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Hello All,

And the A Mouthful Of Pennies Consortium’s Summer Blow-Out Wholesale Bootleg MixTape Distribution continues! Everything Must Go!

The last MixTape—THE MYTH OF A ROOM—might have been a little too high-falutin’ for some; so, today I present a good ol’ fashion slap-dash quick one for sitting under the afternoon sun with friends and perhaps breaking into a sing-along or two. Sloppy at points and reminding me of a MixTape I might’ve made 10-15 years back (like on an actual tapedeck), this one should be a breeze to roll along to and comes with its own custom-built comedown! …(and another bootleg, grandma with a computer cover art.)

Oh, and don’t forget to checkout some other dope MixTapes posted up in these pages: Longevity Has its Place ; El Ambiente Bien Babes Y Bean de Uruguay: Volume 1Broken Tail-Feathers; The Two Cent Spit; Babylon Bye Bye; and the Nas birthday tribute, Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones is Like…


—Enjoy yourself!

Sudden Dogs




by A Mouthful Of Pennies (Bobby Calero)

(another bootleg, grandma with a computer) album cover by A Mouthful Of Pennies (Bobby Calero, w/ the participation of Moose (L.) & Patti (R.))

Loco MosquitoIggy Pop (’80)

You Keep Me Hanging On [snippet] – Vanilla Fudge (’67)

Hateful The Clash (’79)

Rock & Roll/SympathyJane’s Addiction (live at the Roxy Theatre 1/26/’87)

Once Was A Time I Thought The Mamas & the Papas (’66)

LaydownPrince (’10)

The World Has Turned and Left Me HereWeezer (’94)

Police & ThievesThe Clash (’77)

You’re Crazy (Lies version) – Guns N’ Roses (’89)

Mother Mary (Daytrotter Session version) – Far (’10)

Don’t Push (acoustic) – Bradley Nowell (’92)

Don’t Push/54-46 That’s My Number/Ball And ChainSublime (’92)

Still FameDavid Bowie, James Brown, Dr. Dre, & Snoop Dogg (Pastamasta mash)

It Ain’t Hard To Tell Tom’s DinerSuzanne Vega & Nas (Danger Mouse remix) (’03)

Gunz On My Side/2 Glocks2Pac, Busta Rhymes, Bounty Killa, & Wayne Marshall (DJ Vlad/Dirty Harry/DJ Green Lantern remix) (’03)

The Story of Fela (Open & Close)Fela Kuti (J.Period remix) (’09)

I’ve Been to the MountaintopDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (4/3/’68)

Tears Of A Samurai/I Shall Be ReleasedThe RZA/Elvis Presley (’07/’71)

—————(BOBBY CALERO)—————


Shadow Morton

Hello all. Just popping in today to pay a small tribute to legendary producer and songwriter, Shadow Morton, who died February 14th at the age of 71.

Born George Francis Morton in Brooklyn on Sept. 3, 1941, “Shadow” would go on to pen and produce one of the finest girl group singles of all time, The Shangri-Las’ “Remember (Walking in the Sand).” Certainly rivaling anything committed to tape by Phil Spector, and at just over two minutes in length, “Remember” is a perfect slice of theatric pop imbued with just enough quirk (such as the squeal of sea gulls and the rhythmic chant of the title) to catch the ear without distracting from the haunting melody or The Shangri-Las’ lead singer Mary Weiss’ wail of teenage angst. Shadow Morton had claimed that this composition (his first) took him “about 22 minutes” to complete (Fox, 2013). In 1964, through bluff and braggadocio, Morton landed a big break by being asked to present a song to some songwriters employed in Manhattan’s Brill Building, the celebrated center of activity for the American popular music industry.

Through various friends and associates Morton quickly secured a basement recording studio and a four-piece band. Then through another friend he was put in contact with a local Queens vocal quartet comprised of 4 high school girls, two sets of sisters: Mary and Betty Weiss and twins Marguerite (Marge) and Mary Ann Ganser. They were known as The Shangri-Las.

The Shangri-Las Radio station WHK 1965 Geauga Lake Park, Cleveland Ohio. (Photo by George Shuba).

“With these elements in place, Mr. Morton, on his way to the recording session, realized he lacked one thing: a song. Pulling his car over on a stretch of Long Island road, he wrote ‘Remember’” (Fox, 2013).

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“Remember” became a number five hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on Cashbox Magazine’s R&B chart (Whitburn, 2004). With their talent, their “tough girl” persona, and Morton’s songwriting and production work, The Shangri-Las had a string of hits (the best known perhaps being the melodramatic teenage-death pop classic, “Leader of the Pack”) and would go on to perform alongside The Beatles, James Brown, Dusty Springfield, and The Zombies.

However, by 1966 Morton was searching for a change in sound and found it when he began working with a local New York band known as The Pigeons. Then managed by reputed Lucchese crime family member Phillip Basile, The Pigeons would soon change their name to Vanilla Fudge. Impressed by their immense talent (it should be noted that they did feature one of the greatest rhythm sections of all time with Tim Bogert on bass and Carmine Appice on drums) Morton helped steer their sound into the symphonic psychedelic rock of half-speed covers that made their debut of 1967 an instant classic. The highlight off this self-titled debut must surely be their interpolation of the Brian Holland/Lamont Dozier/Eddie Holland penned “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” which had been a hit for The Supremes the year prior. In addition to the aforementioned rhythm section, the track best exemplifies the talents of lead singer Mark Stein’s funeral church organ style and the bombastic crunch and groove to Vince Martell’s guitar.

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As one last small tribute to Shadow Morton I present to you a real big song: the psychedelic epic, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly. Released on their second LP in 1968, Morton has downplayed his involvement with this song, stating that due to his drinking he maintained minimal oversight to the recording process. However, it was in this atmosphere that the band were told to continue rolling and improvising through a “soundcheck rehearsal,” which resulted in the band completing this 17-minute opus in one take! Rolling through hypnotic drones, polyphonic heights, and extended solos, here’s Doug Ingle, Erik Brann, Lee Dorman, and Ron Bushy of Iron Butterfly at their most operatic:

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George Francis “Shadow” Morton (September 3, 1940 – February 14, 2013) R.I.P

———————————BOBBY CALERO—————————


Fox, M. (2013, Feb. 15). Shadow Morton, Songwriter and Producer, Dies at 71. The New York Times. Retrieved from

Holland, B; Dozier, L.; & Holland, E. (1966) [Recorded by Vanilla Fudge] On Vanilla Fudge. ATCO Records (1967).

Ingle, D. (1968) In-a-gadda-da-vida [Recorded by Iron Butterfly] On In-a-gadda-da-vida.

ATCO Records (1968).

Morton, G. (1964) Remember (Walking In The Sand) [Recorded by The Shangri-Las] On Remember (Walking In The Sand) [7” Single].  Redbird, (1964).

Whitburn, J. (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research