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Options September 14, 2016: annual tribute to my high school friend Jim McIntyre, aka Jimmy Mack

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[photo: Jim McIntyre with his Mom at WBCN] Tonight's show is my first of the new WFMU schedule period, and as I've done since my first show on the weekly schedule back in 2006 I'm dedicating this show to my high school friend Jim McIntyre, also known as Jimmy Mack.

Jim's passion for music - and radio, for that matter - was overpowering and irresistible. In the late '70s, while we were still in high school, he began working at Boston's WBCN, one of the top rock stations in the country. He started out as a volunteer on the station's legendary Listener Line, then transitioned to the Music department and ultimately became WBCN's Music Director by the time he was 20.

Jimmy was as generous with his opinions on new bands he loved (Cheap Trick! The Dictators! The Motors! Ultravox! The Stranglers!) as he was with extra promo records that WBCN received, and I was a grateful and fortunate recipient of both during my last couple of years of high school. Jimmy and I stayed in touch through college -- in fact, he hired me as his assistant at Stiff Records' US office when he was doing radio promotion. But we drifted apart after he moved out West, and to my great regret we were no longer in touch when he passed away in 1986 due to AIDS-related complications. He was only 25.

His influence during those formative high school years has stayed with me to this day: many of the bands he introduced me to are still among my favorites, and I'd like to think that my own passion for seeking out new music and playing it on the radio is at least partly due to being friends with Jim back then.

As I've written here before, there have been countless times that I've wished Jim was still here so I could tell him about a great new record I'd heard, or he could tell me about his new favorites. I'm grateful that I can go on the radio every week and share my favorites with you. If you like what you hear, take a moment to say "thanks" to Jimmy Mack for shaping my musical taste for a lifetime.

(* = new)

Artist Track Album Label Year Comments New Approx. start time
the motors  airport   Options approved by the motors  virgin  1978       
pastiche  flash of the moment   Options 7"  euphoria  1976      0:03:54 ()
cheap trick  voices   Options dream police  epic  1979      0:07:40 ()
pezband  please be somewhere tonight   Options s/t  passport  1977      0:11:53 ()
fingerprintz  dancing with myself   Options 7"  virgin  1979      0:14:46 ()
ramones  swallow my pride   Options leave home  sire  1977      0:17:56 ()
bay city rollers  yesterday's héro   Options dedication  arista  1976      0:20:02 ()
the stranglers  down in the sewer   Options iv rattus norvegicus  a&m  1977      0:23:54 ()
rik & the pigs  life's a bust   Options 7" ep  feel it      *   0:44:06 ()
the wad  atomic   Options 7" ep  wad music inc      *   0:48:42 ()
wall  cuban cigars   Options 7" ep  wharf cat      *   0:51:10 ()
the wellies  higher calling   Options 7"  power      *   0:53:18 ()
styrenes  everything near me   Options cle 76-79 unreleased 3x7" box set  my mind's eye      *   0:56:15 ()
the scenics  do the wait   Options in the summer: studio recordings 1977-78  dreamtower    playing downstairs at Monty Hall (43 Montgomery St, Jersey City) on Sept 29!  *   1:03:41 ()
tv ghost  five colors blind   Options disconnect  in the red  2013      1:07:49 ()
blue orchids  feather from the sun   Options the once and future thing  tiny global productions    new music from this late '70s/early '80s band  *   1:11:49 ()
kelley stoltz  keep away   Options the scuzzy inputs of... willie weird  self-released      *   1:17:45 ()
honey bucket  teleporter   Options magical world  see my friends/metal postcard      *   1:19:55 ()
the paranoid style  the thrill is back   Options rolling disclosure  bar/none      *   1:27:37 ()
the barracudas  watching the world go by   Options va-another splash of colour: new psychedlia in brtain 1980-1985  cherry red      *   1:30:22 ()
the moles  space fever   Options tonight's music  fire      *   1:35:06 ()
david bowie  changes   Options hunky dory  rca  1971      1:38:58 ()
radar eyes  community   Options radiant remains  under road      *   1:42:24 ()
cozy  huggin' machine   Options button by button  hozac  2014  playing at Berlin this coming Friday night, with The Jeanies and Baby Shakes!    1:54:48 ()
cozy  cola shock kids   Options 7"  hozac  2012  playing on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show right here on WFMU this coming Saturday afternoon between 3 and 6pm!    1:57:13 ()
cozy  button by button   Options button by button  hozac  2014  playing at Union Pool this coming Saturday night, with Mettalleg, Gorilla, and Wyldlife!    1:59:46 ()
cozy  kiss me dummy   Options button by button  hozac  2014  Cozy Cozy Cozy Cozy Cozy!!    2:03:18 ()
the special pillow  un-free associate   Options at the earth's core          2:14:29 ()
the hecks  trust and order   Options s/t  trouble in mind      *   2:18:24 ()
beulah  score from augusta   Options when your heartstrings break  sugar free  1999      2:23:07 ()
the ampersands  you   Options this is your adventure too  self-released  2012      2:26:01 ()
bun e. carlos  i can only give you everything   Options greetings from bunezuela!  e one      *   2:28:35 ()
assorted artists  anti-drug PSAs   Options national associaction of progressive radio announcers presents: get off  napra        2:32:05 ()
bond  when you're up, you're up   Options 7"  cbs canada  1973      2:35:19 ()
morgan delt  sun powers   Options phase zero  sub pop      *   2:38:10 ()
jeff and jane  elephants   Options the middle  self-released      *   2:46:25 ()
sneaks  this is   Options gymnastics  merge      *   2:49:39 ()
ultravox!  my sex   Options s/t  island  1977      2:51:49 ()
zerodent  still hanging on   Options s/t  alien snatch  2016  playing here on the show in two weeks!    2:54:10 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 9:04pm dale:

