26 January 2007

Something 4 The Weekend # 23

Shuggie Otis was Prince when Prince was a pimply little kid. He was a DIY songwriter/musician/producer who did everything himself, and what he did was Funk, Blues, Soul, R'n'B, Rock, Ambient, and hell, he even did Techno in a time (circa 1970), when Techno didn't even exist. The icing on the cake, as far as I'm concerned, is the fact that Shuggie played bass on Frank Zappa's initial recording of "Peaches En Regalia", off Zappa's Hot Rats album. Also of note is the fact that Shuggie was offered the second guitarist slot in The Rolling Stones after Mick Taylor left the band. Shuggie declined, and Ron Wood has been a Stone ever since.

I'm not exactly sure why Shuggie Otis never became a household name. He had all the skills, style, and good looks one might expect of a musical superstar, and yet, here we are 35 years after he hit the scene, with only two or three albums to enjoy, and there appears to be no indication that Shuggie will ever try to make a comeback. These days he lives quietly in northern California, as much a recluse as Sly Stone.

My guess is he's living comfortably off the royalties from the song, "Strawberry Letter 23", a composition of his that The Brothers Johnson took all the way to the very top of the Billboard Singles chart in 1977.

Speaking of that song...I dated a girl named Pamela (always Pamela, never Pam) all through high school, and our (well, Pamela's) favorite sex music was courtesy of Donna Summer's Bad Girls album. After that one, however, it was The Brothers Johnson's Right On Time album, featuring, yes..."Strawberry Letter 23". We had no idea at the time that it was a Shuggie Otis song, and why should we care. The sex was hot and sloppy teenage sex, and we were in love.

I wonder what ever happened to Pamela?

Hotcha! Hank

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24 January 2007

Fudgie's Beard Index 1-A

20 January 2007


I suppose I ought to plug my monthly podcast, EVERYTHINGATHON! , which can be found at my website, Thee Butterscotch Threshold.

This month, Mitch Lovitz counts down the most requested songs at WBST, The BST's kick-ass radio station here in Madison. Highly enjoyable, and a ton of great songs from the past year...Check it out before February rolls around and a new episode is uploaded...

Oh, and once again, Blogger isn't allowing me to post pictures! Ayup. Since Blogger is free, I get what I pay for, right? Way to go, Blogger - bugs galore! Quite the upgrade, ya ponces...


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19 January 2007

Something 4 The Weekend # 22

The Sword is a Heavy Metal band outta Austin, TX. There are four members of the band, and two of them sport facial hair. They have approximately 22,000 MySpace friends, though I'm not one of 'em because I just don't care for MySpace. A friend of mine in the real world believes this dislike for MySpace illustrates my anti-social tendencies, but really, I'm a friendly guy. I just happen to believe that "MySpace" is the place between the ears. Dig it? Besides, I gave up on my own dreams of musical fame and fortune a couple of years ago, so I've got nothing to push and plug, and I've got no networking ambitions anymore. I'm 40 fucking years old, for chrissake.

The Sword: Winter's Wolves: 128k mp3

Anyways, here is an MP3 from The Sword's debut album, Age Of Winter. Wikipedia describes the band as Doom Metal, which I don't believe to be true. This is pretty much straight-up Stoner Metal in the vein of Black Sabbath, Kyuss, or High On Fire, though I may be wrong because I just don't smoke much weed anymore. That happens when ya hit middle age and all the weed dealers in yr area go to high school. I've got no love for teenagers, mainly because they all hang out on MySpace.


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13 January 2007

Something 4 The Weekend # 21

Shout out to my homeslices in the greater Chicago burbs, and closer to homes, the Fordham Posse...The question for this three-day weekend, with all due thanks and respect to Martin Luther King, is...

Whatever happened to Walter Wilder?

Supplemental questions might be...I wonder if he still collects old Iron Man comics? Does he still blast Death Metal and Grind Core? What level black belt is he nowadays?

Shout out to my own Ghost Dog, wherever he may be...

Ayup, some Rhymefest for no good reason except he was a Hip Hop highlight in 2006...


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05 January 2007

On The Twelfth Day of Christmas...

Mohaski gave to thee...Twelve names for cats (or very small dogs)...

01) Phineas Q. Maxwell the Third

02) Commodore Cutie-Pie

03) The Duchess Of Naperville

04) Geddy Lee

05) Depardeau

06) Beaner Weiner

07) Fucknuts

08) Mean Joe Greene

09) Tuffy The Kibble Slayer

10) Mordecai Sexsmith

11) Sleepy Ceauşescu

12) Winona Ryder


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04 January 2007

On The Eleventh Day of Christmas...

Mohaski gave to thee...Eleven Zappa quotes...

01) There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something, we’d all love one another.

02) Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.

03) I’ll do the stupid thing first and then you shy people follow.

04) Speed: It will turn you into your parents.

05) Another day, another sausage.

06) Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.

07) Life is like high school with money.

08) Everyone in this room is wearing a uniform, and don't kid yourself.

09) Nobody looks good in brown lipstick.

10) Government is the Entertainment Division of the military-industrial complex.

11) If you want to get laid, go to college, but if you want an education, go to the library.


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03 January 2007

On The Tenth Day of Christmas...

...Mohaski gave to thee...Ten predictions for 2007...

01) Elvis Presley will be "discovered", living in a tasteful three bedroom tract home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His neighbors know him as "Grubmonkey", and wish he'd clean up the yard.

02) The San Diego Chargers will defeat the New Orlean Saints in Super Bowl XLI, 38-27.

03) The FBI will finally uncover who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp. It was a young Richard Nixon. The mystery of who put the ram in the rama lama ding dong will remain unsolved.

04) Sri Lanka will disappear off the face of the earth.

05) My duplex neighbor, Connie, will become a grandmother six more times this year. All 43 of her grandchildren will stay with her on all major U.S. holidays, plus two or three Canadian holidays. The landlord will have to call the plumber at least five times.

06) Following the recent Hollywood trend, actress Dakota Fanning will adopt a baby boy from Kenya. She will name him Idaho.

07) I will finally get a tattoo of a lawnmower on my right forearm. It will keep me from rising into middle management.

08) We will stay the course in Iraq, and the mission will be accomplished. Again.

09) God will smite Pat Robertson with his favorite weapon, syphilis.

10) The monkeys will finally take over.


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02 January 2007

On The Ninth Day of Christmas...

Mohaski gave to thee...Nine kinds of nuts.

01) Cashews

02) Macadamia

03) Coconuts

04) Almonds

05) Pistachio

06) Chestnuts

07) Walnuts

08) Hazelnuts

09) Peanuts

Hotcha! Hank

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01 January 2007

On The Eighth Day of Christmas...

...Mohaski gave to thee...Eight guitar solos...

Eight guitar solos: 128k mp3


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