Each week, Howie Pyro tells us a little about a 45 from his collection of 30,000 records. Let Howie trip you out live and in person Fridays in the Amigo Room at Ace Palm Springs.
The Ideals: The Gorilla / Cortland Records
Absolute drunk party dance killer! This jungle soul monster gets everyone moving at a certain point in the evening! After this they released the follow up, Mo Gorilla (Cortland Records), and a bit later Go Go Gorilla, a funkier version on Satellite Records. There are a few covers/rip offs of this wild slab of vinyl, most notably the mega rare savage garage version of Go Go Gorilla by The Shandells.
Here is a bit of Ideals history from the Hook and Sling blog:
The Ideals were formed in 1952, and over the ensuing years the groups line up chopped and changed leaving only two of the original members, Leonard Mitchell and Robert Tharp. By the time the group had got round to recording ‘The Gorilla’ in 1963 Reggie Jackson, Sam Steward and Eddie Williams had all joined the ranks.
After releasing several records with limited success, The Ideals joined up with former Five Chances member Howard Pitman, who not only owned Concord Records, but also wrote ‘The Gorilla’ for The Ideals. The record imediately took off and sold nearly 90,000 copies! It is cited this may have been due to The Ideals mini tour of all the local Chicago schools, complete with a guy dressed in a gorilla outfit in tow!!
The groups local hit out grew Concord Records and Howard Pitman eventually sold on the rights and The Ideals contract to Cortland Records, who pushed ‘The Gorilla’ to a national platform.
Ranger Joe has combined two of life’s greatest pleasures — happy hour and summer camp — to make Craft Night. Every last Wednesday, he transforms the Amigo Room into a boozy make-along, with a new craft featured every month: desert pom-pom pets, paper poppies, friendship bracelets, and paper plate masks to name a few. New Year’s Eve, it was noise-makers. And tomorrow, God’s Eyes. When was the last time you made a God’s Eye? In June, you can make necklaces with braided and macrame’d strips of fabric and be the envy of the desert.
Materials are free, and so are ghost stories. Joe only brings a few pairs of scissors, so you’ll have to share and talk to each other. This is also free. Stay tuned for a custom soundtrack from Joe’s sweetheart, Victor Rodriguez.
Each week, Howie Pyro’s going to tell us a little about a 45 from his collection of 30,000 records. We’re really excited about it. Let Howie trip you out live and in person Fridays in the Amigo Room at Ace Palm Springs.
Alf Newman: It’s A Gas / Let’s Do The Fink, on Golden 12 records
Considered to be the greatest Rock & Roll record ever made by late Cramps vocalist Lux Interior, this ahead-of-its-time, vulgar dance tune had kids going nuts & parents bumming out upon its initial release in 1966. Mad Magazine had special issues a few times a year where they would reprint old faves & always included a special gimmick gift (bumper stickers, records, a hanging mobile, posters, etc.). One in a long line of mad inserts, this came in The Worst From Mad #9 in 1966. Made before Flexi-Discs were invented, this was a cardboard cutout record credited to Alfred E. Neuman, infamous Mad mascot. It’s your basic early twist instrumental, but at each stop there’s a huge greasy burp! Even now, when I play it in my DJ set people stop in their tracks and it causes an uncomfortable disturbance! A total success!
It was included in the LP Fink Along With Mad on the Bigtop label soon after. This LP and the LP Mad Twists Rock & Roll compiled all the rock & roll parodies plus had lots of new ones. Classics like She Got A Nose Job, She Lets Me Watch Her Mom & Pop Fight, I Found Her Telephone Number Written On The Boys Bathroom Wall, Let’s Do The Pretzel, and much more. On the LP, It’s A Gas is credited to Mike Russo, Jeanne Hayes & The Dellwoods.
Loft Room 1011 at Ace NYC features two pieces from Timothy Liles’ new collection through May 20th: the Crested Comb-Back Chair and Sweetser Lamp, made in collaboration with Lilies and local craftspeople and artisans. Find out more about the pieces on Design Mouth.
