Wednesday, December 21, 2011

TUNE OF THE MOMENT: "CHICKENS FOR CHRISTMAS" by THE UBANGIS



"Chickens for Christmas" is the Xmas side of The Ubangis amazing holiday 7" single from 1993 on DeCeased / Brutarian Records split label. The b-side is "(She's A) Yamakah Mama (At Hanukkah Time)". "Chickens..." also appeared on a local Xmas CD comp called "It's A Rockin' Christmas" on the Run Wild Records label.

Appearing on this Rockabilly track are yers truly (Brian Horrorwitz) on lead vocals and drums and "Saucy" Randy Manos on guitars, bass and backup vocals. (UMF had yet to join the band but came along soon sfter.) The single was recorded in 1 take on 1/4 inch reel-to-reel tape by Carl Merson at his Beware Of Dog studios in Silver Spring, Maryland. Yes, 1/4 inch reel-to-reel! This is what all Rockabilly should sound like you twerps! Look, even the chicken liked it! Ah... whaddoiknow...

The dancing chicken footage was "borrowed" from the Werner Herzog movie "Stroszek".

And now, the lovely lyrics:

Well I gotta drop that old Kris Kringle a line
My heart's all a-tingle, got a Christmas wish so fine
It's kind of fowl but with a little luck
He'll bring me some brand new friends who go cluck
Come on Santa Claus
I'm asking ya please....
Give me chickens for Christmas

You know I'm gonna love each hen that old Saint Nick sends
I won't eat none of them, not my fine feathered friends
I'll love them so, this is my Christmas wish
I promise Santa they won't end up on a dish
Come on Santa Claus
All I'm askin' is please...
Give me some chickens for Christmas

AAAAW, YEAH!!

(I ain't cluckin' around! etc.)

And when we're out caroling together
In that snowy weather
I'll make each one a Christmas sweater
So they don't get snow on their feathers

Come on Santa Claus
I'm beggin' ya, please...
Send me chickens for Christmas

On Christmas Day we'll have a Jingle Bell wing-ding sing-a-long
Drinkin' egg nog a-pluckin' and a-cluckin' to a Christmas song
They'll be happy as can be
And on New Year's Eve I'm gonna set 'em free
Oh, please, Santa Claus
Won't you hear my plea

And give me chickens for Christmas (x3)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

OY VEY! IT'S HORRORWITZ'S "HAPPENIN' HANUKKAH"!

It's here! The best darn Hanukkah music comp in this blog! 20 holiday tunes to get you twisting', swingin' and rockin'! So good you'll plotz! And you don't even need to be Jewish to enjoy it (but it couldn't hurt)! Not available in any music store or deli. Download from this link! And feel free to inflict it, er... share it with someone you like! The download includes all 20 tracks in mp3 file format plus the front and back cover!

(Note: This compilation is G-Rated and is okay for all ages, provided you don't mind tormenting young people slightly.)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

CLIP OF THE MOMENT: "VALID OR VOID" VIDEO by SHRINK (1979)

In the fall of 1982 I dj'd a "video dance party" at Montgomery College on Rockville, Maryland. It was the first of it's kind on the campus. I borrowed some portable vcr's from a friend who ran a small business shooting wedding videos. And as for the music videos themselves we had to take what we could find. I had a beta tape recording of the very first MTV broadcast which included Devo and The Buggles. Also someone at Peaches Records donated a couple of promo videocassettes. One had several music video's for David Bowie's under rated "Lodger" LP. The other, I vaguely recall, was a mixture and included this new wave chap who called himself Shrink. I had remembered seeing his mini LP at a record store. He had his face and head painted up gold, the hair on half his head was shaved while the other half was spiked. By this point I was already into The Bad Brains, The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Stranglers, The Residents, Black Flag and so on. And so my friends and I thought this Shrink was pretty goofy at the time. But the funny thing is that when I hear this song now I think it sounds pretty fucking good! Especially when compared to some of the horsehit being passed off as rock music these days. "Valid or Void" has a sort of glam-punk sound that is kinda' catchy. I've dug deep into the Trash Palace archives and dug up my beta tape dub to present you with what I believe is the Internet debut of the lost music video for Shrink's "Valid or Void". The sound is a bit low so crank it up!



I dunno what the story was with Shrink or where he's gone off to. I guess he never made it too big but seems to have a small cult following of people that remember him. He did appear on tv at least 1 time. Check out this live clip which I found online from a Netherlands website. What must these people in the audience have thought?

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This is the shit! Come back Shrink! We need you now more than ever!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

HORRORWITZ'S HELLISH HALLOWEEN HOO-HAH ROCK-N-ROLL PARTY!


Here it is! Our latest Halloween offering: 80 minutes of wiiiiild Halloween rock-n-roll plus some excellent horror movie radio ads and a few surprises! Fits nicely onto a CD-R disc!!

You can listen to the entire mess right here (it might take a few seconds to kick in):






(If you prefer to play the show from your Media Player click here.)

Or you can download the program by right clicking here and saving the file to your hard drive.

