Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #36

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Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Sunshine Company – Love That’s Where It Is (Imperial)
Candymen – Ways (ABC)
Tommy Roe – Aggravation (ABC)
Tommy Roe – Leave Her (ABC)
Chain Reaction – You Should Have Been Here Yesterday (Verve)
The Poor – My Mind Goes High (York)
The Turtles – She’s My Girl (White Whale)
Emmit Rhodes- Really Wanted You (ABC)
Rick Nelson – Don’t Make Promises (Decca)

British Walkers – I Found You (Try)
Changing Tymes – Free Spirit (She Comes On) (Bell)
Brian Hyland – The Joker Went Wild (Philips)
The Collage – Rainy Blue Day (Smash)
The Collage – Would You Like To Go (Smash)
Fun and Games – Elephant Candy (White Whale)
Fun and Games – The Grooviest Girl In the World (White Whale)
Jimmie Haskell – Prelude (ABC)
Jimmie Haskell/Denny Doherty – To Claudia On Thursday (ABC)
The Love Generation – The Love In Me (Imperial)

The Montanas – That’s When Happiness Began (WB)
Hondells – Just One More Chance (Columbia)
Coopers – Didn’t I (White Whale)
Nino Tempo and April Stevens with the Guilloteens – I Love How You Love Me (Atco)
Del Shannon – She (Liberty)
Cowsills – River Blue (MGM)
Eternity’s Children – Mrs Bluebird (Tower)
Chris and Peter Allen – Just Friends (Mercury)
Free Design – Kites Are Fun (Project 3)
Joyride – Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine (World Pacific)
Van Dyke Parks – Come To the Sunshine (MGM)
Thom McCan Commercial

 

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 36 – 160MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month I was in the mood for some hooks and jangle, so I dipped into the archives and pulled out a bunch of groovy stuff. You get a grip of Curt Boettcher-associated material (songs, productions, arrangements), some soft pop, sunshine, bubblegum and even a bit of freakbeat.

Wait for a sunny day and play this one while you fly a kite (cuz kites are fun!).

See you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #23

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Playlist

Opener – Action Scene – Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield (KPM)
Bill Wendry and the Boss Tweeds – Trying to Get To You (Columbia)
Bill Wendry and the Boss Tweeds – When He’s Home (Columbia)
Baker Knight and the Knightmares – Hallucinations (Reprise)
Kidds – Straighten Up and Fly Right (Big Beat)
Motifs – If I Gave You Love (Selsom)
Kit and the Outlaws – Don’t Tread On Me (Black Knight)
Darelycks – Bad Trip (Fine)
Blue Things – Orange Rooftop of Your Mind (RCA)
Kingsmen – Little Sally Tease (Wand)
Rationals – Danby’s Mens Wear Commercial

Mindbenders – It’s Getting Harder All the Time (Fontana)
Mindbenders – Off and Running (Fontana)
Lesley Gore – Off and Running (Mercury)
Dave Berry – The Crying Game (London)
Brenda Lee – The Crying Game (Decca)
Ian and the Zodiacs – The Crying Game (Philips)
Ian and the Zodiacs – Na Na Na Na Na (Philips)
Ian and the Zodiacs – Why Can’t It Be Me (Philips)
The Cake – Baby That’s Me (Decca)
Dick Hyman – The Liquidators (Command)
Hondells – Just One More Chance (Columbia)
Hondells Honda Commercial

Rainy Day Friends – Not Like Before (World Pacific)
Group Therapy – Bad News (Canterbury)
Holy Mackerel – Wildflowers (Reprise)
Francoise Hardy – Ce Petit Couer (4 Corners)
3’s a Crowd – Bird Without Wings (Dunhill)
Free Design – Bubbles (Project 3)
Brady Bunch – I Just Want To Be Your Friend (Paramount)
Apple – Buffalo Billycan (Page One)
Cat Stevens – Baby Get Your Head Screwed On (Deram)
Dead Sea Fruit – Kensington High Street (Atco)
Equals – The Guy That Made Her a Star (RCA)
Donovan – Museum (Epic)
Donovan – Pied Piper Movie Spot

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 23 – 177MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to another episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month you get some groovy new arrivals, a set of garage fuzz, some interesting covers laid end-to-end and a nice long pop/freakbeat set.