Our treasure is your treasure. Ace Hotel & Swim Club is having a garage sale Wednesday from 8 to 4. Drink some lemonade with us and sift through Commune Design and Ace-selected furniture, uniform extras, knick-knacks, and all kinds of cool Ace wares. Not only is everything really cheap, but a donation will be made to the Desert AIDS Project.
Harry Everett Smith was an American archivist, ethnomusicologist, experimental filmmaker, artist, bohemian, magician, and mystic. He was born in Portland, Oregon in 1923, and lived at Ace New York when it was The Breslin Hotel. So we’re pretty fond of him.
OMFGCo and resident artist Johnne Eschleman designed and installed this photograph of Harry shot by Allen Ginsberg at The Breslin in 1985. Harry dubbed it “Transforming Milk into Milk.” Come by the lobby sometime and see it.
Ohmega Watts Spins Thursday at Ace Hotel & Swim Club
You are looking at one of the nicest people in the world, Ohmega Watts. And we’re not even going to mention his good looks. A West Coast nomad, designer, creative, producer, DJ, and MC, Ohmega joins Palm Springs favorite DJ Day for his weekly ¡Reunión! at Ace Hotel & Swim Club. Hailing from Portland, with a residency at The Fix and his group Lightheaded, now in San Francisco via Seattle, Ohmega continues the West Coast love in Palm Springs for anyone lucky enough to be there Thursday night. We’re thrilled to have him.
at Ace Palm Springs. They’re solid chums of Ace, and their party was amazing. Parra from Amsterdam created the look and feel of the wedding and this incredible cake. And guests received these custom bamboo towels by Luxurious Organics (check out their shop). Everything was very YES. Goro’s in Harajuku made a special tie pin for the groom and the wedding party wore these top-secret custom shoes. Afterward, there was an dance party in the Amigo Room that none of us will soon forget. See more on Jarrett’s blog — he’s on a honeymoon right now, but stay tuned for more.
Photos, top to bottom: Cake by Parra, dance party in the Amigo Room, custom towels by Luxurious Organics, Ace founder Alex Calderwood with wedding friends, custom tie pin by Goro’s, and custom shoes. Photos via Jarrett’s blog.
Other Music Curates a New Collection at Ace Hotel New York
Other Music is our friend. They unveiled an inaugural collection of vinyl and CDs at Ace Hotel NYC in February. Now they’ve sent forth another to make our lives even better. Here’s what they have to say about their latest collection:
The Drums have been tearing the blogs up since mid-2009, and have quickly become New York’s most buzzed about indie-pop band, garnering fans worldwide with their songs and converting the masses with their stellar live shows. Their faces (and phenomenal ’80s hair) have been on the cover of the NME, and they have been touted as 2010’s best new band, resulting in a furious worldwide tour and an A&R bidding frenzy. Well, what does the album sound like? Summertime is a gloriously joyous romp through C86 pop and the early Factory and Postcard Records sounds. Think the Wake, the Smiths, Orange Juice and contemporaries like Tough Alliance, Legends, and pretty much any band on Slumberland. “Don’t Be a Jerk, Jonny” is probably the most twee track that I’ve heard in a long time; with its Casio drum beat, boy/girl vocal, and ultra-catchy chorus, it brings a smile to my face every time it comes on the iPod. “Let’s Go Surfing” is a sunny California jam that evokes the Wake at their best — it’s a great tune, and the obvious single that has had the masses drooling since it was released. Summertime is filled with seven great songs that will have you longing for fun times, ocean waves, and summer sun.
Howie Pyro made a list of his top ten favorite collaborations caught on 45s. It was part of the recent X: Mark of Collaboration issue of Arkitip curated by Ace founder Alex Calderwood and Ace friend John Jay, of Studio J. Howie also hosts a weekly party at Ace Palm Springs called Intoxica Radio Live, a live version of his radio show on luxuriamusic.com. Howie is awesome — we did another post about him that you should check out.
Top 10 Collaborations by Howie Pyro:
1. FRANK ZAPPA & BURT WARD: BOY WONDER I LOVE YOU A super weird 45 written by Zappa for Ward (aka Robin from 1966 Batman TV show.) Produced by Mothers & Velvet Underground producer Tom Wilson.
