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Options February 5, 2018: Life Begins at the Hop

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New Approx. start time
Richard Osborn  Streets of Laredo, A Pastorale   Options Endless  Tompkins Square  2018  LP    *   0:00:00 ()
Alec Cheer  Caffeine Blues   Options Alec Cheer  Macro Whisker  2017  CD  This one goes out to Clay Pigeon  *   0:06:22 ()
Yusuf  You Can Do (Whatever)!   Options The Laughing Apple  Cat-O-Log/Verve/Decca  2017  CD    *   0:08:37 ()
Marianne Faithfull  Come and Stay with Me   Options Jon Savage's 1965  Ace  2018  CD    *   0:11:44 ()
Duncan Browne  Waking You (Part One)   Options Give Me Take You  Sony Music Special Products  1991  CD  From 1969    0:14:04 ()
Duncan Browne  Waking You (Part Two)   Options Give Me Take You  Sony Music Special Products  1991  CD  Still from 1969    0:15:55 ()
Van Morrison  Nobody Really Knows   Options Unplugged in the Studio  No Label    MP3  "Astral Weeks" outtake, 1968; big thanks to Samantha    0:17:20 ()
Shannon Lay  Living Water   Options Living Water  Woodsist  2018  LP    *   0:22:58 ()
Allysen Callery  When You Are Awakening   Options Prince's Pine  Allysen Callery  2017  CD-R      0:25:54 ()
Tony Iglio  Velvet   Options Drugstore  Cindedelic  2015  CD  From 1971    0:29:17 ()
The Yearning  How Do You Make Somebody Fall in Love?   Options Take Me All Over the World  Elefant  2018  CD    *   0:32:16 ()
 
I Think Like Midnight  Daychord   Options This Land Is Your Mind  Quadrapuss  2018  CD    *   0:44:02 ()
Hollie Cook  Vessel of Love   Options Vessel of Love  Merge  2018  CD    *   0:48:32 ()
Velocity Girl  Your Silent Face   Options single  Merge  1994  45      0:52:19 ()
The Terraplanes  Telephone Blues   Options It's Hip - Recordings 1980-83  Radstock  2018  CD  From 1980  *   0:56:29 ()
John Lee Hooker  Boogie Chillen'   Options King of the Boogie  Craft Recordings/Concord  2018  CD  From 1948  *   0:59:16 ()
Fadoul  Bsslama Hbibti   Options Habibi Funk: An Electic Selection of Music from the Arab World  Habibi Funk  2018  CD  From Morocco  *   1:02:28 ()
Betsy Gay  Hound Dog   Options Jukebox in Crampsville: 60 Way Out Tunes at a Dime Apiece  Righteous/Cherry Red  2017  CD  From 1953  *   1:07:18 ()
Alex Chilton  What's Your Sign, Girl?   Options A Man Called Destruction  Omnivore Recordings  2017  CD  From 1995  *   1:09:58 ()
Winfield Parker  When I'm Alone   Options Something Got a Hold on Me: The Ru-Jac Records Story, Volume One: 1963-1964  Omnivore Recordings  2018  CD    *   1:14:31 ()
Mickey & Sylvia  Dearest   Options Do It Again  RCA  1973  LP  From 1957    1:17:23 ()
The Grambling College Marching Band  Ball of Confusion   Options Tiger Time: The Grambling College Marching Band  Mercury  1971  LP  RIP Dennis Edwards    1:20:05 ()
 
 
Single File: Special Single Artist Single File today: XTC
XTC  Science Friction   Options single  Virgin  1977  45  1st single    1:32:34 ()
XTC  Are You Receiving Me   Options single  Virgin  1978  45      1:35:25 ()
XTC  Life Begins at the Hop   Options single  Virgin  1979  45  nice clear vinyl    1:38:30 ()
XTC  Set Myself on Fire   Options single  Virgin  1980  45  live at the Rainbow, 1979    1:42:13 ()
XTC  Generals and Majors   Options single  Virgin  1980  45      1:46:27 ()
XTC  No Thugs in Our House   Options single  Virgin  1982  45      1:49:58 ()
XTC  Making Plans for Nigel   Options single  Virgin  1979  45  by popular demand; here's the "mono" side of the promo single!    1:55:20 ()
XTC  Love on a Farmboy's Wages   Options single  Virgin  1983  45      1:58:51 ()
XTC  Grass   Options single  Virgin  1986  45      2:02:51 ()
XTC  All You Pretty Girls   Options single  Virgin  1984  45  Last one    2:05:40 ()
 
