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April 25, 2020
Options April 25, 2020 The Tom Lester Memorial Playlist
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The Monterreys  Options Blast Off   Planet  The Pride of Providence, RI    0:00:00 Pop‑up)  
The Capers  Options Ghost Walk   Dixietone  The Pride of Austin, TX    0:05:23 Pop‑up)  
Link Wray  Options Rumble '68   Heavy  The Pride of Norfolk, VA    0:08:22 Pop‑up)  
The Hollywoods  Options Scramble   Timber  The Pride of Portsmouth, OH    0:10:56 Pop‑up)  
Guitar Jeff and the Creoles  Options Jump and Shout   Rocket  The Pride of Opelousas, LA    0:15:32 Pop‑up)  
Jose Mari and his Electro-Maniacs  Options Chicken Boppin' Baby   JMG  The Pride of Manila, Phillipines    0:18:35 Pop‑up)  
Rocky Holman with Morty Wise and the Wiseman  Options Wild Boy   Sierra      0:19:46 Pop‑up)  
Pee Wee Trahan  Options I'm A Mojo Man   Ace  The Pride of Moss Bluff, LA    0:21:53 Pop‑up)  
Houston Turner and the Dixielanders  Options Uncle John's Bongos   Do-Re-Me  The Pride of Chattanooga, TN!    0:25:22 Pop‑up)  
Joe Hall and The Corvettes  Options Bongo Beating Beatnik   Global      0:28:28 Pop‑up)  
Onie Wheeler  Options Onie's Bop   Columbia  Check out the Onie Wheeler portrait by Olaf Jens that hangs here in the fur-lined fallout shelter! 
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Sharlet Sexton  Options Since My Baby Put Me   Breeze  The Pride of Livingston, TN    0:34:02 Pop‑up)  
Maddox Brothers and Rose "The Most Colorful Hillbilly Band In America"  Options George's Playhouse Boogie   4 Star  The Pride of Boaz, AL    0:42:44 Pop‑up)  
Tennessee Ernie Ford  Options Smokey Mountain Boogie   Capitol  The Pride of Bristol, TN    0:45:25 Pop‑up)  
Lucky Boggs  Options Drilling Rig Boogie   Shawnee  The Pride of Huntington, WV    0:47:57 Pop‑up)  
Shorty Sergent  Options Night Life And Wine   Speed  The Hoosier Daddy!    0:50:38 Pop‑up)  
Ocie Stockard and His Wanderers  Options Bass Man Jive   Okeh  The Pride of Ft Worth, TX    0:53:32 Pop‑up)  
Maddox Bros. And Rose   Options Fried Potatoes   Arhoolie  The Pride of Modesto, CA too!    0:56:30 Pop‑up)  
Jesse Thomas  Options Cool Kind Lover   Hollywood  The Pride of Logansport, LA    1:02:45 Pop‑up)  
Paul Gayten  Options You Better Believe It   Checker  The Pride of Kentwood, LA    1:04:31 Pop‑up)  
J.B. Lenoir  Options She Don't Know   Checker  The Pride of Monticello, MS    1:06:57 Pop‑up)  
John Lee Hooker  Options She's Mine   Vee Jay  The Pride of Tutwiler, MS    1:09:39 Pop‑up)  
Jr Wells  Options You Don't Care   Profile  The Pride of Memphis, TN    1:12:59 Pop‑up)  
Porkey Harris and his Fantabulous Five  Options Pig Pen   Crystalette      1:14:41 Pop‑up)  
The Catalinas  Options Catalina Push   Catalina  The Pride of Catalina???    1:19:45 Pop‑up)  
Mickey and the Clean Cuts  Options Soapy   Wand  The Pride of Lorain, OH    1:21:11 Pop‑up)  
The Woodpeckers  Options The Woodpecker   Decca      1:24:58 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Cole and his Spacemen  Options Night Drag   Capitol  The Pride of Green Bay, WI    1:27:28 Pop‑up)  
The Blue Angels  Options Quick Sand   Cap  The Pride of Hammond, IN    1:29:47 Pop‑up)  
The Eccentrics  Options Podunk Holler   Fresh  The Pride of Sequim, Wa...honest!    1:33:13 Pop‑up)  
The Wild Tones  Options Martian Band   Madison      1:36:06 Pop‑up)  
Kip Tyler and His Flips  Options Ooh Yeah Baby   Challenge  All-Time Teen King!    1:39:49 Pop‑up)  
Bobby and the Temps  Options Mary Lou   ABC-Paramount  More Roy Buchanan!    1:42:31 Pop‑up)  
Steve King and the Kings Row  Options Listen Buddy   Sonovox  From Chicago....home of "Mr Beef"!!!    1:44:24 Pop‑up)  
Arty and the Supremes  Options Hombre   Daytone  Mr Ed on vocals!    1:46:36 Pop‑up)  
The Street Cleaners  Options That's Cool, That's Trash   Amy       1:49:00 Pop‑up)  
Mr. Clean  Options Mr. Clean   Original Sound      1:50:53 Pop‑up)  
Donnie Williams  Options Boogie Chilluns Playhouse   Pure Gold      1:53:15 Pop‑up)  
Jody Reyonlds  Options Fire Of Love   Demon      1:55:22 Pop‑up)  

