Monterey Pop: California Dreamin’

Ah the sounds of Summer! And with it comes the now ubiquitous Summer Festival. Think I’m kidding? In April Rolling published a piece on summer concerts, “Summer 2015’s 50 Must-See Music Festivals.” No matter your musical tastes there’s a Festival that caters to it.

But  once upon a time in the West, when there hadn’t even been one rock festival, suddenly, in a two week period there were two. Naturally they took place in California, in 1967, the epicenter of Youth Culture.

This upcoming week marks the 48th anniversary of The Monterey International Pop Festival (June 16-18, 1967).

Last week marked the 48th anniversary of The KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival (June 10-11, 1967) which is considered to have been America’s – if not the world’s – first rock festival.

The Magic Mountain Music Festival was primarily a regional music affair because the majority of the artists who performed

were groups that played the Fillmore and Avalon ballrooms and were part of the psychedelic rock scene at the time,

A  list of regional acts included The Sparrow, Every Mother’s Son, Kaleidoscope, The Mojo Men, Sons of Champlin, The Loading Zone and The Mystery Trend.

Performers with, a bit, more name recognition (at the time) included Dionne Warwick, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds with Hugh Masekela, The Seeds, The Grass Roots and The 5th Dimension.

Interestingly The Magic Mountain Music Festival was The Doors first large show and just happened to coincide with the rise of group’s first major hit, “Light My Fire” to the top of the charts.

 Monterey, on the other hand,

was … the first high-profile event to mix acts from major regional music centers in the U.S.A. — San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Memphis and New York City


boasted a lineup that put established stars like The Mamas and the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel and The Byrds alongside groundbreaking new acts from the UK and the USA.

At Monterey was American audiences first introduction to The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who and Ravi Shankar, while also introducing Otis Redding “to a large, predominantly white audience.”

Playing Monterey helped to launch the careers of Janis Joplin (Big Brother and the Holding Company), Canned Heat, Laura Nyro and Steve Miller.

In 2015 we remember Monterey, rather than Magic Mountain simply

 because Monterey was widely promoted and heavily attended, featured historic performances, and was the subject of a popular theatrical documentary film…

Monterey served as both inspiration and template for future music festivals, including the Woodstock Festival two years later.

Combined both festivals were spark that helped to jumpstart 1967’s “Summer of Love.”

If you were a teenager or young adult in 1967 the “Summer of Love” were heady times, but at the time, who could have ever imagined that 1968, would be so dark.

Enjoy the music, remain in the light.




Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 1

Playing time: 74:14


1. John Phillips – Festival Introduction (0:51)
2. The Association – Along Comes Mary (2:46)
3. The Association – Windy (3:00)
4. Lou Rawls – Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing (3:28)
5. Lou Rawls – Dead End Street (4:27)
6. Lou Rawls – Tobacco Road (6:19)
7. Eric Burdon & The Animals – San Franciscan Nights (4:17)
8. Eric Burdon & The Animals – Hey Gyp (7:10)
9. Canned Heat – Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (4:18)
10. Canned Heat – Dust My Broom (5:02)
11. Canned Heat – Bullfrog Blues (3:01)
12. Country Joe & The Fish – Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine (5:37)
13. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Down On Me (3:26)
14. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Combination Of The Two (5:22)
15. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Harry (0:37)
16. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Road Block (6:18)
17. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Ball And Chain (8:15)


Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 2

Playing time: 73:46


1. The Butterfield Blues Band – Look Over Yonders Wall (2:51)
2. The Butterfield Blues Band – Mystery Train (4:11)
3. The Butterfield Blues Band – Born in Chicago (3:58)
4. The Butterfield Blues Band – Double Trouble (4:56)
5. The Butterfield Blues Band – Mary Ann (3:09)
6. The Steve Miller Band – Mercury Blues (4:27)
7. The Electric Flag – Groovin’ is Easy (3:43)
8. The Electric Flag – Wine (3:02)
9. Hugh Masakela – Bajabula Bonke (Healing Song) (3:43)
10. The Byrds – Renaissance Fair (2:16)
11. The Byrds – Have You Seen Her Face (3:19)
12. The Byrds – Hey Joe (2:43)
13. The Byrds – He Was A Friend Of Mine (3:23)
14. The Byrds – Lady Friend (2:46)
15. The Byrds – Chimes of Freedom (4:03)
16. The Byrds – So You Want Top Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (3:23)
17. Ravi Shankar – Dhun: Fast Teental (excerpt) (6:05)
18. The Blues Project – Wake Me, Shake Me (11:48)


Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 3 

Playing time: 73:54


1. Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love (3:18)
2. Jefferson Airplane – The Other Side Of This Life (6:47)
3. Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit (2:28)
4. Jefferson Airplane – High Flyin’ Bird (4:07)
5. Jefferson Airplane – She Has Funny Cars (3:24)
6. Booker T. & The MG’s – Booker-Loo (2:59)
7. Booker T. & The MG’s – Hip Hug-Her (2:36)
8. Booker T. & The MG’s With The Mar-Keys – Philly Dog (3:22)
9. Otis Redding – Shake (3:17)
10. Otis Redding – Respect (2:39)
11. Otis Redding – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) (4:08)
12. Otis Redding – Satisfaction (3:46)
13. Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness (5:04)
14. The Who – Substitute (4:03)
15. The Who – Summertime Blues (3:42)
16. The Who – Pictures Of Lily (2:53)
17. The Who – A Quick One While He’s Away (8:24)
18. The Who – Happy Jack (2:25)
19. The Who – My Generation (4:32)


Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 4

Playing time: 74:37


1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Killing Floor (3:23)
2. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Foxey Lady (3:45)
3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Like A Rolling Stone (6:52)
4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Rock Me Baby (3:38)
5. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Hey Joe (5:13)
6. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Can You See Me (2:43)
7. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – The Wind Cries Mary (3:47)
8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Purple Haze (5:38)
9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Wild Thing (8:12)
10. The Mamas & The Papas – Straight Shooter (4:04)
11. The Mamas & The Papas – Got A Feelin’ (4:10)
12. The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin’ (4:06)
13. The Mamas & The Papas – I Call Your Name (6:16)
14. The Mamas & The Papas – Monday, Monday (4:19)
15. Scott McKenzie – San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) (3:35)
16. The Mamas & The Papas (Festival Finale) – Dancing In The Street (4:56)


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Love Will Tear Us Apart


“Love Will Tear Us Apart”

When routine bites hard

And ambitions are low.

And resentment rides high

But emotions won’t grow.

And we’re changing our ways

Taking different roads.

Then love will tear us apart again.

Why is the bedroom so cold

You’ve turned away on your side

Is my timing that flawed?

Our respect run so dry

Yet there’s still this appeal

That we’ve kept through our lives.

But love will tear us apart again.

You cry out in your sleep,

All my failings exposed

Gets a taste in my mouth

As desperation takes hold.

Is it something so good

Just can’t function no more

When love will tear us apart again.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching thirty-six versions of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” might be just enough to give oneself pause before pursuing that “special someone.”

Written in August and September of 1979 “Love Will Tear Us Apart” debuted later that year when Joy Division supported the Buzzcocks on their UK tour. The song reflects both the problems in lead singer Ian Curtis’s marriage, and his general state of mind just prior to his May 1980 suicide.

Released shortly after his death the song became the band’s first chart hit, reaching number 13 in the UK. In 1981 it would debut at number one in New Zealand.

Certainly one of rocks more covered song “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

was listed by NME magazine as the best single of all time in 2002… by Rolling Stone magazine at number 179 in its top 500 songs of all time. In May 2007, NME placed it at number 19 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems.

