Savage Omnibus #2

July 11, 2008

rapture by max dunbar

restless by elizabeth rose

fuck kafka by joseph ridgwell

words of love by michael keenaghan

dog day afternoon by marquis de chalfont

never lick the floor of a lift by matthew coleman

tourettestial by james quinton

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2 Responses to “Savage Omnibus #2”

  1. Porky Hamstein said

    1. Your Love (Came On Like A Bengal Tiger) – Ed
    Spot & the Sahibs (Corbett). Only 14 when he
    recorded this kick ass stomper in 1964, Ed went on
    to marry Martha Reeves from the Vandellas before
    dying in a ballooning accident in over Lake Michigan
    in 1975.
    2. Rootin’ Tootin’ Zoot Suit – Elbert & the Vines
    (Sleepy Lagoon). Elbert Hamway (real name James
    Ham) recorded this driving, hypnotic. dance floor
    classic with the mysterious ‘Vines’, (allegedly
    Smokey’s moonlighting Miracles), in 1965. After a
    journeyman career as a session singer at Philly,
    Stax and Motown, Elbert joined the Stylistics in
    1977 after Charles Burtles’ heroin overdose.
    3. Baby’s Slippin’ Away – Burke Hare & The Rabbit
    Catchers (Needle). This Hoboken quintet were
    bizarrelypromoted by Frank Sinatra’s mother. This
    1962 track, their only extant recording, is regarded
    as the earliest true ‘northern soul song’ and only
    exists as an mp3 file transferred from an audio tape
    recording of the original seven inch record. Should
    a vinyl version become available, collectors, such
    as Virgin magnate Richard Branson and Prince
    William, are reputedly prepared to bid up to
    £100,000.
    4. Shirtlifter – Corky Pole (Cottage). Maryland’s
    Corky made a couple of unsuccessful albums for Muscle
    Shoals based Negro Fist in the late sixties, and
    became a stalwart of the Black Panthers. One of
    the latest songs to be released (in 1976) within the
    Northern Soul ouevre, Shirtlifter’s surging rhythm is
    the only Northern Soul song to be driven by drum
    machines and synthesisers. Pole was shot to death
    in his Washington DC apartment in 1981; it is claimed
    that he was assassinated as part of the FBI’s
    COINTELPRO black ops programme against black
    radicals.
    5. Changing Of The Guard – Queenie Buckingham & the
    Big Ben Chimes (Empress). The fabled ‘mystery song’
    of Northern Soul, released in 1967; nothing is known
    about the song, artist or label.
    6. Dippin’ The Finger – Alvin Sweet & the Honey Bees
    (Give and Take). Alvin Sweet (unbelievably, his
    real name), recorded this Otis Redding style slow-
    groove at an unknown studio in Los Angeles in 1972,
    the only west coast recording taken into the NS
    canon. Alvin died in Chino State Prison in 1985,
    three years into a seven year sentence he received
    for sexually assaulting a police officer.
    7. Don’t Fool With The Mule – Lee Lucas (Mama’s Boy).
    Philly’s Lee Lucas released this, his first single,
    in 1969, with his trademark falsetto already in
    evidence. Lee’s career was then interrupted by a ten
    year stretch in Holmesburg for voluntary
    manslaughter; Lee shot and killed one John 35X, a
    Muslim he claimed was extorting him. On his release,
    Lee rode the disco wave and moved to Europe where he
    was the original choice to be the male singer in
    kitsch disco supergroup Boney M. However, producer
    Henk Gauritius decided that the group needed a
    baritone, not a falsetto and Lee was out. Last seen
    doing motown classics, cabaret style on cruise
    liners in the caribbean.
    8. I’ll Kill You Before I Let You Go – Scooter McGoo
    (187). Mississippi’s Scooter McGoo (real name
    Tyrone Massinaw) released this, his last ever
    recording and first in the soul genre, in 1965, aged
    65. A real old time tough guy, McGoo had done time
    in the Mississippi State Pen at Parchman and had
    played blues in roadhouses across the south before
    joining the seminal doo-wop band the Flamingos as
    replacement for Clarence Culver in 1954. McGoo
    reportedly shaved fifteen years off his age to gain
    the place. On the verge of a new career, McGoo died
    of acute alcoholic poisoning on Christmas day 1965.
    9. Zimbabwe Stomp – Kingdom Porrain (Shaka). Porrain
    (real name Robert Jordan, latterly Robert 13X and Abu
    Muhammad Nkrumah) was an associate of Louis
    Farrakhan who converted him to Islam in 1977.
    Porrain released this track, the third of his so-
    called ‘Roots Trilogy’, in 1971. Porrain later
    unsuccessfully sued author Alex Haley for
    appropriating ‘Roots’ in the title of his best
    selling book and TV mini-series of the late 1970s.
    Porrain is now a Muslim minister in Oshkosh,
    Wisconsin.
    10. Down In Front – Lil Frenchie (Oh Yeah) Detroit’s
    half French-Canadian, half-African-American
    Bernadette ‘Lil Frenchie’ Robideaux had a number of
    minor hits in the late sixties, culminating with
    this hyperkinetic, double-entendre laden gem which
    hit 65 on the Billboard chart in June of 1970.
    Her career petering out into supper club cabaret, as
    so many black music careers did, Bernadette married
    Quebec politician Pierre Boulanger in 1980 and when
    the latter was elected mayor, became locally known as
    the ‘first lady of soul of Montreal’. Bernadette
    died of complications related to lupus in 2001 and
    having endeared herself to the people of Montreal by
    her vivacity and charity work, received what
    amounted to a state funeral, with celebrities such
    as William Shatner, Margaret Atwood and Ben Johnson
    attending and Bryan Adams singing ‘Everything I Do’
    during the funeral service.

  2. Joseph Ridgwell said

    Cheareating

    Lying in a scarlet hammock

    A large green jungle leaf

    Sways to the yellow sand

    Against a backdrop of turquoise

    Eternity in Technicolor

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