Saturday, December 27, 2008

Land of the Lost Playlist - December

Land of the Lost Playlist
December 26, 2008


The B-52s - Planet Claire
Tonio K - The Funky Western Civilization
Gang Of Four - At Home He's A Tourist
Elvis Costello - Less Than Zero
The Fools - It's A Night For Beautiful Girls
Thomas Dolby - I Scare Myself
Visage - Fade To Grey
Nena - Just A Dream
The Mo-Dettes - The Story So Far
The Reaction - Talk Talk (pre-Talk Talk)
Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation
Deckchairs Overboard - That's The Way
Ultravox - Hiroshima Mon Amour
The Damned - Smash It Up
Madness - Cardiac Arrest


Adam Ant
- Room At The Top
Anna Domino - Time For Us
Duran Duran - Late Bar
Felony - The Fanatic
Blondie - I'm Gonna Love You
Blue Rondo A La Turk - Change
The Waitresses - Heat Night
Romeo Void - Never Say Never
OMD - Her Body In My Soul
Fad Gadget - Ricky's Hand
OTO - Anyway
Wang Chung - Wait 12"


Twelve Drummers Drumming - Have You Heard It
Tom Tom Club - Bamboo Town
A Flock Of Seagulls - Tanglimara
Throbbing Gristle - Adrenalin
Soft Cell - Bedsitter
DEVO - Snowball
Erasure - A Little Respect
David Bowie - Modern Love
Pat Benatar - We Live For Love
The Knack - Good Girls Don't
Martha & The Muffins - Paint By Number Heart
Martha & The Muffins - Swimming
M + M - Black Stations White Stations
Berlin - Masquerade


Heaven 17 - I'm Your Money
Bananarama - Aie a Mwana
Book Of Love - Modigliani
Teardrop Explodes - Second Head
Absolute Body Control - Automatic
Human League - Empire State Human
Yaz - Nobody's Diary
Depeche Mode - Leave In Silence
Talking Heads - Seen And Not Seen
Liquid Liquid - Optimo
Bunnydrums - YBB
Joy Division - Digital
The B-52's - 53 Miles West Of Venus
Godley & Creme - Cry

Friday, December 12, 2008

R.I.P. Bettie Page

Bettie Page, the 1950s secretary-turned-model whose controversial photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, died Thursday. She was 85.

Page was placed on life support last week after suffering a heart attack in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness, said her agent, Mark Roesler. He said he and Page's family agreed to remove life support. Before the heart attack, Page had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia.

"She captured the imagination of a generation of men and women with her free spirit and unabashed sensuality," Roesler said. "She is the embodiment of beauty."

Page, who was also known as Betty, attracted national attention with magazine photographs of her sensuous figure in bikinis and see-through lingerie that were quickly tacked up on walls in military barracks, garages and elsewhere, where they remained for years.

Her photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of then-fledgling Playboy magazine, as well as controversial sadomasochistic poses.

"I think that she was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, someone who had a tremendous impact on our society," Playboy founder Hugh Hefner told The Associated Press on Thursday. "She was a very dear person."

Page mysteriously disappeared from the public eye for decades, during which time she battled mental illness and became a born-again Christian.

After resurfacing in the 1990s, she occasionally granted interviews but refused to allow her picture to be taken.

Monday, December 08, 2008

In Search Of Holiday Humor

Well, for those unaware - it was 15 years ago when WXPN came to me, with those puppy-dog eyes, hoping that I'd fill in on December 24. Seems no one was available and it was the days before digital broadcast, where you could run special programming without assistance.

So, I agreed - AS LONG AS they gave me complete freedom to spin an aural web of sounds of the season - direct from my collection of holiday tunes.

What they didn't know was that I had already developed a fascination for Christmas songs. Not the burnt cookies anyone can hear up and down the dial in December. My collection was chock-full of unique nuggets - some not given the light of day for decades.

So, they agreed to give me three hours and I delivered.

The three hours went to four - which went to six. On my 13th anniversary of The Night Before on XPN, somewhat as a joke, I suggested 12 hours to celebrate the past 12 years! Management said 'okay' and the next thing you know I was on for 12 nonstop hours.

Last year management asked what I planned to do to top my 12-hour marathon the previous year - - I said, how 'bout 24 hours?! After checking my pulse and temperature - just to be sure I wasn't babbling under some illness - they agreed.