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

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #19

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Playlist

Intro/Action Scene – Hawkshaw/Mansfield (KPM)
Byrds – Bad Night at the Whiskey (Columbia)
Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll – Save Me (Polydor)
Captain Beefheart – Who Do You Think You’re Fooling (A&M)
Chris Farlowe – Out of Time (Immediate)
Chris Farlowe – Baby Make It Soon (Immediate)
The Coopers – Didn’t I (White Whale)
The Hassles – You Got Me Hummin’ (UA)
Standells – Why Did You Hurt Me (Tower)
The Yardbirds – No Excess Baggage (Epic)
Yardbirds – Great Shakes Commercial

Hardy Boys – Here Come the Hardys (RCA/Dunwich)
Tradewinds – Mind Excursion (Kama Sutra)
Small Circle of Friends – Kind of Wasted Without You (A&M)
Pleasure Faire – Morning Glory Days (UNI)
Puppet – Best Friend (Date)
James Griffin – Miracle Worker (Viva)
Fun and Games – Don’t Worry Baby (White Whale)
Free Design – Bubbles (Project 3)
Brian Hyland – The Joker Went Wild (Philips)
Grin – White Lies (Spindizzy)
Blades of Grass – I Love You Alice B Toklas (Jubilee)
I Love You Alice B Toklas Movie Promo

Beaver and Krause – People’s Park 45 (WB)
Ananda Shankar – Light My Fire (Reprise)
The Fire Escape – The Trip (GNP Crescendo)
Cher – Hey Joe (Imperial)
Holy Mackerel – Scorpio Red (Reprise)
Living Strings – San Francisco Nights (Camden)
Mickey Newbury – Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) (RCA)
Peggy Lipton – The Lady of the Lake (Ode)
Mars Bonfire – Lady Moonwalker (UNI)
Scott Walker – Mrs Murphy (Philips)
Terry Reid – Stay With Me (Epic)
Van Dyke Parks – Datsun Commercial

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 19 – 176MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

I hope all is well in your part of the world.

It’s time once again for the Iron Leg Radio Show, episode 19!

This time around we have a great one for you, with three long sets of very groovy music.

We get things started with a bunch of garage and other rock, roll on into a set of sunshine and lighter fare, and close things out with a long, trippy grouping of sounds.

As always, I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back next week with something cool.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Episode #3

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Playlist

Opening Theme – Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)

Brenda Patterson – This Wheel’s On Fire (Epic)
Gas Co – Your Times Up (Mirwood)
Plasticland – Rattail Comb (Scadillac)
The Knack – Time Waits For No One (Capitol)
The Bougalieu – Let’s Do Wrong (Roulette)
Crip Guerney – Understanding Each Other (Hi)
The Spats – Bonie Moronie (ABC)
Del Shannon – Sweet Mary Lou (Dunhill)
Modern Folk Quartet – If All You Think (WB)
Small Faces Radio Spot

Electronic Concept Orchestra – Rock me (Limelight)
Quinteto Violado – Acaua (Philips Brazil)
Free Design – 2002 a Hit Song (Project 3)
Beverley – Where the Good Times Are (Deram)
Moody Blues – This is My House (London)
Underdogs – Love’s Gone Bad (VIP)
Orpheus – Lesley’s World (MGM)
PJ Proby – Don’t Forget About Me (Imperial)
PJ Proby Radio Spot

Apple – Buffalo Billycan (Page One)
1910 Fruitgum Co – Blue Eyes and Orange Skies (Buddah)
The Association – Come On In (WB)
The Millennium – I Just Want To be Your Friend (Columbia)
Mighty Baby – Egyptian Tomb (Head)
The Neats – Six (Ace of Hearts)
New Vaudeville Band – There’s a Kind of Hush (Fontana)
Richie Havens – Strawberry Fields Forever (Stormy Forest)
Easybeats Coke Commercial

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 3 – 153MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

As hard as it may be to believe, it’s already time for the third installment of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This time out there’s all kinds of groovy ish, from the psyche, to the garage, to vaguely almost kinda prog, to cool stuff from Brazil, freakbeat, Moog and the cusp of heavyosity, all delivered with the kind of sub-Wolfman Jack-ery that you’ve come to expect during the three months that this has been going on.

