Saturday, June 6, 2009

North Fork Sound Top 20 - June 7th ‘09

1. Bo Diddley: Better Watch Yourself
2. Graham Parker: Stick To The Plan
3. Leroy Sibbles & The Lions: Picture
4. Paul Carrack: Just 4 Tonite (radio mix)
5. Micadelia: Cinnamon Girl
6. The Screaming Gypsy Bandits: Lay In Your Groove
7. Amy Allison (w/Dave Alvin): Everybody Ought To Know
8. The Poets: Baby Don’t You Do It (acetate version)
9. Alex McMurray: The Woman I Love
10. Kylie Harris: Down To The Ground
11. The Lightning Raiders: Didja
12. Miles Davis: Moon Dreams
13. Vernon Reid: My Last Nerve
14. Moondog: Bumbo
15. King Tubbys: Jah Love Dub Mix
16. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Listen To Her Heart
17. Tim Buckley: Sweet Surrender
18. Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks: 40 Miles Of Bad Road
19. The Mothers Of Invention: Stuff Up The Cracks (mono version)
20. The Bitter Twins: Right This Time

NoFoSo Alb o’ The Week:
Mark Bingham: Psalms Of Vengeance (Piety Street)

The Guilty Pleasure:
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: I Hate Myself For Lovin’ You (Blackheart Records)

Last Week’s Listener Thumbs-Ups
Robyn Hitchcock: Penelope’s Angles
Levon Helm: Anna Lee
Suicide: Shadazz
Luna: Tiger Lily
Bruce Bruno: Dear Joanne
The Georgia Satellites: Sheila
Buddy Covelle: Lorraine
BB King: Lucille
Buddy Holly: Peggy Sue
Wilson Pickett (w/Duane Allman): Hey Jude
Roxy Music: Virginia Plain
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band: Beautiful Zelda
Gene Vincent: Lovely Loretta
Calhoun: Nefertiti
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels: Jenny Take A Ride
New Math: Angela
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez: Charmaine
Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Yolanda
Automatic Man: My Pearl
Jill Sobule: Mary Kay
Oasis: Lyla
Chris Farlowe: My Girl Josephine
The Mighty Wah!: Hey! Mona Lisa
Mott The Hoople: Sweet Angeline
Captain Beefheart: Alice In Blunderland
Motörhead: English Rose
Canned Heat: Amphetamine Annie
The Kinks: Lola
The Who: Bony Moronie
Jelly Roll Morton: Mamanita
Quickspace: Gloriana
Little Richard: Miss Ann
PP Arnold: Eleanor Rigby
Eddie Cochran: Teresa
The Soft Boys: I Love Lucy
Marianne Faithfull: The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan
Vince Taylor: Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie
Sweet Justice: Hey Christina
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Isobel Goudie
Elvis Presley: Susan When She Tried
Sara Hickman: Aurora
The Psychedelic Furs: Susan’s Strange
Gene Vincent: Mitchiko From Tokyo
The Lone Sharks: Sherry On The Ferry
Pierce Turner: Julie London
Mickey Jupp: Switchboard Susan
John Mooney: Louise McGhee
The Beach Boys: Help Me Rhonda (alt. single version)
John Coltrane: Naima
Billy Bragg & Natalie Merchant: “Birthday”
Ian Hunter: Irene Wilde
Help Yourself (w/Deke Leonard & BJ Cole): Mona
Ennio Morricone: Two Mules For Sister Sara
East River String Band: Crow Jane
Brave Combo: Patricia Twist
Joey Ramone: ht birthday greeting
The Mystics: Lucy's Factory

Just as I began to write a piece on the UK underground scene and how it affected the life of a 14 year-old stuck away at a 2nd division, all-boys public school in Rutland, where the act of merely talking to a girl from town was enough to get one's self expelled, I started reading Mick Farren's terrific autobiography "Give The Anarchist A Cigarette" and decided to hang up my pen. I'm not impressed with my own writing and having close friends like Richard Williams, Richard Meltzer, David Aaron Clark and Eric Danville (who ARE brilliant writers) just makes it all the more difficult to sit down and bash something out. Plus it takes me WAY too long so, from now on, this blog will simply be a visual and informational adjunct to the radio station, which I'm still inordinately proud of. North Fork Sound is supposed to reflect the best of the original pirates (of whom Geronimo and Radio London were my favourites) and djs like Andy Dunkley, Jeff Dexter, John Peel, Johnny Walker, Mike Raven, Rosko, Kevin Patrick, and a handful of others.

