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Options September 13, 2017: The start of a new WFMU schedule, so it's time for my annual tribute to Jim McIntyre, aka Jimmy Mack, my good friend from high school who was a lifelong influence on my musical taste

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[photo via Kathy Moore] It's the first week of the new WFMU Fall/Winter/Spring schedule, and as I've done since my very 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, then one of the top rock stations in the country. He started out as a volunteer on the station's acclaimed 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 willing 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 Jimmy 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 have the opportunity to 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
ultravox  i want to be a machine   Options s/t  island  1977      0:00:00 (MP3 | )
blizzard  down-town rock n'roll discoteque   Options 7"          0:07:01 (MP3 | )
matthew sweet  divine intervention   Options girlfriend  zoo  1991      0:11:06 (MP3 | )
the cars  they won't see you   Options candy-o  elektra    bonus track on new CD reissue, orig 1979  *   0:15:57 (MP3 | )
ramones  oh oh i love her so   Options leave home 40th anniversary edition  sire      *   0:19:44 (MP3 | )
girlie  hello, hello   Options 7"  ariola  1979      0:21:59 (MP3 | )
beth ditto  savoir faire   Options fake sugar  virgin      *   0:25:12 (MP3 | )
autobodies  conduits   Options power, heat and light  autobodies      *   0:41:12 (MP3 | )
plax  1x1   Options clean feeling  super secret      *   0:43:52 (MP3 | )
us weekly  women   Options s/t  night moves      *   0:46:05 (MP3 | )
guided by voices  cretinous number ones   Options how do you spell heaven  guided by voices inc      *   0:50:00 (MP3 | )
leather girls  she   Options s/t  yippee ki yay      *   0:51:26 (MP3 | )
orchestral manoeuvres in the dark  isotype   Options the punishment of luxury  white noise      *   0:58:58 (MP3 | )
some bizarre  don't be afraid   Options 12"  dark entries    orig 1983, new reissue  *   1:04:59 (MP3 | )
family scraps  mistakes   Options digital single  too pure  2017      1:11:15 (MP3 | )
duran duran duran  pearls & strawberries   Options duran  power vacuum      *   1:14:22 (MP3 | )
cait brennan  the angels lie   Options third  omnivore      *   1:18:58 (MP3 | )
heavy metal  blue suede shoe   Options           1:32:20 (MP3 | )
xl kings  coney island   Options 7"  rundle      *   1:34:05 (MP3 | )
rut  provoked   Options attraction 7" ep  digital regress      *   1:36:23 (MP3 | )
on the air  this can't be real   Options s/t 12" ep  pulse  1987      1:39:15 (MP3 | )
eyelids meet gary jarman  (go on) the first flight   Options 7"  jealous butcher    Eyelids coming to Monty Hall in November!  *   1:43:25 (MP3 | )
less art  diana the huntress   Options strangled light  gilead media    playing tomorrow night (early!) at Mercury Lounge with Vattnet  *   1:53:38 (MP3 | )
civil engineer  done in a day   Options ides  civil engineer      *   1:56:35 (MP3 | )
sam pocker & the pretty colors  weekends with you   Options digital single  sam pocker    you can buy it on bandcamp  *   2:03:09 (MP3 | )
the db"s  we were happy there   Options repercussion  albion  1981      2:05:27 (MP3 | )
the peep tempel  alexander   Options joy  wing sing      *   2:08:05 (MP3 | )
dream syndicate  how did i find myself here   Options how did i find myself here  anti    Steve Wynn will be on Joe Belock's Three Chord Monte show this Monday!  *   2:19:25 (MP3 | )
dan melchior  city lights   Options 7"  swashbuckling hobo      *   2:30:20 (MP3 | )
erma franklin  i don't want no mama's boy   Options va-honeybeat: groovy '60s girl-pop  real gone music      *   2:34:16 (MP3 | )
sparks  propaganda/at home, at work, at play   Options propaganda  island  1974      2:36:24 (MP3 | )
sparks  i wish you were fun   Options hippopatamus  bmg      *   2:39:47 (MP3 | )
vertical vice  100 flowers   Options promotion  vertical vice      *   2:48:31 (MP3 | )
sweet apple  she wants to run   Options sing the night in sorrow  tee pee      *   2:52:43 (MP3 | )
motörhead  heroes   Options under cover  motor      *   2:55:33 (MP3 | )

