WMM Playlist from October 31, 2018

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween with Béla, Boris, & Bette
+ Man of 1001 Faces – Michael McQuary
+ Sondra Freeman & Apocalypse Meow 11

10:00 – Haunted Recordings

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979
[WMM’s theme]

2. William Stromberg & Moscow Symphony Orch. – “Universal Signature”
from: Salter – Skinner: Monster Music / Marco-Polo / 1995
[Frank Skinner was a composer & arranger born in Meredosia, Illinois on Dec. 31, 1897. He died in Beverly Hills, California, Oct. 9, 1968. A graduate of the Chicago Musical College (now the Chicago Conservatory of Music), 16-year-old Frank found employment in vaudeville and began playing in local areas with his brother Carl on drums billed as the Skinner Brothers dance band. He began writing and arranging music for dance bands in New York, from 1925 to 1935, arranging 2000 popular songs for Robbins Publishing. After a short period at MGM, working on musical settings for The Great Ziegfeld (1936), Skinner was hired by Universal Studios. Over the course of his 30 years there, he composed music for more than 200 films earning five Academy Award nominations (1938–43). His distinctive approach to scoring horror films, such as Son of Frankenstein (1939) and The Wolf Man (1941), has been characterized as a ‘passion for chromatic lines … mirrored contours … [and] restrained, yet ominously mythical orchestrations’ (Marcello). He gained new recognition in the 1950s for his lush romantic scores, including those for such Douglas Sirk films as Magnificent Obsession (1954) and Written on the Wind (1956). Despite many changes in the film industry, his book Underscore (1950) has survived as an excellent introduction to film music composition. The Wolf Man is a 1941 American drama horror film written by Curt Siodmak and produced and directed by George Waggner. The film stars Lon Chaney, Jr. as a werewolf named “The Wolf Man” and features Claude Rains, Evelyn Ankers, Ralph Bellamy, Patric Knowles, Béla Lugosi, and Maria Ouspenskaya in supporting roles. The title character has had a great deal of influence on Hollywood’s depictions of the legend of the werewolf. The film is the second Universal Pictures werewolf film, preceded six years earlier by the less commercially successful Werewolf of London (1935). Lon Chaney, Jr. would reprise his classic role as “The Wolf Man” in four sequels, beginning with Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man in 1943.]

3. Anderson Cooper / Donald Trump – “Trump Video Tape”
from: Presidential Debate 2016 #2 – October 9, 2016) / SoundWerks USA / Oct 11, 2016
[Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump square off for the second time during a debate held at Washington University in St. Louis. Sunday, October 9, 2016. Moderated by Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper.]

4. Sonic Youth – “Youth Against Facism”
from: Dirty (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered] / Interscope – Geffen / July 21, 1992
[Sonic Youth was based in New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore (guitar, vocals), Kim Gordon (bass, vocals, guitar) and Lee Ranaldo (guitar, vocals) remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley (drums) followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up. Sonic Youth emerged from the experimental no wave art and music scene in New York before evolving into a more conventional rock band and becoming the most prominent of the American noise rock groups. Sonic Youth have been praised for having “redefined what rock guitar could do” using a wide variety of unorthodox guitar tunings and preparing guitars with objects like drum sticks and screwdrivers to alter the instruments’ timbre. The band is considered to be a pivotal influence on the alternative and indie rock movements. After gaining a large underground following and critical praise through releases with SST Records in the late 1980s, the band experienced mainstream success throughout the 1990s and 2000s after signing to major label DGC in 1990 and headlining the 1995 Lollapalooza festival. In 2011, Ranaldo announced that the band was “ending for a while” following the separation of married couple Gordon and Moore. Thurston Moore updated and clarified the position in May 2014: “Sonic Youth is on hiatus. The band is a democracy of sorts, and as long as Kim and I are working out our situation, the band can’t really function reasonably.” Gordon refers several times in her 2015 autobiography Girl in a Band to the band having “split up”. Dirty is the seventh studio album by American alternative rock band Sonic Youth. It was released on July 21, 1992 by record label DGC. The band recorded and produced the album with Butch Vig in early 1992 at the Magic Shop studios. The sound on Dirty was inspired by the grunge scene of the time, and was described as avant-rock. Some songs on the album mark the first appearance of three guitars in Sonic Youth songs. The album was remastered and released on quadruple vinyl and double CD in 2003. The album spawned four singles. The first single was “100%”; it charted well, but was not the crossover hit the label anticipated. The next was “Youth Against Fascism”, which did not chart well. The last two were “Sugar Kane” and “Drunken Butterfly”, released in 1993. “Sugar Kane” did better commercially than “Youth Against Fascism”. The album sold exceptionally well, reaching No. 6 in the UK Albums Chart (their highest charting album in the UK) and No. 83 in the US. In support of the album, the band embarked on the “Pretty Fucking Dirty” tour of 1992 and 1993, where most of Dirty was played. In late 1992, they toured North America, and in early 1993, they toured New Zealand and Australia.]

5. St. Vincent – “Fear The Future (Piano Version)”
from: MassEducation / Loma Vista – Concord Music / October 12, 2018
[“MassEducation” a brand new acoustic rendition of her previous album Masseduction, Clark’s fifth studio album, was released in October 2017. Pitchfork writes: “Recorded over two days at Manhattan’s Reservoir Studios studios, MassEducation strips its hypersexual, neon-clad predecessor for parts, exposing its songs as tales of longing and nostalgia. Clark seemed to always know that her record contained two lives: “This needs to be something people can really dance to,” she said of a song on her last album, “until they listen to the words and then they’re crying.” Hiding melancholy behind pop production is nothing new, but on an album so saturated with sadness, these pared-down renderings give Clark a chance to indulge in their underlying sentiments.” Anne Erin Clark was born September 28, 1982, in Tulsa Oklahoma. She is known professionally as St. Vincent, a musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. After studying at Berklee College of Music for three years, she began her music career as a member of The Polyphonic Spree. Clark was also a member of Sufjan Stevens’s touring band before forming her own band in 2006. St. Vincent’s work has received consistent praise for its distinct musical style, which blends soft rock, experimental rock, electropop, and jazz influences. Her debut album was Marry Me (2007), followed by Actor (2009), Strange Mercy (2011), St. Vincent (2014), and Masseduction (2017). She released a collaborative album with David Byrne in 2012 titled Love This Giant. Clark also contributed backing vocals for Swans on their 2014 album, To Be Kind. Her fourth solo album, the eponymous St. Vincent, was named album of the year by The Guardian, Entertainment Weekly, NME, and Slant Magazine, as well as second best album of the year by Time magazine. The album won her a Grammy for Best Alternative Album, her first Grammy award. She was the first solo female performer in 20 years to win a Grammy in that category.]

3. Ed Wood – “Plan 9 From Outer Space (Trailer)”
from: Halloween Nuggets: Monster Sixties A Go-Go / Rock Beat / 2014
[Plan 9 from Outer Space (originally titled Grave Robbers from Outer Space) is a 1959 American B & W science fiction horror film. The film was written, produced, directed and edited by Ed Wood, and stars Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson, Vampira and posthumously bills Bela Lugosi. Shortly after Lugosi’s death the story and screenplay for Grave Robbers from Outer Space were written and finalized, with Wood planning to use the unconnected, unrelated footage of Lugosi as a means of putting a credit for him on the picture. Wood used the Lugosi footage as a means of attracting actors to the picture, by saying to them that he was making “Bela Lugosi’s last movie.” Though Wood’s actions were driven in part by the desire to give his film a ‘star name’ and attract horror fans, the Lugosi cameo was also meant as a loving tribute and farewell to the actor, who had become fast friends with Wood in the last three years of Lugosi’s life. Wood hired his wife’s chiropractor, Tom Mason, as a stand-in for Lugosi, even though Mason was taller than Lugosi and bore no resemblance to him, making him one of the earliest “fake Shemps”. Narration from Criswell was also employed in an attempt to better link Lugosi’s footage with the rest of Plan 9. Every last scrap of material Wood had of Lugosi was utilized in the theatrical cut of the film, including what are minor sprocket discolorations, film trims that would in a normal film be discarded as unusable. Cuts of the film on VHS during the 80s and 90s, the vast majority unauthorized bootleg dupes, varied drastically not only in quality but also in the amount of Lugosi material retained.]

Michael McQuary as Béla Lugosi on the October 31, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI. (Photo by Mark Manning)

10:10 – Interview with Béla Lugosi

We have the grand pleasure of welcoming back to our radio show the star of “Plan 9 From Outer Space” his last film and his 108th film, from his 5 decades as an actor.

Béla Lugosi – Thanks for being with us again on Wednesday MidDay Medley!

Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó (Oct. 20, 1882 – Aug 16, 1956), known as Bela Lugosi, a Hungarian-American actor. He’d been playing small parts in his native Hungary before making his first film in 1917, but left after the failed Hungarian Revolution. In 1927, he appeared as Count Dracula in a Broadway adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel. He later appeared in the classic 1931 film Dracula by Universal Pictures. He was often paired with Boris Karloff, who was able to demand top billing. To his frustration, Lugosi was increasingly restricted to minor parts, kept employed by the studio principally for the sake of his name on the posters. Among his pairings with Karloff, only in The Black Cat (1934), The Raven (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939) did he perform major roles again. Lugosi had been receiving regular medication for sciatic neuritis, and he became addicted to morphine and methadone. This drug dependence was noted by producers, and the offers eventually dwindled down to a few parts in Ed Wood’s low-budget movies, most notably Plan 9 from Outer Space. Lugosi was married five times, and had one son, Bela George Lugosi. Lugosi was buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

Lugosi was also the subject of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”, the first single by the English band Bauhaus. Released in August 1979, it is often considered to be the first gothic rock record.

Andy Warhol’s 1963 silkscreen The Kiss depicts Lugosi from Dracula about to bite into the neck of co-star Helen Chandler, who played Mina Harker. A copy sold for $798,000 at Christie’s in May 2000.

10:12 – Haunted Recordings

7. The Velvet Underground– “Black Angel’s Death Song (Album Version-Stereo)”
from: The Velvet Underground & Nico (45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) / Universal Records / 2012 [Orig. March 12, 1967]
[The Velvet Underground & Nico is the debut album by American rock band the Velvet Underground and vocal collaborator Nico, released in March 1967 by Verve Records. Recorded in 1966 during Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia event tour, The Velvet Underground & Nico would gain attention for its experimental performance sensibilities, as well as the focus on controversial subject matter expressed in many of its songs including drug abuse, prostitution, sadism and masochism and sexual deviancy. In 1982, musician Brian Eno famously stated that while The Velvet Underground & Nico initially only sold 30,000 copies, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.” Though it was a commercial failure upon release and was almost completely ignored by critics at the time, the record has since become one of the most influential and critically acclaimed rock albums in history, appearing at number thirteen on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time as well as being added to the 2006 National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. “I’ll Be Your Mirror” is a song by The Velvet Underground. It appeared on their 1967 debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico. It also surfaced as a single a year earlier with “All Tomorrow’s Parties” in 1966. Lou Reed wrote the song for Nico, who provides lead vocals. Inspiration for the song apparently came about after Nico approached Reed after a show in 1965 saying, “Oh Lou, I’ll be your mirror.” The song was a favorite of Reed’s and The Velvet Underground & Nico engineer, Norman Dolph.]

8. Laurie Anderson – “Three Ghosts”
from: Heart of a Dog / Nonesuch / October 23, 2015
[The complete soundtrack recording of Laurie Anderson’s film, Heart of a Dog. Anderson was commissioned by the European TV network Arte to create a feature film — her first in 30 years. Her response was a personal essay entitled Heart of a Dog, a work encompassing joy and heartbreak and remembering and forgetting, at the heart of which is a lament for her late beloved piano-playing and finger-painting dog Lolabelle. Scenes range from realistic footage from the animal’s life to imagined scenes of Lolabelle’s passage through the bardo. It also includes other reflections on life and death including Anderson’s experiences in life in downtown New York after 9/11. The Nonesuch album is the full audio recording of the film, including all music and spoken text. Heart of a Dog has been shown at the Telluride, Venice, and Toronto Film Festivals to critical praise, with the New York Times calling it a “philosophically astute, emotionally charged meditation on death, love, art and dogs.” The movie was screened at the New York Film Festival on October 8, 2015, before opening theatrically at New York’s Film Forum October 21, 2015. It was also shown on HBO. ]

9. Nina Simone -“Save Me”
from: Silk and Soul / RCA / 1967
[Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933. She died on April 21, 2003. Nina Simone was a singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist who worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. Born in North Carolina, the sixth child of a preacher, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist. With the help of the few supporters in her hometown of Tryon, North Carolina, she enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in NYC. Simone recorded more than 40 albums.”]

Michael McQuary as Béla Lugosi on the October 31, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI. (Photo by Mark Manning)

10:24 – More Interview with Béla Lugosi.

We have the pleasure of welcoming back to our radio show the star of over 100 films, from his 5 decades as an actor. Bela Lugosi (1882–1956), best known for the original screen portrayal of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1931.

Béla Lugosi Thanks for being with us again on Wednesday MidDay Medley!

Béla Lugosi’s last film, “Plan 9 From Outer Space” featured Maila Nurmi (Dec. 11, 1922 – Jan. 10, 2008) a Finnish-American actress born in Petsamo, Finland, who created the campy character Vampira. She portrayed Vampira as TV’s first horror host. She is also billed as Vampira in the 1959 movie The Beat Generation where she plays a beatnik poet.

Bela Lugosi also starred in, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, a 1948 American horror comedy film directed by Charles Barton starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. The picture is the first of several films where the comedy duo meets classic characters from Universal’s horror film stable. In this film, they encounter Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), Frankenstein’s monster (Glenn Strange), and the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney, Jr.), while subsequent films pair the duo with the Mummy, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Invisible Man. On a TV special in the early 1950s, the two did a sketch where they interacted with the latest original Universal Studios monster being promoted at the time, the Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). The film is considered the swan song for the “Big Three” Universal horror monsters – Count Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein’s monster, none of whom had appeared in a Universal film since 1945’s House of Dracula.

Bela Lugosi (1882–1956), best known for the original screen portrayal of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1931, was in a large number of movies during the course of his career.

In Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, Lugosi is portrayed by Martin Landau, who received the 1994 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the performance. According to Bela G. Lugosi (his son), Forrest Ackerman, Dolores Fuller and Richard Sheffield, the film’s portrayal of Lugosi is inaccurate: In real life, he never used profanity, owned small dogs, or slept in coffins. And contrary to this film, Bela did not struggle performing on The Red Skelton Show.

Lugosi was married five times, and had one son, Bela George Lugosi.
The Ellis Island Immigration Museum in NYC features a live 30-minute play that focuses on Lugosi’s illegal entry into the USA and then his arrival at Ellis Island to enter legally.
Béla Lugosi Thanks for being with us again on Wednesday MidDay Medley!

10:29

10. Michel Rubini & Denny Jaeger – “Sarah’s Panic”
from: The Hunger (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) MGM/UA Entertainment Co./ 1983

10:30 – Underwriting

10:32 – Haunted Recordings

11. Kenneth Alwyn — “The Bride of Frankenstein (Main Title)”
from: The Bride of Frankenstein (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) / Silva America / 1993
[The Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Alwyn. The Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 horror film, sequel to Universal Pictures’ 1931 hit Frankenstein directed by James Whale with Boris Karloff as The Monster, Elsa Lanchester in the dual role of his mate and Mary Shelley, Colin Clive as Henry Frankenstein, and Ernest Thesiger as Doctor Septimus Pretorius. The film is rooted in a subplot of the original Mary Shelley novel, Frankenstein (1818). In the film, a chastened Henry Frankenstein abandons his plans to create life, only to be tempted and finally coerced by the Monster, encouraged by Henry’s old mentor Dr. Pretorius, into constructing a mate for him. Bride of Frankenstein was released to critical and popular acclaim, although it encountered difficulties with some state and national censorship boards. Since its release the film’s reputation has grown, and it has been hailed as Whale’s masterpiece. Director James Whale met Franz Waxman at a party and asked him to score the picture. “Nothing will be resolved in this picture except the end destruction scene. Would you write an unresolved score for it?” asked Whale. Waxman created three distinctive themes: one for the Monster; one for the Bride; and one for Pretorius. The score closes, at Whale’s suggestion, with a powerful dissonant chord, intended to convey the idea that the on-screen explosion was so powerful that the theater where the film was being screened was affected by it. Constantin Bakaleinikoff conducted 22 musicians to record the score in a single nine-hour session.]

12. Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers — “Monster Mash”
from: The Original Monster Mash / Decca / August 1, 1962
[“Monster Mash” is a 1962 novelty song and the best-known song by Bobby “Boris” Pickett. The song was released as a single on Gary S. Paxton’s Garpax Records label in August 1962 along with a full-length LP called The Original Monster Mash, which contained several other monster-themed tunes. The “Monster Mash” single was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20–27 of that year, just before Halloween. It has been a perennial holiday favorite ever since. Pickett was an aspiring actor who sang with a band called the Cordials at night while going to auditions during the day. One night, while performing with his band, Pickett did a monologue in imitation of horror movie actor Boris Karloff while performing the Diamonds’ “Little Darlin'”. The audience loved it, and fellow band member Lenny Capizzi encouraged Pickett to do more with the Karloff imitation. Pickett and Capizzi composed “Monster Mash” and recorded it with Gary S. Paxton, pianist Leon Russell, Johnny MacRae, Rickie Page, and Terry Berg, credited as “The Crypt-Kickers”. (Mel Taylor, drummer for the Ventures, is sometimes credited with playing on the record as well, while Russell, who arrived late for the session, appears on the single’s B-side, “Monster Mash Party”.) The song was partially inspired by Paxton’s earlier novelty hit “Alley Oop”, as well as by the Mashed Potato dance craze of the era. A variation on the Mashed Potato was danced to “Monster Mash”, in which the footwork was the same but Frankenstein-style monster gestures were made with the arms and hands. The song is narrated by a mad scientist whose monster, late one evening, rises from his slab to perform a new dance. The dance becomes “the hit of the land” when the scientist throws a party for other monsters. The producers came up with several low-budget but effective sound effects for the recording. For example, the sound of a coffin opening was imitated by a rusty nail being pulled out of a board. The sound of a cauldron bubbling was actually water being bubbled through a straw, and the chains rattling were simply chains being dropped on a tile floor. In addition to narrating the song in the Karloff voice, Pickett also impersonated fellow horror film actor Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula with the line, “Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?” The song was re-released several times and appeared in the U.S. Billboard charts on two occasions after the original release: August 1970 and May 1973. The BBC had banned the record from airplay in 1962 on the grounds that the song was “too morbid”. It was re-released in the United Kingdom in 1973, where it peaked at #3 in early October. In the U.S. the record re-entered the Hot 100 on May 5, 1973, peaking at #10 on August 11. On the September 15, 1973 edition of American Top 40, Casey Kasem mistakenly said that the record had accumulated 40 weeks on the Hot 100, which then would have been the all-time record, only for a listener to inform Kasem later that the record’s three weeks on the Hot 100 in 1970 had been included in the 1973 run, thus reducing the total to 37 weeks. The record has not charted on the Hot 100 since then. To celebrate the 1973 release, Bobby and the Crypt-Kickers toured Dallas and St. Louis around the 1973 Halloween holiday. On this tour, the Crypt-Kickers were composed of Brian Ray (now guitarist with Paul McCartney), drummer Brian Englund, keyboardist Don Chambers, singer Jean Ray, and others. “Monster Mash” re-entered the British charts again on November 2, 2008 at #60. “Monsters’ Holiday”, a Christmas-themed follow up, was recorded by Pickett and released in December 1962, peaking at #30 on the Billboard chart. The tune was penned by the renowned novelty song composer Paul Harrison. In 1985, with American culture experiencing a growing awareness of rap music, Pickett released “Monster Rap”, which describes the mad scientist’s frustration at being unable to teach the dancing monster from “Monster Mash” how to talk. The problem is solved when he teaches the monster to rap. A movie musical based on the song starring Pickett was released in 1995. During the 2004 presidential election, Pickett turned the song into a campaign video and retitled it “Monster Slash,” with lyrics by environmental campaigner Peter Altman, which critiqued President George W. Bush’s environmental policies. The “Transylvania Twist,” mentioned in the lyrics of “Monster Mash,” was written into a full song for the film Spookley the Square Pumpkin (Pickett narrated) and performed by The Honeydoos, a Pointer Sisters-like girl group of singing melons. The backing singers for the record were The Blossoms, led by Darlene Love.]