Friday, October 7, 2011

CLIP OF THE MOMENT: THE RUNAWAYS "CHERRY BOMB" (Japan, 1977)

Of all the performances of the Runaways doing "Cherry Bomb" in Japan I think this one was filmed the best! TURN IT UP LOUD!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

SEXI: EUROPEAN EROTIC FILM MUSIC FROM 1969 - 1970


My good buddy Dr. Penis aka The Purple Zombie DJ has just made this excellent comp available for download on his blog at this link. It is approximately 79 minutes of some of the best erotica film music from European movies circa 1969 to 1979. More common tracks are mixed with several rarities. Some really cool and beautiful music here. It is highly recommended!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

CLIP OF THE MOMENT: POPCORN (1969)


Here's a hard-to-find pop art montage sequence from the uncut version of Peter Clifton's 1969 movie Popcorn, featuring the song "I'm A Man" by The Spencer Davis Group.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

BLUES ON THE BEACH! THIS WEEKEND!


Saturday & Sunday, June 25th & 26th, 2011, 12 noon, it's the very first "Blues on the Beach" show - The Colonial Beach Blues Festival presented by the lovely folks from Brutarian / Populuxe! A weekend festival featuring The Nighthawks, Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun and MANY others! (SEE POSTER ABOVE) AND our own in-house cave-stompers THE UBANGIS will be performing Sunday afternoon right before Bill Kirchen (who is not to be missed)! This is a benefit show for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) . CHECK OUT THE COLONIAL BEACH BLUES FESTIVAL FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS!

Monday, May 30, 2011

THIS TUESDAY IN NYC: GONE IN 60 SECONDS!

If you happen to be in the NYC area this Tuesday night Trash Palace presents a video screening of the classic car chase smash-em-up Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)


And this version has the original music score that was written for the film. Director / star H. B. Halicki was sadly killed trying to shoot a stunt for the sequel which was never finished as far as I know. When his wife later released this on DVD she scrapped the original score in place of a cheezy new electronic one that sounded like it was trying to capitalize on the "Fast and Furious" type of movies. In short - it sucked! If you are into massive car carnage do not miss it! At the time of the original release the amount of destruction was used as a selling point. This was enough for me to convince my Mom to take me to see it in 1974 (I was 9!). Before the movie a few classic car chase movie trailers will be shown. VRRRRROOOOOOM!!

This Tuesday at Otto's Shrunken Head in NYC (538 E. 14th street (A & B)).

Presented by Trash Palace and Cine Meccanica!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

GIALLO MOODS: THE MUSIC OF MURDER




A lot of my friends know how obsessed I am with Giallo movies. Not just the films but the soundtracks too. Well about 10 years ago I started planning a CD compilation of the very best tracks from the scores to these modern Italian thrillers. Then I kind of shelved the idea when the once rare and unreleased soundtracks started getting released in droves because I just couldn't keep up with them all and I wanted to be thorough. So recently, with the help of a few friends, I decided to go back and finish the compilation and it ended up being 3 CDs, each just under 80 minutes! And my good friend Dr. Penis (the Purple Zombie DJ) is nice enough to host links on his blog where you can download and enjoy them all for free! Each volume fits perfectly onto 1 blank CD-R disc, or you can save them as mp3 files and play them from your hard drive or ipod player. I would recommend checking the 1st volume out first to see if you dig it. The first 2 volumes contain my all time favorite themes and cues, mostly from the late '60s and '70s, by composers such as Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai, Goblin and many others. The 3rd volume contains some of the more upbeat pop, rock and r&b songs from the Giallo party and club scenes! There are several rare and unreleased tracks and some real obscurities amongst the more well known composers. Enjoy!

You can find the download links in the Comments of the Giallo Moods: Music For Murder! post over at the Purple Zombie DJ blog!

Friday, April 29, 2011

"ENTER THE VOID" DIRECTOR'S CUT TO PLAY IN DC MAY 6th & 7th

One critic called this movie ambitious and I agree! Enter The Void is indeed the most ambitious piece of experimental cinema to come along in awhile. And on May 6th and 7th the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington, DC will be screening the 2 hour 40 minute director's cut as part of their Midnight Movies series.


From director Gaspar Noé, the man that brought you the nerve shattering drama I Stand Alone and the feel-bad cinematic mindfuck Irreversible comes a psychedelic deathtrip that you will not forget soon. I have screened this film for a few people and read many online interpretations and this one really seems to divide the crowd. People seem to fight over whether Void has valid messages or not and there is certainly lots to observe in it. Some find it to be meaningless psychedelic dribble while others proclaim it is a new kind of masterpiece. Some find it intense and others vapid; some beautiful, others disturbing. Enter The Void is not a plot driven movie with a linear story, but an experience to soak up for the open-minded. And the fact that it is being screened in an actual movie theater in these times is amazing to me. I only wish that the E Street Cinema was screening it earlier than Midnight (DC is a bit of a haul for me) but if you are in the area and have an interest in experimental cinema, filmic interpretations of life, death, reincarnation, etc., you will want to check this out.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

SAFETY FIRST (1987)


This is a short film shot by my friend Dan Bader in Washington, DC in 1987. It is a shop safety film that speaks for itself.