Besides these thirty-six cover versions the song has also been covered by: P.J. Proby, Mark Owen, Nerina Pallot, Heavens, Red Mecca, REVERE, Chris Edwards, Susanna and the Magical Orchestra , The Blood Divine, Oysterband with June Tabor, Jamie Cullum, Evelyn Evelyn, Saint Saviour , Broken Social Scene, Gavin Rossdale and Mísia .

For the record, I’m partial to Calexico’s version.


A “Love Will Tear Us Apart” Discography


Original release

7″ vinyl (Factory)

1. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” – 3:18

2. “These Days” – 3:21

3. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” – 3:06

12″ vinyl (Factory)

1. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” – 3:18

2. “These Days” – 3:21

3. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” – 3:06

1995 re-release

Cassette (London)

1. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Radio Version) – 3:38

2. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Original Version) – 3:25

12″ vinyl (London)

1. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Original Version) – 3:25

2. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Radio Version) – 3:38

3. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Arthur Baker Remix) – 4:12

4. “Atmosphere” (Original Hannett 12″) – 4:08

CDS (London)

1. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Radio Version) – 3:38

2. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Original Version) – 3:25

3. “These Days” – 3:25

4. “Transmission” (Live) – 3:44

2007 re-release

7″ vinyl (Warner)

1. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Original version) – 3:18

2. “These Days” – 3:21

3. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” – 3:06

CDS (Warner / Factory)

1. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Original version) – 3:18

2. “Love Will Tear Us Apart ’95” (Radio Version) – 3:38

3. “Atmosphere” – 4:08

2009 re-release

7″ vinyl (Cleopatra Records)

1. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” – 3:17

2. “Transmission” – 3:40

12″ vinyl (Cleopatra Records)

1. Love Will Tear Us Apart [Radio Version]

2. Love Will Tear Us Apart [Original Version]

3. Love Will Tear Us Apart [Arthur Baker Remix]

4. Atmosphere [Original Hannett 12″]

5. These Days

6. Transmission


“Love Will Tear Us Apart

Playing Time: 2 hours 27 minutes 21 seconds


1. 10,000 Maniacs – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Live) (5:16)

2. Albert Kuvezin & Yat-Kha – Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:08)

3. Arcade Fire with U2 – Love Will Tear Us Apart (edit) (3:17)

4. Bis – Love Will Tear Us Apart (4:20)

5. Boy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart (1:32)

6. Brothers Past – Love Will Tear Us Apart (9:27)

7. Calexico – Love Will Tear Us Apart (4:38)

8. Carnival of Fools – Love Will Tear Us Apart (4:02)

9. Fall Out Boy – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division) (3:22)

10. Hawksley Workman – Love Will Tear Us Apart (6:30)

11. Honeyroot – Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:50)

12. In the Nursery – Love Will Tear Us Apart (4:54)

13. Invisible Limits – Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:28)

14. Jah Division – Dub Will Tear Us Apart (4:14)

15. Jose González – Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:04)

16. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:25)

17. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Peel Sessions) (3:25)

18. Kaycee – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Märtini Bros. Mix) (6:19)

19. Moonspell – Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:41)

20. New Order – Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:40)

21. Nouvelle Vague – Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:18)

22. Paul Young – Love Will Tear Us Apart (live) (3:48)

23. Prozak for Lovers – Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:34)

24. Shanes – Love Will Tear Us Apart (2:40)

25. Simple Minds – Love Will Tear Us Apart (4:48)

26. Squarepusher – Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:32)

27. Stanton – Miranda – Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:58)

28. Swans – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Red Version) (3:44)

29. Swans – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Jarboe vocals) (3:53)

30. The Cure – Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:28)

31. The Frames – Love Will Tear Us Apart (4:48)

32. The King – Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:31)

33. The String Quartet Tribute – Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:40)

34. The Tea Party – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Live) (5:11)

35. Unbroken – Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:39)

36. Worm Is Green – Love Will Tear Us Apart. (4:17)

Love Will Tear Us Apart (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)


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Another Take on a Rock Classic: Mary Lee’s Corvette







So what’s a girl to do when her band is asked to perform at one of Arlene’s Grocery’s Classic Albums nights and Neil Young’s After the Goldrush and the Band’s Brown Album are already taken, leaving only Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks ? Without hesitation frontwoman Mary Lee Kortes gamely volunteered, but then doubt began to creep in:

These questions immediately presented themselves: How do you sing a Bob Dylan song in a way that anyone should ever bother listening to? How do you sing it right without imitating him? How do you make it your own? And of course, why should you?


