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Show 564 - Lester & Kovacs!

Show 564 - Lester & Kovacs!

Air Date:

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Hey baby, Little Steven here.

This week in the Underground Garage we are celebrating two of the crazy men of the world, Ernie Kovacs and Richard Lester.

You don’t know those names?

Well you will by the end of our show.

Helping us celebrate will be Paul Revere & the Raiders, Jan & Dean, Donovan, the Hollies, the Bee Gees when they were a Rock n’ Roll band, the Who, and the Kinks.

Brand new music from the Trashed Romeos out of Memphis, the Launderettes from Oslo, and the Twylight Zones from Caldwell NJ.

Come join us for the only Rock n’ Roll dance party on the radio.

I’m talking about the Underground Garage, and I will see you there this weekend baby.

 

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  • Playlist:

    Set 1:

    See See Rider (Animals)

    Musical Bed: William Tell Overture (Gioacchino Rossini)

    Wouldn’t It Be Nice? (Beach Boys)

    Gonna Hustle You (Jan & Dean)

    (I Live For) Cars & Girls (Dictators)

    Gotta Find A New Love (Trashed Romeos)

    Just Like Me (Paul Revere & the Raiders)

    Land (Doughboys)

    Musical Bed: Arrow Highway (Davie Allan & the Arrows)

     

    Set 2:

    Musical Bed: Blowin’ Awhile (Buddy Tate)

    The Night Before (Beatles)

    Hurdy Gurdy Man (Donovan)

    Hi Ho Silver Lining (Jeff Beck)

    Marks On My Map (Launderettes)

    King Midas In Reverse (Hollies)

    Musical Bed: Shanghaied (Wailers)

     

    Set 3:

    Musical Bed: Another Hard Day’s Night (Ken Thorne)

    I Should Of Known Better (Beatles)

    In My Own Time (Bee Gees)

    Doom and Gloom (Rolling Stones)

    You’re My Brian Jones (Palmyra Delran)

    Ain’t Got Nothing Yet (Blues Magoos)

    Musical Bed: Wild Weekend (Rockin’ Rebels)

     

    Set 4:

    Musical Bed: Giggle Water (Los Straitjackets)

    Blue Collar Jane (Strypes)

    I Wanna Love Him So Bad (Jellybeans)

    Time’s All Gone Pt. 1 (Nick Waterhouse)

    Janie Jones (Clash)

    Musical Bed: Stop Action! (Ventures)

     

    Set 5:

    Musical Bed: Oriental Blues (Robert Maxwell)

    Out Of Our Tree (Wailers)

    The Locomotion (Little Eva)

    The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (Twylight Zones)

    Fiddle About (Who)

    Death Of A Clown (Kinks)

    Musical Bed: Creamy Mashed Potatoes (Duane Eddy)

     

Comments (29)

  • rivardm
    01/22/2013

    I beat SMRZ again!!! Ha Ha! Only because I am home sick. Good to hear more Nick Waterhouse making its way out...Thanks for sharing the good stuff LSUG!

    • Robert P Smarse Jr.
      01/22/2013

      Dear rivardm. I'm sorry to hear about your sickness. I hope that it is not the flu. I am also enjoying the new Nick Waterhouse release Time's All Gone. I also noticed that Nick also produced the fine new release by The Allah-Las, which has made quite a few top 40 L.P."s of the year lists. I hope that you get better. Take Care & Peace Be With You! Sincerely, SMRZ!!!

      • rivardm
        01/25/2013

        Thanks SMRZ....i am feeling much better. Nasty sinus infection. Thanks for the background on Waterhouse. I was in Austin 3 weeks ago and had great musical experiences on 6th and 5th street...Antones is a must see. Unsure of you had made travels in that area. Thanks for the conributions and leadership here...tell Steven we love it and channel 21!

        Big Mike - Detroit

    • Steve Hibbs
      01/23/2013

      Nick Waterhouse ,Time's All gone .. sounds to me really like Jack White I'm Shakin'..the way it rocks and swings..the vocal..hearing that..?...I'm digging the noise he makes...!

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.
    01/22/2013

    DEAR ADMINISTRATOR! Good work for keeping us up to date! 24 hour turnaround! Excellent Work! Another 5 star special, Stevie. I will post my comments either today or tom. , God & Buddah willing. Take care. Sincerely, SMRZ!!!

