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Author Darryl W. Bullock presents an hour of terrible records. From the dawn of recorded music right up to some of today’s most hateful aural atrocities, spend 60 minutes with some of the worst, and most hysterically funny, records ever made.

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Options August 6, 2020: The World's Worst Records presents The Pansy Craze and other LGBT-themed music from the 20s-40s

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments Images Approx. start time
Fred Rich and his Orchestra  He’s So Unusual   Options   Columbia  1929  10"   
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Merritt Brunies and his Friar’s Inn Orchestra  Masculine Women, Feminine Men   Options   Okeh  1926  10"   
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Bud Freeman and the Summa Cum Laude Orchestra  Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man   Options   Okeh  1929  10"   
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The Durium Dance Band  Let’s All Be Fairies   Options   Durium  1933  10"   
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Orchester mit Refraingesang  Das Lila Lied   Options   Homokord  1921  10"   
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Music behind DJ:
New Mayfair Dance Orchestra 

Fairy on the Clock   Options


His Mater's Voice 





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The Golden Gate Orchestra  The Right Kind of Man   Options   Velvet Tone   1929  10"   
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Bing Crosby  Gay Love   Options   Columbia   1929  10"   
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Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra  There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth The Salt Of My Tears   Options   Victor  1928  10"  Featuring Bing Crosby and Bix Beiderbecke 
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Music behind DJ:
New Mayfair Dance Orchestra 

Fairy on the Clock   Options


His Master’s Voice  





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Jean Malin  I’d Rather be Spanish than Mannish   Options   Columbia  1933  10"   
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Jean Malin  That’s What’s the Matter With Me   Options   Columbia  1933  10"   
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Earl Gresh and his Gangplank Orchestra  Help!   Options   Columbia  1925  10"   
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Sam Lanin and his Famous Players  The Man I Love   Options   Okeh  1927  10"   
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Beatrice Lillie  There Are Fairies At the Bottom Of Our Garden   Options   Varieties  1934  10"   
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Music behind DJ:
Fairy on the Clock 

New Mayfair Dance Orchestra   Options


His Master’s Voice  





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Noel Coward  Mad About The Boy   Options   His Master’s Voice   1932  10"   
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Douglas Byng and Lance Lister  Cabaret Boys   Options   Zonophone  1928  10"   
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Fred Barnes  Black Sheep of the Family   Options   Aircraft Products Ltd.  1932  Flexi   
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Noël Coward  We All Wear a Green Carnation   Options   His Master's Voice  1934  12"  The Green Carnation was a homosexual symbol, popularised by Oscar Wilde 
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Judd Rees  The King’s a Queen at Heart   Options   Liberty Music Shop   1936  10"  the first song to mention the word 'homosexual' 
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Douglas Byng  I’m One of the Queens of England   Options   Zonophone  1930  10"   
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Leslie Hutchinson  Let’s Do It   Options   Parlaphone  1935  10"   
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Dwight Fiske  Mrs Pettibone   Options   Gala  1934  10"   
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Music behind DJ:
New Mayfair Dance Orchestra 

Fairy on the Clock   Options


His Master's Voice 





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Max Hansen  War’n Sie Schon Mal In Mich Verliebt?   Options   Grammophon  1928  10"   
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Paul O’Montis  I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby   Options   Odeon  1929  10"   
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Marlene Dietrich  Falling In Love Again   Options   Victor  1931  10"   
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Bessie Smith  Foolish Man Blues   Options   Columbia  1927  10"   
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Tampa Red’s Hokum Jazz Band  My Daddy Rocks Me With One Steady Roll   Options   Vocalion  1929  10"   
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Gladys Bentley  Worried Blues   Options   Okeh  1928  10"   
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Ma Rainey  Prove It On Me Blues   Options   Paramount   1928  10"   
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Bessie Jackson  B.D. Women’s Blues   Options   Perfect   1935  10"  B.D stands for Bull Dyke or Bull Dagger 
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Bruz Fletcher  Lei From Hawaii   Options   Liberty Music Shop   1934  10"   
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Rae Bourbon  Gigolo   Options   Liberty Music Shop   1936  10"   
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John Ryan and Orchestra  I Wish I Were a Fairy   Options   Varsity  1940  10"   
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Nan Blakstone  A Lady’s a Lady No Matter What Cooks   Options   Gala  1945  10"   
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Charley Drew  Lord Stuffit and Lord Stickit   Options Charley Drew and His Witty Ditties  Gala  1945  10"   
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The Don Carper Quintette, vocal by the Shed House Boys  What Color Are Pansies (Whoo, Whoo Whoo)   Options   A-Mus-Ing Records  1940  10"   
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Ruth Wallis  Queer Things (are Happening)   Options French Postcards Set To Music  Wallis Originals  1952  LP   
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Bruz Fletcher  Keep an Eye On His Business   Options   Liberty Music Shop   1934  10"   
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Ruth Wallis  He’d Rather Be a Girl   Options Hot Songs For Cool Knights  Wallis Originals   1956  LP   
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Rae Bourbon  I Don’t Want To Be a Madam   Options Let Me Tell You About My Operation  Under the Counter  1956  LP   
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Listener comments!

