Monday, May 3, 2010

Bonfire!.....part 1

Here is a devastatingly bad record by a Mr. Ronny Kay on Band Box records out of Denver, Colorado. Number 289. This Band Box discography
puts it in the early sixties, also shows some other 45s by him. This is basically all the info I was able to uncover on Ronny Kay and this 45. It is so bad, that it is so good. I just get this picture/story in my head every time I listen to this 45. I just picture Mr. Ronny Kay, probably a very odd-lookin' fellow, walk into a studio with a shitty drum set. He is goin' on about a new song called "Bonfire" where he just yells "bonfire!" and beats up the drums. I imagine men in suits going, "why, this guy is crazy, I can't believe we agreed to do this!" It probably did not go like that, but I am for sure there is probably a really great story behind Ronny Kay and this 45. I would love to hear it! Sandy Nelson step aside!!!


  1. It's got mad braekz for weekz, yo.

    He's got better records... "Drums Off A Cliff" or something or other.

  2. I listened to some of his other stuff from 45s that could be found on YouTube, but I do like the unique, primitive sound of "Bonfire." If you haven't already you should check out "Swinging Drums" & "Nostalgia." I find it interesting how he kept changing the spelling of his name from one record to the next...I found three different versions.

    When I hear "Bonfire," I picture a bum in Central Park brilliantly banging on some turned over trash barrels (almost like a scene from a Broadway musical) to scrape up some cash for a pint and a pack of smokes. :D
    Call me crazy, that's just what I see when I hear this.

  3. According to Office Naps, he was a session drummer who founded the Denver music shop Drum City. I like to imagine him playing something like this in the middle of the store while demonstrating a drum set to some pimpled prospective drummer.

  4. hi, Is there a problem with hipcast or is it my computer? Let me know, thanks

  5. Any chance of Part 2? if thats the flip? Been waiting since may 3rd 2010 I'm Hooked

  6. i can't play the hipcast link either...i have a few 45s by him that i love (swinging drums & drums fell off a cliff especially, really great! never heard this one...just found this blog by the way...i love it!