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La Floridiana by Will Moriaty
   Now in our tenth calendar year
    PCR #484  (Vol. 10, No. 27)  This edition is for the week of June 29--July 5, 2009.

"Public Enemies"  by Mike Smith
The British Invasion and Garage Bands a Go-Go  by William Moriaty
The Monster Squad: The Complete Collection  by ED Tucker
FANGRRL Goes To The New Tampa Film Network Meeting  by Lisa Scherer Ciurro
Dr. Paul Bearer - Where It All Started .... .... Wghp-tv .... The Gags .... .... The Hearse .... What's It Worth? ....  by Brandon Jones
The Music .... Have You Heard This One? .... America Wouldn't Know Talent If It Bit It In The Ass .... Please Have Kleenex Ready .... Passing On .... Happy Birthday U.s.a. .... .... .... My Favorite Films, Part 2... by Mike Smith
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The British Invasion and Garage Bands a Go-Go

Between the years 1964 and 1967 go-go dancing and go-go dancers were all the rage.

As I was only between the ages of nine and twelve at that time I did not appreciate how profound a sense of era and excitement that the go-go dancers added to that Golden Age when the British Invasion led by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five and others were taking America by storm. Conversely, America responded by producing British wannabe garage bands such as the Beau Brummels, the Sir Douglas Quintet and the Knickerbockers. The garage bands evolved within the next three years into punk and psychedelic hybrids such as The Music Machine and the Blues Magoos, so sit back and enjoy Part One of our YouTube adventure!

ABC had Shindig and NBC had Hullabaloo, but the best in go-go action was Hollywood a Go Go with the Gazzarri Dancers. Their moves were beautifully choreographed in many instances and in others these dancers almost hypnotic to watch.

Hollywood a Go Go with the Gazzarri Dancers and host Sam Riddle
Go Go Dance, Black Label Beer
60's Video: A retro look featuring the song, "If I Had a Hammer"
The Zombies: "She's Not There" 1964: No go-go dancers but a great song from a British band whose members would later form the rock group Argent and sing for the Alan Parsons Project.
The Honeycombs: "Have I the Right?" 1964 (Shindig): Again, no go-go dancers but another great tune from an early British invasion group. If you wondered, that is a woman on the drums!
Them: "Gloria" 1964: Yet another British Invasion group who would later yield the talents of member Van Morrison.
Beau Brummels: "Laugh Laugh" 1965 (Hollywood A Go-Go): Not British, but trying to sound and look the part. This same song also made it onto the ABC prime time cartoon The Flintstones.
The Knickerbockers: "Lies" 1965 (Hollywood A Go-Go): A group of Jersey boys try to sound Lennonesque. Some incredible dancing by the Gazzarri dancers, and a pretty good song at that.
The Castaways: "Liar-Liar" 1965 (Hollywood A Go-Go): Another American garage band. The horrific film quality actually adds to this entry. The set appears to be filmed in Hades itself due to wash out and up lights. I love the dance steps of the go go girl who is second to the far right. The drummer looks eerily like I did at his age and the lead singer strangely looks like someone from this current era.
The Gentries: "Keep on Dancing" 1965 (Shindig); One of many mid-'60's garage band one-hit wonders.
Sir Douglas Quintet: "She's About A Mover" 1965: Another British wannabe band, this one from Texas.
Bobby Fuller 4: "I Fought The Law" 1966: Dig the western garb and the great dance steps of the Gazzarri Dancers!
The Count Five: "Psychotic Reaction" 1966: What's the problem with that harmonica player?
The Music Machine: "Talk Talk" 1966: What cool, bad dudes with their brunette hair and black outfits. One of punk's early influences, this song by the American band The Music Machine has some pretty great guitar fuzz riffs and not so bad lyrics!
Blues Magoos: "We Ain't Got Nothing Yet" 1966: Similar to another American band, the Electric Prunes, the Blues Magoos were one of the first bands to bridge from the garage to the psychedelic.
Davie Allan and The Arrow's: "Blue's Theme" 1966: One of the best fuzz riffs in guitar history, this was the theme for the motorcycle movie classic, "The Wild Angels"
The Yardbirds: "Shape of Things" 1966: Before there was Hendrix, Cream, Led Zeppelin and Iron Butterfly, there was the innovative British group the Yardbirds who had amongst its ranks such notable artists as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.

The Sublime and the Silly
When my dear friend Bob Scheible read my three-part series on 1960's You Tube videos appearing in PCR issues 452 through 454 he said, "Why don't you consider doing some of the '60's novelty songs like "I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman?". So, good friend Bob, here are some of my picks that go from the sublime to the silly on Part Two of our series!

