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RIP Blowfly

Clarence Henry Reid aka Blow Fly (February 14, 1939 – January 17, 2016)                                                   Before he became Blow Fly he was simply Clarence Henry Reid born in Vienna Georgia on Valentines Day, 1939. During the 1960s and 1970s Reid wrote for and produced artists including Betty Wright, Sam & Dave, Bobby Byrd and KC and the Sunshine Band. During this period he was also a recording artist, cutting many of his own songs, including semi-hit “Nobody But You Babe”.

Reid would write sexually explicit lyrics to popular songs for his friends and to perform at parties (much like a dirty Weird Al). In 1971 he was persuaded – for better or worse – to record an LP of these beauties. Titled “The Weird World of Blow Fly”. He conceived a character of a low rent superhero to protect his identity and lucrative song writing career.

Having heard a couple of Blow Fly LPs let me tell you they are shit. Such titles as “If Eating You Is Wrong, I Don’t Want To Be Right”, “The First Time Ever You Sucked My Dick”, and “Ain’t No Head Like My Woman’s Head” tells you right away what your in for.

Reid would tour as Blow Fly sporadically for years. A 2010 documentary by Jonathan Furmanski would increase his popularity a bit but by that time he was in his 70’s and in poor health. Clarence Henry Reid passed away on Jan 17 from liver cancer.

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Live Blowfly

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Blow Fly Disco - LP Cover

Blow Fly Disco – LP Cover

The Weird World of Blowfly - LP

The Weird World of Blowfly – LP

Self Titled LP

Self Titled LP

2001: A Sex Odyssey

2001: A Sex Odyssey

Blow Fly Does XXX-Mas

Blow Fly Does XXX-Mas

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Clarence Reid - Pre-Blowfly

Clarence Reid – Pre-Blowfly

Dancin' With Clarence Reid

Dancin’ With Nobody But You Babe – Clarence Reid

The Weird World of Blow Fly - Documentary 2010

The Weird World of Blow Fly – Documentary 2010

Who the Hell is Korla Pandit?

Korla Pandit – born 1921, was BIG in the 50’s. he recorded over 2 dozen LP (all on the Hammond or Pipe organ), had his own TV show – Korla Pandit’s Adventures In Music, appeared on various TV shows, films, radio and concerts.  He was the king of the new medium called TV and pioneered the style of music that would become known as Exotica. In his later years as Exotica became popular again Korla would tour small theaters and concert halls with an occasional Pizza and Pipes gig for good measure.  In 1994 director Tim Burton dug Korla out of retirement to play himself in his biopic of sensationally shitty director, Ed Wood in the film of the same name. Korla would pass away from a heart attack 4 years later at the age of 77.

But, who was the mysteriously mystic Korla Pandit? An ancient Indian musician (he claimed on occasion to be 2000 years old)? A gifted keyboard player w/ an exotic name and appearance? Well, it turns out that Korla Pandit was actually born John Roland Redd in an African-American family from St Louis Missouri. In the 1940’s he played for a few years under the name Juan Rolando to some success. In 1944, he reinvented his image, eventually replacing “Juan Rolando” with “Korla Pandit” and fabricating a romantic history for him as a baby born in New Delhi, India to a Brahmin priest and a French opera singer. A good story goes a long way.




"Love Letters" LP

“Love Letters” LP

... Plays Music of the Mystic East

… Plays Music of the Mystic East (in Full Radial Stereo)

From his TV show "Adventures in Music"

From his TV show “Adventures in Music”

With Roy Rodgers

With Roy Rodgers

With Paramahansa Yogananda

With Paramahansa Yogananda and Mrs Pandit (far right)

Korla plays the Rose Bowl

Korla plays the Rose Bowl

With son Shari

With son Shari

Korla sans turban

Korla sans turban



Hanging out with The Cramps' Poison Ivy and Lux Interior

Hanging out with The Cramps’ Poison Ivy and Lux Interior

From Tim Burton's Ed Wood biopic

From Tim Burton’s Ed Wood biopic

Korla Pandit

Korla Pandit at 75



Something for the Holidays

If I hear Madonna’s version of Santa Baby one more time I’ll lose my mind (Eartha Kitt’s is the one). What the records below sound like I have no clue – but you can bet Afroman’s A Colt 45 Christmas goes pretty hard and the John Travolta, Olivia Newton John LP … well who can say? His hair alone is worth the price of this one. As for Swedish pop star Gunther, wikipedia claims; “Günther announced on his website that he is currently working on a new album with the working title Dirty Man Swedish Sex Beast. In 2011, the first single, “Pussycat”, became available on Günther’s web site.”

