Friday, January 27, 2012


The first in a series chronicling Shyboy Tim's seemingly endless list of pop culture crushes.  In this edition:


The above image is the one that put me over the edge.  There sits Francoise in her inifinite coolness, playing some unknown song that would no doubt take me out of the game.  Shelley played this album during the vinyl hours of one of the 24 Hour Marathons, and I lost my ability to focus.  She's so mysterious!  I admit that part of that is because I CANNOT SPEAK FRENCH, but still.  And, despite the fact that this album seems to be impossible to find, Shelley gave me her personal copy.  That's the kind of co-host she is.

So here's a bunch of Francoise Hardy, one of the many loves of Shyboy Tim.


Thursday, January 26, 2012


David Bowie and Marianne Faithfull, 1973 at the Marquee Club.  Amazing stuff.


On this date in 1975 BBC Omnibus aired "Cracked Actor", an amazing documentary that follows David Bowie on his 1974 US tour.  Bowie is in a pretty fragile place psychologically in this doc, and he was also at the height of his legendary cocaine addiction, so what you see is a combination of electrifying concert footage (this is the ONLY place to see film from this tour) and revealing interviews.

Apologies for the multi-part post, but it's worth watching. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012


Don't ask me why, because this never happens.  I mean, I have no good explanation for why I woke up with Jerry Lewis on my mind.  Other than his turn in Scorsese's King Of Comedy, I have no real affection for the man.  So why it was that I woke up at 5:30 in the morning obsessing over his almost mythical film The Day The Clown Cried is a puzzler.  Still, I spent the first two hours of my day trying to find out everything I could about it on the interwebs.  And I here I am, five hours later, doing the same thing.

I'm sure we must have posted something about The Day The Clown Cried before.  It's weird and tasteless and impossible to find, which means it's right up our alley.  For those that don't know about this film, it can be summed up as such:  Jerry Lewis plays a clown that leads kids to the gas chamber at Auschwitz.  YEAH.  If you're like me, you probably read that description and said "that sounds too unbelievable to NOT see!  SHOW IT TO ME NOW!"  Well, here's the rub:  The film has never been released.  In fact, probably only 10 people in the entire history of the world have ever even seen it.

Harry Shearer is one of the few people to have seen The Day The Clown Cried, which is almost too perfect.  I mean, he is the ideal person to really understand everything that is wrong and unbelievable about this movie, and at the same time understand why these factors make the movie incredible.  He described the movie in Spy Magazine like this:  "if you flew down to Tijuana and suddenly saw a painting on black velvet of Auschwitz. You'd just think 'My God, wait a minute! It's not funny, and it's not good, and somebody's trying too hard in the wrong direction to convey this strongly-held feeling."

I know.  You wanna see it even harder now, don't you?  Well, you're still screwed.  There is ONE copy in existence, and it's on 3/4" videotape in Jerry Lewis' private vault.  The negatives are being held for ransom by a film lab in Sweden until the $600,000 bill is payed.  The screenwriters refuse to allow its release.  Jerry Lewis' own website says "Jerry hopes to someday complete the film, which remains to this day, a significant expression of cinematic art, suspended in the abyss of international litigation."

This movie aint comin' out.

SO... what can we turn to?  There are two versions of the script floating around on the interwebs.  The first is the original rough script by Joan O'Brien and Charles Denton, which is more serious in tone than the second and final version that Jerry Lewis rewrote and shot.  Both version are available HERE at the Subterranean Cinema website.  You can also find the full text of the 1992 Spy Magazine article that digs into the mythology of The Day The Clown Cried, and features interviews with many key players in the saga.

Some reviews of the script can be found at and at Film Buff Online.

Also there's the youtubes.

Here's a great clip of Harry Shearer discussing the film on The Howard Stern Show

These clips shot on the set of The Day The Clown Cried are probably as close as we'll ever get to seeing the film.

Here's a clip from the 10th Anniversary of The Tonight Show, where Jerry briefly mentions shooting the film, and he seems pretty optimistic about how it turned out.

Finally, here's my plea, even though folks that are way more powerful and connected have tried and failed.  PLEASE!  If you have a copy of The Day The Clown Cried, PLEASE let the gang at Shuffle Function have a copy!  WE'D LOVE TO HAVE A SECRET GRIND-FU CINEMA DEVOTED TO IT!  Contact us at  Thanks.  Also, get the Talking Heads back together.  Actually, that's more likely than seeing The Day The Clown Cried.



JANUARY 16, 2012  (1935)

1. Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - diddy wah diddy
2. Atlas Sounds - the parallax
3. Sloan - unkind
4. The Cure - in between days
5. Ski Lodge - a game
6. Dave Clark Five - can't you see that she's mine
7. Black Lips - time
8. Las Kellies - dance the seance
9. Cymbals Eat Guitars - gleemer
for CAPTAIN BEEFHEART'S birthday (and because FFF Dave said he'd buy us beers if we did) we played as much of TROUT MASK REPLICA as we could
10. frownland
11. the dust blows forward the dust blows back
12. Ella guru
13. hair pie: bake 1
14. moonlight on Vermont
15. Bill's corpse
16. sweet sweet bulbs
17. neon meate dream of a octafish
18. China pig
19. my human gets me blues
20. Dali's car
21. hair pie: bake 2
22. pena
23. well
24. fallin' ditch
25. sugar n' spikes
26. ant man bee
27. orange claw hammer
28. wild life
29. she's too much for my mirror
30. hobo chang ba
31. the blimp (mosetrapreplica)
32. steal softly through the snow

JANUARY 17, 2012  (1936)
1. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - no bad news
2. Andrew Bird - fake palindromes
3. Decemberists - the sporting life
4. Bombay Sweets - you are not the most important person in the world

5. A Band Of Bees - punchbag
6. David Lowery - marigold
7. Built To Spill - car
8. The Band - it makes no difference
9. Jimmy Castor Bunch - it's just begun
10. Dangermouse and Sparklehorse w/Jason Lytle - Jakub
11. Chemical Brothers with The Flaming Lips - teh golden path
12. Devin Davis - giant spiders
13. The Shins - simple song
14. Emperoro X - edgeless
15. Black Lipstick - corporate happy hour
16. Jim Stafford - cow Patti
17. Dick Kent - Gretchen's new dish
18. Johnny Cash - boy named Sue

JANUARY 18, 2012  (1937) 
1. Dondero A Capella Choir and Pop Concert Instruments - make me smile
2. Dick Kent - 5 feet 9 1/2 " tall
3. Sex Pistols - God save the queen
4. Beatles - leave my kitten alone (mono)
5. David Bowie cracked actor
6. Mahammed Raffi - janpeehechan  ho
7. Led Zeppelin - immigrant song
8. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - miles away
9. Sonic Youth - ca plane por moi
10. The Only Ones - another girl another planet
at this point in the show we had a request to play music for someone turning 40 years old - Happy B-Day!!
it was all They Might Be Giants from here on out!!
11. ana ang

12. don't let's start
13. Istanbul, not Constantinople
14. why does the sunshine (the sun is a mass of incandescent gas)
15. meet James Ensor
16. older
17. little birdhouse in your soul
18. hotel detective
19. cyclop's rocks
20. they'll need a crane
21. New York City
22. man, it's so loud in here
23. the statue got me high
24. the end of the tour

JANUARY 19, 2012  (1938)

Shyboy Tim beat me a Rolling Stones Trivial Pursuit this morning.
1. Ben Folds Five - smoke
2. Rolling Stones - dead flowers
3. Gram Parsons - 1000 dollar wedding
4. Rolling Stones - you can't always get what you wanted
5. Dirty Mac - yer blues

6. Steven Malkmus and The Jicks - gardenia
7. Negativeland - piece of pie
8. Rolling Stones - no expectations
9. Munkey Juice - cold cold days
10. Rolling Stones - jigsaw puzzle
11. Rolling Stones - sway

JANUARY 20, 2012  (1939)
1. Nick Drake - northern sky
2. The Kinks - to the bone
3. Bob Dylan - everything is broken
4. TV On The Radio - second song
5. Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears - booty city
6. Deerhoof - numina oh
7. Nico - fairest of the seasons
8. Dum Dum Girls - there is a light that never goes out
9. The Soul Vendors - shake a tail feather
10. Nick Drake - riverman
11. Bosstweeds - faster pussycat kill! kill!
12. The Breeders - cannonball

13. Greenhornes - I can't stand it
14. Paul Westerberg - these days
15. David Bowie - cat people
16. Judy Henske and Jerry Yester - snow blind
17. Parliament - give up the funk (tear the roof of the sucka)


JANUARY 9, 2012  (1930)
1. Cloud Cult - help
2. Air - seven stars
3. David Lynch - I know
4. Woods - blood dries darker
5. The Breeders - cannonball
6. Wire - outdoor miner

7. The Mosquitoes - hong kong flu
8. Willoughby - this will be your drink
9. Jaqueline Tajeb - 7 heures du matin
10. Red Pens - helter skelter
11. Stooges - search and destroy
12. The Hold Steady - your little hoodrat friend

