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Playlist for 12 March 2015 Options | A big beautiful marathon show

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Artist Song Album Label Comments Images Approx. start time
Shell  Shell Theme   Options Shell Is Swell  Shell  On my Marathon Premium    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Joel Grey  Vilkommen (excerpt)   Options Cabaret (soundtrack)  ABC      0:03:18 (Pop‑up)
Mothers  Mother People   Options We're Only in It for the Money  Verve; Ryko reissue      0:03:38 (Pop‑up)
Peggy Lee  Nice 'n' Easy   Options Guitars a la Lee  Capitol      0:06:00 (Pop‑up)
Vienna Boys Choir  On the Beautiful Blue Danube   Options This Is Cinerama: At the Movies        0:09:02 (Pop‑up)
Rachid & Fethi  Habit en Ich   Options 1970s Algerian Folk and Pop (various artists)  Sublime Frequencies   
0:12:01 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Les Rross Orchestra 
The Bad Lit Road   Options Money No Be Sand: 1960s Afro-Lypso, Pidgin Highlife, Afro-Soul, Afro-Rock  Original Music      0:15:57 (Pop‑up)
Abranis  Chenag le Blues   Options 1970s Algerian Folk and Pop (various artists)  Sublime Frequencies      0:19:12 (Pop‑up)
Ivor Cutler  Stick Out Your Chest   Options Get Away From the Wall  Decca      0:22:30 (Pop‑up)
Jackie & Roy  A Big Beautiful Ball   Options Lovesick  Verve      0:23:09 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Bunny Kick   Options Uh-oh!  Asphodel      0:25:19 (Pop‑up)
Chris Butler  Easy Life   Options Easy Life  Future Fossil  info here 
0:33:05 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Vee  Beautiful People   Options Legendary Masters  EMI      0:37:33 (Pop‑up)
Family Fodder  Savoir Faire   Options Monkey Banana Kitchen  Fresh; Staubgold reissue   
0:40:57 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Hap Palmer 
Far East Blues   Options Movin'  Educational Activities, Inc.  On my Marathon Premium    0:43:27 (Pop‑up)
Chris Butler  Millions & Millions   Options Easy Life  Future Fossil  info here    0:47:57 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Alan Hawkshaw 
Sky Train   Options The Road Forward (KPM Library 1192)  KPM      0:52:06 (Pop‑up)
Pink Floyd  Bike   Options Piper at the Gates of Dawn  Capitol      0:54:27 (Pop‑up)
Family Fodder  Cold Wars   Options Monkey Banana Kitchen  Staubgold      0:57:35 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Los Comadrejas 
Oaxacatelas   Options We are Ugly, But We Have the Music  Comad      1:01:37 (Pop‑up)
Juana Molina  Eras   Options Wed 21  Crammed Discs   
1:08:08 (Pop‑up)
Liza Minnelli w. Pet Shop Boys  Losing My Mind   Options 12-inch single  Epic      1:12:48 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Darin  You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby   Options Splish Splash: The Best Of Bobby Darin Vol. 1  Atco      1:16:20 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Glenn Branca 
Bad Smells   Options Who You Staring At?  Giorno Poetry Systems      1:18:39 (Pop‑up)
Lee Harris  I'm Gonna Get Your Thing   Options Eccentric Soul: the Forte Label (various artists)  Numero Group  That's Marva Whitney's arm on the cover of the CD, from this video. 
1:24:48 (Pop‑up)
The Special Pillow  I Love Your Smile   Options Sleeping Beauty  Zofko      1:27:30 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
The Artie Schroeck Implosion 
Amy's Theme   Options A Spoonful of Lovin'  Verve      1:31:25 (Pop‑up)
Pete Galub  Reacquaintance   Options Candy Tears  Dove & Pigeon   
1:37:09 (Pop‑up)
Felix Kubin  Hotel Supernova   Options Jet-Lag Disco  A-Musik  On my Marathon Premium    1:41:48 (Pop‑up)
The Four Darlings  Baby Your Love Is Amazing   Options Eccentric Soul: the Forte Label (various artists)  Numero Group      1:45:39 (Pop‑up)
The Pastels  Check My Heart   Options Slow Summits  Domino      1:47:51 (Pop‑up)
J.J. Jackson  But It's Alright   Options 7-inch single (originally)  Calla; Warner      1:51:15 (Pop‑up)
Marva W. Taylor  I've Lived the Life   Options Eccentric Soul: the Forte Label (various artists)  Numero Group      1:55:06 (Pop‑up)
Zeljko Kerleta  From Island to Island   Options Space Runner  Cosmic Sounds  On my Marathon Premium    1:58:15 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 11:59am ndbob:

Heya Charlie and everyone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm Uncle Michael:

Avatar 12:01pm Holly in NC:

Avatar 12:01pm βrian:

Here ends my abstinence ...
Avatar 12:01pm ndbob:

Heya UM and Holly!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm listener james from westwood:

How do, Charlie and all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Michael:

Afternoon Charlie and all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Charlie:

Hi all. Busy getting started! Thanks for being here. I'll catch up later!
  12:05pm Doug Schulkind:

My brother Charlie! I'm on my 30-minute, state-mandated, unpaid meal break. Glad I get to spend it with you!
  12:05pm jan:

Hi Charlie- Great image on your email of the HiFi Stereo receivers and tape decks. I lusted after some of those back in the day. Those Fisher stereos are dated and ugly but the Scott units are very desirable these days.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi potential pledgers! Let me just say the Chris Butler album is an amazing thing, so get in the running for it!
Avatar 12:06pm βrian:

Ah, the paroxysm of the pledge!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Uncle Michael:

I'm about to stick it in the wind but I'll be back in the comments ASAP.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Jeff Golick:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Charlie:

OK, hi Bob, Uncle Michael, Holly, Brian, James, Michael, Doug, Jan, Jeff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm listener james from westwood:

Listening thru wireless iPod Touch b/c iTunes is being a pill today. Always glad to hear Charlie, be it thru tiny speakers or Marshall amps!
Avatar 12:09pm northguineahills:

I'm about to out and wrangle some docs, and get notaries signatures for my wife's immigration interview next week. Buena Suerte Charlie.

Oddly enough, I have a musician friend, whom I've lost touch w/, named Pete Bogalub, can't be the same guy, right?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Michael:

FZ to Miss Peggy Lee - there's your reason to pledge.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Charlie:

Hi NGH -- good luck with that
  12:11pm βrian:

@northguineahills: Will they ask questions about the Watergate hearings?
Avatar 12:13pm bobdoesthings:

hola charlie
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Artie Haywire:

Pete the Fish says "Glub, Glub, Galub". Artie says "Hi!".
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm listener james from westwood:

Hearing Strauss reminds me that WFMU has been my musical monolith since 1992. I evolve each time I touch it.
Avatar 12:16pm bobdoesthings:

@charlie -- is this lP called Choubi Choubi?? Or is that SF's Iranian folk.?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm Charlie:

hi BobDT, and Artie
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Charlie:

that's a different one, Bob
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm pacific standard simon:

Hadda combine my pledge to this show with my pledge to Matt's, 'cause I'm working at 11, as usual.
Avatar 12:19pm bobdoesthings:

@charlie - oh oh the photo shoulda made it obvius.. it's this one - www.sublimefrequencies.com...
  12:21pm qwerty:

and Monroe has the Famous Monroe Diner!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Charlie:

yo PSSimon
and thanks for typing in, qwerty!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm steve:

hey Charlie! just got here, will be pledging today... you got any vinyl prizes today?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm pacific standard simon:

For Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm listener james from westwood:

Be loyal to your radio friends. Be loyal to Ivor Cutler. Pledge what you can for Charlie!!
Avatar 12:26pm βrian:

Oh, Good Lord. Ivor! That's a nice treat.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm Michael:

For Chollie
  12:27pm Wendy del Formaggio:

I don't have any money, so I can only pledge my love.
Hooray for Charlie and Busy Doing Nothing!
Avatar 12:28pm northguineahills:

@Brian: One can only hope!
  12:28pm Ryan:

Charlie now, Charlie tomorrow, Charlie forever.
Avatar 12:30pm DJ Stashu:

Cabaret!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A soundtrack worth owning for sure.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Artie Haywire:

Yay! Thanks, Charlie.
Avatar 12:32pm glenn:

pledge cheese!
Avatar 12:36pm bobdoesthings:

so charlie - is your premium mostly your bed music? b/c I'd love a cd of your bed music!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Charlie:

Hi Ryan!
DJ Stashu! - I've got both versions of Cabaret...
Yay Glenn,
Hi Wendy, thanks for the love.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Charlie:

No, Bob, but equally good! I think I put that song on a premium years ago...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm listener james from westwood:

This Morris cut is tickling me in the XTC centers. I like.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm listener james from westwood:

@DJ Stashu: My parents saw Joel Grey in the original B'way production. I cannot even imagine the experience.
Avatar 12:45pm Joel Grey:

I think i saw your parents. They were smoking weed and making out in the back row. It threw me off.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm listener james from westwood:

Hey, they needed to have their fun. Two years and change later Mom started working on me in earnest. Tomorrow belonged to me!
Avatar 12:49pm glenn:

it still does.
Avatar 12:50pm glenn:

anyway, i saw chorus line on b'way in 1978. i have no idea who was in the cast at the time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm pacific standard simon:

I've seen Liza Minnelli twice -- neither time by choice.
Avatar 12:53pm βrian:

But did Liza see you?
Avatar 12:55pm glenn:

she's great in cabaret and arrested development, but for the life of me, i can't remember anything else she's been in. is liza in arthur? that's a great movie too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm pacific standard simon:

The second time, she covered The Pet Shop Boys.
Avatar 12:58pm βrian:

She's that kind of gull, apparently.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Hello Busy Nothingers. Glen, Sterile Cuckoo was a good one too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:00pm Mike East:

I keep my music in a folder with Liza Minnelli's name and mgmt company address on it which she left in the studio years ago.

I saw Joel Grey somewhat recently in something.. He was not good, but he's old, so its forgiven. I also blame the the show. To wrap it all up, Jessica Walter from Arrested Development was also in the show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Sorry, Glenn. Didn't mean to deny you an N.Rusty at commenting!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Mike East:

...the name of which will come to me in an hour or so....not enough sleep last night
Avatar 1:03pm glenn:

family fodder looks a lot like freddy fender when you scan it quickly. i was a little surprised.
Avatar 1:04pm glen +n:

i'll survive.
Avatar 1:09pm bobdoesthings:

Juana Molina!!! nicceee
  1:11pm Wendy del Formaggio:

glenn, Charlie knows I'm always good for some cheese. :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:13pm Charlie:

We like cheese!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:13pm Charlie:

Yes, Liza is in Arthur. She's excellent too.
Avatar 1:14pm glenn:

i'm eating some wonderful prince edward island cheddar as we type. www.cowscreamery.ca
Avatar 1:15pm schmutz:

sneaking in late!
Avatar 1:15pm glenn:

it's like the bastard child of reggiano and cheddar.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:16pm Charlie:

Hi Schmutz!
  1:17pm Listening Out There:

Hmm. Thought "Losing My Mind" might be done by Mae West. Similar singing style. Guess I was just losing my mind...
  1:17pm Wendy del Formaggio:

Sounds awesome, glenn!

Charlie, is this a good time to mention Barbra Streisand's David Bowie cover? Oh man, look at those cavemen go!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:24pm listener james from westwood:

glenn: I can only imagine how noisy it is at the Cow Screamery.
Avatar 1:24pm bobdoesthings:

ALRIGHT!! Nice! thanks charlie!! I Love Juana Molina.. psyched!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:26pm drr:

this is really funny bed music.
Avatar 1:35pm glenn:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:38pm Uncle Michael:

Damn...I missed a lot!
Avatar 1:41pm glenn:

naw. just the usual, great tunes and bullshit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:42pm Charlie:

  1:44pm NATE K:

Pete Galub! This record is so consistently good.
Avatar 1:47pm bobdoesthings:

charlie your premium sounds like the best thing ever.. im getting this for surrree.
  1:52pm gary mitchell:

put this pastels track on your premium CD next year!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:54pm Charlie:

Hi Gary -- thanks for your pledge!
Thanks to everyone who's pledged.
Eight minutes left in this show, 2 CDs to give away:
Pete Galub and the Eccentric Soul Forte Label Comp.
Get in on them and pledge!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Great Marathon show Charlie. Nobody does nothin' better than you!
Avatar 1:57pm bobdoesthings:

Ah it's almost over!! thanks Charlie! great show.
Avatar 1:57pm ndbob:

HI Garrryyy
Avatar 1:57pm ndbob:

excellent marathon show Charlie!
  1:58pm gary mitchell:

rat on, bob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:58pm Charlie:

Thanks, Bob, Bob, Kevin, Gary, EVERYBODY for being here and for pledging! See you next week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm listener james from westwood:

Held the Marathon show down solo like a BOSS, Charlie. Thanks as always!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm Michael:

Thank you Charlie, very much!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm Uncle Michael:

Work undermined Doing Nothing. Grr.
  2:03pm gary mitchell:

Marva W. Taylor is MINE... the soul gods are smiling upon me
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:03pm Bas NL:

Happy, happy, happy!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:03pm listener james from westwood:

Tamar! Such a wonderful DJ!
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