The Musical Transportation Spree Returns!

Chris Waterbury, Jerry Modjeski, Chuck Isle, Stu Mathews at KFAI, Minneapolis

It’s the one-night-only return to KFAI radio of The Musical Transportation Spree that occurred May 25, 2019, with original show hosts Chris Waterbury and Jerry, joined by cohorts Stu Mathews and Chuck Isle representing the Little City in Space Download Revue! Listen:

https://archive.org/details/MTSReturns

MTS First Hour: Now That’s Interesting, the indi-DIY department welcomes the prolific creator behind The Rudy Schwartz Project, Joe Newman, for live phone interview; music of home recorders Underdub (aka Dick Dammit); robO; live phone interview with Doug Michael, guitarist-composer, builder of instruments and teacher. Also Abcess Grenk; Ludwig Sears.

MTS Second Hour: in-studio guest Dave Michael of The Southside Aces gives a Schnickelfritz demo with woodblocks (photo, below) from the 1930s comedy orchestra of Freddie Fisher; Little City in Space highlights from the 20th Anniversary Special; New UFO Update report of a local paranormal hot spot by Jerry; MTS finale David Bowie tribute set.

Thanks to Mason Butler at KFAI; engineers Blanche Fubar; Greg Carr. Also featuring the talents of Peter Stenshoel; Damon Mathews; Greg Bishop; Miriam Stonehill

MTS Theme by Bat Lenny.

 

 

Jack Norton & The Fickel Shitts Play Schnickelfritz (Video, 2004)

In concert on stage at the Winona Art Center, time-lost troubadour Jack Norton recreates 1930s novelty music by local legend Freddie Fisher, as part of Schnickelfest 2004, with a band of Twin Cities stalwarts including the Southside Aces.

Jerry Modjeski‘s introductory historical narration describes Fisher’s performing life and success in Winona, St. Paul, Hollywood and Aspen, Colorado. Watch:

https://archive.org/details/SchnickleFest.2

 

Jerry

Thanks to Greg Carr for conversion; Kitty Norton, video; Wayne Modjeski, photos.

Freddie “Schnickelfritz” Fisher Tribute

img001Years before Spike Jones and his City Slickers combined funny music with rude noises and zany, choreographed shows, Freddie Fisher (b. 1904 Lourdes, Iowa) showcased his own brand of Dixieland jazz & hayseed havoc in the mid-1930s. Fisher was expanding upon the sound of then-successful corn-fed cut-ups, The Hoosier Hot Shots. Fisher’s “Schnickelfritz” band antics included punctuating a musical note with the opening outhouse door on stage that revealed a bare-assed occupant; mimicking a locomotive to the tune of “The Wreck of the Old ’97” and peppering their lyrics with double-entendre. img003

Fisher’s Schnickelfritzers initially gained a devoted following playing at the Sugar Loaf Tavern in Winona, Minnesota, then moved to bigger venues in St. Paul-Minneapolis. The band impressed visiting entertainer Rudy Vallee who brought them to Hollywood. Fisher_37Freddie recorded dozens of sides for Decca Records and opened his own nightclub in L.A. Later he made Aspen, Colorado his home and continued to play until his death in 1967.

Dave Michael

Dave Michael

Nels Laakso

Nels Laakso

In honor of Freddie Fisher’s 100th birthday, Jerry with Dave Michael, drummer of the Southside Aces paid tribute on KFAI radio’s Musical Transportation Spree with a two-hour special. Listen: https://archive.org/details/Schnickelfest Internet Archive logo

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