Options Brian Turner: Playlist from January 17, 2017 Options

Order and disorder in a freeform haze of terribly-played guitars, shorted-out electronics, found audio detritus, strange sounds from strange lands all around. Psych-punk-junk, collage, even pop. Lots of in-studio live performances to boot.

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Options January 17, 2017: w/ guest DJ KEVIN FAILURE, 3 hours of Eastern Bloc 70s/80s Rarities

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Artist Track Album Images Approx. start time
Ossian  Mozolnie   Options Ossian 
Alexander Gradsky  Tanya, Tanyusha   Options Russian Songs 
Alexander Gradski  Excerpt   Options La Vie Immediate 
Igra Staklenih Perli  Gusterov Trg   Options s/t 
0:12:45 (Pop‑up)
Laboratorija Zvuka  Sve Je To Bilo U Prolece   Options 7" 
0:16:25 (Pop‑up)
Klaus Mitffoch  Smielej   Options 7"    0:27:51 (Pop‑up)
The Gaz  Kilgore Trout   Options Various: Czech! Til Now: You Were Alone 
0:31:05 (Pop‑up)
Z Kopce  Kterou Pistalku   Options  
0:32:56 (Pop‑up)
Perfect  Lokomotywa Z Ogloszenia   Options Perfect 
0:36:44 (Pop‑up)
Prljavo Kazaliste  Stretno Dijete   Options s/t 
0:40:22 (Pop‑up)
Bikini  Maradj Mar!!   Options Hova Lett... 
0:42:23 (Pop‑up)
Deuter  Piosenka O Moej Generacji   Options 1987 
0:45:20 (Pop‑up)
Madame  Krawat Powieszony w Lazni   Options 7" 
0:49:10 (Pop‑up)
Csokonai Vitéz Műhely  Idő   Options Ural Beat 
0:52:33 (Pop‑up)
Kosmezyki Mrs. Pinki  Ciagle W Ruchu   Options Various: Radio Nieprzemakalnych 
0:55:20 (Pop‑up)
Kampec Dolores  Hajam, Arcom   Options s.t 
1:10:25 (Pop‑up)
Soyuz Kompozitorov  VVS   Options Soundtrack: Acca 
1:14:37 (Pop‑up)
Aurora  Swieta Krowa Dojna   Options Various: Cisza Jest...Nic Sie Nioe Dzieje 
1:19:24 (Pop‑up)
Idoli  Amerika   Options Various: Paket Aranzman 
1:21:57 (Pop‑up)
Kult  Wspaniala Nowina   Options s/t 
1:30:42 (Pop‑up)
Brygada Kryzys  Centrala   Options 7" 
1:35:06 (Pop‑up)
Feeling B  Unter Dem Pflaster   Options Various: Parok Tikum 
1:40:12 (Pop‑up)
Pankrti  Junaki Drucga Razreda   Options Drza Vni Ljubimci 
1:48:22 (Pop‑up)
Paraf  Javna Kupatila   Options Izleti 
1:51:22 (Pop‑up)
Azra  Uradi Nesto   Options Azra 
1:52:11 (Pop‑up)
Nowo Mowa  Dekoder   Options Various: Jeszcze Mlodsza Generacja 
1:54:56 (Pop‑up)
Elektricni Orgazam  VI   Options s/t 
1:57:51 (Pop‑up)
Idoli  Poslednei Dani   Options Oderana I Poslednji Dani 
2:00:56 (Pop‑up)
Siekera  Misiowie Puszysci   Options 7" 
2:03:47 (Pop‑up)
Kora E Pudelsi  Wyro Pudla   Options Bela Pupa 
2:06:02 (Pop‑up)
A.E. Bizottjag  Koszouto   Options Kalandra Fel!! 
2:11:36 (Pop‑up)
Masik Janos  Apokalipszo   Options Trance Balance    2:13:40 (Pop‑up)
Smierc Kliniczna  Jespem Ziarnkiem Plasku   Options 7"    2:16:21 (Pop‑up)
Beograd  Opasne Igre   Options Remek Depo 
2:28:04 (Pop‑up)
Mikhail Chekalin  Simfonieskia Miniatura   Options Vokalise In Rapide    2:30:36 (Pop‑up)
Kapitan Nemo  Po Co Mowic O Tym   Options 7"    2:36:14 (Pop‑up)
Ziyo  Idziemy Wytrwale   Options Ziyo 
2:40:07 (Pop‑up)
Pekinška Patka  Strah   Options Strah Od Monotonije 
2:44:14 (Pop‑up)
Haustor  Sejmeni   Options Bolero 
2:49:44 (Pop‑up)
Šarlo Akrobata  Oko Moje Glave   Options Various: Paket Aranzman 
2:55:54 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 3:04pm βrian:

That illustration looks very moist.
Avatar 3:05pm Cheyenne:

Howdy BT & Kevin F! Lookin' forward to this show!

