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Playlist for 31 December 2015 Options | Best fishes for the new year

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The Coconut Monkeyrocket with The Cow Goes Moo  Aunt Fish   Options My Invisible Friend Vol. 1 (various artists)  Amalgamated Futureless Artists 
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Mr Scruff  Ahoy There!   Options Trouser Jazz  Ninja Tune    0:02:46 (Pop‑up)
Leona Anderson  Fish   Options The Ernie Kovacs Record Collection (various artists)  Varese Sarabande    0:07:00 (Pop‑up)
Monroeville Music Center  Swedish Fish   Options Musique Concrète for Beginners  Monroeville Music Center    0:09:12 (Pop‑up)
Clara Rockmore  Summertime   Options Clara Rockmore's Lost Theremin Album  Bridge    0:10:26 (Pop‑up)
René Vis  Fishes in a Tree   Options Captured in Realica  WM Recordings    0:13:07 (Pop‑up)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Two Little Fishes and Five Loaves of Bread   Options The Gospel of the Blues  Decca/MCA    0:15:40 (Pop‑up)
The Clean  Fish   Options Anthology  Flying Nun; Merge    0:18:35 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Yo La Tengo 
How Some Jellyfish Are Born   Options The Sounds Of The Sounds Of Science  Egon    0:20:55 (Pop‑up)
Astral Sounds (John Saunders)  Fish Finger   Options Slipstream  Music De Wolfe 
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John Prine  Fish and Whistle   Options Souvenirs  Oh Boy Records    0:28:08 (Pop‑up)
Miss Emma  Des poissons, des oiseaux (Fish, Birds)   Options Une Glass au Citron  Kazoomzoom    0:31:02 (Pop‑up)
The Freddy McGuire Show (Anne McGuire and Wobbly) (and Don Joyce)  The Fish Song   Options Over the Edge, hosted by Don Joyce, 18 November 1999  KPFA    0:33:32 (Pop‑up)
R. Stevie Moore  Theme From A.G.   Options Phonography  Flamingo    0:38:04 (Pop‑up)
Bob Dorough  The Crawdad Song   Options Just About Everything  Focus    0:39:10 (Pop‑up)
Captain Beefheart  The Dust Blows Forward 'n the Dust Blows Back   Options Trout Mask Replica  Reprise    0:42:12 (Pop‑up)
Kevin Ayers and The Whole World   The Oyster and the Flying Fish   Options Shooting at the Moon  Harvest    0:44:10 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Yo La Tengo 
Sea Urchins   Options The Sounds of the Sounds of Science  Egon    0:46:48 (Pop‑up)
Petty Booka  Lazybones   Options Blue Lagoon  Benten 
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Bob & Ray  Concerto of Life   Options WOR-AM, 1975  WOR    0:55:57 (Pop‑up)
Mr Scruff  Shanty Town   Options Keep It Unreal  Ninja Tune    0:59:47 (Pop‑up)
The Hi-Lo's  Cockles and Mussels (aka Molly Malone)   Options The Hi-Lo's Happen to Folk Songs  Reprise    1:03:31 (Pop‑up)
Lunchbox  Swordfish   Options Anyways  The Agriculture    1:07:17 (Pop‑up)
Parliament  (You're a Fish and I'm a) Water Sign   Options Motor-Booty Affair  Casablanca    1:10:56 (Pop‑up)
The Turner Brothers  Let's Go Fishing   Options 7-inch single (originally); Act 1  MB Records; Ubiquity reissue    1:15:14 (Pop‑up)
Best Friends Forever  Handpocket   Options Romance Conflict Adventure  Plan-It-X    1:17:44 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Yo La Tengo 
The Sea Horse   Options The Sounds of the Sounds of Science  Egon    1:20:09 (Pop‑up)
The Pogues  Greenland Whale Fisheries   Options Red Roses for Me  Stiff    1:26:33 (Pop‑up)
Nic Jones  The Humpback Whale   Options Penguin Eggs  Topic 
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Monty Python  We Love the Yangtse   Options Monty Python's Previous Record  Charisma/Buddah    1:35:00 (Pop‑up)
Ergo Phizmiz  Any Little Fish   Options Pie Hateaux  Proot    1:37:50 (Pop‑up)
Noel Coward  Any Little Fish   Options The Revues  EMI    1:39:17 (Pop‑up)
Marvelettes  Too Many Fish in the Sea   Options 7-inch single (originally)  Tamla    1:41:36 (Pop‑up)
Amos Eaton (Bumble Bee Slim)  Everybody's Fishin'   Options Folk Music in America, Vol. 11 - Songs of Humor & Hilarity  Library of Congress    1:43:59 (Pop‑up)
Lovin' Spoonful  Fishin' Blues   Options Do You Believe In Magic  Kama Sutra    1:46:59 (Pop‑up)
Don Knotts  I Wish I Were a Fish   Options The Incredible Mr. Limpet  Warner Bros.    1:48:58 (Pop‑up)
Bitbasic  Fish Restaurant   Options Pixel Mixel  rec72    1:50:00 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Frank Pahl 
Escabeche (Pickled Fish)   Options The Romantic Side of Schzophrenia  FOT 
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Listener comments!

