Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Month: April 2015

“Black Onion”: Healing Organ

According to Doctors Across Borders, “when compared to every other natural remedy for auto-immune disorders,” black cumin (also known as black onion seed) “is the most effective” and “has the power to restore harmony.” Keyboardist, songwriter, and musical director, Jackie Mittoo, gets an organ workout, thanks to his musical compatriots

Read More »

The Shadows: World’s Tiniest Rockers

Vintage Guitar Magazine’s well-researched history of the Vox musical equipment company contains a particularly delightful side story about “wee” instruments that were designed and manufactured strictly for marionettes!  Peter Stuart Kohman has the scoop: “One of the most oddball Vox orders was for a set of miniature equipment for singing

Read More »

Weapons of Peace: Kill with Kindness

Weapons of Peace would spend their entire recording career on Playboy Records, interestingly enough. According to Robert Pruter’s Chicago Soul, “Playboy Records was part of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy empire and aspired to be an all-around label recording rock, country, and rhythm and blues.  Although headquartered in Los Angeles, Playboy mined

Read More »

Dick Denney’s Secret Guitar Organ

Thanks to Vintage Guitar Magazine‘s October 2013 edition for its fascinating history of Vox, makers of musical amplifiers (primarily) but also effects pedals, guitars, organs … and guitar-organs.  Peter Stuart Kohman’s article references Dick Denney‘s futuristic appearance on Steve Allen’s I’ve Got a Secret 1960s game show — and fortunately,

Read More »

Jeremy Wakefield: SpongeBob’s Stellar Steel Support

Biller & Wakefield sound like a modern-day Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant on 1999 album, The Hot Guitars.of Biller & Wakefield: “Martian Guts”     Biller & Wakefield     1999 Coincidentally or not, 1999 would also be the year SpongeBob Squarepants would make its television debut.  And just as Los Straitjackets would spearhead

Read More »

Freddie Roulette’s Sweet, Funky Steel

Freddie Roulette coaxes all manner of sweet, funky feeling out of his doubleneck lap steel guitar on the track “Joaquin” from his debut solo album: “Joaquin”     Freddie Roulette     1973 Steel Guitar:  Freddie Roulette Bass, Acoustic Guitar:  Victor Conte Drums:  Paul Lagos Guitar:  Coleman Head Saxophone:  Richard Aplanap Mixed by Fred

Read More »

Swampwater: Country Rock on King

Here’s a tuneful country rocker from 1970 that sure sounds like a radio hit: “Louisiana Woman”     Swampwater     1970 John Beland:  Guitar, Resonator Guitar, Piano, Vocals Gib Guilbeau:  Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals Thad Maxwell:  Bass, Vocals Stan Pratt:  Drums Roger Jannotta:  Strings John Wagner:   Producer And yet this rather obscure debut album*

Read More »

“Move It on Over”: Banished to LP

I love how the staccato guitars emulate the sound of scratching fleas as a result of the song’s protagonist being banished to the doghouse in this retooling of Hank Williams: Rose Maddox     “Move It on Over”     1960 John Maddox & John Newman:  Guitar Henry Maddox:  Mandolin Allen Williams:  Bass Henry

Read More »
"Roly Pin"
Zeroto180

“Roly Pin”: Slide Guitar & Synth

Did this synth-and-slide-guitar instrumental B-side enjoy much UK radio play when it was released in 1978?  Likely not, I suspect – but who knows: Roly is a side project by Rob “Roly” Davis & Ray Stiles of UK glam rockers, Mud.  Released on Logo. This discography of Logo releases from

Read More »

Jan Davis’s Flamenco Boogie

Jan Davis is a guitarist who once played with B. Bumble & the Stingers – among the first groups to rearrange classical works (as the pioneering pianist, Dorothy Donegan had done) into boogie and early rock & roll numbers.  German Wikipedia, interestingly enough, helpfully names the musicians in B. Bumble

Read More »
Archives