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Our more observant long-time listeners will correctly point out that we’ve used this particular rendition of the Stephen Foster chestnut several times. I usually try to avoid using a song more than once, but since this is an instrumental, it’s a safer bet than some of the other versions we’ve considered in the past. If you know what I mean.
Dancing on God’s Thumb by Robyn Hitchcock (from Black Snake Diamond Role, Rhino, 1995)
And I had labored under the misconception that Robyn had been dancing on the thumb of Syd Barrett all along. Silly me.
Bugler’s Dream by John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra (from Summon the Heroes, Sony, 1996)
Don’t buglers ever dream of things other than bugles? I think this is a stereotype that needs to end right here, right now, Buster.
Why Wait by Perez Prado (from Spage Age Pop, Vol. 1: Melodies and Mischief, RCA, 1995)
I was born a couple years after America’s fascination with Cuban 1950’s kitsch had waned and just a month before the Cuban Missile Crisis (gee, I wonder if there’s a connection between those phenomena). So you’ll forgive me if I admit that I used to think Perez Prado (whose name is usually slurred to sound like “Prez Prado”) was a high ranking Latin-American statesman.
Yo-Yo by Les Sampou (from Lonesomeville, MoNando Music, 2010)
I might have been tempted to use the Osmond’s song of the same title, but I fear the wrath of Bill Littlefield (whose song suggestion this was) almost as much as I fear flashbacks to junior high dances with their attendant images of smiley face buttons, macramé jeans and of America’s youth bumping en masse to the Bay City Rollers.
This program aired on April 29, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.
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