Michael McQuary as Boris Karloff on the October 31, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI. (Photo by Mark Manning)

10:36 – Interview with Boris Karloff

Joining us now, in our 90.1 FM Radio studios is a giant star of stage & screen, an english actor who had already acted in eighty films before being found by director James Whale and cast in his 81st role as Frankenstein’s monster in the classic 1931 film Frankenstein. The role propelled him to stardom. Boris Karloff went on star in Bride of Frankenstein in 1935, and Son of Frankenstein in 1939. He also appeared as Imhotep in The Mummy in 1932.

Boris Karloff Thanks for being with us again on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Boris Karloff was born William Henry Pratt on November 23, 1887, at 36 Forest Hill Road, Camberwell, Surrey (now London), England, but Pratt stated that he was born in nearby Dulwich. His parents were Edward John Pratt, Jr. and Eliza Sarah Millard. His brother, Sir John Thomas Pratt, was a British diplomat. His mother’s maternal aunt was Anna Leonowens, whose tales about life in the royal court of Siam (now Thailand) were the basis of the musical The King and I. Pratt was bow-legged, had a lisp, and stuttered as a young boy. He conquered his stutter, but not his lisp, which was noticeable throughout his career in the film industry.

Pratt spent his childhood years in Enfield, in the County of Middlesex. He was the youngest of nine children, and following his mother’s death was brought up by his elder siblings. He received his early education at Enfield Grammar School, and later at the private schools of Uppingham School and Merchant Taylors’ School. After this, he attended King’s College London where he took studies aimed at a career with the British Government’s Consular Service. However, in 1909, he left university without graduating and drifted, departing England for Canada, where he worked as a farm labourer and did various odd itinerant jobs until happening upon acting.

Karloff acted in eighty movies before being found by James Whale and cast in his eighty-first movie, Frankenstein. Karloff’s role as Frankenstein’s monster in Frankenstein propelled him to stardom. The bulky costume with four-inch platform boots made it an arduous role but the costume and extensive makeup produced the classic image.
The costume was a job in itself for Karloff with the shoes weighing 11 pounds each. Universal Studios was quick to acquire ownership of the copyright to the makeup format for the Frankenstein monster that Jack P. Pierce had designed. Karloff was soon cast as Imhotep who is revived in The Mummy, a mute butler in The Old Dark House (with Charles Laughton) and the starring role in The Mask of Fu Manchu, which were all released within a few months of each other in late 1932. These films confirmed Karloff’s stardom. 5′ 11″, brown-eyed Karloff still played roles in other genres besides horror, such as a religious World War I soldier in the John Ford epic The Lost Patrol (1934).

Horror, however, had now become Karloff’s primary genre, and he gave a string of lauded performances in Universal’s horror films, including several with Bela Lugosi, his main rival as heir to Lon Chaney’s status as the leading horror film star. While the long-standing, creative partnership between Karloff and Lugosi never led to a close friendship, it produced some of the actors’ most revered and enduring productions, beginning with The Black Cat (1934) and continuing with Gift of Gab (1934), The Raven (1935) and The Invisible Ray (1936). Karloff reprised the role of Frankenstein’s monster in two further films, Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1939), the latter also featuring Lugosi, with Basil Rathbone replacing Colin Clive as the scientist playing god. Rathbone appeared with Karloff again in Tower of London (1939) as the murderous henchman of King Richard III. Karloff revisited the Frankenstein mythos in several later films as well, taking the starring role of the villainous Dr. Niemann in House of Frankenstein (1944), in which the monster was played by Glenn Strange. He reprised the role of the “mad scientist” in 1958’s Frankenstein 1970 as Baron Victor von Frankenstein II, the grandson of the original creator. The finale reveals that the crippled Baron has given his own face (i.e., Karloff’s) to the monster.

10:41 – Haunted Recordings

13. Jason Beers – “Release the Mice!”
from: Ghoulish Songs for Cretins / Jason Beers / August 20, 2018
[Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jason Beers is a founding member of The Brannock Device, Dead Voices, and WYCO Lowriders with Johnny Hamil. Jason is known for his bass playing, and his work with Clawhammer banjo, organ/piano/keyboards, trumpet, musical saw, spoons, harmonica, and guitar. Jason has also released multiple recordings with the bands he is associated with through the years. As a solo artist, this year alone, Jason has released 10 full length albums, all available, with 9 previously released albums on his BandCamp page: http://www.jasonbeers.bandcamp.com]

14. Siouxsie & The Banshees – ” Halloween”
from: Juju / Polydor / June 6, 1981
[4th studio album from British post-punk band formed in London in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin. Initially associated with the English punk rock scene, the band rapidly evolved to create “a form of post-punk discord full of daring rhythmic and sonic experimentation”. The Times cited Siouxsie and the Banshees as “one of the most audacious and uncompromising musical adventurers of the post-punk era.” With the release of Juju the group became an important influence on the emerging gothic rock scene. They disbanded in 1996, with Siouxsie and drummer Budgie continuing to record music as The Creatures, a 2nd band they’d formed in the early 1980s. In 2004, Siouxsie began a solo career.]

Michael McQuary as Boris Karloff on the October 31, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI. (Photo by Mark Manning)

10:48 – More with Boris Karloff

In non-horror roles, he is best-known for narrating and as the voice of Grinch in the animated television special of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! from 1966. For his contribution to film and television, Boris Karloff was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Boris Karloff Thanks for being with us again on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The 1940s and 1950s – An enthusiastic performer, he returned to the Broadway stage in the original production of Arsenic and Old Lace in 1941, in which he played a homicidal gangster enraged to be frequently mistaken for Karloff. Frank Capra cast Raymond Massey in the 1944 film, which was shot in 1941, while Karloff was still appearing in the role on Broadway (the play’s producers allowed the film to be made under the condition that it not be released until the play closed). He reprised the role on television in the anthology series The Best of Broadway (1955), and with Tony Randall and Tom Bosley in a 1962 production on the Hallmark Hall of Fame.
In 1944, he underwent a spinal operation to relieve his chronic arthritic condition.

His connection with Bela Lugosi continued with Black Friday (1940), You’ll Find Out (also 1940) and The Body Snatcher (1945), the first of three films with RKO produced by Val Lewton. Isle of the Dead (also 1945) and Bedlam (1946) completed the trio.

He married 5 times and had 1 daughter Sara Karloff, by his 4th wife. One marriage was in 1946 right after his divorce. At the time of his daughter’s birth, he was filming Son of Frankenstein and reportedly rushed from the film set to the hospital while still in makeup.

For his contribution to film and television, Boris Karloff was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 1737 Vine Street for motion pictures, and 6664 Hollywood Boulevard for television. Karloff was featured by the U.S. Postal Service as Frankenstein’s Monster and the Mummy in its series “Classic Monster Movie Stamps” issued in September 1997. In 1998, an English Heritage blue plaque was unveiled in his hometown in London. The British film magazine Empire in 2016 ranked Karloff’s portrayal as Frankenstein’s monster the sixth-greatest horror movie character of all time.

Boris Karloff Thanks for being with us again on Wednesday MidDay Medley

10:53 – Haunted Recordings

15. Thom Yorke – “Voiceless Terror”
from: Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film) / XL Recordings / October 26, 2018
[Suspiria is a 2018 supernatural horror film directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by David Kajganich, based on the 1977 film directed by Dario Argento. Radiohead singer Thom Yorke composed the score, his first feature film soundtrack. It features the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir and Yorke’s son Noah on drums. He initially refused the offer, but accepted after months of requests from Guadagnino. Much of the score was completed prior to the film shoot, which afforded Guadagnino the opportunity to play the musical score on set during filming. Yorke cited inspiration from the 1982 Blade Runner soundtrack, musique concrète artists such as Pierre Henry, modern electronic artists such as James Holden, and music from the film’s 1977 Berlin setting, such as krautrock. He said: “There’s a way of repeating in music that can hypnotise. I kept thinking to myself that it’s a form of making spells. So when I was working in my studio I was making spells. I know it sounds really stupid, but that’s how I was thinking about it.” Suspiria stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton in a triple role, Mia Goth, Angela Winkler, Ingrid Caven, Elena Fokina, Sylvie Testud, Renée Soutendijk, Christine LeBoutte, Fabrizia Sacchi, Małgosia Bela, Jessica Harper, and Chloë Grace Moretz. Harper, the lead in the original film, appears in a different role. Set in 1977 Berlin, the plot follows a young American dancer who enrolls at a prestigious dance academy controlled by a coven of witches. Unlike in Argento’s original film which utilized exaggerated color, Guadagnino conceived Suspiria as visually “winter-ish” and bleak, absent of any primary colors. The film also incorporates stylized dance sequences choreographed by Damien Jalet, which factor significantly in its representation of witchcraft. Concurrent to its plot surrounding the coven is a secondary plot involving a psychotherapist who lost his wife under the Nazi regime. Principal photography for Suspiria took place in late 2016 and early 2017 in Varese and Berlin. The score was composed by Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, who completed much of the arrangements prior to and during filming. Suspiria premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on September 1, 2018. In the United States, it was released in a limited release by Amazon Studios in Los Angeles and New York on October 26, 2018, followed by Halloween screenings in select cities before opening wide on November 2, 2018. It will be released in the United Kingdom by Mubi on November 16, 2018.]

16. Jametatone – “Too Late”
from: Empty Bliss / J. Ashley Miller / March 21, 2017
[3-song rare EP from Jametatone, the solo project of J. Ashley Miller who also records with his band as Metatone. J. Ashley Miller is the The 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellow. He is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. His genre-bending trans-modern work has been performed everywhere from YJ’s to the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, to the MoMa PS1 in NYC. Ashley utilizes a diverse range of technologies, techniques, and collaborators to access obscure facets of the human emotional landscape. Jametatone opened all four shows at The Outburst KC, where Calvin Arsenia performed his 2017 Release Catastrophe “Unplugged” with guest musicians Beau Bledsoe, Fritz Hutchinson, Mark Southerland, and artist & vocalist Seth M. Jones. On December 21, 2017 Jametatone released anew 10-song album “Frog In The Pot”, the solo project of J. Ashley Miller who also records with his band as Metatone You can view more of Ashley’s work at http://www.jametatone.com.]

17. The Misfits – “Halloween”
from: Halloween – Single / Plan 9 Records / October 31, 1981
[Also available on Just Can’t Get Enough: New Wave Halloween. “Halloween” is the 5th single by the horror punk band the Misfits. It was released on singer Glenn Danzig’s label Plan 9 Records. 5,000 copies of the single were pressed on black 7″ vinyl, some of which included a lyrics sheet. This was the first Misfits release to use their Famous Monsters of Filmland-inspired logo, as well as the first to refer to the band as simply “Misfits”. American punk rock band recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk subgenre, blending punk and other musical influences with horror film themes. Founded in 1977 in Lodi, New Jersey by singer & songwriter Glenn Danzig, the group had a fluctuating lineup during its first six years, with Danzig and bassist Jerry Only as the only consistent members. During this time they released several EPs and singles, and with Only’s brother Doyle as guitarist, the albums Walk Among Us (1982) and Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood (1983), both considered touchstones of the early-1980s hardcore punk movement. Misfits disbanded in 1983 and Danzig went on to form Samhain and then the eponymous Danzig. Several albums of reissued and previously unreleased material were issued after the group’s dissolution, and their music became influential to punk rock, heavy metal, and alternative rock music.]

11:01 – Station ID

11:00 – Haunted Recordings

18. Bette Davis – “Kaleidoscope, Broadcast on BBC Radio (Sept. 11, 1974)”
from: Bette Davis In Her Own Words / AudioGO Ltd / September 26, 2011
[In a selection of interviews ranging from 1958 to 1987, Bette Davis talks about visiting England; her career as a star; the film studio’s attempts to change her name and image, and the Hollywood film system. Interviews include: Profile, BBC TV (first broadcast 12 September 1958); Bette Davis at the NFT, BBC TV (first broadcast 17 December 1972); Kaleidoscope, BBC Radio (first broadcast 11 September 1974); Parkinson, BBC TV (18 October 1975); Nine Five, BBC TV (first broadcast 31 October 1975); Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio (first broadcast 12 September 1979); Arena, BBC TV (first broadcast 2 November 1983). Due to the age and nature of this archive material, the sound quality may vary.]

19. Bette Davis – “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”
from: The Andy Williams Show / Unreleased / December 20, 1962
[Shortly after filming What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? On December 20, 1962, Bette Davis was a guest on The Andy Williams Show to promote the film and upcoming record. When Williams asked Davis what her new record sounded like, she used her fabulous sense of humor to compare it to Chubby Checker. Things really got good when Williams announced that Davis would be performing a little tune for the audience. Davis brought the awesome in a sparkly blue dress, with some sassy dance moves and a set of raspy vocal pipes that were clearly touched by years of constant chain-smoking. The best part is that Davis was happily aware of the camp and the silliness of her performance but she let it rip, regardless. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? / was released on 7″ Vinyl, in 1962 credited to Bette Davis and Debbie Burton (who on the record does most of the singing) The B-side is: “I’ve Written A Letter To Daddy” on MGM Records.]

Michael McQuary as Bette Davis on the October 31, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI. (Photo by Mark Manning)

11:03 – Interview with Bette Davis

Ruth Elizabeth “Bette” Davis was born April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts (She died on October 6, 1989). She was an American actress of film, television, and theater. With a career spanning 60 years, she is regarded as one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, was the first person to accrue 10 Academy Award nominations for acting, and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

Bette Davis Thanks for being with us again on Wednesday MidDay Medley

“Bette” Davis was noted for playing unsympathetic, sardonic characters, and was famous for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films, suspense horror, and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.

After appearing in Broadway plays, Davis moved to Hollywood in the summer of 1930. However, her early films for Universal Studios (and as a loanout to other studios) were unsuccessful. She joined Warner Bros. in 1932, and established her career with several critically acclaimed performances. In 1937, she attempted to free herself from her contract. Although she lost the well-publicized legal case against the studio, it marked the beginning of the most successful period of her career. Until the late 1940s, she was one of American cinema’s most celebrated leading ladies, known for her forceful and intense style. Davis gained a reputation as a perfectionist who could be highly combative and confrontational. She clashed with studio executives and film directors, as well as many of her co-stars. Her forthright manner, idiosyncratic speech, and ubiquitous cigarette contributed to a public persona, which has often been imitated.

Davis was the co-founder of the Hollywood Canteen, and was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, was the first person to accrue 10 Academy Award nominations for acting, and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Her career went through several periods of eclipse, and she admitted that her success had often been at the expense of her personal relationships. Married four times, she was once widowed and three times divorced, and raised her children as a single parent. Her final years were marred by a long period of ill health, but she continued acting until shortly before her death from breast cancer, with more than 100 film, television, and theater roles to her credit during her six-decade-long career. In 1999, Davis was placed second behind Katharine Hepburn on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest female stars of classic Hollywood cinema.

11:08 – Haunted Recordings

20. Madonna – “Frozen”
from: Ray Of Light / Maverick – Warner Bros. / February 22, 1998
[7th studio album by Madonna. After giving birth to her first child, Madonna started working on the album with producers Babyface & Patrick Leonard. Following failed sessions, Madonna pursued a new musical direction with English producer William Orbit. The recording process was the longest of Madonna’s career and experienced problems with Orbit’s hardware arrangement, which would break down, and recording would be delayed until they could be repaired. A departure, Ray of Light is an electronica and dance album which incorporates multiple genres, including ambient, trip hop, and Middle Eastern music. Vocally, the album saw Madonna sing with greater breadth and a fuller tone. Mystical themes are also strongly present in both the music & lyrics, as a result of Madonna embracing Kabbalah, her study of Hinduism & Buddhism, as well as her daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga. The album received universal acclaim, with reviews commending the singer’s new musical direction. Called her “most adventurous” record, Ray of Light has been noted for its introspective, spiritual nature, with Madonna’s vocals also being praised. Ray of Light won four Grammy Awards from a total of six nominations. The album peaked at #1 in several countries including Australia, Canada, Germany, Poland, and the UK. The album debuted at #2 on the US Billboard 200, with the biggest first-week sales by a female artist at the time, and has sold over 16 million copies worldwide. Five singles were released from the album, including the international hits “Frozen” and “Ray of Light”. The album’s promotion was later supported by the Drowned World Tour in 2001. Academics have noted the album’s influence on popular music, and how it introduced electronica into mainstream pop culture. They also noted Madonna’s musical re-invention which helped her remain contemporary among the teen-marketed artists of the period. Ray of Light is frequently cited by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time.]

21. Cesar Davila-Irizarry & Charlie Clouser – “American Horror Story Theme”
from: American Horror Story Theme – Single / 20th Century Fox TV Records / Oct 17, 2012
[The song was composed in 1998 by César Dávila-Irizarry. Today he’s a television sound editor in Los Angeles, but back then he was just a sophomore at the University of Puerto Rico, living at his mother’s house, futzing around with digital remixes on Windows ’95. “I started playing around with the software that other people were using then, which was Cool Edit 96,” he recalls. “I was just getting some demons out.” He grew attached to a particular sparse, haunting melody and added sounds of clattering metal hangers, dripping water and white noise—all distorted beyond recognition. To some ears, the hangers might sound like an electric guitar. He gave the song to his friend Gabriel Diaz and didn’t think much about it until Diaz—now an editor at Prologue Pictures—dusted off the track a decade later and slotted it in as a temp track for the American Horror Story title sequence. (A temp track is placeholder music that editors use while working on rough cuts.) Everyone at FX and Prologue grew so accustomed to Dávila-Irizarry’s song, they decided to keep it—even after hiring composer Charlie Clouser (formerly of Nine Inch Nails) to write entirely new music. Clouser submitted four of his own demos, but each time was told to make the music sound more like the temp track.

