It's happening. You probably first noticed it a week or so ago at the grocery store; most likely only half registering the Halloween themed Reeses peanut butter cups as you made your way towards the express aisle. Or perhaps you spotted an ad hoc pumpkin farm popping up as you drove home from work the other night. In any case, Halloween season is here. If not already, soon ever other commercial on your television will have some sort of Halloween theme. Your Facebook feed too. So let's embrace it.
This week's playlist, the first of a series, is here to do just that. From Ronnie Cook & The Gaylads, to Screaming Lord Sutch and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
Oh, and by the way: Boo.
New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:
Amon Düül II, Hijack/Made in Germany: One of the seminal bands of the so-called Krautrock movement of the ‘70s, Amon Düül II never made much of an impact in the States, but at least with Hijack there’s a good excuse: it’s not all that great an album. Still, it does open with a pretty great number (“I Can’t Wait, Pts. 1 & 2”), close with one that’s somewhat silly but still highly entertaining (“Argy the Robot”) and somewhere between the two there’s a enjoyable unique cover of Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman.” If you’re only going to get one of these two additions to our digital catalog, though, you’ll almost certainly want Made in Germany, one of the best albums of Amon Düül II’s career. You still might not be able to get into it, but if you can’t, then at least you’ll know definitively that Amon Düül II may not be your cup of tea, because it’s unequivocally one of their best.
66 years ago today, the man who first sang and – with Michael Lutz – co-wrote the immortal “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room” was born.Sadly, Michael “Cub” Koda left us back in July 1, 2000, aged only 51, as a result of kidney disease, but his music, both as the frontman for Brownsville Station and a solo artist, lives on.
Born in 1948, Koda – a native of Detroit, Michigan – got into rock ‘n’ roll pretty early on, forming his first group, The Del-Tinos, by the time he was in high school. Although the band released three singles in their lifespan, including a cover of Roy Orbison’s “Go Go Go,” they broke up in 1966. Free to see what else the world of rock ‘n’ roll had to offer him, Koda took a stab at solo stardom, but after two singles that went approximately nowhere (“I Got My Mojo Workin’” and “Ramblin’ on My Mind”), he tested the waters of a few other bands, eventually forming Brownsville Station in 1969.
Bobby Darin was the consummate entertainer. He could swing with the hep cats, rock ‘n’ roll with the best of ‘em, MC with Vaudevillian aplomb, write songs, and even folk it up every now and again. Dr. Rhino’s Picks #82 is dedicated to this musical chameleon, who made every moment count.
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According to the supercomputer Deep Thought, 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything, a revelation which we can only presume must somehow be tied to why Genesis has decided to release R-KIVE, a new box set which covers 42 years of music from not only the band but also the various members of the band, including three selections each from the discographies of Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, and Mike Rutherford…and in case you’re wondering, yes, in this instance, when we say “Mike Rutherford,” we do mean “Mike + The Mechanics.” (Sorry, fans, there’s no “Maxine” to be found here.)
This is far from the first box set to emerge from the Genesis camp, of course, but it is the first time they’ve put something together which covers the members’ work inside and outside the band, thereby providing a fuller picture of what each individual brought to the table.
Last week, we celebrated the return of ABC’s The Goldbergs for its sophomore season with a Celebrity Playlist from Sean Giambrone, a.k.a. Adam Goldberg, and although we’d had the idea to reach out to someone from the series well before we knew anything about the plot of the season premiere, it couldn’t have been more thematically appropriate: in the episode, Adam follows up on the momentous occasion of his first kiss with Dana Caldwell, played by Natalie Alyn Lind, by creating a mixtape to express exactly how he feels about her.
But here’s the thing about The Goldbergs: quite a lot of the events that take place in the series are ripped directly from the real life of the gentleman who created it, a fellow by the name of – wait for it – Adam F. Goldberg.