Butch Whacks & the Glass Packs U.S.
n. < fr. butch wax, 1950s hair pomade sometimes used as bondo to
repair car dents + glass pack, car
muffler which reduces engine exhaust pressure while increasing engine power and
noise, and, more importantly. rhymes with butch wax. 1. San Francisco area music group, 1971-1976,
composed of slackers from St. Mary's College looking for unique ways to
avoid classes. 2.
1983-2008: San Francisco Bay Area music group composed of
seemingly responsible adults, looking for unique ways to avoid real work, who
get together once a year and amazingly play before enthusiastic, sell-out
crowds in San Francisco.
Long-time members include Rob Birsinger, Dee Dee Crockett, Morey Goldstein, Mike Hagerty, Bill Lazzaretti, Bruce Lopez, Julio Lopez, Mike
Moore, Gary Murphy, Jerry Murphy,
Walt Quinn, Dan Ritzo, Bob Sarlatte, Larry
Strawther, Tom Tomasello and Karl Young. At various times, other members
have included John Buick, Jeff Carino, Davey Gonzales, Peter Gordon, Craig Martin and Bob
night show is sold out! Tickets still available for
Although the Saturday night show is now sold out, there are still some tickets left
for the Thursday and Friday shows for Butch Whacks & the Glass Packs' 25th annual Farewell Performance to be held at Bimbos' 365
Club in San Francisco
on June 26, 27 and 28.
You can order tickets via credit card online, or if you want to avoid those bank and
credit card processing fees, then you can pay by
check and get your tickets by snail mail.
Details are available at our butchwhacks.com
Ticket prices are $45 for
Thursday night, and $50 for Friday night.
can review a record when it's new and nobody knows the song.
Only a very secure individual reviews a record that's been
out over 40 years and on which everyone has an opinion.
Such a challenge doesn't daunt our very own Butch Whacks (aka
Jerry Murphy) who gives us the 411 on one of rock's most enduring
45s -- Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Mash." Who could worry
about the Cuban Missile Crisis when the Cryptkicker 5 (which
included Leon Russell) were making the scene? Check
out Butch's ode
to the Monster Mash.
Retro Record Reviews: Butch looks at the timeless (or mindless?) "Monster Mash"
Packs to help Zasu Pitts reunite to raise funds for stricken
band mate Morey G
As we related in the past few email blasts, Butch Whacks tenor saxman, Morey Goldstein, has been stricken with brain cancer.
To help defray medical costs, Morey's friends and former bandmembers have put on benefit shows. One coming up on June 23rd is the reunion of the Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra at the Great American Music Hall
Morey and his wife, Katy were original members of Zasu, which rocked San Francisco in the 1980s with its super hot repertoire of Motown and Stax
oldies with a big band, horn section in the back, girl group in beehive
hairdos at the front.
We'll be doing a few numbers as an opening act and hope some of you can make it out there and help out Morey. If not, and you still want to help out, you
may reach out to Morey by clicking here
or going to the link below. http://www.bigbangbeat.com/moreyg.html
favorite clubs and bands
Over its early years as a unintended non-profit organization,
Butch Whacks had the chance to play with a lot of great
bands -- the Doobie Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner Revue,
Boz Scaggs, Tower of Power, Chuck Berry, not to mention
the immortal Uncle Vinty -- and also to play in some great
venues, such as Keystone, the Great American Music Hall,
the Fillmore, the Mother Lode.
Who were our favorite bands? What were
our favorite clubs/venues? Band members Gary Murphy,
Bob Sarlatte, and Larry Strawther take a couple swings at
the question and list
of the Week - "Hullabaloo," divas, 60s soul and other digressions
our last email blast, we saluted ABC's "Shindig,"
but NBC had its own teen-themed music effort "Hullabaloo,"
which lacked Shindig's creativity and energy, but did have
some notable features, among them the show's off-camera
announcer - San Fran Top 40 DJ Johnny
Holliday (the Baron of the Bay) who ruled the radio
waves from the afternoon drive time slot on KYA for years.
was more mainstream (i.e. adult acceptable) pop than youth-oriented
Shindig, but it had its moments -- some early Moody Blues
(seen left doing "Go
Now") and in a clip that could be out of Austin Powers,
the Yardbirds doing "I'm
often Hullabaloo was a glaring example of network television
gone bad. For perfectly hideous results, check
out this duet of Gary Lewis (sans Playboys) and his dad
Jerry Lewis (sans talent). The opening NBC peacock
may bring back some memories, but be warned: the song may
make you cringe.
