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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New Approx. start time
Stereolab  Jenny Ondioline Part 2 (Breakdown Mix)   Options Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements (Expanded Edition)  Warp  2019  LP      0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Rada  Nada Sagrado   Options Tropical Cosmic Sounds from Space  El Palmas  2020  MP3  From 1984  *   0:15:22 (Pop‑up)
Bernard Estardy  Gang Train   Options Bernard Estardy's Space Oddities 1970–1982  Born Bad  2018  LP  From 1974    0:21:14 (Pop‑up)
The Atomic Crocus  Ombilic Contact   Options Cosmic Machine: A Voyage Across French Cosmic & Electronic Avantgarde (1970–1980)  Because Music  2013  CD  From 1974    0:24:48 (Pop‑up)
Rodion G.A.  Tic Tac   Options Rozalia  Inversions  2018  LP  From 1983    0:27:15 (Pop‑up)
Novi Singers  Torpedo   Options Go Right: Jazz from Poland 1963–75  Jazzanova Compost  1999  CD  From 1969    0:30:05 (Pop‑up)
Václav Týfa  Loutna Česká: Domácí Vojna Mezi Tělem A Duší   Options Czech Up! Vol. 1: Chain Of Fools - Czechoslovak Freak-Beat, Fuzz-Soul, Female-Pop, Disco-Fancy, & Jazz-Funk 1966-1978  VampiSoul  2016  CD  From 1974    0:33:15 (Pop‑up)
Jeffrey Lewis and the Voltage  My Girlfriend Doesn't Worry   Options Bad Wiring  Don Giovanni  2020  LP    *   0:45:44 (Pop‑up)
The Magnetic Fields  The Day the Politicians Died   Options Quickies  Merge  2020  MP3    *   0:49:50 (Pop‑up)
Helen McCookerybook  Start at the End   Options Pea Soup  Big Song  2020  MP3    *   0:51:41 (Pop‑up)
Faye  Blue Flower   Options Best of WFMU's Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia, 2001–2019  WFMU  2020  CD-R  From 2019  *   0:53:36 (Pop‑up)
Jonathan Richman  Singing in the Rain / Kumbaya   Options The Laura Palmer Tape  No Label  1974  MP3      0:57:27 (Pop‑up)
Jeffrey Lewis and the Voltage  LPs   Options Bad Wiring  Don Giovanni  2020  LP    *   1:03:11 (Pop‑up)
BOB  Who Do You Love   Options BOB  Rerun  2020  LP  From 1983  *   1:07:38 (Pop‑up)
Ken Parker  True, True, True   Options This Is Reggae Music: The Golden Era 1960–1975  Trojan / Sanctuary  2004  CD  From 1967    1:11:44 (Pop‑up)
The Specials  Doesn't Make It Alright   Options The Specials  Crysalis  1980  LP      1:14:09 (Pop‑up)
Betty Padgett  My Eyes Adore You   Options Betty Padgett  Luv N’ Haight/Ubiquity Recordings  2009  LP  From 1975    1:17:22 (Pop‑up)
Bryan Ferry  Smoke Gets in Your Eyes   Options Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1974  BMG  2020  MP3    *   1:20:23 (Pop‑up)
Madeline Bell  Mercy Mercy Mercy   Options Bell's A Poppin'  RPM  2004  CD  From 1965    1:23:09 (Pop‑up)
Cato  Slice of Heaven   Options Stone Crush: Memphis Modern Soul 1977–1987  Light in the Attic  2020  CD  From 1979  *   1:26:34 (Pop‑up)
Edikanfo  Blinking Eyes   Options The Pace Setters  DOX/Glitterbeat  2020  CD  From 1981  *   1:29:58 (Pop‑up)
Single File: a bunch of 45s all lined up in a row
The B-52s  Rock Lobster   Options single  dB Recs  1978  45      1:42:51 (Pop‑up)
Calender  Hypertension (Part 1)   Options single  Pi Kappa  1975  45  take care of your health!    1:47:07 (Pop‑up)
Churchill  Better Not Wait 'Til Tomorrow   Options single  Attarack/MGM  1970  45      1:50:46 (Pop‑up)
Jeannie C. Riley  Houston Blues   Options single  MGM  1971  45      1:53:21 (Pop‑up)
Dallas Frazier  Tennessee Sue   Options single  Capitol  1966  45      1:56:09 (Pop‑up)
The Kinks  Come Dancing   Options single  Arista  1983  45      1:58:15 (Pop‑up)
Barbara Manning  Don't Let It Bring You Down   Options single  Forced Exposure  1990  45      2:02:11 (Pop‑up)
Brimstones  What Is This Life   Options single  MGM  1966  45      2:04:42 (Pop‑up)
The Who  Overature   Options single  Decca  1970  45      2:06:53 (Pop‑up)
Women Perform Randy Newman Songs
Tiffany and The Thoughts  Baby Don't Look Down   Options She Came From Liverpool! Merseyside Girl-Pop 1962–1968  Ace  2020  CD  From 1966  *   2:23:55 (Pop‑up)
Jackie DeShannon  Did He Call Today, Mama?   Options You Won't Forget Me  Imperial  1965  LP      2:25:34 (Pop‑up)
Pet Clark  I Can't Remember Ever Loving You   Options Newman's Loaned: My 2014 WFMU Marathon Premium  WFMU  2014  CD-R  From 1966    2:27:50 (Pop‑up)
Lulu  Vine Street   Options Melody Fair  Atco  1970  LP      2:29:52 (Pop‑up)
Peggy Lee  Johnny (Linda)   Options Is That All There Is?  Capitol  1969  LP      2:32:40 (Pop‑up)
Bobbie Gentry  Salome Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear   Options The Girl from Chickasaw County: The Complete Capitol Masters  UMC  2018  CD  From 1971    2:35:47 (Pop‑up)
Françoise Hardy  I Think It's Going Rain Today   Options Midnight Blues - Paris • London • 1968–72  Ace International  2013  CD  From 1972    2:38:29 (Pop‑up)
Fanny  Last Night I Had a Dream   Options Mother's Pride  Reprise  1973  LP      2:40:31 (Pop‑up)
Bonnie Raitt  Guilty   Options Takin' My Time  Warner Bros.  1973  LP      2:44:18 (Pop‑up)
Mavis Staples  Losing You   Options You Are Not Alone  Anti-  2010  CD      2:47:13 (Pop‑up)
Marianne Faithfull  In Germany Before the War   Options Easy Come Easy Go  Decca  2008  CD  R.I.P. Hal Wilner    2:50:08 (Pop‑up)
Etta James  God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)   Options Newman's Loaned: My 2014 WFMU Marathon Premium  WFMU  2014  CD-R  From 1973    2:54:02 (Pop‑up)
Trio: Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt  Feels Like Home   Options The Complete Trio Collection  Warner Bros./Asylum/Rhino  2016  CD  From 1999    2:57:37 (Pop‑up)