Most of the girls have gone - just a few stragglers left, mostly called Mona for some reason - so we're nearly back to normal, play-list-wise.
Last week, I got a fantastic package from Mark Bingham, whose Piety Street Studios in New Orleans consistently cranks out some of the finest contemporary music out there. Mark's 'new' album, 'Psalms Of Vengeance' (which over the course of the last few years went under the names 'Disgraceland' or 'The White Man Just Can't Be Trusted') is finally available so now it's officially released, it's officially our Alb o' The Week.

I daresay the other 2 albums contained in the envelope will get heavy airplay during the summer,
too. Ex-Royal Fingerbowl-er, Alex McMurray has delivered a fantastic slab of Nawleans-style pub rock that actually features a Brinsley Schwarz-er on keys, Bob Andrews. It's called 'How To Be A Cannonball' (Threadhead Records) and is a contender for the year's 'best of' list. Bravo, a great record, right out of the blue...

And, at long last, Bloomington, IN's legendary
Screaming Gypsy Bandits have managed to get their 'Back To Doghead' (Piety Street) pressed up. It's still as out there as it was back in the early 70s and fans of the Mothers of Invention (Absolutely Free/Freak Out period) should take note. Now all we need is a cd release of 'In The Eye' so we can play a non-hissy version of 'Foggy Windows'

We can't wait until the new Leroy Sibbles & the Lions 45 is pressed up, so enjoy this NoFoSo World Exclusive, thanks to 'Night Food' producer, Danny Holloway, who is once again producing Leroy after a 34 year hiatus.

There's a name I see on a lot of good records that come out of Sweden - Lars Tengroth. One of his latest discoveries is a gal called Micadelia and she's made an album of moody covers called Free Ride (Diesel Music AB) featuring tunes by Neil Young, Nick Drake, Jack Lee, Page & Plant, Steve Kilbey and others. We'll start with her take on 'Cinnamon Girl' and probably follow it with 'Under The Milky Way' or 'Bron-Y-Aur Stomp'.

Lili St. Cyr
, Allen Ginsberg, Boots Randolph, Curtis Mayfield, Eddie Holman, Mickey Finn, Suzi Quatro and I were all born on June 3rd - as was Ian Hunter, who new alb 'Man Overboard' (New West Records) is his best since 'The Artful Dodger'. It's out in July, but we've got an advance and we're gonna use it.
Lili St. Cyr


Rich said...
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Lindsay Hutton said...

H, your writing is great because it comes from the heart guv'nor. The commentary on the playlist is never less than top notch.


Peter said...

Howard, don't give up on the autobiographical bits, they were my main reason for calling in . . . Farren's biography is brilliant, pity he couldn't have maintained the same level on some of his other work, particularly his woeful volume on Gene Vincent. It's a great day in the morning when Richard Williams puts aside sports coverage and writes on music in The Guardian. Sports gain was music's loss . . . Have you read John Broven's record Makers and Breakers yet? A work of the highest order, nary a dull page among the 640 on offer, and that includes the index. Best, Peter

Anonymous said...


NEVER put down the pen squire, I dig the way you write the depth your first hand knowledge, longevity in vintage terms and expansive rep in the weird,wild and wacky world of rock n roll is pretty much beyond compare.

If we all compared ourselves with our friends in terms what we thought they did better than us or with more success we'd have all packed up eons ago.

Fact is H, you like the others you quote are a one off, and you do it YOUR way and thats why we love ya.