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Lullabies and reveilles. Something for the late nighters and early risers.

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Options January 13, 2016: If We Had a Safe Word I'd be Screaming It Right Now!

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Artist Track Album Label Format Comments New Approx. start time
Can  Bring Me Coffee or Tea   Options Tago Mago  Spoon Records        0:00:00 ()
The Microscopic Septet  Wishful Thinking   Options Take The Z Train  Koch Jazz        0:06:12 ()
Albert Kuvezin and Yat-Kha  Orgasmatron   Options Re-Covers  Yat-Kha        0:09:43 ()
David Bowie  Please Mr Gravedigger   Options A Cappella is Not an Ice Cream Flavor: Bill Mac's 2012 Marathon Premium  WFMU        0:13:13 ()
Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band  Trust Us (Take 9)   Options Safe as Milk  Buddha        0:16:06 ()
Striggles  At the End of the Day   Options The Schizo Box  Rock is Hell      *   0:23:02 ()
Johnny Clarke  A Rude Dubwise   Options Justice Dub: Rare Dubs from Justice Records 1975-1977  Jamaican  LP    *   0:25:52 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
 
  Organs in Orbit          0:28:31 ()
Sex Clark Five  The Men Who Don't Know Ice   Options Strum and Drum  Beehive Rebellion        0:37:11 ()
Bush Tetras  Dub in the Night   Options Tetrafied  2 13 61        0:38:59 ()
XTC  Buzzcity Talking   Options Go 2  Virgin        0:43:42 ()
The Twinkeyz  Aliens in Our Midst   Options Aliens in Our Midst  Anopheles        0:46:22 ()
Van Dyke Parks  Occapella   Options This Record Belongs to ....  Light in the Attic    Various  *   0:50:33 ()
Strapping Fieldhands  The Author in Her Ear   Options Wattle & Daub  Shangri-La        0:52:06 ()
Django Reinhardt  Django Castle   Options Essential  Legacy        0:54:46 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
 
  Organs in Orbit          0:57:39 ()
Bee Gees  Odessa (City on the Black Sea)   Options Odessa  reprise        1:04:59 ()
Mott the Hoople  Angel of Eighth Avenue   Options Wildlife  Atlantic  LP      1:12:43 ()
Annie Phillippe  Pour la Gloire   Options Toujours Chic!  Ace    Various  *   1:17:04 ()
The Cyrkle  Don't Cry, No Fears, No Tears Comin' Your Way   Options Red Rubber Ball  Legacy        1:18:11 ()
Len Bright Combo  You're Gonna Screw My Head Off!   Options Wreckless Eric Presents  Southern Domestic        1:21:07 ()
Holly Golightly  Virtually Happy   Options Singles Round Up  Damaged Goods        1:24:32 ()
April March  Kooky   Options April March  Kook Pop        1:28:26 ()
Dusty Springfield  Easy Evil   Options Beautiful Soul:The ABC/Dunhill Collection  Hip - o        1:30:05 ()
Bill Moss  Sock it to 'em Soul Brother   Options Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label  Numero        1:33:10 ()
James Brown  Hot (I Want to be Loved loved Loved)   Options Star Time  Columbia        1:34:52 ()
David Bowie  Fame   Options Changes  RYKO        1:40:56 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
 
  Organs in Orbit          1:46:57 ()
David Bowie  Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family   Options Diamond dogs  Ryko        1:48:11 ()
Wedding Present  Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family   Options Hit Parade          1:49:53 ()
Jason Willett and Ruins  Smoke from a Magnet   Options Jason Willett and Ruins  Megaphone Ltd        1:52:30 ()
Third War World  Ascension Day   Options Third War World  Esoteric      *   1:54:42 ()
Happy Dragon Band  3-D Free   Options Happy Dragon Band  Radioactive        1:59:37 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
 
