FMF Episode #1 – Spring Cleaning

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Intro Background Music

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
1

The Ventures

“Walk, Don’t Run”

Walk Don’t Run 

1960

DJ:  Welcome to Feel Me Flow!  This week we will be talking about everyone’s favorite springtime activity; spring cleaning!  After long winters and a dire need to open the windows, this time of year seems to get everyone restless to dump their cold weather collections.  So get out your broom.  Wash those dishes.  Vacuum the rugs.  Its time to be cleansed…

Set 1:  Upbeat

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
2

Todd Rundgren

“Wolfman Jack”

Something/Anything?

1972

3

Wilson Pickett

“Land Of 1000 Dances”

The Exciting Wilson Pickett

1966

4

Betty Wright

“Clean Up Woman”

I Love The Way You Love

1972

5

Clarence Carter

“Getting The Bills (But No Merchandise)”

Patches 

1970

6

Hard-Fi

“Cash Machine”

Stars Of CCTV 

2004

Intermission 1 Background Music

7

Andrew Oldham Orchestra

“Play With Fire”

The Rolling Stones Songbook

1965

 

DJ: In our opening block we start off with two powerhouse tracks led by a pulsing drum beat.  Todd Rundgren channels Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound with the third track off of his double LP Something/Anything?, “Wolfman Jack”.  Remember Wolfman Jack?

Roger Hawkins leads the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section in Wilson Pickett’s most epic version of “Land Of 1000 Dances”.  Who would’ve thought such amazing soul music could come from Alabama?

Speaking of soul, Betty Wright smooths things out a bit with “Clean Up Woman” from her 1972 LP I Love The Way You Love.  Written by Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke, Clarence would later make a career for himself under the pseudonym Blowfly.  If you haven’t heard of Blowfly, I’ll let you check him out on your own time.

Speaking of Clarence, Clarence Carter cleans up the set with his ode to buying the milk and not getting the sacred cow; “Getting The Bills (But No Merchandise)”.  Mr. Carter recorded a slough of great soul jams down at the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Speaking of paying the bills, you usually need cash for such a task.   Hard-Fi brought us “Cash Machine” taken from 2005’s Stars Of CCTV.

Set 2: Sporadic Mess

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
8

The Strokes

“Reptilia”

Room On Fire 

2003

9

Interpol

“Evil”

Antics 

2004

10

The Libertines

“What Katie Did”

The Libertines 

2004

11

Rhinoceros

“Better Times”

Better Times Are Coming 

1970

12

Aretha Franklin

“I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)”

I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You

1967

Intermission 2 Background Music

13

Booker T & The MG’s

“Plum Nellie”

Soul Dressing

1964

 

DJ:  Rhinoceros gave us “Better Times” from their third and final release “Better Times Are Coming“.  Rhinoceros were a label formed super-group that didn’t get the credit they deserved in their time.

The song features a blues/soul inspired bass line, leading us nicely into Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You); yet another Muscle Shoals track.

Jumping back across the pond we heard Pete Doherty and The Libertines doing “What Katie Did”.

Interpol gave us “Evil” from their sophomore release Antics.  

The Strokes played “Reptilia” from their 2nd album.

The Marvelettes, famous for their massive 1961 hit “Please Mr. Postman“, are going play us a psychedelic soul number called “Sunshine Days” and remind us that clouds are still present on sunny days in the springtime.

Set 3: Sunshine Dreams

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
14

The Marvelettes

“Sunshine Days”

In Full Bloom 

1969

15

Elmore James

“Dust My Broom”

Catfish Blues / Dust My Broom – 10″ Single

1951

16

Free Energy

“Dream City”

Stuck On Nothing

2010

17

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

“Sink/Let It Sway”

Let It Sway

2010

18

Mojo Nixon

“Wash Dishes No More”

Bo-Day-Shus!!! 

1987

Intermission 3 Background Music

19

18 Carat Affair

“Personal Evaluation III”

High Emotion

2012

DJ: Mojo Nixon tells us they ain’t gonna “Wash Dishes No More” right after Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin sang “Sink/Let It Sway“; produced by former Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla.  Sink. Dishes. Get it?

