Friday, November 2, 2012

LUX AND IVY'S FAVORITES VOL. 1  -  Various Artists

YEAR:  c.1994
LABEL:  Krogar
TRACK LISTING:  Shombolar  -  Sheriff & the Revels,  Let 'Er Rip  -  Sid King & the Five Strings,  Bluebirds Over the Mountain  -  Ersal Hickey,  Hangin' Around - Ersal Hickey,  Action Packed - Ronnie Dawson,  Date Bait - Ronnie Self,  Bop Crazy Baby - Vern Pullens,  Death of an Angel - Donald Woods & the Belairs,  Crazy Baby - Gene Maltais,  The Bells - Billy Ward & His Dominoes,  The Mummy - Bob McFadden & Dor,  RFD Rangoon - Forbidden Five,  Enchanted Farm - Forbidden Five,  Behind the Door - The Medallions,  Transfusion - Nervous Norvus,  Crawlin' - The Clovers,  Earth Angel - The Penguins,  Don't Fuck Around with Love - The Blenders,  Skull and Crossbones - Sparkle Moore,  Bila - The Versatones,  Tight Skirt Tight Sweater - The Versatones,  Telstar - The Tornadoes,  Poon Tang - The Treniers,  Rotten Cocksuckers Ball - The Clovers,  Whistle Bait - The Collins Kids,  Rubber Biscuit - The Chips,  Jennie Lee - Jan and Arnie
IMPRESSIONS:  Once again we're continuing with the pattern of "not-so-official" releases with this first volume in the impressive series of "Lux & Ivy's Favorites" compiled and released on the internet by "Kogar the Swinging Ape".  Like myself, Kogar was inspired by those indispensible bibles of bizarre music the two volumes of RE/SEARCH's INCREDIBLY STRANGE MUSIC.  In the 1st volume was a chapter interviewing Lux Interior and Poison Ivy of the Cramps who voraciously collecting odd music from rockabilly to lounge.  During this interview, Lux & Ivy school us in scads of boss tunes which made our collective mouths drool.  Kogar read this and decides to make a couple compilation tapes for himself and a friend featuring many of the songs mentioned in the interview.  They were eventually posted on the vorld vide veb and began spreading virally.  Now, at least 16 volumes later, these "holy grail" compilations are eagerly sought-after.  Volume One starts off as Kogar means to continue with a snazzy selection of mostly early rock & roll platters which are -- again that word -- indispensible listening.  This is a particularly rich listening experience.  One isn't quite sure whether "Shombolar" is heavily inspired by "Rubber Biscuit" or vice versa.  Ronnie Dawson's patter during "Action Packed" is so cracked and enthusiastic as not to be missed!  I recall the intro to Billy Ward's "The Bells" was utilized during the "E.C. horror comics" segment in the film documentary "COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL".  Fans of Dr. Demento will instantly recognise "The Mummy" and "Transfusion" while fans of number one pop will remember "Earth Angel" and "Telstar".  There is a healthy sprinkling of "dirty" records by established pop acts like the Clovers and the Treniers and the compilation even manages to squeeze in a terrific track by my old favourites the Collins Kids!   
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS:  Shombolar - Sheriff & the Revels,  Let 'Er Rip - Sid King & the Five Strings,  Bluebirds Over the Mountain - Ersal Hickey,  Action Packed - Ronnie Dawson,  Death of an Angel - Donald Woods & the Belairs,  The Bells - Billy Ward & His Dominoes,  The Mummy - Bob McFadden & Dor,  RFD Rangoon - Forbidden Five,  Behind the Door - The Medallions,  Transfusion - Nervous Norvus,  Crawlin' - The Clovers,  Don't Fuck Around with Love - The Blenders,  Skull and Crossbones - Sparkle Moore,  Bila - The Versatones,  Tight Skirt Tight Sweater - The Versatones,  Telstar - The Tornadoes,  Poon Tang - The Treniers,  Rotten Cocksuckers Ball - The Clovers,  Whistle Bait - The Collins Kids,  Rubber Biscuit - The Chips,  Jennie Lee - Jan and Arnie
FACT SHEET:  LUX & IVY'S FAVORITES VOL. 1 is a compilation produced by Krogar the Swinging Ape on his Krogar's Jungle Juice blog.  The track list is taken from songs mentioned by Lux Interior & Poison Ivy in their RE/SEARCH: INCREDIBLY STRANGE MUSIC VOL. 1 interview.  The cover drawing of Lux Interior is by Gil DeLuxe (taken from a photograph in the RE/SEARCH book) and the cover layout is by Adam Fitch.  Lux Interior died in 2009.     

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