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Options April 17, 2011: A Little Rain Never Hurt No One

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New Approx. start time
Trussel  Love Injection   Options Journey into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story  Rhino  2006  CD  From 1979    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Lucy Hawkins  Gotta Get Outta Here   Options Disco Discharge: Disco Ladies  Harmless/Demon  2007  CD  From 1978    0:09:53 (Pop‑up)
Compay Quinto  El Diablo   Options ¡Gózalo! Bugalú Tropical Vol. 4  VampiSoul  2011  CD  From 1965  *   0:15:33 (Pop‑up)
Robert Moore  Everything's Gonna Be Alright   Options Good Things - The Story Of Saadia Records  Jazzman  2010  CD  circa 1972  *   0:18:36 (Pop‑up)
Tonetta  Mmm Mama!   Options   Black Tent  2011  45    *   0:21:06 (Pop‑up)
Doug Hream Blunt  Gentle Persuasion   Options Gentle Persuasion  No Label  2011  LP  From 2000  *   0:24:25 (Pop‑up)
Gary Wilson  Secret Girl   Options Electric Endicott  Western Vinyl  2011  CD    *   0:30:59 (Pop‑up)
The Four Mints  In a Rut   Options Gently Down Your Stream  Numero Group  2007  CD  From 1973    0:35:15 (Pop‑up)
Earth Girl Helen Brown  I Wanna Do It   Options 100 Records Volume 2  Turn Up  2011  45  a.k.a. Sonny Smith  *   0:43:32 (Pop‑up)
In Good Company  Harmony's Double   Options David's Town  FU Discs  2011  LP  a.k.a. A.C. Newman with Fucked Up  *   0:45:36 (Pop‑up)
The Sorrows  Armchair King   Options Take a Heart  Sequel  2000  CD  circa 1968 or so    0:49:18 (Pop‑up)
Emmanuelle Seigner  Dingue   Options Le Pop 6 - Les Chansons De La Nouvelle Scene Francaise  Le Pop Musik  2011  CD    *   0:52:01 (Pop‑up)
The Partridge Family  Love Is All That I Ever Needed   Options Sound Magazine  Buddha/BMG  2000  CD  From 1971    0:54:40 (Pop‑up)
Ivo's Group  That Shocking Shaking Day   Options Those Shocking Shaking Days: Indonesia Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970-1978  Now-Again  2011  CD    *   0:57:41 (Pop‑up)
The Matadors  It's All Over Now Baby Blue   Options Get Down from the Tree!  Munster  2011  CD  From 1968  *   1:00:57 (Pop‑up)
Van Morrison  It's Not Easy Being Green   Options   No Label  1973  MP3  Singing "Sesame Street" hits live at the Troubadour, Los Angeles    1:05:27 (Pop‑up)
Vic Godard & the Subway Sect  Stool Pigeon   Options What's the Matter Boy?  Polygram  2000  CD  From 1980    1:10:54 (Pop‑up)
Non Compos Mentis  Ultimate Orgasm   Options   VVV  1980  MP3      1:13:36 (Pop‑up)
Richard Hell and the Voidoids  Going Going Gone   Options Destiny Street  Red Star  1991  CD  From 1982    1:16:52 (Pop‑up)
Tommy Keene  Kill Your Sons   Options Songs from the Film  Geffen  1998  CD  From 1986    1:19:38 (Pop‑up)
The Velvet Underground  Oh! Sweet Nuthin'   Options Loaded  Rhino  1997  CD  From 1970    1:24:39 (Pop‑up)
The Electric Junkyard  Oliver   Options   RCA  1969  45      1:37:37 (Pop‑up)
Donald Austin  Can't Stand the Strain   Options   Eastbound  1973  45      1:40:08 (Pop‑up)
Maxine Brown  We'll Cry Together   Options   Cur  1969  45      1:43:06 (Pop‑up)
Susan Jacks  Tall Dark Stranger   Options   Compleat  1984  45      1:47:21 (Pop‑up)
The Sloppy Joes  The Girl with the Light in Her Eyes   Options   Diesel Only  1991  45  Featuring WFMU's Michael "Shelly" (he gained an "e" along the way, just like Dionne Warwicke!)    1:49:47 (Pop‑up)
Emitt Rhodes  With My Face on the Floor   Options   RCA  1970  45      1:51:28 (Pop‑up)
Shocking Blue  Never Marry a Railroad Man   Options   Colossus  1970  45      1:54:30 (Pop‑up)
"Weird Al" Yankovic  Another One Rides the Bus   Options   T.K.  1981  45      1:57:12 (Pop‑up)
The Blue Nile  A Walk Across the Rooftops   Options A Walk Across the Rooftops  Linn/Virgin  1988  CD  From 1983    2:12:54 (Pop‑up)
Tindersticks  Cherry Blossoms   Options Tindersticks  This Way Up/London  1995  CD  the second one    2:16:45 (Pop‑up)
Tim Hardin  Question of Birth   Options   Columbia  1969  45  Dedicated to Adler and family    2:21:32 (Pop‑up)
Amor de Dias  Harvest Time   Options Street of the Love of Days  Merge  2011  CD    *   2:24:34 (Pop‑up)
Withered Hand  Religious Songs   Options Good News  Absolutely Kosher  2011  CD    *   2:29:00 (Pop‑up)
Mogwai  Hasenheide   Options   Sub Pop  2011  45    *   2:33:20 (Pop‑up)
Fire Engines  Discord   Options Hungry Beat  Acute  2007  CD  From 1981    2:36:25 (Pop‑up)
Mother and the Addicts  Oh Yeah...You Look Quite Nice   Options CHEM087CD  Chemikal Underground  2006  CD      2:43:14 (Pop‑up)
Sons and Daughters  Rama Lama   Options The Repulsion Box  Domino  2005  CD      2:46:44 (Pop‑up)
Tom Waits  A Little Rain   Options Bone Machine  Island  1992  CD      2:51:52 (Pop‑up)
The Four Vagabonds  Hit the Road to Dreamland   Options Complete Recorded Works (1941-1951) Vol. 2  Document  1999  CD      2:58:36 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  Sun. 4/17/11 12:08am Matt from Springfield:

Joe, Mr. "Soul Injection"! Here from the beginning tonight!
First time I heard of Trussel--does that refer to the band, or the guy singing? Any clue on original year?
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:09am kczmrk:

damn, maestro from what was the skit at the very beginning? It remembered me instantly some distant times.
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:11am Chop Scott:

Your opener theme is burned into a strange loop in my head, often find myself muttering Raadiooo Radio.
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:12am Joe McG:

Hey, everybody! Nice to see you all. The aliens are the Yip Yips from Sesame St., kczmrk. Trussel is a studio outfit from 1979, Matt. Hey Chop Scott!
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:13am Matt from Springfield:

Raaa diii o!
Indeed Scott, WFMU is REAL radio! I've always loved Joe's theme for that reason. Plus it's classic Sesame Street! And silly! And features (probable) Joe Raposo-written music fragments.
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:14am Matt from Springfield:

Thanks Joe!
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:16am Mariano:

Hi Joe! Good to hear you!
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:16am Matt from Springfield:

In tribute to outgoing "Office" boss "Michael Scott"--my VERY first YouTube click also involved Cookie Monster! (Singing 1987's "Healthy Food", not "Chocolate Rain" as Michael claimed. Life then imitated art, as someone inevitably made an actual Cookie Monster-Chocolate Rain mashup after that!)
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:17am Joe McG:

Hey, Mariano! What goes on?
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:18am kczmrk:

Thank you kindly Joe! I'm so happy-nostalgic right now.
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:19am Mariano:

Not much! Doing research on antique silver hallmarks for a design project... love El Diablo! Great guitar line.
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:20am Julieta:

I thought that the yip yip's sounds where from some duck's minds or monkeys . what ever I'm creazy tonight Hi ALL!
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:21am Matt from Springfield:

Welcome back Julieta! I think Joe has another devoted fan!
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:23am Joe McG:

Welcome, Julieta!
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:24am Julieta:

Yes , Keeps me sorprised - All need ., un fortunatly I'm not so funky tonight but I 'll stay tuned
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:26am Matt from Springfield:

The most contagious item in the FMU New Bin, Doug Hream Blunt!
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:27am Joe McG:

Any song with the words "your butt is the dice" in it is going to be played on this show eventually.
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:28am Julieta:

  Sun. 4/17/11 12:29am Mike Sin:

Blackout! Listening on battery power!
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:29am Mike Sin:

Blackout! Listening on battery power!
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:29am Matt from Springfield:

Heavy Breathers, Movers and Shakers!
If this was originally from 2000, I really wish this (and other original ecletic music) was on the airwaves then--terrestrial radio in DC is a wasteland, and that was all I knew. Fortunately the Internet has since freed me!
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:30am Joe McG:

Blackout, Mike? Really? What's going on?
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:31am Leonard Cohen:

All men will be nomads then,
Until Surface Noise shall free them...
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:31am Julieta:

  Sun. 4/17/11 12:32am Joe McG:

I think Doug Bream Blunt sounds like you, Leonard, during his disco phase.
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:32am Matt from Springfield:

There was some pretty intense rain and nearby storms down in Virginia this afternoon. And TORNADOES not far away! North Carolina got those bad! I'm guessing you are in a flood/power outage zone for the near future there.
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:34am Joe McG:

Ack, I hope we don't get a tornado. I don't like red shoes.
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:36am Matt from Springfield:

And Station Manager Ken might be commanding the Flying Monkeys when you get to Oz!
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:37am Joe McG:

I love the flying monkeys.
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:40am Matt from Springfield:

My Mom is STILL scared of them, from being terrified all those years ago. She was astonished some adults reported being traumatized by the Wicked Witch melting--No, that was the best part for my Mom! "That was the only good solution to get rid of someone that evil!"
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:46am Julie:

Joe, don't kid, we know you want an excuse to put those red sparkly things on your feet
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:46am Julie:

I think we ARE the flying monkeys
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:47am Joe McG:

I wouldn't mind dropping a house on some people, that's for sure.
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:49am Matt from Springfield:

"Helllllo there!" Julie!

That's an intriguing thought, kind of like the Allegory of the Cave, all of us flying around, obeying orders of a Wicked Witch we don't even know.
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:49am Julie:

Hellllllllo Matt!
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:50am Jesus from California:

Says Hello
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:51am Joe McG:

Hey, Jesus!
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:55am Matt from Springfield:

It's worth mentioning The Sorrows were apparently with Piccadilly Records, a division of PYE Records! Pye produced such a slick mid-60s British rock sound.
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:57am Joe McG:

The Sorrows made a lot of great records, Matt. In my 'umble opinion. Very Well Made, I agree!
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:58am Scott:

P Family rule! Sound Magazine is an fuckin great record!
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:59am Matt from Springfield:

@Julie: I'm wicked excited about Kristeen Young! I'm going to try to catch that live!
  Sun. 4/17/11 12:59am Joe McG:

Top to bottom, Scott, I agree completely!
  Sun. 4/17/11 1:00am Julie:

@Matt you can imagine how excited *I* am. I'll get the date on that this week. Her new EP is on ITunes now.
  Sun. 4/17/11 1:06am Julie:

How do I know this old Indonesian song?
  Sun. 4/17/11 1:08am Matt from Springfield:

I HAVE the non-live version of this, on the (still out of print?) "Hard Nose The Highway" LP.

And guess what? Joe Raposo again! Probably his best known composition.
  Sun. 4/17/11 1:11am Matt from Springfield:

This live version has a better arrangement than that album, in my 'umble opinion. Brass here, better guitar and piano, and audience enthusiasm.
  Sun. 4/17/11 1:12am Joe McG:

He also did "Sing (Sing a Song)" live around this time.
  Sun. 4/17/11 1:27am Matt from Springfield:

Oh! Sweet VU!
  Sun. 4/17/11 1:33am kczmrk:

sweet nothing, what a passages!
  Sun. 4/17/11 1:34am kczmrk:

Check it, check it!
  Sun. 4/17/11 1:37am Mariano:

Pronounced "dang"
  Sun. 4/17/11 1:45am Nelson:

thanks for the Funkadelic cover? Slowly I began to recognize the tune. Then, started to think it's a cover.....
  Sun. 4/17/11 1:46am kczmrk:

I'm crying.
  Sun. 4/17/11 1:48am Matt from Springfield:

The sky has cried us a river, indeed.
  Sun. 4/17/11 1:48am Joe McG:

I love that record, kczmrk.
  Sun. 4/17/11 1:49am Joe McG:

Oh, yes, Nelson, that is a Funkadelic cover. I forget where it comes from, but I like this version.
  Sun. 4/17/11 1:59am Matt from Springfield:

Weird Al! Sometimes you just throw a silly one on us Joe!
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:00am Joe McG:

Yeah, I feel kinda sick about this one.
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:01am kczmrk:

I'm loving it too, on sundays especially. And this one is hole lot better than original by YouKnowWho
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:10am coalhard:

new video out with weird al --about facebook--weird ending though
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:10am Matt from Springfield:

Yes! Well before "Come Together" anyway, he had some very interesting and intriguing covers!
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:11am Matt from Springfield:

Hi coalhard! What's the video called?

I'm excited about Brute Force as well! New life for his songs after 4 decades.
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:14am 12539:

Perfect time and perfect weather for the Blue Nile.
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:17am Matt from Springfield:

Is this orchestral arrangement typical of Blue Nile, or not?

The sound kind of reminds me of a Church song "Youth Worshipper"--it has an 80s alternative feel consistent with the rest of the band's work, but with powerful orchestral overdubs giving it a haunting quality.
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:18am coalhard:

not sure of title of weird al video-saw on myvidster.com
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:21am Joe McG:

Yeah, Matt, they sometimes used orchestration and sometimes got very simple; each album is a little different.
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:22am Matt from Springfield:

I never heard of Tindersticks before! This is beautiful! You have a knack with playing to the weather, Joe. Just like the winter songs set from December!
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:23am Joe McG:

Tindersticks is great post-midnight music, Matt. Highly recommend the first two or three.
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:25am Matt from Springfield:

Although Blue Nile sounded cool, remember to bring in more of their stuff.

@CH: The problem is I'm searching for Weird Al's Facebook video, and I'm finding people posting Weird Al videos ON their FB pages. Just like when I tried to find an Altered Images song "Happy Birthday"--hard to find an OTHER Happy Birthday song!
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:27am Matt from Springfield:

RIP Tim Hardin. Another beautiful soul.

If Julie's still on, I need to email you specifically which Cocteau Twins songs I was going to rec. Joe made me think of that, because I love some of their stuff for rainy day music.
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:29am coalhard:

same thing as going back and and watching your grandfather shave---you'll just get shaving cream smeared on your face--called the grandfather paradox
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:30am Matt from Springfield:

  Sun. 4/17/11 2:36am Matt from Springfield:

Mogwai, did Brian influence you to play that? He's played Mogwai semi-frequently on his show.
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:39am Joe McG:

Has he? I didn't realize. There's a lot of new Mogwai around lately--a new studio LP, a new 45, and a live album--so you may be hearing them a lot lately!
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:54am Brian in UK:

Am I too late?
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:57am Matt from Springfield:

@Brian: Not too late, for the remainder of the program!
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:58am Brian in UK:

  Sun. 4/17/11 2:58am Matt from Springfield:

Great rain music set Joe! Stay safe!

And thanks for checking in Brian! We always like that, even if it's just a single shout-out!
  Sun. 4/17/11 2:58am Marmalade Kitty:

Great show! Kevin Ayers deja vu!
  Sun. 4/17/11 3:00am Joe McG:

Thanks for listening everybody! See you in a couple of weeks! Tune in for Mike Sin next week....
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