Dangling Chads

Streaming is great. Streaming isn’t perfect. In my years I’ve acquired songs (via mixes, CD, iTunes, etc.) that stayed in my library, but the song itself isn’t streaming for whatever reason except on soundtracks or various artists compilations, yet the artist has other albums that are streaming. I decided to create a category for these songs because I didn’t want to ignore them, but as of right now they’re not attached to an streaming album by the group.

So without further ado, these are my ‘dangling chads’:

Hoyt Axton – “Della & The Dealer” – Axton was a country-folk singer songwriter that struck gold as the writer of “Joy to the World”, “Never Been to Spain, “The Pusher” and “Greenback Dollar”, among others. He never could get much momentum as a performer. This track was featured on an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, but it’s rather ‘shy’, as it were.

Auxes – “Radio Radio” – From their debut album Sunshine, this hot piece of rock wound up in my catalog somehow (I think maybe a free track from somewhere) but the record’s not streaming though others are.

Bevis Frond – “Lights Are Changing” – They (he – Nick Salomon for the most part) is quite prolific and have released many albums since the early 80’s. A lot of his stuff straddles power pop & psychedelia (the earlier stuff definitely did). Some stuff is streaming and I guess all is available on their web site.

Bobby Byrd – “Try It Again” – For some reason, Byrd could never establish a career outside of the James Brown orbit. This was a single that didn’t go anywhere for some reason, and it’s a shame because it’s hot.

Paul Carrack – “I Need You” – He was a vocalist-keyboardist for hire for many years, and found some solo success and scored hits with Squeeze and Mike + the Mechanics. He released a solo album in 1982 that contained this Top 40 hit, which is missing from all of his compilations. It’s kind of slight, but it hit the charts.

The Charlatans – “Number One” – Not the UK band, but the first “San Francisco Sound” band. They actually made their name as a band in a saloon in Virginia City, Nevada. For whatever reason, they never really recorded properly, and only have a live album streaming (even though there’s a CD comp of their stray tracks). Historical, really.

The Chesterfield Kings – “She Told Me Lies” – This sounds like it could have been released in 1966, and that’s the point. They’re one of the more successful retro-60’s garage bands out there, but that’s a niche market that doesn’t add up to sales or even consistent record availability.

Otis Clay – “That’s How It Is (When You’re in Love)” – This Chicago R&B singer had a couple of national hits, and one full album is streaming. Alas, this one isn’t.

Roger Daltrey – “Free Me”, “Without Your Love” – These two tracks from the McVicar soundtrack are among his biggest solo hits. For some reason, the solo albums by Daltrey and Entwistle are hard to find anywhere, and not really online for the most part. That’s odd to say the least. It’s the Who after all.

Episode Six – “Love Hate Revenge” – This UK band’s ultimate claim to fame was bequeathing Ian Gillan and Roger Glover to Deep Purple. Before then, they were a band that trend-hopped. This was part of their psychedelic phase. Episode Six has an EP streaming that doesn’t include this spacey pop tune.

Darrow Fletcher – “Improve” – This soul singer never released a proper album, but had a lot of singles released in his career. Ace released two career-spanning compilations, but only one is streaming, and this song is on the one that is not.

DJ Snake w/ L’il Jon – “Turn Down for What”- DJ Snake is a producer and a sampler and releases singles and tracks featuring other artists. This was the first collaboration where he was a featured artist, and well, you know the rest. Infectious and tremendous.

The Freedom Sounds (featuring Wayne Henderson) – “Soul Sound System” – The title track to their second (and final) album is a nice soul groove featuring horns and a marimba. Their first album is streaming, and hopefully Atlantic will get this one re-issued soon as well.

Frozen Ghost – “Should I See” – These Canadians hit #69 with this song. Basically it was Arnold Lanni who did everything, with Wolf Hassel playing bass. I can imagine Hassel in the studio wondering if he could do anything else. “No, Wolf, we got it.” Nothing else was anything worth anything, and this track is pretty rare to find here in the US. They were refugees from the Canadian band Sheriff that had a hit five years after they broke up, and later Hassel joined Alias.All of their stuff is dreck of the worst kind. I think “Should I See” was THE one song in the whole lot of ’em!

The Gentrys – “Keep on Dancing” – Just a simple song with a simple message that hit it big. This was all they had in them, really, but kept at it until 1972 or so. Their 1970 record is somehow still streaming, while this track is hard to find in a non-re-recorded form.

Guitar Junior – “The Crawl”  – Sometimes tracking bluesmen is confusing. This is Lonnie Brooks, who went by Guitar Junior in the south and came up with this great, infectious song. Then he moved to Chicago and found that Luther Johnson, Jr. was “Guitar Jr.” up there, so he just became Lonnie Brooks. Mind you there are other Luther Johnson’s in the blues game as well. At any rate, just find this version of the song somehow, because it’s good for you.

Eldridge Holmes – “Pop, Popcorn Children” – Holmes was a New Orleans native that tried his hand on many singles in the 60’s and 70’s. Some of his various tunes are streaming, and so is this, collected on a fantastic Rhino collection.

The Lost Generation – “The Sly, the Slick, and the Wicked” –  A fantastic soul song from 1970, this Chicago group signed to Brunswick Records. That catalog seems to have disappeared from the streaming community, except for some various artists compilations and some random albums, one of which is their second. Revel in this, though, especially the echo on “Wicked…”

Loretta Lynn – “Portland, Oregon” – For as huge the publicity was when Jack White recorded the Van Lear Rose album with Loretta Lynn, the fact that it’s not streaming is weird.

