Monday, October 15, 2012

Controlled Chaos 1965-76 - Blue Cheer on Steve Allen and Other Underground Artifacts - Absolutely Live

The original Blue Cheer's only live TV appearance? The songs themselves can be heard on Live And Unreleased Vol 1, but Steve Allen's questions, comments and jests give a look in as established show biz meets the new world order, represented here by practitioners so Neanderthal that red flags went up even in Haight-Ashbury. Allen cracks plenty of jokes at the band's expense, introducing them as, "the source of the annoying hum", but seems genuinely curious as he counts amp heads and speaker cabinets, asking Leigh Stephens, "...and what function does the Fuzz Face, uh... fulfill?" He's laughing with these fearsome creatures, in contrast to Tonight Show guest host Bob Newhart, who seems to regard The Byrds as nothing more than incompetent clowns. Considerably more subterranean are The Holy Modal Rounders at Detroit's Chess Mate coffeehouse in 1965, freak flags flying. Featured are several self-penned masterpieces years before their official release, the crowd roaring loudest for the most deranged of them - Indian War Whoop. Clearly these were different times. Television spat out a neurotic tangle of sixties folk punk free jazz psychedelia for the next generation and those to come. Ornette Coleman coming through a Rolling Stones barrage, as Mikal Gilmore put it. Cleveland was their first booking outside New York, arranged by Tim Wright and Peter Laughner of Pere Ubu. Razor sharp from recently completed Marquee Moon sessions, Television closed out 1976 with four nights at CBGB, moving to the Palladium for a New Year's Eve gala with John Cale and the Patti Smith Group. Here's Tom Verlaine and his iconic Fender Jaguar fitted w/ Danelectro lipstick pickups.

Controlled Chaos 1965-76
Blue Cheer, The Byrds, Holy Modal Rounders, Moby Grape, David Blue, Television
Absolutely Live

01 Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer - Steve Allen Show 68-03-19
02 Out Of Focus - Blue Cheer - Steve Allen Show 68-03-19
03 Renaissance Faire - The Byrds - Tonight Show 1967
04 Lady Friend - The Byrds - Tonight Show 1967
05 Have You Seen Her Face? - The Byrds - Tonight Show 1967
06 Random Canyon - Holy Modal Rounders - Chess Mate, Detroit, 1965
07 Skin Game - Holy Modal Rounders - Chess Mate, Detroit, 1965
08 Indian War Whoop - Holy Modal Rounders - Chess Mate, Detroit, 1965
09 My Mind Capsized - Holy Modal Rounders - Chess Mate, Detroit, 1965
10 Black Eyed Suzy - Holy Modal Rounders - Chess Mate, Detroit, 1965
11 Rounder / Changes - Moby Grape - San Francisco 1967-8
12 These 23 Days In September - David Blue - Unicorn Coffee House, Boston 67-12-02
13 Double Exposure - Television - NYC 75
14 Hard On Love - Television - Picadilly Inn, Cleveland 75-07-25
15 Little Johnny Jewel - Television - CBGB, NYC 76-12-29
16 O Mi Amore - Television - CBGB, NYC 76-12-29
17 Adventure - Television - CBGB, NYC 76-12-29
18 Little Birds - The Band - Winterland, San Francisco 69-04-19

01-05 - prehistoric cassette
06-10 - Holy Modal Rounders Live In '65
11 - Vintage - The Very Best Of Moby Grape
12 - boot from The Rare Stuff, now here
13-18 - download

various sources @ 320vbr

Victor Moscoso

3 comments:

hideo said...

epic--the Television cuts alone worth yr consideration

reservatory said...

Verlaine's guitar approach on Little Johnny Jewel changes greatly from one night to the next. The one on the Arrow boot posted awhile back, for example.

doug denslowe said...

No,not Blue Cheer's only "live" TV appearance.(See "Feathers from Your Tree" on YouTube)But the one appearance that still hasn't been available to the world at large.Steve Allen has a site selling all the old shows,but you have to have more than a fan- intrest to get them.