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Options January 22, 2015: Touch of Evil, Tamboo, Inherent Vice

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Artist Track Album
Les Baxter   Intro theme: Taboo   Options Caribbean Moonlight 
Henry Mancini  Theme from "Hatari!"   Options Hatari! 
Henry Mancini  Touch of Evil (Main Title)   Options Touch of Evil (soundtrack) 
Henry Mancini  Background for Murder   Options Touch of Evil (soundtrack) 
Henry Mancini  The Sounds of Hatari   Options Hatari! 
Music behind DJ:
Henry Mancini 
Tana's Theme, Lujon, Reflections   Options  
Les Baxter   Simba   Options Tamboo! 
Les Baxter   Oasis of Dakhla   Options Tamboo! 
Zespół Instrumentalny Marka Sewena  Cubanacan   Options Księżyc na Tahiti 
Philip Green and his Orchestra  Exotica   Options Mood Music: Serenade in the Night 
Warren Barker  Malayan Nightbird   Options William Holden Presents: A Musical Touch of Far Away Places 
Les Baxter  Mozambique   Options Tamboo! 
Les Baxter  Wotuka   Options Tamboo! 
Music behind DJ:
Country Joe and the Fish 
Can  Vitamin C   Options Ege Bamyasi 
Can  Dead Pigeon Suite   Options Lost Tapes Box Set 
Neil Young  On the Beach   Options On the Beach 
Link Wray  Genocide   Options Some Kinda Nut 
Crossfires  Fiberglass Jungle   Options Out of Control 
Music behind DJ:
Buffalo Springfield 
Kahuna Sunset/Buffalo Stomp   Options  
Antonio Zepeda  Canto de Viento y aves   Options AstraCarnaval 
Markus Stockhausen, Jasper Van't Hof  Aqua Sansa   Options Aqua Sansa 
Richard Hayman  Afro   Options Voodoo! 
Music behind DJ:
Les Baxter  
Deep Night   Options Caribbean Moonlight 

Listener comments!

Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 6:49pm Dervish:

I'm up to date on all my shots. Take me for a ride, Flash Strap!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 6:55pm Flash Strap:

I might have to hack that inoculated arm right off! Throw it on the pile
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 6:57pm ndbob:

evening Flash and Dervish!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 6:59pm Doug Schulkind:

For whom the little birdies in the tropics toll. They toll for we!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 6:59pm Gary:

Hola, Explorers!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:01pm Flash Strap:

Evening, all!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:02pm ndbob:

evening Doug and Gary!
  Thu. 1/22/15 7:04pm Alf from Upstate:

Our mission, should we choose to accept it.... We choose YES!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:04pm glenn:

what's a god fearin' man to do? i can't choose between hearty and flash.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:04pm Gary:

Howdy, Bob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 7:05pm Little Danny:

Caribbean Moonlight is so underrated as far as Baxter's discography. Side One is DEEP.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:06pm Flash Strap:

Oh boy Danny, I agree WHOLEHEARTEDLY. It's one of the very best there is.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:08pm Flash Strap:

This first set will be good news for Mancini lovers
  Thu. 1/22/15 7:09pm MrFab:

Hey, y'all!
"Touch of Evil" is such a great score. I recorded the audio off the tv as a youngster.
We def need more "Latin noir." Two great tastes that taste great together.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:09pm Flash Strap:

Well put Mr Fab: we are in agreement
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:10pm Flash Strap:

I think it's definitely Mancini's best work
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:11pm Doug Schulkind:

@Flash Strap
Make your playlist "Live." This will send your artist/song info to iTunes, the iphone app and the wfmu home page.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:11pm Flash Strap:

aw dip. rookie mistake
  Thu. 1/22/15 7:12pm MrFab:

"Caribbean Moonlight", really?! I just played it once or twice and thought it was too much the Sleepytime Strings Play Elevator Muzak, not enough fiery exoticness. Too subtle for my immature ears? Maybe I'd like it more now...
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:13pm Doug Schulkind:

Hahaha, toss another nickel in the kangaroo court's tin cup!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:14pm glenn:

yeah, but charlton heston as a mexican cop? it beggars the imagination. on the other hand, moses.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:15pm Flash Strap:

Tastes may vary, but I think Caribbean Moonlight is just endlessly lush and VERY cleverly arranged. It's sort of the quintessential exotica version of Taboo, as far as I'm concerned
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:15pm Flash Strap:

It's definitely not as wild n woolly as Ritual or Tamboo! though
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:17pm Flash Strap:

The secret of Heston's Mexican cop is that, while his politics are excellent, he's the constant joke of the film. What a flick it is, too!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:21pm glenn:

it's a pretty great flick, from what i remember.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:21pm Doug Schulkind:

As a young child, my wife was obsessed with Hatari.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:24pm glenn:

hatari teenage riot?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 7:25pm listener james from westwood:

How do, all! Dinner out w/ Dad cost me the first Mancini-rific chunk, but will review in the archives!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:26pm glenn:

really? the last film noir? hmmm.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 7:27pm listener james from westwood:

As miscasting goes, does it get more puzzling than John Wayne as Genghis Khan?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 7:30pm northguineahills:

w000! The hot water heater in my building isn't working, so, no heat or hot water. So, I took a shower and the water was so cold, I could see my breath. When washing my hair, it was like the worst ice cream headache ever, except it encompassed my whole head, Now I'm in front of my oven warming up.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:31pm Gary:

That's awful, NGH
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:32pm Doug Schulkind:

I think you're volume should be a bit higher all 'round.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:35pm Flash Strap:

@ Doug: duly noted
@NGH: Stay warm, eskimo
@glenn: not THE last noir ever of course, but sort of the last major noir in the classical noir era
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:37pm Flash Strap:

Great to have you here James!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 7:38pm listener james from westwood:

Great to be here! I was rushing my dad through a story about the Elks b/c I knew I had a date in the wild outdoors!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:38pm Doug Schulkind:

Volume BETTER!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 7:39pm listener james from westwood:

ngh, I had a hot water heater here in my apt. cack on me abruptly one morning. Fastest shower I ever finished, including all those at Boy Scout Camp.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 7:44pm northguineahills:

Yeah, it was even worse then Boy Scout camp. Still shaking.

Thanks Flash, my first Martin Denny record I picked up was in a giant thrift store w/ about only 30 records. I think Laetitia Sadier mentioned him and about the same time, Kid Koala did a nice Martin Denny remix....
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:46pm ndbob:

wow NGH
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:47pm Doug Schulkind:

Whoa. This is spectacular!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:47pm ndbob:

I used to have this record
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:47pm glenn:

now this is lush.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 7:49pm listener james from westwood:

Indeed. Good change my mom had this one, too.
  Thu. 1/22/15 7:50pm Dean:

I read "William Holden" as "William Windom," and thought this is taking "My World and Welcome to It" a little too far.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:51pm Flash Strap:

Ha! It's Holden all right, who I always like to picture as a dead body floating in a pool
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 7:51pm listener james from westwood:

Good chance, that should be. Long week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 1/22/15 7:53pm Uncle Michael:

Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:53pm Dervish:

Les is more.
  Thu. 1/22/15 7:54pm Dean:

Just learned that Holden was Reagan's best man and one of only two guests at his wedding to Nancy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 1/22/15 7:55pm Uncle Michael:

I wonder if Bill knew the bride when she used to rock and roll.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:56pm Doug Schulkind:

William Holden, in all his glory: 2.bp.blogspot.com...
  Thu. 1/22/15 7:56pm Dean:

Bedtime for Bongos
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:58pm ndbob:

Ha UM!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 7:59pm ndbob:

excellent first hour Flash! catch the rest on the archive
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 1/22/15 7:59pm Uncle Michael:

They say she was the best in Hollywood.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:00pm listener james from westwood:

Bill Holden got paid for that shit-eating grin. I am in the wrong profession.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:02pm Little Danny:

Great riff Evan. Also, a Mad Men episode from a few years back set one of Don Draper's adulterous affairs to Martin Denny's version of "Misirlou."
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:02pm Flash Strap:

Thanks for droppin' in bob!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:02pm Mister Dobalina:

What a great song!
  Thu. 1/22/15 8:03pm Sandy:

Yes! Inherent Vice was awesome. Thomas Pynchon is a really interesting writer. I LOVED that they used this entire Can song in the movie. And Shasta telling her sexy story. Whew! I'll be in my bunk...
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:03pm Flash Strap:

I wish Mad Men had delved deeper into exotica and tiki in general, but that was a great moment! I love that show tremendously
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:04pm TR In MI:

This song was also perfectly placed in the movie.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:04pm Flash Strap:

I know it left some people cold, and I can see why, but I thought it was the most exciting film of the year
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:06pm northguineahills:

Gotta go, thanks Flash!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:06pm listener james from westwood:

When they went out to California in the 2nd season, IIRC, and found that alternate dimension of layabouts, is when they used that exotica "Misirlou." They also used "Telstar" to close the ep preceding it as they winged out from NYC.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:06pm Holly in NC:

Hello Flash & friends!
Bummed I missed Touch of Evil cuts, not that I can't play my own copy but it's so much more fun to hear via radio. Computer. Whatever.