If you dig what I’m doing here (or not, heaven forfend…) , take a moment to drop me a line.

Requests are welcomed (as long as I have it I’ll play it) and while we’re on the subject, should you also dig the sounds of soul, you might want to skip over to the mothership, aka the Funky16Corners blog and click on the F16C Radio Show tab to pull down the ones and zeros on episodes of the long-running show of the same name that airs every Friday night at 9PM on Viva Radio.

That said, I hope you dig the show, and I’ll be back next week with something cool.

Peace

Larry

 

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Free Design x 6 : Chris Dedrick RIP

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Free Design

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Listen -Free Design – Kites are Fun – MP3

Listen -Free Design – Jack In the Box Radio Spot – MP3

Listen -Free Design – Bubbles – MP3

Listen -Free Design – You Could Be Born Again – MP3

Listen -Free Design – 2002 a Hit Song – MP3

Listen -Free Design – The Proper Ornaments – MP3

Greetings all.

I just heard yesterday that Chris Dedrick, leader of one of my favorite pop groups the Free Design had passed away at the age of 62. He was living in Canada.
I was going to write something new, but realized that I’d already said what I wanted to about the group in this post from last year.
I am however adding a couple of tracks I haven’t had up in this space before, including what may be, if not the rarest track by the band, the weirdest, that being an early 70s commercial jingle for the Jack In the Box burger chain.
The quality isn’t fantastic, but I don’t imagine there are many copies of this one floating around, so take it for what it is.
If you haven’t picked up any of their stuff, iTunes features a couple of nice ‘best of’ comps, as well as all of the full albums.
My sympathies go out to his family.

Originally posted June 2009

The tune I bring you today has been sitting in my “to be blogged” folder for a while, waiting for just the right time to be posted. A few weeks ago a reader wrote asking if I would ever post said song, and since it was burning a hole in my hard drive, I took the request as a sign, said yes, and here we are.
Despite all evidence to the contrary, there was once a time where my taste for the twee side of pop was, for lack of a better term, undeveloped. If you had played a Free Design (or Curt Boettcher) track for my long-haired, Led Zeppelin listening to self, I would have choked on the sugar and perhaps beaten you soundly (though in that same period I was often stoned and sluggish, so you probably would have gotten beyond my grasp without much effort).
When I look back on it, this seems odd because the band that got my head into music in the first place was the hookiest of all, that being the Beatles. My sensibilities have always been hooks and harmony attuned, but like any youngster (which believe it or not I once was) I had a head full of roadblocks that only time and tide would erode. Now that I am at an age my 18 year old self would likely consider my dotage (I’m 46), many of those walls have been torn down, some by myself, some by the urging of others and some all by themselves.
If memory serves I first found my way to the Free Design via the mid-90s Japanese fascination with them and their sweet sounding ilk, via the pricey reissues put out by Cornelius, and the homage by groups like Pizzicato Five. At some point I got my hands on the compilation by Varese Sarabande, and my mind was, in short order, good and truly blown.
It’s only in the last few years that I finally acquired some OG Free Design vinyl (there are still a couple of albums I’m looking for) and I was pleasantly surprised that much of the material that I hadn’t heard yet was up to the standards of the ‘greastest hits’.
Like many of the groups I would group with the Free Design, like Sagittarius, the Millennium, early Paul Williams (all faves, and barely scratching the surface of the genre), I would hesitate to push them on anyone that wasn’t already somewhat attuned to the sound. The digestion of this kind of music requires a certain amount of context and preparation for proper appreciation. Where the Curt Boettcher sound is based in a conventional pop/rock setting, the Free Design drew from Now Sound and sophisticated harmony singing like the Hi-Los and the Swingle Singers before touching on rock tangentially, sounding like a high school swing choir led by a pop visionary. Though their arrangements were often dense with ideas, and the backing tight and energetic, at first listen some of their recordings sound like so much candy floss.
There were times when I was first exposed to the group where the music seemed to radiate earnestness that at times struck me as a put on. However, repeat listening, especially to the right songs, reveals that the group really had a lot going on.
Formed in the mid-60s by the Dedrick siblings (Chris, Bruce, Sandy, Ellen and Stefanie) the members of the Free Design came from a musical family. Their seven albums (most of which were released on Enoch Light’s Project 3 imprint) were a mixture of brilliant original material and interesting covers (Bacharach/David, Turtles), all delivered with the group’s intricate harmonies and backing from the same group of crack session players that recorded for Enoch Light’s other projects.
The tune I bring you today is the title track from their first LP, 1967’s ‘Kites are Fun’. An ode to the pure, childlike pleasure of kite flying – something that would have been assumed to have lysergic roots in other hands – ‘Kites are Fun’ features cascading, madrigal-like harmonies and a relatively spare backing (bass, tambourine, acoustic guitar and recorder), and lyrics that defy any attempt at interpretation on anything but face value. No one was going to hear ‘Kites are Fun’ and jump to conclusions that what the Free Design were blending their heavenly voices about was a euphemism for anything stronger that a little exercise in a windy field.
That vibe is one of the things I dig so much about the Free Design. Like the narrator in ‘Bubbles’ (featured in Iron Leg Digital Trip #18), the person singing about kites is undeniably a kid. This may be hard for someone from 2009 to understand, but Free Design were operating in an irony-free zone. This is not music delivered with a wink and a knowing smile. To paraphrase a then popular phrase, with Free Design, what you hear is what you get.
If you get a chance to scan their entire catalog, it is clear that they were capable of delivering more adult themes – they did a wonderful version of one of my fave Bacharach songs ‘Windows of the World’ – and despite the childlike subject matter, the music of Free Design was nothing if not sophisticated. If I ever get my hands on the rest of their records, I may have to do an all Free Design edition of the Iron Leg Digital Trip.
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll be back later in the week with something Free Design-related.

