The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Radio Free Gunslinger #9: Hot-cha!

Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled Hot-cha!, is Howard Cosell.

The Content

First Sequence:
Charlie Rich - Big Man
The Southern Jubilee Singers - There's a Man in Jerusalem
The Evans Family Singers - When I Walk on Streets of Gold
The Prisonaires - Softly and Tenderly
The Jones Brothers - Gospel Train

Second Sequence:
P.F. Sloan - Can I Get to Know You Better? (Demo)
Herman's Hermits - All the Things I Do for You, Baby
Betty Everett - Someday Soon
Terry Black - Can't We Go Somewhere?
The Grass Roots - (These Are) Bad Times

Third Sequence:
Martin Beirne - Medley: Kilkenny for Me/Boys of Ireland
The Flanagan Brothers - The Night Pat Murphy Died
James J. Mullan - Arrah, Come in Out of the Rain, Barney McShane
Frank Quinn - Donovan's Reel
Packie Dolan - Mullins Fancy

Fourth Sequence:
Baby Ray & The Ferns - The World's Greatest Sinner
The Animals - The Other Side of This Life
Burt Ward - Orange Colored Sky
Bobby Jameson - Gotta Find My Roogalator
The Penguins - Memories of El Monte

The Dave Brubeck Trio, with Gerry Mulligan - Out of Nowhere


Joey X said...

Thanks, Tom, enjoying this at work today. Nice way to ease into the work week.

Robert Fiore said...

"Memories of El Monte" was composed by one Frank Zappa, was it not?

swac said...

Always happy to hear some love for Herman's Hermits.