Program #576

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
ART BRUT . . . . . Alcoholic Unanimous . . . . . Art Brut vs. Satan
THE KINKS . . . . . Alcohol . . . . . Muswell Hillbillies
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS . . . . . Too Drunk To Dream . . . . .
LORETTA LYNN . . . . . Don’t Come A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind) . . . . .
SPIKE JONES . . . . . Cocktails For Two . . . . . Spike Jones - Greatest Hits
DON HO . . . . . Tiny Bubbles . . . . . Don Ho - Greatest Hits
FLOYD DIXON . . . . . Hey Bartender . . . . . Blues Masters, Vol. 14: More Jump Blues
ROGER MILLER . . . . . Chug-A-Lug . . . . . Grandson of Frat Rock!, Vol. 3
TOWNES VAN ZANDT . . . . . Talking Thunderbird Blues . . . . . Texas Troubadour
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III . . . . . Wine With Dinner . . . . . T Shirt/Final Exam
TOM WAITS . . . . . The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) . . . . . Small Change
THE REPLACEMENTS . . . . . Here Comes A Regular . . . . . Tim

MUDDY WATERS . . . . . Champagne & Reefer . . . . . King Bee
BUNNY WAILER . . . . . Collyman . . . . . Rootsman Skanking
TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS . . . . . Country Roads . . . . . Funky Kingston/In the Dark
HARRY BELAFONTE . . . . . Jamaica Farewell . . . . . "Harry Belafonte - All Time Greatest Hits, Vol. 1"
ASTRUD GILBERTO & ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM . . . . . Dindi . . . . . The Girl From Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook
SOUNDS ORCHESTRAL . . . . . Cast Your Fate To The Wind . . . . . The Best of Sounds Orchestral: Cast Your Fate to the Wind
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Gentle Hour . . . . . Dark Was the Night
BRIAN ENO . . . . . I’ll Come Running . . . . . Another Green World
THE MARBLE TEA . . . . . There’s A Girl I Know . . . . . Fantastic Day EP

BOB DYLAN . . . . . Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat . . . . . Blonde on Blonde RANDY NEWMAN . . . . . You Can Leave Your Hat On . . . . . Sail Away
PROFESSOR LONGHAIR . . . . . Hey Little Girl . . . . . New Orleans Piano
THE BONZO DOG BAND . . . . . Death Cab For Cutie . . . . . Cornology [3CD Set]
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . My Maudlin Career . . . . . My Maudlin Career
DIANE DANE . . . . . My World Is Over . . . . . That Thing You Do!: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
TERRY STAFFORD . . . . . Suspicion . . . . . The Best of Terry Stafford
NEKO CASE . . . . . I’m An Animal . . . . . Middle Cyclone

THE BEATLES . . . . . Martha My Dear . . . . . The Beatles (The White Album)
HARRY NILSSON . . . . . Me And My Arrow . . . . . The Point!
RICHARD SWIFT . . . . . Bat Coma Motown . . . . . The Atlantic Ocean
THE KING OF FRANCE . . . . . What’s Your Name . . . . . The King of France
RILO KILEY . . . . . I Never . . . . . More Adventurous
MARK PICKEREL AND HIS PRAYING HANDS . . . . . Let Me Down Easy . . . . . Cody's Dream
THE FIVE SATINS . . . . . In The Still Of The Night . . . . . Dirty Dancing: Original Soundtrack From The Vestron Motion Picture
J. GEILS BAND . . . . . I Do . . . . . Monkey Island
BO DIDDLEY . . . . . Mona . . . . . The Story of Bo Diddley: The Very Best of Bo Diddley

A track from the brand new Art Brut disc sent this program down an alcohol-filled path that included a favorite on the subject from the Kinks followed by one with a different point of view by the Magnetic Fields. From there it was Loretta Lynn laying down some ground rules into Spike Jones with his distinctive approach to making music. Don Ho's celebration of bubbly wine led to Floyd Dixon enjoying himself down at the tavern, and then it was a little personal history from Roger Miller followed by more of the same from Townes Van Zandt. A mid-'70s tune from Loudon Wainwright III accurately reflects what much of that decade felt like to me, and then it was the double punch of Tom Waits and the Replacements on the damage that seems to accompany alcohol wherever it goes, albeit more humorously in the first instance than in the second.

This section opened with one more on catching a buzz from Muddy Waters leading to Bunny Wailer on the guy who offers the evil weed for consumption. Another slice of reggae from Toots and the Maytals covering John Denver was next, and then it was a traditional calypso tune by Harry Belafonte from early on his career that flowed nicely into some classic bossa nova from Antonio Carlos Jobim with Astrud Gilberto on vocals. A wistful cover by Sounds Orchestral of a Vince Guaraldi instrumental was followed by the latest from Yo La Tengo that brought to mind a high point from my favorite Brian Eno disc, and then it was a contemplative Marble Tea to finish up.

The upcoming Bob Dylan album has me listening to his music even more than usual right now, so after a lighthearted number from the mid-'60s it was Randy Newman following with another one that features headgear. The piano on that one conjured up Professor Longhair, which fed quite nicely into the Bonzo Dog Band tune that many years on transformed into the name of a band. Camera Obscura followed with the title track from their wonderful new disc; a musical source they like to mine is the girl group/solo-female-singer sound of the '60s, which was beautifully represented by the Diane Dane character in That Thing You Do!. That movie is set in the Spring/Summer of 1964, which is when Terry Stafford had his big hit, and then it was one with a similar tension to its sound from Neko Case.

As this is Lucky Dog Radio, it seemed appropriate to welcome the latest canine to call the White House home with a couple of tunes about boys and their dogs from the Beatles and Harry Nilsson. You can hear the influence of both on many of the tunes from Richard Swift's latest disc, and from there it was a keyboard-driven track by the King of France leading to a Rilo Kiley song that has a '50s "Sock Hop" feel, as does the track from Mark Pickerel and his Praying Hands that followed. The Five Satins big hit from that decade led to the J. Geils Band with their spirited take on an old R&B number from the Marvelows, and then to wrap it up was the man who indirectly provided the Obama's new pooch with a name.

Here's another one from Neko Case