Michael McQuary as Bette Davis on the October 31, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI. (Photo by Mark Manning)

11:15 – More with Bette Davis

We’re with legendary star of film Bette Davis was born April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts (She died on October 6, 1989). She was, regarded as one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, was the first person to accrue 10 Academy Award nominations for acting, and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

Bette Davis – Thanks for being with on Wednesday MidDay Medley

In 1930, 22-year-old Davis moved to Hollywood to screen test for Universal Studios. Davis and her mother traveled by train to Hollywood. She later recounted her surprise that nobody from the studio was there to meet her. In fact, a studio employee had waited for her, but left because he saw nobody who “looked like an actress”. She failed her first screen test, but was used in several screen tests for other actors. In a 1971 interview with Dick Cavett, she related the experience with the observation, “I was the most Yankee-est, most modest virgin who ever walked the earth. They laid me on a couch, and I tested fifteen men … They all had to lie on top of me and give me a passionate kiss. Oh, I thought I would die. Just thought I would die.” A second test was arranged for Davis, for the 1931 film A House Divided. Hastily dressed in an ill-fitting costume with a low neckline, she was rebuffed by the film director William Wyler, who loudly commented to the assembled crew, “What do you think of these dames who show their chests and think they can get jobs?”. Carl Laemmle, the head of Universal Studios, considered terminating Davis’ employment, but cinematographer Karl Freund told him she had “lovely eyes” and would be suitable for Bad Sister (1931), in which she subsequently made her film debut. Her nervousness was compounded when she overheard the chief of production, Carl Laemmle, Jr., comment to another executive that she had “about as much sex appeal as Slim Summerville”, one of the film’s co-stars. The film was not a success, and her next role in Seed (1931) was too brief to attract attention.

Universal Studios renewed her contract for three months, and she appeared in a small role in Waterloo Bridge (1931), before being lent to Columbia Pictures for The Menace, and to Capital Films for Hell’s House (all 1932). After one year, and six unsuccessful films, Laemmle elected not to renew her contract. Davis was preparing to return to New York when actor George Arliss chose Davis for the lead female role in the Warner Bros. picture The Man Who Played God (1932), and for the rest of her life, Davis credited him with helping her achieve her “break” in Hollywood. The Saturday Evening Post wrote, “She is not only beautiful, but she bubbles with charm”, and compared her to Constance Bennett and Olive Borden.

Warner Bros. signed her to a 5-year contract, and she remained with the studio for the next 18 years. Davis married Harmon Oscar Nelson on August 18, 1932, in Yuma, Arizona. Their marriage was scrutinized by the press; his $100 a week earnings compared unfavorably with Davis’ reported $1,000 a week income. Davis addressed the issue in an interview, pointing out that many Hollywood wives earned more than their husbands, but the situation proved difficult for Nelson, who refused to allow Davis to purchase a house until he could afford to pay for it himself. Davis had several abortions during the marriage. After more than 20 film roles, the role of the vicious and slatternly Mildred Rogers in the RKO Radio production of Of Human Bondage (1934), a film adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s novel, earned Davis her first major critical acclaim. Many actresses feared playing unsympathetic characters, and several had refused the role, but Davis viewed it as an opportunity to show the range of her acting skills. Her co-star, Leslie Howard, was initially dismissive of her, but as filming progressed, his attitude changed, and he subsequently spoke highly of her abilities. The director John Cromwell allowed her relative freedom: “I let Bette have her head. I trusted her instincts.” She insisted that she be portrayed realistically in her death scene, and said: “The last stages of consumption, poverty, and neglect are not pretty, and I intended to be convincing-looking.” The film was a success, and Davis’ characterization won praise from critics, with Life writing that she gave “probably the best performance ever recorded on the screen by a U.S. actress”. Davis anticipated that her reception would encourage Warner Bros. to cast her in more important roles, and was disappointed when Jack L. Warner refused to lend her to Columbia Studios to appear in It Happened One Night, and instead cast her in the melodrama Housewife. When Davis was not nominated for an Academy Award for Of Human Bondage, The Hollywood Citizen News questioned the omission, and Norma Shearer, herself a nominee, joined a campaign to have Davis nominated. This prompted an announcement from the Academy president, Howard Estabrook, who said that under the circumstances, “any voter … may write on the ballot his or her personal choice for the winners”, thus allowing, for the only time in the Academy’s history, the consideration of a candidate not officially nominated for an award. The uproar led, however, to a change in academy voting procedures the following year, wherein nominations were determined by votes from all eligible members of a particular branch, rather than by a smaller committee, with results independently tabulated by the accounting firm Price Waterhouse. Davis appeared in Dangerous (1935) as a troubled actress, and received very good reviews.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Davis spent the early months of 1942 selling war bonds. After Jack Warner criticized her tendency to cajole crowds into buying, she reminded him that her audiences responded most strongly to her “bitch” performances. She sold $2 million worth of bonds in two days, as well as a picture of herself in Jezebel for $250,000. She also performed for black regiments as the only white member of an acting troupe formed by Hattie McDaniel, which included Lena Horne and Ethel Waters.

In 1960, Davis, a registered Democrat, appeared at the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, where she met future President John F. Kennedy, whom she greatly admired. Outside of acting and politics, Davis was an active and practicing Episcopalian.

1961-1970: Renewed success – Davis received her final Academy Award nomination for her role as demented Baby Jane Hudson in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Davis and Joan Crawford played two aging sisters, former actresses forced by circumstance to share a decaying Hollywood mansion. The director, Robert Aldrich, explained that Davis and Crawford were each aware of how important the film was to their respective careers, and commented: “It’s proper to say that they really detested each other, but they behaved absolutely perfectly.” After filming was completed, their public comments against each other allowed the tension to develop into a life-long feud. When Davis was nominated for an Academy Award, Crawford contacted the other Best Actress nominees (who were unable to attend the ceremonies) and offered to accept the award on their behalf, should they win. When Anne Bancroft was announced as winner, Crawford accepted the award on Bancroft’s behalf.

Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) was Robert Aldrich’s follow-up to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. Aldrich planned to reunite Davis and Crawford, but Crawford withdrew allegedly due to illness soon after filming began. She was replaced by Olivia de Havilland. The film was a considerable success, and brought renewed attention to its veteran cast, which also included Joseph Cotten, Mary Astor, Agnes Moorehead, and Cecil Kellaway.

Davis’ name became well known to a younger audience when Kim Carnes’ song “Bette Davis Eyes” (written by Jackie DeShannon) became a worldwide hit and the best-selling record of 1981 in the U.S., where it stayed at #1 on the music charts for more than two months. Davis’ grandson was impressed that she was the subject of a hit song and Davis considered it a compliment, writing to both Carnes and the songwriters, and accepting the gift of gold and platinum records from Carnes, and hanging them on her wall.

Bette Davis – Thanks for being with on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:20 – Haunted Recordings

22. Screaming Jay Hawkins – “I Put a Spell on You”
from: Single – (Jeremy Sole’s Zombie Stomp Remix) / self released / 2011
[Jeremy Sole is a critically acclaimed DJ, he is also a radio show host at KCRW in Santa Monica, California (www.kcrw.com) and is Co-Founder and resident deejay of “AFRO FUNKÉ.” Sole has drawn a loyal crowd every week for the past 7 years. This is his arena for Afrobeat, Latin, Brazilian and other authentic and remixed world rhythms. Hundreds of international guests have joined him, from deejays Rich Medina and Cut Chemist to impromptu jam sessions with Zap Mama and Stevie Wonder. “Jeremy is a great DJ, presenter, producer and knower-of-music …an extremely cool dude. I cannot stop listening to his remix of ‘I Put A Spell On You’ …it’s irresistible.” – Henry Rollins]

23. Snoop Dogg–”Murder Was the Case (Death After Visualizing Eternity)[feat. Dat Nigga Daz]”
from: Doggystyle / Death Row Records / November 23, 1993
[Debut studio album by American rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg. IThe album was recorded and produced following Snoop’s appearances on Dr. Dre’s debut solo album The Chronic (1992), to which Snoop contributed significantly. The West Coast style in hip-hop that he developed from Dre’s first album continued on Doggystyle. Critics have praised Snoop Doggy Dogg for the lyrical “realism” that he delivers on the album and for his distinctive vocal flow. Despite some mixed criticism of the album initially upon its release, Doggystyle earned recognition from many music critics as one of the most significant albums of the 1990s, as well as one of the most important hip-hop albums ever released. Much like The Chronic, the distinctive sounds of Doggystyle helped introduce the hip-hop subgenre of g-funk to a mainstream audience, bringing forward West Coast hip hop as a dominant force in the early-1990s. Doggystyle debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 806,858 copies in its first week alone in the United States, which was the record for a debuting artist and the fastest-selling hip-hop album ever. Doggystyle was included on The Source magazine’s list of the 100 Best Rap Albums; as well as Rolling Stone magazine’s list of Essential Recordings of the ’90s.[3] About.com placed the album in No. 17 of the greatest hip hop/rap albums of all time.The album was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). By November 2015, the album had sold 7 million copies in the United States, and over 11 million copies worldwide.]

24. AKADUNGEONMASTER –”SOF TRAP INTERLUDE”
from: SWINE FLU INSTRUMETALS VERSION ONE / Mother Russia Industries / July 13, 2013
[The experimental project of Tim J. Harte. musician, composer, co-founder of the Kansas City record label, Mother Russia Industries, Tim J.Harte makes music using Sega Genesis, Dungeons and Dragons, math and several hard working laptop computers. Tim J. Harte is currently studiing composition at UMKC’s Conservatory of Music. He just recently composed music and conducted a 7 piece ensemble for Trench Warfare, a theatrical performance presented last Saturday evening, January 13, at the National World War I Museum and Memorial J.C. Nichols Auditorium. Tim also composed original music for Ryan Wilks art exhibit, Here Where You Wish, is an immersive public installation at the Kansas City Public Library.]

Cristine McCurdy, Michael McQuary , Rebecca Monroe, and Mark Manning on the October 31, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI.

11:28 – Underwriting

11:30 – Haunted Recordings

25. Kraftwerk – “Intermission (2009 Remaster)”
from: Radio-Activity (2009 Remaster) / Parlophone Records / October 6, 2009
[Origianally released in October 1975. The fifth studio album by German electronic band Kraftwerk. It is a concept album organized around the theme of radio communication. To cater to the band’s international audience, all releases of the album were bilingual with lyrics in both English and German, the only localised difference being the album and track titles. being about radioactivity and the other half about activity on the radio. More word plays are evident in the track listing: “Radio Stars”, which as a title could refer to pop stars, but upon listening is revealed to be about quasars and pulsars. This was the first Kraftwerk album to be entirely self-produced by Ralf Hütter and Schneider in their Kling Klang studio, and the first one to be performed by the “classic” Hütter, Florian Schneider, Karl Bartos and Wolfgang Flür line-up. All the music was written by Hütter and Schneider, with Emil Schult collaborating on lyrics. Schult also designed the artwork – a modified illustration of a late-1930s ‘Deutscher Kleinempfänger’ radio. It was the first Kraftwerk album to feature use of the distinctive Vako Orchestron keyboard (choir, string and organ sounds), which the group had purchased on their recent US Autobahn tour and the Moog Micromoog which was used extensively on this album. Notably, it provided the harsh sounds on the track “Antenna”. The band’s custom-built electronic percussion also featured heavily in the sound, and extensive use was made of the vocoder. The usual synthesizers were present (including Minimoog and ARP Odyssey), and Hütter’s Farfisa electronic piano made a return on “Transistor”. For the first time the group did not use flute, violin or guitars. By 1975, Hütter and Schneider’s previous publishing deals with Capriccio Music and Star Musik Studio of Hamburg had expired. The compositions on Radio-Activity were published by their own newly set up Kling Klang Verlag music publishing company, giving them greater financial control over the use of songwriting output. Also, the album was the first to bear the fruit of Kling Klang as an established vanity label under the group’s new licensing deal with EMI. The album reached #59 in Canada, in February 1976. The title track “Radioactivity” was released as a single, and became a hit in France after it was used as the theme to a popular music show. The song was later re-recorded by Kraftwerk for their 1991 album The Mix. It was further remixed, for subsequent single release, by William Orbit and François Kevorkian.]

26. Jimi Shawndi – “Creatures Of The Night ( Michael Mixxxx)”
from: Creatures of The Night – Single / Jimi Shwndi / 2018
[This recording features the vocal talents of Michael McQuary]

11:33 – Interview with Michael McQuary

Michael McQuary as Bette Davis on the October 31, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI. (Photo by Mark Manning)

Michael McQuary as Boris Karloff on the October 31, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI. (Photo by Mark Manning)

“Michael McQuary is more than a pretty face, and he’s got a thousand, anyway. His is a talent today’s entertainment world needs more of. From Fu Manchu to Phantoms to Dietrich, Michael carries them all off to perfection, and I knew the originals. This talented entertainer perfects his transformations while allowing the audience a glimpse of the artist beneath the mask.” – Rex Reed

Michael McQuary – Thanks for being with on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Stage & screen actor, Michael McQuary was born and raised in Portland, Oregon in the 1960s. Michael tells us that he learned about the world “sideways,” and that as a child, “the movies took care of him.”

Michael remembers, at the age of 6, pointing to the television, spellbound by Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula, he said to his mother, “Look how he holds his cape!” From then on Michael’s childhood was focused on his own creative world.

Michael is a master impressionist, with a unique take on the legendary “Monsters of Filmland” and the brightest stars of Hollywood’s golden age. Michael is also a character actor and can be seen in multiple films and shorts.

Michael was the creator of the award winning one-man shows in New York City including: Matinee Idol, Man of 1001 Faces, Crystal Allan Strikes Back, Back Then They Had Faces, My Own Space and most recently, for KC Fringe Festival “I’m Hollywood.”

He is also a visual stylist and original “Party Monster – Club Kid” from downtown NYC.
Along with performing, Michael McQuary works as a visual artist, making a name for himself at celebrated events where he wows spectators with #youressenceinseconds.

Michael also designs very special works that are forged into art and jewelry based on a one-of-a-kind symbols he creates individually for clients through his company: http://www.YourPowerSign.com.

Michael McQuary – Thanks for being with on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:40 – Apocalypse Meow 11

27. Hot Suede – “Forget About You”
from: Forget About You – Single / Hot Suede / August 16, 2018
[Formed October 4, 2017, Hot Suede is a new original rock and roll band from Kansas City, Missouri showcasing fiery guitar riffs, an equally groovy and thunderous rhythm section, soaring vocals, and unparalleled swagger. Rising from the ashes of juggernaut Cherokee Rock Rifle, guitarists Doug Nelson, Scott Reed, and drummer Brett Southard joined forces with bassist Chad Toney and vocalist Wayne Hutcherson aka Bobby W. Topaz to form an unpretentious rock band with classic undertones and guitar-driven songwriting. On October 12, 2017 Hot Suede released the single “Get What You Came For.” On December 20, 2017 Hot Suede released the single, “Make It Harder.” More info at: http://www.hotsuede.com]

[Hot Suede play Mills Record Company, Fri, Nov 2, at 7:00 PM for Apocalypse Meow 11, Night One.]

11:43 – Interview with Sondra Freeman

Sondra Freeman is Director of Promotions and Artist Relations for Midwest Music Foundation, a nonprofit created to support music and musicians in Kansas City and the surrounding areas, founded in 2008 by a collective of musicians and music lovers. The Midwest Music Foundation (MMF) unites and empowers the greater Kansas City music community by providing programs and resources to area musicians through outreach, support, education, and health care opportunities. Sondra is instrumental in MMF’s annual events: Apocalypse Meow, MidCoast Takeover and the MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows, as well as many other collaborative musical events and fundraisers.

Abigail Henderson co-founded Midwest Music Foundation, since her death, five years ago, friends, musicians, collaborators have kept this not-for-profit alive.

Midwest Music Foundation is a part of events all year round: Midcoast Takeover, Middle of The Map Fest, Crossroads Music Fest, and more.

The Midwest Music Foundation and 90.9 The Bridge are proud to present the 11th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3.

For more information http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org/apocalypsemeow

It kicks off with a free, all-ages concert at Mills Record Company (4045 Broadway Blvd) on Friday, Nov. 2, with Hot Suede and The Whiffs. Doors open at 7 p.m., and Barry Lee (KKFI 90.1 FM) will emcee.

The main event is held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at recordBar (1520 Grand Blvd), with doors opening at 6 p.m. The Too Much Rock Main Stage will showcase performances by Bacon Shoe, The Almighty Trouble Brothers, Chris Meck and The Second Sons, and Chase The Horseman. Jen Harris, Kelly Hunt and Eems will perform on the acoustic stage. Jonathan Wier (The Jonathan Wier Show, KMBZ-FM 98.1) and Paul Chandler (X105.1KC and 105.9 KISS FM) will emcee. Tickets for Saturday are available for $10 at this link or $15 at the door.

RockDocs, a collaboration of University of Kansas and the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County will be on site Saturday to offer health care and ACA information, screenings, wellness programs, opportunities to discuss health conditions and concerns, and arrange follow ups.

A silent auction and raffles will feature an assortment of items donated by local businesses. This event is supported by the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. More information and a full list of sponsors can be found here. To view a promotional video about Apocalypse Meow with support from Mayor Sly James, visit this link.

In 2008, Apocalypse Meow was established to raise medical funds for local musician Abigail Henderson, who had been diagnosed with cancer. Compelled to give back to the community, she co-founded MMF to provide musicians with health care assistance. Though she passed away in 2013, Abigail’s mission continues — MMF provides financial resources, educational programs, health clinics and events throughout the year. Abby’s Fund dispenses emergency health care grants to KC-area musicians, having contributed more than $130,000 since its inception.

For more information you can visit http://www.midwestmusicfoundion.org.

11:55

28. Chase The Horseman – “RIPchord”
from: RIPchord – Single / Chase the Horseman / eOctober 24, 2017
[Recorded at Element Recording with Engineering, Mixing, Mastering, Coiling, Tutelage nu Joel Nanos , and Fritz Hutchison on C&C Drums, Kustom K Cymbals, Heidi Lynne Gluck on Fender Jazz Bass, Grounding, and Chase Horseman on Prophet 600, Wurlitzer 206, Drumbrute, Arp Explorer, Hagstrom 12-String, Framus 12 String, vox. Chase the Horseman is a band, film composer, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and producer. He has composed music for over 36 films and as musician has collaborated with Clairaudients, Teri Quinn, Heidi Lynne Gluck, and many more.]

[Chase The Horseman plays Apocalypse Meow 11, Saturday, November 3 at recordBar, 1520 Grand with Chris Meck and the Second Sons, Bacon Shoe, The Almighty Trouble Brothers, Jen Harris, Kelly Hunt and Eems.]

29. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
[WMM Closing Theme]

Next week, on November 7 we play more of New & MidCoastal Releases. Plus we’ll be joined by company members of Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of “The Nance” running through November 18 at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central, KCMO. We’ll also talk with Ben Parks and Matthew Dunehoo about the debut recording of their band SLIGHTS and their album release show, November 30, at recordBar.

Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

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Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Halloween with Béla, Boris, & Bette + Apocalypse Meow 11

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween with Béla, Boris, & Bette
+ Man of 1001 Faces – Michael McQuary
+ Sondra Freeman & Apocalypse Meow 11

On Halloween Mark plays New & MidCoastal & “Haunted Recordings” from: Hot Suede, Chase The Horseman, Jametatone, Jason Beers, AKA Dundeon Master, St. Vincent, Thom Yorke, Snoop Dogg, Kraftwerk, Laurie Anderson, Nina Simone, Sonic Youth, Madonna, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Misfits, The Velvet Underground, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Michel Rubini & Denny Jaeger, William Stromberg & Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Alwyn, Bette Davis, Cesar Davila-Irizarry & Charlie Clouser, Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers, Donald Trump, and The Jimi Shawndi Band.

