Playlist for

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
August 15, 2008

Hosted by Greg Lyon on FRIDAYS 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’)

— HUGE amount of late-60s/early 70s Euro prog and psych rock today, including Dark (UK), Twink (UK), Les Irresistibles (France), MI5 (UK), Improved Sound Limited (Germany), Annexus Quam (Germany), Alrune Rod (Denmark). Of these, I’d hand the crown to Twink; that Think Pink album is in serious heavy rotation chez Greg.

Delia Derbyshire, however, was far more impressive, although not at all rock. She worked for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and is responsible for the transcendent Doctor Who theme (she didn’t write the song, but she ‘played’ and recorded it using an incredible array of tapes and other electronic machinery). By the mid-1970s, though, she had given up electronic music, evidently because the synthesizer had made things too pre-fabricated.

— That Mykal Xul CD on Gulcher Records out of Indiana is the most perverted scum-rock I’ve heard in a very long time, perhaps since The Frogs’ masterpiece, It’s Only Right and Natural (1989). But wait, The Frogs’ album is not really rock, so maybe you have to go back to the other new release on Gulcher, The Gynecologists’ Hoosier Psychopaths (1981-1994: The Official Recordings). Sick sick sick. I played Mykal Xul covering The Gizmos–because it was the only unedited song on the CD one can play during the day on the radio. If only you could hear "Ridin’ the Cuke." Damn you, FCC!!!!!

— Honest Jon’s Records, out of the UK, hits the 78-RPM jackpot with their new compilation, Give Me Love: Songs of the Brokenhearted – Baghdad, 1925-1929. Jaw-droppingly good.

— I love vibes. One day I’m gonna do an all-vibes special radio show. When I do, Walt Dickerson will be well represented. Today’s background music (and a full-volume cut) was his 1966 release, Impressions of A Patch of Blue, where he took the Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack to the movie A Patch of Blue and made jazz out of it. Sun Ra plays piano and celeste on the record, which is one of the rare sideman appearances in Ra’s discography. Absolutely gorgeous record, but I have to say, I’ve had extraordinarily bad luck acquiring a satisfying copy of it. The CD reissue is out of print and expensive, so I bid and won a shrink-wrapped copy of the album on ebay, only to determine upon opening the shink-wrap that it was a mis-pressing: the record had two Side Bs. So I got another copy on ebay, only to determine this time around that I had purchased a mono copy. And I want the stereo copy. Damn you, ebay!!!!!

Background Music: Walt Dickerson Quartet – Impressions of A Patch of Blue (MGM 1966)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Dark RC8 Through the Ages Akarma 1972 UK  
Andre Williams Never Had a Problem Can You Deal With It? Bloodshot 2008 *
Barbecue Bob Yo Yo Blues Chocolate to the Bone Shanachie 1927-1930  
Left Lane Cruiser Amy’s in the Kitchen Bring Yo’ Ass to the Table Alive Natural Sound 2008 *
Digital Leather Simulator Sorcerer Goner 2008 *
Twink Fluid Think Pink Akarm 1970 UK  
Les Irresistibles My Year Is a Day VA – Let’s Ride: 20 Popsike Excursions from the UK & Europe Psychic Circle 1968 *
The MI5 Only Time Will Tell VA – Breaking Point Psychic Circle 1966, UK, later the Maze, later Deep Purple *
Improved Sound Limited Leave This Lesbian World Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium Vol. 1 Yahoo late 1960s Germany  
The Dutchess and the Duke Reservoir Park She’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke Hardly Art 2008 *
Mark Lanegan Come to Me Bubblegum Beggars Banquet with P.J. Harvey  
Annexus Quam Osmose 1 Osmose Ohr 1970 Germany  
Josephine Foster I Love You & the Springtime Blues This Coming Gladness Bo’ Weavil 2008 *
Alrune Rod Alrune Rod Alrune Rod Sonet 1969 Denmark  
Eleanora Rosenholm Musta Ruusu Vaina jan Muotokuva Fonal Finnish *
Delia Derbyshire The Wizards Laboratory Electrosonic 1972 UK  
Pumice Pebbles Quo Soft Abuse 2008 New Zealand *
Sic Alps Love Is Strange A Long Way Around to a Shortcut Animal Disguise 2008 *
F/i The Pharaoh Paradise Out Here Human Wrechords/Lexicon Devil 1989 Milwaukee  
Home Blitz Something to Do Weird Wings Parts Unknown 2008 New Jersey *
Mykal Xul Hair on My Face Johnson County Line Gulcher Gizmos cover. Indiana *
Blank Dogs Ants On Two Sides Troubleman 2008  
Jeffrey Lee Pierce Hey Juana Wildweed Statik 1985, L.A.  
John Terrill Melancholy Mary Frowny Frown Family Vineyard 2008, Indiana *
Doc & Merle Watson Slidin’ Delta Down South Sugar Hill 1984  
Walt Dickerson Quartet Bacon and Eggs Impressions of a Patch of Blue MGM 1966 with Sun Ra  
Salim Daoud Abuthiyya VA – Give Me Love: Songs of the Brokenhearted – Baghdad, 1925-1929 Honest Jon’s 1925-1929 Baghdad *

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