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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Work Highlights

The Theme Time Radio Hour widget is back at the top of the page, containing the playlist for this week's episode, "Work," as well as a selected video - this time around the fabulous Honey Cone performing Want Ads - and a countdown to next week's show, so you always know how long you have to wait.

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A few thoughts on the show, which I listened to in real-time for a change. Music highlights for me included...

- The Coat and the Pants Do All the Work (and The Vest Gets All the Gravy) by Harry Reser. Reser was quite a character who, as Our Host noted, operated under so many pseudonyms with some many different bands that it's impossible to list his complete discography. I think my favorite Reser band name was The Clicquot Club Eskimos, which played for a decade on the NBC radio network.

- I Can't Work No Longer by Billy Butler and the Enchanters. From 19 and 65 on the OKeh label.

- Want Ads - by the aforementioned Honey Cone. Go look at that video.

Although not mentioned by Mr. D., Honey Cone has a connection to two earlier episodes of TTRH. Member Carolyn Willis had been a member of The Blossoms, and, as Our Host did mention, is the sister of Darlene Love, also a one-time member of The Blossoms. Dreamtime Constant Readers will remember that The Blossoms sang backing vocals for Jerry Lee Lewis in Catch My Soul.

Eddie Holland of Holland/Dozier/Holland came up with the name Honey Cone, which I always mishear as either Honey Cones or Honey Comb. Want Ads was written by Greg Perry, Barney Perkins, and "General" Norman Johnson. The story goes that studio engineer Perkins came up with the idea for the song after seeing an open Classifieds section on his sound board. Want Ads became Honey Cones biggest hit, reaching Number One with a bullet on Billboard's R&B and pop singles charts in 19 and 71.

Favorite quote (in reply to a listener's email) - "Great indebtedness does not make men grateful, but vengeful; and if a little charity is not forgotten, it turns into a gnawing worm." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Def Poetry reading - "The Village Blacksmith" (excerpt) - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "out-of-date poet."

XM Radio still seems to be suffering the effects of the merger with Sirius, with no one there seemingly on the job taking care of TTRH business. Although the closing credits were read by the ubiquitous Pierre Mancini, someone forgot to edit in the title of next week's show, leaving Pierre - and us - hanging as he closed with, "Join us next week, when we take a look at [...]

[...] indeed. See you next week.

1 comment:

Bill said...

The merger has seriously harshed my mellow. I miss XM Channel 2, which allowed me to hear each episode of TTRH pretty much in its entirety. I miss Marty Robbins' show. There has been no real value added for me, and the station I used the most has been eliminated.