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Every show starts with the ’70s! We’ll rediscover forgotten rockers, revisit unfairly maligned disco beats and replay power-pop favorites. Next: plenty of new releases, occasional live bands and more. Don’t let the nickname confuse you.

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Favoriting May 7, 2014: IRA ROBBINS from Trouser Press live in studio! Plus a phone call from PEZBAND!

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments New Approx. start time
dwight twilley band  twilley don't mind   Favoriting twilley don't mind  arista  1977  All the bands in this opening set are playing the Brooklyn Power Pop Festival Friday May 8 and Saturday May 9 at the Bell House!    0:00:00 (Pop-up)
barreracudas  nasty boots   Favoriting 7"  windial  2012      0:02:23 (Pop-up)
the beat  look but don't touch   Favoriting s/t  columbia  1979      0:04:39 (Pop-up)
games  listen   Favoriting s/t  hozac  2012      0:07:46 (Pop-up)
shoes  tomorrow night   Favoriting 7"  bomp  1978      0:09:57 (Pop-up)
1-800-band  diver blue   Favoriting diver blue 12" ep  almost ready    playing live on Joe Belock's 3 Chord Monte show next Tuesday!  *   0:15:49 (Pop-up)
pezband  please be somewhere tonight   Favoriting s/t  passport  1977      0:16:56 (Pop-up)
real kids  all kindsa girls   Favoriting           0:40:59 (Pop-up)
rubber city rebels  paper dolls   Favoriting       A Jack Lee composition    0:44:25 (Pop-up)
the boys  brickfield nights   Favoriting           0:46:43 (Pop-up)
the dictators  stay with me   Favoriting           0:49:51 (Pop-up)
jeff beck group  plynth (water down the drain)   Favoriting           1:15:07 (Pop-up)
humble pie  shine on   Favoriting           1:17:49 (Pop-up)
rory gallagher  living like a trucker   Favoriting           1:20:41 (Pop-up)
mott the hoople  walkin' with a mountain   Favoriting           1:25:00 (Pop-up)
be bop deluxe  jet silver and the dolls of venus   Favoriting           1:48:42 (Pop-up)
the move  i can hear the grass grow   Favoriting           1:53:28 (Pop-up)
the who  under my thumb   Favoriting           1:55:52 (Pop-up)
pezband  love goes underground   Favoriting           1:58:16 (Pop-up)
bonzo dog band  the intro and the outro   Favoriting           2:21:49 (Pop-up)
bonzo dog band  trouser press   Favoriting           2:24:19 (Pop-up)
bonzo dog band  death cab for cutie   Favoriting           2:26:37 (Pop-up)
the residents  it's a man's man's man's world   Favoriting           2:29:31 (Pop-up)
cheap trick  i know what i want   Favoriting           2:33:27 (Pop-up)
roxy music  all i want is you   Favoriting           2:55:54 (Pop-up)
undertones  here comes the sommer   Favoriting           2:58:40 (Pop-up)

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Avatar The Evan "Funk" Davies Show Marathon 2024 Swag For Life Member 9:05pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Wednesday night? Check
70s? Check
All systems are go!
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Alex of Chicago:

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greetings to all tonight!

Hi Evan!
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Holly in NC:

I AM SO EXCITED THAT I'M UTILIZING CAPS LOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My copies of TP are beyond dogeared, highlighted, annotated . My bibles back in the 80s. Can't begin to express their importance !!
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Holly in NC:

Oh, and hi Evan :-)
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Good evening, Evan.

@ Holly:

And hi efd :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:13pm

Hi everybody! thanks for tuning in! Ira Robbins is here and we'll be coming on mic shortly!
Mikey Drsft Me NFL:

That's the song. Tomorrow Night by the shoes. but from an album stored, far, far awy.
ira robbins:

howdee - turn it up!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:16pm

10-4, turning it up as directed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:17pm
Alex of Chicago:

Friday's lineup achievement unlocked.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:19pm

'ello folks
I'm all in
EFD you got coasters or can I put this anywhere?
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Helllo luvs! ~ Karen

"Ditto" and "Mimeo"-- NOT the same thing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:23pm

I want a back to mimeo badge

The gelatin printing method was called a Hectograph. Yes, I'm a nerd.

Note for those on board whose interests straddle the worlds of Dave Emory and efd: these copying machines were ALL against the law to own in the Soviet Union, because no unauthorized/controlled publishing was allowed
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ahh rexograph. sweet memories of grade school.
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Holly in NC:

I have the 1985 2nd print edition of TP guide RIGHT HERE. Also website bookmarked on my toolbar, also right here:-)

BTW, I was a total brown-nose in 1st grade, solely so I could use the ditto machine. Purple dust yes yes yes... mash up with rubber cement! ;-0
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re TP bands: I first discovered Trouser Press maybe 10 years ago searching google for Tragic Mulatto. It was the only result.
Avatar The Evan "Funk" Davies Show Marathon 2024 Swag For Life Member 9:31pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Congratulations on being WFMU show number 55555. What is that called, a quintefecta?

