Episode 150: Bonus Solo Throwdown
(Featuring an hour of oddities and novelties left over from the DJ Throwdown.)
Having gathered a tremendous amount of music to meet the challenges of the previous DJ Throwdown, I was well equipped to assemble an hour Bonus Throwdown to fill time until Jonathan’s show at three. Again, there is not much to say about this show, aside from: listen to it! I do a little more relaxed mix of weird and wild records from the fatty layer below the usual meat that the show is comprised of for the most part. This is most certainly a Novelty Records show, in that most of these recordings most definitely count as novelties in their own genres. I was most excited to play the very weird recording of “Wild Thing,” sung by someone impersonated Senator Bobby Kennedy. It’s a fascinatingly strange record, and I only draw stranger and stranger conclusions about it the more I listen to it.
I should correct myself on two things I said during this show that are patently not true. This does not mean that I should not have said them; a good lie is just as entertaining as the truth. But I would like to set the record straight so that they lie is even more interesting than it usually is. First, while I claimed that we were listening to Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III during the voice over for the third segment of the show, we were in fact listening to the other side of that record, on which is contained the music of Tärr. Both Tärr and Cornelius appear on a great split record, but the record itself is unlabeled. I had a 50% chance of being right that time, and of course, lost. Also: while I said that O-Type was essentially MX-80 under a different name, I’m afraid I was mixing up my stories with that one. O-Type was actually the name of the songs on the record, written and performed by MX-80, who were performing as themselves, oddly enough. When you get to be my age, it’s hard to tell one story from another. My bad.
I also need to give a special thanks to Ryan, who has become a bit of an archivist, recording our shows off the KPSU webstream. He has been doing this for Ricardo Wang the last few weeks, and now I have used his services this week. It is a good interim solution, until something better can be sorted out. But this recording would not exist without him, nor would the last few WTC shows that have appeared here and there. Ryan: thank you.
Stay tuned, as there will be more odd shows in the coming weeks. But I will be taking next week (the 21st) off, as it is my anniversary, and my ladyfriend and I are going to the coast.
See you in fourteen.
Bonus Solo Throwdown
# Title * Artist * Album * More Info
01.) The Blob * The Five Blobs * “The Blob” b/w “Saturday Night in Tiajuana” * Columbia Records
02.) Martian Melody * The Martian Band * “Flying Saucer The 2nd” b/w “Martian Melody” * L’Universe Records
03.) Leisurely Waiting * Debris * Static Disposal * Anopheles Records
04.) Linda Wants To Be Alone * Gary Wilson * Mary Had Brown Hair * Stone’s Throw Records
05.) I Been Refused * Devo * Hardcore Devo Vol. 2 * Warner Bros. Records
06.) Springtime For Hitler * Henry Mancini * The Big Latin Band of Henry Mancini * RCA Victor Records
07.) “Baseball” Excerpt: Barbershop Quartet Warning * Jesse Thorn * The Sound Of Young America * maximumfun.org
08.) Phonograph Records * Mars Production * Mars Production Library CK-713 * Mars Records
09.) Space/Time Continuum: “Heaven And Hell, Part I” * Vangelis * The Music of Cosmos * RCA Records
10.) Smile Awhile * Michael Yonkers Band * Microminiature Love * Sub Pop Records
11.) Signal Processor Failure / Why We Are Lazy * Men’s Recovery Project * Make A Baby EP * Vermiform Records
12.) Mole Machine * Simply Saucer * Cyborgs Revisited * Get Back Records
13.) Embraceable You * Ornette Coleman * The Best of Ornette Coleman * Atlantic Records
14.) Barber Shop * Mars Production * Mars Production Library CK-713 * Mars Records
15.) metalized excitements of our shared dreams of technology [Excerpt] * Tärr * Tärr / Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III Split 12″ * oms-b Records
16.) Wild Thing * Senator Bobby & The Hardly-Worthit Players Featuring Bill Minkin * Wild Thing 7″ * Parkway Records
17.) Hurricane [Excerpt] * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * Admonishing The Bishops * Matador Records
18.) L’Agonie * Jacky Chalard * Je Sus Vivant, Mais J’ai Peur De Gilbert Deflez * Finders Keepers Records
19.) O-Type Part Two * MX-80 Sound * O-Type: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 7″ * Ralph Records
Why We Are Lazy? Because the future goes to the slipshod and the slothful and the bovine, because the dimbulbs get the fleshy pulp & the brights settle for the rind. This is why, this is why, why we are lazy? Because it’s the boors and dinks and dullards who always win the prizes, and it’s the virtuous who get the shaft and the chaff that always rises. This is why, this is why!