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

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

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

King Phillip Came Over For Great Spaghetti

or…  the tree of life in all its glorious, taxonomically organized, splendour!
Settle in for a journey through time and space as we investigate LIFE itself with some rip-crackin’ tunes, and a little biology crammed in for extra flavour.
Part I – Domain Archea, Domain Bacteria, and part of the Domain Eukaryota (Protists, Plants and Fungi)

Homage to the Ancient Ones – R. Carlos Nakai
Strain of Bacteria – ShellyDevoto/Buzzkunst
Cholera – El Rego et ses Commandos
Green Slime – Richard Delvy
Amoeba – John Hegley and the Popticians
The Blob – The Five Blobs
Seaweed – Quincy Jones
Moss Garden – David Bowie
Sweet Fern – The Carter Family
Women’s Sago Song – Villagers of Yibru, Papua New Guinea
In the Pines – The Louvin Brothers
Jennifer Juniper – Donovan
Sweet Lotus Blossom – Julia Lee
Magnolia – The California Ramblers
Cinnamon – Tommy Roe
Salt & Pepper – Ronnie Summers
Grazin’ in the Grass – Friends of Distinction
Aloha ‘Ia ‘O Wai’anae – Agnes Malabey
Gingerbread – Frankie Avalon
Whispering Grass – The Ink Spots
Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
Daisys Up Your Butterfly – The Cramps
Sunflower – The Skylarks with Russ Morgan
Venus Flytrap and the Bug – Stevie Wonder
Cactus – The Legendary Stardust Cowboy
New Rose – The Damned
Wine Wine Wine – Floyd Dixon
Fungus Among Us – Hugh Barret and the Victors
Penicillin – Johnny MacRae
Mushroom – Can
Mushroom Strut – The Fantastics
Hey Bartender There’s a Bug in my Beer – Gene Phillips

and… as promised, here is a great little film of some slime molds in action: