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 November 2016 Options | Hail to thee, fat person!

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Artist Song Album Label Images Approx. start time
The Mamas & the Papas  Creeque Alley   Options Creeque Alley: The History Of The Mamas And The Papas  MCA 
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K.D. Lang and the Reclines  Big Boned Gal   Options Absolute Torch and Twang  Sire    0:03:32 (Pop‑up)
Ann Jones and Her Western Sweethearts  A Big Fat Gal Like Me   Options Ann Jones and Her Western Sweethearts, 1949-1954  Cattle Compact 
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0:06:42 (Pop‑up)
Hoagy Carmichael  Huggin' and Chalkin'   Options Ole Buttermilk Sky  Collectors' Choice    0:08:46 (Pop‑up)
Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox  All About That Bass, featuring Kate Davis   Options Historical Misappropriation  self-released 
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0:11:23 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Henry Mancini 
Green Onions   Options Uniquely Mancini  RCA    0:15:03 (Pop‑up)
Stan Kenton & June Christy  Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy   Options June Christy and the Stan Kenton Orchestra  Collectors' Choice 
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0:17:54 (Pop‑up)
Slim Gaillard Quartette  Dunkin' Bagel   Options 78 (not from this great film clip)  Melodisc    0:20:22 (Pop‑up)
Jeanne Steig & William Steig  Mishmash, read by Matt Fiveash   Options Alpha Beta Chowder  Harper Collins 
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0:23:15 (Pop‑up)
Dee Dee Sharp  Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)   Options It's Mashed Potato Time  Cameo    0:23:38 (Pop‑up)
Louis Jordan  Boogie Woogie Blue Plate   Options 78 (originally)  Decca    0:25:46 (Pop‑up)
Christopher Guest & Gilda Radner  Flash Bazbo in a Restaurant   Options National Lampoon Radio Hour box set  Rhino 
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0:28:27 (Pop‑up)
The Soulsetters  Cecil, the Unwnted French Fry   Options The Soul Side of the Street (Hot Phoenix Soul Sides from the Vaults of Hadley Murrell)  Dionysus    0:29:09 (Pop‑up)
Dave Van Ronk  One Meatball   Options No Dirty Names  Verve    0:33:09 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Booker T. & The MGs 
Mo' Onions   Options The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-1968 (various artists)  Stax    0:36:29 (Pop‑up)
Spinal Tap  Big Bottom   Options This Is Spinal Tap  Polygram    0:40:01 (Pop‑up)
Jeanne Steig & William Steig  My Gruesome Gilbert, read by Amanda Nazario   Options Alpha Beta Chowder  Harper Collins 
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Root Boy Slim  Dare to Be Fat   Options These People are Nuts! (various artists)  I.R.S.    0:43:52 (Pop‑up)
Victor Buono  Fat   Options Heavy  DorĂ©    0:47:43 (Pop‑up)
Randy Newman  Davy the Fat Boy   Options Live  Reprise    0:51:45 (Pop‑up)
Jeanne Steig & William Steig  Worrywart, read by Bill Mac   Options Alpha Beta Chowder  Harper Collins 
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0:54:26 (Pop‑up)
Fats Domino  The Fat Man   Options My Blue Heaven: The Best of  EMI    0:55:30 (Pop‑up)
cast  Food, Glorious Food   Options Oliver!  Colgems    0:58:21 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Herbie Hancock 
Fat Mama   Options Fat Albert Rotunda  Warner Bros. Seven Arts Records 
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1:01:10 (Pop‑up)
Alex McMurray  Ninth Ward Chickens   Options Ninth Ward Chickens  self-released    1:06:04 (Pop‑up)
Wanda Jackson  Let's Have a Party   Options Vintage Collection  Capitol    1:10:14 (Pop‑up)
Utility Project  Groundhog   Options Groundhog single  Utility Project    1:12:14 (Pop‑up)
Holy Modal Rounders  Mole in the Ground   Options 2  Prestige 
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1:14:26 (Pop‑up)
Todd Colby  Cake   Options Word Up (various artists)  Virgin    1:17:14 (Pop‑up)
The Rutles  Cheese and Onions   Options The Rutles  Warner Bros.    1:18:08 (Pop‑up)
Jeanne Steig & William Steig  Obadiah Overcome, read by Doug Schulkind   Options Alpha Beta Chowder  Harper Collins 
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1:20:48 (Pop‑up)
Frankie Laine & Jo Stafford  Piece A-Puddin'   Options 78 (originally)  Columbia    1:21:15 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Herbie Hancock 
Fat Albert Rotunda   Options Fat Albert Rotunda  Warner Bros. Seven Arts Records 
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1:23:15 (Pop‑up)
Fat Boys  Wipeout (with the Beach Boys)   Options 12-inch single  Tin Pan Apple    1:28:00 (Pop‑up)
Ian Dury  The Body Song   Options Lord Upminster  Polydor 
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Slapp Happy  Everybody's Slimmin'   Options Acnalbasac Noom (reissue)  ReR    1:37:09 (Pop‑up)
Sugarhill Gang  Rapper's Delight (excerpt)   Options Sugarhill Gang  Sugarhill Records    1:41:08 (Pop‑up)
"Weird Al" Yankovic  Eat It   Options Even Worse  Rock 'n' Roll 
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Allan Sherman  Hail to Thee, Fat Person   Options My Son the Nut  Warner Bros.    1:46:12 (Pop‑up)
Hasil Adkins  Chicken Hunch   Options Poultry in Motion  Norton    1:48:29 (Pop‑up)
Slim Gaillard & Slam Stewart  Matzoh Balls   Options 78  Vocalion 
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1:53:20 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Johnny Beecher 
Sax Fifth Avenue   Options 45 played at 33  Warner Bros.    1:55:51 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:02am People Like Us:

Morning Charlie :)))
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08am Charlie:

Well, hello to you too!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:44am Michael:

Morning Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47am Charlie:

Hello Michael! Happy holiday to you. How's it progressing?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:52am Michael:

It's fine. Pretty much zipped up 'cept for the bird which is in now. How goes it up north?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54am Charlie:

Quiet and calm (except for the show, of course). Just cooking a simple meal afterwards, relaxing with some movies, just me and Mrs. Busy.
Avatar 11:55am Perri:

Hi Charlie--Food Songs?!? Wouldn't miss this for anything! :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Michael:

Pretty quiet here as well. Daughter home for weekend, and Mother in Law. Some good movies sounds good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am Charlie:

Hey, Perri! Nice to see you:)
Avatar 12:00pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
Avatar 12:02pm Mayuko:

Good afternoon Charlie and everyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm listener james from westwood:

Chaz! Happiest of days! Will be taking you mobile, then suffusing my Thanksgiving destination with the mellow sounds of Nothing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Doug Schulkind:

This show is gonna be phat.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Charlie:

Hiya Bob! Well met.
Mayuko -- a pleasure!
James! Doug!!!
  12:04pm AWS from MP:

All the best to you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Michael:

And thanks for doing the show today - perfect side dish. Or is it like a fine wine paired with dinner.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Charlie:

and to you, AWS from MP
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Charlie:

Michael -- the correct wine to pair with today's show is definitely Mad Dog, or maybe Ripple. Or something in a box. Or whatever matches your clothes, so if you spill, no one will notice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm Doug Schulkind:

k.d. made a new(ish) record with Laura Veirs and Neko Case. Very quite excellent it is.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Charlie:

Doug -- I've been wanting to hear that one! Glad to hear you like it.
  12:11pm Jeff g.:

Can I hide from my family in here? Hi, Charlie, and all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm annie:

oh good you caught the hoagy birthday!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Charlie:

Hi Jeff G! Yes, hide away.
Annie -- oh yes:)
  12:12pm AWS from MP:

Thanks Charlie. 2/3 of my message disappeared in the ether. Oh well. Enjoying the show
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm annie:

my ride is going to be here later, so, yes imma listening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm listener james from westwood:

Aaaah, this Meghan Trainor cover is the bomb!
Avatar 12:15pm ndbob:

Heya Annie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm annie:

hey nd!!! you going to share food with someone toay?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm Charlie:

James -- ain't it, though? I'll post the link to the video in a little bit.
Avatar 12:17pm Bill Mac:

Listening whilst jamming genoa salami and provolone slices into my mouth. Enjoying the audio along with vigorous mastication!
Avatar 12:17pm ndbob:

@annie actually I will just be here by myself all day - making the all American food - cheeseburgers:)
  12:18pm Jeff g.:

Amended to say: can I hide out here with my family?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm mauri:

tea and chocolate swingin here.
Avatar 12:19pm Bill Mac:

Mauri!
  12:21pm bill:

Charlie--I was in a deep depression once and your show and sense of humor helped me get out of it. so in the spirit of thanksgiving, thank you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:21pm annie:

i have many friends who will be raising glasses solo today. if i was going to be alone it would be grilled PB&Js and red wine! as it is, pot luck at a friend's house. one of those catch-all things for people who ain't got places to go. a dry event, though, so imbibing now..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Charlie:

Hey big Bill Mac:)!
hi Bill
hi Mauri!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Parq:

HIlda! I absolutely adore her pinups. Good day, Charlie, I am here quite live, no cooking duties, restaurant reservs for 8:45 PM. (The kid's BF is working until 8 in a comic book shop. Who buys comics on Thanksgiving Day, I have no idea, but it's comforting to know they'll be in good hands.) Relaxing with Mrs. Parq, my coffee and your terrific show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Parq:

Bill Mac, all good wishes to you and Mrs. Mac on this fine day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:23pm Charlie:

bill -- very happy to hear that! :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:24pm Charlie:

Parq! Greetings!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:24pm Parq:

Smash! In the coffee.
Avatar 12:24pm Bill Mac:

Heya Parq & Missus P! Thanks much and the same to you.
  12:25pm Jeff g.:

Ok I'll bite: what the hell is Apple pandotti?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm doctorjazz:

Great Slim! Making me hungry. Heading for the elderly relatives soon, keep you on in the car.
  12:26pm gary mitchell:

slim gaillard dictionary right here: http://www.pocreations.com/vout.html
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm Goyim in the AM:

Apple pan dowdy, also known as brown Betty, is an apple dessert casserole kinda thing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm Charlie:

hey there doctor jazz! and gary mitchell!
Avatar 12:28pm ndbob:

Heya Gary!!
Avatar 12:28pm Brian in UK:

Hello Charlie.
Chewing water over here.
Avatar 12:29pm doyle:

happy nothing day!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Parq:

The Steig family are, collectively, another national treasure.
Avatar 12:30pm Bill Mac:

@BiUK Ay!
Avatar 12:30pm Brian in UK:

Voot. (not sure Slim would approve of the full stop)
  12:30pm gary mitchell:

Vout-O-La to you bob
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Parq:

Flash Basbo!
Avatar 12:31pm doyle:

this playlist is miles better than my shoo fly pie
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm Parq:

Okay, my apologies for giving it the British spelling.
Avatar 12:32pm Brian in UK:

Mr Mac, greetings to you and Maxine.
Avatar 12:35pm Brian in UK:

@Goyim how's the things in your neck of the woods?
Avatar 12:35pm Bill Mac:

Same to you Brian. Makin' room fer turkey...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Charlie:

belated greetings to Goyim in the AM, Brian in UK, doyle!
  12:37pm Jeff g.:

Ah, thanks @Goyim! Pan dowdy. Phew.
Avatar 12:38pm Bill Mac:

Mishmash by Fiveash? Intentional methinks. Great recitation btw.
Avatar 12:38pm Brian in UK:

We got to wait four weeks for that monster to land on the table. Difficult to appreciate what Thanksgiving means to you folks over here.
Avatar 12:39pm Bill Mac:

Basically football, parades and food...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:40pm Goyim in the AM:

Diamond in the back, sunroof top, making the scene with a gangster lean. Also pie.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm annie:

and cab calloway in the wings?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm Doug Schulkind:

Mmmmm, wings!
Avatar 12:42pm Bill Mac:

Arthur Godfrey.... Spinal Tap!
Avatar 12:43pm Brian in UK:

Do all the shops shut today?
Avatar 12:44pm Bill Mac:

Big stores open after dinner
Avatar 12:44pm Brian in UK:

Laughing out loud.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm Parq:

Brian, more of them than most holidays. Supermarkets are open, but close early. Convenience stores stay open. Unfortunately, the trend for the last two or three years ago is for big-box stores to open and begin the Christmas feeding frenzy.
Avatar 12:45pm Brian in UK:

Black Friday Week. What is that?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Parq:

I had seen this movie at least five times before a pal seeing it for the first time pointed out that all three of the front-men were playing basses on this number.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Parq:

Brian, you're better off not knowing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Goyim in the AM:

This is new, Brian -- I left the states 20 years ago, and shops were closed on Thanksgiving after, say, 2 or 4. But you'd go to the movies (back when there were movies).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm annie:

omg, root boy slim! blast from the past!
Avatar 12:47pm Brian in UK:

Parq there is so much juice in that film. Must watch it again soon.
  12:53pm Jeff g.:

Hate to be that guy, but today we're also celebrating colonialism and genocide and the myth of American exceptionalism. Also football.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Charlie:

thanks to Uncle Michael for suggesting this Victor Buono track -- I'd never heard it before -- it's brilliant!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Charlie:

and King Kong, Jeff G
Avatar 12:58pm Bill Mac:

Who woulda thought:

thefreegeorge.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm annie:

damn, just when the music gets good, i have to split..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm annie:

thanks charlie!!! stay cool, man..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:00pm Charlie:

here's the video for that great cover of "all about that bass": www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Charlie:

seeya, annie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm annie:

mmwahh!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:04pm Doug Schulkind:

In case you don't get completely engorged on songs about tender morsels, tune in to the Drummer Stream tomorrow morning.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:07pm Doug Schulkind:

Bill Mac will be filling in for Mayuko and Play Vertigo on December 3 and December 10!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:09pm Charlie:

what's the recipe for gypsy chicken?
Avatar 1:10pm doyle:

time to go yell at my kids..it takes my undivided attention, great show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:11pm Charlie:

ty, doyle -- btw your song coming up in a few minutes:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:19pm Doug Schulkind:

@Charlie
Just remembered this: WFMU used to have a book of Victor Buono poems, including "Fat," in the downstairs bathroom reading rack in the house at 580 Springdale Ave.!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:22pm Charlie:

haha! good bathroom reading!
Avatar 1:25pm Brian in UK:

Great show Charlie, off to the kitchen.
Have a gut busting Thanksgiving everyone.
Avatar 1:28pm Brian in UK:

Charlie, would love to see the sunset from Valparaiso.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:31pm Charlie:

thanks for stopping by, Brian
Avatar 1:38pm Bill Mac:

Yeah man, off to visit the family. Thanks for the journey Charlie. Happy T-Day! Bye all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:39pm Charlie:

thanks for hangin out, Bill Mac! and for reading that poem for the show! have a good day!
Avatar 1:44pm doyle:

yay thanks for the spin!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:45pm Charlie:

groundhog -- perfect song for thanksgiving!
Avatar 1:46pm ndbob:

any rodent song is perfect for Thanksgiving:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47pm doctorjazz:

Been listening On The Garden State And NJ Tpk, made the drive fun, now have to get the elderly relatives (too bad I ain't got Nothig for the drive home...)
Eat It!!!!
Have a great one, all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47pm Charlie:

yes, bob! i believe firesign theater did a think called "rat in a box," but i don't have it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47pm Charlie:

seeya, drjazz!
Avatar 1:50pm Snortley:

Firesign tells us: "Our Lord is a mighty hot dog!"
Avatar 1:51pm Monica:

hysterical, chaz!!! love allan sherman. what was that short ordering indian food just before this? happy holiday to YOU, chazaloo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:52pm Charlie:

hey Snortley!
Monica! great to see ya. that was from an episode of Brit crime drama, "New Tricks," but I don't think I know what episode (and there were many)
Avatar 1:55pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
Avatar 1:55pm Monica:

so great - just like you! have a beautiful holiday. time to strap on the feed bag....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Charlie:

thanks, bob!
seeya, Mo -- have a great one!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Charlie:

an extra dish of Slim Gaillard...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Parq:

Benn on the phone with a beloved aunt, and so missed the whole second half except for half-hearing it in the background. Loved hearing Weird Al, digging Slim, wishing you, Charlie, the very best of the day in lovely New E.
Avatar 1:57pm ndbob:

I think it's a safe bet Hasil never ate gefilte fish
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Michael:

Great show Charlie - thanks for sharing kitchen duties! You and Mrs. Busy enjoy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Charlie:

Thanks everyone for being here today -- have a great day/holiday/week/whatever!
Avatar 2:00pm Mayuko:

Thank you Charlie! Hope you have a wonderful rest of the Thanksgiving day.
Avatar 2:02pm Perri:

Wonderful as always--thank you, Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:04pm Charlie:

Thanks everyone -- will catch up on comments later:)
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