With a career that includes hits as producer ('Alley Oop' by The Hollywood Argyles),
songwriter ('Nut Rocker' by B Bumble & The Stingers), recordings with Gene
Vincent, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers and countless others, his early
management of The Runaways and plenty of glorious failures along the way, Kim
Fowley has been a maverick presence in rock & roll history for over fifty years.
"Living In The Streets" (1977) is a compilation of his solo recordings, some of them
dating back to the beginning of the decade.
'Born to Make You Cry' and 'Thunder Road' - recorded in collaboration with Mars
Bonfire - had first appeared on a single on Original Sound in 1970. As had 'Big Bad
Cadillac' (a homage to Vince Taylor's 'Brand New Cadillac') and 'Man Without A
Country,' released under the name King Lizard, and recorded in Sweden while he
was producing Wigwam's "Tombstone Valentine" album.
Originally released on Chattahoochee in 1973 under the alias Jimmy Jukebox,
'Motorboat' is now regarded as a Fowley classic. That song and its B-side, '25 Hours
A Day' was written and recorded in collaboration with his good friend Michael Lloyd,
who Fowley had been making records with since the mid-sixties. 'California
Summertime' and 'Hollywood Nights' were recorded in 1974 at Gold Star Studios in
Hollywood and released as a single on the Now label under the unlikely sobriquet of
Three songs - plus the spoken piece 'Sex, Dope and Violence' - made their debut
on the album: 'Summertime Frog', 'Love Bomb,' and 'Living in the Streets.' All are
acoustic and show a certain Captain Beefheart flavor, the former, and some
Dylanesque influence, the later.
"Living in the Streets" remains a worthy monument to the seventies recordings of
the Dorian Gray of Rock 'n' Roll, the human jukebox: the unstoppable Kim Fowley.