Cygnus Radio playlist 5/3/13: I’ll go crazy

Just a prisoner of love.

From the heights (the Godfather) …

For the links to this and all other archived Franorama 2.0 shows on Cygnus Radio, click here. The show airs live from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET Fridays (that’s 7-10 a.m. PT, 2-5 p.m. GMT). 

Now this is the type of show I envisioned when I started doing this online radio thang a couple months ago: No technical glitches and pretty freewheeling as it took me — and, hopefully, you — to places I didn’t expect.

This week’s Franorama 2.0 on Cygnus Radio was a kinda nutty show — and not just because James Brown was singing “I’ll Go Crazy,” as I put together an hour of his earlier stuff to commemorate what would’ve been the Godfather’s 80th birthday. (Bit of trivia: James died on Christmas morning 2006 — two days before he was to play a show at Waterbury’s Palace Theatre, about 10 minutes from home. If I remember right, his final interview was with, of all places, my evil and heinous first newspaper, the Republican-American.)

I mean, as I rebuild my music library online, I’ve been finding all the nooks and crannies of my memory banks — and that includes a lot of the scrapings. Crazy tunes. And I kinda went crazy on that front, too. Let’s see …

  • A truckload of ’80s garage tunes, some from the ROIR Garage Sale! cassette …
  • A couple tunes from one of the great garage collections ever — Crypt Records’ Going All the Way With The Squires! from 1986. The Squires (ne The Rogues) were from nearby Bristol, more than a decade before the Worldwide Leader in Sports Television was founded there. One locally produced single under their original name, one under their later name for Atco Records, then college and Vietnam and all the things that broke up garage bands back then. And hordes of collectors in the following years. And a lot of great tunes, many released until this. This album will be a staple in shows to come.
  • A single from my college years featuring an electric mixer … one of the great wakeup records of all time (you’re welcome, West Coast) …
  • The B-side to one of the most controversial hit singles of the ’60s — the song runs in reverse, and the label is even printed in reverse!
  • A single about a primitive robot from my toddlerhood in Brooklyn in the early ’60s, when robots were a big thing …
  • Adam & the Ants’ spoof of “Y.M.C.A.,” released in the early ’80s as a flexidisc for the short-lived English music mag Flexipop
  • And the most timeless group I’ve ever heard, King Uszniewicz and His Uszniwicztones. By timeless, I mean no sense of tempo whatsoever. Imagine four instruments racing to cram themselves down the same funnel hole at the same time, with a voice that sounds like air being slowly let out of a tire forever. So the legend goes, it was a Detroit bowling alley lounge band from the mid-’70s “produced” by the late, great Cub Koda. I always thought it was a goof perpetuated by him and Billy Miller of Norton Records; both strongly denied it to me. Plan B theory: It was Brownsville Station on a bender.

    king u

    to the depths (the King).

  • And, oh yeah, the original version of a song re-“recorded” by King U — “Little Dead Surfer Girl,” an early-’70s surf/doo-wop ditty by another Connecticut group, The Incredible Broadside Brass Bed Band. Recorded at Trod Nossel Studios in nearby Wallingford — whose late owner, Doc Cavalier, was Cub’s producer/manager in his final years. (Coincidence?)

Anyway, you can hear the show in perpetuity online, or check in live next Friday morning. Enjoy the week!


American Beat ’84 – The Fleshtones

She Told Me Lies (1986 Stop! LP version) – The Chesterfield Kings

Darn Well – The Mosquitos

Go-Go Gorilla – The Ideals

Who Dat – The Vipers

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now – The Woggles

Walkin’ – The Squires

Why – The Dirty Wurds

Eight Miles High – Husker Du

Laugh or Cry – The Vagabonds


Kitchen Motors – Crash Course in Science

The Jet Set – Joe Jackson

Life Is Hard – John Mellencamp

It’s as Easy as 1-2-3 – Jill Gibson

ABC – The Jackson 5

Police on My Back – The Equals

Yawn – APB

House of the Living Dead – APB


Good Good Lovin’ – James Brown

Please Please Please – James Brown

I’ll Go Crazy – James Brown

(Do the) Mashed Potatoes – James Brown (aka Nat Kendrick & the Swans)

Think – James Brown

Night Train – James Brown

Prisoner of Love – James Brown

Out of Sight – James Brown

Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, Pts. 1-3 – James Brown

Ain’t That a Groove – James Brown

Bring it Up (Hipster’s Avenue) – James Brown

There Was a Time – James Brown

Let Yourself Go – James Brown

Get Up, Get Into It and Get Involved – James Brown

Hot Pants Pt. 1 – James Brown


Little Dead Surfer Girl – The Incredible Broadside Brass Bed Band

They’re Coming to Take Me Away (in reverse) – Napoleon XIV

Mechanical Man – Bent Bolt & the Nuts

Ashamed of Me – Hoodoo Gurus

Georgie Don’t You Know – Outrageous Cherry

Big Man – Stark Raving Lulu

(Would I Still Be) a Big Man – The Brigands

Jimmy Carter Saved the Day – The Mold Monkies

Surfin’ School – King Uszniewicz and His Uszniewicztones

Do Wah Diddy Diddy – King Uszniewicz and His Uszniewicztones


Get Off of My Cloud – The Rolling Stones

I Just Want to Have Something to Do – Ramones

Squat With Me Baby – The Great Gaylord w/The A-Bones

Jack the Ripper – Link Wray

A.N.T.S. – Adam & the Ants

I Love NY, I Hate NY – The Plan

Crosseyed and Painless – Talking Heads


Life’s Too Short – The Lafayettes


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