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April 12, 2005

It's a celebration of Tom Lehrer's 77th birthday (April 9th), plus an interview with Pete Bergman of the Firesign Theatre. Speaking of which, here are the web sites mentioned in the interview:

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
The Mz. Information Show TV or Not TV Proctor and Bergman Here's a little sample from the broadcast day of Channel 85, complete with incompetent but well-meant PSAs and a talk show hosted by an android.
Bring Us Together
Nasi Goring
Our Lady With the Torch
Boys FilmMusik Nathan Larson From Boys Don't Cry (1999) This disc collects an impressively eclectic mix of music that's heavily influenced by the alternative rock (he used to play what he calls "very loud guitar" for the band Shudder to Think) and electronic scenes.
Operator FilmMusik Nathan Larson From Phone Booth (2002)
Tigerland FilmMusik Nathan Larson From Tigerland (2000)
You Can Take What's Left of Me FilmMusik Nathan Larson From Prozac Nation (2001)
Harry Block: 417 Reasons Why You Should Let Us do Your Income Tax - Reason #110 The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour Lee Richardson "Many on our staff are Jewish - if you see what I'm getting at."
Fiction FilmMusik Nathan Larson From Storytelling (2001). Nina Perrson provides the Björk-ish vocals
I Want Someone Badly FilmMusik Nathan Larson This is listed as a "bonus track", which is another way of saying it's a song that has yet to find its way into a soundtrack.
Small Town Jail FilmMusik Nathan Larson From Boys Don't Cry.
Mom's Mercedes FilmMusik Nathan Larson From High Art (1998).
Cirque International TV or Not TV Proctor and Bergman Despite attempts by video pirates to disrupt the signal, Channel 85 carries on with a heavily censored broadcast of "Amyl Nitro's Soviet surplus floating fortress of fun".
Communist Love Song
Harry Block: 417 Reasons Why You Should Let Us do Your Income Tax - Reason #408 The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour Lee Richardson "If you are arrested for tax fraud, we will emphatically deny having anything to do with you, so as not to prejudice your case."
Who Can See the Blue the Same Again? Who Can See the Blue the Same Again? Ann Hampton Callaway Sales from this CD single benefit victims of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. The words and music are by Callaway.
Life Has Been Good to Me Life Has Been Good to Me Randal Keith Actor/singer Keith has a list of high profile roles in regional and touring companies (e.g. Valjean in Les Miserables, the title character in Phantom of the Opera, Che in Evita). His CD is self-published and is available from his web site (www.randal-keith.com). The title track is from Randy Newman's musical Faust.
High Flying, Adored Life Has Been Good to Me Randal Keith This one is from Evita.
Gethsemane Life Has Been Good to Me Randal Keith This is, of course, from Jesus Christ Superstar.
Onion Radio News 31 The Onion's Finest News Reporting Doyle Redland Congress Approves "Americans With No Abilities" Act. Is this self-serving or WHAT?
Chapter 5 - Pickles Down the Rat Hole The Tale of the Giant Rat of Sumatra The Firesign Theatre Continuing this story from The Cheque Book of Hemlock Stones, the detective, Dr. Flotsam, Violet Dawn Dudley and Frank Acne, Jr. (disguised as Joe from Chicago and His Mob) infiltrate that notorious smokeasy The Mobius Dick in search of the sinister Electrician.
Interview Self Peter Bergman and Chuck Lavazzi Peter talks about how the Firesign Theatre got started, the heartbreak of radio, and how easy it is to be a Futurist.
Poisoning Pigeons in the Park The Remains of Tom Lehrer Tom Lehrer, orchestra conducted by Richard Hayman Lehrer cut these rarely heard orchestrated versions of his songs in January of 1960. I'm particularly in sympathy with this one since a pigeon flew into my dining room window last week, setting off the alarm and causing me to shell out a fair amount of money to repair the damage.
The Masochism Tango The Remains of Tom Lehrer Tom Lehrer, orchestra conducted by Richard Hayman Love hurts. Literally.
The Hunting Song The Remains of Tom Lehrer Tom Lehrer, orchestra conducted by Richard Hayman Given that Jeb Bush and the Florida legislature (a group for whom no idea is too insane, apparently) have just legalized shootouts in the streets, this seems appropriate.
We Will All Go Together When We Go The Remains of Tom Lehrer Tom Lehrer, orchestra conducted by Richard Hayman This one, on the other hand, seems appropriate in light of brother George's "nukes for all and all for nukes" foreign policy.
Selling Out The Remains of Tom Lehrer Tom Lehrer Lehrer wrote this one in 1973 for a student production of the musical Park at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he still teaches math.
(I'm Spending) Hanukkah in Santa Monica The Remains of Tom Lehrer Tom Lehrer, orchestra conducted by Rob Fisher And he does, too! Lehrer wrote this for Garrison Keillor's American Radio Company show in 1990.
Smut The Remains of Tom Lehrer Tom Lehrer Pornography will never go away because, as Lehrer says in his introduction, "dirty books are fun, that's all there is to it".
Pollution The Remains of Tom Lehrer Tom Lehrer It was written in 1965 and, sadly, is now more relevant then ever.


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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