13. Friends Like These - Karen
14. Times New Viking - neighborhood #1 (tunnels)
15. LCD Soundsystem - yeah (pretentious version)
16. Talking Heads - crosseyed and painless
17. The Soft Boys - I wanna destroy you
18. Charles Bradley - stay away
19. Marvin Gaye - gotta gove it up (pt 1)
20. Bob Dylan - most likely you'll go your way and I'll go mine

JANUARY 10, 2012  (1931)
1. Howlin' Wolf - built for comfort
2. Led Zeppelin - when the levee breaks
3. Pixies - here comes your man
4. Cibbo Matto - know your chicken
5. Steeley Dan - Peg
6. T Rex - jeepster
7. Allman Brothers - whippin' post
8. C. W. McCall - convoy

9. Howlin' Wolf - sitting on top of the world
10. Velvet Underground - I can't stand it
11. Fionna Apple - shadowboxer
12. Pixies - wave of mutilation (UK surf)
13. Pixies - Velouria

14. Pixies - U Mass
15. Pixies - where is my mind?
16. Steeley Dan - deacon blue

 JANUARY 11, 2012 (1932)
1. Robert Pollard - arrows and balloons
2. Matthew Sweet - superdeformed
3. Palomar - infinite variation
4. The Soviettes - land of clear blue radio
5. The Kinks - love me til the sun shines
6. The Shins - pressed in a book
7. The Rutles - goosestep mamma
8. Rolling Stones - happy

9. Wedding Present - red shoes by the drugstore
10. Tom Waits - lie to me

11. Mars Classroom - wish you were young
12. Lower 48 - the end
13. Ryan Adams - ashes and fire
14. Wilco - I might
15. Van Halen - running with the devil
16. LeTigre - deceptacon (BBC sessions)
17. Quintron - miniature breakdown
18. Quantic Soul Orchestra - pushin' on
19. MC5 - I can only give you everything
20. Motorhead - ace of spades

JANUARY 12, 2012  (1933)
1. The Pugs - Mari in love
2. The Bamboos - can't you hear me knockin'
3. Black Keys - nova baby
4. Still Corners - into the trees
5. Sugarman Three - bitch
6. Fleshtones - love yourself

7. Ronettes - be my baby
8. Dead Weather - cut like a buffalo
9. Lee Fields - moonlight mile
10. David Bowie - sound and vision
11. Iggy Pop - night clubbing
12. Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears - sway
13. Sharon Jones and The Dapkings - wild horses
14. Gil Scott Heron - New York is killing me
15. Bruce McCullouch - grade 8
16. Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings - wild horses
17. Beatifics - almost something there
18. Aloe Blacc and Joel Van Dijk - I got the blues
19. Fiery Furnaces - crystal clear
20. Stooges - no fun

JANUARY 13, 2012  (1934)
1. Roy Orbison - candy man
2. Thee Headcoatees - road runner
3. Dangermouse and Danielle Lupi - two against one (w/Jack White)
4. Parson Red Heads - sister
5. Hindu Love Gods - battleship chains
6. Naomi Shelton and The Gospel Queens - you gotta move
7. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - there she goes my beautiful world
8. Pere Ubu - heaven

9. The Plugz - red eye #9
10. Ting Tings - hang it up
11. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - hocus pocus
12. Joey and His Friends - River Kwai march
13. Modern Lovers - I'm straight
14. The Plimsouls - magic touch
15. Magnolias - don't pack it in
16. Firehose - honey please

17. The Saints - river deep mountain high
18. The Fiddle Heirs - I got a feeling
19. Charles Bradley - heart of gold
20. Anthony Joseph and The Spasm Band - dead flowers
21. The Shins - simple song
22. Kelley Stoltz - ever thought of coming back
23. Conway Twitty - you've never been this far before

Friday, January 20, 2012


They are not coming anywhere near us in MInnesota - but maybe they will extend the tour! If you get a chance to see They Might Be Giants live do not pass it up - they are an incredible live band!! ...and Jonathan Coulton opens!... SOLD OUT 1/27 Santa Cruz CA Rio Theatre SOLD OUT 1/28 UCLA Royce Hall Family show SOLD OUT 1/28 UCLA Royce Hall Adult show 1/29 Tempe AZ Marquee Theatre 1/30 Tucson AZ Rialto Theatre 2/1 Tulsa OK Cain's Ballroom SOLD OUT 2/2 Dallas TX The Granada Theatre SOLD OUT 2/3 Austin TX La Zona Rosa 2/4 New Orleans LA Tipitina's 2/7 Tampa,FL The Ritz Ybor special LINCOLN show - 2/8 Orlando FL Hard Rock Live 2/9 Ponte Vedra FL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 2/10 Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse 2/11 Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse special LINCOLN show 2/12 Chattanooga TN Track 29 2/14 Charlotte, NC McGlohan Theater - 2/15 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre 2/16 Charlottesville VA Jefferson Theatre 2/17 Baltimore MD Ram's Head Live w/ Corn Mo 3/8 Northampton MA Calvin Theater 3/9 Providence RI Lupo's 3/10 New York NY Terminal 5 TMBG on tour across the United States! Jonathan Coulton opens. Full ticket info below! The song is When Will You Die? from TMBGs album Join Us, and this video was created by The Offices of Paul Sahre. NEED MORE FUN IN YOUR LIFE? Make your own monster hearse (gigantic or table-top sized) and film it. Look at this video and get the pdf instructions!