Portions of our show will co-hosted by Béla Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Bette Davis as played by our special guest star, Michael McQuary.

“Michael McQuary is more than a pretty face, and he’s got a thousand, anyway. His is a talent today’s entertainment world needs more of. From Fu Manchu to Phantoms to Dietrich, Michael carries them all off to perfection, and I knew the originals. This talented entertainer perfects his transformations while allowing the audience a glimpse of the artist beneath the mask.” – Rex Reed

Stage & screen actor, Michael McQuary was born and raised in Portland, Oregon in the 1960s. Michael tells us that he learned about the world “sideways,” and that as a child, “the movies took care of him.” Michael remembers, at the age of 6, pointing to the television, spellbound by Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula, he said to his mother, “Look how he holds his cape!” From then on Michael’s childhood was focused on his own creative world. Michael is a master impressionist, with a unique take on the legendary “Monsters of Filmland” and the brightest stars of Hollywood’s golden age. Michael is also a character actor and can be seen in multiple films and shorts. Michael was the creator of the award winning one-man shows in New York City including: Matinee Idol, Man of 1001 Faces, Crystal Allan Strikes Back, Back Then They Had Faces, My Own Space and most recently, for KC Fringe Festival “I’m Hollywood.” He is also a visual stylist and original “Party Monster – Club Kid” from downtown NYC. Along with performing, Michael McQuary works as a visual artist, making a name for himself at celebrated events where he wows spectators with #youressenceinseconds. Michael also designs very special works that are forged into art and jewelry based on a one-of-a-kind symbols he creates individually for clients through his company: http://www.YourPowerSign.com.

At 11:40 we talk with Sondra Freeman of Midwest Music Foundation about the 11th annual Apocalypse Meow benefit concert on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3. The annual concert is MMF’s primary fundraiser for Abby’s Fund For Musicians’ Health Care. It kicks off with a free, all-ages concert at Mills Record Company (4045 Broadway Blvd) on Friday, Nov. 2, with Hot Suede and The Whiffs. Doors open at 7 p.m., and Barry Lee (KKFI 90.1 FM) will emcee. The main event is held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at recordBar (1520 Grand Blvd), with doors opening at 6 p.m. The Too Much Rock Main Stage will showcase performances by Bacon Shoe, The Almighty Trouble Brothers, Chris Meck and The Second Sons, and Chase The Horseman. Jen Harris, Kelly Hunt and Eems will perform on the acoustic stage. Jonathan Wier (The Jonathan Wier Show, KMBZ-FM 98.1) and Paul Chandler (X105.1KC and 105.9 KISS FM) will emcee. Tickets for Saturday are available for $10 at this link or $15 at the door. More information about Apocalypse Meow 11 and MMF can be found at midwestmusicfoundation.org.

Michael McQuary as Bette Davis by Paul Andrews Photography
Michael McQuary as Boris Karloff by M.R. King Images

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WMM Playlist from May 30, 2018

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

That’s So Fabulous!
+ KC Pride Fest + Pride for the Masses + Torch Song Trilogy

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979
[WMM’s theme]

2. Judy Garland – “Intro / Keep Your Sunny Side Up”(outtake)
from: The Judy Garland Show – the show that got away /Hip-O /2002
[orig. taped June 24, 1963]

3. Cyre – “Holiday (Circuit Mix)”
from: Gay Classics – Outrageous / Hot JWP / 2001

4. Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch) – “Definition: Lesbian”
from: My Breasts Are Out Of Control / Tongueincheek Records / 1994

5. Bambi – “Lets Sing A Gay Little Spring Song”
from: Bambi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Buena Vista Pictures / 1996 [1942 Disney]

6. Lily Tomlin – “Obscene Phone Call”
from: This Is a Recording / Universal Records / 1971
[The album consists of comic sketches of Tomlin in her most famous character, Ernestine, the nosy, aggressive, and sharp-tongued telephone operator. The album’s tracks include monologues in which Ernestine tangles over the phone with Joan Crawford, Gore Vidal (“Mr. Veedle”), Martha Mitchell, and J. Edgar Hoover. It was recorded live at the intimate Ice House in Pasadena, California. The album, Tomlin’s first, won her a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording. Tomlin became the first woman to win this award for a solo recording (in 1962 Elaine May won for an album with Mike Nichols; in the years since only Whoopi Goldberg and Kathy Griffin among female comedians have won the award.) The album peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 200 albums list, the highest charting solo comedy album by a woman ever on the chart.]

7. Sharron Alexis – “Please Don’t Be Gay”
from: Sordid Lives (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Varese Sarabande / 2001

8. RuPaul – “I Met Him on the Dance Floor (Interlude)”
from: Realness / RuCo / March 2, 2015 [RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960), best known as simply RuPaul, is an American actor, drag queen, model, author, and recording artist, who first became widely known in the 1990s when he appeared in a wide variety of television programs, films, and musical albums. Previously, he was a fixture on the Atlanta and New York City club scenes during the 1980s and early 90s. RuPaul has on occasion performed as a man in a number of roles, usually billed as RuPaul Charles. RuPaul is noted among famous drag queens for his indifference towards the gender-specific pronouns used to address him—both “he” and “she” have been deemed acceptable. “You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don’t care! Just as long as you call me.” He hosted a short-running talk show on VH1, and currently hosts reality television shows RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag U.]

9. Company – “Opening: I Hope I Get It”
from: A Chorus Line – Original Cast Recording / Columbia / 1975

10. Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch) – “Definition: Pro Choice”
from: My Breasts Are Out Of Control / Tongueincheek Records / 1994

11. Grace Jones – “The Crossing (Ooh The Action…)”
from: Slave To The Rhythm / Island Def Jam Records / 1985

12. Al Franken and Phil Hartman – “Daily Affirmation Theme”
from: Original Soundtrack to: Stuart Saves His Family / Milan / 1995

13. Hedwig & The Angry Inch – “Tear Me Down”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Hedwig & The Angry Inch / Hybrid / 2001

14. The BTC Orchestra – “The Liberace Fanfare”
from: Behind The Candelabra (Music from the HBO Original Film) / Elektra / May 20, 2013
[2013 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh about the life of pianist Liberace and the secret affair he had with young Scott Thorson, based on Thorson’s memoir, Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace (1988). It premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2013. It aired on HBO on May 26, 2013 and won multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. It was released theatrically June 7, 2013 in the United Kingdom. The film features Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorsen.]

15. Liberace – “The Impossible Dream” [Vinyl]
from: Liberace Sends You Love [3 record set] / Brookville Records – ABC Records / 1974
[Born in West Allis, Wisconsin, his career spanned four decades of concerts, recordings, motion pictures, television, and endorsements, Liberace became world-famous. During the 1950s–1970s he was the highest-paid entertainer in the world and embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage. He publicly denied being gay during his lifetime, and sued those who said he was. Towards the end of his life his chauffeur, Scott Thorson, sued him for palimony. He died of an AIDS-related illness in 1987.]

16. Jim Nabors – “It Takes All Kinds To Make The World Go Round”
from: Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. / Sony / 1965
[Jan. 29, 2013, Hawaii News Now reported that Jim Nabors married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, at Seattle, Washington’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Jan. 15, a month after same-sex marriage became legal in Washington. An urban legend maintains that Nabors married Rock Hudson in the early ’70s, shortly before Nabors began his relationship with Cadwallader. At least publicly, the two were never more than friends. According to Hudson, the legend originated with a group of “middle-aged homosexuals who live in Huntington Beach” who sent out joke invitations for their annual get-together. One year, the group invited its members to witness “the marriage of Rock Hudson & Jim Nabors,” at which Hudson would take the surname of Nabors’ most famous character, Gomer Pyle, becoming “Rock Pyle.” Those who failed to get the joke spread the rumor. Hudson was also gay but closeted, and because of the fear that one or both of them might be outed, Nabors & Hudson never spoke to each other again. Jim Nabors passed away on November 30, 2017 at 87.]

10:22 – The Music for Kansas City Pride

Kansas City Pride Fest is Fri, June 1st, 6:00 PM to Midnight, Sat, June 2, 12:00 PM to Midnight, and Sun, June 3, 12 to 7:00 PM at The Richard L Berkley Riverfront Park.

Daisy Buckët photography by Vixen Pin-Up Photography

17. Daisy Buckët – “Long Long Time”
from: Pansy / Independent / July 25, 2017
[Executive Producer: Spencer Brown & Amy Hull. Co-Producer: Michael Wood. Album Concept & Design: Brandon Shelton. Photography: Vixen Pin-Up Photography. All tracks recorded at Sound 81 Productions, Kansas City, Missouri. Mixing & Engineering: Justin Wilson. Music/Lyrics: Ruth Wallis; Vocals: Daisy Buckët; Guitar: Jeff Freling; Drums: Brian Steever; Bass: Rick Willoughby; Piano: Ken Lovern; Clarinet: James Isaac.] [The abum of 10 tracks include five tracks recorded with Jeff Freling of Victor & Penny with Erin McGrane and the Loose Change Orchestra. There are also two tracks recorded with the KC psychedelic glam rock band The Philistines, and two original songs written for this album. This past year Daisy has performed with the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, shows in Ohio, Connecticut, and New York at the historic Duplex Cabaret, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Spencer Brown is a professional actor, singer, spokesmodel, super hero, and has appeared at The Unicorn Theatre, Late Night Theatre, The KC Fringe, Union Station, The Folly Theatre, Off Center Theatre, Just Off Broadway Theatre. Since 2008 Spencer has toured internationally and recorded several albums as a member of the acclaimed The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet. Most recently they were seen on Watch What Happens Live! With Andy Cohen and have been on tour with their critically-acclaimed show, Things You Shouldn’t Say.]

[Daisy Buckët plays KC Pride Fest, Sat, June 2, at 8:05 pm at The Richard L Berkley Riverfront Park.]

18. Thelma Houston – “Don’t Leave Me This Way (Single Version)”
from: Any Way You Like It / Motown / December 2, 1976
[George Benson on guitar. Produced by Hal Davis. “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was covered by Motown in 1976. Originally assigned to Diana Ross, it was intended to be the follow-up to her hit “Love Hangover” but was reassigned and given to the upcoming Motown artist Thelma Houston instead.” Written by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff and Cary Gilbert. First charting as a hit for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergrass, an act on Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International label in 1975, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was later a huge disco hit for Motown artist Thelma Houston in 1977. The song was also a major hit for British group the Communards in 1986. Thelma Houston was born May 7, 1946. She scored a number-one hit in 1977 with her recording of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Houston was born in Leland, Mississippi. Her mother was a cotton picker. She and her three sisters grew up primarily in Long Beach, California. After marrying and having two children, she joined the Art Reynolds Singers gospel group and was subsequently signed as a recording artist with Dunhill Records. She is not related to Whitney Houston. In 1969, Houston released her debut album, entitled Sunshower, produced, arranged and composed by Jimmy Webb except for one track. In 1971 she signed with Motown Records but her early recordings with them were largely unsuccessful. Her most notable single during that period was “You’ve Been Doing Wrong for So Long” which peaked at #64 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart in 1974. However Houston’s vocal prowess on that track secured her a nomination for a Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. In 1973 Motown Productions announced a projected biopic of Dinah Washington which would star Houston; however the project was dropped due to difficulties in getting clearance from Washington’s relatives. In April 1974 Houston joined the cast of The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, playing various characters during the show’s skits. The show was canceled in August and for the next several years her work was limited to demo recordings and performing at small venues. Houston took acting classes and received her first role in the 1975 made-for-television film Death Scream. In that same year Sheffield Lab released “I’ve Got the Music in Me” a Direct to disc recording by Thelma Houston and Pressure Cooker that went on to become a benchmark vinyl recording for audiophiles. The following year she recorded songs for the soundtrack of the film The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings starring Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones. In 1975 Houston appeared on the Golden Globe Award broadcast performing the nominated song “On & On” and also was featured in a tribute to Berry Gordy on that year’s American Music Award broadcast singing “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”. That year Houston’s version of “Do You Know Where You’re Going To” was being set for single release when it was pulled and the song given to Diana Ross to serve as the theme song for the movie Mahogany. In 1976 Houston sang backing vocals for Motown label mate Jermaine Jackson on his album My Name Is Jermaine. Houston released her third album Any Way You Like It in 1976. The first single released was her version of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ 1975 song “Don’t Leave Me This Way”. In February 1977 the track hit Number 1 in the U.S. on the R&B and Club Play Singles charts, then in April 1977 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Don’t Leave Me This Way” won Houston the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the Grammys for 1977. Besides its US success “Don’t Leave Me This Way” became a hit in at least twelve countries, including the UK where it reached Number 13 despite the concurrent single release of the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes original, which reached Number 5. Also in 1977 Houston teamed up with Jerry Butler to record the album Thelma & Jerry and that November 1977 she co-starred in the film Game Show Models. It was announced in February 1977 that Houston would star as Bessie Smith in a filmation of the play Me and Bessie, to be produced by Motown; after an announcement that December that Houston was set to portray Bessie Smith in a biopic to be produced in 1978 by Columbia Pictures nothing more was heard of the project.]

[Thelma Houston plays KC Pride Fest, Sun, June 3, at 6:00 at The Richard L Berkley Riverfront Park.]

10:30 – Interview with Josh Morgan

Josh Morgan

Josh Morgan, serves as Festival Chair of The Kansas City Pride Fest, happening this weekend! June 1st, 2nd, & 3rd at Berkley Riverfront Park under the guidance of the KC Diversity Coalition, the not-for-profit service organization that presents KC Gay Pride.
Josh Morgan thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Kansas City PrideFest, at Richard L Berkley Riverfront Park, 1298 Riverfront Dr. KCMO.
Friday, June 1st, Saturday, June 2nd, and Sunday, June 3rd / More Info: gaypridekc.org

Friday, June 1st 6:00 PM – Midnight
Emcee: Dirty Dorothy – 6 to 11:15 PM
6:00 Rozz Smith – National Anthem
6:01-7:45 DJ Chad Slater
7:45-8:55 Material Girl
9:15-11:15 DJ Roland Belmares

Saturday, June 2nd, 12:00 Noon – Midnight
Trans Awareness Day
Emcee: Widow Von’du – Noon to 5pm / Emcee: Flo and Melinda Ryder – 5pm to 12 AM
12:00 PM Rozz Smith – National Anthem
12:20-12:45 Tucker William
12:50-1:10 JAIE
1:15-1:20 Trans Awareness Day Committee
1:30-2:15 Radial Red
2:35-2:50 Jordan Haase
2:55-3:35 Royalty Court
3:40-3:50 Dove
4:00-4:30 Mid America Freedom Band
4:45-5:05 Sidekicks – Latinos
5:10-5:25 Buttwiser’s Bash
5:30-5:45 Black Pride
5:50-6:05 Kansas City Womens Chorus
6:20-6:50 Heartland Men’s Chorus
6:55-7:15 Presentations
7:25-7:40 KC Sunshine – The Midwest Michaeal
7:45-8:00 Widow Von’Du
8:05-8:45 Daisy Buckët
8:50-9:05 Missie B’s
9:15-9:55 David Hernandez
10:00-10:40 Frenchie Davis
10:45-11:30 Billy Gilman

Sunday, June 3rd: Noon – 7:00 PM
Emcee: Monique Heart – Emceed this stage last year and she returns after her National Television appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race

Emcee: Sasha Blake – Noon to 4:00 pm / Emcee: Buddy & Budweiser – 4pm to 7pm
12:00 Rozz Smith Solo National Anthem
12:01-1:45 Sidekick’s Talent Show
2:00-2:25 Hamburger Mary’s
2:30-2:45 Transfinity KC
2:55-3:10 SideKicks
3:30-4:30 Mad Libby
4:50-5:05 Nikita Wood-Rowe
5:15-5:45 Monique Heart
6:00-6:45 Thelma Houston
6:50 Volunteer Thank You / Closing Speakers (Event Staff)

ONGOING WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:

The Commerce Bank Kid’s Zone: Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 6:00pm (Included with festival ticket) – All ages are welcome. Includes the Ironman obstacle course, Tinker Bell moonwalk, Dual Slide and Triple Lane Fun Run! The zone also features a face painter, balloon artist, and circus performers. Outside of the zone look for Renaissance Fair characters, the LGBTQIA Youth Hangout, and a professional kite flyer!

LGBTQIA Youth Hang Out: Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 6:00pm (Included with festival ticket) – Games, prizes, music, photo booth and goodie bags!

Food Fair: Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Food trucks and other local cuisine

Market Place: Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Vendor and Sponsor Booths

Body Shop: Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Workshops and Free Health Checkups

Animal Adoption Booths: Sat & Sun, 12 to 6:00 – Dogs, cats, birds available for adoption

KC Gay Volleyball: Sunday (Starting at 1:00pm) – Players will be participating in exhibition games on multiple courts set up on the grass on the west side of the grounds.

Volleyball Tournament: Saturday (10:30am to 5:30pm) partnership between Bistro Brigade and the Kansas City PrideFest. Proceeds benefit AIDS Walk KC. All genders, orientations, and ages 18+ are encouraged to sign up. Festival ticket included.
Register Here: https://goo.gl/o1T435 (Watchers are welcomed!)

Renaissance Festival Characters will be roaming: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Gay Pride Kansas City is a mix of volunteers and board members who represent a wide cross section of the Kansas City LGBTQIA community. What motivates these individuals is their drive to offer the Kansas City LGBTQIA community great informational and educational events which move the community forward.

Presented by: Kansas City Divercity Coalition: PO Box 32413, KCMO 64171
Phone: (816) 960-3400 / Email: pridefestkc@gmail.com

10:43

Josh Morgan thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

KC Pride Fest – June 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, at Berkley Riverfront Park, KCMO, presented by KC Diversity Coalition, a not-for-profit service oganization. For more information about tickets, vendors, directions, events, or to volunteer, visit: http://www.gaypridekc.org

10:43 – Underwriting

10:45 – “Just say the lines and don’t bump into the furniture.”

I think my parents had a tougher time hearing that I wanted to become a Theatre Major than when I told them I was Gay. Please know, that I believe the theatre is full of all sexual orientations, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender…just like the rest of the world. The theatre, however, is Queer friendly, accepting of LGBTQIA, it has always been a place where so many gay kids found their freedom and identity. The theatre gave gay kids their first glimpse into a world not found in their sheltered, small towns. Here in this next set is a song from Noel Coward from a album I found in my college library my freshman year. The plays of Noel Coward were captivating to me, the lyrics, wit, and diction of Noel Coward in action, is a treat.

After Noel we’ll hear Paul Lynde from the Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Bye Bye Birdie,” followed by Charles Nelson Reilly talking about his experience in “Bye Bye Birdie” while auditioning for “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
Charles Nelson Reilly was playing three parts in Bye Bye Birdie winner of The Tony Award for Best Musical of 1960. How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying won the Tony for Best Musical in 1961 and Reilly won The Tony for his portrayal of Bud Frump.

10:47 – Songs about “Tots,” “Kids” and “Coffee”

19. Noel Coward – “What’s Going To Happen To the Tots”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957] [Born Dec. 16, 1899 / died Mar. 26, 1973. English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called “a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise”. Coward did not publicly acknowledge his homosexuality, but it was discussed candidly after his death by biographers including Graham Payn, his long-time partner, and in Coward’s diaries & letters, published posthumously.]

