The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Radio Free Gunslinger #17: Wallpaper



Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'Wallpaper,' is Virgil Thomson.

First Sequence:
Johnny C. & The Blazers - Inferno
Kim Fowley - Big Sur, Bear Mountain, Ciro's, Flip Side, Protest Song
The Patterns - Late Late Show
The Hollywood Argyles - Long Hair, Unsquare Dude Called Jack
The U.S. Rockets - March of the Siamese Children

Second Sequence:
Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians - Love for Sale
Isham Jones & His Orchestra - Lonesome Lover
Ben Selvin & His Orchestra - Dancing in the Dark
Ted Wallace & His Campus Boys - I'm an Unemployed Sweetheart
Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra - Do the New York

Third Sequence:
Gil Scott Heron - Home is Where the Hatred Is
The Watts Prophets - Saint America
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On?/What's Happening, Brother? (live)
The Last Poets - Before the White Man Came
The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band - Everyday People

Fourth Sequence:
Burt Bacharach - All Kinds of People
The 18th Century Corporation - Are You There (with Another Girl)?
Jim O'Rourke - Something Big
Harper's Bizarre - Me Japanese Boy, I Love You
Splitsville - I'll Never Fall in Love Again

Summation:
The Theater of Eternal Music - Terry's Cha-Cha

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