Avatar 10:00am worldsworstrecords:

And we're off!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24am Crudbringer:

What a lovely way to begin the day, and what a change of pace for WWR, playing records that are actually... just fine.
  10:24am solo mon:

Hooray !!
Avatar 10:25am worldsworstrecords:

hey Crudbringer... welcome!
Avatar 10:25am worldsworstrecords:

Hi solo!
  10:26am solo mon:

Hi hi Darryl
  10:27am solo mon:

7:30 am and it’s already super gay over here thanks to you
Avatar 10:28am worldsworstrecords:

Oh my gosh! Queer breakfast!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:28am Rich in Washington:

Mornin', all!
Avatar 10:28am worldsworstrecords:

Hi Rich! Thanks for joining us!
Avatar 10:29am worldsworstrecords:

For some reason, to be 'Spanish' was to be queer
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:29am Crudbringer:

It's the matador pants!
Avatar 10:30am worldsworstrecords:

  10:32am solo mon:

Hay rich! Re Spanish I think it’s all the stomping and clapping
  10:33am solo mon:

Queer Qoffee
Avatar 10:34am worldsworstrecords:

maybe... my assumption was that Mediterranean men were seen as a bit girly and obsessed with their appearance
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:34am Rich in Washington:

Hey solo mon! Finally, some rain!
Avatar 10:36am worldsworstrecords:

Ohh... chuck a Qoffee my way, would you? Big and black and strong
Avatar 10:36am worldsworstrecords:

Apparently Earl Gresh gave up music and opened up a wood museum
  10:41am solo mon:

Ha she said “bottom”
Avatar 10:41am worldsworstrecords:

she did!
  10:42am solo mon:

I like my coffee like I like my men: bitter and hot.
  10:42am solo mon:

Avatar 10:43am worldsworstrecords:

I like my coffee like I like my men: weak and tasteless
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:44am chresti:

Morning olden timey records!
Avatar 10:44am worldsworstrecords:

Hi chresti!
  10:46am solo mon:

Lolllll Darryl- And gmorning Chresti! Rich this rain has put me in a great mood
Avatar 10:47am worldsworstrecords:

How is this sounding out ether? All ok?
Avatar 10:48am worldsworstrecords:

*ether = there. although 'out there in the ether' works just as well
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:49am chresti:

Hi solo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:50am Rich in Washington:

Sounds great, worldsworstrecords!
Avatar 10:51am worldsworstrecords:

hurrah! Thanks Rich
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:53am Crudbringer:

Yeah sound is tops - only limited by the crappy old shellac.
Avatar 10:54am worldsworstrecords:

that's good to know Crudbringer... thanks!
  10:55am Mx. Granny 2 U:

hail the queen!
Avatar 10:56am worldsworstrecords:

Granny! Hail!
  10:57am solo mon:

Quain Qranny!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:57am Jan Turkenburg:

Hi Darryl and friends. Just tuned in. Finished a hard day's work in the graden with my friend Ruth. We did it! (wel most of it, anyway, it's nice and tidy now) Now enjoying these lovely sounds.
Avatar 10:58am worldsworstrecords:

Hi jan!
  10:58am Mx. Granny 2 U:

hi, sitting outside the vet office waiting for the cats to be done with their check uo. digging these tunes. hi, everyone!
  10:58am Martinibomb:

Hey Darryl! Sol, Jan, Gran
  10:58am solo mon:

I LOVE when I see an Mx. Suffix Xoxoxoxo
Avatar 10:58am worldsworstrecords:

Hi hope I'm doing justice to your strand ;-)
  10:58am Martinibomb:

@jan can you come over and help me with mine next :-)
Avatar 10:58am worldsworstrecords:

MB! Huzzah!
Avatar 10:59am Ursula1000:

let's do it!!!!!
Avatar 10:59am worldsworstrecords:

U1k! Hola!
  10:59am solo mon:

Hi Jan! Gardening sounds divine. Hi MB hi Ursula!
  10:59am Mx. Granny 2 U:

solo! i was thinking of changing my handle to Mx Granny. whatcha think?
  11:00am solo mon:

I’m so into it, Gran.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:00am Jan Turkenburg:

Hi MB, it was Ruth who came to help out ME. Without her it would have remained a mess for a few weeks, I'm sure...
  11:01am Mx. Granny 2 U:

we're sorting here guffawing! this is great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01am Crudbringer:

@WWR what a terrific edition. Curation is everything. Thanks so much.
Avatar 11:02am worldsworstrecords:

We're going to Germany next, and to the Berlin cabaret, before nipping over to Chicago and some queer blues
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:02am Jan Turkenburg:

And hi everyone else :-) I'm leaving the screen now, I'm exhausted. Will keep the show(s) on the speakers, though
Avatar 11:02am worldsworstrecords:

Crudbringer, you are absolutely welcome. Thank you so much!
  11:03am Martinibomb:

Let's have a big fish dinner!
Avatar 11:03am worldsworstrecords:

enjoy the erst of your day, Jan
Avatar 11:03am worldsworstrecords:

  11:03am solo mon:

“I called him numbnuts”
  11:03am Martinibomb:

I don't know why, but every time I hear, "Big fish dinner" in these oldies it makes me laugh - does it mean something else?
  11:04am Martinibomb:

Fucking gawd damn nazis bleg. They are the real degenerates.
  11:05am solo mon:

Uhhh well Martinibomb it’s a terrible old gay euphemism for lady parts.
  11:05am Martinibomb:

Heh heh of course it is!
Avatar 11:05am worldsworstrecords:

...what solo said, MB
Avatar 11:07am worldsworstrecords:

I'm sure you picked up the word 'Hitler' accompanied by the hiccoughs
  11:07am solo mon:

Actually it’s still used a lot in drag which I don’t like at all! The reference in that song was pretty hilarious though. This music is so open and also so coded. Weird combo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:08am Crudbringer:

"My intersectionality is problematic."
  11:08am Martinibomb:

my cat just had a big fish breakfast.
  11:09am solo mon:

MB mine too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:10am Hopey Sockmonkey:

Oh cool a fill-in, glad I'm able to catch the last half. Hi Darryl and All!
Avatar 11:10am worldsworstrecords:

hey Hopey! Welcome aboard!
  11:12am Mx. Granny 2 U:

gone fishin'
Avatar 11:13am worldsworstrecords:

Back to the States next, to Chicago and some LGBT-themed blues
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am chresti:

Someone sitting next to me at the counter of a coffee shop in Hollywood, Arthur Js, told me I was pretty good for a "fish", he was impressed because I had a plaid lunch box for a purse.
  11:15am Mx. Granny 2 U:

my cats have earned a big fish breakfast
Avatar 11:16am worldsworstrecords:

a skippin. twistin'. woman actin' man...
  11:17am Mx. Granny 2 U:

chresti! omgx!
Avatar 11:17am worldsworstrecords:

i would have hit him in the face with that lunchbox, chresti!
Avatar 11:18am worldsworstrecords:

I love this... it's obscene!
  11:18am Mx. Granny 2 U:

i found out that if you want to suffer shameless misogyny, be femme in a gay male scene
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:18am chresti:

Haha, I guessed it had to do with my gender or that I needed to bathe.
  11:19am solo mon:

Chresti?! Grossssssss. Granny 100 percent agree. I carnt stand it.
Avatar 11:20am worldsworstrecords:

I love my community, but we're just as good - and just as awful -as the hets
  11:22am solo mon:

Toxic masculinity but make it fashion.
  11:22am Mx. Granny 2 U:

yes, we can't claim to be immune to the troubles that straight folx have
Avatar 11:24am worldsworstrecords:

sadly, being queer doesn't automatically make you a better person... although it does usually mean that you smell nice :-)
  11:24am solo mon:

I am clearing away my own cobwebs of toxic masculinity daily, it is work but def work I want to do.
  11:25am Mx. Granny 2 U:

ha ha! you don't want to smell me now, just back from the vet. ew!
Avatar 11:26am worldsworstrecords:

  11:26am solo mon:

Mx. Granny smells of cat fear!
  11:26am Mx. Granny 2 U:

solo mon: right on!
Avatar 11:27am worldsworstrecords:

isn't that as much as any of us can hope for? To keep working to improve ourselves?
Avatar 11:27am worldsworstrecords:

...it must have been women. 'cause I don't like no men
  11:27am solo mon:

My cats are all sacked out. it just started raining. I’ve got the windows open and it smells like petrichor and sage in here.
  11:27am Mx. Granny 2 U:

i got this on the mean mothers blues collection when i was a wee queerlette and wow!
Avatar 11:29am worldsworstrecords:

God, I LOVE the word (and the scent of) petrichor
Avatar 11:29am Ursula1000:

petrichor and sage---good acid folk band name
Avatar 11:30am worldsworstrecords:

Incense and Petrichor...
  11:30am solo mon:

Ugh this amazing vintage queer music is distracting me from finishing my own show!
  11:30am Mx. Granny 2 U:

Avatar 11:30am worldsworstrecords:

soz solo!
Avatar 11:31am worldsworstrecords:

Now, half an hour of cabaret form the 30s and 40s coming up
  11:31am solo mon:

U1k : “Petrichor and Sage” Matt Berry’s seminal 12th album now out on acid jazz records
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:32am Hopey Sockmonkey:

This Bruz Fletcher is wonderful.
  11:33am Mx. Granny 2 U:

i love a good pun worked to death
Avatar 11:33am worldsworstrecords:

Glad you like it, Hopey... there's another song coming up from him before the end of the show
  11:34am solo mon:

They Punished that pun.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36am Mx. Granny (e/em):

Sharing is caring
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36am Hopey Sockmonkey:

Adorable giggling!
Avatar 11:37am Ursula1000:

haha Solo--totally! love that Wicker Man folk vibe
  11:38am solo mon:

Oh me tooo U1k me too
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38am Mx. Granny (e/em):

The change is o-FISH-al! (You'll note that Spicy Tuna was a reference to the very fish of which we've been discussing)
  11:40am solo mon:

Yay! Mx. Gran! Ya know I didn’t actually register that ref Gran, And also how weird are these comment boards? So topical. And tropical.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am Mx. Granny (e/em):

i really am impressed by the WFMU boards. And i think the Spicy Tuna swam under the radar of most folx
Avatar 11:42am worldsworstrecords:

Blimey! I can't believe we've only got a quarter of an hour or so left
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43am Mx. Granny (e/em):

Great program, Darryl! I gotta go back and listen from the beginning. I see you played a version of "He's So Unusual" and i MUST HEAR IT
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43am Rich in Washington:

@solo mon @11:30: Welcome to my world on Fridays! I've usually got GeorgyGirl and Don-O on while I'm pulling records and CDs for my show!
Avatar 11:44am worldsworstrecords:

thanks Granny... It was fun to compile
Avatar 11:44am worldsworstrecords:

still another five songs to go before the end though
  11:44am solo mon:

Thx Darryl for distracting me wholly and rigorously
  11:45am solo mon:

What color are pansies?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46am Hopey Sockmonkey:

I just read the previous comments about toxicity. Back in the day my partner (who was rather rubenesque) used to get grabbed by men when we hung with our friends in gay bars. It incensed me but was always played off as just being "friendly/fun".
Avatar 11:46am worldsworstrecords:

Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!
Avatar 11:47am worldsworstrecords:

I always think if you're not happy with the way other people behave it's usually their problem, not yours
Avatar 11:48am worldsworstrecords:

Another track from Bruz next, Hopey
  11:48am solo mon:

@Rich- a listener sent in a lengthy confession about her weird relationship w the birds she started feeding on her balcony. It is interesting, but I have to finish editing it before the show.
  11:49am Martinibomb:

this one is pretty hilarious
Avatar 11:49am worldsworstrecords:

It's a fabulous album, MB... and it's got Davy's Dinghy on!
Avatar 11:52am worldsworstrecords:

Coming up next on Sheena's, this week's Lost Media Archive: www.wfmu.org...
Avatar 11:54am worldsworstrecords:

just one song after this one, then I'm out of here. Thank you all for keeping me company :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am Mx. Granny (e/em):

Hopey Sockmonkey: ew, i was just thinking about all the times i (a femme) was freely grabbed without consent at gay clubs by men who thought it was hilarious. I tried to be a good sport. But ew! Not ok.
Avatar 11:56am BC Sterrett:

Good morning :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am Hopey Sockmonkey:

Granny, I know! If you protested then you were deemed uncool. It was pretty bad.
Avatar 11:57am worldsworstrecords:

Hi BC... ready to take over?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Hopey Sockmonkey:

I'm definitely checking out the first half of this show in the archives!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Mx. Granny (e/em):

Hopey Sockmonkey: just gonna say it plain right here—consent is mandatory.
Avatar 11:58am BC Sterrett:

All ready :)
Avatar 11:58am worldsworstrecords:

Cheers Hopey... it should be available to stream in an hour or so
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Otis Fodder:

Thanks for the golden oldies in the backdrop this AM, feeling quite 'dandy' at the moment in my 'urban' environment.
Avatar 11:58am worldsworstrecords:

Thank you all... see you on Wednesday for the next WWRRS!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am Mx. Granny (e/em):

Rae Bourbon is a fascinating character. Whoa.
Avatar 11:59am worldsworstrecords:

hey Otis!
Avatar 11:59am Ursula1000:

fab show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am Mx. Granny (e/em):

Avatar 11:59am worldsworstrecords:

very much so, Granny
  11:59am solo mon:

Great show wwr!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am chresti:

Avatar 11:59am worldsworstrecords:

cheers solo x
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm Rich in Washington:

Wonderful show! Thanks!
Avatar 12:00pm worldsworstrecords:

Thanks chresti
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