Friday, August 08, 2014


Collage courtesy All This Is That

I'm enjoying posting past W&F installments so much, it just might become a regular feature of this blog. Especially when the occasion is appropriately befitting, such as today, the fortieth anniversary of the death of Nazi Reichsjugendf├╝hrer Baldur von Schirach. Oh, and also that one guy quitting his job. In honor of whom we presented a very special edition of W&F a couple of months ago on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of that same fellow passing over into the realm of legend, where some say a hunched-over figure stalks the backstreets of Yorba Linda, shuffling phlebitically in ridiculously oversized Bermuda shorts, grey death-jowls flopping, alternately croaking out "braaaaaaaaains," "Beeeeeeeebeeeee," and "Chhhhheeeeecccckkkerrsssssss." Your host for these infestivities is historian, author and used-fedora salesman Braxton Hicks. So, whattayasay? Let's kick him around a little more...


11:05PM National Lampoon (Chevy Chase/Rhonda Coullet/etc.) “Introduction and Impeachment Parade/Pennsylvania Avenue/News/Plumber Commercial/Impeachment Day Parade Continued” from The Missing White House Tapes (1974)
11:12PM Manic Street Preachers “The Love of Richard Nixon” from Lifeblood (2004)
11:15PM Richard Nixon “Richard Nixon” from Celebrities at Their Worst (2003)
11:15PM Norman Blake & Peter Ostroushko “President Richard Milhous Nixon's Hornpipe” from Meeting on Southern Soil (2002)
11:19PM Christmas “Richard Nixon” from Ultraprophets Of Thee Psykick Revolution (1989)
11:22PM Howlin' Wolf “The Watergate Blues” from The Back Door Wolf (1973)
11:25PM Neil Young “Campaigner” from Neil Young - Decade (1979)
11:29PM Hunter S. Thompson “Richard Milhous Nixon” from University of Colorado, 1977 (1977)
11:32PM Orson Welles “The Coming of Richard” from The Begatting of the President (1969)
11:36PM David Frye “Dick Nixon's Solid Gold” from Richard Nixon: A Fantasy (1973)
11:38PM Richard Pryor “President Nixon” from Craps (After Hours) (1971)
11:39PM Frank Zappa “Dickie's Such an Asshole” from You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3 (1989)
11:48PM Missing Persons* “Richard Nixon at the Oxford Union” from Deleted Funtime - Various Tunes by Various Loons (1980)
11:49PM Rod & The MSR Singers “Richard Nixon” from Do You Know the Difference Between Big Wood and Brush (2003)
11:52PM National Lampoon (John Belushi/Garry Goodrow/Chevy Chase/etc.) “The Constitution Game/News/Senate Hearings/Impeachment Day Parade Continued” fromThe Missing White House Tapes (1974)
12:02AM Fred Wesley & The JB's “You Can Have Watergate But Gimme Some Bucks and I'll Be Straight” from James Brown's Funky People (Part 2) (1988)
12:08AM Richard O'Brien “Letter to Nixon (Rocky Horror Picture Show radio ad)” from Songs From The Vaults: A Collection Of Rocky Horror Rarities (1990)
12:09AM Electric Prunes “Hey Mr. President” from 7" single (1969)
12:12AM Little Kathy Hoffman “Kathy's Letter” from 7" single (1968)
12:16AM The Residents “Saint Nix” from Residue Deux (1998)

* Not the Missing Persons you're thinking of.


12:16AM The Residents “Saint Nix” from Residue Deux (1998) (part two)
Richard Nixon “The Altered Nixon Speech” from 7" single (1973)
Robyn Hitchcock “1974” from A Star for Bram (2003)
Negativland “Richard Nixon Died Today” from Thigmotactic (2008)
Tom Davis “Fuck Johnny Carson (excerpt)” from 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss (audiobook) (2009)
Oscar Brand “Buckle Down with Nixon (Richard Nixon)” from Presidential Campaign Songs, 1789-1996 (1999)
John Lennon “Gimme Some Truth” from Imagine (1971)
Mono Puff “Nixon's the One” from Unsupervised (1996)
National Lampoon (Tony Scheuren/John Belushi/Chevy Chase/etc.) “Tooth Commercial/Mission: Impeachable/News” from The Missing White House Tapes (1974)
The Firesign Theatre “The Breaking of the President” from I Think We're All Bozos On This Bus (1971)
Stevie Wonder “You Haven't Done Nothin'” from Fulfillingness' First Finale (1974)
Marc Levin “Letter to President Nixon (excerpt)” from Social Sketches (1975)
Ism “Nixon Now More Than Ever” from The Big Apple Rotten To The Core (1982)
Gil Scott-Heron “H2OGate Blues” from Winter in America (1974)
Orson Welles “The Ascension” from The Begatting of the President (1969)
National Lampoon (Chevy Chase/John Belushi/etc.) “The FBI/Impeachment, Swearing Out/The Gerry Ford Show” from The Missing White House Tapes (1974)

Tuesday, August 05, 2014


Kelly Rose, Matt Dwyer, and me.  (photo by Shane Bugbee)

Yes, by god, it has been a while.  What's it to you?  I've been busy, that's all.  Like that comprehensive six-volume According to Jim episode guide is going to write itself...

