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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
Sandy Nelson  Teen Beat   Favoriting single  Original Sound  1959  MP3      0:00:00 (Pop-up)
Sandy Nelson  Teen Beat '65   Favoriting single  Imperial  1964  45      0:04:24 (Pop-up)
The Ventures  Walk - Don't Run   Favoriting single  Dolton  1960  45      0:06:48 (Pop-up)
The Ventures  Walk, Don't Run '64   Favoriting Walk, Don't Run Vol. 2  Dolton  1964  LP      0:08:55 (Pop-up)
The Ventures  Walk - Don't Run, '77   Favoriting single  United Artists  1977  MP3      0:11:17 (Pop-up)
Santo & Johnny  Sleep Walk   Favoriting The Best of Santo & Johnny  Stardust  1997  CD  From 1959    0:13:54 (Pop-up)
Santo & Johnny  Sleep Walk '68   Favoriting Golden Guitars  Imperial  1968  LP      0:16:14 (Pop-up)
Percy Faith & His Orchestra  Theme from "A Summer Place"   Favoriting single  Columbia  1959  MP3      0:18:41 (Pop-up)
Percy Faith  Summer Place '76   Favoriting single  Columbia  1975  MP3      0:21:00 (Pop-up)
 
Frankie Avalon  Venus   Favoriting single  Chancellor  1959  45      0:32:53 (Pop-up)
Frankie Avalon  Venus   Favoriting single  De-Lite  1976  MP3      0:34:57 (Pop-up)
Ruth Brown  Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean   Favoriting Miss Rhythm: Greatest Hits and More  Atlantic  1989  CD  From 1953    0:38:24 (Pop-up)
Ruth Brown  Mama (He Treats Your Daughter Mean)   Favoriting single  Philips  1962  45  "with the Milestone Singers"    0:41:21 (Pop-up)
Neil Sedaka  Breaking Up Is Hard to Do   Favoriting Neil Sedaka Sings His Greatest Hits  RCA Victor  1962  LP      0:44:16 (Pop-up)
Neil Sedaka  Breaking Up Is Hard to Do   Favoriting single  The Rocket Record Company  1975  MP3      0:46:30 (Pop-up)
The Everly Brothers  I Wonder If I Care As Much   Favoriting Greatest Hits  Neon  1988  LP  From 1957    0:49:46 (Pop-up)
The Everly Brothers  I Wonder If I Care As Much   Favoriting Roots  Warner Archives  1995  CD  From 1968    0:51:56 (Pop-up)
Tennessee Ernie Ford  Sixteen Tons   Favoriting 16 Tons of Boogie: The Best of Tennessee Ernie Ford  Rhino  1990  CD  From 1955    0:55:09 (Pop-up)
Tennessee Ernie Ford  Sixteen Tons   Favoriting single  Capitol  1965  MP3      0:57:40 (Pop-up)
Del Shannon  Runaway   Favoriting Runaway Hits!  Edsel  1983  LP  From 1961    1:00:07 (Pop-up)
Del Shannon  Runaway '67   Favoriting The Further Adventures of Charles Westover  BGO  1998  CD  bonus track    1:02:25 (Pop-up)
April Stevens  Teach Me Tiger   Favoriting Welcome to the Ultra Lounge  Capitol  1996  CD  From 1960    1:05:49 (Pop-up)
April Stevens  Teach Me Tiger - 1965   Favoriting single  ATCO  1965  45      1:08:12 (Pop-up)
Lesley Gore  You Don't Own Me   Favoriting single  Mercury  1963  45      1:10:42 (Pop-up)
Lesley Gore  You Don't Own Me   Favoriting Ever Since  Engine Company  2005  MP3  thanks, Sheila B.!    1:13:14 (Pop-up)
 
The Edgar Winter Group  Frankenstein   Favoriting They Only Come Out at Night  Epic  1972  LP      1:25:20 (Pop-up)
Edgar Winter  Frankenstein 1984   Favoriting 12" single  Body Rock  1983  MP3  "Monster Version"    1:29:37 (Pop-up)
Soft Cell  Tainted Love   Favoriting single  Sire  1981  45  Marc Almond live in NYC this Friday!    1:39:19 (Pop-up)
Soft Cell  Tainted Love '91   Favoriting 12" single  Mercury  1991  MP3      1:41:57 (Pop-up)
New Order  Blue Monday   Favoriting 12" single  Qwest  1983  12"      1:47:52 (Pop-up)
New Order  Blue Monday - 88   Favoriting (The Best of) New Order  Qwest/Warner Bros.  1990  CD      1:55:09 (Pop-up)
New Order  Blue Monday - 95   Favoriting 12" single  London  1995  MP3  "Hardfloor mix"    1:59:18 (Pop-up)
 