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Holy crap, cats and kittens!  If you haven't seen Russ Meyer's Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! before, then you are in for a treat.  Get ready for a voluptuous mess of ass kicking, car racing, dialogue driven amazatude, as only Russ Meyer could present.  Sincerely.  This is a full throttle movie that grabs you by the neck and drags you with it for the next hour and a half.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to violence!

(thanks to

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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We are not going off-line today because we are not computer geniuses when it comes to HTML, but because the US Senate is considering legislation that would certainly kill us forever, we would like to bring this issue to your attention. If you think none of this would impact you, well think again Shuffle Functioneers!

The legislation is called the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), and would put us in legal jeopardy if we linked to a site anywhere online that had any links to copyright infringement. This would unmake the Web, just as proposed in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). We don't want that world. If you don't want it either, visit for instructions on contacting your Senator. has more information on this and other issues central to your freedom online.


Shyboy Tim and Shelley

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


I don't get the cult of celebrity trainwreck.  I mean, I get the fascination in watching people self destruct, but celebrating people that live a grandly stupid life makes no sense to me.  The cult of Sid Vicious, after all, is just the glorification of a junkie that couldn't play bass, murdered his girlfriend, and then OD'd, right?  Still... sometimes a person just can't tear their eyes away...

This is an unaired performance from Johnny Thunders.  It was filmed for Swedish television, and it will become apparent almost immediately why it was never aired.  Enjoy?

 Then, of course, there's this "classic" interview with Sid and Nancy. Poor Sid. His friends all say he used to be a lovely guy before the junk.

 And completing the live music trainwreck, here's The Sex Pistols LIVE at the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas, Texas, 1978. The band is ragged and electric, but Sid is a remarkable mess. He has carved "gimme a fix" into his chest, and at one point he is headbutted and proceeds to bleed all over himself.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Free Spirits, Vagabonds, Bigfoot and Me

Like many folks in their 40's, my fascination in Bigfoot began with the "In Search Of" episode. I can still remember how difficult it was to go to bed after watching it. Even though I was safe and sound in my urban bedroom, I was convinced that in the night I'd hear the pounding of heavy footsteps in the hall and see a giant hairy creature in the doorway. Also around that time the  Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman/Bigfoot episodes also aired, and I have been hooked ever since.

If you are a casual listener of Shuffle Function, then none of this is news to you. Bigfoot rumors and sightings crop up every now and then in our conversations. With the recent boon of paranormal and cryptozoological themed television shows, it is a good time to be a bigfoot fan. Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot easily tops that list and has enjoyed a lot of media attention as of late. Admittedly there are a number of things that bother me about "Finding Bigfoot", namely how willing they are to declare that the evidence they find is "definitely Sasquatchy", but what I do like about the show is their willingness to actually go out into the field and do research. After watching and episode of "Finding Bigfoot" I am empowered with a sense of  "Well, if they can do it, why can't I?".

In a year where Tim and I have decided to once again be "free spirits and vagabonds" for our New Years resolution, I am gong to have the opportunity to go out into the field and see what I can find. This week I officially became  member of the 2012 Northern Minnesota BFRO Expedition. Around pledge drive time at KMSU, when we are hard pressed to get more pledges, we are fond of playing actual audio tapes of Tim playing 'Radio DJ' when he was ten years old. It's what he wanted to be when he grew up. If I had made such a tape at that age, it very well might have been me playing "Bigfoot Hunter"!! This is a dream come true for me, and one that I want to share with our listening audience. I plan on recording my experiences, with audio and video, and then airing it on Shuffle Function around Halloween time. I realize this is a pretty big "heads up"  - my expedition isn't until September, but I am already making lists and preparations.

