Play List - Monsters From The Id

September 1, 2004

Susan Brown was on vacation and called upon me to guest-host for her show Punk and Hardcore on August 31 (technically September 1st), 2004 from 3:30 AM to 6:00 AM. The first hour and a half was commercial-free music then I interviewed Kurt Kuersteiner, author of a book on Chick Comics (see Guest List Archive Page 17 for more information). Ironically, I was playing hard rock, the very music Jack Chick has damned in so many of his comics. Here is my playlist, artist mentioned first, then the song title.

I usually do four-song sets. I always say what I play and too long a set makes it difficult for some listeners to keep track of which song or band in the middle of a set was the one they particularly liked. Four songs is still a lot of music without interruption and there are no commercials between sets.

I opened with the song that Ed Menje usually opened with when he did Monsters from the Id from 1986 - 1993. Ed is the man who brought me to WBAI-FM, co-hosting MftI starting in 1991

1. 3 D Invisibles - Monster DJ

2. Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the U.K.
3. New York Dolls - Who are the Mystery Girls?
4. Ism - Constantinople
5. Bachman Turner Overdrive - Stay Awake All Night

The first two songs are seminal punk bands from the very beginning of the punk movements in the U.K. and U.S. Ism is a local band and I like the Sparks riff Joe added to this cover. As for the last song in that setů. I know, I know, I've heard that Bachman Turner Overdrive are not cool. They're a "guilty pleasure." I like them and thought this song was applicable lyrically and musically. And a special thank you to the listeners who called or e-mailed with moral support over that choice.

With the Republican Convention in full swing that week, with the seemingly random arrests of demonstrators, passers by and tourists, I played a lot of music with that in mind. Such as the next set (the third song mentions Ronald Reagan).

6. Sparks - Everybody's Stupid
7. Brian Dewan - 99 Cops
8. Bow Wow Wow - (I'm a) TV Savage
9. The Damned - Rabid (Over You)

The next two songs are by local NYC bands that played at a Green Party rally in Washington Square. I like to support independent music and local music! Those are both. The third song is by another local band from a few decades ago. The last is someone's satire of a South Park song on the election of 2000. A friend of mine found it on the internet and sent me a copy.

10. Rican Struction - Fight
11. Black Dawn - Push
12. Good Rats - Mr. Mechanic
13. ? - Blame Florida

That Good Rats song garnered a lot of listener phone calls both during that set and the next one. People really missed them and were glad to hear something by them again. I found out from a couple of listeners that sons of two of the members have a band and their fathers sometimes join them on stage.

14. Human Sexual Response - Pound
15. Anti-Nowhere League - Streets of London
16. Lene Lovich - One in a Million
17. Black Arabs - Sex Pistols Medley: Anarchy the U.K. / God Save the Queen / Vacant / No One Is Innocent

So along with a couple of more songs played with the Republican convention and the election in mind, I then played another Good Rats song.

18. Weird Al Yankovic - What If God
19. KMFDM - Apathy
20. Good Rats - Local Zero
21. Nine Inch Nails - Mr. Self Destruct

Then comes the song Ed and I opened nearly every episode of 'Nuff Said! I then framed the interview with two "liberal Christian" songs. Not exactly songs they'd play at the Republican Convention, but nonetheless pretty accurate songs about Jesus Christ.

22. Tearjerkers - Comic Book Hero
23. Oak Ridge Boys - Would They Love Him Down in Shreveport

24. Hugh Blumenfeld - Long-haired Radical Socialist Jew

My thanks to Susan Brown for giving me the opportunity to share music with her listeners.
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
September, 2004

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