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Hit Me on "Twitter" (Street) by Mistah F.A.B. (from Hit Me on "Twitter" Single)

Yo, exercise caution, sensitive NPR peeps…EXPLICIT lyrics advisory, yo.
Word, and stuff like that.

Beat It by Pomplamoose (from

NOW I know who these folks are. I had seen them in TV ads for months. I had wondered who the singer with the beautiful…er…beautiful voice was.
Listening to this song fills me with the strange urge to buy a Genesis.

Here's to the Losers by Frank Sinatra (from Lucky Numbers, Warner Bros., 1998)

By "losers", I assume the Chairman means Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. Or maybe Bono.

Workaday World by Jack Beaver (from Music for TV Dinners, Scamp, 1997)
This pluckily plucked and effervescent diapason is a longtime favorite of Only A Game listeners. It makes it easy to imagine oneself as a 1950′s supermarket stock boy, the Chief Seamstress of a successful pre-Elvis drapery business or just a staff member of NPR’s only sports program.

The Worm by Jimmy McGriff (from Jimmy McGriff Organ and Blues Band Plays the Worm, Blue Note 2002)

By "The Worm", I assume the late Mr. McGriff means…means…heck, I have no idea what to say here.

Firework by Katy Perry (from Teenage Dream, Capitol, 2010)

There. I've gotten Katy Perry on the show, and it was at the exclusion of Justin Bieber. Maybe now my daughter and I can work on strengthening our musical bond. If only she'd watch The Lawrence Welk show with me every Saturday night.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame by Jonathan Baptiste (from Diamond Cuts, Vol. 11: Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Hungry for Music, 2008)

Who listens to slow jazz versions of this tune? Moreover, who in their right mind would want to feature this music on a sports show?

This segment aired on April 9, 2011. The audio for this segment is not available.


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