A rock n' roll musical pioneer, guitarist Bo Diddley, died earlier today (June 1st) in Archer, Florida as a result of heart failure. He was 79 years of age. Known for such pioneering rock n roll songs as "Who Do You Love?" and "Bo Diddley," Diddley influenced legions of guitarists for generations to come. In fact his uniquely distinctive sound became known as the "Bo Diddley beat." You can read the obit/full report on CNN.com. R.I.P., Bo Diddley.
This is our opening night. Ray and I will be spinning selections from the Discos Fuentes, Fania, Tico, SAR, and Allegre labels. Also we will play some great music from obscure South American, Mexican & Central American groups from the 70's & 80's.
Fellow Amoebite Ray Ricky Rivera & I are always talking about old Salsa & Cumbia records. We both spin at various clubs where we play a bit of Salsa & Cumbia in our sets but not throughout the night. One day we thought, "Why not have a night at a club where all we play is that?" Thus, Anda was born.
We will have a performance by the best Cumbia/Vallenato group in L.A. right now, Buyepongo. On top of all that, there is no cover charge.
We hope to have that dance floor moving. I think we should enforce the Midnight Star "No Parking On The Dance Floor" rule that night. Maybe we could have someone in a cop uniform go up to someone who's not dancing and say:
Excuse me, madam
You’re standing still in a no parking zone
You don’t get a move on that body
I’ll be forced to give you a ticket
So get with it
Ok, I'm real tired, because that was really funny to me.
Wednesday, June 4th
2331 S. Hill Street
Los Angeles, Ca. 90007
Starts @ 9 p.m.
21 and over
The music of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, who are back touring and scheduled to play the DNA Lounge in San Francisco tonight, stands the test of time two decades later -- as proven by the videos to three of their songs below. While labeled "industrial" music, even helping push the genre to popularity and being one of the most popular acts on Wax Trax! (the label known for industrial music, with such other acts of the genre as KMFDM, Ministry, and Front 242), My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult actually transcended the genre as they continually evolved.
As well as being industrial music, the duo (Buzz and Groovie -- pictured left back in the day & below with their ensemble in more recent years) were equally heavy metal, electronic, goth, dance, and cut n paste in musical styles. Meanwhile their imagery was consistently deeply rooted in the occult and Satanism -- something that led to them causing controversy and being targets of various religious and parental watch dog groups. Unpopular with these groups were the songs and videos for "This Is What The Devil Does" and "Kooler Than Jesus" -- both below. Also below is one of two video versions of their song "Sex On Wheelz" (off their 1991 album Sexplosion!). This version is directed by Ralph Bakshi and features parts from his semi-animated movie Cool World, which featured the group's music.
The current tour by the group, which stopped last night in Hollywood (Bar Sinister) and will be in San Diego (Beauty Bar) on Tuesday, is being billed as a 20th Anniversary Tour and "reminiscent of their 1989 Inferno Xpress Tour," so expect to hear all the old classics including the ones below and such others as "The Devil Does Drugs" and "The Days of Swine & Roses." My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, who played the Folsom Street Fair two years ago, play the DNA Lounge, 375 11th Street in San Francisco tonight (June 1st). 9PM doors. Tix $13. More info.