SYNOPSIS “Yes, yes, it gets worse,” he says. And what follows is the proof. Which this time is—once again—not in the pudding but in the tunage. Can it get worser still? Probably. Wait and see, kiddies.
NEXT WEEK: Surprise!
Playlist for Episode 31
“Ballad of the Sad Young Men” by Anita O’Day
From a little-known 1959 musical called The Nervous Set that we think is overdue a revival. But what do we know?
“The Next Question” by Urban Verbs from Urban Verbs (Wounded Bird, 2003)
Less annoying than related band Talking Heads, and sadly less popular. Thanks, Carl!
“All the Young People of Today” by Eurythmics from In the Garden (RCA, 1981)
She speaketh the truth.
“Heart Shaped World” by Chris Isaak from Heart Shaped World (Reprise, 1989)
If we could still cry, then this would start a wee river down the Lower East Side.
“Rumors” by Johnny Crawford from Rumors (Collectors Choice, 2004)
What are words worth, anyhow. We almost played a Siouxsie & Co track, but this was somehow ever more painful. But we’re tough and we can take it.
“Dimstar” by Gay Dad from
Leisure Noise (Sire, 1999)
Mostly boring, cynical britplop for boring, cynical consumers of britplop. Save for this track, which we love. And the Peter Saville cover: Oh, cyan! Why wasn’t there ever a parody band called Adult Children of Asian-American Lesbian Chainsmokers?
“Winston’s Diary” by Eurythmics from 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother) (Disky, 2001)
If we could get away with it, we’d just play this soundtrack over and over for every episode until they came and led us quietly away to that special place they eventually take people like us.
“Death of a Ladies’ Man” by Leonard Cohen from Death of a Ladies’ Man (Sony, 1977)
He’s another one we don’t much care for here in the Treehouse. But sometimes we do. And we’re all about the exceptions, yes?
“Ode to Billy Joe” by Sinead O’Connor from Help: A Charity Project for the Children of Bosnia (Polygram, 1995)
Note the disturbing foley. Subtlety was never Missy’s middle name. . .
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 20, 2007