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 9:01pm coelacanth∅:

Great track
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 9:02pm coelacanth∅:

...hi Evan and Funkies
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 9:02pm Your Ace From Exchange Place:

Hey hey!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 9:02pm chad from oregon:

This week is already a hit.
  Wed. 9/13/17 9:04pm Stevel:

Awesome. I'm taking it as a tribute to Mr. Berger. Such a master guide to darker realms. I'll miss his show, and especially miss his voice.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 9:06pm chris_in_space:

Hey Funkaloids; it's good to be here after a couple weeks of missing the show. This one is starting of swimmingly. You've got my attention, @efd
  Wed. 9/13/17 9:06pm A.T.F.:

Remember uni-vox amps loud as fuck..
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 9:06pm chris_in_space:

Yes, indeed, RIP Wm Berger
  Wed. 9/13/17 9:09pm Marie:

love these lyrics
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 9:09pm fleep:

Greetings from the Valley
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 9:11pm medson:

Evening folks. Tough news today from WFMU
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 9:13pm coelacanth∅:

is it really true? i haven't been able to find any word about Wm. Berger checking out, all day, from any source - and it's easily believable that certain people at wfmu would play a "joke" in such poor taste.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 9:14pm efd:

sadly 100% true.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 9:14pm coelacanth∅:

(...i.e. a billboard that mentions "your dead mother")
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 9:14pm medson:

its no joke
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 9:17pm coelacanth∅:

Thank you Evan.

rest in peace Mr.Hip Bone, quiet dweller of the castle.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 9:18pm coelacanth∅:

-i think it's fucked up that there's no mention of it on wfmu's home page.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 9:19pm JakeGould:

You know, this week at WFMU is really death week:

• Monday: Dave Hill’s guest is a woman who basically helps people do pre-death planning.
• Tuesday: The sad and unexpected news of William Berger’s passing.
• Wednesday: This tribute show.

Not saying anything of this in criticism or anything negative. But wow… What a death week!
Avatar Wed. 9/13/17 9:20pm aratuk:

There probably will be some mention of it soon. People have to wrap their heads around it and come up with something appropriate to say.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 9:20pm efd:

@coel I believe there are family-related reasons why nothing has been posted yet. I would expect to see something tomorrow.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 9:20pm JakeGould:

@coelacanth∅: It’s not by accident it’s not mentioned on the homepage. William’s son apparently hasn’t been told yet—at least as of this afternoon—so nobody is in denlal at what happened, but outside of mentions on the playlists and maybe a vague dedication on air, the station is respecting the family’s wishes to be low key for now.
  Wed. 9/13/17 9:21pm Marie:

That,s a wonderful tribute, Evan. I am so sorry to hear of Bill Berger's passing. Wow.
  Wed. 9/13/17 9:21pm V Priceless:

hey efd and all - rock.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 9:22pm FletcherNYC:

Those Jimmy's of our lives (mine Damon, Chuck and Jeff) Such gifted and generous spirits. Makes me wonder where I'd be without having known
them. Thanks .
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 9:23pm coelacanth∅:

okay that's a good reason Jake. Thanks for telling me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 9:23pm efd:

thanks Marie and FletcherNYC, appreciate your thoughts.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 9:24pm JakeGould:

And positive thoughts to the memories of all that have passed.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 9:24pm Megadano:

Wm Berger was a true scholar of music and I would sit up whenever he got on the mic. Lots of peeople don't know that he was the music director for the station before Brian Turner. Ken said today that William was the first person he hired at WFMU. I'm just gutted that he is gone as he and his show were such a reliable fixture of my week.R.I.P.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 9:24pm Spatulator (formerly elwyn5150):

hello everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 9:27pm coelacanth∅:

yeh sorry Evan. i wasn't oblivious - i remember this time last year, and before. i just wanted a bit of clarity regarding Wm..
i'm sad for your loss.