Avatar 11:56am schmutz:

happy new year Charlie! thanks for all the lovely tunes
Avatar 12:00pm Roberto:

Happy Nothing Year to all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm Michael:

Hi Charlie - happy new year. Glad you're here today!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm annie:

i get to listen for 40 minutes..!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm doctorjazz:

I'm floundering for something clever to say (ouch!), Happy New Year!
Avatar 12:03pm ndbob:

Happy New Year Charlie and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm listener james from westwood:

How do, Charlie and all ye fishy folk.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Charlie:

Hello, and happy new year, all! Happy to be here.
Avatar 12:05pm Mayuko:

Hallo, Charlie and all!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Charlie:

Do you all constitute a school or a shoal?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Charlie:

schmutz, Roberto, Michael, annie, doctorjazz, ndbob, james, mayuko -- I promise I'll release you at the end of the show ;)
Avatar 12:07pm Roberto:

Perhaps some lute music performed by Julian Bream would be in order.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Charlie:

Yes, let's make with the fish puns!
Avatar 12:15pm Roberto:

At least you're not playing two hours of Bye Bye Fish covers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm doctorjazz:

I liked the "Blackbird" show, but then again, I'm at work, and come back to the radio intermittently...
Avatar 12:20pm Brian in UK:

Just want to put this in whiting.

Happy New Year, Charlie.
  12:23pm jan:

happy new year!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:24pm Uncle Michael:

No Phish.
Avatar 12:26pm Roberto:

My mistake, that should have been Bye Bye Blackfish.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Charlie:

bye bye blackened fish
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm Charlie:

"whiting" -- yes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm doctorjazz:

One of my favorites, Prine Filet!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm Parq:

Yeah, I really love that Prine tune too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Charlie:

Hi Uncle Michael! No, no Phish.
Hello Parq too!
Brian in UK, thanks for the pun.
Hi Jan!
Avatar 12:37pm Roberto:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Mike East:

Phish were here rehearsing on Tuesday. They're using our drums and bass amp at MSG tonight.
Good afternoon and NYE, Charlie!
  12:43pm gary mitchell:

love dorough... i understand there's a documentary on him soon to come out
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Mike East:

or maybe that should be Phish WAS here.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm listener james from westwood:

My liking for that Dorough was thorough.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Charlie:

Hey there, Mike East, and Gary! Thanks for swimmin' on over.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm Ike:

Are we indulging in crappie puns now?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50pm Parq:

The "teach a man to fish" trope also depends on whether or not the person refusing to give the man a fish has control of the lake, river or whatever.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:51pm listener james from westwood:

Also very much digging your picks from this lovely YLT disc. It's long been a fave. Brought it to Thanksgiving this year so we didn't have to hear Xmas music over dinner.
Avatar 12:53pm Sarah N:

We flap our fins at you from Sussex UK! Merry New Year from Sarah, Peter and Gaz X
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Mike East:

@Ike - I've been floundering to come up with one.
Avatar 12:55pm Brian in UK:

Waiter, bring me a crocodile sandwich and make it snappy.
Avatar 12:55pm Brian in UK:

@Sarah, have you keep the floods at bay?
Avatar 12:56pm Sarah N:

We're herring your show loud and clear from our kitchen. Thank Cod for Charlie! ;)

@Hi Brain - we're flood-free here thankfully. You OK?
  12:57pm jan:

That Petty Booka was a record that took ages to find after hearing it on your show. Mashi Mashi Sandwiches- so cute, mahi-mahi
Avatar 12:58pm Brian in UK:

Yes thanks it must be heartbreaking to have your home flooded.
Best to you all for next year.
Avatar 12:59pm Jeff:

Hooray for Bob & Ray, is all I have to say.
  1:01pm Elvin:

I hope that you play something from Colin Newman's "Provisionally Entitled the Singing Fish"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm Charlie:

Helloo, Ike, Sarah, Peter, Jeff, Elvin -- thanks for the puns! They bring luck for the new year.
@Elvin -- don't know that one!
  1:09pm judy from croton:

Been waiting for this one. Beautiful version; what a tearjerker!
Avatar 1:09pm Sarah N:

As always, Charlie plays sole music. Any Bob Marley and the Whalers? A tuna day chases the blues away. Thinking up these puns is giving me a tench nervous haddock, but I won't carp on about it or I'll fall off my perch.... groan...somebody stop me!
  1:09pm sugarplum fairywolf:

Is this the plaice for rock and sole?

sorry, Charlie for the pun, keep playing the great tunas!!
Avatar 1:11pm Sarah N:

@sugarplum: great minds think alike!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:11pm Charlie:

Welcome, Judy and Sugarplum Fairywolf!
@Sarah -- you're on a roll!
  1:11pm sugarplum fairywolf:

@sarah n: how about another pun just for the halibut?
Avatar 1:15pm Sarah N:

I'm ofishally out of puns....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:18pm Charlie:

Well, you've scaled great heights of punnery, Sarah!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:20pm People Like Us:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:20pm doctorjazz:

This is getting re-tartared (double ouch!).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:22pm Artie Haywire:

That's some fresh sashmi, Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:23pm People Like Us:

me and ergo did a fish song, called "Aquopalypse"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:30pm Uncle Michael:

If we make it through this without Kip Adotta, Charlie is my hero.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:33pm Charlie:

Hi Vicki! Haha, "Aquopalypse" -- dunno that one.
Hello Artie too.
@UM -- kippers?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:35pm Charlie:

This is a rather graphic song, innit?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:38pm Uncle Michael:

If you don't know of what I refer, so much the better...for you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:39pm Parq:

When I first heard this Python track back in 1975, I was such a pan-cultural ignoramus, I assumed they were talking about hockey goalies.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:41pm People Like Us:

yes, this was the other one
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:41pm Uncle Michael:

Most hockey goalies *are* Welshmen or Yorkshiremen.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:44pm Parq:

Don't get me started on what I made of what I now realize is a spoof of a football chant.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:46pm Uncle Michael:

Fingers cwossed for some Ish Kabibble...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47pm Charlie:

I wish.
  1:51pm gary mitchell:

from "What's up Tiger Lily" right?
Avatar 1:51pm Sarah N:

Catfish Stevens, Gill Scott Heron, Hake the Peg...?
  1:52pm gary mitchell:

nice drop
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:52pm listener james from westwood:

Whoa, Mr. Limpet!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:52pm Uncle Michael:

I wanted this one bad!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:54pm Charlie:

...was going to play Jack Nicholson's opening monologue from "The King of Marvin Gardens," but never worked it in...
Avatar 1:56pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
Avatar 1:56pm ndbob:

and Happy New Year everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Uncle Michael:

So much fun...thanks Charlie.
Avatar 1:57pm Mayuko:

Thank you Charlie, I'm so glad that I got to know your show and all the drummer streammates in 2015! Happy new year, all!!
  1:58pm gary mitchell:

Happy New Year's Eve Chaz & crew. Have a whale of a time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:58pm Charlie:

Same here, Mayuko!
Happy new year to you all.
Haha, Gary, last laugh!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm listener james from westwood:

Many thanks, Charlie, for today and this stellar tuneful 2015!
Avatar 2:00pm Brian in UK:

Great show Charlie, you are a ray of sunshine on a wet and windy day.
Avatar 2:00pm Sarah N:

Thank you Charlie - wonderful show - merry 2016 all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01pm Parq:

Nice job, Charlie. I couldn't think of a fish pun.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm Charlie:

Thanks, all, see you next time!
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