20. Paul Lynde & Marijane Maricle -“Kids”
from: Bye Bye Birdie! (Original Broadway Cast) / / 1960
[Paul Lynde’s sexual orientation was an open secret in Hollywood, although, in keeping with the prejudices of the time, it was not acknowledged or discussed in public. In a 2013 radio interview, Dick Van Dyke recalled the wrap party for Bye Bye Birdie. A series of men gave short speeches, each one praising Ann-Margret and predicting success and stardom for the young actress. When it was Paul Lynde’s turn to speak, he began, “Well, I guess I’m the only one here who doesn’t want to fuck Ann-Margret.” In 1965, Lynde was involved in an accident in which a young actor, reputed to be his lover, fell to his death from the window of their hotel room in San Francisco’s Sir Francis Drake Hotel. The two had been drinking for hours before 24-year-old James “Bing” Davidson slipped and fell eight stories, an event witnessed by two policemen, yet the event was largely kept out of the press, thus saving Lynde’s career. Despite his campy television persona, Lynde never publicly came out as gay and the press generally refrained from commenting about it. In 1976, a People magazine article on Lynde featured him and Stan Finesmith; the latter was dubbed Lynde’s “suite mate” and “chauffeur-bodyguard.” In the 1970s, this was as close as the press would come to hinting at his sexuality.]

21. Charles Nelson Reilly – “The Audition”
from: How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying / Victor / 1961

22. Charles Nelson Reilly, Claudette Sutherland, Company – “Coffee Break”
from: How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying / Victor / 1961

23. Judy Garland – “Half – Time Tags” (sponsor announcement)
from: The Judy Garland Show – the show that got away /Hip-O /2002 [orig. taped June 24, 1963

11:00 – Station Identification

24. Wick & The Tricks – “Drama Queen”
from: Not Enough 7″ Vinyl EP / Black Site / October 14, 2017
[Wick & the Tricks are a 4-piece band with Wick Trick on vocals & sleaze, Chris Stallion on guitar, Jane Asylum on bass & vocals, and JoJo Tornado on drums. The new EP was recorded and mixed by Justin Mantooth at Westend Recording Studios.]

[Wick & The Tricks play I Heart Local Music Presents: Pride for the Masses, June 8 & 9, at Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Mass St., Lawrence, w/ Vibralux, Calvin Arsenia, Cuee, & Yanna the supa flowa.]

11:02 – Interview with Wick Thomas

Wick Thomas of Wick & The Tricks
(Photo by Dave Michael / aka Aardvark Foto)

Wick Thomas, was voted Best Activist by The Pitch Magazine. Wick has help organize LGBTQIA youth groups on college campuses and in High Schools, he served as President of EQUAL and won an award from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Wick spent many years working for the Kansas City Public Library and now works for the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Wick is also a gardener, a student, and a he grew up in Drexel Missouri. Wick is also lead singer of Wick & The Tricks, who last fall released a, 7-inch vinyl, 4-song EP debut, “Not Enough,” on Black Site Records. Wick & The Tricks play The I Heart Local Music Presents: Pride for the Masses, June 8 and June 9, at Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS with Vibralux, Calvin Arsenia, Cuee, and Yanna the supa flowa. More information at http://www.iheartlocalmusic.com

Wick Thomas, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Wick & the Tricks a 4-piece band with Wick Trick on vocals & sleaze, Chris Stallion on guitar, Jane Asylum on bass & vocals, and Andrew Perry aka Drouche Bag on drums.

I Heart Local Music Presents:
PRIDE FOR THE MASSES

Friday June 8 at 9:00 pm & Saturday June 9 at 9:00 pm

Jackpot Music Hall
943 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

I heart Local Music is throwing an event during PRIDE month to celebrate the queer musicians in our community. This is open to ALL AGES.

FEATURING PERFORMANCES FROM:

Vibralux
Wick & The Tricks
Calvin Arsenia
Cuee
Yanna the supa flowa

There will be performances from drag queens (including MsAmanda Love!) & queer DJs.

I Heart Local Music notes: “As a straight entity, WE WILL NOT BE PROFITING FROM THIS EVENT. The only people who will be making money are the QUEER PERFORMERS and QUEER STAFF (The Jackpot will hire queer audio engineers and bar staff). This event is FOR queer members of our community, and they will be the only ones who turn a profit as a result. We feel this is an important aspect to maintain in Pride events, as many queer readers have messaged us and expressed concern that too many straight entities turn a profit from queer-targeted events. So we curated this festival to rectify that. Because we love you.”

Many thanks to Ladybird Diner, Salon Blush, and Jackpot Music Hall for helping sponsor this event to make sure our queer performers are paid.

Wick Thomas on the May 30, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Wick Thomas on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Wick & The Tricks EP was recorded and mixed by Justin Mantooth at Westend Recording Studios. and mastered by Chris Muth at Taloowa Corp. More info at: http://www.wickandthetricks.com

KC’s sassiest, trashiest and glammiest lovelies, Wick and the Tricks, released their debut 7” EP, Not Enough, on Black Site Saturday, October 14, with a premiere the video for “Tough as Nails”, the closing track on the new record.

With artwork from the band’s newest member, guitarist Chris Stallion, and packaging from the union printers at Callender Printing in Kansas City, KS.

In the spirit of the New York Dolls, The Stooges, and Jim Carroll, Wick and The Tricks proudly carry the Riot Grrrl, Queercore torch for the next generation.

wickandthetricks.bandcamp.com

Wick Thomas, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Wick & The Tricks play The I Heart Local Music Presents: Pride for the Masses, June 8 and June 9, at Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS with Vibralux, Calvin Arsenia, Cuee, and Yanna the supa flowa. More information at http://www.iheartlocalmusic.com

11:14

25. Supa Flowa – “Supa Flowa”
from: The Supa Flowa EP / R.I.O.T. LLC / May 4, 2018
[Supa Flowa, also known as Yanna, is a multi-media artist and rapper currently based out of Kansas City. The Supa Flowa Ep is a very vulnerable, yet an uplifting play on Yanna’s experience in dealing with anxiety, self doubt, and becoming comfortable with the androgynous, “sunflower dyke” that she is. Her goal is to reach out to queer and LGBTQIA youth; who have endured similar experiences to hers, in finding and cultivating self love and peace of mind.]

[Yanna the supa flowa plays the I Heart Local Music Presents: Pride for the Masses, June 8 & June 9, at Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Mass St., Lawrence, w/ Vibralux, Wick & The Tricks Calvin Arsenia, & Cuee.]

26. Cuee – “Honey feat. Mich Anne (Clean)”
from: “Honey”- Single / Cuee / November 27, 2017
[Cuee is a Chicago rap artist currently in Lawrence. Fally Afani writes in I Heart Local Music: Your 2017 local queer anthem is here, and we are screaming. Cuee’s “Honey” features local trans songstress Micha Anne, and it’s blasting confidence all over our speakers. LISTEN TO US. This is the track you put on when you’re gussying up for a night of raging on the Replay dance floor. In the song, Micha encourages us to “work it out,” “get sexy now,” and just “slay.” Then, Cuee (always the charmer) pops in, proudly proclaims “I’m brown skinned, I like action” and that she could “pull your girl without askin’.” We’re already a hot mess. 2017 has been such a shit year and we need this unapologetic happiness right now. Together, Cuee and Micha Anne are looking good and slaying. They are our guiding lights in dark times, and we are going to sissy that walk when we follow them into the new frontier. If this is the future of music, sign us up. We are here for it.]

[Cuee plays I Heart Local Music’s: Pride for the Masses, June 8 & June 9, at Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Mass St., Lawrence, w/ Vibralux, Wick & The Tricks Calvin Arsenia, & Yanna the supa flowa.]

11:20 – Underwriting

27. Eve Sheldon – “Red Flowers“
from: Recorded in one-take from a facebook request / Eve Sheldon / May 20, 2018
[Originally recorded by Foolish Sad Robot, a 1990s band made up of Tom Livesay & Ike Sheldon – now Eve Sheldon. Early in the evening on May 20 Eve Sheldon asked “Facebook humans” to request a song of her’s and she would record four of them on the couch and post them. She ended up recording 10 songs in an hour or so, and she wrote to Tim Finn that it “was a fun freakin snapshot of her singing life.” friends chose songs from Foolish Sad Robot, The Wilders, a Trouble In Mind rap. Eve wrote, that the recordings represent her “mellow vocal stylings of this century, and the VERY FIRST song she ever wrote.” (She was was14.) Eve Sheldon called out other singers to ‘get down with this…imagine some 90s cats layin’ down some of their old tunes…and new cats laying down new tunes. i wanna hear!” Eve called out: Mark Smeltzer, David Regnier, Lauren Krum, Betse Ellis, Howard Iceberg, J Ashley Miller…the list is endless…sing for us, y’all!!!!. ]

[Eve Sheldon will be playing The Folly Theatre for KKFI’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, June 30]

Cody Critcheloe form the music video “Comeback.”

28. SSION – “Comeback”
from: O / Dero Arcade / May 11, 2018
[“Comeback” is the first single from SSION’s forthcoming LP, O. SSION (pronounced “shun”) is a multifaceted creative project spearheaded by Cody Critcheloe. An art-punk act fronted by flamboyant vocalist/artist Cody Critcheloe, Ssion recorded a series of underground releases during the 2000s, yet were perhaps best recognized for their extravagant live show. Ssion (pronounced “shun”) were founded in Kansas City, MO, by Critcheloe, who studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, and draw from a range of influences, including the punk spectacle of Iggy Pop and the dance-party new wave of the B-52’s as well as performance art and gay culture. Critcheloe’s artwork graces the cover of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Fever to Tell (2003) and the video for Liars’ “There’s Always Room on the Broom” (2004). Besides Critcheloe, Ssion’s membership includes, among others, backup vocalists Taylor Painter-Wolfe and Shannon Michaels, who respectively create costumes and stage props for the act’s live shows. Critcheloe made his recording debut as Ssion in 1999 with Fucked into Oblivion, a self-released cassette/CD-R. I Don’t Want New Wave & I Don’t Want the Truth, another self-released CD-R, followed in 2001. In 2003 Ssion made their label debut, releasing the Minor Treat EP and the Opportunity Bless My Soul album on Version City Records. Next, following a self-released album, Glory Hound (2005), and EP, Street Jizz (2006), Ssion signed to Sleazetone Records. In 2008 the label released the Fools Gold album and the accompanying Clown remix EP. ~ Jason Birchmeier]

11:30 – Interview with Philip blue owl Hooser and Chris McCoy

Chris McCoy and Philip Hooser on Wednesday MidDay Medley on May 30, 2018, talking about Torch Song Trilogy

Philip blue owl Hooser is an actor, playwright, director, teacher, and dramaturg. He has been on stage at The Rep, The Unicorn, the Coterie, Late Night Theater, Gorilla Theatre, Mystery Train Theatre, Just Off Broadway, The Fishtank, Musical Theatre Hertitage. His plays have been produced at The Unicorn, The Coterie, Gorilla Theatre, Late Night Theatre to name a few. Philip recent;ly participated in a live performance for Risk! Philip gives the preshow lectures at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, and is also the creative genius behind “Eat Their Words,” a live performance and reading of celebrity biographies in Kansas City. Philip is a part of the volunteer team of the Out Here Now Film Festival, and he does film pieces with Michael McQuary for KIFF and OM Film Fest. Philip Blue Owl Hooser is the co-host of The Tenth Voice on 90.1 FM – KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, broadcast Saturdys at 1:00 PM.

Chris McCoy, PH.D. is an Assistant Professor of Theatre; at William Jewell College where he teaches Acting/Directing Fundamentals, Movement and Voice, Authors and Performers, Activism and Performance Studies and serves as the stage director for Jewell Theatre Company. He has worked as an educator and arts administrator for Seattle Children’s Theatre, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, the Denver Center Theatre Company, OPERA America, Saint Louis Opera Theatre, San Diego Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center and Kansas City’s Theater League. Recent production experience includes assistant directing the Broadway premiere of “Soul Doctor,” a Sacramento Regional Theatre Award in choreography for “Spring Awakening,” and developing an original documentary theatre piece on hate crimes sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities called “(Un)Civil (Dis)Obedience

Actor Philip blue owl Hooser and director Chris McCoy join us to discuss the award winning play they are working on, that opens tomorrow night – Torch Song Trilogy, written by Harvey Fierstein, and presented by The Barn Players, at The Arts Asylum, 1000 East 9th Street, KCMO, May 31 through June 10. More info at http://www.thebarnplayers.org

Philip Blue owl Hooser and Chris McCoy Thanks for being with us on WMM.

Torch Song Trilogy — Written by Harvey Fierstein — Presented by The Barn Players,
at The Arts Asylum, 1000 East 9th Street, KCMO, May 31 through June 10.

Torch Song Trilogy is constructed of three moving plays told over three acts: International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First! The life of Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing, Jewish drag queen living in New York City is dramatized over the span of the late 1970s and 1980s, through Stonewall, the AIDS crisis, and other ground-breaking milestones for the LGBT community. Told with a likable, human voice, Arnold struggles through love, disease, and the challenges of child-rearing. In the tradition of The Normal Heart and The Pride, and one of the pre-cursors for the seminal Angels in America, this award-winning and popular work broke new ground in the theatre: “At the height of the post-Stonewall clone era, Harvey challenged both gay and straight audiences to champion an effeminate gay man’s longings for love and family.”

Philip Hooser in the play TORCH SONG TRILOGY

CAST
Arnold – Philip blue own Hooser
Ed – Derrick Freeman
Laurel – Jennifer Loumiet
Alan – Brent Custer
Ma – Elle DeShon
David – Alex Leondedis
Lady Blues – Shelby Bessette & Lynn McCutchen
Ensemble – Sam Hoffman

The award-winning and popular work broke new ground in the theatre: “At the height of the post-Stonewall clone era, Harvey challenged both gay and straight audiences to champion an effeminate gay man’s longings for love and family.”

The first act derives its name (International Stud) from an actual gay bar of the same name at 117 Perry Street in Greenwich Village in the 1960s and 1970s. The bar had a backroom where men engaged in anonymous sex. The backroom plays a central role in the act.

Plot 1971: Arnold (Harvey Fierstein), a New York City female impersonator, meets Ed (Brian Kerwin), a bisexual schoolteacher, and they fall in love. Ed, however, is uncomfortable with his sexuality and he leaves Arnold for a girlfriend, Laurel.

1973-79: During Christmas, Arnold meets the love of his life, a male model named Alan. They settle down together, later spending a weekend with Ed and Laurel in the country, where their relationship is tested but endures. Eventually, they apply to foster a child together with a view to adoption, and their application is eventually successful and so they move to a bigger apartment. However, on their first night at their new home, Alan is killed in a homophobic attack.

1980: Months later, in the spring of 1980, Arnold’s mother comes to visit from Florida, but her visit leads to a long-overdue confrontation. Arnold’s mother disapproves of Arnold’s homosexuality and his planned adoption of a gay teenage son, David (Eddie Castrodad), as well as Arnold’s use of their family burial plot for Alan. They have a series of arguments where Arnold demands that she accept him for who he is, insisting that if she can’t then she has no place in his life. The following morning, before she returns to Florida, they have a conversation where, for the first time, they seem to understand each other. With both David and Ed (who is now more mature and settled) in his life, and a successful new career creating his own stage revue, Arnold’s life is finally complete.

Date premiered – January 15, 1982

1983 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play
1983 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play (Harvey Fierstein)
1983 Tony Award for Best Play (Harvey Fierstein)
1983 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Harvey Fierstein)

The central character of this play, Arnold, is a sharp-tongued, nurturing, compassionate, vulnerable, and he is someone who is unable to act normal around his mother, his lovers, and his adopted son because he loves each so dearly. This play allows readers to look beyond the invisible cultural assumptions and make it a comfortable experience. A teacher from a high school in Texas decided to add Torch Song Trilogy in his curriculum. This play was particularly important to teach due to the comfort that society feels in being silent about subjects relating to sexuality. The teacher is convinced that silence can only hurt chances of young adults who are emerging whole during their school years. This play was chosen to educate the students that love comes in all forms. Not only did this play help expand conservative minds, but the play is magically structured so that the audience is invited to build a dialogue with the onstage characters. The writing of this play is innovative and the structure of the play itself is unique that it offers ideas for students to explore and expand their ideas on how to creatively write.

The theme of this play is love, which is a universal language. Although the teacher in Houston, thought that conventional parents would be opposed to the idea that their children are learning about homosexuality, most were open to the idea and spoke about real-life experiences their friends have lived through or they have seen. The student’s parents helped their children to try to understand a world where the heterosexuals were the ones being treated the way the homosexuals were. Some students spoke about their friend’s experiences about various sexual preferences and how this play helped them understand that homosexuality is not something to be afraid of. The risk of teaching this type of story was much less than expected. This play provides a forum to explore the differences between the taboo topics of sexual orientation and gender. The difference between sexism and homophobia is distinguished as well as identifying gender roles and the society’s preconceived notion of what a “drag”, “trans”, “gay”, “lesbian” “questioning”, “a-sexual” might be. Most of these students were a group of twenty-one-year-olds, who are politically correct, but there was concern that arose about teaching this type of literature in a public high school setting.

Fierstein adapted his play for a feature film, released in 1988. It was directed by Paul Bogart and starred Fierstein (Arnold), Anne Bancroft (Ma Beckoff), Matthew Broderick (Alan), Brian Kerwin (Ed), and Eddie Castrodad (David).

Torch Song Trilogy, written by Harvey Fierstein, and presented by The Barn Players, at The Arts Asylum, 1000 East 9th Street, KCMO, May 31 through June 10. More info at http://www.thebarnplayers.org

11:48

29. David Bowie – “Rebel Rebel”
from: A Reality Tour / ISO – Columbia – Legacy / January 25, 2010
[Recorded November 22-23, 2003, Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland. Originally written for a mooted Ziggy Stardust musical in late 1973, “Rebel Rebel” was Bowie’s last single in the glam rock style that had been his trademark. The song is notable for its gender-bending lyrics (“You got your mother in a whirl / She’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl”) as well as its distinctive riff, which rock journalist Kris Needs has described as “a classic stick-in-the-head like the Stones’ ‘Satisfaction'”.Transsexual rock artist and former Bowie associate Jayne County claims that “Rebel Rebel” was based in part on County’s own song “Queenage Baby”, which was recorded in January 1974 by Bowie’s Mainman Records, but not released at the time. The song later surfaced on the independent 2006 release Wayne County at the Trucks, and some critics, upon hearing the track, echoed County’s claims. The 2004, live version features David Bowie – vocals, guitars, stylophone, harmonica; Earl Slick – guitar; Gerry Leonard – guitar; Gail Ann Dorsey – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Under Pressure”; Sterling Campbell – drums; Mike Garson – keyboards, piano; Catherine Russell – keyboards, percussion, acoustic guitar, backing vocals. A Reality Tour was a worldwide concert tour by David Bowie in support of the Reality album. The tour commenced on 7 October 7, 2003 at the Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark continuing through Europe, North America, Asia, including a return to New Zealand and Australia for the first time since the 1987 Glass Spider Tour. The tour grossed $46,000,000, making it the ninth-highest grossing tour of 2004. At over 110 shows, the tour was the longest tour of Bowie’s career. Bowie played Kansas City, May 10, 2004, at Starlight Theatre. I was there, seven rows from the stage.]