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm DJ Guin:

hey ho, Rex. Last surviving member of Green Acres will be missed.
  1:02pm David in London:

Greetings no-brows everywhere.
Avatar 1:02pm Rex:

Time to bring out your Crusader Rabbit shield and sword!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm Ciggy:

I rather see a gif of Ava Gabor than Jebb!
  1:07pm gene sculatti:

Hi, Rex. Monterreys: what an opener!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:08pm dave wuz here:

the pride of providence rhode island is new york system arm hair hotdogs
Avatar 1:10pm Rex:

Don't forget those other RI taste treats: Dell's Frozen Lemonade and Coffee Milk!
Avatar 1:11pm Rex:

Hey! Geno! Nice to have you Left Coasters on board!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:11pm listener 126464:

I don't want my hair messed up
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm Handy Haversack:

Hello, Rex, Fools! Coming in loud and clear here in north Brooklyn!

I'm going to see if I can aim a speaker outside and take my brunch Totchos out in the shade!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:13pm dave wuz here:

dell's + rum = dehydration punch
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:13pm Pedro in Arlington:

That B-25 better have dropped the reverb on Staten Island by now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:14pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Afternoon, Rex & Fools!
  1:14pm Haz:

Is Eb the Pride Of Pixley?
Avatar 1:15pm Mailman Tom:

I found $100 inside of a washing machine at the laundromat last week. It was laundered money.
  1:15pm David in London:

Hey Handy. How are you doing?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:15pm Pedro in Arlington:

Still no reverb? Impeach Harry Truman!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:17pm Handy Haversack:

Good, David -- brunch is ALMOST ready! Cocktail is made!
  1:19pm Cooh John:

Roy Rogers lived in the Portsmouth area.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:19pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Zats, Eb died just this week? I did not know that. LeBeau from Hogan's Heroes lives on, for now.
  1:19pm Papito:

Just watched a bunch of ghost videos on the net and put on every light in the place to keep the spookies away! Fools Paradise can be my Ghost Buster and entertain the specters !
Avatar 1:25pm Rex:

Mailman Tom! Congrats on finding that Benjamin! Invest wisely...
  1:29pm egould310:

Bullwinkle on beatniks. This is hilarious. Thanks, Rex.

Momma!
  1:30pm scott:

Excuse me sir... , don't bugs me man, don't bugs me.
  1:31pm David in London:

I remember on a trip to NYC in 1996, I went to meet a friend of mine at CBGBs to see The Swinging Neckbreakers. On the walk there I found $50. It seemed like a message from the Gods, and took care of the evening as you can well imagine.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:44pm myron feld:

Thanks for the KWPX tip, Rex!
Avatar 1:46pm Dave the Spazz:

I could listen to this hillbilly crap all day.
Avatar 1:48pm Rex:

Hillbilly crap : Spazz Certified!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:49pm Pedro in Arlington:

Tennessee Ernie's "I Love Lucy" appearances may be among the finest guest star turns in television history. "That IS a Long Island."
  1:50pm Papito:

Charo was the Coochi Coochi Girl and she appeared on The Merv Griffin Show ! Oh Mamita !
  1:50pm ?:

If you spent any time around central or southern Mississippi in the early '90s, you'd be very familiar with Tom Lester - as his Eb character, no less - hawking vinyl siding for the Jackson, MS-based Leadco company. They'd show an afternoon movie, heavily edited for television, with Tom as Eb in very frequent interruptions so excited about the vinyl siding deals on offer, that he'd do the "Leadco shuffle." It was something else. (For a time, Tom was joined by Donna Douglas, playing - and dressed as - her Beverly Hillbillies "Elly May" character. This didn't last long; I've always assumed the lawyers came calling on that one.)

