This week, Liberty Island published my short story entitled TBOP (The Beast of Philadelphia). As noted above, the story describes the interview that results in Bruno’s first job as a psychic detective. Since the character of Bruno invaded my mental landscape, I’ve envisioned him in a prequel novel called “The Philly Dog.” Some version of TBOP would be the first chapter.
Here are few clues for y’all: TBOP is a play on TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia), which was the theme song for the TV show, Soul Train–filmed in Philly of course in the early 1970s. Watching this clip will transport you to another time, place, and universe; and then you will understand…everything.
The Philly Dog was one of the dance-craze songs from the 1960s. Others include The Boston Monkey, The Funky Chicken, The Twine, The Jerk, the 81. The original Philly Dog was recorded by the MarKeys. The Olympics, The Manhattans, and Herbie Mann also recorded versions. Although Dick Clark was the celebrity DJ of Philadelphia, a guy named Jerry Blavat, “The Geator with the Heator,” was a more unique talent. The Geator could extemporize more nonsense per second than anyone on the planet. He also was spinning music from then-unknown R&B groups, helping them get started—and keeping the “yon teens” dancing.