Wed, August 6, 9pm EDT - 'Have Moicy!' by Michael Hurley, The Unholy Modal Rounders, Jeffrey Frederick & The Clamtones

This is a fun and quirky album.  The Holy Modal Rounders were an interesting duo prior to this effort, and teaming up (though minus Steve Weber, hence "Unholy") with Michael Hurley and Jeffrey Frederick & The Clamtones turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. I can only laugh at some off the lyrics (especially on Slurf Song) on this LP, but the album goes much deeper than what some of the silly lyrics may suggest. Join me on Wed, August 6 for a closer look/listen and to discover (or rediscover) the uniqueness that really really sets this album apart.

40 comments

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock NY

    Quick reminder for tonight's listening experience: Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser so you can see all the comments as they are posted. Additionally, I have been told that the issue which was disabling the ability to post has been resolved. If you run into the issue during the course of "Album Night" please send me a message at johnbanrock@yahoo.com or via the contact page. Thanks everyone. I'm eager to listen to 'Have Moicy!' tonight!

    Quick reminder for tonight's listening experience:
    Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser so you can see all the comments as they are posted.

    Additionally, I have been told that the issue which was disabling the ability to post has been resolved. If you run into the issue during the course of "Album Night" please send me a message at johnbanrock@yahoo.com or via the contact page.

    Thanks everyone. I'm eager to listen to 'Have Moicy!' tonight!

  • John T

    John T NY

    A few brief comments before we start. I am really glad that John has chosen Have Moicy! as part of his Album Night series. I have been an addicted listener to the album ever since it was released over 38 years ago. The overall feel is homemade music that is relaxed, spontaneous, honest and most importantly fun. No matter how many times I listen to this music it always brings a smile to my face and draws me in to the good time the group must have had when they made it. I know many people who I have played this for tend to dismiss it as slight, maybe even silly - that is low brow - in some spots but they miss point. Listen closely and the music and words seem timeless with a certain human quality that simply doesn't exist in much of today's music. An under appreciated, underrated masterpiece in my opinion that continues to give me great listening pleasure.

    A few brief comments before we start. I am really glad that John has chosen Have Moicy! as part of his Album Night series. I have been an addicted listener to the album ever since it was released over 38 years ago. The overall feel is homemade music that is relaxed, spontaneous, honest and most importantly fun. No matter how many times I listen to this music it always brings a smile to my face and draws me in to the good time the group must have had when they made it. I know many people who I have played this for tend to dismiss it as slight, maybe even silly - that is low brow - in some spots but they miss point. Listen closely and the music and words seem timeless with a certain human quality that simply doesn't exist in much of today's music. An under appreciated, underrated masterpiece in my opinion that continues to give me great listening pleasure.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Thanks for your pre-listen comments John. I agree that once you dig a little deeper there is much more than meets the eye. I look forward to listening very closely tonight to get past the exterior fun and get to a bit more of the substance. The 'fun' is great too, of course, but as you say there is so much more. I'm looking forward to hearing this one again tonight! Anyone else out there?

    Thanks for your pre-listen comments John. I agree that once you dig a little deeper there is much more than meets the eye. I look forward to listening very closely tonight to get past the exterior fun and get to a bit more of the substance. The 'fun' is great too, of course, but as you say there is so much more. I'm looking forward to hearing this one again tonight! Anyone else out there?

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    hey! i'm here too. was just checking out a couple of the links you posted earlier. looks like this should be an interesting one. just grabbed it off itunes today!!!

    hey! i'm here too. was just checking out a couple of the links you posted earlier. looks like this should be an interesting one. just grabbed it off itunes today!!!

  • Henry

    Henry Stubbville, KS

    I'm in as well. Haven't heard this album in some years now. I'll be looking to dig a little deeper tonight also. Any minute now...

    I'm in as well. Haven't heard this album in some years now. I'll be looking to dig a little deeper tonight also. Any minute now...

