I guest-hosted for Jim Freund's show Hour of the Wolf on October 4, 2003 from 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM. He was recovering from hospitalization (he's fine!) and urged me to do a free-form talk show, not just 'Nuff Said!. I sort of did, playing a lot of music, telling stories and playing portions of three interviews with comic book creators that I had done the previous month. I had a lot of fun with the show and am grateful to Jim for giving me the air time. For more information on the people I interviewed, click to Guest List Archives Page 17.
Jim plays a lot of Steeleye Span, so I wanted to open with something in a similar vein. I chose a local band that often plays at the Medieval Festival that is held near the Cloisters every September. "Can't You Dance the Polka?" is also covered by Steeleye Span.
In the following list, the artist comes first then the song title and I skip a line between sets.
The Crimson Pirates - Johnny Jump Up
Jethro Tull - And the Mouse Police Never Sleeps
The Crimson Pirates - Can't You Dance the Polka?
Peter Alsop - Wha-d-ya Wanna Do?
The Tearjerkers - Comic Book Hero
Peter Alsop is a renowned children's songs performer with a wonderful sense of humor. Ed and I opened most of the episodes of 'Nuff Said! with The Tearjerkers, a band from Belfast, Ireland who, to my knowledge, never were signed by a record company. They had two songs on the compilation album "Through the Back Door," possibly their only distributed recordings.
Danny Fingeroth interview
UB40 - Rat in Me Kitchen
Pearl Jam - Baba O'Riley
The Prodigals - Jaw of Life
Quite a mixed set: ska, rock and roll and Irish music. That's my taste in music: all over the place. I continue to go all over the place for the rest of the show.
Ray is a very clever songwriter, making some excellent social or political points with wonderful humor. Margo's song is about the Indian Point Nuclear Plant, again using humor to make her point. I experienced some of the CSN song when I, too, stopped at Winchester Cathedral on my way to Stonehenge. I'm sure the lyric "wiped a cobweb off a face" refers to the bishops' crypts inside the cathedral.
Jamal Igle interview
John Barry - 007 (not the James Bond Theme, but a piece of music Barry used in many of the Bond movies)
Peter Alsop - It's Only a Wee Wee
Star Trek Rhapsody
I don't know who did "Star Trek Rhapsody." A friend of mine found it on the internet. It's Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" done with Star Trek lyrics. I wonder if Freddie Mercury would have appreciated the cleverness or would he have been angry at someone not taking his song seriously?
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