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December 28, 2004

As New Year's Eve approaches, it's a celebration of intoxication.

Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
The Comedy Of Patrol Officer Tim O'Malley The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour George Agoglia, Richard Belzer It's a truly arresting comedy act.
America Drinks and Goes Home Freak Out! Frank Zappa Zappa does a lounge act parody. Amusingly enough, this tune was later covered in a totally straight fashion by Woody Herman.
Drinking Man's Concerto Rock and Roll Symphony Carnegie Carnegie is a relic of the disco era: a pair of twin brother singer/songwriters and pianists (Mark and Clark Seymour) with non-twin brother Scott on Mellotron. It falls into the category of what I call "post-Wagnerian rock" in that's it's heavy on bombast and pomp.
Hey Bartender The Blues Brothers - The Definitive Collection The Blues Brothers Were the Blues Brothers (Dan Ackroyd and the late John Belushi) a good idea because they brought classic R&B numbers like this one to a mainstream audience or were they a bad idea because they presented black art in whiteface?
Live from the Senate Bar Dear Friends Firesign Theatre It's a look inside the corridors of power.
Police Lineup TV or Not TV Proctor and Bergman Remember: guns and smoking may be dangerous to your health.
The Comedy Of Cardiologist Dr. Andrew Tillman The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour George Agoglia, Richard Belzer Heartfelt humor.
White Collar Drunk The Lenny Bruce Originals, V. 2 Lenny Bruce As Bruce points out in this classic routine, night club comics who did drunk routines never parodied the kind of drunk they saw every night in the club - the upper middle-class "white collar" drunk.
Grass Swept the Neighborhood Occupation: Foole George Carlin This cut and the next one actually deal with the differences between pot and booze and explain why the latter quickly replaced the former among American teenagers in the late 1950s.
Toledo Window Box Toledo Window Box George Carlin
The Indianapolis Academy of the French Accent The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour Christopher Guest, Chevy Chase, Emily Praeger, Alice Platyen Sound cultured in just ten easy lessons!
The Comedy Of News Anchor Robert K. Chancellor The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour George Agoglia, Richard Belzer News anchor as entertainer; is this prophetic or WHAT?
When The Moon Shines On The Moonshine Broadway: The American Musical Bert Williams From the Ziegfeld Follies Of 1919, this was recorded December 1st, 1919. Both his cut and the next one deal with the problems of obtaining booze during Prohibition.
Everybody Wants a Key to My Cellar Ziegfeld Follies of 1919 Bert Williams This was recorded on April 4th, 1919.
Alabama Song Kurt Weill from Berlin to Broadway Lotte Lenja (sic) From The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, this classic bit of Kurt Weill was recorded in Germany in 1930. Lenja's name is more commonly spelled Lenya, of course, and she married Kurt Weill.
The Boys in the Backroom Falling in Love Again Marlene Dietrich, Victor Young and His Orchestra Recorded on 12/19/1939, this is from the 1939 film Destry Rides Again, in which she starred opposite James Stewart.
Frankie and Johnny W.C. Fields and Mae West Mae West A tale of romantic homicide that all started when Frankie went out to get a bucket of beer.
Ron Pentecost School of Radio Announcing Somewhere Over the Radio Stevens and Grdnic You're not born with radio talents, but you CAN buy them!
Onion Radio News 6 The Onion's Finest News Reporting Doyle Redland Small Boy Destroys Ant Colony; Queen is Unharmed
Make it Another Old Fashioned, Please Everything the Traffic Will Allow Klea Blackhurst The song is by Cole Porter, from the show Panama Hattie (1940), where it was introduced by Ethel Merman. The recording is from Blackhurst's Merman tribute show, which she brought to St. Louis in 2002.
Moonshine Lullaby Here's to the Ladies Christine Andreas Here's another Merman original, written by Irving Berlin for Annie Get Your Gun (1946). Andreas has also brought her cabaret act to St. Louis.
The Ladies Who Lunch Company - Original Cast Elaine Stritch Stritch's character, Joanne, offers sarcastic observations on her fellow rich Manhattan matrons while getting noisily stinko in a Eurotrashy nightclub. Company (1970) is one of Stephen Sondheim's more commercially successful shows.
To Life Fiddler on the Roof - 2004 Revival Cast Alfred Molina, David Wohl, David Ayers and Men Tevye celebrates the conclusion of negotiations to marry his daughter Tzeitel to the prosperous butcher Lazar Wolf. Little does he know that Tzeitel has other plans.
The Comedy Of Psychiatrist Dr. Ricky Johnson The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour George Agoglia, Richard Belzer Are schizophrenics twice as funny?
Cocktails for Two The American Popular Song Jonathan and Darlene Edwards Jonathan and Darlene Edwards were actually bandleader Paul Weston and singer Jo Stafford. This deconstruction of the Sam Coslow/Arthur Johnson number celebrating the end of Prohibition is a classic example of Stafford's ability to go microtonal and Weston's ability to hit the wrong notes just right for maximum comic effect.
Cocktails for Two Spike Jones' Greatest Hits Spike Jones and His City Slickers; Carl Grayson (vocal) This 1944 parody of the same song was Jones' first big post-WWII hit.
Clink, Clink, Another Drink Spike Jones' Greatest Hits Spike Jones and His City Slickers; Del Porter and The Boys in the Backroom and Mel Blanc (vocals) This one, in contrast, was the first number to get any attention after Jones signed with RCA in 1941.
In Munchen Steht ein Hofbrau Haus Music for Non-Thinkers Guckenheimer Sour Kraut Band A parody of awful marching bands (and German ones in particular), the Guckenheimers were the creation of San Francisco businessman and musician Richard Gump. Their quintessentially terrible rendition of "The Stars and Stripes Forever" was often played on KMOX here in St. Louis, where they were billed as The Knob Noster Concert Band.
The Weiner Schnitzel Waltz Tom Lehrer Revisited Tom Lehrer Continuing in a Teutonic vein, this send-up of the Viennese waltz is intended to conjure up visions of "stale champagne drunk from sweaty slippers".
The Bruces' Philosophers Song Monty Pyton Sings! Monty Python's Flying Circus It's...the famous list of the drinking habits of Western Civ's greatest minds.
Natlamp Unto My Feet, With Father Joseph Vazinni The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour Norman Rose, Richard Belzer Holy jokes, Batman!
What's the Use of Gettin' Sober? Five Guys Named Moe - Original Broadway Cast Jerry Dixon, Doug Eskew From 1990, Five Guys is a musical revue based on songs popularized by Louis Jordan.
Bombed Anyway I'm Everyone That I Have Ever Loved Martin Mull Ashamed of having cut a disco track, Martin gets tanked in a bar run by Tom Waits.
Commercial: Puffed Grass Tip of the Freberg Stan Freberg What's good for Bossy is good for me and you!
New Year's Eve in a Haunted House Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights Raymond Scott Quintette Born Harry Warnow, Raymond Scott was a musical prodigy who had his own unique approach to composition. The Quintette recorded from 1937 to 1939. He went on to write and produce music for radio and TV and to experiment with electronic instruments, including an "instantaneous composing machine" called the Electronium.
What Are You Doing New Years Eve? Speaking of Love Marlene Ver Planck This version the Frank Loesser classic was recorded in London in 2002. Cabaret artist Ver Planck has also had a long career as a back-up vocalist from everyone from Mel Torme to Kiss and has recorded a number of commercial jingles as well.

Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.

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