Inga Rumpf  Schubiduah   Options Second-Hand Mädchen  Philips  1975  LP      2:17:39 ()
Bachman-Turner Overdrive  Gimme Your Money Please   Options Best of BTO  Mercury  1976  LP  From 1973    2:20:29 ()
Goodthunder  Sentries   Options Goodthunder  Elektra  1972  LP      2:24:36 ()
Thundermug  Big City   Options Ta-daa!  Axe  1974  LP      2:27:12 ()
Fanny  I've Had It   Options Rock 'N' Roll Survivors  Casablanca  1974  LP      2:30:02 ()
Status Quo  Forty-Five Hundred Times   Options Hello!  A&M  1973  LP      2:33:12 ()
Jukin' Bone  Cara Lynn   Options Way Down East  RCA  1972  LP      2:42:53 ()
Foghat  Maybelline   Options Foghat  Bearsville  1972  LP  requested by Michele    2:45:23 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:07am annie:

wasn't sure if you were gonna make it there, joe
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:07am Cheri Pi:

MMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmm
     Mon. 2/5/18 9:07am 12539:

Falsetto Yip!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:08am melinda:

I love the transitions. Hi Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:08am mcgreivey:

Beautiful vocalizing there
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:10am Guido from Cologne:

Good morning Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:10am Davee:

Boing, boing, good moinging!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:10am pantz:

Morning, Joe! You guys really need to get some "play him off music" for Clay when his banter bleeds into your shows. You know, like the kind they use on the Oscars?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:11am steveo:

Hello & Good Morning. This is just beautiful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:11am redkayak:

Happy Monday, all :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:12am NotARealDoctor:

This is beautiful, thank you, Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:12am annie:

agreed, pantz
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:12am BEAVO:

@pantz Iwas thinking the same thing.Pidg is great but time to go home.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:12am NotARealDoctor:

I always liked this song, but I've never heard it as a purely instrumental version
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:12am Krys O.:

Happy Monday!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:13am steveo:

Actually, I paid Clay to go over, because I'm usually 5 minutes late.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:13am Paul In Bloomfield:

Morning Joe, this is some good stuff. thanks
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:13am Sem:

Hello and good morning, Joe, McGaskoes, those tubing the stream, innocent first timers, the shy, singers-along-ers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:14am Itzall Ablurr:

Good morning, Joe. Hope you are doing well.
  Mon. 2/5/18 9:16am Brendan:

Good morning Jersey City Joe and good whatever time whoever else wherever you may be.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:16am Vincent Nifigance:

Yusuf sounding great here.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:17am kimgland:

great start, Joe
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:18am melinda:

Thanks for playing Cat Stevens. I mean Yusuf.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:18am Webhamster Henry:

Yes, a nice week starter!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:18am Roberto:

When Yusuf played the Beacon a couple of years ago, it was the longest line outside I've ever seen for any artist or event.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:18am Krys O.:

I have this Yusuf!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:20am Paul In Bloomfield:

That Alec Cheer is hard to find but was great!
Avatar Mon. 2/5/18 9:20am CeeDubbles:

I don't tune in/turn on until 9:05 most mornings. Listening to my Mother and not saying anything else.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:23am MD:

WFMU A PLACE WHERE COLLUSION IS A GREAT THING!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:23am MD:

GOOD MORNING FREEFORM FIGHTERS!!!
  Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:23am tadpoles:

Nice article on Roxy by Jon Savage in the Guardian Joe:

www.theguardian.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:25am MD:

feel free to collude with WFMU ....I DO IT ALL THE TIME!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:25am Joe McG:

Hey, good morning, everybody! Thanks for sticking with me despite my strained vocals this morning.
     Mon. 2/5/18 9:26am Leelee:

Points for strained vocals sounding way better than some who've warmed up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:27am steveo:

are you hoarse from yelling at sportsball, Pennsylvania Joe?
  Mon. 2/5/18 9:28am Brendan:

I like the undecided nature (whatever, not knowing, etc) as a theme for this set and the week to come. Give me ambiguity or give me something else.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:31am Joe McG:

@Brendan: Ha ha
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:32am Rev. Turnip Druid:

sup
  Mon. 2/5/18 9:33am medson:

Good Morning Joe. Coffee time at work.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:34am northguineahills:

I saw the last 2.5 mins of handegg last night. At least that part was entertaining.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:35am kimzilla:

Good morning Joe. This set sure is doing the job at putting my mood in the "Nice and easy" category.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:36am redkayak:

@Joe - Excellent music today....thank you....
@MD - Awesome Dobbs avatar!
  Mon. 2/5/18 9:38am John in Bklyn:

Morning, Joe and Noisers!
This is called "Velvet" and it reminds me of "I'll be your mirror."
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:38am pantz:

I need a martini and a Chesterfield.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:38am Booz:

Ahh. Such a sweet vibe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:40am thedunkel:

@pantz - a gimlet and a Tareyton
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:41am pantz:

@thedunkel Yes, those seem a bit more 70's. Also, a lime green housecoat.
  Mon. 2/5/18 9:42am Brendan:

Make no mistake - this ain’t the Rockabilly set of weeks past. Yet it seems equally appropriate. Joe you’ve the greatest gift a DJ could have- a sense of what and when.Just don’t throw an EAS alert at us out of the blue in our blissful state.
  Mon. 2/5/18 9:42am Dennis Diken:

diggin' the noise Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:44am melinda:

Great set!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:45am Brian in UK:

Hey Joe. Welcome to the Internal Conversation Radio Show, folks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:51am Brian in UK:

The wit and wonder of record companies. When reissues are released, that redundant term 'alternate takes' says to me it was not good enough to put on the original so why insult you by this cheap ploy. Yes, I guess we are the suckers for buying them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:53am Joe McG:

Tanks, kimzilla! @Booz/pantz/dunkel: Martinis quaffed? @Brendan: Thank god, no EAS for me today. Thanks melinda! @Brian: So true! They weren't BAD outtakes, but when there are whole songs in the can, why not let folks hear them? Of course they're not as good as the ones on the album, that's why they were left off. But as bonus tracks 40 years later, I don't see the harm.
  Mon. 2/5/18 9:55am JakeGould:

@Joe: Listening to the steam on the app and this track sporadically is cutting in and out.
  Mon. 2/5/18 9:57am jt:

wait... is that Van Morison 'out-take' stuff commercially available? (was outta the room while you were yapping about it)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:59am pantz:

I'm a sucker for reggae organ.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 9:59am Brian in UK:

Hollie Cook on Merge? Cool. Is that just for the USofA? He was on Mr Bongo previously.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:00am jt:

@Brian in UK .. then sometimes the outtakes are BETTER than what was originally released. Yes, this really happens.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:01am Devin B.:

Yay Velocity Girl!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:01am Joe McG:

@jt: Sadly, no. I guess stubborn ol' Van finds them unworthy of his legacy. @Brian: Merge worldwide, I think.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:07am TristaC.LadyCaveBrat:

Whooh!! Boogie Chillen!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:07am Krys O.:

JLH!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:09am Greg from ZONE 5:

Yeeeesssssss.
You got to let Joe McGasko boogie down.
  Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:09am yippie:

hey yippies whats up?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:11am Brian in UK:

Is there an age limit for the Youth International Party?
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:11am John in Bklyn:

The pervasive influence The Godfather!
Avatar Mon. 2/5/18 10:12am CeeDubbles:

phlegmmy phunk in Farsi? Far out, Fadoul!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:13am steveo:

Funny.
Avatar    Mon. 2/5/18 10:14am βrian:

Arabic, I think.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:15am John in Bklyn:

I think it was something like "Farewell My Love."
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:16am Guido from Cologne:

Habibi Funk fantastic!
habibifunkrecords.bandcamp.com...
Avatar Mon. 2/5/18 10:17am CeeDubbles:

yes, βrian, but I was going for the oriental onomatopoeia
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:18am Joe McG:

Yes, this Habibi Funk CD is as essential as the last one from a couple of years ago.
Avatar    Mon. 2/5/18 10:19am βrian:

"Onomatopoeia
I don't want to see ya
Speaking in a foreign tongue."
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:20am John in Bklyn:

This is hilarious!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:21am Itzall Ablurr:

As an Alex Chilton fan, I never thought I would say this, but I would ALMOST rather listen to that dreaded Felder song than THIS one.... was it sarcastic? Ironic? TERRIBLE? I'll go with terrible.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:21am John in Bklyn:

Who the heck is drumming on this??
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:21am Lewis:

hilarious?... not the word that jumped to my mind ;-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:22am Roberto:

Sagittarius, Aquarius...hilarious!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:22am steveo:

feeling loose today; loved the Chilton
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:22am John in Bklyn:

I think Chilton was goofing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:23am Joe McG:

It's not a patch on the Danny Pearson original, but it's loose and he's having fun with it, so I like it!
  Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:23am tadpoles:

Excellent set thanks Joe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:24am Listener Bob in PGH:

@ Itzall Ablurr - much of Mr. Chilton's work was tongue-in-cheek. Or least that has always been my take at any rate!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:24am Joe McG:

Glad you're enjoying it, tadpoles!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:28am JakeGould:

Gimme some more of that tuba!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:28am Lewis:

right on...
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:28am eric from lake hiawatha:

Big and bad !
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:28am rsj:

i knew Joe was going to play some eazy-e today
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:30am Lewis:

not sure who would do it, but I would definitely plunk down for a marathon premium of marching band covers...
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:31am melinda:

@lewis me too
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:32am steveo:

great idea -- more marching bands!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:32am Lewis:

that would be sooo cool - grambling, Floridia A&M, stanford...
Avatar    Mon. 2/5/18 10:32am βrian:

College sports *are* professional sports, however.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:33am Krys O.:

There were marching bands on the field last night or at least people playing marching band members. BTW-The Stanford University marching band is THE BEST.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:34am John in Bklyn:

I'd rather watch Grambling's marching band than Timberbrain any day.
Avatar    Mon. 2/5/18 10:35am βrian:

Wasn't the Stanford band the one that got in big trouble a few years back? Hazing or some such.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:35am Itzall Ablurr:

Listener Bob in PGH, I know, I know, and I appreciate his wry takes on most occasions; but this one just struck me as in the same vein as that (godawful) song from the same era about having a wet dream swimming in the gulf stream. Just TOO much cheese. I will probably recover... haha.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:36am JakeGould:

Marching bands in the SuperBowl are garnishes on a bullshit salad nowadays.

Imagine if there were marching bands in the street instead of rioting football drunks destroying their own property?
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:36am melinda:

I live in New England and didn't know the Patriots were in the super bowl until saw the message on a downtown bank's digital message thing atop the building. It looks like "60 PATS".
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:37am JakeGould:

SARA SHANNON!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:37am Matt Fiveash:

That Habibi Funk thing sounded to me like they were covering CCR's cover of Good Golly Miss Molly. Still awesome though!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:37am JakeGould:

I mean’t: Sarah Shannon.
Avatar    Mon. 2/5/18 10:38am βrian:

www.amleo.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:39am pantz:

"60 PATS" sounds like an alternate version of Mike Doughty's "27 Jennifers".
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:39am JakeGould:

I meant meant not “mean’t.”
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:39am Itzall Ablurr:

Same here (G.G.M.M. cover), Matt Fiveash.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:39am John in Bklyn:

Who doesn't like XTC?!!
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:39am GListener MW:

XTC!!!!!! Amazing
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:40am Brian in UK:

Time to walk the dog. Ha Ha.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:40am SeanG:

Nice! bring on the XTC!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:40am Hughie Considine:

Looks like I got here just in time! XTC - the one and only
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:40am Krys O.:

XTC!
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:40am Listener Alexandra:

You are the absolute best, Joe! Love this!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:40am Itzall Ablurr:

Who here can say they SAW XTC perform (I'm raising my hand)?!?
  Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:40am tadpoles:

Now this is POP!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:41am ChrisB.:

Well, this is great! Just watched the documentary!
  Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:41am tadpoles:

#IA...saw them at Irving Plaza in the '80's if memory serves!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:41am Kurt Gottschalk:

i thought xtc as soon as you said 'nervous'!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 2/5/18 10:42am Listener Scott:

Been binge listening to XTC after seeing that great documentary (I think Showtime?)
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:42am John in Bklyn:

@Joe They used to play General and Majors on "Rock 107" in Scranton in 1980-81 when the station was mixing in "New Wave". I kid you not.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:42am judy from croton:

Knew it! The clue was 'nervous'.
My favorite forever and always.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:43am GListener MW:

I’ve seen Andy Partridge do a music-less spoken-word instore; I guess that’s the closest I’ll ever get to having seen him “perform”
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:43am Krys O.:

Land sakes this is so good to hear.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:43am ChrisB.:

Saw the Barry Andrews iteration of XTC open for Talking Heads at the Beacon on NYE in '78-'79?
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:44am John in Bklyn:

It's amazing that anyone saw XTC live! Wow. They came to the US like once or twice, right? And then Andy broke down.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:44am KP:

Receiving you loud and clear, Joe!
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:44am GListener MW:

@ IA & tadpoles — so jealous!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:44am Irene Trudel:

XTC!!!
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:44am KP:

Saw XTC at CBGB. Say that five times fast
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:45am John in Bklyn:

@ChrisB @KP Wow!! I wish I could have seen any incarnation that band.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:45am Mick:

Loving this XTC set. @Itzall Ablurr, I'm envious of anyone and everyone who saw them live!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:45am BLCKDGRD:

Christ, I though Partridge just died.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:45am GListener MW:

WFMU’s Bob Brainen has been on a big XTC kick lately on his Saturday morning show, ever since Colin Moulding & Terry Chambers’ new “TC & I” EP was recently released
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:46am Itzall Ablurr:

tadpoles, I saw them on a 2nd date w/my girlfriend-now-spouse-of... decades... in Atlanta in '81 or so. I didn't know about Mr. Partridge's stage fright, just knew that they were great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:46am Joe McG:

@BLCKDGRD: That's why I want to give the tributes a rest for a bit!
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:47am John in Bklyn:

I met Andy, Colin and Dave outside a record store in Houston for a minute in '89 (?) They were on a record spromo tour, but no live shows if I remember correctly.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:47am ChrisB.:

A friend saw them open for The Cars at MSG. Don't know what year.
  Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:47am tadpoles:

#IA....just looked it up...Irving Plaza November '80. Show of a lifetime!
Avatar    Mon. 2/5/18 10:47am βrian:

It's Joe's tributtal.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:48am John in Bklyn:

I can't wait for the Justin Timberlake memorial broadcast, though.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:48am The Mule:

This XTC is great. The Rockumentory only makes me love the band more. Thanks for keeping it going. I would love to see them live in any incarnation.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:49am whattawino:

Life Begins at the Hop was first XTC song I heard whilw working at Hurrah in 1979! Loved it then...and now! Off to a great set, Joe!
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:49am The Mule:

More soul coal.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:50am Joe McG:

I think this live cut proves that they could be pretty ferocious live.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:50am Krys O.:

Ooh, very nice rarity.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:50am Irene Trudel:

I was lucky enough to see XTC at The Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ right around the time of Black Sea. Wonderful stage show, including films related to the songs playing on 3 screens behind them. I recommend seeing the new documentary, "This is Pop!" Well done, although a little too much Andy, not enough of Colin, Dave and Terry.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:50am GListener MW:

Christ, I was just about to walk my dog but now have to sit here for half an hour loudly listening to one of my all time favorite bands on the radio. I hope she understands this sacrifice.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:51am GListener MW:

(I hope the floor does too.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:51am Krys O.:

Scissor Man live was another killer track.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:52am b!!!:

This is great!
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:52am rw:

All this XTC is making me nervous.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:52am ChrisB.:

Have an XTC flexi-disc from Trouser Press around here somewhere.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:54am Itzall Ablurr:

Irene Trudel, that sounds great, I heart Capitol Theater (AND NJ). Still trying to find a new Capitol Theater T-shirt, mine's in tatters.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:55am Krys O.:

Andy left a message on our answering machine (calling my ex) and said my voice sounded frou-frou on the outgoing message.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:55am Joe McG:

@rw: Ha ha! They're going to start calming down in the '80s!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:55am herb.nyc:

yay XTC! i only watched the URGH live compilation a year or 2 ago, and xtc were just terrific in it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:56am Irene Trudel:

Joe, you're preventing me from going out to do laundry... which is a good thing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:56am Krys O.:

And Dave Gregory recorded a birthday song for my 40th birthday! He's a sweetheart.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:56am John in Bklyn:

The video for this is pretty funny. The Virgin guy, Richard Branson is in it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:56am Joe McG:

@Krys: Ha ha! Howdy, Irene! Great story about "Black Sea" tour.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:56am BLCKDGRD:

Then there's the song about Nigel, the loneliest bird that just died.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:57am Mark in Toronto:

Is Making Plans for Nigel too obvious?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:57am Roberto:

I spent way too much time my senior year in college listening to Black Sea.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:58am John in Bklyn:

Don't forget Terry Chambers! One of the drumming greats!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:58am Parq:

Aww, sorry to have missed the first half (or more) of this set.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:58am Joe McG:

I have "Nigel" with me. Does everyone want to hear it?
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:58am Listener Alexandra:

But will this set end with Dear God...?
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:58am GListener MW:

RICHARD BRANSON, bring back XTC!!! I don’t wanna hear any excuses; just make it happen.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:58am V Priceless:

Woo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:58am Joe McG:

@Alex: Dear god, no!
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:58am John in Bklyn:

I wore out 2 copies each of Black Sea and English Settlement.
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:59am Mark in Toronto:

Of Course!!! How about 10 Feet Tall?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:59am Irene Trudel:

Yessss! No Thugs in Our House is probably my favorite XTC single! I used to think it described my brother Fred's ability to wiggle out from trouble with my parents.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 10:59am BLCKDGRD:

Partridge had an active twitter account but it's gone silent of late. Hope he's in studio, not in uh-oh.

Mayor of Simpleton!
  Mon. 2/5/18 10:59am Brendan:

Its less energetic but Skylarking is a desert island item.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:00am Ken From Hyde Park:

Ah, another glorious Monday! (Thanks to Joe & Surface Noise)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:00am Summer and Michael:

Loving the XTC set, Joe! Irene has been featuring them of late (and played one of our favs - "All of a Sudden (It's Too Late)" and mentioned the new doc, which we really want to see!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:00am Krys O.:

This had a great picture sleeve.
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:00am Listener Alexandra:

HAHAHAHHAHA...priceless, Joe ;-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:00am Parq:

Somebody else mentioned how they quit touring early on. I saw the New York date of the Black Sea tour. too At the time, I was blown away by the intense energy that Andy brought to the stage. In hindsight, I realize that what I was seeing was him struggling to control his terror.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:00am Irene Trudel:

More on that XTC doc in Brooklyn Vegan, which also has a link to a new Colin Moulding-Terry Chambers project. www.brooklynvegan.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:00am ChrisB.:

Sort of surprised you didn't roll out This is Pop.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:01am Roberto:

My friend bought Black Sea for the Respectable Street chorus alone: "What you think he bought that car for?"
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:02am ChrisB.:

The green paper bag that Black Sea came in was problematic from the start. Did not survive.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:02am Greg from ZONE 5:

Great song? Or THE GREATEST SONG?!
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:02am GListener MW:

This is the most engagingly memory-jogging chat thread on here in ages for me; thanks, all! And thanks Joe for this great set
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:02am Parq:

By the way, Joe's show is a good one to post this on. The cartoonist Carol Lay did a strip about music that includes a guy in a WFMU tee shirt. Check it; bottom left panel:
www.gocomics.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:03am Joe McG:

@KrysO: "Thugs" is my favorite of their many lovely sleeves. @ChrisB: Don't have it! Also missing the one with "Rocket from a Bottle" on the B. Dying for that one!
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:03am John in Bklyn:

Shonen Knife had a funny tune that was a take on this. Making Plans for Bison!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:04am Krys O.:

I think the breakdown was caused by Andy's ex-wife throwing out his pill stash.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:04am Irene Trudel:

Making Plans video: youtu.be...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:04am Rich in Washington:

The video for this song sort of disturbed me when I was a young kid.
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:04am judy from croton:

Each song has enough ideas for 3 more.
Bet there are no tribute bands. Ever try playing any of these songs? Brain cracks trying to figure out the chords. Not to mention lyrics.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:05am Rich in Washington:

I remember seeing it on Video Jukebox, hosted by Britt Ekland.
Avatar Mon. 2/5/18 11:05am CeeDubbles:

I was just chastised for leaking headphones and dancing - WHY DO I HAVE A STANDING WORK STATION IF NOT FOR DANCING?!?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:06am Rich in Washington:

I also think this was one of the first songs I recall downloading off the internet. Back when it was an information superhighway.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:07am Irene Trudel:

Me too, Rich in Washington. Andy Partridge has especially disturbing makeup throughout.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:07am Joe McG:

@CeeDubbles: Might be time to find another gig!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:07am ben abs:

Greetz from London. Super enjoying the XTC, many thanks Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:07am Rich in Washington:

Clowns. And weird shot-on-video starkness and effects.
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:08am John in Bklyn:

I love how you could see XTC evolve with each album. And they just kept going and going in spite of line up changes and lack of hit singles.
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:08am arrow apple:

kicking AsXTC
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:08am Krys O.:

Ah, I remember the excitement at the station when Mummer came out.
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:08am David in London:

Partridge said that Love on a Farm Boy’s Wages was one of his most intensely personal and emotional songs as it included details about his grandfather’s life. Such a wonderful song.
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:09am PJ:

THX for the XTC, Joe. One of my favorite bands, it's a pity they stopped making music (though the 90s were not their best era).
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:09am BLCKDGRD:

@john in brooklyn - Their last, Wasp Star, is my favorite.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:11am Rich in NC:

nice show today Joe
Avatar    Mon. 2/5/18 11:11am βrian:

One possible cover: Love on a DJ's wages.
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:11am John in Bklyn:

@BLCKDGRD I gotta check more of the later stuff.
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:11am PJ:

@BLCKDGRD - I thought Apple Venus was fine as an Andy Partridge sampler/arrangement trip, but Dave G. was sorely missed on Wasp Star, the whole album was very flat sounding.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:11am Ken From Hyde Park:

Gee, you'd think that dancing at one's standing workstation would be meaningful for a promotion, not chastisement.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:11am ben abs:

Really going to have to dig deeper into these guys discography I reckon, Anybody got a top 3 or 5 to start with?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:11am go2kay:

Thanks Joe! for another great all-the-same band Single File. XTC is also one of my favorite bands. And a perfect antidote to Eagles madness hear in Philly.
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:12am PJ:

@ben abs: Start with Black Sea, English Settlement, then maybe Skylarking
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:12am John in Bklyn:

Holy cow, Skylarking was a masterpiece.
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:12am GListener MW:

Was anyone else here ever a part of the Chalkhills XTC email list in the 1990s?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:13am Irene Trudel:

Speakimng of Mummer, Krys O, remember this pic of DJ Val Sebastiano? flic.kr...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:13am ben abs:

Thanks PJ, will hit those up this afternoon, have a good day :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:13am Irene Trudel:

I was, GListener MW.
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:13am sinner:

XTC spin-off fav: "Vanishing Girl."
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:14am nardo:

I was listening to Oranges and Lemons just yesterday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:14am Planet Tyler:

@go2kay. I'm in Philly too...and I dont get it
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:14am Krys O.:

I was on Chalkhills, MW. I was on there tribute album too doing Chalkhills and Children. Still FB friends with those guys.
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:14am whattawino:

@ben abs...Dive into Drums and Wires. Hurry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:14am BLCKDGRD:

@pj I hear you viz Dave, and I confess the album was a soundtrack for a special time for me. I do that. Next favorite? Nonsuch!
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:15am arrow apple:

only on FREEFORM
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:15am GListener MW:

Irene — keen! That was such a fantastic community
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:15am Krys O.:

@Irene: I definitely remember Val in the Mummer costume with LOVE. I always think of him when I hear XTC.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 2/5/18 11:16am Listener Scott:

The relationship between Summer's Cauldron and Grass is so integral to each song b/c of that perfect transition; it's odd to hear one without the other
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:16am Krys O.:

Thanks so much, Joe.
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:17am John in Bklyn:

You killed it, Joe! Thanks for a great singles set!
Nice trip down mem'ry lane...
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:17am GListener MW:

WOW, Krys!! — I still have that! Great cover! =D
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:17am Mick:

Amazeballs! Thank you Joe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:17am ben abs:

Cheers @whattawino - I've got a fun afternoon coming up!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:18am Irene Trudel:

Me too, Krys. I miss Val a lot. And Thanks Joe! Now I can go about my day "in XTC."
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 2/5/18 11:18am Listener Scott:

Thanks Joe, that was great
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:18am melinda:

@Parq thanks for the link. I like Carol Lay.
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:18am John in Bklyn:

There was a time when MTV would actually play Senses Working Overtime. Very very late at night...
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:18am PJ:

@BLCKDGRD: Nonsuch was another one that I didn't dig that much - Andy started writing more "nursery rhyme" lyrics in the late 80s that didn't touch me as much as the 79-87 period.
Avatar    Mon. 2/5/18 11:19am V Priceless:

Joe! I made some calls - you're cleared to finish the show with all-XTC : )
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:20am GListener MW:

Thanks SO much, Joe— what a great start to the day
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 2/5/18 11:20am Listener Scott:

WLIR played a lot of XTC starting as early as '79 with Life Begins at the Hop and Nigel
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:20am ben abs:

Skylarking has great artwork
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:20am PJ:

Joe, if you count 12" singles, Mayor of Simpleton was issued on vinyl in the US in 89.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:20am Krys O.:

@MW: Thank you kindly!
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:22am PJ:

XTC pt. II next week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:22am Krys O.:

I bought Beeswax and Waxworks at the Upsala College Center when a record dealer had a table of imports.
Avatar    Mon. 2/5/18 11:24am βrian:

Inga: "Roll, roll, roll in the hay!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:24am Krys O.:

Funny you should say that, Joe, but the Helium Kidz, the group before XTC, were hard rock and glam.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:24am Planet Tyler:

I really want to hear the demo of summer's cauldron now but alas, it would be breaking the 45 rules
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:25am Joe McG:

@Krys: Perfect! I never heard 'em. Does anything exist?
Avatar    Mon. 2/5/18 11:25am V Priceless:

I used to subscribe to "The Little Express" XTC fan mag from Canada, long before the interweb
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:26am Andy S.:

Science Friction is collected on the Fossil Fuel 2CD anthology.
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:27am GListener MW:

This Inga Rumpf track is fantastic!!! And kind of sounds like something I’d expect to hear from that band in Jabba’s palace
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:27am Joe McG:

Cool, Andy, good to know!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:28am Uncle Michael:

Schubiduah!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:30am Krys O.:

You can see the Helium Kidz on YouTube: youtu.be...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:32am Krys O.:

Helium Kids covered Alice Cooper's Refrigerator Heaven.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:33am Joe McG:

@Krys: Wowzer!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:33am Krys O.:

I still have a few Little Express editions. Sold a few too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:34am BEAVO:

The show Better Things with Pamela Aldon used the same bit of Hymn by Kevin Ayers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:36am Joe McG:

@BEAVO: Really? That's amazing! I need to find that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:36am pantz:

We got the thunder, now how about the lightning, Joe?
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:36am medson:

Amazing set Joe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:38am Krys O.:

Fanny!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:39am Joe McG:

Thanks, medson! I love WFMU listeners. They can go from XTC to BTO in a heartbeat!
Avatar    Mon. 2/5/18 11:39am βrian:

Lightnin':
www.youtube.com...
Avatar    Mon. 2/5/18 11:40am V Priceless:

@ Krys O: wow on the Helium Kidz covering 'Refrigerator Heaven' - do you know if there's any audio of that out in the world?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:42am Uncle Michael:

QUO!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:45am BEAVO:

@Joe its just for a few seconds in a beach scene.I thought where do I know that from?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:46am Joe McG:

Reaching peak boogie velocity right about...NOW!
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:47am medson:

And we love it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:48am Uncle Michael:

I miss Rick.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:49am Irene Trudel:

Rock it to the top!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:49am Joe McG:

They're so single minded in pursuit of the boogie...they're like the Bohannon of hard rock.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:52am Carmichael:

Late heya Joe and listeners. Everyone's still alive in XTC, yeah?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:53am Uncle Michael:

Jebus...this set.
  Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:53am tadpoles:

Thanks for a great show Joe..esp. XTC.....gotta catch up with work....couldn't leave the room! Cheers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:54am Joe McG:

Thanks for listening and commenting, all! Boogieing on out of here with Foghat. Stay tuned for Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock! See you next time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:54am Beast of Boonton:

Lonesome Dave Peverett
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:55am Krys O.:

@Vincent Priceless: It was circulating on cassette back in the late 80s.
     Mon. 2/5/18 11:55am 12539:

Thanks, Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:56am annie:

rats!!! i missed the show!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:56am annie:

neighbor brought the cribbage board down..
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:57am ben abs:

Great Show, thanks Joe :)
  Mon. 2/5/18 11:58am Brendan:

Thanks Joe
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:58am Irene Trudel:

Great start to my week Joe! Thanks for all the great tunes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 11:59am steveo:

THank you, Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Mon. 2/5/18 12:00pm Krys O.:

Ack! My memory banks frizzled. The Helium Kids song was Refrigeration Blues, but I think it might have sounded LIKE Alice Cooper. I have to go through my XTC cassettes at home.
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