Homer and Jethro – (All I Want For Christmas Is) My Upper Plate

Example

Homer and Jethro

Example

Listen/Download – Homer and Jethro – (All I Wabt For Christmas Is) My Upper Plate

Greetings all.

I hope everyone had a chance to pull down the ones and zeros for this month’s Iron Leg Radio Show.

I was rummaging wround the record room looking for a Funky16corners-related 45 that I had misfiled, with no plans for an Iron Leg holiday post, when I happened upon a neglected stack of weird old records.

My father-in-law is always grabbing records for me in the field. Sometimes they are very groovy (many of which you’ve seen here and at F16C) and sometimes they are…not.

This particular stack never really got the proper level of perusal, having been composed largely of childrens records and a Fabian side or two.

However, when I picked up the stack to get at something else, what should pop out of the pile but a Homer and Jethro Christmas EP!

Homer and Jethro – if’n you don’t know – were a very successful couple of cornpone comedians who were the hayseed Weird Als of their day, laying a little comedy on the Nashville crowd.

They did song parodies and original material, surfing all kinds of pop-culture waves throughout their long career, lasting from the 40s to the 60s (‘Homer’ aka Henry Haynes, passing away in 1971).

They were very popular, even winning a Grammy in 1959 for Best Comedy Record for ‘The Battle of Kookamonga’ (a takeoff on Johnny Horton’s ‘Battle of New Orleans’).

The EP you see before you –‘Seasoned Greetings’ – was released in 1953, and contains parodies of four very popular Christmas songs.

The one I chose to post today is their parody of Spike Jones’s already comedic ‘(All I Want For Christmas Is) My Two Front Teeth’ entitled ‘(All I Want For Christmas Is) My Upper Plate’.

Here the boys wax wistful about a missing denture, and it’s all worth it if only for the deeply reverbed ‘mashed per-taters’ line in the middle of the song.

You get some cool mandolin (the country gravy on the plate) and a couple of sound effects as well.

The whole affair is kind of tame by today’s standards, but funny nonetheless.

I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

Example


PS Head over to Funky16Corners for some soul.

Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #8

Example

Beep beep beep beep…..

Playlist

Hawkshaw/Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Turtles – Outside Chance (White Whale)
Tommy Roe – Leave Her (ABC)
Van Dyke Parks – Vine Street / Palm Desert (Warner Brothers)
Van Dyke Parks – Music For the Ice Capades Pt1 (WB)
Van Dyke Parks – Music For the Ice Capades Pt2 (WB)
Van Dyke Parks – Music For the Ice Capades Pt3 (WB)
Zombies – Beechwood Park (Epic)
Who – Rael (Decca)
Mindbenders – Getting Harder All the Time (Fontana)
Cheetah Club Promo

Hour Glass – The Power of Love (Liberty)
Heather Black – She’s My Woman (Double Bayou)
Heather Black – Bill (the Black Militant) (Double Bayou)
Tygers – I Still Love Her (Teen Town)
Gary Lewis and the Playboys – Heart Full of Soul (Liberty)
The 10:15 – Joes Acclamation (Private Press)
Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters – Alley Oop (Verve)
Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters – Head Inspector (Verve)
Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters – Chelsea Morning (Verve)
Nobody’s Children – I Can’t Let Go (Bullet) Maryland
Rolling Stones – Rice Krispies Commercial

Small Faces – Tin Soldier (Immediate)
Small Faces – All or Nothing (RCA)
Unchained Mynds – Going Back To Miami (Buddah)
Walker Brothers – Hurting Each Other (Philips)
Scott Walker – Mrs Murphy (Philips)
Marian Segal and Silver Jade – Amongst Anemones (DJM)
Marian Segal and Silver Jade – Fly On Strangewings (DJM)
Bob Seger and the last Heard – Sock It To me Santa (Cameo)
Hals Record Shop Commercial

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 8 – 155MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to Episode #8 of the Iron Leg Radio Show, your home for all things vintage pop.

We’ve got some very cool stuff for you this month, including some rare, early Van Dyke Parks, wherein he wrestles with a Moog, pages from an unheard chapter in the history of Dave Van Ronk, a lost bit of groovy acoustic guitar from a very odd source, vintage garage and pop 45s and exactly one Christmas record.

I hope you dig the sounds, and if you haven’t picked up on any of the previous seven episodes, get your download on and luxuriate in the wonderfulness.

See you next Monday.

