Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Armageddon Ready for Doomsday... Are You?
Alternate Title: Follow the Bloody Black Road!

"Due to my strong
personal convictions,
I wish to stress that
this film in no way
endorses a belief
in the occult."

- Michael Jackson's
intro to Thriller

"Due to my personal convictions
(for littering, loitering and jay-
walking), I wish to stress that
this post in no way endorses
Satan worship, evil-doing or
premarital hand holding."

-- Shady Del Knight

Old gold doo-wop is fine and dandy...
but I reserve the right to rock,
and a few times a year
I do just that.

With Halloween upon us, I am proud to prevent present
Black Road, a Chicago based female-fronted
Stoner Doom/Fuzz quartet. Along with
raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens...
stoner rock, sludge and doom metal
are a few of my favorite things.

Black Road formed in 2015. Band members admit they were born too late.

Their style is influenced by metal, rock, heavy blues and psych sounds of yesteryear.

Black Road's lead zinger and songwriter is a witchy woman named Suzi Uzi.

Suzi reminds me an awful lot of Shirley Temple.

Okay, time has come for you to loosen your tie and take a walk on the dark side.

Step right this way and let the cool and fuzzy feeling of stoner doom engulf you.

Follow the bloody  Black Road! 

Follow the bloody  Black Road, 
 follow the bloody  Black Road, 
Follow, follow, follow, follow,
follow the bloody  Black Road! 

 "Bloody Mary" - Black Road 
 (June 2017, from their debut 
 self-titled EP Black Road

From their 2017 debut self-titled EP, that was Black Road
with "Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows" "Bloody Mary."

How about this uplifting ditty from beauty Suzi Uzi and her beasts?
From their 2019 album Witch Of The Future, here's "End Of Man."

 "End Of Man" - Black Road 
 (from 2019 album Witch Of The Future

Next another song from Back Road's latest album Lawrence Welk's Polka Favorites
Witch Of The Future. You'll feel mmm mmm good as Suzi sings "Blood On The Blade!"

 "Blood On The Blade" - Black Road 
 (from 2019 album Witch Of The Future

The guys and a gal from Black Road hash things out on the song "Hash King." 

 "Hash King" - Black Road 
 (from 2019 album Witch Of The Future

Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

I hope you enjoyed these easy listening
toe-tappers brought to you by SATAN 
 The Partridge Family the Windy City's
 finest-- Black Road.


Here they are, Black Road, back for one last stab at it,
playing us off with their instrumental "Purgatory."
Now this is Shady Del Knight saying have a
Shady day and wishing you a

 "Purgatory" - Black Road 
 (from 2019 album Witch Of The Future

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Cool Moon Rising: The Wolfman Returns!


Oh my my, baby,
this here's your old
friend, Wolfman Jack,
back on the air
at S-P-M-M...
the greatest little
station in the nation!

 I'm filling in as your host while Shady Del Knight
is outta town delivering the keynote address
before the U.N. General Assembly.
(He told me to say that.)

I got stax-o-wax, a ton of tuneage,
a platter party you won't ever forget.
While the rest are talkin'...
the Wolfman's rockin'...
and every time
I spin... you win!

Yes, yes... everybody's talkin' about
the Wolfman's pompatus of love.
I want you to remember what the
old Wolfman says.  It's all according
to how your boogaloo situation
stands, ya understand.

So take it from me
and my friend Curt.
Grab your honey
child and let the
Wolfman drive
you wild!

Now, you pay close
attention to these
songs, baby, or
the Wolfman's
gonna GETCHA!

Mercy me, this little girl breaks down and cries
right in the middle of her song. It's 12 year old
Philly singing sensation Maureen Gray with a
ballad written and produced by the team of
Madara and White. Maureen passed away a
few years ago, ya understand, and "I Don't
Want To Cry" but I do when I hear her voice!

 "I Don't Want To Cry" - Maureen Gray 
 (Nov. 1961, B side of "Come On and Dance") 

That was little Maureen Gray with her sob story
"I Don't Want To Cry," the flip side of her 1961
single "Come On And Dance." Now put your ear
on this one. It's a biggie from 1963 by one of
the best girl groups there ever was, the Jersey
girls who gave us "Will You Love Me Tomor-
row," "Dedicated To The One I Love,"
"Mama Said" and "Soldier Boy." Here are
The Shirelles with-- "Foolish Little Girl!"

