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Twenty years of dusty fingers, frayed cuticles, & upper respiratory infections — from record digging and DJing around the globe — coalesces into a 2-hour journey through Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Blues, Latin, Rock & Roll, and all points in between. Your speakers will be head-nodding, toe-tapping & even two-stepping to this vintage 45rpm party in no time. Hear favorite songs you didn't know were your favorites, aural treats & record-world problems from the vinyl side of life.

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Options May 28, 2019: John Gary Williams & The Mad Lads Tribute

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Artist Track Album Label Format Approx. start time
The Mad Lads  Tear Maker   Options   Volt  7"  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  Sugar Sugar   Options   Volt  7"  0:04:03 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  Don't Have To Shop Around   Options   Volt  7"  0:06:54 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  Come Closer To Me   Options   Volt  7"  0:09:17 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  What Will Love Tend To Make You Do   Options   Volt  7"  0:11:56 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  Patch My Heart   Options   Volt  7"  0:19:34 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  I Want A Girl   Options   Volt   7"  0:22:01 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  You Mean So Much To Me   Options   Volt  7"  0:24:52 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  I Don't Want To Lose Your Love   Options   Volt  7"  0:27:38 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  Mr Fix It   Options   Volt  7"  0:30:37 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  These Simple Reasons   Options   Volt  7"  0:34:27 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  My Inspiration   Options   Volt  7"  0:37:12 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  No Time Is Better Than Right Now   Options   Volt  7"  0:39:50 (Pop‑up)
John Gary Williams  The Whole Damn World Is Going Crazy   Options   Stax  7"  0:42:02 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  Whatever Hurts You   Options   Volt  7"  0:45:00 (Pop‑up)
John Gary Williams  Ask The Lonely   Options   Stax  7"  0:50:32 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  Land Of 1000 Dances   Options In Action  Volt  LP  0:53:56 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  Nothing Can Break Through   Options In Action  Volt  LP  0:57:22 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  She's The One   Options In Action  Volt  LP  0:59:40 (Pop‑up)
The Mad Lads  Get Out Of My Life Woman   Options In Action  Volt  LP  1:01:48 (Pop‑up)
Major Lance  Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um   Options   Okeh  7"  1:08:03 (Pop‑up)
Sisters Love  Ring Once   Options   A&M  7"  1:10:22 (Pop‑up)
Mel & Tim  It Hurts To Want It So Bad   Options   Stax  7"  1:13:18 (Pop‑up)
Garland Green  Hey Cloud   Options   Cotillion  7"  1:15:47 (Pop‑up)
Tyrone Davis  Without You In My Life   Options   Dakar  7"  1:18:32 (Pop‑up)
The Impressions  Check Out Your Mind   Options   Curtom  7"  1:23:55 (Pop‑up)
Mandrill  Hang Loose   Options   Polydor  7"  1:27:20 (Pop‑up)
The Main Ingredient  Movin' On   Options   RCA Victor  7"  1:30:49 (Pop‑up)
Doris Duke  How Was I To Know You Cared   Options   Canyon  7"  1:33:49 (Pop‑up)
Gene Chandler  Rainbow '65 (Part 1)   Options   Constellation  7"  1:36:23 (Pop‑up)
The Fun and Games  The Grooviest Girl In The World   Options   Uni  7"  1:41:38 (Pop‑up)
Spirit  I Got A Line On You   Options   Ode  7"  1:44:09 (Pop‑up)
Skin Alley  Bad Words And Evil People   Options   Stax  7"  1:46:46 (Pop‑up)
The Amen Corner  Nena   Options   Deram  7"  1:50:33 (Pop‑up)
The Easybeats  Can't Find Love   Options   Rare Earth  7"  1:54:06 (Pop‑up)
The Honey Drippers  Impeach The President   Options   Alaga  7"  1:59:28 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:00pm Matt from New Orleans:

Hey Kris. Gave up on my work for the night. Looking for to the show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:00pm Matt from New Orleans:

Looking forward to the show
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:00pm chresti:

Hi mad lads!
Avatar 10:01pm Kris Holmes:

Hi all, thanks for tuning in. RIP to the great John Gary Williams, last of the Mad Lads.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:03pm Matt from New Orleans:

Did the Mad Lads actually record an album or were they just packages of singles?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:04pm coelacanth∅:

hey Kris and all
  10:04pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Kris! That .Mad Lads was cool. New to me.
Avatar 10:05pm Kris Holmes:

They had three albums in their prime, each increasingly less a collection of singles, there is also a John Gary Williams solo LP
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:05pm Franco Twinkie:

The Kris Holms Local - picking up screwballs, drop outs and grifters all over town!
Avatar 10:07pm still b/p:

Good to get that good-for-you sugar from the Lads. When I was having a few tacos at lunch, I was tempted by lime soda and some locally made mandarin orange soda, but, DAMN, MAN, the sugar doses in 'em persuaded me to forgo either.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:08pm Matt from New Orleans:

The only mad lads I own is in that huge complete stax volt singles box set
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:11pm Matt from New Orleans:

Maybe 9 cds is large not huge compared to the Grateful Dead box I bought that has 80 cds
Avatar 10:12pm Kris Holmes:

80 CDs? JFC!!!!
  10:12pm Dean:

9 Mad Lads CDs probably contains the equivalent number of songs as on an 80 CD Dead set.
Avatar 10:13pm still b/p:

Jerry Fried Chicken?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:14pm coelacanth∅:

jersey fly chic
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:14pm coelacanth∅:

(...or chick)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:15pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

great set, hail the ancestor, John Gary Williams!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:15pm Matt from New Orleans:

It was limited to 6500 and it was 30 complete previously unreleased live shows in honor of fare thee well. It was a waste of money actually but I’ve enjoyed delving into it. I had heard every show already but still was nice to revisit in soundboard vs god knows how many generation cassette tapes
Avatar 10:24pm Little Danny:

Hey Kris, hey good people
Avatar 10:24pm Little Danny:

Avatar 10:25pm Kris Holmes:

Hey Dan!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:25pm Matt from New Orleans:

It’s good WFMU archives the shows on their own website. Had this been uploaded to mixcloud, no one in the US would be able to listen.
Avatar 10:26pm Little Danny:

"I Want a Girl" sure has an unintentionally odd lyric
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:32pm coelacanth∅:

hey Danny!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:32pm coelacanth∅:

-Awesome that you got the tribute together so fast Kris
Avatar 10:34pm Little Danny:

Do I recall that you have the Mad Lads' LP on Stax, Kris?
Avatar 10:35pm Kris Holmes:

yes, I bought it at ARC a couple years back
Avatar 10:35pm Little Danny:

Coela my dude, hello
Avatar 10:38pm Little Danny:

And now I see that they had a coupla other LPs on Volt (in '69 and in '73). Had no idea
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:38pm chresti:

Put the penny on the arm
Avatar 10:40pm Kris Holmes:

ugh, don't know where that gnarly scratch on that came from :-(
Avatar 10:41pm Little Danny:

It's like you got that skipping 45 straight outta my collection, a home for record noise and defects
Avatar 10:42pm Kris Holmes:

gonna have to try fix it later
  10:44pm Carmichael:

Heya Kris. One more comp to put on my list ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:44pm doctorjazz:

Great sounding stuff...just a quick check in, gonna try to get close to my 8 hours of shut eye, but will have to catch up on the archive...
Night (hi and bye)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:45pm doctorjazz:

(Was tempted by that 80 CD Dead set...I'm more likely to pass on it, then spend twice as much getting the discs one by one]
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:46pm chresti:

..I know I know I know I know I know...
Avatar 10:48pm Little Danny:

I blame Otis
  10:50pm Dean:

The Leonard Bernstein box issued by DG for last year's centennial consists of 121 CDs + 36 DVDs.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:50pm chresti:

Great stuff, I especially like the doo-wappy songs
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:52pm chresti:

Night doc. I gotta hit the hay soon, too. Music stays on...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:53pm chresti:

Hi/goodnight everbuddies!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:54pm chresti:

This 1000 dances is sensational!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:55pm Matt from New Orleans:

The Leonard Bernstein set is several hundred dollars cheaper for more material. Probably because a great deal of the music is public domain.
Avatar 10:56pm Little Danny:

@Dean. Good lord. I mean, I understand the completist urge, but that's too much/many. Quality control, c'mon. Or is DG's understanding that no one is actually listening to entire discs start to finish?
  10:59pm Carmichael:

I have the completionist urge for a few artists, but I don’t want everything they’ve muttered into an open mic.
  11:05pm Dean:

I suspect some of the consumers of the CDs+DVDs already owned all or most of the LPs reissued as CDs. There are other issues out there of the same order of magnitude -- the Charles Munch 86 CD box, e.g. -- but Lenny, like the Dead, is something of a national treasure. That box, by the way, was only the complete DG label releases. Bernstein's discography includes as well recordings on Columbia, Angel, etc. The CBS box set from late 2017 (another centenary tribute) is 100 CDs. But Sony had already issued a Bernstein Edition during the '80s and '90s!

Anyway, these discs are not designed to be heard as "albums" per se, nor were the original LPs, necessarily. When they're programmed well, indeed, one wants to hear everything, but I suspect classical fans are generally more picky about what to play, in what order, etc. That is, until the present century, when the whole concept of "album" has been challenged.
Avatar 11:06pm Little Danny:

Much the same, Carmichael. Not to mention the artists that I am obsessed with (in a completist sort of way) have relatively small catalogs
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09pm Matt from New Orleans:

How many 45s are you bringing with you to your gig on Sunday? It would seem like you’d need close to a thousand without repeats.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:10pm Matt from New Orleans:

Tired math. Added an extra zero.
Avatar 11:11pm Kris Holmes:

125 would do it, the rule of thumb is 25 songs per hour, i'll probably pack 150ish
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:14pm Matt from New Orleans:

That’s still a lot of records to think about if trying to create a flow over 5 hours.
  11:14pm Dean:

Well, see! Just play the DG Bernstein box set!
Avatar 11:15pm Little Danny:

Thanks Dean! I knew that'd elicit an interesting response from you. And I think you confirmed my suspicions about the expected listening experience.

I guess I'm skeptical of these lavish sets that aim for comprehensiveness over "listenability." Again, though, I get the impulse.
  11:19pm Dean:

Right. Some Bernstein [or fill-in-the-blank-with-artist's-name] fans are also interested in when the records are *not* listenable. And on occasion that interest exhibits a healthy concern for the evolution of the artistic life of the subject.
  11:19pm Carmichael:

Going through my 45s, I just found an original Excello release of Slim Harpo’s Don’t Start Crying Now. Where did I find/steal that?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:29pm Matt from New Orleans:

The Dead box set for instance according to David Lemieux their archivist is supposed to tell the story of the dead through their evolution as a band. Clearly as the years progressed, there were far less successful shows that were worth including. The 80s/90s still had some great shows but the consistency was gone. Kids don’t do heroin.
  11:35pm Dean:

Come to think of it, the Dead make for a nice comparison with Bernstein. Both released a ton of recorded music, and both had careers as live artists that were arguably more important than their studio careers.
  11:36pm Dean:

I suppose the same might be said for "Weird Al" Yankovic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:40pm Matt from New Orleans:

Kris I’m laying down. I’ll listen to the end. Thanks for an enlightening show.
Avatar 11:41pm Kris Holmes:

Thank you Matt
  11:42pm Dean:

I grew up in a city, Whittier, CA, one of whose patriarchs was a fellow named Gene Chandler. His obituaries make no mention of his recording career.
Avatar 11:43pm Kris Holmes:

Ha, THE Gene Chandler is still alive & singing thankfully
  11:43pm Martinibomb:

Listening from portland thanks for the music!
Avatar 11:47pm Kris Holmes:

You're welcome
Avatar 11:48pm Little Danny:

Thanks for the top tunes, Kris
Avatar 11:49pm Kris Holmes:

Cheers Dan
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56pm Franco Twinkie:

Oh yeah, some heavyosity to push us off to bed. See ya, Kris.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Kris!
  11:58pm Dean:

Great show, thank you!
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