Monthly Archives: September 2009

Old Fashioned Waltz / Hurt Me – Bob Bowness (Relco Records)

bownessThe mysterious Relco Records strikes again! This record was found in Chanute, Kanass, and boy, did it make my day. Having already stumbled upon one of these gems, I was well acquainted with their charms. The M P M featured a Relco release back in February, the strange and wonderful Robby England singing “I Feel Good (When I’m With You)”. Mr. England even chimed in on the comments, letting us know that single went to #1 in Mankoto, Minnesota.

Here we have two tracks by Bob Bowness. Both are the best kind of country, sad and sappy. Pedal steel on decades old dusty grooves give this track a flavor that borders on David Lynch-y weirdness. Written by Craig Roads and Greg Adams.

“I’ll never forget the first time I saw her / wearing green velvet and lace”

Old Fashioned Waltz – Bob Bowness (download&stream)

The vocals really come out on the B-side, which in my opinion is the stand out track. Having absolutely no idea when this was released I don’t know which contemporaries to compare him to, but I definitely hear some George Jones and maybe even a little Buddy Holly, however poorly imitated they may be. This one is written by Don Lewis.

“I realized you were using me / for a good times sake / sometimes thats almost / more than I can take”

Hurt Me – Bob Bowness (download&stream)

Untitled Mix Tape – Chanute, Kansas (1998)

chanuteI had to hold on for dear life while listening to this one, but it paid off in the end. Fairly standard taped off the radio fair here, all coming from Y105.5 Chanute, Kansas. There is a completely dated commercial at the end of side 1 thats pretty funny. Side 2 mixes in a little country, but then out of nowhere, The Cult.

The final two tracks by The Cult are from the 1987 Rick Rubin produced album “Electric.” The rest of this tape are all hit songs from 11 years later. I initially thought maybe the off-air recordings were taped on top of a pilfered transfer of “Electric” but the two tracks are out of order from the original album.

After some consideration I have deduced that this is a classic case of Older Sibling Taste-Making. This syndrome plays out in a number of ways, most notably with the younger sibling jacking CDs from the older. As an older sybling I can speak with authority to this phenomenon, and I continue to this day to pester my lil’ sis’ to return some of my most cherished records. (Which she continues to this day to deny jacking.)

And even though my Suicidal Tendancies records may never be returned to me, I like to think my influence prevented a potential catastrophe– a life long Korn or Celine Dion fan. I can only hope that a similar fate awaited this mix-tape artist in Chanute, Kansas. A lot of pressure falls on the first born, but musical taste-maker might just be the most important.

SIDE 1
Matchbox 20 – 3am
Robyn – Show Me Love
Chumba Wumba – I Get Knocked Down
Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On (Titanic theme)
(Commercial for American Financial Trading Corporation “The worlds oil fields remain inside a powder keg with a short fuse, learn how you can invest in these markets.”)

SIDE 2
Backstreet Boys – As Long As You Love Me (incomplete)
Savage Garden – Truly, Madly, Deeply
Garth Brooks – Ain’t Goin’ Down ‘Til the Sun Comes Up
Faith Hill – It Matters To Me
The Cult – Outlaw
The Cult – Bad Fun

Chomsky – 00:15:00 to Rock (Idol Records, 2001)

This is just a short post in case anyone out there has been watching the TV show “Flipping Out” on Bravo and thinking that they were hearing the band Chomsky playing in the background. I got confirmation tonight that Idol Records (Dallas, TX) has been licensing tracks to various TV shows including “Flipping Out.” This opens up some exciting possibilities. A few possible selections I might like to see:

Old 97’s on Law & Order

PPT on Psyche

Centro-matic on Real Housewives of Altanta

Check out the Idol Records site for some free & clear MP3’s

Famous Football Songs of the Southwest Conference, c.a 1960 (Columbia Records Limited Edition for Esso and Humble Oil and Refining Company)

famousfootballAh. The students are back in class, a crisp breeze is blowing and the drum line is practicing. Its only natural that a young lady’s thoughts turn to football.

Here’s a little something for my favorite socially awkward, dreadlocked, Heisman trophy winning player. Ricky Williams, you will always be a Longhorn to me.

University of Texas Fight Song (stream& download)

As a bonus, I dug up two pretty awesome CDs recently. Produced by NFL Players, Inc in 1996, NFL Jams and NFL Country paired football stars with popular musicians. NFL Country is kind of lame, but take a listen to Toby Keith and Troy Aikman doing this original tune. (Aikman channels Hank Hill. It works)

Two Pair of Levis and a Pair of Justin Boots – Toby Keith and Troy Aikman (download&stream)

Of the two CDs NFL Jams is by far the better offer. There are some pretty recognizable names of this disc, Phife (Tribe Called Quest), Pharcyde, Havoc. Most awesome is that there are two Wu-Tang tracks. Three years following 36 Chambers, one year following the classic Liquid Swords and coinciding with Ghostface’s first solo release Ironman, here we are treated to Method Man with the Philadelphia Eagles Ricky Watters and Ghostface with Andre Rison of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Its In the Game – Method Man and Ricky Watters

Fast Life – Ghostface and Andre Rison

This last one is from West coaster Celly Cel, who I had never heard of before, but has that signature mid-90’s California sound. The best part about it is that I think 49er’s fullback William Floyd might be the better rapper.

Bayriders – Celly Cel and William Floyd