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Options September 12, 2018: A new WFMU schedule begins, so it's time for the annual show in memory of my high school friend Jim McIntyre, aka Jimmy Mack, who helped to make this radio show what it is today.

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Back in October 2006 I dedicated my first show on the regular WFMU weekly schedule to Jim McIntyre, a/k/a Jimmy Mack, who was one of my best friends in high school. Pictured above is his Xeroxed 1977 Year In Review, which I was delighted to come across in a box of mementos a few years ago.

Jimmy was the person who turned me on to a TON of new music that was coming out during the mid- and late-'70s -- Cheap Trick, The Dictators, The Ramones, The Stranglers, Ultravox, and Television are just a few of the bands that I first heard of because of my friendship with Jimmy. Imagine being in your teens and having a friend turn you on to just ONE of those bands. Now increase that impact tenfold, or more, and you start to get an idea of the importance of Jimmy's friendship. OK, not every band he turned me on to was super-cool -- he gave me the first couple of Foreigner albums, for instance -- but still, Jimmy had a great ear for cool music that wasn't yet -- or, sometimes, ever -- part of the mainstream.

Fortunately for me -- and for you -- that excitement and passion for discovering and sharing new music was matched by his generosity. Nearly every time I saw him he'd present me with a bag of extra (or rejected) promo records from his WBCN job. (He dropped out of high school, started volunteering on the WBCN "Listener Line," and wound up being the music director when he was barely 18 years old.) Many of the records he gave me back then records remain favorites of mine to this day.

In the summer of 1985, Jimmy learned he had AIDS. A year later he passed away, at the age of 25. As you can see from the obituary that ran in the Boston Globe he was as generous with his time as he was with records. Regrettably I had lost contact with Jimmy by this time, and didn't hear of his passing until a few years later.

In the fall of 2006 I dedicated my first weekly show on the regular WFMU schedule to Jimmy. I wanted to acknowledge his impact on my life, and especially on my own musical tastes. Since then I've dedicated one of the first shows of the WFMU fall schedule to him, since his influence is never too far from what you hear me play on my show. Thanks for taking a moment to read about him, and thanks for listening to WFMU.

(* = new)

