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SLIPPY TOWN TIMES
where noted, all original text & art ©2008
DAVE MAHONEY (MX-80) R.I.P. 1950-2006
RICK JOHNSON R.I.P.
Rick was a rock writer in the 70s and 80s, known mostly
for his stuff in Creem. Personally, he was my reviews editor at
Sunrise, a hippie-type mag from Illnois that I wrote
for as a teenager. I talked to him on the phone every few months from
'75 through '77. He was a nice guy--and funny. In the pages of Creem,
he was also a champion of my teenage band the Gizmos. He did a small
piece in the front section before our first EP was released. When the
EP did come out, we were shocked to see that it was the Creem
"Sleeper Of The Month," with a review by Rick. I just heard the news
died a few months ago. Bummer.
Poor Syd----seems like he's been dead for more than 30 years anyway.
But Arthur Lee--oh man! His death really got to me. Maybe it's because
he never disappeared like Syd. I remember when I first moved to L.A.,
blasting Forever Changes
in my tiny Hollywood apartment. That album felt like L.A. to
me, even in 1979/1980. And I saw Arthur live two different times. The
first was at the Hong Kong Cafe in '79 or '80. It was surprisingly
good, covering his entire career. He was lucid, and his then current
of Love was good. The second time was in '81 or '82. Very dark and not
right. Arthur's former Love partner Bryan MacLean was the opening act.
Arthur and Bryan came out together at the beginning, and did a stunning
version of "Alone Again Or," with just Bryan playing acoustic guitar.
Then Bryan's band started their very dull set. Arthur kept trying to
come back on stage, and finally Bryan was just waving him away. It
was sad to see. Then Arthur and his latest version of Love took the
stage. It was loose and rambling--not very good--Arthur was improvising
lyrics about "New York Shitty." Eventually he left the stage, and the
band just kept jamming. My bud Billy Ray and I waited for awhile to see
if Arthur would come back on stage, then decided to get some beer and
back to my place to drink. When we walked in the liquor store across
street from the Whisky, Arthur Lee was also there, alone, buying beer!
band was still jamming away, waiting for him to come back on stage. I
if he ever did. Weird night.
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SOME OTHER STUFF . . .
This is the online version of Tony Rettman's
long-running (but seldom-published) fanzine 200 Lb. Underground.
I don't know most of the new stuff he writes about these days, but who
cares--he's a good rock writer in a world that has way too many
bad rock writers.
George "Dick Destiny" Smith led the Highway Kings and
edited Chainsaw fanzine in the 80s. Now his blog covers
70s-style hard-rock and scary "national security affairs."
site with an especially cool gallery of concert posters. Plus photos,
reviews, a timeline, discography, lyrics, downloadable video, Jay
Kinney's 1971 Young Lust comic strip about White Panther lovers
with a Rob Tyner cameo, and LOTS more!!!
The Angry Samoans
Metal Mike site for one of the all-time great punk-rock bands (and yep,
they were friends of mine). Lots of stoopid shit here to amuse: Metal
Mike's "official" scrapbook,
lyric sheets, good links, etc. Too bad the site hasn't been updated for
over three years.
Intense free jazz and comedic eruptions from Kenny Kawamura, Todd Homer
(formerly of the Angry Samoans and Mooseheart Faith), and Larry Copcar.
I hear they've recently done some jamming with Joe Baiza on guitar!
A.k.a. Steve Painter and Rick Breault, a great Boston duo who
"specialize" in the non-genre of ambient-swamp-haze. Dig their Gulcher
My all-time favorite TV show! If you know
the show, you'll remember how Oliver Wendall Douglas is always being
accused of drinking too much (and he always denies it). My theory is
that the distorted, surreal view of everyday life which provides this
show with its yuks is just Oliver's drunken view of reality. Kinda like
Harvey--y'know? Yep, it's "the place to be."
The man who did the music for Green Acres, The
Addams Family, F Troop, Mister Ed, and the 1960s Don Knotts
movies: The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Reluctant Astronaut,
etc. His music made all those flesh-and-blood cartoons come to unreal
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Anyway, that's it for this issue. I'll try to get to #3 a little
quicker, but hey, this is a fanzine, even if it's on your computer
screen. Fast'n'loud sounds good, but patience is still a
virtue! Right on! See ya next time. Love 'n peace - - - -
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SLIPPY TOWN TIMES online #2:
Blitz Interview by Tony Rettman
Music I Dig
Movies I Dig
FROM THE ARCHIVES:
Gulcher #0 (1975) online reprint
SLIPPY TOWN TIMES online #1