I will of course be keeping you all up to date on any developments, and in return feel free to send any questions or suggestions that you may have my way. You can email me at our email address,  I have started pouring over bigfoot web sites and articles, and I am sure that the bigfoot chatter on the show will increase - unless Tim says he needs a break (i.e. the month when I went on and on about movie in the 70's after reading Peter Biskind's 'Easy Riders, Raging Bulls'). As Tim so aptly put it when I told him about this,"You can't win the lottery if you never buy a ticket" and though I think the odds of me actually experiencing anything in my expedition are slim to none, I couldn't agree with him any more. We will never find bigfoot if we don't go out into the woods and try, and that's just what I'm going to do!


Friday, January 13, 2012



O.k., here's even more Cinemax music amazingness from 1986.  This time it's Carl Perkins backed by George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Rosanne Cash, Dave Edmunds and more.  Awesome stuff, and Carl is really moved by the adoration this band and the fans have for him.


Every time we play Roy Orbison on the show (like this morning) we end up discussing the amazing 1988 Cinemax special "Roy Orbison and Friends:  Black and White Night".  It's a full hour of amazing performances by Roy playing all his classics hits, filmed in black and white at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub.  What first caught my eye, however, was his backing band.

The backing band was the TCB Band, which accompanied Elvis Presley from 1969 until his death in 1977: Glen D. Hardin on piano, James Burton on lead guitar, Jerry Scheff on bass, and Ronnie Tutt on drums. Male background vocalists, some of whom also joined in on guitar, were Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther, and Steven Soles. The female background vocalists were k.d. lang, Jennifer Warnes, and Bonnie Raitt.  Not too shabby.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012


If you haven't seen the new Rolling Stones Live In Texas 78 DVD, you need to see it IMMEDIATELY! Go out and get it and support the band and your local mom and pop shop! If you just can't wait, though, somebody has posted THE ENTIRE show on youtube. I don't know how long it will be up there, as I can't see the band approving of this, so don't waste time. This is one of the most exciting live performances I've seen on film.

This youtube version looks a bit crappy, but it should hold you.


And here's the band 20 years later. Compare and contrast.


Van Halen looms large in Shuffle Function legend.  It was early on that we had a listener poll to see if I should listen to more Morrissey or if Shelley should listen to move Van Halen, and VH came out on top.  People were LITERALLY yelling it from their cars at her.  That's when Shelley became a convert.

News of Van Halen with David Lee Roth is always a good thing around these parts, so I'm excited to see and hear ANYTHING from the latest version of the band.  They just released a video of a new song, PLUS they played a preview show at Cafe Wha? in New York.  A tour has been announced, and 2012 is shaping up to be the year of VAN FREAKIN' HALEN!

So here's some glory days VH, as well as the new single and the first three songs from their recent preview show.  GET READY TO ROCK THE F OUT!


Saturday, January 07, 2012

OH MAN....


JANUARY 2, 2012  (1925)
1. Doris Lujan - for you are my junky
2. Eddy Current Supression Ring - you don't care
3. The Police - nothing achieving
4. The Low Anthem - boeing 747
5. Love Is Chemicals - our darkest days and nights
6. Beat Happening - indian summer

7. Cat Power - crossbones style
8. Bob Dylan - Mamma you been on my mind
9. The Beets - preso voy
10. A Band Of Bees - no more excuses
11. Big Troubls - time bomb
12. The Out Of Siders - red beans
13. The Who - instant partyt mix
14. David Lynch w/Dangermouse and Sparklehorse - dark night of the soul
15. Rolling Stones - gimme shelter
16. Von Bondies - lack of communication

17. Wilson Pickett - land of 1,000 dances
18. Velvet Underground - foggy notion
19. Wilco - art of almost
20. Brute Force - tapeworm of love
21. Easy Beats - gonna have a good time tonight
22. The Dirtbombs - chains of love

JANUARY 3, 2012  (1926)
1. Faux Jean - G a go-go
2. Boy Girl Boy Girl - pushin' too hard
3. Redd Kross - dancing queen
4. Aluminum Babe - ca plan pour moi
5. Dandy Warhols - not of you were the last junkie on earth
6. Devo - the day my baby gave me a big suprise
7. Art Brut - The Replacements
8. Half Japanese - tell me I'm wrong
9. Husker Du - eight miles high
10. Sugarhill Gang - rapper's delight
11. Fearless - four - rockin' it
12. Komeda - frolic
13. Stereolab - the noise of carpet

14. Guided By Voices - teenage FBI
15. Guided By Voices - glad girls
16. Flying Burritto Brothers - tonight the bottle let me down

JANUARY 4, 2012  (1927)
1. Belle and Sebastin - the boys are back in town
2. Phil Lynott - someone else's dreams
3. Sex Pistols - submission
4. Heavenly States - monster
5. Cymbals Eat Guitar - shore points
6. Harlem - friendly ghosts
7. Ray Charles - mess around
8. Supergrass - sun hits the sky

