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A pennant-winning battery of songland. Ongoing feature: Single File, a half-hour of randomly selected small records with big holes.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New Approx. start time
Les Paul & Mary Ford  Smoke Rings   Options Bye Bye Blues!  Capitol  1955  LP      0:00:00 (Pop-up)
Julie London  It Never Entered My Mind   Options Julie Is Her Name  Liberty  1955  LP      0:04:52 (Pop-up)
Claudia Thompson  If I Should Lose You   Options Goodbye to Love  Modern Harmonic  2016  LP  From 1959    0:07:55 (Pop-up)
Kikí d'Akí  Tiempo de Amar   Options Breve Encuentro  Munster  2018  CD    *   0:10:57 (Pop-up)
Everything But the Girl  On My Mind   Options Pillows and Prayers (Cherry Red 1982-1983)  Cherry Red  1982  LP      0:13:39 (Pop-up)
Marine Girls  Second Sight   Options Lazy Ways  Tiger Bay  2017  LP  From 1983    0:16:26 (Pop-up)
Frente!  Bizarre Love Triangle   Options Labour of Love  Mammoth  1994  CD      0:19:28 (Pop-up)
Lloyd Cole  Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?   Options No album  No Label  2014  MP3  live on Evan Davies' program    0:21:30 (Pop-up)
En Dag  Tema För Ugglan   Options En Dag  Voix  2018  LP    *   0:23:42 (Pop-up)
Mary Lou Lord  Some Jingle Jangle Morning   Options Alternagrrrls: Surface Noise's 2018 Marathon Premium  WFMU  2018  CD-R  From 1993    0:28:55 (Pop-up)
Frente!  Not Given Lightly   Options Labour of Love  Mammoth  1994  CD      0:32:16 (Pop-up)
Robert Drasnin  Chant of the Moon   Options Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights  The Numero Group  2018  CD  From 1960    0:45:01 (Pop-up)
Chayns  Live with the Moon   Options Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights  The Numero Group  2018  CD  From 1966    0:47:11 (Pop-up)
The Monzas  Forever Walks a Drifter   Options Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights  The Numero Group  2018  CD  From 1966    0:49:55 (Pop-up)
Ido Martin  Mambo for Latin Lovers   Options Britxotica Goes Wild! Percussive Pop & Crazy Latin  Trunk  2018  LP    *   0:53:38 (Pop-up)
Brown Sugar  I'm So Proud   Options I'm In Love With a Dreadlocks: Brown Sugar and the Birth of Lovers Rock 1977-80  Soul Jazz  2018  CD    *   0:57:13 (Pop-up)
Brown Sugar  Loneliness (Will Bring Us Together Again)   Options single  Chelsea  1973  45  R.I.P. Clydie King    1:04:23 (Pop-up)
Sunshine & the Rain  Just Stay   Options Beneath the Stars  Ernest Jenning Record Co.  2018  LP      1:07:18 (Pop-up)
Richard Papiercuts  A Place to Stay   Options Twisting the Night EP  ever/never  2018  LP    *   1:11:28 (Pop-up)
Part Time  Spell #6   Options Spell #6  Burger  2018  CD    *   1:14:50 (Pop-up)
Gary Olson  The Old Twin   Options single  Kus  2018  45    *   1:21:04 (Pop-up)
Single File: a bunch of 45s all in a disorderly row
The Byrds  My Back Pages   Options single  Columbia  1967  45      1:31:37 (Pop-up)
Dusty Springfield  I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself   Options single  Philips  1965  45      1:34:28 (Pop-up)
Tennessee Ernie with Cliffie Stone's Orch.  Blackberry Boogie   Options single  Capitol  1952  45      1:36:42 (Pop-up)
DEVO  Working in the Coal Mine   Options single  Warner Bros.  1981  45      1:39:08 (Pop-up)
Rhythm Makers  You're Never Too Old (To Get On Down)   Options single  Vigor  1974  45      1:41:56 (Pop-up)
Aerosmith  Get It Up   Options single  Columbia  1977  45      1:45:29 (Pop-up)
Mitty Collier  I Can't Lose   Options single  Peachtree  1969  45      1:49:23 (Pop-up)
Travis Wammack  Scratchy   Options single  ARA  1964  45  just like this record!    1:51:27 (Pop-up)
Grand Larceny  Jumpin' Jack Flash   Options single  Galaxy  1974  45      1:54:07 (Pop-up)
My Favorites at Five (Shaving Off the 0)
Jimmie Rodgers  The Wizard   Options single  Roulette  1958  45  the first record I remember loving    2:08:05 (Pop-up)
The Surfaris  Wipe Out   Options single  Dot  1962  45      2:10:11 (Pop-up)
1910 Fruitgum Co.  Simon Says   Options single  Buddah  1968  45  OK, so this IS kind of a kid's record!    2:12:31 (Pop-up)
Petula Clark  Downtown   Options single  Warner Bros.  1965  45      2:14:42 (Pop-up)
The Kinks  You Really Got Me   Options single  Reprise  1964  45      2:17:45 (Pop-up)
The Beatles  Ticket to Ride   Options 1962-1966  Apple  1973  LP  From 1965    2:20:01 (Pop-up)
The Beach Boys  I Get Around   Options Endless Summer  Capitol  1974  LP  From 1964    2:22:56 (Pop-up)
George McCrae  Rock Your Baby   Options single  T.K.  1974  45      2:25:01 (Pop-up)
The Jimmy Castor Bunch  Troglodyte (Cave Man)   Options single  RCA  1972  45  my teacher must have been really impressed that i knew what "troglodyte" meant    2:28:15 (Pop-up)
Santana  Oye Como Va   Options Abraxas  Columbia  1970  LP  Dad used to play this one with his band    2:31:34 (Pop-up)
Focus  Hocus Pocus   Options Dutch Masters  Sire  1975  LP  From 1970    2:35:46 (Pop-up)
The Edgar Winter Group  Frankenstein   Options Super Hits of the '70s - Have A Nice Day, Vol. 9  Rhino  1990  CD  From 1972    2:39:06 (Pop-up)
Rick Wakeman  Catherine of Aragon   Options The Six Wives of Henry VIII  A&M  1973  LP  I guess I was a bit prog as a 5 year-old    2:42:34 (Pop-up)
Carl Anderson  Heaven on Their Minds   Options Jesus Christ Superstar: The Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album  MCA  1973  LP  I was raised Catholic, so this was a mindblower, and very, very popular    2:46:08 (Pop-up)
Nat King Cole  Pretend   Options The Nat King Cole Story  Capitol  1963  MP3  From 1953    2:50:33 (Pop-up)
Judy Garland  Over the Rainbow   Options The Wizard of Oz: Original Soundtrack, Deluxe Edition  Rhino  2009  CD  From 1938    2:53:05 (Pop-up)

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Listener comments!

