Play List - Monsters From The Id

August 2, 2005

The August 2 (3), 2005 Monsters from the Id was an hour and a half of music preceding an interview with some very important comic book creators. Susan Brown was out of town and asked me to substitute for her overnight show Punk and Hardcore (hence the second date in parenthesis - I thought of it as the night of the 2nd, but it was technically the morning of the 3rd.

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I opened the show with the same song Ed Menje usually opened with when he hosted Monsters from the Id and I was the new-to-radio co-host. Then I played some "classic punk" bands to sort of establish the show. Assuming this would be my last MftI for a while, I thought "Substitute" was apropos. I also felt like playing the first song on the first Clash album for similar reasons. I aim for four-song sets and always say what I play. I like listeners to be able to figure out which song was which and with too long a set some people lose track of what was in the middle.

1. 3D Invisibles - Monster DJ
2. Sex Pistols - Substitute
3. The Clash - Clash City Rockers
4. The Vibrators - Petrol

I decided to play the second song from the first album as well. A good friend was visiting from England and I found myself playing mostly British music. Judging by the listener phone calls during the show, I was making good choices.

5. The Clash - I'm So Bored with the U.S.A.
6. Adam and the Ants - Antmusic
7. La Radiodiffusion Nationale Du Burundi - Drums of Makebuko
8. Tubeway Army - Praying to the Aliens

Those Burundi drums sound a lot like the drums in that Adam and the Ants song. I'm sure that song was chosen to open the first WOMAD Festival album, Music and Rhythm, for that very reason. The WOMAD Festival can be credited with creating the music store category of "World Music."

9. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
10. Slade - Run Runaway
11. Ian Dury and the Blockheads - Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3
12. The Sinceros - World's Apart

One of my favorite air guitar songs followed by two of my favorite air drumming songs and my favorite Sinceros song (I know, most people don't have a favorite Sinceros song).

13. Lunachicks - Binge & Purge
14. The Sinceros - Take Me To Your Leader
15. Our Lady Peace - Superman Is Dead
16. The Alarm - For Freedom

That was the song The Sinceros got some airplay with when it came out and then I played a token super-hero song. I introduced the next set by saying I was going to follow Sweet with The Ramones for what I hoped would be obvious reasons.

17. Sweet - Ballroom Blitz
18. The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
19. Sweet - Fox on the Run
20. The Ramones - Beat on the Brat

While Ballroom Blitz was playing, a listener called and predicted which song I was going to play next. When I was young, someone handed me the first Ramones album and said something like "You gotta check this out, this is punk rock, it's something new." When I played it I kept thinking of the Sweet album "Desolation Boulevard" and wondered why one was "punk rock" and the other wasn't. When the listener predicted my set I felt like I wasn't the only one to notice the similarity.

Of course, now I realize there are plenty of reasons. Sheer marketing was one reason for the new name and similarity of roots is a reason for the similarity of styles. Neither band was working in a vacuum. Most "new" art forms and philosophies evolve, they don't just get invented one day. Marketing terms, however, often do get invented in one day.

21. Public Image Ltd. - Rise
22. The Unrelated Segments - Where You Gonna Go

Only time for two songs to lead into the 'Nuff Said! segment of the show. The band John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) did after the Sex Pistols and a cut from the "punk rock" volume of the Nuggets collection, although most of the songs on that volume stretch the definition of punk rock even more than I do.

With 'Nuff Said! being the "Brigadoon of radio shows," I decided to play a piece of a Brigadoon movie before the song Ed Menje and I started most episodes of 'Nuff Said! with.

23. The Tearjerkers - Comic Book Heroes

Then an interview with four giants in the comic book field: Irwin Donenfeld, Julie Schwartz, Carmine Infantino and Irwin Hasen. The first two passed away between the time this was taped at a Big Apple Con (November 10, 2001) and the time I aired it, making the show even more precious than it would be just for featuring those four great men.

And to go smoothly into Wake Up Call, an instrumental from the man that brought us "Soul Makosa" in the '70s:

24. Manu Dibango - Echos Beti

My thanks to Susan Brown for giving me the opportunity to share music and comics with her listeners.

Any requests? E-mail me. If you have some music you think fits the show and would like to send it to me, e-mail me: And keep checking this web site for when the next time will be.

Ken Gale
New York City
August, 2005

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