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Two hours of rollicking delite: '60s jams, cartooniness, seriousness, sing-alongs, and Simpsons talk. P.dece.

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Options September 30, 2015: Hello Central, What's the Matter With Your Line: Amnazz vs. John Sebastian

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As leader of the Lovin' Spoonful starting in 1965, John B. Sebastian won hearts worldwide with his charming lyrics, spirited arrangements, and DIY attitude inspired by jug bands of eras past. In the '70s his solo career brought his skill as a singer-songwriter to the fore in more mature (and IMO under-appreciated) recordings; however, he has also enjoyed success composing for theatre, movies, and TV and writing songs for kids. For the past couple of decades John has collaborated with many greats in a return to his roots: blues, jug band, and old-fashioned good time music of all types. He still tours extensively. I had the extreme good fortune to talk with John this week about many things, including the new Sundazed reissues of his band's first three albums -- Do You Believe in Magic, Daydream, and Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful -- in mono, as they were meant to be heard.

Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments Images Approx. start time

Music behind DJ:
The Lovin' Spoonful 

Dixieland Big Boy   Options

You're a Big Now Now (soundtrack) 

Kama Sutra 





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John Sebastian  How Have You Been   Options John B. Sebastian  Reprise  1970  LP      0:02:40 (Pop‑up)
The Lovin' Spoonful  Nashville Cats   Options Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful  Sundazed  orig 1966  LP  Mono reissue!    0:06:18 (Pop‑up)
The Hondells  Younger Girl   Options   Mercury  1966  7"      0:08:23 (Pop‑up)
Bud Shank  Lovin' You   Options A Spoonful of Jazz  World Pacific  1967        0:10:36 (Pop‑up)
Mississippi John Hurt  Coffee Blues (live)   Options The Best of Mississippi John Hurt  Vanguard  1965  2LP  This is the song that inspired the Lovin' Spoonful's name (though here Hurt doesn't sing the word "Spoonful," instead letting his guitar sing it...)    0:13:03 (Pop‑up)
John Sebastian and David Grisman  I'm Satisfied   Options I'm Satisfied  Acoustic Disc  2007    Spotify    0:16:06 (Pop‑up)
The Lovin' Spoonful  Warm Baby   Options Daydream  Sundazed  orig 1966  LP  Mono reissue!    0:18:51 (Pop‑up)
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The Lovin' Spoonful  It's Not Time Now   Options Daydream  Sundazed  orig 1966  LP  Mono reissue!    0:32:06 (Pop‑up)
The Lovin' Spoonful  Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?   Options Do You Believe In Magic  Sundazed  orig 1965  LP  Mono reissue!    0:34:50 (Pop‑up)
John Sebastian  Sportin' Life   Options Tarzana Kid  Reprise  1974  LP      0:36:47 (Pop‑up)
The Flamin' Groovies  Night Owl Blues (live)   Options Studio '68  Eva  rec 1968    Tim Lynch on harmonica    0:39:48 (Pop‑up)
John Sebastian  What She Thinks About   Options John B. Sebastian  Reprise  1970  LP  Graham Nash singing harmony    0:45:29 (Pop‑up)
Sheila  Le Rêve   Options Bang-Bang [EP]  Philips  1966        0:48:25 (Pop‑up)
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John Sebastian  The Get-Along Gang (Theme)   Options The Get-Along Gang TV Special  Nelvana Productions  1985    YouTube    1:07:56 (Pop‑up)
The Even Dozen Jug Band  On the Road Again   Options The Even Dozen Jug Band  Elektra  1964    John on harmonica    1:09:09 (Pop‑up)
The Lovin' Spoonful  Jug Band Music   Options Daydream  Sundazed  orig 1966  LP  Mono reissue!    1:16:26 (Pop‑up)
The Everly Brothers  Stories We Could Tell   Options Stories We Could Tell  RCA  1972    Written by John Sebastian    1:13:04 (Pop‑up)
John Sebastian and the J Band  Wild About My Lovin'   Options Chasin' Gus' Ghost  JB's CDs  2005  CD  Geoff Muldaur, vocals    1:18:34 (Pop‑up)
The Lovin' Spoonful  Money   Options   Kama Sutra  1967  7"  John on banjo & typewriter    1:23:15 (Pop‑up)
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The Lovin' Spoonful  She Is Still a Mystery   Options Everything Playing  Kama Sutra  1967  LP      1:45:28 (Pop‑up)
John Sebastian and Cass Elliot  Darlin' Companion   Options     1969    From the Cass Elliot TV Special    1:48:28 (Pop‑up)
John Sebastian  Darling Be Home Soon (live)   Options Cheapo-Cheapo Productions Presents Real Live John Sebastian  Reprise  1971    Spotify    1:50:48 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
The Lovin' Spoonful 

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What's Up, Tiger Lily? OST 

Kama Sutra 





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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:14am Amanda:

Hi, listeners! As you hear this I'm traveling, but please hold out hope that I can comment live once I touch down in New Orleans. This interview was more special to me than I can say. VERY BIG THANKS to Jeff G. for handling this playlist while I am on an airplane. See you all soon!
Avatar 11:50am Michael Shelley:

Can't wait!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am listener james from westwood:

Safe landings and have a delightful time in NOLA, Amanda! And congrats on getting the interview!!
Avatar 12:02pm Okasa:

Hello fellow listeners. Looking forward to hearing the interview.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm doctorjazz:

Hi-this is so lovely.
  12:03pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Johns Lydon & Sebastian on WFMU in two days. Impressive.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Charlie:

Avatar 12:05pm ndbob:

afternoon Amanda and everyone!
Avatar 12:06pm Parq:

Hooray, I get to listen to the show today! And what a show it's gonna be. Gonna be a lot of favorite-starring, I suspect.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm listener james from westwood:

@Rev: I know, right! I have yet to listen back to the Lydon one. I had fears of it going like the PiL Tom Snyder interview.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm MattBelow:

Oh yes!
Avatar 12:14pm Okasa:

And the person who suggested using the name "Lovin' Spoonful" was Fritz Richmond.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm doctorjazz:

I knew that's where the name came from, but great to hear the John Hurt track!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm NOT Amanda Nazario:

Hi, it's your playlist manager Jeff G. checking in to say that I am enjoying the show along with you!
  12:21pm MONEYBAG$:

I saw John Sebastian play that song live, and then afterwards someone asked where the name Lovin Spoonful came from
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Charlie:

Psyched for this interview!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I liked "Welcome Back, Kotter." Both the TV show and its theme song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Matt from Springfield:

Can't listen to this now, but wanted to drop a note of approval in advance! GREAT job getting a John Sebastian interview!
I already heard the story of the Mississippi John Hurt song inspiring the "Lovin Spoonful" name, and then made the connection that John S. must've been a big fan--I am as well. It's the "shouted whisper" style of singing both John S. and John H. do well.
Avatar 12:36pm Parq:

Catching up (don't want to type while listening to the conversation), I regard this compulsion to "call it something" as a construct of what Joni Mitchell called the star-making machinery. Stuffing everything into a category is useful for the industry, but does absolutely nothing to enhance the experience of an enthusiastic and thoughtful listener. I'm all for the "unclassifiable" option on iTunes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Matt from Springfield:

And yeah, John Lydon back-to-back with John Sebastian! "What - a week for the sta-tion..."

@Parq: Is there an unclassifiable option on iTunes? Or is that just "shuffle"?
Avatar 12:41pm Parq:

Matt, "unclassifiable" is one of the canned genre options.
  12:41pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Spoonful also relates to Sunshine Pop - prefigures it even maybe - but yet it's strong w/ the RootsMusic...
- I think of two stories:
...Lennon listening to Spoonful & saying 'damned songsmiths' !
...& John jamming w/ The Who & saying 'just do a Blues' - & Pete saying - 'erm - Keith doesn't know how' - & Sebastian confounded by that, but appreciating it about Keithy...
Avatar 12:42pm Parq:

Or at least it used to be. I haven't updated iTunes in years because every time they release a new version, they eliminate another feature that was making it fun for me. As it is, I hardly ever use it any more.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm MattBelow:

Hot Groovies cover
  12:43pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Is it true that Sebastian does the harmonica on 'Roadhouse Blues' w/ the doors - but wasn't credited as it supposedly didn't fit somebody's image??...
  12:47pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

This re that:
  12:56pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

'Deserted Cities of the Heart' by Cream?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm listener james from westwood:

Holy crap, Nelvana! Producers of "Rock & Rule" and the only salvageable bit from the "Star Wars Holiday Special," the intro to Boba Fett!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm Matt from Springfield:

@Parq: Ah, the genre tag. I MUST tag various tracks as that now! (Esp. FMU premium tracks, "For When 'Other" is Insufficient!")

I'm not a fan of industry putting labels on artists, but I myself hyper-label everything - I like to relate to musicians' history and influences and something that describes their unique place in music (like "lo-fi ambient psych-rock") not to make purchase decisions or decide opinions of them, but to "catalog" and "map" musicians relative to each other.
  1:05pm Amanda:

I made it to NOLA on the white-eye express dudes!!! Getting our bags now. I'm so glad you all are enjoying the show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:06pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Not enjoying it, Amanda...LOVING IT!
  1:06pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Wull - I find the Spoonful goes well w/ 'Help!' & 'Rubber Soul', Byrds - & Beau Brummels, Mamas & Papas, Monkees...could tangent to some SanFran Psych - a lot of places!...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:07pm Stevel:

Great interview, but I figure anyone is fortunate to have a chat with Amanda, eh?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:08pm Doug Schulkind:

The love is flowing so thrillingly!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:08pm Charlie:

Funny you're asking about whistling. I distinctly remember the day I learned to whistle, when I was about 10, while listening to "Hums."
  1:08pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:09pm listener james from westwood:

Amanda, this interview is awesome and I can hear you smiling all the way through it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:10pm Matt from Springfield:

@RRN63: Yes, like that! Good "web" of musicians mutually influencing there.
And on Revolver too, Paul claimed that "Good Day Sunshine" was inspired by hearing "Daydream".
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm Matt from Springfield:

@Amanda: Thanks muchly for this interview (in advance)! And have a GREAT time in NOLA!