Scott McKenzie – “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hear)” – This hippy-dippy song, reviled by actual hippies and residents of San Francisco of the time, is on some collections and soundtracks, but the actual album isn’t streaming. It may because it was on Ode records, which moved from CBS to A&M and back again and then to Polygram and then Sony. That’s more interesting than teh song…

MFSB – “K-Jee” – This was on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, and not on any of their compilations, as they jumped ship from Gamble & Huff around this time.

Cyril Neville – “Gossip” – The youngest of the Neville Brothers, he recorded this solo side before joining Aaron in the band Soul Machine, then jumping to The Meters, before finally coming back to a solo career much later.

The Olympics – “Western Movie” – You probably know this somewhat. The Olympics doo-wop gained them some fans, and a Top 10 hit in 1958. They moved record companies and wound up with a bunch of minor hits but nothing like this. However, since this was on a different record company than their other songs, and it wasn’t attached to an album, here it sits.

Orange Bicycle – “Hyacinth Threads” and “Dropping Out” – A minor player in the UK Psychedelic movement, this band had enough success to record an album or two, and had a big hit in France with “Hyacinth Threads” “Dropping Out” is a nice pleasant psychedelic number, was from an EP released in France to take advantage of their success. Their later stuff sounded like Rod Stewart / Faces copies, though.

Quicksilver Messenger Service – “Who Do You Love” (outtake) – There’s a lot of live albums of the classic Quicksilver lineups, but there’s also some studio outtakes (they never were much of a studio band and they went through a lot of takes). One such collection was a double CD of live and studio recordings that had this version of the Bo Diddley classic. An extended version of this was the centerpiece of their second album.This collection isn’t streaming, and this take isn’t streaming, either.

The Remains – “Let Me Through” – The story of Barry & The Remains is one of promise turning to dust, and can take a while. In short, they were great but no one bought their stuff. They went on Ed Sullivan’s show in 1965 and played this song, which wasn’t on any of their singles or their album. In fact, the only way to get it, I believe, is through a recording of the show issued originally by Sundazed and then on some various artist comps.

Roman Holliday – “Stand By” – This group had a contrived look with their sailor hats and a somewhat retro-swing sound. This was an MTV hit and was a definite earworm. They had better success in the UK, and their third album (where they updated their look to the standard New Romantic style) is out there, but not this one. It’s a minor trifle, but fun to hear on occasion.

Freddie Scott – “Hey Girl” – He’s so underrated as a soul singer. It’s a shame his catalog is kind of messed up. This was a #10 slow jam in 1963 and dang, it’s hot and cool.

Kevin Seconds – “A Random Thought” – Better known for his work in the hardcore band 7 Seconds, Kevin Seconds has another career as a more acoustic singer-songwriter. This, from his solo album Stoudamire, is a catchy tune that someone sent to me. The record, though, isn’t streaming.

Squeeze – “Disco Kid” – Orignally known as “No Disco Kid No”, this was to be the B-side for their first single, which was pulled before release as BTM Records went pfffft. Rescued on a compliation CD of older kinda punk tracks. It’s serviceable Squeeze and  would have been a decent fit on their debut.

The Sugarman Three – “A Lover Like Me” – Featuring Binky Griptite from Sharon Jones’ band, this is a modern soul burner from Daptone Records. It’s a smokin’ track.

Rachel Sweet – “Voo Doo” – Former teenage Stiff Records darling signed to Columbia Records and recorded a very adult album with a sexy video. The single hit #72, the album stiffed, and that was that until the Hairspray soundtrack theme song.

Johnny Taylor – “I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)” – You can grab a collection of his early work, and full albums of his disco phase, but this 70’s soul classic is just on a Stax compilation for you streamers.

Sister Rosetta Tharp – “Strange Things Happening Every Day” – This R&B / Gospel singer recorded this rousing boogie woogie in 1944 and it will get you on your knees and make you shout amen! She deserves more credit as a trailblazer; she was a woman who sang and played guitar and was a rock-and-roll precursor. Hallelujiah!

Johnny Tolbert & De Thangs – “Take It Off (Part 2)” – Tolbert and his group had a couple of singles out on Atlantic subsidiaries, and didn’t click with the marketplace. It’s still a fun, funky groove with bongos and congas accenting everything.

Titus Turner – “Do You Dig It” – Another southern R&B singer that had some success, and kept trying well after the hits dried up. He wrote some notable songs in the early 60’s (like “Leave My Kitten Alone”) but when this was released he was trying, without chart success, to update his sound.

Willie West – “Fairchild” – A New Orleans singer that was in the soul and funk orbit with producer Alan Toussaint. Some stuff is streaming, but not his earlier, outstanding grooves. Right on!

Wrecks-n-Effect – “New Jack Swing” – While this was popular, it was nothing compared to the sublime “Rump Shaker”. Hard or Smooth contains a new version of this song, but not the original.

The Zipps – “Kicks & Chicks” – The Dutch had quite the scene, and the Zipps were quite the scene makers, dragging the Netherlands from Beatles’ beat music to psychedelia. Their slogan “Be Stoned! Dig: Zipps Psychedelic Sound”  is quite memorable. This single wasn’t on their CD that’s streaming (though an alternate version and a live version are).