The internet tells me that Jerry Clower was the initial Leadco pitchman, but that was before my time.
  1:52pm mr_donutsu:

KWPX

https://goo.gl/maps/Dqu2ASuZpLSPGrPo8

Just as one would expect!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:52pm Pedro in Arlington:

And to note, if he had been born a few blocks north, he would have been "Virginia Ernie Ford." The house is a quick walk from where Ralph Peer and Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family got it on wax in 1927.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:53pm Handy Haversack:

Pretty sure I got a mockingbird singing along with the fiddle a couple of songs back!
  1:53pm Papito:

Who are you Question Mark ?
  1:54pm davefromtoronto:

dead gut indeed...MAMA!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm dave wuz here:

whatever donna douglas is selling i'll take 12
  1:56pm ?:

Papito - I'm the Question Mark - a longtime Fool's Paradise/WFMU listener that's never posted here before, but I've been listening, and I thought someone out there might be interested in hearing about Tom Lester's career twilight, especially since it's not information you'd find on the internet.
  1:57pm davefromtoronto:

what's with all the dave's in here today...
  1:58pm Papito:

COOL...THANK YOU SIR !
  1:59pm ?:

Dave wuz here - 12 sets of vinyl siding for your home would be a pretty pricey proposition. The best part of Donna Douglas's brief presence is that she was full-on Elly May. Short shorts, tight shirt, holding a rabbit and whistling - just about 30 years older.
  1:59pm egould310:

KWPX is now going to be in my radio listening rotation.
  2:00pm David in London:

mr_donutsu, good link. It reminds me of the radio station in Twin Peaks s3e8. Gotta light?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01pm Handy Haversack:

How's Saturday afternoon treating you, David in London?
  2:04pm David in London:

Hey Handy. Well, after a burst of tedious but necessary housework, I spent the afternoon reading in the garden in the sunshine. I’m now cracking open the beers and distributing the roasted almonds. So status report: very satisfactory. How’s things in Greenpoint?
  2:04pm P-90:

Now I feel deprived for never having seen these Leadco siding ads...
  2:07pm Don F.:

Love when you go NOLA, Rex!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:07pm Handy Haversack:

Good to hear, David!

We have a warm and slightly sunny day at last -- so the unmasked are crowding the streets. I had an uncomforatble walk. But a little time in the back garden after lunch was pleasant. Aimed the hop vines upward and filled the bird feeders. Started getting the yuppies in the new bldgs. behind us accustomed to some schlock and bop. Caught between working for the rest of the afternoon or relaxing ...
Avatar 2:10pm Joe B:

Hey Rex! RIP tom lester
Avatar 2:12pm Juke Joint Jonny:

What kinda hillbilly is John Lee Hooker?
  2:12pm davefromtoronto:

the stimmula!
  2:12pm David in London:

All work and no play makes Handy an unhappy Haversack....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:12pm dave wuz here:

still waiting on my stimalah check
  2:13pm egould310:

Urrible Sex Stimmuler
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:13pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Wait slow down, what was that number again?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:15pm testingwithfire:

hi Rex and hi (again) fellow Fools!

Charo is very much alive and well ... and has a Twitter account!
  2:17pm mr_donutsu:

@DavidinLondon

KPJk

This is the water and this is the well. Drink full and descend. The horse is the white of the eyes and dark within.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:20pm Mike Sin:

Hey Rex!
Avatar 2:21pm Rex:

Hey Mike! Just in time for the Catalina Push!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:21pm Motobro:

Hill Billy Hangover baby !!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:23pm Motobro:

Dam, we got some radio royalty going on this here accu this afternoon.
What’s everybody stuck inside or sumtin?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:27pm Handy Haversack:

I suppose the other question is: If I do some work *and* have some gin, is that like playing?
  2:28pm pottybear:

We need more hours of shlock!!
  2:29pm David in London:

Hey motorbo. Hope your engine is running smooth.

Handy, it’s a long shot, but it just might work...
Avatar 2:30pm Rex:

All shlock needs will be issued on a first-come/first-served basis...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:30pm Gaylord Fields:

@Motorbro: And now a radio peasant signs in.
  2:31pm davefromtoronto:

gaylord must've heard the sess stimulla spot...
  2:32pm mr_donutsu:

I was working at The Landsberg Company (Jaws 3 3D, That’s Incredible, etc) as a delivery driver back in 86 when Charo came in to talk about some show in development.

