All Night, All Ventures

Jerry with Nokie Edwards of The Ventures (2003)Jerry and guest David Elrod (The Revtunes) host a night of music by The Ventures, playing hits and rarities. So far, ancient tapes yielded nearly half of six broadcast hours–hopefully in the not-too-dismal future, a complete rescue of the remainder of this radio special from 1984.

(Jeff Cook and The Ventures (2003)Above) Jerry with lead guitarist Nokie Edwards (Surfin’ to Baja with The Ventures, February 2003).

(Right) Jeff (Alabama) Cook; Bob Bogle & Nokie Edwards (The Ventures).

Broadcast March 24, 1984 (KFAI, Minneapolis) on Random Access (Frothing at the Beaker). Listen:

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Rescued audio thanks to Johnny’s Cassette Dungeon.

Meet The Pylons

Just in time for the Summer of Road Construction, from The Mechanical Spider Clinic archive, a “mockumentary” about a fictitious instrumental surf-rock band from Wyoming, The Pylons. thePylons
The founding members ran into each other while constructing a toll road, and began singing folk music as The Undivided Highwaymen with songs such as “Don’t Strike That Hazard Cone” and “Turn Turn Turn Left at the Stop Sign.” But it was as The Pylons they had their biggest smashes: rock and roll instrumentals like “Burnin’ Rubber,” “Walkin’ the Ten Foot Viaduct,” “The Ditch (Parts 1 & 2)” and “Don’t Strike That Hazard Cone ’64.”WindshieldCrack
Supplying voices and songs of The Pylons were real musicians from Minnesota, members of The RevtunesThe Thunderbats, Subject to Change, and New England’s only banjo surf-rock combo, The Illusions; also featuring the voices of Chuck Isle; Ken Dresher; Ray Dahl; Rob Shapiro; Bill Bader; Peter Stenshoel; Kelly Itoh. Thanks to Mark Masyga.

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