Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
August 30, 2007

Hosted by Greg Lyon on Thursdays at 2-4 pm
on WPVM Asheville (103.5 FM and www.wpvm.org)

This show is available for listening as an archive for one week after its airing at WPVM’s Archive Page (click on the STREAM button for this show–under the letter ‘G’)

Notes:

— “Iran’s nuclear threat / Shall renew fear of death in the West / And the West’s renewed fear of death / Shall renew unilateral nuclear threat/ YES! / Woohoo!” Then comes a nice quote from The Fall’s “Psykick Dance Hall”, with “Is there anybody there?” followed by an original reply, “I am losing my hair.” Utter brilliance, indeed a blueprint for cynical political songsmiths everywhere, by The Rebel, aka B. R. (Ben) Wallers, leader of the Country Teasers. I agree with Jeff G. of Terminal Boredom that the 2006 solo, self-released Brown Girl in the Ring may be better than the latest Country Teasers record, The Empire Strikes Back, also from 2006 on In the Red; in fact, he lists Brown Girl as his #1 full-length of 2006. We obviously disagree with Stephen Clover over at Foxy Digitalis, who gave the CD a rating of 0 out of 10 and threw it in the garbage out of disgust. Somehow I don’t think he gets what Wallers is up to, but then again, I expect a lot of people don’t get it. It doesn’t seem to bother Wallers much. In fact, I think he rather likes the confusion. The Rebel has two more recent releases, one of which, Tarscoffsky’s The Snackrifice is available domestically on Emperor Jones through Midheaven online. Check them out at your own peril.

— I’ve actually been diggin’ the Blossom Toes reissues, despite their fulsome pop cheeriness. I was disappointed in the Caribou full-length, after that CD-single song, “Melody Day,” was stuck in my head for weeks.

— I got that Terror Visions album, World of Shit (FDH Records), on picture-disc, and as usual for prettified vinyl, that was a mistake. The sound is even muddier than the CD version, which is already too in-the-red. It’s hard to get past, actually, so I haven’t actually determined whether I like the album or not.

— I finally found a copy of Pogo Punks: A Compilation of Early Original Swiss Punk Rock ’77-’82. Amen! This is only after two years of looking (and 2.5 years of living in Zurich, which may have led to my bad searching karma), at the suggestion of one John Smith, aka The Guy Who Stole Your Bike, host of one of the greatest garage punk shows in the history of central Jersey (on WPRB, Princeton). I’m not sure where else to find Dieter Meier’s “The Hook”, the B-side (1978, Periphery Perfume Records) to the even more magestic “Cry for Fame,” which can be found on Killed By Death #5. Of course you could search mp3 blogs; ones named after classic punk compilations like the one just mentioned have been known to put these songs up for tasting. That sure beats what you’d pay for it on ebay (if you could find it there—I seem to remember it going for over $200 a few years ago). Dieter Meier went on to form one-half of Yello, the electronic dance outfit that brought you that song “Oh Yeah” from what seems like countless movies in 80s and 90s. But he also has quite the international man of mystery bio; he’s a conceptual artist, a “millionaire industrialist, a professional poker player, and also one time member of the Swiss national golf team” (according to wikipedia), as well as a purveyor of organic Argentine beef and wine (with shop and restaurant in Zurich) and a designer of scarfs. You probably wouldn’t believe me if I said that he pretty much sums up everything Swiss (Zurich in particular), but from my experience, that pretty much hits the bullseye. Click on the photo to go to his website. The rest of Pogo Punks is also pretty good, as there was a pretty good music scene in Switzerland (see brief discography, commercialized website, and the recent DVD, PunkCocktail) . My how times have changed.

— Melvin Endsley’s “I Like Your Kind of Love” was actually made famous by Andy Williams, not Marty Robbins, as I said on the air. Hearing a crooner like Williams do it, though, is rather funny, as the rockabilly edge is ripped right off and it becomes a duet with Peggy Powers. It must have worked for the public, though, as Williams broke the top 10 with it in 1957 (it appeared on his first full-length as well). Marty Robbins made a big hit out of Endsley’s “Singin’ the Blues.”

PLAYLIST:
* = Heavy Rotation at WPVM
+ = New but not (yet) at WPVM
(c) = compilation

Background Music: George Russell Sextet – Ezz-thetics (Riverside, 1961)

The Rebel – Iran’s Nuclear Threat – Brown Girl in the Ring
Gary Numan & Tubeway Arm – Bombers (single version) – The Plan (Beggars Banquet)
* Liars – Cycle Time – s/t (Mute)
Colder – Losing Myself – Heat (Output)
Can – Moonshake – Future Days (Spoon)
Prolapse – After After – Ghosts of Dead Aeroplanes (Jetset)
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* Angels of Light – We Are Him – We Are Him (Young God)
Love Live Life + One – Runnin’ Free – Love Will Make a Better You
* Blossom Toes – Look At Me I’m You – We Are Ever So Clean (Sunbeam)
* Caribou – Sundialing – Andorra (Merge)
The Go-Betweens – Before Hollywood – Before Hollywood (Beggars Banquet)
The Teardrop Explodes – Camera Camera –Piano (Document)
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* Mass Shivers – Downwind of Amour – Ecstatic Eyes Glow Glossy (Sick Room)
* Kinski – Crybaby Blowout – Down Below It’s Chaos (Sub Pop)
* Final Solutions – Liquid Brainstem Cocktail – Songs by Solutions (Goner)
+ Terror Visions – You Look So Pretty in Red – World of Shit (FDH)
* No Age – Boy Void – Weirdo Rippers (Fat Cat)
(c) Dieter Meier – The Hook – Pogo Punks: A Compilation of Early Original Swiss Punk Rock ’77-’82
* Styrenes – City of Women – City of Women (Rent-a-Dog)
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Langston Hughes – Blues Montage – Weary Blues (Verve)
Eric Dolphy – Iron Man – The Illinois Concert (Blue Note)
J Dilla – Workinonit – Donuts (Stones Throw)
* Ultralyd – Saprochord – Conditions for a Piece of Music (Rune Grammofon)
Lee Perry & the Upsetters – Womans Dub – Dub-Triptych (Trojan)
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+ Porter Wagoner – Satan’s River – Wagonmaster (Anti-)
Melvin Endsley – I Like Your Kind of Love – I Like Your Kind of Love (Bear Family)
DeFord Bailey – Alcoholic Blues – Country Music’s First Black Star (Tennesse Folklore Society)

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