Well. Hello.

Rolling Stone Ham.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:07pm Michael 98145:

( trans, Dirty Theatre ? )
  3:09pm Listener142985:

If I did anything to hurt this woman, I am so so sorry.
Avatar 3:09pm terribilia:

i love tuesdays
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:10pm Michael 98145:

i expect to have heard none of these tracks

Hey dude, can you play some Hooters? #zombies
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:17pm fred:

Today, someone came up to talk to me in the subway because I had a WFMU button pinned to my jacket. First time it ever happened, and I often have a T-shirt and bag. Not today. Go figure
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:18pm Andrew Waterloo:

My shirt has worked a few times. One time I met Kurt.
  3:20pm mayorfrank:

This is great.
Avatar 3:20pm Chris M.:

great set so far
  3:21pm kofer:

It is not Laboratorija Zvuka - it is Kapitan Nemo "SOS dla Całej planety".
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:21pm Michael 98145:

( It was In the Spring ? )
Avatar 3:21pm TDK60:

Sounds very 1982!
  3:25pm Cooh John:

When and where is Kevin playing Columbus next?
Avatar 3:26pm Cheri Pi:

Avatar 3:27pm TDK60:

Plastic People of the Universe! Czech underground hippies.
  3:30pm Rodri:

Amazing set! Say hi to Kevin from Chile! Nice to hear you!
  3:32pm Mac:

  3:32pm lord_summerisle:

Just tuning in now. Jesus, this is wonderful.
Avatar 3:32pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

A whole Political thang happened around the Plastic People - & a play was made about them.
Avatar 3:33pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

'These aren't Revolutionaries - these are Pagans!'
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:43pm Andrew Waterloo:

I love that Prljavo Kazaliste image
  3:43pm mayorfrank:

Oingo Boingo!!!!!!
  3:50pm mayorfrank:

oh my!
Avatar 3:54pm TDK60:

This stuff is oddly, pleasantly, still odd.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:58pm Guido from Cologne:

Great selections!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:59pm Guido from Cologne:

Italian label
Rudolfo Protti
Avatar 4:01pm geezerette:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:01pm Guido from Cologne:

Info about the gaz:

Dybbuk (Plyn) 1985
These are early recordings of the Czech all girl group Zubi Nehti. The group
was founded in 1980 as Plyn (translates to “Gas”). After being blacklisted in
1983, they changed their name to Dybbuk (after evil spirits of dead in old
Jewish believes). In 1987 they christened to Zubi Neki. Find the complete
story on Wikipedia.
The recordings were first published as a cassette release in the later 80ies.
Rudolfo Protti and his 'Old Europa Cafe' tape-label were instrumental in
spreading underground music from Czechoslovakia. Most of it from the wider
prog-rock-underground circles of MCH-band (Mikolas Chadima). All very good
stuff. He even put out some vinyl.
No one spoke Czech in the West and the tapes were spread by an Italian
label to the western world. So I guess this is the reason, why everything -even
the group name- is in English. It is even likely that Rudolfo's Czech contacts
just gave all the info completely translated. I know the same habit from my
Russian/Ukrainian friends. No one would be able to pronounce correctly
anyway. Enjoy!
Avatar 4:02pm geezerette:

funny! :D
Avatar 4:03pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

A great film about Rock behind the Iron Curtain is 'How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin' - earlier era, but also relates how it did change.
Avatar 4:04pm geezerette:

this is great rock 'n roll!
  4:06pm mayorfrank:

This is good interview.
  4:08pm Ryan Martin:

such an amazing show.....HI Kevin & Brian!!!!
  4:10pm Marcel M:

Loving this show
Avatar 4:12pm Cheyenne:

Glad to hear some gals in this program too! Great show thus far.
Avatar 4:13pm Clara Sanchez:

Yeah, I´m loving it too! Great show, Brian & Kevin!
Avatar 4:21pm jonathan_valdez:

loving the strings in this one
  4:22pm kofer:

The title of the film was Assa (russian "c" is latin "s").
  4:24pm Ken:

Amazing show Kevin and Brian, thank you!
Avatar 4:25pm Creamo Coyl:

More like Kevin Success, amirite? Make Amerika Grate Agin
  4:26pm Brain Tuner:

  4:27pm r i s k y:

This is too great
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:27pm Guido from Cologne:

Amazing what stuff actually made it to vinyl!
Avatar 4:28pm Creamo Coyl:

Sneaky Kev, saving this one for halfway thru the show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:28pm Carmichael:

Bloc Rock Block! Heya Brian and comrades!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:30pm Sebastian:

fabulous show
  4:31pm r i s k y:

I want to dance to that America song in public.
Avatar 4:35pm Creamo Coyl:

Hey I know this jam! Great rec.
Avatar 4:35pm Cheri Pi:

Goddammit this is all so great.
Avatar 4:38pm Sem Chumbo:

Haven't been riveted by a program like this for a long time. Thanks so much, Brian and DJ Kevin.
Avatar 4:39pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Gary's 'Bodega Pop' program will do this too: blow your mind about what we've missed outside 'Western' confines...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:40pm Andrew Waterloo:

The album covers are all great.
Avatar 4:41pm Faye:

this show rules
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:41pm Sebastian:

ha, Feeling B, them I know
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:42pm Guido from Cologne:

ha, late AMIGA label!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:42pm Guido from Cologne:

Feeling B is pre-rammstein!
Avatar 4:42pm geezerette:

Can't stop grinning.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:44pm Guido from Cologne:

Unter Dem Pflaster = "under the pavement"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:45pm Sebastian:

Unterm Pflaster liegt der Strand!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:45pm upsetter5001:

Again, fantastic show Kevin and Brian. I am now going crazy with these jams.
  4:48pm jt:

Amazing stuff. Good cover artwork, too. Funny -this stuff hasn't 'crossed over'
Avatar 4:49pm geezerette:

Rock is often the music of resistance; against parents or other authoritarian figures both imagined and real.
  4:51pm r i s k y:

{cuts his hair}
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:52pm Rory:

Great shit!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:53pm Carmichael:

The Klash?
Avatar 4:54pm Creamo Coyl:

Echoes of Pekinska Patka on this one...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:55pm Andrew Waterloo:

Rock was a natural fit for rebellion. New sounds, new instruments, new rhythms.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:58pm Carmichael:

I can't figure out which country each of these artists is from. Guess I'll wait for the back announce.
Avatar 5:00pm geezerette:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:01pm Michael 98145:

what she said
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:01pm Guido from Cologne:

Much Yugoslawia.
Some Poland.

... no Soviet Union ... which is propably worth to mention
Avatar 5:02pm Joe McG:

It would be amazing if someone could put together a comp of this stuff, but I guess finding copyrights and figuring out monies would be a nightmare.
Avatar 5:02pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...the parallel universe where efd came from the opposite side of the earth...
Avatar 5:03pm Honeybear:

generally poland, czechoslovakia, and yugoslavia it seems. except for Feeling B (which were from East Germany... and a forerunner to Rammstein, btw)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:03pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Ancient Croatian proverb: Do not speak with sliced tongue.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:03pm Guido from Cologne:


putting some money aside, in case somneone complains ...
... as most re-issue labels do.
Avatar 5:04pm crateslinger:

What is the rebel music now?
Avatar 5:05pm Creamo Coyl:

Siekiera is so sick(iera).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:05pm Guido from Cologne:

"most re-issue labels" means limited edition do-it-yourself vinyl pressing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:06pm Michael 98145:

at least we can rewind this via the archive !
Avatar 5:07pm geezerette:

@crateslinger: Anything passionate and authentic!
Avatar 5:10pm Honeybear:

oh wait, there's Alexander Gradsky - a major figure from the RSFSR (i.e. soviet russia). didn't catch him at first -- these latin letters are so confusing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:10pm Michael 98145:

nice, this Kora ... for later : www.youtube.com...
Avatar 5:11pm Mayor Frank:

What was Eastern Europe listening to at the time and how were they doing it? Shortwave?
  5:11pm natbot:

Incredible set. And agreed, someone gets this stuff on some vinyl plates I'll trade you for some moneys.
Avatar 5:13pm Honeybear:

MF: actually, lots of hair-metal and regular post-disco 80s pop... just like over here.
Avatar 5:13pm Mayor Frank:

  5:13pm r i s k y:

Oh hell yeah!
Avatar 5:13pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Rap/Hip-Hop naturally became a voice of the underclass all over the world. What now? Good question...maybe Folk forms will be part of it to assert Place in the face of Globalism...
...Maybe it's like Stiff Little Fingers kinda out-Clashed the Clash in Belfast: they had more invested culturally
...Jeepers this sounds like BirthdayParty...
Avatar 5:13pm crateslinger:

The shit these bands were warning us about went ahead and happened.
Avatar 5:14pm Honeybear:

ah, some hungarian, finally
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:14pm Guido from Cologne:

Poland, Czech, GDR etc. were recieving western radio and tv.
records were brought in by relatives, tourists and friends from the west.
Same about magazines and books.

