Play List - Monsters From The Id

May 25, 2004

I again guest-hosted for Susan Brown's show Punk and Hardcore on May 25 (technically the 26th), 2004 from 3:30 AM to 6:00 PM. And again co-hosting with me that day was Frank Mancuso. Here is our playlist, artist mentioned first, then the song title.

I usually do four-song sets because we always mention what we played and too many songs makes it harder for listeners to keep track of which song was which while fewer means more talk and less music. Four songs is my compromise.

We opened with the song that Ed Menje usually opened with when he did Monsters for the Id from 1986 - 1993. Ed is the man who brought me to WBAI, co-hosting MftI starting in 1991. With Memorial Day coming up, we decided to play songs with that that holiday in mind. So we did songs featuring war, death and the beach. The first set has all of the above.

3 D Invisibles - Monster DJ
The Clash - Card Cheat
The Ramones - Rockaway Beach
3D Invisibles - Stake in My Heart
Nerf Herder - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme

The first song of the next set is from the Punisher movie soundtrack and is followed by an independent cd from a local band that Frank knows followed by a beach song and a song that combines the beach and death.

Drowning Pool - Step Up
Flight - I Want You
Pearl Jam - Gremmie Out of Control
3D Invisibles - The Island of Zombie Women

With Ashcroft wanting to censor music with words he deems improper, we decided to go with that, but show how well creative people can deal with the concepts of those words without using them. And we included other lyrical concepts he would not like either that keep to the holiday theme. Our point is that the concepts are more important than mere words alone.

Catfight - Frustrated
Lene Lovich - New Toy
XTC - Generals and Majors
Midnight Oil - When Generals Talk

Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Two Tribes
Dead Kennedys - Hellnation

Tearjerkers - Comic Book Hero

That was the song Ed and I (later Mercy Van Vlack and I) played at the beginning of nearly every episode of 'Nuff Said! from 1993 to 2002. We followed that with an interview with comic strip artist and writer Jerry Craft. He self-syndicated Mama's Boyz for years before landing with the King Features Syndicate. He also worked for Marvel Comics and does work with Sports Illustrated for Kids. He took listener phone calls at the end of the interview, despite the early hour.

We closed the show with slower music to gently merge with "Wake Up Call," the show that follows. I've always been inspired by the lyric of Depeche Mode's: "It all seems so stupid it makes me want to give up, but why should I give up when it all seems so stupid." Olatunji did the original version of the song Santana had a minor hit with.

Depeche Mode - Shame
Olatunji - Jin-Go-La-Ba (Drums of Passion)

If you have any requests or suggestions for the next time I sub for Susan (including your own band), please e-mail me: And keep checking this web site for when the next time will be.

New York City
May, 2004

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