The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
A WPVM Radio Show Hosted by Greg Lyon
Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
May 23, 2003
Hosted by Greg on Fridays at 3-6 pm
on WPRB Princeton (103.3 and

Notes on this week's program:

-- Kudos to Thomas of the Worried Waltz for turning me on Billy Mure. The record I picked up is early stereo (1958 is when RCA started pressing stereo LPs), and it's a heavily layered, overdubbed recording. Kinda like Duane Eddy but maybe a bit more exotica-laced.
-- The original 7" of The Saints' "This Perfect Day" is better than the album version. I'm tempted to call it "This Perfect Song."
-- The Mal Waldron album features Eric Dolphy and Booker Ervin, 1961.
-- Cobra Verde sounded to me like Roxy Music, but a listener called up and thought the entire set was ripping off John Wetton's bass lines from King Crimson. I think we're both right. This was the first time I've played Crimson in ages when I didn't think it ruined my momentum.
-- I was shocked a few weeks ago to discover that the station did not have "I Love My Leather Jacket" by The Chills.
-- Lots of requests this week, including the now weekly request for the Stooges or Iggy Pop.
-- The new A-Frames album should be huge, as it is so very good. Right now it's vinyl only (S-S Records), but look for a CD release later in the summer or fall.
-- The David Moss Dense Band LP is really great, and I did not realize this until I dug it out of my collection this week. Songs co-written by Fred Frith. Performers include Frith, Zorn, Tom Cora, Arto Lindsay, and Christian Marclay.
-- The Testors collection on Swami is WAY better than my LP by them on Rave Up Records.
-- I really loved that Sons of the Pioneers cut, from a 1962 album on RCA.
-- Gibson Brothers = new bluegrass band. Gibson Bros. = Columbus, OH cowpunk band featuring Don Howland and Jeff Evans.
-- Legendary Shackshakers was really good, I thought. I was expecting less rock and roll and more alt-country, as it's on Bloodshot.

Format =
(*=newish album at WPRB) (R=request) (+ newish album from personal collection)
ARTIST - Song - Album (Label, sometimes)
Set breaks are indicated by blank lines

[Theme Music: BILLY MURE'S SUPERSONIC GUITARS - Fireworks (RCA 1958)]

BILLY MURE'S SUPERSONIC GUITARS - Firecrackers - Fireworks
* THE SAINTS - This Perfect Day (orig. 7" version) - (c) Tales from the Australian Underground: Singles 1976-1989 (Feel Presents)
* MIND FLAYER - A Wind War III Pt. 1 - Take Your Skin Off (Bulb)
MAL WALDRON - We Diddit (with Dolphy, Ervin) - The Quest
* NEON HUNK - Nibblemaker - Smarmy Mob (Load)

* THE BLACK KEYS - No Trust - Thisfreakness (Fat Possum)
CHROME CRANKS - Down So Low - Dead Cool

COBRA VERDE - Crashing in a Plane - Nightlife
* THE GOSSIP - No No No - Movement (Kill Rock Stars)
RED MONKEY - Bike Song - Difficult Is Easy
DOG FACED HERMANS - Fortune - Mental Blocks for All Ages
(R) KING CRIMSON - One More Red Nightmare - Red

THE CANNANES - You're So Groovy - Witchetty Pole
THE CHILLS - I Love My Leather Jacket - 12"
(R) THE CLEAN - Ludwig - Anthology (Merge)
(R) THE CLEAN - Platypus - Anthology (Merge)
(R) IGGY POP - Sister Midnight - The Idiot

* ADULT. - Nervous (Wreck) - Anxiety Always (Ersatz Audio)
+ A-FRAMES - Search & Rescue - A-Frames 2 (S-S Records)
* HEATSEEKERS - You Been Runnin' - In Praise of (Ohev)
* ROPE - Damn High Mountain - Fever (Family Vineyard)
DAVID MOSS - Slow Climb - Dense Band (Moers Music)
* GRAND ULENA - Gravois Means Rubble - Gateway to Dignity (Family Vineyard)