David Bowie  Look Back in Anger   Favoriting Lodger  RCA  1979  LP      2:15:15 (Pop-up)
David Bowie  Look Back in Anger   Favoriting Lodger (Ryko reissue)  Rykodisc  1991  CD  "New version recorded 1988"    2:17:56 (Pop-up)
Violent Femmes  Blister in the Sun   Favoriting Violent Femmes  Slash  1982  LP      2:24:48 (Pop-up)
Violent Femmes  Blister 2000   Favoriting Grosse Pointe Blank: Music from the Film  London  1997  MP3      2:27:16 (Pop-up)
Neil Diamond  I'm a Believer   Favoriting Do It!  Bang!  1971  LP  From 1966    2:30:16 (Pop-up)
Neil Diamond  I'm a Believer   Favoriting single  Columbia  1979  MP3      2:32:57 (Pop-up)
Neil Diamond  I'm a Believer   Favoriting Dreams  Sony Music  2010  CD      2:35:27 (Pop-up)
Ike & Tina Turner  River Deep - Mountain High   Favoriting single  Philles  1966  45      2:39:47 (Pop-up)
Ike & Tina Turner  River Deep - Mountain High   Favoriting Get Back  Liberty  1985  LP  From 1974    2:43:24 (Pop-up)
George McCrae  Rock Your Baby   Favoriting single  T.K.  1974  45      2:47:23 (Pop-up)
George McCrae  Rock Your Baby '19   Favoriting single  Recover Productions  2019  MP3  yep, people are still doing it!  *   2:50:38 (Pop-up)


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Listener comments!

Avatar 9:02am
Davee:

Gooom!
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Davee:

Hi Joe, how are you?
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Strandlund:

Well, Hello Joe!
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Aaron Working In Newark:

Good Morning Joe!
  9:04am
Brendan:

Good morning.
Good morning v.2.
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pantz:

Sweet fancy Moses! It's Surface Noise time!!!
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TristaC.LadyCaveBrat:

Made it! G'mornin Joe and all!!
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melinda:

mornin
Avatar 9:05am
Davee:

Great Caesar's ghost
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Snoochienucci:

ma-ma-ma-morning!
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LastWhiteRhino:

Morning Joe, and I'll "say it again"...Morning Joe (II).
  9:07am
Brendan:

Heavens to Betsy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07am
LastWhiteRhino:

Morning Joe '99
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Brian in UK:

Hey Joe and hep cats everywhere.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08am
steveo:

Hiya Joe, waddya know?
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:09am
Krys O.:

Greetings!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10am
The Oscar:

Mornin'! Over/under on "Candle in the Wind?"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10am
annie:

good morning!
Avatar 9:11am
Snoochienucci:

this is gonna be one fun ride
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steveo:

i'm starting to sense a theme!
  9:11am
Emily Waters:

I’m so glad to be here hearing this. Monday is my only really free day! Had to skip yoga to hear this live!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11am
TheLoneliestMonk:

soggy monday, joe mac!
how you faring today?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12am
steveo:

ooh, a threefer
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LW Rhino:

I saw the Ventures years ago at the Dirt Club in Bloomfield NJ. Nokie Edwards and the boys really ripped it up.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:13am
Krys O.:

The Ventures at The Dirt? Wow....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14am
Brian C.:

Nokie's replacement, Gerry McGee, just died this month :(
  9:14am
Brendan:

Heavy Metal - Takin’ a Ride ‘19
Avatar 9:14am
Joe McG:

Hey, everybody! Joe McGasko '69 reporting for duty!
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melinda:

I was looking at the '64 version on the playlist and thinking for a minute that the Ventures were way ahead of their time putting out a proto-disco number back then. Im not fully caffeinated yet.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:16am
LW Rhino:

Krys O , where you a Dirt Club regular???
Avatar 9:17am
Snoochienucci:

I could listen to Santo & Johnny all day
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Strandlund:

Off to a great start, as always!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:19am
TheLoneliestMonk:

@JM i assume you've done an all instrumental 'single file' at some time, right?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:20am
James in ATL:

Good morning Joe! Great concept for a show!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:21am
Krys O.:

@LW Rhino, not a regular. Only went a few times. when I was at Upsala College. I liked the Jetty.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:21am
Brian in UK:

Stand easy Mr DJ..
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:21am
pantz:

Time for your medication, everyone. It's time. How are you Mr Cheswick?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:21am
LW Rhino:

Mercy...it's Percy.
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melinda:

@pantz haha
Avatar 9:22am
Davee:

WPAT?
  9:23am
yippie:

a whole show of jeszcze raz
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steveo:

The discos versions are all the best, amirite?
  9:23am
Brendan:

Disco was good to everyones career. Even Beethoven.
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steveo:

disco*
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:24am
Brian in UK:

This 76 version has lost its dreamy quality in trying to be too hip.
  9:25am
yippie:

even lil nazx was saved by disco
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Ken From Hyde Park:

Yay, Do or DIY music!
Avatar 9:27am
Davee:

Dis go here and dis go there.
Avatar 9:29am
Davee:

I hope it isn't all disco
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YETI BOB:

Os Mutantes recorded "Baby" twice - does that count?
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steveo:

i wasn't very old in 1975 but i remember that some people were really mad about disco hahaha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:31am
steveo:

maybe disco was Nixon's fault
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:31am
Hughie Considine:

Fascinating subject, Joe. But the second version is almost never better, right? (Except, like, Godfather II). I'm sure you'll turn up some worthy follow-ups.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:31am
steveo:

google says 'No results found for "disco was nixon's fault".'
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:32am
melinda:

I get A Summer Place confused with Peyton Place.
Avatar 9:33am
Davee:

We can still blame Nixon
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33am
YETI BOB:

@steveo: Disco was popular with minorities and it was gay-friendly. Nixon was an uptight white dude. He would have listened to Pat Boone or something.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:34am
steveo:

@davee ok whew

@yeti more properly stated as "disco was a reaction to nixon" i suppose
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:35am
steveo:

oh boy does my mom love frankie avalon
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:35am
YETI BOB:

Personally, I think knee-jerk hatred of disco is a tired position and needs to be reconsidered.
Avatar 9:36am
inky bob:

Do you know the Lee Hazelwood remake of These Boots are Made for Walking? Easily as good as the original - if not better
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:36am
YETI BOB:

A DJ in Chicago hosted "Disco Demolition Night" in 1979 at Wrigley Field - they dynamited a big box of disco records before the game.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:37am
LW Rhino:

This sounds more like the theme to "Love Boat".
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:37am
steveo:

@yeti yeah, that's kind of the joke I'm trying to make (but you also have to admit some of these disco remakes are pretty terrible)
Avatar 9:37am
Joe McG:

@Hughie: Yes! In fact, very few remakes have actually been hits, so the whole enterprise seems incredibly misguided.
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Lunchbox3030:

@inky bob i believe lee actually produced the original for nancy sinatra, which is prob why he would then cover it
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YETI BOB:

Looking back at images from that event now, it's not a great look - a bunch of white dudes blowing up records by black and Latin artists ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:37am
steveo:

(in a wonderful way)
Avatar 9:38am
inky bob:

Hey Yeti Bob - I'm with you on the disco subject -
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:38am
Asheville Jon:

suggestion:
Ventures: Theme from Hawaii 5-0
Henry Mancini: Theme from Hawaii 5-0 from the "The Cop Show Themes" album
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:38am
YETI BOB:

@steveo: I'm probably being oversensitive.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:39am
YETI BOB:

@inky: thanks fellow Bob
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artbrau:

I thought I was hearing Aqua Marina by Barry Gray (from "Stingray") for a second. I guess it ripped off "Venus." or the other way round.
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YETI BOB:

(and, having lived through the era - yes there was plenty of HORRIBLE disco music!. But also plenty of HORRIBLE rock music, and that didn't make me hate rock in general)
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steveo:

@yeti, I think most people around here are happy to find the value in any kind of music (or non-music), even disco :)
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Krys O.:

Oh, thank you for this Ruth Brown!
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YETI BOB:

@steveo: true. i'll get off my damn soapbox now.
  9:41am
MplsCoco:

Good morning Joe and others!
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The Oscar:

@Bobs Uncle Michael did a whole show about the Disco Sucks rally a few months back. Pretty interesting stuff-- worth a listen.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 9:42am
Krys O.:

@Yeti Bob: Yes, the anti-disco movement was steeped in bigotry. timeline.com...
  9:43am
Brendan:

Going the other way chronologically can be interesting. Demos for example.
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Krys O.:

I went to New York, New York disco when I was 15 with my sister and her husband. It was after their wedding. It was quite bizarre, but fun.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46am
Phillippe Bastille:

Good morning, Morning Joe and folks
Avatar 9:47am
Joe McG:

@Brendan: Future idea!
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Hughie Considine:

Sedaka's back!!
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Strandlund:

This is such a great idea for a show, Mr McGasko...PLEDGE PEOPLE!!!
  9:49am
chresti @griffith Park:

Morning from LA
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Krys O.:

We sang Sedaka in junior high chorus concerts.
  9:50am
chresti @griffith Park:

The only disco song I like is Funky Town
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Brian in UK:

Thanks, Elton.
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steveo:

A winner! "Sedaka's slow version peaked at #8 in February 1976 and went to number one on the Easy Listening chart"
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Hughie Considine:

I have to say, that is a worthy remake.
  9:52am
Tim 07030:

Great show, Joe! I am holding out hope for the weird-ass 1970s version of ‘Great Balls of Fire’!
Avatar 9:53am
Joe McG:

@Tim: AH, forgot about that one! :(
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Brian in UK:

Joe, this is a kind socio-musical reflection on times past.
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coelacanth∅:

'morning Joe and all
Avatar 9:57am
Snoochienucci:

yes Joe, Yes Joe! sixteen tons is amazing
Avatar 9:57am
Losermom:

This playlist is just like my itunes. Scary. But awesome!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:57am
Phillippe Bastille:

Hey coelacanth, another weekend survived, eh?
Avatar 9:58am
Davee:

Was it remade as 32 tons
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58am
DroneTree:

PLEASE tell me there's a disco version of 16 tons
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59am
Dominick:

perfect sign in song
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59am
coelacanth∅:

by some strange twist, Phillippe! ...howz you?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59am
The Oscar:

!!!!!!!!!
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Snoochienucci:

this remake is a little strange to say the least...
Avatar 10:00am
Davee:

I'll take the first one.
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coelacanth∅:

(and you could do a whole show of Johnny Cash makes/remakes, if you so desired)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:01am
artbrau:

ugh. Hey, let's do a "rock and roll" version!
  10:01am
Tim 07030:

Wow, Ernie threw everything in the company store into this remake!
  10:01am
Brendan:

Songs that should never be re-done or for that matter, played back to back:
Im Your Captain/Closer to Home
Green Grass and High Tides
The Gates of Delirium
Whippin Post
The End
Avatar 10:01am
Davee:

How about a disco version of this song
Avatar 10:02am
Hubig Pie:

What was he buying in there?
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Davee:

@Brendan - add Stairway to Heaven to that list.
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Stevel:

Ready organ!!!!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:03am
Brian in UK:

The Del Shannon Sound. Where is Lou Christie when we need him.
Avatar 10:04am
Davee:

She ran away because you redid this song
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:04am
Brian in UK:

Joe, pretty impressive show of pumpkins but you can never have enough.
Avatar 10:05am
Joe McG:

@Davee: Ha ha ha!
  10:06am
Tim 07030:

Sing it, Del!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:06am
steveo:

i like this remake, heard the original hundreds of times, might be the first time for the remake ("This version was issued as a single, and reached No. 122 on Billboard's 'Bubbling Under the Hot 100'.")
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:07am
Brian in UK:

This is a good case for the abolition of 'bonus' tracks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:07am
The Oscar:

April Stevens (and Nino Tempo) don't get enough credit for their pleasantly bonkers pop songs.
  10:08am
Brendan:

@Joe, were most of these singles or album fillers?
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:08am
pantz:

ASMR before there was such a thing.
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LW Rhino:

April Stvens...Wow, Wow, Wow!
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coelacanth∅:

chresti @9.50 it's unlikely for me to ever be defending disco! but what about whatever gets you through the night? what about b.t.express, do it till you're satisfied? what about heart of glass?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:08am
steveo:

i got some off the shannon redo, pantz
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:09am
artbrau:

holy moly!
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Joe McG:

@Brendan: A mix, but I tried to go for things that were attempts at having another hit with the same tune. The Everlys would be a cherished exception.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10am
steveo:

lol that car crash effect was a big hit
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:10am
Brian in UK:

@artbrau I was thinking the same about Aqua Marina.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10am
dotpattern:

wa-wa-wawawa?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10am
The Oscar:

I'm pretty sure the car stopped because it crashed into a wall.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:10am
listener Rey:

is it getting warm in here???
  10:11am
Brendan:

Thanks . Say this is one horny song!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:11am
Strandlund:

Hubba Hubba...!!
Avatar 10:12am
Davee:

In 5 years he never taught her
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:12am
Krys O.:

April without Nino.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:12am
coelacanth∅:

those tigers sound exactly the same to me.
...and i think i might have to do something drastic to shut her up!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:14am
Phillippe Bastille:

@coelacanth survived as well. It was a weekend of doing what my wife told me to do. I'm a good furniture mover apparently
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:15am
Hughie Considine:

There's a lot of subtext in Leslie Gore revisiting this song.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:16am
Brian in UK:

'63 seems to be the cutoff for the originals. Just pre-Beatles.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:18am
steveo:

some research indicates that that car crash effect used in the april stevens original was made popular by hanna-barbera www.youtube.com...
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:18am
Hughie Considine:

A few months after her appearance on the TAMI Show, Leslie Gore was at Sarah Lawrence, having halted her career for all intents and purposes; her fellow students snubbed her because her kind of pop wasn't bohemian enough. She also dissed the food there, which didn't win her any fans at the school. Kind of sad.
  10:19am
Brendan:

Wow ...that was a good one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:19am
coelacanth∅:

Phillippe that doesn't sound bad!
...it's good to be good at something. maybe i should get married so i can find out what i'm good at
  10:21am
melinda:

There is a good movie called the Secret History of Disco. Interviews and re-enactments, explores theories about disco hate but with humor.
  10:21am
thelma blitz:

interesting show, Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:23am
The Oscar:

"Mother" by Danzig comes to mind, but something tells me that's not coming up on Surface Noise.
  10:23am
melinda:

There is a great scene with all the ex-Village People explaining that there was absolutely nothing gay about the band.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24am
coelacanth∅:

well, Bob Marley and the wailers turned making remakes into international stardom.
  10:25am
Brendan:

@melinda Disco Demolition Night was an example of that gone very wrong https://youtu.be/gWNh_vdg75s
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:26am
Krys O.:

Awright!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:26am
The Oscar:

Your intro had me psyched up for a disco version of "Monster Mash!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:26am
coelacanth∅:

Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker etc. recorded those songs tons of times for various labels and often under pseudonyms; but often there wasn't much difference between the versions.
  10:27am
Listener Alexandra:

Good morning, Joe--it's been fun to hear how this idea of yours is playing out :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:27am
steveo:

lol @oscar, same; i don't think i ever knew the title of Frankenstein here (#learning)
Avatar 10:28am
Joe McG:

@coelacanth: Yeah, I'm trying to avoid those kind of "rights" remakes, although I'm glad that the artists were trying to get paid!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:29am
The Oscar:

Didn't Gang of Four remake Entertainment in the mid-00s? Was that some sort of rights thing?
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 10:29am
Krys O.:

I played this Edgar Winter album from my brother's collection when I came home from school.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:29am
coelacanth∅:

(Oscar there's also a good version of mother by X. [the good x, the one from australia])
  10:30am
Eric from Lake Hiawatha:

Conceptually creative well curated show thanks
Avatar 10:30am
Joe McG:

@Oscar: Yeah. Otherwise it was a pointless thing to do.
Avatar 10:30am
Hubig Pie:

This be the extended version
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coelacanth∅:

and devo remade most of the songs on the stiffs ep for their first album. some versions are better, some aren't as good...or in some ways
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Krys O.:

Cool. Didn't know about this 1983 version.
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coelacanth∅:

this frankie is scary; and sad! did not know this existed and i will erase it from my mind when it ends!
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The Oscar:

I might actually prefer this version, but I'm of the mindset that adding Halloween sound effects is a good way to improve *any* song.
  10:33am
mrmikestandsir:

a la Herbie Hancock
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Joe McG:

@coelacanth: Yeah, major label remakes of songs from indie labels are a whole 'nother story. B-52s, R.E.M., Go-Go's, you could do a whole show of those, too.
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coelacanth∅:

the original could not have been improved upon though!
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coelacanth∅:

Joe yeah, the original 45 of rock lobster rules! (which says a lot because the album version is great too!)
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The Oscar:

IIRC the Residents rerecorded a bunch of their songs for a couple of compilations, on the premise that releasing a straight greatest hits comp would be too square.
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coelacanth∅:

okay this part's cool...mixing in what, stravinsky?
  10:37am
Listener Alexandra:

Keeping my ear out for the Fleshtones ;)
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Cmurtha:

Morning all. What is this banging compressed synth version o Frankenstein because I love it
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βrian:

The last time I left my ear out, it got all wrinkly.
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Joe McG:

@Alex: Ah, I know about that one, but the library has neither "Blast Off!" or the Bachelor Party soundtrack and I forgot to dig for them! :(
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Davee:

MAKE IT STOP!
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Matt Fiveash:

Egga Winna!
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Listener Alexandra:

NOOOOOOOO!!!!
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The Oscar:

Oh man-- speaking of Devo, does "Devo 2.0" count?
  10:39am
zephyr:

Dear Edgar. You are not Herbie Hancock. This is not "Rockit". Stick to the Scientology operas....
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tadpoles:

The brilliant Sparks recorded a whole album of own remakes calling it "Plagiarism"! Great show Joe!
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steveo:

vocals?! are there vocals on the original Frankenstein?
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The Oscar:

Ahhhh so hard not to bang on my desk!
  10:41am
Brendan:

Tainted Meat
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Listener Alexandra:

That was one of my best ones...probably better than Wham/George Michael.
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Krys O.:

I heart Soft Cell!
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Blues Mandinga:

Ea!
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steveo:

how can there be so few clickystars on this, Krys?
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Hubig Pie:

I guess the single didnt have the "where did our love go" outro
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Joe McG:

@Hubig Pie: There are two versions, one with and one without.
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\( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ノ\( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ノ\( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ノ:

\( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ノ Taint lol
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Krys O.:

There already was a Tainted Dub.
  10:52am
Brendan:

The extended dance versions segment
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steveo:

Blue Monday, "best selling 12 inch single of all time"
  10:58am
Jamie:

love Tainted Love, but nothing beats Sex Dwarf for me
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Hugh:

We called this (first version) the Surfer Killer back in the Santa Barbara days.
  10:58am
Brendan:

It’s Immaterial’s “Ed’s Funky Diner” and subsequent Friday Night/Saturday Morning 12” version are worthy (the latter a beautifully layered song).
  10:58am
Jamie:

really enjoying these picks
  10:59am
Some Guy from Nutley:

The Soft Cell and New Order selections aren't so different as to merit inclusion on this otherwise delightful show. Just my two cents.
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Jamie:

hey, I found the hipster
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Ken From Hyde Park:

There is Sonic Youth / Lydia Lunch "Death Valley '69." I assume that is a revision of a previous release?
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coelacanth∅:

when this song came on every week (the first version) was when i stepped outside for air
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artbrau:

Brings to mind the UK and then US versions of West End Girls/Pet Shop Boys. The US release was buffed to have no edge to it. Sad.
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Asheville Jon:

I now Eurodance
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steveo:

i don't mind if you just finish out playing different versions of blue monday (oh look your background is blue)
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Krys O.:

Bedsitter was my jam.
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Marc Francis:

I love Hardfloor. I forgot they did a remix of this!
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SeanG:

DANCE NEW JERSEY DANCE
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The Oscar:

I'm imagining "Blue Monday" as an event that falls every 5-7 years, kind of like leap year.
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artbrau:

Is that "Heart of Glass" under there?
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coelacanth∅:

that whole soft cell album is good. chips on my shoulder; wave goodbye....
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jinjabredboy:

aren't these remixers remixing - rather than performers reviving?
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Hubig Pie:

Maybe the third monday of a calendar month is referred to as "Blue Mondy"
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Joe McG:

Yeah, you're right jinjabred, but I love the year designations and couldn't resist how the song changed with the times.
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Hubig Pie:

Monday
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Stevel:

ALL BLUE MONDAY ALL THE TIME!!
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Hubig Pie:

Besides, Fats Domino was the original
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Marc Francis:

All those Roland 303's. I think Hardfloor used 4 or 5 of them when they made or remixed music. So dirrrrrty.
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jinjabredboy:

that's ok Joe - cleaving to a concept shouldn't get in the way of a great show!
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coelacanth∅:

sorry, obviously a minority here, but this song in 1983 was an early indication of the soulless abyss that rules the commercial music arena today.
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Stevel:

Fish: Interesting point. I like that version above the others, but I see what you mean.
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coelacanth∅:

(...actually it makes sense it was the best selling 12" of all time)
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coelacanth∅:

Thank you Stevel. i'm prepared for an onslaught of hate!
  11:12am
Brendan:

That one was the Windows Vista of remakes
  11:16am
Brendan:

Thanks for blowing out the candle
  11:17am
David in London:

Oh bless you Joe. I think hearing ‘Goodbye England’s rose’ might induce projectile vomiting.
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The Oscar:

I'd actually love to hear "Candle in the Wind" remade in the style of that "16 Tons" earlier.
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coelacanth∅:

i didn't know there's a remake of prettiest star. will check it out
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Tim 07030:

Haha I own this Ryko reissue and have absolutely no recollection of ever hearing this remake.
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Brian in UK:

Did Nellie the Elephant go through phases?
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Joe McG:

@David: Ha ha ha!
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David in London:

@The Oscar, or Blue Monday 95...
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tim from champaign (now washington):

Hi Joe and everybody! Here's a suggestion for next time...Marianne Faithful has three renditions of As Tears Go By.
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tadpoles:

Love Lodger but have never heard this. Funnily enough I'm just reading Dylan Jones' "Oral History" of Bowie so this is great to hear. Cheers.
  11:24am
Neil M:

I think of Jerry Lee Lewis as the selfie cover king. In part because he was the primary artist on the soundtrack of the Great Balls of Fire movie about his life. But he also went back to the well several other times. And of course, he'd put out live albums when times were lean -- and they often were. (and I happen to think that Great Balls soundtrack has some really good versions!)
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Joe McG:

@tim: I have two of them with me but may not get to them, we'll see! Time is running short.
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jinjabredboy:

I remember when this version debuted - bowie was headlining one night of a benefit for the ICA - david byrne the other - byrne played a full set on his night - bowie came out an performed this one song only...
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pantz:

Pretty sure he played this during Glass Spider tour. I seem to remember it live.
  11:26am
Tim 07030:

@pantz I think he OPENED with it during Glass Spider tour
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Krys O.:

Such a fun show, Joe!
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Joe McG:

Thanks, Krys, happy to see you here as always!
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Roberto:

Was that the song that's basically "All The Young Dudes" backwards?
  11:27am
Reno D:

Mr. B. Ferry has been updating some of his 1970s and 1980s work by remaking them in the 2010s to sound like they were recorded in the 1920s.
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artbrau:

Does anyone else hear "glister" instead of "blister?"
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pantz:

@Tim07030 Thx. The memory fades but some things I'll never forget.
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Marc Francis:

I didn't realize that they rerecorded this!
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Stevel:

The Horns of Dilemma!
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Joe McG:

@Reno: Wow, I have to hear those! He's another "show of his own" kind of guy.
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Tim 07030:

@roberto ‘Move On’ is young dudes backwards
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steveo:

bass saxophone, check
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Hubig Pie:

This a Morphine bass sax-a-mo-phone sound
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coelacanth∅:

well -it's not as good, but i appreciate that they did something totally different with it.
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coelacanth∅:

...(and it ain't bad!)
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DroneTree:

Is that a bass clarinet? Anybody know?
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tadpoles:

#Reno D. You may be thinking of "The Jazz Age" by the Bryan Ferry Orchestra. It's very neat!
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Roberto:

Oh derp. Thanks Tim.
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tim from champaign (now washington):

I happened upon a Brian Ritchie show about 10 years ago. It was really cool. He did Albert Ayler covers.
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steveo:

ah, the proper name is "baritone saxo-mo-phone"
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Brian in UK:

Backing singers and a hook. What more do you need.
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tim from champaign (now washington):

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh
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coelacanth∅:

wow so Neil already had that piano solo mapped out just as the monkees' version ended up with
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pantz:

The "Paul Simon" treatment.
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Cmurtha:

hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
  11:35am
Reno D:

@Tadpoles: Yep, and 2018's "Bitter-Sweet", wherein he sings (well, sort of), unlike the all-instrumental "The Jazz Age".
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Cmurtha:

OH LORD THE STEEL DRUMS
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coelacanth∅:

what happened
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Strandlund:

Calypso...?
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Brian in UK:

Some of these remakes sound like they are trying to 'make it real'.
  11:36am
David in London:

Diamond should have complimented the funky calypso arrangement by doing the vocals in a Leonard Cohen style.
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steveo:

i can't believe he stole this from the monkees
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Brendan:

Neil sounds like a lounge singer on the love boat
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Joe McG:

@steveo: Ha ha ha!
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Brian in UK:

Joe, great idea yet again. Got to cut and run. Good week everyone.
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The Oscar:

You're going to end this with Smash Mouth, aren't you?
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tim from champaign (now washington):

Wow, Joe is going deep deep deep!
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Cmurtha:

Girl you'll be a woman soon
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zephyr:

Joe...FYI: With a Twist... is a 1997 album by Todd Rundgren. Asked to produce an album of new versions of his older singles, Rundgren decided to record the songs in Bossa nova style. Continuing the theme, Rundgren toured theaters with a replica of a tiki bar.
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Joe McG:

Neil drove Brian in the UK out the house! :)
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davefromtoronto:

sounds like he's singing from a rocking chair...
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coelacanth∅:

hahaha!
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YETI BOB:

I love this song (I'm a Believer), as performed by the Monkees and Robert Wyatt. But Neil Diamond is *ruining* it! (Yeah I know he wrote it. But he's ruining his own song).
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Joe McG:

@zephyr: I have it here, but I think I'm going to run out of time!
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Tim 07030:

Neil looks back and imbues the song with the wisdom of his years...
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steveo:

if there's a 4th version I'm going to lunch early ;)
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YETI BOB:

I wish I could stay for the rest of the show but I gotta go join the big protest in front of t**mp tower!
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Cmurtha:

I kinda dig his old man vocals, but them coupled with this rock-a-bye-baby background is too hokey 4 me
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tim from champaign (now washington):

@Yeti Bob - give a little extra hell for me!
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Strandlund:

Today's show is just one of the reasons why Surface Noise is one of my favorite shows on WFMU...
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Cmurtha:

OH BOY A BANGER
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zephyr:

Yeti Bob is my hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Krys O.:

w00t!
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Joe McG:

@Strandlund: Aw, thanks! @YETI: Go get 'im!
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tim from champaign (now washington):

Oh this is gonna be killer!
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Strandlund:

I'll be there with you in spirit Yeti Bob...Give 'em hell!!
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Mick:

Hells yes Yeti Bob!
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coelacanth∅:

i wont be at the dump tower but i will be carving his face into a pumpkin later
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Guido from Cologne:

The single seems to sound totally diferent to the LP version.
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coelacanth∅:

that piano part kept reminding me of compared to what (Les McCann version)
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Guido from Cologne:

--- the 1966 LP version
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Joe McG:

@Guido: It might be! Or maybe my copy is just incredibly worn. :)
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coelacanth∅:

okay, respectable remake
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northguineahills:

Relevant for Joe McGasko fans going out during halloweeen: boingboing.net...
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Joe McG:

@ngh: I hope to see a lot of these this year!
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Krys O.:

That's a great costume!
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steveo:

'19!
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listener Rey:

This show has been so good. Thanks Joe
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Tim 07030:

Awesome show, Joe!
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coelacanth∅:

nice job George!
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Cmurtha:

thank you or the show Joe!
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tadpoles:

Great finale Joe...certainly rockin' out of a neat show. Thanks.
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12539:

Thanks Joe!
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Krys O.:

Thanks, Joe!
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12539:

Thanks Joe!
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Joe McG:

Thanks for listening and commenting, everybody! Have a great week! See you next week with live music from SUSS.
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coelacanth∅:

75 years young, that George McCrae
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steveo:

lots of fun today, Joe; thanks!
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coelacanth∅:

Thanks Joe! Excellent as always!
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jinjabredboy:

thank you joe
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coelacanth∅:

every1's a winner
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LastWhiteRhino:

Enjoyed the show. Bye.
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Marc Francis:

That was fun! Thanks Joe!
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