This week’s show has a lot of movie-related stuff going on. I’m not sure why—I swear, it wasn’t intentional (at least, not consciously; what my subconscious does is no business of mine). Songs from cult/popular/crap eighties movies (one each), plus a Disney movie tune, because, well, why not? Maybe everybody does want to be a cat. Or, you know, vice-versa.
There’s also the usual assortment of covers & quirky WTF-type numbers; Nazareth (“Love Hurts,” “Hair of the Dog”) does a song by Crazy Horse (Neil Young’s backup band—whose impressive levels of scraggly scruffiness make Neil himself look clean-cut & debonair), Johnny Cash sorta covers/re-composes a Ramblin’ Jack Elliott song, & Rotary Connection (who you might remember from last week) do their version of “Soul Man,” which inspires nothing so much as the question, “But—wait, huh?”
Finally, loyal longtime listeners (& if you’re in the Triple-L Club, this week’s password is in the knothole of the third tree from the left next to where they used to keep the bikes) will note that not only have I found yet another song by Indeep (which, I think, will be the last; not counting an instrumental B-side which I’m sure will get its turn someday) as well as, gallingly enough, another version—in my own collection, no less; a criminal oversight, conceptually speaking—of “If You Go Away.” & I think this might be the first Moroder-free week in a while. Not that I’m tired of him (far from it), but I guess we all need a break from time to time.
Revolutionary Plastics Hour: Volume Thirty-One
Nazareth—Beggar’s Day (Crazy Horse)
M—To Be Is to Buy
The Beat Kids—Life is Juggle (ft. Sadat X)
Rotary Connection—Soul Man (Sam & Dave)
Hip Hop For Respect—One Four Love Part 1 (instrumental)
Lana Cantrell—If You Go Away
Johnny Cash—Mr. Garfield
Phil Harris—Everybody Wants to Be a Cat (from The Aristocats)
Josie Cotton—Johnny, Are You Queer?
Sandra Bernhard—Mighty Real
Jeff Kutash & the Dancin’ Machine—Disco Bones
Farah—Law of Life (instrumental) (slow)
Three Amigos—My Little Buttercup
Bobcat Goldthwait—I’m a Lot Like You (from Burglar)
Bob & Ray—Two Face West
MED—Special (ft. Erykah Badu) (instrumental)