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Alternative Therapy
Show #460

The Persuasions – “Lumpy Gravy” from “Frankly A Capella” [Earthbeat Records]
The Fleshtones – “First Date (Are You Coming On to Me?)” from “Take A Good Look” [Yep Roc]
The Kinks – “Come On Now” from “Kinda Kinks” [Castle America]
Big Star – “O My Soul” from “#1 Record/ Radio City” [Stax]
Alex Chilton – “Oogum Boogum” from “Set” [Bar/None]
The Replacements – “I Won’t” from “Don’t Tell a Soul” {Warner 1061]
Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – “Devil Do” from “Devil Do EP” on [DAMAGED GOODS]
The Dead Weather – “I Cut Like a Buffalo” from “Horehound” [Warner Bros.]
The Young-Holt Unlimited – “Midnight Cowboy” from “Mellow Dreamin'” [Cotillion]
The Olivia Tremor Control – “A Peculiar Noise Called “Train Director”” from “Black Foliage: Animation Music Vol. 1” [Cloud Recordings]
The Flaming Lips – “I Can Be A Frog” from “Embryonic” [Warner Bros.]
Grizzly Bear “Ready Able” from “Veckatimest” [WARP]
Genesis – “Can-Utility and the Coastliners” from “Foxtrot” [Atlantic]
Feist – “Sealion” from “The Reminder” [Interscope]
Spoon – “Mystery Zone” from “Transference” [Merge]
Artful Dodger – “Wayside” from “Artful Dodger” [Columbia]
The Nice – “America” from “Elegy” [Mercury]
Manassas (Stephen Stills) – “I Am My Brother” from “Pieces” [Rhino]
Bon Iver – “The Wolves (Act I & 2)” from “For Emma, Forever Ago” [jagjaguwar]
Kings of Convenience – “My Ship Isn’t Pretty” from “Declaration of Dependence” [Astralwerks – Caroline]
Lee Hazlewood – “Ode To Billie Joe” from “Strung out On Something New: The Reprise Recordings” [REPRISE]
Elliott Smith – “Thirteen” from “New Moon” [Kill Rock Stars]
David Poe – “Childbearing” from “The Late Album” [EPIC]
John Handy – “Hard Work” from “Hard Work” [ABC Records]
The New York Rock And Soul Revue (Featuring Eddie and David Brigatti) – “Groovin'” from “The New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beacon” [Giant]
Squeeze – “Black Coffee in Bed” from “Singles – 45s and Under” [A & M]
The Style Council – “Speak Like a Child” from “Introducing” [POLYDOR]
Todd Rundgren – “We Gotta Get You a Woman” from “Runt” [Rhino]
Daryl Hall & John Oates – “Have I Been Away Too Long” from “Along the Red Ledge” [RCA MUSIC GROUP]
James Brown – “I Got to Move” from “In the Jungle Groove” [POLYDOR]

I sometime get asked about the name “nixie tubes” used in the URL of this site. Nixies were used as numeric displays in early digital volt meters, multi-meters, frequency counters and many other types of technical equipment. They also appeared in costly digital time displays used in research and military establishments, and in many early electronic desktop , including the first: the Sumlock-Comptometer ANITA MK VII of 1961. Later alphanumeric versions in fourteen segment display format found use in airport arrival/departure signs and stock ticker displays.  Some elevators also used nixies to display the floor numbers.  Being a fan of obsolete technology it seemed appropriate. And now you know the rest of the story!

Alternative Therapy
Show #459
“Too Much Monkey Business”

