Monday, November 30, 2009

Maidens Part 3: Collins & Coolers Maiden


"Life Turned Her That Way" mp3
by George Jones, 1966.
available on Walk Through This World With Me - The Complete Musicor Recordings, 1965-1971

"Life Turned Her That Way" mp3
by James Carr, 1966.
available on: You Got My Mind Messed Up

Painting and Poem:
Collins & Coolers Maiden by Scottie, 1973.
Acrylic on Canvas 8 x 10 inches
(click on image to enlarge)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Maidens Part 2: The Maiden's Waitress

"Rosie Bokay" mp3
by George Jones, 1970.
available on A Good Year For The Roses - The Complete Musicor Recordings 1965-1971

Painting and Poem:
The Maiden's Waitress by Scottie, 1973.
Acrylic on Canvas 8 x 10 inches
(click on image to enlarge)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Maidens Part 1: Whiskey Maiden


"Image of Me" mp3
by George Jones, 1968.
available on A Good Year For The Roses - The Complete Musicor Recordings 1965-1971

Image of Me" mp3
by The Flying Burrito Brothers, 1970.
available on The Gilded Palace of Sin/Burrito Deluxe

Painting and Poem:
Whiskey Maiden by Scottie, 1973.
Acrylic on Canvas 8 x 10 inches
(click on image to enlarge)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

To all the Ladies and Gentlemen who made this all so probable...

Without my friends,

I've got chaos.
I'd be off in a beam of light.
Without my friends,
I'd be swept off high by the wind.

- Alex Chilton, "Thank You Friends," 1974.

Happy Thanksgiving from all your friends at the Boogie Woogie Flu.


"Thank You Friends (demo)" mp3
by Alex Chilton, 1974.
available on Keep An Eye On The Sky


"Be Thankful For What You Got" mp3
by Yo La Tengo, 1997.
available on Little Honda

"Thank You for Sending Me An Angel" mp3
by Luna, 1996.
available on Luna EP

"Thank You" mp3
by The Remains, 1966.
available on The Remains

top photo:
Alex Chilton, New York City, 1985.
© Ted Barron

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Cheap Holiday In Other People's Misery

In October of 1977, The Sex Pistols released their fourth and final single on their third label, Virgin Records, after being dropped from EMI and A&M for being a dangerous liability. The single, "Holidays In The Sun" was inspired by a two week trip the band took to Berlin, and would be the lead track on their one and only LP that came out a few weeks later.

Singer Johnny Rotten recalls:

"Being in London at the time made us feel like we were trapped in a prison camp environment. There was hatred and constant threat of violence. The best thing we could do was to go set up in a prison camp somewhere else. Berlin and its decadence was a good idea. The song came about from that. I loved Berlin. I loved the wall and the insanity of the place. The communists looked in on the circus atmosphere of West Berlin, which never went to sleep, and that would be their impression of the West."

The Pistols were about to implode a few short months later after the release of Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols and an ill-fated tour of the US, where they skipped most of the cities (New York, for instance) that might have understood what they were trying to do. I guess that was the point. The unsuspecting public was not ready for them in places like Dallas and Tulsa, and Listening to this record today, it sounds a good deal tamer than it did in 1977. Then, it sounded ferocious, and like nothing before it.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I thought about what to post in honor of this important and historic event. I considered some Kraut rock, maybe Iggy or Bowie's excursions to Berlin. Lou Reed's Berlin was an obvious choice. I've opted for this instead, a record that blew my mind as a precocious 12 year-old who had a vague knowledge of the Berlin Wall, and whose life was changed both by the existence of the Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, and ten years later by a visit to East Berlin on a day pass from Kreuzberg that opened my young and naive American eyes to the ugliness of life behind the Iron Curtain in a series of events worthy of a spy movie. I'll tell that story another time.

Here's the Sex Pistols...


"Holidays In The Sun" mp3
by the Sex Pistols, 1977.
available on Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols