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Mary Melodies (The Redemption Show)

26 August 2017

With special in-studio guest John Couture of Newport Electric!

Intro (4:05)

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Wonder What Became of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman?

Joe's Garage is a three-part rock opera recorded by Frank Zappa in 1979. Originally released as two separate studio albums on Zappa Records, the project was later remastered and reissued as a triple album box set, Joe's Garage, Acts I, II & III, in 1987. The LPs initially received mixed to positive reviews, with critics praising its innovative and original music, but criticizing the scatological, sexual and profane nature of the lyrics. Since its original release, Joe's Garage has been reappraised in a better light by some critics.

Zappa self-deprecatingly described the album as a "stupid little story about how the government is going to do away with music." The story is told by a character identified as the "Central Scrutinizer" narrating the story of Joe, an average adolescent male who forms a garage rock band, has unsatisfying relationships with women, gives all of his money to a government-assisted and insincere religion, explores sexual activities with appliances, and is imprisoned. After being released from prison into a dystopian society in which music itself has been criminalized, he lapses into insanity.

The album encompasses a large spectrum of musical styles, while its lyrics often feature satirical or humorous commentary on American society and politics. It addresses themes of individualism, free will, censorship, the music industry and human sexuality, while criticizing government and religion, and satirizing Catholicism and Scientology. Joe's Garage is noted for its use of xenochrony, a recording technique that takes guitar solos from older live recordings and overdubs them onto new studio recordings. All of the guitar solos on the album are xenochronous except for "Crew Slut" and "Watermelon in Easter Hay", a signature song that Zappa has described as the best song on the album, and according to his son Dweezil, the best guitar solo his father ever played.

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was an American satirical soap opera that aired in daily syndication from January 1976 to May 1977. The series was produced by Norman Lear, directed by Joan Darling, Jim Drake, Nessa Hyams, and Giovanna Nigro, and starred Louise Lasser. The series writers were Gail Parent and Ann Marcus. The show's title was the eponymous character's name stated twice, because Lear and the writers believed that dialogue within a soap opera was always said twice.

The show followed the titular character through increasingly complex and compounding life-events and scenarios often reflective of the changing social fabric of America in the 1970s. Some of the character's key traits, unusual, but prescient for the times, include her initially numbed-out response to conflicts both external and emotional, her indecisiveness, and her potential to suddenly snap out of one state of mind and swing to its opposite. Moral quandaries frequently seem on the verge of vanishing into apathy, until she is reminded of her love for her family and the need to keep them together.

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman's twisting, interwoven, elaborate plots and tongue-in-cheek melodrama lovingly lampooned the soap opera format in ways that set the stage for cult shows featuring plot labyrinths, like Soap and Twin Peaks.

Mary's Block of Shame (13:11)

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The Nancy & Mary Music {Excerpt)} - Frank Zappa (Chunga's Revenge)

Mary, Mary ~ Paul Butterfield Blues Band (East-West/1966)

"Mary, Mary" is a song written by Michael Nesmith. It was first recorded by The Butterfield Blues Band for their 1966 album, East-West. In addition to Butterfield, musicians to play on the track include Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop. No songwriter credit is listed for "Mary, Mary" on East-West.

On July 25, 1966, Nesmith produced and recorded the song for The Monkees at Western Recorders in Hollywood, California. Micky Dolenz sang lead, and Mike used the crack group of session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew to beef up their sound, including; James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, Hal Blaine, Jim Gordon, Michael Deasy and Larry Knechtel. Their version was released on the album More of the Monkees in 1967 and became a number five hit in Australia in 1968.

Failure That's Perceived ~ Black Heart Machine (Ruins of Our Greatness/2015)

Black Heart Machine Is…

The creation of musicians Robert Thompson, and Brent Jones, and joined on drums by Fil Beorchia, Black Heart Machine is a recording project where sonic experimentation meets creative song craft. The culmination of years of experimentation led to the creation of more than two dozen songs that comprise the duo’s debut Ruins of Our Greatness (2015). The band’s second album, Bought and Sold, was recorded at Jones’ Quiet Earth and Sugar Shack in London, Ont., and will be released in October 2017.

