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Options December 1, 2019

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Artist Track Album Label Comments New Approx. start time
Klaus Nomi  Simple Man   Options Eclipsed/ The Best of Klaus Nomi  Razor & Tie      0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Queen  The Millionaire's Waltz   Options A Day at the Races  Elektra Records      0:03:53 (Pop‑up)
Lou Reed  Halloween Parade   Options New York  Sire Records      0:08:48 (Pop‑up)
Arthur Russell  Barefoot in New York   Options Iowa Dream  Audika Records    *   0:12:22 (Pop‑up)
Communards  Don't Leave Me this Way   Options Communards  London / MCA Records      0:18:09 (Pop‑up)
The B-52's  Give Me Back My Man   Options Party Mix/Mesopotamia  Reprise Records      0:22:42 (Pop‑up)
Erasure  Too Darn Hot   Options Red Hot and Blue  Chrysalis Records      0:34:39 (Pop‑up)
Jobriath  As the River Flows   Options As the River Flows  Eschatone      0:37:45 (Pop‑up)
Arthur Russell  Hop on Down   Options Calling Out of Context  Audika Records      0:43:32 (Pop‑up)
Antony & the Johnsons  Crazy in Love   Options Music from Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service  Ace Records    *   0:49:20 (Pop‑up)
Fran  Desert Wanderer   Options A Private Picture  Fire Talk Records    *   1:00:16 (Pop‑up)
Lankum  Hunting the Wren   Options The Livelong Day  Rough Trade Records    *   1:06:47 (Pop‑up)
Fela Kuti  Colonial Mentality   Options King of Afrobeat: the Anthology  Universal Music      1:13:59 (Pop‑up)
MeShell Ndegeocello & Yerba Buena! featuring Ron Blake  Gentleman   Options Red Hot + Riot  The Red Hot Organization / MCA 4AD      1:27:49 (Pop‑up)
ABC  Hey Citizen! / King Money   Options Beauty Stab  Mercury Records       1:39:18 (Pop‑up)
Salt-N-Pepa  Shoop   Options Shoop Single  Next Plateau / FFRR      1:47:09 (Pop‑up)
Lyn Collins  Mr. Big Stuff   Options Check Me Out If You Don’t Know Me By Now  People      1:51:08 (Pop‑up)
The Jay Vons  Maybe I Loved You   Options The Word  La Castanya    *   1:55:11 (Pop‑up)
Messiahs of Glory  No Other Love   Options No Other Love: Midwest Gospel (1965-1978)  Tompkins Square    *   1:58:06 (Pop‑up)
KOKOKO!  Identite   Options Fongola  Transgressive Records    *   2:01:24 (Pop‑up)
Jay Som  Tenderness   Options Anak Ko  Polyvinyl Records    *   2:11:38 (Pop‑up)
Paper Beat Scissors  Better   Options Parallel Line  Forward Music Group    *   2:15:08 (Pop‑up)
Carla dal Forno  No Trace   Options Look Up Sharp  Kallista Records    *   2:19:11 (Pop‑up)
Matt Maltese  Tall Buildings   Options Krystal  7476    *   2:22:32 (Pop‑up)
Itasca  Bess's Dance   Options Spring  Paradise of Bachelors    *   2:25:54 (Pop‑up)
Jackie DeShannon  Bird on a Wire   Options To Be Free  Imperial Records      2:29:36 (Pop‑up)
GEA  Followers   Options Butterflies  Fragity Oy    *   2:33:43 (Pop‑up)
Honey Radar  Carousel Society   Options Ruby Puff of Dust  What's Yr Rupture?  Honey Radar will be live on Burn It Down! with Nate K. on December 10th!  *   2:41:56 (Pop‑up)
Širom  Low Probability of a Hug   Options A Universe that Roasts Blossoms for a Horse (Svet, Ki Speče Konju Cvet)  Glitterbeat Records    *   2:45:02 (Pop‑up)
Lucifer Was  Fandango   Options Underground and Beyond  Guerssen Records    *   2:52:40 (Pop‑up)
Eleanor Friedberger  Never Is a Long Time   Options New View  Frenchkiss Records      2:56:02 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:06pm L W Rhino:

Good evening.
  5:08pm Listener Phillip In The Bronx:

THERESE:) happy you joined us on this wet cold snowy sunday
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:09pm mariano:

Oh wow, so used to the 3-6-9-12 schedule that I didn't realize the show had switched over. I was thinking: Bill Kelly's playing Klaus Nomi? Hi Therese and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:11pm Therese:

Hello everyone!
Avatar 5:11pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Is it me or are Queers smarter nicer people & stuff ?
  5:11pm ?:

great garbo rules
  5:13pm spodiodi:

odd. Aloha
  5:13pm badbob:

its just you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:15pm L W Rhino:

I'm sensing a theme here, Klaus, Freddie, Lou, Arthur... all dead and male.
  5:15pm listener monica:

some of us went to our high school proms with gay men. our boyfriends did not mind.
Avatar 5:16pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...bit of a generalization I suppose...don't think I've met a dumb narrow-minded or aggro one tho I must say...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:17pm Shira:

Love this "new" Arthur Russell track.
  5:19pm listener monica:

a great song. my favorite of the disco era.
  5:20pm Jett:

Gotta go with the original Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes version of "Don't Leave Me This Way, for me.
  5:22pm sugarwolf:

Loving this set so much!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:22pm mariano:

One of the best choruses in any genre. Makes you want to jump up from your seat and dance.
  5:24pm Jett:

Met and briefly hung out with Klaus Nomi in the early eighties, super nice guy, cool people!
  5:25pm JakeGould:

Hey Therese!

@LWRhino: You know, Baby Yoda *spoiler* assists in killing a very large space Rhino in “The Mandalorian.”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:26pm mariano:

Kate Pearson has a resort in the Catskills, very 50s-kitsch feel overall (big surprise there!): www.lazymeadow.com
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:27pm queems:

prob my fave b52s song
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:27pm mariano:

*Pierson, sorry. Why did I always think it was Pearson?
  5:29pm spodiodi:

baby (not)Yoda has captured global the attention of the planet
  5:30pm spodiodi:

that was redundant and exaggerated, but he's one cute puppet
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:30pm Tome:

Ricky Wilson ( ,,
  5:31pm JakeGould:

@spodiodi: His character is also great!
  5:31pm Larry from Westwood:

Wow. Great show. First time listener. IBJ Forever.
  5:32pm spodiodi:

indeed, JaleGould! we're hooked :)
  5:32pm spodiodi:

  5:33pm spodiodi:

all this math is messing with my finger control
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:33pm Sid:

Therese keeps George Harrison in the basement!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:34pm spodiodi:

Red Hot and Blue, baby
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:35pm spodiodi:

so many nice covers on that
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:36pm mariano:

Yeah, the Pogues have a good one on RH&B if I'm remembering right.
  5:37pm Jeff g. via app:

Holding out for some Bronski Beat.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:37pm spodiodi:

Don't Fence Me In by David Byrne cover is pretty sweet too
  5:37pm sugarwolf:

I still have my Abbaesque CD from high school :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:37pm spodiodi:

this Erasure one is great
Avatar 5:42pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Jobriath - as much Laura Nyro as Boowie ?
  5:53pm phat:

the Times collection of photos of the people we lost (a tiny, tiny fraction) killed me.
Avatar 5:59pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Avatar 6:00pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...Keith Haring...
Avatar 6:01pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

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Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm Therese:

It's staggering, really.
Avatar 6:04pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

....Stephanie - the sister of my friend...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:04pm chresti:

Hello Therese and company!
  6:06pm greatb:

hi all! Fran's voice reminds me a bit of Sophia Knapp's... who I think I also first heard so many years ago on this show!
  6:08pm phat:

staggering, yes. and it doesn't include any of the friends I had here in Nebraska. staggering
Avatar 6:08pm slugluv1313:

my boss at my first job out of college in NYC -- 1984 -- when idiots were still spreading rumors about bathrooms being "contaminated," etc.
  6:12pm greatb:

is the world more hellish then, or now?
  6:12pm JakeGould:

@slugluv1313: As someone who lost a family member to AIDS, I just need to say as ugly as someone saying it was transmitted via bathrooms go, in 1984 most people had no clue what it was or how it was transmitted. It was simply some magical “gay cancer.”

Now if someone was saying that B.S. in 1994 and beyond, they should’ve been smacked upside the head.
Avatar 6:12pm TDK60:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:13pm ParUbi of Pittsburgh:

Hi Therese & everyone
Avatar 6:13pm slugluv1313:

Good Evening, Therese and everyone
@ phat and RRN63 -- have not been able to look at The New York Times' list yet
Jobriath -- adored him when i was still a teenage kid in the wretched suburbs of NJ -- his style changed over the years, , but he was so way ahead of his time
  6:13pm greatb:

I do like how C Everett Koop snuck that letter over his bosses head
  6:15pm phat:

@greatb different kind of hellish inspired by the same people.
Avatar 6:16pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

How the Gay Community improvised Compassion & Hospice in the face of that. That changed Society.
Avatar 6:18pm slugluv1313:

oh yes! C. Everett Koop! he was a "hero" to so many of us! sure the ultra-right-wing "pro-lifers" loved him b/c of his anti-abortion stance (&, when i learned more about him, i linka understood why -- among other things, he had worked with ICU neonates) -- then HATED him b/c he was advocating condom use, did not care about anyone's "sexual orientation" etc. -- "they are ALL my constituents!" -- and wanted to protect the public's health (& i still have the newsletter he sent out to EVERYONE way back when)
  6:19pm JakeGould:

@slugluv1313: FWIW, the conclusion that AIDS was blood-borne was made between 1983 and 1984: “In the interval between the decisions of early 1983 and discovery of the virus that causes AIDS in early 1984, public health and blood industry officials became more certain that AIDS was a blood-borne disease as the number of reported cases of AIDS among hemophiliacs and transfused patients increased.” www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov...

