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Episode 35: SNUGGLES!
Clean X
July 09, 2014 01:03 PM PDT
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Well, as if the 90’s nostalgia was getting bad enough, now that Casey Kasem has left the building, the smoldering residue of Negativland’s infamous 1991 ‘U2’ single is smelling things up again as the band has released a zip file of the multi-tracks of the single for fans to re-re-do in honor of Kasem and what’s left of copyrights:

Squeezed in this 85 minute audio-sorta-documentary is Casey’s un-outtake of his original dedication, Mark Hosler giving a lecture about episode, a recording of the first public performance of the ‘U2’ piece (from 1989, from the ‘These Guys Are From England’ CD), Crosley Bendix talking about the copyright laws, a testimony by Rev. Ivan Stang, and more. Oh, and a bit of brooding foreshadowing from a Don Joyce NPR interview from 1988!

For the longer version, check out National Cynical Network’s show on this similar topic, ‘NegatiVariations and Whatnot’ at . You’ll be more sick of this ‘U2/Snuggles’ shtick than NegBoys themselves.

Happy damned listening,

WEB SITE O’ INTEREST: (of course),,

Episode 34: xanadu Xanadu! XANADU!!! (revisited) Part 2
Clean X
June 07, 2014 11:03 AM PDT
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We pick up the pieces left behind from episode 30 and jam more Xanadu-nuttiness down yer throat. We hit on the international Xanadu parade with the likes of artists I can’t pronounce like Hiromi Iwasaki, Beatriz Luengo & Yaima, Botones, Flamingo Kvintetten, Ingmar Nordstroms and Sammi Cheng.

After another section of rockin’ out Xanadu style, we hear from the only band that where brave enough to do the entire soundtrack, the Brazilian band La Sound! Can you REALLY dig it!?

….and until somebody smuggles us some outtakes and unreleased rare stash, I’m afraid this will be the last Xanadu themed show for a long while!….for good or ill.

Enjoy this while you can, fanboys and fangirls!

PS: the ‘cover’ for this show was created and drawn by Dale Cuthbertson. One fine artist, a big fan and one hell of a guy!! Thanks, Dale!

Episode 33: Jean Shepherd Goes To The Fair!
Clean X
April 24, 2014 10:17 PM PDT
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In the previous HoC episode, we floated down the deep bosom of The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow’ of the 1964/65 New Year World’s Fair. For this second and last ‘Fair’ show, we flip the coin of sorts and get a more critical, but no less entertaining view of this fair courtesy of New York radio legend Jean Shepherd; you’ll hear him in the studios of WOR-AM and out on the field, enjoying the ying-yang to what ‘Robert Moses has brought”.

You don’t know who Shepherd is? You will probably better know him as the co-writer and narrator of that seasonal movie, ‘A Christmas Story’. No dice? Well, drag your sorry ass on over to And just in case you forgot that this fair was all about, brag it back again to

See you in the FUTURE!....or what’s left of it,

Episode 32: A Slice Of The 1964/65 NYWF
Clean X
April 17, 2014 05:48 PM PDT
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This is the first of two shows marking the 50th anniversary of the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair and it’s a random selection of audio related curiosities that we managed to squeeze into 90 minutes.

Large parts of this show are field recordings made by the Ray Dashner, who was so impressed with the fair during his first visit, he not only made many return visits, but got a portable tape recorder and taped as much of the fair as he could. He ended up with just over 10 hours of material. For this show, we follow him through GM’s Futurama and a show at the Hawaii Pavilion.

There other sounds of the fair provided by Al Fisher, World’s Fair Holiday and Walt Disney….and just a tad more.

If your still wondering what the hell this World’s Fair is all about, much less WHAT (or, to the point, WAS) a World’s Fair, we highly recommend Bill Young’s 1964-65 NYWF site at and Bill Cotter’s site at

Enjoy and thank you Mr. Dashner, wherever you are!

P. S.: One of the reasons I’m marking this World’s Fair occasion is that I wrote a book related to it, SPACE AGE ASH TRAY. You can sample and purchase this 2011 book at:

Episode 31: Old F*ck mix tape (podcast version)
Clean X
April 09, 2014 11:00 PM PDT
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Strike One: I just turned 50. Strike Two: I made a mix tape marking the occasion. Strike Three: I’m sharing it with you. ‘Nuff said!

Victims heard: George Carlin, Randy Newman, Wild Man Ficsher, Little Jack Horton, Charles Bukowski, Peggy Lee and too much more.


Episode 30: xanadu. Xanadu! XANADU!!! (Revisited) Part 1
Clean X
February 19, 2014 05:51 PM PST
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This is one of the two episodes that fell into the cracks. Fortunately for you (maybe), this revisited replacement pulls out all the stops and former time restrictions to give many versions of the song XANADU! two parts. The first part of this sugar-induced buffet we walk over as much cover version of this song as we can in one hour.

Artists in this one hour marathon include in order: Bob Downe, James Last, Javier Alvarez, LMP, Lounge-O-Leers, Mark S. Meritt, Picnic, Regine Velasquez, Ace Cannon, Andrew Scareface, Diandra Newlin, DJ Happy Vibes feat. JAZZMIN, Elektel, Miss Supertype, Felicitas Taylor, Kai Warner, Lightspeed Champion, and the London Starlight Orchestra

Bookmarking this mountain are pieces of the movie and a little something for you Broadway-themed fans!....wink wink nudge nudge…

Good luck with part one of this Xanadu-ness,

PS: a shout out must go to the web site ELO/DISCOVERY, who, in their capacity of a ELO fan site, has been bringing out the Xanadu big time for the past couple of months with downloading the original script and, JUST recently, photos of the Xanadu sessions with Olivia & Jeff Lynne!!

PPS: The piece of art used for this podcast posting is done by John Hagen and it’s was lifted from The Book Of the SubGenius. It was abused by yours truly….