DON PULLEN - Poodie Pie - Tomorrow's Promises
* PRINCE PAUL - Make Room - Politics of the Business (Razor & Tie)
* EKG - (4) - Object 2 (Locust)

UNDERTONES - Hypnotized - Hypnotized
* EXPLODING HEARTS - Modern Kicks - Guitar Romantic (Dirtnap)
* FM KNIVES - The Man from OSI - Useless and Modern (Broken Rekids)
* TESTORS - It's Only Death - Complete Recordings '76-'79 (Swami)
REAL KIDS - Shake Outta Control - Grown Up Wrong

* (R) BETTIE SERVEERT - Smack - Log 22 (Hidden Agenda)
* (R) YO LA TENGO - Little Eyes - Summer Sun (Matador)
SONS OF THE PIONEERS - Chant of the Plains (I Need You) - Tumbleweed Trail (RCA 1962)
* PASQUALE E NINO - Saggi cumpagni - (c) La musica della mafia Vol. 2 (PIAS)
* GIBSON BROTHERS - Shucking the Corn - Bona Fide (Sugar Hill)
GIBSON BROS. - Sugartail Rock - Big Pine Boogie

* PINK & BROWN - Messy Bessy, Get Undressy - Shame Fantasy II (Load)
COACHWHIPS - Tonight's the Night - Get Yr Body Next ta Mine (Narnack)
ULTRAVOX - Saturday Night in the City of the Dead - Ultravox
* LEGENDARY SHACKSHAKERS - Wild Wild Lover - Cockadoodledon't (Bloodshot)
DEEP REDUCTION - Black Tulip - 2

JUNIOR KIMBROUGH - Meet Me in the City - (c) Best of Fat Possum
Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
May 16, 2003
Hosted by Greg on Fridays at 3-6 pm
on WPRB Princeton (103.3 and

Notes on this week's program:

-- The early Chet Atkins that I played was primo background. You would probably not be surprised to know that I had never listened to the entire 4CD Bear Family box set before. I was surprised by how jazzy much of this early stuff was (1949-54).
-- I had not listened to Alex Chilton's "Take It Off" in a very long time. It was quite amusing, at least to me.
-- The 7" of "Little Johnny Jewel" by Television is better than I had always thought.
-- Holy cow, was that Ofo The Black Company track from the Nigeria 70 comp the bomb or what? VERY heavy African funk.
-- After playing my tribute to Noel Redding, I actually had to listen to those tracks again to prove to myself that the two songs in fact were different songs.
-- The June Carter Cash tribute went nicely, except that I thought the second cut, "Give My Love to Rose," would feature her singing. It did not. She did, however, write the lyrics, I believe, as well as those for "Ring of Fire."
-- The overdose of Elvis (and Public Enemy) was due to the Salon article, "White Supremacy," by Bomani Jones, whose point was that race would keep Ruben Studdard, the black finalist, from winning on American Idol. Well she was wrong there. He won. What got my goat, though, was that she claimed that Elvis, one of the original American idols, was not talented, arguing that he had a 3-note vocal range. My ass. I have encountered a lot of people who think Elvis couldn't sing. To borrow from the album title, can 50,000,000 Elvis fans be wrong? I dig Elvis, and personally feel that he had more genuine star-power in his left big toe than anybody who has ever been on American Idol has had in their entire family. Could he sing? I think so. I tried to prove it, but alas, some guy called up and told me that he wasn't convinced. Oh well.
-- I found the Paolo Conte, with kazoo and all, gorgeous.
-- I honestly feel that the Brötzmann/Parker/Drake double-live CD is the best jazz recording I've heard in a very long time. I played a piece featuring just the rhythm section, and it was so very funky, it fit right in with James Brown.
-- Run DMC's "It's Not Funny" is sinister.
-- John Fahey's version of "Summertime" is way up there on classic renditions. There's something about how it's recorded with what I assume to be intentional clipping that adds to the brilliant playing.
-- Went to see Dan Melchior's Broke Revue in Manhattan this week. They were pretty lifeless. All hope was not lost, though, as the A-Frames from Seattle were the best rock band I've seen all year. Listen for them on my show over the next few weeks.