I would genuinely give someone the benefit of the doubt if they felt — let’s say — a layer of TP on the toilet seat might help in some way. Seems silly in retrospect, but I wouldn’t just chastise people for thinking that way early in the game; so to say…
  6:21pm greatb:

"they are all my constituents," wow, that is dope!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:22pm Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

hello, World AIDS Day is the topic? Ahhh…
Avatar 6:22pm slugluv1313:

@ RRN63 -- yes -- and, the "underground" piercing and tattoo communities were using rubber gloves, etc., WAY before anyone else was -- and doing workshops on how to do certain "extreme" practices safely
Avatar 6:29pm slugluv1313:

@ JakeGould -- i am so sorry that you lost a family member -- i cannot imagine how awful that is, i just hope everyone was/is loving and supportive for you

and yes, by 1984, most everyone knew (especially in NYC!) that you could not get AIDS from toilet seats, using someone else's toothbrushes, mosquito bites, etc. -- what was so horrifically ugly and infuriating were the awful rumors people were spreading -- "You know, people are afraid to use the same restroom as 'X' uses," etc. . . .
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:33pm listener 126464:

Sweet show Therese, thanks. Cheers y'all!
  6:33pm JakeGould:

@slugluv1313: Ummm… I’m bowing out of your screed but I was a teen and in my 20s when I had to assist in caring for this family member so all I have to say is… Yes! There were badly informed people out there, but I also knew that I personally was terrified because the blood transmission aspect affected my caring for them as well… And don’t worry, don’t keep in touch with tons of people in high school thanks (in part) to their ignorance.

Anyway, you are greatly oversimplifying why someone would be cautious back in the early 1980s and ascribing bigotry I cannot agree with to people who were simply uniformed and living in the Reagan era.

PS: “…especially in NYC!” There are lots of parts of NYC that are not downtown or the East Village. So please, stop painting attitudes with a wide swath.
Avatar 6:40pm RobinSays:

Therese, many thanx for your heartfelt mentioning of World AIDS day. Remember those we lost, wear a condom, love each other...
  6:40pm sonnyspop:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:43pm chresti:

Who are you? Why, you are the town crier, the messenger, as well as DJ Therese, that's who you are!
  6:45pm Jett:

Always liked Martin Fry's singing voice. ABC were a great group!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:49pm Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

I'm just deeply grateful that it has been a long time since anyone i know has left this world because of AIDS. Moving to San Francisco in the 80s was intense. Remembering so many brilliant souls, gone too soon! xoxox
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:52pm Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

4 years, not that long ago, not long enough.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm chresti:

Sweet set, Therese
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:03pm ParUbi of Pittsburgh:

I probably would have sailed right through today without reflecting on World Aids Day if it hadn't been for your show, Therese. Thank you.
Avatar 7:03pm TDK60:

Kool band.
  7:06pm BH:

so, say "Kokoko" like you're singing "My Coco" by Stellastarr?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:12pm LW Rhino:

Hello..Newbin. Hello, Jerry.
Avatar 7:14pm slugluv1313:

@ JakeGould -- i am so sorry, it was not the ignorance that bothered me, but the sheer hatred behind the comments -- our co-worker was sick and dying, and all people could do was be ugly and mean about it
  7:16pm sugarwolf:

90.1 just went off, stupid weather!
  7:18pm JakeGould:

@sugarwolf: Maybe the hamsters running that transmitter said, “Nuts to this!” got in it’s little car and headed back home?
  7:19pm Listener Robert:

Beat me to it sugarwolf, I just booted up to say so. Probably ice brought down a power line in Mt. Hope NY.
  7:20pm Tennessee Jeb:

Good music
  7:26pm Listener Robert:

Reading upthread, I recall considerable skepticism among scientists even in 1984 over whether there even was a transmissible "AIDS agent". It looked LIKELY that there was, but that conclusion was far from nailed down to the satisfaction of many scientists.

I myself wasn't satisfied until the middle 1990s because of 2 lines of evidence: (1) the success of protease inhibitors which were the product of rational drug design against the putative HIV, and (2) the work of Aaron Ho, who was able to correlate so closely viral load of HIV to signs and symptoms of AIDS.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, Therese. Hi, everybody. How's it going?
  7:34pm JakeGould:

@Ken: This rain, sleet, hail and snow is really a bummer. But the music is fine!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm Therese:

Thanks for the heads up, @sugarwolf and @Listener Robert! I've informed the Powers That Be.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:38pm mariano:

Sorry to hear about the icky weather up north. 'Sup Ken.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:41pm McGroovey:

The myoozik is perfect this evening. Thanks.
  7:46pm Booz:

This show’s on fire. Everyone says so.
Avatar 7:50pm TDK60:

Like this Širom , folksiness. Slovenians.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

i like this strange song
  7:51pm highballer:

  7:52pm highballer:

  7:52pm JakeGould:

@highballer: What a boner!
  7:56pm spodiodi:

thanks, Therese
Avatar 7:56pm TDK60:

..thanks for the spins, DJ T.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:57pm mariano:

Thanks Therese, see the rest of y'all over at Gaylord's.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm chresti:

Thanks Therese.
  7:59pm highballer:

@jake Hey! Lol
I.m a little out of it ;)
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