30. Lou Reed and John Cale – “Small Town”
from: Songs For Drella / Sire – Warner Bros. / 1990
[Dedicated to the memory of Andy Warhol, their mentor, who had died unexpectedly in 1987. Drella was a nickname for Warhol coined by Warhol Superstar Ondine, a contraction of Dracula and Cinderella, used by Warhol’s crowd. The song cycle focuses on Warhol’s interpersonal relations and experiences, with songs falling roughly into three categories: Warhol’s first-person perspective (which makes up the vast majority of the album), third-person narratives chronicling events and affairs, and first-person commentaries on Warhol by Reed and Cale themselves. The songs on the album are, to some extent, in chronological order.]

31. The Smiths – “These Things Take Time”
from: The Sound Of The Smiths [Disc 2] / Rhino UK / November 10, 2008
[“These Things Take Time” (12 “b-side of “What Difference Does It Make?”)Included in Hatful of Hollow. The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have called them one of the most important bands to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. NME named the Smiths the “most influential artist ever” in a 2002 poll. In 2003, four of the band’s albums appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey and Marr, the group signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records, on which they released four studio albums: The Smiths (1984), Meat Is Murder (1985), The Queen Is Dead (1986) and Strangeways, Here We Come (1987). They have also released several compilations, and numerous non-album singles. They had several singles reach the top twenty of the UK Singles Chart and all four of their studio albums reached the top five of the UK Albums Chart, including Meat Is Murder which hit number one. They won a significant following and remain cult favourites. The band broke up in 1987 due to internal tensions and have turned down several offers to reunite.The band’s focus on a guitar, bass, and drum sound, and their fusion of 1960s rock and post-punk, were a rejection of the then-popular, synthesiser-based dance-pop. Marr’s guitar work, using a Rickenbacker, had a jangle pop sound reminiscent of Roger McGuinn of the Byrds. Morrissey’s complex, literate lyrics combined themes about ordinary people with mordant humour.]

34. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
[WMM Closing Theme]

Next week, on June 6, we present The Best of MidCoastal Releases of 2018 …So Far, with special co-hosts Marion Merritt & Nico Gray, plus special guests Joe Stanziola who records his music as Second Hand King, has a new album coming called FRANKIE coming on June 8. Also, Nadia Piotrowsky who records as Summerland and brings along her friend Belle Plaine, to share details about their show June 8, at SqueezeBox Theatre with Blake Berglund.

Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
http://www.kkfi.org,
http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1F

Show #736

Wick Thomas photo by Dave Michael / aka Aardvark Foto

Wednesday MidDay Medley

WMM Playlist from September 20, 2017

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Our 700th Show! with Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Krystle Warren, Calvin Arsenia, Ron Megee, Marion Merritt, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Necia Gamby, Scott Hobart, and Nico Gray.

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979
[WMM’s theme]

2. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”
from: Sacreblu / Atlantic Records / June 11, 1996

3. Sufjan Stevens – “Inaugural Pop Music For Jane Margaret Byrne”
from: The Avalanche: Outtakes And Extras From The Illinois Album / Asthmatic Kitty / July 11, 2006
[A press release on the Asthmatic Kitty website reported that the Illinois album was supposed to be a double record (with somewhere near 50 songs), but the idea was eventually scrapped. After the success of the album, Stevens returned to his analog 8-track recorder in late 2005 and began the process of finishing 21 of the previously abandoned songs, which would eventually become The Avalanche. Stevens has stated during interviews that although he doesn’t like The Avalanche as much as Illinois, he felt it was important to release the songs in light of the success of his most recent album. He has also said that he decided to release the album in order to buy time until his next “The 50 States” project,” release.]

Thanks for tuning into Wednesday MidDay Medley. I’m Mark Manning. Today’s show is a celebration of 700 weeks, 1400 hours of radio, 10,000 hours of preparation, nearly 2000 guests, and over 15,000 songs, from thousands of musical artists. We have made it our mission to mix musical genres, playing with themes, diversity, equality, free speech, connecting artists and venues and listeners and communities. Wednesday MidDay Medley has proudly endeavored to help tell the story of our growing Kansas City area music scene, “The Midcoast Sound,” as we like to call it. We have dedicated a majority of our programming to New & MidCoastal Releases.

We’ve happily presented new formats in radio, with our popular, “A Story In A Song” series, and our special shows featuring: Apocalypse Meow, The MidCoast Takeover, Middle of The Map, The Crossroads Music Fest, The Outer Reaches Festival, The Lawrence Field Day Fest, and our annual tribute shows to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., David Bowie, Iris Dement, Pioneers of Punk, Visual Art, The Spoken Word, Gay Pride, Civil Rights, and our interviews with Tommy Ramone, Iris Dement, Laurie Anderson, Lily Tomlin. Plus, our annual 4-week special: the 100+ Best Recordings of the Year.

To say I’ve been inspired by the KC music scene, is an understatement. In just this last year, we’ve played from over 100 local releases of 2017. The KC music community is fueled by a collaborative and generous heart that is beating in so many of the artists I’ve met while doing this show. I am inspired by the women who created radio on 90.1 FM long before me: my friend April Fletcher who know plays bass professionally in Los Angeles, and my friend Anne Winter, who left us in 2009, and reminded us how we’re all connected. I’m inspired by the diverse , intelligent, motivated, listeners, looking for place on the dial, where they can connect to the amazing stories and music and voice of our community.

Ruth Ward, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Marion Merritt, Ron Megee, Necia Gamby, Krystle Warren, and Madisen Ward

Today we celebrate the pure idea of community radio, free form radio, radio that tells the story of the people who live here, the artists, the writers, the teachers, the performers, the lovers. Today we celebrate 700 weeks of Wednesday MidDay Medley, the show that has brought us together, at this time, on this frequency, in these community airwaves. Thanks for listening.

10:05 – Marion Merritt Interview/Story

Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt is our most frequent contributor to WMM, She grew up in Los Angeles, and St. Louis. She went to college in Columbia, Missouri. She studied art and musical engineering, and is a avid lover of classic films and punk rock music. She saw Talking Heads on their first U.S. tour when they played One Block West, in 1978. For 13 years she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her musically-encyclopedic brain on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Marion has joined us for every on-air fund drive to help raise funds for the MidCoast Radio Project. Marion is also the proprietor of Records With Merritt, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. That features new vinyl releases, weekly in-store performances from young and upcoming bands, and most recenty was the location for a wedding.

Marion Merritt thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

We always wanted someone from a record store to have a regular presence on WMM.

When I first met Marion, she walked up to me with a recording in hand and suggested I might like the Philip Glass recordings of the Low Symphony with David Bowie and Brian Eno.

Marion and I really didn’t know each other in the beginning, but throughout these 700 shows we’ve become very close friends, I’ve watched her life transition from corporate retail to owning her own record store in the neighborhood where I live.

For 13 years Marion Merritt haa had a huge influence on our playlists. It was during our first year that she interviewed Regina Spektor.

10:10

4. Regina Spektor – “Braile”
from: 11:11 / Regina Spektor / July 9, 2001
[Debut album by singer-songwriter Regina Spektor. It was self-released on CD and sold at Spektor’s early shows. The album is now out of print on CD and much sought-after by collectors, it is available as a download from online music outlets. Regina Spektor was born February 18, 1980, in Moscow (former Soviet Union, now Russia), and began classical training on the piano at the age of six. When she was nine years old, her family left the Soviet Union in 1989, during the period of Perestroika, when Soviet citizens were permitted to emigrate. Regina had to leave her piano behind. The seriousness of her piano studies led her parents to consider not leaving the Soviet Union, but they finally decided to emigrate, due to the racial, ethnic, and political discrimination that Jews faced. Traveling first to Austria and then Italy, the Spektor family was admitted to the United States as refugees with the assistance of HIAS (the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). They settled in the Bronx, where Spektor graduated from the SAR Academy, a Jewish day middle school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Since the family had been unable to bring their piano from Moscow, Spektor practiced on tabletops and other hard surfaces until she found a piano on which to play in the basement of her synagogue. She began to write original songs shortly thereafter. Spektor gradually achieved recognition through performances in the anti-folk scene in downtown New York City, most prominently at the East Village’s SideWalk Cafe. She also performed at local colleges (such as Sarah Lawrence College) with other musicians, including the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. She sold self-published CDs at her performances during this period: 11:11 (2001) and Songs (2002). After self-releasing her first three records and gaining popularity in New York City’s anti-folk scene, Spektor signed with Sire Records in 2004 and began achieving greater mainstream recognition. After giving her third album, Soviet Kitsch a major label re-release, Sire released her fourth album, Begin to Hope, which would go on to achieve a Gold certification by the RIAA. Her following two albums, Far and What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, each debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200. Spektor married singer-songwriter Jack Dishel in 2011. Formerly a guitarist with the band the Moldy Peaches, Dishel is a member of the band Only Son and duets with Spektor in the song “Call Them Brothers”. On January 23, 2014, Spektor announced her pregnancy on Facebook. The couple announced the birth of a son in March 2014.]

[Regina Spektor plays A Special Solo Performance, Sun, Oct.28, at 8:00 PM, at The Uptown Theatre]

10:15 – Interview with Calvin Arsenia live from Paris!

Calvin Arsenia (Photo by Jenny Wheat)

Since 2014 we have been celebrating the music of Calvin Arsenia who came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has released his EPs, Moments, Prose, and this year his full length debut, Catastrophe. He has played Folk Alliance International, Kansas City Fringe Fest, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts, The Middle of the Map Fest., The Folly Theatre. Calvin is currently in the third month of his Outlyre Tour where he has played San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, NYC, Boston, Edinburgh, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Lyon and is currently in Paris where he joins us on the phone.

Calvin Arsenia thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Krystle Warren joined us in our brief phone conversation with Calvin in Paris.

Calvin has already played over 30 shows so far on this tour.

Calvin is on tour with musician and friend Simon Huntley who plays with Quixotic

Calvin wrote on Facebook:
“If you’ve been touring over a month you’ll probably want…
1) fingernail clippers
2) extra airplane sized toothpastes
3) back up phone case
4) hair brush (for I rarely brush this mop but when I do I use)
5) single use deep conditioner packets
6) black skinny jeans
7) better shoes
8) ear plugs (I’m sorry for snoring so much, Simon)
9) (to be continued….)”

Calvin is coming homing home to Kansas City on October 18.

Calvin is working to release new music from his June 11th, live recording at Kansas City’s newly restored Greenwood Social Hall, at 1750 Bellevue Ave. in Kansas City.

He shared with us one of the tracks to play as a radio premiere.

11:20

5. Calvin Arsenia – “Nature Boy”
from: Live at Greenwood Social Hall / Calvin Arsenia / Unreleased, 2017
[from Calvin’s June 11, 2017 live performance at Greenwood Social Hall, 1760 Bellevue. Written by Eden Ahbez, first recorded by Nat King Cole in 1948, and 2001 by David Bowie for Moulin Rouge Soundtrack]

11:24 – Interview/Story with Maria Vasquez Boyd

Maria Vasquez Boyd

Maria Vasquez Boyd is an artist, poet, educator, and radio show host & producer. She has been a regular contributor to Wednesday MidDay Medley where she has produced shows about Ukuleles, Teachers, The Day of The Dead, and The Artist’s Studio. She has been a regular cast member in our “He Touched Me Gospel Hour” programs, and has contributed original material for almost all of our “A Story In A Song” shows, including our live show at recordBar, and this past Spring, for Big Bang Buffet Black Sheep Rising at The Buffalo Room. Maria is graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has taught in the Design/Illustration Department, as well as, the Nelson Atkins Museum. Maria is also a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective. Maria is also the host and producer of 90.1 FM’s ARTSPEAK Radio which airs Wednesdays at Noon, following Wednesday Midday Medley. ARTSPEAK Radio will be celebrating 5 years on the air!

Maria Vasquez Boyd, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Congratulations on ARTSPEAK Radio!

When did Maria start calling Mark her “Radio Husband”?

We met at The Writer’s Place. I was serving on the Board of KKFI’s MidCoast Radio Project, you were serving on the board of the Latino Writer’s Collective. We would both go in early to set up for our meetings. You were a guest on the show and we welcomed you back to produce and host the show and eventually it became clear that you should host you own show. Through radio we became friends.

11:27 – Maria’s Story 10:32

6. Les Petits Minous – “À la claire fontaine”
from: À la claire fontaine – Single / Musicreche / September 25, 2008

10:34 – Underwriting

11:36 – Interview/Story Ron Megee

Ron Megee

Originally from Anaheim, California, Ron Megee has worked at every theater in Kansas City including The Kansas City Rep, The Coterie Theatre, New Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre, The Folly Theatre. I first met Ron Megee through The Unicorn Theatre. He was running the spotlight for The Rocky Horror Show. We became friends while working together with Lou Jane Temple at Cafe Lulu. This summer Ron starred in the Unicorn Theatre’s production of Priscilla Queen of the Dessert The Musical. Laughter is healing and Ron Megee is a comic genius. He has created one of Kansas City’s most enduring and successful theatre companies, Late Night Theatre that began in 1997, and after a hiatus, was reborn several years ago at Missie B’s, on West 39th Street. In the last 20 years Late Night Theatre has produced over 100 shows, including their most recent one-night-only performance of Valley of The Dolls at the Folly Theatre.

Ron Megee, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Will & Grace Watch Party Benefit for AIDS Walk Memorial Team, Thursday, September 28 at 6 PM at Missie B’s, 805 W 39th St, Kansas City. All money raised stays right here in Kansas City to help those living with HIV/AIDS.

Missie B’s presents “Hocus! Poke Us!: The Staged Reading” October 5 – October 19, Missie B’s, 805 W 39th St, Kansas City, ONLY 6 SHOWS! Featuring Daisy Buckët, Genewa Stanwyck, Chadwick Brooks, Matt Anderson, Brian Cross, Dirty Dorothy, & Ron Megee, Written & adapted for the stage by Daisy Buckët

11:39 – Ron Megee’s story

11:44

7. Portugal.The Man – “Feel It Still”
from: Woodstock / Atlantic Recording / June 16, 2017
[8th studio album release from the Portland Oregon based band that was originally formed in Wasilla, Alaska in 2004. The new album was produced by Mike D of The Beasty Boys. The group consists of John Gourley, Zach Carothers, Kyle O’Quin, Jason Sechrist and Eric Howk. Gourley and Carothers met and began playing music together at Wasilla High School.]

10:47 – Interview with Krystle Warren

Krystle Warren

Krystle Warren is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, although she now lives outside of Paris. She learned to play the guitar by listening to The Beatles albums: Rubber Soul and Revolver. Krystle Warren graduated from Paseo Arts Academy in 2001 and began her musical career performing to Kansas City audiences and collaborating with local jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and New York City, Krystle was signed to a French recording label, Because Music, and moved to Paris and released her album “Circles” in 2009. Krystle played numerous French and British television programs, including Later with Jools Holland, garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world, touring with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle created her own record label, Parlour Door Music, to release her, 2012 record: “Love Songs: A Time you May Embrace” a recording from a 13 day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded 24 songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections. For her most recent release, Krystle decided to go in a new direction, playing every instrument and singing all vocals & back up vocals herself, “playing bass, drums, lap steel, piano, guitar, and vocals directly to analog tape. Three the Hard Way was Produced by Krystle Warren and Ben Kane (D’Angelo, Emily King, PJ Morton).

Krystle Warren, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

We’ve been playing various tracks from the album on the radio show, and Krystle shared music from the album last year on the show.

Some of the reviews:

OKAY Player wrote:
It was only a few months back that Krystle Warren, a midwestern musician with a taste for brawny, soul-rattling blues and gospel, graced us with gratitude on the singer’s first single off today’s offering, Three The Hard Way.

On “Thanks and Praise,” Warren’s sound is indebted to (and a lush extension of) spirited, slow-churn church grooves that have spent the last century empowering and emboldening protest and activism. Her new album, out today with production and engineering from Ben Kane (D’Angelo’s Black Messiah, Emily King’s The Switch) and Warren herself, cuts with encouraging wit against a sparse backdrop of country twang and handclap punctuation, a big, boisterous voice doing the heavy-lifting and heart-swelling.”

Impose Magazine wrote:
The devastating & mournful “Red Clay” recalls the horrific 1921 massacre of African Americans in Tulsa by the hands of the KKK that is painful reminder of an evil that persists in America, as evident by the last week’s tragic events at a neo-Nazi/KKK rally in Charlottesville, VA. Warren’s reiterations of “in the wet red clay” & pondering how evil can kill innocence are underlined with rhythm strums of sorrow that reiterates the concept that there is no place for hate in the world.

And through the entire album cycle, Krystle’s harmonies are a constant that keeps everything fluttering between the lessons of earth’s humble ground & inspirations & mythologies brought about by skies’ heavens. The art & act of waking up to the world & beyond is heard in the steps that follow “Get a Load”, to the psych-swimming “Learn to Bend”, right before you are taken to the tambourine shaking chapel of “Move” that closes out Three the Hard Way with something to wake up anyone may have fallen asleep in the back pews. Krystle leaves the audience with a message to get pro-active in your communities, to take a stand socially, politically, in any way you can make a difference to make our world a more loving place.

Krystle’s own notes on Three the Hard Way:

Three the Hard Way wasn’t supposed to be a political album. It was never my intention to delve into religion, socio-economics, depression…In fact, when Kane first suggested we work together, after I answered defensively that, yes, I had been writing new stuff, long story, and that the songs were all in my head, I said, Let’s make a happy record. And yet, and yet. Heading into the studio a year and a half ago, driving over an hour from my home in Yvelines to Villetaneuse in the early thaw of winter, our recording began as the world’s papers with any common sense at all published a steady stream of, What the FUCK Has The U.S. Done NOW! We couldn’t help but be affected by the uncertainty. It was all around us—still is.

I believe the first session started with “Get a Load”, or at least, attempted to. I had just completed “So We Say” the night before/that very morning, and was eager to lay it. “So We Say” took shape after everyone else went to bed, and I sat alone in the kitchen, plucking away at my guitar, swigging off a bottle of red, thinking about the The Challenger explosion. It was all over the news that day. I was a youngster when it happened, but I remember the image well. The thirtieth anniversary’s coverage provided deeper insight into the whys and hows. I felt disgusted by it all. People rise and fall in pieces, but that’s the price for being free… So began the first tune of the album.

It’s an odd feeling being of the time, artistically—that is to say, one who is reflecting the world around them, by accident, with purpose. Countless quotes exist attributed to various famous folk saying things to the effect of, If you’re not doing this, then you’re doing that, and that’s shitty. I don’t agree with that sentiment as it pertains to artistic expression. Not everyone should hold a megaphone. Pete Seeger, early Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Neil Young—hey, that’s all well and good. The general message is also extremely self-righteous. I don’t like being told what to do, do you?

Likewise, I feel that it’s best to be informed before throwing in your two cents, otherwise, you’re just feeding into the cacophony of yells and screams that currently passes for debate. The world has always been an awful place. Some of us are waking up to that reality now. I couldn’t have written Three the Hard Way five years ago, because I wouldn’t have known what to say, let alone how to say it. I’m here now, taking it all in, and weeping, and writing, and singing, listening, learning, getting through.

