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Options June 4, 2018: Optimism Is Its Own Reward

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New Approx. start time
Terry Callier  Occasional Rain   Options First Light / Chicago 1969-71  Premonition  1998  CD  live 1971    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Minnie Riperton  Only When I'm Dreaming   Options Come to My Garden  AIM  1996  CD  From 1969    0:07:16 (Pop‑up)
Kadhja Bonet  Joy   Options Childqueen  Fat Possum  2018  CD    *   0:10:43 (Pop‑up)
Mary Lattimore  On the Day You Saw the Dead Whale   Options Hundreds of Days  Ghostly International  2018  CD    *   0:14:53 (Pop‑up)
Mauricio Abate  Odonata   Options Standing Waters  Boring Machines  2018  CD    *   0:24:03 (Pop‑up)
Alexander Möckl  Tagesschimer   Options single  Randstock  2018  45    *   0:28:18 (Pop‑up)
Noonday Underground  On a Quiet Night Intro/On a Quiet Night   Options On a Quiet Night  Hands Full  2018  CD    *   0:41:28 (Pop‑up)
The Verve  Bittersweet Symphony   Options Urban Hymns  Virgin  1997  CD      0:44:26 (Pop‑up)
The Soup Dragons  I'm Free   Options single  Big Life  1989  MP3      0:51:01 (Pop‑up)
The Asteroid No. 4  Ghost Garden   Options Collide  13 O'Clock  2018  LP    *   0:54:43 (Pop‑up)
Klaatu  Sub Rosa Subway   Options 3:47 E.S.T.  Daffodil  1976  LP      0:58:38 (Pop‑up)
The Moody Blues  Meanwhile   Options Long Distance Voyager  Threshold  1981  LP      1:03:12 (Pop‑up)
The Invisible Girls  Scandinavian Wastes   Options single  Finders Keepers  2018  45  From 1982  *   1:07:32 (Pop‑up)
Barbara Manning  Optimism Is Its Own Reward   Options Barbara Manning Sings with the Original Artists  Feel Good All Over  1993  CD      1:12:31 (Pop‑up)
Mitzi Gaynor  Cockeyed Optimist   Options South Pacific - Original Sound Track  RCA Victor  1958  LP      1:15:32 (Pop‑up)
Geoff & Maria Muldaur  Brazil   Options Pottery Pie  Omnivore Recordings  2018  CD  From 1968  *   1:18:04 (Pop‑up)
Single File: a bunch of 45s lined up all in a row
Donovan  Sunshine Superman   Options single  Epic  1966  45      1:27:59 (Pop‑up)
Ronnie Spector  Tandoori Chicken   Options single  Apple  1971  45      1:30:51 (Pop‑up)
Jack Scott  Oh, Little One   Options single  Top Rank International  1960  45      1:33:05 (Pop‑up)
Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids  See My Baby Jive   Options single  Private Stock  1977  45      1:35:07 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Womack  How I Miss You Baby   Options single  Minit  1969  45      1:38:38 (Pop‑up)
Lulu  Oh Me Oh My I'm a Fool for You Baby   Options single  Atco  1969  45      1:41:47 (Pop‑up)
Scuffy Shew  Moody   Options single  Metromedia  1973  45      1:44:32 (Pop‑up)
Polyrock  Your Dragging Feet   Options single  RCA  1980  45      1:47:25 (Pop‑up)
Joe Jackson  The Band Wore Blue Shirts (A True Story)   Options I'm the Man  A&M  1979  LP      2:04:35 (Pop‑up)
Paul Hampton  Gordon Entertaining Nightly   Options Rest Home for Children  Crested Butte  1973  LP      2:08:51 (Pop‑up)
Nick Winters  Live at Meatloaf Mountain   Options Saturday Night Live Season 3, 1977–1978  Universal  2008  DVD  From Jan. 28, 1978 episode    2:12:45 (Pop‑up)
Tom Waits  Straight to the Top (Vegas)   Options Franks Wild Years  Island  1987  LP      2:19:39 (Pop‑up)
Helena Vondráčková  Die Nachtbar (Noční bar)   Options Písně Billyho Joela  Supraphon  1981  MP3      2:23:41 (Pop‑up)
Friends and Company  Medley from "Tommy"   Options Friends and Company  Mark  1976  CD  one of my favorite "show band" lounge acts ever    2:28:44 (Pop‑up)
The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band  I Left My Heart in San Francisco   Options History of the Bonzos  United Artists  1974  LP  From 1967    2:35:09 (Pop‑up)
La Luz  Floating Features/Cicada   Options Floating Features  Hardly Art  2018  CD    *   2:41:38 (Pop‑up)
Virginia Wing  Eight Hours Don't Make a Day   Options Ecstatic Arrow  Fire  2018  CD    *   2:46:29 (Pop‑up)
Dear Nora  Creature of Habit   Options Skulls Example  Orindal  2018  MP3    *   2:50:39 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  9:05am Steiner in Whately:

Why say such a thing about Black Sabbath?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06am queems:

i'll allow it
Avatar 9:06am Lixiviated Life:

Joe, hello!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06am Ken From Hyde Park:

Avatar 9:07am Brendan in Carroll Gardens:

the Sabbath comment was a serious HOT TAKE! Not sure if I was ready for that on a Monday morning. lol
  Swag For Life Member 9:07am tadpoles:

America...by the Nice!
  9:07am Readie Righteous:

Nice transition Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08am pantz:

Good morning, Joe! I would gladly donate to a large shepherd's crook for Monday mornings, so you can whisk Clay off at exactly 9 am. I love the guy, but if I wanted mindless prattling I'd tune in to Fox & Friends in the morning.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08am queems:

damn, harsh
  9:10am Readie Righteous:

Yes, queems- it’s harshing my mellow
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10am fleep:

It's marshing my mallow
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11am annie:

i'll donate to that crook cost pantz. good morning joe..!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11am Krys O.:

Howdy, Joe!
Avatar 9:11am TDK60:

I recently decided to avoid comments on music I don't like. Every once in a while I'll do so, but I like to focus on the wealth of sounds I *do* like; there's so much!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12am fleep:

Greetings to Joe from the Land of June Gloom.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:13am queems:

i like this vibe so far
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:13am melinda:

I liked the Black Sabbath bomb. Also like the Clay transitions, very much.
Avatar 9:14am Joe McG:

Good morning, ladies and gents. Hope your Monday is treating you well!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14am Krys O.:

Transitional moments are some of the best parts about FMU.
  9:16am Readie Righteous:

Agree, Krys O!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:16am Vincent Nifigance:

I like people being nice to one another. It's good.
  9:16am mrv:

what a sad song for a gloomy monday... my heart is weeping..
  9:18am Brendan:

Amazing strings, arrangment.
  9:19am Readie Righteous:

This is so nice
  9:19am Johnzon:

Hey Joe, good morning! On my way to Lansing for https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:19am melinda:

I'm feeling quite stressed and rather glum but I find this soothing and affirming.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:20am Irene Trudel:

As usual, a very sweet start to our Monday, Joe!
Avatar 9:20am Diezel Tea:

Sup Joe, the South Caucasus are checking in)))
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:22am pantz:

Sorry to start the day so mean-spirited, but I'm like a baby without his rattle on Monday mornings if someone interrupts my McGasko time.
Avatar 9:22am TDK60:

South Caucasus! Not Secaucus.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:22am Ken From Hyde Park:

Yay, more Mary Lattimore!
  9:22am Brendan:

This takes a lot of pluck
  9:23am Johnzon:

I tuned in for mindless prattle! Rant! Rave!
Jk music is good.
Avatar 9:24am TDK60:

Good for you Jonzon.
Avatar 9:24am Joe McG:

This music suits my mood as we begin the show, but I promise we'll see the sun come out in Set 2.
Avatar 9:25am TDK60:

WFMU: We have it all: mindless prattle to didactic music history to...great music.
  9:25am Johnzon:

Don't you mean HEAR the sun come out?!
  9:26am Johnzon:

Music of the spheres
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26am Vincent Nifigance:

Mary Lattimore touring with Iceage. How things change.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:27am queems:

i'm sitting with my cat whose asthma is flaring up and this set is relaxing me. i can't speak for her though
Avatar 9:27am Diezel Tea:

@TDK60 I was always wondering how to pronounce that town's name.
Avatar 9:27am Joe McG:

@Johnzon: Yes. Yes, I do!
Avatar 9:28am quinn:

this is so beautiful
Avatar 9:29am Joe McG:

@queems: I'm sorry about your kittycat with asthma. :(
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:29am Ken From Hyde Park:

Ack! Now I'm feeling sorry for the dead whale.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:30am steveo:

good morning joe; whoever gave you this timeslot is a genius
(also, boy i thought that was becky's theme for a sec)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:30am queems:

@joe thanks! she will be ok, i think. gotta up that steroid dose. i'm just a worrier.
Avatar 9:32am Joe McG:

@steveo: Oh, thanks, steveo, I'm really happy to be here for another season in this lovely place with you wonderful people.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:32am melinda:

Healing vibes to the kitty
Avatar 9:33am TDK60:

..the wacky to the weird to the wonderful to the...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:37am melinda:

This sounds kind of like an early 80s pop hit the name of which I can't remember
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:38am Ike:

Sounds great!
  9:38am Johnzon:

Feel better meow meow!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:39am queems:

thanks @melinda & @johnzton!
Avatar 9:39am TDK60:

melinda - how are you doing?
  9:40am kenhi:

i've always been curious...why ned sparks on your profile?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:40am Goyim in the AM:

@melinda -- "Wouldn't it be Good" by Nik Kershaw?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:40am Uncle Michael:

Good morning.
  9:41am jdubz:

joe this set is beautiful!!!
  9:42am Johnzon:

I have entertainment options?! What are my options Joe?! It's ok... even if I knew I'd still pick youfmu!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:42am Goyim in the AM:

Tagesschimmer = the light at dawn
  9:44am Johnzon:

Did Boring Machine put out Inane and the Prattles?
Avatar 9:45am TDK60:

45s! Get your spindle mojos out...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46am The Oscar:

Mornin' all! Glad to be here for the season premiere!
Avatar 9:46am Davee:

How does one move from Wake and Bake to this mellow show? I do love this show I just think it should be first then W&B.
Avatar 9:46am PKNY:

@Joe - not to rub it in, I found a copy of "Come to My Garden" at a flea market for 50 cents a few years back, couldn't believe my eyes!

I know that people revere producers like Axlerod and Lee Perry, but people are sleeping on Charles Stephney productions, and they can be found for cheap (ex. his work w/ the Dells).
Avatar 9:47am Joe McG:

@PKNY: Aargh! I have all the Dells stuff, but I've never turned up Minnie. I'm not really a Discogs/eBay shopper. I guess I could get it that way, but that's no fun. Good find!
  9:48am Morphe:

Hey Joe.. where you going with that vinyl in your hand...
A sad, for me/my loss confession = Until last week after Clay, I never tuned in to your show or Archive because I associated your name with heavy metal stuff - boy was I wrong .. Thanks so much for spinning
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48am mb:

Good morning Surface Noisers. Thats for the chill tunes this AM Joe McGasko.
  9:49am Brendan:

Great opening set (as pretty much always). Many an artist or lesser known track has served as a starting point for new exploration and the ‘start of a beautiful freindship’ . Your show is like a musical Mr. Rogers neighborhood . So many things to learn, hear and feel. All courtesy of a darned nice guy.
Avatar 9:50am JakeGould:

This “Noonday Underground” riff sounds like the Stones’ “I’m Free.”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:50am melinda:

@TDK hangin' in there.
@Goyim maybe, I'd have to look it up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:50am queems:

this song was my first ringtone :')
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:51am Vincent Nifigance:

@JakeGould you got the theme!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:51am melinda:

ooh, I love Bittersweet Symphony
  9:51am sydnius:

oh god the goosebumps again
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:51am Vincent Nifigance:

@JkeGould ...Before we even knew there was a theme!
Avatar 9:51am Diezel Tea:

3rd time I've heard Bittersweet Symphony in 2 weeks on FMU. Pay for play, hmmmm?!?
Avatar 9:51am JakeGould:

The first time I heard “I’m Free” was the version by “The Soup Dragons.” Then I expanded my Rolling Stones vocabulary.
Avatar 9:52am Joe McG:

@Morphe: Ha ha, that's really funny! I'm one of the least metal people around here, I'd say. @Brendan: That's such a swell thing to say...being compared to Mr. Rogers...can't do better! @jake: You're right! I need to get that Primal Scream song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:52am Vincent Nifigance:

There's that Mr Rogers manifestation again...
Avatar 9:53am Joe McG:

Os is that the Stone Roses? Someone remind me and I'll get it and play it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:53am The Oscar:

The most ridiculous thing about the whole lawsuit is that I've heard the Loog Oldham piece it samples on its own, and it sounds exactly nothing like "The Last Time."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:53am Krys O.:

Feel better, queems and kitty. I'm asthmatic myself and can relate. Steam helps.
Avatar 9:53am Joe McG:

Ah, Soup Dragons, thanks, Jake!
Avatar 9:53am JakeGould:

@JoeMcG: Sometimes I nail it… Other times I just screw myself!
Avatar 9:53am Roberto:

Is this Verve one of the greatest songs of the '90s or overplayed hoo-ha? I go back and forth.
  9:54am Brendan:

Occasionally played live as Bitter Sweet Sour Salty Umami Symphony
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:54am Ike:

Not-so-fun fact: The Verve didn't just have trouble with the Rolling Stones. At some point prior to this, they were just "Verve", but they had to change it to "The Verve" because the jazz label sued them or threatened to sue them. Stupid jazz label! (Also, their first album, "A Storm in Heaven", is great as I recall, but it sounds nothing like this. Very atmospheric & shoegaze-y.)
  9:55am Morphe:

Don't I realize my mistake... love the sounds!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:55am annie:

i truly dig the reason W&B is on when it is, it's the fan-base they have to have to generate financial security. that being said, i think it also behooves ANY deejay to graciously give way, in a timely manner, to the next player. it's just courtesy, is all.
Avatar 9:56am ben abs:

Hey Joe and everybody!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:56am Rob Weisberg:

Yes, Bittersweet Symphony is a truly pop pop song, but I always loved it, thanks Joe for daring to play it on FMU!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:56am Vincent Nifigance:

@Annie Courtesy? So is talking to someone who wants to talk to you. This is WFMU not BBC News.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:56am queems:

@krys o. thanks! i feel for you.
  9:57am Steiner in Whately:

How about some Sabbath?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:57am annie:

i love it, too, Rob. it has a haunting feel
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:57am fleep:

Flashback Monday
Avatar 9:57am Joe McG:

@Rob: My pleasure! Soup Dragons may be beyond the pale, not sure.
Avatar 9:57am Marc Francis:

Hahahahahahaaaa. Holy shit! I haven't heard the Soup Dragons in a decade or so! This is grand.
Avatar 9:57am Joe McG:

@Steiner: ha ha ha
Avatar 9:57am JakeGould:

Oh damn, I hate this version of “I’m Free!”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58am Vincent Nifigance:

@JakeGould reaping what you Sow, Jake! Is this one of those screwing yourself occasions?!
Avatar 9:59am northguineahills:

Haven't heard the these stewish Scottish dragons in two decades....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:00am The Oscar:

Enjoying this "ecstatic Britpop" set!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02am Ike:

I loved the Soup Dragons when I was 12, but that was probably their worst song. LOL.

Wait, Joe said something bad about Sabbath? That's awesome. I'll have to go back and listen to that on the archives.
  10:02am Johnzon:

This isn't the BBC?! So you're not going to read the cricket scores then?
Avatar 10:02am ben abs:

Missed the beginning of the show, so not totally sure what happened, I will say that I like the interaction between the dj's though, they make for fun little transitions
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02am Santos L. Halper:

LOVED that Soup Dragons back when, perhaps hasn't worn so well. Great show Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:03am Ike:

Yeah I think you should totally read some fake made-up cricket scores now!
Avatar 10:04am JakeGould:

I really don’t believe a WFMU DJ expressed a contrarian opinion on the air. Tsk.
  10:04am Brendan:

Ancient proverb says ‘more he blows on soup , more soup dragon burns tongue’ .
Avatar 10:05am northguineahills:

I too appreciate the Britpop theme!
Avatar 10:05am northguineahills:

Wait, Ike was once 12!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:05am karlward:

This isn't Paul McCartney?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:05am Vincent Nifigance:

@Johnzon They did have Mark E Smith read the football scores in his own inimitable manner, so maybe that wasn't the best analogy...
Avatar 10:06am northguineahills:

oh, please, I want to hear cricket scores, ploxxxxxx!
Avatar 10:06am Joe McG:

@Ike: ha ha, cricket scores! And the E report.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:06am annie:

truth be told, i was in the kitchen at the top of the hour and came in at around 6 minutes after, and i have a practice of waiting 'til the last minute to turn FMU on on monday mornings. as we are all creatures of habit, my habit is to just wait for the yupyupyups. it's my preference, is all.
Avatar 10:07am JakeGould:

Been watching “The Prisoner” lately. As an adult, it’s not really that great a show past 4 episodes. But man, BRITAIN!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:07am karlward:

Wait--now it sounds like Nick Lowe?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:07am ɛɨk:

@NGH@10:05.2, and before that, I apparently liked Milli Vanilli! I don't remember that too well, but I still have one of their cassingles!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:07am Vincent Nifigance:

@NorthGuineaHills Here goes "Mid on, third over, and its 198 for 5." There's only one game, one score and that game goes on all week.
  Swag For Life Member 10:07am tadpoles:

More Emmitt Rhodes than Paul McCartney.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:08am The Oscar:

Has anyone ever made a mix of bands once rumored to be the Beatles? Klaatu, the Residents, the Holy Mountain soundtrack...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:09am queems:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:09am Santos L. Halper:

Wow, the refrain to this Klaatu has been a recurring ear worm for me for decades, but never knew exactly what it was. Thanks Joe! Sounds like the end of It's All Too Much
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10am queems:

i LOVE 80s moodies
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10am ⓘⓚⓔ:

@The Oscar, I think that's Gaylord's specialty, isn't it?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10am Krys O.:

Thanks for the Moodies!!
Avatar 10:10am northguineahills:

@Vincent: I often watch cricket. I still on only have a passing grasp of what the stats mean, but I've figured out the rest of the game.