Robert Thompson: A writer, journalist and musician for his entire adult life, Robert has played in psych, shoegazer and acoustic bands for decades. In 2010 he began crafting songs with lifelong friend Brent Jones, taking the skeletons of acoustic tracks and recording them with the help of Jones’ Quiet Earth studio. The pair reworked, invented and revised the songs until they had little in common with the basic structures that started the process. Over the following five years, Robert and Brent generated dozens of ideas and sounds, creating more than 20 songs in the process. The result is Ruins of Our Greatness, eight songs of murder, madness and melancholy that tackle the deeply personal and dissect conceptions of creation, originality and friendship.

Brent Jones: A bon vivant who has spent his life writing, performing and recording music, Brent Jones brings the colour to the palette that is Black Heart Machine. Adventurous in his approach, sophisticated in his arrangements, with an ear for experimentation and melody in equal measures, Jones’ production, piano and sonic input was key to bringing the Black Heart Machine to life. A producer with his own unique sensibility, Brent’s harmonies, experimental creativity and insights into the musical process play equal roles in Black Heart Machine.

Along Comes Mary ~ 24-7 Spyz (6/1996)

"Along Comes Mary" is a song composed by Tandyn Almer, originally recorded in 1966 by the Association, and released on their debut album And Then... Along Comes the Association. It was their first hit and reached number seven on the U.S. charts. "Mary" in the song's title subtly refers to marijuana.

24-7 Spyz (pronounced "twenty-four-seven spies") are a band from the South Bronx, New York, formed in 1986, originally consisting of Jimi Hazel (real name, Wayne K. Richardson) (guitar), Rick Skatore (real name, Kenneth D. Lucas) (bass), Kindu Phibes (drums), and P. Fluid (real name, Peter Forrest) (vocals). The band is best known for mixing soul, funk, reggae, and R&B with heavy metal and hardcore punk. The fact that they are African Americans playing variations of heavy metal led critics to compare them to bands such as Living Colour and Bad Brains. Though they were pioneers in the fusion of these particular music styles, influencing many bands, they have never achieved substantial commercial success. After several lineup changes, the band broke up in 1998, but reformed in 2003 before releasing their first new album of original material in over a decade in 2006. As of October 2014, the lineup of the band includes Jimi Hazel, Rick Skatore, drummer Phillip "Fish" Fisher and guitarist Ronny Drayton.

Heavy Metal Soul by the Pound is the fifth full-length album from 24-7 Spyz. Released through the "What Are Records?" label, it is the first album to feature the band as a trio. Former drummer Joel Maitoza returns to replace Anthony Johnson, but the band decided not to replace departed vocalist P. Fluid. Instead, guitarist Jimi Hazel would also become the lead singer (bassist Rick Skatore would also share lead vocal duties in concert).

In March 1996, six months before the release of Heavy Metal Soul by the Pound, the Enemy label released an alternate European version of the album entitled 6. This version of the album does not include the songs "Earth And Sky" and "Save The World." Instead, the album contains covers of The Association's "Along Comes Mary" and Love's "7 and 7 Is." The album is titled 6 due to it being the sixth release by the band, if including the This is...24-7 Spyz! EP.

Together, both versions of the album helped reignite the band's popularity in Europe and the United States.

Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand (Alt.) – The Who (The Who Sells Out Deluxe Edition/2009)

The acoustic guitar version of the song on The Who Sell Out was recorded at De Lane Lea Studios on 24 October 1967.

A different version of the song, using electric guitar, was used in 1967 as the B-side of the "I Can See for Miles" single in the US and Australia. The B-side version used a mono mix. A stereo remix of this version was also included on the 1998 remastered version of the Odds and Sods album. On this version, tremolo is added to Roger Daltrey's voice on the word "shaky".

