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 22 October 2015 Options | Music wherever you go

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Artist Song Album Label Approx. start time
Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers  Black Bottom Stomp   Options 7-inch single  X/RCA  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Louis Armstrong and the All Stars  A Lot of Livin' To Do   Options 7-inch single  Kapp  0:03:07 (Pop‑up)
Nino Tempo & April Stevens  Whispering   Options 7-inch single  Atco  0:05:38 (Pop‑up)
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley  Little Boy With the Sad Eyes   Options 7-inch single  Capitol  0:07:59 (Pop‑up)
Dave Baby Cortez  Getting Right   Options 7-inch single  Chess  0:10:11 (Pop‑up)
Jimmy Durante  Amen   Options 7-inch single  Warner Bros.  0:12:43 (Pop‑up)
Harry Belafonte  Hava Nagela   Options 7-inch single  RCA Victor  0:16:26 (Pop‑up)
Petula Clark  I Know a Place   Options 7-inch single  Warner Bros.  0:19:36 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
The Bob Crewe Generation 
Girls On The Rocks   Options 7-inch single  DynoVoice  0:22:15 (Pop‑up)
Ian Dury and the Blockheads  Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick   Options 7-inch single  Stiff  0:24:55 (Pop‑up)
Archie Bell & The Drells  I Can't Stop Dancing   Options 7-inch single  Atlantic  0:28:35 (Pop‑up)
The Shangri-Las  Give Him a Great Big Kiss   Options 7-inch single  Red Bird  0:30:49 (Pop‑up)
Henry Mancini and His Orchestra  Turtles   Options 7-inch single  RCA Victor  0:32:52 (Pop‑up)
Al Green  I Can't Get Next to You   Options 7-inch single  Hi  0:35:27 (Pop‑up)
Waitresses  No Guilt   Options 7-inch single  Antilles/Ze  0:39:15 (Pop‑up)
Husker Du  Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely   Options 7-inch single  Warner Bros.  0:42:57 (Pop‑up)
Nancy Sinatra  How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?   Options 7-inch single  Reprise  0:46:21 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Dollar Brand 
Capetown Fringe, part 1   Options 7-inch single  Chiaroscuro  0:48:43 (Pop‑up)
Nervus Rex  Don't Look   Options 7-inch single  The Cleverly Named Record Company  0:52:22 (Pop‑up)
The Blues Project  Steve's Song   Options 7-inch single  Verve Folkways  0:56:13 (Pop‑up)
The Grass Roots  Let's Live for Today   Options 7-inch single  Dunhill  0:59:30 (Pop‑up)
Sounds Orchestral, sung along to by your host  Cast Your Fate to the Wind   Options 7-inch single  Parkway  1:02:13 (Pop‑up)
Prewar Yardsale  Psychodelicate   Options 7-inch single  A-OK  1:05:19 (Pop‑up)
The Teardrop Explodes  When I Dream   Options 7-inch single  Mercury  1:08:44 (Pop‑up)
Groucho Marx, with Ken Lane Singers  Omaha, Nebraska   Options 7-inch single  Decca  1:11:51 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Henry Mancini 
Driftwood and Dreams   Options 7-inch single  RCA Victor  1:14:38 (Pop‑up)
Sammy Davis Jr.  Not For Me   Options 7-inch single  Reprise  1:18:02 (Pop‑up)
Lata Mangeshkar  Rajni Gandha Phool Tumhare (from the film Rajnigandha)   Options 7-inch single  Odeon  1:20:32 (Pop‑up)
Karen Elson  Winter's Going   Options 7-inch single  Third Man  1:23:56 (Pop‑up)
Dub Narcotic Sound System  Sabley Goodness   Options 7-inch single  K  1:26:57 (Pop‑up)
Arthur Doyle  Love Ship   Options 7-inch single  Audible Hiss  1:31:05 (Pop‑up)
Belinda Carlisle  Heaven Is a Place on Earth   Options 7-inch single (45 played at 33)  MCA  1:31:54 (Pop‑up)
Teddy Fire  The Revolving Ambidextrous Microwave Girl   Options 7-inch single  Eary Canal Plates  1:35:07 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Eddy Grant 
Time Warp   Options 7-inch single  Portrait  1:38:10 (Pop‑up)
The Folk Implosion  Keeping Score   Options 7-inch single  Communion  1:42:53 (Pop‑up)
The Lovin' Spoonful  Butchie's Tune   Options 7-inch single  Kama Sutra  1:44:49 (Pop‑up)
Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton  The Last Thing On My Mind   Options 7-inch single  RCA Victor  1:46:53 (Pop‑up)
Elvis Presley  My Little Friend   Options 7-inch single  RCA Victor  1:49:26 (Pop‑up)
Banana Splits  Let Me Remember You Smiling   Options 7-inch single  Hanna-Barbera  1:52:07 (Pop‑up)
Dean Martin  Memories Are Made of This   Options 7-inch single  Capitol  1:54:23 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Johnny Beecher 
Sax Fifth Avenue   Options 7-inch single  Warner Bros.  1:56:38 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 11:53am βrian:

Four shots of espresso have made me impatient to do nothing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am listener james from westwood:

That much espresso would have me slowly passing through my chair and other solid objects!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am Charlie:

Hi ßrian. Me too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am Charlie:

Hi James. Me too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Michael:

How do Charlie and James and Brian.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm Carmichael:

How do Charlie and James and Brian do WHAT? Hiya Charlie.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm Uncle Michael:

Singles doing nothing?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Charlie:

Hellooo, Michael, Carmichael, and Uncle Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Mike East:

room for another Michael in here?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Uncle Michael:

The name Michael is a Hebrew baby name. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Michael is: Who is like God? Gift from God. In the Bible, St. Michael was the conqueror of Satan and patron saint of soldiers.
Avatar 12:08pm Brian in UK:

Hello Charlies. What is a consolette? Is it something you keep nowt in?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm Charlie:

So there's always room for more Michaels?
Hi Brian in UK! Yes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm mauri:

heya all!
Avatar 12:11pm Michael (formerly Brian in UK:

Hello mauri, we might be planning a visit to see the Northern Lights some time next year.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Carmichael:

Since I'm Catholic and born in Ireland, I'm assuming Michael (my middle name) was referring to the archangel guy. Or my drunken village idiot uncle Mickah.
Avatar 12:13pm Brian in UK:

@Carmichael did he look like John Mills?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm mauri:

brian to lapland?
Avatar 12:14pm Brian in UK:

Possibly Tromso in Norway.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm listener james from westwood:

Hymns sound best when they're coming out of the Schnoz!
  12:15pm testingwithfire:

rink a dink a doo
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm Charlie:

Hiya, mauri!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm mauri:

That's a better place to visit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm Carmichael:

More like Peter Cook, Brian.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm mauri:

'ey man Charlie
Avatar 12:17pm βrian:

Sorry about those Cubs, Uncle.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Mike East:

I recall from my childhood one of those little stained glass pictures that was given to me...picture of the archangel Michael stepping on a pretty frightening depiction of Lucifer and hold a sword of fire to his neck. Yeah, I was brought up catholic, too. terrifying.
Avatar 12:17pm Brian in UK:

mauri it is all a bit of a gamble, thinking of early March.

Carmichael, great but without the cutting wit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Parq:

Durante's "Amen to Belafonte's "Nagila" -- not for nothing is Charlie called the King of the Segue.
Avatar 12:18pm Brian in UK:

@Mike East belated congratulations.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm Carmichael:

Is there a particular theme at work this week, Charlie? If so, it's inscrutable.
Avatar 12:19pm Brian in UK:

@Carmichael seven inches of pleasure.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm Parq:

Harry happens to to be among the celebrity performers featured in this estimable documentary, which apparently is available on Netflix.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm mauri:

you should go to siberia to see the northern lights and more inland. get away from sea brian.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:21pm Mike East:

Thanks very much, Brian in UK!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:21pm Charlie:

hey Parq, will check later
Glad we're all in Norway/Siberia!
Avatar 12:22pm Peter Nelson:

Hello Charlie and other musicophiles.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:24pm mauri:

my life advices: never stay anywhere west. stay away from the sea. keep visits up north short.
Avatar 12:24pm Brian in UK:

mauri would love to but the budget has to cover five of us. Thanks for the advice.
Avatar 12:25pm βrian:

"Slowly I turned...step by step…7-inches by 7-inches…"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm Carmichael:

Yes!! IAN DURY!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm Carmichael:

Thanks Brian. That explains most everything.
Avatar 12:29pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Hey Charlie and everyone. This Ian Dury has a strong nostalgia quality for me - I remember it from the time I was first allowed to watch "Top of the Pops" on BBC TV as a kid (it stood out because of the silly lyrics). Dury used to teach at the art college here in Canterbury pre-Blockheads...
Avatar 12:29pm Dominick:

Let me put this cheese burger down!
Avatar 12:29pm Brian in UK:

Carmichael just seen your avatar. Love it.
Avatar 12:31pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
Avatar 12:33pm Sarah N:

Hello fellow woofers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Charlie:

hi Canterbury wood-elf -- did not know that Ian Dury taught at art college. Interesting!
Hi Dominick, Hi ndBob!
Avatar 12:35pm Peter Nelson:

@Carmichael. Yeah, nice avatar!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Charlie:

Woof, Sarah!
Hi Peter!
  12:36pm jan:

Hey Charlie-Great show- more eclectic than ever!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Charlie:

Hi jan, glad you're listening today!
Avatar 12:39pm Brian in UK:

Hey Carmichael did I tell you that Spencer swallowed a piece of glass about as big as a 50p piece. It went right through eventually. Lucky boy. It was from a broken Nutella jar.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:40pm Charlie:

That's scary, Brian, glad everything came out ok (so to speak).
Avatar 12:40pm ndbob:

wow Brian!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm listener james from westwood:

Heavens, that could've gone terribly poorly; glad Spencer's OK!
Avatar 12:42pm Brian in UK:

Charlie not only the glass but the chocolate is bad too. The worse thing is that being a beagle he would do the same thing again tomorrow.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm Charlie:

Chocolate can be dangerous for dogs! And yes, dogs will eat anything they can get their chops on.
Avatar 12:44pm Brian in UK:

We lost two chickens last month so to compensate in some crazy way we now have two kittens. Go figure.

Oh Bob Mould.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:45pm Charlie:

Sorry 'bout the chickens.
Actually, this is a Grant Hart song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Carmichael:

Thanks Peter and Brian. Deceptive advertising is the best advertising. My Spencer got hauled into the pool the other day by the tail of the pool sweep, which he frequently attacks. Good and wet, but nothing worse.
Avatar 12:48pm Brian in UK:

Well that's all the domestics from me.

Great show, Charlie
Avatar 12:48pm Jesse K:

great set!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50pm Parq:

Most American chocolate candy, and I assume this includes Nutella, has so little actual cocoa that an average sized dog would have to eat pounds of it to get sick. The glass, of course, is a bigger problem.
  12:52pm Listening Out There:

Speaking of personal effects of singles, yesterday Irwin played a potty training 7-inch issued by Sears Roebuck.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Uncle Michael:

Now I know which one, Charlie!
Avatar 12:53pm bobdoesthings:

heyyy all.. bit late today
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Carmichael:

Makes me wonder what kind of 7 inchers Fabio will play, he of the perennially long esoteric tune?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm Charlie:

Hi Jesse!
Yes, Michael ;)
  12:59pm jan:

"steves's song" is one terrific song. It's also on a great album with more treasures. I bought the album back when, and still have it. It was that short time when an album had more good cuts than bad.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:00pm Carmichael:

Grass Roots, nice ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm listener james from westwood:

Holy singles—a Charlie singalong!
Avatar 1:03pm Roberto:

This is excellent.
Avatar 1:03pm bobdoesthings:

I thought this was Clay Pidgeon for a second.. haha
Avatar 1:04pm Sarah N:

Go Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:04pm Carmichael:

I never knew this song had words.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:04pm Michael:

  1:04pm jan:

Charlie- you cast your fate by singing. well cast!
Avatar 1:04pm ndbob:

sing it Charlie! I do know the Steve Alaimo vocal version
Avatar 1:05pm Perri:

Woo! Got here just in time!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:07pm Charlie:

Somebody wrote the words and added 'em later. There's a few diff versions. I did the Mel Torme version. We Five also recorded it (Uncle Michael's played that one).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:07pm Carmichael:

Echoes of Devo here.
Avatar 1:08pm Brian in UK:

Sounds Orchestral from Birmingham I think, UK not Alabama.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:11pm Charlie:

Definitely British.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm Uncle Michael:

Omaha, Nebraska!
  1:13pm Listening Out There:

A single with Groucho? I had no idear...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:14pm Charlie:

Hi Listening: Yes! from 1952.
Avatar 1:15pm Brian in UK:

1952 good year eh ndbob?
Avatar 1:15pm Brian in UK:

It is the backing vocals that are so good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:22pm Carmichael:

Sammy did a great Alka Seltzer commercial on a 45, jazz singing "plop plop fizz fizz oh what a relief it is" with a big band. It's priceless.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:23pm Charlie:

Wish I had that one, Carmichael.
Avatar 1:25pm bobdoesthings:

this? www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:34pm Carmichael:

Sounds like it, bob. But my version was like 3 minutes long, and much jazzier. Maybe it was the "studio" version ...
Avatar 1:35pm Sarah N:

Definitely an improvement at this speed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:35pm Stanley:

¿Qué tal?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:36pm Parq:

Slowing down the Belinda (and I love the original, by the way) makes it sound like one of those "New Music" brit pop records that were so popular in 1983.

Okay, the sax solo kind of dispels the effect.
Avatar 1:37pm Sarah N:

At first I mistook the sax for a donkey! Groovy.
Avatar 1:38pm Brian in UK:

Talking of donkeys, anyone seen The Lobster.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:38pm Stanley:

@Parq: I concur
@Sarah: You and your animal noises
  1:38pm Listening Out There:

Sax solo sounded like Rahsaan Roland Kirk, t'me...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:39pm Stanley:

@Brian: I hope Jayne Mansfied isn't in it.
Avatar 1:40pm Sarah N:

@Stanley: so true! I have puppies and piglets running around in my head a lot of the time.
Avatar 1:41pm Brian in UK:

Stanley, you have been told before this is a family show.
Avatar 1:41pm Sarah N:

Talking of puppies...
Avatar 1:42pm Brian in UK:

Is that Arthur "Conan" Doyle.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:42pm Stanley:

(Blushes)..ahem, sorry Brian. No I haven't seen The Lobster (answers question)
Avatar 1:43pm Sarah N:

I share a birthday with the lady Jayne, as it 'appens.
Avatar 1:43pm Brian in UK:

Saw it last night in a Vue we were the only two there. It were great.
  1:44pm Listening Out There:

60 years' coverage for 7-inch format. Hmm. Were 78's issued for as long a period?
Avatar 1:46pm Sarah N:

The Lobster sounds interesting Brian! Olivia Colman is always a plus.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47pm Matt F:

You're the first person to ever make the Matt Helm joke. Not even kidding!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47pm Stanley:

Back in the day, we had a pub where we could put our own 45s in the Jukebox, along with the rotating records the Jukebox guy put in. Irony of course, is we paid to listen to our own music but it were great, man.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:49pm listener james from westwood:

What, Friday afternoon already?
Avatar 1:50pm Roberto:

First it was Monday afternoon, now it's Friday.
Avatar 1:50pm ndbob:

@LOT the first 78s were from about 1895 - the last commercial ones were issued in about 1960 - though releases continued throughout the 60s in some places outside the US - and specialty labels like phonotone continued to put them out
Avatar 1:51pm Sarah N:

  1:53pm Listening Out There:

ndbob: Thx! I was looking for an answer on Wikipedia. Sounds like there were fringe/specialty 78s into the '50s, '60s (including 7-inch 78s, apparently)...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm Charlie:

Hey, thanks to all these pledgers since last week:
Brian in UK, ndBob, Matt in UK, Allan in CA, David in bklyn, Mark in GA, Brian in UK (again!), and Kym in FLA!
Avatar 1:55pm Brian in UK:

Sarah, it was too much for the action packed crowd that are probably gagging for the new James Bond. I did not find it that odd. Says something about me. There is one priceless scene with Colman and partner singing and the backing bands average age is seventy five.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Matt F:

I see what you did here! xo, Matt Helm
Avatar 1:58pm bobdoesthings:

thanks charlie.
Avatar 1:59pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie! @LOT yep - there was a special 78 pressing of randy newman's "the beehive state"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm listener james from westwood:

Thanks a ton, Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm Stanley:

Its Friday again tomorrow
Thanks Charlie
Avatar 2:00pm Sarah N:

Thank you Charlie - what a treat!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm Parq:

URD Greatest.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01pm Charlie:

Thank you all for being here today, peoples!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm Michael:

Wunnerful, wunnerful Charlie. A treat to listen to when I have to work!
  4:26pm stuart:

omg I have that Jimmy Durante single - it may be a white label dj copy. Picked it up for practically nothing years ago
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