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.
BMX Bandits – “Kylie’s Got a Crush on Us” – This great power-pop ode to Kylie Minogue isn’t streaming, maybe due to issues with rights to Creation Records. It’s fun, and should be out there.
Boss Hog – “Red Bath” – Refugees from Pussy Galore (notably Cristina Martinez and Jon Spencer) formed their own band that wasn’t as extreme as their previous band despite their best efforts (and Martinez’ nudity). Thank goodness – it’s listenable and produced some great tracks. Another one from the Amp Rep Dope, Guns, and Fucking in the Streets great compilation.
Johnny Cash – “The Sound of Laughter” – As many albums that Johnny Cash put out in his lifetime, they missed some tracks. This was unreleased (and sounds unfinished, needing another overdub in the bridge it seems) but was on a few comps – most notably Murder.
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.
Betty Everett – “Please Love Me” – She had recorded for various companies before she hit with “You’re No Good” on Vee-Jay. Those early sides are tough to find except on a comp, and it’s mastered from 45’s. Still, though, you can hear the quality.
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…”
Barbara Lynn – “I’m a Good Woman” – She had a big hit with “You’ll Lose a Good Thing” back in ’62 and had moderate success for a few years afterwards. She wrote songs, played guitar, and sang – an unusual combo for a female soul singer. This was a great track forgotten by time, and certainly forgotten in 1966 (it hit #129).
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 the song…
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 Only Ones – “Why Don’t You Kill Yourself” – They followed up Special View, which had some great singles, with a good album that stiffed, and then on their third, this nihilistic gem. It’s like they kind of gave up already, in a sense.
Orange Bicycle – ” “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.
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.
The Seeds – “Two Fingers Pointing on You” – From the soundtrack to the hippie exploitation movie Psych-Out came this interesting blend of garage rock and oom-pa band. You heard me. The movie itself starred Dean Stockwell, Susan Strasberg, Bruce Dern, and Jack Nicholson. Dick Clark produced the movie, so you know it’s got to be…something.
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.
Little Bob Story – “High Time” – French? Yeah. French. But they sing in English, and are reminiscent of Dr. Feelgood. They have an album streaming, but this single is only on a compilation (and mastered from a 45). Still, it’s worth checking out for some good high energy rock-and-roll.
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.
Tad – “Habit & Necessity” – Now a bonus track on Salt Lick, this scorcher was given to Amp Reps’ great Dope, Guns & Fucking in the Streets singles program. It’s about smack, which being from the Pacific NW the band was familiar with (not having done it, but seeing friends do it to their detriment).
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).