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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments New Approx. start time
big star  back of a car   Options radio city  ardent  1973 
Photo by John Fry, from this fascinating and geeky article about the recording of "September Gurls."
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box tops  soul deep   Options the ultimate box tops  warner special products        0:02:07 ()
alex chilton  oogum boogum   Options set  bar/none  1999  Brenton Wood cover    0:04:22 ()
alex chilton  boogie shoes   Options like flies on sherbert  aura  1980  KC & the Sunshine Band cover    0:07:52 ()
alex chilton  dalai lama   Options high priest  bigtime  1987      0:10:19 ()
box tops  i met her in church   Options the ultimate box tops  warner special products        0:15:33 ()
alex chilton  i've had it   Options like flies on sherbert  aura  1980  Bell Notes cover    0:18:21 ()
the cramps  human fly   Options off the bone  illegal  1983  originally appeared on their first LP, which was produced by Alex.    0:20:35 ()
big star  when my baby's beside me   Options #1 record  ardent  1972      0:22:55 ()
box tops  cry like a baby   Options 7"  mala  1968      0:26:11 ()
alex chilton  there will never be another you   Options set  bar/none  1999  Connie Francis had the hit version    0:28:47 ()
hanoi janes  across the sea   Options 7"  captured tracks      *   0:42:22 ()
bettie serveert  semaphore   Options pharmacy of love  second motion      *   0:44:49 ()
green  i play the records   Options s/t  lion    orig 1986; hear Jeff Lescher from Green on Michael Shelley's show this Saturday at 11am!  *   0:48:23 ()
the rantouls  little green hat   Options 7"  chocolate covered  2009      0:51:23 ()
superchunk  blinders (fast vers.)   Options 7"  merge      *   0:53:40 ()
gunslingers  an eye for a knife   Options manifesto zero  world in sound      *   1:07:31 ()
silverhead  cartoon princess   Options sixteen and savaged  repertoire  1997  cd reissue, orig 1973    1:15:51 ()
spider  back to the wall   Options 7"  sing sing     vinyl reissue, orig 1977  *   1:19:50 ()
fresh & onlys  second one to know   Options 7"  woodsist      *   1:22:09 ()
swingin' neckbreakers  hail to the baron   Options the return of rock  telstar  2000  RIP Mikel Scicluna
  1:24:18 ()
overnight lows  static scars   Options city of rotten eyes  goner      *   1:33:24 ()
lamps  niels bohr was an excellent ping pong player   Options 7"  dull knife        1:35:44 ()
boston spaceships  pluto is polluted   Options camera found the ray gun 7" ep  jackpot      *   1:37:54 ()
the who  905   Options who are you  mca  1978  for MN Jeff    1:39:58 ()
wetdog  lower leg   Options 7"  captured tracks      *   1:43:37 ()
explode into colors  paper   Options 7"  just for the hell of it      *   1:47:52 ()
consolidated  butyric acid   Options business of punishment  london  1994      1:49:38 ()
a-bones  shallow grave   Options 7"  norton    written by Andy Shernoff - see him live at Maxwell's this Saturday at 7:30! Early show!  *   2:02:10 ()
dictators  who will save rock n roll   Options dffd  norton  2001      2:05:12 ()
dictators  minnesota strip   Options bloodbrothers  dictators  1998  cd reissue; orig 1978    2:08:26 ()
ted leo & the pharmacists  the mighty sparrow   Options the brutalist bricks  matador    now on tour - see dates here.  *   2:12:11 ()
das black milk  control   Options s/t  leopard libido      *   2:14:41 ()
white hills  dead   Options s/t  thrill jockey      *   2:29:03 ()
dalek  armed with krylon   Options gutter tactics  ipecac      *   2:35:42 ()
the stranglers  5 minutes   Options the ua singles: 1977-1982  emi  2009  3 CD set    2:40:57 ()
nothing people  remember how cold it was   Options soft crash  s-s      *   2:44:18 ()
the laureates  no control   Options no kontrol  funambuilist    coming to NYC in early April  *   2:48:18 ()
plexi 3  man with money   Options tides of change  certified pr      *   2:51:23 ()
bad sports  and it goes   Options s/t  douche master      *   2:53:55 ()

Listener comments!

