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Options July 16, 2015: Excavating "Discover America": A Love Affair Between Van Dyke Parks and the Music of the West Indies

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Artist Track Album Year Comments
Van Dyke Parks  Jack Palance   Options Discover America  1972  Sung by Mighty Sparrow, written by Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) 
Van Dyke Parks  Introduction   Options Discover America  1972  By "Samuel Alter" 
Van Dyke Parks  Riverboat   Options Discover America    written by Allen Toussaint 
Music behind DJ:
      "I Am Waiting" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti followed by "Cissy Strut" by Trinidad Steel Drummers 
  Van Dyke Parks on Song Cycle        
  Van Dyke Parks on Discover America        
Van Dyke Parks  Palm Desert   Options Song Cycle  1968   
Van Dyke Parks  Bing Crosby   Options Discover America    written by The Lion 
Van Dyke Parks  The Four Mills Brothers   Options Discover America    written by The Lion 
Van Dyke Parks  Occapella   Options Discover America    written by Allen Toussaint 
Robert Mitchum  What Is This Generation Coming To   Options Calypso - Is Like So...  1957   
Bing Crosby  Heat Wave   Options Bing Sings While Bregman Swings  1956   
The Lion  Bing Crosby   Options Roosevelt in Trinidad: Calypsos of Events, Places, and Personalities     
The Radio  Four Mills Brothers   Options Roosevelt in Trinidad: Calypsos of Events, Places, and Personalities    written by The Lion 
The Mills Brothers  I Ain't Got Nobody   Options     From a Fleischer Screen Song Cartoon, 1932 
The Tiger  Movie Stars   Options Roosevelt in Trinidad: Calypsos of Events, Places, and Personalities     
Young Growler  Pussy Galore   Options Calypso: Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955-69    Soul Jazz comp 
Music behind DJ:
Southern Tropical Harmony Steel Band 
Never On Sunday   Options Limbo Party    Followed by "Limbo" 
Mighty Sparrow  Jack Palance   Options      
Lee Dorsey  Riverboat   Options Yes We Can  1970  written by Allen Toussaint 
Lee Dorsey  Occapella   Options Yes We Can  1970  written by Allen Toussaint 
Rudy Mills  John Jones   Options   1968   
Van Dyke Parks  John Jones   Options Discover America     
The Mills Brothers  F.D.R. Jones   Options London Sessions: 1934-1939     
Wilmoth Houdini  Roosevelt Opens the World's Fair   Options Calypsos (Decca Album 78)     
The Atilla  Roosevelt in Trinidad   Options Roosevelt in Trinidad: Calypsos of Events, Places, and Personalities     
Van Dyke Parks  FDR in Trinidad   Options Discover America    written by Fitz McLean 
Van Dyke Parks  Sweet Trinidad   Options Discover America     
Van Dyke Parks  Ode to Tobago   Options Discover America    written by Lord Kitchener 
Van Dyke Parks  G-Man Hoover   Options Discover America    written by Sir Lancelot 
Sir Lancelot  G-Man Hoover   Options      
Van Dyke Parks  Your Own Comes First   Options Discover America    written by Lord Kitchener 
Lord Kitchener  Your Own Comes First   Options King of the Road  1969   
Music behind DJ:
The Guinness Cassanovas 
Stormy   Options West Indies Funk     
Joseph Spence  Out on the Rolling Sea   Options Good Morning Mr. Walker  1972   
Van Dyke Parks  Out On The Rolling Sea When Jesus Speak To Me   Options Van Dyke Parks: Arrangements Vol. 1     
Van Dyke Parks  Van Dyke Parks   Options Song Cycle  1968   
Esso Trinidad Steel Band  Aquarium   Options Songs Cycled    (originally appeared on Van Dyke Parks Presents the Esso Trinidad Steel Band) 
Van Dyke Parks  Ice Capades (Moog Music '67)   Options Van Dyke Parks: Arrangements Vol. 1     
Van Dyke Parks  Steelband Music   Options Discover America     
Esso Trinidad Steel Band  I Want You Back   Options Van Dyke Parks Presents the Esso Trinidad Steel Band  1971  (produced by Van Dyke Parks) 
Esso Trinidad Steel Band  Apeman   Options Van Dyke Parks Presents the Esso Trinidad Steel Band    by the Kinks, produced by Van Dyke Parks 
Mighty Sparrow  English Diplomacy   Options Hot And Sweet  1974  (produced by Van Dyke Parks) 
Music behind DJ:
The Invaders 
It's Your Thing (part I and II)   Options Spacing Out     
Mighty Sparrow  Chinese Love Affair   Options Hot And Sweet  1974  (produced by Van Dyke Parks) 
Van Dyke Parks  City on the Hill   Options Clang of the Yankee Reaper  1976  written by Winston Monseque 
Van Dyke Parks  Cannon in D   Options Clang of the Yankee Reaper    written by Martin Luther 
Van Dyke Parks  Wall Street   Options Wall Street / Money Is King 7"  2011   
Van Dyke Parks  Money is King   Options Wall Street / Money Is King 7"  2011  written by Growling Tiger, elaborated upon ("picked up where it left off") lyrically by Van Dyke Parks 
Bonnie Raitt  Wha' She Go Do   Options Van Dyke Parks: Arrangements Vol. 1  1973?   
Dino Martin  Sitting Here In Limbo   Options Van Dyke Parks: Arrangements Vol. 1    from a 1972 7" single, written by Jimmy Cliff 
Van Dyke Parks  Sailin' Shoes   Options Discover America    written by Lowell George, originally performed by Little Feat 
Lord Kitchener  Ode to Tobago   Options King of the Road  1969   
Van Dyke Parks  Farther Along   Options Van Dyke Parks: Arrangements Vol. 1    from a 1966 single b/w "Come to the Sunshine" 
Music behind DJ:
Van Dyke Parks 
  Super Chief: Music for the Silver Screen  2013  selections: Road Runner and Rattler, A Date with Valentino, A Short Chat with Miss Crawford, Joan Crawford, The Water is Wide 
Beach Boys  Heroes and Villains   Options Smiley Smile  1967  lyrics by Van Dyke Parks 
Van Dyke Parks  Stars and Stripes Forever   Options Discover America    written by John Phillip Sousa, obviously 

Listener comments!

Avatar 6:40pm Wilbo:

Soooo ready for this one.
Avatar 6:49pm Flash Strap:

Oh, me too, Wilbo!
Avatar 6:58pm Walking Daydream:

Speaking of Bus: i.imgur.com...
Avatar 6:58pm Wilbo:

Listening in my tropical Tiki garden. It's 85 degrees . Hammock is comfy-. Rum horchata is mixed- Speakers set to 11.
Avatar 7:00pm ndbob:

Heya Evan and everyone!
Avatar 7:01pm Flash Strap:

Hey hey WD! Heya Bob!
Avatar 7:02pm quinn:

Yeah, what the France ARE you doing in a nightclub?
Avatar 7:02pm ndbob:

nice theme here - I remember being really excited when this came out
Avatar 7:03pm quinn:

I'm excited for this show
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

Hi Quinn! Welcome
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm Carmichael:

Hello, People of the Stream.
  7:11pm Doug Schulkind:

A flash most strapping!
Avatar 7:11pm hyde:

hi all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:13pm melinda:

Avatar 7:18pm Flash Strap:

Hi Carmichael! Doug! Melinda! Hyde!
Avatar 7:21pm Flash Strap:

I neglected to mention that i read that poem because it was the source of the title of Discover America
Avatar 7:21pm Flash Strap:

just want to say, Wilbo, that garden setup sounds perfect
  7:22pm Dean:

My parents had this Esso Trinidad Steel Drum Band LP, purchased when they appeared at a shopping mall in town: http://i.ytimg.com/vi/3Cq45cwss4I/hqdefault.jpg
Avatar 7:24pm Flash Strap:

That's so cool. I love that VDP "discovered" them playing with Liberace
  7:25pm Dean:

When the band appeared at the mall, I mean. My parents appeared there so many times I lost track.
Avatar 7:28pm Flash Strap:

The Lion = Roaring Lion, or Rafael de Leon
  7:29pm Doug Schulkind:

This sounds so much better on your show than when I play it on my home stereo. Really.
Avatar 7:30pm Flash Strap:

what magic could explain that?
Avatar 7:31pm quinn:

I saw VDP in 2010 and in between songs I yelled out "I love you!" which made him stop still and go on a curmudgeonly rant about how that was too harsh and "insular" and ended with "If any of you aren't nice to eachother, I'll kill you"
Avatar 7:33pm Flash Strap:

He's a real wit. I envy you seeing him! My sister saw him once at Moogfest and it sounds like he was incredible
  7:35pm Doug Schulkind:

Are you speaking of Moogfest in Asheville, Evan? I think this year's event is just around the corner.
Avatar 7:36pm Flash Strap:

I am! are they doing it this year? last I heard it was on hiatus until it was moved to Durham. But I could be entirely confused
  7:36pm Dean:

If you mentioned it at the top of the show, my apologies for the replay, but the earliest quotations in OED associated with "calypso" are from Aldous Huxley's 1934 "Beyond the Mexique Bay." Looks like a worthy read. Google's ngram viewer, however, finds occurrences in the early 1750s, with a steep incline beginning around the time of the publication of Huxley's book.
Avatar 7:37pm Flash Strap:

wow, that sounds like an INCREDIBLE etymology
Avatar 7:37pm hyde:

Moogfest is on hiatus until 2016 in Durham.
  7:38pm Dean:

From a 1955 issue of (London?) Times: "Calypso is a form of doggerel lampoon composed and sung to a guitar, often extempore...""
Avatar 7:39pm Flash Strap:

By then, I will be living a stone's throw from ol' Durham town. See you all there
  7:39pm Doug Schulkind:

Oh you're right. I think I did see that it was in Durham. Speaking of Durhan, I was just there. My wife's cousin's son owns a wonderful used book store there. It's called Letters, on W. Main St. Highly recommended.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:41pm melinda:

There is a Moogfest in NC? I'm clearly new to all of this.
Avatar 7:41pm hyde:

recently i've been toying with the idea of an NC barbecue joint road trip.
Avatar 7:43pm Flash Strap:

Dean, you are doing some top-level googling right now! I really just boggle at the Western tendency to not even try to understand other art forms, and then just declare it all formless babble. When Cook's sailors first saw the Polynesian boats, they were entirely flummoxed by them. Their ultimate conclusion that it was meaningless visual anarchy/grotesquery is really just a testament to the visual sophistication of the other - British sailors just don't GET this shit
Avatar 7:44pm Flash Strap:

Doug, I wish I was around to intercept you whilst you were trampin my stampin grounds
Avatar 7:46pm Flash Strap:

And I'm definitely gonna check out that book store
Avatar 7:50pm Flash Strap:

this dude totally thinks Pussy Galore is the name of the actress. This fact drives him WILD. I love this song, dammit!
  7:54pm Dean:

Well, despite the volume of the ngram corpus, it isn't anywhere near exhaustive. We would expect to find the word "Calypso" in reference to the Greek nymph much earlier.
  7:56pm Doug Schulkind:

My visit to Chapel Hill/Durham was exceedingly brief. Would like to go back.
Avatar 7:57pm ndbob:

I would too Dean
Avatar 7:59pm ndbob:

excellent show Evan - catch the rest on the archive as always
Avatar 8:00pm Flash Strap:

always hate to see you go bob
Avatar 8:01pm Flash Strap:

That's really interesting Dean, for some reason I hadn't ever really considered the Greek connection
Avatar 8:02pm Flash Strap:

When you really think about this song, it's pretty rough: "Step aside and give your daughter a chance"
Avatar 8:03pm hyde:

i like that Douglas Sirk movie where Jack Palance plays Atilla the Hun
Avatar 8:03pm Flash Strap:

"as long as the yankee get what is his"


Calypso is always taking the piss out of US occupation in the slyest ways
Avatar 8:05pm Flash Strap:

is it really good, Hyde? never seen it. Doesn't John Wayne do Atilla in a film as well?
Avatar 8:07pm Flash Strap:

god this stuff is just thick with soul
Avatar 8:07pm Flash Strap:

got the meters in on the session, i think
Avatar 8:10pm Flash Strap:

I love to picture how wide his mouth-opening would have to be on the word "JOOOOOOOOONES", his throat just opened up like el Munstro so you can see into his belly and Gippetto is down there just fishin'
Avatar 8:11pm hyde:

Sign of the Pagan is actually only OK. But I mean, it's Jack Palance as Atilla the Hun! It has its moments. The John Wayne thing is as Genghis Kahn (in The Conqueror), which is also sort of spectacular.
Avatar 8:12pm Flash Strap:

ah yes. never seen either, would love to.
Avatar 8:17pm Flash Strap:

it's worth pointing out to anyone who doesn't know: virtually all these instrument sounds are done with their mouths
Avatar 8:22pm Flash Strap:

I mean, just as a piece of political history, this song is a mind-blowing historical document
Avatar 8:54pm Flash Strap:

hey, uh, anybody still out there?
Avatar 9:00pm hyde:

heh, i, for one, am still here
Avatar 9:02pm Flash Strap:

as long as i got you around Hyde, that's good enough for me
Avatar 9:02pm Wilbo:

Oh yeah. And enjoying every minute.
Avatar 9:04pm Flash Strap:

Wilbo, you didn't have to get out of the hammock just to say that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:05pm melinda:

I love this song! Great to hear it as calypso.
Avatar 9:06pm northguineahills:

Got home too late :(
Avatar 9:06pm Flash Strap:

hard to imagine a curmudgeon like VDP gettin into the Jackson 5
Avatar 9:07pm Flash Strap:

hey hey NGH, plenty left to go
Avatar 9:07pm northguineahills:

W00! moar!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08pm melinda:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12pm Alex In Illinois:

Yes, I tuned in late too, and I am glad to hear that there is more to go, but later I am still going to listen to the archive. Mighty Sparrow yeah, but produced by Van Dyke Parks? Wow.
Avatar 9:25pm Flash Strap:

Hi Alex! thanks for tuning in
Avatar 9:26pm Flash Strap:

it's not that bad!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:27pm Doug Schulkind:

A show of greatness, Evan. Again.
Avatar 9:29pm Flash Strap:

Thanks Doug! Aw shucks, ya make me blush!
Avatar 9:29pm northguineahills:

I've been going through Alan Lomax's Trinidadian recordings lately, and I had no idea how much French Creole was spoken there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:30pm Alex In Illinois:

I didn't think the Van Dyke Parks produced Mighty Sparrow track was bad at all. It just never occurred to me that Parks would produce anything by Mighty Sparrow
Avatar 9:32pm Flash Strap:

oh, the Sparrow track is pretty great, I think. The whole album is more "ok" than a lot of other Sparrow LPs, but it's still got huge greats on it. What I was referring to was the sort of suffering-to-stay-on-its-feet City on the Hill, which is tough but still very interesting
Avatar 9:33pm Flash Strap:

This was his reaction to September 11, by the way.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:39pm Philthy woman:

Loved that one! thnx for all the good stuffs!
Avatar 9:39pm hyde:

this calypso bus just keeps rollin'!
Avatar 9:40pm Flash Strap:

Anybody got the skinny on this track? I don't even know what album it showed up on, or who wrote it (was it her?).
Avatar 9:41pm Flash Strap:

Hey there Philth, always great to see ya
  9:44pm Dean:

Just sent an email to a friend in which I invoked Little Feat. It's that kind of evening here on the West Coast.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46pm Uncle Michael:

I'm pretty much a crazed Little Feat fan. Greetings! I also love VDP's Discover America album.
Avatar 9:47pm Flash Strap:

Hello Uncle! What's the best Little Feat? I've never been able to get into them for some reason, despite a desire to
Avatar 9:48pm hyde:

i used to love Little Feat, but i don't think i've listened to them in decades. may have to dust that off.
  9:50pm Dean:

I'm a belated and now approaching crazed fan. I sold their records in the '70s and always thought, "Meh," or whatever the term of art was at the time. I saw them live with LG when they opened for ELO. Even then I knew I was watching "something important." Now I'm collecting their records.

Folks say Waiting for Columbus is amazing. I have the Mobile Fidelity LPs, and they are something, but I prefer the original vinyl early albums or the 5-CD set of their first few albums. In other words, start everywhere.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:50pm Uncle Michael:

I really like the live album, Waiting for Columbus, in spite of some notorious overdubs. Also, the rarities collection Hoy Hoy is very good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:52pm Uncle Michael:

I should get some LF on the show a week from tomorrow. I know just the one I want to play.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:53pm Uncle Michael:

It's a shame that VDP recently gave his farewell live performances.
Avatar 9:59pm hyde:

cool show. thanx!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59pm Uncle Michael:

I'll have to wallow in every bit of this amazing playlist on the archive.
  9:59pm Dean:

Discover? I thought it was Disc Over!
  10:01pm Dean:

"Utterly fucking transcendent collaboration"...such a worn cliche. Or did you say "trend setting"?
Avatar 10:03pm Flash Strap:

if only it were trend setting in a way worth celebrating! sadly I trotted out that hoary old nut: transcendent. absolve me of my sins, lord
Avatar 10:05pm Flash Strap:

Night, all. Thanks for listening
  10:06pm Dean:

So VDP and The Residents both tried to decode the oracle that was Sousa?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16am Gary:

Sad to have missed this live, but looking forward to listening to it this weekend!
Avatar 9:35am Brian in UK:

Always enjoyed The Clang of the Yankee Reaper but had great difficulty with Song Cycle. Then loved his production of Phil Och's Greatest Hits. That might sum up the man's variety and difficulty to pin down.
Great show, boss.
Avatar 10:18am Brian in UK:

On one of my favourites Music Fuh Ya' by Taj Mahal, The Four Mills Brothers is credited to Drurrie Parks. Odd.
Avatar 12:03pm Brian in UK:

Never heard Brer Rabbit. The Wall Street pieces makes me think it might sound like that.
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