  👻 Swag For Life Member 9:02am 12539:

Heigh ho!
Avatar 9:02am Rev. Turnip Druid:

as they say, yip.
Avatar 9:02am TDK60:

DJ Joe, hello!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03am The Oscar:

Mornin' all! Always happy to hear some Les & Mary.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:03am Ken From Hyde Park:

OK, now it's Monday. Boing boing!
Avatar 9:03am Linda Lee:

what a lovely opener. good morning Joe! Happy Birthday! :-)
Avatar 9:05am TDK60:

Weren't Paul/Ford the very first to double-track guitar/voice?..early at least huh?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:05am Granny Spicy Tuna:

Les and Mary, what lushness… It's your birthday? Many sparkling wishes for all the best in this next dance around the sun!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06am Vince Nifigance:

Go, go, Joe McGasko.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:06am Krys O.:

Good morning, Joe! Thanks for the lush sounds.
Avatar 9:06am Rev. Turnip Druid:

great beginning. Could it be that Skeeter Davis is on the horizon? Could it?!?!?! .... it is the end of the world, after all...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06am Granny Spicy Tuna:

And, ooh, oh my, JULIE!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:07am Guido from Cologne:

Good morning Joe!
Many happy returns of the day!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07am annie:

good morning joe! many happy returns for your birthday!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07am Henry in Hopatcong:

Happy birthday Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07am steveo:

easin' into monday like
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:08am Brian in UK:

Hey Joe. Happy Capricorns.
Avatar 9:08am Joe McG:

Thanks for the birthday wishes! There's no better way to spend my birthday than on the radio with you!
Avatar 9:09am Hoboken Jack:

Happy birthday, Joe! Hello Ken, Krys, all.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:09am Brian in UK:

Hey Monica, great start!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10am Colleen:

Oh...Thank you for this!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10am steveo:

there's no better way for us to spend your birthday either -- felicitations!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11am Colleen:

Hey! Happy Birthday!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11am The Oscar:

Man, I was a fool in my record store days for ignoring the Pop Vocal drawers for my store plays. Also, HBDJMcG!
Avatar 9:11am TDK60:

Happy birthday Joe, how young are you now?
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:11am pantz:

Happy 30th B-Day, Joe!
Avatar 9:13am TDK60:

..although I think that astro stuff is hooey, I'm a Capricorn too.
Avatar 9:14am Lixiviated Life:

I'm back.
oh joy
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:14am Krys O.:

Oh, goodness, Tracy's voice makes everything better.
Avatar 9:14am Rev. Turnip Druid:

Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:15am Krys O.:

Happy Birthday, Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:15am James in ATL:

Happiest birthday wishes to you Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:15am Granny Spicy Tuna:

Hooray for hooey! What isn't hooey anyway? Let's play some Harvey Sid Fisher!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:16am Krys O.:

Hey, Hoboken Jack and everyone!
Avatar 9:16am TDK60:

Krys O, what's shakin' in Bloomfield?
Avatar 9:16am Linda Lee:

any belief system that doesn't appeal is hooey. if it appeals, it's revelation. so be it. i only ask that it not be required. :-D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:17am melinda:

Nice set Joe!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:18am Krys O.:

@TDK60: Bloomfield is still reeling from a pedestrian death in my neighborhood last Friday. Very tragic. Happened in broad daylight.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18am melinda:

and happy birthday!
Avatar 9:18am Linda Lee:

car accident, Krys?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18am Granny S Tuna. Esq:

Well put, Linda Lee.
  9:19am ami ad:

Top of the morning D.J. Joe,hello fellow listeners.Hope all is well out there in the Jersey state.Keep U.S freeform.Shalom.
Avatar 9:20am Linda Lee:

here's a nice spot for Mary Lou Lord! :-)
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:20am karlward:

This (and especially the New Order original) is a perfect pop song.
Avatar 9:22am TDK60:

Sorry to hear Krys O.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:23am Maggie B.:

happy birthday, Joe!
Avatar 9:24am Joe McG:

Thanks everybody. Me and Dave Grohl, soul brothers.
  9:25am Fernando P.:

Frente’s BLT version was a huge (MTV) hit in Brazil at the time. Was it in the US also?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26am Granny S Tuna. Esq:

Holy cow, hadn't thought of Mary Lou Lord in awhile, and that just catapulted me into a mid-90's memory lane, my brief stint in Cambridge.

Everybody be safe out there in the wild, wicked world. Hope your neighborhood finds comfort and healing, Krys.
Avatar 9:27am Joe McG:

@Fernando: No, they got some college radio play, but no hits as far as I know.
Avatar 9:27am Rev. Turnip Druid:

and yet you haven't lost your Grohlish figure.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:27am steveo:

beautiful set you got here, mister
  9:27am ami ad:

Happy Birthday Dave Grohl and his ultimate soul brother.Hip hip.
Avatar 9:28am Joe McG:

Thanks, ami! Anybody mind if I play another Frente! song? I'm in the mood.
  9:30am cluebucket:

Avatar 9:30am Joe McG:

Who says I don't take requests?
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:30am karlward:

I'm super into that distorted bass on "Some Jingle Jangle Morning."
Avatar 9:31am Linda Lee:

love the Mary Lou! thank you Joe!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:32am Ken From Hyde Park:

Yay, wishing you the biggest Happy Birthday, Joe! youtu.be...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33am Granny S Tuna. Esq:

Joe, it's your day! Listening to this Mary Lou Lord i can close my eyes and see younger me wearing a thrift store dress, big clunky shoes and too much eyebrow pencil. Ahhh…
  9:33am Mike Wolf:

ah, the Frente cover double-play
  9:34am Mike Wolf:

More people should’ve been covering more of his songs so that Chris Knox would be a wealthy person today
Avatar 9:34am Linda Lee:

was just reading about the utter sh*t show involving Mary Lou Lord & Courtney Love. who needs that grief in their lives?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:36am melinda:

What is the shit show LL?
Avatar 9:36am Linda Lee:

you've got the best bed music on air, Joe.
Avatar 9:36am Jeff Moore:

I love Frente! I kind of forgot about them, then remembered and played this very song a few weeks ago. Glad to hear them getting more attention.
Avatar 9:37am Linda Lee:

melinda dear, just goggle both their names.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:38am Your Ace From Exchange Place:

Happy birthday, Joe!
Avatar 9:38am leylou:

I agree. what beautiful songs I found myself listening to! (to listen to on a quiet super windy afternoon, in the midst of national turmoil)
Avatar 9:38am KP in DC:

Hello Joe, from iced in Dixie
  9:38am MplsCoco:

Happy Birthday Joe!!! ❤️❤️ Your voice sounds sexy!
Avatar 9:38am Rev. Turnip Druid:

not just any crud, mind you.

THE crud.
  9:39am andyplants:

Happy birthday Joe
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:39am Granny S Tuna. Esq:

I recall the old CL vs MLL feud. It was hard to stay out of riot grrrl feuds in those days. I had to squirm out of a few myself, staying just obscure enough to not matter to some of the bloodthirsty beasts of that era. Just don't talk to me about Ben Is Dead zine, heh heh…
Avatar 9:39am KP in DC:

We have the crud in Washington too
Avatar 9:40am Jeff Moore:

Happy birthday, Joe!