@ngh - !!!!!!!!!!!! Ger some piping hot fluids into yourself immediately, also double up on socks and put on a hat !!!!!!! Layers!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:06pm Flash Strap:

warm them bones ngh
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:06pm listener james from westwood:

I can't have been the only WFMU fan to squee when they used Gainsbourg's "Bonnie and Clyde" in a more recent season.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:07pm Mister Dobalina:

I'd ride a bike to keep the show powered alive as this song played any day! No matter how long!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:07pm Flash Strap:

Hi Holly!

@James: didn't they use Caravan in the 1st episode too? It was something awesome, and I took note, but now i've forgotten
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:08pm Flash Strap:

Reassuring news, Mr. D!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:09pm Doug Schulkind:

@Holly in NC
This is ray-D-oh, dahling!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:09pm Mister Dobalina:

I only speak the truth on thursday nites at 8:10pm..just for the record!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:10pm Holly in NC:

@Doug - I need to hear Joe McG's intro now, sigh. yip yip yip
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:11pm Flash Strap:

Your honesty is like Brigadoon: mystically and only occasionally manifest
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:11pm listener james from westwood:

I'd like to think they did. Don and Rachel Menken get big, exotic drinks somewhere during that ep. Seems the logical place for such a cut.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:14pm Flash Strap:

Jesus, I don't know about you guys, but this track has my blood roiling and my eyes wild. Jaki is seriously a living gorgon of the drums
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:14pm listener james from westwood:

@Flash: You are correctamundo on the pilot and "Caravan." From the Basket of Kisses blog:

Caravan by Gordon Jenkins (as Don takes the train home at the end)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:16pm Holly in NC:

Much love for the Dead Pigeon Suite. AFTER the show I also know want to go listen to Big Black's Dead Billy & Pigeon Kill, because dead pigeons.
Also Moonshake's Beautiful Pigeon.
So much for going to bed early!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:17pm Holly in NC:

^know = now. Sorry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 1/22/15 8:17pm Uncle Michael:

Is this out on CD yet?
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:17pm Doug Schulkind:

Neil Fucking Young. Exotica indeed.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:18pm Flash Strap:

All typos are granted absolution in this space
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:19pm Flash Strap:

What's a journey without a few detours?
Avatar    Thu. 1/22/15 8:20pm hyde:

nice, i made it for the rock!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:21pm listener james from westwood:

Still goes great with a tall drink or the smokeable of your choice. Hell, both, if you're flush.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:21pm Flash Strap:

You get me, James
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:22pm Flash Strap:

Different ways of thinking about being on a beach
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:22pm Dervish:

This song right here right now sounds perfect. Just perfect.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:24pm glenn:

on the beach is exotica?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:25pm Holly in NC:

Link's sound so recognizable. What genius.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:26pm Mister Dobalina:

This also sounds awesome!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:29pm Doug Schulkind:

My daughter is named Linc. (But her namesake is a different Linc — from the Mod Squad.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:29pm Holly in NC:

In top 5 best surf/exotica songs for sure... is Lil Danny still here to weigh in?
Avatar    Thu. 1/22/15 8:29pm hyde:

Link Wray, not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Is there any greater testament that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sucks?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:31pm listener james from westwood:

The artist COOP posted a masssssive dump of Link cuts on his blog when Wray passed. Amazing survey.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:32pm glenn:

apparently pigeons aren't the douchebags we think they are.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:33pm glenn:

on the beach is one of neil's top three. rust never sleeps and zuma being the other two.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:34pm Mister Dobalina:

Gracias, Glenn! A+++
Avatar    Thu. 1/22/15 8:34pm hyde:

@ljfw hmmm, missed that. I love the classic Link Wray, but I also love that Wray's Shack Three Track stuff like Beans and Fatback. Soooo good.
Avatar    Thu. 1/22/15 8:34pm hyde:

@glenn man, I couldn't leave out Tonight's the Night, myself
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:36pm Flash Strap:

Linc is so awesome on the Mod Squad
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:37pm Doug Schulkind:

Well I didn't name my daughter Peggy Lipton!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:37pm Flash Strap:

For me, I think it's On the Beach, Tonight's the Night, and fuck it: Harvest
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:37pm Flash Strap:

Peggy is so awesome on the Mod Squad!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:37pm Doug Schulkind:

No disrespect to Ms. Lipton.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:38pm glenn:

okay, but if you have to have tonight's the night, then it has to be a top five, and everybody knows this is nowhere is included. [because a top four is just ridiculous].
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:38pm Holly in NC:

I'll put in a vote for Live Rust. And also Tonight's the Night. And After the Gold Rush. And "Look Out for My Love" from Comes a Time, LOVE that song.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:38pm Flash Strap:

I mean, she does get left behind a lot. Seems like her job on most of the missions is to make a phone call and then get kidnapped
Avatar    Thu. 1/22/15 8:38pm hyde:

@glenn i can live with that!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:39pm glenn:

except for heart of gold, harvest is a pretty good record.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:40pm Flash Strap:

My top 5: On the Beach, Tonight's the Night, Harvest, Neil Young, After the Goldrush. Special mention: Time Fades Away
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:40pm Flash Strap:

I'll go to bat for that first solo album. "Here we are in the years" is AMAZING
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:40pm Doug Schulkind:

This is one of my top five favorite episodes of Explorers Room. Ever!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:41pm Flash Strap:

You say the sweetest things
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:42pm Holly in NC:

I like Heart of Gold. I do. Sorry Glenn! In fact I love Harvest except for A Man Needs a Maid.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 1/22/15 8:43pm Uncle Michael:

I have some Peggy Lipton in the HDT pipeline.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:44pm Doug Schulkind:

@Holly in NC
You say the Swedish things.
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:44pm Flash Strap:

I'm with you on Heart of Gold, Holly. Overplayed but still a joy. And I've come around on A Man Needs a Maid, just cause it's so grotesque
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 1/22/15 8:45pm Uncle Michael:

Jackie Wilson gets the Swedish feeling.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:45pm listener james from westwood:

Charles Bradley & his backing band do nice things with "Heart of Gold."
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:45pm listener james from westwood:

Speaking of nice things, this Zepeda cut is transcendent.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 1/22/15 8:46pm Uncle Michael:

Non-musical guilty pleasure: Fritz' Coffee Cola float.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 8:49pm Holly in NC:

@ljfw - in total agreement with both of your last 2 comments

@Doug - bork! bork!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:50pm Björk Björk:

Someone ask for me?
Avatar    Thu. 1/22/15 8:53pm hyde:

there's a live Boxes of Toys link for that Zepeda, just sayin'
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:54pm Flash Strap:

Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 8:55pm Flash Strap:

and for this one: boxes-of-toys.blogspot.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 1/22/15 8:57pm Uncle Michael:

Aqua Sansa was delicious.
Avatar    Thu. 1/22/15 9:00pm hyde:

Ok, I'm goin' back to listen to the 80 minutes I missed! Thanks Flash Strap, also appreciate that Aqua Sansa link!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 1/22/15 9:00pm Uncle Michael:

Evan, your mic could be louder in the mix, relative to the set music. It's fine relative to the bed music during the mic breaks. I have to turn the volume up during the breaks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 9:00pm listener james from westwood:

Loved the show; thanks a ton!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 1/22/15 9:00pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks for the cool stuff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 1/22/15 9:00pm Holly in NC:

Thank you Flash!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 9:01pm Flash Strap:

Thanks all of you!
Avatar Thu. 1/22/15 9:01pm All of Us:

No, thank you, Mr. Strap!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/23/15 9:01am Brian in UK:

Hey Flash, the archive has not loaded yet, so I cannot listen yet. The Turtles on Battle of the Bands has a group called The Crossfires. No relation?
Avatar Fri. 1/23/15 9:30am Flash Strap:

Hey Brian, it'll be up today!
As for the Crossfires, I think you're right! Seems that the Turtles used to be a surf group called the Crossfires, and they included a reference to that on Battle of the Bands. But I would not have known that if not for you, so I thank you! Gotta give that album a listen.
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