Almost as bad were the Hullabaloo salute
to Bob Dylan, the Hullabaloo dancers performing
to Batman, Nancy Sinatra doing "These
Boots are Made for Walking." Or this Trini
Lopez/Vicky Carr medley (with Vicky singing "I'm into
Something Good" to Peter Noone, (who had the actual hit
of the song, so why not have him sing it? I know, too logical.
could go on, but we are compassionate beings. If one
is going to do Dylan, we suggest you check out Sam Cooke
in the Wind" on Shindig. We also prefer to remember
Vicky Carr doing "It
Must Be Him." Her powerful voice reminds us of
Little Peggy March's "I
Will Follow Him," Connie Francis ("Who's
Sorry Now," "Where
the Boys Are,") and last but certainly not least, Miss
Toni Fisher's "The
Big Hurt" which Vicky
covered on The Tonight Show in 1972. By the way,
since we've totally gone off the deep end into Diva-land
here, let's point out that "Where the Boys Are" even sounds
good in Japanese. But does it sound as good as
rock and roll's only real hit from Japan -- the immortal
by Kyu Sakamoto. (The title had absolutely nothing to do
with the song, but apparently were the only Japanese words
known by the English company which released it over here.)
you think we've totally lost our minds, our reputation (and
testosterone), some of us Glass Packers have always been
big fans of 60's soul... like The Esquires ("Get
on Up"), the Intruders ("Cowboys
to Girls"), Archie Bell & the Drells ("Tighten
Up"), Jimmy Ruffin ("What
Becomes of the Brokenhearted"), Sonny Charles & Checkmates,
Pearl"), and even blue-eyed Philly soul from the Soul
to Your Heart") which was produced by Kenny
Gamble and Leon Huff who later hit it mega big producing
some great hits for among others Harold Melvin & the Blue
Up Everybody"), and the O'Jays ("Back
Surprisingly, one of the most viewed articles in our last email blast was our look at North Beach restaurants that you might consider for a pre-Butch meal. The area around Bimbo's offers
some of the best dining in San Francisco. And since some of the
Glass Packs sport long-standing credentials as true city
boys with the real low-down on high quality dining in the
North Beach area, we thought you might be interested in
some of our suggested pre-show dining possibilities (that is, if you don't tailgate.) Click here to see where Butch and the boys meet to eat.
When a band has 37 years of history and bad jokes, you have to store it somewhere. And a lot of it is at www.butchwhacks.com. Learn a little bit about band members, a skewed history of the band, see some old photos which we probably should burn, and even see some of our old bits. We're actually learning how to do much of this ourselves, so we'll even do a better job of keeping you posted on what's happening (although bear with us - sometimes we have to have our teen-age kids shows us all these internet tricks).
ONCE AN ON-AIR PERSONALITY,
ALWAYS AN ON-AIR PERSONALITY: BWGP's Bob Sarlatte
is moonlighting every Sunday night as a DJ for Napa
Valley radio station KVYN, impressing one and all with
his immense mastery of myriad musical minutiae, which he once
displayed in the early 70's as a white shadow DJ working at
KSOL. El Hombre Grande has also been beating the
bushes publicity-wise in preparation for the band's Bimbo's
dates with appearances on KFRC's morning show with Dave "The
Duke" Sholin, and has a scheduled stop with KGO-TV's Don Sanchez
a week before the show... Other visits might also include
a piece with KCBS's Mike Sugerman... The Big Guy also had
a nice article written about him in a recent Oakland
In the IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY DEPT: In 2003 BWGP piano player Larry Strawther and a couple SoCal friends licensed some 1980s Japanese game show footage and created a television show called Most Extreme Elimination Challenge (also known as MXC). They edited the footage to resemble an over-produced network sports show that featured contestants running an obstacle course that resulted in lots of face plants and mud plops, incessant reruns of those smashes, and fast-paced cuts and splashy graphics, etc.). It became a hit on Spike-TV and through three volumes of DVDs (with the fourth slated for this Fall).
Now, it is with keen curiosity that Larry and his partners await the June 24 premier of the ABC game show Wipeout, described as "Human cannonballs! Human pinballs! Crashes, smashes and mud splashes!
Twenty-four thrill-seekers will compete in the world's largest extreme
obstacle course designed to provide the most spills, face plants and
wipeouts ever seen on television." Hmm, well, we're sure that beyond that besides being an over-produced network sports show featuring an
obstacle course, face plants mud plops, splashy graphics, etc., any similarities are purely coincidental.
See you at Bimbo's.