 "Foolish Little Girl" - The Shirelles 
 (May 1963, highest chart pos. #4 Hot 100/#6 Cash Box/#9 R&B

Mercy sakes alive, the old Wolfman's turning a double play! It's another one by The Shirelles. This song was covered by The Beatles and by former Beatles drummer Pete Best. It was released by The Shirelles at the end of 1960 on the B side of their smash hit "Will You Love Me Tomorrow." Here again are those fabulous girls, The Shirelles, this time talkin' about-- "Boys!"

 "Boys" - The Shirelles 
 (Jan./Feb. 1961, B side of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow") 

Awwwww baby, this is The Wofman, your doctor of love,
and that was the original version of "Boys" waxed
in 1960 by the sensational Shirelles.

When Joey Heatherton wasn't acting she was
dancing, and when she wasn't dancing she
was singing. In 1966, this multi-talented
cutie released the Northern Soul doublesider
"When You Call Me Baby" backed with "Live
and Learn," a collectible waxwork wonder
that's today regarded as a gem of the genre!

 "When You Call Me Baby" - Joey Heatherton 
 (May 1966, uncharted) 

Awww yes yes, you thought Joey was diggin' you... but she was
diggin' me (hehehe!) This is your pal on the radio, Wolfman Jack,
and I got another groovy tune on my turntable.

It's a song made popular by the Beatles. You've
heard the Fab Four sing "Devil in Your Heart."
Now you're gonna hear the American original,
"Devil in His Heart" by the Donays, a girl
group from Detroit led by Yvonne Symington
aka  Yvonne Vernee, who later joined the
Motown group The Elgins. You've got
the Wolfman on your radio and he's
got a devil in his heart! 

 "Devil in His Heart" - The Donays 
 (Aug./Sept. 1962, uncharted) 

Oh my gracious, those were the lovely ladies

from the Motor City, the R&B girl group called
The Donays, with the original of "Devil In His
Heart." Now here are those Mop Tops from
Liverpool who made the song famous with
their cover entitled "Devil in Her Heart."
Mercy sakes alive, they're-- The Beatles!

 "Devil In Her Heart" - The Beatles 
 (from Nov. 1963 album With The Beatles

Look up. Is that the moon I see? Can't be.
Looks like the sun to me. It's late...
past the Wolfman's bedtime...
and I gotta get on home.  

The good Lord willing
and the creek don't
rise, we'll do it
all over again
next time.

Now this is your old pal
Wolfman Jack reminding
you to obey your ma and pa,
and I'll be back soon at the
greatest little station in
the nation, S-P-M-M.

I guarantee we gonna rock 'n' roll ourselves
to death, baby. If I'm lyin'... I'm dyin'.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Alan Shore Wheedles: "Letch Dance!"


Pan's People do the "Monster Mash" -
Bobby "Boris" Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers
(Halloween 1962, highest chart pos. #1,
ver. 2 of dance perf. by Pan's People on
Sept. 13, 1973, ep. of Top Of The Pops)

Halloween's fast approaching and what better way to get into the spirit
than with a zesty dance routine by the lovely and talented Pan's People
from the English music television series Top Of The Pops? In that
vintage clip from Halloween season 1973, Pan's Peeps did the
"Mash"... they did the "Monster Mash," shaking their groove
things to Bobby (Boris) Pickett's nifty novelty number,
a record that originally charted at Halloween 1962.

Hi there. I'm
Alan Shore
and you're not.

I got that one
from Chevy Chase.


Unless you've been hiding out on planet Pluto for the last hundred years,
you know that I'm the hot shot lawyer who starred in not one but two
hit courtroom dramedies, namely The Practice and Boston Legal.

On season 8 of The Practice, I swept in, grabbed the reins and singlehandedly
resurrected the struggling Boston law firm of Young, Frutt, and Berluti. When
that blew up I moved across town, shook up the establishment and proved
myself the best and most libidinous lawyer at my BFF Denny Crane's
shop Crane, Poole & Schmidt as the star of Boston Legal.

A little more about me: My hobbies are women, incessant flirting, women,
getting even, women, invading personal space, women and crossing
the line in imaginative ways. Did I mention women? Scroll down
to view more examples of my libertine libido in action:

As you can see, I never got the memo about political correctness.
When I'm not busy going rogue... I'm a loose cannon.  

I smoke nasty cigars.....

I consume mass quantities of alcohol. I have even been known
to jaywalk on occasion... and these are my good qualities.
Gotta love me... or not.

Be that as it may, I am the most loyal
friend you'll ever find, and trust me,
you don't want me as an enemy.

