Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

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This Is the Dance Mix You Are Looking For

Zero to 180, which began life on 12/12/12, turns ten today! In recognition of the event’s magnitude, last year’s musical take on TV’s Shark Tank by Silver Spring duo Dubble Trubble — the world’s first singalong instrumental — has been musically reengineered for even broader worldwide appeal. Musical Jedi Mind

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"Zanzie"
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Mickey Baker on a King Surf LP

Session guitarist Mickey (“Love Is Strange“) Baker — whose work would grace dozens of releases by King Records and its subsidiaries — ended up being allotted exactly one solo album by the label as an artist in his own right:  1963’s But Wild. Recorded in Paris in June of 1962,

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"Syam's Blues"
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King Syam: Most Blues Worthy

So little has been written about King Syam (a.k.a., Sam Sweet) and his lone 45 for King — a situation that has all the makings for a good blues song: “Syam’s Blues” King Syam (1963) “Syam’s Blues” served as the single’s B-side — and yet it is the only King

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"Seat Belts Please"
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King Records: Safety Conscious

King Records, as noted in last year’s piece about The Impacs, was not known for its twangin’ surf sounds.  “Seat Belts Please” by The Exports, intriguingly, would straddle the same line between garage and surf as The Impacs and include a secondary riff [beginning at the 0:34 mark] that would

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"Batmobile"
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“Batmobile”: Ohio Surf

Once upon a time, American automobile designs were the envy of the world.  Today’s piece is a tribute to the creative genius who not only designed Batman and Robin’s iconic mode of transport but also the Munster Koach, and the unbelievably spectacular Voxmobile that guitarist extraordinaire, Jimmy Bryant, once befriended. 

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"Hidden Depth"
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Peter Green’s “Hidden Depth(s)”

Frankly, I’m surprised how little has been written about (original Fleetwood Mac guitarist) Peter Green‘s wondrous flight of fancy – “Hidden Depth” – a musical simulation of being strapped into a deep-sea submersible and dropped ever so slowly to the ocean’s bottom.  Marvel at the musical tranquility: “Hidden Depth” Peter

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"The Talking Boogie"
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Plays Guitar Like a Piano #2

It is shocking and sad what little footage exists of James Richard “Dickie“ Phillips that shows his unorthodox method of playing the electric guitar.  Here is the *only clip on YouTube that shows Dickie Phillips playing with Tex Williams And His Western Caravan — note how he places the guitar

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Dave Bunker
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Dave Bunker’s Futuristic 50s “Touch Guitar”

Wait a dagblasted second!   How come I never heard of Dave Bunker or stumbled across his radical 1950s “Duo-Lectar” in all my musical readings until just now? On this clip from TV’s Ozark Jubilee we learn that this modernistic musical machine took eight years to put together (with his father’s

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60s/70s rock +/- pop
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Arif Mardin @ Muscle Shoals

Arif Mardin is a renowned producer, arranger, and music executive who also – surprisingly enough – recorded a couple solo albums for Atlantic.  This hard-hitting instrumental arrangement of Lennon’s “Glass Onion” (from the Beatles’ “White Album“) would be used as the (1) kick-off tune, (2) title track, and (3) debut

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"Chili Beans"
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Felix & His (Cash-in) Guitar

“Cerveza” by Boots Brown (see previous post about rock/pop’s Latin roots) was only one of the more obvious attempts to cash in on the runaway success of “Tequila” by The Champs in 1958.  “Chili Beans” by Felix & His Guitar also does a great job of appropriating that familiar riff

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