Thursday, December 31, 2015


We've been doing the nighttime edition of Shuffle Function for nearly 15 years, and for many of those years we've tried to do something interesting for the last show of the year.  Quite some time ago - at least a decade - we played one of the oddest recording to ever grace KMSU's broadcast signal.  It's a recording that we were first introduced to via Songs In the Key of Z, a great book and CD series published by Irwin Chusid.  It was our gateway to the fascinating world of Outsider Music, and became a major corner stone of Shuffle Function.  The recording we're talking about it by Jack Mudurian, and it's called Downloading the Repertoire.

In 1981 David Greenberger overheard a resident at the Duplex Nursing Home singing at a talent show.  The singer was Jack Mudurian, who boasted that he knew more songs than Frank Sinatra.  Greenberger challenged him to prove it, so he set up a recorder and proceeded to capture a breathless 45 minute medley of 129 songs.  The recording was issued by Arf! Arf! Records in 1996 and it went on to become a cult classic.

We love this recording, but for some people it may be an endurance test.  To get a feel for it, listen to this excerpt from the first Songs In the Key of Z compilation:

Like that?  There's 41 more minutes of it, and we'll be playing all of them TONIGHT on Shuffle Function for our last show of 2015.  Tune in at six p.m. CST for a truly unforgettable recording.

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