Recently Shady Del Knight hired me to
spice up his Bandstands in Foreign Lands
series. My first order of business was to
raid the archives and seize the clips of
dancing damsels on Top Of The Pops.
You see, I am absolutely ob-SESSED
with attractive women, especially
when they are whirling and twirling
and jiggling and gyrating on stage.

Which brings me to the point of this post. Effective immediately I'll be hosting
Letch Dance, a new Shady's Place feature that shines the spotlight on the lovely
ladies of Pan's People, Ruby Flipper and Legs & Co, the happy hoofers who
appeared on Top Of The Pops from 1968 through 1981. Letch Dance is
a blog series that thinks it's a radio show. Big fun is literally waiting
in the wings, but first allow me to deliver my opening statement.


Your honor, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, over the years these young women
have been looked down upon by certain segments of society. Essentially they
have been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion. I say don't
hate them just because they're beautiful and graceful on their feet.
I say don't judge them just because they chose to make a few
extra pounds sterling shaking their booties on TV.

I can cite precedent. In a landmark
decision in 1956, Supreme Court
Justice Richard Penniman wrote
the following opinion, and I quote:

The girl can't help it if she was born to please
She can't help it, the girl can't help it
And if she's got a figure made to squeeze
She can't help it, the girl can't help it

Now I'm not about to subject you to the same old tired song and dance routine.
These bopping, Bunny Hopping Brit birds are fresh faced, vivacious and exciting.


For years they helped make Top Of The Pops the toast of the town,
and they made a little bread in the process. I'm on a roll... so without
further ado... letch the music play and letch the dancing begin!


Here's the ideal music bed for a fan-made tribute to the classy lassies
of Pan's People and Legs & Co. It's "Hot Legs," a rowdy song from
Rod Stewart's 1977 album Foot Loose & Fancy Free. Have at it!

"Hot Legs" - Rod Stewart
(Mar./Apr. 1978, highest chart pos. #25 Cash Box/#28 Hot 100,
fan tribute to Pan's People and Legs & Co on Top Of The Pops)


Now let's give Ruby Flipper some sugar and watch them perform. 
Remember, if the Ruby Flipper doesn't fit... you must acquit.
Ask me what I'm thinking as the girls get their kicks to
this hit tune by Walter Murphy, and I'll plead the fifth!

"A Fifth Of Beethoven" - Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band
(Aug thru Oct. 1976, highest chart pos. #1 Hot 100 & Cash Box,
dance perf. by Ruby Flipper on Top Of The Pops)

I hope you enjoyed this sneak preview
of my new blog series that thinks
it's a radio show. The evidence
presented proves beyond a shadow
that Pan's People, Ruby Flipper
 and Legs & Co... troupers one
and all, are highly skilled in the
art of terpsichore, and they
aren't bad at dancing either.

I'm Alan Shore bidding you farewell. I promise
there'll be much more music and merriment
when I make my next appearance
at Shady's Place and cry:
Letch Dance! 


To play us off, here again are Pan's People
with a second Halloween treat, a different
version of their "Monster Mash" routine.
Bye bye!

"Monster Mash" - Bobby "Boris" Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers
(ver. 1 promo of dance perf. by Pan's People on
Sept. 13, 1973, ep. of Top Of The Pops)

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Hepcat Black and His Pink Cadillac - Vol. 1:
Baby Blue on a Hepcat Saturday Night!

...and the cow was returned to its rightful owner.

And that's the latest from S-P-M-M news...
fast, up-to-the-minute, completely fake
and proud of it. Now stand by for




on the station that's #1 for music and fun - S-P-M-M!


"Rave On" - Buddy Holly
(June/July 1958, highest chart pos. #37 Hot 100,
#54 Cash Box/#79 Music Vendor)

That was rock 'n' roll legend Buddy Holly opening the show with "Rave On,"
a song first recorded by one of his Lubbock neighbors, songwriter & musician
Sonny West. Bruce Springsteen loves "Rave On," calling it "one of the
greatest rock and roll songs of all time," and it's way up there on
Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


 Hepcat Black's my name. 

 Hep music's my game. 

I'm a cool cool kitty, but let's get one thing straight
between us, Gus. I ain't from New York City!
I just pulled up in my Pink Cadillac to
spin some cool tunes for ya. Old school
rock 'n' roll, R&R revival, rockabilly,
psychobilly, country, outlaw -
it's all good, understood?