2. NANCY SINATRA & LEE HAZLEWOOD: Anything.
3. JOHNNY “ROTTEN” LYDON & AFRICA BAMBAATA: WORLD DESTRUCTION
4. BUNKER HILL & LINK WRAY: THE GIRL CAN’T DANCE Hill, a prize fighter/gospel singer turned Rock & Roll screaming madman, backed by the first thundering guitar hero, Link Wray, makes for the obliteration of anything in Soul or Rock & Roll up to that point. 1962.
5. BRIGITTE BARDOT & SERGE GAINSBOURG: Songs recorded for 1968 French TV program.
6. DAVID BOWIE & BING CROSBY: LITTLE DRUMMER BOY Great duet done for a 1977 Bing Crosby Xmas TV special.
7. THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO: What else can I say?
8. THE BEACH BOYS & CHARLES MANSON: NEVER LEARN NOT TO LOVE This song, from The Beach Boys 1968 LP, 20/20, is actually a known Charles Manson original song, Cease To Exist. The song writing credit was given to Manson’s buddy (at the time), drummer Dennis Wilson, as Manson owed Wilson money for trashing his house. Crazy.
9. I ONCE SAW SKY SAXON, FROM 60’S GARAGE BAND, THE SEEDS do a duet with Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere & The Raiders, backed up by the Mys- terians (of Question Mark & the Mysterians, most famous for their track 96 Tears.)
10. The A-Bones backing Hasil Adkins (or Ronnie Dawson or The Flamin’ Groovies!)
Howie Pyro’s musical career began in the late 1970’s when he formed the notorious NYC punk band, The Blessed. Since then, Howie has been member to acts such as: D Generation, Danzig, and The Action Swingers. He’s played at venues such as CBGBs, The Mudd Club, and Max’s Kansas City alongside such acts as The Misfits, KISS, The Ramones, and Social Distortion.Partnering with D Generation co-Founder, Jesse Malin, Howie opened the (now legendary) rock club, Coney Island High. Howie is currently hosting a radio show titled Intoxica on luxuriamusic.com. He is also working on books, CD compilations, and creating mashups/bootlegs under the group name The Illuminoids.
Here’s some shots from the benefit we hosted last night in The Cleaners at Ace PDX. Everyone who played was terrific. Colin Meloy drank some red wine and played new songs from the upcoming Decemberists album. Where there would have been guitar solo, there was instead audience whistling. There were local cupcakes, homemade ice cream, and locally brewed beers, but a big treat was Colin’s cover of Men at Work’s Overkill.
Tomorrow night, we’re hosting Make It Pop!, a benefit with Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, at The Cleaners in Ace Hotel Portland. It’s a fundraiser for PDX Pop Now!, an organization that works to support and strengthen Portland’s incredible, diverse independent music community. We’re really honored to help.
We just wrapped up a seriously amazing weekend with Karen Kimmel and The Art of Exchange at Ace Palm Springs. 90 kids and their parents and friends showed up to craft it up, eat s’mores and a fresh, organic menu of kid-friendly meals, make friends, and take home their amazing art projects. Some of our favorite shots are the fakin’ bacon, a sneaky Havaianas x Ace flip flop toe, and the miniature version of the desert diorama in the lobby.
We’re planning another Art of Exchange for the fall — come make some paintings and let them dry on the clothesline while you take another dip in the pool. Stay in touch for updates.
We’re sending Jana DeHart two drink tickets for the Ace NYC lobby bar so she can celebrate her Gormley fame this week. She’s our winner for Week 3 of the contest. Our new entries are up, too. They include a Gormley clone walking a poodle. Alma says of her photo: “That is my mini-poodle LaMousse, and being French, she loves men — all men!!!” (exclamation marks hers).
So check out LaMousse and our other fantastic entries - click on the Gormley button in the sidebar. And send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win some cool things. We’ll send them to you, or you can come pick them up at the hotel. If Alma wins, we hope she’ll bring the fearless LaMousse with her.