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Yellow SubAiuto



This Friday's All Things Italian Festival ends at 9:30 PM.  In order to make sure that everyone leaves quickly, Yellow Submarine*, Fairfield's premier and only Beatles cover band will begin playing at that time.  

Seriously though, we've been practicing hard and are looking forward to keeping the party going until 11:00 PM.

Therefore it seems appropriate that this week's Whizbang opens with a set of Beatles songs performed in Italian by various artists, including "Ma Voglio Solo Te", "Nelle Tue Mani", "Non Cercarmi" and of course "Cerca Di Capire"

Tuesday 6/1/10  8-10 PM   Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.


An I.W.H. salute to those fine folks at British Petroleum*, especially on behalf of the people (and pelicans) of Louisiana - who haven't had enough trouble, Lord knows.

(*BP, the fourth largest company in the world, according to Wikipedia, has been convicted of environmental crimes on three previous occasions and was once fined $87,000,000 for 270 safety violations by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.  I'd trust them to clean up this mess, wouldn't you?)





Also, on a lighter and less greasy note, Swedith, Goose, Tink, Lena and all the other residents of Tina return to regale us with an adventure entitled "Too Many Signs", starting around 8:30.

Tuesday, 5/25/10  8-10 PM   Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.




Little Stevie Wonder, "The Twelve-Year Old Genius" just became (big) Stevie Wonder, the sixty-year old genius.  

Although he's released only one album of new material in the past fifteen years, his accomplishments are more than enough to fulfill the career dreams of any three musicians.  He's had over thirty Top Ten hits in the U.S. and sold over two hundred million albums. He's won twenty-two Grammy awards (the most ever won by a solo artist), as well as a Lifetime Achievement award.  He's been inducted into both the Rock 'n' Roll and Songwriters Hall of Fame.  He won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "I Just Called to Say I Love You" (from The Woman in Red).


If you're not a regular I.W.H. listener (and if so, you and I will have a little talk about that later, and you'd better have a darned good excuse) you've probably never heard of The Chandler Travis Philharmonic.

From their website (  "The Chandler Travis Philharmonic is a 9-piece technicolor extravaganza from Boston that includes a horn section, string, bass, mandocello, guitar, drums, accordion and valet.  It's possible they might be the missing link between The Kinks and Sun Ra..."


The reviewers:

Get BackLet's get the facts straight: The Beatles' final album was Abbey Road.  The release of Let It Be was a botched afterthought, recorded before Abbey Road and shelved because it was such a hopeless mess.  Intended as a simple back-to-the-roots project after the grandiose production that went into Revolver, Sgt. Pepper and The White Album - and at the same time a documentary film about the Beatles' creative process - Get Back (as the album and film were originally titled) quickly became mired in disagreement, boredom and lack of direction. And the film became a record of the band's dissolution.




In honor of the new production of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical at Fairfield's Sondheim Theater, a musical salute to all things hirsute - untrimmed - to open this week's I.W.H.  


WARNING: This program will also feature nudity, often in stereo.


Tuesday, 4/27/10  8-10 PM.  

Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K

Green light

Dudes!  I was, like, totally going to tell you about the theme for this week's show but I...uh...what were we talking about?  Oh yeah, 420 Day!


Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the current and previous two Presidents of the United States, have all used marijuana.  So have other heavy hitters (so to speak) on both sides of the political fence, including Al Gore, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and Arnold Schwarzenegger, to name but a few.

President Jimmy Carter supported  "...legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana."  President Richard Nixon suppressed a study (that he had commissioned) by the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse, because it concluded that cannabis prohibition was probably unconstitutional.

Death and Taxes


Actually I think Eddie Izzard's "Cake...or Death?" is a much better option.  Leave taxes out of the equation entirely.  

However, this Thursday is your final (pre-extension) opportunity to be taken by the ankles, held upside-down and shaken, so this week's I.W.H. opens with its annual salute to the I.R.S. and money.  

And remember, when you put "The" in front of I.R.S. it spells "Theirs."

Tuesday 4/13/10  8-10 PM.   Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.



It's a pleasure to introduce KRUU listeners to the world of Swedith in Tina (rhymes with China), a charming, wise and ever-so-slightly stoned series of children's stories which originally aired on KPFA in Berkeley, California in the late sixties.  It's certainly the only children's story I know where the piano is not only invented by an elephant, but said elephant plays the instrument exactly like Thelonius Monk.

Originally inspired by a bowl of fruit cocktail (don't ask), the residents of Tina include:


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