(Originally broadcast 9 years ago.)
Join us for a special 14th Anniversary Retrocast of a program from 1999, where we present the fascinating audio-drama that dares to create, “…a dramatic comparison to death.” Presented in this episode: three quarters of the original broadcast (recreated from cassette recordings and partial playlists that have survived into the modern era), PLUS!: A brand new A Minute With The Pope, a feature that comes and goes with the whims of The Pope Himself, and a confused phone call from DJ Really Sloppy, who has recently become unstuck in time and seems to be having trouble figuring out exactly what that means for a person as confused as him. Plus a couple of Phantom Surfers tracks for good measure.
As you can tell from this show – which approximates what it was like to hear us when we first started – our murky origins have many of the elements that came to dominate our format now. I knew I wanted to play music I liked, and as a huge Over The Edge fan, I knew I wanted to do some form of re-mix on the air. But as a novice, just getting started, my first forays into this realm were not as skilled as they have become. That’s not to say that they were bad, but that they were of an amateur level. The ideas were in place, but the execution was not what it would become.
I remember finding a copy of this record – one that I had heard sampled and began to wonder exactly what it could be – and knew instantly that sooner or later it would appear on the show. In what form, I wasn’t quite sure. But one night I showed up to do the program solo, noticed that I had packed it along with a bunch of other stuff, and it was then that I went to work. The results – or, at least, most of them – are audible in the show you’re hearing today.
Note: If anyone can identify the Satan’s Pilgrim’s song included in this playlist, please let me know. Thanks!
See you in seven.
Flight F-I-N-A-L Playlist
Part I: “One Of The Passengers Appears To Be Singing…”
01.) Holiday Harbor * The Phantom Surfers * The Great Surf Crash of ’97
02.) Revenge * Black Flag *
03.) Land Of Treason * Germs * (MIA) * Slash Records
04.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part I *
05.) Be Good (The Frumpies) *
06.) All My Drugs * Royal Grand Prix * High Performance
07.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part II *
08.) Pacific Coast Highway * Sonic Youth * Sister
09.) Embarrassed Teen Accidentally Uses Valuable Rare Postage Stamp * Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo * Strange But True
10.) High School Witch * The 188.8.131.52’s * The 184.108.40.206’s
11.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part III *
12.) Indication * The Rondelles * Fiction Romance, Fast Machines * Smells Like Records
13.) I’m Gonna Make Him Mine (Tonight) * The Donnas * The Donnas
Part II: “Inter-World Airlines, Flight FINAL.”
14.) Know It Alls * The Fartz * Because This Fuckin’ World Still Stinks * Alternative Tentacles Records
15.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part IV *
16.) The End Of A Skater * The Phantom Surfers featuring Davie Allen * Skaterhater * Lookout! Records
17.) ?? (Satan’s Pilgrims) *
18.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part V *
19.) Brother Rat / What Slayde Says * NOMEANSNO * The Day Everything Became Nothing * Alternative Tentacles Records
20.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part VI *
21.) Here’s To The Losers * Frank Sinatra * Softly As I Leave You * Universal Records
Part III: DJ Really Sloppy Calls In!
22.) Out Of The Window * The Phantom Surfers * The Great Surf Crash of ’97
DJ Really Sloppy, who has become unstuck in time, calls into the show from a darkened room containing a cat, and is not entirely sure what name he knows me by, or what time he is currently a part of. Thinking it is 1999, the time period of my show, he briefly flirts with changing the time stream, then gets confused.
Part IV: “I Am Your Captain, The Lord Jesus Christ.”
22.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part VII
23.) Here Comes The Martian Martians * Jonathan Richman * The Beserkley Years: The Best Of Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers * Rhino Records
24.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part VIII *
25.) The Old Man Blues * Cathead * Greatest sHits * Self-Released
26.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part IX
27.) Title Track * King Missile * Mystical Shit * Shimmy-Disc Records
28.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part X
29.) Mongoloid * Devo * Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! * Warner Bros. Records
30.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part XI *
31.) Don’t Know What I Am * The Wipers * Is This Real?
32.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part XII
33.) Old Queen Cole * Ween * God Ween Satan: The Oneness
A Minute With The Pope 06: Bob Is Dead All That’s Left Is Earl * The Pope * Recorded on a Handheld Cassette Recorder & an iPhone.
Part V: The Gate Of Death
34.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part XIII *
35.) Bleach Boys * The Dead Milkmen * Beelzebubba * Enigma Records
36.) Lousy Weekend * Daniel Johnston * Fun * Atlantic Records
37.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part XIV *
38.) Pie * KARP * Suplex * Kill Rock Stars Records
39.) Cowboy Love * The Reverand Horton Heat * Holy Roller * Sub Pop Records
40.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part XV *
41.) The Halo Benders * The Halo Benders * Don’t Tell Me Now * K Records
42.) Hair * Adickdid * Stars Kill Rock
43.) Brainwashed * The Crabs * Brainwashed * K Records
44.) Reason To Live * The Oblivians * Soul Food * Crypt Record
Part VI: Pure Darkness (17 February 1999)
01.) Funeral Girl (Daniel Johnston) *
02.) Pablo Picasso (Jonathan Richman) *
03.) Hate & War (The Clash) *
04.) RCs Mom (Dead Milkmen) *
05.) Suck (Kicking Giant) *
06.) ?? (The Crabs) *
07.) The Way Of The World (Flipper)