10:57

8. Krystle Warren – “Learn To Bend”
from: Three The Hard Way / Parlour Door Music / August 18, 2017
[Produced by Krystle Warren and Ben Kane (D’Angelo, Emily King, PJ Morton). Recorded, engineered, and mixed by Ben Kane. Written & performed by Krystle Warre. Mixed at The Garden, Brooklyn. Mastered & cut by Alex DeTurk at Masterdisk. Last year in Krystle Warren premiered this song and her other new songs from this album at the Middle of the Map Fest in a packed room at Californos in Westport and later at The Polsky Theatre for the Performing Arts Series of Johnson County Community College. For this record Krystle decided to play every instrument and vocals & back up vocals, “playing bass, drums, lap steel, piano, guitar, and vocals directly to analog tape. She and Ben Kane recorded in Villetaneuse, France, a small town on the outskirts of Paris in a vintage 70s era studio that offered just the right, rich sound to suggest the musical foundation for the record, and to do justice to the duo’s carefully balanced arrangements.” On the radio show last year Krystle shared inspirations for this record, early gospel recordings, that crossed over into Jazz from Pharoah Sanders, Edwin Hawkins, and The Swan Silvertones. Originally from KC, Krystle learned to play the guitar by listening to Rubber Soul & Revolver from The Beatles. Krystle graduated from Paseo Arts Academy in 2001 and began her musical career in collaborating with area jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and NYC, Krystle was signed to a French label, Because Music, and moved to Paris to release “Circles” in 2009. Krystle played French and British television programs, including Later with Jools Holland, garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle created, Parlour Door Music, to release “Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace” a recording from a 13-day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded 24 songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections.]

11:00 – Krystle Warren – “Station I.D.”

11:00 – Interview with Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear

We’re thrilled to welcome back to the show, for their 6th appearance on Wednesday MidDay Medley, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. Madisen Ward and Ruth Ward were with us for our 500th show, so we feel incredibly blessed to have them back for our 700th show. Between these two shows, they have skyrocketed out of Kansas City, garnering international acclaim, and new fans from all over the world. They signed with Glassnote Records and recorded their debut full length album in Nashville with acclaimed producer Jim Abiss. They performed their debut single “Silent Movies” on The Late Show with David Letterman, they’ve toured across the United States, and Europe, more than once. They were featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC’s The Today Show, and “Later With Jools Holland and played Bonnaroo, Pilgramage, and the Newport Folk Festival, and the Ryman Theatre, in Nashville. Ruth Ward has continually performed throughout her life, mostly in coffee shops and open mics, for over 30 years, even recording a solo record. In the midst of this she got married and became a mom, and was busy raising a family. Madisen Ward was born in Oklahoma, and grew up in the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from William Chrisman High School in 2007. Madisen’s journey to become a musician, was “melodically passed down” through the songs of his mother, where Madisen grew up watching his mom perform at local coffee shops. Eventually he began to learn to play the guitar, and poured his talent for writing into the music to create original songs. They began playing shows together, playing Madisen’s original songs along with the occasional cover of a classic track, reinterpreted in their own incredibly beautiful performance of two voices and two guitars in harmony and orchestration. Their debut album, The Skeleton Crew, was released by Glassnote Records, May 9, 2015 and was our most played record that year and was #1 on our 115 Best Recordings of 2015. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear are currently working on their 2nd album.

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, will play Yardley Hall, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas, on Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 PM.

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear thanks for being with us on WMM.

We first played music from Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear on this radio show in early May of 2013 after our mutual friend Joel Nanos of Element Recording sent us a copy of their independent EP, “We Burned The Cane Field” where they first recorded Madisen’s original songs.

When Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear opened for BB King at The Midland, 96.5’s The Buzz’s Lazlo Geiger saw them and he was blown away. He contacted his friend, Daniel Glass, founder of Glassnote Records who traveled to Kansas City to meet the band.

11:08

9. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – “Cannibal” (Live)

11:20

10. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – “How It Goes” (Live)

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, will play Yardley Hall, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas, on Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 PM.

11:25

11. Be / Non – “Journey”
from: A Mountain of Yeses / Unipegadong / 2009

12. The Magnetic Fields – BBC Radiophonic Workshop
from: Holiday / Merge / 1994

11:26 – Interview/Story – Scott Hobart

Scott Hobart

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Scott Hobart is a multi-talented artist. Known for his acclaimed honky-tonk country band, Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys (Bloodshot Records). Scott also works as the Coterie Theatre’s Resident Technical Director. He has also composed music and performed in the Coterie’s “Night of The Living Dead.” Scott met his friend Byron Collum at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1989. Eventually, they moved to Collum’s hometown of Green Bay, WI and formed the ‘post-hardcore power-trio’ GIANTS CHAIR in 1993. The band moved back to Kansas City became part of the burgeoning, mid-90’s KC rock scene – sharing bills with Germbox, Season To Risk, Molly McGuire and Shiner. After being signed to Caulfield Records out of Lincoln NE. on the strength of their debut 7″ single, GIANTS CHAIR recorded 2 critically-acclaimed full-length albums and toured the U.S. twice. GIANTS CHAIR sorted ended things in 1997 but have gotten back together here and there.

Recently the band released two new songs and are working on material for their 3rd studio album. Giants Chair play miniBar, Thursday, Sept. 21,at 8:00 PM with ExAcrobat and SWEATS from Lincoln.

Scott Hobart thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

13. Giants Chair – “Featureless Horizon”
from: The Streets – Single / Giants Chair / June 15, 2017
[Recorded May 2017 at Weights & Measures Soundlab, Kansas City, Missouri. Engineered and produced by Duane Trower. Kansas City based. Giant’s Chair was a band from fall of 1993 to the summer of 1997.]

[Giants Chair play miniBar, Thursday, Sept. 21, at 8:00 PM with ExAcrobat and SWEATS from Lincoln.]

11:36 – Underwriting

11:38 – Interview/Story – Necia Gamby

Necia Gamby

Necia Gamby is Licensed Massage Practitioner at own practice, NRGinMOTION. Shoe also serves as a licensed Massage Therapist at Alpha Chiropractic Center Inc. and at at Spa On Penn. She has been in practice 36 years. She uses Swedish (classical) massage technique. Over the years she has studied and practiced Hatha Yoga and is currently studying TaiChi. She founded and directed the Heartland School of Massage from 1988-1996. She has studied and incorporated Shiatsu, trigger point technique, lomi-lomi and a host of other philosophies and techniques into her massage style. She was an instructor for Johnson County Community College’s Certified Massage Program for 6 years. She taught Basic Swedish technique and Business Practices. She is an avid reader and especially loves science fiction and Korean dramas. Necia is the daughter of a KC Jazz pianist, and the mother of a graphic artist and MC for the acclaimed KC based hiphop duo SoundsGood and engineer with the 64111 Clinic.

Necia Gamby, thanks for being us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:39 – Necia’s Story

11:44

14. SoundsGood – “Best Song Ever (featuring iD)”
from: Goodbye / Innate Sounds / March 1, 2012
[The 3rd SoundsGood and final album. A collection of tracks that finalize the SoundsGood sound. Vocals – Joe Good, Beats – Miles Bonny.]

11:49 – Interview/story – Nico Gray

Nico Gray (Photo by Mark Manning)

We welcome back to the show, our friend Nico Gray, who joins us as “Guest Producer” for our second hour. Nico has worked as a writer, performance artistm and as an actor with The Kansas City Rep, Gorilla Theatre, the 8th Street Cafe Thetre, Actor’s Craft, and was recently a featured performer in Big Bang Buffet’s Black Sheep Rising. Nico has also worked for Theatre League, The Midland Theatre and is currently a marketing and advertising consultant who does work with Union Station. Rooted in KC, Nico grew up with radio. Nico writes that, “Music has always served as the ‘passport’ through spiritual journeys that have transplanted him to the brownstones of Chicago, the rooftops of Paris, the sea-side of Marseille and the balconies of NYC. ”

Nico Gray welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:50 – Nico’s Story

11:52

15. The Velvet Underground – “Heroin”
from: The Velvet Underground & Nico / Verve / March 12, 1967
[The Velvet Underground & Nico is the debut album by The Velvet Underground, with the first professional line-up of the Velvet Underground: Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker. German singer Nico was also featured, having occasionally performed lead vocals for the band. This resulted of the instigation of their mentor and manager, Andy Warhol, and his collaborator, Paul Morrissey. Nico sang lead on three of the album’s tracks—”Femme Fatale”, “All Tomorrow’s Parties” and “I’ll Be Your Mirror”—and back-up on “Sunday Morning”. In 1966, as the album was being recorded, this was also the line-up for their live performances as a part of Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable. Though the record was a commercial failure upon release and was almost entirely ignored by contemporary critics, The Velvet Underground & Nico is now widely recognized as one of the greatest and most influential albums in the history of popular music. In 1982, musician Brian Eno famously stated that while the album initially only sold approximately 30,000 copies, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.” In 2003, it ranked 13th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was added to the 2006 National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. Many sub-genres of rock music and forms of alternative music were significantly informed by the album.]

16. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
[WMM Closing Theme]

Next week on Wednesday, September 27, Brenton Cook, Dedric Moore and Steve Tulipana join us to share music and information about the Outer Reaches Festival, Friday and Saturday, September 29th and 30th, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd.

Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

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Show #700

WMM Playlist from June 5, 2013

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Latenight Callers
+ Crossroads Summer Block Party
+ Mark’s 50th Birthday

1. Various Artists -“The Twilight Zone”
from: All-Time Top 100 TV Themes / TVT / August 23, 2005

2. Various Artists -“The Dick Van Dyke Show”
from: All-Time Top 100 TV Themes / TVT / August 23, 2005

3. Various Artists -“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
from: All-Time Top 100 TV Themes / TVT / August 23, 2005

50 years ago, on this date, I was born, so today i’ll play from some of my favorite recordings, from different times of my life, starting in 2nd grade when I discovered his Mom’s record collection in the basement.

I was in second grade, seven years old, in our unfinished basement we had an old TV that got one channel, CBS, out of Lincoln, Nebraska. Across the room was an old 1960’s wooden Stereo cabinet. Beside the cabinet was a box with several of my Mom’s albums. I pulled out “Meet The Beatles” put the needle on the groove, and this was this first spin of my life.

4. The Beatles – “All My Loving” (Mono)
from: Meet The Beatles / Capitol-EMI / Nov 23,1963

Next I pulled out a cover that looked like a portrait of a wedding couple, except they were brother and sister, not husband and wife. It was “Close To You.” The Carpenters covered “Help” by The Beatles, and the big hits “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Close To You” a Burt Bacharach / Hal David classic. On the second side of the LP, they recorded another Burt Bacharach / Hal David song, originally written for the 1968 musical “Promises, Promises.” This song was made a hit by Bobbie Gentry, and also Dionne Warwick, but this version displays the amazing harmony and almost spooky studio arrangements of brother Richard Carpenter. It was 1971.

5. The Carpenters – “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”
from: Close To You / A&M / 1971

10:10

I grew up in a small town in Nebraska. R&B wasn’t played on the radio. When I was 11 my parents got a divorce and we moved to the “other side of town.” My mom got a job working at the Women’s Prison. Since mom was a new employee, she had to work all of the holidays, so I spent Easter, Mother’s Day, 4th of July, at the prison. It was there that I heard this song for the first time. The best music in town was at the prison.

6. Al Green – “Lets Stay Together”
from: Lets Stay Together / Hi Records / Jan. 31, 1972

In my tween years my mother’s record collection was changing, her second husband Al drove a van, and listened to 8-track tapes. My mom was in the RCA Music Club where they would automatically send you the new release, that’s how she ended up with the soundtrack to the film “Superfly” from Curtis Mayfield.The movie never played our town. But the soundtrack tells the story, and we hear in the bridge Curtis singing, “Trying to get over” the theme we hear in so many of Curtis Mayfield’s incredible recordings.

7. Curtis Mayfield – “Superfly”
from: Superfly (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) / Curtom Records / July 1972

10:18

In high school journalism class, working on the yearbook staff, we listened to this debut record, of a new band from Athens, Georgia. We listened on a little small portable stereo, checked out from the media department. The record’s label said, “play loud,” we did.

8. The B-52’s – “52 Girls”
from: The B-52’s / Warner Brothers / 1979

One summer morning, in 1982, in her apartment, in Crete, my friend BJ, woke me up, with the song, “Young Americans,” and it changed my life. I now had to have every Bowie recording ever made. Bowie actually helped me “come out,” and I learned that reinvention could prevent insanity. In my search back, I discovered “Hunky Dory,” recorded in 1971, just after his research trip to NYC & Andy Warhol’s Factory. This is the opening track on the second side of the album.

9. David Bowie – “Fill Your Heart”
from: Hunky Dory / RCA / 1971

10:26 – Underwriting
10:27

10. The Latenight Callers – “Tourniquets”
from: Songs for Stolen Moments / TLNC / June 8, 2013

10:32 – Interview with Krysztof Nemeth & Gavin Mac of The Latenight Callers

The Latenight Callers are releasing “Songs for Stolen Moments.” with a CD Release Party, Saturday, June 8, at the recordBar,1020 Westport Rd., KCMO, with In Back of a Black Car, and Thick and The Foolish.

Krysztof Nemeth told us the story of how the band came to be The Latenight Callers

Formed in Lawrence by baritone guitarist, Krysztof Nemeth, vocalist Julie Berndsen, w/ Bassist Gavin Mac, Nick Combs on keys.

“Songs for Stolen Moments” was recorded with Duane Trower at Weights and Measures

The Latenight Callers release their new record “Songsfor Stolen Moments.” with a CD Release Party, Saturday, June 8, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., KCMO, with In Back of a Black Car, and Thick and The Foolish. More info at: thelatenightcallers.com

11:43

11. The Latenight Callers – “Straight Razor”
rom: Songs for Stolen Moments / TLNC / June 8, 2013

I was a Prince fan from very early on. Many people heard this song on Cyndi Lauper’s debut album, but I heard it first on his second album, “Dirty Mind.”

12. Prince – “When You Were Mine”
from: Dirty Mind / Warner Brothers / 1980

Their debut album came out in 1977, but it took some of us until 1981 to discover it, their music has been therapy to me, both physically and psychologically. I love all of their recordings, but 77 is special. They were fresh young art students fearlessly being a band.

13. Talking Heads – “Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town”
from: 77 / Sire / 1977

I knew I was gay when I was 5, but I kept it a secret. My first year in college I fell in love with a girl, but after 9 months I ended our relationship. I felt I was lying. That summer I started to “come out,” at least to myself, and then, in my second year in college, I sort of fell in love with my friend B.J.’s lesbian girlfriend Dani. She had moved into our dorm after a few dates with BJ. One night after a trip to KC, Dani and I ran across campus to Baba Rama’s room at Smith Hall. He had friends visiting, but we put on the cassette, “Combat Rock” by The Clash, and the three of us just started dancing. A straight guy, a lesbian girl, and a gay guy. I was 19, and trying to figure everything out. It was confusing. Thankfully I had a “kick-ass” soundtrack to help make the connections.

14. The Clash – “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”
from: Combat Rock / /May 14, 1982

11:00

50 years ago, on this date, I was born, so today I’m playing from some of my favorite recordings, from different times of my life

Baba Rama, was two years older than me in college, he was always luring me into new situations, and possible danger. He had a reputation. He introduced me to Patti Smith’s album “Wave” the same night he bought thai stick from several international students. From that day forward, I would always love Patti Smith. All of her recordings are worth their weight, for her authentic rock and roll voice has passed from underground poet to best selling author. Her debut was produced by John Cale, and I think this song is perfect.

15. Patti Smith – “Free Money”
from: Horses / Arista Records / November, 1975

1984, was my own personal “Year of Hell.” I was 22, it was my Senior year in college. I was taking 23 credits my 1st semester and 21 my 2nd. It was the same year my theatre director decided to “put the moves on me.” I went from denial to rebellion, in a 9-month ark, and left empty, and estranged. The Smiths helped me feel less alone, and they were cool.

16. The Smiths – “You’ve Got Everything Now”
from: The Smiths / Sire / February 1984

In the mid 1990s my friend Sandra was Manager of The Midland Theater. As a perk she arranged for our friends, to have front row seats, for multiple Patti LaBelle concerts. These shows were very special. The audience was so incredibly mixed, half of the audience was African American straight couples and the other half were gay men, and everyone was dressed like they were going to church, or a nightclub. The music and the love of Patti brought us all together. Patti performed all of her usual tricks, giving her eye lashes to someone in the audience; rolling across the stage from one side to the other; kicking her shoes off high into the air; crying, witnessing on stage. And of course singing, filling the room, with her voice, dropping the mic to the stage floor, to prove she could still be heard even if the electricity went out. Patti represents the history of modern pop music, from her days in The Bluebelles, and The Bluebelles fantastic transformation into LaBelle, a band that reinterpreted many rock classics, and also wrote many of their own best songs. This one was written by LaBelle member Nona Hendrix.

17. Labelle – “I Believe I Finally Made it Home”
from: Something Silver / Warner Archives / Feb. 11, 1997
[orig, from Moon Shawdow, 1972]

11:16 – Underwriting

11:17 – Interview with Jerad Tomasino of Golden Sound Records

The Crossroads Summer Block Party, is this Friday, June 7, at 19th & Wyandotte, 6:00 -12:00 pm, an evening of live music, food and KC culture. Joining us with all of thedetails is our friend Jerad Tomasino of Golden Sound Records.

Jerad Tomasino, Ross Brown & Mat Shoare are the founders of Golden Sound Records

The Crossroads Summer Block Party, June 7, at 19th & Wyandotte, features music from: Akkilles, Opossum Trot, Oils, Millions Of Boys, Shy Boys, Hidden Pictures, Fullbloods, and Cowboy Indian Bear.

Food Trucks: Gary’s On The Go, Nani’s Kitchen, KC Smoke Burger, and Los Tules.

Art & Fashion: Scarlett Garnet Jewelry, Tangled Mane, and Tyler Coey.

11:22

18. Hidden Pictures – “Girls Lie”
from: Sister Wife [EP] / Golden Sound Records / June 4, 2013
[All songs written by Richard Gintowt. Mixed by Joel Nanosat Element Recording Studios. Mastered by Doug Van Sloun at Focus Mastering, Omaha. Drums and bass recorded by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sounds, KCMO. Artwork by Patrick Giroux (pjgiroux.com). Richard Gintowt – vocals, guitars; Jeff Freling – better guitars; Claire Adams – vocals; Nate Holt – keys; Kyle Akers – bass; Lennon Bone – drums]

11:25

The Block Party is sponsored by: Golden Sound Records, The Pitch, Cremalab, Snow & Co., ThinkKC, Think Big Partners, C&C Custom Drums, Mildred’s Coffeehouse, Boveri Realty, Missouri Bank, Hammerpress, and the Midwest Music Foundation.

The Crossroads Summer Block Party, June 7, at 19th & Wyandotte, 6:00 -12:00 pm, an evening of live music, food and KC culture. More info at: crossroadsblockparty.com

11:31

This is the title song from one of my favorite albums of all time. If you broke up with your lover, you may never hold them again, this record speaks to that part of your heart. In 1988 we were buying all of our favorite albums again, on CD, and hearing Joni digitally through the speakers, it felt like she was singing directly to me. I got to see her live, when she toured with Dylan in 1998. I had front row, center seats, at The United Center in Chicago. I cried through the entire concert as Joni played guitar, with her Jazz Combo, smoking a cigarette, bringing all of her songs alive onstage, it was sacred, like this song…

19. Joni Mitchell – “Blue”
from: Blue / Warner / June 1971

BJ’s girlfriend was in a CD subscription service and was sent the 5 CD, Box Set “Peel Slowly and See,” featuring all of The Velvet Underground’s studio recordings. Before BJ’s girlfriend could send it back, BJ snagged it, and gave it to Caleb and I as a gift. The music filled our house on West 39th Street. Where our first floor was used as an art gallery, a rehearsal space, a place for Scorpio parties, Jen’s Seder. The Velvet Undergound were the house band for Andy Warhol’s Factory. When I think about The Factory, I hear this song.