And thanks, asshole. I'm getting a scratchy throat and the sneezes.
  9:41am elwyn:

Thanks for the MLL and Frente.
Which MLL album was that from? It sounded different from the one I have.
Frente... they have a special place in the hearts of all Australians of my generation.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:41am Phillippe Bastille:

Good morning everyone
  9:41am BetsyO:

Happy Zippity Yip Birthday Joe!!!
Sto lat, sto lat,
Niech żyje, żyje nam.
Sto lat, sto lat,
Niech żyje, żyje nam,
Jeszcze raz, jeszcze raz,
Niech żyje, żyje nam,
Niech żyje nam
Avatar 9:42am Linda Lee:

i'm with you re Spotify, Joe.
honestly, Granny, the older i get the stupider it all looks. one perk of aging. :-D
Avatar 9:42am Linda Lee:

good morning, Phillippe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:43am Phillippe Bastille:

Hey Linda, how are you?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:43am steveo:

more captain and tennille!
Avatar 9:43am Linda Lee:

the '50s are fabulous, Joe. we finally begin realizing what really matters. don't worry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:44am Colleen:

Awwww sorry Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:44am steveo:

(that dragons album you hipped us to last week is interesting!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:44am Granny S Tuna. Esq:

Linda Lee, so glad to care so much less. My near misses with underground fame and the egomaniacal shenanigans of the more…ambitious… ones cured me of my worldy ways and sent me back home to my cats and my bathtub.
  9:44am Robert Tables:

Damn Joe, 50?!?! You had me fooled. Happy birthday!
  9:44am jess:

happy birthday everybody!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:44am Phillippe Bastille:

60s suck though
Avatar 9:44am Linda Lee:

@Phillippe Bastille ~ i'm still here, love. thank you.
i listened to adult pop at 5 too, Joe. that was 1965. i was very lucky.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:44am melinda:

This will be fun, a journey into the mind of 5-year-old Joe!
  9:44am David Colangelo:

You sick old man...pathetic...
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:45am Brian in UK:

Hearing Frente! My mind took a sidetrack to Michael Franti's Ofcourse You Can'. Well it is freeform.

Joe, does Nelly the Elephant figure on your kindergarten hits?
  9:45am prudy:

i'm with you LL. The significant things in life really begin to shine.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:45am The Oscar:

Technicolor Paradise is so great! When my girlfriend and I took a vacation to Maine last summer I insisted on playing it constantly in the car, despite the fact that Maine is objectively less tropical than our usual climes.
  9:45am jess:

I'll be 50 this year. not looking forward to it...
Avatar 9:46am Joe McG:

Nice, BetsyO! Thanks! Yes, I'm 50 now. You can call me Gramps McGasko from now on.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46am Colleen:

Fantastic! Hey there Linda Lee!!
  9:46am prudy:

looking forward to the 5 part of the show. that would make it around 1974, right Joe?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:47am The Oscar:

@Joe That's honestly a great DJ name.
Avatar 9:47am Linda Lee:

i feel sorry for the 60 year old adolescents. honestly, how much time have they got to waste?
Avatar 9:47am Itzall Ablurr:

Hi Joe, happy birthday. So nice and unexpected to hear Robert Drasnin on your show. Love it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:47am Granny S Tuna. Esq:

Speaking of way back when, i'm one of the characters in a doc about the wack San Francisco scene between the AIDS crisis and the Tech Boom: "SF89." Should be coming out in a year or two, lots of my crappy camcorder footage will be featured. Yeah!
Avatar 9:47am Joe McG:

@prudy: You got it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48am JtotheK:

@The Oscar - agreed, Technicolor Paradise is terrific. And props to (Drummer Streamer) Little Danny for his work on it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48am b!!!:

Happy Birthday Joe!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48am The Oscar:

This Chayns is maybe my favorite on the set. Love that little guitar lick.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48am Ike:

50?!? You don't look a day over 40! And your voice doesn't currently sound a day over 93!
Avatar 9:48am Rev. Turnip Druid:

did that particular birthday a bit earlier last year. in grand style. of course. ... welcome to the sacred gang.
Avatar 9:48am Linda Lee:

you could be the New Old Codger, Joe! :-)
that's great news, Granny! look forward to seeing you!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:48am karlward:

Oh man. There's going to be so much Alice Cooper.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:49am karlward:

I'm actually not sure how I feel about that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:49am Granny S Tuna. Esq:

Wack, wacky— both apply, i suppose.

Joe, jess and all the 1969 babies— me, too! I was born between Helter Skelter and Woodstock.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:49am JtotheK:

((And hello Joe, happy birthday! Hi everyone.))
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:49am The Oscar:

@JtotheK I didn't know that! That same trip we also listened to Danny's premium from last year, and we even noted that how much in the same vein it was!
Avatar 9:50am Linda Lee:

hiya Colleen!
  9:50am ami ad:

Many more Joe,many more.Appreciate the good sounds and chill vibes.Thanks and Praise.
Avatar 9:51am KP in DC:

Mary Lou Lord has been doing well lately. She has been working with Nick Saloman of Bevis Frond, who wrote her signature song, “Lights are Changing.”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:52am JtotheK:

@The Oscar, there was also a magazine/periodical about exotica as a tie in with that comp. It's worth a read.
Avatar 9:52am Linda Lee:

good to hear that, KP!
  9:53am David Colangelo:

Best song 1973, Feeling Stronger Every Day....Chicago
Avatar 9:55am heyitschris:

Just got here. Happy Birthday Joe! Hope this is a great year for you.
Avatar 9:55am Linda Lee:

not possible, David! we still had Ziggy Stardust.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:55am The Oscar:

@JtotheK I got that, and totally agree! Exotica is one of the genres I could listen to completely uncritically for hours and not get sick of it.
Avatar 9:57am Linda Lee:

@The Oscar ~ totally agree. i'd also like to know why we don't have an exotica/lounge & easily listening show on fmu.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58am TristaC.LadyCaveBrat:

Alright! Made it for the Birthday Show! Happy Birthday Joe!!
Avatar 9:59am Joe McG:

@Ike: Ha ha! @karl: I didn't hear any Alice until the mid-70s, so Alice free. @Trista: Thanks!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59am The Oscar:

@LL Have you checked out The Explorer's Room on GTDR? Covers a lot of ground musically, but exotica is definitely the baseline.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59am Ike:

@LL, I think there was one circa 1994, possibly before anybody else did it. Also Irwin and a guy named Tom Crowe used to play a ton of that stuff in the 90s and helped start that trend.
Avatar 9:59am Linda Lee:

i'd say it's time to revisit the concept. for the youngsters.
  10:00am BetsyO:

@Joe McG,... the Polish Sto Lat Birthday song is wishing you to see 100, so you’re half way there,... which means we get to hear your show for decades to come.

Avatar 10:01am Joe McG:

@BetsyO: So sweet! Stashu sang it to me a couple of years ago!
Avatar 10:01am Linda Lee:

i really do need to check out GTDR in depth. i have sinned in avoidance.
Avatar 10:02am highlowe:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Looking forward to hearing what those 5 year old ears took in! I for one am happy that you are here!
Avatar 10:02am djsheilab:

Happy birthday Joe! I've been listening since the start and have been enjoying your selections immensely. Glad you're treating yourself to your five-year-old favorites!
  10:03am BetsyO:

@JoeMcG,... though this version by Lil’ Wally is way more up tempo and fitting!
Avatar 10:04am Joe McG:

Thanks so much, highlowe! My 5 year old taste is pretty oddball, I must say. But you'll hear! @Sheila: Thank you so much! I can't wait to play them. :)
Avatar 10:04am Linda Lee:

when you were 5, Joe, I was 13 ~ but i know i'll dig that set!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:05am Granny Spicy Tuna:

The GTDR stream is a treasure, and Sheena's Jungle Room has plenty of Exotica surges…
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:06am Granny Spicy Tuna:

Yes, i majorly blame/credit Irwin for that Lounge revival of the 90's, and my freelance go-go dancing days…
Avatar 10:08am Linda Lee:

i'm 100% certain i could spend every waking moment with fmu/fm or the stream & be a better person for it ~ but i must exert judgement lest i petrify.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:08am joe:

'Ello Folks
Happy Birthday Joe
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:09am The Oscar:

Spotting Irwin's name in the liner notes of various oddball comps in the '90s (as well as Songs in the Key of Z) is what brought me to WFMU in the first place :)
  10:09am TheLoneliestMonk:

JoeMac is the birthday boy today??
Many happy returns, pal!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:09am Granny Spicy Tuna:

Linda Lee, i have been experimenting with almost nonstop WFMU attendance, and it has literally been a life saver for me. YAY, WFMU!!!
Avatar 10:10am Linda Lee:

wfmu works its magic once again! :-) so glad.
  10:10am TheLoneliestMonk:

...and was that some dubstep I heard trailing off just now...on surface noise??
Avatar 10:10am Joe McG:

Yes, Irwin had a lot to do with the price of all those lounge and exotica records going up! Highly recommend The Explorer's Room, btw, if you like that sound like I do.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:11am thatpatsmith:

Belated Happy Birthday, Joe!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:12am pantz:

I learned of WFMU through a Metafilter post about Tom Scharpling many years ago. After a few beers with a buddy from New Jersey, I was convinced to listen to more programs. Now I donate what scraps I can afford, because it's so worth it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:12am The Oscar:

The nice thing about my day job is it gives me an excuse to listen to 8 to 9 hours of WFMU a day! I'm not sure I could have made the transition from the record store to the office without it.
Avatar 10:14am Linda Lee:

i can actually remember lounge/exotica the first time around ~ loved it even as a wee tot.
Avatar 10:15am Joe McG:

This is not The Smiths, I swear.
Avatar 10:16am Linda Lee:

i was just about to say: another perk of aging is being able to hear musical influences very easily.
Avatar 10:17am Joe McG:

@Linda Lee: A bit of an occupational hazard, I'm afraid.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:17am joe:

I learned about WFMU as I started to hang around the shadier part of the dial roughly about the same time that media was picking up on the attempt to knock down FMU's power in the 90's
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:18am joe:

Now now let's not Smiths shame here. :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:18am The Oscar:

One of my dreams is to install a switch in my home that automatically plays Martin Denny, like Dr. Jacoby in Twin Peaks.
  10:18am TheLoneliestMonk:

Actually, this dude sounds a bit like Stephen Merritt, to my ears
Avatar 10:18am Linda Lee:

you don't think it makes curating easier, Joe?
  10:18am JakeGould:

Avatar 10:19am Joe McG:

@joe: Never! I love them unashamedly.
Avatar 10:19am mb:

happy birthday Joe McGasko!!

I hope you get laid tonight or at the very least stare at some Exotica record covers and enjoy yourself with a drink or two. Cheers!
Avatar 10:19am Joe McG:

Thanks, Jake, thatpat, Monk and everybody!
Avatar 10:20am Joe McG:

@mb: From your mouth to God's ear.
  10:20am Brendan:

Leave it to Morrissey. An otherwise happy, I’m in love song. And you’d think somebody died. I hope he doesn’t have any Birthday songs in his repertoire.
  10:21am JakeGould:

@LindaLee: As someone who first discovered WFMU in 1992 when I moved to my own place in Park Slope when I was younger, I can tell you there definitely was exotica on the main station then. But I wasn’t into it.

Then I stopped listening to WFMU about 1995 when I moved away and “streaming” the RealAudio stream meant tying up my phone line with a 56k modem connection and started listening again around 2014 or so.

Anyway… Age!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:21am TheLoneliestMonk:

As the 'mats would say, it all happens on the left side of the dial
"And if I don't see ya, in a long, long while
I'll try to find you
Left of the dial"
  10:25am Susan C.:

Happy Birthday, Joe!!! Rejoice in the quantity and quality of life! XO
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:26am Granny Spicy Tuna:

Emotional entanglements? Nevah hoid of 'em…
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:27am TheLoneliestMonk:

@JoeMac are you getting over a head cold?
You sound different on BT speaker, dude
Avatar 10:28am Linda Lee:

@JakeGould ~ we have a sort-of-similar fmu history. i found fmu when we moved to williamsburg in 85. (no reception before then in manhattan.) i went to north carolina in 93 ~ finally found the stream at about the same time you did, dial-up. it worked, however. i made it back to those juicy radio waves in 2006!
Avatar 10:29am SheWolf:

Happy B day my fellow Capricorn.
Avatar 10:30am duke:

I stumbled on WFMU around 2001. I found a website that had a collection of R&B and Rockabilly. Someone on the site said if you like this, you like Fool's Paradise on WFMU.org. I checked it out and I've been stuck since. Rex was my WFMU gateway drug.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:31am queems:

i bought technicolor paradise last year!!
Avatar 10:31am Linda Lee:

'old' is in the mind, Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:32am queems:

also good morning! i'm late
Avatar 10:32am Lixiviated Life:

Joey Mc,
Confessing that I love your radio program.
Ok, I said it.
Avatar 10:33am Joe McG:

@queems: We get our copies late sometimes, but I'm very happy we have it now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:33am TheLoneliestMonk:

@duke for me it was when the had Joe Frank leading into to Dave Emory and then Dave the spazz
  10:33am melinda:

Bummed to have missed the exotica. I'm a big fan of Explorers' Room, Flash also does great themed shows featuring exotica-adjacent musics.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:33am Mike Sin:

Well, now -- Happy birthday, Joe McG!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:33am lukavino:

the first time i ever heard "My Back Pages", it was a live cut and i think it involved Tom Petty in some capacity.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:34am lukavino:

anyway, this song is beautiful. happy birthday, Joe.
Avatar 10:34am KP in DC:

I was much older then
Avatar 10:34am Marc Francis:

Bonne fête Joe!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:35am lukavino:

"here's a picture of me when i was older." - Mitch Hedberg
  10:35am sinner:

60 ain't the new nothing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:36am joe:

@lukavion maybe the Dylan 30th Anniversary www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:36am Summer and Michael and Sylvia:

Happy B'day, Joe!
Avatar 10:36am Linda Lee:

@LL ~ those heartfelt admissions are important! this is how i know i'm loved especially by a certain fmu personality.
Avatar 10:36am Joe McG:

Thanks, all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:37am lukavino:

oh, far out, joe. i think that was it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:38am queems:

oh, happy birthday, @joe mcg!!
Avatar 10:38am Linda Lee:

next up: the flat foot floogie with the floy floy! (really the same tune.)
Avatar 10:38am highlowe:

i needed an excuse to eat cake today! Thanks Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:38am Roger:

Blackberry Boogie!
I proposed to my wife to this song!
  10:40am melinda:

@Linda haha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:40am The Oscar:

Avatar 10:40am robot rattle:

Love that transition!
  10:40am John:

LOVE this Devo song
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:40am steveo:

oh great, another song from the Heavy Metal soundtrack ;)
  10:41am judy from croton:

Nice, joe!
Happy Birthday
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:41am The Oscar:

This would probably be on a playlist of songs I loved when I was 10. (The rest would probably be Weird Al.)
Avatar 10:41am Michael Shelley:

  10:42am judy from croton:

At least you don’t owe your soul to the company store
Avatar 10:43am Linda Lee:

'16 tons' was a childhood fave!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:43am Granny Spicy Tuna:

queeeems, let's DANCE!!!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:45am pantz:

I'm not too old to get down, but I just can't get back up.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:46am pantz:

There's a dad joke for your bday, Joe!
  10:46am ?:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:46am frozen_peas:

Happy bday Joe! you're never too old (to keep playin the hits)
Avatar 10:46am Linda Lee:

hear you there, pantz! :-D
  10:46am John:

Ahh Aerosmith now have not heard this song in a while
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:47am TheLoneliestMonk:

@@JM next up, 'up for the down stroke' by PFunk?
  10:47am judy from croton:

I was wondering whether you were 30 or 40.
  10:47am JakeGould:

Now finally some really rock and roll music! Makes me want to drink wine out of a Pringles can and ride a scooter around a Wal*Mart parking lot. www.ajc.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:49am TheLoneliestMonk:

JoeMac is like jack Benny, doesn't age and is perpetually 39!
Avatar 10:49am Joe McG:

@John: I can't believe someone at their record company thought this would be a hit.
Avatar 10:49am Joe McG:

Thanks for the old man joke, pantz!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:49am frozen_peas:

@JakeGould Now I do too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:50am joe:

@JoeMcG all that can be said to that thought of being a hit is Oh Cocaine you silly thing you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:50am TheLoneliestMonk:

@JoeMac re:Aerosmith
Was gonna say, this is 45 material?
Avatar 10:52am Linda Lee:

i'm a little disturbed to find some of the 'things' turning 50 this year (from mental floss) are people.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:52am TheLoneliestMonk:

@joe @JoeMac BwaHa! Those were the days when the record execs did just as much blow as the artists they signed...sometimes right alongside them!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:53am tim from champaign:

Happy birthday, Joe! Mine was Saturday. Hello everyody.
  10:53am John:

@joe mcg are you talking about devo
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:53am tim from champaign:

Good one, Linda!
  10:53am JakeGould:

Was talking this weekend to someone who—like me—have only realized in the last few years that “Synchronicity” is a “dad rock” new wave classic.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:53am Hughie Considine:

Hey @Joe! Apparently Chet Atkins said of Travis Wammack: "This scares me. I pass!"
Avatar 10:54am Linda Lee:

happy birthday, tim!
Avatar 10:54am Joe McG:

Happy birthday, Tim! @Hughie: Great story!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:54am steveo:

[Wammack] began his professional music career when he wrote and recorded his first record at the age of eleven. A child prodigy, Wammack's first record was issued when he was twelve years old, and at 17 he hit the American charts with "Scratchy", an instrumental which peaked at #80 in 1964.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:54am TheLoneliestMonk:

If any of youse ever read 'hit men', it was worth it for the Neil bogart & Casablanca stories alone!
Avatar 10:55am Linda Lee:

wow, love this Stones cover. sounds nice & crappy! (a good thing.)
Avatar 10:57am Linda Lee:

the cleaner music tech gets, the more i like the scuffs & bumps.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:57am TheLoneliestMonk:

For my money, best cover of JJ Flash is by Johnny winter, a wonderfully raucous, rowdy thing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:59am steveo:

would have been a good spot for the "groovin'" bed...
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:59am Hughie Considine:

Ananda Shankar did a fantabulous cover of Jumpin Jack Flash!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:59am tim from champaign:

I agree with your above 2 comments 100%, Linda.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:00am steveo:

this is wonderful
Avatar 11:00am Linda Lee:

what's that about Gay Matthew?
Avatar 11:01am Linda Lee:

thanks, Tim. i'm not totally twisted then. i'm glad. :-D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01am steveo:

i'm going to call hot 100 and ask them to play some records backwards now :)
Avatar 11:03am Linda Lee:

btw, if you've ever tried having fun in a blackberry patch, you know it's not easy.
  11:03am renbo:

Wait do you have a cold Joe or did you get a voice change operation?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04am The Oscar:

Thanks to the Satanic Panic of the '80s, I'm pretty sure I know "Stairway to Heaven" better backwards than forwards.
  11:04am renbo:

hi everybody!

How do I put a picture next to my name?
  11:05am Jim Austin:

re exotica: Have you heard "The Versatile Henry Mancini?" It's very spare, with guitar, bass, organ, accordion, and some chorus, but clearly exotica.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:05am Hughie Considine:

This sounds promising!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:06am Booz:

I been looking forward to this segment.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:07am Vince Nifigance:

@renbo Sign up for an account, then you can upload an avatar.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:07am TristaC.LadyCaveBrat:

Oh Im very excited for this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:07am Colleen:

Im so excited about this!
  11:08am cluebucket:

Capricorns age in reverse, they say... no kids' records at 5 makes sense
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:08am queems:

what a cute idea!!!
Avatar 11:08am ranjit:

I just noticed that your bed music has the same rhythm as the motif that opens Kermit the Frog's Rainbow Connection.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:09am Hughie Considine:

key change!
Avatar 11:09am Joe McG:

@ranjit: How nice!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:10am The Oscar:

The first non-kids song I can remember loving was "Boris the Spider" by the Who (though I didn't care for the fact that Boris dies at the end).
  11:10am melinda:

I can see why you liked this at 5.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:10am Hughie Considine:

I'm guessing this is when young Joe McG perfected his finger snapping.
  11:10am Listener Alexandra:

Good morning, Joe!
Avatar 11:11am Joe McG:

5 year old me played imaginary drums to this.
Avatar 11:11am duke:

I want to go surfing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:11am tim from champaign:

Joe, you had excellent taste as a 5 year old!
  11:11am melinda:

I think I was listening to Free to Be You and me when I was 5.
  11:11am Bill W:

Happy birthday, Joe. And 50? Who does your makeup?
  11:11am Andy the painter:

a rock and roll wizard story time!
happy birthday, joe!!
Avatar 11:11am Linda Lee:

i liked kids' records more at 25 than i did at 5! at 5 i liked the Yardbirds!
Avatar 11:12am Joe McG:

@Bill W: I have Dolly's makeup artist.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am Vince Nifigance:

When I was 10, the Fat Boys introduced me to this song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am Booz:

  11:13am Chi Bill:

LOL, air drummed this as well at 5 (odd, I'm 60). Happy B -day Joe!
  11:13am renbo:

@Vince Nifigance ok man thanks I shoulda realised I guess I use my listener number
Avatar 11:14am Linda Lee:

oh my GOSH i remember this one very well! 1910 Fruitgum Company!
  11:14am Listener Alexandra:

Hippo birdies to you, Joe!
Avatar 11:14am Vlack3Bos:

I thought you said no kids music!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am Vince Nifigance:

This could double as an alzheimers test in advancing years.
Avatar 11:15am Joe McG:

Ha ha, I lied!
Avatar 11:15am Linda Lee:

oh Joe. what young kid didn't love 'downtown'?
Avatar 11:16am ranjit:

It's weird to hear Downtown without it being all glitched out by People Like Us!
Avatar 11:16am Linda Lee:

'simon says' was Top 40!
  11:16am melinda:

This was on one of my K-Tel collections, and at the time I thought it and other bubblegum & novelty songs were kids' music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am TheLoneliestMonk:

Glenn Gould's favorite pop tune!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:17am Ken From Hyde Park:

I can imagine Little Joe breaking in his new records by rubbing dirt on them to enhance the surface noise.
  11:17am melinda:

Downtown is one of the best songs ever!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:17am Summer and Michael and Sylvia:

Oh my goodness, Joe - "Downtown Train" is also my first memory of music as a child. Happy Happy Birthday, my friend. What a blessing to be alive and to hear and be moved by music and your wonderful show.
Avatar 11:17am Roberto:

"Downtown" was still commonplace on NYC radio in the early '70s. So much so, in fact, that when I was a kid I assumed it was a '70s production.
Avatar 11:18am Linda Lee:

i'm definitely 5 years old again hearing Pet Clark! that's when i decided i'd always live 'downtown'.
Avatar 11:18am Joe McG:

I remember feeling so excited about the possibilities this song raised in wee mind.
  11:18am John in Bklyn:

Wow, Joe, you're taking me through my childhood!
Avatar 11:18am Linda Lee:

me too honey! :-D
Avatar 11:19am duke:

This was my first record.
Avatar 11:19am ConcernedMom:

you got me softly twerking
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:19am TheLoneliestMonk:

Early kinks...where's Mike Shelley & Dennis Diken?
  11:20am judy from croton:

Joe, your birthday is so much fun!
I suggest having a birthday every year
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20am Granny Spicy Tuna:

Fave at five: "Bennie and the Jets!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20am Dominick:

Haaaaaaaaappppy Birthday!
  11:20am melinda:

@LoneliestMonk I associate it with him because it was featured in that movie, 32 Short Films or whatever.
  11:21am John in Bklyn:

I borrowed a 45 of The Tokens version of The Lion Sleeps Tonight from a friend when I was in 1st grade. I kept it for weeks and he got very upset. I couldn't stop playing it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am TristaC.LadyCaveBrat:

Really lovin' this 5 y.o. buddy.
Avatar 11:21am Re6ecca:

I always enjoy your show Joe! This is definitely my favorite mix yet! I wish every day was your Birthday so you could indulge!!! Happy Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!
Avatar 11:21am Joe McG:

A lot of oldies, I know, but these are the songs I loved and played over and over.
  11:21am Jim Austin:

I remember novelty songs from the late 50's. "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'da Baked a Cake."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:22am steveo:

joe this is really fantastic. are some of these the same physical 45s you've owned since then? i find the music of my childhood very powerful.
Avatar 11:22am Linda Lee:

Beatles!!!! you young kids have no idea what 'beatlemania' was really like. it was delicious madness. the first single i owned (age 5) was 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand'.
  11:22am John in Bklyn:

This is my first SN of 2019... so belated Happy New Year, Joe and fellow Noisers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:22am tim from champaign:

AN early music memory for me is figuring out how to turn on and turn the radio dial on my parents' console stereo and coming across Aerosmith's Walk This Way. I remember being struck that they were singing a nursery rhyme and then discovering that the louder I turned it up and the closer I got to the speakers the better it sounded. An early life lesson. I haven't learned much since.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:22am TheLoneliestMonk:

@melinda not inaccurate. He even did a radio essay about petula Clark...preferred her to the beatles
Avatar 11:24am Linda Lee:

i'm with you, tim. i could turn on the transistor radio before i could read!
  11:24am judy from croton:

My father says I loved Dolly Dawn by Harry Belafonte as a one year old. Only song that made me stand up in my crib and bounce. They’d try to trick me by switching the song in the middle. I’d just lay back down.
Avatar 11:25am Joe McG:

I never could understand the words to this song. Cool head? Bread? What's he talking about?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am queems:

there was a video of a car sliding down a road during a mudslide and this song was in the background and now that is all i can think about when i hear it
  11:25am John in Bklyn:

Happy B-Day, Joe! (Late to the party!) I didn't even bring anything.
  11:25am renbo:

Yeah HBD man

We're the same age and you're hitting these tunes esp beachboys is right on the money used to sit there with the dinky plastic spinner spinning these funny show -- timetravellin!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am The Oscar:

When I was home for Christmas my dad was talking about the subgenre of "Me-And-My-Friends-Are-So-Great Beach Boys songs."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am officina:

Happy Birthday to one of the best DJs on the best station !
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:26am karlward:

I so love this song. And the Emerson Kitamura cover.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26am Franco Twinkie:

Happy birthday Joe! fifty eight? I liked all these songs when I was ten. Then as now I was glued to the radio. You too, I bet.
Avatar 11:26am Joe McG:

Thank you so much, oficina!
  11:26am prudy:

Rock yer baby!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:27am Granny Spicy Tuna:

Linda Lee, closest i ever got to witnessing Beatlemania was attending a New Kids on the Block concert at the Cow Palace in SF at the height of their fame. I know it is the palest, shabbiest comparison, but what i witnessed in the crowd (as an entirely ironic 20-something) really freaked me out and deeply disturbed me. Huzzah for Puritanical sexual repression and its weird outlets. Yikes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:27am queems:

loveeee the emerson kitamura cover
Avatar 11:27am Linda Lee:

we 60s - 70s kids were uniquely confused by the word 'bread'.
  11:27am Brendan:

I enjoyed the earlier comments about people finding WFMU. I came to WFMU intentionally. Or at least I knew there was something better out there and went searching for it. At 54, I caught the tail end of the early FM years as a kid only to see the individuality of it die.
In the early 2000s, my local independent record shops were pretty much gone. Idol and those *&$#ing talent shows were the thing. Pandora and other recommendation streaming services were hitting their stride. It just felt like a dark time… I started listening to college streams and looked for new ones every day (no, this one’s not right , let me try another). I stumbled onto Irwin’s program one day in 2012 and serendipitously, he was playing an old recording of WFMU from the 70’s. It reminded me of an old station WGTB (Georgetown University) way back in the 70’s where you heard anything and everything before the Jesuit owners probably got tired of hearing djs doing bong hits on air. After Irwin, I discovered Ken, wow. Then all of the other wonderful DJs. Every time I tune in, it’s like walking into a record shop where someone’s putting a great record on the turntable and people are browsing and talking about the artists and sharing. Thanks Joe and Happy Birthday!
  11:28am melinda:

I like all these songs but it's especially fun imagining a 5-year-old grooving on them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:28am tim from champaign:

The electric piano, droney keyboard and rhythm box are so cool on this. I never noticed before.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:28am freste:

Happy bday! and holy moly, amazing that can come up with all these. I'm of the same vintage, know every note of these tunes* when I hear them but would never be able to bring them up. (*OK, Simon Says i don't know.))
  11:29am prudy:

Avatar 11:30am Linda Lee:

Jimmy Castor Bunch! right up there with Dennis Coffey!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:30am Brian in UK:

Joe, so when did you start collecting records in anger?
Avatar 11:30am Roberto:

FWIW, about 15 years ago my daughter went to a five-year-old's birthday party where the parting gift was a CD mix of the birthday kid's favorite pop tunes. I don't think my daughter ever listened to it but I sure did...over and over!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30am TristaC.LadyCaveBrat:

Omg. Cave Man! We may be 15 years apart but we totally would have kicked it on the playground.
Avatar 11:30am Joe McG:

Of course a 5 year old is going to like anything with butt in it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30am TheLoneliestMonk:

BwaHa! Jimmy Castor! Had a friend who was a college radio DJ
who LOVED the Jimmy Castor bunch...Bertha's butt boogie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30am tim from champaign:

My 4 year old nephews really like a techno song called "Bootie in Your Face". I think I need to lay the Troglodyte on them.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:31am Hughie Considine:

Ha, the "gotta find a woman" bit was repurposed in "Election '72," one of those mashups of song soundbites as punch lines in jokes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:31am Colleen:

These all just make sence
Avatar 11:31am Linda Lee:

yeah fellas. ya can't grab a woman by the hair no more. it might come off.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:31am The Oscar:

I hate that I missed the days when this could be a major radio hit.
Avatar 11:32am ConcernedMom:

where can i find me a Bertha Butt
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:32am TheLoneliestMonk:

Oh JoeMac, you musta been one funky lil' offbeat dude at 5 yrs old!
Avatar 11:33am Linda Lee:

oye como va baby! thank you, Nadia, my babysitter, for bringing me to Santana!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:33am Hughie Considine:

@Oscar, A time it was, and what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence/ A time of confidences
  11:33am prudy:

can't get through the 70s without Santana.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:33am steveo:

not surprisingly, you were a much cooler 5 year old than me
  11:33am John in Bklyn:

@Hughie Considine I remember those! Dicky Goodman, I think?
Avatar 11:33am Joe McG:

My mom also loved Santana. She had them on bootleg 8-track!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:34am Hughie Considine:

I can almost hear a segue into "Earache My Eye" here ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:34am TheLoneliestMonk:

@JoeMac did you have one of those crappy little personal phonographs with a tinny built in speaker like I did?
  11:34am Bill W:

Irwin and Ken were also my gateways to FMU, circa '83
Avatar 11:34am Joe McG:

@Monk: I was a weird kid who liked weird music even then, I guess.
Avatar 11:34am Linda Lee:

abraxas: best cover art ever done. mindblowing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:34am Franco Twinkie:

Oye Como Va - Total junior high dance party! Stoners and cholos agree, Santana is the shit.
Avatar 11:35am Linda Lee:

everyone loved this stuff, Joe!
  11:35am Elias:

All those from the Cleveland area will instantly have THIS pop into their head when hearing Troglodyte. Forever seared into my little kid up late at night brain..

  11:35am John in Bklyn:

Bootleg 8-Tracks! haha I had a Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratching Fever" mistyped on the label.
Avatar 11:36am Linda Lee:

I had one, Monk!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36am queems:

Avatar 11:36am Roberto:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36am The Oscar:

Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:36am Hughie Considine:

yes! (the Fifth solo is the best one!!!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:37am Franco Twinkie:

I thought Oye Como Va was on the first album. Am I wrong?
  11:37am Chi Bill:

Still LOVE Hocus Pocus!!! Yo do lay.....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:37am TheLoneliestMonk:

@LL like a clamshell valise design, hardshell, highly durable?
Avatar 11:37am Linda Lee:

oh god ~ in '70 this focus song made me laugh.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:37am Hughie Considine:

Best yodeling in rock?
  11:38am John in Bklyn:

Why aren't there more yodel rock songs?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38am tim from champaign:

Joe, did your teacher know what troglodyte meant?
Avatar 11:38am Linda Lee:

you bet! believe it was red.
  11:38am Lisa in Tpa:

Happy birthday, bub! XO
  11:38am Andy the painter:

joe, i can’t believe yer turning fifty.
i woulda guessed forty. damn.
Avatar 11:38am Joe McG:

I still love it, too! In fact, I love most of these records still.
  11:39am mjgoins:

This is so great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am The Oscar:

Love that wall of comments at 11:36
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am TheLoneliestMonk:

Yeah, they used this in ''baby driver'.
Actually shot the shootout scene TO the song...still not sure if it worked
Avatar 11:39am Linda Lee:

kills me when he gets into the Popeye vocal.
Avatar 11:39am Joe McG:

@Lisa: Thank you, dear! :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am queems:

one right into the other
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:40am Franco Twinkie:

I remember when Focus played at the Santa Monica Civic in 1973, thinking should I go? Little Feat opened the show.
  11:40am prudy:

you're pushin all the buttons, joe!
Avatar 11:40am Joe McG:

As a kid, I loved all the monsters: Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man...so this was a natural. And that riff!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:40am Hughie Considine:

Saw Johnny & Edgar at the Felt Forum w. Mahogany Rush. A rockin' show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:40am The Oscar:

Now I'm imagining 5-year-old Joe driving around in an airbrushed van.
Avatar 11:41am Roberto:

I think that was an abbreviated version of Hocus Pocus.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am TheLoneliestMonk:

@LL can't remember if mine was RCA or GE, really wish I still had the damn thing tho
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am Colleen:

I wanted to marry Frankenstein when I was little....and Donnie Osmond
  11:41am Zetti:

Love the performances by Focus and Edger Winter on The Old Whistle Test.
  11:41am prudy:

this rhino collection is a killer. When it was released they sold it with a peace of shag carpeting.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am Jackie:

Happy Birthday, Joe!
Avatar 11:42am Joe McG:

Thanks, Jackie!!
Avatar 11:42am Linda Lee:

this was one of my first albums. mainly i was fascinated with the guy's looks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:42am Granny Spicy Tuna:

That Super Hits series really collected some fun stuff together.
Avatar 11:42am Linda Lee:

@prudy ~ are you kidding me? :-D who'd want 'a piece' of shag carpeting? ya gotta do the whole house!
Avatar 11:43am Roberto:

And that was an abbreviated Frankenstein.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43am TheLoneliestMonk:

Johnny & Edgar: WHITE TRASH!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43am Jackie:

you've got the perfect day to skip out early! (and have someone else make your lunch)
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:43am Hughie Considine:

The caped crusader, Rick Wakeman!
  11:43am melinda:

@Oscar haha! It did move into different musical territory there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43am Booz:

I listened to this Six Wives LP so many times, the grooves are worn.
Avatar 11:44am Itzall Ablurr:

Can "Tubular Bells" be far behind?
Avatar 11:45am Linda Lee:

well, 'tubular bells' would just about slay me.
  11:45am Clay Pigeon:

Yes! Wakeman!
  11:45am Mike tp:

walked in on nice Rick!!!!!!
Avatar 11:45am Linda Lee:

welcome to the party, Clay! :-)
Avatar 11:45am Joe McG:

@Itzall: It took me a long time to hear that music since "The Exorcist" traumatized me as a kid and permanently put me off horror movies.
  11:45am Mike tp:

walked in on nice Rick
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:46am pantz:

Oh man! One of my stoner uncles had Wakeman's Journey To The Center of The Earth and I would listen to it over and over. I was probably a little older than 5 though.
  👻 Swag For Life Member 11:46am tadpoles:

Late to the party today so will listen later but love a bit of prog. Hearing "Lucky Man" by ELP at the end of some recent film whose name escapes me made me realize again...it was good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46am Franco Twinkie:

Back in the day, you could always find a good scrap of shag in the dumpster of Carpeteria, the store that had a giant genie on the roof holding a rolled up rug over his head.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46am TheLoneliestMonk:

Was tubular bells a single? I know it was a relative hit...
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:46am Brian in UK:

Do we all get a party bag?
Avatar 11:46am Roberto:

I had never really seen The Exorcist until I watched with my kid recently. Funny AF.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:47am Hughie Considine:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47am Granny Spicy Tuna:

YES. This was a fave for sure!!!!
  11:47am Zetti:

  11:47am Brendan:

Rick’s RRHOF speech was great:https://youtu.be/oYnOZHxtGG4
Avatar 11:47am Roberto:

I prefer the Muppet version of this.
Avatar 11:47am Linda Lee:

Joe, that's a shame ~ after loving all those nice cool monsters.
oh no! Jesus Christ Superstar! i played the London Production recording to absolute death. also saw the show ten times running.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47am Colleen:

  11:47am prudy:

Love the whole Superstar broadway recording.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:48am Hughie Considine:

I had to keep my love of JCS a secret. We were a Godspell family...
  11:48am Lisa in Tpa:

Judas! This song has been bouncing around in my brain for days. Weeks.
  11:48am mjgoins:

This is a bit like Magma
Avatar 11:48am Itzall Ablurr:

Haha. Joe, I hear ya. I sneaked into a drive-in to see The Exorcist when I was a pup- I had NO idea how freaked out it would make me, but of course I also LOVED it!
  11:49am prudy:

loved Godspell also. Don't know if I could listen now.
Avatar 11:49am Linda Lee:

i met Jeff Fenholt! he signed my record cover! a prize possession.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:49am Granny Spicy Tuna:

I'm doing my back-up dancing choreography!!!
Avatar 11:49am Joe McG:

I watched this movie on TV every Easter for a decade.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:50am Hughie Considine:

In the final analysis, Superstar holds up much better, @prudy
Avatar 11:50am Linda Lee:

i saw Godspell as well, off Broadway. tiny theatre. very cool
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:50am Brian in UK:

Joe, great show. Get well quickly.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:50am Hughie Considine:

Tenacious D actually does a pretty ripping cover of this.
  11:50am prudy:

agree with you Considine
  11:50am kerbo:

I love it. good tradition Joe. happy 50!
  11:51am chresti:

1969 okay, didn’t have a lot to say....’cuz you were a baby !
Happy birthday Joe!
  11:51am melinda:

I remember listening to JCS at night with the old giant headphones as a young one. I still prefer to listen to it after dark.
  11:51am Mr. Palchepo.:

Damn it. Why won’t this stereo go louder?
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:51am Hughie Considine:

It was a very Jesus-y time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am Ike:

I once blew Wm. Berger's mind by telling him that I didn't get much out of The Exorcist. I don't know, it didn't do that much for me. Maybe it helps to be Catholic? Ha.
  👻 Swag For Life Member 11:51am 12539:

Thanks and Happy Birthday, Joe! 50 is the new 5!
  11:51am yippie:

do you know Charlie purple?
Avatar 11:52am Linda Lee:

check this out. i adored this show. www.youtube.com...
  11:52am Bill W:

My parents had a Nat Cole best-of I heard, for sure.
Avatar 11:52am Linda Lee:

the first voice i recognized on radio: Nat King Cole.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:52am The Oscar:

@Hughie Funny-- never heard that cover, but JCS always makes me think of Jack Black in the Mr. Show skit "Jeepers Creepers, Semi-star"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:53am TheLoneliestMonk:

@LL what about The Fantasticks?
Jerry Orbach once said there were probly more NYC kids conceived to that than any other musical. It was the official cheap theater date for years
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:53am Franco Twinkie:

I saw The Exorcist at the Wiltern in L.A. when it was still a two dollar movie theater. I was really stoned and had to look at my feet for the first part of the movie.
Avatar 11:54am Joe McG:

Was I the only one super terrified by the Winged Monkeys?
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:54am Hughie Considine:

@Oscar, will have to chase that one down. He was made for the musical stage.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54am steveo:

Avatar 11:54am Linda Lee:

i never saw the Fantasticks! my mom did though. she saw them all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54am Davis:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54am queems:

the wizard of oz is some of my first memories of color
  11:54am melinda:

I tried watching The Exorcist recently but my DVD player wouldn't play it, I guess it was a sign.
Avatar 11:54am Linda Lee:

no Joe, you were not.
  11:55am judy from croton:

Ok knew I ‘d be crying soon
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am Granny Spicy Tuna:

Linda Lee, every song on that JCSS is exciting to me, and i was brought up a heathen. Finally saw a production in 1993 with the original Jesus and Judas in the cast.
  11:55am yippie:

I was really spooked by the flying monkeys I had to hold my moms hand
Avatar 11:55am Joe McG:

Thanks for indulging my musical autobiography as a 5 year old!
  11:55am paul:

One of a handful of songs that make me cry.
  11:55am judy from croton:

Correction: sobbing
Avatar 11:56am Linda Lee:

i was also terrified by that flying bicycle music, when Miss Gulch robs the dog.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am Davis:

this is magic
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am Summer and Michael and Sylvia:

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"...Summer's song. Forever.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am steveo:

Dang no Captain & Tennille (see what good taste you have?). (It was Nate K. who recently played the Dragons, Joe, you played them a few years ago.)

What a wonderful and special set. Happy birthday!
  11:56am prudy:

thanks Joe for a great stroll down memory lane.
  👻 Swag For Life Member 11:56am tadpoles:

Wow just reading the comments board to realize it's your big decade turner birthday Joe...with a neat mix of music. Happy Birthday and enjoy the Rock 'n' Rolling '50's!
Avatar 11:56am Joe McG:

Thanks again for all the great birthday wishes! You made this one special. :) See you next week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am queems:

thanks, joe! happy birthday!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am b!!!:

Wonderful set!
  11:56am Brendan:

This should segue right into some Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow nicely I think
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am TheLoneliestMonk:

Thanks for spending your birthday with us JoeMac, this was a fun one!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Franco Twinkie:

My favorite Judy Garland song is her cover of Purple People Eater.
Avatar 11:57am Linda Lee:

Granny, how in the name of God did those guys do that show 20 years later? it was very demanding!
  11:57am Brendan:

@Joe thank you for sharing!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 11:57am Krys O.:

Thanks, Joe! Enjoy the rest of your birthday!
  11:58am bianca bob:

Lovely set! Happy Birthday to youse!
Avatar 11:58am Itzall Ablurr:

I am NOT crying. NOPE. BWAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!! And if THIS one makes you cry, check out Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'Ole's version. It will break you down.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Granny Spicy Tuna:

Funny "Wizard of Oz" story. Was watching the beginning on TV (age 3 or 4) and then we drove to my grandparents house to watch the rest, and it was in color! A grown-up said, "Oh, they'd just invented color." And i thought they meant right then that very minute. Blown away.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am TheLoneliestMonk:

Loved single file & favs @ 5 today!
Avatar 11:59am Linda Lee:

jumping around like a maniac & make crazy noises is life. thank you, Joe!
  11:59am Santos L Halper:

Welcome to the 50s Joe! And thanks for the good old tunes, I was right back there with ya (Troglodyte et al also catnip for a nine year old : )
Avatar 11:59am Itzall Ablurr:

G.S.P., that's amazingly endearing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am Granny Spicy Tuna:

Linda Lee, the show was amazing and their performances were thrilling. Good trainers, i guess???
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am Parq:

Hi, Joe. Your dad played in a band that did Santana covers? Cool!
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