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Playlist for 02 March 2017 Options | This Show Is Rigged!

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Artist Song Album Label Images Approx. start time
Laurie Johnson  Avengers Theme   Options The Avengers  Starlog/Varese Sarabande 
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Deerhoof  The Perfect Me   Options Friend Opportunity  Kill Rock Stars    0:02:16 (Pop‑up)
Led Zeppelin  Dancing Days   Options Houses of the Holy  Atlantic    0:04:52 (Pop‑up)
Dan Deacon  Ohio   Options Twacky Cats  Comfort Stand 
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0:08:35 (Pop‑up)
Boys of the Lough  Hop High Ladies, featuring Kenny Hall   Options Good Friends, Good Music  Philo    0:11:51 (Pop‑up)
Pet Shop Boys  I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing   Options Very      0:13:52 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Tipsy 
Bunny Kick   Options Uh-oh!  Asphodel 
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Brave Combo  Happy Wanderer   Options Polkatharsis  Rounder    0:20:15 (Pop‑up)
Obernkirchen Children's Choir  Happy Wanderer   Options 78; 45  Parlophone; Decca    0:22:44 (Pop‑up)
Longines Symphonette  Happy Wanderer, with lyrics by Webhamster Henry!   Options Country Brass  Longines Symphonette Society 
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Annie Ross  A Lot of Livin' to Do   Options Sings a Handful of Songs  Ember; Everest    0:28:12 (Pop‑up)
The Clash  Bankrobber   Options 7-inch single  CBS    0:30:11 (Pop‑up)
Etta Jones  Bye Bye Blackbird   Options Don't Go to Strangers  Prestige/Fantasy 
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Music behind DJ:
Las Comadrejas 
Oaxacatelas   Options We Are Ugly, But We Have the Music  Comad    0:38:46 (Pop‑up)
Ennio Morricone  Bianco, Rosso e Verdone   Options Eviva! Morricone  Avanz    0:43:11 (Pop‑up)
Paul Whiteman  Sweet and Low Down   Options Fascinating Rhythm: The Broadway Gershwin, 1919-1933 (various artists)  RCA Victor/BMG 
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0:45:21 (Pop‑up)
George Gershwin  Sweet and Low Down, w vocals by your host   Options Gershwin Plays Gershwin: The Piano Rolls  Nonesuch    0:47:52 (Pop‑up)
Blackalicious  A to G   Options Nia  Quonnum    0:51:32 (Pop‑up)
Grover and Ernie  I Stand Up Straight and Tall   Options 7-inch single  Sesame Street 
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J. J. Johnson  Overdrive   Options J Is for Jazz  Columbia    0:55:14 (Pop‑up)
Ramones  The KKK Took My Baby Away   Options Pleasant Dreams  Sire    0:58:33 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Vic Flick 
Tree Leaf   Options ESL 123: Small Group Pop (various artists)  Standard Music Library 
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Chuck Berry  Too Much Monkey Business   Options Golden Decade  Chess    1:05:32 (Pop‑up)
Tone Loc  Wild Thing   Options 7-inch single  Delicious Vinyl    1:08:23 (Pop‑up)
Troggs  Wild Thing   Options 45 played at 33  Fontana 
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Sister Carol  Wild Thing   Options Something Wild (soundtrack)  MCA    1:16:07 (Pop‑up)
Jacobo Morales as Esposito  clip from "Bananas"   Options Bananas (dir. Woody Allen)  United Artists    1:20:27 (Pop‑up)
Groucho Marx, with Margaret Dumont, and a cast of thousands  Hymn to Fredonia, from Duck Soup   Options The Marx Brothers Sing and Play  Chansons Cinema 
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1:21:11 (Pop‑up)
Valorie Keys  Listen Here   Options Funk Soul Sisters (various artists)  BGP    1:23:25 (Pop‑up)
Eddie Harris  Moon River   Options 7-inch single  Vee Jay    1:26:39 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Shudder to Think 
pH Balanced   Options High Art (soundtrack)  Velvel 
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Tiny Tim with Brave Combo  Bye Bye Blackbird   Options Girl  Rounder    1:34:15 (Pop‑up)
Searchers  Goodbye My Love   Options No. 4  Kapp    1:37:29 (Pop‑up)
Van Morrison and The Chieftans  I'll Tell Me Ma   Options Irish Heartbeat  Mercury 
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Ninian Hawick  Scottish Rite Temple Stomp   Options Steep Steps  Grimsey    1:42:47 (Pop‑up)
Mary Schneider  Clarinet Polka Yodel   Options Yodeling the Classics  Innerworks/Ichiban    1:45:37 (Pop‑up)
Pointer Sisters  That's A Plenty   Options That's A Plenty  Blue Thumb 
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Abbey Lincoln  Long As You're Living   Options Abbey Is Blue  Riverside    1:52:05 (Pop‑up)
Laurie Johnson  "Mrs. Peel - We're Needed"   Options Avengers incidental music      1:54:27 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Johnny Beecher 
Sax Fifth Avenue   Options 45 played at 33  Warner Bros.    1:56:35 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  10:37am Katya:

"It's a karate blow. Delivered by an expert, it breaks the neck easier than a hangman's noose."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:05am Charlie:

Thank you, Mrs. Peel!
Avatar 12:00pm βrian:

Oh, Emma.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm listener james from westwood:

The show is rigged, yo! Also, the game.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Webhamster Henry:

Uh Oh - Kinky Boots alert!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Parq:

Charlie does a brilliant program featuring the most remarkable music mixed in the most remarkable way. Mr. Parq gets some lunch.
Avatar 12:02pm geezerette:

Cat. Suit.
Brolly.
Char-LEEEE!!!
  12:03pm gary mitchell:

Parq i'll second that emotion with a ton of commotion
  12:04pm jan:

Lively start!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Michael:

Hiya Charlie. Perfect start.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Charlie:

Wowza! Hi Katya, ßrian, James, Henry, Parq, geezerette, Gary, Jan!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Charlie:

Hi Michael! We all need some Avengers in our lives right about now:)
Avatar 12:06pm βrian:

Pssst, Charlie: "MARC 856"
Can I come in?
Avatar 12:06pm schmutz:

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

ßrian, the password is "swordfish"
Hello, schmutzig!
Avatar 12:11pm βrian:

The laugh track is what really makes it.
  12:11pm gary mitchell:

nutty drop - what show was that from?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm Charlie:

Seinfeld!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm Charlie:

(season five, episode four, "The Sniffing Accountant.")
  12:13pm gary mitchell:

now that's what I call service - even the episode number - thanks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm doctorjazz:

Hi Charlie and FMU-ers. Love this Boys of the Lough.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm annie:

i'm here, just lurking.. .... ooh a nice jig.
Avatar 12:14pm Sem Chumbo:

Fried chicken? Got my attention.
Hiya, Charlie, and do-nothings.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm Charlie:

well, I just scrounged for it last night:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm Michael:

Love the Episode 3 same season - "The Glasses".
Avatar 12:15pm geezerette:

Clog dancin fer chicken.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm Charlie:

howdy, doctorjazz and annie
and Sem Chumbo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:23pm Webhamster Henry:

Now you have to pull out my lyrics from last week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:23pm listener james from westwood:

My memory of this track is of a Muppet mountaineer being crushed by a boulder.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:24pm Charlie:

Henry -- Yes! Thank you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:24pm doctorjazz:

Polka, more Polka, never enough Polka!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:24pm Parq:

Polkatharsis! I played this album for my daughter the day we brought her home from the hospital. I am pretty sure there's home video of my parents with her as "Pretty Dancing Girl" plays in the background
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm Charlie:

James -- Three mountaineers, actually!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm Charlie:

Parq -- your daughter has been well brought up:)
Avatar 12:26pm geezerette:

Spring time, for donald, and yoo-ess-aiiiiiiiii...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm listener james from westwood:

Whoof, high body count on the slopes that day!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm Webhamster Henry:

Whoa!
Avatar 12:29pm Sem Chumbo:

Hahaha.
Nice one, Webmaster H.
Avatar 12:29pm geezerette:

leather shorts at the launderette.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm doctorjazz:

This is just great!!!! I'm gonna wander a bit myself now, though...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Webhamster Henry:

I don't think I've ever been covered before, much less with my dirty laundry!
Avatar 12:29pm geezerette:

insta-classic!
Avatar 12:30pm schmutz:

YES!
  12:30pm gary mitchell:

that took guts
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm Michael:

Well done – both of youse.
Avatar 12:32pm Sem Chumbo:

Rehearsal is for completists.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm doctorjazz:

Great stuff, Charlie and Henry!
(hope you don't have that sophomore slump on the next release).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm Doug Schulkind:

Hey there, Mr. Busy!
Avatar 12:34pm Pseu Braun:

Oh, STEED!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Charlie:

Hi Doug!
Henry -- thanks for letting me air your dirty laundry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Charlie:

Pseu!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Stanley:

Just tuned in.
Blimey, doesn't Patrick Macnee looks pleased with himself?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Parq:

I always loved the "Robber Dub" semi-instrumental version of this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Charlie:

Hey there, Stanley:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Charlie:

Parq -- with the rapping by Mikey Dread?
  12:39pm gary mitchell:

annie ross, etta jones .. yes indeed
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm Parq:

Charlie, no, I don't know that one! I only know the original dub version that was on Black Market Clash.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:45pm annie:

charlie i'm so happy about your continuing education!! no tears from me, i dig it. you'll step in now and then to sub i'm sure.
Avatar 12:47pm geezerette:

Charlie, much success being idle doing something! Cheers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm Webhamster Henry:

Morricone: The Bacharach Years. This actually sounds like a cover of "Ring Of Fire" , though.
Avatar 12:49pm geezerette:

Paul,White... MAN.
Avatar 12:51pm geezerette:

Ahhhhhhhh... :)
Avatar 12:51pm Pseu Braun:

SING IT!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Webhamster Henry:

You should do a live show with a reproducing piano!
Avatar 12:52pm geezerette:

oh let's grab a cab!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Michael:

Double play from DJ Chazaloo. Excellent.
Avatar 12:52pm Snortley:

Ph.D. in doing nothing? Speaking from experience, stay away from linguistics. I, too, would like to go back to school. Wouldn't mind doing kindergarten again.
Avatar 12:52pm schmutz:

sing it cholly!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm annie:

omg, you've done stage musicals, i bet.... will you marry me?? i fell deep for frank loesser
Avatar 12:54pm geezerette:

everybody,shake it!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm listener james from westwood:

Damn, two singalongs! Someone wet that DJ's whistle!
  12:54pm jan:

Well, Charlie, I figure that you had better get your performing out of the way
before your next gig at a library. Shhhh.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Parq:

Digging Charlie's vox? Go back into the archives and catch him kicking off the 2006 marathon finale with "Light My Fire".
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm annie:

one year i'd love to get a marathon premium of your singing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm doctorjazz:

Like many say, if only I could do school now, Boy, would I do it "better".
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm Michael:

From Charlie’s old VT show – I’ve got an mp3 of Charlie doing “I’ll build a Stairway to Paradise” in a Rudy Vallee sort of way. Using a empty paper towel roll if I recall.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm Charlie:

Thanks for the support re continuing ed!
Snortley - kindergarten would be nice... finger painting...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:01pm Brian C.:

Ramones tune has a raw-er sound than I recall from my old vinyl
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Charlie:

Michael -- that's great! I think I have recordings of most of my on-air vocalizings. I'm talking to some major labels about an official release...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Charlie:

brian C -- maybe my vinyl is just more worn out...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm listener james from westwood:

And that woman who was abducted by the KKK grew up to be ... Kellyanne Conway. And now you know the rest of the story.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:04pm Parq:

James, literally LOL.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm Michael:

Charlie - it pops up on my Ipod occasionally and never fails to bring a smile.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm annie:

oh, wait i have to take back that "will you marry me?", i hit bryce up a few years ago, still waiing for his reply..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:07pm Parq:

Annie, that's bigamy? Yes, and it's big of you, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:08pm Webhamster Henry:

"Then I careered from career to career" - "I'm Still Here", Sondheim
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:09pm annie:

technically bryce has turned me down, by default, basically he never said yes, so i'm a free agent..
Avatar 1:11pm geezerette:

Handsome brown-eyed man. :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm annie:

wonderful!! wild thang
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm listener james from westwood:

Parq: tyvm!
All: IIRC Tone Loc did NOT pay for the Van Halen sample, here, right?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:13pm Charlie:

Henry -- thanks for reminding me of that line! It was percolating on the fringes of my so-called consciousness:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:14pm Charlie:

(this is the time in the show when there are records scattered all over the floor)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:16pm doctorjazz:

Wild Things (Troggs) even better at this speed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:16pm annie:

next is bobby singing right?
Avatar 1:17pm geezerette:

Evvvv-ry thinG....gr-ooo-vy...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:17pm Webhamster Henry:

Rock that melodica!
Avatar 1:18pm geezerette:

toooo much dope
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:18pm doctorjazz:

Someone played the Vaughn Meader Kennedy album recently.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:18pm Parq:

Funny thing is, it doesn't seem that much slower in tempo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:18pm annie:

they did and i missed it by two tunes..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:20pm doctorjazz:

This is a great version; Island Wild Thing.
Avatar 1:20pm northguineahills:

Now I feel like I'm watching Major League.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:21pm doctorjazz:

With fiddles...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:21pm annie:

i miss mtv
  1:21pm that Mike:

I love this whole soundtrack
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:22pm Webhamster Henry:

First Family II has the great song "The First Daughter"!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:22pm Michael:

Feelies in Something Wild.
  1:23pm gary mitchell:

demme has a great ear generally
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:23pm annie:

i had no idea he did a follow-up for that webhamster
Avatar 1:23pm ndbob:

Heya Charlie and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:24pm listener james from westwood:

"What's the Spanish word for 'straitjacket'?"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:24pm annie:

hey ndbob, i was just thinking about you
Avatar 1:24pm ndbob:

Heya Annie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:24pm listener james from westwood:

Firefly >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>^100 Trump
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:24pm Stanley:

"Whatever it is, I'm against it"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:25pm Charlie:

hey there northguineahills and that Mike! who else have I missed?
Avatar 1:25pm geezerette:

Bananas!
Coconuts!
Avatar 1:25pm geezerette:

Freedonia!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:26pm listener james from westwood:

Spent a Halloween at work dolled up like Groucho and I cannot tell you how liberating it was being a wiseass all day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:26pm Webhamster Henry:

Whatever it is, I'm against it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:27pm Webhamster Henry:

Jinx @Stanley ! That's actually Congress' motto.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:27pm annie:

i see parq already has his groucho get-up all got up
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:30pm Charlie:

here come the mrs peel pix...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:35pm Carmichael:

Just tuned in, missed the Webhamster Boogie Party! Did one of the Avengers die? The Wild Thing solo was actually on an ocarina.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:39pm Stanley:

This is a weird record.
Tiny Tim was very strange, as I recall.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:39pm Carmichael:

Tiny and the Combo do a killer piano bar version of Stairway to Heaven.
Avatar 1:39pm geezerette:

Tiny!!! Genius. :)
Avatar 1:41pm geezerette:

Everyone should hear his "The Ice Caps Are Melting" from the 60s!
Avatar 1:42pm ndbob:

@geezerette that's was a fave of my mom's actually
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:44pm Charlie:

Geezerette -- I love that whole album, his first, with "the ice caps are melting." That song is actually called "The Other Side." Brilliant album. Produced by Richard Perry, also genius.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:44pm Charlie:

hey there, Carmichael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:45pm Carmichael:

Heya Charlie.
  1:47pm gary mitchell:

nice track chaz
Avatar 1:48pm Roberto:

Hai! Bai!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:49pm Webhamster Henry:

Busy Being About Nothing!
  1:50pm that Mike:

La Yodelissima Scheider!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:50pm Stanley:

I've been hearing a fair amount of yodelling on FMU lately.
This track is a ripper.
Avatar 1:52pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:52pm annie:

this has been a hoot!!
Avatar 1:52pm geezerette:

Happy for you Charlie, but I LOVE your show. Gonna miss it.
Cheers to onwards & upwards!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:54pm listener james from westwood:

Many thanks, Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm Stanley:

Great show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm annie:

i can wait 'til next week to pledge to this show right?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:58pm Michael:

Great fun Charlie – thanks!
  1:58pm gary mitchell:

i have a feeling these last episodes in this final season of BDN will be great
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:58pm Charlie:

Thanks everyone for being here today! See you next week for marathon!
Avatar 1:58pm northguineahills:

Thanks Charlie!
  1:59pm Doug Schulkind:

Thanks, Chazarlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm Charlie:

Y'all are a great crowd!
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