Options Bitslap with KBC: Playlist from June 16, 2009 Options

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Options June 16, 2009: Cover Tunes 1

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Artist Track Album Comments
Mitch Friedman  MONTREAL CANADA BLUES   Options Eddie Murray Cover  Long-time friend of WFMU, Irwin, R Stevie Moore, Andy Partridge and now a new friend of mine and yours as well. He's been around: took a songwriting course with Ray Davies, worked as producer for Howard Sperm, curator of the Stairway To Stardom Show archives and still finds time for a new album, Game Show Teeth, now in stores just waiting for you. 
Screamin Jay Hawkins  I LOVE PARIS   Options   Jalacy "Screamin" Jay surely loved Paris. He died there in January 2000, leaving behind at least 55 children by many mothers (they say it may be many more). His schtick was to pop out of a coffin for performances. Best known for Putting A Spell on You (recorded when he was so drunk, he had to re-learn the song) and everybody's favorite, the Constipation Blues. 
Chipmunks  McDONALD'S FARM [Hip Hop]   Options   Created by Ross Bagdasarian (as David Seville), these little money-makers keep on keeping on. This produced by Bagdasarian Jr, who took over the zoo at his father's death (who, contrary to urban myth, did not kill himself after being caught in an illicit love nest with an underage ground hog) 
Barbara Gaskin and Dave Stewart  SIAMESE CAT SONG   Options from Disney's "LADY AND THE TRAMP"  This is not the Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics as many people think. He and Barbara Gaskin have been working together since 1981. They've been in Spirogyra, Egg, Hatfield and North, and National Health. In 2009 they will have a new album "Green and Blue" along with a tour. 
 
Weird Al Yankovic  BOHEMIAN POLKA   Options Queen Cover  Alfred Matthew Yankovic chose the accordion over guitar and started taking lessons at age 7. He's had the same band since 1981, and recently had lasik surgery and shaved his mustache for the New Look. You could have seen him in Halloween 2 this year, but you probably binked. 
Mrs Miller  LET'S HANG ON   Options Four Seasons Cover  From her first album, "Mrs Miller's Greatest Hits" (go figure...) in 1966. Originally from Missouri, Elva Ruby Connes Miller, moved to California where she acquired a "hobby" of music. At first she was unaware of the ridicule heaped on her, but eventually got wise and just went along with it. See her website: mrsmillersworld.com if you don't believe me. 
Mel Blanc  TOOT TOOT TOOTSIE   Options Mel channels Al Jolson  Melvin Jerome Blank was born in San Francisco in 1908 and started in radio in 1927 on the KGW show "Hoot Owls" where he specialized in animal noises. Wound up working with Jack Benny in the 30s and 40s which led to his own show (ironically titled "the Mel Blanc Show"). Also did hard time with Abbott & Costello and Burns & Allen. Died in 1997 at age 89 and his headstone says (swear to God) "That's All Folks" 
Duke of Waterloo  THEY'RE COMING TO TAKE ME AWAY   Options Napoleon XIV cover  Apparently there was a real Duke of Waterloo, however, they did not make recordings in the 15th century. I invite you to draw your own conclusions on this one. 
Ben Colder  PURPLE PEOPLE EATER #2   Options Sheb Wooley cover  Ben Colder was actually Sheb Wooley's alter ego. Sheb was a successful songwriter and movie star ("HIgh Noon"). Also a regular on HeeHaw (he wrote the theme) as well as the Muppets (as Ben Colder) and Rawhide. Married Melba Miller (Roger's sister) died of leukemia in 2003. 
Muppets  IF I KNEW YOU WERE COMING [I'D HAVE BAKED A COOKIE]   Options   Starring the Count (Jerry Nelson) and Cookie Monster (Frank Oz). Song was written by Al Hoffman, Bob Merrill and Clem Watts and was a huge hit for Eileen Barton and the New Yorkers. There's also an outtake with Ernie & the Cookie Monster, which is prized by collectors and worth approximatly $1500. 
Sebastian Cabot  LIKE A ROLLING STONE   Options Dylan cover  Cabot was best known for his stirring portrayal of Mr French in the taut drama "Family Affair," where he played a butler entrusted to the dark secrets of a motherless urban family. This is from an entire album of Dylan cover [modestly called "Sebastian Cabot, Actor. Bob Dylan, Poet). Also appeared in many other TV shows [notably "Checkmate" with Doug McClure] and had a multitude of cartoon voices under his beard. Died of a stroke in British Columbia at age 59. 
3 Bings  WE THREE BINGS   Options   Their identity is shrouded in snowfall. This appeard in 2 comps: "Blame it on Xmas" and "Vital Music's Trash Xmas." Good luck finding either, but they're both worth looking for (if you like that sort of thing) 
Clandestones  LOUIE LOUIE   Options Richard Berry cover... and he stole it too.  Go to louielouie.net for a list of some 1500 version of this song, which the FBI Investigated for obscenity in the 60s [they were eventually able to conclude that the Kingsmen's version was "unintelligable at any speed"] 
 
Monks of Doom  WHO ARE THE BRAIN POLICE?   Options Mothers cover  Monks were a side project of the band Camper Von Beethoven. This comes from a 1992 EP "the Insect God" on C/Z records. By the way, Camper Von Beethoven has apparently reunited and there is a tour in the works. Check local listings. 
Big Daddy  MONEY FOR NOTHING   Options Dire Straits cover  These guys began life in the early 70s as "Big Daddy Dipstick and the Lube Jobs" however the name was a little too cumbersome. One of the first bands to do mashups of old doo wop numbers and modern day pop songs. This from "Cutting Their Groove" [Rhino 1991] and these are also the same guys responsible for the Benzedrine Monks (What? You say you've never heard of them? Let me see what I can do...) 
Scatman Crothers  TRANSFUSION   Options Nervous Norvus cover [AKA Jimmy Drake]  Scatman (born Banjamin Sherman Crothers) has a shipload of movies under his belt (Shining, Cuckoo's nest) as well as lots of cartoon voices and commercial voiceovers. Probably best known as Louis the Garbage Man on "Chico and the Man' Died of pneumonia brought on by lung cander (quit now, kids) in 1986 
Chevy Chase  I SHOT THE SHERIFF   Options Bob Marley cover  Born Cornelius Crane Chase, this is his only solo record. The former SNL star [and the first to leave] also was in a band called Chameleon Church and Leather Canery [with a couple of guys named Becker and Fagan]. Tragically, turned down the roles of Otter in "Animal House" and Venkman in "Ghostbusters", but still manages to eke by on the 12,476 movies he's made. Oh yeah, he once dated Blythe Danner (Gwyneth's Mom), so he's gonna be allright. 
Phylis Diller  SATISFACTION   Options Stones cover [without monolog]  Jump-started her career with an appearance on "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho Marx in 1958. Pianist, artist, writer, mother and one of the first women to make a mark in the Men's Cub of Standup Comedy. Last seen as one of William Shatner's old girlfriends in "Boston Legal" and did a memorable spot in "the Aristocrats" in 2005. She'll be 92 next month and amazingly, doesn't look it. 
Larry Storch  I'M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER   Options   Larry has a bi-racial daughter, June cross, who wrote "Secret Daughter" which then became and award-winning Frontline special. He also has a brother [Jay Lawrence] who's done lots of voiceover stuff [like Larry]. Catch his take on "the Aristocrats" and go to his MySpace page for a peek at a video clip of his upcoming bio-coc "Who Sez I'm Dead?" 
Hasil Adkins  WOOLLY BULLY   Options Sam the Sham cover  Everybody's favorite one-man band, played drums, keyboards, guitar, harmonica and even sang [sort of] .Born in 1937 in Boone County WV, where he lived all his life, never going to school and repairing things for a living until the music thing took over. Claimed a repertoire of 9000 songs [7000 originals] and claims he was greatly influenced by Col. Harlan Sanders [which explains his wealth of chicken songs]. In April 2005, he was maliciously run over be a teenage miscreant on an ATV and was found dead 10 days later. 
 
Tom Dimuzio  NEVAEH OT YAWRIATS   Options Del Nileppez cover  Stairway to Heaven meticulously recreated in reverse. A landmark achievement [Next: hits of Yrrab Wolinam] 

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