    • Steve Hibbs
      01/23/2013

      The administrator ahead of the game...just catching up...!!

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.
    01/22/2013

    Let's see now. Richard Lester & Ernie Kovacs. Two true innovators who too few people don't know about. Until Now! Thank You very much, Little Steven, for another special 5 star Saturday Night special. Lotza stuff to go over so let's at it! EH? Show # 564. Lester-Kovacs! Set 1. Musical Highlights. The Animals open with SEE SEE Rider with a special nod to Ma Rainey. And Yes! Wouldn't It Be Nice by the Beach Boys followed by Gonna Hustle You by Jan & Dean reminds us of those warm, balmy, days of Summer. Especially when the windchill is going to -10 degrees tonight here in Westfield, Mass. Gonna clear out the air REAL GOOD! The Trashed Romeos give us Gotta find A New Love while Paul Revere & The Raiders say Just Like Me. Almost forgot Handsome Dick Manitoba with Cars And Girls by The Dictators from 1975. The Doughboys close the excellent 1st set with Land. Sound bytes include Phil Silvers from Lester's 1966 film, A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To The Forum with "You'll Be A Eunuch All Your Life". WOW Richard Lester registered an I.Q. of 186? Rather impressive in that he even surpassed my score of 166. Set 2. Richard Lester set. The Beatles open with the Night Before from Lester's 1965 film "HELP!" Donovan contributes the very cool Hurdy Gurdy Man after he gives you the sound byte "Hail STEVEN". How Very Cool, Mr. Maharaj Of Garage! Jeff Beck follows with his very cool single Hi Ho Silver Lining, which I remembered that you played just 2 weeks ago in show # 562, which was your tribute to Mr. Frank Barsolona. Just keeping track here. The Launderettes, who come all the way from Oslo, sing Marks On My Map. King Midas In Reverse was by The Hollies, which, as you said, Stevie, was their last single with Mr. Graham Nash. Set 2 was closed with the very cool musical bed as provided by The Wailers with Shanghaied. A couple of nice sound bytes by the Beatles from Help! Other excellent films directed by Lester include Petulia(1968), The Three Musketeers(1973), as well as The Four Musketeers(1974).Actually, both films were done at the same time. They starred Oliver Reed, Michael York, Richard Chamberlain, the yummy Raquel Welch, Faye Dunaway, and Christopher Lee. Both films are equally fun & very well done. Moving along to set 3 and even more Richard Lester. O.K. So Richard Lester did a "favor" by directing The Beatles In A Hard Day's Night. Great Favor, Mr. Lester! The Beatles open with The Night Before followed by In My Own Time, which was a very cool single by The Bee Gees when they were still a Rock band. The Rolling Stones follow with their very cool new single, Doom & Gloom, which I feel is a very strong tune. The "Lucille Ball Of Rock N' Roll", Palmyra Delran instructs us to "Shake That Fanny", and then gives us You're My Brian Jones, which you labeled as you're favorite song of the year, Stevie. And the Blues Magoos, who came from The Bronx, declare We Ain't Got Nothing Yet. This was yet another song that you played on show # 562, which was your special tribute to Frank Barsolona, just 2 shows ago. Just keepin' track here, Stevie. Closing out set 3 was the musical bed by The Rockin' Rebels with Wild Weekend, which was one of my fav 45's that I played so much that I had to buy copies 3 separate times! Thanks again for the special "favor", Richard Lester. Set 4. The coolest song of the week was by The Strypes, who come from Ireland, with Blue Collar Jane. The very SEXY Jellybeans with I Wanna Love Him So Bad. YEAH-BABY! and did I hear you talk about the possibility of yet another Girl-Group ZONK show next week, Stevie. We are due as it has been quite a while since our last ZONK! The very cool & versatile Nick Waterhouse from San Francisco contributes Time's All Gone. Pt. I. Nick also produced the very cool self titled Allah-Las L.P. which ended up on many top 40 lists for 2012. Good Work Nick! The Clash close the set with Janie Jones from their excellent 1977 debut L.P. Where Were You In 1977? Set 5. Dedicated to our Freak Of The Week, Mr. Ernie Kovacs.Ernie was a stone-cold genuis who was years ahead of the Television medium that he worked in! Percy Dovetonsils! Talk about Surreal! As you said, Stevie, Ernie was the 1st cat to understand T.V. as a unique medium of his own. Love his quote "T.V. is a medium-neither rare or well done". PRICELESS! What a devastating loss to die in an auto accident in 1962 at the early age of only 42! Who knows what else Kovacs would have done if he had been around longer. I am lucky enough to own a 6 dvd set with over 13 hours of programs from between 1951 to 1962. The dvd set is from Shout Factory. It is well worth getting if you enjoy his madcap antics. TELEVISION'S ORIGINAL GENIUS!! The Ernie Kovacs Collection. A True Treasure Trove of Comedy from television's original genuis. Ernie was such a visionary that he broke rules that hadn't even been made yet, thus creating a television "language" that is now taken for granted. The 6 dvd set also includes a 44 page book loaded with essays, rare photos, and detailed program notes. O. K. Onward to the music in tribute to Kovacs. Set 5. Out Of Our Tree by The Wailers, which also describes Ernie's shows. Baby sitter Little Eva with The Locomotion, with the emphasis on "LOCO". the St. Valentine's Day Massacre by Caldwell, New Jerseys finest, The Twylight Zones, which we had an entire show about last week. did they ever get the rights for the name of the tune from Mr. Roger Corman for his 1967 film of the same name, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre? The who choose to Fiddle About while Mr. Dave Davies & The Kinks close out the special show with Death Of A Clown. I have the original 45, with the picture sleeve, by just Dave Davies. and so we come to the end of yet another show. You're really mixing them up this year, Stevie, with so many new shows. I am looking forward to next weeks ZONK, which will feature those great Girl Groups. I guess that we shall see next weekend. thank You So Very Much again, Little Steven, for the truly excellent & innovative tribute to 2 excellent innovators! And To all those who live IN & FOR The Underground Garage, Peace Be With You! Take Care Y'all! EEYAHH!! SMRZ!!!

