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Favoriting May 7, 2021: Incredibly Strange Music Vol. 2 - Chapter 1: Jello Biafra pt. 35 pg. 45 (Glam Rock/More High Pitched Vocals/Random Jello + some metal & new wave.) The conclusion of the Vale interview section!
Sorry my levels were a bit off on this show. Episode Art by Michael Brunelle.

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Artist Track Album Format Comments Images Approx. start time
Your DJ Speaks         
Sparks  Girl from Germany   Favoriting 7" Single     
0:00:52 (Pop-up)
Skyhooks  Horror Movie   Favoriting Ego Is Not a Dirty Word    "Comparable to Sparks in terms of high-voiced glitter rock was the most popular Australian band of their day, the Skyhooks. They were one of the first to flaunt their "Australian-ness" and become popular for it in Australia. Their Russell Mael-like lyrics, which trashed the trends of the day, gave a very cynical look at '70's singles-bar stupidity. Their outfits were incredible: part glam, part children's fairytale robes, with occasional Banana Splits fur. The main songwriter, Greg Macainsh, was quite witty, and I'm amazed that he only produces TV shows today." - Jello 
0:04:26 (Pop-up)
Milk 'N Cookies  (Dee Dee, You're) Stuck on a Star   Favoriting Milk 'N Cookies    "For the teenybopper market came Milk 'N Cookies, led by Ian North from New York who supposedly had an attitude a mile wide - all the funnier considering how wimpy his band was. His voice was an even more breathy/cutesy version of Russell Mael or Peter Ivers. The cover shows one member holding an oversize football, and off to the side a cheerleader is fixing her hose." - Jello 
0:07:30 (Pop-up)
Milk 'N Cookies  Tinker Toy Tomorrow   Favoriting Milk 'N' Cookies  MP3  (My fave track that was included on the 2005 CD Re-issue) - Your DJ 
0:10:27 (Pop-up)
The Starz  Pull The Plug   Favoriting Starz    "The Starz were groomed by KISS's manager to succeed them, but they went into a drastically different direction economically! Their only good song was a morbid heart-thumping dirge called "Pull the Plug"... I think it was about Karen Ann Quinlan." - Jello 
0:12:49 (Pop-up)
Sparks  This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us   Favoriting Single    (Sparks request by my wife) - Your DJ 
0:17:26 (Pop-up)
Sparks  I Want To Hold Your Hand   Favoriting Single    (Sparks request by me.) - Your DJ 
0:20:47 (Pop-up)
Peter Ivers  Miraculous Weekend   Favoriting Nirvana Peter     
0:23:27 (Pop-up)
Pavlov's Dog  Julia   Favoriting Pampered Menial    "Another unique band of the time was Pavlov's Dog, produced by the same people who did Blue Oyster Cult and the Dictators. David Surkamp's freak, pain drenched vibrato voice was higher than either Russell Mael's or Peter Ivers', and it warbled clear up to Japanese kabuki standards - his voice could literally stick it's needle-like fingers around your spine and pull. The songs weren't so special, but that voice as one-of-a-kind never equalled." - Jello 
0:26:51 (Pop-up)
The St. Louis "Hounds"  Only You   Favoriting The St. Louis "Hounds"    "They did two albums and Columbia refused to release the third, so they ended up having to bootleg themselves in their hometown under the name of St. Louis Hounds." - Jello 
0:30:01 (Pop-up)
Crack the Sky  Surf City   Favoriting Crack the Sky    "On the surface, Crack the Sky was a sophisticated, slightly poppish rock band. All the members seemed to be picked for their looks, except for John Palumbo who just happened to be the one who wrote all the songs. A song titled "Surf City" had the refrain "Surf City, here come the sharks!" - Jello 
0:34:33 (Pop-up)
Crack the Sky  Robots For Ronnie   Favoriting Crack the Sky    "But instead of going into really mean, humorous put-downs (like Russell Mael does) of people in stupid social trends, he writes penetrating songs about loneliness and growing up in isolation: e.g., "Robots for Ronnie," which is about a fat little boy who had no friends. The boys think he's queer and the girls stay away, so what Ronnie needs is som stainless-steel chums: "a boy and a girl; maybe and aluminum cat." - Jello 
0:38:05 (Pop-up)
John Palumbo  It's Okay To Die   Favoriting Innocent Bystander    Then Palumbo left Crack the Sky and went for the Barry Manilow market; Innocent Bystander shows him standing in a black suit by a white piano and looking a lot like a Manilow or Neal Diamond type, but one thing got in his way: he couldn't stop writing such hateful, depressing lyrics. For example, in a string drenched '70's pop-dreck way he'd croon, "It's okay to die." "When Raymond comes home tonight he'll crack up on his bike, fracture his skull and he will die. Mummy and dad will be so very sad; they'll be so very sad and they will cry," etc. John Palumbo, the singer-songwriter from hell! - Jello 
0:42:36 (Pop-up)
Jerry Howard  Tumbling Tumbleweeds   Favoriting Crazy Guitar    (Featured album cover on the bottom of pg. 46) 
0:45:30 (Pop-up)
Rick Derringer  The Airport Giveth; The Airport Taketh Away   Favoriting All American Boy    "Seventies crotch-rocker Rick Derringer was finally on the brink of the arena-stardom he'd geared his whole life for when "Rock'n'Roll Hoocki Koo" was a single. But instead of following up with a kick-a.. hard rock album, he handed his fans All American Boy, featuring hilarious, sappy, tear-jerker ballads like "The Airport Giveth; The Airport Taketh Away." That was in cut-out bins for years afterwards." - Jello 
0:48:02 (Pop-up)
The Bee Gees / Jay MacIntosh / John Wheeler  She's Leaving Home   Favoriting Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (movie soundtrack)    That wasn't nearly as big a disaster as the deserved retribution incurred by Robert Stigwood. After Saturday Night Fever and the BeeGees and 461 Ocean Boulevard, he sunk all his profits into a movie of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with the disco BeeGees playing the Beatles and Peter Frampton as the 4th member. The double LP as supposed to be Stigwood's crowning moment, bigger than Saturday Night Fever, and it shipped triple-platinum to the stores. Shortly thereafter it shipped triple-platinum back to RSO Records. This was the Heaven's Gate of the recording industry! Stigwood was never quite as powerful again." - Jello 
0:50:50 (Pop-up)
Third World War  Acension Day   Favoriting Third World War    "...whatever happened to Third World War? They were a '70's band from England who had much more of a garage-y tone than most bands of their day - as powerful as the Pink Fairies. What set them apart was their political angle: as left-wing, Communist working-class brawlers. They put out two albums on major labels, and how did they get away with this - their first album had lyrics like "Waiting on the rooftops/looking for a sign/ Pull your hand-grenade pin/ I'll pull mine/ Power to the people, when we rise/ Power to the poor, when we rise...There's people out of work here/ There could be a riot here/ Very soon you know, there could be a riot everywhere." - Jello 
0:53:42 (Pop-up)
Pink Fairies  Do It!   Favoriting Do It!     
0:58:32 (Pop-up)
Zolar X  Timeless (The Video)   Favoriting Youtube Footage    For all-time great packaging jobs we must move back to San Francisco for Zolar X, a glitter-rock band who wore Spotnicks-type space helmets and spacesuits onstage, complete with paste-on pointy ears. ...Sort of a missing link between Chrome and the Stooges, complete with electronic effects..." - Jello 
1:01:34 (Pop-up)
Chrome  All Data Lost   Favoriting Alien Soundtracks     
1:04:46 (Pop-up)
The Stooges  Ann   Favoriting The Stooges     
1:07:58 (Pop-up)
Death S.S.  Terror   Favoriting The Story Of Death SS 1977-1984    "From Italy is Death S.S. ('77-'84), a spacey occult metal band. They wore lots of make-up, and were led by Paul Chain who later renounced the occult and started making Christian gothic metal albums - ...Musically they were great. Visually, years before Spinal Tap, Death S.S. were putting little plastic crosses and gravestones on stage - except that underneath their white makeup they were serious. The bass player wore a mummy suit from head to toe." - Jello 
1:10:58 (Pop-up)
Paul Chain  Eternal Flame   Favoriting King of the Dream    "...he remains as dark and sinister-sounding as he was before. The cover of his first solo 12" showed him with a very Manson-esque look in his eyes." - Jello 
1:18:21 (Pop-up)
Baby Blue (Angelyne Alyne)  Rock 'N Roll Rebel   Favoriting 45 Single    "Angeline (actually spelled Angelyne) first surfaced on the Baby Blue single out of the Masque punk scene in L.A. '77 - she has a chirpy voice and sings catchy girl group songs- what a voice and what an image." - Jello 
1:22:51 (Pop-up)
Angelyne ‎  Loony Bin   Favoriting Angelyne    "Apparently she had a wealthy husband who...paid for billboards promoting her and produced a number of later records including picture discs. Her song titles include "Loony Bin," "Sexy Stranger," and "Dracula" (actual title is "Draculove.") 
1:25:51 (Pop-up)
Angelyne  Draculove   Favoriting Angelyne    "She drives around L.A. in a pink Corvette and gets on talk shows just because she's Angeline and she knows she's a star."- Jello 
1:29:09 (Pop-up)
(Bonus track) Angelyne  My List   Favoriting Driven To Fantasy    "John Waters was taken by her and tried to interview her, but finally decided that even though she was rediculous (to the point of having a huge portrait of herself painted on the side of a multi-story hotel), she had no sense of humor and herself and too her trip totally seriously. She even said, "Jayne Mansfield learned everything she knew from me," although Angelyne as probably 10 years old at the time Jayne died!" 
1:31:43 (Pop-up)
1:32:27 (Pop-up)
Lucia Pamela  Dear Me   Favoriting Into Outer Space with Lucia Pamela    (Featured album cover on top of pg. 47) 
1:35:08 (Pop-up)
Icecross  1999   Favoriting     "I'll also take chances on records from small, remote countries-- that's how I found out that Iceland had produced one of the darkest, grimmest and most brutal psych records I've ever heard: Ice Cross. At times they even remind me of the early Meat Puppets, especially their song "1999." - Jello 
1:38:26 (Pop-up)
Meat Puppets  Reward   Favoriting Meat Puppets     
1:43:26 (Pop-up)
Traffic Sound  Sueño   Favoriting A Bailar Go-Go    "One of my all-time favorites is a band called Traffic Sound from Peru. They produced a mix of psychedelic rock and Andean folk music; you could imagine being at Machu Picchu looking out over the clouds while stoned." - Jello 
1:44:26 (Pop-up)
The Ramones  I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement   Favoriting Ramones    "Part of the reason I search for weird rock-ethnic-experimental music hybrids is: they inspire me to come up with new material. I get aggravated by people who spend their life trying to sound like their chosen formula over and over again, and wind up sounding inferior. For example, I'd rather listen to a Ramones or Husker Du album than the hundred or so Husker Du clones who've flooded our mailbox with demo tapes." - Jello 
1:47:46 (Pop-up)
Hüsker Dü  I Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely   Favoriting Candy Apple Grey    "So when I'm trying to write new songs, I hardly ever listen to any music that sounds like my own-- I listen to everything else instead! The more bent and unexpected, the better - you never know what you may find, and what sort of catalyst/inspiration it could be. And magic accidents only happen to those open enough to not expect them! People have complained to me that their favorite thrift store watering holes have dried up after Incredibly Strange Music, Vol. One came out. So what? Dig deeper. Burn new borders and let the mind fly. For those who stay curious, there are always new frontiers..." - Jello 
1:50:21 (Pop-up)
(Bonus guest artist spotlight) Bee Money  The Ladies Track   Favoriting Bee Money's Greatest Hits Vol. 2    From a batch of new tracks submitted to this show by local outsider rapper Bee Money. When I asked Bee if "Track 4 had a title he said, "That track is called The Ladies Track!" 
1:54:03 (Pop-up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 1:45pm BC Sterrett:

Welcome! This is the correct playlist for May 7th. Sorry for the confusion.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm Mr Fab:

Sparks! Hey BC, now THIS is the proper way to kick off a show.
Avatar 2:03pm BC Sterrett:

Good morning Mr. Fab :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:04pm Rich in Washington:

It's super quiet. Maybe your levels need looking at.
Avatar 2:04pm BC Sterrett:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:06pm Rich in Washington:

a bit yes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:10pm Mr Fab:

paging Noah, from "Wired Up!" He's a big Milk N Cookies fan. I believe Ian North just died recently, so he did a little tribute to him.
Avatar 2:11pm BC Sterrett:

Oh man, I'm gonna play another!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:11pm Rich in Washington:

I could listen to/read Jello talking about music all day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:16pm Rich in Washington:

neat to hear these bands I've only read about - especially in this context.
Avatar 2:16pm BC Sterrett:

How is everyone today?
Avatar 2:17pm BC Sterrett:

I agree it's fun to hear them in context with the text :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:19pm Mr Fab:

I could listen to "Kimono My House" all day.
Avatar 2:21pm BC Sterrett:

Me too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:23pm Mr Fab:

What the heck?! Had no idea this existed.

It's not a parody, really. Wonder what they were going for with this.
Avatar 2:24pm BC Sterrett:

Whatever it is, I think it's hilarious
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:25pm Rich in Washington:

God. I used to run into Peter Ivers records at my favorite used record cave when I was a teen but didn't connect him to anything like Lynch or weirdness until New Wave Theater and later the ISM book. I now wish I'd snapped them up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:25pm Mr Fab:

Come to think of it, it may be the only cover I've heard Sparks do. Well, except for "Do Re mi" on that first album. they didn't really covers, did they?
Avatar 2:26pm BC Sterrett:

Not very often. I can't think of any others off the top of my head
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:29pm Rich in Washington:

It made sense that Ivers and Russell Mael (and probably a bit of Ferry) would be hugely influential on Jello as a singer.
Avatar 2:30pm BC Sterrett:

He did have a similar type of vocal style. I didn't really think about it! It probably made him more confident about his voice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:31pm Mr Fab:

That's a good point Rich. True, Jello always favored the high, quavery voice, instead of the Iggy-isms that everyone else was doing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:35pm Rich in Washington:

He was second best Mael vocalist, c. 1979
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:36pm Mr Fab:

The guitar riff here reminds me of an AC/DC one, that I can't quite recall...
Avatar 2:39pm Sem:

Hi, BCS, RiW, Mr. Fab, and LMA-cognescenti.
Avatar 2:39pm BC Sterrett:

Did I accidentally fade out that last song in the middle?
Avatar 2:39pm BC Sterrett:

Hi Sem :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:40pm Mr Fab:

Yes BC, the volume did duck down there for a sec.
Avatar 2:41pm BC Sterrett:

Dang. Sorry, was trying to figure something out. Someday I'll be more professional
Avatar 2:47pm BC Sterrett:

Intermission Track. lol
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:51pm Rich in Washington:

Is it literally intermission time?
I'm on chat with my ISP. Maybe all my snarky replies have made them switch off my service or something.
Avatar 2:51pm BC Sterrett:

It felt like the crazy guitar instrumental was an intermission.
Avatar 2:54pm BC Sterrett:

Don't watch the Sgt. Pepper Movie, it really is terrible and feels like a waste of life.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:56pm Mr Fab:

Too late! Was taken as a kid.
Avatar 2:57pm BC Sterrett:

ha ha
  2:57pm Eric Kilkenny:

hey jive turkeys! What a freakin' crazy day I've already had hahah
Avatar 2:57pm BC Sterrett:

Tell us about it Kilkenny?
  2:58pm Eric Kilkenny:

I had to go bail a dementia patient out from the clink when they were found wandering around safeway at 1:30am
  2:59pm Eric Kilkenny:

I take care of this lady during the day and there's another lady who stays with her at night but she got away from her. So now it's looking like she may have to go to a facility. She got super far from her home too! It's crazy how far old people can get late at night
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:00pm Rich in Washington:

Your life is exciting, Eric!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:01pm Rich in Washington:

i love this album.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm Rich in Washington:

Larry Wallis was amazing. He later played in the first incarnation of Motorhead but left for his own solo career on Stiff and later a producer, A&R man.
Avatar 3:03pm BC Sterrett:

That sounds like my alchoholic step Aunt who is found randomly wandering around town.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:04pm Mr Fab:

All right, Zolar X! They spoke in their own invented language, and would walk around LA being in character all the time.
  3:04pm Eric Kilkenny:

@rich and I dragged a Walking Dead pinball machine into my house yesterday the arcade won't stop
  3:04pm Eric Kilkenny:

@rich u all vaxxed yet? gotta come over and play
Avatar 3:05pm BC Sterrett:

I'm vaxxed. I wanna see your machines!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:06pm Rich in Washington:

I am fully vaxified as of Monday. EverythingPYPIH_YIH(&H(%*FIIJOUG&T)GUG(&%&IUGO)T(&(FYIF
  3:07pm Eric Kilkenny:

Come on out BC!
  3:07pm Eric Kilkenny:

@Rich did your cat jump on the keyboard?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:08pm Mr Fab:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:08pm Mr Fab:

Wow, early Chrome doesn't sound like Chrome. Don' think i would have recognized them
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:09pm chresti:

Hi BC! Hi Lost anarchivists!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:09pm Franco Twinkie:

Avatar 3:10pm BC Sterrett:

Hi Chresti :)
Avatar 3:10pm BC Sterrett:

Hi Franco!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:11pm Rich in Washington:

Yeah, early Chrome was the shizz. Esp. after Helios joined.
I kick myself for not getting into Chrome when I was a kid. They were everything I was looking for back then.
  3:12pm Eric Kilkenny:

Love the earlier chrome I haven't listened to the newer end of their work hahah
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:13pm Franco Twinkie:

I saw Chrome with the DK's, X and The Cramps. San Francisco band, right?
  3:14pm Eric Kilkenny:

holy shit this band would have been awesome to see live
Avatar 3:14pm BC Sterrett:

Chrome is kinda new to me. What's the best early album?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:17pm Franco Twinkie:

They were good that night, but I wasn't. That was the show that I thought to myself - what am I doing here? I'm tired of this stuff. I had been at it for years and was ready for a long nap.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:18pm Brian in UK:

Hwello BCS.

Larry Wallis recorded at Electric Landlady Studios. Always makes me chuckle.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:18pm Rich in Washington:

I really like Alien Soundtracks, Half Machine Lip Moves and Red Exposure. I am not a huge fan of post Damon Edge stuff - I hear Helios has sort of gone off the deep end.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:19pm Rich in Washington:

I've had a couple of Chrome LPs in my 'play when you don't know what else to play' bin for months. Maybe I'll play some tonight.
Avatar 3:19pm BC Sterrett:

Hi Brian in UK :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:20pm Rich in Washington:

Holy crap, this is cool, as was that Death S.S.!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:25pm Mr Fab:

Angelyne sings?! There used to be all these huge "Angelyne" billboards around LA, but she never seemed to actaully do anything, excpet drive around town in a pink Corvette. (she actually came in to the supermarket i was working in this last year couple times)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:25pm David (in London):

Gary Spain, the bassist and co-founder of the original Chrome played on our last album. He's such a nice guy. But not at all confident in his own legacy.

(Hi Brian).
Avatar 3:27pm BC Sterrett:

You saw Angelyne at the grocery store?!? Was she covering her face with a Japanese fan?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:29pm Mr Fab:

Ha, no, but teetering on high heels, skimpy outfit. Talk about always staying in character...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:29pm Rich in Washington:

Angelyne was on the cutting edge of being famous purely for being famous. Now they're a dime a dozen.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:30pm Rich in Washington:

She would now get lost in the sea of cheezy Instagram girls.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:31pm Rich in Washington:

This is actually better than I would've imagined her records being.
Avatar 3:34pm BC Sterrett:

Anyone see that new Bio-pic film about her? She said it was highly fictionalized.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:35pm David (in London):

Angelyne is completely new to me, but I'm liking her style.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:36pm Franco Twinkie:

My enduring memory of Angelyne was her hanging out in front of this place on Cahuenga where they polished cars, waiting for god knows what.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:36pm Mr Fab:

"My List" was shockingly decent. Didn't see the pic. Where is it available?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:36pm Mr Fab:

Franco: waiting for one of her pink Corvettes, I'd imagine!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:37pm Franco Twinkie:

Avatar 3:39pm BC Sterrett:

I want to see the film as well. I only see it on IMDB. I have her old short documentary VHS.
Avatar 3:42pm BC Sterrett:

Angelyne movie trailer: www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:48pm Franco Twinkie:

I saw The Meat Puppets opening for Monitor at Al's Bar. They made a ton of chaotic noise. Much later I saw them at Club Lingerie and they had evolved into a super tight power trio.
Avatar 3:52pm BC Sterrett:

I prefer the more melotic stuff by Puppets and Husker myself.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:53pm Mr Fab:

I saw the Meat Puppets live a bunch. Including once with Husker Du! (Minutemen were also on that bill). You never knew which band you were gonna get: the "chaotic noise" or the "super tight power trio." When they were on, it was transcendent.
Avatar 3:55pm BC Sterrett:

Thanks for listening! See you next time!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:56pm Mr Fab:

thanks so much BD, i LUV this guy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:57pm Franco Twinkie:

Me too BC. The noise was fine, but when they started doing LSD swimming in a river music, they really turned into something unique.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:58pm Franco Twinkie:

Thanks BC.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:00pm Mr Fab:

Wow, the stream was loud. Maybe your show was still a little on the low-volume side, BC
Avatar 4:01pm BC Sterrett:

Yeah I gotta figure stuff out. My mic being left on may have been part of the problem
Avatar 4:04pm BC Sterrett:

ah, the Butt volume was turned down for some reason...
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