Saturday, October 31, 2009

Themetime Themes, Anomalous Instrumentals & Unsung Covers, Pt. 2

I remember all 3 of these tunes as themes for television shows back in the '60s. #1, "A Swingin' Safari," introduced, I think, The Match Game. #2, "The Syncopated Clock," signaled the beginning of more than one channel's late movie. #3, "Java," opened a hosted cartoon show in Los Angeles, the name of which I can no longer remember (I also tend to confuse #s 1 & 3 with "Baby Elephant Walk" and several tunes by The Tijuana Brass, which may also turn up here eventually).

Television swing!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Podwalker's Dogcast, Pt. 3

The weepy part.

Dead Dogs

Song List:

01. The Byrds - Old Blue
02. Peter Stampfel - Me and Old Dog Tray
03. Killdozer - Knuckles the Dog (Who Helps People)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Talk Dirty To Me, Pt. 2

Okay, so here we're jumping into the heart of this mix, with 1) A song (slash-rant) that might be a problem for playing in mixed politically-correct company, and 2) The greatest rock-n-roll song of all time, except for the lyrics, (and, well... perhaps the gender of the singer) which might tend to disturb many rockers, and 3) A fine answer song to #2, aside from the fact that it's not nearly as funny or as rockin' (yet it always makes me smile in juxtaposition). "Ooo, my head!" as Richie Valens once said.

No doubt about it, there's gonna be a bad word here, next episode.

"Efhugh!" - "Gozintight!"

Song list:

01. T. Valentine - Hello Lucille Are You A Lesbian?
02. Josie Cotton - Johnny, Are You Queer?
03. Leslie Nuss - He's Not Gay (He Just Doesn't Like You)

Happy Hippie Radio, Pt. 5

After getting high, of course, you have to come down -- so that's what this set is about. Hippies had their share of songs about getting the creeps, and I have the feeling I'm forgetting some important ones. Left out David Crosby's "Almost Cut My Hair" on purpose, though, because he always gave me the creeps (hell, even Donovan pushes my limits)!

This is another one of those episodes where I could have picked any number of other songs by the same artists to represent the times. These just fit the flow, man.

Bad vibes!

Song list:

15. Randy Newman - Mama Told Me Not to Come
16. Donovan - Season Of The Witch
17. Traffic - Feelin' Alright

Friday, October 16, 2009

Go Away, Silly Bird!

Another completed mix CD from olden times past. This one was made for a fan of cuckoo clocks, and I believe it was not well-liked because it was so all-over-the-place. Well, what can you expect from a cuckoo? Also, it runs a little short, which makes it just the right length for one side of a C-90.

What's in the cuckoo clock?

Song list:

01. Cuckoo Clock - Winding
02. Cuckoo Clock - Ticking
03. Cuckoo Clock - Cuckooing
04. Big Brother & The Holding Co - Coo Coo
05. The Monks - Cuckoo
06. Rachel Sweet - What's In The Cuckoo Clock
07. Dawn Of The Replicants - Cuckoo Clock
08. The Magnetic Fields - Absolutely Cuckoo
09. The Everly Brothers - The Cuckoo
10. The Beach Boys - Cuckoo Clock
11. The Andrews Sisters - Tico Tico
12. Benny Goodman & Johnny Mercer - The Cuckoo In The Clock Went Cuckoo
13. The Crazy Star Band - The Dance Of The Cuckoos
14. Gracie Fields - The Mockingbird Went Cuckoo
15. The Holy Modal Rounders - The Cuckoo
16. Syncropation Combonation - Serenade to a Cuckoo
17. PDQ Bach - The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Forest
18. Gy├Ârgy Ligeti - Cuckoo in the Pear-Tree
19. The Cuckoo - Cuculus Pallidus

Friday, October 9, 2009

Themetime Themes, Anomalous Instrumentals & Unsung Covers, Pt. 1

Some things just go together -- trust me, this will work. Themes for movies and TV shows have to stand out -- they are introductions, they need to be ingratiating and set a tone to the proceedings. They establish leitmotifs, for heaven's sake! Anomalous instrumentals are the tunes that appear somewhere in otherwise vocally-oriented musical proceedings -- they stand out by their very nature, yet they exist only according to the whim of the artist. Usually, they fill a space that would otherwise be blank, or filled by an unfinished vocal number. These things work together, in some weird way; I hope to prove that here.

Introductory Themes

Song List:

01. Oingo Boingo - Hercules Family Theme (from Forbidden Zone)
02. Ben Charest - Belleville Rendez-Vous (French) (from The Triplets of Belleville)
03. The Real Tuesday Weld - Bathtime In Clerkenwell

Wine, Wine, Wine, Pt. 3

Just my luck: I go looking for a picture of Loudon Wainwright III to use for this post, and I drown in pictures of his brats. Well, OK, there are a few pictures of him, but they all look so clean and sober! Clearly, things weren't always that way for ol' Lou, as I hope Part 3 of the Wine Mix, the all-Loudon Wainwright III set, will show.

"There has yet to be a perfectly straight line."

Song List:

01. Loudon Wainwright III - Wine With Dinner
02. Loudon Wainwright III - Down Drinking at the Bar
03. Loudon Wainwright III - Drinking Song
04. Loudon Wainwright III - Wine With Dinner (Night Cap)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Podwalker's Dogcast, Pt. 2

If you haven't quite figured it out yet, this blog is part of my drive to complete mix CDs. Thinking-up ideas for them is loads of fun, but completing the song selection is a burden I can rarely bear. Our big picture, here, must therefore wait until several sub-assemblies are readied for final construction. Thus, "Pt. 1", "Pt. 2", etc. Mostly, these "parts" are put together in a definite order, ready to be patched into the mix, but this segment will be an exception. I couldn't do a dog-themed mix without several cover versions of The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog", but it seemed much easier to upload them all together, then scatter them around the mix later.

That said, I should add that I think the first track of this part fits perfectly with the last track of the previous part. The other two versions of this song will be fitted elsewhere in the mix, probably.

Also, I regret being forced to leave out all of Joan Jett's several versions from many bootlegs --I like her a lot, but the versions I had to choose from were all overlong and overidentical. Those performances were fine, in the context of a show, but useless here.

You know where that is!

Song list:

01. Uncle Tupelo - I Wanna Be Your Dog
02. La Grande Illusion - I Wanna Be Your Dog
03. Emilie Simon - I Wanna Be Your Dog

Friday, October 2, 2009

Happy Hippie Radio, Pt. 4

Back again, and transitioning gracefully from Part 3 ("Have another hit... of fresh air...") to Part 4, the dope set. During the period I'm exploring, there were so many tunes about toking on the airwaves that this whole mix could have been compiled entirely from stoner songs (which is not to say that I could have listened to it if it were). Limiting this episode to only three numbers (heh), in fact, meant leaving out a couple of semi-essential goodies -- but I have other plans, later, for The New Riders of The Purple Sage and John Prine.

Roll another one.

Song list:

12. Fraternity of Man - Don't Bogart Me
13. Brewer and Shipley - One Toke Over The Line
14. Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen - Seeds and Stems (Again)