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.
    01/23/2013

    Hello fellow Underground Garage members. I just wanted youse guys to know that show # 564 Richard Lester-Ernie Kovacs is now up in the Archives. Just a 48 hour turnaround from The Administrator. So please go up & post your comments. Stevie also told me to remind you not to forget your star ratings. Stevie is now freezing up in Oslo working on season 2 of Lillyhammer for Netflix. He says that he should have brought an extra pair of long-johns. It was cold here in Westfield, Mass. last night Windchills reached -20 degrees. Take Care & Be Safe! SMRZ!!

    • rivardm
      01/25/2013

      My car read -2 one morning this week. Uninhabitable!

      • greggie434
        02/20/2013

        Hats off to the Admin. I am trying to catch up, GREAT WORK!!!!!!!!!

  • mfeltham
    01/27/2013

    "King Midas In Reverse" was not the last single to feature Graham Nash, "Listen To Me" was.

    • Robert P Smarse Jr.
      01/27/2013

      Stevie said that "King Midas In Reverse" was their last single to CHART as a hit with Graham Nash. Check it out on Wikipedia. Take care, Brosky! SMRZ!!!

    • Robert P Smarse Jr.
      01/27/2013

      Actually, I checked it out myself. The last original Hollies' single of the 60's to feature Nash was "Jennifer Eccles", which was written by Clarke & Nash, March 1968. It charted in U.K. No. 7 & U.S. No, 40. Nash's final 60's Hollies single was "listen To Me", issued in September, 1968. It was written by Tony Hazzard. BUT IT DID NOT CHART! So, as you see, even The MaharaJ Of Garage isn't 100% correct on EVERYTHING! But really, cut him a little slack here. You're Welcome! SMRZ!!!

  • jcjohnson63
    01/27/2013

    all i can say is WOW! WHAT A SHOW!! INCREDIBLE! the opening was from wouldn't it be nice but no matter.thanks for psoting the shows and keep up the great work here!!! WE ALL appreciate it!!! :)

  • jcjohnson63
    01/27/2013

    did you know that NRBQ wrote lyrics to wild weekend? maybe you can play it sometime??? cool band btw!

    • Robert P Smarse Jr.
      01/29/2013

      For some reason, Stevie doesn't seem to acknowledge NRBQ, which I really don't understand. Even after Tom Ardolino died, he didn't not want to even mention it on his show despite many e-mails & comments about it. Stevie has his quirks just like anybody else. He's human & really has a heart of gold, especially if you are one of his friends. He'll give you the shirt off of his back. He is a very busy man even now filming Lilyhammer in Oslo. He even had to bow out of some dates with Bruce. By The Way, the Title of that NRBQ L.P. IS "Wild Weekend". Terry Adams told me he always wanted to add lyrics to that rockin' instrumental. SMRZ!!

