Dr. Elemento’s Periodic Mix

Dr Elemento invites you to “get chemical” and enjoy these 77 minutes of atom-themed, elemental and ionic music (atomic number 77 = Iridium, in case you were wondering). This month on the Parus radious show (we do periodically tackle such subjects).
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Rock And Roll Atom – Red McCoy With The Sons Of The Soil
The Hydrogen Bomb – Al Rogers with His Rocky Mountain Boys
Pretty Red Balloons – Apollas
Copper Girl – The Maytals
Band of Gold – Freda Payne
Too Much Air Not Enough Oxygen – John Otway
Leadfoot – Don Sargent
Nickel Plated Baby – Amos Milburn
Platinum Blues – Frank Sinatra
Cast Iron Arm – Peanuts Wilson
Tin Can Alley Blues  – Lonnie Johnson
Carbon Copy – Larry Trider
Fluoride – Simon Joyner
Iodine In My Coffee – Muddy Waters
Titanium – Kraftwerk
Nitro – Dick Dale
30 Pieces Of Silver  – Prince Buster
The Sulphur Queen – Johnny Nelms
Goodbye Neon Lies – Bob Lind
Mercury Blues – K.C. Douglas
Only Arsenic – The Rich Kids
Uranium – Commodores
Atomic  – Blondie
Elements  – Tom Lehrer

A Dog Gone Show

Hey hey! Welcome back to the Parus radious show after a little summer hiatus. In addition to a summer packed full of great things, there was also a little sadness due to the loss of the greatest dog of all time – the Meta-Dog. In honor of the space-age rock-n-roll mechanical animal, this month’s show features all songs about… dogs! (Don’t worry, I promise there aren’t any sad songs… well maybe one, but I’ll warn you beforehand).

Dog Cat – The Capitols
I had a Little Dog – Big Jack Reynolds
The Boston Puppy – Earl Lett
Ain’t Gonna Walk Your Dog No More – Otis Williams
Big Dog Little Dog – Harvey Hurt
Two-Headed Dog – Roky Erickson
Chihuahua – Bow Wow Wow
Mon Chein – Les Malpolis
I’ll take the Dog – Jean Shepard and Ray Pillow
I’m like a Dog Without a Bone – Joey Gills
I Won’t Hang Around Like A Hound Dog –  Diane Lawrence
Greyhound – Amos Milburn
Moondog – The Treniers
Hellhound on my Trail –  Robert Johnson
Dog War – The Maytals with Prince Buster
Oh Susanna! – The Singing Dogs
DOG (Aint A Mans Best Friend) – Lewis Clark
Same Dog Bit Me – Tommy Elliot
Puppy Love – Ike and Tina Turner
Bow Bow (Life Aint Nothing But Dog Eat Dog)  – Titus Tee Turner
I Didnt Steal Your Dog – Virgie Till
I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges
Howlin’ For My Darling   The Greek Fountains
The Wolf Pack – Kid Thomas
Old Shep – Red Foley

Off to the land of the ice and snow…

Welcome back listeners. This month I’m off to the land of the ice and snow, with the midnight sun and the hot springs flow. That’s right. It’s an all Iceland-themed show this month. Get your passports and hiking boots ready and I’ll meet you in the blue lagoon!iceMAPsma


Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
Volcano – Billy Preston
By The Sea – The In-Vaders
Little Volcano – Lloyd Price
Ice Water – Glen Barber
Hot Water – Denny Reed
Iceland – The Fall
Lóa Lóa – Megas
Harbour shark – Pipe & The Pipers
Mister Iceberg – Serge Gainsbourg
The Midnight Sun Will Never Set – Sarah Vaughan
All Night Rock – Glenn Honeycutt
Window Shopping – The Reasons
Erik the Viking – The Bee Kays
Fountain Bliss – The Dynamites
Ice Cold Baby – Marlon “Madman” Mitchell
1000 Miles – Inner Thoughts
The Voice Of Energy – Kraftwerk
Night People – The Leaders
It Pays To Advertise – The Electric Elves
The Volcanic Action Of My Soul – Trenchmouth
Mother Nature – Sins Of Satan
How Do You Like Iceland? – Baggalútur

A Prescription to Rock’n’Roll

Hey there listeners. Got a headache? stomache ache? anxiety? depression? Well, I’ve concocted a special potion just for you, here in my rock’n’roll apothecary. Welcome to the Parus radious drug store. Now, take three bop pills and call me in the morning.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Drugstore Rock’n Roll – Janis Martin
Medicine Man  – Mandingo
Love Potion Number 9  – The Clovers
Make Me A Potion – Hugh Masekela
Mr. Pharmacist – The Fall
Bop Pills – Macy “Skip” Skipper
An Aspirin Would Go Crazy – The Rock
Strychnine – The Sonics
Antacid Cocamotive – Nurse With Wound
Pills – New York Dolls
Mother’s Little Helper- The Rolling Stones
Wonder Drug – Jack Reno
Good Old Chlorophyll – The Rhythm Harmoneers
Caffeine Blues – Gray Matter
Let Me Dream If I Want To (Amphetamine Blues) – Mink Deville
Penicillin – Johnny MacRae
Purple Pill Eater – Wild Ones
Little Yellow Pill – Jackie Lomax
Amphetamine Blue – The Fallen Angels
The Vibrations – I Took an Overdose
Too Many Pills – Arkey Blue
Drug Train – Monsters
Drug – Talking Heads

My Name is Parus radious, you killed my father, prepare to die.

