Never To Be Repeated Offer: Eight for the price of six! Sorry if that’s two too many, but with eight great songs at an average running time of 2.30 minutes, and a total playlist time of 20.2 minutes, I couldn’t resist.
1: Slim Harpo – I’ve Got Love If You Want It ~ Fintan
Can’t help but think when this came out in 1957 no one knew what to do with it. Wasn’t much like it out. It still sounds fresh 55 years on
2: Sir Douglas Quintet – Bacon Fat ~ Treefrogdemon
Sir Doug and his pals are down in the swamp, but without their signature Vox Continental unfortunately. If only I’d thought of this when it was RRSA dance styles..
3: Johnny Burnette – You’re The Reason ~ RockingMitch
Johnny had left his Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio behind when he cut this cover of Harlan Howard’s song. It was just before Johnny’s untimely death in a boating accident. I was fortunate enough to see him perform live at the Lewisham Odeon in 1962.
4: Buddy Holly – Midnight Shift (Ohh Annie!) ~ Treefrogdemon
One of Buddy’s earliest recordings, it was made in Nashville in 1956 before ever Norman Petty (no relation) enticed him over to Clovis, New Mexico. It’s a surprisingly adult theme (he didn’t write it), far away from the high school romance songs he wrote later. This is take 11, famous for the “Ohh Annie!” at the end. Well, famous if you’re a Buddy Holly fan anyway.
5: Sam Sak Band – Ling Job Meu Sua ~ Pairubu
This is the Sam Sak Band, from Thailand. That’s all I know. They produced 1 EP ( as far as I know) , sometime in the 60s or 70s, which has some of the wildest Thai pop I have ever heard on it. Songs about cats and this which is, basically, mad.
6: JD McPherson – North Side Gal ~ SpottedRichard
I sent this song with the authentic vibe to Mitch for a listen. He roared and called it “trendy rockabilly”. He said the double bass player would have ditched that for a Fender in a heart-beat. He’s right, but I still love it.
7: Screaming Lord Sutch And The Savages – Good Golly Miss Molly ~ RockingMitch
Whilst his Lordship’s voice wasn’t exactly the greatest, the backing on this from Dave’s original Savages is phenomenal. With Nicky Hopkins on piano, Bernie “Strawberry” Watson on lead and Carlo Little on drums, this set of Savages was great. In fact, Ricky Fenson-Brown’s bass playing on this is what got me into the instrument. This lot later became Cyril Davis’s R & B All Stars.
8: The Marketts – Balboa Blue ~ Fintan
Summer’s over? Like hell it is. There’s sand and sunlights at the hardware, cocoa butter at the drug store and the Marketts to fill your soul with blissfully simple surf music. Go ahead stomp around your kitchen for a bit.
A big Thank You to everyone who contributed worms to this playlist or has sent them in to the wormbank. Please send your juiciest worms plus a line or two per song on how you got hooked to either firstname.lastname@example.org or a wormhole near you. Thank you.