rest in peace Jim McIntyre.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 9:27pm Megadano:

Fun fact: I listened to "My Castle Of Quiet" while storyboarding many episodes "Rick & Morty". He got me through lots of crazy deadlines.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 9:28pm efd:

totally understandable coel, no worrues. It's an unfortunate confluence of events, as Jake noted.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 9:28pm efd:

@Megadano right on, thanks for sharing those memories.
Avatar Wed. 9/13/17 9:29pm mr_mikeK:

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 9:31pm coelacanth∅:

Megadano that's interesting...my memory is messing with me then; i thought i remembered "the hip bone" from before Ken entered the scene.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 9:32pm medson:

@efd and you do a fine job every week. appreciate it
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 9:35pm Switchblade Batman:

So sorry for your losses @EFD, Jimmy and William.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 9:44pm efd:

thx medson and SB
  Wed. 9/13/17 9:50pm tim:

I like us weekly
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 9:50pm chris_in_space:

Yay, GbV! Saw them a couple weeks ago in Asbury Park!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 9:53pm efd:

I heard good things about that show, chris!
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 9:55pm chris_in_space:

@efd, it was a great show. Much better than the last time they rolled through Asbury Park and played the Stone Pony. Let's not talk about that one. Drove down from Toronto on both occasions, and I'd do it again.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 9:55pm medson:

saw Leather girls last year in Austin. Highly reccommended
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 9:58pm medson:

speaking of Austin bands A Giant Dog killed it at Monty Hall last Friday
  Wed. 9/13/17 9:58pm tim:

us weekly like the mag
  Wed. 9/13/17 9:58pm BTX:

GLad this show is back on. Always excellent
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 9:59pm Cooh John:

Avatar Wed. 9/13/17 10:00pm Bianconeri:

New GBV is so fantastic. And every time I tell that to one of my insider friends, they say, "Wait until the next one!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 10:00pm Threemoons:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 10:02pm efd:

@tim good to know, thanks!
hi there Cooh John, BTX, and Bianconeri! Glad to have you here.
Sorry I missed that A Giant Dog show, Medson. Figured it would be a good one too.
  Wed. 9/13/17 10:04pm Doug Fister:

Oh yeah my jam!
  Wed. 9/13/17 10:05pm Stevel:

Always loved OMD. So cool.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 10:06pm medson:

@efd I've always liked their music, never saw them live. My friends who have relocated to Austin said I'd be crazy to miss them at Monty. They were more than right
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 10:08pm chris_in_space:

@Bianconeri: the new GbV, and the previous double LP August by Cake are both really great. This is truly a fantastic version of the band.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 10:11pm joe:

@efd I'm at a lose. My condolences to all of you guys up there I know you all must be reeling
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 10:14pm efd:

appreciate it joe, definitely a huge shock.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 10:25pm JakeGould:

Duran Duran Duran? Something else died this week… *rimshot*
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 10:28pm JakeGould:

  Wed. 9/13/17 10:29pm Marc15:

Only 2????
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 10:29pm Switchblade Batman:

Ooh, that Tarfu report sounds AMAZING. Didn't realize Taibbi that it was going on. Thanks for the heads up @EFD
  Wed. 9/13/17 10:29pm Marc15:

Glad you are here Evan
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 10:34pm medson:

Bleep Bleep
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 10:34pm medson:

Put a note on that one
  Wed. 9/13/17 10:34pm Stevel:

Holy crap, to Heavy Metal... even though they swear-tagged out!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 10:37pm efd:

yeah noted
  Wed. 9/13/17 10:40pm Stevel:

Holy crap, yet again, to Rut and this entire set!
  Wed. 9/13/17 10:45pm Adam from Vancouver:

So touching that Ken played Wm singing "New Rose" on his show today. He really did justice to that classic on the mic! I'm missing him terribly already. No more new CoQ. That's a real kick in the stomach. So thankful we have his archives! And thank you, EFD, and all WFMU faithful!
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 10:46pm JakeGould:

Dang! These Eyelids are pretty good.
  Wed. 9/13/17 10:50pm Marc15:

Is that "Jealous Butcher" Sam from "The Brady Bunch"?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 10:53pm coelacanth∅:

haha i always like to hear that album title!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 10:58pm efd:

ooh, good question Marc15 - I'm not sure!
Avatar Wed. 9/13/17 10:58pm Wm K Moss:

Leaning forward. Great show. Thanks. I just found WFMU this week. Enjoying this freeform format.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 10:59pm efd:

hey Adam, thanks! Yeah, it was great to see Wm doing "New Rose," good call by Ken to play that today.
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:01pm Carmichael:

Heya Evan and funkateers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 11:01pm medson:

welcome WM k moss
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 11:05pm efd:

Welcome WKM! Happy to have you join our merry crowd.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 11:06pm JakeGould:

There needs to be some song about “Instagram Boyfriends.” The poor schmoes who take the pictures of their girlfriends eating salad and shit in an Anne of Green Gables hat and such.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 11:06pm Switchblade Batman:

Weekends with you is pretty great, it's something incredibly modern and also works good if you sing it sarcastically when you're on Tinder.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 11:07pm Switchblade Batman:

I feel that there is one, or something to that effect @JakeGould.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 11:10pm Switchblade Batman:

Fun fact though, according to copyright law it's that dumb schmo who took the picture that owns the rights to it. Copyright goes to the one who hit the shutter.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 11:18pm medson:

go for protomartyr
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:19pm Stevel:

Ticket snakers!?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 11:24pm efd:

@medson your advice was followed
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 11:25pm medson:

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 11:25pm medson:

Im gonna try and make that show
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:27pm Marie:

Nice jam
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 11:28pm efd:

Jason Victor, who I just saw in Matthew Sweet's band, is playing guitar in Dream Syndicate also.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 11:29pm medson:

Love the vibe on this song
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:30pm Stevel:

This is pretty good.
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:30pm Carmichael:

Sweet. Clicky star.
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:32pm Stevel:

Lotta sharp edges tonight. Cutting, even.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 11:37pm mcgreivey:

Era Franklin wrrrox.
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:37pm Stevel:

All Sparks. All the time. Really.
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:39pm Carmichael:

First I thought Jello Biafra. The natural go to are the Mael brothers.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 11:39pm mcgreivey:

Erma autocorrects to Era or Erna, apparently
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 11:40pm efd:

@Stevel OK then
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 11:42pm coelacanth∅:

gotta go. Thanks Evan
Really Great program!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 11:42pm Julie:

this Sparks song is great
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:42pm Stevel:

My wildest dreams! You'd think they might stop in Chicago.
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:44pm Stevel:

Still so good. Amazing.
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:46pm Stevel:

You have a pass, for the Sparks show!
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:47pm A.T.F.:

prerecord show someone presses play you see sparks problem solved....
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 11:50pm Whosondephone:

Thanks for making me feel less home sick Evan! Great show!
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:51pm Julie M:

Good night, Evan, nice show. Good night, Jimmy Mack.
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:52pm Tee Ess:

Dis Vertical Vice song coulda been on Warfrat Tales...
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:53pm Stevel:

Great evening, efd. Thank you!

Bless William and those he loved and affected.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 11:55pm efd:

thanks for tuning in everyone, always appreciated. Thanks for all the positive thoughts.
     Wed. 9/13/17 11:56pm 12539:

Thank you, EFD!
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:56pm Stevel:

Fuck. Yes.
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:56pm Carmichael:

Motorhead? Melody? Verse, chorus?
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:57pm mcgreivey:

A new Sweet Apple record? Why do I even listen to the radio? Now I'll have to buy it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 11:58pm efd:

@mcgreivey that's why you listen!
  Wed. 9/13/17 11:58pm A.T.F.:

All them lemmy covers... efd see sparks...
  Thu. 9/14/17 12:01am mcgreivey:

@eff Dang. Huh. Yeah, I suppose you're right.
Avatar    Thu. 9/14/17 12:02am mcgreivey:

That was @efd
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