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Playlist for 03 November 2016 Options | Land of the freeform

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Artist Song Album Label Approx. start time
Ray Charles  Living for the City   Options Renaissance  Crossover   
Parliament  Chocolate City   Options Chocolate City  Casablanca  0:05:35 (Pop‑up)
Beastie Boys  So What'cha Want   Options Check Your Head  Capitol  0:11:19 (Pop‑up)
Figures of Speech  Don't Get It Twisted   Options Project Blowed (various artists)  Massmen  0:15:00 (Pop‑up)
Nancy Walker  Everything I've Got   Options I Hate Men  Camden  0:17:47 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
H. Chappell 
The Gonk   Options Unreleased Soundtrack Music From George A. Romero's Dawn of The Dead  Trunk  0:20:03 (Pop‑up)
The dB's  Let's Live for Today   Options Ride the Wild TomTom  Rhino  0:23:53 (Pop‑up)
Joni Mitchell  In France They Kiss on Main Street   Options The Hissing of Summer Lawns  Asylum  0:27:17 (Pop‑up)
Freelance Hellraiser  It Ain't Hard to Tell (Nas vs. Doors)   Options Best Bootlegs in the World vol 2 (various artists)    0:30:37 (Pop‑up)
Bad Company  Rock Steady   Options Bad Company  Swan Song  0:34:55 (Pop‑up)
Aretha Franklin  Rock Steady   Options 7-inch single  Atlantic  0:38:48 (Pop‑up)
Millie Jackson  Feel Like Making Love   Options Free and In Love  Spring  0:42:01 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Shudder to Think 
pH Balanced   Options High Art (soundtrack)  Velvel  0:46:55 (Pop‑up)
Natacha Atlas  I Put a Spell on You   Options Ayeshteni  Mantra  0:50:20 (Pop‑up)
Eric B. & Rakim  I Ain't No Joke   Options Paid in Full  4th & Broadway  0:53:45 (Pop‑up)
Ofra Haza  Im Nin'alu   Options Yemenite Songs  Shanachie  0:57:45 (Pop‑up)
XTC  Knuckle Down   Options English Settlement  Virgin  1:02:13 (Pop‑up)
Peter Sellers  dialogue   Options Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb  Columbia Pictures  1:06:41 (Pop‑up)
P.M. Dawn  If I Wuz U   Options Of the Heart, of the Soul, and of the Cross  Gee Street  1:10:20 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Jerry Goldsmith 
New York Skyline (from Our Man Flint)   Options In Like Flint/Our Man Flint (soundtrack)  Varèse Sarabande  1:15:00 (Pop‑up)
Le Futur Pompiste  A Way to Exist   Options Your Stories and Your Thoughts  Siesta  1:19:07 (Pop‑up)
Tove Nilsen  Starwaltz   Options Flash Caravan  Rune Grammofon  1:22:38 (Pop‑up)
Beach Boys  Wonderful   Options Smiley Smile  Capitol  1:26:47 (Pop‑up)
The Special AKA  Racist Friend   Options In the Studio  Chrysalis  1:29:11 (Pop‑up)
They Might Be Giants  Your Racist Friend   Options Flood  Elektra  1:33:13 (Pop‑up)
Plastilina Mosh  Monster Truck   Options Aquamosh  Capitol  1:36:13 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Archers of Loaf 
Smokin Pot in the Hot City   Options The Speed of Cattle  Alias  1:40:46 (Pop‑up)
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz  Gary's Anatomy   Options Rhapsody in Glue  Arts Council, England; bleep.com  1:44:14 (Pop‑up)
Sonic Youth  Mary-Christ   Options Goo  DGC  1:49:37 (Pop‑up)
Scritti Politti  Wood Beez (pray like aretha franklin)   Options Cupid & Psyche 85  Warner Bros.   1:52:41 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Johnny Beecher 
Sax Fifth Avenue   Options 45 played at 33  Warner Bros.  1:57:27 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm doctorjazz:

I think we're having technical difficulties...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm @sugarwolf@:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Parq:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Charlie:

hey there, doctorjazz, @sugarwolf@, Parq!
Avatar 12:04pm βrian:

Nothing doing! Bonjour Monsieur Charlie.
Avatar 12:05pm βrian:

Speaking of electricity, we're trying to decide whether to shell out for solar panels.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Lewis:

damn but ray is rocking'!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Charlie:

Howdy, ßrian, and Lewis! Yes, famous original rockin' Ray!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Parq:

Ah, memories. The day after Election Day 2008, Kenny G played this Parliament track on repeat for three solid hours.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Charlie:

ßrian -- those panels'll pay for themselves in twenty or thirty years;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm Charlie:

Parq -- I did not know that!
Avatar 12:09pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
Avatar 12:09pm βrian:

Are those beer barrels beneath the Mt. Rushmore proscenium?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Lewis:

oh that Kenny G! he is such a kidder!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Charlie:

hi there bob!
Avatar 12:11pm βrian:

Michelle Obama, 2024?
Avatar 12:13pm Michael:

Afternoon Charlie and all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Dominick:

Kick it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm Charlie:

Good day to you, Michael, and Dominick too:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm doctorjazz:

Rough start out of my computer, seems to be back to the show now, Hey all!
Avatar 12:15pm βrian:

I imagine Uncle Michael is on cloud 9 today. Has he checked in?
  12:17pm jan:

Checking in, Czeching in
  12:17pm Wilson:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Charlie:

hello, sir jan-czech! and mr Wilson, welcome!
  12:19pm Wilson:

Ah the olfactory sensations flooding back from '93.... vanillaroma trees hanging from the rear-view and cheap, cheap weed
  12:20pm gary mitchell:

free form... yep
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:21pm Parq:

Walker, Charlie, not Wilson. Wasn't it you who put the "I Hate Men" album on the blog years ago? Always wanted to thank you for that.
  12:22pm Wilson:

Yesterday biking home I got behind a guy blasting Del La's Stakes is High on his little bluetooth thing... I rode his ass just to finish out the song... and now this...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm Charlie:

Helloooooo, Gary and Henry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm doctorjazz:

Love that dB's (and most dB's)!
  12:33pm gary mitchell:

loved that Wild One drop
Avatar 12:35pm βrian:

My, this is fun. Your diminishing my election angst, Charlie.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Charlie:

yay dB's!
@Gary -- played that for Joni, 'cause she mentions Brando in that track:)
Avatar 12:37pm βrian:

"What would Brando do?"
Avatar 12:38pm ndbob:

heya Garrryy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm Charlie:

ßrian -- will check that later...
@Wilson -- I've followed people with boomboxes (back in the day) to hear the song they were playing:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm Charlie:

"Sit yourself down in your car and take a ride" -- my favorite dance move description of all time.
  12:41pm gary mitchell:

bernard purdie!
  12:42pm gary mitchell:

greetings ndb
Avatar 12:43pm Playlist spazzing?:

Disabling js seems to help.
Avatar 12:47pm βrian:

It's a sad and beautiful world.
  12:49pm Wilson:

See if this were the original track I'd be unable to truly enjoy it. But now I can feel nostalgia and revel in novelty simultaneously. Ahhhhh
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Charlie:

That purty Purdie played on so many tracks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm Charlie:

Eric B sampling the JBs' "Pass the Peas," heard last week on this radio programme.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm Charlie:

ßrian -- I notice the pledge box is taking longer to refresh today than usual; maybe that's making the playlist spazzier than usual?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:00pm Webhamster Henry:

I used to play this Ofra Haza for my kids when they were babies. This seems like a less energetic version for some reason.
Avatar 1:01pm ndbob:

Great LP here
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Charlie:

Henry -- 1) it's a nice song for babies! 2) there were two releases: Shanachie 1984 and Sire 1988 -- don't know if they were different versions tho.
Avatar 1:02pm βrian:

It was doing a perpetual refresh. Not sure why, but it seems to be better now.
Avatar 1:04pm βrian:

"Electricity comes from other planets."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:07pm Charlie:

I wish my brain cells could do a perpetual refresh.
Avatar 1:08pm northguineahills:

Avatar 1:08pm geezerette:

Avatar 1:09pm geezerette:

Morning, Charlie & pals.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:09pm Parq:

This Strangelove clip is a wonder.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:10pm Charlie:

Hola, northguineahills and geezerette! Welcome to the war room;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:11pm Parq:

Literally LOL here.
Avatar 1:11pm geezerette:

Best American accent by ANY British actor!