9. Emperor X - defiance (for Else Sunderhuse)
10. Roky Erickson - starry eyes
11. Greenhornes w/Holly Go-Lightly - there is an end
12. John Doe - don't forget how much I love you
13. Ben Folds - you've got to learn to live with what you are
14. The Go - meet me at the movies
15. Bunny Siegler - theme for five fingers of death

16. Morning After Girls - always mine
17. Stooges - TV eye
18. Guitar Wolf - jet generation

JANUARY 5, 2012  (1928)
1. Roger Miller - king of the road
2. Syd Barrett - gigolo aunt
3. Eux Autres - under rays
4. Flaming Lips - race for the prize
5. Decemberists - all arise!
6. Yoko Ono w/Plastic Ono Band - between my head and the sky
7. The Remains - don't look back
8. Richard and Linda Thompson - I want to see the bright lights tonight
9. Yoko Ono w/Polyphonic Spree - you and I
10. John Cale - I keep a close watch
11. Sonic Youth - turquiose boy
12. World Party - way down now
13. Nina Simone - ain't got no  I got life (groovefinder remix)
14. Paul Butterfield Blues Band - one more heartache
15. Howlin' Wolf - do the do
16. Louis Armtrong - skokian

17. Little Richard - Jenny Jenny
18. Arcesia - white panther

JANUARY 16, 2012  (1929)
1. Archie Wood - snow bird
2. Led Zeppelin - battle of Evermore
3. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band - fire
4. Frank Black - John Barleycorn
5. Syd Barret - wined and dined
6. Big Audio Dynamite - medicine show
7. Paul Westerberg - make your own kind of music
8. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - hocus pocus

9. Black Church Service - I know a girl
10. The Boogaloo Investigators - heartbreaker
11. Syd Barrett - here I go
12. Tom Waits - satisfied
13. Rolling Stones - monkey man
14. King Khan and The Shrines - land of the freak
15. Sly and The Family Stone - thank you (falletinmebemice elf again)
16. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - global warming
17. Deertick - something to brag about
18. Gregory Dee and The Avanties - olds mo william
19. Peggy Lee vs. Iggy Pop - passenger fever
20. Graham Bond - long tall shorty
21. The Who - a quick one (while he's away)

22. The New Standards - is that all there is


DECEMBER 26, 2011  (1920)
1. Ben Folds Five - Alice Childress
2. Black Angels - black grease
3. Michael Yonkers Band - kill the enemy
4. Bank Tapes - I saw the satellite
5. Band Of Horses - Laredo
6. Beck - girl
7. Hedeicker and Wood - cross country skiing
8. Yo La Tengo - sugar cube
9. Talking Heads - girls want to be with the girls
10. Hail Mary Mallon - breakdance beach
11. White Stripes - fell in love with a girl
12. Black Keys - lonely boy
13. Built To Spill - conventional wisdom

14. XTC - that's really super super girl
15. Camera Obscura - Lloyd, I'm ready to be heartbroken
16. Meryn Cadell - the sweater

DECEMBER 27, 2011 (1921)
1. Beatles - a hard days night (mono)
2. Faces - oh la la
3. Memory House - sleep patterns
4. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - black ice cream
5. Gordon Gano and The Ryans - man in the sand
6. AC/DC - baby please don't go
7. LCD Soundsystem - New York I love you but...
8. Dead Kennedys - Winnebago warrior
9. Beatifics - almost something there
10. Devo - peek-a-boo
11. Faces - steeler
12. Faces - around the plynth gasoline alley
13. Flaming Lips w/Yoko Ono - Cambridge 1969/2007
14. Blondie - heart of glass
15. The Deep Dark Woods - west side street
16. Mini Mansions - crime of the season
17. Parting Gifts - bound to let me down
18. Dum Dum Dum Girls - there is a light that never goes out
19. Yuck - get away
20. TNT - 99th floor

DECEMBER 28, 2011  (1922)
1. Staples Singers - we got to get ourselves together
2. Big Star - oh my soul
3. Dodos - small deaths
4. The Monkees - she hangs out

5. Galazy 500 - flowers
6. M Ward - to go home
7. The Band - this wheels on fire
8. Big Star - Spetember gurls
9. J Mascis - several shades of why
10. Replacements - Alex Chilton

11. Chris Bell - you and your sister
12. Beach Boys - celebrate the news
13. Nick Cave and Neko Case - she's not there
14. Red Pens - hung out