they were borrowed and taped and thus distributed.
when i was in ukaraine in early 90ies it wa samazing how well people were informed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:16pm Michael 98145:

( and how little the US knew about the rest of the world ... )
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:18pm common:

yo, bt. all you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:18pm Andrew Waterloo:

I saw beside a Russian when I saw King Crimson and he said getting foreign records wasn't that difficult
Avatar 5:18pm Honeybear:

M98145: yup, desperately wanting to bomb the living daylights out of countries they couldn't find on map, even a labelled map, if you asked them to. so not much has changed, really.
Avatar 5:18pm steve:

this whole thing has been insane... thank you brian and kevin!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:20pm Guido from Cologne:

real music fans got themselves some reel-to-reel tape machines.
solid stuff, durable quality.
most soviet undergroud was on tape-reels, never on vinyl.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:21pm Michael 98145:

i'll say it again, thank goodness for WFMU
Avatar 5:22pm geezerette:

Hard to believe these weren't native english speakers.
Avatar 5:25pm Honeybear:

kevin's previous show: wfmu.org...
Avatar 5:28pm Creamo Coyl:

Give Kevin a show on one of the streams. Is there a petition I can sign?
Avatar 5:28pm geezerette:

Avatar 5:29pm Cheyenne:

@Creamo Coyl: seconded!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:29pm Carmichael:

Are they not men?
Avatar 5:31pm geezerette:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:31pm Michael 98145:

trans-Europe xpress passing thru ....
Avatar 5:33pm Creamo Coyl:

What if Herbie Hancock was from the other side of the Iron Curtain?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:36pm Michael 98145:

Lots on the interweb : Mikhail Chekalin : www.youtube.com...
Avatar 5:39pm geezerette:

Hey Michael,nice!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:39pm Tome:

good stuff indeed !
Avatar 5:40pm steve:

loove all this synthy stuff
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:41pm Michael 98145:

Kapitan Nemo i would guess is Polish ..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:43pm Michael 98145:

ah : www.last.fm...
  5:43pm voodoomailman:

Caught this set while flipping stations in the car... amazing stuff!
Avatar 5:44pm Honeybear:

thanks, michael!
Avatar 5:47pm geezerette:

Balkan Blues.
Avatar 5:47pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Ha - doing JoyDivision. Excellent.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:47pm Michael 98145:

Avatar 5:47pm Brian Turner:

Once again, Kevin DJing tomorrow at Nothing Changes, Thurs. at Trans Pecos!
Avatar 5:49pm Creamo Coyl:

Come out to Pecos, you pedants!
Avatar 5:51pm geezerette:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:52pm Sebastian:

This is awesome, thank you so much!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:53pm Michael 98145:

outside my window is a dreary, drizzly city; inside my head is a new universe of musics
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:53pm Guido from Cologne:

Killer show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:54pm Tome:

... agrees with the above wholeheartedly
Avatar 5:54pm geezerette:

Thanks BT and KF! Someone said earlier this playlist should be a compilation album. Totally! On Vinyl!
  5:55pm ike:

Avatar 5:56pm slugluv1313:

amazing show, thank you so much!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:58pm Michael 98145:

this was wonderful, thank you. here is another personal favorite : www.youtube.com...
Avatar 5:58pm Clara Sanchez:

Thanks a lot, Brian & Kevin! Good night from Barcelona!
  6:00pm Tom L:

Great stuff Brian
  8:19am Ivan:

Killer! Gracias Kevin!
  1:31am Srdjo:

bravo matori!
  2:25pm goran Yugo punk:

In Yugoslavia we could buy NME in every bigger cities.in 1978 we could buy in rec shops Stranglers,Vibrators,XTC,Dr Feelgood,Clash,Saints,Costello,Eddie hot rods.other eastern Euro countries was waaaay behind up until 1983 or something
  11:33am Kevin Failure:

Thanks everyone for listening. Thanks to the listeners who caught a couple of mistakes - there was a track played by Kapitan Nemo that came after the Labrotorija Szvuka track (which was cut a little short), which I forgot to mention and didn't make it onto the playlist. Truth be told, trying to do all of this while getting the cover images up was quite a challenge.

Thanks for the info on The Gaz/Dybbuk (Plyn) - I'd mentioned off the air the information about it being a misprint of the band name, but couldn't remember their actual name or anything, and that is how it's listed on the compilation. They eventually released an LP themselves in '90, I believe.

Next time I visit I will try to bring some more stuff from countries that didn't get much or any focus - though it must be remembered that in some places there was very little quality stuff that made it to vinyl. East Germany, for example, only released two compilations of new wave stuff on the state label. Some countries had only one or two new wave songs that have made it to a compilation, and some places seemed to release nothing of this sort officially at all.

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