got my copy today, it’s a great first issue.
This was awesome to wake up to! Another satisfied customer! Glad you like it! Plenty more where that came from, so stay tombed…
Thanks to everyone for the major support. It might not seem like much, but it’s what makes us wanna keep these issues coming! Thanks Dorks!
GET SQUARE! Come to the mock hop dance party Square tomorrow night! It’s at the ReBar at 9 o’clock. We’ll be there slingin’ copies and cuttin’ a rug just as swell as the rest of ‘em, so come Dork with us!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS! (JULY 18, 1929 - FEBRUARY 12, 2000)
Does anyone know how old he is in black cat years? OHABLAGHABA!!! Want more Screamin Jalacy Hawkins? Of course! Who doesn’t? Well, we’ll be doing a big ol’ spread on our biscuit in the Halloween issue! It’ll make your bones crack and your knees shake!
HOT OFF THE PRESSES! GET DORKED IS NOW AVAILABLE!
That’s right, folks! We’ve just gotten back from the printers and have ourselves a warm steamin’ pile of Issue 1’s! That means all you folks who ordered one have one comin’ to ya in the mail first thing in the morning. And to all of you too slow on the draw (if this was the Old West, you’d all be dead), now’s your chance to pick your copy up! Now, we only printed 55 copies and just about 40 or so of them are claimed. That means you better jump on this opportunity to pick yours up. Unless we get over a hundred orders come in, THESE WILL NOT BE REPRESSED. So don’t be a cube, rube! Send $3 to the following address:
GET DORKED H.Q.
1828 N 51 STREET
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If you live in Seattle, Portland, Baltimore, or Chicago; check back soon, cause we’ll have a list of retailers up within the next 2 weeks!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RON ASHETON! (July 17th, 1948 – January 6th, 2009).
So, I figured I could either whip up some little bio and talk about how Ron Asheton and his work in the legendary Stooges was some of the most profound guitar work in rock ‘n’ roll history…or I could opt for something more in the spirit of the Stooges. Something direct and exciting and just simply write:
raw fucking power.
yeah, that felt like the right thing to do.
R.I.P. Hank Cochran (August 2nd, 1935 - July 15th, 2010).
The legendary country songwriter (more so poet) has died yesterday. Though a fruitful songwriter who’s written such great hits as Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces” and Eddy Arnold’s “Make the World Go Away”, he was probably mostly well-known for being the one half of the Cochran Brothers. The other half, you guessed it, being Mr. Eddie Cochran himself (and no, they weren’t brothers). He also gave Willie Nelson his big break.
Cochran had been recently getting cancerous tumors removed from his lymph nodes and pancreas and more recently a large aortic aneurysm. All the surgical activity proved to be too much and inevitably killed him. He was 74.
Happy Birthday, Johnny Thunders! (July 15, 1952 - April 23, 1991)
Today, the Jesus Christ of Rock ‘n’ Roll would’ve been a battle-scarred old man if he had made it this far. His untimely death, by the cold hands of God’s Own Medicine, took him down in New Orleans in 1991. Though, I sometimes wonder if he had been spared, if he woulda made it this far. Willy Deville (of Mink DeVille infamy and witness to Thunders’ body being wheeled out of the building where he died), who basically lead the same destructive lifestyle step for step, just recently died a couple years ago. He was 57, I think. I’m sure everyone knew Johnny was morgue-bound from pretty early on, but aren’t most legends? You listen to those records and think “this music could only be made by someone who’s long gone”. Almost all the geniuses are dead men. That’s the trick, baby.
So happy birthday, Thunders. You were good in the Dolls, you were good in the Heartbreakers, you were good in your prime, and you were even good during that whole save-the-children help-the-homeless era, too.
Now, here’s a little trivia question: There’s two possible derivatives of where the name ‘Johnny Thunders’ came from. If you can tell me both of ‘em, you’ll win a free issue of Get Dorked! email your answer to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS: I PUT A SPELL ON ME (Full length)
Dig ths awesome documentary on Screamin’ Jay! If you want more Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, make sure to check out iisue #2 of Get Dorked! It’s gonna be out mondo Halloween issue!
