IN THIS ISSUE OF COSMIK DEBRIS: We're completely
present our interview with the one and only Dr. Demento! And Jazzed to present
Granelli, drummer for the Vince Guaraldi Trio (Charlie Brown Theme) and many
greats. We also present our annual picks of our favorite music of the year just
Plus our monthly columns by Rusty Pipes, David Walley, Gary Pig Gold and Kenny
another stack of reviews.
We have an
hour of genre whiplash sure to
hold your interest and introduce
you to plenty of music you might
never have heard otherwise. You
just need a RealAudio
Player to listen.
If you don't have one, go pick
one up. Cosmik Radio is just
the kind of Net-Only audio that radio
station program directors don't
want you getting hooked on. So go
DR. DEMENTO - He's been a fixture of radio all across
elsewhere since the early 1970s, making us laugh, guffaw, and even think. But
a.k.a. Doctor Demento, is much more than just the wacky dude who brings you the
He is also one of the top authorities on the history of recorded music. In this
good doctor looks back on that rich history. Interview by Rusty Pipes.
JERRY GRANELLI -
From the whimsy of The Vince Guaraldi Trio to the controlled chaos of Ornette
Coleman, this jazz
drummer has covered the spectrum. He took time out from his latest project to
talk with John
THE BEST MUSIC OF 1999 -
The Cosmik Debris writers name their favorite releases of the year just past.
CD & RECORD REVIEWS - Everything from punk
EVERYTHING ELSE IN REVIEW - This month we have a
book reviews for you.
KENNY LOVE'S PERSPECTIVE -
Kenny's perspective on that thing called "Payola".
CLOSET PHILOSOPHY with Rusty Pipes -
Y2K post-hysteria got you down? Perhaps it's time to shun the hubbub.
WALLEY@WITZEND - By David G. Walley:
Mr. Walley speculates on the leanings of the great American voter.
PIGSHIT - By Gary Pig Gold:
Gary's ten favorite releases of 1999.
Did you miss an issue? We now have many of our
issues online, including sound clips and
extras. Check out interviews with The Witches, Electric Frankenstein, the
Vampire Beach Babes, Jeff Berlin,
Curve, Michael Shermer, Steel Pulse, Transglobal Underground, Mark Helm, The
Southern Rock All-Stars, Ottmar Liebert, Jason Noble of Shipping News, Phil
Vassar, Joel Dorn, Mark Cline of Love Tractor, Texas Terri (of Texas Terri & The
Stiff Ones), Mike Keneally, Chris Shinn of Unified Theory, Alley of Wise Monkey
Orchestra, Mario Escovedo of The Dragons, The Clarks, Big Ass Truck, Richard
Cheese, Paul Krassner, Tony Iommi, Ron Dante... and too many more to list!!
If you will pardon me for just a moment, I require a brief period of star-struck
OH MY GOD, DR. DEMENTO IN THE PAGES OF COSMIK DEBRIS!!! Thank you. I can't
begin to tell
you how satisfying it is to have published the words of my comedy heroes,
late and wonderful Pat Paulsen, the thoroughly astonishing Firesign Theatre and,
good Doctor. Just know that every time I look at that interview, I burst out in
scary laughter, pumping my fist in the air and grinning ear to ear. It seems
that our second interview features a man who is forever tied to the Peanuts
drummer Jerry Granelli has occupied the drum throne for many important bands and
he's best known as the drummer behind "The Charlie Brown Theme" and many other
of Peanuts music we've all grown up knowing. Hmmm. Dr. Demento and Charlie
not quite, but it does give our first issue of 2000 a bit of kinky whimsy, don't
Finally, we offer our picks for the best music of 1999. We hope you agree with
some, have a
good time throwing cabbage at the screen over some, and most importantly,
new as a result.
That's the happy part of what I want to say this month. On the other side of
the coin, there
has been a lot of sadness lately. It seems that we're losing giants at a rapid
pace. In the
past few months we've lost Rick Danko, Milt Jackson, Doug Sahm, and, among
others, Nat Adderley,
who passed away just hours before this writing. I could write a book about the
importance of all of these people, but I want to say a special farewell to
someone who totally
changed the face of music and brought about social consciousness in the process.
passing is a gigantic loss for humanity. Beginning with The Impressions in the
Curtis' voice of empowerment, honesty and love came to us through our radio's
when he went solo, the messages became clearer. "Beautiful Brother Of Mine,"
"We People Who
Are Darker Than Blue," "(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To
Go" and many
other songs became anthems or food for thought for people of all races. His
soundtrack spoke of the street trap long before it was in vogue to do so, but
then that was
Curtis. In 1990 he suffered terrible injuries when a light rig came loose in a
fell on him as he performed an outdoor show in Brooklyn, New York. A
Quadriplegic ever since,
he never seemed to feel sorry for himself or grow bitter in the least.
I had the unforgettable honor and pleasure of interviewing Curtis for the
issue of Cosmik. I have never forgotten a word of it, but the thing that will
out in my memory is the fact that the man was genuinely positive despite what
to him. I asked him about having to record his vocals strapped upside-down so
imitate the diaphragm he no longer had. His response was that it wasn't as
difficult as it
sounded. I asked him about coping with no longer being able to play guitar, and
admitted that he sometimes mourned that loss, he was very pleased that several
kept his guitar sounds sampled for him for future use. And when the tape had
and I asked him how he maintains such a sunny outlook, he said "if I cried and
I was done I'd still be in the same situation, only a lot sadder, now, wouldn't
I?" The man
who only needs his first name to be recognized was 57 years old when he passed,
and he will be
so sorely missed.
That's about it for now. See you next month.