The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
A WPVM Radio Show Hosted by Greg Lyon
Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
September 27, 2003
Hosted by Greg Lyon on Fridays at 3-6 pm
on WPRB Princeton (103.3 FM and

Notes on this week's program:

-- Since we were back in true stereo, I brought in a few things that excellent stereo separation, including the Enoch Light (which I had used as background fairly recently) and Archie Shepp. The psychedelic skull is the best album cover ever, by the way. Album's good too. Why is this not available domestically?

-- I played language removal loops of the main candidates for Governor of California throughout most of the show. You can find the raw files at the site of Language Removal Services.

-- The Hospitals record is quickly rising in my Top 10 for the year. Brutally noisy for just a guitar and drums, it's a nice antidote for those other two-piece drum and guitar bands currently parading down Main Street, Indieville. If you're feeling masochistic or deeply angry, this is the record you should buy immediately.

-- Lots of other great new records out now as well. My faves from this show were Black Eyed Snakes, Scout Niblett, and even the Hella and Viza-Noir (despite my preconceived notions about my own taste).

-- I really enjoyed the German New Wave set. All tracks were culled from the recent 2CD compilation available in Germany called Verschwende deine Jugend (Waste Your Youth), which is supposed to accompany a book of the same title about the German music scene from 1977-1983. I also believe there's a movie, although the trailer looks like it's a 24 Hour Party People for Germans. The album cover at right is from one of the bands on the comp, Hans-a-Plast. What surprised me was that there was more good German punk rock than I thought. Both CDs are uniformly excellent, up there with the recent comp,Tales of the Australian Underground, which covers roughly the same period. You can find out more about NDW (Neue Deutsche Welle/German New Wave) and German punk rock at the excellent site for the book (it's in German). Click on the flaming rat to go there.

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 - Spaced Out]

+ THE HOSPITALS - Friends - The Hospitals
+ A-FRAMES - Modula - A-Frames 2
PUSSY GALORE - Wait a Minute - Dial M for Motherfucker

* ALUNARED - The Electric Blood - 7" (GSL)
BURTON GREENE - Nirvana Vibrations - Presenting...
* HELLA - Magixburg - Total Bugs Bunny on Wild Bass (Narnack)

* CHRIS BROKAW - German Song - Wandering as Water (Return to Sender)
* BLACK EYED SNAKES - Cornbread - Rise Up! (Chairkickers)
SOLEDAD BROTHERS - Gospel According to John - Soledad Brothers

EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND - The Birth - Edgar Broughton Band
ESG - Sensual Intentions - Step Off
* BEAT HAPPENING - Knock on Any Door - Music to Climb the Apple Tree By (K)
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS - Tupelo - The First Born Is Dead

KEVIN AYERS - Soon Soon Soon - Best of Kevin Ayers
* SPIRITUALIZED - This Little Life of Mine - Amazing Grace (Sanctuary)
* VIZA-NOIR - No Record - No Record (Flameshovel)
MY DAD IS DEAD - Baby's Got a Problem - Let's Skip the Details
* PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE SOUND - Grade Ceased - 7" (Captain Spazz)

* CHEER ACCIDENT - You're It Motherfucker - Gumballhead the Cat (Skin Graft)
THE RUTS - Jah War - The Crack
HOLGER HILLER - Sirtaki - Oben im Eck
* KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEF - Mantra - Cicadidae (Temporary Residence)

Set of Music from Verschwende deine Jugend, a German Punk and New Wave Compilation (Universal):
HANS-A-PLAST - Man of Stone
ZK - In der Ecke stehen
MITTAGSPAUSE - Herrenreiter
MALE - Zensur, Zensur
NEONBABIES - Eisenleer (Depressiv)

R.L. BURNSIDE - Don't Stop Honey - Come on In
* REV. CHARLIE JACKSON - God's Got It - God's Got It (CaseQuarter)
ARCHIE SHEPP - [title track] - The Magic of Ju-Ju

* SSION - Call Out Our Lions - Minor Treat EP

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
September 19, 2003
Hosted by Greg Lyon on Fridays at 3-6 pm
on WPRB Princeton (103.3 FM and

Notes on this week's program:

-- I hit the reset button with a new semester, using Morricone as the background music and starting with The Fall. Then the cluster of Dutch bands--the beginning of the show rocked my boat.

