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Turning over the toy box and jamming together the gloriously mismatched musical Lincoln Logs, Legos and Tinker Toys from Tin Pan Alley pluggers, pickled egg tavern weepers, lockstep soul ensembles, skinny-tie power poppers, Eurotrash ravers, moontanned art school rockers, drunken soccer anthems and anything else that seems like a good idea at the time. There are no guilty pleasures.

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Options January 17, 2020: Show #328: The soul of a new machine.

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Track information pertains, as much as is possible, to the original release, and should not be construed as bearing any relationship to the presence or absence of a particular artifact in Uncle Michael's possession.

Artist Track Album Label Year
Uncle Michael  Hinky Dinky Time Open   Options      
Dr. Steel   Build The Robots   Options Dr. Steel II: Eclectic Boogaloo  World Domination Toys   2008 
The Stranglers   Hey! (Rise Of The Robots)   Options Black And White  United Artists   1978 
The Earthlings   March Of The Robots   Options single (b-side to Landing Of The Daleks)  Parlophone   1965 
The Phenomenauts  I Am Robot   Options Re-Entry  Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club   2004 
Marina And The Diamonds   I Am Not A Robot   Options The Family Jewels  679   2009 
They Might Be Giants  Become A Robot   Options Demo Tape  n/a   1985 
They Might Be Giants   Robot Parade (Adult Version)   Options Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants  Elektra/Rhino   2002 
Bruce Haack  School for Robots   Options Hush Little Robot  Q.D.K. Media   1998 
DJ Swamp   Worship The Robots   Options Never Is Now  Lakeshore   2001 
ENON  We are the Robots   Options Yo Gabba Gabba!  n/a   2008 
 
Music behind DJ:
Les Baxter  
Mr. Robot   Options Space Escapade  Capitol   1958 
Dee D. Jackson   Automatic Lover   Options Cosmic Curves  Jupiter   1978 
Pointer Sisters   Automatic   Options Automatic (EP)  Planet   1983 
Men at Work  Helpless Automaton   Options Business as Usual  CBS   1981 
The Dresden Dolls  Coin-Operated Boy   Options The Dresden Dolls  8ft.   2003 
Rockets  Synthetic Man   Options Galaxy  Rockland   1980 
Hazel O'Connor   Eighth Day   Options single (b/w Monsters In Disguise)  A&M   1980 
Buddy Ebsen  If I Only Had a Heart (unused version)   Options The Wizard of Oz: The Deluxe Edition  n/a   1995 
 
Music behind DJ:
The Alan Parsons Project 
The Naked Robot (Early Instrumental Mixes)   Options I Robot  Arista   1977 
Dusty Springfield   The Six Million Dollar Man   Options unreleased  n/a   1974 
Rufus Thomas   Funky Robot (Part 1)   Options single (b/w Funky Robot (Part II))  Stax   1970 
Classix Nouveaux   The Robots Dance   Options Classix Nouveaux  Liberty   1981 
The Saints   Do The Robot [Bonus Track]   Options This Perfect Day c/w L-I-E-S (EP)  Harvest   1977 
Sly & Robbie   Attack of the Demotic Androids   Options Dubocalypse  Tabou 1   2017 
The Miracles   Love Machine (Part 1)   Options single (b/w Love Machine (Part 2))  Tamla   1979 
Marvin the Paranoid Android   Marvin, I Love You   Options single (b-side to Reasons To Be Miserable)  Polydor   1981 
The Incredible Moses Leroy   Country Robot / A Letter To Dorothy   Options Become The Soft Lightes  Ultimatum Music   2003 
 
Music behind DJ:
Ebony Steel Band  
The Robots   Options Pan-Machine  OM Swagger   2019 
Jerry Butler  I'm Your Mechanical Man   Options Sweet Sixteen  Mercury  1974 
Meridian Brothers   Salvadora Robot   Options Salvadora Robot  Soundway   2014 
Black Sabbath  Iron Man   Options Paranoid  Vertigo   1970 
MC Lars   This Gigantic Robot Kills   Options This Gigantic Robot Kills  Oglio   2008 
Flight of the Conchords  The Humans Are Dead   Options Flight of the Conchords: The BBC Radio Series  n/a   2006 
The Alan Parsons Project  I Robot   Options I Robot  Arista   1977 
 
Music behind DJ:
James Asher  
Scratch Robotnicks (Mechanised dance rhythm.)   Options Bruton - BRH 21 - Flash Music (James Asher ANd Alvin Christie)  Bruton   1984 
Scorpions   Robot Man   Options In Trance  RCA Victor   1975 
Connie Francis   Robot Man   Options Tennessee Waltz  MGM   1960 
Was (Not Was)   Robot Girl   Options What Up, Dog?  Chrysalis   1988 
Buggles  I Love You (Miss Robot)   Options The Age Of Plastic  Island   1979 
Rob㏌ Gibb  Robot   Options Secret Agent  Polydor   1984 
The Tornados   Robot   Options single (b/w Life On Venus (Telstar II))  London   1963 
The Incredible String Band   Robot Blues   Options U  Elektra   1970 
Alberto Camerini   Rock 'n' Roll Robot   Options single (b/w Miele)  CBS    
 