I was sitting there in the back room (where us flunkies hung out waiting for something to do) when she and her handler came storming through towards the exit to the parking lot. She was quite agitated, talking a mile a minute.

“Bad meeting! Very bad people! ...”

And that’s why we never got our late 80s Charo sitcom variety special reality show.
Avatar 2:33pm StringOFperils:

One morning along about four bells, I am standing in front of Mindy's restaurant on Broadway with a guy by the name of Regret, who has this name because it seems he wins a very large bet the year the Whitney filly, Regret, grabs the Kentucky Derby, and can never forget it, which is maybe because it is the only very large bet he ever wins in his life.
What this guy's real name is I never hear, and anyway makes no difference to me, especially on Broadway, because the chances are that no matter what name a guy has, it is not his square name. So, as far as I am concerned, Regret is as good a name as any other for this guy I am talking about, who is a fat guy, and very gabby, though generally he is talking about nothing but horses, and how he gets beat three dirty noses the day before at Belmont, or wherever the horses are running.

_Damon Runyan
  2:34pm gene sculatti:

Rex, you're the king of the drops. The best selection-- and I never get tired of them when they repeat. Go 'head on.
  2:34pm mic_impedance:

Jerry Cole nicking The Champs' Jumping Bean there. Ah, the sticky fingered glories of instro. Thanks Rex and Skeleton Crew!
Avatar 2:36pm Rex:

Thanks, Geno! Everyone here should read Catalog of Cool and Too Cool by Gene Sculatti immediately. Required text for any true Fool's Paradise Faithful!!!
Avatar 2:37pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Woooooooowwww!! This is endsville, cats!
  2:38pm davefromtoronto:

rex play the "rags of ragtime" drop - it's been too long.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:41pm adamp:

Sounding real good, as always. Perfect soundtrack for cruising around with the windows down, pretending we have some place to be. Hats off to you, Rex!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:42pm Threemoons:

Greetings Rex, fellow Fools...
  2:43pm longish:

Stunning that Rex nailed the pronunciation of Sequim, WA as “skwim”. Most non-Northwesterners say “see-kwim”. A regular phoenetic anthropologist, that fella Rex.
  2:44pm Jim V:

Anyone else get the "No Brow" tune playing in their head once a day or so?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:44pm Handy Haversack:

There's a good Mexican place in Sequim. Delish.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:46pm Motobro:

@Dave IL it will be in a few, taking sons Harley out for a ride. Be wearing my shades with speaker in them and streaming Rex n TOPT.

Thank you REX !
  2:49pm David in London:

Jim V, me too. My son and I exchange no-brow texts frequently.

Motobro - damn that sounds good. Burn some rubber for me.
Avatar 2:49pm Rex:

Jim V - The "No Brow" loop plays in my head 24/7!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:49pm adamp:

@JimV at least!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:54pm listener 126464:

Thanks Rex. Have a copy of Catalog Of Cool here. Kojaking a parking spot is pretty easy lately.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:54pm radioronan:

Thanks for keeping Saturday a boppin', Rex. Until next week. Be well everyone!
  2:54pm davefromtoronto:

unfotunately, we are all home.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:55pm Handy Haversack:

Oh, dang -- that went fast!

Thanks, Rex! Be cool, Fools!
  2:55pm longish:

Thanks Haversack. I’ll look for Sequim’s Mex grub next time I’m out that way.
Avatar 2:55pm Rex:

Listener 12646 - Yes...this is these are the golden days for "Kojaking" a parking spot!
Avatar 2:57pm Rex:

Thanks once again to Ruth back at WFMU HQ for beaming this sonic slop into deep space!
  2:57pm David in London:

I have an old bootleg cassette of the MC5 doing this live on New Years Day 1970 in Saginaw. It’s a real peach.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:57pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Thanks for the party, Rex!
  2:57pm David in London:

Great show Rex.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:57pm Gaylord Fields:

@davefromtoronto: It was the talk of both Charo and Herbal Sess Stimulla that brings me here.
  2:58pm davefromtoronto:

hey gaylord!
  2:58pm Papito:

Get some fresh air, soak up the sunshine and enjoy a walk around the neighborhood Until we tune in next week ! Thanx Rex!
Avatar 2:59pm Rex:

Happy B-Day Todd-O-Phonic!!!!
  3:44pm DasBankLyle:

Happy BD Todd!!!!
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