Peace

Larry

 

Example


PS Head over to Funky16Corners

Iron Leg Christmas Flashback – Bob Seger & the Last Heard

Greetings all.
The Yuletide is upon us, and to get things going I’m going to bring back last years Christmas post/track, followed on Monday with something new for the holiday season. I would have been more proactive but I suffered through a root canal this morning.
I hope you dig the track and I’ll see you all next week.
Peace
Larry

Originally posted December 2008

Example

Bob Seger (top left) & the Last Heard

Listen – Sock It To Me Santa – MP3

Greetings all.
I hope all is well on your end.
Today I bring you the very first Iron Leg Christmas post (hopefully the first of many).
Though this blog has a much smaller audience than Funky16Corners, I’m having a tremendous amount of fun working on it. Though soul and funk are the main focus of my collectors mania, my musical interests – accumulated over all my 45 years – are much broader.
As I’ve related in this space a bunch of times, during the mid-80’s I was pretty deeply involved in the garage/mod bag, both as an active (fanzines, bands) and passive (fan, collector) participant. It is the music I was digging through during that period (and before and after) that I cover here at Iron Leg.
One of the positive aspects of doing a music blog is that it kind of forces you to go back into your crates and dig, rediscovering and more importantly re-appreciating music that may not currently occupy the center stage. In that respect, Iron Leg definitely fits the bill.
If you’re a Funky16Corners reader, you’ll already know that I’ve never been a big collector of holiday music. Certainly someone that consumes music as voraciously as I do is bound to grab a couple of Christmas sides, but it has never been my focus.
I was originally going to post something quiet and meditative for Christmas, on account of that’s the kind of mood I find myself in these days.
However…
The bygone 60’s punk that still dwells within took over and I decided that we would all be better served with something from the kick-ass side of the menu.
In service of that notion, I bring you one of the punkiest Christmas records this side of the Sonics, Bob Seger & the Last Heard’s ‘Sock It To Me Santa’.
I’ve touched briefly on the dynamic pre-Night Moves career of Seger before (and will go even more in depth in the future). I don’t have the original 45 of this number (I ripped it from a 20 year old Euro bootleg of his Cameo 45s, but for those of you interested in the early Last Heard sides there are a few of them (including ‘Sock It To Me Santa’ on the recent Cameo-Parkway boxed set, which I believe is available via iTunes).
Here we see the 1966 model Seger, in which later pretensions to arena-rock-osity were preceded by just a touch of that Detroit suburban whiteboy James Brown wannabee-ism, which by the way predates a similar (though not Yuletide) sonic assault a year later by his fellow Motorcity rocker Mitch Ryder.
That all said, I ride for early Seger up through his Capitol years and ‘Sock It To Me Santa’ is a fine example.
I hope you dig it.
I have two more Iron Leg podcasts in the bag, as well as a large supply of individual bangers, so stick around kids. I won’t be posting again til up and around New Years Eve, so you all have yourselves an excellent holiday.
Peace
Larry

Example

Iron Leg Christmas – Bob Seger & the Last Heard – Sock It To Me Santa

Example

Bob Seger (top left) & the Last Heard

Listen – Sock It To Me Santa – MP3

Greetings all.
I hope all is well on your end.
Today I bring you the very first Iron Leg Christmas post (hopefully the first of many).
Though this blog has a much smaller audience than Funky16Corners, I’m having a tremendous amount of fun working on it. Though soul and funk are the main focus of my collectors mania, my musical interests – accumulated over all my 45 years – are much broader.
As I’ve related in this space a bunch of times, during the mid-80’s I was pretty deeply involved in the garage/mod bag, both as an active (fanzines, bands) and passive (fan, collector) participant. It is the music I was digging through during that period (and before and after) that I cover here at Iron Leg.
One of the positive aspects of doing a music blog is that it kind of forces you to go back into your crates and dig, rediscovering and more importantly re-appreciating music that may not currently occupy the center stage. In that respect, Iron Leg definitely fits the bill.
If you’re a Funky16Corners reader, you’ll already know that I’ve never been a big collector of holiday music. Certainly someone that consumes music as voraciously as I do is bound to grab a couple of Christmas sides, but it has never been my focus.
I was originally going to post something quiet and meditative for Christmas, on account of that’s the kind of mood I find myself in these days.
However…
The bygone 60’s punk that still dwells within took over and I decided that we would all be better served with something from the kick-ass side of the menu.
In service of that notion, I bring you one of the punkiest Christmas records this side of the Sonics, Bob Seger & the Last Heard’s ‘Sock It To Me Santa’.
I’ve touched briefly on the dynamic pre-Night Moves career of Seger before (and will go even more in depth in the future). I don’t have the original 45 of this number (I ripped it from a 20 year old Euro bootleg of his Cameo 45s, but for those of you interested in the early Last Heard sides there are a few of them (including ‘Sock It To Me Santa’ on the recent Cameo-Parkway boxed set, which I believe is available via iTunes).
Here we see the 1966 model Seger, in which later pretensions to arena-rock-osity were preceded by just a touch of that Detroit suburban whiteboy James Brown wannabee-ism, which by the way predates a similar (though not Yuletide) sonic assault a year later by his fellow Motorcity rocker Mitch Ryder.
That all said, I ride for early Seger up through his Capitol years and ‘Sock It To Me Santa’ is a fine example.
I hope you dig it.
I have two more Iron Leg podcasts in the bag, as well as a large supply of individual bangers, so stick around kids. I won’t be posting again til up and around New Years Eve, so you all have yourselves an excellent holiday.
Peace
Larry

Example

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,487 other followers