This version was recorded at Mirasound Studios in New York City in 1967 using electric guitar but also featuring an organ solo from Al Kooper. This version is incorrectly stated as being the B-side of "I Can See For Miles" in the liner notes of the remastered The Who Sell Out, when in fact the mono version without organ solo was on the B-side. This version was released on the 2009

sCreamGrrrl's CanCon Corner (8:44)

Mary and Amanda Lynn ~ Newport Electric (Thin Wild Mercury/TBA)

Cousin Mary ~ Fludd (Cock On/1972)

Lonesome Mary ~ Chilliwack (Chilliwack/1971)

[sCreamGrrrl sez:]

The last song you just heard is called “Lonesome Mary” from Chilliwack’s second album called Chilliwack released in 1971. The band originated out of Vancouver, BC back in 1970 forming from members of a previous psychedelic rock group called the Collectors who formed in 1966 with originating member Bill Henderson. After The Collectors disbanded, Henderson and other former Collectors members formed the band Chilliwack. The group played together for more than 30 years. Chilliwack is a Salish term meaning "valley of many streams" and the name of a city east of Vancouver in the Fraser River valley. All Salishan languages are considered critically endangered, with only three or four speakers left today. The band’s early material was very progressive, particularly their first three albums. I didn’t discover Chilliwack until 1981 when they had the hit song "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)" and then the song “Whatcha Gonna Do (When I'm Gone)." I have fond memories of roller skating to those 2 songs in grade 6. After the success of those 2 albums two of the band members quit to play in their group the Headpins full-time, which is another band I loved whose song “Don’t It Make Ya Feel Like Dancing” topped the charts in 1982 for 6 weeks. I used to carry my boombox on my shoulder, playing that cassette while roller skating over to the mall to hang out with the other mall rats. Anyhow, over the years the band’s line-up and labels kept changing and to sum it up I found this quote from Rolling Stone: "At their best, Chilliwack was the finest Canadian rock band, outrocking BTO and outwriting Burton Cummings. But a lack of consistency kept them from international success."

Prior to Chilliwack, I chose a 1973 song called “Cousin Mary” from a Toronto band called Fludd. Fludd had its roots in a band called The Pretty Ones, formed by Ed Pilling and Greg Godovitz. And yes, the Greg Godvitz of Goddo. I mean is there another Greg Godovitz? So, The Pretty Ones were briefly part of Toronto's Yorkville scene in the 1960s, but broke up before achieving much commercial success. And oh man, I wish I was around to experience that sixties Yorkville scene. Now I choose to live through it vicariously via the music. Anyhow, Pilling and his brother Brian left The Pretty Ones, moved to Birmingham, England, where they formed a band called Wages of Sin and spent some time touring as a backing band for Cat Stevens in 1970, but returned to Toronto by the end of that year. Inspired by the then-emerging psychedelic blues rock sound of British acts such as Small Faces, they then reunited with Godovitz, and recruited drummer John Andersen and guitarist Mick Walsh to create Fludd. The song we played for you was from their second album. They planned for this second album to be titled Cock On, and to feature a cover image of the band posing as flashers, wearing overcoats but naked underneath, but the label's distributor, Capitol Records, was skittish and the plans were dropped; the album was instead released as ...On! The Cock was dropped. Again this is another band that had a number of line-up changes and label drops. They then left Toronto to record their third album at Mike Oldfield’s studio in England but due to Oldfield's simultaneous recording of Tubular Bells, the band was unable to book time in the studio and scrapped the sessions. Then in 1974 Godovitz left to form Goddo, Brian Pilling was also diagnosed with leukemia around this time, and had difficulty meeting his commitments to the band due to treatment, he passed away in 1978. Some of the members went on to form the band Saga, others to form the band Motherlode and yet others to form the band Trooper.

In the 2000s, Fludd reunited and toured various classic rock festivals and other venues. In 2006, they released a new CD called Fludd Lights for sale at their concert appearances only. The album has never been released on a commercial label.

