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March 05, 2011


Johannes Sowa

Any chance you could post one or two of the tracks for those of us who didn't hear about the coolness till after the fact? I live in Austria, its not like I'm a subterranean from Hackensack!

JJ Gildersneeze

I thought the highlights were "Never My Love" and "To Love Somebody," but then again I'm a sucker for that soft rock. Also "Reach Out in the Darkness" was pretty cool.

Those in the studio may have appreciated "I Put a Spell on You" but out here in streamland Gaylord was pushing the levels into the stratosphere! You know, radio djs use that close-mike technique, even when they probably shouldn't.

I think there's was a little "Mr. Tambourine Man" in the middle of the Dylan medley.



FYI...Brother Louie, the #1 hit version in the US, was by 'Stories' not 'Hot Chocolate'. HC had the hit in the UK, but I doubt very much that Ira and gang were channeling that version.


"Everybody's Talkin'" is originally by Fred Neil. My favorites were so much of all of it!

Gaylord Fields

@JJ Gildersneeze:

I just want to point out that the song i did wasn't exactly by Whisperin' Jay Hawkins.

But, to clarify, i had to use my own DJ mic, which is a lot hotter than the mics used by the band (and if you knew how tight and crowded the setup was in that tiny studio, you'd understand why i had to do that instead of using a band vocal mic). Second, i was a good 12 inches away from the mic, which, and this is important, i was screaming into. Third, this mic was not connected to the mixer, so we were locked in at that volume. So if you were looking for balance on a song that i literally didn't know i was singing on that the band had just figured out an arrangement for, then i'm afraid you may not be taking this event in the spirit in which it was presented.

Ken Katkin

After posting this setlist, I received a few more corrections and clarifications from Ira Kaplan himself. Here's what Ira had to say:

Re the Dylan medley that kicked off Set Two: "I wouldn't call this a medley, per se. It was a request for Love Minus Zero/No Limit, but I didn't know the words, so I sang other Dylan. If it's a medley, you have to include Mr. Tambourine Man, which made an appearance as well."

Re Sh-Boom Sh-Boom: "I think The Chords is the original. It's certainly the version I know."

Re the song I couldn't identify in the closing medley (very embarrasingly for me): YLT's "Blue Line Swinger."

Re the song in the closing medley that I misidentified as YLT's "Magnet": "That would be Walter Egan's 'Magnet and Steel.' "

And at the very end of the closing medley: "and finally a 'That's Our Hitler,' to acknowledge the request for Love Power [from "The Producers"] that we didn't play (a request that specifically asked that we remember to say 'That's Our Hitler')."

Also, it seems to me that the corrections received in the comments above all are correct as well. Thanks everyone for reading and commenting!

Joe Buck

@starmaiden - everybody's talkin was based on the hit version, which is NOT the Fred Neil version but indeed Nilsson

JJ Gildersneeze


You have my humblest apologies if my comment hurt your feelings. I am a big fan. When you release Gaylord Fields does the Best of Whisperin' Jay Hawkins, you can bet I'll be camped out in front of the record store.

Your mike, as well as your performance, was indeed hot.

Remember that 'Little Rascals' --and I'm sure you do --where the gang invades a radio station? Performing as The International Silver Strings Submarine Band? And every time they kick over a mike stand, the engineer's hat flies off?

That was me Friday night during your number.

I respect the technological triumph that this event represents and you have my sincerest thanks.


A (non-FMU) Soundman

Not hurt feelings per say just the fact that you have no idea what goes into a production like the Yo La Tengo night. And the sound engineers do a tremendous job under trying circumstances. So your comment may have hurt THEIR feelings and Gaylord is pointing out that his mic is on a separate board, which is why there was such a disparity - they had no control over it. I guess with the world at your fingertips via the internet, it all seems so easy. Well, it's not.

Gaylord Fields


My feelings weren't hurt at all. I was just explaining why seat-of-the pants radio is what it is, for better or for worse.

And i can never have a beef with anyone who evokes Mike Fright — one of the greatest "Little Rascals" shorts ever — in comparison with WFMU. We're all the Man on the Flying Trapeze during these broadcasts.

Cheers, and thanks for your support and love of WFMU, warts and all.

Caterwaulin' Gaylord Fields

Jonathan Skinner

I guess this show won't be archived, huh? Too bad! I was only able to tune in in time for applause to the last song . . .


Hi Jonathan, we don't archive YLT's annual request-for-pledge shows, at their request.

There is this compilation of YLT's WFMU Marathon highlights though, 'Yo La Tengo Is Murdering The Classics:

thanks everyone for helping us piece together what happened!

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