On September 13, 2005, a family obligation kept Susan Brown from being able to do her show and she asked me to substitute for her that night (technically the morning of the 14th). With such short notice for the comics community, I didn't play any of the writer or artist interviews I have and went with mostly music, although a lot of it mentioned comics characters. As usual, I played vinyl records, cassette tapes and cd's that I brought from home, so didn't take requests unless they were made in advance (To do so by e-mail, contact me at email@example.com). To see when the next MftI will be, check my guest list page, especially on a Tuesday. I often don't know I'm guest-hosting these shows until the last minute. In this case, the notice was so short I never posted it to the web site, only onto my e-mail list.
I opened the show with the same song Ed Menje usually opened with when he hosted Monsters from the Id, which used to alternate with Susan. Ed brought me in as his co-host back in 1991. Sept. 13 was primary day and though I voted, I was dissatisfied with nearly every choice and the more I tried to analyze the plusses and considerable minuses of each candidate, the angrier I got. The music I brought with me reflected that anger. The lyrics were more political and angry.
I always say what I play and keep the sets to four songs so listeners don't have to guess which song in the middle was which. I also took a lot of listener phone calls, both on air and off. Sometimes we talked about music, sometimes about comics, sometimes about politics.
1. 3D Invisibles - Monster DJ
2. The Clash - Know Your Rights
3. Devo - Too Much Paranoias
4. Blondie - Rip Her To Shreds
Even when I played a song with a comic strip character in it (Brenda Starr in "Rip Her To Shreds"), it was often an angry song.
5. Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
6. Devo - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
7. Devo - Praying Hands
8. The Cranberries - Forever Yellow Skies
Sometimes, I just want to let the album play on, like with Devo and Ozzie. Though Iron Man isn't about the Marvel Comics character, it makes most comic fans who hear it think of the character.
9. Ozzie Osbourne & Randy Rhodes - Iron Man (live)
10. Ozzie Osbourne & Randy Rhodes - Children of the Grave (live)
11. Dio - Sunset Superman
12. Pearl Jam - Do the Evolution
One advantage of late night shows is the ability to play music which uses language that cannot be mentioned during the day, provided I give a disclaimer so those who are offended by such language can tune away for a little while. Apparently, I am not allowed to mention song titles if they use those "bad" words, but I figure if listeners don't know what, say, "the F word" is, they can go to any schoolyard and find out.
13. Dead Kennedys - Nazi Punks Fuck Off
14. Broken Bones - Fuck Off and die
15. Twisted Sister - It's Only Rock and Roll (live)
16. Tom Robinson Band - Right On, Sister
17. Avenue Q the Musical - The Internet Is for Porn
I got a lot of phone calls of support during that set. One person said they were feeling depressed and hearing that set cheered them up. Another person was laughing as they complimented me on it, probably from Twisted Sister's Rolling Stones cover. The Avenue Q song doesn't actually use any "schoolyard words," but I played it safe by including it in that set. Then I started the next set with two more comics-oriented songs.
18. Styx - Earl of Roseland
19. Shawn Rhodes - You're My Wonder Woman
20. Eurhythmics - Double Plus Good
21. DNA - What About?
Shawn is another WBAI producer and DNA features Rick Derringer and Carmine Appice doing basic guitar and drums rock and roll in the synthesizer-oriented new age era. At this point in the show I was talking a lot about environmental issues, particularly global warming (I was mc-ing a slide presentation that Thursday) and Hurricane Katrina.
Then I played more mellow music to segueway smoothly into Wake Up Call.
22. The Who - Cook's County
23. Organic Dance Didjeridu - Cut Loose
My thanks to Susan Brown for giving me the opportunity to share music and opinions with her listeners.
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