Format =
(*=newish album at WPRB) (R=request) (+ newish album from personal collection)
ARTIST - Song - Album (Label, sometimes)
Set breaks are indicated by blank lines

[Theme Music: CHET ATKINS - Galloping Guitar: The Early Years (Bear Family)]

RANDY WESTON - Blue Moses - The Spirits of Our Ancestors
TOM ZÉ - Curiosidade - Fabrication Defect
* MIKE LANGLIE - Do You Hear the Frog? - Twink (Acid Soxx)
SONNY SHARROCK - Cinnamon Ghost - Space Ghost Coast to Coast
* IKARA COLT - Bring It to Me - Basic Instructions EP
DAN MELCHIOR'S BROKE REVUE - Hungry Ghost - Bitterness, Spite, Rage and Scorn
BASSHOLES - Evil Eagle - Secret Strength of Depression
X-RAY SPEX - Obsessed with You - Germ Free Adolescents

ALEX CHILTON - Take It Off - High Priest
THEM - I Can Only Give You Everything - The Legends of Rock (German)
THE LYRES - Help You Ann - On Fyre
* CLONE DEFECTS - Shapes of Venus - Shapes of Venus
TELEVISION - Little Johnny Jewel - (c) The Great NY Singles Scene (ROIR)

* ROB SWIFT - The Explosions' "Hip Drop" - Under the Influence (Six Degrees)
JAN BRADLEY - Mama Didn't Lie - (c) Chess Sisters of Soul
OFO THE BLACK COMPANY - Allah Wakbarr - (c) Nigera 70: The Definitive Story of 1970s Funky Lagos

JIMMY HENDRIX EXPERIENCE (Noel Redding) - Little Miss Strange - Electric Ladyland
JIMMY HENDRIX EXPERIENCE (Noel Redding) - She's So Fine - Axis: Bold as Love
JOHNNY CASH (with June Carter Cash) - Jackson - Live at Folsom Prison
JOHNNY CASH (co-written by June Carter Cash) - Go My Love to Rose - Live at Folsom Prison

JOHNNY CASH (co-written by June Carter Cash) - Ring of Fire - (c) Rhino Classic Country Sampler
* PARACUMBÉ - Cico Manual - (c) The Rough Guide to Salsa
* RJD2 - Good Times Roll Pt. 1 - The Horror EP (Def Jux)

ELVIS PRESLEY - Trying to Get to You - Complete 50s Masters
ELVIS PRESLEY - It Feels So Right - Complete 60s Masters
ELVIS PRESLEY - That's All Right, Mama - Complete 50s Masters
PUBLIC ENEMY - Fight the Power - Fear of a Black Planet
* THE HORRORS - Dragger's Rants - Vent (In the Red)
* FRUIT BATS - Rainbow Sign - Mouthfuls (Sub Pop)
* MONADE - - Un Express - Socialisme ou Barbarie: The Bedroom Recordings (Drag City)
* CALEXICO - Close Behind - Feast of Wire (Quarterstick)
* HOWE HOME (Howe Gelb) - Torque (Tango de la Tongue) - The Listener (Thrill Jockey)
* PAOLO CONTE - I giardini pensili hanno fatto il loro tempo - Reveries (Nonesuch)

(R) * GHETTO REALITY - James Brown - (c) Black and Proud Vol. 1 (Trikont)
JAMES BROWN - Mother Popcorn
* BRÖTZMANN/PARKER/DRAKE - Never Run But Go, Pt. 2 - Never Too Late But Always Too Early (Eremite)
RUN DMC - It's Not Funny - King of Rock

CHET ATKINS - Mountain Melody - Galloping Guitar: The Early Years (Bear Family)
* JOHN FAHEY - Summertime - Red Cross (Revenant)
* ENTRANCE - Valium Blues - The Kingdom of Heaven Must Be Taken by Storm (Tiger Style)

* THE SUBSONICS - Chase You Back Under My Skin - A Lot to Forget (Slovenly)
Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
May 9, 2003
Hosted by Greg on Fridays at 3-6 pm
on WPRB Princeton (103.3 and

Notes on this week's program:

-- Requests galore, that is until I played the AMM track.
-- The Plunderphonic treatment of the Doors, called "O'Hell," is brilliant.
-- Two people contacted me wanting to know what the Carla Bley Band song was.