20. The Velvet Underground – “Venus In Furs”
from: The Velvet Underground and Nico / Universal / March 1967

In the late 1990s while I was working at The Midland Theatre, my friend Julie Broski brought “The Charm of the Highway Strip” into the office to play, and I was hooked. I quickly began searching for all of the recordings of The Magnetic Fields. Then the band released the acclaimed, “69 Loves Songs.” Recently, Lisa and I were talking about how we love these recordings and how our favorite song changes from time to time. This is my current favorite, on “69 Love Songs,” from one of my favorite bands: The Magnetic Fields.

21. The Magnetic Fields – “Papa Was A Rodeo”
from: 69 Love Songs / Merge Records / June 8, 1999

I was able to sit in the front row of the Kauffman Center to witness the living legend, Mavis Staples. She came up through gospel music, and then secular R&B, when Pops decided to broaden their audience. When you hear The Staple Singers you feel their struggle for equality through beautiful melody. Mavis has brought her voice & spirit to collaborations with The Band, Prince, Dylan. Her collaboration with Ry Cooder, “Down In Mississippi” was a musical masterpiece, of first-hand, civil rights history, in song. She followed that up with a collaboration with Jeff Tweedy, who wrote this perfect song, for Mavis to sing.

22. Mavis Staples –“You Are Not Alone”
from: You Are Not Alone / Anti / Sept. 10, 2010
[Produced & written by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco]

I met Iris DeMent when I was working at Kinkos at 39th & Rainbow in 1992. Iris came in to copy her press clippings, she was in the process of releasing her debut album. I wasn’t familiar with her music until I saw her on Late Night with Conan O’Brienin 1994, where she performed her song “My Life.” I was blown away. I had video taped the show and I remember replaying that song for anyone that came to visit. I ran into Iris at Classic Cup in Westport. I was sort of star stuck, but she approached me and asked, “How do I Know You?” Our friendship continued because we shared a mutual friend named Anne Winter, who arranged for Iris play a Big Bang Buffet in 1999. Iris also did a benefit for Friends of Community Radio in 2002, and KKFI in 2004. I love Iris! This is one of her first songs.

23. Iris DeMent – “Let The Mystery Be”
from: Infamous Angel / Warner Brothers / 1992 / 1993

24. Various Artists – “Looney Tunes”
from: All-Time Top 100 TV Themes / TVT / August 23, 2005

11:59:30

25. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Sources for notes on tracks: artist’s websites and wikipedia.org

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Show #476

Playlist from September 28, 2011

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Playlist from: Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Jori Sackin & Pat Vamos & “Space Thang”
+ City Arts Project with Sean Kelley
+ Matt Jacobs & David Rhoads – Guest D.J.s

1. Laurie Anderson – “Cartoon Song”
from: Talk Normal: The Laurie Anderson Anthology (Remastered) / Warner Bros. / Oct. 17, 2000
[Originally from United States Live, the third album release by avant-garde singer-songwriter Laurie Anderson. Released as a 5-record boxed set (later reissued, slightly truncated, on four CDs), the album was recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City in February 1983 as part of her 4 and one half hour performance that also included film and video segments. Laurie Anderson will be in Kansas City in concert at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall, Sunday October 9, 2011, at 7:00 PM.you can go to Kauffmancenter.org or call 816-994-7222 for more information.]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PHILIP ‘blue owl’ HOOSER!!!

2. Tammar – “The Last Line (Dylan Ettinger remix)”
from: Visits / Suicide Squeeze Records / Sept. 20, 2011

3. The Velvet Underground – “I’ll Be Your Mirror”
from: Peel Slowly and See / PolyGram / 1995 [5 CD Box Set – Out of Print] [orig. from LIVE AT MAX’S KANSAS CITY, released May 1972. Recorded by Brigid Polk on a cassette recorder with Lou Reed on vocals & guitar, Sterling Morrison on guitar, Doug Yule on bass & vocals, and Billy Yule on drums. Lou and Doug sing with an accent to immitate Nico’s original vocals.]

4. Mary Fortune – “Sheets on the Bed”
from: Mary Fortune / Independent / May 6, 2011
[Mary Fortune is: Laura Frank, Jori Sackin, Andrew Connor, Liz Connor, Bill Belzer. Mixed by Mike Nolte.]

10:15 – Interview with Jori Sackin and Pat Vamos

SPACE THANG is a new film created by artists Jori Sackin and Pat Vamos that will premiere, this Saturday, October 1, in a special screening at The Strand Theatre, 3544 Troost, in Kansas City. The band Mary Fortune will kick things off at 9:00 PM with a live musical performance that will be followed by trailers that Pat Vamos has assembled. The video: “Follow The Sun” created by MK12 will be screened, followed by the premiere of SPACE THANG.

Pat Vamos, has worked with the Upright Citizens Brigade, and has recently done music videos for local bands: Ghosty, The Get-up Kids and Bill Belzer’s “Devil Girl” song.

SPACE THANG tells the story of The Chicken. Interspersed between Chicken segments will be found footage cut-ups from early sexploitation and porn movies.

SPACE THANG will premiere, this Saturday, October 1, at The Strand Theatre, 3544 Troost. Mary Fortune will kick things off at 9:00 PM with a live musical performance, followed by trailers, original music videos, “Follow The Sun” created by MK12, followed by the premiere of SPACE THANG.

10:29 – Underwriting

10:31

5. Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
from: King of Limbs / Ticker Tape / Feb 18, 2011

10:36 – Interview with Sean Kelley, Matt Jacobs and David Rhoads

Sean Kelley, is Co-Founder and Director at City Arts Project, 2015 Campbell Street, Kansas City, a new art space that is located in the historic City Ice building at the northeast corner of 21st and Campbell Streets that combines a gallery, pop shop and six artist workspaces. Co-Curators: Matt Jacobs and David Rhoads joined us to discuss C.A.P.’s newest exhibit, Twenty Something, opening this October 7.

More information at: 816-820-4105. For more information about Matt and David’s work you can visit: thatmattjacobs.com or davidjrhoads.com

10:50

6. Jim Noir – “One Note World”
from: Rainbuns and Blank Ends EP / Noir Club – jimnoir.com / June, 2011

7. Neon Indian – “Polish Girl”
from: Era Extrana / Mom + Pop / September 13, 2011

11:00 – Guest DJs – Matt Jacobs & David Rhoads

Matt Jacobs grew up in the Chicago area while David Rhoads is from St. Louis. After receiving their BFA’s from the Kansas City Art institute in 2010, both have continued creating works and helping to develop new artist spaces. Both have also found work at You Say Tomato where they have served as Line Cooks among other positions at the store. A frequent customer of You Say Tomato, Jim “The Blind Guy” Hoschek, recently donated to 90.1 FM during our last fund drive and he received a “Guest DJ” Thank you gift for his generous donation. Jim passed the Guest DJ certificate on to Matt Jacob & David Rhoads.

8. Ken Nordine – “Yellow”
from: Colors / Asphodel Records / May 9, 2000
[From Amazon.com: The voice-over man from a thousand commercials, Ken Nordine registers in your subconscious instantly: Wait, I know that guy! Smooth as an ice sculpture and ringing with “the voice of our sponsor,” Nordine has personified authority since the 1960s. It’s disorienting at first to hear the way Nordine lets go on this record with a Beat-inspired, mellifluous-sounding, Dr. Seuss-like exploration of the meanings of different colors. Many of the pieces are parables on racism and human behavior, but they’re also totally silly, and meant to be. Recorded in the late 1960s, the 34 tracks manage to be sort of psychedelically goofy but charming at the same time. “Absolute gray is the grayest gray / That’s the same distance from absolute white as it is from absolute black,” Nordine almost-sings to a delightful, freeform studio backing of hip jazz. All your mix tapes will be very happy that you’ve bought this strange record to flavor them with. –Mike McGonigal]

9. Little Eva – “The Loco-Motion”
from: The Loco-Motion / Rhino / Feb. 26, 1996
[The original recording of the song was sung by Eva Boyd, under the stage name Little Eva. Boyd was actually Carole King’s babysitter, having been introduced to King and husband Gerry Goffin by The Cookies, a local girl group who would also record for the songwriters. The song is notable for appearing in the American Top 5 three times – each time in a different decade: for Little Eva in 1962 (U.S. #1); for Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 (U.S. #1); and for Kylie Minogue in 1988 (U.S. #3).]

10. The Shangri-Las – “Give Him A Great Big Kiss”
from: Stonewall: Music From The Motion Picture / Sony / 1996

11. The Chips – “Rubber Biscuit”
from: Super-Size Me: A Soundtrack of Epic Porportions / Kinkysweet / 2004
[a short-lived New York doo-wop vocal group consisting of teenage friends Charles Johnson (lead vocal), Nathaniel Epps (baritone), Paul Fulton (bass), Sammy Strain and Shedrick Lincoln (tenors). The group’s first recording is their most enduring; “Rubber Biscuit” started life as Johnson’s answer to the marching rhythms of the Warwick School For Delinquent Teenagers while he was an intern there.]

12. Thee Oh Sees – “Ghost in The Trees”
from: The Master’s Bedroom is Worth Spending the Night In / Tomlab / April 8, 2008

11:15

13. The Sugarcubes – ” Motorcrash”
from: Life’s Too Good / Elektra / 1988

14. Sneaky Creeps – “All Sales Final”
from: World Cup / Independent / 2011

11:30 – Underwriting

15. Gorillaz featuring Lou Reed – “Some Kind of Nature”
from: Plastic Beach / Virgin Records / March 3, 2010
[The third studio album by British virtual band and alternative hip hop supergroup Gorillaz. Conceived from an unfinished Gorillaz project called Carousel, the album was recorded during June 2008 to November 2009 and produced primarily by group co-creator Damon Albarn. It features guest appearances by several artists, including Snoop Dogg, Gruff Rhys, De La Soul, Bobby Womack, Mos Def, Lou Reed, Mick Jones, Mark E. Smith, Paul Simonon, Bashy, Kano, Little Dragon and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.]

16. The Magnetic Fields – “Underwear”
from: 69 Love Songs / Merge / 1999

17. Ken Nordine – “Beige”
from: Colors / Asphodel Records / May 9, 2000

18. Jonathan Richman – “Monologue About Bermuda”
from: Having A Party With Jonathan Richman / Rounder Records / 1991

11:45

19. Cyndi Lauper – “When You Were Mine”
from: She’s So Unusual / Portrait / October 14, 1983 [written by Prince]

20. Lady Ga Ga – “Monster”
from: The Fame Monster / Interscope / 2009

21. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Sources for Notes: Artist’s websites noted above and wikipedia.org

Show #388

WMM Playlist from September 21, 2011

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, September 21, 2011:

Songs About Jesus, the Bible, the Pope, & Hell
+ Rev. Paul Smith + “At The End Of Apathy”

1. Tia Blake – “Plastic Jesus”
from: Folksongs & Ballads / Caravage Records / 2008
[written by Ed Rush and George Cromarty in 1957. Ed Rush has stated that the inspiration for the song came from a religious radio station from Del Rio, Texas in the mid 1950s. The station was allegedly run by a dentist and religious fanatic who “sold the most outrageous stuff imaginable, all with magical healing properties.” Ernie Marrs, along with the “Marrs Family” (friends Kay Cothran and Bud Foote) recorded a version of Plastic Jesus in 1965 that was featured in the motion picture Cool Hand Luke (1967). In the film, Paul Newman also sings the song while playing a banjo.]

2. Tom Waits – “Chocolate Jesus”
from: Mule Variations / Anti- Records / 1999
[Born Dec. 7, 1949, in Pomona, CA, Tom Waits has released 23 albums, appeared in 23 films, has won several Grammy Awards, was nominated for an Oscar for his work on the soundtrack to Frances Ford Coppola’s “One From The Heart,” and this year was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame. Waits has steadfastly refused to allow the use of his songs in commercials.]

3. The Flaming Lips – “Thank You Jack White (For the Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me)”
from: Fight Test EP / Warner Bros. / April 15, 2003
[EP collection of B-sides and unreleased tracks from singles released from, “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.”]

10:15

4. Nathan Grannar & Beau Bledsoe – “Give Me Jesus”
from: Departure / Tzigane Records / Nov. 1 2005
[If you have ever been in the same room with Nathan Grannar’s amazing tenor voice, then you know the power of his range and delivery. Here, with frequent collaborator and guitar player extradinaire, Beau Bledsoe these two musicians represent some of Kansas City finest musical artists.]

5. Greg Brown – “Jesus & Elvis” from: The Poet Game / Redhouse Records / 1994
[Greg Brown will be in concert in a rare KC performance with his wife Iris Dement, on 11-11-11 at The Folly Theatre to honor and benefit United Inner City Services home of St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. For more info you can call 816-994-5400 or visit: irisandgregbenefitconcert.com]

6. Judee Sill – “Jesus Was a Crossmaker”
from: Live in London – the BBC Recordings 1972 – 1973 (Live) / Judee Sill Estate / 2007
[Born October 7, 1944 Judee Sill was one of the first artists signed to David Geffen’s Asylum label, she released two albums. Judee Sill died from drug abuse November 23, 1979. This song was the single from her debut, released in late 1971, one of the best year’s in music. Her debut was followed 18 months later by Heart Food. Heavily influenced by Bach and Ray Charles her work drew substantially on Christian themes of rapture and redemption.]

10:30 – Interview with Rev. Paul Smith

Paul Smith began serving several Southern Baptist churches in St. Louis while in high school and college, he completed his BA in psychology at Washington University in 1959 and after receiving a Masters degree in theology and biblical studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, he came to Broadway Baptist Church in midtown Kansas City in 1963 where he after 48 years he continues to pastor and teach. Paul Smith was given the GLAAD Leadership Award in 1995. In addition to hundreds of CDs, brochures, booklets, and published articles outlining his theological beliefs and practices, he contributed two chapters to the book Enabling the Dialogue About Homosexuality, and he has written several books, including: “Is It Okay To Call God Mother? Considering the feminine face of God” from Hendrickson Publishing and his newest book: “Integral Christianity: The Spirit’s Call to Evolve,” released March 3, 2011 from Paragon House Publishing. Paul Smith joins us to talk about his own evolution while serving for 48 years as Pastor at Broadway Church, and we’ll also talk about: Jesus, the Bible, the Pope and Hell.

In his soon to be half a century as pastor at Broadway, the church experienced significant and on-going change, becoming nationally recognized as a pioneer in small groups, contemporary worship, team leadership, justice issues, progressive theology, church renewal, and spiritual formation. It continues to evolve today.

In 1872 eighteen Swedes joined hands in prayer as they covenanted together to begin the First Swedish Baptist Church of Kansas City. They wanted to provide a welcoming place for others in Kansas City who did not always feel at home in other churches because of their different customs and language.

Paul’s new book “Integral Christianity: The Spirit’s Call to Evolve,” released March 3, 2011 from Paragon House Publishing is now available through your local bookstore and amazon.

Broadway Church is located at 3931 Washington in Kansas City, for more information you can call: 816.561.3274 or visit broadwaychurch-kc.org or revpaulsmith.com

10:45

7. The Middle East – “Jesus Came To My Birthday Party”
from: I Want That You Are Always Happy / Spunk Records / April 2011
[debut studio album by Australian folk band The Middle East, released in Australia and New Zealand. Based in Townsville in Queensland, Australia. Formed in 2005, the group played locally and completed several East Coast tours of mainly Christian festivals throughout Australia. They played their last show on July 31, 2011.]

8. The Pilgrim Travelers – “Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb”
from: The Best of the Pilgrim Travelers / Specialty Records / April 17, 1991
[Formed in Houston Texas in the early 1930s.]

9. Iris DeMent – “I Never Shall Forget The Day”
from: Lifeline / Flariella / 2004
[Iris Dement will be in concert in a rare KC performance with her husband Greg Brown, on 11-11-11 at The Folly Theatre to honor and benefit United Inner City Services home of St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. For more info you can call 816-994-5400 or visit: irisandgregbenefitconcert.com]

10. Blacks – “Fakeout Jesus”
from: Just Like Home / Bloodshot Records / 2000
[The Blacks (originally called ‘The Black Family’) were and insurgent country band from Chicago, IL. They released two albums through Bloodshot Records.]

11:00

11. Lambchop – “Paperback Bible”
from: Single / Merge Records / January 24, 2006
[from Nashville, Tennessee, never a band with a “core” lineup, Lambchop has consisted of a large and fluid collective of musicians focused around its creative centre, frontman Kurt Wagner..]

12. Jason Ringenberg with Steve Earle – “Bible and a Gun”
from: Best Tracks and Side Tracks 1979-2007 / Yep Roc Records / 2008
[Jason Ringenberg, of course, was the voice and principal songwriter of the mid-Eighties alt-country band Jason & The Scorchers.]

11:15 – Interview with Rusty Sneary, Bryan Moses and Sean Hogge

“At the End of Apathy,” is a new tragicomedy by Bryan Moses that is currently playing at The Living Room, 1818 McGee, through September 26. “At The End of Apathy” takes place on Sept. 10, 2001 and Danny and Tom, two twenty-something guys, are ready to make a drastic decision to be remembered and make a statement about the current state of affairs in America to put an end to all the Apathy. The play features: Sean Hogge, Bob Linebarger, George Forbes, and Kelly Main, and is written and directed by The Living Room’s Associate Artistic Director, Bryan Moses.

“At the End of Apathy,” a new tragicomedy written and directed by Bryan Moses is currently playing at The Living Room, 1818 McGee, through September 26, with performances: Thursdays through Mondays at 8:00 PM. For more info: thelivingroomkc.com or call (816) 221-4260.

11:30

13. eels – “Your Lucky Day in Hell”
from: Beautiful Freak / Dreamworks Records / 1996 [Debut]

14. The Flaming Lips – “Ego Tripping At The Gates of Hell”
from: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots / Warner Bros. / 2003

15. The Velvet Underground – “Jesus”
from: Peel Slowly and See / PolyGram / 1995 [5 CD Box Set – Out of Print] [orig. 1969]

11:45

16. The Prats – “Disco Pope”
from: Rough Trade Shops: Post Punk Vol. 1 / Mute Records / 2003
[an Edinburgh-based punk rock group, active from 1977 to 1981. More recently, their track “General Davis” was featured in the opening credits of Jonathan Demme’s 2004 film, The Manchurian Candidate]

17. Elbow – “An Audience With The Pope”
from: The Seldom Seen Kid / Polydor / 2008
[4th studio album by the UK band Elbow.]

18. Laurie Anderson – “Born Never Asked”
from: Big Science / Nonesuch Records / Reissued 2009
[Lauire Anderson will be in Kansas City in concert at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg hall, Sunday October 9, 2011, at 7:00 PM.]

11:59:30

19. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Sources for Notes: Artist’s websites noted above and wikipedia.org

Show #387