-- I like Scout Niblett. I can't help it. Evidently she has Cat Power disease, though, when it comes to live shows. A guy called up and reported that she stormed off the stage in a huff for her Philly show, complaining about the monitors or something or other. She was playing drums and guitar by herself. I guess I'm not sorry I missed it. The comparisons to PJ Harvey are always in the press about Ms. Niblett, but I heard some Björk in there as well. Maybe I was hallucinating. Regardless, I just bought the new record.

-- Weird connection of the week: the simple propulsive rhythm of Young Marble Giants reminded me of the early Johnny Cash. Both use the rhythm guitar and bass to invoke the spirit of locomotion, whether it be the railroad engine (Cash) or the subway or cars on the 2 am desolate urban freeway (YMG).

-- The Steve Lacy piece I played was recorded for Zurich radio the night before the armistice that ended the Vietnam War. The incorporation of taped artillery sounds from the actual war sparks a politically charged and simply brutal piece of jazz improvisation. From the liner notes: "The Wage illustrates 'the theatre of war.' No further word is necessary, I believe. This piece was almost unbearable to perform, and we were all greatly relieved when it became no longer necessary to do it. Here, the war reaches its peak, wages for along time, then finally begins to die." I'm afraid that this piece is sadly relevant again. The drum piece from the Music of Iraq CD I played afterwards was stunning as well.

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: Ennio Morricone - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly]

THE FALL - Prole Art Threat - Palace of Swords Reversed
TH EX - The Sky Is Blue Again - Disturbing Domestic Peace
IVY GREEN - I'm Sure - Whatever They Hype
B.G.K. - Membership - A Dutch Feast

THE OUTSIDERS - Story 16 - The Outsiders
Q65 - I Was Young - Revival
* BLUE GOBLINS - I Ask for Water - Blue Goblins (Off)

ENTRANCE - Never Be Afraid - Live at WPRB
* HERMAN DÜNE - New Jersey Cross Concrete - Mash Concrete Metal Mushroom (Shrimper)
* SCOUT NIBLETT - Drummer Boy - I Am (Secretly Canadian)

THE DIRTBOMBS - Cedar Point '76 - (c) Hot Pinball Rock Vol. 1
* VAZ - Elastik-C - Dying to Meet You (GSL)
* PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH - Atom Bomb Professor - Beard of Lightning (Off)
* MODEY LEMON - Predator - Thunder & Lightning (Birdman)

YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS - Music for Evenings - Colossal Youth
SWELL MAPS - Midget Submarines - A Trip to Marineville
REAL KIDS - No Place Fast - No Place Fast
* SEMIAUTOMATIC - Gimme Yours - Wolfcentric (5RC)
* JANISARY MUSIC - [tracks 15 & 16] - Janisary Music (Social Registry)
TALKING HEADS - Warning Sign - More Songs About Buildings and Food
* DEATH COMET CREW - Riflemen - DCC America (Troubleman Unlimited)

STEVE LACY - The Wax & The Wage - Weal & Woe
IRAQI TRADITIONAL GROUP - Drum Ensemble - (c) Music of Iraq (King Records)
* MATMOS - The Stars & Stripes Forever - The Civil War (Matador)

* MIRAH YOM TOV ZEITLYN & GINGER BROOKS TAKAHASHI - While We Have the Sun - Songs from the Black Mountain Music Project (K Records)
GRAM PARSONS - Streets of Baltimore - GP
JORGE BEN - O Homem da Gravata Florida - A Tábua de Esmeralda
* QUASI - Seven Years Gone - Hot Shit (Touch & Go)

* REV. CHARLIE JACKSON - Testimony of Rev. Charlie Jackson - God's Got It (CaseQuarter)
SKIP JAMES - 22-20 Blues - Complete Early Recordings (Yazoo)
* IRON & WINE - The Sea and the Rhythm - The Sea and the Rhythm (Sub Pop)
FLATT & SCRUGGS - Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Complete Mercury Sessions

