Don Gardner [00:35]
a side: "There's Nothing I Want to Do (Unless It's with You)"
b side: "Let's Party"
TNT Records TNT 500A-140 1967
Well, I reckon it should be clear to most DJs that "Let's Party" is the a-side. So it goes. However I think this is going to be a fine episode, so let's party.
Tracey Ullman [05:50]
a side: "They Don't Know"
b side: "You Broke My Heart in 17 Places"
MCA Records MCA-52347 1983
Two awesome retro tracks from Ms. Ullman. "They Don't Know" is an excellent song penned by Kirsty MacColl, who astute listeners will also be familiar with her cover of Billy Bragg's"A New England" and her vocal assistance for The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York".
Talking Heads [12:56]
a side: "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody) [stereo]"
b side: "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody) [mono]"
Sire Records 7-29451 1983
Of course we're playing both side of this promo. It doesn't get much better than this song. Fun fact: Tina Weymouth who normally played bass in the band, played guitar on this track and guitarist Jerry Harrison held down the syhth lines with a Prophet-5. Oddly this single only made it as far as number 62 on the Hot 100.
a side: "This Time"
b side: "I'm Over You"
Atlantic Records 7-86497 1985
The second single from their album Listen Like Thieves. Just cracked the Hot 100, making it to number 81.
a side: "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us"
b side: "Barbecutie"
Island Records IS 001-A 1974
Unsurprisingly no chart action in the US for this top notch Sparks single, the first from their 1974 album Kimono My House. Produced by Muff Winwood, bassist for the Spencer Davis Group and of course brother to Steve.
Elvis Costello [35:31]
a side: "This Year's Girl"
b side: "Big Tears"
Columbia Records 3-10762 1978
From his 1978 album This Year's Model, accompanied by The Attractions. And Mr. Mick Jones plays guitar on the flipside "Big Tears".
Archie Bell & the Drells [42:47]
a side: "Tighten Up"
b side: "Tighten Up Part II"
Atlantic Records 45-2478 1968
The number one song from the week I was born. What's better than Tighten Up? More Tighten Up, obviously.
The Guayaveras w/ Josh Thorpe a side: "Timber Piles" [47:57]
Aidan Baker b side: "Once Upon a Time There Was (a Beginning and an End)" [54:53]
Art Metronome 002 2010
Everything you've ever wanted to know about timber piles on the a-side, and acoustic gloriousness on the b-side. Longtime listeners of Vinyl-O-Matic will recognize Aidan Baker of Nadja as the flipside artist.
Bonus Material: excerpt from Season 5, Episode 12 of The Simpsons, "Bart Gets Famous" (1994)
Music behind the DJ: "Heat Wave" by Irving Berlin