Busy Doing Nothing with Charlie Options | A virtual supermarket sweep of recorded history, with an emphasis on processed cheese.

On WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio (Info)
Give the Drummer Radio LIVE Audio Streams (Get help):   Pop-up  |  128k MP3
Charlie's avatar View Charlie's profile Options

Playlist for 23 February 2017 Options | Housework, or: Little Miss Eternal Sunshine Cleaning of the Spotless Mind

Hear the show in: | Add or read comments

Artist Song Album Label Approx. start time
"It's only once a week; the housework must get done..."
The Du-Tels  Rotten Family   Options No Knowledge of Music Required  Shimmy Disc   
Peter and Lou Berryman  Squalor   Options No Relation  Peter and Lou Berryman  0:02:55 ()
Devil in a Woodpile  Funky Butt   Options The Bottle Let Me Down: Songs for Bumpy Wagon Rides  Bloodshot  0:07:03 ()
Cruella de Ville  Drunken Uncle John   Options 12-inch single  Cruella de Ville  0:09:09 ()
Detergents  Leader of the Laundromat   Options 7-inch single (originally)  Roulette  0:11:49 ()
Vivien Goldman  Launderette   Options Dirty Washing EP; Resolutionary Songs  99 Records; Staubgold  0:15:21 ()
Y Pants  Favorite Sweater   Options Y Pants  Periodic Document  0:19:07 ()
Music behind DJ:
Bunny Kick   Options Uh-oh!  Asphodel  0:22:07 ()
B-52's  Housework   Options Bouncing Off the Satellites  Warner Bros.  0:27:01 ()
R. Stevie Moore  Puttin' Up the Groceries   Options Meet the R. Stevie Moore!  Cherry Red  0:31:00 ()
Carol Channing  Housework   Options Free to Be... You and Me  Arista  0:33:58 ()
Shel Silverstein  Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout   Options Freakin' At The Freakers Ball  Columbia  0:36:57 ()
The Roches  The Laundry   Options Will You Be My Friend?  Baby Boom Music  0:39:42 ()
Life in a Blender  Mobile Wash Unit   Options Live at WFMU on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing, 4 October 2012  WFMU  0:43:08 ()
Music behind DJ:
The Artie Schroeck Implosion 
Amy's Theme   Options A Spoonful of Lovin'  Verve  0:47:28 ()
Lorraine Bowen Experience  Bet Down the Launderette   Options Greatest Hits Volume One  Lorraine Bowen  0:50:50 ()
Daniel Johnston  A Little Bit of Soap   Options Respect  Stress  0:54:43 ()
American Standard  My Bathroom Is a Private Kind of Place, from The Bathrooms Are Coming!   Options Product Music: Industrial and Show Tunes in Praise of the Products We Trust  Honest Abe  0:57:08 ()
your host plays the melodica  The Housework Must Get Done   Options over backing track created using ChordPulse  Chazaloo  1:00:18 ()
Black Randy & the Metrosquad  Down at the Laundrymat   Options Pass the Dust, I Think I'm Bowie  Vinyl Countdown; Sympathy for the Record Industry  1:01:48 ()
Oscar the Grouch  I Love Trash   Options Oscar's Trashy Songs  Sesame Street  1:05:14 ()
New York Dolls  Trash   Options New York Dolls  Mercury  1:07:43 ()
Music behind DJ:
Doyle Dean and M. Maxwell Howard  
Unloading the Dishwasher   Options Duets (for Chores and Piano)  Doyle Dean and M. Maxwell Howard  1:13:19 ()
Jim Copp & Ed Brown  The House on Thimble Street   Options Agnes Mouthwash and Friends  Playhouse  1:22:07 ()
R. Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders  Singin' in the Bathtub   Options Number Three; Singing in the Bathub (reissue)  Blue Goose; Shanachie  1:25:05 ()
American Standard  Look at This Tub, from The Bathrooms Are Coming!   Options Product Music: Industrial Show Tunes in Praise of the Products We Trust  Honest Abe  1:28:10 ()
Morning 40 Federation  Stinky   Options Your My Brother  Tekito  1:30:23 ()
Malvina Reynolds  Boraxo   Options Malvina Reynolds  Omni  1:35:27 ()
Bubblyfish  Piggies   Options Wanna Hld Yr Handheld, vol. 1 (various artists)  8-Bit Operators  1:38:10 ()
Tom Mabe  Crime and the Carpet Cleaner   Options Revenge on the Telemarketers  Harder Than Normal  1:40:10 ()
Flaming Lips  Suddenly Everything Has Changed   Options The Soft Bulletin  Warner Bros.  1:43:03 ()
Fred Lane And His Hittite Hot Shots  The French Toast Man   Options Car Radio Jerome  Shimmy Disc  1:47:00 ()
Mars Production Library  Self Service Laundry   Options Volume CK-713  Mars Production Library   1:49:49 ()
The Shapes  (I Saw) Batman (in the Launderette)   Options Messthetics #103: D.I.Y. 77-81 Midlands 1 (various artists)  Hyped 2 Death  1:50:17 ()
Shonen Knife  Public Bath   Options The Birds and the B-sides  Virgin  1:52:54 ()
Music behind DJ:
Johnny Beecher 
Sax Fifth Avenue   Options 45 played at 33  Warner Bros.  1:55:08 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:00pm annie:

whew!! i made it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 12:00pm listener james from westwood:

How do, Charlie and all!
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:00pm βrian:

Is that Monsieur Hulot there?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:00pm Michael:

Is this the Franconia Notch express?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 12:02pm doctorjazz:

Hi, Sounds like Peter Stampfel, making me smile!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:02pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi Charlie! Peter Stampfel is working on a new album and memoire!
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:02pm Charlie:

Hey there, annie, james, ßrian, Michael, doctorjazz!
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:03pm βrian:

Makes me want a slice from the French Toast Man.
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:05pm Charlie:

The French Toast Man would be welcome here.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:05pm mauri:

Got you ten potatoes.
  Thu. 2/23/17 12:07pm Alex In Illinois:

Lou and Peter Berryman! They are from Wisconsin! We see them every year at the Fox Valley Folk Festival.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:07pm annie:

@ Alex": i thought they sounded familiar..
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:08pm βrian:

Monona bay? Hey, that's here!
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:08pm Charlie:

hey mauri!
Alex -- glad to know they're still around! This is a great album:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:08pm Webhamster Henry:

Are you getting to Zappa's "The Dangerous Kitchen"?
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:09pm βrian:

(Same lake where Otis Redding met his demise.)
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:11pm schmutz:

ɳ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ɲ a thousand clowns?!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:11pm annie:

LOVE this movie!!! LOVE it; (1,000 Clowns, btw)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 12:11pm Parq:

Nice Jason R. clip. I saw a production of 1000 Clowns while living in an apartment complex outside Boston, and shouted out the window at my neighbors for weeks afterward.
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:12pm Charlie:

Hi there, Henry! don't know that one...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:12pm annie:

what fun, parq!!!
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:13pm schmutz:

bobarbs! love the story Parq!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 12:13pm Parq:

The Laundromat!
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:14pm Charlie:

hi Parq, lol:)
and schmutz!
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:15pm βrian:

I would think schmutz would fit right into this show.
Avatar 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 12:16pm Roberto:

A Thousand Clowns.
Avatar 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 12:17pm Roberto:

Oh I see it's been identified already. Never mind.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:17pm Webhamster Henry:

1,.000 Clowns is a great movie! I used to have the script in High School.
  Thu. 2/23/17 12:18pm Katya Oddio:

As ever, great theme, Charlie! WAIT!!! I was totally thinking about Vivien Goldman, but didn't know if it would fit musically. It does, and here she is! Love when that happens, Charlie!
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:19pm Charlie:

hi Katya! You apparently made Vivien materialize:)
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:19pm Charlie:

Hey there Roberto.
Avatar 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 12:21pm Roberto:

Hola Carlito.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:21pm Artie Haywire:

Why Pants?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 12:22pm Parq:

I think I have this Y Pants track buried somewhere in my MP3 collection. If I don't, I fucking well should.
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:24pm βrian:

Three hours, though — that would be a much more pleasantly round number, no?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:26pm Artie Haywire:

Water Wing Records bandcamp has Y Pants.
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:30pm Charlie:

Artie! Why chromosomes?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 12:30pm Passaic River Blues:

This show is fantastic! Where have I been?
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:34pm Charlie:

Hi Passaic River Blues! Welcome to the show. I give up -- where have you been?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:36pm Webhamster Henry:

I kind of thought This Free To Be cut was on its way!
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:36pm βrian:

You can't mistake Carole's silken voice ...
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:37pm Charlie:

It is your show, Henry;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:37pm Webhamster Henry:

She just turned 96! www.biography.com...
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:37pm Charlie:

Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:38pm βrian:

"Carol," I mean.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 12:39pm Parq:

Uncle Shelby"s "Sarah" is practically a religious ceremony for me.
  Thu. 2/23/17 12:39pm Katya Oddio:

Know I'm not the only one reciting along with Shel right now
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:40pm βrian:

Why, it's almost "Garbage Time!"
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:40pm Charlie:

Yes it is garbage time:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:42pm Webhamster Henry:

You to play Need the House on Thimble Street by Jim Copp and Ed Brown! A WFMU classic!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 12:43pm doctorjazz:

I didn't remember hearing this Roches track ever (past my kid music need at home), but could hear it was them immediately!
(I just played Mr Sellack for my Aspiring Actor daughter last night, cracked her up!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:43pm Carmichael:

Heya Charlie and busybodies.
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:44pm Charlie:

oh yeah, Henry! that would be a good one. got it around here somewhere. but i have so many songs already!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:44pm Webhamster Henry:

The Roches are also good! R.I.P. Maggie!
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:45pm βrian:

"Mr Sellack" is an earworm, too. I find myself mouthing the words at the most inopportune times.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 12:49pm annie:

ok, rushing out the door.. be back shortly.
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:50pm northguineahills:

Woah, how did I miss Life in a Blender?
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:52pm βrian:

That's 5-8 AM, CST. Eh, nope!
  Thu. 2/23/17 12:53pm Katya Oddio:

That's rough about your dad, Charlie. I am sorry. I always love the old pics of you two characters together.
  Thu. 2/23/17 12:54pm Mark Lerner:

Thanks for playing Life in a Blender! We love WFMU!
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:55pm Charlie:

Hi Mark! Love Life in a Blender! Great song. Glad you played on Mary's show:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 12:56pm Parq:

Digging Blender too. Mark L, I saw you guys at the Lone Star in the 80s, and then much more recently at the Tribeca Y. So glad you're still in there kicking.
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 12:58pm βrian:

Wait, who's flying this plane?
Avatar 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 12:59pm Roberto:

Dream 'n' cream time!
  Thu. 2/23/17 1:02pm Doug Schulkind:

Private Bathrooom, reporting for duty, Sir!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 1:02pm Webhamster Henry:

Watch for the Industrial Musicals Movie!
  Thu. 2/23/17 1:02pm Katya Oddio:

Roberto, that bit still gets me every single time. Have you seen the "film" -- just as hilarious
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 1:03pm mauri:

What a happy theme tune Charlie! I can see all the cast being introduced.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 1:04pm Webhamster Henry:

We are all worshippers of Femma.
Avatar 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 1:04pm Roberto:

There's a film? I must see this.
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:04pm Charlie:

Hola, Doug!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 1:05pm Parq:

What Roberto said.
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:05pm Charlie:

That song I played is a ditty I made up to sing while doing the house work. The first line is: "It's only once a week, the housework must get done." Never wrote the rest of the lyrics though!
  Thu. 2/23/17 1:05pm Katya Oddio:

Saw recently you can now get this classic LP in pink vinyl on Bandcamp:
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 1:05pm Webhamster Henry:

There's a surprising number of Industrial Musical Movies on You Tube. Check out the amazing SILICONES www.youtube.com...
  Thu. 2/23/17 1:06pm Katya Oddio:

OMG! The SILICONES one! YES! Such drama!
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:06pm βrian:

A Litte Bit of Soap:
  Thu. 2/23/17 1:08pm Doug Schulkind:

What good clean fun this show is!
Avatar 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 1:10pm Snortley:

“There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse.”
― Quentin Crisp
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:11pm Charlie:

Snortley! Like.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 1:15pm doctorjazz:

Love this "Unloading the Dishwasher".
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:15pm βrian:

Food carts have circled the building.
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:20pm βrian:

I hope there's a mara-thong premium.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 1:22pm doctorjazz:

Say It Ain't So!
(another returning student, best of luck, Charlie!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 1:22pm Webhamster Henry:

I sing this little song to myself, which I hear in my head in the voice of Citizen Kafka:

The Happy Launderer

I just ran out of underwear, my socks have all turned black,
And so I throw them in a bag and throw it on my back!

Launderee! Launderei! Launderee! Launder-ah-hah-hah-hah-hah-hah
Launderee! Launderei! My laundry on my back!

I am a Happy Launderer, and laundry's what I've got!
I've got a roll of quarter to shove in that little slot!


I do not care to separate the coloreds from the whites.
This is because I spend my life supporting Civil Rights!

Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:23pm βrian:

Oh my. Another inductee! Second-generation librarian here.
  Thu. 2/23/17 1:23pm Katya Oddio:

Go get 'em, Charlie! That sounds excellent! Exciting news!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 1:24pm Michael:

Exciting indeed Charlie. But you will be missed. Again!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 1:24pm Webhamster Henry:

Good luck Charlie!
  Thu. 2/23/17 1:26pm Katya Oddio:

You introduced us to Jim Copp and every time he comes up in rotation here, we tip the hat to you. Jim and Ed are dear to us (and so are you), and we get a lot of mileage out of these LPs and CDs. Thank you, Charlie!
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:26pm Charlie:

Henry! I love those lyrics! I should've got a recording of you singing it:)
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:27pm βrian:

Charlie is going meta!
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:28pm Charlie:

ßrian -- my father taught library science for twenty years. He'd be happy...
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:29pm schmutz:

best of luck Charlie! sure will miss ya.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 1:30pm Webhamster Henry:

@Charlie Kafka and the Wretched Refuse String Band would have made it a very special song!
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:31pm Charlie:

yes, Henry.
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:31pm Charlie:

Thanks for the good wishes, everyone:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 1:32pm Webhamster Henry:

The Bathrooms Are Coming is full of great Deep Cuts. Proximatics and UltraBath!
  Thu. 2/23/17 1:32pm Doug Schulkind:

When I'm not weeping, I'm really happy for you, Charlie...

When I first conceived the idea for Give the Drummer Radio, inviting Charlie to join me was my first priority. Busy Doing Nothing was the second-ever program on the Drummer Stream and it instantly converted a goofy vanity project into an honorable radio/stream experiment.

Charlie's contributions to the stream may be less immediately audible, but I will continue to lean on Charlie for guidance, advice and brotherhood.
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:35pm Charlie:

Doug! "Your My Brother"! (sic) That's the name of the album playing, and you are my brother:) Glad I could help kick-start, or boot-strap, (or whatever other trendy catch-phrase (like "catch-phrase") we could use) the stream -- which has turned into such a wonderful thing!
Avatar 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 1:36pm Roberto:

Crap, I missed it. What's happening with Charlie?
  Thu. 2/23/17 1:36pm Katya Oddio:

You rock, Doug. Thank you for getting Charlie back in the fold, man. Those guest appearances were too few and far between. Also grateful for the WFMU show archive. Been working Thursdays and missing the shows. Can't beat catching live ones. You guys are the best.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 1:37pm doctorjazz:

Ahhh, loved Wretched Refuse, have their album at home!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 1:37pm doctorjazz:

Will REALLY miss the show, hope you can sub often, Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 1:37pm Michael:

Also, does this looming absence mean Charlie moves to another New England state?
  Thu. 2/23/17 1:38pm Doug Schulkind:

Katya, send me an email when you get a chance...
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:39pm Charlie:

Michael -- I will be doing an online MLS program. Don't have to leave my chair:)
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:39pm Charlie:

Love the Wretched Refuse versions of Tossin' and Turnin' and Thumbelina...
  Thu. 2/23/17 1:41pm Doug Schulkind:

Gotta go head to my Human Behavior
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 1:42pm Webhamster Henry:

Irene does a yearly Citizen Kafka tribute show "Shulcoth" which plays lots of great old Refuse material and bits from Kafka's WBAI show! Check the Archives!
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:43pm Charlie:

seeya, fellow student Doug!
  Thu. 2/23/17 1:46pm Doug Schulkind:

Previous message got cut off due to my use of an ampersand in a comment on my mobile device.

Heading off to my Human Behavior and Gerontology class. Big love to you, Brother Charlie, and to the big, beautiful family of Notgingdoers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 1:48pm doctorjazz:

Went to Brooklyn College with some of the Wretched Refuse crew, used to see them in the day...Their guitar player also built and repaired guitars, did some work for me on an injured Martin.
Avatar 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 1:49pm Roberto:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 1:50pm Matt F:

Wow, haven't heard this since Belinda & Hova moved to Portland!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 1:50pm Webhamster Henry:

Busy Doing Requests!
Avatar 🎃 Thu. 2/23/17 1:51pm Roberto:

I used to sing this line to my daughter to get her up for school.
Avatar Thu. 2/23/17 1:53pm Charlie:

Hey Matt! Yeah, it's a "classic"
Is that chicken gonna dance today or what?
  Thu. 2/23/17 1:58pm Katya Oddio:

Matt, their move to Portland definitely impacted my listening. They were a kiddie lifeline.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/23/17 2:00pm Michael:

Lotsa fun Charlie - thanks!
  Thu. 2/23/17 2:00pm Katya Oddio:

Now it sounds like we are losing the best again. Charlie has probably impacted my record purchasing habits more than any other DJ. Thanks for the squeaky clean show, Charlie!
Post a comment!
Email address
(optional, not public):
Your comment: (No HTML, please)