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 24 December 2015 Options | Remember the neediest and the greediest! or: To the haves and have-nots

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Artist Song Album Label Approx. start time
  Mental richness should be worried just as physical richness. . . . I think it is nice to abandon what you have as much as possible, as many mental possession as the physical ones, as they clutter your mind. It is nice to maintain poverty of environment, sound, thinking and belief. It is nice to keep oneself small like a grain of rice, instead of expanding, and make yourself dispensable like paper. See little, hear little, and think little. -- Yoko Ono, January 23, 1966, "To the Wesleyan People (who attended the meeting), a footnote to my lecture of January 13th, 1966"
The Meters  Funky Miracle   Options Cissy Strut  Island  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Allman Brothers Band  Revival   Options Idlewild South  Capricorn/Atco  0:02:21 (Pop‑up)
Nina Simone  I Think It's Going to Rain Today   Options Nina Simone and Piano!  RCA  0:06:24 (Pop‑up)
Pogues  Dirty Old Town   Options Rum, Sodomy & The Lash  MCA  0:09:48 (Pop‑up)
Cilla Black  Liverpool Lullaby   Options The Abbey Road Decade  EMI  0:13:25 (Pop‑up)
Andy Bey & The Bey Sisters  Feeling Good   Options Andy Bey & The Bey Sisters  Prestige  0:16:41 (Pop‑up)
Beastie Boys  Gratitude   Options Check Your Head  Capitol  0:19:39 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Tipsy 
Bunny Kick   Options Uh-oh!  Asphodel  0:22:24 (Pop‑up)
10 cc  Wall Street Shuffle   Options Sheet Music  UK Records/London  0:27:37 (Pop‑up)
soundtrack by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley  I Want It Now / Oompa Loompa   Options Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory  Hip-o  0:31:15 (Pop‑up)
Cab Calloway  Everybody Eats When They Come To My House   Options Hi-De-Hi!  Living Era/ASV  0:34:09 (Pop‑up)
Clara Nunes  Serrinha   Options Nacao  EMI Brasil  0:36:54 (Pop‑up)
Esquivel  Boulevard of Broken Dreams   Options Exploring New Sounds In Stereo  Bar None  0:40:39 (Pop‑up)
Combustible Edison  The Garden of Earthly Delights   Options The Impossible World  Bungalow  0:43:41 (Pop‑up)
DJ Frane  In the Garden   Options Electric Garden of Delights  Tuff City Massive  0:46:53 (Pop‑up)
10 cc  I Wanna Rule the World   Options How Dare You!  Mercury  0:50:24 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Piero Umiliani 
Open Space   Options To-Day's Sound  Right Tempo  0:54:05 (Pop‑up)
Koota Tanimura  Cheers Here   Options Typical Lowlife  Childisc  0:57:35 (Pop‑up)
Ravel, Maurice  Menuet, from Le Tombeau de Couperin   Options Complete Piano Music, played by Robert Casadesus  Sony Classical  1:00:24 (Pop‑up)
Laura Nyro  December's Boudoir   Options Eli and the Thirteenth Confession  Columbia  1:04:43 (Pop‑up)
Lal Waterson and Oliver Knight  Dazed   Options Once in a Blue Moon  Topic  1:09:39 (Pop‑up)
Ajahn Amaro  excerpt from Thirsty?   Options talk given at Abhayagiri Monastery, June 10, 2015  Abhayagiri Foundation  1:13:21 (Pop‑up)
Pere Ubu  Navvy   Options Dub Housing  Chrysalis  1:14:39 (Pop‑up)
Pema Chodron  excerpt   Options Unconditional Confidence  Sounds True  1:17:13 (Pop‑up)
John Cale  Fear Is a Man's Best Friend   Options Fear  Island  1:17:56 (Pop‑up)
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers  Lonely Financial Zone   Options Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers  Beserkley  1:21:51 (Pop‑up)
Rod Stewart  Only a Hobo   Options Gasoline Alley  Mercury  1:24:47 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Las Comadrejas 
Oaxacatelas   Options We Are Ugly, But We Have the Music  Comad  1:28:54 (Pop‑up)
Distant Cousins  To Have and To Hold   Options from Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster  Futurama Entertainment  1:34:10 (Pop‑up)
The Beatles  Tell Me What You See   Options Beatles VI  Capitol  1:36:21 (Pop‑up)
Jean Paul "El Troglodita’  Everything's Gonna Change   Options Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych from Peru's Radical Decade  Tiger's Milk  1:38:56 (Pop‑up)
Jay-Z  Hard Knock Life (The Ghetto Anthem)   Options Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life  Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam  1:42:54 (Pop‑up)
Waterson Carthy  The Ditchling Carol   Options Broken Ground  Topic  1:46:52 (Pop‑up)
The Lovin' Spoonful  Full Measure   Options Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful  Kama Sutra  1:50:15 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Darin  Artificial Flowers   Options The Bobby Darin Collection (box set)  Rhino  1:52:57 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
George Martin 
Tell Me What You See   Options Help  Columbia/EMI  1:56:15 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm sugarplum fairywolf:

hello!!
Avatar 12:01pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
  12:03pm Doug Schulkind:

Charlie, I wish you and all nothingdoers a very smelly fishmas!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Charlie:

Hiya sugarplum fairywolf! ndbob!! doug!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm mauri:

merry christamas charlie!
I got to bar
Avatar 12:06pm Mayuko:

Hello Charlie and all!
Avatar 12:06pm still b/p:

Merry Doing Nothing!
I think Yoko....maybe moved on/away from those perspectives of being and having in her life. She didn't discuss them with me, but that's just, y'know, a guess given, y'know, surface glimpses.
  12:10pm jan:

Happy Holidays to you and your listeners.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm Charlie:

Hello Mauri! Mayuko!! still b/p! jan!!
Great to see all of you :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm People Like Us:

hello :)))
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm mauri:

I love this station and you all! ever so best for all you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm listener james from westwood:

In from the git-go but I've been jabbering on Twitter; a belated hello!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Charlie:

Helloo, PLU! and LJFW!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Charlie:

well, still b/p, it's possible to have a lot without being attached to it . . . ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm Uncle Michael:

Why does this show have to be so damned perfect?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm Charlie:

Hi Uncle Michael -- don't jinx me! (not that I need help screwing up). (and thanks)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Uncle Michael:

I'm not speaking of your technical acumen.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm Charlie:

I screw up in other ways. (And then I gerra belt from my dad.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:21pm Uncle Michael:

You had me singing Allman Bros. in the shower...heading out now...taking you with me.

Happy holidays everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:21pm Charlie:

happy holiday, uncle!
Avatar 12:26pm still b/p:

Before you worry, you must knock.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm listener james from westwood:

@Vicki, your recent fill-in was a delight to the ears and an early Christmas gift.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm annie:

whew, i made it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm annie:

...and i did get my dose of the 9 lessons and carols from king's college.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm annie:

hey!! i just noticed the signature quote at the bottom of your email charlie.. all praise be to yoko!..
Avatar 12:31pm ndbob:

afternoon Annie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Parq:

Happy Dec. 24, Charlie. Is it as un-wintery up north as it is here in your old home region?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm annie:

hey ndbob... i inboxed your FB..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Charlie:

hola, annie! and Parq! -- settle in on the sofa set...
Avatar 12:33pm ndbob:

Just saw that Annie:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Mike East:

I guess she was a bad egg...
Avatar 12:37pm still b/p:

Now that "I Want It Now" boy, he ain't looking to maintain poverty of environment.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Charlie:

"Try a tomato, Plato"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Charlie:

hey there, Mike East :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm Mike East:

Hey Charlie! Glad you didn't take the day off.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm Charlie:

me too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm listener james from westwood:

Ain't no Xmas Eve party like an Esquivel party!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm annie:

i think "i want it now" was veruca salt, a girl.. unless it's been way too long since i've seen WW
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm sugarplum fairywolf:

@annie: yeah, that was Veruca, at least in the original movie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm Parq:

No, Annie, you got it right. In the remake (uneven at best), the updated Veruca Salt song is the original Rolly Dahl lyrics (edited), set to a psych-bubblegum arrangement by Danny Elfman, easily the best scene in the movie.
Avatar 12:47pm ndbob:

yep Annie
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm listener james from westwood:

@annie: Correct! Violet Beauregard was the gum chewer who ran afoul of the complete-meal gum and blueberried up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm listener james from westwood:

I was taken to WW when it came out, as a, what, 2 year old. (The early 70s were a different time in parenting.) I got terrorized when Augustus Gloop got stuck in the pipe and FLED the theater. Weirdly, once the film became a holiday staple, I loved it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm Charlie:

yes, veruca salt, a girl. although little boys can sound a lot like little girls if you don't know who's singing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50pm sugarplum fairywolf:

I just watched the first season of Black Mirror with Mr Salt's IRL son. #BAEOFPIGS never forget.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm listener james from westwood:

@Charlie: I seem to recall there being a bit of contemporary confusion along those lines re: Wayne Newton and "Danke Schoen."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Mike East:

@sugarplum fairywolf - I didn't realize that was his son, but now that you mention it, there's a very strong resemblence.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Parq:

Mondagreen time. The first time I ever heard this 10CC song, I thought they were saying "I want to be a bus."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm annie:

omg, yes... when Wane newton was on "I love lucy" i really had a problem deciding if he was a man or a woman. and.. @sugarplum: that's a hellova series.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Charlie:

oh yeah, @james, i remember hearing that re Wayne.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Charlie:

I wanna be a bus who rules the world.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm annie:

may i start drinking now?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm Mike East:

The first time I heard Nina Simone, I thought it was a man.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm sugarplum fairywolf:

@annie: the Christmas episode airs on Netflix on, uh, Christmas, so I figured I should start watching this week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm Parq:

The remake was indeed called "Charlie and". I had high hopes for it, and I dug the musical numbers (see above), but I thought overall it was a grotesquely missed opportunity.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:01pm annie:

it's a very creative and intriguing series, i really would love to see more.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:01pm Mike East:

thanks for that tip, sugarwolf...I've been waiting to see that one. Jon Hamm stars, I think

@Parq - my 3 yr old has been into the johnny depp version. I hated it at first, though now its starting to grow on me. Can't compare it to the original, though.
Avatar 1:02pm still b/p:

I just looked at the scene of the ranks of glum workers searching the product for the golden ticket at Veruca's Dad's direction. Nice visuals.

I just looked a few days ago at Wayne Newton singing a few numbers on the Danny Kaye Show. A friend told me about Get TV, and then i discovered it was in my channels, and I saw the King Family and Judy Garland and Mitzi Gaynor and Andy Williams and Perry Como, all making with the Christmas. Fantastic, fascinating, curious, nostalgic and awful all at once -- talent and schmaltz and a persistently whitebread wonderland.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm Charlie:

annie -- it's five o'clock somewhere...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm Charlie:

@Parq -- might check the remake for the musical numbers, but couldn't bring myself to see it at first, maybe now is the time...
  1:11pm gary mitchell:

quiet storm - she makes time stand still
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:13pm Charlie:

Hi Gary! Indeed she does...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:14pm Charlie:

This Lal Waterson song is based on a poem by Arthur Rimbaud.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:17pm People Like Us:

:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:19pm Parq:

Charlie, save yourself a lot of trouble and watch the musical numbers on Youtube. Here's the Veruca song:
www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:19pm Parq:

IMO, it's pretty much all downhill from there.
Avatar 1:21pm Brian in UK:

Hello Charlie and listeners. Charles Dickens had it nailed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:24pm Charlie:

Hello Brian in UK!
sounds like good advice, @Parq
Avatar 1:24pm Brian in UK:

Looking forward to seeing MC Escher exhibition next month. Pushing water uphill, one of my eternal pastimes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:25pm listener james from westwood:

@Brian, if we don't hear from you, we know you're stuck climbing an unending staircase somewhere.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:26pm Charlie:

up the down staircase
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:26pm Charlie:

up the hill backwards
Avatar 1:29pm still b/p:

Going to London in a few weeks for my first time. Haven't begun the sorting and prioritizing of artistic/historical/cultural targets for the week -- seems like an impossible prospect...like an M.C. Escher Travel Agency in my head.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:30pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Howdy Holidays, One of Rod the Mod's best!
Avatar 1:30pm ndbob:

Hey there Gary!
Avatar 1:32pm Brian in UK:

@still b/p the British Library had this exhibition on West Africa, saw it on Monday. Good.
www.bl.uk...
Avatar 1:33pm Brian in UK:

PS if you like Lee Miller there is a good show at the Imperial War Museum.
Avatar 1:39pm Roberto:

Wishing all you noth-skateers the happiest of nothing this nothing season!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:40pm People Like Us:

love this Beatles song
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:40pm Charlie:

me too -- don't hear it very often
Avatar 1:41pm still b/p:

Thanks for tips! Motoring off for family holiday stops now. Happy Crimble to all.
Avatar 1:41pm ndbob:

same here
Avatar 1:42pm Brian in UK:

Safe driving. Happy times.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:44pm Charlie:

late greeting to Kevin and Roberto (and anyone I've missed)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:44pm Charlie:

rather unusual for this show, very few female singers answered the call to appear on today's show...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:45pm Parq:

A great Charlie show, as if that's not redundant. Hope you have tomorrow off, and if not, hope the day goes easy on you. Thanks, oh thank, for another fine listening experience.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47pm Charlie:

Thanks, Parq! You (and everybody) have a good holiday!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:52pm annie:

thanks for the music charlie!! happy hooligan tomorrow
Avatar 1:54pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie! and one of the best Spoonful songs!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm Charlie:

Love this song -- Joe Butler, vocal?
Happy whatever, @Annie, and @ndBob
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Dave in Vermont:

your show is nice. thanks
Avatar 1:57pm Mayuko:

Been not commenting but listening while at work! Thank you Charlie, happy holidays!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Charlie:

hi, and thanks, Dave in VT
glad you could listen while working, Mayuko!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Charlie:

(I hope you're not making artificial flowers)
Avatar 1:59pm Mayuko:

(Making artificial flowers is kinda like my line of work though)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm Mike East:

great show today, Charlie. time flew by!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm listener james from westwood:

@Charlie: Thanks most merrily!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm People Like Us:

thanks Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:04pm Charlie:

Thanks, all, see you later!
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