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Musical theater from off the beaten path. Obscure and unusual show tunes from within the canon and without, flops, failures, and the newest works from up-and-coming artists—plus tried-and-true hits. Also, occasional appearances from songs that are not show tunes (but only if they go really well with show tunes).

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Options February 19, 2021: Really great trash

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Images Approx. start time
Quincy Jones  Walking in Space   Options Walking in Space  A&M Records  1969  Music: Galt MacDermot Lyrics: Gerome Ragni & James Rado 
0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
The Hi-Lo’s  Clap Yo' Hands   Options On Hand  Starlite  1956  Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin 
0:14:03 (Pop‑up)
Jo Basile & His Accordion and Orchestra  Our Language of Love   Options Hit Songs from the Hit Show Irma La Douce  Audio Fidelity  1960  Music: Marguerite Monnot 
Rosemary Clooney  Hey There   Options Hey There  Philips  1958  Music & Lyrics: Richard Adler & Jerry Ross 
0:16:01 (Pop‑up)
Pat Suzuki with Ralph Burns & His Orchestra  Looking at You   Options Looking at You  RCA Victor  1960  Music & Lyrics: Cole Porter 
0:21:34 (Pop‑up)
Jay & the Americans  Some Enchanted Evening   Options Some Enchanted Evening  United Artists Records  1965  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II    0:24:04 (Pop‑up)
Barbra Streisand & Pins and Needles Ensemble  Sitting on Your Status Quo   Options Pins and Needles (25th Anniversary Studio Cast Recording)  Columbia Records  1962  Music & Lyrics: Harold Rome 
0:29:06 (Pop‑up)
Suzi Quatro  I Got Lost in His Arms   Options Annie Get Your Gun (1986 London Cast Recording)  First Night/Pinnacle  1986  Music & Lyrics: Irving Berlin 
0:31:46 (Pop‑up)
Tim Curry  Losing My Mind   Options S.T.A.G.E. Benefit  No Label  1996  Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim    0:35:41 (Pop‑up)
Alan Cumming  Mein Herr   Options I Bought A Blue Car Today  Yellow Sound Label  2009  Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb 
0:40:17 (Pop‑up)
Betty Buckley  You've Got to Be Carefully Taught   Options Story Songs  Palmetto Records  2017  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II    0:42:07 (Pop‑up)
Cole Porter  Everybodee Who's Anybodee   Options Cole Sings Porter: Rare and Unreleased Songs from Can-Can and Jubilee  Koch International Classics  1994  Music & Lyrics: Cole Porter 
0:49:55 (Pop‑up)
Bjorn Ulvaeus  Hot Shit   Options Chess (Demo)  No Label  1984  Music: Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus Lyrics: Bjorn Ulvaeus & Tim Rice 
0:53:13 (Pop‑up)
Sarah Brightman  Probably on Thursday   Options Love Changes Everything (The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection: Volume Two)  Really Useful Records  2005  Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice 
0:55:53 (Pop‑up)
The Body Shop  Never   Options Never  Buddah Records  1979  Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Betty Comden & Adolph Green    0:57:53 (Pop‑up)
Joe Joseph, Brennan Caldwell & Bob D'Haene  Who's Your Baghdaddy   Options Who's Your Baghdaddy, or How I Started the Iraq War (Original Cast Recording)  Broadway Records  2018  Music: Marshall Pailet Lyrics: A.D. Penedo 
1:02:56 (Pop‑up)
Cher  Mama Look Sharp   Options 3614 Jackson Highway  ATCO Records  1969  Music & Lyrics: Sherman Edwards 
1:08:15 (Pop‑up)
Yma Sumac  Queen of the Night   Options No Album  No Label  Unknown  Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Lyrics: Emanuel Schikaneder    1:11:22 (Pop‑up)
Andrzej Rybinski  Badz Zdrowa Dziewczyno   Options Na Szkle Malowane  Polskie Nagrania Muza  1971  Music: Katarzyna Gartner Lyrics: Ernest Bryll 
1:14:45 (Pop‑up)
Marie-Mai & J-F Bastien  Without You   Options No Album  No Label  2004  Music & Lyrics: Jonathan Larson (lyrics translated into French)    1:17:21 (Pop‑up)
Jens Janke, Felix Martin & Chorus  Der Klang von Notre Dame   Options Der Glockner von Notre Dame (Berlin Cast)  Stage Entertainment (Warner)  2017  Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz (translated into German by Michael Kunze) 
1:21:15 (Pop‑up)
Freddie Mercury  Time   Options Time  EMI  1986  Music: Jeff Daniels Lyrics: Dave Clark 
1:30:35 (Pop‑up)
Bryan Ferry  Where or When   Options As Time Goes By  Virgin  1999  Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Lorenz Hart 
1:33:30 (Pop‑up)
Linda Eder  Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)   Options Broadway My Way  Atlantic  2003  Music: Mitch Leigh Lyrics: Joe Darion 
1:36:52 (Pop‑up)
Matt Rodin  Runnin'   Options Beau (World Premiere Recording)  Masterworks Broadway  2019  Music: Douglas Lyons & Ethan Pakchar Lyrics: Douglas Lyons 
1:40:00 (Pop‑up)
Andre Ward & Escape to Margaritaville Company  Volcano   Options Escape to Margaritaville (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Mailboat  2018  Music & Lyrics: Jimmy Buffett 
1:42:41 (Pop‑up)
Elvis Presley  Can't Help Falling in Love   Options Blue Hawaii  RCA Victor  1961  Music & Lyrics: Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore & George David Weiss 
1:48:12 (Pop‑up)
Olivia Newton-John  Hopelessly Devoted To You   Options Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture  RSO  1978  Music & Lyrics: John Farrar 
1:50:55 (Pop‑up)
Louis Armstrong  Hello, Dolly!   Options Hello, Dolly!  Universal  1964  Music & Lyrics: Jerry Herman 
1:53:38 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Darin  Mack the Knife   Options Darin at the Copa  Atco  1960  Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht (translated into English by Marc Blitzstein) 
1:55:41 (Pop‑up)
Judy Garland  Over the Rainbow   Options Over the Rainbow  Decca  1939  Music: Harold Arlen Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg    1:58:27 (Pop‑up)

