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March 14, 2007


Ken Katkin

Yo La Tengo, WFMU Marathon 2007, All-Request Webcast.
Friday, March 16, 2007 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EDT

I tried to keep score at home in real time as Yo La Tengo played their annual all-request set. With a little help from the google search engine, I think I was able to name almost every tune, though I’m not completely sure about my identification of Traffic’s “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” as the medley-partner of “Mr. Soul” in the second set, nor can I name the author of the instrumental track that opens the fifth set, which Ira identified as “ ‘Crazy,’ but not the one that was requested,” or the a capella number that Ira sang just before the medley at the end, which I think he identified as “Sara.” With those caveats, here’s my scorecard:

1. Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
2. Barry McGuire – Eve of Destruction
3. Talking Heads – Don’t Worry About the Government
4. Dead Boys – Sonic Reducer

5. Beatles – All Together Now
6. Neil Young – Mr. Soul / Traffic - Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Medley)
7. Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic/Purple Haze (medley)
8. Pastels – Truck Train Tractor
9. Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra - Some Velvet Morning
10. Question Mark & the Mysterians – 96 Tears

11. Bert Bacharach – (snippet)
12. Velvet Underground – Who Loves The Sun?
13. Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers - Ice Cream Man
14. Grandmaster Flash & DJ Melle Mel - White Lines (Don’t Do It)
15. Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue
16. Ace Frehley – (Back in the) New York Groove

17. David Bowie – Queen Bitch
18. Brewer & Shipley – Witchi-Tai-To (Jim Pepper)
19. Wire – Outdoor Miner
20. Rezillos - Mystery Action
21. Elvin Bishop – I Fooled Around and Fell In Love

22. (unknown) - Crazy? (instrumental)
23. T Rex – Bang A Gong (Get It On)
24. Velvet Underground – Afterhours
25. Hollies – Look Through Any Windows
26. Husker Du – New Day Rising

27. Brenton Wood - Gimme Little Sign
28. Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow
29. Go-Betweens - Streets of Your Town
30. Isley Brothers (also Beatles) - Twist & Shout

31. Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Loving
32. ZZ Top - Tush
33. Banana Splits – Banana Splits Theme Song (“The Tra La La Song”)
34. Styx – Come Sail Away

35. A Capella Song (Ira mentioned “Sara”)

36. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart Again medley (Frank Sinatra - That’s Life; Bee Gees - Night Fever; Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night; Joey Scarbury - Believe It Or Not I’m Walking on Air (“The Greatest American Hero” theme song); Van Morrison – Madame George; Queen - Another One Bites The Dust; David Bowie – Starman; White Stripes – For The Love of Ivy).

Brett Running

Not sure about the other tracks but the a capella song is titled "You'll Never Walk Alone". As to which version inspired it I wouldnt even be able to venture a guess.

Ken Katkin

Thanks, Brett, for the tip! According to Wikipedia, "You'll Never Walk Alone" was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1945 as part of the Broadway musical "Carousel." Later cover versions that were recorded by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Patti Labelle & the BlueBelles, and Gerry and the Pacemakers, *all* made the Billboard Top 100! I don't know what rock I was sleeping under during the mid-twentieth century that caused me to overlook this milestone in American popular music!


will the archive ever be made available?


What happened to my request for Michael Bolton? :-(

That would be Crazy by Patsy Kline/Willie Nelson.


Is there any place where this recording is available?

Gaylord Fields

The performance is not archived at WFMU, by request of the band.

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