  Tue. 3/23/10 11:06pm Danne D:

Good Evening Funk Fans!
Hello Evan!
I'm sad to report that I did not find a Carl Edwards diecast with a Red Sox hood for you :(
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:07pm R I S K Y:

sound graffiti! GET EM FUNK!
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:08pm Danne D:

RIP Alex :(
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:13pm efd:

hey Danne, hey Risky - thanks for checking in! No worries on the diecast, DD. :)
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:14pm Danne D:

I assure you the quest is not over Evan. I'm also going to the August race at Bristol :)
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:15pm Baron of Love, Pt. II:

Good show, Evan.
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:15pm Danne D:

Alas it will not be this one, Evan:
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:17pm EH:

Great song!!!
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:17pm seang:

Hey Evan----Here is footage of Chilton doing a cover of the Michael Jackson tune, "Rock with You"--hilarious intro:
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:20pm Amanda:

I love the Dalai Lama song too! I forgot how long it is. Loving this tribute, what I've heard of it.
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:20pm Danne D:

I look forward to checking out that link Sean :)
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:23pm nec13:

I believe this is Jim Dickinson does lead vocals on this song.
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:23pm nec13:

Excuse the improper English.
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:24pm Laurie:

RIP Alex & Lux :(
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:24pm dave:

buzz buzzbuzz
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:26pm Danne D:

Hi Amanda :)
Hi Laurie :)
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:27pm brian:

thank you efd!
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:27pm Vanda Young:

perhaps some Country Rockers?
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:31pm nec13:

Is it me or did Alex Chilton's voice actually get less deep as he got older?
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:32pm seang:

i think you're right nec13!
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:35pm minnesota jeff:

EFD, you nailed it. Man you NAILED it! That was such a great Alex Chilton tribute, covered his whole ranged. Fantastic. R.I.P ALEX CHILTON
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:36pm Amanda:

Was gonna say -- amazing that he already sounded like that as a teenager. I agree with Jeff as well. Well done, efd!

(Hi, Danne)
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:40pm Danne D:

And now Minnesota Jeff's here. It's an all-star cast of posters.
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:40pm Bryce:

Apparently, Chilton sang deeper in the Box Tops because the producer told him to sing that way. (That's what he said on Fresh Air, anyway.)
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:43pm Kat:

My favorite on High Priest is "Nobody's Fool". Nice set EFD!
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:46pm minnesota jeff:

howdy danne d!
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:48pm claymmm:

that song is amazing
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:48pm efd:

thanks for the comments, everyone! Glad you enjoyed that, I was on the fence about doing an all-AC opening set but I'm glad I did.
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:48pm Joe B:

On some of the tracks on the 1970 CD, Chilton sorta has the gruff voice.
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:50pm DJ Terre T:

Thanx for the props EfD on my Alex Chilton trib this Sat.
Ur so right---he had SO MUCH material, i'm glad u played some of the great covers he did! You prolly cudda done 3hours of JUST songs he covered! Thanx for playing the CRAMPS---i had pulled them and his Tav Falco band with Panther Burns AND also all these bands who covered Alex---could NOT get to them! And wow i cant believe u were at the the BOX TOPS reunion show at the (now also ripped from this earth) World Trade Center. I gotta ask u all abt that!
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:51pm mb:

Psyched for the Midnite Ticket Oasis and its theme. I hope i can pay attention.
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:51pm Aharon:

Using Google Translate, I see that Bettie Serveert is Dutch for Neko Case.
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:52pm claynferno:

another great show evan! I'm diggin' the bettie right now. Working late so this is a perfect soundtrack!
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:53pm Kat:

Green continues to get WFMU love! Excellent selection. Can't wait to hear the Lescher interview on Saturday.
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:57pm LaurieM:

Just moved to Australia- much more convenient to listen live now. Thanks for the little green hat.
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:57pm Danne D:

Your gut instincts as usual were correct Evan - definitely will check out Terre's archive as I missed it during my trip. (Though Terre was with me in spirit as I did rock her T-shirt at the track)

Bryce! Aharon! Terre! The hits keep coming.
Props to all I didn't shout out as well.