this is seriously great.
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 9:05pm dale:

if it ain't stiiff, it ain't worth....well, you know.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 9:09pm efd:

hey dale, thanks for tuning in!
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 9:11pm dale:

have you ever given robin's countryside blvd a listen mr.deejay?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 9:12pm Dave in Vermont:

Sounding great, EFD. I think I got to listen one other time to your Jimmy Mack show. Seems those who got to know him were pretty lucky.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 9:13pm efd:

Lucky indeed, Dave.

@dale I have not - s it worth checking out?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 9:15pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Every year marvel that the gentleman must've impacted even my life via trying to pull in WBCN up here - & he was director by 20! Amazing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 9:16pm Fuzzy:

Another Jimmy Mack show! This shall be excellent!
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 9:16pm dale:

i thought it had good moments. it was released and pulled by the label two days later. might be on youtube now.

Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 9:19pm Figgsrock:

a) This is always a great show EFD. You definitely honor his memory. b) I just discovered I don't have "Airport" on my iPod. Guess I'm digging out the comp I have it on and loading it in!
  Wed. 9/14/16 9:20pm gw:

Another great show efd
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 9:24pm Bootsie:

Happy yer still here on Wednesday nights!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 9:25pm efd:

me too Bootsie! And I'm happy YOU are still here on Wednesday nights! All of you!
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 9:26pm Parq:

Great, great opening set this week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 9:30pm efd:

thanks Parq!
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 9:30pm Cheri Pi:

Nice Stranglers cut!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 9:31pm efd:

wait til you hear the story that goes with it CP!
  Wed. 9/14/16 9:31pm jj reddick:

what did jimmie mac die from?
  Wed. 9/14/16 9:31pm P-90:

Greetings, efd and Funksters
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 9:33pm Cheri Pi:

Strangling my loins EFD!!
  Wed. 9/14/16 9:33pm jj reddick:

is this kid 'n' play?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 9:33pm efd:

@jj It was complications from AIDS - I meant to include that when I was writing that piece and somehow forgot - just updated it, so thank you for asking.
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 9:41pm Cheri Pi:

Long live Jimmie Mac!!
  Wed. 9/14/16 9:42pm jj reddick:

Jimmy missed out on some great movies too, like Weekend At Bernie's
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 9:47pm Figgsrock:

Also EFD, I now realize I don't own any Bay City Rollers digitally (I have the S/T on lp), so there's yet another purchase you've inspired me to do.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 9:48pm efd:

If only I got commission!
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 9:50pm Loretta:

hi Evan...... great show ~ thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 9:51pm efd:

thanks Loretta!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 9:52pm jmd:

Cool! Reminds me of renaldo and the loaf a little, tiny bit. fun!
  Wed. 9/14/16 10:02pm AS from MP:

hey Evan, good evening - not my first Jimmy Mack dedication show, but as poignant and heartfelt as always, and amazing playlist. Thanks for sharing a little piece of your friendship - A broadcast like tonight's is another aspect of radio that is so unique.
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 10:05pm Danne D:

Hey EFD :) Hey Funk Fans :)

And always wonderful to hear your tribute to your dear friend, Evan!
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 10:06pm Danne D:

and thanks indeed to Jimmy Mack!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 10:15pm efd:

hey Danne, hey AS and jmd! Happy to see you all.
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 10:20pm coelacanth:

Evan i know i've heard a Jimmy Mack tribute show before, but not in years somehow. i'm sad for your loss. i know how it feels to have moments of longing for a casual conversation with someone that's been gone for many years. -and it sounds like he was quite extraordinary.
...rest in peace Jim McIntyre.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 10:26pm RZ:

Awesome band name! Honey Bucket is the Porta-Potty of Portland. :P
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 10:28pm melinda:

hi people
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 10:35pm efd:

hi Melinda!
@RZ, that's funny - I was thinking that was Honey Pot, but Honey Bucket also makes sense.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 10:35pm efd:

thanks for your comments, coel.
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 10:37pm coelacanth:

honey bucket is indeed a great name; but for me it conjures imagery that is much too lovely for porta potty references!

...hi melinda!
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 10:40pm coelacanth:

sweet! the first Bowie song i ever heard.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 10:42pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Still just awed by Bowie.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 10:47pm chad from oregon:

Thank you for bringing it week after week,efd!
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 10:48pm coelacanth:

ha! Thanks!
  Wed. 9/14/16 10:54pm Carmichael:

Heya Evan! I would love to hear some pulsating lovely sounds!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 10:56pm efd:

You've come to the right place, Carmichael!
  Wed. 9/14/16 11:03pm IFisher:

great show, efd!
touched by your tribute, caused me to think of friends long gone - thank you
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 11:04pm efd:

thanks IFisher, I appreciate that.
  Wed. 9/14/16 11:09pm johnM:

my pal was Marc in pdx...the jam, Patti Smith, Ramons, sexpistols, pretenders & plasmatics amidst the meh of the grateful dead (whom I appreciate more now) great set tunes!!..a newbie to the Mu
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 11:19pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks for the warm tribute to Jimmy Mack, efd. My takeaway is that it's not what you wear, what you look like or what possessions you own, but how you live your life and how you treat people. That's how you'll be remembered.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 11:23pm efd:

well said, Ken.

Welcome johnM, happy to have you here - and thanks for sharing the memory of your friend Marc.
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 11:30pm JakeGould:

Late but still excited!
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 11:31pm Danne D:

Sorry I've been quiet - been a great soundtrack to get things done :) Actually have to pack up but will be listening to the rest of this great show on my ride home. Thank you so much Evan. And RIP Jimmy Mack!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 11:34pm Ike:

Does dark chocolate count as a hard drug?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 11:36pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

It's okay if you don't inject it.
  Wed. 9/14/16 11:37pm sara:

find your own heroine
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 11:42pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

If you put choco in the freezer it gets hard. It's good tho'.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/14/16 11:43pm chris_in_space:

Checking in late tonight; sounding good. efd, think the Yankees are gonna be playing October ball? What a race in the AL East eh?
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 11:45pm coelacanth:

that's chocolate abuse.
  Wed. 9/14/16 11:45pm devlawn:

Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 11:48pm JakeGould:

Play “Clean Needles for Heroin Addicts” by “The Extreme Left Wing Liberals” (aka: Passionate and Objective Jokerfan)!
Avatar Wed. 9/14/16 11:54pm coelacanth:

whoa, haven't heard this in a few
  Wed. 9/14/16 11:56pm jon:

this was one of your best efd. great show
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 12:00am coelacanth:

that ultravox! album is mostly excellent. the rest is very good!
...i bought it only because i saw it was produced by Eno. i never heard of them, but i was happily surprised.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 12:01am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Appreciate the bright spot in the middle of the week that is the efd show. Thanks man!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 12:01am coelacanth:

...Thanks efd. excellent program, and tribute.
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