Thursday, September 1, 2022

The Mal Thursday Show: Riot on Sunset Strip Revisited

The Standells: Riot on Sunset Strip
Terry Randall: SOS (Save Our Strip)
The Leaves: Too Many People
The Chocolate Watchband: Are You Gonna Be There at the Love In
The Seeds
: Pushin' Too Hard
The Byrds: Hey Joe
Davie Allan & The Arrows: Mondo Hollywood/The Shape of Things to Come
The People of Sunset Strip: Sunset Symphony
The Electric Prunes: Get Me to the World on Time
The Standells: Get Away from Here
The Sons of Adam: Baby Show the World
The Seeds: Nobody Spoil My Fun
The Other Half: Feathered Fish
Love: You I'll Be Following
The Knickerbockers: High on Love
Kim Fowley: Underground Lady
The Leathercoated Minds: Sunset and Clark
The Music Machine: Talk Talk
The Byrds: Dont Make Waves
The Bosstweeds: Little Bad News
Limey & The Yanks: Out of Sight Out of Mind
The Avengers: Open Your Eyes
Raga & The Talas: My Group and Me
The Premiers: Get on This Plane
The Fire Escape: The Trip
The Merry Go Round: Gonna Fight a War
The Pandoras: Melvin
Thee Fourgiven: I Sympathize
The Unclaimed: No Apology
The Tell Tale Hearts: Crawling Back to Me
The Untold Fables: Its a Crying Shame
The Zebra Stripes: Intro 66
The Crawdaddys: I’m Dissatisfied
The Mystery Machine: She’s Not Mine
The Morlocks: By My Side
The Unclaimed: Deposition Central (The Acid Song)

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Thursday, November 15, 2012


Otis Redding on stage at the Whiskey A Go-Go in 1966.  Image borrowed from the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Gary Usher Month - Ridin' Trails

The Kickstands  -  Ridin' Trails

In 1964, Gary Usher was a hired hand on The Kickstands' motorcycle-themed Capitol LP Black Boots And Bikes.  The record ended up featuring four tunes written by Usher and frequent co-hort Roger Christian, as well as another by Usher only.  The album featured the vocal talents of Gary Usher, as well as a couple of the guys in the photo above - Dennis McCarthy and Dick Burns, who handles lead vocals on this track.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Goin' Out To Hollywood (MP3)

Bill Emerson - Goin' Out To Hollywood

So here's a mighty fine record by Bill Emerson, who lays out the inspired tale of a backwoods country boy with a plan to head west to Hollywood, stoked up on visions of movie stardom, limousines, and flashy Fender guitars.

Is it country, rock & roll, or maybe rockabilly? All of the above, I guess, but to tell you the truth I think it's mostly in the ear of the beholder.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Double Indemnity House

Here's a screen capture from Billy Wilder's superb 1944 film noir, Double Indemnity. Thanks to Debbie, I'm now helplessly addicted to the What Was There site, which will let you superimpose old photos on top of newer views -and- dissolve them back and forth, using the plus and minus keys. I'll try not to go too nuts with this trick here on Ichiban, but we'll see.

This is Quebec Drive at La Punta Drive, up in the Hollywood Hills. Go see what it looks like now. I learned about this (and yesterday's Sunset Strip film clip) via a Facebook group called Vintage Los Angeles, which I very highly recommend you check out.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sunset Strip 1967

This silent clip shows the spectacular beauty of Los Angeles' Sunset Strip, as seen in 1967.