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Album Night officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Have Moicy!' by Michael Hurley, The Unholy Modal Rounders, Jeffrey Frederick & The Clamtones. Share your thoughts right here as you listen! Thanks everyone for joining!

    Album Night officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Have Moicy!' by Michael Hurley, The Unholy Modal Rounders, Jeffrey Frederick & The Clamtones. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

    Thanks everyone for joining!

  • John T

    John T NY

    The albums starts perfectly with the banjo/folk guitar sound and Peter Stampfel's crazy whacked out voice. Favorite lines: "Wine will be flowing while chickens are crowing" " Life is short is long"

    The albums starts perfectly with the banjo/folk guitar sound and Peter Stampfel's crazy whacked out voice.

    Favorite lines: "Wine will be flowing while chickens are crowing" " Life is short is long"

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    wow! I'm in a better mood already! great start

    wow! I'm in a better mood already! great start

  • John T

    John T NY

    Robbin Banks really gives you an idea of what kind of craziness the boys are playing and singing about. Almost campy. Silly but serious. The late great Jeffrey Frederick singing lead.

    Robbin Banks really gives you an idea of what kind of craziness the boys are playing and singing about. Almost campy. Silly but serious. The late great Jeffrey Frederick singing lead.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Peter Stampfel's voice is certainly something. I think part of what makes the album great is that they don't stick to just one vocalist. "Lord, I love drinking whisky" (track 2 -"Robbin' Banks"). Yeah, me too

    Peter Stampfel's voice is certainly something. I think part of what makes the album great is that they don't stick to just one vocalist. "Lord, I love drinking whisky" (track 2 -"Robbin' Banks"). Yeah, me too

  • Henry

    Henry Stubbville, KS

    'Slurf Song' will definitely make you think twice the next time you eat spaghetti...

    'Slurf Song' will definitely make you think twice the next time you eat spaghetti...

  • Steve

    Steve Jacksonville

    Hi gang. Just joined in. Always heard about this album but never had a chance to really get into it. Way different than what you hear in today's music. The lyrics are weird but funny. Especially this slurf song. Totally insane.

    Hi gang. Just joined in. Always heard about this album but never had a chance to really get into it. Way different than what you hear in today's music. The lyrics are weird but funny. Especially this slurf song. Totally insane.

  • John T

    John T NY

    Is it me or does Jacknife have a really ominous undertone to it? Any guess as to what the underlying meaning is here. This juxtaposition of lyrics and music is what makes the album so interesting and listenable.

    Is it me or does Jacknife have a really ominous undertone to it? Any guess as to what the underlying meaning is here. This juxtaposition of lyrics and music is what makes the album so interesting and listenable.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hey Steve, thanks for joining. Glad you're enjoying thus far. Slurf Song is probably the funniest one in my opinion! Not sure I know of any other songs that speak about what happens to food after you eat it they way they do!

    Hey Steve, thanks for joining. Glad you're enjoying thus far. Slurf Song is probably the funniest one in my opinion! Not sure I know of any other songs that speak about what happens to food after you eat it they way they do!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    John - is Jackknife just the beggining 30 or 40 seconds with "The Red Newt" being the longer song after the pause? Or is it simply one long song name for the entire track?

    John - is Jackknife just the beggining 30 or 40 seconds with "The Red Newt" being the longer song after the pause? Or is it simply one long song name for the entire track?

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    is that a washboard in this song 'griselda'? i'm hooked!

    is that a washboard in this song 'griselda'? i'm hooked!

  • John T

    John T NY

    Good question on Jacknife - I have it as one song.

    Good question on Jacknife - I have it as one song.

  • Steve

    Steve Jacksonville

    Hamburgers? Spaghetti? I'm getting hungry just listening to this music.

    Hamburgers? Spaghetti? I'm getting hungry just listening to this music.

  • John T

    John T NY

    Sweet Lucy is almost normal sounding compared to the other songs before this. Michael Hurley singing lead.

    Sweet Lucy is almost normal sounding compared to the other songs before this. Michael Hurley singing lead.