@ike: I don't remember the Soup Dragons until '94ish.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:11am Irene Trudel:

Wow, one of the few late Moody Blues tunes I like! Great set!
  10:11am Readie Righteous:

Oh my, Klaatu and Moodies - heavenly set, Joe!
Avatar 10:11am OTB:

Has a kind of Andy Partridge quality to it....
Avatar 10:11am V Priceless:

heya Joe!
  10:12am Readie Righteous:

@santos, my thoughts exactly!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:12am queems:

late moodies reminds me of driving around with my mom in the car
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:13am queems:

also for those who like bluegrass, you should check out moody bluegrass
  10:14am Brendan:

Rumor has it the Moody Blues were a typo. They were originally to named the Bloody Moos
Avatar 10:15am Joe McG:

@Santos: Yes, those guys were geniuses at Beatles synthesis. @Irene: Thanks, Irene, high praise indeed. :) @queems: I wish that were a real thing!
Avatar 10:15am Diezel Tea:

See y'all later folks, Joe thanks for the set, the Britpop onslaught was a perfect way to close out the end of Monday at work)))
Avatar 10:16am jillydg:

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! This is like a like a ride though hilly country with the top down... G'day Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:16am Krys O.:

I loved the Moodies as a kid and still do. The Blue Jays with Justin and John were great, as was Justin's solo stuff. And, yes, I did like the original band, but mostly when Mike Pinder sang.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:16am queems:

@joe it is! en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:17am queems:

blue jays is my favorite
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:17am Krys O.:

Thanks for the bluegrass tip, queems!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:18am Greg from ZONE 5:

Morning, Joe and all!
Avatar 10:19am Joe McG:

@queems: That's great. Put 'em with the guys who cover AC/DC and the other guys who cover "Tommy" and I'm a happy fella.
  10:19am GregW:

Isnt this Hannett and Hopkins fom the album "The Invisible Girls"?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:23am annie:

love the soundtrack to this musical.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24am The Oscar:

YES! Was just thinking I need to give this movie a rewatch.
Avatar 10:24am djsheilab:

This set is doing wonders for my mood. Thank you Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24am pantz:

Love Brazil. Always makes me think of the movie. One of my favorite Gilliam's
  10:25am Johnzon:

Brazil! They're cumin' for you! You didn't file the Appropriate form and you're gonna die!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:25am Krys O.:

Lovely and terrifying at the same time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:25am annie:

my head is bobbing, that's a good thing
Avatar 10:25am Joe McG:

I'm so glad, Sheila! :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:25am The Oscar:

So hard not to whistle along. Not sure my office would appreciate it, though.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:28am Vincent Nifigance:

@TheOScar every office should be constantly aware of the Tuttle/Buttle factor.
Avatar 10:32am northguineahills:

Ack, missed the Verve!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:34am fleep:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:36am The Oscar:

A friend and I once realized we both dismissed Donovan for years based entirely on the swipe in "Turning Again" by Frank Zappa.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:38am Krys O.:

Wow! You're plumbing the depths of my memory banks today, Joe. Excellent!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:38am The Oscar:

Welp, I have a new favorite song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:39am Krys O.:

Dang, this has me thinking about poor Mal Evans.
  10:39am Brendan:

Bhindi Masala, Garlic Naan too. Please.
Avatar 10:40am northguineahills:

I found a Donvan album in a thrift store when I was 18 and loved it immediately. This was way before I went on my psyche folk kick....
Avatar 10:41am Joe McG:

@Krys: Ha ha, believe it or not, the first Ronnie S. solo track I ever heard!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:42am pantz:

Was this a Sha Na Na knock off?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:43am annie:

donovan has always been on my top ten fave singers, loved his flowery optimism
Avatar 10:45am Joe McG:

@pantz: Kinda, but they were a bit more varied. I don't think Sha Na Na ever would cover Roy Wood!
Avatar 10:45am Davee:

Great show Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:47am annie:

i'd love to know if i can reformat my ipod touch (4th generation, i thnk) back to factory settings. it seems to hate me lately. has it gone full-on dopey.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:48am annie:

i just miss using the ipod for radio
Avatar 10:48am Joe McG:

Thanks, Davee! I love Bobby Womack (and Lulu!) so much.
  10:49am Bill W:

Hi Joe! I only know this record from the Buster Poindexter cover...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:49am pantz:

@annie I believe you can restore it from the iTunes web site when plugged in.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:50am annie:

i'll try that, thanks...my guess is it hasn't gone obsolete, just wonky
Avatar 10:50am northguineahills:

Blow a genie from a cigarette??? Kinky!!! Best Aladin remake evar!!!!
Avatar 10:50am djsheilab:

You're killing it Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:50am ChrisB.:

I believe Lulu was in Asbury Park right around this time one year ago!
  10:51am Doc Rock:

Re. See My Baby Jive - I prefer the Roy Wood /
Wizard version.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:51am Vincent Nifigance:

Now you're talking.
Avatar 10:51am Joe McG:

@ChrisB: Is that a year ago already? It was such a thrill to meet her!
  10:52am Brendan:

Scuffy Shew?
  10:53am Listener Alexandra:

Good morning, Joe! Delightful show so far :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:53am The Oscar:

Scuffy Shew sounds kind of like Kermit's nephew Robin.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:53am Hughie Considine:

Polyrock is just unmistakable.
Avatar 10:54am Joe McG:

I've been in love with this Scuffy Shew 45 forever. If anyone can tell me anything about this mysterious person, I'd be most grateful!
Avatar 10:55am northguineahills:

Yeah, Polyrock!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:55am Goyim in the AM:

I know that Philip Glass played on the Polyrock album!
Avatar 10:55am ben abs:

this Polyrock is pretty fantastic too! - Joe, just curious, how often do you have a deep 45 session at home?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:56am Hughie Considine:

Phillip Glass produced it, not sure if he played on it.
Avatar 10:56am northguineahills:

really, Hughie, I had no idea!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:57am Vincent Nifigance:

" A friend of mine told me Shew was an Apple find, during the company’s “This man has talent” days. From what I was told, he almost made it, but the money and the budget went to James Taylor. Whatever. Metromedia picked him up because they heard McCartney was interested in producing the guy. Very cool stuff." www.rocktownhall.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:57am Vincent Nifigance:

"Whoah, whoah, WHOAH!

Check *this* out!

Uncredited performers on Wilson’s original “Smile” sessions included Paul McCartney on “Vege-tables,” Danny Hutton on “Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow,” Lou Rawls (!) on “Good Vibrations,” and Scuffy Shew on “Heroes and Villains.”

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:59am Goyim in the AM:

Glass did play on it -- not sure if he played on this track. He's down in the album credits for keyboards.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01am Hughie Considine:

Ah, Ok then, @Goyim. I love the astringency of Polyrock, which feels akin to that of the Necessaries, another NYC band of that era. @NGH, I used to see Phillip Glass in Tompkins Square Park playground all the time -- he'd be watching his grandkids.
Avatar 11:05am northguineahills:

Awesome! Man, I used to hang out in Tompkins Square Park, never saw Phil.
Avatar 11:06am ben abs:

hear some duck baker on the monk special show, sounded really nice
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:06am karlward:

Wait--I love Broadcast! I love Stereolab!
  11:07am Dean:

According to Library of Congress's Catalog of Copyright Entries, Scuffy Shew is a pseudonym for Harold J. Yoergler. In mid-1980 he (Yoergler) was credited as a producer of Mary Burns' MCA s/t album. According to Billboard, "Already being compared to Janis Joplin, this female baritone is grabbing attention with her debut single, 'California Radio,' a hand-clapping, gutsy rocker."

To me, Scuffy Shew sounds like Canada's Ferron, a female folk singer.
  11:08am paul:

Lots of money on Piano Man
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09am Hughie Considine:

"Lounge Act"
  11:09am Dean:

In late '97, early '98, Billboard published a brief obit: "Hal Yoergler, music publisher, producer and A&R executive, in Los Angeles. Yoergler had been a publishing executive at Capitol Records and ABC-Dunhill Music and became the West Coast VP of A&R at Polydor Records."
Avatar 11:10am Joe McG:

@paul: Time will tell!
  11:10am Dean:

Discogs confirms the pseudonym: https://www.discogs.com/artist/1009619-Hal-Yoergler
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:11am Hughie Considine:

And of course the posthumous tribute, "Keep on Yoerglin'"
  11:11am Kurt:

I miss the days when there was live music in the hotel bar on a regular basis. Sports and DJ's have run me from most hotel lounges.
  11:12am paul:

I think I just affected the odds.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am Beast of Boonton:

I saw Joe Jackson at Great Adventure way back 79/80
Avatar 11:14am jillydg:

Joe M, you've read Joe J's book A Cure for Gravity?
  11:14am paul:

Kurt, you should come to south Florida. But you'd better like Jimmy Buffet songs.
Avatar 11:14am northguineahills:

Hey, I've dj'ed and handful of hotel lounges (3 to be exact, one was the Chelsea).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am Vincent Nifigance:

@Dean great digging.
Avatar 11:16am northguineahills:

@paul: I'll be down in SoFla in three weeks for a noise fest, and pick WFMU's Gig Talk lads to take them back to G-ville to play w/ them up here.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am The Oscar:

I was just about to comment on the pronunciation of "wand," but he beat me to it.
Avatar 11:17am Joe McG:

@jillydg: I haven't. Is it a good read?
  11:17am melinda:

I like this. Ten times better than Piano Man.
  11:17am Kurt:

Last one I can remember was a solo guy in a hotel south of Mexico City. He wasn't necessarily great but he was fun. We helped him out with the English lyrics to Hotel California
Avatar 11:17am Roberto:

I wanted to see Joe Jackson in Madrid in 1986 but the cutie I was trying to get to go with me was all "nooo I don't wanna see Joe Jackson" so I didn't go :(
  11:18am paul:

ngh: Go Gators!
  11:18am Dean:

I heard Big Jay McNeely when he had a regular gig at a bar on the outskirts of East Los Angeles. More than once.
  11:18am listener monica:

wow joe thanks for sharing your dad story. did he play weddings by any chance?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:19am Michael 98145:

@Roberto, having a cutie in Madrid sounds pretty good by itself.
  11:19am Brendan:

A friend of mine’s dad was such a musician himself . When we were growing up I’d go with him to help his dad (drummer). Lots of hotels , VFWs , Elks Clubs, etc. He had an offer to drum for Buck Owens but stayed local (lotsa kids). Seemed like a good living- plus I remember lotsa free food- the festivals and smaller gigs were cool- amazing home cooked food and dancing- was fun to help .

Dont overlook Nick Winters (Bill Murray’s SNL lounge character)
Avatar 11:19am Roberto:

I did get to see a different Jackson though. Jackson Browne.
Avatar 11:19am Roberto:

It was a study abroad program. The cutie was from Long Island.
  11:20am Brendan:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20am Lewis:

Martin Mull? Bonzos?
Avatar 11:20am northguineahills:

@paul: jaja, laughter out loud! (yep, it's omnipresent here)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am Lewis:

is this Bill Murray?
Avatar 11:21am Davee:

Oh my, this is funny!
Avatar 11:22am jillydg:

@Joe M, yes, he's a dang good writer. It's about the lead up to his success. I gave mine to Gaylord but asked him to pass it to Joe B recently. Feel free to hunt it down. I don't need it back.
  11:22am Bill W:

Man, Murray sounds so young.
  11:22am Karen:

Absolutely it is Bill Murray from SNL
  11:23am Karen:

Anyone know Lounge-a-Poluza? Great compilation!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:23am Carmichael:

Heya Joe and fellow Mondayers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26am annie:

i always found those skits painful..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26am Krys O.:

Reminds me of Fred Lane and Ron Pate!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:28am Stevel:

This is a pretty amazing set.
  11:28am paul:

ngh, I know. I worked at UF for 5 1/2 years.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:28am Rich in Washington:

Is that Ralph Carney on sax? I do believe it is.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:29am Rich in Washington:

ach, mein gott...
Avatar 11:30am northguineahills:

@Paul, I moved here 10 month ago from Brooklyn for an environmental startup. I love it. I did my undergrad here, and there's a much more vibrant art/music scene then before I went to NYC for grad school (and stayed around for 16 years).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30am Krys O.:

Rich, yup, that was Ralph.
  11:30am Bill W:

  11:31am melinda:

Digging the lounge set.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:31am pantz:

  11:31am Dean:

Not exactly a song *about* lounge singers, but shortly after their original release some guy did lounge covers of a couple Sex Pistols tunes.
  11:31am Dean:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:32am pantz:

No Richard Cheese?
  11:32am Brendan:

The Buddy Scott Trio (of BBQ fame )did a drop dead hilarious lounge act commercial: https://youtu.be/dkdTHB7SGn8
  11:32am paul:

Much easier to navigate that Ft. Lauderdale. And much friendlier folks in Gainesville. Too many New Yorkers down here. :)
Avatar 11:33am northguineahills:

@paul: Yeah, everyone is so friendly here. I was almost taken aback by it.
Avatar 11:33am Joe McG:

@pantz: I thought about it!
  11:33am Brendan:

And https://youtu.be/HhcIyZZaMyY
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:33am Carmichael:

Thank you for playing a foreign version of this song. My Billy Joel auto-mute circuit didn't kick in ...
Avatar 11:33am northguineahills:

How does The Piano Man translate as the Night Bar?
Avatar 11:33am Jeff Moore:

Ha! I was wondering if / how you'd deal with this particular elephant lurking near the piano.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:34am Rich in Washington:

There was for a while a clip circulating that had Devo's Gerald Casale singing a lounge version of Mongoloid, recorded at a party, I believe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:34am pantz:

It's the thought that counts, Joe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:34am Carmichael:

Devo used to do that strange act called Dove, The Band of Love.
  11:35am paul:

I also lived there in 1961 about a block south of Tom Petty. But I never knew him.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:35am Rich in Washington:

Oh, yes. Sadly, never got to see that. They were their own opening 'band'. I think around 1980.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36am Rich in Washington:

I collect self-produced LPs by lounge acts, especially if they're local to my area (the Pacific NW).
  11:37am jane:

yes pantz. can't take the junk bits. leave the songs alone.
sorry to be late for Joes's show- he's always good
  11:38am Karen:

Avatar 11:38am Joe McG:

@Rich: That's genius collecting, Rich.
  11:39am KP in DC:

I’ve heard a lot of Tommy covers, and this is one of them
Avatar 11:40am northguineahills:

@paul: I like the fact that the music scene draws a crowd 25-70. I stayed around for two years after I graduated before grad school, and at age 24 (at the time) I was nearly one of the oldest in the crowd. I was relieved when I found I was the medium age here.
  11:40am melinda:

@Jeff genius solution!
  Swag For Life Member 11:42am tadpoles:

The genius that is Vivian Stanshall!...Yea!
  11:43am paul:

Viv stole the show in Magical Mystery Tour.
  Swag For Life Member 11:43am tadpoles:

PS..they were the Bonzo Dog Doh Dah Band then.
  11:45am paul:

Doo Dah :)
  Swag For Life Member 11:46am tadpoles:

Yes Paul...Doh!
  11:46am paul:

Actually, Doo-Dah
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47am Michael 98145:

yes, La Luz, thanks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47am Carmichael:

@ngh: I went to a jazz concert in Naples a few years back, and the crowd demographic was hilarious: Social Security types, stoners, skateboarders, young families. Very odd. But a great band.
Avatar 11:47am Joe McG:

@tadpoles: You have the perfect name to tell me this fact!
  11:48am melinda:

I like Tom's The Piano Has Been Drinking, Not Me
  Swag For Life Member 11:49am tadpoles:

Yes Joe.. a big fan. Of Viv and you. Will Viv's lovely ode to his penis ever be played on FMU?
  11:49am paul:

Good call, Melinda!
Avatar 11:49am Joe McG:

@melinda: That's a good one! I should've brought the weird live version from Dublin.
Avatar 11:50am Joe McG:

@tadpoles: It's hard to believe that it hasn't!
  11:51am paul:

How about John Hiatt's "Since His Penis Came Between Us"?
  11:51am disastrogirl:

The French Toast Man, he lives around the block...
Avatar 11:51am Joe McG:

@paul: I've always wanted to play that, not sure I can.
  11:53am paul:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am tadpole (dgg):

this is very good
  11:55am melinda:

@Joe I haven't heard that one, it must be good
  11:56am Brendan:

Another classic show for the Archives Vault.
  11:56am jane:

eight hrs a day as a response to the wonderful Fassbinder TV 70s series released inUSA in restored film version this year?
Avatar 11:56am northguineahills:

@Carmichael: Yeah, that's the crowd when they have Latin, jazz, blues bands play the weekends at Bo Diddley plaza during the day, or when my friend plays international club music at a former railroad depot park during Saturday afternoons. I was just surprised at the diversity of people who showed up for noise and performance art and multimedia art installation/happenings that go on until 2am on weeknights.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am tadpole (dgg):

that's not a professional opinion but I am an enthusiastic amateur.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am annie:

oops, coming back onto the comments to say thanks for the great show today joe!!
Avatar 11:57am Joe McG:

Making way for the great Joe Belock and 3 Chord Monte! Have a great first week of June everybody!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am pantz:

Great show, Joe! See you next week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Krys O.:

Many thanks, Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Rich in Washington:

thanks for a great show, Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Mark Hurst:

Great show today, Joe!
  11:59am melinda:

Excellent show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am Hughie Considine:

Great stuff, Mr McG!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Joe. WFMU is rolling out the new schedule this week, so look for some changes here and there.
  11:59am jane:

great show!
  Swag For Life Member 11:59am tadpoles:

Just caught your pun Joe...in reference to Viv's willy. Great show thanks!
Avatar 11:59am ben abs:

thanks Joe, that was a wonderful show :)
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