The Newbeats: "Bread and Butter" 1964: Definitely silly, these two good old boys from Hahira, Georgia and their platinum haired lead vocalist from Texas were still lost in the 50's when the British Invasion was on. These are either the most suggestive or silliest lyrics ever penned. I really can't tell which!
Ian Whitcomb: "You Turn Me On" (Hollywood a Go Go) 1965: It doesn't get much sillier than this! Why on earth are those girls screaming at this British guy who sounds like, well, a girl?
Jonathan King: "Everyone's Gone to the Moon", 1965: On the sublime side, we have this haunting and beautiful melody by one of rock's most colorful behind the scenes figures, Jonathan King. You can credit this man with naming and launching the British rock band Genesis.
The Mosquitoes: "Don't Bother Me" and "He's A Loser", Season 2 Episode 12, "Don't Bug the Mosquitoes", Gilligan's Island, December 9, 1965: Before there was "This Is Spinal Tap", there was CBS TV's parody of Beatles era rock when the group The Mosquitoes end up on the island of castaways.
The Castaways (double entendre): "Liar Liar", Season 2 Episode 12, "Don't Bug the Mosquitoes", Gilligan's Island, December 9, 1965: The same song performed by the American band The Castaways is seen ad-libbed to the performance of Gilligan's Island's own castaways, the Honey Bees!
The Honey Bees: "You Need Us": Season 2 Episode 12, "Don't Bug the Mosquitoes", Gilligan's Island, December 9, 1965: A hilarious response to The Mosquitoes, Mary Ann, Ginger and Mrs. Howell perform as the faux girl group, The Honey Bees.
Al Caiola: "Underwater Chase": 1966: This is one of the coolest mid 60's spy songs ever made! Nuff said!
The Wayouts: "Way Out", The Flintstones, "The Masquerade Party", November 26, 1965: As mentioned earlier, The Flintstones featured the American group the Beau Brummels in an episode, and later on it featured the fictitious "Invasion" band The Wayouts. My personal Flintstones favorite is when they sang "Bug" music in "The Hatrocks and the Gruesomes" episode on January 22, 1965 with the great Beatles parody song, "She Said Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!"
Napoleon XIV: "Coming To Take Me Away Ha Ha": 1966: "Napoleon's" real name, Jerry Samuels. Samuels song was possibly one of the most controversial songs of its time due to its content concerning a nervous breakdown and its after effects.
Josephine XV: "I'm Happy That They Took You Away Ha Ha": 1966: This was the "mangy mutt's" response ha-ha! I actually find this version much more entertaining.
The Royal Guardsmen: "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron" 1966: One of the most beloved novelty songs of all time recorded in Tampa, Florida no less!
Whistling Jack Smith: "I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman"; 1967: Okay Bob, here's the song you mentioned! A catchy tune, but a weird video.
Gilligan and Mary Ann: Mary Ann thinks she's Ginger. I was always a Mary Ann guy myself....

Channel 44 Tribute
In Part Three, our final chapter to this article, we pay tribute to that wonderful independent Tampa Bay TV icon of the 1970's and early 1980's, WTOG TV, Channel 44.

Another dear friend of mine, Grant Rimbey, sent me the first two You Tubes below that led to all the rest. Anyone in the Tampa Bay area who grew up in the 70's no doubt will remember these wonderful jingles that preceded week day syndicated shows such as Underdog, The New Zoo Review, Gilligan's Island and others and on Saturdays preceded Creature Feature and Soul Train. There's some great and at times heart wrenching scenes of my home town and adjacent Pinellas County from a time when I wore a much younger man's clothes.

Channel 44 station I.D, 1972-1974: Ashley/I-275 interchange; Sunshine Skyway bridge; Gandy bridge; Memorial Causeway; St. Petersburg marina; Gulf of Mexico
Channel 44 station I.D, 1972-1974: Busch Gardens; University of Tampa; University of South Florida; Curtis Hixon Hall; Clearwater Armory
Channel 44, station I.D., 1972-1974: Night shots, Tampa City Hall; Exchange Bank Building; Hillsbororough County Courthouse; Tampa Theater
Channel 44, station I.D., 1972-1975 "WTOG As Far As The Eye Can See": Psychedelic!
Channel 44, station I.D., 1973-1974; DC-8 on take off, Tampa International Airport
Channel 44, station I.D., "They're all watching 44!" 1974-1978
"Creature Feature" with Dr. Paul Bearer; Circa Christmas time 1985: Feature film: "Forbidden Planet"
"Creature Feature" with Dr. Paul Bearer; Circa 1993; He sings "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park", as well as features a "Topless" Go-Go Dancer, and Tenement Castle Spenjamin Bock
"Creature Feature" with Dr. Paul Bearer; Circa 1993; The Good Doctor gets visited by his "mummy" and Fang Sinatra. Also featured, The Doctor's famous "Hee Haw" appearance; and more visits by a Beautiful Body; Jack the Ripper and Irma Broombeck!
Allied Discount Tires: Who could forget these great ads that spanned the early 80's to early 90's on independents such as WTOG, WFTS and WTMV?
Bay City Plywood: Ditto

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