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Playlist for 17 November 2016 Options | Love is all around

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Artist Song Album Label Approx. start time
Oneida  All Arounder   Options Anthem of the Moon  Jagjaguwar   
Tim Burgess and Peter Gordon  Around (aka Love Is All Around Me)   Options Same Language, Different Worlds  O Genesis  0:03:15 (Pop‑up)
Silver Apples  Nothing Matters   Options Clinging to a Dream  Chickencoop  0:09:26 (Pop‑up)
your host sings  Love Is in the Air (John Paul Young)   Options over karaoke backing track  Scotti Bros. (originally)  0:14:04 (Pop‑up)
Petula Clark  Round Every Corner   Options I Love to Sing (box set)  Sequel  0:17:49 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Bunny Kick   Options Uh-oh!  Asphodel  0:20:12 (Pop‑up)
L.L. Cool J  Around the Way Girl   Options Mama Said Knock You Out  Def Jam / Columbia  0:25:41 (Pop‑up)
Byrds  The World Turns All Around Her   Options Turn! Turn! Turn! (bonus track)  Columbia  0:29:26 (Pop‑up)
Lisa Stansfield  All Around the World   Options Affection  Arista  0:31:41 (Pop‑up)
Peter Sellers  She Loves You   Options The Peter Sellers Collection  EMI  0:36:01 (Pop‑up)
Ramones  Howling at the Moon (Sha-La-La)   Options Too Tough to Die  Sire  0:37:44 (Pop‑up)
Miriam (Linna)  Afterglow   Options Down Today  Norton  0:41:45 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Jerry Goldsmith 
New York Skyline (from Our Man Flint)   Options In Like Flint/Our Man Flint (soundtrack)  Varèse Sarabande  0:44:40 (Pop‑up)
Four Tops  Reach Out I'll Be There   Options collection  Motown  0:49:34 (Pop‑up)
Joy Division  From Safety to Where...   Options Substance (reissue bonus track)  Earcom; Factory; London; Rhino; whatever  0:52:22 (Pop‑up)
Tune-Yards  Safety   Options Bird-Brains  4AD  0:54:33 (Pop‑up)
Diane Cluck  Easy to Be Around   Options Oh Vanille/Ova Nil  Important Records  0:59:24 (Pop‑up)
The Clash  Look Here   Options Sandinista!  CBS  1:03:01 (Pop‑up)
Isley Brothers  Love the One You're With   Options Givin' It Back  T Neck  1:06:10 (Pop‑up)
Bill Nettles  When Your Own Love Ain't Around   Options 78 (originally)  Mercury  1:09:52 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Lew Howard All Stars 
Hula Rock   Options Super Sounds of Bosworth (various artists)  Trunk  1:12:11 (Pop‑up)
Mose Allison  Foolkiller   Options The Word From Mose  Atlantic  1:18:40 (Pop‑up)
Leon Russell  Manhattan Island Serenade   Options Carney  Shelter Records  1:21:00 (Pop‑up)
Peggy Lee  A Song for You   Options Norma Deloris Egstrom from Jamestown North Dakota  Capitol  1:23:52 (Pop‑up)
Patrik Fitzgerald  Safety Pin Stuck In My Heart   Options Safety Pins, Secret Live and the Paranoid Ward (The Best of 1977-1986)  Cherry Red  1:29:02 (Pop‑up)
Frank Gari  TV network affiliate jingle   Options reel  Frank Gari Productions  1:31:35 (Pop‑up)
The Spinners  I'll Be There   Options 7-inch single (originally)  Atlantic  1:32:40 (Pop‑up)
Bruce Nauman  You May Not Want to Be Here   Options Raw Materials  (installation at the Tate Modern, London)  1:35:51 (Pop‑up)
Spongetones  Whenever You're Around   Options Textural Drone Thing  Black Vinyl  1:37:22 (Pop‑up)
L.T.D.  (Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again   Options 7-inch single  A&M  1:40:33 (Pop‑up)
Joe Jackson  Baby Stick Around   Options Look Sharp!  A&M  1:44:09 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Shirley Scott 
People Make the World Go 'Round   Options Superstition  Cadet  1:47:40 (Pop‑up)
Troggs  Love Is All Around   Options 7-inch single (originally)  Fontana  1:50:52 (Pop‑up)
XTC  No Thugs in Our House   Options English Settlement  Virgin  1:54:01 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Johnny Beecher 
Sax Fifth Avenue   Options 45 played at 33  Warner Bros.  1:59:04 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 11:59am βrian:

What we talk about when we talk about safety pins.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm listener james from westwood:

Welcome back, Charlie!!
Avatar 12:01pm Michael:

This is my safe place. Hiya Charlie.
Avatar 12:03pm Mayuko:

Hello Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Charlie:

Hello ßrian, James, Michael, Mayuko! Happy to see you:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm annie:

i'm here, but listening to Chris M's opening tune
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Charlie:

Hi annie, and where is "here," anyway?
Avatar 12:08pm βrian:

"Here" is Charlie's Love Den, no?
  12:08pm sugarwolf:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Charlie:

hello, unadorned, original sugarwolf :)
  12:12pm judy from croton:

Tralala and hello from lunch break here in a littered parking lot on the Long Island Sound
Avatar 12:15pm βrian:

Is Bosco at hand, Judy?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm listener james from westwood:

Our second sing-along of the day!
Avatar 12:20pm βrian:

Is a lament-along a thing?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm annie:

well, here was there on another pop-up. now i'm "Here"
  12:20pm jan:

Hi Charlie- lovin petula!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm Charlie:

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

and Jan!
  12:21pm judy from croton:

Go Charlie, basso profundo
  12:22pm testingwithfire:

Good morning from Honolulu airport, Charlie and fellow loafers. Headed back to mainland, no desire to do so.
Avatar 12:22pm βrian:

We all need a bunny kick from time to time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:23pm listener james from westwood:

We're part land, part temporary autonomous zone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:24pm thatpatsmith:

Land sakes, Charlie
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Charlie:

hey there, testingwithfire
hi, thatpatsmith
the more the merrier
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm listener james from westwood:

This LL is a good'un.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm listener james from westwood:

Judy, Judy, Judy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Goyim in the AM:

In the ever popular category of "Damn it, I always get those two mixed up", Lisa Stansfield and Tracey Ullman. I think it's the eyes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm listener james from westwood:

Love love love this Stansfield track.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm listener james from westwood:

Yorkshireman I once worked with knew her in uni and said she was an aces person.
Avatar 12:38pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm Dominick:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm listener james from westwood:

I always imagine this track is Dr. Strangelove diverting himself in the War Room between trips to the remaining nuke-war survival rations.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Parq:

There's a lot of laughing to keep from crying these days (more than just the political situation in my case, though I wouldn't bore you with the details), and so literally laughing out loud at the Strangelove-Beatles mashup felt really, really good. Even Mrs. Parq laughed out loud.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm annie:

Mr Blandings?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Charlie:

Hey there, Goyim, Bob, Dominick, Parq!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Charlie:

annie -- yes, good call!
  12:53pm sugarwolf:

I like all the versions I've heard of this song. Even Lola Falana singing it Italian!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm doctorjazz:

Hi all, meetings (yuck), back now for the rest of nothingness.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm Charlie:

sugarwolf -- i would *love* to hear lola falana sing that song in italian!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm Charlie:

and hi, doctorjazz
  12:56pm judy from croton:

Oh no, Bosco's at home. What time is it? Oh, he's projectile peeing in the laundry (clean) basket right around now.
  12:57pm judy from croton:

Judy is the fifth worst name ever.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm Charlie:

what are the first four?
  12:59pm sugarwolf:

@Charlie: look up Lola Falana and Gira Gira on YouTube.

Don't look at any recent Lola Falana videos, she found religion and in a super unfun way :(
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm annie:

aaawww, we love our pets, right??
Avatar 1:00pm βrian:

I used to think "Gretchen" was awful until I heard it pronounced by a northern German speaker. That was lovely!
  1:02pm JtotheK:

Hi everyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm Charlie:

hi there JtotheK
  1:10pm jan:

Hmmm- love the one your with... what kind of advice is that?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:11pm Parq:

Jan, lots of people get that wrong. It's not, if you can't be with the one you love because you're out of town, it's, if you can't be with the one you're love because she dumped you.
Avatar 1:13pm βrian:

Nah, it's just love the ones you're with — plain and simple.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:15pm Parq:

Well, you know best, of course. In that case, I agree with Jan -- it's a pretty bad attitude.
Avatar 1:16pm still b/p:

I always thought it had an unavoidable note of "uptight fidelity is for squares, man, and less fun," in it.

AP story on the passing of Mose Allison said his music was "covered by many in the rock world, including Van Morrison, The Who, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, the YardBirds and even the CLash.:

I thought the phrasing "even the Clash" was odd and unnecessary.
Avatar 1:16pm βrian:

Less wurst works for me.
  1:18pm JakeGould:

Avatar 1:20pm βrian:

Once in, there's no way out of the mosh pit of love.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:20pm Parq:

That "touched me" jape reminds me of a great scene in "School of Rock". The protagonist has been busted as a fake teacher and he is trying to explain to parents and teachers that he has nonetheless forged an emotional bond with his students. He makes the fatal mistake of phrasing it as "I have touched these children, and they have touched me."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:25pm doctorjazz:

Warning-recently deceased set in progress... :(
Avatar 1:26pm geezerette:

Avatar 1:27pm still b/p:

Funny to think that even in the 70s Leon and his music already had such a seasoned, storied feel.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:27pm Charlie:

how now, still b/p!
howdy, JakeGould!
well met, geezerette!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:28pm doctorjazz:

Peggy Lee doing Leon is pretty cool!
Avatar 1:29pm geezerette:

she was so classy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:29pm Charlie:

still b/p -- yeah, that phrasing is unnecessary and displays some prejudice or ignorance.
Avatar 1:32pm βrian:

So does the current symbolism of the safety pin retain any reference to punk culture?

