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This is where all of culture and all of time are collapsed into one seductive portal and viewed through the panoramic lens of the exotic. Come and embark on an armchair-travel virtual-voyage to the heart of timeless darkness and beyond; embrace the numinous monolith of the exotic immensity. Let us find that place where hybridization meets its destiny as pure fantasy. Let us become observers observing those others who are ourselves. You wear your mask and I'll wear mine.

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Options February 16, 2017: I Mean Damn, Get Out of Your Seat!

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
Asiko Rock Group  Everybody Get Down   Options Asiko Rock Group    1976  Nigeria  0:00:23 (Pop‑up)
Jimi Lee / Mona Finnih & The Sensationals  I Love Myself   Options A Stroll in the Moonlight    1980  Nigeria  0:08:23 (Pop‑up)
Kiki Gyan  Disco Dancer   Options Feeling So Good    1979  Ghana  0:17:41 (Pop‑up)
Michael Wilson  Groove it to Your Body   Options Groove it to Your Body 12"    1982    0:24:48 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Harvey & The Phenomenals 
          0:32:15 (Pop‑up)
Strafe  Set It Off   Options Set It Off 12"    1984  Walter Gibbons mix  0:38:31 (Pop‑up)
Prince Blackman  Rockers Delight (Waxist Selecta edit)   Options Tropical Disco Hustle    1980 / 2014    0:47:29 (Pop‑up)
Brother D & The Collective Effort  How We Gonna Make the Black Nation Rise?   Options Dib-Be-Dib-Be-Dize / How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise? 7"  Clappers  1980    0:55:56 (Pop‑up)
Control  Wind It Up   Options Wind It Up / Your Love 12"    1988  from Raleigh & Fayetteville NC  1:01:28 (Pop‑up)
Dept. of Sunshine  Rude Boys (Dub)   Options Rude Boys / Space Tropics (Rapp-Sody) 12"    1984    1:07:45 (Pop‑up)
Oby Onyioha  Break It (Instrumental)   Options Break It    198?  Nigeria  1:12:14 (Pop‑up)
Ta'Boo  Over the Ledge (Rub Dub)   Options Over the Ledge 12"    1983    1:18:13 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Patrick Cowley 
The Jungle Dream   Options         1:25:37 (Pop‑up)
The Warlord  The Ultimate Warlord   Options The Ultimate Warlord 12" Maxi Single    1979  Germany  1:36:59 (Pop‑up)
Signus  Me And... My Super Friends   Options Black Hole    1978  Brazil  1:39:57 (Pop‑up)
Patrick Cowley  They Came at Night   Options Mind Warp    1982    1:48:17 (Pop‑up)
Patrick Cowley  Mutant Man   Options Mind Warp    1982    1:54:18 (Pop‑up)
Zru Vogue  Cumulonimbus   Options Nakweda Dream 7"    1981    1:59:18 (Pop‑up)
Science Patrol  Bandit Ducks from Outer Space   Options Bandit Ducks from Outer Space / Pop A B C D 7"    1981    2:02:43 (Pop‑up)
Sylvester   I Need Somebody To Love Tonight   Options Stars    1979  written (produced?) by Patrick Cowley  2:10:34 (Pop‑up)
Patrick Cowley & Jorge Socarras  Soon   Options Catholic    1975-79    2:16:58 (Pop‑up)
The Warlord  I Shall Return   Options The Ultimate Warlord 12" Maxi Single    1979    2:21:25 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
General Strike 
  Danger in Paradise        2:24:11 (Pop‑up)
Andrea True Connection  Sally Can't Dance   Options White Witch    1977    2:32:42 (Pop‑up)
Andrea True Connection  White Witch   Options White Witch    1977    2:35:07 (Pop‑up)
Brenda Ray  Krazee Music   Options D'Ya Hear Me!: Naffi Years, 1979-83        2:38:17 (Pop‑up)
Nana Love  Sahara   Options Disco Documentary - Full of Funk    1978  Ghana  2:40:53 (Pop‑up)
Brother D & Silver Fox  How We Gonna Make the Black Nation Rise?   Options Up Against the Beast    1984    2:43:29 (Pop‑up)
Brenda Ray  Spring Thing - Hippy Dread   Options D'Ya Hear Me!: Naffi Years, 1979-83        2:47:00 (Pop‑up)
Brenda Ray  Krazee Version   Options D'Ya Hear Me!: Naffi Years, 1979-83        2:50:02 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Pink Project 
Voices of Independence   Options         2:51:41 (Pop‑up)
Kingsley Bucknor  Someone is Talkin' and Shoutin'   Options Just U and Me    198?  Nigeria  2:55:05 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 6:52pm Flash Strap:

Let's boogie explorers
Avatar 6:53pm just julia:

i came to boogie!
Avatar 6:54pm Flash Strap:

Hi my booty bompin friend
Avatar 6:59pm Flash Strap:

man I love these particular jungle sounds... haven't used em on the show in a while
Avatar 7:02pm Flash Strap:

that last drop out was on my end, never fear, all is well
Avatar 7:06pm Flash Strap:

this track such a stone classic. whole album is fire fire fire
Avatar 7:09pm Flash Strap:

"I like my presence, I dig my existence"
Avatar 7:11pm just julia:

so affirming! perfect for bompin, especially with revolutionary intent
Avatar 7:12pm Flash Strap:

aspirational music – Always? not yet, but I'm trying, Mona
Avatar 7:17pm Flash Strap:

really dig the art on this one: img.discogs.com...

lots of good sleeve art tonight, actually
Avatar 7:18pm just julia:

jimi lee's blouse is a DREAM
Avatar 7:19pm Little Danny:

Hi Flash and all! Killer show thusfar; disco has been the major source of solace and inspiration for me since November.
Avatar 7:24pm Flash Strap:

Hi LD! I haven't been taking refuge in disco in particular, but I've definitely been taking a little break from the illusionism of exotica, etc. and spending more time with the more direct, visceral sounds of funk, calypso, reggae, jazz. And disco! It's a healthy tonic, and it feels more right in this moment, at least for now.
Avatar 7:24pm Flash Strap:

@justJ: such a blouse for a guitar man
Avatar 7:25pm Flash Strap:

this is a fine jam with a SHATTERING instrumental section
Avatar 7:26pm Little Danny:

Totally, I had to take a break from exotica for a while, too
Avatar 7:26pm hyde:

whoa, i'm late. spaced out listening to mitsuaki kanno and then vlc player went straight went into mob 47. now transitioning from japanese free/modal jazz and swedish hardcore to african disco. i'm starting to feel like a renaissance man.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:27pm doctorjazz:

Hi Explorers!
Avatar 7:28pm Flash Strap:

that's an impressive feat of transitional fortitude, Hyde!

Hi Doc!
Avatar 7:30pm Flash Strap:

oh my god, the stereo panning

Avatar 7:31pm just julia:

  7:33pm MrFab:

Ha, yeah, dig that funky disco harp. Funny, have been listening to Dorothy Ashby lately.
Avatar 7:39pm Little Danny:

Ah, "Set It Off" is so massive. New to me!
Avatar 7:39pm just julia:

i've been thinking about this song nonstop. i dreamt about it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm doctorjazz:

Big hit back in the day; big in dance clubs.
Avatar 7:41pm Flash Strap:

Probably the most mindbendingly severe single of its moment in club culture. feels like a revolution, 'cause it is a revolution
Avatar 7:43pm Flash Strap:

i mean this shit is scary! you have to fall in with it because if you don't, it'll destroy you!
  7:43pm JtotheK:

Hi Flash and Explorers. Excellent boogie tunes! Can only tune in for a bit but will check out full show via archive.
Avatar 7:44pm hyde:

i don't remember this one at all. (never much one for dance clubs). it's killer!
Avatar 7:47pm Flash Strap:

Hi J_K!

me either on the clubscene hyde
Avatar 7:47pm hyde:

i'm not really a connoisseur of early analog synths and drum machines (though i do know nothing sounds quite like an 808) but i love that rhythm bit that sounds sort of like clapping that is all over early 80's stuff
Avatar 7:48pm hyde:

well, now, ok, that bass line i know
  7:49pm JtotheK:

@Little Danny - looks like it'll be an early bedtime for me tonight, but will be heading to the archives for your show later!
Avatar 7:50pm hyde:

@JtotheK @Little Danny i'm in the same boat
Avatar 7:51pm Flash Strap:

@Hyde: yeah you do
  7:52pm MrFab:

Like a "Good Times" 45 played at 33 1/3.
Avatar 7:54pm Flash Strap:

such a cool slice of culture-interaction, this
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:55pm doctorjazz:

It is like Good Times/Rappers Delight.
(spent much too much time in dance clubs in the 80s)
Avatar 7:55pm Little Danny:

J2tK and Hyde - PERMISSION DENIED! C'mon now y'all can manage a bit of grogginess tomorrow
Avatar 7:55pm Flash Strap:

Oh! belated hello and warm welcome to Mr Fab! How you doin' brother?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:55pm doctorjazz:

A bit of reggae rhythm mixed into the Good Times riffs...
Avatar 7:55pm Little Danny:

I kid of course. But it won't be the same!

Here comes the guilt trip!
Avatar 7:57pm Flash Strap:

This has been my obsessive jam all week. So cool it came out on Clappers, too, which was a NYC label mainly dedicated to militant(esque) reggae
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:57pm doctorjazz:

All this stuff brings me back...
Avatar 7:58pm Flash Strap:

  7:58pm MrFab:

Just chillin', Mr Strap! Digign' the old school sounds. Haven't heard this Bro Resistance in, as our Brit friends say, a yonks age.
Avatar 7:59pm hyde:

haha, last week i spent like a half hour more than i should have at the Cool Blue Flame and i felt like dirt the next day. but it was worth it.
Avatar 8:00pm Little Danny:

haha, thanks Hyde!
Avatar 8:01pm Flash Strap:


Avatar 8:02pm just julia:

gonna do what? ORGANIZE
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm Doug Schulkind:

It feels good.
Avatar 8:04pm Flash Strap:

Doug! Welcome my man and Wind it UP!
Avatar 8:05pm Flash Strap:

Bout to enter just a whole world of squiggles and purplesounds and plastic claps
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm Doug Schulkind:

I am past wind, which is quite different from having passed wind.
Avatar 8:07pm Flash Strap:

this was mixed in lil ol Raleigh NC, and distributed out of Fort Bragg/Fayetteville by Sounds UnLimited
Avatar 8:09pm Flash Strap:

rude boys: they don't dance, they fight

that IS rude
Avatar 8:11pm Flash Strap:

the next track will double down on this track's dubside style minimalism in a big weird way
Avatar 8:13pm Little Danny:

Oh this ("Break It") is great!
Avatar 8:13pm Flash Strap:

love the art on this Oby: img.discogs.com...
Avatar 8:15pm Flash Strap:

LD: I agree. it's like a dancing rubber skeleton full of lasers
  8:16pm MrFab:

Ever heard "What's Your Sign" by Uncle Jams Army? MASSIVE electro minimalism from '85. Will knock the plaster off your ceiling.
Avatar 8:17pm Flash Strap:

No but now I want to!
Avatar 8:18pm Little Danny:

I love early techno, house and electro dance sundries but I'm overwhelmed at the prospect of educating myself about it
Avatar 8:20pm Flash Strap:

yeah me too, LD. I may be a permanent novice
  8:24pm MrFab:

Early hip-hop/breakdance electro was amongst my first fave kinds of music actually. Used to buy lots of 12" singles, listened KDAY outta Compton, haunt record shops on those sides of town. Black kids thought it was amusing that I knew who the Fat Boys were.
Avatar 8:24pm Flash Strap:

this track is so cool
Avatar 8:31pm Little Danny:

I love those two Tropical Disco comps - especially the Joanne Wilson track
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:32pm doctorjazz:

Leaving the office, take you with me in the car, great show!
Avatar 8:38pm Flash Strap:

see you in the car, my friend
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:39pm melinda:

hi folks!
Avatar 8:39pm Flash Strap:

they're really good, LD, have helped gateway me to some great stuff
Avatar 8:40pm Flash Strap:

Hi Melinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:44pm melinda:

Boogie time
Avatar 8:45pm Flash Strap:

shake your woogie says I
Avatar 8:46pm Flash Strap:

that Control cover, probably the best graphic design of all time: img.discogs.com...
Avatar 8:46pm Flash Strap:

and the Warlord one, amazing as well: img.discogs.com...
Avatar 8:49pm Flash Strap:

and this one, because I love album art: img.discogs.com...
Avatar 8:56pm Flash Strap:

insanely groovy, Mutant Man
Avatar 8:59pm northguineahills:

Cool, Patrick Cowley!
Avatar 9:00pm Flash Strap:

Hiya NGH!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Dave in Vermont:

Just switching over from Sinner's Crossroads.
You can start the music to draw syntax trees by, now.
Oh crap, it seems that you started long ago.
Avatar 9:01pm Flash Strap:

Hi Dave!
Avatar 9:09pm Flash Strap:

what a weird single. these guys and Zru Vogue are basically the same crew, I believe. also from San Francisco
Avatar 9:10pm Little Danny:

Wow, it's like some American garage band doing their Kraftwerk. I dig in a serious way
Avatar 9:11pm Little Danny:

Oh hell yes this Sylvester!!
  9:11pm MrFab:

There was def a New Wave/electro funk crossover in those days. Kraftwerk and Gap band fans crossing the aisle.
Avatar 9:12pm hyde:

drifted off a bit here to do some reading, but i'm still plugged in...
Avatar 9:12pm Little Danny:

"I Need Somebody to Love Tonight" should be mentioned in the same breath as Donna Summer's "I Need Love."
Avatar 9:12pm Flash Strap:

totally. Some Love&Rockets/Bubblemen elements as well.

and yeah, oh yeah, man is this Sylvester the jam or what
Avatar 9:13pm Flash Strap:

Avatar 9:14pm Little Danny:

Avatar 9:18pm Flash Strap:

super strange Cowley joint here
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26pm Scraps:

h'lo hey
Avatar 9:31pm hyde:

i love more more more
Avatar 9:34pm Flash Strap:

Hi Scraps!

It's pretty good, Hyde. She's pretty good!
Avatar 9:35pm Flash Strap:

Avatar 9:37pm hyde:

i have never heard the white witch record. it sounds solid.
Avatar 9:37pm Little Danny:

Man I never woulda guessed what the Andrea True LP sounded like based on its cover
Avatar 9:38pm Flash Strap:

honestly not sure how i feel about this track, but it intrigues me

the rest of the album is still mostly unknown to myself
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:39pm Doug Schulkind:

Speaking of Sylvester, a friend of my once went to a Jack DeJohnette show and he (DeJohnette) was wearing a pink T-shirt with "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real" spelled out in silver glitter.
Avatar 9:40pm Flash Strap:

sort of a different idea of a white woman doin up some reggae here
Avatar 9:42pm Flash Strap:

what a shoyt!
Avatar 9:48pm Little Danny:

Wow, this Brenda Ray!
Avatar 9:50pm Flash Strap:

she's so wild
Avatar 9:50pm Little Danny:

It sounded like it coulda been released last month
Avatar 9:52pm hyde:

thanks, man
Avatar 9:53pm Little Danny:

The beat goes on forever: wfmu.org... Please join! And thanks Flash for this eve's truly mind-altering show
Avatar 9:55pm just julia:

thank you for all the squiggles and jams!
Avatar 9:56pm Flash Strap:

Thank you, LD, Hyde, Julia, all else!

See you in the Blue Room

and don't forget to strike to the best of your ability on the morrow! who knows, comrades, who knows
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:57pm Doug Schulkind:

Thanks for the trip, Admiral!
Avatar 9:59pm Flash Strap:

My great pleasure, Most Honorable Fleet Admiral Doug!

(I had to look it up: "what's better than an admiral?" and that's the best I got)
Avatar 10:00pm Flash Strap:

Good night!
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