Exiting starbucks now, will catch up in a little bit :)
  Tue. 3/23/10 11:58pm Pete:


Heads up, we're both fans of the Cute Lepers and they have had a new CD out on 1-2-3-4 Go! records called "Smart Accesorices" over the past month. If you have it in the new bin, please play a song. If not, be on the lookout . . . .


  Wed. 3/24/10 12:00am dan in falls church VA:

dammit i missed the new superchunk single

hi danne d!
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:06am Jessica:

My camel iust stormed off to pout in the next room, grumbling about how he's got plans for the next several evenings, anyway.
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:07am Jessica:

[where "i" = "j"]
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:08am Aharon:

Shout out Falls Church! Good pho in Falls Church.
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:09am Aharon:

  Wed. 3/24/10 12:09am DJ TERRE T:

201 200 wfmu
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:09am Kendall!:

Oh come on man it says it right there on the wall!
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:13am efd:

Kendall, I can assure you that if the number were on the whiteboard where it usually is that I wouldn't have been stammering for two minutes trying to remember it.

Thanks, Aharon and TT for the assist.
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:13am DJ Terre T:

To Kendall, in Evan's defense--its NOT written on the wall anymore. It as erased for the Marathon. I noticed now its sez (more or less) "THANX FOR A GREAT MARATHON" And all the info tht DJs need that used 2b on the dry erase board isnt there anymore!
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:16am DJ Terre T:

And Listener Kendall, why not cut yr main man Evan some slack? He's doin a FREE tix give-away with no help and yr callin him out on the comments! Sheeeeesh brosef!
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:20am efd:

also, not for nothing regarding the studio phone #, but this is probably the WORST time of year to not have it on the clipboard since we just spent the last two weeks saying the marathon phone # over and over and over!

Jackie, here's a song from the 70s right now! It'll have to take the place of Sweet for this week.
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:21am minnesota jeff:

EFD, if you could play '905' by The Who that would be sensational.
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:23am john:

Greetings from sunny (well, dark now) LA! Lousy internet at the hotel, but I'm trying to hang in there!
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:32am dan in falls church VA:

yes aharon there is good pho here i'm sure i know the place you're thinking of but i can't remember the name, on rt 50
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:33am Aharon:

Oh, man. I grew up in Malta and knew more than a few Sciclunas. It's not a big country.
(or a big internet, Dan!)
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:35am Kendall!:

Evan I love ya bro. I wouldn't be listening if I didn't.
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:36am ?:

wow, comin down hard on a DJ there K-man. what's up with that?
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:42am minnesota jeff:

YES!!! 905!!
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:43am Danne D:

OMG 905!
Very under-rated Who song IMO.
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:43am ted:

the ox!!
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:44am john:

Even if it does sound like The Who trying to be Peter Gabriel...
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:44am minnesota jeff:

The whole album 'Who are you' is underrated.
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:44am Joe:

How 'bout You Better You Bet?

... no?

Ok no.
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:45am efd:

barely made it back from the library in time! the W's are all the way at the far end of the room.
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:45am efd:

don't push it, Joe.
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:46am minnesota jeff:

Thanks EFD!
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:47am john:

Personally, I'd argue Face Dances is more underrated album than Who Are You, but that might get ugly.
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:47am Aharon:

Wowza. Every Tu night I get at least "wow, I never knew" moment. This is one such, Minnesota Jeff. Never heard this song before. Though I'm gonna stop listening if I discover Gang of Four cut an opera album.
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:49am Danne D:

just caught up with the comments. Props to my fellow Dan in VA.

Sounds like I missed quite the row over Evan's difficulties with the phone number.

And the fact that Aharon knows from Malta.

And that EFD knows from old time wrestling!