  • Henry

    Henry Stubbville, KS

    yeah, Sweet Lucy has a bit of a Grateful Dead feel to it. how do you know who is singing each song (other than Sampfel who is easily recognizable)?

    yeah, Sweet Lucy has a bit of a Grateful Dead feel to it. how do you know who is singing each song (other than Sampfel who is easily recognizable)?

  • John T

    John T NY

    I love the fiddle on Country Bump with Stampfel trying to keep up withe music. You can almost visualize people dancing to it at some Saturday night get together.

    I love the fiddle on Country Bump with Stampfel trying to keep up withe music. You can almost visualize people dancing to it at some Saturday night get together.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    It's great to see different artists and bands get together to make something so coherent and most likely better than their individual efforts. It's too often where some great musicians/writers get together and just don't have the right chemistry to make something that lives up to expectations based on their individual efforts. Another amazing thing about this album, in my opinion

    It's great to see different artists and bands get together to make something so coherent and most likely better than their individual efforts. It's too often where some great musicians/writers get together and just don't have the right chemistry to make something that lives up to expectations based on their individual efforts. Another amazing thing about this album, in my opinion

  • John T

    John T NY

    Just guessing on who is singing lead based on other Michael Hurley records I've heard and song writing credits on the album.

    Just guessing on who is singing lead based on other Michael Hurley records I've heard and song writing credits on the album.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    yeah, John T! I was dancin' around on that one!

    yeah, John T! I was dancin' around on that one!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    btw, steve, we're on Jealous Daddy's Death Song now, as a point of reference if you started late

    btw, steve, we're on Jealous Daddy's Death Song now, as a point of reference if you started late

  • John T

    John T NY

    Jealous Daddy is a total hoot! Love it Stampfel singing harmony.

    Jealous Daddy is a total hoot! Love it Stampfel singing harmony.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    A grim subject yet so playfully done on Jealous Daddy's Death Song. "I'm tellin' you boys, don't monkey with my widow when I'm gone"

    A grim subject yet so playfully done on Jealous Daddy's Death Song. "I'm tellin' you boys, don't monkey with my widow when I'm gone"

  • Steve

    Steve Jacksonville

    Thanks John. Keeping up with the comments and songs. Couldn't stop laughing listening to Jealous Daddy. I love all this music.

    Thanks John. Keeping up with the comments and songs. Couldn't stop laughing listening to Jealous Daddy. I love all this music.

  • Henry

    Henry Stubbville, KS

    I wonder what the reaction would be today if a record like this got released?

    I wonder what the reaction would be today if a record like this got released?

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    "weep, weep, weep, sob, sob and beat the dog". i think peta would boycott the album to say the least, based on this song. good question though henry. i would embrace it if it was able to find it's way to me

    "weep, weep, weep, sob, sob and beat the dog". i think peta would boycott the album to say the least, based on this song. good question though henry. i would embrace it if it was able to find it's way to me

  • John T

    John T NY

    Hoodooo Bash is a great closer. The fiddle and Stampfel makes you feel you are part of this insane scene of weird characters partying and making outrageous music together. But....Wizards from the south? Who knows what he means but it makes you stop and think about what is really going on.

    Hoodooo Bash is a great closer. The fiddle and Stampfel makes you feel you are part of this insane scene of weird characters partying and making outrageous music together.

    But....Wizards from the south? Who knows what he means but it makes you stop and think about what is really going on.

  • John T

    John T NY

    By the way...rumor has it (started by Stampfel) that a Have Moicy! 2 may be released soon. I hope it's true on one hand but have a feeling the original could never be duplicated.