(and yeah, I know it’s a little crazy to get excited about issue #2 before ish #1 comes out, but it doesn’t hurt to look ahead, right??)
featuring: Rudi Protrudi (The Fuzztones), Bo Diddley, Eric Burdon (The Animals), Jim Jarmusch, Andre Williams, and many more!
p.s. just hearing Bo Diddley say “Bellagosi” is totally worth the watch alone.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BILL HALEY!
Arguably the first to play what would be thought of as “rock ‘n’ roll”, Bill Haley hit the charts with his jivin’ jumper “Rock Around the Clock” (originally a b-side) in 1954. The song not only put Bill Haley and his group, the Comets (formerly the Saddlemen), on the map but also exposed the world to a taste of the wild wind to come. This took rock ‘n’ roll out of the realm of jazz and rhythm and blues and made it something individual. This song would also be the first rock ‘n’ roll song to ever be featured in the movin’ pictures area in the film adaption of Evan Hunter’s juvenile delinquent paperback classic Blackboard Jungle.
After America seemed to ignore rock ‘n’ roll in exchange for whatever the Beatles were doing that week, Haley and Co. picked up stakes and decided to mosey to the UK where they were appreciated in full. Haley would continue to enjoy his success across the pond til he died of a brain tumor in 1980.
EXCERPTS from the MIKE McCARTHY INTERVIEW
Here’s a lil teaser from the Mike McCarthy interview we just did. IF you wanna read the whole thing (trust me, you will), be sure to order yourself a copy of Get Dorked when it becomes available real soon!
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It’s rumored that you worked at Sun Studios for a period of time. If so, how did this come about? Do you have any strange stories of finding Charlie Feathers’ booze bottles behind a radiator or Jerry Lee’s gum stuck under the piano bench?
Ya know, i just saw an article in the LA Weekly about Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee sharing a bill, now in their later years. Can you imagine that?
Yeah, I saw that too. It’s pretty weird.
Well, ya know the whole reason why Jerry Lee lit his piano on fire was to upstage Chuck Berry. Back when Jerry Lee was opening for Chuck Berry, he wasn’t too happy with that so he lit his piano on fire and when he was walking offstage said some pretty discouraging remarks to Chuck. But now to see them on playing again is so funny.
(for those who don’t know Jerry Lee and Chuck shared a bill in New york in 1957. After an argument of who deserved the headlining slot, Jerry Lee lost the argument. while opening the show he threw his drink into the belly of the piano, put a flame to it, walked off stage and past Chuck to which he said “top that, nigger!”. the rest is rock ‘n’ roll history.)
Yeah, I just recently saw that documentary on Chuck Berry called ‘Hail, Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll’ and I thought it was pretty funny to see them sharing civil words about each other. Especially since it’s always been pretty well known that they’ve had a tiff with each other.
Yeah. But you asked about Sun. I worked at Sun for 3 years, 4 months, and 5 days. It was great, I had a really good time but it was time to move on. But being in that room where rock ‘n’ roll was created is unequaled. There’s an aura in the room, I guess you could say.
Yeah, it’s got mojo.
But back when Charlie Feathers died in ‘98, a bunch of us went down to his funeral in Holly Springs, Mississippi and the only thing i’ll say is that it was a typical Baptist funeral where the preacher had to make a big deal about getting saved or going to hell, so you’re kinda left wondering if Charlie went to hell at the end of the service because he had a healthy distrust of organized religion. So we were outside standing around and shooting the breeze outside of the funeral and this black snake was crawling through the crevas towards us. we got outta the way and watched it crawl into the basement of the church. I’ll never forget that. I thought that was a pretty incredible thing to happen.
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Yeah. It’s funny you should mention Tempest Storm. We were just watching a collection of her tease films the other night.