The Persuasions – “Lumpy Gravy” from “Frankly A Capella” [Earthbeat]
Nirvana – “Very Ape” from “In Utero” [Geffen]
Foo Fighters – “Monkey Wrench” from “The Colour And The Shape” [RCA]
Bush – “Monkey” from “Sixteen Stone” [Trama Record]
Pixies – “Monkey Gone To Heaven” from “Death To The Pixies” [ELEKTRA]
Low – “Monkey” from “The Great Destroyer” [unknown]
The Beatles – “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide (Except for Me and My Monkey)” from “White Album” [CAPITOL]
Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention – “King Kong” from “Uncle Meat” [Foo-EEE Records]
XTC – “The Smartest Monkeys” from “Nonesuch” [Geffen]
Beastie Boys – “Brass Monkey” from “Licensed To Ill” [Def Jam]
Devo – “Joco Homo” from “Are We Not Men?” [Warner Bros.]
Peter Gabriel – “Shock the Monkey” from “Security” [Geffen]
Byrne David – “Monkey Man” from “uh-oh” [Luka Bop]
The Traveling Wilburys – “Tweeter and the Monkey Man” from “Traveling Wilburys Volume 1” [Rhino Records]
Loop Guru – “Mud Monkey” from “loop bites dog” [World Domination]
The Simpsons (Alf Clausen & Cast) – “A Fish Called Selma (Medley)” from “Songs in the Key of Springfield” [Rhino]
King Cole Trio – “Straighten Up and Fly Right” from “Cocktail Combos” [CAPITOL]
Harry Belafonte – “Monkey” from “Jump Up Calypso” [RCA]
Toots & The Maytalls – “Monkey Man” from “Toots & The Maytalls: 54-46 Was My Number Anthology 1964-2000” [Trojan]
Los Lobos – “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” from “Los Lobos: Just Another Band from East L.A.” [Slash]
The Monkees – “Theme From The Monkees” (Italian Version) from “Greastest Hits, Vol 1” [Rhino]
Grateful Dead – “Monkey and the Engineer” from “Reckoning” [Arista]
Olen Bingham – “Funny Business” from “Southern Masters: OXFORD American 11th” [OA]
The Joco Homos – “Joco Homo” from “Devo E-Z Listening Muzak” [unknown]
Dave Matthews Band – “Proudest Monkey” from “Crash” [RCA]
Elliot Smith – “New Monkey” from “New Moon” [Kill Rock Stars]
Elvis Costello & the Imposters – “Monkey to Man” from “The Delivery Man” [LOST HIGHWAY RECORDS]
Steely Dan – “Monkey On My Soul” from “Pretzel Logic” [MCA]
James Brown – “Hooked On Brown, Part 2 (Ready To Party Now)” from “Hooked On Brown” [POLYDOR]

Alternative Therapy
Show #458

The Persuasions – “Lumpy Gravy” from “Frankly Acapella” [Earthbeat]
The Apples In Stereo – “Please” from “Velocity of Sound” [Yep Roc Records]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Pin” from “Fever To Tell” [Interscope]
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Stop” from “Take Them On On Your Own” [Virgin]
The Frames – “Fake” from “Burn The Maps” [ANTI-]
Ryan Adams – “Luminol” from “Rock N Roll” [Lost Highway]
Foo Fighters – “Overdrive” from “One By One” [RCA]
Tom Verlaine – “Depot (1951)” from “Warm and Cool” [Rykodisc]
Roxy Music – “Out of the Blue” from “Country Life” [Virgin]
Phoenix – “1901” from “Wolfgang Amadeus Pheonix” [V2 Records]
Richard Thompson – “Crawl Back (Under My Stone)” from “Mock Tudor” [CAPITOL]
The Shins – “Turn On Me” from “Wincing The Night Away” [Sub Pop]
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – “The Road To Rock ‘n’ Roll” from “Rock Art and the X-Ray Style” [Hellcat]
Mekons – “Millionaire” from “Heaven & Hell” [Cook]
Vampire Weekend – “Campus” from “Vampire Weekend” [XL Recordings]
Booker T – “Potato Hole” from “Potato Hole” [ANTI-]
Kings of Convenience – “24-25” from “Declaration of Independence” [Source]
Nico – “These Days” from “Chelsa Girl” [Verve]
Mazzy Star – “Five String Serenade” from “So Tonight That I Might See” [CAPITOL]
Grant-Lee Phillips – “Love My Way” from “nineteeneighties” [Zoe]
The Beatles – “I Need You” from “Help!” [Apple Records]
Thomas Dolby – “My Brain Is Like Sieve” from “Aliens Ate My Buick” on EMI
Steely Dan – “Third World Man” from “Gaucho” [MCA]
El Chicano – “Viva Tirado” from “Their Very Best” [MCA]
Tom Jones – “Ring of Fire” from “Green, Green Grass of Home” [London]
Echo & The Bunnymen – “Gone, Gone, Gone” from “Reverberation” [SIRE]
Paul Westerberg – “Nothing To No One” from “Stereo” [Vagrant Records]
Lou Reed – “Ride Into The Sun” from “Wild Child” [RCA]
Dave Edmunds – “Girls Talk” from “King Biscuit” [Swan Song]
Elvis Costello – “Coal-Train Robberies” from “Spike (The Beloved Entertainer)” [Warner Bros.]
The J.B.’s – “(It’s Not The Monorail) It’s the JB’s Express” from “Funky Good Time: The Anthology” [POLYDOR]