Peace

Larry

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*Keeping things kid, on an episode of the very groovy ‘Yo Gabba Gabba’ I was surprised to hear a cover (with a short, animated video) of ‘Kites are Fun’ as performed by the Parallelograms. Back in the 60s the song was covered by another Project 3 artist, guitarist Tony Mottola.

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Iron Leg Digital Trip #30 – The Year In Vintage Pop 2009

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Iron Leg Digital Trip #30 – The Year In Vintage Pop 2009

Playlist
Kak – Rain (Epic)
Beau Brummels – One Too ManyMornings (WB)
Dudley Moore – The Real Stuff (London)
The Everly Brothers – Man With Money (WB)
Gene Clark – So You Say You Lost Your Baby (Columbia)
Lulu – Love Loves To Love Love (Epic)
McCoys – Say Those Magic Words (Bang)
Paul Revere & the Raiders – Too Much Talk (Columbia)
Blades of Grass – I Love You Alice B Toklas (Jubilee)
Cake – Baby That’s Me (Decca)
Free Design – Kites Are Fun (Project 3)
Enoch Light – You Showed Me (Project 3)
John Barry – A Man Alone (Decca)
Love Generation – Not Be Found (Imperial)
Mindbenders – Getting Harder All the Time (Fontana)
Puppet – Best Friend (Date)
Sunshine Company – Love That’s Where It Is (Imperial)
Mighty Baby – Egyptian Tomb (Head)
Kaleidoscope – Egyptian Garden (Epic)
Soft Machine – A Certain Kind (Command/ABC)
Linda Ronstadt – She’s a Very Lovely Woman (Capitol)
Steff – Where Did She Go (Epic)
Standells – Little Sally Tease (Tower)