One Saturday night, in mid 2001, with one full band practice under their belt; a lead singer who two days prior to the show learned how to play the harmonica, Mary Lee’s Corvette, with a very nervous Mary Lee (vocals/harmonica), Andy York (guitar), Rod Hohl (acoustic guitar), Diego Voglino (drums), Brad Albetta (bass), and Andy Burton (piano/organ), Lee took to the Arlene Grocery stage.

That there should or would be a document of the band’s performance that night was never a certainty. Positive that she couldn’t do justice to the material, Mary Lee hadn’t planned on recording the performance, but a friend convinced her that she should, arguing that after all

It’s Dylan!

Several weeks after the show and casting about for the band’s next project; a friend, Amy Rigby, suggested that she think about releasing Blood on the Tracks. The sound board recording of the band’s performance that night proved revelatory, but there was a problem

the first half of “Meet Me In The Morning” had not been recorded

Lucky for her (and for us) that during the show drummer Diego Voglino

had a mini-disc recorder going the whole night back by the drums

A little studio wizardry and several discs of the shows were finally burnt and sent out; one going to Vin Scelsa, host of Idiot’s Delight® on WFUV , one to Billboard Magazine, and one to

The rest is history, one day Mary Lee turned her computer on to discover she

had requests from Sweden, Germany and California for copies of this “record.” And they kept coming.

Except for perhaps (imho) the false step of allowing a guest vocalist to sing the first verses of “Lily. Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts” Mary Lee’s Corvette manages to do justice to Dylan’s classic. The disc manages to convey an almost palpable feeling of the energy that must have been in that room that night. Mary Lee takes control of these songs, and without ever changing the gender of the songs characters, you forget she is a woman, singing songs written by a man as his marriage dissolves in divorce.



Mary Lee’s Corvette (Ripe & Ready) 1996
True Lovers of Adventure (Wild Pitch Records) 1999
Blood on the Tracks (Bar/None Records) 2002
700 Miles (Bar/None Records) 2003
Love, Loss & Lunacy (Western Force) 2006

Tracks Appear On:

“Shelter From the Storm (live)” Uncut: Tracks Inspired by Bob Dylan (Uncut Magazine) 2005


Mary Lee’s Corvette –Blood On The Tracks (2002)

Playing Time: 55 minutes 41 seconds


1. Tangled Up In Blue (6:25)
2. Simple Twist Of Fate (4:54)
3. You’re A Big Girl Now (4:46)
4. Idiot Wind (8:26)
5. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go (2:45)
6. Meet Me In The Morning (5:14)
7. Lily. Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts (9:41)
8. If You See Her. Say Hello (5:10)
9. Shelter From The Storm (4:26)
10. Buckets Of Rain (3:54)

Buy Blood On The Tracks from

Mary Lee’s Corvette Official Web Site

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Letters, We Get Letters

Letters, we get letters,
we get stacks an’ stacks
of letters . . .

Dear Perry . . .
Would you be so kind,
to fill a request,
and sing the song I like best?

That jingle has been stuck in my head all week but thanks to Google and the internet I now know where I’ve heard it. It’s from the Perry Como Show (1955-1959). OK, I’m dating myself here, but it’s the perfect seque into this weeks post.

Now I don’t claim to get “stacks an’ stacks of letters”, but I do get email from you and I always try and get back to you. Feel free to write and request something. If I have it I’ll post it. A recent post on Trotsky Icepick generated the following two emails:


“Any chance of featuring the Teenbeat 50 compilation you mentioned at the top of this post, or even just that Teenage Gang Debs track?
I used to own it, but sold it off during an poorly though out period where I was getting rid of CDs I felt i didn’t listen to enough. I’ve regretted a lot of those sales since. In fact, I discovered this blog while trying to find the first Seam album (for which I thank you.)”