Christmas with Rico

Christmas with Kiro

Six Million Dollar Man Christmas

Six Million Dollar Man Christmas

White Christmas

White Christmas

Afroman -

Afroman – A Colt 45 Christmas

Wham - Last Christmas single

Wham – Last Christmas single

Christmas with Colonel Sanders (KFC Promo)

Christmas with Colonel Sanders (KFC Promo)

3 Stooges

3 Stooges – Christmas Time with …

Olivia Newton John and John Travolta

Olivia Newton John and John Travolta – This Christmas

The Rudy Ray Moore Christmas Album - Merry Christmas Baby

The Rudy Ray Moore Christmas Album – Merry Christmas Baby

The Three Suns - A Din Dong Dandy Christmas

The Three Suns – A Ding Dong Dandy Christmas


Liberace – Twas the Night Before Christmas

Kenny & Corky - Nuttin for Christmas w/ Suzy Snowflake

Kenny & Corky – Nuttin for Christmas w/ Suzy Snowflake

KAy Martin

Kay Martin & her Body Guards – I know What He Wants for Christmas … but I don’t know how to wrap it!

James Brown - Funky Christmas

James Brown – Funky Christmas


Gunther & the Sunshine Girls – Christmas Songs

Momma's Twistin' with Santa Clause

Mark Anthony – Momma’s Twistin’ with Santa Claus









Iggy & the Stooges – The Early Days

Back before he was an old leather chew toy Iggy Pop was a vaguely glammy, pill addled kid from Ann Arbor MI. that would bend over backwards – literally, to perform with his band. Formed in 1967 with the Ashton brothers (Ron & Scot) along w/ Dave Alexander, the band would release 2 poorly received LPs before they imploded from massive heroin use and general bad feelings. Iggy would go on to have an extremely long and varied career reforming the Stooges in 2003 with the Asheton brothers and James Williamson. Ron and Scott would pass away in 2009 and 2014 respectively. And yet, Iggy lives on.


















More Asian 45’s

Asia’s a big place and every boy band from Iran to Pakistan wanted to be the Beatles in the 1960’s. The girls wanted to be Lulu or Nancy Sinatra or any other hot anglo singer. American and British influences are everywhere, in terms of dress, style, band names and song selection. One thing they didn’t emulate so closely was their 45 rpm cover art. It’s all over the place and just plain great.

To Sir with Love - Cecilia Lim

To Sir with Love – Cecilia Lim


John Yum

John Yam

The Click IV

The Click IV

Mini Mini -

Mini Mini – Betty Chung

Nancy Sit

Nancy Sit

Nam Hong

Nam Hong


Heather Harvey & The Thunderbirds

Heather Harvey & The Thunderbirds

One to Nine - Patrina

One to Nine – Patrina

Off Beat Cha Cha

Off Beat Cha Cha

And it's in STEREOMONO

And it’s in STEREOMONO

Huisein J. Tuah & D'Acrobats

Huisein J. Tuah & D’Acrobats

Lily Chao

Lily Chao

Hey, Hey, Na, Na - Julie and the Emeralds

Hey, Hey, Na, Na – Julie and the Emeralds

Awas Ya - Mahani Mohd & Jasni

Awas Ya – Mahani Mohd & Jasni

The Commandos

A. Ramlie & The Commandos

His Ever Changing Moods – Paul Weller’s Hair

John William Weller (Paul) – Born May 25 1956, Woking, Surrey England.  Paul Weller first came into the public eye in 1976 with the formation of The Jam. Although The Jam emerged at the same time as other punk bands like The Clash and The Sex Pistols, The Jam were the odd band out, and being from just outside London rather than the city itself, they were never really part of the tightly-knit punk clique. Nonetheless, it was The Clash who became a leading supporter and took them along as the support act on their White Riot tour of 1977, sealing their fame. Weller would dissolve The Jam after 5 LPs to form the Curtis Mayfield inspired soul band – The Style Council, recording a couple of pretty great albums, closing shop in 1989. From 1991 on it’s been solo work for Paul, releasing critically well received albums every few years.

Now to the Hair. Sporting a good close-cropped punk haircut in the Jam’s early days, Paul quickly evolved to a sweet Mod bowl cut, to a back-combed young Roger Daltry, to a Rod Stewart Peacock with an occasional soul boy look for good measure. And then the current ‘Do’ that he’s rocked for the past 20 years. He calls it the ‘Weller Wig’. Why call it anything else? It’s indescribable. It’s his haircut. Oasis tried it, some of the guys in Blur gave it a shot for a bit. Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane – yep. But no one wears it like the Modfather. May he never go bald.

The Jam - about 1977

The Jam – about 1977

1977 age 19

1977 age 19


Paul Weller, Rick Buckler, Bruce Foxton

Paul Weller, Rick Buckler, Bruce Foxton





The Style Council - Paul Weller & Mick Talbot 1983

The Style Council – Paul Weller & Mick Talbot 1983

About 1985

About 1985


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Looking dapper at 56

Looking dapper at 56