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Musical theater from off the beaten path. Obscure and unusual show tunes from within the canon and without, flops, failures, and the newest works from up-and-coming artists—plus tried-and-true hits. Also, occasional appearances from songs that are not show tunes (but only if they go really well with show tunes).

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Options October 23, 2020: Unexpected Show Tunes Covers

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Linda Clifford  If My Friends Could See Me Now   Options If My Friends Could See Me Now  Curtom  1978  Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Dorothy Fields 
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Norma Lewis  Maybe This Time   Options Maybe This Time  ERC  1983  Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb 
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Tom Jones  Don't Cry For Me Argentina   Options Rescue Me  MCA Records  1979  Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice 
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Harajuku  Colors of the Wind   Options Colors of the Wind  Dance Street  1995  Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz 
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FunkeyMonkeys  Sunrise, Sunset   Options Jewish 'Til You're Satisfied  Funkeymonkeys  2008  Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick 
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Yeti Girls  Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend   Options Punk Chartbusters Vol. 1 + 2  Wolverine Records  2003  Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Leo Robin    0:33:21 (Pop‑up)
Sparks  Do-Re-Mi   Options A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing  Bearsville  1973  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II 
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The Replacements  Everything's Coming Up Roses   Options Songs for Slim  New West Records  2013  Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim 
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The Adicts  You'll Never Walk Alone   Options Sound of Music  Razor Records  1982  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II 
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Flo & Eddie  There's No Business Like Show Business   Options Illegal, Immoral and Fattening  Columbia  1975  Music & Lyrics: Irving Berlin 
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Eels  Oh What a Beautiful Morning - Live   Options Oh What a Beautiful Morning  E Works  2000  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II 
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Joey Pero  Defying Gravity   Options Resonance  Resonance  2009  Music: Stephen Schwartz 
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D*Note & Beth Hirsch  Being Alive   Options Laguna  New World Music  2006  Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim 
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Amanda Lear  Whatever Lola Wants   Options With Love  Dance Street  2006  Music & Lyrics: Richard Adler & Jerry Ross 
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David Morales & Elle Cato  And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going   Options And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going  Diridim  2020  Music: Henry Krieger Lyrics: Tom Eyen 
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Tudballty  Pinball Wizard 8-Bit   Options No Album  No Label  2016  Music: Pete Townshend    1:13:41 (Pop‑up)
 
Harry Nilsson  Make Believe   Options A Little Touch of Schmilsson In the Night  RCA Victor  1973  Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II 
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The Righteous Brothers  Old Man River   Options You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'  Philles Records  1965  Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II 
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Louis Armstrong  Cabaret   Options What a Wonderful World/Cabaret  ABC Records  1967  Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb 
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Paul Anka  Hello, Dolly!   Options Paul Anka Sings His Favorites  RCA Corporation  1976  Music & Lyrics: Jerry Herman 
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Elvis Presley  The Impossible Dream (The Quest)   Options Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential 70s Masters  RCA Records Label  1994  Music: Mitch Leigh Lyrics: Joe Darion 
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Peabo Bryson, Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau  Pretty Women   Options Color and Light: Jazz Sketches on Sondheim  Sony Classical  1995  Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim 
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Mandy Patinkin  Somewhere That's Green   Options Experiment  Elektra Nonesuch  1994  Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman 
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Bob Dylan  Some Enchanted Evening   Options Shadows in the Night  Columbia  2015  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II 
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Chad & Jeremy  If I Loved You   Options If I Loved You  World Artists  1965  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II 
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Quincy Jones  On the Street Where You Live   Options Big Band Bossa Nova  Mercury  1962  Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner 
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The Sex Boys  If I Were a Rich Man   Options Music for Make the Love Vol. 2  Open/Countdown Media  2009  Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick 
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Chase Holfelder  I Dreamed a Dream   Options Major to Minor: Vol. 1  Chase Holfelder  2015  Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Lyrics: Alain Boublil & Jean-Marc Natel (translated into English by Herbert Kretzmer) 
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Tyler Childers  Send in the Clowns   Options Long Violent History  Hickman Holler Records  2020  Music: Stephen Sondheim 
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Jerald Morse  You've Got to Be Carefully Taught   Options Where Did My Country Go  Jerald Morse  2020  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II 
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Mike Doughty  Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat   Options The Flip Is Another Honey  Snack Bar  2012  Music & Lyrics: Frank Loesser 
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Little Richard  I Feel Pretty   Options The Songs of West Side Story  RCA Victor  1996  Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim 
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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:04pm diciassette:

Hello! There sure are a lot of things from Sweet Charity that are more famous than Sweet Charity
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:05pm Webhamster Henry:

Just a set or two of Disco covers would be ... very WFMU.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hey diciassette!! Lol that's a great way to put it. When I was in high school for our senior vocal performance some girls were very excited to do Big Spender, but I'm sure would have had little interest in sitting through a performance of Sweet Charity
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:07pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: There are so many amazing disco show tunes covers!!!! Disco is better at doing show tunes than show tunes is at doing disco, though (see Got Tu Go Disco and Sister Act)
  7:09pm Mark R:

