March 2011

#10: March 05, 2011

#10: March 05, 2011

01. The Saints - Stranded / Stranded
02. The Birthday Party - Nick The Stripper / Prayers On Fire
03. Eddy Current Suppression Ring - I’ve Got A Feeling / Rush To Relax
04. The Scientists - We Had Love / Absolute
05. Rowland S. Howard - Breakdown / Teenage Snuff Film
06. The Beasts Of Bourbon - Drop Out / The Axeman’s Jazz
07. The Mark Of Cain - Walk Away / Ill At Ease
08. Radio Birdman - Time To Fall / Living Eyes
09. SPK – Contact / Auto Da Fe
10. SoliPsiK - Chamber Musik / Terrace Industry: M Squared Box 1980 – 1983
11. Limp - Pony Club / Terrace Industry: M Squared Box 1980 – 1983
12. Wild West – Pelican / Terrace Industry: M Squared Box 1980 – 1983
13. King Tubby And Friends - Step It Up In Dub / Dub Gone Crazy
14. Jimi Hendrix - I Don’t Live Today / Live in Paris (Fire bootleg)
15. Heldon - Le Retour Des Soucoupes Volantes / Interface
16. The Planet The - You Absorb My Vision / Sur La Mer (5RC Comp)
17. Sumya & Orchibat - In Praise Of Life In A Ger / Vocal and Instrumental Music of Mongolia
18. Hawkwind - Lord Of Light (single version) / Doremi Fasol Latido
19. Television - Marquee Moon / Marquee Moon
20. Pepi Ginsberg - Visionary/Alkaline / Yes City
21. Chandeliers – Dolly / Angeltone Records
22. Alan Vega - Body Bop Jive / Deuce Avenue
23. Junpen - She’s Looking For A Boyfriend / Molam: Thai Country Groove From Isan Vol. 02
24. The Screamer - Cheaper Crack / The Screamer
25. Lee Morgan / Wayne Shorter Tenderfoot (Alt Tk) (G) / Vee Jay Recordings


#11: March 12, 2011

#11: March 12, 2011

01. Alice In Chains - Dam That River / Dirt
02. Suicide - Rocket USA / Suicide
03. The Penetrators - Teenage Lifestyle / Basement Anthology 1976-84
04. Sex Pistols - C’mon Everybody / Flogging A Dead Horse
05. Iggy & The Stooges - I Got A Right / Kill City
06. Frank Zappa - Father O’Blivion / Apostrophe
07. The Vibrators - Whips & Furs / Pure Mania
08. Led Zeppelin - Ocean / How The West Was Won
09. Adolescents - Word Attack / Adolescents
10. The Fall - Life Just Bounces / Cerebral Caustic
11. The JBs - Hot Pants Road / Funky People Part 1
12. Bijan - Baroon Omad / Raks Raks Raks
13. Kas Product - So Young But So Cold / So Young But So Cold
14. Louis Armstrong - I Still Get Jealous / Best Of Louis Armstrong
15. Diamanda Galas - Coitum / Schrei X
16. Montrose - Rock The Nation / Montrose
17. Rune Lindblad – Nocturne / Death Of The Moon
18. Lydia Kavina - Free Music No. 1 / Spellbound!
19. Iannis Xenakis – Diamorphoses / Electronic Music
20. Ben Simmons - Obu Kofi / Living Is Hard
21. Cedell Davis & Herman Alexander - Hard Luck Blues / Highway 61
22. Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble & Jaki Liebezeit - Twilight World / Full Circle
23. The Channels - Hug The Floor / Waiting For The Next End Of The World
24. The Goat That Went “Om” - The Pirate Song / ‘Can’t Stop It! II: Australian Post-Punk 1979-1984
25. White Suns - First Purge / Waking In The Reservoir
26. Hank Williams - I’m A Long Gone Daddy / Health & Happiness Shows
27. Trinity - Promise Is A Comfort To A Fool / Shanty Town Determination
28. UK Subs - Same Thing / Brand New Age
29. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band / The Blimp (Mousetrapreplica) / Trout Mask Replica
30. Hüsker Dü - Makes No Sense At All / single


#12: March 19, 2011 - All Stooges, All Night

#12: March 19, 2011

Folks - I've included Henry's notes for tonights show because - well, bless his heart, he did go to a lot of effort so it would be rude not to. Also, I left in the news segment at the top of hour two. Not cool cutting in on 'We Will Fall' (full version) but if that's the worst thing that's going on in your life this week, be happy about it.

01. 1969
02. I Wanna Be Your Dog
03. We Will Fall
04. No Fun
05. Real Cool Time
06. Ann
07. Not Right
08. Little Doll
Alternate Takes
09. 1969
10. I Wanna be Your Dog
11. We Will Fall (full version)
12. No Fun (Full Version)
13. Real Cool Time (Alternate Mix)
14. Ann (Full Version)
15. Not Right (Alternate Vocal)
16. Little Doll (Full Version)
17. Asthma Attack

Fanatics! Tonight, I will attempt to melt your radio with a show I have wanted to do for a long time. At 6 pm on 89.9 FM KCRW, we will go scortcho for two solid hours of sonic perfection.

Let’s take a moment to get deep into the details of what will be. The show will be nothing but music by The Stooges and nothing but their self-titled first album. What, we are going to listen to it twice or something? Exactly.

First, we will play the album as it was released in 1969 and then we will play the album again in sequence but using alternate versions of the songs. This show will prove that too much of a good thing is a real good time.

The Stooges, who were at this time, Iggy Pop on vocals, Ron Asheton on guitar, Scott Asheton on drums and Dave Alexander on bass, had been in Michigan, raising hell on the outskirts of the American dream since 1967.

Danny Fields, visionary A&R man for Elektra Records went to Michigan to check out another group of mid-western firestarters, the MC5. While there, he saw the Stooges and eventually ended up signing both bands to the label.

So, the Stooges had a deal but they didn’t have a lot of songs. The band went into the studio to record with ex-Velvet Underground member John Cale. This put the band in an interesting and somewhat difficult position as the arrangements of their songs at that time were rather, let’s say, free. Live, the songs went where they went but for studio purposes, the band had to make arrangements.

The band recorded what they had. Five songs: 1969, I Wanna Be Your Dog, We Will Fall, No Fun and Ann. Elektra said they needed more. The band said that wasn’t a problem, they had plenty more songs. They didn’t actually, so to keep up the façade of professionalism, the band wrote three songs over night: Real Cool Time, Not Right and Little Doll. All of them were banged into shape in the studio and recorded with minimal overdubs

John Cale, as producer, mixed the album to his satisfaction. This mix, however was not pleasing to Iggy and the band. Iggy eventually went back in and re-mixed the tracks with the label’s president, Jac Holzman and that’s the one that made it to the pressing plant.

The Stooges found studio practices of that time to be prohibitive to their sound and methodology. Rock albums were not recorded at high volume in those days. The Stooges were one of the first to turn it all the way up and lay it down on tape. Apparently, this induced a bit if discomfort in John Cale. Strange, seeing that this man had only walked out of the hurricane of sound that was the Velvet’s White Light/White Heat album sessions only months before.

So, the Stooges, one of the most primitive and plugged-in-straight-to-the-source bands Rock has ever known emerged with one of the purest and timeless records ever made.

The Stooges, eight songs, clocking in at a little over half an hour in length, is a stand alone, classic, absolutely mandatory listen. The album perfectly nails down the boredom and smoldering alienation of draft-age young men in Vietnam-era America. The album’s opener, 1969, addresses the quagmire the war was creating back in the United States as thousands of young men pondered how much time they might have left to live.

The Stooges is perhaps an ultimate statement of minimalism for impact. The albums is almost devoid of layered guitars, the lyrics are spare and delivered with cool disinterest. You get the idea that the band is at once, fully committed, yet ready to drop their gear and walk out of the room without a second thought of returning. The fact that the band sounds like they could take it or leave it makes it hit all that more harder and makes so many other albums seem like the members are merely actors working with a script they didn’t write.

The band, who had not been at it all that long, has a natural and instinctive pocket that’s well beyond their years. Dave’s bass sits deep in the cut. The Asheton brothers are astonishingly talented.

Iggy, for a man who doesn’t say much on this album, puts down some of the most impacting lyrics ever. Check Real Cool Time and especially, Not Right.

The album cover features the band members in a staggered line away from the camera. Iggy, Ron, Scott and Dave. They look bored and unfriendly. To be succinct—this is one of the best albums ever made. Over forty years of existence has not dulled this primitive gem.

As to the alternate versions of the tracks. They’re great! We’ve got different vocals, unedited endings, alternate mixes and finally, a bonafide outtake from the sessions. All of thse worthwhile alt. takes can be found on two different re-releases of the album, both in print. As cool as these different takes on these songs are, ultimately, all you really need is the Holzman / Pop mixes on the proper release, the rest is great way to hang out togeher on the radio over the weekend.

On a personal note, I have been listening to this album for well over half my life and it remains one of the most exciting and essential records I have ever had the good fortune to come into contact with. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to do this show and write all this down. Hopefully, some people will connect with the album for the first time and dig it. If that happens to be you, welcome. When you recover, catch your breath and then check out the band’s follow-up, Fun House. Careful, that one will leave marks.

Here is our track listing. It’s going to be a great night, I hope you can tune in. Get ready for the sleigh bells and STAY FANATIC!!! —Henry


#13: March 26, 2011 - All Covers, All Night

#13: March 26, 2011

01. Wesley Willis Fiasco – Jailbreak / Vagabonds Of The Midwestern World
02. David Bowie - White Light/White Heat / Bowie At The Beeb
03. Joey Ramone - 1969 / Don’t Worry About Me
04. Tom Waits - Sea Of Love / Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
05. Black Sabbath - Blue Suede Shoes / We Love You All
06. J. Mascis And The Fog - Leaving On A Jetplane / single
07. Sleep - Snow Blind / Earrache Comp.
08. Brian Wilson - Good Night Irene / Folkways-A Vision Shared
09. Black Flag - Louie Louie / The First Four Years
10. Melvins - Goin’ Blind / Houdini
11. The Fall - This Perfect Day / Complete Peel Sessions
12. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - I Put A Spell On You / (NME cassette)
13. Alan Vega - Be-Bop-A-Lula / Jukebox Babe
14. Buzzcocks - I Love You, You Big Dummy / Time’s Up
15. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Grown So Ugly / Safe As Milk
16. Die Cheerleader / Terrorvision - The Model / Promo 12”
17. Janis Joplin - Down On Me / Joplin In Concert
18. R.E.M - I Walked With A Zombie / Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye
19. New York Dolls - Don’t Start Me Talking / Mercer Street Sessions
20. The Damned – Help / The Best Of The Damned
21. The Beatles - Too Much Monkey Business / The Complete BBC Sessions
22. Jimi Hendrix - Johnny B Good / In The West
23. Devo - Are You Experienced? / Shout
24. Slayer - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida / Less Than Zero Soundtrack
25. The Jesus & Mary Chain - Vegetable Man / The Power Of Negative Thinking: B-Sides And Rarities
26. Pixies - Head On / Trompe Le Monde
27. Hüsker Dü - Eight Miles High / The 7 Inch Wonders Of The World
28. Squatweiler - Hot For Teacher – Spinart Records


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