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:
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.
Portrait by Matt Held