You're tuned to Helpcat Black & His Pink
Cadillac here on S-P-M-M, my first full
show as a member of The Shady Bunch.
The next platter I'm takin' for a spin on
my turntable is a song by Canadian
country singer Hal Willis who lived
in Nashville. In 1956 Hal and his gal,
wife Ginger, toured with a rising star
by the name of Elvis Presley. As it
turned out, Hal was no slouch in the
 rock 'n' roll department either, and
 Hepcat's got proof. This cat thinks
Hal has great taste in automobiles.


Listen now as Hal Willis sings about-- "My Pink Cadillac!"

"My Pink Cadillac" - Hal Willis
(November 1956)

Hal Willis right there, taking us for
a joy ride, not in his pink cadillac,
mind you, but in My Pink Cadillac!

Hey, if you're just tuning in, I'm cool
kitty Hepcat Black playing the best of
rockabilly and rock 'n' roll here on
S-P-M-M, the number one station
for a rock 'n' roll nation. Now
here's a rockabilly band from
Dallas - Gene Summers
And His Rebels.


Gene has a thing for his gal and her-- "Straight Skirt!"

"Straight Skirt" - Gene Summers And His Rebels
(February 1958)

You heard right, friends and neighbors. Gene Summers can't get his mind
off his baby and her straight, tight skirts. Isn't it exciting enough that
she works as a mathematician at NASA? (BA-DUM-BUMP)

Hepcat Black on the radiator... uh, I mean... on the radio
here on S-P-M-M... the station with personality.

Now here's Kieron McDonald, a feller
from the land down under, Australia.
Hepcat says he sounds just like
a natural born long tall Texan.


Kieron was influenced by rockers
of the 50s, and right now, he and
his billy band are gonna play a
ditty named after this kitty--
"Hepcat Saturday Night!"

"Hepcat Saturday Nite - Kieron McDonald
(from 2009 album It's A Gas! Vol. 2)

Killer rockabilly from the outback - Kieron McDonald there with a song
for cruisin' or boozin' downunder-- "Hepcat Saturday Nite." Kieron and
his combo, which includes some of the best musicians in Melbourne,
are keepin' traditional Rockabilly, Rock’n’Roll and Hillbilly Bop
alive and kickin' with great tunes like that one.

Next we have Wanda Jackson, the
purty little lady with powerful pipes.


In the mid 50s, Wanda became a
pioneer of rock 'n' roll and earned the
title Queen of Rockabilly. Let's take
the plunge into Wanda's whirlpool
and listen to her flex her vocal
doin'-- "Funnel of Love!"

"Funnel Of Love" - Wanda Jackson
(June/July 1961, B side of "Right Or Wrong")

Circlin' the drain there with "Funnel Of Love," a song written
and originally waxed by the lady you just heard - rockabilly queen
Wanda Jackson. Shucks, I'd like to meet Wanda in the tunnel of love.
FYI, "Funnel Of Love" is the killer B side of Wanda's 1961 single
"Right Or Wrong," the latter covered by Ronnie Dove in 1964.

Our next rock 'n' roll & rockabilly pioneer,
Mr. Gene Vincent, is the cat's meow.


In the spring of '58 Gene and his group
The Blue Caps released "Baby Blue."
If you're following the simulcast of my
show on YouTube, you're in for a treat.
Here are Gene and the guys performing
the song in a flick that was screened at
drive-ins that summer-- Hot Rod Gang!

"Baby Blue" - Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps
(Apr. 1958, uncharted, scene from Aug. 1958 film Hot Rod Gang)

One of the greats of early rock 'n' roll there - Gene Vincent - along with
his group The Blue Caps, doing "Baby Blue" in the 1958 drag racing
movie Hot Rod Gang, originally released on a double-bill with the
juvie delinquency flick High School Hellcats starring Yvonne Lime.

Good golly, miss Molly, I'm all outta time!


Speaking of hellcats, you've heard of Cat Stevens, Bobcat Goldthwait,
Tiger Woods and "Deaf Leopard." (See what I did there?) Well, to play
us off, here is another cool kitty, John Cougar, with a little ditty about
Jack and Diane. Stay tuned. Coming up next on the flip side of news,
it's my buddy Jerry Blavat and Geator Gold. Now don't have a hissy...
because, before you know it, I'll be back, and that's a fact, Jack,
or my name ain't Hepcat Black. So long, everybody!

"Jack & Diane" - John Cougar
(Sept./Oct. 1982, highest chart pos. #1 Hot 100 & Cash Box)