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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New Approx. start time
Billy Squier  Lonely Is the Night   Options Don't Say No  Capitol  1981  LP      0:00:00 ()
Starz  Hold On to the Night   Options Attention Shoppers!  Capitol  1978  LP      0:06:12 ()
Donnie Iris  Agnes   Options Back on the Streets  Midwest National  1980  LP      0:09:20 ()
The Hudson Brothers  So You Are a Star   Options Hollywood Situation  Casablanca  1974  LP      0:12:43 ()
Teenage Fanclub  The Concept   Options Four Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty-Six Seconds: A Short Cut to Teenage Fanclub  Jetset  2003  CD  From 1991    0:16:35 ()
The Rubinoos  Rock and Roll Is Dead   Options Garage Sale  Big Deal  1994  CD  From 1973    0:22:02 ()
Alex Chilton  Jumpin' Jack Flash   Options Free Again: The “1970″ Sessions  Omnivore/Ace  2011  CD  From, uh, 1970  *   0:24:57 ()
 
  One Wedding Present song turns into many. Why not?
The Wedding Present  You Jane   Options Valentina  Scopitones  2012  CD    *   0:43:00 ()
The Wedding Present  Mercury   Options Singles 1995-97  Spinart/Cooking Vinyl  1999  CD      0:46:41 ()
The Wedding Present  I'm Not Always So Stupid   Options Live 1987  Scopitones  2007  CD      0:49:58 ()
The Ukrainians  Batyar   Options Pisni Iz The Smiths  Cooking Vinyl  1992  CD  WP offshoot    0:53:52 ()
The Wedding Present  Hand in Glove   Options Please, Please, Please: A Tribute to the Smiths  American Laundromat  2011  CD    *   0:57:22 ()
The Wedding Present  Blonde   Options Seamonsters  First Warning  1991  CD      1:01:00 ()
The Wedding Present  Click Click   Options Watusi  Island  1994  CD      1:05:21 ()
The Wedding Present  Take Me!   Options Bizarro  RCA  1989  CD      1:09:45 ()
The Wedding Present  My Favorite Dress   Options The BBC Sessions  Strange Fruit  1988  CD  From 1986    1:19:28 ()
 
  Single File: a bunch of random 45s all in a row
The Rudies  Sherri Goodbye   Options   Badge  1980  45      1:29:37 ()
Troy Shondell  Girl After Girl   Options   Liberty  1961  45      1:32:07 ()
The Bazooka Company  When I'm With You   Options   Fontana  1969  45      1:34:33 ()
Raiders  (If I Had to Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It) All Over You   Options   Columbia  1973  45      1:37:23 ()
Joe Tex  Don't Let Your Left Hand Know   Options   Dial  1965  45      1:40:04 ()
Bobbie Gentry  Okolona River Bottom Band   Options   Capitol  1968  45      1:42:15 ()
Jesse Winchester  Let the Rough Side Drag   Options   Bearsville  1976  45      1:45:16 ()
Timber  Go On Alone   Options   Kapp  1970  45      1:47:46 ()
Natalie Cole  Joey   Options   Capitol  1975  45      1:51:13 ()
 
  Drum machine soul
USAries  Are You Ready to Come? (With Me) Pt. 2   Options Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984  Chocolate Industries  2012  CD    *   2:03:56 ()
Deborah Washington  Shortest Lady   Options Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984  Chocolate Industries  2012  CD    *   2:06:30 ()
Little Sister  Stanga   Options Listen to the Voices: Sly Stone in the Studio 1965-70  Ace  2010  CD  From 1970    2:10:24 ()
Timmy Thomas with Betty Wright  Sweet Brown Sugar   Options Why Can't We Live Together: The Best of the T.K. Years  West Side  1998  CD  From 1974    2:14:00 ()
Shuggie Otis  Aht Uh Mi Hed   Options Inspiration Information  Luaka Bop  2001  LP  From 1974    2:17:02 ()
Little Beaver  Get into the Party Life   Options The Very Best of Little Beaver  Stateside/EMI  2004  CD  From 1974    2:21:21 ()
Francis Bebey  Savannah Georgia   Options African Electronic Music 1975-1982  Born Bad  2012  CD  From 1975  *   2:25:17 ()
Key & Cleary  A Man   Options Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984  Chocolate Industries  2012  CD    *   2:28:47 ()
 
Mickey Murray  People Are Together   Options People Are Together  Secret Stash  2012  LP  From 1970  *   2:37:37 ()
The Isley Brothers  Get into Something   Options The Isley Brothers' Greatest Hits  Buddah  1973  LP  From 1970    2:40:24 ()
Darondo  Didn't I   Options Listen to My Song: The Music City Sessions  BGP/Omnivore/Ace  2011  CD  From 1973  *   2:47:26 ()
Hank Ballard  Sunday Morning Coming Down   Options Southern Soul Shake!  Charly  2012  CD  From 1970  *   2:50:46 ()

Listener comments!

  Sun. 3/25/12 12:07am Marmalade kitty:

evening Joe!
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 12:08am Joe McG:

Hey, Kitty! What's shakin'?
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:08am Destroit:

Hello Joe and all people involved. Good luck trumping blumin, holy shit...:)
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:12am Destroit:

Marmalade!
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:12am D. Blumin:

Billy Squier!!! YES!
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 12:12am Joe McG:

Destroit!
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:14am Marmalade kitty:

5am! uk back at standard time?
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:16am tomB:

never realized Donnie Iris had ELO vocal b/up
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:16am Deepak:

Morning everyone, loved 'Agnes'.
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 12:17am Joe McG:

Who knew she had the gun?
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:18am Minnesota Jeff:

Goooood evening, Mr. McGasko!
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 12:19am Joe McG:

Top o' the evenin' to you, MinnJeff!
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:23am Nick Name:

Hey Joe,how are you- in uk at the mo...very late as already mentioned!!!
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 12:24am Joe McG:

Hey, Nick! When did you head over? I just saw you, like, two days ago!
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:26am Nick Name:

last monday , back this wednesday - see you soon - enjoying the tunes
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 12:26am Joe McG:

Thanks, Nick, well into poprock overload to start the show, but of course it shall change....
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:27am Minnesota Jeff:

Whats the earliest claim that Rock and Roll is dead?
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:28am Nick Name:

looking forward to it..
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 12:29am Joe McG:

@MJeff: I figure '73 is pretty early. Which came first, the Who or the Rubinoos?
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:34am Stu Piddleton:

I saw the Rubinoos with The Shoes in LA. Poptopia or some such event. They were very good. 2001-ish. Who cares, I know. Just sayin'.
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:39am Stu Piddleton:

I saw Alex Chilton with The Boxtops AND Eric Carmen with the re-united Raspberries on the same bill. Waukesha County Fair. $5. A few years back. I know ... who cares? Some blowhard braggin' about a show he's seen. Great stuff you're playing Joe. Keep it up. Overload, bro.
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:39am Minnesota Jeff:

Daniel Blumin: A man with creatures living in his underwear.
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:41am Stu Piddleton:

I have a Starz LP. Still has the sticker that came with it and the pproduct ordering sheet. THey were going to be the next Kiss. Now they're working at Chick-Fil-A or some such.Life is hard. I know, I know. OK, I'm done.
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:41am Minnesota Jeff:

Hockey Talk on WFMU! YES! Finally!
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:41am Matt from Springfield:

Dostoievsky or hockey!

Hello Joe and Daniel too! Our favorite late night chat duo!
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:43am Minnesota Jeff:

It should be noted that the Devils are much faster than they were in those Cup years.
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:43am Destroit:

Wedding present + hockey talk = awesome!
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:45am keving:

Saw them Thursday night at le Poisson Rouge! Fantastic!
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 12:48am Joe McG:

Oh, I wanted to go to that show! It was sold out, wasn't it?
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:48am Minnesota Jeff:

Hmm, I have never heard a Wedding Present record. Seems like I should based on the small bit of research I just did.
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 12:51am Joe McG:

@Jeff: I'll play one more after this and leave you to your research!
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:51am Matt from Springfield:

I first heard about the Wedding Present on FMU a few weeks ago--I didn't know they were around in the 90s.
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:52am Minnesota Jeff:

Got anything earlier, Joe?
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:53am keving:

I think it might've been sold out, although it didn't seem crowded. A friend got a ticket for ten bucks from someone whose friend ditched him to see a Doors cover band down the street. People make strange decisions.
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:53am Minnesota Jeff:

It seems you do!
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 12:54am Joe McG:

@Matt: Yeah, I think their first single came out in the mid-80s. @Jeff: Here you go!
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:55am Matt from Springfield:

@MNJeff: It is, glad to catch up on the history of the Wedding Present!
@keving: Oh come on now, I wouldn't miss an opportunity to see "The Texas Wasps" either! :)
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:55am John L.:

"Watusi" is my favorite, then "George Best." The "Hit Parade" double comp is fun; disc one is a collection of hit singles, disc two is all covers.
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:57am Matt from Springfield:

[GASP!] Ukrainian "Bigmouth Strikes Again"???!!
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 12:58am Joe McG:

@John: I love "Watusi," too. "Bizarro" will always be my ultimate fave since it has "Take Me!" on it, among others.
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:58am 12539:

I was just going to ask about these guys.
  Sun. 3/25/12 12:59am Matt from Springfield:

I just checked, it's not on Rob Weisberg's "Hour of Babel", but if it hasn't already been on a premium, this is a great nomination for a future Hour of Babel!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:00am Destroit:

Wedding Present is in my top five favorite bands of all time. As a teenager, I thought punk rock sucked, but I hung out with all the 'punk' kids. I listened to wedding present, shane McGowan and dinosaur jr. And told the punks to join me or fuck me, your choice!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:02am Destroit:

Holy crap, smiths resets are awesome!!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:03am Matt from Springfield:

And the two threads are linked!
I love the original "Hand In Glove" as well, ambiguous lyrics and jangly sound links The Smiths with the other 80s jangly rock. Part of that tradition at the very start, and then...off to do their own thing!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:03am John L.:

I just came home from a Smiths tribute night, Wacky.
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:03am Droll:

Great round-trip sequencing to/from The Wedding Present via Ukraine!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:03am keving:

You could come full circle with this set playing one of the Wedding Present's crazy Eastern European songs.
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 1:05am Joe McG:

@keving: Man, I'd love to, but I left my Ukrainian Peel sessions disc at home and the station doesn't have that one....
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:05am Destroit:

Honestly, just keep playing wedding present until 2:57. For real!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:07am sudo:

WP formed in the year of my birth. Not sure if that makes me feel old or young.
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 1:07am Joe McG:

I"m tempted, I love these guys...maybe a few more...
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:07am Minnesota Jeff:

I am liking this song the most so far from you WP selection.
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:09am 12539:

Joe, do you have enough WP singles on hand for 1:30?
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:09am keving:

Man I am so glad I decided to stop watching Doctor Who and go listen to the radio in my room.
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 1:10am Joe McG:

@12539: I wish! I only have got one, I don't know if the station has any...I'll look!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:10am Minnesota Jeff:

Well, now this is my favorite song played from your WP selection so far.
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:12am 12539:

MN Jeff: Watusi is more groovy, Seamonsters more intense. But don't forget "all the songs sound the same."
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:12am Destroit:

You are a great man Joe McG. You too blumin. Seriously, keep playing the WP this is great!
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 1:16am Joe McG:

@12539: Alas, the station has no WP 45s. I was hoping for "My Favorite Dress"!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:17am John L.:

They do a killer Pleasant Valley Sunday.
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 1:17am Joe McG:

@Destroit: As the great Jeff M. says, "That's very nice of you to say." @John L: I agree! And a great Cheers theme, too!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:18am Minnesota Jeff:

Damn, this is a jam right here!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:18am Destroit:

So good, let's go further north than you!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:18am Matt from Springfield:

Surface Noise: where EVERYBODY knows your name!
(And they should, it's typed right there on the comments....)
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:18am 12539:

Maybe you can play a bunch of the Hit Parade tracks and the Single File police will give you a pass.
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:20am Matt from Springfield:

@MNJeff: All the glorious components of late 80s indie-rock guitar, compressed into a 6 minute or so jam!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:20am Minnesota Jeff:

No kidding, this is awesome!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:22am 12539:

By the way Joe, this counts as credit toward your promise to do more tributes to people while they're still alive.
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 1:22am Joe McG:

@12539: Excellent! I need all the credit I can get!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:24am T-Zero:

Is this still the Wedding Present playing or is my page not refreshing?
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:24am Sue:

Hi, Joe! Happy Saturday night to you :) Made it in time for Single File!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:25am G:

The Wedding Present is always refreshing.
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:25am Destroit:

This is the best radio show ever. Wedding present til dawn! :)
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:25am pg:

so good
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:25am Matt from Springfield:

Absolutely, 12539! We tell Joe not to wait until they're gone, so thank Joe whenever the music reaches tribute proportions!
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 1:25am Joe McG:

@T-Zero: Yep, still here! @Sue: Hi, Sue!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:25am keving:

Oh man, one of the greatest songs. Was stuck in my head all day yesterday after getting to see them play it. That was a real treat
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:25am Matt from Springfield:

Right on, G! :D
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:26am T-Zero:

Well, alrighty then! Thanks! Just tuning in. Got a late start...
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:29am Destroit:

Keep doing it Joe, they're in Detroit(ish) on Monday. Bizarro is one of the best albums of all time.
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:30am Joe from JSQ:

Do you have any Imperial Teen?
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:30am keving:

Peter Solowka was the Wedding Present guitarist. Was actually just reading about it because I'd never heard of the Ukrainians.
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:33am Destroit:

Keving with the assist, thumbs up! :)
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 1:33am Joe McG:

@Joe: Great idea, Joe, I like their new album. But I''ll be playin' the singles now for a bit...
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:35am Joe from JSQ:

I like this playing now. Good choice. Just tuning in, first time listener.
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:36am Minnesota Jeff:

The Chilton cover of this is so great.
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 1:38am Joe McG:

@Joe: We LOVE first time listeners! I hope you'll come back to us.
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:39am Matt from Springfield:

The Bazooka Joe Company!
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 1:41am Joe McG:

@Matt: :)!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:42am Minnesota Jeff:

Ooof, something about this song is turning my stomach. That opening line made me make a Mr. Yuck face.
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:42am Dirty Mind:

Do what all over you?
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 1:42am Joe McG:

I think this song is SUPPOSED to make you make that face. It's written by Bob Dylan!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:44am Minnesota Jeff:

Dylan isn't too clever when it comes to innuendo it seems.
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:45am Matt from Springfield:

Don't let your left hand know what your right hand's doing, may be a good metaphor for what it was intended, but out of context that seems like a dangerous level of secrecy. A web of lies that will soon collapse over you.
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 1:47am Joe McG:

As I was listening to that Joe Tex record, I was struck by how similar to the Raiders record it sounded. I think it's the same melody! I'd say Dylan was a big Joe Tex fan, but I'm sure it's older than that.
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:47am Destroit:

No problem here. Snaps and handclaps to all listeners!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:52am Matt from Springfield:

"Go On Alone" sounds familiar, maybe it's a similar tune to other country crossovers of the time. Did the singer of Timber record anything else?
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 1:54am Joe McG:

@Matt: Actually, I was wondering if this is the same Timber that recorded an album for Elektra. Any idea?
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:57am Matt from Springfield:

"Timber was an early '70s Elektra Records groups, from the tail end of the Psychedelic era. They issued just one album on the label: Bring America Home."
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:58am Matt from Springfield:

Despite the three rare singles as bonus tracks on the Bring America Home CD, "Go On Alone" is NOT one of them! You got a precious gem there, Joe!
  Sun. 3/25/12 1:58am Matt from Springfield:

From the Amazon review: "Whether you are a child of the 60s, or just a fan of those times -- this CD is a must have." Then it's a must have for me!!
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:05am Matt from Springfield:

New Wave in German is NDW, Neue Deutsche Welle.

The way you say it sounds fake: "Noy-ya Doyt-cha Vell-la"!
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 2:09am Joe McG:

NOY-A DPYT-CHA VeL-La! I was not too close!
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:10am 12539:

Hey Matt, it says here that Timber released two albums, the first one, Part of What You Hear, co-produced by your beloved Joni Mitchell's ace producer Henry Lewy

http://tinyurl.com/6ns2xmp
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 2:11am Joe McG:

Ah, so it's the same group! Thanks, guys.
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:13am Matt from Springfield:

Nice forum--thanks for the link!
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:17am Minnesota Jeff:

Joe: Do you have a favorite Bread song?
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 2:18am Joe McG:

That's a good question, Jeff. I never really have a favorite, exactly, but I always liked "Diary."
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:18am Matt from Springfield:

Betty Wright! A very "sweet" song!
What is the TK Years, a label?
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:20am Minnesota Jeff:

Joe: "Tecolote" is always a good one to confuse people. "Wait, this is 'Bread'?" is the reaction I get when I have played it for people.
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 2:20am Joe McG:

@Matt: Yep! It was the main outpost for the "Miami Sound," which was George McCrae, KC and the Sunshine Band, Little Beaver, Timmy Thomas, etc.
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 2:22am Joe McG:

@Jeff: I don't know that one! Which album is it on? (I also love "Dismal Day.")
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:24am kiemzi:

oh man, this song is great!
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:24am Minnesota Jeff:

Joe: Its on "Guitar Man". That album has another good one, which isn't as left field, but still good "Let me Go".
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 2:25am Joe McG:

@Jeff: I'll need to check it out, I don't have that one. The nice thing is that Bread albums are pretty cheap! @kiemzi: Hi hi!
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:28am Minnesota Jeff:

Joe: Yeah, its nice when a band sells millions of albums and then completely falls out of favor with the world. Makes stuff cheap.
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:30am G:

Little Beaver's first label was TK
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:32am Matt from Springfield:

Another Francis Bebey! I think it's cool that synth music like this was coming out of Africa way back then.

"WFMU: If you missed it the first time around..."
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 2:33am Joe McG:

@G: Yes, that's where he had his couple of hits. Had a few things on smaller labels before that, but TK was his home. Played on so many great records!
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:34am 12539:

Matt, have you heard Bebey's "Pygmy Divorce " yet?
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:35am Minnesota Jeff:

This is like some Soul band covering Suicide.
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:36am Matt from Springfield:

No, haven't heard that one yet. I see several Archives that have it though.
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:40am G:

Interwebs say "Personal Space" will be released April 24. You gotta radio staion copy :-)
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 2:41am Joe McG:

@G: Whoo-hoo! Take my word for it, when this comes out, you're going to want it. I'm going to buy a copy (we don't have any notes, just this slipcase thing).
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:52am Matt from Springfield:

Darondo--sounds like older soul, but is this a reissue, or a new song that sounds old?
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:52am 12539:

Great show, Joe!
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 2:53am Joe McG:

@Matt: No, it's old, from about '75. He's VERY into Al Green, methinks.
Avatar Sun. 3/25/12 2:54am Joe McG:

@12539: Thanks, man! Had a great time tonight. Great to be back on the air. I missed this last week! Hope everyone has a great week! See you in April.
  Sun. 3/25/12 2:55am Matt from Springfield:

Ah, beer for breakfast and dessert! Thanks to Kris, his words are interesting in Hank's voice.

Thanks Joe! I'm so glad you're back as well! Have a good night!
  Mon. 3/26/12 2:42pm fxo:

I thought you'd appreciate this:
http://youtu.be/1eF7HWwM_8U
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