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 05 January 2017 Options | Clothes make the man

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Artist Song Album Label Images Approx. start time
Parliament  Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk (Pay Attention - B3M)   Options Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome  Casablanca    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Desi Arnaz  excerpt (read by your host)   Options A Book  Buccaneer Books 
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0:09:12 (Pop‑up)
Los Caneyes  Suspirando por el Chikichaka   Options Si Para Usted  Waxing Deep    0:13:22 (Pop‑up)
Señor Coconut and His Orchestra   Firecracker   Options Yellow Fever!  Essay    0:18:59 (Pop‑up)
Desi Arnaz  The Straw Hat Song   Options 7-inch single  MGM    0:23:24 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Tipsy 
Bunny Kick   Options Uh-oh!  Asphodel    0:26:01 (Pop‑up)
Kevin Ayers and the Whole World  Hat   Options Raw Meat, Vol. 1 (various artists)  Music for Maniacs 
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0:33:00 (Pop‑up)
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz  Hats   Options The Keystone Cut Ups  Illegal Art    0:38:37 (Pop‑up)
Ted Lewis and His Band  Wear a Hat With a Silver Lining   Options 78  Columbia    0:42:09 (Pop‑up)
Kinks  She's Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina   Options Arthur  Reprise    0:45:39 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Piero Umiliani 
Power Stations   Options The Man and the City  Right Tempo    0:48:54 (Pop‑up)
Donovan  I Love My Shirt   Options Barabajagal  Epic    0:54:17 (Pop‑up)
Bonzo Dog Band  Shirt   Options I'm the Urban Spaceman  Sunset    0:57:27 (Pop‑up)
Mickey Katz  Where Is My Pants?   Options Greatest Shticks  Koch    1:01:44 (Pop‑up)
Vaughn Monroe, with Ziggy Talent, vocal  Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long   Options 78  Bluebird    1:04:41 (Pop‑up)
Bran Flakes  Fifty Four Fifty   Options I Have Hands  Illegal Art    1:07:05 (Pop‑up)
George Harrison, et al  scene   Options A Hard Day's Night (film soundtrack)  United Artists    1:08:19 (Pop‑up)
Ziggy Talent  Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long   Options 7-inch single  ABC Paramount    1:11:00 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Shudder to Think 
pH Balanced   Options High Art (soundtrack)  Velvel    1:12:58 (Pop‑up)
Coasters  Shoppin' for Clothes   Options 7-inch single (originally)  Atco    1:17:58 (Pop‑up)
Peter Sarstedt  Take Off Your Clothes   Options Raw Meat, Vol. 1 (various artists)  Music for Maniacs    1:20:49 (Pop‑up)
Breeders  Invisible Man   Options Last Splash  4AD/Elektra 
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1:25:16 (Pop‑up)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti  Underwear   Options In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry (various artists)  Rhino    1:28:09 (Pop‑up)
Angry Man Breakfast  Trouser Ritual   Options Have Another Day  Big Tiny Records    1:31:28 (Pop‑up)
every borscht-belt comedian ever  an old joke (told by your host)   Options       1:32:38 (Pop‑up)
Fountains of Wayne  Hat and Feet   Options Utopia Parkway  Atlantic    1:34:15 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Las Comadrejas 
Oaxacatelas   Options We Are Ugly, But We Have the Music  Comad    1:36:57 (Pop‑up)
The Honeyman  Brother Bill (The Last Clean Shirt)   Options The Leiber & Stoller Story, Volume 3 Shake 'Em Up & Let 'Em Roll  Ace    1:41:44 (Pop‑up)
Bob Dylan  Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat   Options Blonde on Blonde  Columbia    1:44:21 (Pop‑up)
Pere Ubu  George Had a Hat (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options The Tenement Year  Enigma    1:48:50 (Pop‑up)
Ambrose and His Orchestra, with Sam Browne, vocal  The Sun Has Got His Hat On (edit)   Options 78 (originally)  HMV    1:51:01 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Johnny Beecher 
Sax Fifth Avenue   Options 45 played at 33  Warner Bros.    1:54:30 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am People Like Us:

hi Charlie
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am Michael:

Afternoon Charlie
Avatar 12:00pm βrian:

Ooh, stereoscopic radio. Can't wait.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm doctorjazz:

Hellooooooooooo....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm Charlie:

hi all, show starting momentitiously -- had to restart one of the squirrel-computers :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm doctorjazz:

I'm either on the stream, or we're having some nice old country to open with pedal steel.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm doctorjazz:

That's more like it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Parq:

Okay, we're in business! Let 'er rip, Herr L.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm listener james from westwood:

Afternoon, Charlie and all Nothing-Doers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Jeff Golick:

Sharp-dressed animals, today on Give the Drummer Radio!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm listener james from westwood:

Holy crap, just has a bit of Sample Tetris click into place--that "all another day" bit was used in at least one mix of "It Was a Good Day" IIRC!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Scraps:

Aww, poor Nose D'Voidoffunk! He just wants to not-dance.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Charlie:

"No one knows where the nose goes when the nose blows."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Charlie:

Hellooooooo to People Like Us, Michael, ßrian, doctorjazz, Parq, james, Jeff G, Scraps, and Charlie -- oh, that's me...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm Scraps:

Suddenly I see Nose D'Voidoffunk meet Uh Clem
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Carmichael:

Heya Charlie and ne'er do nothins.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm Jeff Golick:

That's a sweet Lego Willie, @Carmichael.
Avatar 12:15pm βrian:

Memoir title: The Last Beat of the Bar.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm Scraps:

That was excellent
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Parq:

That Arnez excerpt was splendid.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Charlie:

It's an excellent book!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Charlie:

He had a very interesting life, and was a very shrewd entertainment industry figure (along with Lucy), and is a good writer to boot.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm Charlie:

Hey there, Carmichael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm mauri:

Hey Charlie. Hear in stereo see in stereo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm Charlie:

Hi there, mauri!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Parq:

For those of you who think Charlie is being coy, the book is actually called "A Book". You can find info on it on this page, which helpfully explains the idea of a "spine [that] is cracked" by providing separate, full-length definitions of the terms "cracked" and "spine".
www.biblio.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm Scraps:

As a interesting followup, rum is prominently mentioned several times in the excerpt. Maybe that is no accident:

"His maternal grandfather was Alberto de Acha, an executive at Bacardi Rum." --wikipedia
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm Wendy del Formaggio:

Hi Charlie! Busy doing writing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm listener james from westwood:

I THOUGHT this was Señor Coconut!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm Charlie:

Hiya, Wendy! How are things in Cheesequake?
  12:27pm jan:

Hi Charlie- Hear today. Still have last week's archived show to listen to. Emergency
last week! And that dog photo- it's not really stereo, is it?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm Parq:

I remember (as do many of you, I'm sure) seeing him do "Straw Hat" on the original "I Love Lucy".
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm doctorjazz:

Firecracker was cool, reminds a bit of Raymond Scott
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm Charlie:

hola, jan -- hope everything's ok! stereopticon photo, that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Wendy del Formaggio:

Charlie, good question. Lemme take a look...
The cheese is quaking!
  12:29pm βrian:

Gotta bunny kick in my belly. Time for lunch ...
  12:30pm northguineahills:

Listening via the app. Good to hear ya!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm annie:

ok, i'm here, got stuck in the kitchen talking with the housemate.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Parq:

You realize, of course, that when you asked "does that make the dog a man," Tipsy answer "Ohhh yehhh!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Carmichael:

Thanks, Jeff G. Don't know where I found that lil pic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm Scraps:

me too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Scraps:

I was fascinated by "Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo Doo Chasers)", and listened to it like you, burrowing in.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Charlie:

hello to you, northguineahills, and welcome annie
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Charlie:

Scraps -- "Let me put my sunglasses on, so I can see what they ain't looking at"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm People Like Us:

this sounds familiar
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm Scraps:

"And what is the cause of all this shit? . . . Ego-munchies! Me burger with I sauce on it!" "Count the calories of your thoughts!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm Leonardo:

I always wondered if I should like Kevin Ayers or not. Now I know
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm mauri:

Any warm hat here in -20C is my fav at the moment.
Avatar 12:43pm ndbob:

Heya Charlie and everyone - have just a few minutes here
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Artie Haywire:

My chapeau has a melon in it!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm Charlie:

PLU - LOL ;)
Leonardo -- and what is the verdict?
Hi Bob!
and Artie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Scraps:

I love Arthur. My favorite Kinks album five days out of the week. (The other two days I'm partial to Village Green.) Every song on Arthur is at least good, and three-fourths of them are great.
Avatar 12:54pm Roberto:

My wife watches them shows.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Scraps:

New York in the 70s was much more dangerous than New York in the 90s.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm Wendy del Formaggio:

Charlie Cohen! That also sounds nice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm Scraps:

hey! a pseudonym: Zen Cohen!
Avatar 12:58pm Roberto:

I had a feeling this was coming next.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Parq:

Very long-time fan of this Donovan song. Saw the Smothers Brothers do it on their show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Scraps:

Oh, I love this Donovan. Prototwee!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Charlie:

You are clairvoyant, Roberto.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm Wendy del Formaggio:

I love my shirt, too! I'm not even wearing a WFMU shirt today. Strange, I know. I'm wearing my "White River Junction... It's Not So Bad" shirt.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm Carmichael:

He he ... This song began life as an ad for Brutus Jeans, in England in the 60s. Just thought you'd like to know.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:00pm Artie Haywire:

My father always bought his suits from the Ted Lewis store.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:00pm Carmichael:

No, wait! I had the wrong song: the correct song is "I Put My Blue Jeans On" by David Dundas. Getting old and confused ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:00pm Webhamster Henry:

TO be followed by the Bonzo Dog Band's "Shirt?"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:00pm Scraps:

Like "Jeans On" by David Dundas! also gained life as a commercial
  1:00pm jan:

Charlie! Changed family name- one of the tribe. Many changed names and others changed noses.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:01pm Carmichael:

Scraps had it right the 1st time!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:01pm Webhamster Henry:

See? I don't need my own show at all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Scraps:

Harry! Very good!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Carmichael:

Nice call, Webhamster Henry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Parq:

The intro to "Hey There Little Insect" on Modern Lovers Live" includes an extended discussion of Jonathan's shirt.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Scraps:

I'm all for the short shirt!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm Parq:

That's just the name of the shop, luv.
  1:04pm Frenchee:

oh that DOODAH...happy shakin' the shirt, Charlie Koan Lewis!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm Scraps:

My god, he's now Lord David Dundas!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm Webhamster Henry:

My last name just dropped an umlaut, helpfully restored on Facebook. But the Jews where my family came from didn't have last names until they were forced to take them in the 18th century.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm annie:

i have a message, btw, from ndbob: he is relocating to athens georiga and will be out of radar. he sends his regards..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm Wendy del Formaggio:

Where is mine pants?! One of my favorite songs ever. Thanks, Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:06pm Charlie:

Hi Henry! You're clairvoyant too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:06pm Webhamster Henry:

Mickey Katz is always an appropriate segue!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:06pm doctorjazz:

:)
Love these Mickey Katz tunes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:06pm Charlie:

and hey there, Frenchee!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:07pm Webhamster Henry:

MY Zelda, she took the money and ran with the tailor!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:07pm Parq:

Woody Allen's pants bit coming up, I'm guessing?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:08pm annie:

a brand new website started: Green's dictionary of slang, the latest podcast was covering yiddish..oy vey!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:09pm melinda:

hi Charlie and folks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:09pm Charlie:

haha, yes, Henry, that's a goodun
Parq -- forgot about that one! but I think I played it not long ago? maybe...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:10pm Scraps:

James Brown's Hot Pants?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:10pm annie:

personally, i'm always glad when WA is NOT played.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:11pm melinda:

@Wendy: I like the sound of that shirt. I used to live in VT and WRJ was one of the more interesting small towns I visited.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm Scraps:

Forever in Blue Jeans? (Don't hit me!)
  1:12pm Frenchee:

Mr Tight Trousers?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm listener james from westwood:

heh, Amanda's trained me too well to imagine mic break will follow those Harrison quotes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm Parq:

And all the other pimply hyperboles.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:13pm Charlie:

hi melinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:13pm annie:

i just want to name the movie.. wait, wait, don't tell me..
  1:13pm Frenchee:

@Parq--I wrote that phrase down for future use
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:14pm Scraps:

The new thing is to care passionately and be right wing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:14pm Parq:

Hi, Frenchie. Mrs. Parq and I make frequent use of it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:15pm Parq:

The new thing is to care passionately and misspell things.
Avatar 1:19pm ndbob:

Hi Melinda!
Avatar 1:19pm ndbob:

and Annie!
Avatar 1:20pm ndbob:

et al
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:22pm Charlie:

wb ndbob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:22pm Charlie:

so you're relocating to Athens, GA? sounds good. good, I hope:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:22pm melinda:

hi Bob!
Avatar 1:24pm ndbob:

ty Charlie - time to h9ot the road in the morning - I hope it's good too - nothing binding me to anywhere - so it can be good or bad - I will see
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:26pm Charlie:

well, best of luck!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:26pm Scraps:

i love "my daddy is the Pope"
Avatar 1:27pm ndbob:

ty
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:29pm Webhamster Henry:

"In the Mood" WFMU T-Shirt premium!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:30pm annie:

best of luck bob, safe trip!!
Avatar 1:32pm ndbob:

thanks Annie - will let you know how things are going
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:32pm Charlie:

Henry -- good idea!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:33pm Carmichael:

From North Dakota to Indy to Georgia ... You're a gypsy, Bob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:33pm listener james from westwood:

Lawrence and George Carlin could be voice-cousins, give a few years in Larry's case.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:34pm Webhamster Henry:

Ferlinghetti is still alive - he made it out of 2016! (He's 97)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:35pm listener james from westwood:

Yes!! Reason to be cheerful!
  1:35pm melinda:

I thought it might be Carlin at first, too. That was great, never heard Ferlinghetti read before.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:37pm Scraps:

Underwear by Magnetic Fields?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:37pm People Like Us:

ha ha ha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:38pm mauri:

such a happy show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:38pm listener james from westwood:

I should not have had seltzer in my mouth during the punchline. On the other hand, shpritzing seltzer is very much in the vein of that joke.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:39pm Charlie:

James, did you do a Danny Thomas spit-take?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:40pm Scraps:

Short Skirt Long Jacket? (Hey, I =like= that song.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:41pm Michael:

What are the chances we will hear George Had A Hat?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:43pm Mark the Sardine:

"...where do you wanna be in 5 years?"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:43pm listener james from westwood:

@Charlie: Horrifyingly, it was more of a nose take. All those bubbles ... oy.
Avatar 1:44pm ndbob:

time to go
excellent show Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:48pm Jeff Golick:

Love it always.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:48pm Charlie:

safe travels, bob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:49pm Charlie:

james -- ouch! please don't sue the drummer stream;)
Avatar 1:50pm geezerette:

Missed the party! Gotta play catch up in archive. (Ketchup?)
Hi Charlie /Bye Charlie, Peppy New Year!
(You Can Leave Your Hat On.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:50pm Charlie:

@Michael -- very good, actually;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:50pm Scraps:

pere pere ubu ubu!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:51pm Charlie:

Actually, that was one of the main songs I wanted to play today, and I forgot to pull it until you mentioned it -- thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:51pm Michael:

Ha! My pleasure. Like this album quite a bit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:52pm Charlie:

hi geezerette! ketchup makes everything better. mayonnaise too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:53pm Charlie:

Michael, me too! It's got a lot of layers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm Jeff Golick:

From one of the few Ubu records I don't have. That was wonderful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm Webhamster Henry:

This sounds almost like "I like Bananas, because they have no bones"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Michael:

And a very nice "comeback" if you will.
Avatar 1:58pm geezerette:

ha ha, Bruce Nauman plays the Catskills.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:58pm annie:

melinda, i had the pleasure of front row seats at a frelinghetti reading long ago, took my 12-year old, who actually enjoyed it!
  1:58pm rf:

COOL thanks for the rad Beats!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm Michael:

Lotsa fun Charlie - thanks and have a good - and warm - week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm listener james from westwood:

Many thanx, Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01pm Charlie:

Thanks everyone! Have a great day/week/year:)
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