Sunday, May 30, 2010

B.W.'s PLAYLIST/ KHSU, 90.5/ SAT., 29 MAY 2010

This 1980's LA-based power pop/rock n' roll quartet was, in some respects, an unusual outfit. Led by ex-Nerves Peter Case (white guy, singer/songwriter), The Plimsouls (Brit term for "sneakers") consisted of two Southern Californian Chicanos, guitarist Eddie Munoz and drummer Lou Ramirez, and a Samoan-American bassist Dave Pahoa. Aside the ethnic distinctions, The Plimsouls rocked, often exposing its young audience (with me as one of them) to a number of cool '60's covers, such as Thee Midnighters' "Jump Jive & Harmonize" and The Kinks' "Come On Now." A Halloween 1981 concert recording made at LA's Whiskey-A-Go-Go, which was just released, captures The Plimsouls at a high point, with the band seriously ripping it up (especially Munoz on blistering lead guitar). Any 'Souls fan, either past or present, should grab this great record, Live! Beg, Borrow & Steal, excellently mastered (and previously unreleased, including members of The Fleshtones as special guests).

Do You Duty / BETTYE LAVETTE (’70, Do Your Duty)

If You Don’t Think/ ANNA KING (’64, Back to Soul)

Willy Nilly/ RUFUS THOMAS (’65)

I’m Trying to Break Your Heart/ JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND (’10, 7" single)

Keep on Runnin’/ SPENCER DAVIS GROUP (’64)

Sorry/ THE EASYBEATS (’66)

Jump Jive and Harmonize/ THEE MIDNIGHTERS (’67)

Jump Jive & Harmonize/ THE PLIMSOULS (’10, Live! Beg, Borrow & Steal)*

Come On Now/ THE PLIMSOULS (’10, Live! Beg, Borrow & Steal)*

Join My Gang/ THE LONG RYDERS (’83, 10-5-60)

Canteloupe Girlfriend/ THREE O’CLOCK (’83, Sixteen Tamborines)

Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes/ EDISON LIGHTHOUSE (’70)

Go All the Way/ THE RASPBERRIES (’72)

Cherry Bomb/ THE RUNAWAYS (’77, self titled)

Fox on the Run/ SWEET (’73, Desolation Boulevard)

Pleasure Seeker/ THE BOTSWANAS (’01, Fade and Your Gone)

Dancing the Night Away/ THE MOTORS (’77, Motors 1)

Stop Foolin’/ DRESSY BESSY (’05, Electrified)

Why I Don’t Like August 93/ THE CONSTANTINES ('05, Believer Magazine Music comp.)

There Is an End/ HOLLY GOLIGHTLY & THE GREENHORNES (’05, Broken Flowers st)

The Race Is On/ YO LA TENGO (’06, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass)

Starry Eyes/ THE RECORDS (’79)

Date W/ Ikea/ PAVEMENT (’97, Brighten the Corners)

Venus Is Her Name/ FREEDY JOHNSTON (’10, Rain on the City) [Bar/None]

Please Be Nice to Her/ AMY RIGBY & WRECKLESS ERIC (’08, Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby) [Stiff]

Stranger in the House/ RACHEL SWEET (’78, Fool Around)

Radio Sweetheart/ ELVIS COSTELLO (’77, My Aim Is True)

The Singer/ NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS (’86, Kicking Against the Pricks)

Moves Away/ NINA NASTASIA (’10, Outlaster)*

My Friend/ BILL CALLAHAN (’09, Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle)

Bloodbuzz Ohio/ THE NATIONAL (’10, High Violet)*

Pablo Picasso/ THE MODERN LOVERS (’76, self titled)

Friction/ TELEVISION (’77, Marquee Moon)

*new or recent release


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