      • greggie434
        02/20/2013

        I can't wait till Steven tells us the story why he does not care for Van Morrison......

  • markalbertsad
    01/28/2013

    the college of rock and roll knoledge. i obviously need more credits.

  • Ron Lynch
    01/31/2013

    Land (Doughboys),The Night Before (Beatles), Hurdy Gurdy Man (Donovan), Hi Ho Silver Lining (Jeff Beck), I Should Of Known Better (Beatles), Doom and Gloom (Rolling Stones), You’re My Brian Jones (Palmyra Delran), all rock.
    This band is very cool not just because I have Irish roots dating back to the 1700's and before, Blue Collar Jane (Strypes).
    The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (Twylight Zones), The Locomotion (Little Eva) & Death Of A Clown (Kinks), very cool tunes.
    Thanks Stevie, keep Rockin & acting.

  • Joe Baliga
    02/01/2013

    Really? I tune in to hear some good music and I have to first sit through a tirade about fossil fuels from a clueless, high school biology flunkie, who swallows every bite of pablum self-serving, derelict, "researchers" feed him??? Stick to what you know, as limited as that may be, Steverino.

    • Robert P Smarse Jr.
      02/02/2013

      HEY JOE! Maybe you should stick to listening to top 40 crap like Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Maroon 5 and/or Train! You sound like you are much better inclined to enjoy that PABLUM! REALLY! You have that choice! You can just stay out of The Underground Garage! Doesn't sound like you have the faintest CLUE as to what good Music as well as Music History is all about, Anyway! EEYAHH!! SMRZ!!!

    • Robert P Smarse Jr.
      02/02/2013

      HEY JOE! How many episodes of The Sopranos have YOU been in? How many times have YOU played guitar & sang next to Bruce Springsteen & East St. Band? How many records have YOU recorded, yourself? How many Very COOL Underground Garage shows have YOU? ever done? How many shows have YOU EVER done on Netflix? Talk about CLUELESS? Maybe you'd be better off adopting that moniker since you sure seem such. Would YOU like to go vs. The Maharaj of Garage in a History of Rock contest? REALLY-GET A FREAKIN' CLUE, CLUELESS JOE, before you go spouting off & making fun of Little Steven! Or better yet, why don't you just go back & crawl under that ROCK you came from? KISS-OFF! CLUELESS JOE! EEYAHH! SMRZ!!

      • rivardm
        02/09/2013

        You handled that well. American Idol is clearly more his speed.

        Peace brothers & sisters!

        Big Mike

        • Robert P Smarse Jr.
          02/09/2013

          AMEN! ALL RIGHT! AND PEACE TO YOU Big Mike! We got over 30 inches of snow here in Mass. today. Hope it's better now in Detroit for you. Hope that nasty sinus infection stays away. Peace Be With You! Sincerely, SMRZ!!

          • rivardm
            02/14/2013

            I saw the pictures of the east coast last weekend. I think some town in CT got clobbered with 40 inches! Great for kids (and teachers). Brutal for business travelers. We are all healthy here now. The themes of the shows have been really great lately. Any word on upcoming studio guests? Ala Bruce, Keith, Iggy?

            • Robert P Smarse Jr.
              02/15/2013

              No, nothing that I've heard about but you never know when Little Steven might surprise. Keep an eye on The Underground Garage site on facebook. That's where they might tell you of upcoming shows. He's back from Oslo after filming season 2 of Lilyhammer for Netflix. He's glad to be back with Bruce & The Band. Also, he froze his ass off up there. Take Care. glad to hear of your improved health. SMRZ!

      • greggie434
        02/20/2013

        Clueless Joe? Awsome SMRZ!!!!!!

  • greggie434
    02/20/2013

    The Bee Gees, "In My Own Time" blew me away!!!! I was SO sure it was the Beatles. What a show Steven!!!!!!

  • greggie434
    02/20/2013

    Kovacks quote, "TV is a Medium, rarely well done and never rare..........Awsome STUFF Steven!!!!!!!!!

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