    By the way...rumor has it (started by Stampfel) that a Have Moicy! 2 may be released soon. I hope it's true on one hand but have a feeling the original could never be duplicated.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I love this song too John. The vocals with the minor feel to the music are an interesting pairing and kind of very different to the rest of the album. But yeah, a lot of 'interesting' lyrics too. thunderbird, a pound of hash, magic mushrooms, the wizards of the south... who knows. i always seem to think of new orleans though, maybe kind of like the scene from easy rider. which now that i think about it is really even more interesting based on the fact that the Holy Modal Rounders had a track on the soundtrack of that movie

    I love this song too John. The vocals with the minor feel to the music are an interesting pairing and kind of very different to the rest of the album. But yeah, a lot of 'interesting' lyrics too. thunderbird, a pound of hash, magic mushrooms, the wizards of the south... who knows. i always seem to think of new orleans though, maybe kind of like the scene from easy rider. which now that i think about it is really even more interesting based on the fact that the Holy Modal Rounders had a track on the soundtrack of that movie

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I was able to find one thread on the subject of Have Moicy part 2. It's a couple of years old though. You would think by now the thing would be released. Looks like Michael Hurley did not want to get involved so you'd have to think it will not compare to the original. I'd certainly be interested to hear it though if it comes out http://jeffreylewisboard.free.fr/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1911&sid=48dd559def82d75e2f6e7eac7e1cc74e

    I was able to find one thread on the subject of Have Moicy part 2. It's a couple of years old though. You would think by now the thing would be released. Looks like Michael Hurley did not want to get involved so you'd have to think it will not compare to the original. I'd certainly be interested to hear it though if it comes out

    http://jeffreylewisboard.free.fr/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1911&sid=48dd559def82d75e2f6e7eac7e1cc74e

  • Henry

    Henry Stubbville, KS

    Went by too fast, as always. I'd be interested to hear a part 2 also, but similarly suspect that it won't compare. I guess I'm just glad this one was made. They tackle some serious subjects but generally sing them in a silly & upbeat way that hides the true meaning until you actually take the time to digest the words separately from the melody. Great stuff though. The records that present something new every time you listen are the truly great ones. The ones that give you everything on the first listen are the ones that make their way to the trash! What's next on the menu John?

    Went by too fast, as always. I'd be interested to hear a part 2 also, but similarly suspect that it won't compare. I guess I'm just glad this one was made. They tackle some serious subjects but generally sing them in a silly & upbeat way that hides the true meaning until you actually take the time to digest the words separately from the melody. Great stuff though. The records that present something new every time you listen are the truly great ones. The ones that give you everything on the first listen are the ones that make their way to the trash!
    What's next on the menu John?

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    another great album on album night! thanx john! looking forward to the next one too!

    another great album on album night! thanx john! looking forward to the next one too!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Thanks to everyone who joined tonight and made this another magical "Album Night"! I truly enjoy listening to albums in their entirety and discussing the ins and outs of them with others. The next album night will be Wed Aug 20. I've narrowed it down to two choices: The Doors - The Doors (debut album) Van Morrison - Moondance Anyone want to make the decision?

    Thanks to everyone who joined tonight and made this another magical "Album Night"! I truly enjoy listening to albums in their entirety and discussing the ins and outs of them with others.

    The next album night will be Wed Aug 20. I've narrowed it down to two choices:
    The Doors - The Doors (debut album)
    Van Morrison - Moondance
    Anyone want to make the decision?

  • Henry

    Henry Stubbville, KS

    Both great albums, but I'd say let's give the nod to Moondance. I think it has more of a summer feel to it

    Both great albums, but I'd say let's give the nod to Moondance. I think it has more of a summer feel to it

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Henry, I'm on board with that! I agree with your assessment. Ok, so the next "Album Night" will be Wednesday Aug 20, featuring Moondance by Van Morrison. I'll see you all then. Thanks John T, Sarah, Henry and Steve for joining tonight! I think I might go give Have Moicy! another spin! Something tells me I won't be the only one... :)

    Henry, I'm on board with that! I agree with your assessment.

    Ok, so the next "Album Night" will be Wednesday Aug 20, featuring Moondance by Van Morrison.

    I'll see you all then. Thanks John T, Sarah, Henry and Steve for joining tonight! I think I might go give Have Moicy! another spin! Something tells me I won't be the only one... smile

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