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  🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:01am 12539:

Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:02am Handy Haversack:

The Great Joe McG! And all the little Yippers! Good morning, all!
Avatar 9:02am Snoochienucci:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02am common:

Avatar 9:03am Snoochienucci:

im strapped in, take me away Joe
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:03am Handy Haversack:

Oooh, I don't think I have heard this edition.
  🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:03am 12539:

I wish I didn't have to wait so long until Random Pull.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04am fleep:

Well awwww reeeeet, it's time for Joe! Good morning.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:05am dave wuz here:

neu! stereolab
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:05am ParUbi:

Good morning from sunny Pittsburgh, everyone :) I totally thought this was Neu!, but of course it is Stereolab!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:05am p20:

can't go wrong with the 'Lab
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:06am Strandlund:

Good Morning Joe...Sweet way to start the show!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:06am LastWhiteRhino:

Hi Joe, I hear to listen, and listen hard I shall do.
Avatar 🎸 9:06am pantz:

Great day in the mornin'!
  9:06am melinda:

@ParUbi me too
  9:06am davefromtoronto:

how's it go joe?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07am StringOFperils:

Yeah this mix DOES make Stereolab sound like Neu!
Avatar 9:09am Special Monkey:

Does this song sound like another song?
  9:10am P-90:

Meet Joe McGesus: Monday Morning Savior
Avatar 9:10am Special Monkey:

maybe a rolling stones?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10am MikeG:

Lady Jane?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:10am Marley P. Dogg:

Morning Joe! Thanks again for the great show on Friday and for being here today! Hope all is well!
Avatar 9:10am Special Monkey:

lady jane?
Avatar 9:11am Special Monkey:

  9:11am davefromtoronto:

borrowed tune! by...
Avatar 9:11am peckinpah:

Neil's Borrowed Tune!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11am Crudbringer:

ello 2 all pholx
  9:12am davefromtoronto:

beat you by a hair!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12am annie:

good morning all!
Avatar 9:13am Eagle Rock Reverie:

Good morning New Jersey & the whirled
Avatar 9:13am Joe McG:

Hey everybody, thanks for joining me today for the show! Glad to be here as always. @marley: Thanks! It was great fun to fill in for the one-and-only Sheila B.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:18am Brian in UK:

Hey Doctor Joe, give me a prescription for eternal sunshine. (with the odd shower!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18am ParUbi:

This Atomic Crocus track would make a good soundtrack for our team of misfits to pull off that crazy heist to
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:19am listener james from westwood:

In since the jump and digging the electronic sounds!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:21am Threemoons:

Morning Joe, fellow YipYips. Today starting on all 16 cylinders--work email has been popping since 8:30, so I'll be ducking in and outta here. The kind of Monday where I'm sitting naked at my office chair fresh out of the shower to placate folks while my coffee brews so I can steal a minute to get dressed..
Avatar 9:22am Eagle Rock Reverie:

Are they singing in Finnish ?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:22am Threemoons:

And yeah Stereolab tends to make anything better.
Avatar 9:22am Joe McG:

@ERR: Romanian, actually!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:24am Handy Haversack:

Let's do it, @ParUbi!
Avatar 9:24am Eagle Rock Reverie:

This is, like, cool
  9:25am Fernando P.:

Hi Joe! greetings from the Mantiqueira Mountains. It’s getting cold down here, I hope this means it’s getting warmer in Jersey. Have a great week , you and all the skeletons.
  9:25am testingwithfire:

good day Joe and noisy ones, great sounds from my phone at the moment
  9:26am testingwithfire:

@Fernando I visited your beautiful country twice this summer... Curitiba was my favorite city, I think. Hope to visit the north someday.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:28am Ken From Hyde Park:

The mighty SS Surface Noise has set sail! Stoke the mizzen mast! Hoist the mainsail!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:29am Webhamster Henry:

VampiSoul has good crate digging skills.
Avatar 9:30am Eagle Rock Reverie:

great digging skulls
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:30am Handy Haversack:

Very cosmopolitan set, Joe! Super!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:30am Webhamster Henry:

They open the coffins filled with native earth and take out the silver spikes.
  9:30am John in Bklyn:

Morning Joe and Noisers!
Avatar 9:31am duke:

I like these random pulls
  9:36am Fernando P.:

@testingwithfire Curitiba is great for sure. Used to live there until I moved to the mountains two months ago. Curitiba is the greenest metropolis in Brazil. Used to be known as the environmental capital of Brazil. has the best coffee also.
Avatar 9:37am Michael Shelley:

Joe, how is the new bin looking? Are labels still sending CDs at the usual rate?
Avatar 9:39am Snoochienucci:

Nice! I played a show with Jeffery Lewis a few months ago at index art center in Newark! Hes a super nice guy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:39am Greg from ZONE 5:

Morning, Joe & all!
New Jeff Lewis is fucking GREAT! He's a guy I just take for granted and really shouldn't.
Avatar 9:39am Joe McG:

@Michael: No, I think everyone has slowed down. But there's still some stuff coming in, thank goodness!
Avatar 9:41am Special Monkey:

I have a rare (I think) Stereolab CD from an art show in SoHo for the Amorphous Body Center from 1995, I think it was re-released, and then included in rarities.


The Extension Trip is nice.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:41am p20:

Love this new Jeffrey Lewis! Thanks Joe.
  9:42am John in Bklyn:

Joe, if you have a sec, what was that bed music?
Sounded so familiar.
Avatar 9:42am Lixiviated Life:

Joey McG
Thanks for "My Girlfriend Dosen't Worry"
It will be my mantra for today, (although my wife may become suspicious)
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:43am Handy Haversack:

This is great. Good call, Greg!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:43am karlward:

That's it, I'm going to call all the music I make "disco-fancy" from now on.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:44am Brian in UK:

Joe, is there anything new due out from The Sixths?
  9:47am johnk77:

viking ship
w/stereolab carved
in bow?;>
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:47am Crudbringer:

pssh whatever I only listen to _precore antiwave_ disco fancy.
Avatar 9:47am Joe McG:

@Brian: Not that I know of! @KarL: Good move! @Greg: Stay tuned, I have something else you will enjoy. @John: I forget, but I'll try to find out for you.
  9:48am johnk77:

file under music
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:48am steveo:

This is one of the great so time hits!
Avatar 9:48am Roberto:

Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:48am steveo:

*all time hits
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:48am Handy Haversack:

Disco-fancy really lost its way after the TV incident.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:49am karlward:

Question 1: Do you think it was a chicory flower?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:49am Matt Fiveash:

You know, I couldn't tell at first if this was Hoof & Mouth or the Slapp Happy original. I guess this is bragging, but I don't care: we sound fucking good!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:49am karlward:

Question 2: Was it delicious?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:49am Matt Fiveash:

Sorry for cursing
Avatar 9:50am Snoochienucci:

Love that version
Avatar 9:51am Joe McG:

@Matt Fiveash: Like the goddamned Velvet Underground!
Avatar 🎸 9:51am pantz:

You do sound fucking good, @Matt!
  9:51am John in Bklyn:

Thanks, Joe! It sounded Ramsey Lewis-ish with horns. ?? I could always Shazam it.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:51am LastWhiteRhino:

Sing it Jo Jo !
Avatar 9:52am βrian:

It's a bit strange to sign off with Joe and then sign on with Joe. WFMU never sleeps.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:53am Webhamster Henry:

Jojo was going to play here in Kingston, of course cancelled.
Avatar 9:53am Joe McG:

@Brian: I actually did all the shows this weekend, Brian. You missed it!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:53am holland oats:

laura palmer you say
  9:54am Bill W:

this is the most Jonathan cover
Avatar 9:54am βrian:

All work and no play, makes for a distinctive odor profile.
  9:54am Toothgrinder Tom:

I like Jonathan Richman as much as anyone but this is almost painful.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:55am karlward:

This song killed Laura Palmer
Avatar 9:56am Joe McG:

I love that Jojo's idea of romancing this girl was to sing "Kumbaya" to her.
  9:56am davefromtoronto:

Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:56am Handy Haversack:

Joe does an excellent Fool's Paradise.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:56am p20:

@Toothgrinder Tom: "Almost"?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:57am Greg from ZONE 5:

Avatar 9:57am βrian:

I like that he preserves the "H" in Kumabaya.
Avatar 9:57am Snoochienucci:

love this one! lyrics are great
Avatar 9:57am Sketch:

Every time I hear this I think it's Atom and His Package
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58am dei xhrist:

This LPs song makes me want to crack open my Whole Earth Catalog
Avatar 9:59am Snoochienucci:

that "crown of creation" shout out is amazing
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:59am Andrew_in_WI:

This is the cartoonist, right?
  9:59am Crei6hton:

Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:02am Handy Haversack:

Avatar 🎸 10:03am pantz:

"The Laura Palmer Tape" and now BOB? Looks like Joe's been watching Twin Peaks.
Avatar 10:05am Joe McG:

@pantz: True Fact: I've never seen it.
Avatar 🎸 10:05am pantz:

@Joe well, it's SEEN YOU! Spooky, huh?
Avatar 10:06am Snoochienucci:

@pantz @Joe McG maybe the twin peaks are watching Joe?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:06am melinda:

@Joe never seen Twin Peaks? me neither.
Avatar 10:06am Joe McG:

@melinda: I thought I was the only one in the world. Thanks! @Snoochie: Very possible!
  10:06am johnk77:

nice beat-matching selecter
new pareles
Avatar 10:06am Itzall Gön'gett-Bettresuhnn:

Good morning, Joe. Thanks again for gettin' skeletal, we appreciate it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:07am melinda:

@Joe there's two of us!
  10:07am johnk77:

  10:08am Earth Walker:

Specials !!!!! Yes
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:10am p20:

@melinda: At least 3 on the Twin Peaks non-seeing...
  10:10am Earth Walker:

Great show today Greg and crew
  10:10am lee in Dublin:

thanks for another great show Joe.
Specials was the first album I ever bought, still sounds fantastic.
  10:11am MplsCoco:

Good morning Joe! ♥️
Avatar 10:11am Joe McG:

That's a great first LP, Lee!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:12am melinda:

@p20 haha
  10:12am Toothgrinder Tom:

When Twin Peaks was airing my father would watch a little bit and then switch the channel to ‘Northern Exposure’ (a much more mainstream show).
Avatar 10:13am testingwithfire:

How did y'all turn "left" in musical taste? My moment: hearing the Talking Heads' "Take Me To The River" on the Billboard countdown in, what, 1978? I was but a preteen. I had no idea it was a cover... but what a cover.
  10:13am johnk77:

rub a dub
  10:13am Toothgrinder Tom:

‘Northern Exposure’ was to ‘Twin Peaks’ as ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ is to ‘Seinfeld’.
  10:14am P-90:

Betty Padgett SO classic
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:14am Handy Haversack:

@TTom: math checks out.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:15am Stanley:

Hi Bryan
  10:15am Toothgrinder Tom:

@testingwithfire do Elvis Costello and Kate Bush count as ‘left’?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:16am Stanley:

Sorry should have said:
Hi! Bryan!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:18am p20:

@testingwithfire: Depends on what you mean by "left". (My older sibs listened to the Talking Heads so I thought that was pretty normal). I saw an article in Guitar Player magazine saying that Fred Frith was "perhaps the best guitar player in the world". or something like that. Then I found a copy of "Gravity" at Sam Goody. I was very confused by it. At first I didn't like it...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:18am Handy Haversack:

Does Marillion count as "left"?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:19am Webhamster Henry:

More vocalese!
Avatar 10:20am testingwithfire:

@TTom: I think so! I remember being transfixed by Kate Bush on SNL around '78-79.

@p20: I don't think I was really ready for Fred Frith and Eno till my forties, although lord knows that neither Bowie nor the Talking Heads would have been the same without Eno.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:20am Handy Haversack:

King's Lead Hat, I think you added too much butter.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:21am Andrew Waterloo:

Watching videos by Neubauten, Stump, His name is Alive, and a host of others on Much Music's City Limit At the same time the internet was introducing me to stuff like Coil.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:21am p20:

Then there's the sense of left, as in leftist politics - bands like Gang of Four and This Heat, tasty propaganda I willingly swallowed at a very suggestible age! (And I still swing to the left on every conceivable issue)
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:22am karlward:

Joe I hope you are dancing to this in your smoking jacket, and I wish we could all crowd into the control room and join the dance party
Avatar 10:23am testingwithfire:

@Fernando I would consider relocating to Curitiba if Brazil had an easier residential visa policy. There is soooo much to that city. And I bet you're in a beautiful spot.