  Organs in Orbit          2:02:29 ()
Khwanta Fasawang  Lam Paen Motorsai Tham   Options Lam Phaen Motorsai Tham  Best        2:08:58 ()
XTC  Smokeless Zone   Options Black Sea  Virgin        2:11:30 ()
Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band  Harry Irene   Options Outtakes  Rhino        2:14:56 ()
Jimmy Liggins  Careful Love   Options Jimmy Liggins and HIs Drops of Joy  Specialty        2:18:29 ()
Vic Gallon  I'm Gone   Options Big Box of Rockabilly Volume 2  Retro      *   2:22:13 ()
Rickey Lee  She's My Baby Doll   Options Raw Demos  Savage damage      *   2:23:38 ()
Lenny Drake  Love Eyes (Cast Your Spell on Me)   Options Brown Acid: The First Trip  Riding Easy      *   2:27:20 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
 
  Organs in Orbit          2:30:09 ()
Vinegar Joe  Rusty Red Armour   Options Vinegar Joe  Lemon        2:38:17 ()
Tino's Breaks  Starsky Beats Hutch   Options Volume 1 & 2  Tino Corp        2:43:03 ()
Spinners  It's a Shame   Options Best  Rhino        2:45:58 ()
Caetano Veloso  Lost in the Paradise   Options Tropicalia  Soul Jazz    Various    2:49:10 ()
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard  Time = Money   Options Paper Mache Dream Balloon  ATO      *   2:52:54 ()
David Bowie  Rock and Roll Suicide   Options Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars  Ryko        2:53:45 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 12:03am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Zzzzzzero Hour !
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:03am JakeGould:

Hi Bill!
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:03am V Priceless:

Hey Bill! Good to hear ya!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:04am Ken From Hyde Park:

Bill Mac is back for the attack!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:04am coelacanth:

Ah, Bill! Good to hear you again so soon.
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:06am KP:

Bill!
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:06am Bill Mac:

Hey, seems like I was just hear a few days ago...
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:07am Bill Mac:

KP!!!
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:09am Bill Mac:

Evening all, thanks for staying up to babysit me for a bit. Got a little Bowie, but the important thing right now is Don van Vliet would be 75 years young come Friday! Hotcha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:10am Jeff:

Hey, Bill! What a nice treat.
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:12am rw:

Hey!
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:12am Bill Mac:

Hiya Jeff, here we are again.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:12am fleep:

Greetings Bill and them what's here.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:13am Bill Mac:

fleep & rw! Howdy do!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:16am Jeff:

That was like Tuvan Gogol Bordello
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:16am JakeGould:

@Jeff: What Jeff said. Eugene Hutz-like.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:17am Jeff:

achoo.
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:17am V Priceless:

Nice! Dave Vanian's fave tune. Still on a Bowie bender here.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:18am Bill Mac:

Gotta pay homage to Lemmy in any small way I can
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:18am Bill Mac:

@VP-really? I'd only picked up on that one about 4 years ago.
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:20am V Priceless:

Urban legend has it he used to sing that when he worked as a grave digger.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:22am Bill Mac:

I'm sure the Bowie thing has been turned over and over here, but I gotta say, what a class way to make an exit.
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:23am V Priceless:

agreed, 100% amazing.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:23am JakeGould:

@BillMac: You mean release an album on your birthday and then kick the bucket a few days later? The guy calculated his whole life but still lived it. Stunning.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:24am Bill Mac:

Couldn't have said it better myself Mr Gould...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:25am coelacanth:

yup. Brilliant!
he's probably still working up new ideas!
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:26am Bill Mac:

@Fish: I was thinking that he might be trying to figure out a way to top the last one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 12:26am daupomatic:

Perfect program so far. No pressure!
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:26am JakeGould:

@coelacanth: Would be funny if he created a virus or trojan that would play a random Bowie MIDI on a specific date.
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:28am V Priceless:

to roll up your demise and your last creative work into a single, unified piece of art...whoa...we'll be doing the math on that feat for a while.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:29am Bill Mac:

@dpm Show's been done for about an hour, waited for it to cool and now I wanna see how it turns out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:33am coelacanth:

Haha! ...or - he really did just pull a McCartney! maybe he just decided to live as a hermit and faking his death was the only way he could think to do it. ...just as brilliant 'twould be, though people would hate him if it got out.
...(i don't believe that though.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:36am coelacanth:

gravedigger's from his first album.
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:40am V Priceless:

@ fish: no celeb has faked their death yet, as far as I know. But that would be brilliant.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:40am Bill Mac:

@CC People would be pissed.... wouldn't they?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 12:40am daupomatic:

@BillMac Nice time bending. It seems to be rising well. Don't knock the radio oven.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:40am coelacanth:

oh i didn't catch that you took gravedigger off your premium. someone earlier played it from a comp.
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:41am Dean:

@VP: [T]to roll up your demise and your last creative work into a single, unified piece of art...whoa..." Mozart, the Requiem. Just saying.
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:41am V Priceless:

@ Bill: not if it was done under the guise of performance art, perhaps.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:42am JakeGould:

@coelacanth: Him and Elvis Presley and Jim Morrison are all living on Robin Master’s estate in Hawaii.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:44am coelacanth:

V, yes - as far as we know!
but you know, there's always been theories...."Paul is dead"; Morrison;Dylan.
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:44am V Priceless:

@Dean: you got me there. I am far from an historian when it comes to the powdered-wig set, as much as I enjoy the tunes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:44am coelacanth:

oh,yes,Jake. Elvis too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:46am pacific standard simon:

Naw, they're all down at Trader Vic's, having a pina colada with The Werewolf of London.
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:47am V Priceless:

Read a pretty fascinating story today about an Elvis tune from '60 called 'Black Star'....and Bowie similarities...whoa
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:47am V Priceless:

XTC nice
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:47am coelacanth:

oh shit. i gotta hear that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 12:48am daupomatic:

Arrrgh! XTC!

Radio souffle in trouble!
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:48am Bill Mac:

@PSS With warren Zevon?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:49am pacific standard simon:

He ain't dead neither.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:50am coelacanth:

i wouldn't be pissed. i'd laugh my head off!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:50am pacific standard simon:

This Twinkeys number seems like an appropriate Bowie tribute...
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:50am Bill Mac:

I was hoping someone would get that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:51am coelacanth:

subtle and sweet,Bill.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:53am Bill Mac:

Thanks CC.... I'm treading water here!
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:53am Dean:

Darn it. I wish I still had the first two XTC albums.

Also, Schubert's "Schwanengesang" was not his last work, but it appeared in his final year. "Swan Song" pretty much seals the deal.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 12:53am daupomatic:

That's what swimming really is.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:54am pacific standard simon:

Well, shit. I was trying to quick-cool a bottle of ale in the freezer, and now it's slowly ejecting ale-slush on my desk.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:54am coelacanth:

exactly,Dean...as it came to be known.
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:55am V Priceless:

Link to Bowie/Elvis Black Star intrigue: http://dangerousminds.net/comments/bowie_elvis_warhol_black_star_connection_popism_eats_itself
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:55am Bill Mac:

@Dean Both classic anc what a great band live. Don't believe a word Mr Partridge says about them as a live act.
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:57am V Priceless:

pity Andy couldn't conquer his stage freight issue
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:57am pacific standard simon:

I saw XTC in 1980 and they were great live. A shame Mr. Partridge doesn't like performing live. It happens.
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:58am V Priceless:

haha. I meant fright haha
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 12:59am Bill Mac:

I saw them twice in the 80s and there didn't seem much fear there. I think he was sick of the grind. It would be nice if the guys could do another album but I think that moment has long since passed.
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:59am rw:

This past weekend I popped an old cassette in the player and it turned out to be the Mr. Partridge Takeaway record. I had forgotten how good it was.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 12:59am coelacanth:

xtc is a very rare example of a band that i don't remember if i saw or not!