Well, we were in Nashville at a show that the burlesque troupe Panty Raid put on and we were staying at the house of a lady named Katie Kay and she has a shop in Nashville called Katie Kay’s Western Style Ranch Dressing where she sells country music fashion. So she was hosting us at her house and she was also hosting Tempest Storm at her house. I tried to take a picture of Tempest in the kitchen in the morning when she was making breakfast and she refused cause she didn’t have her make up on. Now, this is an eighty year old woman who’s still beautiful but I say ‘ok, ok, i won’t take your picture’, but I realized in there was a lot of kitsch in Katie Ksy’s kitchen like an Elvis potholder and a Bettie Page refridgerator magnet, and i’m looking around thinking, ya know, Tempest had sex with the potholder and made a movie with the refridgerator magnet. Ya know, it was kind of a weird moment.
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If that don’t rope ya, I dunno what will! There’s plenty more where this came from! Keep an eye peeled for our announcement on when to order!
BREAKING NEWS: RETURN OF THE MUMMIES!
That’s right, folks! I’ve just gotten word that the almighty garage ghouls, The Mummies, will be having their first northwest show in 20 years at Dante’s in Portland on August 20th! Some say it may be their last U.S. show ever. I, myself, am extremely excited about this and will be making a trip down to Portland, for sure. “Portland may be stupid enough to give us a second chance, but we know enough to keep the engine running” says the Mummies website. I know i’ll be stupid enough to be in the front row waiting to get a Vox Continental straight to the teeth!
I can assure you, dorks, that we’ll be bringin’ you the rub when we find out more! Make sure to order the first issue of Get Dorked! to hear more about this event and read the article written by yours truly all about The Mummies! with pictures for your bedroom wall or your locker!
how to order? send $3 ($2 for a copy + $1 s/h) to:
GET DORKED H.Q.
1828 N 51 st.
Seattle, WA 98103
don’t forget your return mailing address!
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email me your mailing address if you wanna get a copy of our lil zine GET DORKED! when it’s finished! we were thinkin about sellin it at about 1 dollar or maybe two, but i’ll send the first one out for free to anyone who replies on here. but you better hurry cause we start with the layout on wednesday!
this issue is gonna be startin off with a bang so don’t miss it!
VICE PARTY in CELLULOID!
For Seattle perverts (myself included):
Stag Party Special: A delightful evening of vintage smut!
Saturday June 12, 9pm
Risqué and hard core rarities. A program made up entirely of stag films (hardcore short films from 1925-1950) would be tedious. In fact most stag films are boring. This program features five truly great stags interspersed with selected risqué rarities called “nudie cuties”, “tease films” and soundies.
at the Grand Illusion Cinema. don’t miss this, it’s gonna be sin-sational!
Howlin’ Wolf - How Many More Years.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOWLIN’ WOLF!
Here’s ol’ Wolfie cuttin through one of his four hits during the 1950s. this one was released on Chess Records in 1951. the other three hits being “Moanin’ at Midnight” which was the flip side to “…Years”, “Smokestack Lightnin” in 1956, and “I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)” later in ‘56.
GET DORKED IS GOIN’ TO PRINT!
that’s right, folks! with the help of a few pals, i’ll be turnin’ this here blog into a spiffy lil’ zine! don’t you worry, now. this blog ain’t goin nowhere. this zine will basically be another medium for all things cool!
what i need from you guys is this: if you have any writings you’ve done that you think would be good for the zine (i.e. artist bios, interviews, photos, newspaper clippings, weird ads, etc.) then please, by all means, send em in! don’t be shy! just remember that we deal in 50s and 60s rock n roll and the surrounding culture of cool. so that means we’ll be talkin about movies (monster movies, noirs, etc.) and books (mainly pulp paperbacks), as well. so if you think you got what it takes, then fire away! you can email me at:
if it doesn’t make it into this issue, it’ll make it into the next! this ain’t gonna be easy so all the help we can get will be great. don’t wait another second to GET DORKED!