Muhammed Ali says in his autobiography: “I’m a fighter. I believe in the eye-for-an-eye business. I’m no cheek turner. I got no respect for a man who won’t hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat.”  Well, all you dog-killers and even for all you cheek-turners, this month we’re delving into songs that sing the merits or pitfalls of revenge and vengeance (and a little bit of Schadenfreude). Bust out the cold cuts music fans and sharpen those straight razors:
You’ll Pay – Little David and his Harps
Revenge – The Others
I Warned You Baby – Frankie Lee Sims
You’ve Got Another Thing Coming – Esquires
Fist City – Loretta Lynn
The Box it Came in – Wanda Jackson
Cuttin’ My ABCs – Charlie Jordan aka Uncle Skipper
Frankie and Johnny – Sam Cooke
Rocky Raccoon – Richie Havens
Run Uncle John! Run! – Jerry McCain and his Upstarts
Pirate Jenny – Nina Simone
Stone Cold Dead in the Market – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan
Johnnie Take My Wife – Wilmouth Houdini
Apesar de Você – Chico Buarque
A Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash
These Boots are Made for Walking – Nancy Sinatra
One Way or Another – Blondie
I’ll Get You Too – Billy Emerson
Revenge – Black Flag
Mental Revenge – Johnny Darrell
Revenge – Herbie Hancock
Vengeance (Title Theme) – Carlo Savina
The Payback, Pt. 1 – James Brown


Seeing the Forest for the Trees

Take a walk in the woods with Parus radious. This month the show features songs about forests, trees,  logs, timber and other woody wonders. So put on your hiking boots, grab your walking stick and get ready to head out on the road less traveled by…


In the Woods – The Chords
Woodpecker Rock – Nat Couty and the Braves
Tall Tall Trees – George Jones
Out of Our Trees – The Mummies
I’m a Carpenter – David Robinson
(I Wanna Go) Where the Soul Trees Grow – Beau Dollar
(I’m Gonna) Chop Down that Oak Tree – Billy Proctor and Love System
Jerry (This Timber Got to Roll) – Harry Belafonte
Under the Old Oak Tree – Cornel Campbell
The Woods – The Nickel Bag
Buzz Saw – The Gee Cees
Super Jungle – Francis Bebey
In Dark Trees – Brian Eno
Willow Tree – Alton Ellis
The Rock and Roll Carpenter – Emery Blades
Cypress Grove Blues – Skip James
The Breeze from the Trees – The Strands
Sawmill – The Admirals
Settin’ the Woods on Fire – Hank Williams
Sawmill Boogie Blues – Howard Western
Sleeping Trees – Nina Soul
The Road Not Taken – Robert Frost
Don’t Chop Down My Tree – The Raves
Lumberjack Song – Monty Python

and, finally, a little tune that didn’t make it into the show this month – although maybe that is for the best, because it is better with the video:

Canada Vignettes: Log Driver’s Waltz by John Weldon, National Film Board of Canada

A Trip to the Library…

Greetings podcast listener. Here I am, all wrapped up in a comfy blanket on the couch this cold snowy afternoon with a good book. But – oh no! I’m already on the last chapter of this book and I need to take a trip down the street to my local library and pick out the next book to keep me company during these dark winter nights. Want to come along? On the way we can listen to some songs about libraries and books.

Dedicated to Katey, Rita, Tiana, Ann, Mary Beth, Anna, John and all my other librarian friends that my unorganized brain may have misshelved.

p.s. you can click the links to see the books we found on our trip to the library:

Library Book  – The Faders (It Makes You Want to Spit!)
You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover – Dale Hawkins (The Mill on the Floss)
ABC Rocksteady – The Gaylads (Original Mother Goose)
Looking for my Pig – Joe Tex (The Three Pigs or maybe: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs)
Robinson Crusoe Bop – Sonny Cole (Robinson Crusoe)
Something Wicked This Way Comes – Barry Adamson ( Something Wicked This Way Comes)
Brother is Watching You – Sheldon Allman (1984)
Just like Romeo and Juliet – Reflections (Romeo and Juliet)
Along came Pride – Donnie Elbert
Long Dark Night for Prejudice – Soul Brothers Inc. ( Pride and Prejudice or maybe this one: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Tale of Two Cities – Carlton Livingston (A Tale of Two Cities)
Venus in Furs – Velvet Underground (Venus in Furs  and The Velvet Underground)
Don’t Meet Mr Frankenstein – Carlos Casal Jr. (Frankenstein)
Docteur Jekyll et Monsieur Hyde – Serge Gainsbourg (Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde)
I am the Fly – Wire (Lord of the Flies or, for you whingers like Jimmy James and Jeff: Fly)
New Face in Hell – The Fall (New Face in Hell)
Tales of Brave Ulysses – Cream (Odyssey or Ulysses)
Call of the Wild – Texas Bill Strength (The Call of the Wild)
Oh Oh Lolita – The Cadillacs (Lolita)
Listen to the Mockingbird – Brother Bones and His Shadows (To Kill a Mockingbird)
Stop the War Now – Edwin Starr (War and Peace)
Trust the Book – The Versatiles (The Illustrated Bible or The Kebra Nagast)
33rd Stanza of a Hymn to Sancho Panza – Beaver and Krause (Don Quixote de la Mancha)