Or what?
Avatar 1:35pm βrian:

Where's Tony Randall? Doesn't he have a song for us?
Avatar 1:35pm still b/p:

Obit habits irritate regularly. For example, writers way too often want to tell us what a musician or actor or other artist is "best known for." I say go ahead and list noted examples of the work, but don't claim to know what an artist is best/most widely known for. That's mostly unnecessary, and sometimes inaccurate, at least from my armchair.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:37pm Uncle Michael:

I'm sorry I wasn't around earlier.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:37pm annie:

@ βrian: or will they wear more or less, now that there's a new standard?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:37pm Dominick:

still b/p -- Leon was an old hand at the biz by the 70s
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:39pm Charlie:

Uncle Michael! Glad you're around now:)
Avatar 1:40pm still b/p:

Oh, I know -- just interesting that he felt like an older soul with what that creative & performance soul had accumulated in those earlier years, when there were still decades more to come!
Avatar 1:41pm βrian:

From the Ramones to the Spongetones.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:41pm Charlie:

Obit for an obit writer: "best known for making pronouncements about what the deceased was best know for"
Avatar 1:43pm geezerette:

hahaha Charlie :),
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:44pm Uncle Michael:

If one lists award-winning work, it's *probably* what an artist is best known for, and makes no presumptions about the reader.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:44pm Parq:

That stuff drives me crazy, too. I call it the "Curse of Best Known For" and it's afflicted everyone from Leon to John Gielgud ('best known for his role as the beloved butler in Arthur"). And Charlie @1:41, you've nailed it as usual.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:46pm Uncle Michael:

"Best known as the subject of this obituary" would often be correct.
Avatar 1:47pm geezerette:

hee hee, UM!
Avatar 1:49pm geezerette:

Best known for beng known is a huge category too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:49pm Uncle Michael:

Paul Drake was such a dick.
Avatar 1:49pm βrian:

Local Man's Death Prompts Obit
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:52pm Parq:

"Bob Dylan was probably best known as the crusty, cheerful host of a satellite-radio oldies show."
Avatar 1:52pm βrian:

I can't have lunch until you're done, Charlie, and I'm *starving*!
Avatar 1:53pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
Avatar 1:53pm still b/p:

If another writer of an obit or profile tells me someone had an "unlikely" start or background for their later field, avocation or fame....I'm gonna...gonna snarl and grumble some more, that's what.
It's part of the whole family of maddening overuse and infestation of cliches that often explicity say, "You might think..." or "If you think this...you're wrong" or "think again." Crazy, crazy how flooded journalism and commercial writing is with that EVERY DAY! If you start noticing it each time, it can make YOU crazy (or just me; assumptions about others are the problem, after all). I started collecting them a few years ago. Intervention needed for me soon, maybe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:54pm Charlie:

all right, ßrian, I'll wrap it up:)
  1:56pm Listening Out There:

Hey...is this thing on?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm listener james from westwood:

still b/p: We in the copy editor cadre hail your anti-cliché policy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Uncle Michael:

still b/p, it might get better. But for now, only time will tell.
Avatar 1:57pm βrian:

Ok, use your best cliches, and write an obit for today's show.
Avatar 1:59pm geezerette:

Thank you Charlie!

See you later,funny people!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm listener james from westwood:

Was hearing that as "no bugs in our house," and I thought, your lips to the FBI's ears....

Many thanks, Chaz, and do hope the cold sees its way out soon!
Avatar 2:01pm still b/p:

I had a news director 35 years ago who said the majority of stories, in broadcast sphere, at least, end with some version of "only time/the future will tell."
Avatar 2:02pm Michael:

Workin' Workin' Workin'. Many thanks Charlie for providing a fun and thoughtful soundtrack!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:03pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks Chahley!
Avatar 2:03pm still b/p:

Good music, thanks, soothes the snags and piques.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:04pm Charlie:

Thanks, everyone -- glad you could make it today!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:04pm Charlie:

So, what's everyone doing now?
Avatar 2:05pm Michael:

Hope you have some recipes and cooking tips next week.
  2:29pm doyle:

missed the show, but damn, many of my favorites!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:47pm Charlie:

Hi doyle!
@Michael -- next week's show will be a tribute to fat people and to food! Just listening to the show will be fattening.
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