Artist Track Album Label Year Comments New Approx. start time
dirty angels  kiss tomorrow goodbye   Options s/t  private stock  1976      0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
the real kids  all kindsa girls   Options s/t  norton    new reissue of debut LP!  *   0:03:37 (Pop‑up)
lene lovich  home   Options stateless  stiff/epic  1979      0:06:48 (Pop‑up)
michael fremer  rock & roll commissioner   Options i can take a joke  kant-tel records  1976  `    0:10:25 (Pop‑up)
kraftwerk  trans europe express   Options 7"  capitol  1977      0:11:02 (Pop‑up)
the motors  airport   Options approved by the motors  virgin  1978      0:14:36 (Pop‑up)
foreigner  feels like the first time   Options s/t  atlantic  1977      0:18:51 (Pop‑up)
the stranglers  down in the sewer   Options iv rattus norvegicus  a&m  1977      0:22:25 (Pop‑up)
midnight snaxxx  faded pictures   Options 7"  bachelor      *   0:40:23 (Pop‑up)
stiff love  attitudes   Options 7"  feel it      *   0:43:00 (Pop‑up)
brad marino  on the brink   Options four track attack 7" ep  beluga      *   0:45:29 (Pop‑up)
iv  magnesium   Options 7" ep  total punk      *   0:48:09 (Pop‑up)
the blind owls  alright   Options four 7" ep  hidden volume      *   0:49:54 (Pop‑up)
music city  pretty feelings   Options 7"  static shock      *   0:57:05 (Pop‑up)
bodega  name escape   Options endless scroll  what's yr rupture?      *   1:01:27 (Pop‑up)
ultravox!  life at rainbow's end   Options s/t  island  1977      1:04:42 (Pop‑up)
the lemon twigs  never in my arms, always in my heart   Options go to school  4ad      *   1:08:23 (Pop‑up)
creamer  drugs no more   Options digital single  creamer      *   1:11:23 (Pop‑up)
flasher  material   Options constant image  domino      *   1:22:18 (Pop‑up)
ethers  empty hours   Options s/t  trouble in mind      *   1:25:47 (Pop‑up)
soft science  enough   Options maps  test pattern      *   1:29:15 (Pop‑up)
eternal summers  motionless   Options every day it feels like i'm dying  nevado      *   1:32:46 (Pop‑up)
the go! team  mayday   Options semicircle  memphis industries  2018      1:35:59 (Pop‑up)
handsome jack  getting stronger   Options everything's gonna be alright  alive      *   1:48:15 (Pop‑up)
eternal summers  famous last words   Options every day it feels like i'm dying  nevado    the old "I thought I already took that CD out of the CD player" trick  *   1:51:47 (Pop‑up)
mick's jaguar  hellride   Options fame and fortune  riding easy      *   1:55:43 (Pop‑up)
tracker  steppin' over the line   Options s/t  elektra  1982      1:59:16 (Pop‑up)
rebecca closure  40,000   Options 40,000 12"  mottomotto      *   2:03:25 (Pop‑up)
eyelids  23 (years)   Options maybe more  jealous butcher      *   2:19:05 (Pop‑up)
the oysters  mine caroline   Options 7"  taang!        2:23:46 (Pop‑up)
the fox sisters  uum uum uum   Options 7"  dive      *   2:26:16 (Pop‑up)
howlin' jaws  i'm mad   Options burning house  bellevue      *   2:30:05 (Pop‑up)
the piggies  blues is killing me   Options digital single  the piggies  2018  Piggies playing Friday night at Otto's Shrunken Head! Find this song on bandcamp    2:34:12 (Pop‑up)
zerodent  stay in   Options landscapes of merriment  alien snatch      *   2:37:40 (Pop‑up)
illuminati hotties  (you're better) than ever   Options kiss tr frenemies  tiny engines      *   2:44:39 (Pop‑up)
jenn champion  owner of a lonely heart   Options digital single  hardly art        2:46:54 (Pop‑up)
pepper kings  despised transport   Options s/t  fuzzy warbles      *   2:50:24 (Pop‑up)
addison love  anything's right   Options thoughts on lunch?  big stir      *   2:52:53 (Pop‑up)
peter holsapple  yelling at clouds   Options game day  omnivore      *   2:55:54 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07pm medson:

I can't believe its been a year already. Very nice thing that you do remembering your friend.
Avatar 9:10pm TDK60:

Hola. Lene L.
Avatar 9:15pm Undead83:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:17pm Aitch:

Haven't heard any of these for a very long time. Keep going EFD.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18pm Matt Fiveash:

This song ("airport") scared me when I was a kid. It still kinda does!
Avatar 9:19pm Aharon:

I'm liking this new Coldplay.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:19pm efd:

then you're really going to love THIS new Coldplay!
  9:20pm KP:

Hello from our nation’s cloudy capital, Evan!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:21pm efd:

@Matt I can totally see that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:21pm efd:

greetings KP, Aharon, Aitch, TDK60, medson, Undead83, and all lurkers! Nice to have you here tonight.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:21pm Bootsie:

Ok, I don't want to like this but I do.
Avatar 9:22pm slocker:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:23pm Aitch:

You're playing my teens, I'm scared now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:24pm efd:

your teens are my teens, Aitch

sorry/not sorry, Bootsie!

'sup slocker
Avatar 9:26pm JakeGould:

Tremendously rock! Tremendously roll!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:31pm Aitch:

There's some youtube stuff where Ian Dury fills in for Hugh Cornwell Stranglers after he got busted for drugs and couldn't do the gig
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:36pm Switchblade Batman:

The Jimmy Mac story is always so sad. I'm sorry for your loss @EFD
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:43pm efd:

thanks Switchblade B, I appreciate it
Avatar 9:47pm herb.nyc:

v.nice Jimmy-stranglers-wbcn story; RIP jimmy. the mag The Big Takeover was a gateway to cool music for me, and I wrote letters to editor jack rabid. He phoned me, out of the blue 1 day, and we slowly became vg friends (aww). WNYU was also a causeway; thx Evan, Weems, Loscalzo, Martha Quinn, Emily Anton, Hugh Foley...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:52pm listener 126464:

Thanks efd. Cheers to Jimmy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:54pm joe mulligan:

thanks for the story of Jimmy Mack, EFD. It always makes me happy to hear of a person who is so passionate about new music that they make it lifestyle to share it with others. and not for profiteering, purely for the love of it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:01pm efd:

thanks joe, herb, and 12464
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:05pm medson:

@efd am I crazy for hearing hints of Donald Fagan on your pop roxx segment this morning? Wouldn't be the first time : )
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:08pm efd:

oh, huh! I hadn't thought of that before, but... maybe?
Avatar 10:09pm herb.nyc:

Snacksss? Snacks is cat of Best Coast's Bethany. Meow! -- Gnite, I have 5am poll work duty.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10pm medson:

I was the only one who heard it haha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:15pm efd:

I'll have to listen again
  10:17pm jimmymack:

EFD- OK, LOVE your rock stories, but just to be Crystal, YOUR Jimmy Mac stories are NOT by any chance, the SAME JM from 70's to 80's BAND/ guy from (I always thought)
NYC who ALSO PLAYED W/EARL SLICK IN THE EARLY DAYS, of 'Razor Sharp' fame, etc? Or IS he??? PS: Dictators RULE! Or, as HDM would say, 12 inches Rule! LOVE your show, but PLS change the background music already!!! (with Love)
  10:20pm KP in DC:

Lemon Twigs are from my sort of hometown of Hicksville, LI. Someone else is as well but I’m not naming names
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:23pm Mister Dobalina:

If I may get one more horn I'm following you everywhere
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24pm efd:

Different person, mystery commenter! That person went by Jimmie Mack, and my friend was not a recording artist.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:34pm Ike:

New Yorkers, don't forget to vote tomorrow!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:41pm listener 126464:

like that band a lot. thunder, lightning, strike is classic
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:52pm medson:

Wow I was just listening to Handsome Jack's previous album yesterday. It's still on the turntable actually. Alive puts out great quality vinyl
Avatar 10:57pm Joe B:

great show efd!
  11:03pm katharsis:

Oh this one is catchy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:07pm efd:

thanks Joe! hi katharsis!
  11:08pm Carmichael:

Heya Evan and American Women.
  11:16pm steveL:

In late. I will fully atone, tomorrow on the archives
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20pm Tome:

great stuff and surprises , as always EFD !
  11:24pm steveL:

Eyelids have a sound that I like a lot.
Avatar 11:25pm Roberto:

Was that meant to be the intro to Cuban Slide or was it just coincidence?
Avatar 11:27pm Roberto:

Might as well steal from the best I guess.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:29pm efd:

better than lifting a lousy part!
Avatar 11:30pm Roberto:

Word, EF.
  11:41pm steveL:

What a set!
Avatar 11:42pm Joe B:

agreed steveL
Avatar 11:46pm On the Yazoo:

I second that.
  11:47pm steveL:

Between the Alien Snatch label and
Illuminate Hottie, my best-names list is nearly full, tonight.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:48pm efd:

lol steveL (and aw shucks to alla youse guys)
  11:50pm steveL:

Inspired cover. WFMU Top 40 material.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:50pm Aitch:

Most enjoyable. Thank you kind sir.
Avatar 11:51pm Hoboken Jack:

Hey EFD, Joe, SteveL! Digging this cover, which my friend John and I covered as "Owners of a Lonely Fart."
  11:56pm Laughingdogparker:

What about the rings or the scientific americans
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56pm efd:

hey Jack! SteveL, there's another one for your best names list :)
  12:00am steveL:

The list is never complete.

Hey Jack!
  1:06am jimmymack:

Thanks for clearing up, EFD. PS: Think BOTH bands would fit well in your shows....both ROCK & poppy sensibilities as well! Check 'em out, unless you already HAVE. You don't miss MUCH!! Cheers,....and IKE: THANX 4 POST!! DEF. VOTING!!!! VOTE!!!!
  1:17am jimmymack:

HEY!!! MORE 'NAMES' GUYS!!! COOL!! Worst: CIGARETTES After SEX. At LEAST shorten to: POST SEX CIGS or CIGS POST SEX! Orig. too cumbersome. But that's me.
  7:31pm Pex:

thanks Evan, as always. without your help early on perhaps Zerodent would have never made it to the US. we hope to see you again next year!
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