Sunday, January 10, 2010

Wreckless Eric Radio Show #22 (click to tune in)

The Best Of The Button-Down Brass featuring The Funky Trumpet of Ray Davies (no not that Ray Davies) and a short diatribe against the use of the word funky. Other tracks from Wilson Pickett, Free, The Bobby Fuller Four, Robert Coyne, Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands, The Soft Machine and Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich.

http://www.wrecklessericradio.com

19 comments:

Warhol Superstar said...

Hey, Eric - I listened on this bus while on the way to work... really entertaining, as always. Those Ray Davis liner notes were something else....
I must say I'm glad that you seem to have an extensive 'easy listening' collection, because it makes me feel better about owning so much of the stuff myself....

-- Erica

PS -- Thx for playing DDDBM&T!

Wreckless Eric said...

Thanks Erica. I've always been fascinated by easy listening stuff. It dates back to being a teenager in the second half of the sixties. I always fancied I could see a Frank Zappa link
The Legend Of Xanadu came along just as I was old enough for liking it to be uncool so I was a bit of a closet fan! A few years ago Tich said in some guitar magazine article that I was a good guitar player. Imagine that - Tich might not be Keef or Jimi but it's a good start...

eduardo said...

Ray Davies and his Orchestra,Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Titch,the Seekers.Theres nothing wrong with a catchy pop jingle to break the tortuous meanderings of prog.I can almost see Lieutenant Pidgeon and his cavalry emerging over the horizon.

Wreckless Eric said...

It's actually Ray Davies & The Button-Down Brass, not His Orchestra, but I'll let it go...
I like a catchy tune but I think Andy Fraser's bass lines on Mr Big are pretty fab too.
I might have a Top Of The Pops album version of Mouldy Old Dough - would that do?

Anonymous said...

Just Stubbled across your Blog Eric I can see I'm going to enjoy this ...You are missing nothing but melting snow in Norwich its been like it for what seems weeks now Wonderful...I'll enjoy your banter as I plough down the A140 Regards Pete

Peter said...

Re. your guitar playing, I just noticed this in a review of the Nipple Erectors LP by Will Hodgkinson:

"MacGowan's first band are generally filed under Punk, but they're really a good-time Garage/Pub-Rock crew in the tradition of The Hammersmith Gorillas and Wreckless Eric, only not as accomplished."


I know how much you'll appreciate being labelled as a Pub-Rocker.
(Or anything else, I suppose...)

Thanks for the latest show - keep working on the Playlists!

Wreckless Eric said...

File under Folk Grunge/Medieval Jazz - or you could just file it under crap. Why does everything have to fall into a category? I'm sure that The Nipple Erectors were nowhere near as accomplished as me or The Hammersmith Gorillas but neither were they as tall as Long John Baldry or a Tesco supermarket.
Being filed under Pub-Rock probably pisses off Shanne Bradley more than it does me. The Melody Maker once filed me under "somewhere between Ian Dury and the Bonzo Dog Band". I used to be filed under Sensitive but I'm moving to Impervious/Indifferent.
The latest playlist is galloping towards completion.

eduardo said...

"Mouldy Old Dough" sounds fine Eric.Im not knocking prog completely ,just like the change of gear evidenced by the catchy easy listening pop youve been playing recently.

johnscache said...

Easy listening, prog rock, Pub Rock...

I thought this was supposed to be a Southern Rock radio show.

johnscache said...

What about "Light Music" or "Beautiful Music"? I did not know that "Beautiful Music" was the number one radio format in the US for much of the 60s and 70s.

This faq on "light music" starts out all informative and historical, but it ends in an angry outburst against 1990's retro lounge hep cats!

http://www.classicthemes.com/whatItIs.html#overview

Peter said...

To quote a pal of mine:

"Easy Listening? I didn't realise it was supposed to be difficult."

Rich said...

Please can you get a job on BBC 6 music or something. I'm fed up of huddling around my computer every week to listen, then trying to persuade people that i havent been locked in my room accessing pornography.

They've got Tom Robinson and your much better than him!

Wreckless Eric said...

hi Rich

Thanks - I think I'm better than Tom Robinson too! I despair of the British radio these days. Lobby BBC 6, get me a job! God knows I need one. And they need me too if only they knew it!

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Wreckless Eric said...

Sounds like the story of my life. I'm curious about "I was a dump and downright pessimistic person" - should that read "dumb"? Or possibly "Dumpy"?
All that aside, what did you think of the show? Are you still there...?

Anonymous said...

Hi Eric,
I've just sent an email to the BBC, telling them that they need you on their radio (even if they don't realise it yet). Thanks, From Nick

Anonymous said...

Hi Eric

Went on a search for 'Not That Ray Davies'albums and got two from 76

http://easylisteningworld.blogspot.com/2008/03/ray-davies-button-down-brass-firedog.html

And

http://nlgbbbblth.blogspot.com/2009/07/lp-001-button-down-brass-feat-ray.html

They are both rare apparently

Your radio show works I am already vibing on new found music...Thanks

Stuart

Andy Stone And His Guitar Creations said...

A bit of a late post this but I'm only listening to this episode now.I've recently unearthed the remains of something from the era of the stacked up radios and converted it into a "proper" guitar amp,it's on my blog.

Jeff from Oxford said...

Wreck,

Stumbled upon your blog and starting listening to all the shows. I'm a DJ also (on an internet station) and I enjoy listening to musicians spinning the tunes because you always have interesting stories to tell - sometimes they even relate to the record you're playing. Anyway, you may not go back and read these comments (I've obviously got a lot of catching up to do), but just in case - it appears that a certain Peter james was responsible for those Not that Ray Davies LP liners. Also, hearing Wicked Pickett's Hey Jude for the first time in a long time and think I noticed that the backing track - at least the beginning - seems ot be the source for the backing track on St. Etienne's 'Wilson," which may or not be of interest to anyone. All the best, Jeff from (not that) Oxford (NJ, USA)