NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT [Episode #57 ~ 02-21-15]

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As weary and resentful of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins image as he had become, Hawkins didn’t succeed in ridding himself of its curse in the years after our meeting on opposite sides of the little foot-shaped ashtray. What recognition and rewards he has since received have been granted more to the monster than to him. The Rolling Stones asked him to open their spectacular Madison Square Garden show of 1981, but only with the understanding that Hawkins did not perform without his coffin or his other garish gimmicks of old.

There was a plaintive sincerity in Hawkins’s voice when he told me, “If it were up to me I wouldn’t be Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. My screamin’ was always just my way of being happy on stage. James Brown, he did an awful lot of screamin’, but he didn’t become Screamin’ James Brown.

“I mean, I’ve got a voice. Why can’t people just take me as a regular singer without makin’ a bogeyman out of me? My musical background is people like Roy Milton, Wynonie Harris, Roy Brown, Cleanhead Vinson, Jay McShann, Louis Jordan, Varetta Dillard, Big Maybelle, Roy Hamilton, people like that. I come along and get a little weird, and all of a sudden I’m a monster or something. People won’t listen to me as a singer. I’m some kind of monster. I don’t wanna be a black Vincent Price. I’m sick of it, I hate it! I wanna do goddamn opera! I wanna sing! I wanna do Figaro! I wanna do ‘Ave Maria!’ ‘The Lord’s Prayer!’ I wanna do real singing. I’m sick of being a monster.”

– Nick Tosches, Unsung Heroes Of Rock’n’Roll

You may acquire and/or stream NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT Episode 57 HERE.

The contents of the four sets comprising Episode 57 of NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT are as follows: 

THE FIRST SET

Jeanne Napoli – “Forget That Girl” – On The Real Side: The Modern End Of Northern Soul

African Brothers Band – “Ngyegye No So” – Nigeria 70 Volume Two

Terry-Tones – “Sinner” – Strummin’ Mental!

Patrinell Staten – “Little Love Affair” – Wheedle’s Groove: Seattle’s Finest in Funk & Soul ‘65-‘75

Ayalew Mesfin – “Hasabé” – The Rough Guide To African Rare Groove

  1. Rex – “Is It Love?” – T. Rex

Booker T & The MG’s – “Let’s Go” – Stax Instrumentals

The Detroit Cobras – “(I Wanna Know) What’s Going On” – Tied & True

The Melodians – “Come on Little Girl” – Rivers of Babylon: The Best of The Melodians 1967-1973

Duke Reid – “Dub On Little Girl” – Treasure Isle Dub: Vol. 1

The Detergents – “Igor’s Cellar” – Malamondo 6

THE SECOND SET

Jimmy Castor – “Hey Leroy, Your Mama’s Callin’ You” – Hey Leroy

The Caravelles – “Lovin’ Just My Style” – Hadley Murrell Presents: The Best Arizona Garage Bands 1967-1970

The Melody Aces – “Asaw Fofor” – Ignace De Souza: The Great Unknowns – Les Grandes Inconnus

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – “Little Demon” – The OKeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-1957

ESG – “Dance” – A South Bronx Story

Popi Y Sus Pirañas – “Guayaba” – Gózalo! Bugalu Tropical Vol. 4

The Bedwells – “Karate Again” – Sleazy Surf! Vol 1

Lim Ling and the Silvertones – “Si Li Li Li Li Our Hearts Beat As One” – Singapore A-Go-Go Vol. 1

The J.B.’s – “The Grunt Pt. 1 & Pt. 2” – These Are The J.B.’s

THE THIRD SET

The Velvet Underground – “Rock and Roll [mgm version] [1969 mix]” – The Velvet Underground

The Emperors – “Karate” – Mala 45prm

Los Po-Boy-Citos – “Estelita’s Boogaloo” – The Rough Guide to Latin Rare Groove (Volume 1)

M-Band – “Egg Roll” – The World’s Rarest Funk 45s

The Riptides – “Machine Gun” – Born Bad Volume 3

France Gall – “Laissier Tomber Les Filles” – C’est Chic! French Girl Singers Of The 1960s

Kwamy – “Bolingo Ya Bouge” – Congo: Rumba On The River

Sylvia Hall – “Don’t Touch That Thing” – Cult Cargo: Grand Bahama Goombay

Jerry Harris – “Swing Daddy Swing” – Sin Alley Vol. 4

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – “Little Scratch (Version 2)” – The Spotlight Kid Outtakes

THE FINAL SET

Geraldo Pino – “Heavy Heavy Heavy” – Afro-Rock Vol. 1

Kashmere Stage Band – “Scorpio” – Cold Heat: Heavy Funk Rarities – 1968-1974 Vol. 1

The Rockets – “Walkin’ Home” – Frolic Diner Vol. 4

John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett – “Cheryl’s Going Home” – John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett

Cheo Marquetti y su Conjunto – “Yo Bailo Con La Mas Fea” – Región Matancera

Dr. John, The Night Tripper – “Mama Roux” – Gris-Gris

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