- and Thanks for the link V.
  Wed. 1/13/16 12:59am V Priceless:

But for all I know he may have had freight issues too. But that was on his roadies
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:00am JakeGould:

Hey! Has anyone on WFMU played “Ice, Ice, Baby” yet? Seems like Vicky from “Do or DIY” could do a sweet mashup.
  Wed. 1/13/16 1:05am Dean:

I don't remember even having an opportunity to hear XTC live during the early years, but I know I never saw them. I lost interest in them, generally in rock altogether, during their years of commercial success. But before that time I collected everything of theirs.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:07am Guido from Cologne:

Hello Bill!
Guten TZAG everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:08am pacific standard simon:

I'd love to hear Robyn Hitchcock cover this.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:08am Bill Mac:

I lost interest in them around Oranges & Lemons.
@rw BTW Takeaway/Lure of Salvage was a revelation to me and still a great listen.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:09am Bill Mac:

@Guido How's Cologne treating you!
  Wed. 1/13/16 1:10am V Priceless:

Dean: u must seek out the correctly-polarized re-release of XTC's Skylarking. Ab fab.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:10am coelacanth:

if i saw them it was when english settlement came out...but i think drums and wires is far and away their best album.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:11am Guido from Cologne:

Cologne is nice!
Still no real Winter here.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:12am pacific standard simon:

@coelacanth - That's about when they started cancelling shows.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 1:13am daupomatic:

Real weather is now to be known as "Vintage Weather," and is going be managed by the Nestlé corporation, and become very expensive.

Sorry!

Best of luck with the rest of it all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:14am pacific standard simon:

I could use some artisinal weather.
  Wed. 1/13/16 1:15am V Priceless:

Mott!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:15am cory:

it is 6 F here
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:15am coelacanth:

actually i lost interest in xtc a few albums after english settlement. it all started sounding recycled to me. maybe there are gems i've missed...but i also always just tolerated his voice!
Avatar Wed. 1/13/16 1:15am northguineahills:

Irene just played the Black Sea Hotel (Bulgarian choir). Black Sea connection!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:16am cory:

-15 C, is that bad?
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:17am Bill Mac:

@VP Any difference with the polarized version?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:17am coelacanth:

that track ruled, ngh!
  Wed. 1/13/16 1:18am P-90:

Happy New Year, Bill M!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:19am coelacanth:

(shoulda played something from the black sea xtc album,Bill!)
  Wed. 1/13/16 1:19am Dean:

Are VP and Bill Mac referring to the controversial "Wood effect" respecting absolute polarity?
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:20am Bill Mac:

What up P-90!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:20am cory:

oh crap, new dollop. toodles all
  Wed. 1/13/16 1:21am V Priceless:

@ Bill: like night and day. If u dig that record, it's a worthy purchase. Always thought the original recording sounded thin, and there you go! The original master was not correctly polarized. What a difference!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 1:23am mauri:

Heyy Bill Mac!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:23am coelacanth:

stay warm-ish cory.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:23am Bill Mac:

Later Cory!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 1:23am daupomatic:

@cory: weather bill is on its way.

@pss: vintage weather is very artisinal, or, at least, bottled.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:24am Bill Mac:

@VP Now I'll need to seek out the corrected version
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:24am Bill Mac:

Speaking of cold, hi Mauri!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 1:24am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Whata kewl set.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 1:24am daupomatic:

Is it just me, or does the tiny Bill Mac gif seem to be singing along?
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:25am Bill Mac:

If it were a Killdozer toon I'd say without a doubt!!!
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:25am Bill Mac:

RR1163 - It's workin!
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:27am Guido from Cologne:

@Bill
A huge package of vinyl I sent has just arrived @ WFMU.
Maybe ask Brian later to have a first look.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:27am pacific standard simon:

Another of my favorites!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 1:27am mauri:

*shoots icebeams*
yup its been snowing for couple of days and its was really cold a week back.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:28am Bill Mac:

We just had our first snow shower tonight. Can't wait for winter to be over!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:29am pacific standard simon:

I haven't seen any snow in 13 months. What a gyp!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 1:30am Brian in UK:

So this is a walk-in radio show in New Jersey.
Mornin' Boss.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:31am Bill Mac:

It's alive!!!! How you doing?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 1:32am daupomatic:

Kooky weather.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:32am pacific standard simon:

At one point, the frost was so heavy for several days that it wasn't melting, just accumulating. It almost looked like snow if you didn't look too closely.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:34am Bill Mac:

@Brian The would be Bill with the Showing Scalp Bald Spot...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:34am coelacanth:

i'd like it to snow A LOT! but not 'till a month from now, when i should be in a better position to miss some work.
i'm trying to arrange that. 'hope no one minds.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:35am pacific standard simon:

Make it artisinal, coelacanth!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:36am pacific standard simon:

What an unfortunate shout-out to OJ Simpson.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:37am coelacanth:

that's my way,simon!
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:39am Bill Mac:

The guys heart was in the right place when he did the song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 1:39am daupomatic:

James Brown is here to end this dark turn.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:39am pacific standard simon:

Every snowflake one-of-a-kind.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:40am coelacanth:

...i'm getting the best outsider artists. each snowflake will be unique!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:41am coelacanth:

aw shit. look what happened!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:41am pacific standard simon:

Obvious joke is obvious.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:42am pacific standard simon:

Nice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:43am Ken From Hyde Park:

Fame! That's the David Bowie I grew up with!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:44am coelacanth:

yup. but i typed "outartist" and it didn't look right so i had to look up the fashionable terminology.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:44am pacific standard simon:

No, Bill, I was talking about coelacanth and me duplicating each other.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:47am coelacanth:

that is interesting.i would've assumed the same.(but i never heard that JB song before) i'm not surprised at Mr.Brown ripping off a riff though!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 1:50am Brian in UK:

This is short and sweet Bill. To the grindstone needle in hand.
  Wed. 1/13/16 1:51am V Priceless:

Woo! Odd hearing this sans Big Bro
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:53am pacific standard simon:

WOW! Great cover!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:53am coelacanth:

nice!
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:53am Bill Mac:

Happy sticking Bri! Thanks for popping by!
  Wed. 1/13/16 1:53am V Priceless:

Still one of the most confusingly brilliant riffs to figure out ever
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:54am Bill Mac:

Now can someone make a 15 minute dance track of that?
  Wed. 1/13/16 1:55am tinkle bear:

seriously? that was the wedding present?
bill, you've blown my mind. (not for the first time.)
thanks for the show, as always.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:56am coelacanth:

'ball's in your court,VP!
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:56am Bill Mac:

Thanks a lot TB! It's been a blast!
Avatar Wed. 1/13/16 1:56am northguineahills:

gotta jet in the somnabulance, thanks Bill!
  Wed. 1/13/16 1:57am Dean:

I've explored a bit the polarity issue with XTC's "Skylarking." I had no idea Rundgren was the producer, which goes to show how out of it chose to be at the time. The details online are sketchy about the album. My guess is that the record suffers from the same problem that plagues many recordings, namely reversed polarity. According to Clark Johnsen, who has been the loudest polarity evangelist--see http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue1/cjwoodeffect.htm--one must determine for every record one plays its correct polarity. Once that's known, you adjust your system accordingly. Recordings with reverse polarity require reversing the reversal: switch the black and red cables on your speakers or, if your preamplifer permits it, switch the polarity there. (My preamplifer is by default reverse, so my speaker cables are always switched, but that won't correct the problem Johnsen perceives.) FWIW, I don't bother.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 1:57am Bill Mac:

NGH See ya Mon! Thanks for the drink!
Avatar Wed. 1/13/16 1:58am Fran:

Morning Bill and all
Listening more than talking but good stuff has been had so far I see
  Wed. 1/13/16 1:58am V Priceless:

Ha fish...and here I was thinking it's right up your alley
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 1:59am pacific standard simon:

I want to hear the Bowie version mashed up with some similar vintage Miles Davis.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:00am Bill Mac:

@Dean AP and TR didn't get along during those sessions. I heard a story where TR is tall has an irregular gait. When he would walk from his house to the studio, Andy and the Boys would play the Munsters Theme.... eh, guess you had to be there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:00am coelacanth:

Dean, my father had an old fisher tube amp with a switch for that. i guess no one bothers with that any more though.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:00am Bill Mac:

Hey Fran! Good to have you by!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:02am coelacanth:

welcome Fran.

V,you were not! i'm not qualified.
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:03am Dean:

Figures. Now the Munsters theme is the predominant sample, if that's the word, in a song called "Uma Thurman." TR has earned an irregular gait, I suppose.

@coelacanth: "an old fisher tube amp with a switch..." is such a happy phrase!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:03am pacific standard simon:

Has anyone done a rock book about bands that hated their producers? I'm sure Phil Spector, Todd Rundgren and Al Kooper could generate such a thing.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:04am Bill Mac:

@Dean & CC - Very evocative, like an Ivor Cutler verse.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:04am coelacanth:

ha! it had LOTS of switches! ..good switches!
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:04am V Priceless:

Dean: yes, the polarity was reversed during the mastering process, which, to my ears, resulted in an overall tinny, thin sound thoughout. Corrected version is lush and full-sounding, if that makes any sense.
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:04am Dean:

@Bill Mac: Yes, precisely!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 2:05am daupomatic:

Dammit, Dean. Now I'll have to look up that Munster-Thurman song, and I know it's going to hurt.
Avatar Wed. 1/13/16 2:05am Fran:

AP now in hindsight recognised TR plated a blinder with the production - 2 stubborn heads butting I think! New AP book coming out this year - collected interviews so there may be more insight. Now if TR had tried to impose some of the horrible dated electronic/dance sounds he has more recently killed his otherwise good songs with..........
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:06am Dean:

@VP: Perhaps so. But if Johnsen is correct, and if the problem is reverse polarity (as opposed to something else) then anybody could have simply switched positive for negative at the loudspeaker posts and corrected it.
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:07am Dean:

Don't do it, daupomatic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:09am coelacanth:

for what it's worth, if i needed a producer i'd never work with rundgren.
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:12am Dean:

If I needed a producer/engineer, it'd be Marc Rusch in a heartbeat. His recordings (C.I.M.P.) are uniformly marvelous.
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:13am V Priceless:

Gotta grab my ugly rest. Thanks Bill! Nite all!
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:14am Bill Mac:

Nite VP See you soon!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:14am coelacanth:

i'm not familiar with Marc Rusch...but i'm not sure who my hero producer would be.

- 'night V.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:15am Bill Mac:

Has anyone heard TRs version of Dear god?
DEAR GOD!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:15am pacific standard simon:

I went nuts collecting all these XTC B-sides, EPs and flexidiscs.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:16am Bill Mac:

@PSS I did too! I got this one on something called 5 Senses.
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:17am Stanley:

(Leaps from bed ands starts gyrating uncontrollaby) ye Gods its Zero Time at this time of the day
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:17am coelacanth:

i don't think you are- but if you're saying it's Great,then no offense...i don't think i want to hear it! i'm fairly intolerant of rundgren's singing.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:17am Bill Mac:

@Stanley I'd like to see that!
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:18am Guido from Cologne:

wednesDon!
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:18am Bill Mac:

@CC All I need to say is you should seek it out and then not blame me...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 2:18am mauri:

beefheart and now I miss picking up berries.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:18am Guido from Cologne:

love the demo version
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:18am pacific standard simon:

My producer of choice would be Nick Lowe, I guess. Why not?
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:19am Bill Mac:

Don woulda been 75 this Friday...
Avatar Wed. 1/13/16 2:20am Fran:

My Bpwie phases = as a teenager I loved the era Space Oddity to Hunky Dory but never understood the hype around Ziggy - I've learned to like it since but not love it. Diamond Dogs great but Aladdin Sane is amazingly good. Station to Station through to Scary Monsters is one of the greatest runs of albums I can think of - wonderful. 80's - frustrating mixed bag but not as bad as some make out. 90's - still don't get the drum and bass stuff - that was his Todd Rundgren ruining otherwise good songs era. Tin Machine better than credited. 2000s - not bad. The Next Day - a bit harsh Bill - it had its moments. Blackstar - what I've hear is great and I almost bought it on Saturday but now I'm going to wait for a month or two to buy it - partly to allow the ambulance chasers to bore of Bowie being their favourite ever pop star (before saying they loved that song of his 'In the Air Tonight') and partly to listen objectively myself.....
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:20am coelacanth:

ha! okay i'll try but no promises!
( -you are talking about the xtc song,right?)
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:20am Stanley:

Perhaps my line of all time "they sold wine like turpentine to painters, they took to social life like cops to aviators". Genius
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:21am Bill Mac:

@CC Yes I am!
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:22am Bill Mac:

@Stanley It's a couplet of his that comes to me more immediately than most things he's spoken/sung.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:22am pacific standard simon:

I think that's why I'm not taking this Bowie exit all that hard -- I've been through it so many times with artists I was more influenced by. Zappa + Beefheart, for two.
Avatar Wed. 1/13/16 2:23am Fran:

Lots of good 'producers'out there but most of them are only as good as their engineer.......
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:23am pacific standard simon:

That would be "crops to aviators', BTW.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:24am coelacanth:

engineer= unsung hero.
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:26am Dean:

That's why I fudged the producer/engineer thing with Rusch. Also, Marc Aubort. Gorgeous recordings.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:26am pacific standard simon:

Damn, I thought this was The Cramps at first.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:28am Bill Mac:

PSS I'm with you on the Zappa & Beefheart comment.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:29am pacific standard simon:

Rickey certainly has the right spirit, all right.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:30am pacific standard simon:

Losing Viv Stanshall gutted me.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:31am Bill Mac:

I don't think I heard about Viv until well after it happened.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:31am Guido from Cologne:

Killer Track by lenny drake, in moments sounds like Cramps.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:33am Ken From Hyde Park:

I am all done (doing dishes)! Glad that task is out of the way.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:33am coelacanth:

i Loved Heroes (& 7 albums before that)then hated Lodger,mostly- and the next one- then gave up on Bowie when let's dance came. the glimpses of his commercial pop hits that i heard through the years were rarely terrible,but not Great either.
...then on friday when i heard some of "✭" i was practically overwhelmed. it's so honest and pure and poetic and i thought "this is what you could've been doing all this time". i felt very happy and optimistic about Bowie then and decided already i'd get that album.
...maybe that's partly why it hit me as hard as it has.
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:37am Stanley:

"Props to aviators" according to Beefheart.com I'll have to revise my best lines list yet again
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:37am rw:

I think the thing about Bowie is that his appeal and influence was so far reaching. Something I hadn't really considered until the past few dozen hours.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:38am pacific standard simon:

I did my dishes before the show. Organized. Made kielbasa, cabbage & potato soup.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:38am Alejandroool:

Dustbin Divers
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:41am pacific standard simon:

@Stanley - That makes sense, too. I always thought it was a reference to the crop-dusters that Beefheart must have seen out there in the Palmdale/Lancaster area.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:42am pacific standard simon:

You're probably right.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:44am Guido from Cologne:

Loved the shoW!
Thanks Bill!
... off to the dentist ...
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:44am Bill Mac:

@PSS I would've thought that crop dusters made more sense...

btw thanks for bringing up food
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:45am rw:

Stanley, I had always heard that line as props. I think I like cops better though!
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:45am Bill Mac:

Thanks Guido, Go get yanked! I'll see you soon!
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:45am Stanley:

As a thirteen year old you can imagine the effect Ziggy Stardust had on me. A wonderful introduction to teenage life.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:46am pacific standard simon:

Thanks, Bill Mac, for picking up a fill-in shift when I'm not working. I've missed a lot of them lately due to scheduling conflicts.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:46am Bill Mac:

@Stanley Agreed - a perfect album all around
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:48am Bill Mac:

@PSS I appreciate you hanging around and mixing it up. It makes the show experience a lot better when I know you're out there
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:48am Alejandroool:

golden recording, this song...
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:49am Alejandroool:

Always a sucker for this kind of bouncy bass playing
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:50am rw:

Yes. Thank you Mr. Mac! Your shows are always a good time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:50am pacific standard simon:

Bowie albums were hit-and-miss affairs for me, except for Pin-Ups, Hunky Dory, and The Man Who Sold The World. The thing is, with Bowie, it wasn't about the albums -- it was about HIM.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:51am coelacanth:

well now i wonder if i missed some good music between let's dance and now. i've barely heard anything besides the predictable pop hits since 1983, and it's usually been the "deep album cuts" that were best.
also,"(eyepatch)fox" said ✭ reminds her of "outside", so i have a feeling there's all kinds of diversity in those 3 decades that i'm mostly oblivious to. with his supreme talent for arrangement there must be good in there. i feel foolish for not giving ANY of it a chance all this time.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:52am Bill Mac:

@Alejandroool There's a lot of soul music that I should make it my business to play
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:52am pacific standard simon:

...and I'll just throw in my approval of this Spinners track. Lord knows I didn't appreciate it when it was released, but ch-ch-changes...
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:52am Bill Mac:

@CC I like Sound & Vision even though the production onsome of that stuff is kind of thin
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:54am Stanley:

@pss - agreed but within all that self obsession there came out some great tunes though I always thought he relied on others when it came to his best stuff
Avatar Wed. 1/13/16 2:54am Fran:

Classic Caetano ............great show Bill. Have a good day and see you soon Bill and all
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:56am pacific standard simon:

I'd trust Bill Mac to DJ an Anthony Bourdain TV show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:56am coelacanth:

simon, that marketing always disgusted me. especially the suit/hat,dapper bullshit. but it sometimes was an injustice to the Great music on the albums- as with Aladin Sane,Heroes,Ziggy. i wish he hadn't done that but i guess it's why his name is a household word.
Avatar    Wed. 1/13/16 2:57am Bill Mac:

Friends, thanks for coming out on a Tuesday night/Wednesday morning! Hopefully I won't be in the either too long. Take care and be well
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:57am Ken From Hyde Park:

Take care, Bill. This was a nice little party tonight.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:58am coelacanth:

isn't "sound and vision" on low? i love that album!
  Wed. 1/13/16 2:58am Stanley:

Bugger Time has reached for that ol'cigarette already. Thanks Bill. Miss the old Saturday's but always great to hear you again.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 2:58am pacific standard simon:

@coelacanth - We'll have to disagree on that. I thought it was perfect for him.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 1/13/16 3:00am coelacanth:

oh shit i should've been asleep by 12!
Thanks Bill! Great show.
g'night people.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/13/16 9:15am Brian in UK:

Used to have The Man with the Four Way Hips on green vinyl.
Bolan used to wear ballet pumps, leastways that was what he was wearing when he spoke to me, made my wife mad as hell when I told her.

The dustbin men were collecting just as I was writing earlier.

Remember seeing Vinegar Joe supporting Lindisfarne. The piano player impressed turned out it was Robert Palmer. Loved his early albums with Little Feat. This track is a bit like LF.

Never really liked Ziggy probably because it was electric guitar driven. Thought Hunky Dory & Lodger cooked.

Might see you on the stream soon, old bean?
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