@ fleep: Gesundheit
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Joe B:

great to hear him mention the Yardbirds - great liner notes from Mr. Robbins in the late 90s Roger the Engineer re-ish
Avatar 9:31pm

Why didnt TP become the way better version of allmusic?

I remember that first Elvis Costello interview!
Avatar 9:35pm

Futile debates? You've come to the right place.

Please ask Ira if he knows what is up with Joseph Custom Tailor.

Lorde's passing through a stage that every artist goes through when they first become big enough to get wide coverage, and have to come to terms with the fact that they can't control what's written about them...oh well
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:38pm

I was just flipping through the covers of TP and I would venture to say they probably covered more King Crimson then any other.
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Celebrity = commodity. It's the ones who don't grasp this that have adjustment problems.
  Swag For Life Member 9:40pm

This has been great so far.
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Holly in NC:

Common at Noon. Just Like Darts.

Never did *agree* with Ira much of the time..:-)

ira robbins:

that's what makes a horse race...

No "Hot For Teacher" by Thundertrain this set? Don't tell me you don't have that 45 Evan!
Robin Eisgrau:

Ah, Ira Robbins and Evan "Funk" Davies -- two favorite men of mine on one of my favorite shows on my favorite radio station. Ira what's the most important album of the Trouser Press era? and please play "Starry Eyes" by The Records xo Robin

@ fleep; yup- she's only seventeen, she'll learn;
remember John Lennon said the same thing, "they wanna put you up in a tree or on a pedestal, and then all they wanna do is throw rocks at you and try to take you down" --but that's the game
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46pm

My theory is
There are those who want to make music and those that want to make it in music. The two have nothing to do with one another and are in no way mutually exclusive. Anybody can do the first one because it is completely based on personal satisfaction. The second can have many levels of achievement but it has to be understood that in some way even in the smallest sense you are at the mercy of your "audience/critic" in turn making what you create only part of the over all package.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48pm

Todd, I have it at home!
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side note: The cover of the "Hot For Teacher" 45 was shot in a classroom of my high school.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:50pm

@Toddophonic here you go in case you have to scratch the itch right away. :)
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Alex of Chicago:

Blackout Fest achievement unlocked. Stoked.
li'l funk:

I wore out one copy of TPRG and put a ton of miles on a second copy too. It was my favorite thing to read when I had some, oh, let's call it down time. For many years I carried around in my wallet a list of albums I thought I'd like based on TP reviews, and I'd pull it out whenever I was in a used record/tape store. I'll never forget the thrill of finding the Lightning Seeds' "Jollification" in a little shop in Lansing, Michigan-- and it's still one of my favorites. TP also led me to another of my all-time bands, E*I*E*I*O (and its offshoot Semi-Twang). Thanks, Ira!

@ joe: yeah, like most artists, someone like Lorde is basically a control freak, and they always have to learn this lesson that their reception by their own audience and especially by the press is just NOT something they have complete control over, it's a paradox they've got to learn to live with
ira robbins:

gret choices -- glad to be of service
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Holly in NC:

@Ira - no disrespect intended, I searched out any/everything you & your staff wrote about, and y'all really did change my life. Differing tastes are fun.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:56pm

I love the fact that the Power Pop fest has now made it to 3 different places. Asbury Park to NYC to Brooklyn at this rate by 2016 it should be in Boston.
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Holly in NC:

Quote from random page drop (p. 261 )
"That the world at large hasn't yet recognized & lionized R. Stevie Moore is criminally neglectful of a giant talent" [iar]


@efd - you need some homemade chicken soup!

Favorite Dictators lyric:
We're the members of the master race
We don't judge you by your face
First we check to see what you eat
Then we bend down and smell your feet

Mark Shipper put out 2 issues of Flash and one issue of a parody fanzine called Brain Damage.
Eddy in Australia:

We got TP in Melbourne, too (later issues anyway). 'Back to Mimeo' badges for all! This is great listening, Evan. And I second the request for 'Starry Eyes.'

Those microfilm readers do make you dizzy- the pages "spin" by, also there's a strobing effect on your retina that gets really freaky after a few hours
Michael from the Left Coast:

I love it a Mark Shipper reference! I'm emailing him now.
Please say hi to Ira and I will listen to the rest from the archive.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:13pm

Yes Beck on 4 was jsut looking at covers on site
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reminds me of my first & only wire show. 1 hour late, 20 minute set.
ira robbins:

mark and i know each other for a long time
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:16pm

Holly, very perceptive! I've been fighting a head cold, luckily I think it's on the way out.
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Joe B:

My TPRG has duct tape holding the binding together

Mark Shipper was also first person to re-issue The Sonics! In the mid-70's!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:21pm

WoW I'm behind Humple PIe has not even ended for me yet.
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Holly in NC:

@efd - maybe also hot toddy when you get home?

