SYNOPSIS: “Truth and illusion, George; you don’t know the difference.” That’s what Martha growls to poor old doormat-hubby George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Clink clink clink, my dear. And frankly, we can’t tell anymore, either, from all that truth/illusion malarky. And with another year before us, we grow increasingly unsure. Still, that’s why someone invented the Carpenters. Bliss, even if we know they didn’t really mean it much longer than it took to run to the bank and deposit the check, then swing by the drugstore for a bag full of sister’s little helper.
The big question, of course, is what were those kids, hound dogs and the pig the kids stole from the shed all doing in that bed, anyhow?
NEXT WEEK: LOUD
Intro: “Candyman Messiah” (excerpt) by Army of Lovers, from Massive Luxury Overload (Ton Son Ton, 1991)
“Get Together” (Your Navy Presents version) by the Carpenters, from The Essential Collection (A&M, 2002)
“Grandma’s Feather Bed” by John Denver, from An Evening with John Denver (RCA, 1975)
“Sympathy for the Devil (Dem Teufel Zugeneist)” by Laibach, from Sympathy for the Devil (Mute, 1990)
“True Faith” by New Order, from Singles (London, 2005)
“Walk the Dog” by Laurie Anderson, from Talk Normal: The Laurie Anderson Anthology (Rhino, 2000)
“Blue Bird” by Timothy Brown, from the Nashville soundtrack (ABC, 1975)
“Do They Owe Us a Living” by the Soft Pink Truth, from Do You Want New Wave Or Do You Want The Soft Pink Truth? (Tigerbeat, 2004)
“Rollin’ Stone” by the Arbors, from The Very Best of the Arbors (Taragon, 1998)
“Ballad of Little Brown Bear” (rough mix) by Flare featuring the Gotham Knights Rugby Football Club, unreleased (2006)
“Be True to Your School” (single version) by the Beach Boys, from Sounds of Summer (Capitol, 2003)
“My Yiddisha Mammy” by Irving Kaufman, from Jewface (Reboot Stereophonic, 2006)
“Dizzy Miss Lizzie” by the Flying Lizards, from Top Ten (Statik, 1984)