Options Bitslap with KBC: Playlist from July 21, 2009 Options

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Options July 21, 2009: Grab bag 7

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Artist Track Album Comments
David Ossman  YEARS IN YOUR EARS   Options How Time Flys 1973  David's solo effort from the Firesign Theatre tell the story of Mark Time's journey to the 21st Century, where things have, uh, changed. Voices here are those of Harry Shearer and Penny Nichols in a film-within-a-film sort of thing that brings Mark up to speed as he awakens from a long sleep. Ossman is now in his 70s, but hasn't slowed down much. A resident of Whidby Island, WA, he and his wife Judith Walcutt founded Otherworld media, which produces audio and video mostly for kids and NPR. 
Freak Scene  SUBWAY RIDE THROUGH OUTER SPACE   Options Psychedelic Psoul  Led by the versatile Rusty Evans, Freak Scene evolved from a band call the Deep, which also featured David Bromberg. Currently Rusty and his son are doing a Johnny Cash tribute called Ring of Fire 
Spike Jones  NONE BUT THE LONELY HEART   Options   Spike did a few things like this, satires of radio soap operas (like Loretta's Soaperetta). Remember radio soaps? They were the Gossip Girl of their day, only without the girls on cell phones. 
Slash J Frank  TWINKIES AND DING DONGS   Options Blue Sky and White Puffy Clouds  This is one of those songs that makes enough sense to be really disturbing. Lifted off a Dr Demento collection. He's Jason Frank from Wabash IN and this is his claim to fame. 
Music behind DJ:
Roth String Quartet 
QUARTET IN G - First Movement [78 rpm]   Options    
Mel Torme [with Was/Not Was]  ZAZ TURNED BLUE   Options Born to Laugh at Tornadoes  David Weiss and Donald Faganson came up from the streets of Detroit and had some pretty revolutionary productiong chops in the 80s [Walk Like a Dinosaur comes to mind]. So naturally, when you're thinking of a song about some poor kid choking to death, you think Mel Torme. This album also features Ozzie Osborne and Mitch Rider, so he was in good company. 
Middle Georgia Singing Quartet  THIS SONG OF LOVE   Options   I've got a hunch that nobody could really be boring enough to actually call themselves by such a lame name, but I'll let it go for now. This is a very good example of Shaped-Note singing, which gained a lot of traction in gospel circles back in the day. The idea is that in the glory of God, words don't matter, it's all in the feeling. That's why the song makes little or no sense. 
Danny Kaye  UNCLE POCKETS   Options   I searched for this song for years, only to find it under my nose the whole time. I first became aware of it through the Granda & Munder Torture Tapes [behave or I'll share them with you], wherein the phrase "Uncle Pockets" is reapeated ad infinitum to hypnotic effect. Then I woke up. 
Looney Tunes  MUTINY IN THE NURSERY   Options Sniffles and the Bookworm. Warner Bros cartoon 1939  From one of those stupid Sniffles cartoons, where Sniffles [a mouse] passes out in a bookstore and dreams of all kinds of Mother Goose charactors singing and dancing, and then Frankenstein shows up. I hate when that happens. Written by Johnny Mercer & Harry Warren. 
Bing Crosby  WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS   Options   A rare outtake, wherein Bing almost opens up his potty mouth. 
Mitch Miller and Percy Faith  SAM'S SONG   Options   Another rarity you'll never hear anywhere else, especially on radio. 
Anonymous  LET'S GO OUT AND FIND SOMEBODY TO LAUGH AT   Options   Maybe YOU can tell me who this is along with an amusing anecdote. 
Peter Sellers  WHEN I'M CLEANING WINDOWS   Options   Here Peter channels his inner George Formby, the ukulele wizard of stage and screen. Peter really dould play the uke and did George a lot. 
Deviled Ham  OOH LICKY LICKY WAH   Options   I looked for these guys on the internet, but just got hungry instead. Deviled Ham is Ham [lead guitar], Chopped Habernera Peppers [vocals, bad breath], Mayonnaise [bass and percussion] and Salt and Pepper [misc percussion, keyboards and vocals]. Mix well and chill overnight. Serve on little crackers or pieces of toast. 
George Jones  PFFFFT YOU WAS GONE   Options   George, of course, is The Man. If you can get him to show up, that is. Born in 1931 in Saratoga, Texas and owner of the sweetest, smoothest voice in all America. This is obviously an early effort. 
Music behind DJ:
Chuito Valez Orchestra A Go Go 
DESCARGA   Options    
Homer and Jethro  THEY WERE DOING THE MAMBO   Options   Written by Sonny Burke and Don Raye, and unleashed during the Great Mambo Scare of the 1950s. You can find more of these country-type mambos on the WFMU Blog [http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2008/04/hillbilly-mambo.html], and check out, especially the one by Tex Williams. 
Tex Williams  WITH MEN WHO KNOW TOBACCO BEST ...   Options   Following up on his greatest hit, Smoke, Smoke, Smoke [That Cigarette] 
Stevens and Grdnic  WRIGGLER'S BEEF-FLAVORED GUM   Options    
Michael Fremer  YOGURT   Options    
Elephant's Memory  YOGURT   Options   Became better known as the Plastic Ono Band when they backed up John & Yoko for the album "Sometime in New York City." At one time the band also included Carly Simon. 
Teenage Rebellion  POT PARTY   Options   Those pesky teenagers and their dangerous drugs. If we didn't do these transparent scare pieces, God knows what would happen. 
DJ Riko  TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE THE GOOSE GOT FAT   Options   Your weekly Xmas dose. 
Terry Jacks  PUT THE BONE IN   Options   The scratchy flip side of "Seasons in the Sun" by the Poppy Family. Terry and his wife Susan formed the Poppy Family, created the music for the Billy Jack series and won a Juno (the Canadian Grammy) for their efforts. They are staunch environmentalist (specializing in pulp mills) and currently fighting the good fight in British Columbia. 
Legendary Stardust Cowboy  RELAXATION   Options   Born Norman Carl Odom in Lubbock, Texas. David Bowie has admitted that the Stardust in Ziggy Stardust is based on the Ledge. Currently living peacefully in San Jose, CA. See Irwin's book, "Songs in the Key of Z," where there is a whole chapter about him. 
Christian Marklay Remix  MARTIN DENNY   Options    
George Formby  WHEN I'M CLEANING WINDOWS   Options   Here, George channels his inner Peter Sellers. Had to give you the original, so you'd believe me. George Harrison was a big fan. George Hoy Formby was the son of George Formby Sr, a vaudeville man, and was in scores of very popular pictures in Great Britain in the 30s & 40s. Got the OBE in 1946 and when he died in 1961, his funeral was attended by an estimated 100,000. 

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