But I've returned for a good reason - I'm compelled to share with y'all what may well be one of the best W&Fs in the show's eight-year history.  My good friend Shane Bugbee, always looking out for me, helped yank me out of my latest slough of despond by bringing to the studio his childhood pal and comedy savant Matt Dwyer (who in turn brought his gal-pal, Ms. Kelly Rose, whose name I promise not to forget from now on) for a concentrated blast of comedy geekery and some free-wheeling chat which, I daresay, went approximately a thousand times better than the last time Shane set me up with an in-studio guest (a nightmare to be recounted in full at a later date).  Matt, for those not in the know, is a stand-up comic and improv performer with two decades' experience (including a stint at Chicago's legendary Second City), and the host of a marvelous podcast, Conversations with Matt Dwyer, which you owe it to yourself to get to know.  (Follow either of Matt's links below for more.)  Seriously, I haven't had this much fun on the air in I don't know how long; Matt and I keyed into one another pretty much immediately and the conversation flowed accordingly, as you will hear if you check out the streams below.  So do that, won't you?

(WARNING: contains strong language and far too many references to analingus.  In my defense, the show airs within the FCC-mandated "Safe Harbor" period of 10 pm - 6 am, when such things are allowed.  So don't complain to anybody, else I'll FCC you up.)

Matt Dwyer -;
Kelly Rose -
Shane Bugbee -

William Ham (with Matt Dwyer, Shane Bugbee, & Kelly Rose) WOW & FLUTTER # 000327 (June 25, 2014):

0:00:00 - non-heterosexual program outro
0:00:37 - promos, events that have already happened, blah blah
0:03:45 - Looking Out For One Number - a mashup by William Ham
0:07:00 - Porpoise Song - the Monkees (Head, 1968)
0:11:10 - Willie the Pimp - Frank Zappa (w/Captain Beefheart) (Hot Rats, 1969)
0:20:30 - Chicken Grabber - Nite Hawks (Pink Flamingos (original soundtrack), 1972)
0:22:32  - '95 Jailbreak - Shellac (Sides 1-4, 1995)
0:27:05 - Sluggin Fer Jesus (Part One) - Cabaret Voltaire (Eight Crepuscule Tracks, 1992)
0:31:56 - The Craig Torso Show - Bonzo Dog Band (Unpeeled: The Peel Sessions, 1995)
0:37:13 - Warm Leatherette - the Normal (7" single, 1978)
0:40:36 - station ID, back announcing, the last moment where the host has anything like control over the show
0:42:06 - bulbous intro, introducing Matt & Shane & Kelly
0:43:30 - riveting paperboys on acid, why Astoria?
0:45:25 - the swearing and the analingus start in earnest
0:47:10 - Dwyer's origin story, the host shows off his comedy knowledge and it won't get tired for a few minutes yet
0:49:25 - "Hey, Dwyer, got any unicorns?" and other Chris Farley talk
0:52:10 - "Run free, comedy chicken," Orson Welles talk, the host indulges his bizarre Henry Jaglom obsession for whatever reason
0:55:15 - comparing trainwrecks, polite beatings
0:58:00 - bonding over mini-PTSD
0:59:10 - more analingus, not enough whiskey or cocaine
1:02:30 - podcast talk, Shane plugs himself, more podcast talk (with Shane plugging himself again somewhere in there)
1:06:10 - cooking with David Yow, Dan Harmon talk
1:08:15 - Studs Turkel (singular and plural), the essence of Chicago (the city, not the band)
1:12:15 - Dwyer's serial-killer ambitions, omega males, segue into music
1:15:05 - Jumps, Giggles and Shouts - Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps (Blue Jean Bop!, 2002)
1:17:56 - Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry (part one) (36 All-Time Greatest Hits, 2000)

00:00 - Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry (part two)
01:04 - Cancer - Peter Cook & Dudley Moore (Derek & Clive (Live), 1976)
02:20 - Blindness - the Fall (Fall Heads Roll, 2005)
09:49 - back announcing, the proper location of Kelly's dimples, Chuck Berry vs. punk, celebrity sexuality
12:43 - urinating with the greats, Blues Brothers talk trumps Jim Belushi talk
16:24 - Dan Aykroyd: bartender, more Blues Brothers talk
21:04 - John Landis talk, Fellini's Fettucini, Shane's "modern kissing booth"
25:12 - the host tells his Lou Reed story, so don't let him talk your ear off with it ever again
32:42 - Nerd or Geek?, SCTV talk, Belushi minutiae
35:30 - Second City/Del Close talk, RVTV, knocking on Amy Poehler's door and running away
39:00 - plugs 'n' hugs 'n' swirlies 'n' things; signoff