@Joe B - Excellent. Such a sign of love :-)

Damn this is a great show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24pm

Thanks Drawmark, and thanks everyone for your comments so far! Great to see the Trouser Press memories, please continue to share those and feel free to ask any questions you might have!
Eddy in Australia:

EFD: I'd love to hear Ira's take on the relevant music from down here. I'm thinking of bands like The Riptides, first album-era Scientists, maybe the poppier end of the Birdman scene.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:29pm

Ira is there one band that you guys really had a thing for at TP but for some reason just never caught on. Kind of the TP secret band.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:29pm

even with fanatics

Ira your enthusiasm for and knowledge of quality rock music after all this time is amazing! You should have your own radio show (sorry Evan lol).

Mark Brown:

Ira and Trouser Press published my first two paid music articles, and off of those two clips I got a career. Ira is a god.
  Swag For Life Member 10:42pm

This continues to be great so far.
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Always loved those Trouser Press flex discs. I don't have my long run of TPs anymore, but I still have all the flexis!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:45pm

Here is said Trees album

as a born contrarian
left-handed aquarian:
the fixx were great live
your mileage may have varied
also the fixx recorded in douglaston, queens
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Holly in NC:

I have a soft spot for the Fixx's cover of These Boots Are Made For Walking.
And now I have to go listen to Red Skies, drat it!
Avatar The Evan "Funk" Davies Show Marathon 2024 Swag For Life Member 10:53pm

Ira, I'm having flashbacks to those TP nights we did at Magnetic Field.

saw the fixx live hollywood park racetrack
early eighties
they killed it
in front of 40,000 socal punters
supporting the police
ira robbins:

as ypu should, steve! time to relive the past
Jim Allen:

I bought the Trees album precisely on account of the TP recommendation, and I love it to this day. A shame there was never a follow-up, though I've looked up Dane Conover online and I believe he has made music subsequently.

Mark Josephson:

Mark Josephson, ex-Rockool, ex-New Music Seminar, now Wellmont Theater, saying hello to Ira Robbins, great show and great to hear your voice, Best & Warmest Regards, Mark J
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pacific standard simon:

I can't believe that Uncle Michael, WFMU DJ & TP flexi-disc collector, isn't here.
ira robbins:

Hey mark -- wonderful to hear from you
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pacific standard simon:

Seattle had some of the same trouble as the midwest, before the '90s.
Eric the Half a Bee:

OMG, EFD, I haven't heard this Bonzo Dog Band piece in probably decades! Awesome! Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:28pm
pacific standard simon:

Well whose fault is THAT, boyo?

Hey, Ira, I met you at Andy Shernoff's first solo gig a few years ago at a tiny club in the East Village. For the record, you published my gushing 15-year-old groupie-girl missive re: The New York Dolls in your 4th issue. At the time, I picked up TOTP at a place in Poughkeepsie called The Record Lover, owned by a lovely man, Gary Danna, who was a friend of mine. I used to help him out in the store sometimes on weekends when I was visiting upstate. Thanks for the great mag, Ira, and Happy 40th! PS: So cool that Dwight Twilley is playing for you this weekend. I am glad to hear he's still at it! I only know his first two records, but we loved them!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:35pm

Residents b/w Cheap Trick! Terrific!
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pacific standard simon:

I used to pick up my issues of Trouser Press at Rather Ripped Records in Berkeley, along with the Krautrock zine. The Residents records would stare at us from the rack in silent reproach.

This is like being in my room in the 70s playing records on the floor and thumbing thru Trouser Press. Thanks Guys. Gonna go slather Clearasil on my face and argue with my parents now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:40pm
pacific standard simon:

Seems reasonable, "Funk".

Trouser Press? Thhbbbt! That is for old fogies! I am totally into “Deluxe Digital Pants Press” I jack-into that e-pub every day! www.sharperimage.com...
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I don't have any digital pants. All my pants are analog pants. I've fallen behind.
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Jann Wenner:

Shouldn't be friends with bands?! BLASPHEMY!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46pm

I went to see Cheap trick about 7 years ago when someone gave me free tickets. I went being a fan of the band but not a super huge fan. I walked out that night speechless and with my mouth hanging open. To this day one of the best shows I have ever seen.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46pm

Thanks for asking about the flexi discs, EFD!
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pacific standard simon:

I confess -- the flexi-disc never convinced me to subscribe. By that time, I was never certain that TP would continue to publish another month.
  Swag For Life Member 11:55pm

Great talk! Thanks, Ira & Mr Funk.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56pm
pacific standard simon:

That said, I still have my copies. Never sold, traded, gave away or cut up any of them.

Fantastic show guys! Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57pm

Thanks for listening and for all your comments everyone! See you at the Bell House Friday and Saturday!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58pm
pacific standard simon:

Can't say that about my copies of Rolling Stone, Fusion or Cream.
ira robbins:

thank u todd for hooking us up!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00am

great job
The Slugger:

Excellent set!!!
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