@p20 I have swung further leftward (in every sense) with age... you have company!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:23am karlward:

Avatar 10:24am testingwithfire:

Making beet hummus this week, anyone want some?
Avatar 10:24am Joe McG:

@karlward: I wish you could too, believe it or not! The jacket is definitely off. :)
  10:24am johnk77:

Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:24am Brian in UK:

Joe, Edikanfo another great album. Continuing the Eno connection. He produced it.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:24am Andrew Waterloo:

I'd also listen to an early morning NPR show called The Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Avatar 10:24am βrian:

I bet Joe has even loosened his ascot!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:26am p20:

@testingwithfire: Eno and Frith are absolutely huge influences on me, both in my listening habits and in the music I attempt to make sometimes. I was lucky to catch on to them early on. And regarding leftism: I think the state of the world has radicalized a lot of folks. - And beet hummus sounds great! It's radical because it's red and beets are a root vegetable :)
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:26am karlward:

Can't wait for my 2020 WFMU branded hush puppies
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:28am Handy Haversack:

If Joe keeps this up, you're gonna end up with beat hummus, @testingwithfire!
Avatar 10:28am Snoochienucci:

ohhh thats pretty cool. That Eno guy is everywhere! lolol
Avatar 10:29am βrian:

Beets Happening.
  10:29am johnk77:

was high life
Avatar 10:29am testingwithfire:

@Brian lol, nice. Beets Underground
  10:29am Toothgrinder Tom:

I grew up in the Washington DC area and we had a commercial radio station called WFMU which was free form and not unlike WFMU. I listened to it whenever I could and so did all my friends. They played a lot of B52’s, REM, occasionally Sade and a lot of unclassifiable stuff.
  10:30am Toothgrinder Tom:

Sorry I meant to say WHFS - Freudian slip!
Avatar 10:30am βrian:

The English Beet.
Avatar 10:30am testingwithfire:

I thank Frank "Vanilla Bean" Balesteri for converting me for life: he was on a little E Stroudsburg station called WVPO before he came to WFMU
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:31am p20:

@johnk77: It started in Ghana but got pretty popular in Nigeria and other parts of Africa
  10:32am seth from muddy creek:

Great show. Perfect for the mild breezy cloudy morning here in beautiful Rockland County New York.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:32am Matt Fiveash:

Joe- Johnny Guitar Watson & Larry Williams had a hit with Mercy Mercy Mercy (with lyrics); and the plot thickens: different lyrics than that Madeline Bell version!
  10:34am Chris Crisco:

The Buckinghams also did Mercy Mercy with lyrics if I remember correctly
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:34am melinda:

I don't know the original but I sure do like Faye's version.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:35am efd:

Joe, I'm so jealous of your ability to play records back to back!
  10:35am Chris Crisco:

yeah madeline had to feminize the lyrics
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:36am Handy Haversack:

Gonna walk Kate and the dog to the start of their run. Back in a bit! Gah, but I hate to miss Single File!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:36am p20:

this sounds faster than i remember it
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:36am b!!!:

Avatar 10:36am βrian:

This is one of those milestone songs, for sure.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:36am listener 126464:

Cheers to Vanilla Bean!
Avatar 10:37am Joe McG:

@Chris: I forgot about that version, thanks! I'm going to listen to it later. @efd: Ha! Thanks for roughing it out there, Evan, everyone is sounding great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:37am melinda:

B-52s were one of the first musics I heard that seemed weird in an exciting way.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:37am p20:

is this different from the album version?
  10:37am Colleen:

The second I saw it for the first time I was blown away from the weirdness...and knew it was immediately for me!!
Avatar 10:37am testingwithfire:

@p20 I think so
  10:37am Erin in TO:

I will never not love Rock Lobster
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:37am Stevel:

Definitely different
Avatar 10:38am Itzall Gön'gett-Bettresuhnn:

B52s on 33 1/2? Stlll sounds great.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:38am Strandlund:

This does sound faster than I remember too, p20.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:38am Phillippe Bastille:

Good morning!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:38am common:

1st time i heard this they were performing live on Fridays. I remember being excited and scared.
Avatar 10:38am Joe McG:

Totally bizarre record, right? Try to imagine not hearing this before.
Avatar 10:38am Itzall Gön'gett-Bettresuhnn:

This was MY "Southern Rock".
  10:38am Tim 07030:

Ah, I believe this is the pre-lp 7” version that WPIX used to play during their brief glory days. And hi Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:39am artbrau:

pretty spare production. sounds like a demo
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:39am Stevel:

common/Joe: Definitely not like anything heard before. That was the benefit of living through that time. So many surprises, pleasant and scary.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:40am efd:

40 (!!) years later and I still remember a mix tape I made for myself that had the "Rock Lobster" single followed by Jay Ferguson's "Shakedown Cruise."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:40am Tome:

ahh now this is Monday morning Fun hey Joe and everyone !<>! something bout 45's so resilient sounding you can just sink your teeth into !<>!
Avatar 10:40am βrian:

From 30-minute rock anthems to this!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:40am p20:

@JoeMcG: But I'm pretty sure that I have never heard this before! (Not this 45RPM version)
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:40am Irene Trudel:

I'll never forget hearing Rock Lobster fo the first time! And, yes, it was probably on the beloved WPIX-FM.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:40am Baja Joe:

I just hurt myself dancing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:40am common:

agreed, Stevel!
  10:40am judy from croton:

I remember seeing them on SAt Night Live and being SHOCKED as hell; one of three performances I saw that said NEW
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:40am Stevel:

Serious chair dancing.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:41am efd:

that single is still among my most prized possessions.
Avatar 10:41am RobinSays:

I remember hearing an interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono where they said The B-52s were a lot like the Plastic Ono Band. I can see that, especially the vocal sounds on "Rock Lobster."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:41am Tome:

'78 wow hey EFD <> I am sos ,,was thinking this was not until ie... 1980 ,, ie,, Pretendeners time <>,,,, I'm sure it is EFD would be mine too if I had it < still >
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:41am Phillippe Bastille:

@Judy from croton and the other two are...? Inquiring minds want to know
  10:42am johnk77:

a guy named chuck
booked the bands
on fridays
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:42am Tome:

<> Irene <> wow <>
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:43am Tome:

[ Titus Oaks } ()
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:43am p20:

I won the yellow B52s album somewhere on the Jersey Boardwalk... one of those games where you throw rings or balls at something. One of my first LPs.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:44am Irene Trudel:

WPIX-FM was a huge influence on me during its brief run. As a sidebar, I've gotten to know Joe "From Chicago" Piasek. With some of the money he's made from voiceover work, Joe started WIOX in Roxbury NY, a community radio station that some good friends of ours host shows on.
Avatar 10:44am Itzall Gön'gett-Bettresuhnn:

p20, that's where some of my wife's favorite LPs came from- she was a whiz at the wheels "down the shore".
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:45am Tome:

... transition for me was on SNL seeing Elvis Costello the first time ,,, being them mostly a Hard/Prog rock snow ( not admitting at least to liking ie,, punk new wave disco ) Elvis just did it for me ,, he was Great !<>!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:45am p20:

If I remember correctly, it was the only record that wasn't Foghat or Journey or Toto or some other crap like that. So that's why I picked it.
  10:45am johnk77:

fred is nice
in an exciting way
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:46am Irene Trudel:

@RobinSays, I've heard that Yoko was a big influence on the B-52's.
Avatar 10:48am testingwithfire:

@Joe love the early seventies country, nothing like it
Avatar 10:49am Joe McG:

@twf: Me, too, I love it all. A little more groovy, less countrypolitan.
Avatar 10:50am testingwithfire:

@Joe OMG this Dallas Frazier... first time I ever hear him
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:50am northguineahills:

My sister in law, from Monterrey, Mexico, was supposed to start a job in Houston, April 1st. It's been a bit delayed, just like my own job. At least her husband is working remotely, to provide for her two kids.
Avatar 10:51am Joe McG:

@twf: Mostly known as a songwriter...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:52am northguineahills:

yes, it's petroleum relatated.
Avatar 10:52am RobinSays:

@Irene, I can totally hear Yoko's influence on Kate pierson and Cindy Wilson's vocals. Also, I was a big WPIX fan too. It was the first place I heard Talking Heads, Squeeze, Split Enz etc. I was also a huge devotee of WLIR.
Avatar 10:53am Joe B:

Hi Joe and everyone, show sounding great
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:53am p20:

Speaking of formative "turning left" experiences - does anyone else remember David Bowie's appearance on SNL (Dec 15, 1979) where he had Klaus Nomi sing backup, and wore that conical suit where he couldn't even walk and had to be carried on stage? I remember my mother saying that was "so stupid", and I was completely transfixed.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:53am Threemoons:

Wow, love me some Kinks! :)
Avatar 10:53am Joe McG:

Thanks, Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:53am melinda:

Nice blast from the past, this Kinks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:54am northguineahills:

Holas Joes! (the best part of Monday).
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:54am p20:

Kinks are Wake and Bake artist of the week!
Avatar 10:54am Joe McG:

@P20: Wow, second week in a row of synergy! I had no idea.
  10:55am dano59:

Great sets today Joe!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:55am Stevel:

Love Come Dancing. Love the Kinks. Love Joe Mc G. Love lamp.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:55am Barney Grubbs:

My mom loves this Kinks song. It took me years to discover they had recorded other songs before this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:56am Lewis:

*Come Dancing* is so poignant - The Kinks...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:57am melinda:

@Barney it was my intro to the Kinks
Avatar 10:57am testingwithfire:

Barbara Manning... more greatness I'd never heard of till today. Joe, you are killing it this morning. Love the recorders/Andean flutes.
  11:02am John in Bklyn:

@Irene: I first heard Rock Lobster on Dr. Demento!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:02am Irene Trudel:

Oh Wow! The Who's Overture as a single! I have this with a gold sleeve, and it's split in two parts for the A and B side.
Avatar 11:03am Itzall Gön'gett-Bettresuhnn:

I will not argue about this, The Who were the greatest rock and roll band ever. The end.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:03am Irene Trudel:

@John, I do remember hearing Rock Lobster on Dr. Demento too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04am tom from Glasgow:

[Grandma Flanders voice] Hello, Joe
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:04am -Ken:

Best / only use of French Horn in Rock and Roll on that Who song right there...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:04am Matt Fiveash:

Tommy doesn't know what day it is, and neither do I!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:04am Brian in UK:

There is a version of Underture on California '99.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:05am Stevel:

Ken speaks thee ripping truth!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:06am Mick:

Same band, but I kind of like John's French Horn on Pictures of Lily too...
Avatar 11:06am Roberto:

Entwistle on the french horn if I'm not mistaken.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:07am Stevel:

"Mom! Tommy's in a nutshell!"
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:08am JeremyB:

Was that bluegrass band... Luthrr Wright and the Wrongs? They do a version of the Wall I heard
Avatar 11:08am Joe B:

correct, London Town
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:09am Ken From Hyde Park:

I wonder if the Moody Blues utilize French horns in any of their works.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09am Barney Grubbs:

@melinda: for me it was some combination of come dancing and weird al's Yoda on dr. demento
Avatar 11:09am Roberto:

They can call it sidewalk surfing if they like but they'd best keep it off the sidewalk.
  11:10am P-90:

I almost don’t want to say “Single File” is my favorite part of the show, because it sounds like I’m undervaluing the rest of Surface Noise. So I’ll just say I look forward to it every week.
Avatar 11:10am Joe B:

yes, a Jan and Dean hit sidewalk surfin but I think written by Brian with Roger Christian.
Avatar 11:11am Joe B:

the beach boys version is known as Catch a Wave
  11:11am P-90:

Ace scholarship, Joe B
Avatar 11:11am Itzall Gön'gett-Bettresuhnn:

OK. I LIVE in Georgia (within the famous "Blue circle in a sea of Red"- don't judge); what in the heck is, um... "fried bread"?!? Do you mean corn pone? Puzzling.
  11:12am (another) Patrick in Hoboken:

There was a great episode of Mad Men in which Don Draper goes to California, and the Jan and Dean version plays in the background in a beach restaurant.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am Fuzzy:

"You Can't Always Get What You Want", "Beth", various post-Kath Chicago schlock -- french horns galore.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:13am tom from Glasgow:

me too
  11:13am TC:

The Hillbenders covering The Who?
Avatar 11:13am Roberto:

I'm all for legalization, but could people please look into edibles instead of stanking up my air? K thx.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:13am steveo:

joe, just ask your neighbor to put a dryer sheet in a paper towel tube and exhale through that
  11:14am P-90:

So? Seth Rogen spent his life BEFORE the pandemic smoking weed...
  11:14am Bill W:

I saw the Kinks play in '84 on that pier next to the USS Intrepid. Ray and Dave flipped each other off throughout the show.
  11:15am Bill W:

If Seth Rogen isn't a caution against 420, what is?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:17am lukavino:

Joe, have you ever head Kurt Vile's take on "Pretty Boy"? it kills me.
Avatar 11:17am testingwithfire:

oh wow wow wow (scurries off to Bandcamp)
  11:18am ami ad:

Hello D.J. Hello all.Fine show,again.Thank you.Was that The Churchills you played?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:19am Andrew_in_WI:

Short people?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:19am Mike Sin:

Ace Records still delivering these comprehensive CD comps like it's 1996. Good for them!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:19am Ken From Hyde Park:

Sorry, I was away for a spell. Randy from Why Oh Why?
  11:21am morphe':

Me: "did she call today Ma??"
Ma: "Probably, the phone was ringing a lot and I did not
answer it..."
  11:22am paul:

Petula will be 88 this year.
Avatar 11:23am Joe McG:

@Mike: Ace also responsible for two excellent comps of Randy Newman songs by other artists.
  11:23am Rick A.:

Hi Joe, This is a great set, reminiscent of your marathon premium, "Newman's Loaned" which we listen to quite often. My wife really likes Newman's music. So it might be her favorite WFMU mix.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:24am Phillippe Bastille:

Did any women cover the Doctor Pepper commercial?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:25am karlward:

This is definitely not the Lou Reed + Metallica record "Lulu"...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:25am Webhamster Henry:

You (or Mary wing) should do a set of Vine St. covers!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:25am karlward:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am Brian D:

Great show, as always, Joe. Apropos of nothing, Ray Davies and the Kinks' "Come Dancing" both feature prominently in the documentary "Bobby" -- about English footballer Bobby Moore. I just watched it on Friday. Apparently, Ray and the late Moore were friends, and Moore captained England's World Cup-winning team in 1966 -- part of the inspiration for "Sunny Afternoon." for those so inclined: www.youtube.com...
Avatar 11:27am Itzall Gön'gett-Bettresuhnn:

Such a great, powerful voice (Petula). Listened to her "These Are My Songs" LP last night.
Avatar 11:28am Joe McG:

Thanks for the info, BD! @Rick: Yes, I'm going to revisit my own premium today. Maybe that's gauche!
Avatar 11:28am testingwithfire:

"Johnny" sounds like a Kurt Weill tune
Avatar 11:29am Joe B:

Newman's Loaned - one of the best executed theme FMU DJ premiums of all time, from the concept - song selection - cover art! still in regular car-house rotation!
  11:29am Rick A.:

No, Joe, you have only played two tracks so far from it which is impressive diversification. I like the art work on that one. The painting of Newman is really evocative.
Avatar 11:30am Joe McG:

@Rick A: DJ Faye did that, the same one who sings so well. We heard her earlier in the show.
  11:31am morphe':

Joe - using the premium is not gauche -
you use what ya have in the cupboard in a pandemic...
it is like using a piece of yer Granny's starter to make a delicious
sourdough bread...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:32am Jeezy:

Fun Randy fact: I couldn't for the life of me find his original version of "Guilty" on Spotify, from I think Rednecks, which I LOVE. Finally I figured out.. It's spelled "Guity" on there!
Avatar 11:32am testingwithfire:

off to buy beets (and more)... @Joe thank you for a great show and it's been nice spending time with everyone here
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:34am karlward:

Jokes about Metallica aside, Joe this is a great set within a great show. Thanks to you and the WFMU family for keeping it deeply real during this craziness.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:34am Handy Haversack:

Nice set to come home and wipe down and put away groceries to. Lulu the cat and I very much enjoyed hearing Lulu the human.