Try the [pretty much any food from NOLA]!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm northguineahills:

I can't remember not whistling (I can distinctly clumsily whistling a tune when I was four), probably b/c my father was constantly whistling.
Avatar 1:14pm Parq:

@Matt, 1:03, making up genre names is one of the things I liked most about iTunes. I have no doubt that the current version has eliminated it.

'Manda, this is going great. You have a terrific rapport with him (similar childhoods, I'm guessing) and it shows.
  1:15pm Amanda:

I love you guys so much.
  1:15pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- have to think Artists appreciate well-informed & intelligent interaction, & proud our FMU-Js deliver...
  1:16pm marianne!:

great show ~have a blast in NOLA!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:16pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi Amanda! This is fun!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:17pm Matt from Springfield:

"The King is gone, but he's not in hidin' /
This is the story of Johnny Lydon..."

"The King is gone, but he's not for askin' /
This is the story of John Sebastian..."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:18pm Ken From Hyde Park:

@Amanda - Keep an eye out for hurricanes! Joaquin is kicking around these days.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:20pm doctorjazz:

The J Band album is great! Great show! (saw John with the Kweskin Jug Band recently, was a great show!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:20pm Dominick:

Just great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:23pm listener james from westwood:

@Jeff/Not Amanda, firm hand on the playlist tiller, BTW!
Avatar 1:24pm Erella:

Great show! Thank you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:25pm NOT Amanda Nazario:

(Thanks, @listener james, but Amanda made it as easy as a connect-the-dots drawing.)
  1:26pm Amanda:

Yes, Jeff is doing a stoopendous job! Thank you again, Jeff, for pulling the double shift today. I would love to see the Kweskin Jug Band sometime @doctorjazz! I think Jesse Jarnow has seen them, he's a big fan.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:40pm Doug Schulkind:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:40pm Stevel:

"They're going to yell, but they're not mad."

Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:46pm MattBelow:

Really great show!
Avatar 1:47pm Parq:

Yeah, that Viv Vance story was great. Can't believe "Six O'Clock" and "Mystery" are considered overlooked; they were central building blocks to my own musical salad days.
Avatar 1:48pm Parq:

Just love the backing vocal roll-out on this. Just love it.
Avatar 1:49pm ndbob:

and two of the very best Spoonful songs Parq
  1:53pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...somehow, a band whose Hits don't overstay their welcome...
Avatar 1:53pm Parq:

If I could, I would click *multiple* favorite stars for this live take of "Darlin'". That chuckle after "quarter of my life". The "Darlin's" kiss-off. Oh man, oh man.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:53pm Brian in UK:

They should have signed for Elektra.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:54pm KevinfromBayRidge:

You knocked it outta the park, Amanda. Charlie Rose got nothin' on you, girl!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:54pm Doug Schulkind:

Obviously, you will want to take a nice nap with all the warm fuzzies delivered so deliciously by Amanda and John. But when you wake up, tune back in to the Drummer Stream for Gary Sullivan's BODEGA POP LIVE program.

Gary is presenting a special show: ROCK HASHANAH. Here is Gary's description: "Sixties Israeli rockers, Yiddish singers of the early 20th century, Jewish-Arab song treasures from the Maghreb and beyond, and -- far vos nisht? -- for you, maybe we throw in some Bolan, Gainsbourg, and Zorn."

So remember (1) Take a nap, and (2) Wake up in time for Bodega Pop Live, which airs here on Give the Drummer Radio, 7-10pm.
Avatar 1:55pm ndbob:

excellent show and interview Amanda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Charlie:

Great show and interview! Thanks, Amanda! <3
Avatar 1:56pm djsheilab:

That was so so sweet. Loved it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm listener james from westwood:

Smashing show, Amanda, and dug the hell out of the interview!
Avatar 1:57pm djsheilab:

See you in NOLA! HURRAY!
Avatar 1:57pm Okasa:

The end song is a cover of "The Fishin' Blues" by Henry Thomas.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:58pm Doug Schulkind:

No, Charlie. Amanda! is definitely ≥ 3.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm northguineahills:

boo, haha @Doug!
  2:01pm clara clack:

Great interview Amanda!. You are a natural. It brought me back to Greenwich Village and Woodstock.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:44pm THE REAL Amanda:

Checking in again now that things are less hectic. This show was a delight to do and the interview such a thrill. I did neglect some great music, just due to time constraints. Anyone reading this should seek out the albums Welcome Back and The Four of Us. Moreover, the six Spoonful LPs here represented MUST be enjoyed by everyone and not just the songs I included. Thank you all for listening!
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