The World After the End of the World

It’s a whole new world! A fresh world made entirely from the smouldering ashes left over after “the end of the world” that never happened. The fizzled out anti-apocalypse. This month on the show we listen to some tunes all about the END of it all…. and the world after the end of the world.


It’s After the End of the World – Sun Ra
Stop The World – Gary Shelton
On that Day – Burning Junior
Atom Bomb – Glenn Barber
The Cave – Johnny Paycheck
Five Years – David Bowie
No Blade of Grass – Roger Whittaker
The Day the World Turned Day-Glo – X-Ray Spex
Watch World War Three (On Pay TV) -The Crown City Four
The End of the World – Skeeter Davis
The End of the World – Aphrodite’a Child
Armagideon Time – Willie Williams
End of the World – Kentrick Patrick
Atomic Bomb – William Onyeabor
War of the Worlds – The Atlantics
Pressure – Celebration
Situation is Facing Total Annihiliation – Nice Face
God’s Gonna Turn Us to Dust – Johnny Tyler
Death Bells at Dawn – The Lords
The World of Gorillas and Monkeys – Brian Ingland
I Hear a New World – Joe Meek and the Blue Men

Sorry… what was your name again?

I just came from another party filled with people I sort-of know, whose names are just at the tip of my tongue. Sorry Listener… remind me of your name once more? I’m Parus, Parus radious. Nice to meet you.
This week we’ll listen to songs about names and aliases.

Call Me Shorty – Mickey Gilley
Lucky is my Name – Bruce Cloud
Speedoo – The Cadillacs
Game is my middle name – Betty Davis
They Call me Big Mama – Big Mama Thornton
Four Women – Nina Simone
They Call Me Mr Tibbs – Quincy Jones
Dollars and Bonds – Lloyd Charmers
They Call Me a Dreamer – The Starlites
The Joker – Billy Myles
Mr Pitiful – Otis Redding
My Name is Morgan (but it ain’t J.P) – Bob Roberts
Snaggletooth – Motorhead
My Name is Jimmy – Gene Crabbe
(They call me) Cupid – Mickey Woods
(They Call Me a) Wrong Man-  Tony Clarke
Fat Boy –  Billy Stewart
They Call Me the Clown – The Care Package
Arkansas Jane – Elwood James
They Call Me Country – Sanford Clark
They Call me the Champ – Jimmy Preston
Rapper’s Delight (Single Version) – The Sugarhill Gang
You Know My Name, Look Up the Number – The Beatles

Do Koalas Prefer Cake Or Frosting, Generally Speaking?

Part 2 of the great Tree of Life show. This time we delve into the Animal Kingdom and some of its many Phyla, Classes, Orders, Families, Genera and Species. Get ready for some wild romping, hopping, hooting and howling in this special extended mix.

The Animal Parade (excerpt) – Jim Copp & Ed Brown
Singing in the Bathtub – King Benny Nawahi
Do the Jellyfish – Neil Sedaka
The Worm has Turned – Eddie Noack
Do the Clam – Elvis
Boris the Spider – The Who
Scorpion – The Eternals
The Ladybug and the Centipede – Leon Bibb
La Madrague – Brigitte Bardot
Insect Ball – Big Jay McNeely
I’m a Bug – Urinals
The Fly Swatter – D.D.T. and the Repellants
Sao Bien (Starfish) – Le Thu
Stingray – Gary Miller
Saturday Night Fish Fry – The Blue Dots
The Frog – Sir Guy
Rattlesnake – Jimmy Castor Bunch
Little Turtle – Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones
Alligator Come Across – Arlie Duff
Kiwi Song – ?
The Chicken – Ronnie Dawson
Peanut Duck – Marsha Gee
Mockingbird – Charlie & Inez Foxx
Love the Way You Funk – Platypus
Kangaroo Hop – Dee Clark
Armadillo – Swell Maps
Hyena Stomp – Jelly Roll Morton
Tiger Man – Rufus Thomas Jr.
Calling All Cows – Blues Rockers
Crazy Horses – The Osmonds
Whale of a Tale – Wynonie Harris
The Squirrel – Dick Dale
I’m a Man – Spencer Davis Group
Pink Elephants – Sun Ra