Win ‘The Mad Daddy’s Maddest Spins’ compilation
Various ”ËThe Mad Daddy’s Maddest Spins’ (Righteous/Cherry Red)
. . . Here in the land of Ooh-bla-dee, Mad Daddy giggle jiggle with all the glee, clappin’ and flappin’ to make it happen . . .
The Mad Daddy; to some this refers to a Cramps song from the ”ËSongs The Lord Taught Us’ to others it refers to the psychobilly band of the same name… to a few The Mad Daddy is the recognised nom de plume of DJ Pete Myers, a truly influential character.
Myers was born in San Francisco, and went on to make his broadcast debut with Armed Forces Radio during World War II. He later studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and tried his hand as an actor, when this failed to pan out Myers returned to radio initially in San Diego, and then in 1958 he moved to Cleveland, and began broadcasting for WJW. There, he was the host of Shock Theatre an early hour’s horror movie review show; whilst successful he didn’t last long and switched to Cleveland’s WHK. It was at this point that Myers began perfecting his ”ËMad Daddy’ persona, a frantic, neo-Beat disc jockey predisposed to speed-rapping in rhyme; Myers was an instant smash
Boppin’ and crashin’ and ATOM SMASHIN’…
His show was groundbreaking; featuring the high energy music of his day, made by blacks, whites and Hispanics, the stuff universally reviled by older folks, this was pure gold for The Mad Daddy and his following, all of those impressionable, horned-out, delinquent ears waiting in the darkness of a Cleveland night; including one Erick Lee Purkhiser, later Lux Interior. The Mad Daddy was not to be outdone by the records he played and developed his own street talking jive ass language, the show was littered with continuous sound effects, maniacal laughter, tons of runaway repeat-echo, all to the accompaniment of some of the most wigged out tunes ever captured on vinyl.
…the winky, blinky light in my groovy SKULL!!!
The Mad Daddy by now had his own fan club and his fame was spreading, he was hired by a New York based station WNEW; clearly the people of New York didn’t get The Daddy – he broadcast just a single show!! He was instantly picked up by New York’s 1010 WINS and the show continued for another two years, but the moment was gone ”â WINS switched to a rolling 24hrs news format and Myers was on the move again. In October 1968 he returned to WNEW On the first night of the new time shot, the 40-year-old Myers committed suicide with a shotgun in the bathroom of his apartment on East 76th Street.
rotatin’, motatin’ and stimulatin’ rockin’ and reelin’ and hangin’ from the ceiling
Sadly very little of The Mad Daddy’s actual broadcasts exist ”â however the tracks that he played do, and Righteous Records have just released a 29 track compilation ”ËMad Daddy’s Maddest Spins’. This collection is culled from shows in 1957 and 1958, the source material being the original 45’s. A truly mind warping collection of the bizarre; swing, instrumentals, blistering r’n’r, madcap sax-drenched raunch, dance crazes, message songs ”â this is a listening experience that you’ll never forget.
1. Thunderbird – Rene Hall’s Orchestra
2. The Greasy Chicken – Andre Williams
3. Service With A Smile – The Kuf-Linx
4. Rumble – Link Wray
5. Green Mosquito – Tune Rockers
6. Good Golly Miss Molly – The Valiants
7. Pickin’ On The Wrong Chicken – The Five Stars
8. Snake Charmer – The Puddle Jumpers
9. Apple Cider – Doc Starks
10. Blueberry Sweet – The Chandeliers
11. Don’t You Just Know It – Titans
12. Pretty Plaid Skirt (And Long Black Sox) – Mel Smith & The Night Riders
13. Sunglasses After Dark – Dwight Pullen
14. Rockin’ In The Jungle – The Eternals
15. (I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man – Muddy Waters 16. Twitchy – Rene Hall
17. Tornado – Dale Hawkins
18. Selfish One – Jackie Ross
19. Teen Age Machine Age – The Travelers
20. Melvin – Bobbi And The Beaus
21. This I Swear – The Skyliners
22. Unexpectedly – Rayburn
23. Slow Motion – Wade Flemons
24. Linda Lu – Ray Sharpe
25. My Own True Love – Jimmy Clanton
26. Oh What A Fool – The Impalas
27. What’d I Say (Parts 1&2) – Ray Charles
28. Thank You Pretty Baby – Brook Benton
29. Open the Door Richard – Billy Lee Riley
For your chance to win a copy simply answer this question;
Q. Who produced The Cramps track ”ËThe Mad Daddy’?
Competition is now closed – Congratulations to Sarah Jackoby in Aberdeen – CD in the post