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, this is the WAR room!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm Webhamster Henry:

Peter Sellers' American Accent for Pres. Muffley is great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm Charlie:

geezerette -- 1) true; 2) harhar!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:13pm Charlie:

Yes, Parq, the scripting, delivery, timing, accent all add up to real hilarity. I was lol last night previewing that clip!
  1:14pm Wilson:

MAN THESE COINCIDENCES ARE CRAZY... yesterday someone at work was on the phone saying "Hello? Hello?" and I stared saying "Hello Dmitri? Hello, Dmitri?"
Avatar 1:14pm geezerette:

Muffley Merkin for president!
I don't care what that means, he looks like Adlai Stevenson. :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:15pm Charlie:

Wilson -- maybe that scenario is on our minds lately due to, um, you know, current events...
  1:16pm Wilson:

That putrescent waxen yam ain't nuking shit.
Avatar 1:17pm geezerette:

Ack,ack....'scuse me, furball, I'm allergic to intellectually lazy puedo-billionaires from Queens.
Avatar 1:18pm βrian:

If you was me, you'd be using the subjunctive.
Avatar 1:19pm Michael:

  1:19pm Wilson:

PM dawn skillful De la offspring
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:21pm @sugarwolf@:

I remember years ago being sooo offended when I found out a girl I knew didn't like Dr. Strangelove.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:22pm Parq:

Sellers piggy-backed the success of his Strangelove character by addidng to his series of idiomatic "She Loves You" covers, having it performed by a Strangelove-sounding German character. ("Beee-coss she LUFFS you! Jah! Jah, jah!") Fiveash played it once.
  1:23pm jan:

Futur Pompiste does sound like Stereolab- what's the deal>
Avatar 1:24pm geezerette:

@Parq: I love that version!!! Only found it a couple of years ago and couldn't stop laughing!
Avatar 1:25pm βrian:

There are people who don't like Joni Mitchell, too. I just can't fathom it.
Avatar 1:25pm still b/p:

@sugarwolf -- Well, she in turn might have been offended when she encountered your perspective on how women sense your power and seek the life essence.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:26pm Charlie:

sugarwolf -- dealbreaker!
Avatar 1:27pm Snortley:

Interesting context that Rusmore's a part of:
Avatar 1:27pm geezerette:

@stil b/p: haha, precious bodily fluids.
Avatar 1:27pm northguineahills:

@jan: I was in the other room, and thought it was a new release from Laetitia Sadier... apparently they're Finnish...
  1:29pm jan:

@northguineahills: shameless knock off, but with the death of Stereolab's vocalist, I suppose they thought "it's Ok."
Avatar 1:31pm geezerette:

@snortley: !!! wow! great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:32pm Charlie:

re: le Futur Pompiste -- I think it's more a case of having a similar style and sound than that they're imitating. The songs on the album are really great, and more pop. I love the album for itself!
Avatar 1:36pm geezerette:

(haha Charlie! yuck!)
  1:44pm jan:

@Charlie, I guess we'd have to hear more of the album, but as an artist, when work seems so derivative of another's work, it seems to be copying rather than influenced by. Except for Post Modernism when replication of artistic forebears became officially sanctioned.
  1:45pm Wilson:

Don't forget the late-renaissance mannerists!
  1:47pm jan:

and impressionism , cubism and abstract expressionism
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47pm Parq:

Is that actually Ergo and Vicki on vocals on this track? And no, smarty-pants, I don't mean the Merman segments.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:48pm Charlie:

Yes, that is Ergo and Vicki singing. Very much so:)
  1:51pm Wilson:

Don't forget we don't possess free will and we're merely vessels through which a deluge of predictable words flow
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:52pm Charlie:

well channelled, wilson
Avatar 1:52pm still b/p:

It's Vesselmania, brother!!!
Avatar 1:53pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:53pm Lewis:

this conflicts with my default position of "don't like" wrt Sonic Youth...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm Parq:

Another triumph. Charlie. Catch you in a week post-election.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Charlie:

Yes, next week...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Charlie:

Thanks, bob, Parq, everyone for hanging (out), listening (in), and hollering (at me). See you next time!
Avatar 1:58pm Michael:

Thanks Charlie. As Bill Mazer would say, it’s been a pleasure. And let’s hope the orange man goes away after next Tuesday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm Parq:

Got time to identify that "Something we can use" clip?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01pm Charlie:

Joe Franklin on Space Ghost Coast to Coast!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm Parq:

Thanks. You're the Man.
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