Tornado Revisited: Setting the Record Straight

One thing I didn’t expect to happen when writing posts about 50s music discovered by me in the mid 80s: to hear from any of the bands/artists’ family members. But not only has that happened, more so I’ve heard from a band member!

Incredibly, I’ve now had the immense pleasure of being in contact with ‘Wild’ Bill Lee Balsbaugh, piano player in The Jiants, having initially been contacted by Aaron Hedges, son of Jerry Hedges, the guitarist.

Not only can I set some of my own speculations—made in absence of any info—about the band straight, I can also correct a big inaccuracy found in the scant information that could be found online.

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Dicking It to the Man

steve-barker-yNlZ2Hpm4to-unsplashThe measure of a man’s character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.”

— Baron Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800 – 1859), British historian and MP.

The internet did a wonderful job of showing true colours with illegal music downloads alone; people who would never dare shoplift having a field day doing exactly that via the world wide web. Continue reading

Mundo Primitivo’s Paisaje Interior

I can’t remember what took me to Mundo Primitivo’s Paisaje Interior, but Holy shit I’m sure glad who/whatever it was did.

Track 1: ‘Intro’ is an instrumental with a rock ‘n’ roll swagger reminiscent of Duane Eddy’s ‘Peter Gunn’; there’s menace and purpose in the brooding prowl, a cat on the move but always taught and ready to pounce; it turns out to be the calm before the storm.

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