And we started off SCGCCC with the debut of a new song, to the world, for the first time, called Mary and Amanda Lynn from Newport Electric’s upcoming album, soon to be released, called Thin Wild Mercury. Is there anything you’d like to say about that song Mr. Couture?

Newport Electric is based out of London, Ontario. They originally formed in 2014 as a 4 piece folk-stained rock band comprised of John Couture (vocals/guitar), Roger Osmond (drums/vocals) Steve Sinclair (guitar/vocal) and Dusty MacMillan (bass/vocal) who is celebrating a birthday today. Happy Birthday Dusty! From the on-set, the band has had a string of successes in a short period of time. The band won a local radio contest the Made in London contest hosted by a (puke! Gag!) corporate radio station here in London earning the band free studio recording time. They followed that up by winning a University-sponsored Battle of The Bands competition hosted by the Western Guitar Club here at Call The Office, they’ve appeared in magazines, newspapers and online interviews, they’ve had airplay on local radio, CBC radio and have been playing live extensively throughout the Southwestern Ontario area. Their first full-length album released in 2015 titled So It Goes features 11 tracks and received airplay across the country, peaking at #2 right here on London's CHRW chart. The album was recorded at Studio B Music Services and EMAC. The reviews of the album have been outstanding and I can attest to that because I can never get enough of that record.

They’ve heard comparisons to Springsteen, Stones, Neil Young, Tom Petty and most often, Blue Rodeo (but more “Keeler” than “Cuddy” a recent reviewer noted).

Since recording their first album, the band has continued to develop new material. And they just recently added Adam Plante on Keyboards and boy oh boy is he a great player. So they are now a 5 piece band.

We just caught the 5 of them performing last weekend on the outside stage at the Back to The Garden Music festival and it was a delight to hear the keyboards added another beautiful layer to their already brilliant sound. And it was so much fun when they asked me to join them on stage to play tambourine for their last song. I am honoured to have joined them, I always love their energy on stage and I am so excited about their new album. I love these guys. Please do check them out if you get a chance. Support our local artists. Oh and they took their name from a monumental moment in rock and roll history....July 25, it! London’s very own, Newport Electric!

So there you have it, this week’s SCGCCC. Our Secret Word is Mary Melodies. I hope you enjoyed my song selections, thank you for having me co-host HowieZowie, thanks to John Couture for allowing us to debut one of his new songs on my CanConCorner and last but not least, thank you to all of our lovely listeners for tuning in to Saturday Morning with HowieZowie and for supporting your local community radio.

Mary's John Baptism Block (12:30)

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Mary {1977 Demo Excerpt} - Robert Fripp (Exposure/1979)

[John sez:]

Mary Jane's Last Dance ~ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (Greatest Hits/1993)

Ask any music nerd - quick, name the best American songwriters? The familiar names will pop up - Dylan, Springsteen etc etc etc. It will be a long while before Tom's name comes up. But just look at his discography- the man has written some great stuff...and there is A LOT of it! He's been remarkably consistent for a very, very long time. Also watch the Netflix bio/doc. Even if you're not a fan, it's an enjoyable film about the rise to stardom.


Let it Be ~ The Beatles (Let it Be/1970)

"Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, Let it Be". Wow. I mean, I've heard it a bazillion times but it's still a very powerful and moving's got a spiritual quality to it. I don't know this for sure, but is it the first "ballad" to have a rockin' guitar solo?!? This is just a beautiful song and may be McCartney's best - and that's saying a lot.

The Thoughts of Mary Jane ~ Nick Drake (Five Leaves Left/1969)

Nick Drake was a name I had heard floating around when I was younger but never had a chance to hear. I finally picked up a CD (Pink Moon) about 15 years ago. Brought it home and I don't think I moved the entire time it was on. Captivating to say the least. That voice, that guitar playing, the odd time shifts...the guy was just genius and yet another who tragically left us too soon.