These are the things that keep Tuesday nights fun and interesting!
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:49am Joe:

See, john is cool, he knows what the deal is.
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:53am minnesota jeff:

Whoa, what is this? Are you going to play Atari Teenage Riot next?
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:54am minnesota jeff:

Not really sure why this made me think of Atari Teenage Riot.
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:55am john:

I'm hoping for Sigue Sigue Sputnik.
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:57am Laurie:

Are you using Tom's voice modulator?
  Wed. 3/24/10 12:58am Joe:

the second one. the second one was the best.

sighing indecisively at the end doesn't help though.
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:00am Danne D:

EFD of course was late to pick up a copy of Who Are You - somehow avoid its release until much later when he was in his college years ;)
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:02am Danne D:

I assume Laurie is Laurie from Miami in Chapel Hill?

Btw, I keep forgetting - EFD - what's the scoop with Baseball?
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:04am john:

Re Adny Shernoff: I STILL wish Sgt Pepper never taught the band to play. DFFD!
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:05am Danne D:

a-bones :)
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:06am Joe:

Evan don't you have an Andy Shernoff story? Somebody down at FMU told me an Andy Shernoff story and I can't remember who it was but I feel like you were involved.
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:07am Aharon:

Danne, my itchy fingers just walked across the Yahoo FB site. Great minds! Sick minds?
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:08am efd:

I *DO* have an an Andy Shernoff story! I don't think it made it into his show, though.
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:09am john:

See above. Thanks for playing this!
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:10am Danne D:

I really wish I were as good at something, anything, as Evan is at puyying a show together.

Btw, great, sick minds indeed Aharon! Still have to figure out a name for this year's team.
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:12am efd:

you know, I was going to mention the baseball thing this week and then got distracted by Alex Chilton, among other things. You guys are defnitely in, though. Maybe I'll mention it in the next break for earlybirds, and at least activate the league this week so you can start fiddling with draft order (thx for that email, Aharon)
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:16am Joe:

Leave it to EFD to finally find a Ted Leo song I like.

This is really good.

Maybe I should try Shake the Sheets _again_ for like the 9th time
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:17am Aharon:

Thanks, Evan. As soon as I hit send I felt 50% more like a Jewish grandmother than I normally do.
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:19am efd:

is anyone out there having trouble with the playlist displaying in that window over to the left? I'm assuming not, since no one's said anything, but just wanted to check since it's been hanging for me here in the studio.
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:20am E.L.:

Joe, take a look at his debut as well. I've always thought it was a good entry point for skeptics and newcomers.

EFD, playlist is all good.
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:20am Danne D:

Great Evan :)

Bringing things full circle with Alex Chilton and baseball:

From Paul Westerberg's Op-Ed in the New York Times upon Alex Chilton's death:

"It was some years back, the last time I saw Alex Chilton. We miraculously bumped into each other one autumn evening in New York, he in a Memphis Minnie T-shirt, with take-out Thai, en route to his hotel. He invited me along to watch the World Series on TV, and I immediately discarded whatever flimsy obligation I may have had. We watched baseball, talked and laughed, especially about his current residence — he was living in, get this, a tent in Tennessee."


Playlist seems okay to me, EFD.
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:31am Danne D:

It's a lot of fun - Evan is a great commissioner!

And if you don't like the team you come up with, Aharon is always willing to swing a deal :)
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:45am E.L.:

Dälek is still one of my favorites. I've also been hitting Curse ov Dialect thanks to the EFD show. Good stuff.
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:50am Danne D:

Evan, thanks for another great show!
Good night Funk Faithful!
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:53am efd:

thanks Danne, have a good night!
  Wed. 3/24/10 1:55pm Mike Sin:

Listening to this fine archive -- great job Evan!

re: Chilton's "voice change" from Box Tops to Big Star.
Joe B. mentions that some of those tracks from the "1970" album (actually recorded in 1969) still retain some of that "gruff" style, and I think the year that Chilton spent in New York following the recording of these tracks, is an important part of his career that often gets overlook.

I think that Chilton was developing his more natural voice, but this was hastened by his chance meeting with Roger McGuinn in NYC. I think the influence and motivation cannot be underestimated as a result of this meeting -- I believe, in retrospect, it was a watershed moment for Chilton. There is even that pictre of Chilton standing in the Chelsea Hotel holding a copy of the Byrds' latest LP at that time called "Untitled." So much of a McGuinn influence permeates Big Star and even the demos for "Third/Sister Lovers."
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