This mix can be heard in the Iron Leg Digital Trip Podcast Archive

Greetings all.
It’s that time again, with the current 365 day cycle expiring and a new set of 24-hour segments is on its way.
The family and I are going to hit the road for a little bit of year-end visiting with the relatives, so after posting this mix I will be refraining from blogging until the beginning of next week/year.
As a result, I have dipped back into the Iron Leg archives (at least that segment that falls between January 2009 and today) and selected about an hour’s worth of my favorites as something of a refresher course in the whole Iron Leg “thing”.
There’s all kinds of stuff here, from sunshine pop, film music, garage punk and psychedelia to pure pop.
A look at the playlist above reveals that this has been another groovy year at Iron Leg, and while not everyone (besides myself) is going to dig everything in this mix, there’s certainly something there for everyone to dig (if you get what I’m saying, and I think that you do).
If you seek more information on any of the above listed tracks, you need only dip into the Google-verse, placing both Iron Leg, and the name of the artist in quotes, and search away. You could also start with this post and then click on the ”next page” link at the bottom of the page and scroll backwards through the year, entering a low-powered intertubes time machine of sorts.
I hope you dig the mix, and that the previous years posts have been to your musical and historical edification.
I’ll be back next week with some more groovies.
Happy New Year.

Peace
Larry


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NOTE: The Iron Leg Digital Trip Podcast Archive (see link in sidebar) has been brought up to date, with all twenty nine previous mixes listed.

PS Head over to Funky16Corners for a special year-end funk 45 mix!

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Iron Leg Christmas – Free Design – The Proper Ornaments

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It’s actually the other side of this 45, which I didn’t feel like digging for,
but you get the idea, right?

Listen – Free Design – The Proper Ornaments – MP3

Greetings all.
As previously stated, Christmas is upon us once again, and I wouldn’t be a fit member of the bloggerati were I not to provide something seasonal for your delectation.
I’ve gone into this many times before (here and at Funky16Corners) but to recap briefly, I’ve never been a big collector of holiday music, and as a result diving into the crates in search of same is rarely fruitful.
Sometimes – however – I get lucky and get myself a holiday record by accident, which is how I came upon today’s selection.
I’ve been a big fan of the Free Design since I first heard their music back in the 90s when the easy/sunshine pop savants over in Japan got wise to their particular brand of wonderfulness and started to rerelease their 60s and 70s albums.
If you’re not familiar with the Free Design sound, working with Easy maestro Enoch Light, the Dedrick brothers and sisters created a mix of intricate harmony singing and progressive pop that was ahead of (and outside of) its time when it was first released. It’s not too much of a stretch to suggest that there are probably a lot of people today that wouldn’t cozy up to their sound, put off by its seeming naiveté and polished veneer. I am not one of them.
Enoch Light’s mini-empire of easy/space age pop was staffed with lots of talented musicians and singers, and while some of the output on his Command and Project 3 labels was in fact disposable, there is lots of gold in them thar hills for those willing to dig a little deeper.
I found today’s selection, ‘The Proper Ornaments’ when I picked it up on the flipside to the 45 for the Free Design’s best known song, ‘Kites are Fun’. The tune is a Christmas song, but it takes the Charlie Brown-ian tack of indicting the commercialism of the season. Check out the lyrics….

Ornaments of Life, ornaments of life
There’s your brand new car, sir, here’s your hat and gloves
There’s your pretty wife, sir, whom you almost love

There’s your color TV set and your impressive pad
There’s your little baby girl you’re almost glad you had
Such a pretty dress, miss, such a graceful walk
Bubbling femininity, authoritative talk
There’s your man he’s prominent; treats you like a queen
All your little secrets kept, your reputations clean
The proper ornaments of life.

Gotta have status
have a paid vacation,
have an intellectual education
ornaments of life
proper ornaments of life

fur coats, jewels and laces, bright red lipstick, big cars, money, tuxes and top hats
hide behind the mask of clothes and makeup: ornaments
There’s your brand new car, sir, here’s your hat and gloves
There’s your pretty wife, sir, whom you almost love
There’s your color TV set and your impressive pad
There’s your little baby girl you’re almost glad you had

What’s behind that countenance
What’s behind the lace,
What is in your mind and heart
Thats hidden by your face
Behind the ornaments in your life?

Not exactly a cup of warm yuletide cheer, is it?
The tune appeared on their debut LP (also called ‘Kites Are Fun’). You can pick up the Free Design’s best stuff in reissue, and their original albums are still not too hard to find (if you’re willing to dig).
I hope you like the song, and that – if you celebrate the holiday – you have a most excellent Christmas.
I’ll see you next week.

Peace
Larry

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