15. Staples Singers - heavy makes you happy (sha na boom boom yeah)
16. Matthew Sweet and Susannah Hoffs - care of cell 44
17. Go! Team - ready to go steady
18. Beach Boys - baby blue eyes
19. Big Star - ballad of El Goodo
20. Big Star - she's a mover
21. Big Star - back of a car


1. The Preachers - who do you love?
2. Marianne Faithfull - broken english
3. Frank Mitchell Jr. - booty lock
4. Ursala 1000 - stinger
5. Ski Lodge - a game
6. Morrissey - first of the gang to die
7. Marianne Faithfull - dear God please help me
8. Ryan Adams - ashes and fire
9. Beck - Debra
10. Camille - operation charm
11. Marianne Faithfull - it takes a lot to laugh it takes a train to cry
12. Marianne Faithfull - down from Dover
13. Yoko Ono - death of  Samantha
14. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - are you the one I've been waiting for?
15. Marianne Faithfull - beware of darkness
16. Yo La Tengo - Tom Courtney (demo)
17. MC5 - American ruse
18. Suicide - ghost rider
19. Velvet Underground - waiting for the man
20. Marianne Faithfull - Corina Corina

DECEMBER 30, 2011  (1924)
It's all Paul Westerberg and Replacements today for his birthday tomorrow!!

1. as far as I know
2. Replacements - the ledge
3. Replacements - kiss me on the bus
4. born for me
5. a love untold
6. Replacements - merry go round
7. dice behond the shades
8. anyways allright
9. Grandpaboy - hot un'
10. dyslexix heart
11. Repacements - unsatisfied
12. Replacements - unsatisfied
13. Replacements - skyway
14. Reaplacements - left of the dial
15. Replacements - can't hardly wait
16. Grandpaboy - high time
17. Replacements - talent show
18. Replacements - color me impressed
19. Replacements - bastards of young
20. first glimmer
21. Replacements - I will dare
22. Replacements - the last
23. Replacements - waitress in the sky
24. replacements - answering machine


DECEMBER 19, 2011  (1915)
1. The Kinks - Father Christmas
2. Velvet Underground - all tomorrow's parties
3. Las Kellies - keep the horse

4. The Who - I can't explain
5. Yacht - utopia
6. Oscar McLollie and The Honey Jumpers - dig that Santa Claus
7. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
8. No Bunny - blow dumb

9. The Drums - money
10. Neil Innes - singing a song is easy
11. Johnny Bowtie Barstow - the first noel
12. The New Creation - soddom and gamorrah
13. The Sisterhood - Christmas treat (peppermint)
14. Beatles 1965 Chritmas Record
15. Wild Flag - romance
16. Howlies - yer hell
17. Shonen Knife - space Christmas
18. Ace Freeley - New York groove
19. N.W.A. - express yourself
20. Asteroid No.4 - got nowhere to go
21. The Feelies - nobody knows
22. Jimmy - you suck like an abalone
23. First Gear - a certain girl

DECEMBER 20, 2011  (1916)
1. Troy Hess - Christmas on the moon
2. War - galaxy
3. Average White Band - pick up the pieces
4. King Khan and The Shrines - destroyer
5. Sensational Little Shauna Lynette - Mr. Russina please don't shoot down Santa's sleigh
6. War - love is all around
7. Elvis Costello and The Attractions - less than zero
8. Fleshtones - hooray for Santy Claus
9. Black Keys - nova baby
10. Flaming Groovies - shake some action
11. War - me and baby brother
12. Beatles 1966 Christmas Record
13. Yo La Tengo - it's Christmas time
14. Ben Folds - in between days
15. Eric Burdon and War - tobacco road

16. Haze - are you free
17. The Chambers Brothers - all strung out
18. Susannah - please don't steal for me this Christmas
19. Redd Kross - Mary Christmas

DECEMBER 21, 2011  (1917)
1. Daniel Johnston - Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
2. Frank Zappa - san' berdino
3. Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians - Madonna of the wasps

4. Scum - amber hands
5. Al Green - here I am come and get me
6. Craig Allen - Kristy for Christmas
7. Tom Waits - face to the highway
8. Frank Zappa - peaches enregalia
9. Danielson - the day is a loaf
10. Grand Master Flash - adventures of Flash on the wheels of steel
11. William Shatner - twas the night before Christmas
12. Beatles 1967 Christmas Record
13. Frank Zappa - Joe's garage
14. Big Troubles - softer than science
15. Band Of Bees - no more excuses
16. Commander Cody and The Lost Planet Airmen - Daddy's drinking up our Christmas
17. Frank Zappa - my guitar wants to kill your mamma
18. The Oh Sees - the whipping continues
19. The Undertones - teenage kicks
20. Lemonheads - you're my biggest thrill
21. Robert Pollard and Kim Deal - love hurts
22. John Lennon - power to the people
23. Backbeat Band - rock n roll music