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Avatar 🎭 7:00pm Listener Gregory:

I'm here, but I have a request: Please play some music to wash dishes to.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Quincy Jones is peering at you from that album cover like "Wash dishes to me Gregory"
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:10pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi Bronwyn and Theatre Goers!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:10pm Webhamster Henry:

Someone on WFMU needs to do a big Quincy Jones tribute show - don't wait until he dies!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:18pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hi Henry!!
Avatar 🎭 7:20pm Listener Gregory:

Your explanation of the Hi-Los was quite interesting. There are some standards that singers often do the verse of, like "Tea for Two" or "I've Got a Crush On You." I think the Gershwin verses are particularly popular.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:21pm WR:

Henry, it appears you are correct, no birthday celebration or feature on Quincy Jones find I in the playlists.

Hi Bronwyn.

LG are those dishes all clean yet?
Avatar 🎭 7:21pm Listener Gregory:

Dishwashing done. The music was fine until the accordion hit. I won't wash to accordion accompaniment. There are limits, people.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm Bronwyn Bishop:

cole porter CASUALLY throwing out "life was so grey, i wanted to END IT" wtf
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:23pm Webhamster Henry:

There's a good Hey There scene in Grace Of My Heart.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:24pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: I used to play the accordion when I was 13. I wasn't very good at it though
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: I interviewed the director of that movie once! Still haven't seen it though
Avatar 🎭 7:26pm Listener Gregory:

The accordion can be very good, but the smarmy Italian version is not my favorite. There are some wonderful contemporary accordionists.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:26pm Webhamster Henry:

I used to have that Best Of Barry Manilow 2 record set for dishwashing purposes.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:27pm Webhamster Henry:

@BB It's so much fun! Pastichey music by authentic composers, thinly disguised music personalities!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:28pm Webhamster Henry:

Ah time for the weekly Harold Rome!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:29pm Webhamster Henry:

Pins & Needles was a huge unexpected hit - I wonder how the actual arrangements sounded.
  7:29pm Gerry from Miami:

First timer here, Bronwyn. Hearing this Rosemary Clooney classic takes me back to my youth. This is part of my "mom's music." She would go about her daily household chores singing along with these evergreens on the radio. I actually enjoy this era of American pop. But in my teen years, along came Elvis, Buddy Holly, the Beatles, the Sfones, Bob Dylan etc. Still like hearing the old tunes. Good music is timeless.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:30pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: Do I really play Harold Rome weekly? He didn't place very highly when I tallied up everyone I'd played lol
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:31pm Webhamster Henry:

Wishful thinking. Really, he has excellent lyrics and music.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:35pm WR:

welcome Gerry.
Avatar 🎭 7:35pm Listener Gregory:

Tony Bennett does a very nice version of "I Got Lost in (Your?) Arms" in one of his 90s albums, I think.
  7:35pm Gerry from Miami:

Never was a huge fan of Ms. Quatro. But you gotta give it to her---she sure had versatility!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:36pm WR:

in my opinion the show is more torchy than trashy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:37pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Welcome Gerry!! Glad you're enjoying the show :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:38pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: true, he's great, I should play him more often lol
Avatar 🎭 7:38pm Listener Gregory:

Bennett update: The Art of Excellence, 1986. Cover shows him framed by the World Trade towers. Sad to see now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:39pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@WR: I just called it "Really Great Trash" because I was reading Sondheim's book of lyrics and saw that phrase in a song from Merrily We Roll Along and it spoke to me lol
  7:39pm Gerry from Miami:

Dr. Frank N. Furter goes legit! Rocky Horror, this is not! And you can't detect a trace of his British accent in this song.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:39pm WR:

did not know that Suzi Quatro did anything like show tunes much less being in a show.

love Tim Curry, but curious to hear him play it a less campy.
Avatar 🎭 7:40pm Listener Gregory:

Speaking of accents, Cumming's Scottish-German one is very special.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:42pm doctorjazz:

Hello, Bronwyn and Jazzers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:43pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@WR: I played his version of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" on my former WFMU show once. He does "Anyone Who Had a Heart" like it's "Losing My Mind" and "Losing My Mind" like it's "Anyone Who Had a Heart"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:43pm Bronwyn Bishop:

hey doctorjazz :D
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:44pm WR:

that i cannot go to a bar does not preclude me from dining like i am in one: cornichons, cheddar, saltines and ale. and no dishes. maybe i am trashy.
Avatar 🎭 7:44pm Listener Gregory:

Is the playlist right?? This lovely piano is "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught"?
Avatar 🎭 7:44pm Listener Gregory:

BB, do you know who the pianist is?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:45pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@WR: I had to google cornichons. They look great, I <3 pickles
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:46pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: Christian Jacob
Avatar 🎭 7:46pm Listener Gregory:

Thx. He is very good, apparently.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:46pm diciassette:

Yay Betty Buckley! (Mrs. Bradford). Hello Bronwyn e tutti. Thanks for the '62 Streisand!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:47pm WR:

baby sour gherkins, with pearl onions, if only i had sausage or prosciutto to go with.
  7:51pm Doug Schulkind:

Everybody who’s anybody is neck-deep in the AJH wading pool!
Avatar 🎭 7:51pm Listener Gregory:

Hmmm, recorded next to the AC unit...
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:51pm WR:

or better, some beef tongue. it has been ages since I've been to a good deli. I've been thinking about going in search of good take out in Queens.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:54pm Webhamster Henry:

You'd think Björn could afford a 4-track.
  7:56pm Gerry from Miami:

It says "demo" on that song from "Chess." Sounds more like "bootleg." Bad pressing?
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 7:57pm WR:

sounded like cheap cassette recorder demo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm Bronwyn Bishop:

See, I told you guys every musical in 1979 got a disco cover
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Doug: Hi!! Thanks for listening :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01pm Bronwyn Bishop:

and hi diciassette!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm Bronwyn Bishop:

The Chess demo is definitely a demo, it's an early version of a different song from the show
Avatar 🎭 8:02pm Listener Gregory:

This is not the worst disco cover by any means, though I've never heard the original, which probably helps.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm Bronwyn Bishop:

The original was performed by Madeline Kahn in On the Twentieth Century. Kristin Chenoweth also does a great version in the revival
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:04pm doctorjazz:

Not a bi big tongue fan, give me hot pastrami any time (have some in Joisey, not down the block, but not too bad a drive).
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:07pm diciassette:

I crave banh miiiiiiiiiiii
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:07pm diciassette:

(all this sandwich talk!)
Avatar 🎭 8:07pm Listener Gregory:

1776 again!
Avatar 🎭 8:10pm Roberto:

I didn't know Cher sang this. Let's just say I have a deep personal connection to the original production :P
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:11pm Bronwyn Bishop:

what is your deep personal connection?? are you sherman edwards?
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:12pm Webhamster Henry:

An Yma flavored Magic Flute would have been fun!
Avatar 🎭 8:12pm Roberto:

Lol no
Avatar 🎭 8:13pm Listener Gregory:

The Magic Flute is definitely musical theater.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:14pm Webhamster Henry:

There ya go with the Na Szkle Malowanie
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:15pm Webhamster Henry:

This time in the original Polish instead of the Croatian one you played a few months ago.
Avatar 🎭 8:15pm Roberto:

Tricky Dick's staff attempted to censor that particular song from the White House production in 1970.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:21pm Webhamster Henry:

It's the Hunchback or Cyrano of the week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:22pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Roberto: Yes they did, and they successfully censored Cool Considerate Men from the movie (but luckily it's in the director's cut)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:23pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: I have determined after a year of this program that the five most musicalized stories of all time are Hunchback, Cyrano, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Twelfth Night (a motley crew)
Avatar 🎭 8:24pm Roberto:

I believe the White House attempted to censor that one too.
Avatar 🎭 8:25pm Listener Gregory:

BB, maybe Les Mis too? Certainly there have been a lot of theatrical versions of it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm Bronwyn Bishop:

i love that in german it goes from "bells bells bells bells" to "KLANG KLANG KLANG KLANG"
Avatar 🎭 8:30pm Listener Gregory:

I have actually seen very few musicals in person, I realize, but that Dave Clark one would definitely get me off my couch.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:32pm Bronwyn Bishop:

It needs a revival in 2022. Because time waits for nobody
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:37pm Webhamster Henry:

You played a lotta gender swapped tunes tonight!
Avatar 🎭 8:39pm Listener Gregory:

The musical Time ran for two years on the West End, and the star rock musician was played by Cliff Richard and then David Cassidy! Can't believe I missed that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:42pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Henry: I looooove when people do gender swapped songs
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43pm Bronwyn Bishop:

i figured you should all know this exists so you can share in my pain
Avatar 🎭 8:44pm Listener Gregory:

I will step on a pop-top in sympathy, Bronwyn.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm Bronwyn Bishop:

my new hobby is looking at old newspapers online. i just saw a great nytimes headline from 1912: ANGRY HOUSEWIVES INVADE MEAT SHOPS
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:48pm Bronwyn Bishop:

fun fact: one of this song's writers is the son of THE GREAT CREATORE! that robert preston shouts about in the music man
Avatar 🎭 8:49pm Listener Gregory:

I saw a lot of ads for that Margaritaville musical, so I'm surprised to learn it wasn't successful. It seemed to reach the lowest common denominator that jukebox musicals shoot for.
  8:55pm Gerry from Miami:

Great program, Bronwyn! A super evening of show tunes and assorted miscellanea. I'll be back here again! LATER!
Avatar 🎭 8:56pm Listener Gregory:

What would Kurt Weill have thought if he could have seen what happened to his song? Someone here must know.
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 8:57pm WR:

looking back, you already played Streisand, wondering if ony one you've not fit in.
Avatar 🎭 8:59pm Listener Gregory:

Very fun show, Bronwyn! Take another curtain call.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gregory: I bet Weill would have liked that arrangement, he wrote plenty of brassy Broadway hits. Brecht on the other hand would have been all "was the fuck ist das"
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Sweet Corn Lizzie:

Bronwyn those old newspapers sound fantastic! Any site you recommend?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Gerry: Aww thanks :D
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:01pm doctorjazz:

Thanks, Bronwyn!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01pm Bronwyn Bishop:

@Lizzie: I've really mostly been looking at the New York times- lots of good stuff like old reviews of 1920s musicals where they mostly talk about all the fancy socialites in attendance
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01pm Bronwyn Bishop:

thank YOU doctorjazz!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:01pm Webhamster Henry:

Thanks Bronwyn, lots of fun stuff tonight!
Avatar 🎭 Swag For Life Member 9:02pm WR:

thank you Bronwyn!
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