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 31 March 2016 Options | Yay. Wow.

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Artist Song Album Label Images Approx. start time
Adrianna Krikl  Every Way   Options Sonic Escapes  Adrianna Krikl 
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The Mad Scene  Strange to Be Here   Options Sealight  Merge    0:05:25 (Pop‑up)
Elevator to Hell  My Head   Options Parts 1-3  Sub Pop    0:08:58 (Pop‑up)
DQE  He's Lost   Options The Queen of Mean  Dark Beloved Cloud 
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0:10:59 (Pop‑up)
Barbara Parkins (narration)  Theme from "Valley of the Dolls"   Options Valley of the Dolls  20th Century Fox Records    0:13:49 (Pop‑up)
Chordettes  Eddie My Love   Options 45 played at 33  Cadence 
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0:16:58 (Pop‑up)
The Space Negros  The Best Things in Life Are Free   Options Dig Archeology 1980-1990  Arf! Arf!    0:19:58 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Pierre Bastien 
Eloj du Piqueupe   Options Musiques Paralloïdres  Lowlands 
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0:22:57 (Pop‑up)
Noah Creshevsky  Sonata   Options The Tape Music of Noah Creshevsky 1971-1992  Em    0:29:34 (Pop‑up)
The Electric Light Orchestra  Mr. Radio   Options The Electric Light Orchestra  United Artists    0:34:35 (Pop‑up)
Cinerama  Yesterday Once More   Options Cinerama Holiday  Manifesto    0:39:28 (Pop‑up)
John Cage  Radio Music   Options Fluxus Anthology  Anthology Records 
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0:42:56 (Pop‑up)
Bob & Ray  Matt Neffer, Boy Spotwelder   Options Vintage Bob & Ray, vol 2      0:45:08 (Pop‑up)
Beach Boys  Let the Wind Blow   Options Wild Honey  Capitol    0:48:45 (Pop‑up)
The Weather Station  Transmission   Options The A.V. Club   
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0:50:56 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Shudder to Think 
pH Balanced   Options High Art (soundtrack)  Velvel    0:54:30 (Pop‑up)
Bad Livers  Dancing Days   Options The Song Retains the Name vol 2 (various artists)  Safe House    0:59:30 (Pop‑up)
Afida Es & The Siglap Boys  Jangan Goda   Options Pop Yeh Yeh: Psychedelic Rock from Singapore and Malaysia 1964-1970  Sublime Frequencies     1:01:48 (Pop‑up)
Virgina Dare  Camellia   Options Baby Got Away  Absolutely Kosher 
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1:03:16 (Pop‑up)
Duane Eddy  Stalkin'   Options Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel  Jamie    1:06:06 (Pop‑up)
James Brown  Funky President (People It's Bad)   Options Make it Funky: The Big Payback 1971-1975  Polydor    1:08:29 (Pop‑up)
De La Soul  Patti Dooke   Options Buhloone Mindstate  Tommy Boy 
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1:12:23 (Pop‑up)
Bill Withers  Use Me   Options Still Bill  Sussex    1:18:31 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Pierre Bastien 
Odovinil   Options Musiques Paralloïdres  Lowlands 
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1:22:07 (Pop‑up)
Medusa Cyclone  Dr. Weird   Options Mr. Devil  Third Gear    1:28:23 (Pop‑up)
Utility Project  Take Your Dreams   Options Empress of Ireland  Utility Project    1:30:52 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Scene  My Dreams Are Losing Their Teeth   Options Sealight  Merge 
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1:34:51 (Pop‑up)
Patty Duke (song by Rod McKuen and Henry Mancini)  Dear David (includes "Natale" and "We")   Options Me, Natalie (soundtrack)  Coumbia    1:38:54 (Pop‑up)
Alec Wilder Octet  Such a Tender Night   Options 78 (originally)  Brunswick    1:42:30 (Pop‑up)
The Kropotkins  Cricket Blues   Options Portents of Love  Mulatta    1:45:41 (Pop‑up)
Moviola  Sunburn   Options Glen Echo Autoharp  Spirit of Orr    1:49:17 (Pop‑up)
Shannon and the Clams  Ozma   Options Dreams in the Rat House  Hardly Art 
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1:52:32 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Johnny Beecher 
Sax Fifth Avenue   Options 45 played at 33  Warner Bros.    1:56:06 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:43am Charlie:

First! (OK, I cheated.)
Avatar 10:57am βrian:

Only because my lurking was silent, yo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:02am Charlie:

That's why it's called lurking.
Avatar 11:23am doyle:

yay wow ...not lurking, stalking
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26am Charlie:

Also a nice, quiet activity. Carry on, boys and girls.
Avatar 11:41am doyle:

heading to slumber town to sleep off a nasty sinus infection. wait. no one cares... i will listen in my sleep...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:42am Charlie:

Sleep it off and feel better, Doyle!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am mauri:

www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Michael:

G'day Charlie and all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am doctorjazz:

Almost that time...
Avatar 12:00pm βrian:

I place my hand on the Sanctuary Knocker.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm Michael:

"What Knockers!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Charlie:

Hello, Mauri, Michael, doctorjazz, ßrian, (Doyle), and Mel!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Artie Haywire:

So refreshing!
Avatar 12:06pm Dominick:

hola
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Charlie:

Hola, Artie and Dominick, and Señor Wences!
  12:08pm Doug Schulkind:

Busy Doing Nothing audience: The glad scene
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm Charlie:

Hola Doug!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm Cliff:

Good afternoon everyone, this music is cheering me up while I finish my taxes
Avatar 12:10pm βrian:

Out of the frying pan and into the lyre.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Charlie:

Out of the frying pan and into the fryer.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Michael:

Lost on the BQE.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Charlie:

Hello, Cliff -- hope the music doesn't distract you from your fiduciary details. (Can I say fiduciary on the air?)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Charlie:

DQE on the BQE. PDQ!
Avatar 12:14pm βrian:

QED, n'est-ce pas ?
Avatar 12:16pm Dominick:

oh, wow
  12:16pm emily:

Thanks for this, Charlie!
Avatar 12:17pm βrian:

And LSD, of course.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Charlie:

Hello Emily!
I do not want to drive the BQE on LSD, thank you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm Parq:

Anyone else remember this?

www.officialpattyduke.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm Cliff:

βrian: The new thing is ETH-LAD
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm Wendy del Formaggio:

I just tuned in. Good timing! 45s on 33 1/3! This song is so much better at this speed. Thanks, Charlie!
Avatar 12:21pm βrian:

A 45 manqué has found its raison d'être.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Charlie:

Hello, Wendy! And you're just my speed :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:23pm Wendy del Formaggio:

Aww, thanks, Charlie! Welcome back. It's nice to hear you, and will be even better to see you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:23pm Parq:

Wendy, your playlist icon reminds me -- I'm finally gonna get to see S&B -- it's got a week long run in the Village, with at least one celeb FMU personality appearance every day.
Avatar 12:28pm βrian:

This Bastien would make for a good bike commuting loop.
Avatar 12:29pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
  12:29pm sugarwolf:

Hello hello
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Wendy del Formaggio:

Parq, yup, Glenn L. made the .gif from the trailer to S&B! I wish I could be there to see it. I hafta wait til I get the DVD.
Avatar 12:30pm 67tele:

i've naught to say this day...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm Charlie:

Hello, 67tele -- thanks for dropping by and saying nothing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm Charlie:

And big busy doing nothing greets to:
Parq, sugarwolf, and ndBob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Cliff:

This sounds like what it feels like to do my taxes.
Avatar 12:34pm βrian:

Who is pulling the string on this talking doll?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Charlie:

Cliff, this is what I meant when I said I hope you wouldn't get distracted...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Cliff:

Hehe, not a problem, I'm doing it online and mostly have to click "no" and "continue" buttons
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm Uncle Michael:

This is as good as the Carpenters cover I heard on the Duane Train this week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm Charlie:

-- "Did anyone give you a gift of a million dollars?"
-- "No"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm Charlie:

Hi Uncle Michael -- Do tell, what song was it?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm Cliff:

If I were a blind clergyman railroad engineer who lived part of the year in Yonkers and owned rental property in NYC and paid taxes in Canada, it would be a lot more complicated apparently
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Uncle Michael:

A version of "We've Only Just Begun" by The Singers Unlimited .
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm doctorjazz:

love this Cinrama cover!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:45pm Charlie:

Will check, UM. Also partial to Sonic Youth's cover of Superstar.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Uncle Michael:

Matt Nepher! Boy spot-welder! Yay!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Parq:

By me, no version of Superstar can top Mac Cumella's version at the 2007 Hoof & Mouth finale.
  12:47pm Listening Out There:

...Todd...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm Uncle Michael:

how far away can the Webley Webster Book Club of the Air be?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:51pm Charlie:

Meeting at the House of Toast.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:51pm Charlie:

Hello Listening Out There.
  12:58pm Listening Out There:

Hey, Charlie! I'm enjoying your show as usual, from the left coast.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Cliff:

I just filed. Now I can be busy doing nothing while listening to Busy Doing Nothing!
  1:03pm Listening Out There:

Life is better with Afida...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm Charlie:

Lefties and righties all welcome on Busy Doing Nothing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:10pm Wendy del Formaggio:

YES! I love this JB song. People people!
Avatar 1:10pm geezerette:

This is more than nothing. :)
Avatar 1:11pm geezerette:

This should be Bernie's campaign song!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:15pm Charlie:

Hello geezerette -- Yes! They often play "Disco Inferno" before events where he speaks ("bern baby bern").
  1:16pm gary mitchell:

they're cousins, identical cousins . .
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:16pm Charlie:

got to get over before we go under. word.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:17pm Charlie:

Hey Gary "loves his rock and roll, a hot dog makes him lose control" Mitchell!
Avatar 1:18pm geezerette:

Hey Charlie! Exactly! JB for veep,that could be a posthumus position.
  1:18pm gary mitchell:

love the way they weave in "people make the world go round"
Avatar 1:18pm ndbob:

@Charlie of course I had an "identical rodents" screen name that night - and Heya Gary!
  1:19pm gary mitchell:

how are thee, nd
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:19pm Uncle Michael:

If it feels this good getting used...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:20pm People Like Us:

LOVELY SHOW
sorry caps lock
lovely show
Avatar 1:20pm geezerette:

You are on fire man. Great music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:21pm Charlie:

Yes! thank you, Gary, was trying to ID that sample.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:21pm Cliff:

HI PLU
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:22pm Charlie:

Hello, People Like Us! How are we (people like us) today?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:24pm People Like Us:

we have been shovelling poo at the allotment
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:25pm Parq:

You got to see the whole Portland contingent! Wow, Miss Georgia is, what, 12 now?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:27pm Ike:

What, no Laure of the classic I'm Sorry I Had To Kill That Guy show with Laure? #wfmudeepcut
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:33pm Charlie:

Hello Ike! Did I forget to say, Hi Parq? Hi Parq.
PLU -- And we thank you for removing your boots before you came in.
Yes, 12 -- good math/memory skills there, Parq!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:40pm People Like Us:

this reminds me of Rod McKuen
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:42pm Parq:

Charlie, you did before. Hi back atcha. How's that going with G? H&B tired of eye-rolling yet?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:42pm People Like Us:

oh, that explains it, ha ha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:42pm Parq:

Dear Natalie. This is David. Who the hell *are* you?
Avatar 1:43pm βrian:

Ach, Bill Withers? Starvation led me astray.
  1:44pm gary mitchell:

cohabitation led me astray
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:45pm Charlie:

cohabitation is such a sexy word...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:45pm Charlie:

not sure I could bring myself to actually watch that movie.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:45pm Cliff:

Wow, the IRS already accepted my return, that was fast
  1:45pm Listening Out There:

If I'm anagramming correctly, "Me, Natalie" can become "lame ant lie"
  1:45pm gary mitchell:

man, i gotta check out more Wilder.... this is spacey
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:46pm Charlie:

I hope they process your refund as quickly.
  1:46pm Listening Out There:

Oops, one too many L's. Shoot me...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:46pm Cliff:

Actually I have to pay (not that much), that's probably why it went through so quick :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47pm Charlie:

Alec Wilder sure wrote some good music and songs.
Avatar 1:47pm βrian:

Charlie Lewis = Wiseacre Hill
Avatar 1:54pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie! and a song from a rat titled album!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm Charlie:

Vlada and the Clams :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Cliff:

Really enjoyed the show today Charlie, my first tuning in, next time I'll make sure I have nothing to do while listening ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm People Like Us:

great show!
Avatar 1:58pm ndbob:

Indeed Charlie!
  1:58pm gary mitchell:

"Bob and Ray were my David Bowie" ---Judd Apatow
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:58pm Ike:

Wiseacre Hill. I like that. If you ever have to or want to change the name of yr show, Wiseacre Hill wouldn't be the worst choice.
Avatar 1:58pm βrian:

One more hour, please, Charlie.
Avatar 2:00pm geezerette:

Now we have to DO something?
Avatar 2:00pm βrian:

I thought that was Mo' Viola.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm Cliff:

I don't, geezerette :D
  2:00pm Listening Out There:

Bye, Beezee!
Avatar 2:01pm geezerette:

Yay Cliff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01pm Charlie:

thanks everyone :)
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