Format =
(*=newish album at WPRB) (R=request) (+ newish album from personal collection)
ARTIST - Song - Album (Label, sometimes)
Set breaks are indicated by blank lines

[Theme Music: Enoch Light and the Light Brigade - Spaced Out]

Enoch Light - Bond Street - Spaced Out
* Pearlene - A Kiss on the Lips - Murder Blues and Prayer (Dim Mak)
(R) Dead Moon - Cast Will Change - Crack in the System
Flamin' Groovies - City Lights - Teenage Head
Nancy Sinatra + Lee Hazlewood - Greenwich Village Folk Song Salesman - Fairy Tales & Fantasies

(R) Sleater-Kinney - One Song for You - The Hot Rock
* Adult. - Nothing of the Kind - Anxiety Always (Ersatz Audio)
Plunderphonics - O' Hell - 69 Plunderphonics 96

Screamers - The Scream - In a Better World (Xeroid)
* Angus Maclise - Chumlum (1963) - The Cloud Doctrine (Sub Rosa)
* Peter Brötzmann/Hamid Drake/William Parker - [title track] Pt. 3 - Never Too Late But Always Too Early Pt. 3 (Eremite)
(R) The Cramps - Call of the Wighat - Smell of Female
(R) Dead Kennedys - California über Alles - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

Black Lipstick - WWDYD - The Four Kingdoms of...
Maddox Brothers and Rose - Shimmy Shakin' Daddy - Vol. 1 (Arhoolie)
Pontiac Brothers - The Thing Just Goes - Fiesta en la Biblioteca
Giant Sand - Tumble n' Tear - Giant Sandwich
* The Horrors - When I Get Home - Vent (In the Red)

(R) * Daniel Johnston - Living It for the Moment - Fear Yourself (Gammon)
(R) Cat Power - Enough - What Would the Community Think?
Killdozer - I'm Not Lisa - Burl EP
Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers - Sweet 16 - Old Time Songs (County)
* Scout Niblett - Linus - I Conjure Series (Secretly Canadian)

(R) Dillinger 4 - Let Them Eat Thomas Paine - Verus God
Microwaves - The Bad American - System 2
Shorty - N. Hat - Thumb Days
* Grand Ulena - Total Joplin - Gateway to Dignity (Family Vineyard)
AMM - In the Realm of Nothing Whatever - AMMMusic (ReR)
Small Faces - Up the Wooden Hills to Bedfordshire - Small Faces

Desmond Dekker - Mother Long Tongue - Rockin' Steady
Mark Feldman - Molly - Music for Violin Alone
Michael Hurley - Werewolf Songs - Blueberry Wine: The First Songs of Michael Hurley (Locust)
Carla Bley Band - Wrong Key Donkey - European Tour 1977
* Murs - The Night Before - The End of the Beginning (Def Jux)

Astro Zombies - The Cat Woman - Viva la Vulva (Verb)
Pegboy - Never a Question - Fore
* Deadly Snakes - Trouble's Gonna Stay a While - Ode to Joy (In the Red)
* Whirlwind Heat - Orange - Do Rabbits Wonder? (Third Man/V2)
* S Process - Our Bikes Are Silver. Her Bed Is Hers - MNML (French Kiss)
Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
May 2, 2003
Hosted by Greg on Fridays at 3-6 pm
on WPRB Princeton (103.3 and

Notes on this week's program:

-- Morton Subotnick's "Silver Apples of the Moon" made surprisingly good background.
-- The Male Nurse's "My Own Private Patrick Swayze" is a song about a guy who has a 24-inch tall Patrick Swayze that lives under his bed, who dresses up like Elvis, is not allowed to grow, and serves drinks to his guests. By far the most brilliant play of the week. Half of the Country Teasers are in The Male Nurse.
-- Brötzmann and Drake were great on CD--but even better in person later that evening in Philadelphia. If you get a chance to see them (with William Parker right now), go. For dates, go to Eremite Records.
-- Rope's electronics&guitar-noise sculpture, very demented yet reminiscent of Fred Frith, was refreshing.
-- After Horace Tapscott, clarinetist John Carter is the most under-recognized jazzman based in LA. Ironically, the two played together a lot.
-- What the fuck is Jenny Hoyston (vocalist from Erase Errata) doing with her solo project, Paradise Island? I'm not doing the same drug is she.
-- Nana Vasconcelos is a Brazilian percussionist who worked with another of my favorite artists on Saravah Records in the 70s, Pierre Akendengue, whose Nandipo/Afrika Obota is back in print as well and is AMAZING. The track I played by Vasconcelos was also quite impressive.

Format =
(*=newish album at WPRB) (R=request) (+ newish album from personal collection)
ARTIST - Song - Album (Label, sometimes)
Set breaks are indicated by blank lines

[Theme Music: MORTON SUBOTNICK - Silver Apples of the Moon (1967, Nonesuch)]

PINK SLIP DADDY - Stoned + Nervous Breakdown - LSD 10"
* SUBSONICS - Something Wrong with You - A Lot to Forget (Slovenly)
* MHz - Action Figure - 7" (Flying Bomb)
THE SPITS - Black & Blue - The Spits (Slovenly)
* THE FALL - Gramme Friday - Fall in a Hole + (Cog Sinister)
THE MALE NURSE - My Own Private Patrick Swayze - Patrick Swayze 7" (Guided Missile)

PETER BRÖTZMANN + HAMID DRAKE - Dark Wings Carry Off the Sky - The Dried Rat-Dog
NEGATIVLAND - Time Zones - Escape from Noise
* ROPE - Damn High Mountain - Fever (Family Vineyard)
* DENNIS BROWN - Home Sweet Home - The Promised Land (Blood and Fire)

THE TERMINALS - Mr. Clean - Touch
THE PASSAGE - Dark Times - For All and None
* WATCHERS - Our Exchange - To the Rooftops (Gern Blandsten)
* ERASERGUN - Square Yellow Eyes - Germ-Free for Baby (Silly Bird)
* MELVINS - Grinding Process - 26 Songs (Ipecac)
TESTORS - Bad Attitude - NY City Punk Rock 1979

* THE GOSSIP - Jasons Basement - Kill Rock Stars
* PARADISE ISLAND - Get Up - Paradise Island EP (Dim Mak)
ASIE PAYTON - I Love You (solo) - Worried (Fat Possum)
JOHN CARTER - Juba's Run - Fields
* ROBERT ASHLEY - The Wolfman Tape - Wolfman (Alga Marghen)

CRASS - Shaved Women - Best Before 1984
* DEERHOOF - Flower - Apple O' (Kill Rock Stars)
* ROSCOE HOLCOMB - Single Girl - An Untamed Sense of Control (Smithsonian Folkways)
* HOWE HOME (Howe Gelb) - Cowboy Boots - The Listener (Thrill Jockey)
NANA VASCONCELOS - Baiao do Acordar - Africadeus (Saravah)

HIS HERO IS GONE - Like Weeds - Monuments to Thieves (Prank)
* CRACK: WE ARE ROCK - Hooker Leg - Silent Fantasy (Tigerbeat 6)
ORCHID - Boy with No Arms - Chaos Is Me
* EL GUAPO - Ocean & Sky - Fake French (Dischord)
DAVE BURRELL - Echo - Echo (BYG 1969, reissued by Get Back)

* ROB SWIFT - The Hook & Sling (Eddie Bo) - Under the Influence (Six Degrees)
HARRY BELAFONTE - Balded Headed Woman - This Is Harry Belafonte

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