Well, I guess it's for a good cause...
March 2, 2008 6:36 AM Subscribe
Yo La Tengo is Murdering the Classics...
posted by kowalski (46 comments total)
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again! For the 12th straight year, this legendary group of music nerds
from Hoboken, NJ
encamps to the studios of local free form radio station WFMU
to play, on the spot, three full hours of listener-requested covers. The request show, part of the station's annual pledge drive, happens tonight (Sunday, March 2)
from 5-8 pm EST, and thanks to the wonder that is the internet you can listen (128k MP3 stream)
live from anywhere in the world (or catch the real broadcast in FM at 91.1 in NYC / New Jersey and 90.1 in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, Western NJ and Eastern Penn)
What will you be missing if you don't tune in? Apart from show-standards like the Velvet Underground, Rolling Stones and Beatles, last year's broadcast saw the band mount covers of everything from The Pastels and ? and the Mysterians to Grandmaster Flash, ZZ Top and Styx, nearly 40 in all. As an added bonus, in recent years the shows have typically ended with extended, catch-all medleys aimed at covering in one go any pledged requests the band hasn't gotten to --- in 2004 the medley's foundation was Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire", last year it was Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart."
(previously 1 2 3)
I'd be remiss if I didn't also mention that WFMU is celebrating its own 50th year of operation
. Some of the station's unique programming has been featured
here on the blue before, and its Beware of the Blog
has also provided frequent fpp fodder
Finally, if you need some Yo La Tengo to see you through until 5 pm, here's a selection from the band's covers repertoire:
Velvet Underground - "She's My Best Friend"
Dion and the Belmonts - "Teenager in Love" / Buddy Holly - "Everyday"
Beat Happening - "Cast a Shadow"
Sandy Denny - "By the Time It Gets Dark"
Looney Tunes Theme Song (with story)
Simpsons Theme Song
Rolling Stones - "Let's Spend the Night Together"
Love - "A Message To Pretty"
Cat Stevens - "Here Comes My Baby"
Johnny Cash - "I Still Miss Someone"
Angry Samoans - "The Right Side of My Mind"
T. Rex - "20th Century Boy"
The Beatles - "One After 909"
Norman Blagman - "Love Power" (The Producers)
Brook Benton / Clyde McPhatter - "A Lover's Question"
Velvet Underground - "Femme Fatale" (w/ Alex Chilton)
Skeeter Davis - "Let Me Get Close to You (w/ Alex Chilton)
The Urinals - "Surfin' with the Shah" (w/ Chairs of Perception)