Have Moicy! It’s a Hoodoo Bash on this week’s Viking Twang
Written by Randy Black on December 15, 2015
Viking Twang Episode 69, December 16, 2015
Good morning, welcome to Viking Twang Episode 69. My name is Randy Black, hope you’re all enjoying your break.
I have a new album from an old friend, Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders. The album is called Have Moicy 2 — the Hoodoo Bash, and it gathers a bunch of his friends to make some music very much in the Rounders tradition. We’ll hear some tracks in the second set. In the first set, we’ll play some music from the Rounders’ early-60s heyday, and in the final set, we’ll hear the Rounders, Michael Hurley and Jeffrey Frederick from the original 1976 Have Moicy album.
We’ll start right off the original Holy Modal Rounders, Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber. These tracks come from their first two albums, in 1964 and 1965. At a time when the folk scene was pretty staid, these two threw some psychedelica into the mix – in fact, the first time the term psychedelic was in the song “Hesitation Blues.” We’ll start off with some Blues in the Bottle.
1 – Turkey Red; W.C. Beck & the Portland Country Underground.
2 – Blues in the Bottle; a traditional song dating back at least until Prince Albert Hunt’s 1928 version.
3 – Euphoria; a Robin Remailly song that’s probably the most well-known; the legendary Euphoria music club in the Central Eastside district was named after this song.
4 – Hesitation Blues; a song from as far back as 1915.
5 – Hey, Hey, Baby; a Steve Weber original.
6 – Mr. Spaceman; Weber wrote this one, too.
Red Newt Records brought Peter to Portland to record Have Moicy 2, with a bunch of guest performers from the Rounders extended family. It was all recorded in one week at Lola’s Room at the Crystal Ballroom, with all the musicians in a circle playing into a bunch of microphones. Along with Stampfel were Robin Remailly, Baby Gramps, Zoe Stampfel, Kristen Andreassen, Jeffrey Lewis, and others, with Dave Reisch on bass, under Kathryn Fredrick’s eye. The liner notes are worth the price of the album.
7 – New Keep Searchin; A reworking of Del Shannon’s “Keep Searchin'” by Peter and Antonia Stampfel.
8 – Rich Man Poor Man; by Eli Smith.
9 – Butts On Fire; Kristen Andreassen wrote this originally, and then members of the band made up new verses to go with it.
10 – Banjolina; an old song from at least the 1920s.
11 – Nailers Consumption; Portland’s own Baby Gramps taking the lead on this one.
12 – All of My Friends; That’s Robin Remailly singing his own composition.
Have Moicy 2 — the Hoodoo Bash was inspired by the original Have Moicy, recorded over two days in June, 1975, by the combined forces of the Unholy Modal Rounders (without Steve Weber), Jeffrey Frederick and the Clamtones, and Michael Hurley. Peter Stampfel, Robin Remailly, and Dave Reisch played on both albums. We’ll start out with a pair of Michael Hurley songs.
13 – Driving Wheel; Michael Hurley
14 – Sweet Lucy; Michael Hurley. Jill Gross sings the harmonies.
15 – Jealous Daddy’s Death Song; Antonia Stampfel and Paul Presti wrote this and Paul sings lead. Peter’s on the fiddle and harmonies.
16 – Griselda; Peter’s singing and on the fiddle.
17 – Robbin’ Banks; The late Jeffrey Frederick wrote this, sings lead and plays the fiddle.
18 – Jackknife/Red Newt; Another Jeffrey song; he, Dave, Robin, and Jill harmonize on Jacknife.
19 – Twang Theme; the Countrypolitans.