“any chace of posting some lois maffeo and her band courtney love?
also some possum dixon?”

I can’t help you with Possum Dixon, but Courtney Love, the band, appears on both the International Pop Underground Convention and Teenbeat Fifti cds; and for the person looking for “just that Teenage Gang Debs track” well here’s not only the track but the entire cd.

If you have a chance head over to both K Records and Teenbeat Records websites where both these cds, along with a host of material from the artists featured on these albums is also available.


International Pop Underground Convention

Playing Time: 1 hour 10 minutes 56 seconds

international pop underground convention

1. Scrawl – Clock Song (Go Girl Go) (3:06)
2. Nation of Ulysses – Shakedown (3:24)
3. Pastels – Speedway Star (2:50)
4. Melvins – Charmicarmicat (5:45)
5. L7 – Packin’ a Rod (2:33)
6. Spinnanes – Jad Fair Drives Women Wild (4:09)
7. Seaweed – Bill (3:03)
8. Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet – They Don’t Call then Chihuahuas Anymore (2:31)
9. Kreviss – Sandi’s Song (3:49)
10. Some Velvet Sidewalk – Curiosity (1:58)
11. Mecca Normal – Strong White Male (3:02)
12. Courtney Love – Motorcycle Boy (2:25)
13. Unwound – Bionic (3:06)
14. Rose Melberg – My Day (2:48)
15. Fugazi – Reprovisional (4:39)
16. Bratmobile – Punk Rock Dream Come True (1:49)
17. Girl Trouble – Bring on the Dancing Girls (3:18)
18. Kicking Giant – This Sex (4:30)
19. Fastbacks – Impatience (2:51)
20. Mark Hosler, Steve Fisk & Bob Basanich – Customer Service Breakthrough (6:22)
21. Beat Happening – Nancy Sin (2:47)
22. Reprise – Reprise (0:11)

International Pop Underground Convention [Part 1 ]

International Pop Underground Convention [Part 2 ]

Buy International Pop Underground Convention from K Records

Teenbeat Fifti

Playing Time: 1 hour 10 minutes 22 seconds


teenbeat fifti cover

1. Teenbeat Theme 1991 (1:20)
2. Scaley Andrew – Earle Hotel (2:49)
3. Bastro – Sketch For Sleepy (2:51)
4. Circus Lupus – Marbles (2:53)
5. Vomit Launch – Block Of Wood (2:36)
6. Bells Of… – Strange Pair (3:38)
7. Unrest – Capitalist Joyride (3:48)
8. Autoclave – Dr. Seuss (2:32)
9. Jonny Cohen – Time Loop (1:58)
10. Teenage Gang Debs – On Tape (2:36)
11. Sexual Milkshake – California (2:26)
12. Superconductor – I’m Going To Blow Your Fucking Head Off (3:21)
13. Velocity Girl – Not At All (1:53)
14. Eggs – It’s Hard To Be An Egg (2:56)
15. Courtney Love – Shaniko (1:51)
16. Teenbeat Theme 1985 (1:59)
17. Krokodiloes – Sweet Georgia Brown (1:06)
18. Helter Skillet – The Look Out (3:02)
19. Naomi Wolff – Teenage Suicide (2:52)
20. Clarence – Love Affair Is Over (3:47)
21. Coral – Merry Go Round (3:02)
22. Jungle George – The Equator Of Her Navel (3:14)
23. Mark E Superstar – Holiday New England (2:16)
24. S.C.U.D. – You Fucking English Bastard (1:51)
25. Butch Willis – The 23rd Rocker (3:23)
26. Wall Drug – Peace (4:22)

Teenbeat Fifti [Part 1 ]

Teenbeat Fifti [Part 2 ]

Buy Teenbeat Fifti from Teenbeat Records