JOHNNY CASH - Bird on a Wire - American Recordings

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
September 12, 2003
Hosted by Greg Lyon on Fridays at 3-6 pm
on WPRB Princeton (103.3 FM and

Notes on this week's program:

-- This entire program was dedicated to the music of Johnny Cash, who passed away early on the morning of September 12, 2003. I had intended only to play music by Johnny for about an hour, but I got so many requests and so many calls that I knew I had to keep going. I don't believe I've ever had more listeners call in, some to request music but most just to let me know that they were appreciating the opportunity to hear the music and celebrate the life of the Man in Black. I have never considered myself anything greater than a huge fan of Johnny Cash, so I felt a little uncomfortable that I didn't have all of his records or know exactly when many of the records I did play came out and other facts. I made lots of mistakes. I don't think it matters in the end, though. I felt better after it was all done.

-- Look at the image on the right: Was Johnny Cash the grandfather of punk rock or what? Just think about the Sex Pistols playing Chelmsford Prison, or Crime at San Quentin. There are so many connections, I can only begin to relate. Take his song "Custer" from the album Bitter Tears (1964), dedicated to the plight of the American Indian. Here are some lyrics: "To some he was a hero, But to me his score was zero, And the general he don't ride well any more." It's right next door to the Minutemen, from the title track to their debut album, The Punch Line: "I believe when they found the body of general George A. Custer, quilled like a porcupine with indian arrows he didn't die with any honor, any dignity or any valor. I wouldn't doubt that George A. Custer an American general, patriot and indian fighter--he died with shit in his pants."

-- A few reflections: Johnny's last four albums, the ones for American Recordings, hold up really well in comparison to his great 50s and 60s period. How many artists can you make a similar statement about regarding their late career? That music enhanced his legacy greatly by turning on two more generations of listeners. Thank you, Rick Rubin. Of course we also have to thank Johnny Cash himself for having the open mind and courage to record some of the songs by recent artists that he did.

-- I was going to end with "The Man in Black," but while I was playing it, a veteran called me up and said that he really wished he could hear Johnny's "Ragged Old Flag" because it had meant so much to him and his fellow soldiers back in the 70s. So, I immediately obliged. That left me to end with "The Man Comes Around," which left me with chills.

-- I tried to play a set of covers of Johnny Cash songs at the end, and it was generally a letdown. The songs are great, but the charisma of his delivery makes him almost impossible to cover. It was, however, about the only way one could make the transition to a regular radio show.

-- Thank you to EVERYONE who called. I have never felt the power of radio to bind together a community of listeners like I did during this show. It was truly inspiring.

Format =
ARTIST - Song - Album (Label, sometimes)
Set breaks are indicated by blank lines.


Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie - Sings the Ballads of the True West (1965)

A Boy Named Sue - Live at Madison Square Garden (1969)
Cocaine Blues - Live at Folsom Prison (1968)
Boa Constrictor - Everybody Loves a Nut (1966)
It Ain't Me Babe (w/ June Carter) - Orange Blossom Special (1965)
Rusty Cage - Unchained (1996)

Tennessee Stud - American Recordings (1994)
Mean As Hell + Sam Hall - Sings the Ballads of the True West (1965)
Katy Too - Greatest! (and other Sun compilations) (1959)
Lumberjack - Ride This Train (1960)

Drive On - American Recordings (1994)
Solitary Man - American Recordings III: Solitary Man (2000)
(R) The Man Who Couldn't Cry - American Recordings (1994)
(R) The Mercy Seat - American Recordings III: Solitary Man (2000)
Mr. Garfield - Sings the Ballads of the True West (1965)

(R) Jackson (w/ June Carter) - Carryin' On with Johnny Cash & June Carter (1967)
(R) Ghostriders in the Sky - Silver (1979)
The Man on the Hill - Songs of Our Soil (1959)
He Turned the Water into Wine - The Holy Land (1968)
Rowboat - Unchained (1996)

Matchbox (w/ Bob Dylan) - from the Nashville Skyline sessions (1969)
Girl from the North Country (w/ Bob Dylan) - Nashville Skyline (1969)
(R) Hurt - American IV: The Man Comes Around (2003)
Folsom Prison Blues - With His Hot and Blue Guitar (and other Sun comps) (1957)
Tell Him I'm Gone - Blood Sweat & Tears (1963)
13 - American Recordings (1994)

The Ballad of Ira Hayes - Bitter Tears (1964)
I Walk the Line - At San Quentin (1969)
Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man - Carryin' On with Johnny Cash & June Carter (1967)
Lady - The Rambler (1977)
The Bug That Tried to Crawl Around the World - Everybody Loves a Nut (1966)

The Man in Black - The Man in Black (1971)
(R) Ragged Old Flag - Ragged Old Flag (1974)
The Man Comes Around - American IV: The Man Comes Around (2003)

Covers of Johnny Cash songs (or Cash arrangements):

(R) GIANT SAND - Wayfaring Stranger - Cover Magazine
NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS - The Singer (from Johnny's The Folksinger) - Kicking Against the Pricks
MICHELLE SHOCKED - One Piece at a Time - (c) 'Til Things Are Brighter
BONGWATER - There You Go - Double Bummer
MEKONS - Folsom Prison - Where Were You?

JUNE CARTER CASH - Ring of Fire - Press On

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
September 5, 2003
Hosted by Greg Lyon on Fridays at 3-6 pm
on WPRB Princeton (103.3 FM and

Notes on this week's program:

-- Not much to say about this one: some good music, but not much vim and vigour in the mix. The Norwegian music set was a good idea, but it was pretty hard on the ears. On to next week...

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: The Raybeats - Guitar Beat ]

* Elvish Presley - Creation Story - Black Elf Speaks (Bulb)
The Mike Gunn - Geezervision - Almaron
Them - One More Time - The Legends of Rock
* Phantom Toolbooth (w/ Robert Pollard) - Mascara Snakes - Beard of Lightning (Off)

* Rollerball - Mike's Hind - Real Hair (Silber)
* Bardo Pond - JD - On the Ellipse (All Tomorrow's Parties)

Jemeel Moondoc Trio - Triplet - Tri-p-let
Pierre Akendengué - Nwombi - Awana W'Afrika
Kip Hanrahan - This Night Comes Out of Both of Us - Coup de tête
* UI - Mrs. Lady Lady - Answers (Southern)

The Ex - Karoake Blackout - Dizzy Spells
* The Vanishing - Princess Poison - Songs for Psychotic Children (GSL)
Vibrators - Judy Says (Knock You in the Head Tonight) - (c) Permanent Wave
* Demolition Doll Rods - African Lipstick - (c) Singles #2 (Bulb)
* Eyeball Skeleton - Eyeball Skeleton - #1 (s/r CDR)
John Lee Hooker - Gonna Use My Rod - That's My Story
Andre Williams - I Wanna Be Your Favorite Pair of Pajamas - Silky (In the Red)

Ruts - In a Rut - Grin and Bear It
* The Kills - Jewel Thief - Fried My Little Brain (Sanctuary)
The Gun Club - Sleeping in Blood City - Miami
The Scientists - We Had Love - Absolute
(R) Captain Beefheart - Grow Fins - Spotlight Kid
* The Starvations - This Is What You Wanted? - Get Well Soon (GSL)

* Consonant - Mysteries of the Holiday Camp - Love and Affliction (Fenway)
David Bowie - Friday on My Mind - Pin Ups
* The Husbands - Swept Aside - Introducing the... (Swami)
Merle Haggard - Where Does the Good Times Go - Untamed Hawk (Bear Family)
* Linda Perhacs - Hey, Who Really Cares - Parallelograms (Wild Places)

Norwegian Music Set:
Knut Buen - Sandsdalsgangaren - As Quick as Fire: The Art of the Norwegian Hardanger Fiddle (Henry St.)
FE-MAIL - Residents - Syklubb fra Haelvete (TV5)
Turbonegro - Remain Untamed - Scandinavian Leather (Epitaph)
* Galåen - Telephone Pole - (c) Untitled Humbug Compilation
Noxagt - Mek It Burn - Turning It Down Since 2001

(R) Killdozer - Cinnamon Girl - Snake Boy
* Dead Moon - Dead Moon Night - (c) Throwin' a Hissy (Mike Lupica's WFMU marathon premium)
* Strap-Ons - Traffic Ticket - $4 Whore (Naked Jain)

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
August 29, 2003
Hosted by Greg Lyon on Fridays at 3-6 pm
on WPRB Princeton (103.3 FM and

Notes on this week's program:

-- Entrance came and started playing at about 5:20 pm and played live for over an hour. Jon Solomon's engineering job was superb; I've never heard a better-sounding set at WPRB. Musically, it was intense from the beginning and just got better. Guy (Blakeslee, aka Entrance) used my Fender Twin amp and said it sounded great afterwards, so I was really proud. I'm sure my amp was ecstatic to get such a workout from a real artist. The live set is up on the web on Jon Solomon's radio website. I suggest you go there immediately. If you want to know more about Entrance, click on Guy's picture and you will go to the Tiger Style Records site.

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: MUSIC TO READ JAMES BOND BY: VOL. 2 (United Artists)]

FUN THINGS - Savage - Murder Punk Vol. 2
AC/DC - What Do You Do For Money Honey? - Back in Black
VOLCANO SUNS - Rite of Way - Thing of Beauty
* THE CONSTANTINES - Tiger and Crane - Shine a Light (Sub Pop)

* COUNTRY TEASERS - Hairy Wine 2 - Full Moon Empty Sportsbag (In the Red)
SPROTON LAYER - Gift - With Magnetic Fields Disrupted
PLASTIC PEOPLE OF THE UNIVERSE - Toxika - Egon Bondy's Happy Hearts Club Banned

THE CONSUMERS - Consumers - All My Friends Are Dead
* TURN PALE - Slow to Drown - Kill the Lights
(R) RUINS - Hallelujah - 1986-92 (Skin Graft)
THE MOVE - It'll Be Me - Something Else from the Move
* THE CRAMPS - Taboo - Fiends of Dope Island (Vengeance)

BLACK ACE - Drink on Little Girl - I'm the Boss Card in Your Hand (Arhoolie)
MILES DAVIS - Thinkin' One Thing and Doin' Another - On the Corner
DR. OCTAGON - Earth People - Dr. Octogonecologyst
* VOLTAIRE BROTHERS - Funky Motion - I Sing the Booty Electric (Fall of Rome)
VIENNA ART ORCHESTRA - Variations about the Cascades - From No Time to Ragtime (Hat Hut)

RUINS - Hard Rock Medley - Pallaschtom (Magaibutsu)
THE DAMNED (not the punk band) - Morning Bird - (c) Velvet Tinmine
THE DAMNED (the punk band) - Neat Neat Neat - Damned Damned Damned
NIKKI SUDDEN & ROWLAND S. HOWARD - Back to the Coast - Live at Augsburg (Secretly Canadian)
* CHRIS BOZZONE - The Blackness of the Sky - Bloodstained Butterflies (s/r)
SCRITTI POLITTI - Bibbly-o-Tek - 4 A Sides 12"

FRANKIE LEE SIMS - Lucy Mae Blues - Lucy Mae Blues
MAHMOUD AHMED - Bemen Sebeb letlash - Éthiopiques 7: erè mèla mèla
* LINDA PERHACS - Paper Mountain Man - Parallelograms (Wild Places)
* OKKERVIL RIVER - For the Enemy - Down the River of Golden Dreams (Jagjaguar)
* GOGOGO AIRHEART - Elgin Marbles - s/t (GSL)

MEKONS - Where Were You? - Where Were You?
* SOLGER - American Youth - Codex 1980 (Empty)
AESTHETICS - Sufi - Off (Mental Telemetry)
RALPH STANLEY - Henry Brown - Down Where the River Bends
* LES GEORGES LENINGRAD - [track #1] - Deux Hot Dogs Moutarde Chou (Blow the Fuse)

Then came the ENTRANCE live set...

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