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by Jesse Walker

Monday, May 11, 2009
AFTERFOLLIES: I did the midnight shift at WCBN this past Friday. That gave me the opportunity to play (a) records with words the FCC doesn't permit in the daytime and (b) stuff too experimental, or maybe too self-indulgent, to inflict on a midday audience.

The first hour of the show was mostly given over to excerpts from
Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me, a collection of street toasts -- most of them really filthy -- recorded largely at prisons in Texas in the '60s. ("Tom from Ellis," for example, was incarcerated at the Ellis Unit in Huntsville.) I mixed those spoken-word performances with funk and jazz, thus highlighting the ways they foreshadowed hip hop, and in-between I played other tracks that fit the theme, from Wilson Pickett's soul version of "Stagger Lee" to a Last Poets proto-rap about smack addiction.

The other two hours didn't include as much mixing on my part, though I did do a really absurd live mash-up between Yes and James Chance; and, later, combined some music with an old LP of the premillennialist preacher Hal Lindsey.

Here's the playlist:

Herbie Hancock: Watermelon Man (excerpt, mixed with "Titanic")
Tom from Ellis: Titanic
Ben Taylor: Dolemite
Herbie Hancock: Chameleon (excerpt, mixed with "Stackolee")
Henry from Ramsey: Stackolee
Wilson Pickett: Stagger Lee
Isaac Hayes: Shaft
Pee Wee Ellis: Chicken (mixed with "Pimpin' Sam" and "Up on the Farm")
Henry from Ramsey: Pimpin' Sam
Peter from Wynne: Up on the Farm
Walter Roland & Lucille Bogan: I'm Gonna Shave You Dry
Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: Freakin' at the Freaker's Ball
Henry from Ramsey: Dance of the Freaks
Earth, Wind, and Fire: Sweet Sweetback's Theme (mixed with "Dance of the Freaks" and "Jones Comin' Down")
The Last Poets: Jones Comin' Down
Jimmy Smith: J.O.S. (excerpt, mixed with "The Signifying Monkey")
Tom from Ellis: The Signifying Monkey
Jon Brown: 30 Days
The Bad Livers: Love Songs Suck
Brian Eno & David Byrne: Regiment
Was (Not Was): Dad I'm in Jail
James White and the Blacks: Contort Yourself
Yes: Würm (sped up & mixed with "Contort Yourself," then slowed down and spun backwards)
Taj Mahal: Corinna
Joe Tex: Trying to Win Your Love
Dr. John & The Meters: Peace Brother Peace
The Bar-Kays: Mean Mistreater
Juicy Bananas: Bad Man
Cookie Monster: Me Lost Me Cookie at the Disco
The Bobs: Disco Inferno
The Doors: Peace Frog
The Commodores: Brick House
The Kinks: Demolition
The Section: Black Dog
The Section: Bron-Y-Aur
The Recliners: Back in Black
Mrs. Miller: Tiptoe Through the Tulips
Monty Python: Sit On My Face
Henry Mancini: Baby Elephant Walk
Firesign Theater: Young Guy Motor Detective
Keith Jarrett: Second Invocation
Hal Lindsey: Questions and Answers About the End Times (excerpt, mixed with "Second Invocation" and "New World Order")
Presage: New World Order
Ministry: N.W.O.
The Ramones: Do You Remember Rock'n'Roll Radio?
Fear: Let's Have a War
Patti Smith: My Generation
The Shaggs: My Pal Foot Foot
Nina Hagen: Spirit in the Sky
Bob Dylan: All the Tired Horses
George Harrison: If Not for You
Henry Mancini: March of the Cue Balls
Jimmy Page & Robert Plant: Nobody's Fault But Mine
The Bobs: Is That All There Is?

posted by Jesse 11:14 PM
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