Music behind DJ:
Bacalao 
The Robots (Die Roboter)   Options 8-Bit Operators - The Music Of Kraftwerk  Astralwerks   2006 
Regina Spektor  Machine   Options Far  Sire   2009 
Manfred Mann   Machines   Options Machines (EP)  His Master's Voice   1966 
Lothar & The Hand People   Machines   Options Presenting...Lothar And The Hand People  Capitol  1968 
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard   Robot Stop   Options Nonagon Infinity  Flightless   2016 
The Aquabats  Giant Robot-Birdhead   Options Vs. The Floating Eye Of Death! And Other Amazing Adventures - Vol. 1  Goldenvoice   1999 
Tubeway Army   Are Friends Electric   Options single (b/w We Are So Fragile?)  Beggars Banquet   1979 
 
Music behind DJ:
Fleetwood Mac  
Albatross   Options single (b/w Jigsaw Puzzle Blues)  Blue Horizon   1968 

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

Welcome, humans.
  12:01pm John from Florham park:

Hello fellow listeners
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

John.
  12:02pm John from Florham park:

Yes uncle al
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Doug Schulkind:

Why does the opening theme always start with doo-doo?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

Doug.
Avatar 12:04pm Brian in UK:

Hello AI
This could be a chum for Night Owl.
  12:04pm ?:

Is Uncle Michael up in a spaceship being held hostage?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

Brian. ?.
  12:05pm dan:

Is Uncle Michael up in a spaceship being held hostage?
Avatar 12:06pm Martinibomb:

Do the Hinky Dink! Hwuuaazaah
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

dan.
  12:06pm dan:

Forgot to put my name on the first comment.
  12:06pm Marie:

I'm a-scared--is Uncle Michael gonna be alright?
  12:06pm Funky16Corners:

Did you oil yourself before the show?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

Martinibomb. Marie. Funky16Corners.
  12:07pm dan:

@Marie
Uncle Michael's body has been snatched.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Rich in Washington:

Hi Uncle Al!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

Rich.
  12:09pm dan:

My dad had an Uncle Al.
Avatar 12:09pm holland oats:

finally a relatable dj
Avatar 12:09pm Listening Out There:

It's HDT with AGR...
  12:10pm Funky16Corners:

This sounds like the Shadows
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

holland. L.O.T. .
  12:10pm Mark R:

There was an Uncle Al who hosted a kids' show in Cincinnati. He lived in our neighborhood, and kids from all over town would come to our neighborhood so they could trick or treat at his house.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

Mark.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm chresti:

Hello
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

chresti.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm Pedro in Arlington:

Is Uncle Al related to Wake's computer Sam?
  12:17pm Listener Gregory:

Oh, the humanity!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Rich in Washington:

I was just thinking about this song yesterday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

Pedro. Gregory.
  12:18pm dan:

@Pedro
No, Uncle Al is HAL 9000's cousin that lives in Topeka.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Rich in Washington:

but to be fair, I think I think about 10,000 songs on any given day.
  12:19pm Mark R:

I wonder if Kraftwerk might make an appearance.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm Aaron in Minneapolis:

Rufus Thomas did a great funk song called Do The Robot, I hope we can hear that today!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm Aaron in Minneapolis:

Yea i wont remember all that
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

Aaron.
  12:20pm Mark R:

From whence came the dance still performed today.
Avatar 12:21pm Brian in UK:

Wonder if Frank Zappa's Telefunken u47 will make an appearance.
  12:21pm Listener Gregory:

"Watch out for stobor!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Aaron in Minneapolis:

Robots apparently don't use exclamation marks
Avatar 12:23pm Listening Out There:

Maybe Red Dress's "Bob Was a Robot"?
  12:24pm dan:

"It doesn't have to be like this, all we need to do is make sure we keep talking" -Stephen Hawking on Pink Floyd's "Keep Talking"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm Michael 98145:

Greetings, friends and replicants
Avatar 12:28pm holland oats:

gold star for robot boy bands
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm Pedro in Arlington:

Robbie Robertson had a band "Robbie & the Robots." Wouldn't mind hearing something they did if recordings exist. Just don't play any of his always pretentious interviews.
Avatar 12:33pm Listening Out There:

Lots of jobs are getting replaced by bots and automation. Uncle Michael was a nice guy, but I guess we'll just have to accept the change, eh, Fellow Citizens? Can't stop progress...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

Michael.
  12:34pm Listener Gregory:

Fort Myers, FL: 79 degrees.
Topeka, KS: 33 degrees.
Is Uncle Michael truly unfortunate?
Avatar 12:38pm Roberto:

Yasss it's Funky Friday!
  12:38pm Marie:

love this
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

Roboto.
  12:40pm Marie:

@Dan (way earlier)--yeah, maybe he is being cryogenically frozen? Perhaps he could somehow do a show from that icy state...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

Frozen meat. Ha Ha Ha. I get it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm Aaron in Minneapolis:

If you love this kind of weird programming, and even though its not a drive, pledge now! No other radio like it exists anywhere!
Avatar 12:42pm Brian in UK:

Automatic Man moves like a computer. Think Mike Shrive was in the band for a short while.
Avatar 12:44pm Brian in UK:

Or was it Shrieve?
Avatar 12:51pm βrian:

So is this Country?
  12:58pm dan:

Apparently Buddy Ebsen was going to be the Scarecrow and Ray Bolger the Tin Man, but Bolger had a hissy fit and insisted that he be the Scarecrow.
Avatar 1:01pm βrian:

Snopes on Buddy:
www.snopes.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm doctorjazz:

You can call me Al...
Hi all!
  1:09pm dan:

The playlist isn't loading properly.
  1:18pm dan:

Is anyone having problems with the main page?
  1:21pm Listener Gregory:

Some say that the only good robot is a robot whose atomic power pack has been permanently disconnected from its electronic brain. I say... no comment.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:51pm Michael 98145:

CyberAttack?!?
Avatar 1:53pm Roberto:

YEEEHAW WE'S BACK!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:53pm Michael 98145:

The entire website was "without server" for a few minutes.
"No server is available to handle this request."
  1:53pm John from Florham park:

@michael could be
Avatar 1:55pm Roberto:

And we went away again
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hamsters were on lunch pellet break.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm annie:

is it radio?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Uncle Michael:

Ken.
  1:57pm dan:

@Michael
The server was also being held captive in Fort Meyers with UM
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Uncle Michael:

annie.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Michael 98145:

We should never have dared try to impeach our Holy Orange Emperor
Avatar 2:00pm Roberto:

Oh, UM was acknowledging Ken from HP's presence. I thought he was blaming SM Ken for the playlist outage.
  2:00pm Marie:

Wow, I'm having a flashback..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

*I* ROBOT!
  2:00pm dan:

Disco Sci-Fi
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

Dance, humans.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01pm Webhamster Henry:

Wir sind die Robots....... blerp-boop-be-boop.
Avatar 2:02pm still b/p:

"This is Uncle Al,
The kiddies pal,
Hello, little friends, hello!!"

..'member? Alan Suze on R&M's Laugh In?
Awwwww, ahhhh, the mantle is freshly assumed.
  2:02pm John from Florham park:

I think Iran is screwing around with us
  2:02pm dan:

@John
Are you referring to 1979 or now?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:03pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

Henry. still b/p.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:10pm Webhamster Henry:

I have lots of suggestions, but I trust Al to provide good material.
Avatar 2:10pm Dominick:

Unhappy MkNam
  2:13pm still b/p:

Are the ones Hinky and the zeros Dinky?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:15pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

Dominick.
Avatar 2:16pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

It can be an emotional moment when you realize you are without server.
  2:28pm Doug Schulkind:

Hey there, Al.
  2:28pm ?:

Yes. Must be the war on Bezos.
Avatar 2:28pm still b/p:

Server: "Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:30pm Webhamster Henry:

I was wondering if the ISB would make an appearance!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:31pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

503 broken heart
  2:34pm Michael 98145:

Rock It, Bot
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:34pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

HDT are go?
  2:35pm dan:

That Robot Blues number by The Incredible String Band was probably the best song on today's show.
Avatar 2:35pm still b/p:

All functions and links seem restored, yes?
Three cheers for tech warriors/wranglers/wizards! ...and dedicated, patient tech wild-bronco riders like Cowboy Uncle AL.
  2:38pm dan:

503 can rot in hell.
Avatar 2:48pm barrett785:

Pretty sure my face is melting. Crossing my fingers for Murda Rock. This is some good Dinky here.
  2:48pm Doug Schulkind:

In my business, getting 302'd is worse than getting 503'd.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:49pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

Pat.
Avatar 2:50pm Dominick:

oh yeah
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:00pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

Electric.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:01pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Bye, robot.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm Uncle Al Go-Rhythm:

I will make Uncle Michael fix the playlist. Ha Ha Ha
  3:04pm Alex In Illinois:

So glad that you did not play Electric Lady by Confunkshun
  3:04pm dan:

@Uncle Al
A lazy robot eh?
  3:08pm still b/p:

Thank you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:17pm Michael 98145:

How cool was that ?!
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