March 7, 2007 Playlist

"Kapt. Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirlybirds" by Randy California (1972)
Randy California "Kapt. Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds"  1972 (USA)
Randy Wolfe had his first serious gig playing second guitar with "Jimmy James & The Blue Flames" when he was just a teenager.  It was then that he acquired the name "California" to differentiate him from another Randy in the band who came from Texas.  In 1966 "Jimmy James" split for London where he had huge success under the name "Jimi Hendrix."  But Randy's parents wouldn't let him go along, so he returned home and founded the pioneering jazz-rock band Spirit with his stepfather Ed Cassidy on drums.  After leaving Spirit in the early 1970's, California launched a solo career with this gonzo guitar LP, which features on bass one "Clit McTorious" -- actually Hendrix's old bass player Noel Redding!  The album features mostly cover songs by the Beatles, Paul Simon and James Brown, played in a style that's much closer to Hendrix than Spirit.  
The Dead Genius Special

(on what would have been Arthur Lee's 62nd birthday)
Arthur Lee  Syd Barrett   James Brown
Fearturing Arthur Lee, Syd Barrett, James Brown
and other geniuses who live on through music
Artist (Who's Dead) Song Album Year Country
The Beatles  
(John Lennon murdered 1980)
In My Life Rubber Soul 1965 UK
The Beatles  
(George Harrison cancer 2001)
Long Long Long The Beatles (White Album) 1968 UK
Jimi Hendrix 
(choked on vomit 1970)
Hear My Train A-Comin' (solo acoustic version) Soundtrack Recordings from the Film Jimi Hendrix rec. 1967 USA
Big Brother & the Holding Company  
(Janis Joplin overdose 1970)
Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) Cheap Thrills 1968 USA
(Christa Paeffgen heart attack & bike accident 1988)
Winter Song Chelsea Girl 1967 Germany
Sid Vicious  
(Simon Ritchie overdose 1979)
My Way (Paul Anka / Frank Sinatra cover) The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle 1978 UK
(Arthur Lee leukemia 2006, Bryan Maclean & Ken Forssi heart attacks 1998)
You Set The Scene Forever Changes 1967 USA
Pink Floyd  
(Syd Barrett cancer 2006)
Flaming The Piper At The Gates of Dawn  1967 UK
Syd Barrett  
cancer 2006)
No Good Trying The Madcap Laughs 1970 UK
The Who  
(Keith Moon overdose 1978, John Entwistle heart attack 2002)
The Ox The Who Sings My Generation 1966 UK
The Mothers of Invention  
(Frank Zappa cancer 1993)
Help I'm A Rock Freak Out 1966 USA
(Bon Scott choked on vomit 1980)
R.I.P. (Rock In Peace) Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Australian version only) 1976 Australia
The Runaways  
(Sandy West cancer 2006)
Rock and Roll (Velvet Underground cover) The Runaways 1976 USA
(Rob Tyner heart attack 1991, Fred Sonic Smith heart attack 1994)
Rocket Reducer No. 62 Kick Out The Jams 1969 USA
(Mana Nishiura bus accident 2005)
Nothing The Essential Sounds From The Far East 2005 Japan
(Cliff Burton bus accident 1986)
Disposable Heroes Master Of Puppets 1986 USA
(Eddie Hazel liver failure 1992
Wars Of Armageddon Maggot Brain 1971 USA
Randy California 
(drowned rescuing his son 1997
I Don't Want Nobody (James Brown cover) Kapt. Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirlybirds
1972 USA
(Michael Karoli cancer 2001
The Empress and the Ukraine King Unlimited Edition
rec. 1969 Germany
(Uwe Nettelbeck cancer 2007
Just A Second (Starts Like That) Faust IV 1973 Germany
Bob Marley & The Wailers  
(Marley cancer 1981, Peter Tosh murdered 1987)
Mr. Brown Rasta Revolution rec. 1970 Jamaica
James Brown 
(pneumonia 2006)
The Funky Drummer 7" single / Star Time CD box
1970 USA
Joy Division 
(Ian Curtis suicide 1980
Leaders of Men Substance rec. 1977 UK
(Damon Edge heart failure 1995)
Chromosome Damage Alien Soundtracks 1978 USA
(Dennes Boon van accident 1985)
Little Man With A Gun In His Hand Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat EP 1983 USA
(Kurt Cobain suicide? 1994)
All Apologies In Utero 1993 USA
Peter Laughner 
(drugs 1977)
Dear Richard Take the Guitar Player For a Ride (posthumous compilation) rec. 1976 USA
The Grateful Dead
(Jerry Garcia heart attack 1995, Ron Pigpen McKernan booze 1973, Keith Godchaux traffic accident 1980, Brent Mydland overdose 1990)
Morning Dew The Grateful Dead 1967 USA
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
(Danny Whitten overdose 1972)
(When You're On) The Losing End Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere 1969 Canada/USA
Neil Young 
(Bruce Berry overdose 1973
Tonight's The Night (part 2) Tonight's The Night 1975 Canada
The Doors  
(Jim Morrison heart failure? 1971)
When The Music's Over Strange Days 1967 USA
The Doors  
(Without Jim Morrison!)
Hang On To Your Life Other Voices 1971 USA
(Arthur Lee leukemia 2006)
I'm With You Four Sail 1968 USA
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