  11:35am paul:

Jeezy...Good Old Boys is his greatest album, in my humble opinion.
  11:35am P-90:

Avatar 11:37am Joe McG:

Thanks, karlward and Handy! Glad you dig.
  11:38am Rick A.:

We saw Newman speak and perform as part of the New Yorker Festival a few years back. He performed "Sail Away" among other songs. During the Q&A, I asked him how living in Los Angeles had influenced his songwriting. He said that it probably has, but he couldn't explain how. I realized I should have asked him about his favorite version of one of his songs.
Avatar 11:39am Roberto:

Oh wow my crappy band used to cover this Bonnie Raitt in the early '90s. Brings back memories.
Avatar 🎸 11:40am waters7:

Thanks, Joe. Nice to hear some Randy Newman. Love this Bonnie Raitt
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:40am Jeezy:

Speak of the devil... Oy vey, amazing singing but Bonnie's band made some odd changes to the chords...
  11:40am johnk77:

randy can be very droll
on stage
Avatar 11:41am Joe McG:

@johnk77: Half the reason to see him live is for the jokes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am Chop Scott:

Morning Joe!
Avatar 11:42am Joe McG:

Chop Scott! Nice to see you, sir! Hope all is well as can be expected.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:42am officina:

Another wonderful show Joe !
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:42am Mick:

Thanks for this set (and the rest of the show, of course!) Happy Patriots Day to everyone up in New England
  11:42am Peter in Tappan:

Joe you are leaving me slackjawed...thank you so much for this
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:44am Stevel:

Peter. You said it. Mavis stopped me in my tracks.
Avatar 11:44am Joe McG:

You bet, Mick and Peter and Stevel. Happy to bring 'em to you. Thanks, officina!
  11:46am johnk77:

the bonnie raitt track
produced by john hall
great show again today
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:46am Handy Haversack:

Wow. This set. This song. Damn, Joe. I missed Single File, but I am deeply grateful to have made it back in time for this.
  11:46am Rick A.:

I thought he would be more of a curmudgeon on stage. However, he was fairly open and friendly both during the interview and the Q&A. You still have only used two tracks from the premium, impressive store of Newman songs, Joe. Of course, there are many male performers on that premium too.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:46am Webhamster Henry:

Marianne apparently has COVID-19
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46am DJ Guin:

@Web...2 weeks...not looking favorable
Avatar 11:48am sinner:

Pastor Joe.
Avatar 11:49am wizard frog:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:49am annie:

a neighbor wlked in right as "come Dancing" came on andi missed it!! such a great song..i'll have to goback and listen..didn't marianne do amovie called "irina Palm"? such a great performance... anyway, i want you all to know i think of you guys as my family... thanks for being there. thanks joe
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:50am listener 126464:

Thank you Joe.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:52am radioronan:

excellent show this morning joe - thanks!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:52am Andrew Waterloo:

hmm.. didn't know this was a cover. Chantel Kraviazuk does a cover as well.
Avatar 11:52am Joe McG:

Good to see you, sinner. Etta just gave me shivers. @126464: My pleasure! @radioronan: Thanks, and thanks to everyone for listening and commenting today. It's always great to be with you.
  11:53am Bobby:

Thanks, Joe!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:54am Stevel:

Fabulous show. Really. Thank you Joe.
  11:54am morphe':

Thanks Joe and all...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:54am Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

Hark! It's the three graces!
Hello, Joe and WFMU folx!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:55am Handy Haversack:

I can't believe it's over! What a great show, Joe. Thanks so much. Joe to Joe is a great way to get the week started.

Thanks for all!

Hey, @radioronan!
  🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:55am 12539:

Thanks, Joe! Be well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am Baja Joe:

Love Chantal Kreviazuk's version of Feels Like Home
Avatar 11:56am Itzall Gön'gett-Bettresuhnn:

Dear Granny of the sea piquanté, Thank you VERY much for the wondrous postcard! It's next to me every day at my work-from-home desk, I love it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am DJ Guin:

@Joe McG -- love you brother. thanks for the tunes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am Greg from ZONE 5:

Thanks, Skeleton Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Baja Joe:

Great show Joe M. Thanks.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:57am Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

Itzall Gön'gett-Bettresuhnn: oh, i'm so glad! YAY!
Avatar 11:58am βrian:

Now what to listen to?
  11:58am Brendan:

Thanks Joe. Take care.
Avatar 11:59am Itzall Gön'gett-Bettresuhnn:

G.S.T. e/em, I will return the gift when I feel I can safely venture out.
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