FMF Episode #1 – Spring Cleaning


Intro Background Music: The Ventures – Walk, Don’t Run

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:

  1. Todd Rundgren – Wolfman Jack
  2. Wilson Pickett – Land Of 1000 Dances
  3. Betty Wright – Clean Up Woman
  4. Clarence Carter – Getting The Bills (But No Merchandise)

Intermission 1 Background Music: Andrew Oldham Orchestra – Play With Fire

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.  Some people get their cash from Automated Teller Machines, or ATMs.  England’s Hard-Fi gets theirs from a “Cash Machine”…

Set 2:

  1. Hard-Fi – Cash Machine
  2. The Strokes – Reptilia
  3. Interpol – Evil
  4. The Libertines – What Katie Did
  5. Rhinoceros – Better Times
  6. Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
  7. The Marvelettes – Sunshine Days
  8. Elmore James – Dust My Broom

Intermission 2 Background Music: Booker T & The MG’s – Plum Nellie

DJ: Hard-Fi brought us “Cash Machine” taken from 2005’s Stars Of CCTV.  The Strokes’ “Reptilia” from their 2nd album followed Hard-Fi.  Interpol gave us “Evil” from their sophomore release Antics.  Jumping back across the pond we hear Pete Doherty and The Libertines doing “What Katie Did”.  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.  The Marvelettes, famous for their massive 1961 hit “Please Mr. Postman“, did a psychedelic soul number called “Sunshine Days” and reminded us that clouds are still present on sunny days in the springtime.  Elmore James cleans up the set with his notorious slide guitar cover of Robert Johnson’s “Dust My Broom”.  We’re going to start the next block off with Twin Cities indie rockers 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 do some dishes and wash some cars…

Set 3:

  1. Free Energy – Dream City
  2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Sink/Let It Sway
  3. Mojo Nixon – Wash Dishes No More
  4. The Rolling Stones – The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man
  5. The Hollies – I’m Alive
  6. Bob Dylan – From A Buick 6
  7. Paul Revere & The Raiders – Powder Blue Mercedes Queen
  8. Rose Royce – Car Wash

Intermission 3 Background Music: Tame Impala – Gossip / 18 Carat Affair – Personal Evaluation III

DJ: Wrapping up our dishes and cars block is Rose Royce and the theme song to the 1976 comedy Car Wash.  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.  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?  Now its time for Curtis Mayfield to remind us all that if there is a hell below, we’re all going to go…

Set 4:

  1. Curtis Mayfield – (Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below, We’re All Going To Go
  2. Monophonics – Bang Bang
  3. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – I Learned The Hard Way
  4. The Raspberries – I Wanna Be With You
  5. Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
  6. Outkast – So Fresh, So Clean

Intermission 4 Background Music: Duane Eddy – Rebel Rouser

DJ: While lamenting about going to hell, we transitioned into a murder ode cover from Monophonics; the Cher-sang-Sonny Bono-penned, “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)“.  Sharon Jones (RIP) rips apart an ex-lover in “I Learned The Hard Way” from 2010’s LP of the same name, while The Raspberries yearn in juxtaposition in 1972’s “I Wanna Be With You” off of Fresh.  Queen gave us a tune for tumultuously dusting the shelves, while 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).  Now, with a soft Willie Nelson number, let’s jump into the last set of the day with “Phases & Stages/Washing The Dishes”…

Set 5:

  1. Willie Nelson – Phases & Stages Theme/Washing The Dishes
  2. Bruce Springsteen – Hungry Heart
  3. Moon Martin – Bad Case Of Lovin’ You
  4. The Saints – (I’m) Stranded
  5. Dave Edmunds – Girls Talk
  6. Radiohead – Everything In Its Right Place

Outro Background Music: Frank Ocean – White

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.  The Boss preceded Moon with his classic “Hungry Heart” from the double LP The River.  Now it’s time to enjoy that spotless accomplishment known as your abode.  Please, join us next week for another round of Feel Me Flow…

 

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