I'm afraid I may have to take my leave until you work out some of the streaming bugs, sadly.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm Bronwyn Bishop:

streaming bugs?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm Doug Schulkind:

Respect the unexpected with Acid Jazz Hands!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm diciassette:

I would like to report that there are no streaming bugs on this end. You know how networks can be, though..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm Webhamster Henry:

No streaming bugs here either.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:12pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hey Doug :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:13pm Doug Schulkind:

I have neither seen nor heard any bugs on the stream. What are you hearing, Mark R?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:15pm Bronwyn Bishop:

there is a bug in my apartment sadly
  7:15pm Listener Gregory:

I am here, although very quiet. And I hear no bugs, except for those added by the drum machine.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:18pm Webhamster Henry:

The gender bent version of Evita starring Tom Jones.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:19pm Bronwyn Bishop:

hey gregory :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:19pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: WOULD WATCH
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm diciassette:

Disco has made finally see how awesome this song is!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm diciassette:

*me
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm Webhamster Henry:

Deep Fake is just a download away. I don't have the compute power for it though.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Colors of the Wind is so beautiful and sooooo earnest, it's Menken at his Menkenest and Schwartz at his Schwartziest
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: the idea of deep fake terrifies me!!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm Bronwyn Bishop:

what if i get deep faked someday :(
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:27pm Webhamster Henry:

Keep wearing your mask!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:28pm Doug Schulkind:

Schwartziest. I just needed to say it out loud.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:30pm Webhamster Henry:

The Schwartz was with him.
  7:30pm Listener Gregory:

Schulkindiest... I’ve actually said it before.
  7:33pm Listener Gregory:

Correction: I’m not wonderful, just full.
But I love this show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:35pm WR:

Now this is my fave version of this song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:37pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: I like to think the Schwartz referred to in Spaceballs is Stephen Schwartz
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:37pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: This show loves you too!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:38pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@WR: It's the best version!!! Only Sparks could take such a corny song and make it cool
  7:39pm Listener Gregory:

Bronwyn, did you already have these songs in your collection, or did you have to look for them for this show?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:39pm Webhamster Henry:

That Rocker, Jule Stein.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm diciassette:

Paul Westerberg is the best lounge singer
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:41pm diciassette:

"pass along the lampshade/there'll be plenty of enough room in jail"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:41pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: do you mean did I know about them or did I own them? I don't own any of the songs I play (I pull them all off youtube) but I knew about some of these and found others mostly by thinking of famous show tunes and looking for covers, but also looking at the broadway message boards for threads of people discussing (mostly complaining about) show tunes covers
  7:45pm Listener Gregory:

Interesting! Complaints are a valuable source of information.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:46pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Yep everyone on the Broadway message boards complains about the disco covers...their complaints are a great source of disco covers!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:48pm WR:

Flo & Eddie, such great entertainers and singers. I prize the couple of Turtles LPs that I bought on vinyl in the 60s.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:49pm Bronwyn Bishop:

My favorite Turtles fact is that they wrote Elenore because they were annoyed at being asked to write a catchy pop hit, so they wrote a parody of catchy pop hits (thus lines like "you're my pride and joy, et cetera")
  7:52pm Listener Gregory:

This Eels cover is closely modeled after the Ray Charles arrangement, down to the horn licks and solos. They were smart, because it’s a great arrangement. IMHO
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:53pm Bronwyn Bishop:

I have been reading old theatre reviews and my absolute favorite line so far is this one from Brooks Atkinson from 1947: "The reddest things in America are not the activities of the Communist Party but the cash books of about half the musical shows produced this season."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:53pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: thank you for pointing that out, I had never heard the Ray Charles version!
  7:54pm Listener Gregory:

1977 album True To Life, with a big band.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:59pm WR:

The LP Eleonora is on is called Battle of the Bands, and every song is a send up of a different pop rock style. Heard in context it is just another silly fun song, and yet it became a top 10 hit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:00pm Doug Schulkind:

Ooh ooh ooh! Loving this one (even more than I was loving all the other ones I was loving).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01pm WR:

And yes, Ray Charles version of Oh What a Beautiful Morning is outstanding.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Doug: yay glad you are enjoying the show! :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm WR:

Bronwyn @7:53, wow, what a zinger.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:05pm doctorjazz:

Late arrival, hi!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:09pm Bronwyn Bishop:

hey doctorjazz :D
  8:09pm Listener Gregory:

For me, the most unexpected cover of a show tune is John Coltrane's Chim Chim Cheree, which he did shortly after it appeared in Mary Poppins (the original film). I don't run back to hear it that often.
@doctorjazz, you must know that song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10pm Bronwyn Bishop:

that sounds amazing!!!
  8:11pm Listener Gregory:

I am not necessarily recommending it... just remarking on its unexpectedness from someone who had just produced A Love Supreme.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:14pm Webhamster Henry:

8-bit Wizard!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:14pm doctorjazz:

Sure, that and My Favorite Things are terrific, as is If I Were A Bell by Miles Davis.
  8:17pm otto:

holy crush
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:18pm WR:

Point of interest LG is that Chim Chim Cheree is the lead selection on the Coltrane album after A Love Supreme, the lp has another show tune, Feeling Good, and a standard, Nature Boy.
  8:21pm Listener Gregory:

Yes, @WR, he treats Chim Chim Cheree pretty much like My Favorite Things, if I remember, but the result isn't as successful, I don't think. I think there was some kind of marketing thinking of "People love Coltrane doing musical tunes from children's movies. What else can he do?"
  8:26pm Listener Gregory:

I remember hearing Louis singing this, probably when I was a kid in the 60s... on Ed Sullivan?? Or maybe just the radio.
  8:27pm Marie:

Just tuned in. Loving it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:29pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hi Marie, glad you are enjoying the show :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm WR:

I actually blocked on who was singing Impossible Dream until Elvis said, "thank you very much" sounding like an Elvis impersonator. LOL.
  8:34pm Listener Gregory:

This is a Class A group.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:34pm doctorjazz:

Thus is a cool group (on Pretty Women)!
  8:35pm Marie:

I usually listen to your archives. I love your show. Thanks, Bronwyn!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:37pm Bronwyn Bishop:

aww thanks :D
Avatar 8:39pm northguineahills:

Thought I'd chime in as I've been listening. I've had a shittier week then normal. Had to squeeze blood out of a stone to pay for my doctor's visit (no insurance). And trying to get uninsurance in FL is a Rube Goldberg of Murphy's Law (a metaphor for my life, actually). Going to take an edible, have a beer, and watch Borat.

(acutally have that, and most Nilsson albums. Thanks, Bronwyn!).
  8:40pm Listener Gregory:

Is this Bob Dylan????
Avatar 8:40pm northguineahills:

I'm a moron, I only know that Mandy Patinkin from Family Guy. Thanks, for the original....
  8:41pm Listener Gregory:

Bronwyn, I think you played a different Some Enchanted Evening than what's posted on the playlist.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:42pm doctorjazz:

This Chad and Jeremy is sooooo good!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43pm doctorjazz:

Saw Mandy Patankin once, didn't love the show (a cabaret type show), but he sounded fine on that recording.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43pm WR:

I didn't notice it being Bob Dylan, but I'm cooking and not playing close attention.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm WR:

Yes, I came over to the phone to look and see who was singing If I Loved You, very nice Chad & Jeremy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@ngh: they did Somewhere That's Green on family guy??? What did they do to it?? The original is from Little Shop Horrors, here's the movie version, so silly and yet so beautiful: www.youtube.com...
  8:45pm Marie:

No insult intended toward Mandy, but I've always found his name to be funny
  8:45pm Listener Gregory:

I'm going out on a limb and saying it's Phil Woods on alto sax (the Quincy Jones number).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm Webhamster Henry:

Of all the Quincy Joneses in the world, Quincy Jones, you're the Quincy Jonesiest.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:47pm Bronwyn Bishop:

idk what happened with the Dylan, on spotify it was Dylan and so I sent that YouTube link, which claimed to be the same recording, to my mom who puts the show together without listening to make sure it was Dylan because I didn't think anyone would try to bamboozle me...
Avatar 8:48pm northguineahills:

wait, I've seen the movie version (I was 18, so..... memory might had been severely compromised).

On Family Guy, it's true to the original (sonically and lyrically), but as per usual, a surreal creapy vibe w/ the animation....
  8:48pm Marie:

Love the love
  8:49pm Listener Gregory:

OK, I think I have the answer. This version IS on YouTube, but I think it's an out-take or first try at an arrangement. The version on the album is very different, and the vocal is more "normal" (normal for Bob, that is).
  8:53pm Marie:

This is really neat.
  8:58pm Marie:

And this is so beautiful
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm Webhamster Henry:

When my ex was in Little Night Music (Carlotta), the cast was handed out burned CD ROMs of varieties of Send In The Clowns covers. But this wasn't on it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Webhamster Henry:

(Countess Charlotte that is)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm doctorjazz:

Wow!
  9:01pm Listener Gregory:

You are knocking expectations out of the park with these two.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: that cover was only released last month!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: I was delighted to find this one because it is very WFMU
  9:02pm Marie:

@Listener Gregory--really, man :>)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03pm Webhamster Henry:

Well this has been a captivating evening! Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03pm diciassette:

thank you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03pm doctorjazz:

: )
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04pm doctorjazz:

Thanks, Bronwyn, great show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:05pm Bronwyn Bishop:

thank you all for listening!!! one more song
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07pm doctorjazz:

And a great ending!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08pm WR:

Great show, particularly the last set. Very unexpected renditions and mostly great renditions.
  9:09pm Listener Gregory:

Is this whole album by Little Richard, or just this song? He's a great choice for it.
  9:09pm Listener Gregory:

Thanks for a great show, Bronwyn. Now I expect the unexpected.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10pm Webhamster Henry:

I bet Spielberg doesn't do it this way.
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