This week's I.W.H. kicks off with a typically atypical post-Memorial Day salute, featuring John Wayne, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Marx Brothers, The Decemberists and many others.
Also: Imagine Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue arranged for piano and four voices. The Bobs bring their usual brilliance and irreverence to this classic, which will be played sometime around 8:30 PM.
Tuesday 5/26/09 8-10PM
REBRO Friday Midnight after P5K
The Star Trek franchise was never really dead--it just smelled that way for a while. And now it seems to be planning to live long and prosper with a vengeance.
For this week's I.W.H. we offer the musical equivalent of a Vulcan mind-meld, featuring cruel and unusual treatment of the Star Trek theme music, weird Trek novelties and comedy and some truly embarrassing moments from the "musical" careers of Messrs. Shatner and Nimoy.
Tuesday 5/19/09 8-10 PM
REBRO Friday midnight after P5K
You know “La Paloma” ("The Dove", for those of you wondering what the picture has to do with this)—whether you know it or not. It’s buried somewhere in your brain even if you don’t know what it’s called. Trust me on this.
The Guinness Book of Records lists “Yesterday” by the Beatles as the most recorded song of all time, with over one thousand, six hundred known versions, but “La Paloma” was first recorded in 1899 and since then has been recorded over two thousand times, by some estimates. This week’s I.W.H. will feature a mere forty-five of those versions, selected from virtually the entire history of recorded music, including rock, jazz, soundtrack, pop, opera, reggae and many other genres. I double-dog dare you to listen to the entire show.
Booker T. Jones, better known as the leader of 60’s funk pioneers Booker T. & The MG’s, has a new album out for the first time in decades, backed by the Drive-By Truckers and featuring steamin’ guitar solos from Neil Young.
It’s called Potato Hole and in honor of the occasion this week’s I.W.H. will open with a musical salute to Booker T.’s titular tuber.
Tuesday 5/5/09 8-10 PM
If you remember The Association at all, it's probably for the frat-boy mush of "Cherish", the mindless sunshine pop of "Windy" or the song that gave them their Fifteen Minutes of Hip, "Along Comes Mary" (All of which I love, don't get me wrong).
But they made enough weird choices (like following up their first #1 hit, "Cherish", with something called "Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies") and creative experiments (like "Requiem for the Masses", possibly the only American pop song with a chorus taken from Renaissance choral music and sung in Latin) to make them more interesting than the average singles-oriented band of the time. During this week's I.W.H. we'll investigate some of their misses as well as a few of their hits, probably starting around 8:30 PM.
Tuesday, 4/28/09 8-10 PM REBRO Friday Midnight after P5K
In honor of Earth Day, this week the I.W.H. will be talking trash, musically speaking, and then giving the planet a good Spring cleaning.
Tuesday, 4/22/09 8-10 PM
REBRO Friday Midnight after P5K
When the economy has been gutted the only thing left to do is stuff it. (TAXidermy, get it?)
This week, the I.W.H. annual salute to one of the two certain things in life.
Tuesday, 4/14/09 8-10 PM
REBRO Friday Midnight, after P5K
It’s been fourteen years since Horizontal Program, a collection of parody songs about the TM Movement and life in Fairfield, was first unleashed upon our unsuspecting community. Since then it has traveled as far as Africa, Brazil and Japan, been bootlegged in vast quantities and even had its song-titles uploaded to iTunes by some enterprising fan.
People have told me that they decided to move to Fairfield because of it; TM teachers have told me they’ve used it as part of Three Day Checking;young folks who were in grade school when it came out have told me how much they still enjoy it. (One even brought the cassette to school for show-and-tell—I can only imagine how well that went over.)
"When at last this little instrument appeared...the disappointment arising from its humble appearance was only partially relieved on finding that it was really able to talk." --James Maxwell, The Telephone (1878)
A salute to the telephone on this week's I.W.H.
Tuesday, 4/7/09 8-10 PM--Rebro Friday Midnight, after P5K
Yes, it's the pre-April Fool's Day show on the I.W.H.--featuring knock-knock jokes!