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September 9, 2003: A Little Slice of Hell.

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Artist Track Album Comments New Approx. start time
  So here's what I learned this week:
  1. The best night of the week to stay up late is Sunday. It doesn't matter if you go out or stay in, but you definitely shouldn't be going to bed any time before 1 AM on Sunday night. This past Sunday, I decided to dig through my crate of old videotapes and was rewarded with a documentary about the band QUEEN (which was totally great) as well as the bizarre 1986 film F-X, in which Bryan Brown plays a special effects movie man who is hired by the Justice Department (actually Mason Adams, who you may remember from various Nuprin commercials from the mid 80s) to fake the assassination of a mob kingpin who is preparing to testify for the NYPD. Things go awry when Mason's character (weirdly named "Mason" in the movie) tries to have our Australian hero (Brown) killed so there are no "loose ends." Later on, Brown defeats the bad guys by employing his movie-making special effects props, including fake blood packets, smoke machines, a large alien that roars like Chewbacca with a bad sinus infection, Krazy Glue, and a fake corpse from a splatter flick called "I Dismember Mama" (which really exists!) Although I fell asleep on my couch before the end of the movie, I believe the exciting conclusion of the film features Brian Dennehy as an angry NYPD detective who reveals that he is actually an alien from outer space who goes back in time to fight nazis during World War II with the aid of a modern aircraft carrier. I missed the sequel, F-X-2, which I think elaborated further on this surprising plot twist.
  2. I like art more than I thought I did.
  There was more, I think... I learned that I shouldn't stay at the station late on Monday nights, even if Scott Williams is hosting live sets from badass rock bands that I like, because it just spells disaster for my Tuesday morning radio duties. Apologies for the numerous sonic flubberies contained herein. Approach with caution.
Bloodthirsty Lovers  Transgression #9   Bloodthirsty Lovers      0:00:18 )
King Kong  I Don't Wanna Party Anymore   Kingdom of Kong  Whoops, Ethan Buckler wasn't in Squirrelbait, he was in Slint -- a band I pretended to like for a while when their first record came out on Jennifer Hartmann Records & Tapes. Actually, I remember quite vividly being bullied into buying that album ("Tweez") by this excessively talkative woman I met at the Record Store who was in the midst of lecturing the staff on the lack of vision exposed on side two of all records by the band Big Black. I made the mistake of disagreeing with her (something I would never do now... Not because I've become less opinionated, but because these days I don't actually care when people are visibly wrong in my presence) and then the next thing you know, she forced me to spend $7.99 that she assured me would prove her point. It didn't. I thought "Tweez" sounded like side two of a Big Black record, but never mind about that now. Interestingly enough, the woman in question turned out to be the editor of the great RABID FANZINE, which you might remember if you grew up punk rock in New Jersey.    0:04:04 )
Badfinger  Just a Chance   Poptopia! Power Pop Classics of the 70s  compilation    0:07:10 )
TTC  Pollutions   Ceci N'est Pas Un Disque  You are not imagining the ABBA samples in your head.    0:10:01 )
Eraldo Palmero  Funk da Verada (Waterfront Lounge mix)   City of God REMIXED  compilation/soundtrack  *   0:15:05 )
Make Up  The Joy of Sound   In Mass Mind      0:21:45 )
Fuses  Me, I Disconnect from You   Sex Crimes 7"  Tubeway Army cover  *   0:25:24 )
Redd Kross  I Don't Know how to be your Friend   Third Eye      0:28:49 )
Peaches  Back it up Boys   Fatherfucker    *   0:41:02 )
Positive K  Step up Front   Ego Trip's: The Big Playback  compilation    0:44:38 )
Candy Machine  Nerve Central   Tune International      0:48:44 )
Big Stick  Drag Racing   EP  This must be the greatest song of all time because every time I play it, people call wanting to know what it is or carrying on about how they haven't heard it in so long. Hey, let's hear it for the cheap crowd-pleaser! Is Cleveland in the house tonight? Let's go Tribe!    0:52:19 )
Negativland  Gimmee the Mermaid   Fair Use (The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2)  If I told you who the sampled voice in this track was, you probably wouldn't believe me.    0:54:01 )
Band on the Run  Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five   Band on the Run    *   0:58:22 )
ZZ Top/Turtles  Indecision   various slowed down MP3s      1:03:43 )
Flaming Fire  Gun through a Razor   Songs from the Shining Temple      1:19:34 )
Cosmic Psychos  Bullet   Self-Totalled  Thug shit. I love this stuff just as much as, and in exactly the same manner as late 80s gangsta rap. Now if only the Cosmic Psychos had been paired with, say, Eazy E on the soundtrack to Judgment Night, we might live in a slightly better world than the one we're forced to reckon with each morning when we address the edge of the bed. (Aside: I have just become mildly disturbed by the fact that I'm only now, at my advanced age, discovering that I'm not quite sure if there should actually be an "E" in the middle of the word "Judgment" and the internet isn't helping.)    1:22:14 )
Rude Kids  Absolute Ruler   7"  A lot of punk rock bands achieved a primitive sound, Sweden's Rude Kids no exceptions. But I've always thought they unleashed something a little bit more special on this single... It's slightly scarier, uglier, and makes me wonder what my reaction to these obviously posessed Swedes would've been, had I been more than a young tot at the time of their reign.     
Mars Ill  Afterlife   Backbreakanomics    *   1:29:47 )
Too Poetic  Poetical Terror   12"      1:33:39 )
Freddy Fresh & MPC Genius  Tracks 2, 3, and 4   The Trainspotters Dream Mastermix Vol. 2    *   1:37:29 )
Sophie Rimheden  In Your Mind   Hi-Fi    *   1:43:09 )
Cobra Killer  H-Man A Psychocat   The Third Armpit    *   1:45:57 )
Nebula  Whatcha Lookin' For?   To the Center  If this song doesn't make you want to take up the drums, you should start checking yourself for a pulse.    1:56:25 )
Swingers  Certain Sound   AK-79  compilation    1:58:56 )
Johnny Thunders  I Only Wrote this Song for You   Que Sera Sera      2:02:39 )
Fire in the Kitchen  Backseat Connoisseur   Glow 2x7"      2:05:06 )
Ratto Ja Lehtisalo  Nykyaika   Kopernikus Hortoilee Nakinkengassa    *   2:09:26 )
Alice Cooper  Be my Lover   Killer  Warning: Amateur radio hour approacheth about 60 seconds in.    2:14:53 )
Nausea  Clutches   Extinction      2:16:50 )
Harvey Milk  Probolkoc   The Singles    *   2:19:18 )
Really Red  Prostitution   Teaching you the Fear      2:20:45 )
Brainbombs  Stigma of the Ripper   7"  Hide your kids. Better hide your pets, parents, grandparents, and car keys while you're at it. Wait: they broke up. Eh, best not to take any chances. They might have friends.  *   2:22:16 )
Scornflakes  Live at City Gardens   Live at City Gardens  In all my yammering on about this band's nebulous affiliations to Black Flag and the Rollins Band, I neglected to mention the true celebrity at hand: the late E. William Tucker, to whom fans of the band Pigface, as well as the guitar sound unleashed on Ministry records like "Land of Rape and Honey" and "Burning Inside" owe their credit.    2:35:06 )
Dizzee Rascal  Cut 'em Off   Boy in Da Corner    *   2:41:26 )
Villain Accelerate  Surgery   Maid of Gold    *   2:44:40 )
Schwartzeneggar  Take Your Elbows off the Table   Take Your Elbows off the Table EP  Featuring Steve Ignorant, late of Crass.    2:48:13 )
Atmosphere  Reflections   12"    *   2:53:27 )
Alice Cooper  Be my Lover (This time for Real)   Killer      2:57:57 )

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