New Marshall chorus pedal

I just got one of these Marshall Supervibe Chorus pedals, from my favourite secondhand shop. I knew if I went in, there was a chance there’d be something I’d be interested in – and there was. I guess by buying this I have made the decision to go with individual pedals rather than a multi effects pedal (I had been considering a Digitech RP250). So I now have a Marshall Bluesbreaker pedal (two settings – I mainly use it purely as a boost – but the blues setting in front of my Laney VC30 is stunning!), this Supervibe chorus (with the possibility of some rotary sounds too) and a Behringer TU100 pedal tuner. I had a Danelectro autowah which I got from the same secondhand shop (see post earlier) but that was rattling about in my bag and the control pots snapped off the circuit board – bugger! So I’ll look out for another one of those – I liked the sound it made. I also still have my Boss BE5, but the only effect from that that I still need is a compressor (I’ve just ordered a delay pedal from ebay). I also have my footswitch for my amp, which has one switch for channel changing and another for reverb. So it is time for me to sort these pedals out – there are accepted sequences for using individual stomp boxes – the order in which you place them certainly has an effect on the sound. I need get a multi-power supply to cut down on batteries and decide on a pedal board of some description – at the moment I spend too long setting up and stripping down these separate pedals. I’ll keep you posted, if you’re interested.

I want to be Joe Brown

Following Sam’s comment to my “Alley oop” post and my response to that, I took myself off to google to see what I could find.
As I said in my comment, when I was a very very young wannabe guitar player, I used to wannabe Joe Brown. He played great guitar (still does), was a bonafide English rock’n’roll star and used to have a black leather guitar strap which had horse brasses on it. (Google let me down here). I don’t know why, but that seemed so cool at the time (No, don’t groan in disbelief at the cheesiness – I was young and naive – now I’m only naive!). Joe is still gigging away – the link will take you to his website.

Alley Oop – Cuz he’s a mean motah scootah and a bad go-gettah



Going about my business at 8:00am this morning (Yes, too early seeing as I was gigging last night!), I listened to Suzi Quatro on BBC Radio 2 – they have a Sixties show every Saturday morning. As I got into the car, this song came on:
Alley Oop – The Hollywood Argyles.

The lyrics just made me smile – especially “Mean Motah Scootah” and
“Ride, Daddy, ride
Hi-yo dinosawruh
Ride, Daddy, ride
Get ’em, man
Like–hipsville”

Suzi – and a lyrics site – tell me:
The Hollywood Argyles was really just Gary Paxton with a multi-track solo.
He created the name “The Hollywood Argyles” since he was already under contract to another label as “Flip” of “Skip and Flip.”

The Holloway Pages has a load of info and art from the original Alley Oop comic strip too – that’s where I got the image from.

Alley Oop
Words and Music by Dallas Frazier, based on the comic strip.
(peak Billboard position #1 in 1960)

Simultaneous competing version by Dante and the Evergreens hit only #15.

Lyrics in (parentheses) sung by backup group only

(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)

(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)

There’s a man in the funny papers we all know
(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)

He lived ‘way back a long time ago
(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)

He don’t eat nothin’ but a bear cat stew
(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)

Well this cat’s name is-a Alley Oop
(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)

He got a chauffeur that’s a genuwine dinosawruh
(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)

And he can knuckle your head before you count to fawruh
(Alley Oop, oop, oop-
oop)
He got a big ugly club and a head fulla hairuh
(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)

Like great big lions and grizzly bearuhs
(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)

(Alley Oop)
He’s the toughest man there is alive

(Alley Oop)
Wearin’ clothes from a wildcat’s hide

(Alley Oop)
He’s the king of the jungle jive

(Look at that cave man go!!) (SCREAM)

He rides thru the jungle tearin’ limbs offa trees
(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)

Knockin’ great big monstahs dead on their knees
(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)

The cats don’t bug him cuz they know bettah
(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)

Cuz he’s a mean motah scootah and a bad go-gettah
(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)

(Alley Oop)
He’s the toughest man there is alive

(Alley Oop)
Wearin’ clothes from a wildcat’s hide

(Alley Oop)
He’s the king of the jungle jive

(Look at that cave man go!!) (SCREAM)

Thair he goes, look at that cave man go
He sure is hip ain’t he?
Like what’s happening?
He’s too much

Ride, Daddy, ride
Hi-yo dinosawruh
Ride, Daddy, ride

Get ’em, man

Like–hipsville

This site was also very interesting – it lists cover versions of songs, tells you who did them and when. Very useful for an idiot like me who is fascinated by such stuff.

Like — Hipsville!

Thumbrella Review

I’ve just been reviewed by this page

Review of Thumbrella – Words To A Void

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(…)
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— Ivan Martin, Webreview Monthly

The Guitar Collection of Guy Mackenzie

I was watching one of these Teisco guitars on ebay this week – I just fancied a guitar that was a bit different – and it didn’t go for loads of money. I didn’t have any money, actually, or I would certainly have put a bid in. Guy Mackenzie has a great guitar collection, and he says of this guitar:


Tremo Twenty
My mystery guitar, but recently identified as Teisco built and sold in the States as the Teisco MJ-2 (Starway MJ-2L), marketed by Rose Morris in the UK briefly in the mid-60s as part of their Twenty range. A rare bird indeed.