summer song of the day; I started this way back in June (or maybe even May? I can’t even remember.) as a way to share out some of my personal favorite summertime songs, as well as an exercise in getting me in the habit of a daily posting. I’ll say it has got me posting stuff daily, and that’s a goody thing. And it has been a lot of fun picking a song every day to match my summer mood. It would’ve been nice to have gotten some feedback into others’ favorite songs, but I’m afraid my daily readers are nowhere near enough to generate that kind of a discussion. For now, at least, this blog’s still a one-way street. We’ll see what happens down the road, but at least if I’m posting stuff here that means I’m at the very least tickling some of my own brain cells.

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