Mary's Last Stand (13:14)

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Mother Mary {Excerpt} - Eels (Blinking Lights & Other Revelations/2005)

Pretty Mary K – Elliott Smith (Figure 8/2000)

Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and lived for much of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. Smith's primary instrument was the guitar, though he was also proficient with piano, clarinet, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style, characterized by his "whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery", and used multi-tracking to create vocal layers, textures, and harmonies.

After playing in the rock band Heatmiser for several years, Smith began his solo career in 1994, with releases on the independent record labels Cavity Search and Kill Rock Stars (KRS). In 1997, he signed a contract with DreamWorks Records, for which he recorded two albums. Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song "Miss Misery"—included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting (1997)—was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1998.

Smith had trouble with alcohol and other drugs throughout his life, while suffering from depression, and these topics often appear in his lyrics. In 2003, aged 34, he died in Los Angeles, California, from two stab wounds to the chest. The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted. At the time of his death, Smith was working on his sixth studio album, From a Basement on the Hill, which was posthumously completed and released in 2004.

Let 'em In – The Bros. Landreth (Undercover Brothers/2015)

Let 'Em In" is a song by Wings from their 1976 album Wings at the Speed of Sound. It was written and sung by Paul McCartney and reached the top 3 in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. It was a No. 2 hit in the UK; in the U.S. it was a No. 3 pop hit and No. 1 easy listening hit. In Canada, the song was No. 3 for three weeks on the pop chart and No. 1 for three weeks on the MOR chart of RPM magazine. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies. It can also be found on McCartney's 1987 compilation album, All the Best! A demo of the song, featuring Denny Laine on lead vocal, was included as a bonus track on the Archive Collection reissue of Wings at the Speed of Sound.

The song starts with the sound of a vibraphone, chiming the first eight notes from the Westminster Quarters, before the rhythm begins. The lyric name-checks several famous people as well as McCartney's paternal aunt Gin and his brother Michael, and Linda McCartney's brother John. Phil and Don Everly (known as the Everly Brothers) are named along with Martin Luther. Uncle Ernie is named; this was the character Ringo Starr sang in the London Symphony Orchestra's recording of the Who's Tommy. "Let 'Em In" is noted for the false fade out, which, however, becomes loud for the last two notes of the song. The song makes use of the piano, drums, brass, including a trombone solo, and wind instruments, featuring flutes, plus backup vocals from Linda and other members of Wings.

The Bros. Landreth are a Canadian alternative country and folk music group. Their debut album Let It Lie won the 2015 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group.

The group was first formed in 2013 by brothers Joey and David Landreth, the sons of Winnipeg musician Wally Landreth. Both brothers share vocal duties, while Joey plays guitar and David plays bass. The initial band lineup also included Alex Campbell on piano and Ryan Voth on drums. Ariel Posen and Cody Iwasiuk have since joined the band as second guitarist and drums respectively.

Let It Lie was released independently in 2013. In 2014, the band signed an American distribution deal with Slate Creek Records, who re-released the album in the United States in January 2015.

At the 10th Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2014, the band won the award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year, and Let It Lie was a nominee for Contemporary Album of the Year.

The band have toured both Canada and the United States. They attracted additional media attention when American rock icon John Oates agreed to perform as an opening act for the band at a 2015 tour stop in Nashville.

The Undercover Bros. EP was released as a Spotify exclusive in 2015, curated as a Spotify playlist that was updated each week. Eventually this was the finished track listing:

1) Alone In The Dark (John Hiatt)
2) If I Had A Boat (Lyle Lovett)
3) Jesus On The Mainline (Ry Cooder)
4) Let 'Em In (Wings)
5) Reelin' In The Years (Steely Dan)

"We've always leaned heavily on our influences and wore them on our sleeves," said vocalist/guitarist Joey Landreth in a statement. "We wanted to find a way to say thanks to those whom we have borrowed so much from by recording our renditions of their tunes."

Kapt. Kutter Mash-up #57

“What happens in Toontown stays in Toontown!”

Featuring dialogue and music from “There's Something About Mary”, dialogue from Merrie Melodies cartoons and “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley.