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

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Playlist for 17 March 2011 Options | I lift up my finger and I say "Ying Tong," which is repeated several times, and at the ending, "Goob Goo."

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Artist Song Album Label Comments Approx. start time
Amos & Sara  Lu-Lu on the Rocks   Options Sara Goes Pop (2 x 7-inch)  It's War Boys    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Ake Sandin  Kvarnen No. 1   Options Forlorad i Toner  Subliminal Sounds    0:02:55 (Pop‑up)
Gunga Din  Rak Ron Ying Kwa Det   Options 78    found here  0:05:07 (Pop‑up)
Raymond Scott & The Secret Seven  Waltz of the Diddles   Options The Unexpected  Basta    0:08:10 (Pop‑up)
Sima Bina  Naz Kardanet Vaveyla   Options Pomegranates - Persian Pop, Funk, Folk, and Psych of The 60s And 70s (various artists)  Finders Keepers    0:10:08 (Pop‑up)
Phantogram  Turn It Off   Options Eyelid Movies  Barsuk    0:13:16 (Pop‑up)
People Like Us  PLU Link: Yodelcuckoo   Options Hate People Like Us  Staalplaat  free download here, on UbuWeb  0:17:11 (Pop‑up)
Giorgio Gaslini  La Gazza Ladra Overture (Rossini) (excerpt)   Options Le Cinque Giornate (soundtrack)  Cinevox    0:17:39 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Theme Too   Options Click  ABC    0:19:23 (Pop‑up)
Budo Grape  Watashi Wa No Message   Options Otona Tachi x Kodomo Tachi  Vivid Sound    0:22:24 (Pop‑up)
Solomonoff & Von Hoffmannstahl  Miss Tanzif Goes to Town Riding on a Pony   Options     info, download (on the Free Music Archive)  0:25:01 (Pop‑up)
People Like Us  PLU Link: Tune It Up   Options Hate People Like Us  Staalplaat    0:28:08 (Pop‑up)
Bran Flakes  Van Pop   Options I Have Hands  Illegal Art    0:28:37 (Pop‑up)
Thiaz Itch  No Place To Go   Options The Square Carnival  Proot  download here, from the Free Music Archive  0:30:21 (Pop‑up)
Jay Whidden and His Band  I Lift Up My Finger and I Say "Tweet Tweet"   Options Songs the Bonzo Dog Band Taught Us (various artists)  Lightning Tree    0:32:55 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Mr. Rotorvator 
Barry Bonker   Options Hate People Like Us (various artists)  Staalplaat    0:36:04 (Pop‑up)
Don Trust  Pass Win   Options Dont Rust      0:39:30 (Pop‑up)
Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band  Aloha Ka Manini   Options self-titled  Panini    0:41:51 (Pop‑up)
Os Batuqueiros  Partido Alto   Options Brasil Original (various artists)      0:44:12 (Pop‑up)
Fats Waller  Am I In Another World   Options 78  RCA Victor  found here (part of this collection)  0:47:35 (Pop‑up)
Pram  The Mermaid's Hotel   Options The Museum of Imaginary Animals  Merge    0:50:34 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Lew Howard All-Stars 
Hula Rock   Options Super Sounds of Bosworth (various artists)  Trunk    0:54:38 (Pop‑up)
Neil Young  Oh Lonesome Me   Options After the Gold Rush  Reprise    0:58:07 (Pop‑up)
Teenage PhDs  Punk Rock Is Dead   Options 7-inch single      1:01:53 (Pop‑up)
Elisa Waut  Unrath   Options self-titled EP      1:03:25 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Polka Dot Rag   Options The What of Whom  Stress    1:07:00 (Pop‑up)
Free Kitten  Falling Backward   Options Unboxed  Wiiija    1:10:01 (Pop‑up)
Phil Phillips With the Twilights  Sea of Love   Options 7-inch single (originally)  Mercury    1:15:28 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
The Red Crayola 
The Parable of Arable Land   Options The Parable of Arable Land      1:17:54 (Pop‑up)
Susumu Yokota  Card Nation   Options Grinning Cat  Leaf    1:20:54 (Pop‑up)
Swingle Singers  Mozart Fugue   Options Anyone for Mozart?  Philips    1:24:32 (Pop‑up)
Phillip Glass  Ave   Options North Star  Virgin    1:27:30 (Pop‑up)
Jaap Blonk  Kulo Quasi (excerpt)   Options Vocalor  Staalplaat  free download (on Ubu Web)  1:29:27 (Pop‑up)
Dokaka  Sexy   Options The Dokaka Discography  no label    1:30:45 (Pop‑up)
People Like Us  PLU Link: Yodelcuckoo   Options Hate People Like Us  Staalplaat    1:33:08 (Pop‑up)
Marco Valenti  La Gazza Ladra Overture (Rossini) (excerpt)   Options Perpetuo Mobile  Fonola Dischi    1:33:34 (Pop‑up)
unknown Japanese artists  title unknown   Options 78    found here (part of this collection)  1:33:56 (Pop‑up)
Goons  Ying Tong Song   Options       1:35:32 (Pop‑up)
Lol Coxhill  I Am the Walrus   Options The Exotic Beatles 2 (various artists)  Exotic    1:38:51 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Alan Hawkshaw 
The Millionairess   Options Mo'Hawk - The Essential Vibes & Grooves 1967-1975      1:42:16 (Pop‑up)
Satanicpornocultshop  Left-Handed Darling   Options Arkhaio-melisi-dono-phuni-kheratos  Some Bizzare    1:45:27 (Pop‑up)
Petula Clark  Take Good Care of Your Heart   Options I Love to Sing (box set)  Sequel    1:47:34 (Pop‑up)
Cat Power  Sea of Love   Options Juno (soundtrack)  Rhino    1:50:24 (Pop‑up)
Boom Bip  Dumb Day   Options Blue Eyed in the Red Room  Lex    1:52:41 (Pop‑up)
SDS All-Stars  Moon River   Options Electone and Brass  King Records (Japan)  get it here   

Listener comments!

  9:03am charlie:

Good morning, all, and welcome to Busy Doing Nothing land!
  9:05am Gary Mitchell:

cacophic morning to you, maestro
  9:07am Gary Mitchell:

I blame that spelling on decaf... back to thehard stuff now
  9:07am john cage:

a dodecaphonic morning to you, Gary!
  9:08am charlie:

Hittin' the sauce already, Gary? Welcome to the club!
  9:08am charlie:

ND Bob hipped me to this track, a cover of Jerry Reed's Rockin in Baghdad
  9:11am texas scott:

we love the cheese and thanx for the links
  9:12am Gary Mitchell:

so strange that Berry Gordy hired Raymond Scott to work his magic at Motown
  9:14am charlie:

Morning, Scott!
I'd forgotten that, Gary. I wonder what songs his work appears on.
  9:15am Drummer Some:

Morning Chazz!
  9:16am charlie:

Hi Doug Some! Howzitgoin' in Picksburgh?
  9:17am Gary Mitchell:

supposedly the gordon staples 45 on motown "sounds of the zodiac" in '71, but only Berry would know for sure
  9:18am Drummer Some:

Sun is shining. Birds are chirping. A ton of crocuses have poked through on the front lawn.
  9:19am Camilla McKendall:

What, no corned beef & cabbage? Gotta go out early and pick up some green bagels!
  9:21am listener james from westwood:

happy thursday all! i myself am hankering for a green-frosted shamrock cookie!
  9:21am charlie:

oh, right, i forgot -- happy st patrick's day!
  9:24am charlie:

hi cam & james! you'll have to provide your own green food, folks.
  9:25am Laura L:

Top o' the mornin' to you, Charlie!
  9:27am jill:

good morning all. I've got my bowl of Lucky Charms in one hand and my shelalie in the other...
  9:28am charlie:

welcome, Laura & Jill!
  9:33am Gary Mitchell:

best chuck berry remake i've heard this year
  9:34am charlie:

The most hyper CB remake I've ever heard.
  9:48am Drummer Some:

Love that Don Trust stuff. He volunteered at WFMU during the marathon. A capital fellow!
  9:50am charlie:

Oh yes, and he pledged too! That's what's great about WFMU.
  9:53am Bob Witkin:

morning Charlie!
  9:53am Amanda:

Hi Charlie! It was so good to meet you at the station during marathon-time. Having a great morning doing nothing and listening to you.
  9:55am Drummer Some:

I heard from ANOTHER listener last night who said they pledged online but forgot to mention their support of Give the Drummer Radio. (The box for making comments on the online pledge page was confusing to find and a lot of pledgers missed it.) I think I can confidently say at this point that we surpassed my unofficial goal of bringing 100 pledges for the stream. Fantastic!
  9:55am glenn:

slainte, all you irishers, lace curtain or shanty. my famiiy's from antrim originally, came to canada in 1835 or so.
  9:57am Bob Witkin:

Thanks Doug for the always great Mining the Audio Motherlode posts!
  9:58am glenn:

p.s. it's spelled shillelagh.
  10:00am jill:

i know i butchered it, mr. glenn. Feel free to butcher any yiddish ( i speak on behalf of my people)
  10:00am charlie:

Catching up here...
Good morning Amanda! Thanks for joining us, and yes, lovely to meet you at the marathon!
  10:01am Katya:

Speaking of sláinte --- Sláinte (slawn-cha), Gaelic for "cheers" or "good health", was an Irish band based out of Tacoma, Washington. Download their CDs for free here: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Slinte/
  10:03am charlie:

You don't need a shilelagh to hock me in chinik! (that's the best yiddish/irish line I can come up with)
  10:03am Drummer Some:

@Bob Witkin
The pleasure is mine!
  10:05am charlie:

And hi Katya! Naturally it being St Patrick's Day, I have played no Irish music!
  10:05am Katya:

Doug, have never noticed the support box in all these years. In print or online. Bummer. Loved your kid pic! Wish I could adopt you all!
  10:05am charlie:

Hey Bob! I gave you a shout-out before for suggesting the track by Gunga Din.
  10:05am Amanda:

Hey, you broke the 100-pledge barrier! Splendid!!! I knew it. Congrats Doug and Charlie.

I continue to be sad that punk rock is dead, but won't drink any yards of green beer. (not today anyway)
  10:06am Katya:

Good Morning, Charlie! That's the spirit. Big day for cabbage. Glad BDN doesn't stink of it.
  10:08am Bob Witkin:

Thanks Charlie! I'll catch it on the archive.
  10:10am don:

yo charlie! hey everyone!
  10:10am charlie:

My association with St P Day is years ago I worked in a big bookstore on Fifth Ave, and on the day of the parade someone came in and barfed in the fancy books display section on the first floor.
  10:11am Gary Mitchell:

I hate when that happens
  10:12am Michael:

Yes working in Manhattan on St. Pat's Day was always a bit of a challenge

Hi Charlie!
  10:13am Katya:

Classy. And how is it that the Irish are lucky? Seems like the luck of the Irish has been historically pretty bad, except for the saint chasing the snakes off the island.
  10:15am Bob Witkin:

Here they have "The Running of the Green" this Saturday - people slide, walk or crawl down the hill near the National Buffalo Museum, then walk downtown and get drunk.
  10:15am listener james from westwood:

The Port Authority Bus Terminal was always a festival of inebriation for the evening commute home I had from Midtown. Fortunately I could get there by about 5:15 that day, to avoid the late-night crowd and its GI gyrations.
  10:16am charlie:

Morning, Michael!
Yes, do you remember that John Belushi Sat Nite live bit (a news commentary) about the luck of the Irish? Hilarious. I have audio of it somewhere.
  10:16am Bob Witkin:

Everything here has a buffalo connection.
  10:18am Katya:

Ah, love the classic doo wop
  10:21am glenn:

like everywhere else in the world, if you were a rich well connected irishman, you were lucky.
  10:21am Drummer Some:

Did anyone attend the apparently EPIC St. Patty's Day festivies in Hoboken a few weeks ago? The running police blotter for that event was insane.
  10:22am glenn:

happiness is a big cat with a mouse on a square mile of linoleum. - j.p. donleavy.
  10:22am Katya:

Well said, Glenn
  10:23am Katya:

about the wealth, I mean
  10:23am Michael:

Actually another holiday here in Boston. Evacuation Day.

I believe it's a cover for Irish pols to take the day off!
  10:24am Katya:

Charlie, your shows are so freakin' great. Thank you, Charlie and Doug, for bringing Charlie back to WFMU.
  10:25am glenn:

my opinion on st. patrick's day is the same as jackie gleason's to new years eve - strictly for amateurs. even though i'm probably going to end up singing the irish rover and the black velvet band at the top of my lungs later on.
  10:25am charlie:

aw, shucks...
  10:26am Amanda:

Doug -- of course I heard about this year's Hoboken St. Patty's! But steered well clear. Ewwww. Proud to say I don't even KNOW anyone who attended.

Glenn, I'm with you. Same goes for New Year's, Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras...
  10:26am charlie:

that was aw, shucks, Katya, not glenn! sing your heart out, glenn...
  10:27am listener 108365 from bushwood, maryland:

darling, during the marathon I pledged to other shows, but I was thinking of you
  10:27am Brian in UK:

Arternoon Sir Charles from across the water. ref 10:10 what are fancy books?
  10:27am Gary Mitchell:

Swingle, charlie swing!
  10:27am charlie:

The real challenge is remaining as inebriated as possible all year, while passing for normal.
  10:29am charlie:

Thanks, 108365! Hi Brian -- you know, the new expensive, hardcover, coffee table, art books...
  10:32am jill:

very Reggie Watts - I like the weirdness, Charlie
  10:33am monica:

make the music with your mouth, chaz!
  10:35am charlie:

yo monica! yeah, it's the mouth music section of the show... thanks for dropping by
  10:35am Brian in UK:

Just hit the wrong link, listening to Fidel's programme and seeing your playlist. Now that's freeform.
Hello Drummer & Amanda
  10:36am glenn:

speaking of irish luck - http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/955242--the-ill-luck-of-the-irish
  10:37am Brian in UK:

Is it The Thieving Magpie ot The Thievish Magpie?

Ah The Goons
  10:38am Bob Witkin:

Thieving I think
  10:38am charlie:

Yes, I've always heard "thieving." As in "I am most def at rhyming and thieving."
  10:38am Brian in UK:

One of their songs was 'I'm walking backwards to Christmas across the Irish Sea'.
  10:43am Katya:

This was such a crazy project! Don't remember these darlings at all. Thanks. Oh, and many thanks for turning me on to Jim Copp years ago. I often play him before bed to fade off with a smile.
  10:45am charlie:

Jim Copp could give you some weird dreams! Those were very strange records for the kiddies. Would love to meet people who actually listened to those as kiddies and see what they grew up to be!
  10:46am Drummer Some:

@108365 from Bushwood
You were all over the marathon map, good Sir!

@Brian in UK
  10:46am Amanda:

Hi Brian! Hope all's well wit'cha
  10:48am Brian in UK:

Suns just come out here. Trees are in bloom outside the window. Is the the plural of crocus croci?
  10:50am Katya:

A great story to send you off to sleep with a smile is "Talulah and the Baron" by Ergo Phizmiz and daughters. Dear to my heart.
  10:50am charlie:

the snow is melting in vermont. no croci yet. is it tea time, brian? i could use a cuppa right about now...
  10:53am Amanda:

Haha, my mom (who is not a native English speaker) always made much ado about saying "croci" every Spring. There are some blooming in JC!
  10:55am don:

love this song. today is only a little dumb.. it is beautiful too.
  10:55am ?:

The snow is actually melting here in North Dakota too.
  10:55am Brian in UK:

Well you've just changed your time by an hour so we are four ahead. A week Sunday we move forward an hour to go back to five ahead. So not quite tea time yet. Maybe a little cake and crumpets.

Charlie I am torn twixt your programme and the World Cup cricket right now. If Ingerland lose to West Indies they go out of the comp. It's as tight as a ducks rear end.
  10:57am Bob Witkin:

woops - obviously a comment from me

that Japanese 78 site is really good Charlie
  10:58am Brian in UK:

A nice cup of Ceylon brewed in a teapot proper like would go down a treat Charlie.
  11:00am charlie:

Well said, Brian.
Bob -- that is only a subset of his full collection. LInks to follow.
  11:00am Bob Witkin:

the Petula Clark song was a 45 entitled "American Boys".
  11:01am charlie:

Hey everybody -- that's it for today's show -- thanks for listening today! I'll be back in a couple of weeks.
  11:01am Bob Witkin:

Looking forward to that Charlie!
  11:01am charlie:

Bob -- she redid it as "American Boys" -- we heard an earlier version.
  11:01am Bob Witkin:

Great show Charlie! I'll catch the rest on the archive,
  11:01am Gary Mitchell:

way to go Lewis
  11:02am Bob Witkin:

Thanks for the Petula info.
  11:02am charlie:

TY, Bob, Gary, everybody for hanging out today! See you next time.
  11:03am Katya:

Always fun and informative! Cheers, all! Thanks for making the morning hum.
  6:24pm mike tp:

charlie just oped up a doug note and lo and behold charlie. good to hear fine fmu dj at work and having fun doing it . the best to listen to. such happy music. long time charlie radio in the booth was amazing to hear fmu and collect the quarters. good to hear you again its been a while great summer the goombah of soul 16w 15x 18w njtp
  9:46pm charlie:

well, thank you, mike tp! glad to be back.
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