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Options October 16, 2017: 103: SHOOBY TAYLOR! w/guest Irwin Chusid

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
Shooby Taylor  The Theme   Options The Human Horn, Vol. 1  Cosmic Spy  0:00:00 ()
 
Shooby Taylor  Pennies From Heaven   Options The Human Horn, Vol. 2  Cosmic Spy  0:12:45 ()
Shooby Taylor  Release Me (trio)   Options     0:27:26 ()
 
Shooby Taylor  Medley of unreleased tunes   Options     0:44:22 ()
Shooby Taylor  Fugue from Mozart's Adadio & Fugue in C Minor   Options The Human Horn  Cosmic Spy  0:49:25 ()
Shooby Taylor  Theme from Elivra Madigan   Options     0:51:52 ()
 
Shooby        1:01:59 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:01pm Webhamster Henry:

Dweeb-n'be-bah, y'all!
Avatar Mon. 10/16/17 7:02pm glenn:

stashu's not messin' with us tonight.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:03pm northguineahills:

Gneiss!
Avatar Mon. 10/16/17 7:03pm Richard S:

Shooby dooby doo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:04pm Michael 98145:

Good: Irwin twice this week !
  Mon. 10/16/17 7:06pm cat:

if shooby had lived in finland instead of newark he would have been the yoiking champion of the world
Avatar Mon. 10/16/17 7:07pm Jesus:

I love Shooby!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:10pm pinholga:

Wait, are there people who don't love Shooby?!?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:11pm dale:

i would love to see the lyrics sheet for this pennies from heaven.
Avatar Mon. 10/16/17 7:12pm Richard S:

Shooby is translating English into an alien language.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:12pm coelacanth∅:

i Love Shooby; and sometimes i tolerate his music too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:12pm Webhamster Henry:

He sounds really smooth here!
Avatar Mon. 10/16/17 7:13pm Switchblade Batman:

From wikipedia, fascinating.

Shooby Taylor was born in Indiana Township, Pennsylvania, on September 19, 1929.[1] Shortly thereafter he moved with his family to Harlem, where he spent the majority of his life. Besides Shooby's several decades of pursuing a career as a scat singer, he also worked 21 years as a New York City postal worker.


Shooby recorded as Shooby Taylor, the human instrument. There is at least one "arcade recording", a two sided 45 rpm record of the acapella scat Expressing Myself parts 1 & 2 from 1971. This was given as a gift to Beverly Anderson who worked at the veterans hospital in Staten Island where, according to Beverly, Mr. Taylor was an intermittent psyche ward patient
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:14pm coelacanth∅:

(for the record i tolerate shooby's scatting more than Ella's or most anyone else's)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:15pm Webhamster Henry:

So Irwin, are there isolated Shooby tracks so we can enjoy him in all his pure Shooby-ness and remix him on top of other arrangements?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:15pm dale:

WHY was scatman caruthers a success? wouldn't it be great if shooby was the guy who knew the kid had the shining and got an axe in the back?
Avatar Mon. 10/16/17 7:18pm glenn:

i pretty much can't stand scat
Avatar Mon. 10/16/17 7:18pm Richard S:

"Key of Z" is a great book!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:21pm dale:

i have that book. where i learned of the shaggs, shooby, the 'oh, canada' lady....
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:22pm coelacanth∅:

glenn, yeah. i'm trying to think of what scat singer i dislike less than Shooby Taylor, and i can't think of any that i have more than a bit of tolerance for.
  Mon. 10/16/17 7:22pm cat:

shoobie yippie yoik meow newark horn and human scat
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:24pm steve:

this is riveting
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:25pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Lucky he could remember where he kept the key to that apartment and also that he found the key, at that.
Avatar Mon. 10/16/17 7:26pm glenn:

it just seems pointless and frankly ridiculous.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:26pm coelacanth∅:

hahaha! it is good for its comic value.
- i don't know how it was a mystery to him that they didn't take him seriously.
...if he'd marketed himself as a comedian, they would've taken him seriously.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:27pm dale:

if englebert humberdink had scatted a bit his version might have been memorable
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:29pm dale:

is ella's or mel's scat singing pointless?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:29pm dale:

my wife just asked me 'is it called scat singing because it's shitty? like scat?'
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:30pm coelacanth∅:

Hahaha! dale that's hilarious!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:31pm dale:

irwin - turn incorrect music into a netflix series.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:33pm coelacanth∅:

i don't know if Ella or Mel scatting was pointless; but in my case, at least, listening to it is. it's something any child can do.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:36pm dale:

geesh, this part is sad.
Avatar Mon. 10/16/17 7:37pm Switchblade Batman:

I'm not a fan of the music, but this story is amazing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:38pm coelacanth∅:

yeh. i have things to do but i can't leave.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:42pm Webhamster Henry:

The Shooby tape was in the WFMU Catalog, back in the day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:43pm Webhamster Henry:

"Shooby is a proven effective analgesic for temporary relief from existential pain."
Avatar Mon. 10/16/17 7:43pm Switchblade Batman:

ok, I'm sorry, How the hell is this not funny?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:44pm coelacanth∅:

so -going back to Webhamster Henry @7.15, are there any isolated/a cappella tracks of Shooby? i wouldn't mind giving them a treatment!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:44pm dale:

people bought peter lemonjello - yet scoffed at shooby taylor.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:44pm Webhamster Henry:

If RSM had one ... perhaps!
  Mon. 10/16/17 7:44pm Sean:

All this anticipation and it sounds like an Italian man having a seizure.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:45pm dale:

gwilley edmondez took a page out of shooby's book.
Avatar Mon. 10/16/17 7:45pm Switchblade Batman:

lol, I wouldn't put it that way @Sean, but you're not far off the mark either.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:46pm coelacanth∅:

true...and it's not any less bearable than justin beaver or, well, nearly everything on the bill-bored top (of the bottom of the barrel) 100.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:47pm dale:

what's wrong with you naysayers? IT'S GENIUS!! just the pursuit of the style is genius.
  Mon. 10/16/17 7:47pm McGreivey:

Shooby is upsetting my cat. I'm not sure if she's good-upset, or bad-upset. She doesn't usually care about music, one way or the other.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:47pm coelacanth∅:

...okay - maybe a little less bearable.
Avatar Mon. 10/16/17 7:48pm Switchblade Batman:

I suppose. It's interesting, it's heartfelt @dale. But it's also very very funny.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:48pm Webhamster Henry:

@Dan: get Dave The Spazz in here to discuss the Shemp Meditation Tape. (Which was actually the break-out hit of the WFMU Catalog)
Avatar Mon. 10/16/17 7:48pm Richard S:

You can TRY and sing like Shooby - go ahead, I dare you to try - but he's impossible to copy. And like Florence Foster Jenkins, what comes through all of it is the sheer love for and enjoyment of music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:48pm dale:

i'll name my next cat shooby. or taylor.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:48pm coelacanth∅:

haha! dale, i'm sorry! but i was doing shit like this when i was 7 years old. i don't think it's genius!
Avatar    Mon. 10/16/17 7:49pm RomanDogBird:

well it is
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:50pm dale:

THIS deserves to be heard at carnegie hall. alas too late.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:50pm zopa:

Thanks for this, Dan.
Avatar Mon. 10/16/17 7:50pm Switchblade Batman:

I wouldn't want to sing like him. God bless him that he loves it. But come on, it's unintentional comedy genius. It's the stuff of the finest mockumentaries
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 7:52pm zopa:

Oh... thanks be to Irwin too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:53pm chris:

so fun. thanks, Dan and Irwin. thanks, Irwin for following the thread on the guy; thanks, Dan, for having a show where Shooby fits right in.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:57pm Garbaggio Toblerone:

thought he sounded familiar...department of eagles sampled him in "we have to respect each other"
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:59pm Ken From Hyde Park:

That's a nice way to end the story. Wow, and thanks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 7:59pm dale:

so much of music history is people getting discovered and people getting ignored and people getting screwed and people dying and people getting rediscovered
  Mon. 10/16/17 8:00pm cat:

the ghost that never walked
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 8:00pm Webhamster Henry:

Shooby would have done a great cover of "Let It Go".
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 8:00pm coelacanth∅:

jeez, Irwin, as much as i don't need to hear Shooby Taylor more than once every few years, Thank you for what you did with him. very respectable.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 10/16/17 8:00pm dale:

good show - thanks dan, and thanks irwin for coming out after dark.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 8:00pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Dan.
tchau
Avatar Mon. 10/16/17 8:01pm Switchblade Batman:

Yeah, the regular jazz stuff is good. Just when he scats to Johnny Cash it's hilarious
Avatar Mon. 10/16/17 8:01pm Richard S:

Thank you Irwin! Thank you Dan! Thank you Shooby!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/16/17 8:01pm Webhamster Henry:

No Shooby polkas to segue with? Thanks anyway!
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