So, last year I was on the air for 24-nonstop hours. And this year I do it all again. 24 nonstop hours on the 24th day of December!

Best of all, if you can't listen on the FM dial - you can listen live worldwide at

Hopefully I'll have some new bells and whistles to add to the mix this year! I plan to have a couple special GIFT BAG music hours - 60 minutes of nothing but requested songs, each titled for a possible gift idea. Additionally, I might have some live guests swing by as well as some other features from years' past; like a rebroadcast of It's A Wonderful Life (originally aired March 1947) and other goodies.

But here's an idea that I can use a little help with ... I want to present throughout the 24 hours a little bit of holiday humor. So, if you have any seasonal jokes (they must be clean - due to FCC guidelines etc), comment and share them here, so I can add them to my list. Think groan/cute kids jokes if you need some guidelines!

Here's one to get you started:

What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?


(thank you, I'm here all week!)

Sex Dwarf Playlist - Snow Ball '08

Sex Dwarf Playlist
Friday, December 5

- 2008 Snow Ball

DJ Robert Drake 9:00 - 10:30pm

WIRE / Over Theirs
Soft Cell / Say Hello, Wave Goodbye 12"
Level 42 / Something About You
XTC / Making Plans For Nigel
The Motels / Danger
The Nails / 88 Lines About 44 Women
The Fixx / Red Skies
Red Rockets / China
Sparks / With All My Might 12"
Hipsway / Honeythief 12"
Human League / (Keep Feeling) Fascination
Talk Talk / It's My Life 12"
Simple Minds / New Gold Dream
Human League / Lebanon
Man Parrish / Hip Hop, Be-Bop
King / Love & Pride 12"
A Flock Of Seagulls / I Ran
Depeche Mode / Question Of Time
David Bowie / China Girl
The Go-Go's / Head Over Heels

DJ Marilyn Thomas 10:30 - 11:30pm

Eurythmics / Love Is A Stranger
Siouxsie & The Banshees / Kiss Them For Me
Tears For Fears / Pale Shelter
Ultravox / The Thin Wall
Spandau Ballet / The Freeze
Peter Godwin / Images Of Heaven
A Flock Of Seagulls / Wishing (I Had A Photograph Of You)
Duran Duran / Planet Earth
New Order / Temptation
Depeche Mode / Shake The Disease
The Cure / A Forrest
The Smiths / How Soon Is Now
Echo & The Bunnymen / The Cutter
Icicle Works / Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream)

DJ Robert Drake 11:30pm - 12:15am

Yaz / State Farm
Sheila E / Love Bizarre 12"
Baltimora / Tarzan Boy
Limahl / NeverEnding Story 12"
Eurythmics / I Love To Listen To Beethoven
Telekin / Imagination
Go West / We Close Our Eyes 12"
Suzi Quatro / Rock Hard
Violent Femmes / Blister In The Sun

DJ Marilyn Thomas 12:15 - 1:00am

The Vapors / Turning Japanese
M / Pop Musik
Erasure / A Little Respect
Bronski Beat / Why?
Dead Or Alive / You Spin Me Round
Soft Cell / Tainted Love
Falco / Rock Me Amadeus
Adam Ant / Ant Music
The Smiths / Bigmouth Strikes Again
Joy Division / Love Will Tear Us Apart
Siouxsie & The Banshees / Peek-A-Boo
Kon Kan / I Beg Your Pardon
aha / Take On Me 12"
Peter Schilling / The Different Story (Life Of Lust & Crime)

DJ Robert Drake 1:00 - 2:00am

The Bangles / Hazy Shade Of Winter
Depeche Mode / Flexible 12"
Re-Flex / The Politics Of Dancing 12"
Laid Back / White Horse
Prince / Erotic City
Berlin / No More Words
Dead Or Alive / My Heart Goes Bang
New Order / Regret
Gary Numan / Cars 12"
Heaven 17 / Penthouse & Pavement
Japan / Quiet Life 12"
Soft Cell / Sex Dwarf
Grace Jones / Use Me 12" - close song

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Irony, You Never Looked So Good

found on the interwebs

Prop 8: The Musical

This is probably the best musical number I've seen ---

The star-studded participants include Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris, Margaret Cho, John C. Reilly, Maya Rudolph and many more familiar faces.

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die