DECEMBER 22, 2011  (1918)
1. Claudine Longet - snow
2. Peppermint Kandy Kids - Santa's magical bag
3. The Sisterhood - Christmas treat (peppermint)
4. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - space oddity
5. Buzzcocks - what do I get?
6. The Fleshtones - Christmas with Bazooka Joe
7. Michelle Cody - Merry Christmas, Elvis
8. Elvis Prsley - Santa bring my baby back to me
9. The Clash - London calling
10. Billy Beau - Santa's coffee
11. The Rhodes Kids - Santa loves rock n roll music
12. Beatles 1968 Christmas Record
13. The Clash - train in vain
14. Troy Hess - Christmas on the moon
15. C3PO - Christmas in the stars
16. Kay Starr - everybody's waiting for the man with the bag (thunderball mix)
17. Peppermint Kandy Kids - Santa's magical bag
18.The Sisterhood - Christmas treat (peppermint)
19. Little Becky Lamb - Little Becky's Christmas wish

DECEMBER 23, 2011 (1919)
1. Bing Crosby - melekelekamaka
2. Bing Crosby and David Bowie - peace on earth/little drummer boy
3. Elvis Presley - Merry Christmas baby
4. Bob Dylan - I'll be home for Christmas
5. Big D Irwin and Little Eva - I wish you a Merry Christmas
6. Senor Tonto - hooray for Santa Claus
7. The Sisterhood - rockin' disco Santa Claus
8. Johnny Cash - blue Christmas
9. Tra La La La - Christmas never comes when you're alone
10. Peppermint Kandy Kids - Santa's magical bag
11. The Sisterhood - Christmas treat (peppermint)
12. Sonics - don'tbelieve in Christmas
13. Ben Folds - lonely Christmas Eve
14. Band Aid - do they know it's Christmas time
15. 1969 Beatles Christmas Record
16. Ed Shepp - Christmas story
17. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - twas the night before Christmas
18. Sonic Youth - Santa doesn't cop out on dope
19. Spinal Tap - Christmas with the devil
20. Keith Richards - run run Rudolph
21. Reverend Glenn Armstrong - even Squeaky Fromme loves Christmas
22. Darlene Love - Christmas (baby please come home)
23. MSTK 3000 - have a Patrick Swayze Christmas
24. Slade - Merry Christmas

Friday, January 06, 2012


Today is Syd Barrett's birthday! Dangerous Minds posted a BBC documentary about Syd, and it's one that I've always wanted to see. It has participation from Pink Floyd members, plus Syd actually watched it when it first aired. He thought the music was too loud.

Thursday, January 05, 2012


Oh man.. I would have loved to have seen Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono on New Years Eve.  Over the last couple of years I've become a huge Yoko fan, and the opportunity to see her live would be a dream come true.  Sadly, money and time played against me.  To make matters worse, I found out that they released a collaborative EP at the concert, and of course it is limited edition and gorgeous.  AND WONDERFUL!

Yoko just posted the entire EP on, and you can listen to it and bask in the remarkable end results.  It is epic and challenging and pretty amazing.

If you're new to Yoko and you are interested in giving her a shot, she's put together a collection of songs called An Introduction to Yoko Ono that is available to stream.  I hope you'll become a true believer.


An introduction to Yoko Ono by Yoko Ono

Tuesday, January 03, 2012


This morning Shelley and I went on for quite a bit about TV horror movie hosts, and how for many kids this was their first exposure to old horror and science fiction movies. I never had a regional horror movie host to call my own, but in the late 80s there was a guy called Commander USA that was on the USA Network Saturdays. He was my first exposure to badly dubbed Mexican horror, as well as a number of films that are most definitely Grind-Fu worthy.

On my quest to find loads of DVDs of the old shows, I came across a load of FULL EPISODES on youtube!  JACKPOT!  We need more stuff like this.

I am a happy boy.  Thanks a ton, fango818!









Legendary TV horror movie host John Zacherley (aka ZACHERLEY) apparently also hosted a TV dance party show called Disc-O-Teen.  You never see local programming like this anymore.  I guess there's always Bandwagon.  ALWAYS.  But anyway, thanks to THE YOUTUBES we have a couple of clips from Disc-O-Teen.  The first one features The Box Tops (with an insanely young Alex Chilton), and the second one features Brute Force (Tapeworm of Love, King of Fuh).  GET INTO IT!