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Options October 20, 2016: Walking Back to Waterloo: The Costume Dramas and Psychedelic Tragedies of the Brothers Gibb

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Bee Gees  With All Nations (International Anthem)   Options Odessa  1969    0:01:58 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Odessa (City on the Black Sea)   Options Odessa  1969  vocal: Robin  0:04:04 (Pop‑up)
  Odessa (promotional spot)   Odessa (Special Edition)      0:11:14 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Another Cold and Windy Day (Coke Spot)   Options       0:11:50 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Walking Back to Waterloo   Options Trafalgar  1971    0:12:56 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
  [Sonoton] - SON 195 - Johann Sebastian Bach - Harpsicord Soli & Underscores Vol.3 (arranged by Norman Candler)      0:16:41 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees   Turn of the Century   Options Bee Gees' 1st  1967  vocal: Barry & Robin  0:29:09 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You   Options Bee Gees' 1st  1967  vocal: Barry & Robin  0:31:21 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  New York Mining Disaster 1941   Options Bee Gees' 1st  1967  vocal: Robin  0:34:35 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  To Love Somebody   Options Bee Gees' 1st  1967  vocal: Barry  0:36:18 (Pop‑up)
Nina Simone  I Can't See Nobody   Options To Love Somebody  1969    0:39:30 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  House of Lords   Options Bee Gees' 1st (Bonus material)  1967  vocal: Robin  0:42:39 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  The Battle of the Blue and Grey   Options The Battle of the Blue and Grey / The Three Kisses of Love  1963    0:45:23 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  I Was a Lover, A Leader of Men   Options The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs  1965  vocal: Barry  0:47:19 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Mr. Wallor's Wailing Wall   Options Bee Gees' 1st (Bonus material)  1967  vocal: Robin  0:50:42 (Pop‑up)
Dara Puspita  To Love Somebody   Options A Go Go  1967    0:53:32 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Bee Gees 
Melody Fair (Instrumental)   Options Melody (OST)  1970    0:56:13 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  I Started A Joke   Options Idea  1968  vocal: Robin  1:10:51 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  I Am The World   Options Spicks and Specks / I Am The World  1966  vocal: Robin  1:12:55 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  World   Options Horizontal  1968  vocal: Barry & Robin  1:16:00 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  And The Sun Will Shine   Options Horizontal  1968  vocal: Robin  1:18:22 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Barker of the U.F.O.   Options Massachussetts / Barker of the U.F.O.  1967  vocal: Barry  1:22:37 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Sir Geoffrey Saved the World   Options Horizontal (bonus)  1968  vocal: Barry & Robin  1:23:40 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  The Earnest of Being George   Options Horizontal  1968  vocal: Barry  1:25:50 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  I've Gotta Get a Message to You   Options Idea  1968  vocal: Robin & Barry  1:28:33 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Completely Unoriginal   Options Idea (bonus)  1968  vocal: Robin & Barry  1:31:11 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Deeply, Deeply Me   Options Horizontal (bonus)  1968  vocal: Robin  1:33:52 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees   Down to Earth   Options Idea  1968  vocal: Robin  1:36:44 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Morning-Noon & Night 
I've Gotta Get a Message to You   Options 45      1:39:06 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees   Black Diamond   Options Odessa  1969  vocal: Robin  1:50:10 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Edison   Options Odessa  1969  vocal: Robin & Barry  1:52:49 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Lamplight   Options Odessa  1969  vocal: Robin  1:55:59 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Sound of Love   Options Odessa  1969  vocal: Barry  2:00:30 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Seven Seas Symphony   Options Odessa  1969    2:03:37 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Never Say Never Again   Options Odessa  1969  vocal: Barry  2:07:42 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Sketches for Odessa   Options Odessa (Special Edition)  1969    2:10:58 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  The British Opera   Options Odessa  1969    2:11:32 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Lion in Winter   Options Trafalgar  1971  vocal: Robin & Barry  2:14:51 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
        2:18:32 (Pop‑up)
Robin Gibb  Down Came the Sun   Options Robin's Reign  1970    2:27:44 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  I.O.I.O.   Options Cucumber Castle  1970  without Robin  2:29:40 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Lonely Days   Options Two Years On  1970    2:32:28 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Trafalgar   Options Trafalgar  1971  vocal: Maurice!  2:36:03 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Paper Mache, Cabbages & Kings   Options To Whom it May Concern  1972    2:39:48 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Sweet Song of Summer   Options To Whom it May Concern  1972    2:44:51 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  Castle in the Air   Options A Kick in the Head is Worth Eight in the Pants  1972  never-released LP  2:50:12 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
  [Sonoton] - SON 195 - Johann Sebastian Bach - Harpsicord Soli & Underscores Vol.3 (arranged by Norman Candler)      2:58:55 (Pop‑up)
Bee Gees  With All Nations (Demo)   Options Odessa (Special Edition)  1969    2:59:17 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 6:43pm Flash Strap:

Let's get our epaulets on and listen to some masterpiece theater
  6:56pm Ed:

Greetings Evan!
Avatar 6:59pm Flash Strap:

Ahoy Ed!
Avatar 7:00pm ndbob:

evening Evan, Ed, everyone!
  7:01pm Ed:

Avatar 7:02pm Flash Strap:

Evening Bob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm melinda:

hi everyone!
Avatar 7:04pm Flash Strap:

Welcome Melinda!
  7:04pm Ed:

HI Melinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:05pm melinda:

A Bee Gees show, how exciting! Unfortunately I'll have to duck out for an hour at some point, but, archives later.
Avatar 7:05pm Flash Strap:

How are we all feeling? Up to a big old night of Gibbs?
  7:07pm Ed:

Feeling great, you actually opened my eyes to early Bee Gees a while back with Sweet Song of Summer
Avatar 7:07pm just julia:

YES! i have waited for this day!
Avatar 7:08pm ndbob:

Hi Melinda! and Julia!
Avatar 7:09pm Flash Strap:

Ed: SO glad!

JustJulia my friend I'm so glad you're here! This day would be false without you
Avatar 7:11pm ndbob:

I remember taking a while making up my mind re buying Odessa - but I did
Avatar 7:13pm just julia:

such a sad coke jingle! everything is bittersweet with these boys, i can't get enough of it
Avatar 7:13pm Flash Strap:

same here, Bob. I couldn't get into at first, and it was a real moment of just deciding to listen to it until it clicked, which it did of course
Avatar 7:14pm Flash Strap:

the saddest coke jingle imaginable. coke brings momentary pleasure to an agonized life – and that's the best we can hope for
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:21pm melinda:

I love what you just said about BeeGees vs. Rothko.
Avatar 7:25pm ndbob:

@Evan I couldn't resist the cover though
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:29pm Carmichael:

Heya Flash. Ii I just love the Odessa album!
Avatar 7:29pm Flash Strap:

It's irresistible!
Avatar 7:30pm Flash Strap:

Hi Carm! Me too!
Avatar 7:31pm Flash Strap:

I love that it's Robin doing the Gregorian parts
Avatar 7:32pm Flash Strap:

also, the harmonies on the chorus are just INSANE
Avatar 7:33pm Flash Strap:

ALSO, huge mellotron sounds on this album. One of the ultimate mellotron LPs
Avatar 7:35pm northguineahills:

I've only heard the band Catherine's (90s indie/grunge on TVT recs) of Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You. It's actually rather decent.
Avatar 7:36pm Flash Strap:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm melinda:

To Love Somebody is such a great song.
Avatar 7:37pm Flash Strap:

one of the best. Nina Simone's version is even better than this one, but only barely (which is amazing in and of itself)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm melinda:

I heard the Nina Simone version first. I love that one too.
Avatar 7:40pm Flash Strap:

GOD her delivery
Avatar 7:46pm Flash Strap:

This song is hilarious
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:46pm melinda:

They sound really different here. For a minute I thought the show was down and we'd switched over to the GTDR stream.
Avatar 7:48pm Flash Strap:

yeah, they're like 14 or something there, and really going for an Everly Brothers sound. Their early stuff is all over the place
Avatar 7:48pm ndbob:

I remember when Bee Gees First came out there was some controversy when Richard Goldstein in the NY Times said it was better than Sgt. Pepper
Avatar 7:51pm Flash Strap:

there's nothing on it as good or brilliant as Day in the Life, but I think it's sort of a better album, myself. Sort of
Avatar 7:53pm ndbob:

@Evan I think it holds up a lot better overall
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:54pm melinda:

I like every version I've heard of To Love Somebody, thus far.
Avatar 7:55pm just julia:

love hearing these sweet somebody/nobody covers
Avatar 7:55pm ndbob:

i agree Melinda
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:59pm melinda:

I don't have that Nina Simone album, but I think those songs are all on a compilation I have that also includes a great version of Randy Newman's I Think It's Gonna Rain Today.
Avatar 8:00pm ndbob:

weirdly enough the first version of I Think It's Gonna Rain Today was by Julius LaRosa
Avatar 8:02pm ndbob:

excellent first hour Evan - catch the rest later!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm melinda:

@Bob: interesting! never heard of him.
Avatar 8:11pm Flash Strap:

see ya bob!
Avatar 8:14pm Flash Strap:

Robin's voice – seriously now – is so incredibly versatile and not of this earth. one of my very favorite singers
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:14pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Hey over here !
...Yeah - being born in Nov.'63 - you would hear this evocative weirdo stuff on the radio in the HitParade. Another world - yaknow?
Avatar 8:15pm Flash Strap:

plus, i mean, look at this guy: i1.mirror.co.uk...
Avatar 8:16pm Flash Strap:

Hi there, Rev. Rab!
Avatar 8:18pm Flash Strap:

"And The Sun Will Shine" was performed by Robin in a single take, with him ad-libbing a great deal of the lyrics
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:20pm melinda:

Great photo! I had an uncle who sort of looked like young Robin, in the 70s. Sans hat.
Avatar 8:24pm Flash Strap:

he has such an amazing face, it completely entrances me
Avatar 8:28pm hyde:

phew. made it.
Avatar 8:28pm Flash Strap:

HYDE, welcome old bean!
Avatar 8:29pm just julia:

the harmonies on "hold on!" - i could cry, this song moves me so.
Avatar 8:29pm Flash Strap:

"it's only her love that keeps me wearing this dirt"

Avatar 8:30pm just julia:

Avatar 8:34pm Flash Strap:

crazy vocals on this one
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:35pm melinda:

This is amazing.
Avatar 8:36pm hyde:

i'm not too well versed in this early Bee Gees stuff. the gf has a bunch of these records, but i've never really delved into them that much. as a rock child of the late seventies/early eighties, i mostly had bad Bee Gees vibes that kept me away from them for years...
Avatar 8:37pm Little Danny:

Hi Flash and everyone!
Avatar 8:38pm hyde:

Avatar 8:39pm Little Danny:

The Bee Gees. I know this this 45. Morning, Noon and Night!
Avatar 8:39pm Little Danny:

Haha, thanks Evan
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:42pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Compares favorably for instance to Lou Reed riffing on 'Andy's Chest'. Robin Gibb over Lou...
Avatar 8:43pm Little Danny:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...electric chair like Nick Cave in 'Mercy Seat'...
Avatar 8:47pm Little Danny:

Totally agree on the VU vibe. "I Close My Eyes" and "Red Chair Fadeaway" also have similar vibes
Avatar 8:50pm Flash Strap:

LD! I was just thinkin' about you brother
Avatar 8:50pm Flash Strap:

love that 45, LD, love it to death
Avatar 8:51pm Flash Strap:

THAT is a fearless vocal performance
Avatar 8:51pm northguineahills:

@Hyde: I myself never considered the Bee Gees until the last few years, as I always associated them w/ corporate disco, but even then I dug the vocals.... That said, I always found Robin Gibb's "Worse Girl In Town" remind me of 2005ish Animal Collective for some reason...
Avatar 8:54pm Flash Strap:

yeah, it completely baffles me how we've got cultural amnesia about the Bee Gees' first decade of music... but they were a total revelation to me at a certain point, and it was like, whoa why did no one tell me about this?
Avatar 8:54pm Little Danny:

Goddamn I love the Bee Gees
Avatar 8:55pm Flash Strap:

I mean, they were totally competitive to the Beatles and Stones. They were huge
Avatar 8:55pm northguineahills:

My excuse is that the disco Bee Gees were already a thing when I was one years old/
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- yeah - all the early 60s radio hits ('Massachusetts') - always loved them
...& then discovered the '1st' album - which is so great. But 'Odessa' I've only heard about! So this is great...
Avatar 8:57pm hyde:

@ngh haha, my excuse is they were a thing when i was fifteen
Avatar 9:00pm coelacanth:

greetings Evan and explorers
Avatar 9:01pm Flash Strap:

piano on this track is so heavy

Hi C!
Avatar 9:02pm hyde:

this one is great
Avatar 9:04pm Flash Strap:

@RR: so glad to be able to play it for you, friend!
Avatar 9:05pm Flash Strap:

I think the instrumentals on this album are so crucial, so glad no one talked them out of using them
Avatar 9:06pm hyde:

but really, what's ever better than a failed concept album
Avatar 9:06pm coelacanth:

i don't think i've ever heard "odessa". that last track was great.
...i did miss my favorite though. ("i started a joke".)
Avatar 9:07pm hyde:

i need a copy of this LP
Avatar 9:09pm northguineahills:

Actually, I had a roommate who was really into this period of the Beegees and played them a lot, but unfortunately, I wasn't into pop music back then (right after college).
Avatar 9:09pm Flash Strap:

it's so nice to have a good vinyl copy of it, since it's all in velvet, but I have always found them to be a little muddy and usually prefer to listen to my digital copies (remastered, inevitably)

some later LP pressings have neither the velvet nor the full tracklist, so beware
Avatar 9:09pm Flash Strap:

Key line in this song is "I declared war on Spain"
Avatar 9:11pm northguineahills:

@Flash: Sounds like something McKinley would say.
Avatar 9:13pm Flash Strap:

I think it's part of their general Nelson fetish
Avatar 9:13pm hyde:

ha, apparently the significant other has a velvet copy of Odessa. but the LP's are packed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

The year of 'Tommy' & 'Abbey Road'...
Avatar 9:15pm Flash Strap:

This too is a jaw-dropping Robin performance, when he takes the late choruses particularly
Avatar 9:27pm Flash Strap:

AMAZING art for this one: img.discogs.com...
Avatar 9:30pm Flash Strap:

for this one too: 4.bp.blogspot.com...
Avatar 9:31pm Flash Strap:

@hyde: congratulations! nothing like that feeling; "I want this... Oh wait, I already have it!"
Avatar 9:32pm northguineahills:

Crap, crap, crap, gonna go get the rest of this set later, thanks Flash!
Avatar 9:33pm Flash Strap:

see ya later, NGH! great to have you with us while we did!
Avatar 9:34pm coelacanth:

here's the first bee gees song i ever heard. my parents bought the 45. the whole family was into it.
Avatar 9:34pm Flash Strap:

It's so cool!
Avatar 9:35pm junglepete:

I like that it went from plaintive to celebratory at the end there.
Avatar 9:35pm coelacanth:

big Lennon influence on that last part. that's probably why we all loved it.
Avatar 9:36pm Flash Strap:

Junglepete! welcome comrade
Avatar 9:37pm junglepete:

Thanks Flash Strap!—Better late than never.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:40pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...not one bit less eccentric or dramatic than earliest Bowie...
Avatar 9:41pm Flash Strap:

oh, indeed
Avatar 9:43pm Flash Strap:

this song is just totally bugnuts crazy. it's scary, sort of
Avatar 9:46pm junglepete:

The spooky end to "Paper Mache" segues nicely into this.
Avatar 9:48pm Flash Strap:

I've been so jazzed about the Bee Gees tonight I was sort of derelict in my duties concerning fundraising, but look where else can you hear a guy just play 3 hours of his favorite Bee Gees songs? Donate to WFMU today, be a hero
Avatar 9:48pm Flash Strap:

i agree, JP!
Avatar 9:57pm hyde:

thanks Flash! can't wait to get into the stuff i missed.
Avatar 9:59pm coelacanth:

here to express another in a series of unpopular opinions... i haven't researched it a great deal but, i think Maurice was my favorite vocalist of the Gibbs brothers.
Avatar 10:00pm coelacanth:

...and i'll leave now as the rotten tomatoes start flying toward me!
...Thanks Evan!
Avatar 10:01pm Flash Strap:

Thanks all! goodnight with love and don't forget to support WFMU if you are at all able
Avatar 10:01pm Flash Strap:

you're good, C. He was brilliant and invaluable, his vocals, lead or not, are everywhere
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