Free Energy.  Their debut LP Stuck On Nothing was produced by one of my favorite artists of all time James Murphy, of LCD Soundsystem fame.  After that, we might do some dishes…

Elmore James cleans up the set with his notorious slide guitar cover of Robert Johnson’s “Dust My Broom”.

These guys loved Elmore.  Here’s the Rolling Stones with an early deep track.

Set 4: Cars And Hell

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
20

The Rolling Stones

“The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man”

Out Of Our Heads 

1965

21

The Hollies

“I’m Alive”

I’m Alive – 7″ EP

1965

22

Bob Dylan

“From A Buick 6”

Highway 61 Revisited

1965

23

Paul Revere & The Raiders

“Powder Blue Mercedes Queen”

Country Wine

1972

24

Curtis Mayfield

“(Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below, We’re All Going To Go

Curtis

1970

Intermission 4 Background Music

25

DJ: Curtis Mayfield reminding us all that if there is a hell below, we’re all going to go.  How reassuring!

Before that we heard Paul Revere & The Raiders’ “Powder Blue Mercedes Queen” and Bob Dylan’s “From A Buick 6”.   Two classics about two classic cars.

Graham Nash and The Hollies reminded us that they’re alive (for now), while the Stones poked fun at American music promoters in “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” off of 1965’s Out Of Our Heads.

Let’s get funky now with a cover of Sonny & Cher’s “Bang Bang”.  Here’s the Monophonics.

Set 5: Soul Fresh

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
26

Monophonics

“Bang Bang”

In Your Brain 

2012

27

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

“I Learned The Hard Way”

I Learned The Hard Way

2010

28

The Raspberries

“I Wanna Be With You”

Fresh 

1972

29

Queen

“Another One Bites The Dust”

The Game 

1980

30

Outkast

“So Fresh, So Clean”

Stankonia 

2000

Intermission 5 Background Music

31

Duane Eddy

“Rebel Rouser”

Have ‘Twangy’ Guitar Will Travel 

1958

DJ: Outkast gives us an esteem booster for shower time in “So Fresh, So Clean” off of 2000’s Stankonia (released on Halloween).  Stankonia features my favorite Outkast cut, B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad).

Queen gave us a tune for tumultuously dusting the shelves, or kicking someone’s butt if that’s how you interpret it.

The Raspberries pined for a love in 1972’s “I Wanna Be With You” off of Fresh.

Sharon Jones (RIP) ripped apart an ex-lover in “I Learned The Hard Way” from 2010’s LP of the same name.

Now, with a soft Willie Nelson number, let’s jump into the last set of the day with “Phases & Stages/Washing The Dishes”…

Set 6: Original Place

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
32

Willie Nelson

“Phases & Stages/Washing The Dishes”

Phases And Stages

1974

33

Moon Martin

“Bad Case Of Lovin’ You”

Shots From A Cold Nightmare

1978

34

The Saints

“(I’m) Stranded”

(I’m) Stranded

1977

35

Dave Edmunds

“Girls Talk”

Repeat When Necessary

1979

36

Radiohead

“Everything In Its Right Place”

Kid A 

2000

Outro Background Music

37

Frank Ocean

“White [Ft. John Mayer]”

channel ORANGE 

2012

DJ:  That’s good.  Everything is in its right place.  The house is cleaned.  Thanks to Radiohead for closing out our last set with “Everything In Its Right Place”.

Dave Edmunds sang about hearing “Girls Talk”.

Australia’s premier punk pioneers, The Saints, presented (I’m) Stranded from their 1977 LP of the same name.

We heard the original version of “Bad Case Of Lovin’ You” by Moon Martin.  Moon released Shots From A Cold Nightmare in 1978, one year before Robert Palmer would record it for his album Secrets which would be a big hit for him.

Now it’s time to enjoy that spotless accomplishment known as your humble abode.  Please, join us next week for another round of Feel Me Flow!

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Author: Nick FMF

Music Blogger. FMF is a playlist curated specifically to chosen themes. Think Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour meets Little Steven's Underground Garage.

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