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Playlist for 01 October 2015 Options | This afternoon we are going to party as if it were 1979, or thereabouts

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Artist Song Album Label Images Approx. start time
James White and The Blacks  Contort Yourself   Options Off White  Ze    0:00:00 ()
Spinners  One, One, Two, Two, Boogie Woogie Avenue
(Home of the Boogie, House of the Funk)
Dancin' and Lovin'  A&M 
0:05:51 ()
Delta 5  Mind Your Own Business   Options 7-inch single  Rough Trade    0:09:49 ()
Slits  I Heard It Through The Grapevine   Options 7-inch single  Antilles    0:12:59 ()
Brian Eno  No One Receiving   Options Before and After Science  EG    0:16:52 ()
Suicide  Dance   Options The Second Album  Mute 
0:20:22 ()
The B-52's  Dance This Mess Around   Options The B-52's  Warner Bros. 
0:23:39 ()
Music behind DJ:
Cabaret Voltaire 
Loosen the Clamp   Options The Original Sound of Sheffield '78 / '82  Mute 
0:28:09 ()
The Sparkles  Hipsville 29 B.C. (I Need Help)   Options Garage Beat '66: Like What, Me Worry?!  Sundazed    0:34:40 ()
The B-52's   52 Girls   Options The B-52's  Warner Bros. 
0:36:47 ()
The Angels  Get Away From Me   Options Girls With Guitars (various artists)  Ace    0:40:20 ()
The Inter-Circle  The Pusher   Options Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio  Numero Group    0:42:08 ()
Pere Ubu  Ubu Dance Party   Options Dub Housing  Chrysalis 
0:45:14 ()
Jermaine Jackson  Let's Get Serious   Options 7-inch single  Motown    0:49:59 ()
ESG  Moody   Options A South Bronx Story  Universal Sound    0:53:27 ()
Angie  Peppermint Lump   Options 7-inch single  Stiff 
0:56:11 ()
Music behind DJ:
Guitar Red 
Disco From a Space Show   Options Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984 (various artists)  Numero Group 
0:59:29 ()
Chandra  Subways   Options Transportation  Go Go; Cantor 
1:06:27 ()
The Dance  She Likes to Beat   Options Dance For Your Dinner  On Records    1:09:11 ()
Y Pants  Off the Hook   Options Y Pants  Periodic Document    1:12:37 ()
The Waitresses  I Know What Boys Like   Options 7-inch single (originally); Best of  Polydor 
1:14:50 ()
A Certain Ratio  Shack Up   Options In the Beginning There Was Rhythm (various artists)  Soul Jazz    1:17:54 ()
Sister Sledge  He's the Greatest Dancer   Options We Are Family  Cotillion    1:21:02 ()
Belinda with the Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia  Rapper's Delight   Options WFMU 2002 Marathon Finale   
1:25:01 ()
Flying Lizards  TV   Options Flying Lizards  Virgin    1:29:44 ()
Music behind DJ:
Prime Mates 
Hot Tamales   Options Get Low Down!: The Soul of New Orleans, '65-'67 (various artists)  Sundazed 
1:33:15 ()
General Strike  Parts of My Body   Options Danger in Paradise  Piano    1:39:20 ()
Funkadelic  Cholly (Funk Gettin' Ready to Roll)   Options One Nation Under a Groove  Warner Bros.    1:42:20 ()
The Specials  I Can't Stand It   Options More Specials  Chrysalis 
1:46:37 ()
Cristina  Is That All There Is?   Options 12-inch single  Ze    1:50:32 ()
Music behind DJ:
Cabaret Voltaire 
Loosen the Clamp   Options The Original Sound of Sheffield '78 / '82  Mute    1:56:12 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 10:25am listener james from westwood:

Argh, I hate missing BDN, but I'll be away from the computer again this Thurs! Blessed are the archives!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:00pm bobdoesthings:

goood afternoon
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:01pm doctorjazz:

This sax player ain't doing nothing, this is really busy (and cool!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:01pm Webhamster Henry:

Looking forward to an afternoon of Nothingness.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:01pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:02pm Michael:

Hey now Charlie and all partygoers.
  Thu. 10/1/15 12:03pm sugarwolf:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:04pm Uncle Michael:

(no-waving from over here)
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:05pm Charlie:

Greetings bobdoesthings, hi doctorjazz, hi-de-ho Henry, howdy ndbob, hey now yourself, Michael, welcome sugarwolf, and greets Uncle Michael! (and catch you later, James)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:06pm Lewis:

nothing going on here - there is a sort of throbbing in my consciousness...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:08pm doctorjazz:

Back in the Mudd Club!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:10pm A Lewes Resident:

Greetings from Lewes to Lewis
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:10pm Charlie:

Hello Lewis, and Mr. Lewes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:11pm Lewis:

@Lewes - greetings to you as well!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:11pm bobdoesthings:

keep an eye out on boogey avenue... shit goes down there
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:11pm Parq:

Cool playlist photo. Reminds me of this one, which Sheila B is using on her blog.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:12pm mauri:

Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:12pm Peter Nelson:

@Lewis Hi Lewis!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:12pm Uncle Michael:

Charlie's beat-matching!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:13pm Lewis:

Dot dot dot dash!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:13pm A Lewes Resident:

ooohhh lovely Delta 5
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:14pm Gary:

Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:15pm Charlie:

hey there, Parq and mauri and, yes, it's Peter Nelson, Mr. Lewes! Hi Gary too!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:17pm Louis:

What wonderful song
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:17pm Webhamster Henry:

I was listening to fun English "New music" then like Toast:
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:18pm doctorjazz:

Maybe the Pyramid Club...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:18pm mauri:

makes my stomp!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:18pm Charlie:

and now Louis! haha
I love all versions of this song...
  Thu. 10/1/15 12:21pm Gary Mitchell:

give the drummer some
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:23pm Michael:

Dr. Jazz: Mudd Club, Pyramid, club 57, St. Marks Bar and Grill were old haunts back in the day. Or night rather.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:25pm Charlie:

Hellooo, Gary the M!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:26pm Uncle Michael:

This is the best dance set I've ever heard.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:27pm doctorjazz:

Sounds like lots of it could have been played at those clubs (dating myself, of course!)
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:27pm Charlie:

This was a great time for dance music. No limburger.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:28pm bobdoesthings:

man.. I need more b-52's in my life.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:28pm ndbob:

Heya Garrryy et al
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:28pm Charlie:

yeah, dr j, i'll bet a lot of it was
  Thu. 10/1/15 12:33pm Laura L:

Danceteria, Area, Peppermint Lounge, 8BC... Got some Arto Lindsay?
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:34pm Parq:

To Laura L's list, may I add Squat and TR3?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:35pm doctorjazz:

I remember seeing Glenn Branca at the Mudd Club, what a set! (then I left, and all my tires were slashed, oh well).
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:35pm Prone Nestle:

These styles were not mixed on UK dance floors! No way. Disco and Punk/Post Punk crowds did not get on!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:38pm Nasal Herons:

Ee Aw! I love everything and everyone X
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:38pm Mayuko:

irregular working-at-home day today, hallo Charlie and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:38pm doctorjazz:

They mixed these styles for a while in the lower Manhattan clubs, made them much fun.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:40pm Michael:

Max's was still open and I do remember going there a couple of times.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:41pm Peter Nelson:

Coincidentally, I be 52 this year.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:41pm Charlie:

Hi Laura, Mayuko! Yes, there were so many clubs, some of which came and went. And some mixed up the styles, which was cool.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:42pm Peter Nelson:

So I was 16 in 1979. A punk. Much pogoing and spitting.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:43pm Parq:

The friends I had who were into traditional, Studio-54-style disco showed little interest in and less knowledge of post-punk funk dance music, but then that just may have been my crowd. I wasn't into dance clubs of either kind myself -- I liked live band sets -- so I can't say from first hand knowledge.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:46pm Charlie:

Peter, so then you'll be a P-52.
  Thu. 10/1/15 12:48pm flash strap:

jammin at work, great show, makin my day here
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:48pm Sarah N:

I'm 50 too.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:49pm northguineahills:

In 1979, I was in my second year of preschool, and mostly listened to Sesame Street jams.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:49pm doctorjazz:

And, I saw David Thomas at Danceteria...ahhh.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:49pm Peter Nelson:

Guffaw. Indeed. In the UK a P52 was a piece of paper you got when you left a job stating income for tax purposes.
  Thu. 10/1/15 12:50pm Laura L:

@ Parq, I didn't go for the dancing either--a happy wallflower during interminable wait for the band to get it together and get onstage--they used to be crazy late going on--Wall of Voodoo at Peppermint Lounge (early 80s) not on til maybe midnight or 1 a.m. seemed typical.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:52pm Peter Nelson:

1979 was also when I started listening to John Peel and got my ears blown open. Heard this album, for instance.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:52pm hambone:

i'd like to go to a ubu dance party
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:54pm Parq:

Uggh, Laura, do I I know what you mean. Once, at a short-lived club the name of which I forget, the opening band for the Cucumbers took an hour and a half to get it together, most of which time they spent standing on stage gawking at the audience. The Cukes could do only a 20 minute set before the place's license required them to shut down. Bleah.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:54pm Charlie:

hi flash strap, Sarah anagram, northguineahills, hambone
  Thu. 10/1/15 12:55pm sugarwolf:

I'm NGH's age. In 1979 I started nursery school!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:55pm Brian in UK:

Hello Charlie.
For those who might be interested.

Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:56pm Sarah N:

"I BE 50 too." That works better. (Jeez, that joke's getting old, donkey woman who talks to self....)
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 12:58pm Charlie:

Better IB50 than UB40 ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:59pm doctorjazz:

Should I say it...saw ESG back in the day (Cucumbers as well, good album, "Who Betrays Me...", had a self titled one as well, if I remember.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 12:59pm Dominick:

Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:00pm Sarah N:

UB funny Charlie.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:02pm UB40:

A most precious thing in the Thatcher years
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:03pm Stanley:

Charlie, Folks.
Brian - the tickets are in the bag and the cat has been let out.
I've got a pal over this evening and we're going out to drink whisky, so please give my apologies and best wishes to Bill, if you're tuning in. Will catch him for the Gaylord fill-in.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:03pm Sarah N:

@Brian - re. BBC link - looks interesting.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:03pm Brian in UK:

Roger, Stanley.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:04pm Stanley:

The UB40 - the passport to street credibility and cheap tickets.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:05pm Brian in UK:

I will tell him you have better things to do, I will continue with the ironing.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:06pm Sarah N:

First album I bought UB40's "Signing Off" (1980)...ah
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:07pm Peter Nelson:

@Stanley. and getting something to eat.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:08pm Stanley:

Wish I could tune in to his first show on GTDR. I'm taking out my pal to thank him for his help in this huge roof repair we've got on the go.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:08pm Sue P.:

So funny; I stopped working to check the playlist when that Angie song was playing becuz I was wondering why it sounded like The Who. I guess I've stored the sound of Mr. Townshend's voice in my lizard brain.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:11pm Stanley:

Oh them were the days, what? - Stand down Margaret, stand down please, pot seven quid a quarter, warm beer, jumpers for goalposts.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:12pm Dominick:

Wow, Chandra!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:14pm Charlie:

Hey there Sue P, Stanley, Dominick.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:14pm Peter Nelson:

@Stanley. 7? I wish I'd known your dealer!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:18pm doctorjazz:

Love this Waitresses track. Ahh, having fun!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:19pm Brian in UK:

Quid Deal. Great band.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:19pm doctorjazz:

Little hint of No Wave.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:21pm Parq:

Hah, I knew A Certain Ratio had to be on the list.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:21pm northguineahills:

Ah, A Certain Ratio (nice nod to Eno)!
  Thu. 10/1/15 1:21pm John:

Great show, Charlie! I love the music of this era.
Were you ever into the great, short-lived Philly band, The Stickmen? Their stuff had that NY downtown punk/funk vibe.
  Thu. 10/1/15 1:21pm rf:

so great today. many many thanks
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:22pm Charlie:

Hey all, this is the first day of WFMU's silent fundraiser. The station (and Give the Drummer Radio) starts running out of funds around this time of year and needs to squirrel away some acorns for the winter. If you can make a pledge, we could really use your help! You can click the box at the top of the playlist, or use this link: www.wfmu.org...
There are new t-shirts and other swag. Thanks so much!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:22pm Peter Nelson:

ACR...brilliant live band. At one point in the set they had 3 bass players.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:23pm Charlie:

hey, rf, john, glad you're digging!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:23pm Bill Mac:

Hi everybody my mind is a blank now but I'm coming to getcha! Tune in once Sir Charles has finished giving his blessings! BTW John, I was a huge fan of the Stickmen, I saw them when the New Era of music began.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:24pm Stanley:

  Thu. 10/1/15 1:25pm sugarwolf:

Halston, Gucci, Fiorucci
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:26pm northguineahills:

10 years ago, I dj'ed the same party as Martin Moscrop (ACR), I don't remember his set, as it was one of those nights (It was a good night).
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:27pm Charlie:

Hey, Bill Mac! Bill's filling in for Matt Fiveash today with a 3-hr program! 2-5PM. So don't go anywhere, y'all. Bill, do you have a playlist link yet? Post if if you've got it.
  Thu. 10/1/15 1:28pm John:

Bill: Wow! I never got to see them. They were mo-fo musicians!
Ornette Prime Time meets Contortions?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:29pm Stanley:

Hi Bill, Howya doing?
I'm hanging on until my friend rolls up. Might have to make my excuses but definitely tune in Sunday.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:29pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Howdy Charlie & all Nothing-Doers.. '79 was a period of musical rediscovery for me. Like you Charlie, I kinda went dormant during college and missed the CBGB mid-late 70s club stuff. Thanks for bringing a little of it back.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:30pm doctorjazz:

Ahh, so this show is like the Public TV fund raisers, when they suddenly pull out the Motown or Beatles show, I get it. Well, it'll work.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:30pm Stanley:

This Hoof and Mouth lineup is pretty tight.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:30pm Charlie:

Hey now, Kevin from Bay Ridge.
  Thu. 10/1/15 1:30pm Gary Mitchell:

I never knew Belinda had this in her
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:32pm Charlie:

Gary, she also did a cover of "Institutionalized" by Suicidal Tendencies one year. It was amazing.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:33pm Charlie:

Of course, Bill Mac is one of my fave H&M performers!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:33pm Bill Mac:

Hope to see you all here!!!!! wfmu.org...
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:35pm Charlie:

Thanks to these fine folks for pledging:
Amy from Massachussets, Robert from Brooklyn, our own Peter from Lewes, UK, and Paula from Rhode Island!
  Thu. 10/1/15 1:35pm John:

I'm getting nostalgic, too. It was a little later in this era, but I was working at WDFM (Penn State campus radio) when James Blood Ulmer's Black Rock came in. It blew my mind. It was a synthesis of everything I liked at the time.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:35pm KevinfromBayRidge:

@ Dominick, Nice seeing you at the Ichiban6 on Tuesday.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:36pm Parq:

Charlie, I well remember Belinda's rendition of "Suicidal". As far as I'm concerned, she has owned the song ever since.

And guess wot? It's available for download!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:36pm Bill Mac:

No one rocks the frog like Charlie does!!!!!!!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:40pm Bill Mac:

@John... just pulled some Stickmen
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:41pm Dominick:

Hi Kevin. What a night!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:43pm coelacanth:

hi Charlie and all
  Thu. 10/1/15 1:44pm John:

OK Bill, I'll stay tuned!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:47pm Charlie:

hi, coelacanth!
  Thu. 10/1/15 1:48pm smarcus:

Will any of these recordings ever be released in Soundscriber format?
  Thu. 10/1/15 1:50pm smarcus:

Great show
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:52pm Charlie:

hi, smarcus! if not soundscriber, check the tunedex ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 1:53pm doctorjazz:

Great show.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:55pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:55pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Sointenly was, Dominick. My vehicular mode did moderate things a bit.
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:56pm Charlie:

thanks, drjazz, and thanks everyone for hanging out today!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:56pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Great 'un today, Mr. Lewis!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:57pm northguineahills:

Smokin' set, Charlie, thanks!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 1:59pm coelacanth:

Thanks Charlie!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 2:00pm bobdoesthings:

ahh thanks charlie!!
  Thu. 10/1/15 2:00pm John:

Yeah, Charlie! Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 2:01pm Uncle Michael:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 2:01pm Michael:

Thanks Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 2:01pm Mayuko:

what, already 2 hours?!?! thank you Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 10/1/15 2:01pm mauri:

danks charly
  Thu. 10/1/15 2:02pm Gary Mitchell:

one of Ze best Charlie.. loved it!
Avatar Thu. 10/1/15 2:06pm Charlie:

Thanks again, everyone! (And thanks to Jack from Westfield NJ for your late-in-the-show pledge!)
Avatar Fri. 10/2/15 12:04pm Sarah N:

A belated thank you Charlie, for a fun-filled show! Oh to be exactly the age I am ;)
  Fri. 10/2/15 12:23pm frenchee:

listening late to BDN, Charlie! I can't think of a better way to star than w/James C. contorting himself.
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