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Idiot’s Delight Rent Party
New York 1992 [no label, 2CD]

Live at WXRK Studios, New York, NY; November 22, 1992. Very good FM broadcast.

This is just too much fun to pass by… and with Don Dixon, a big plus.

Thanks to kingrue for sharing the show at The Traders’ Den.

kingrue noted:

I’m really happy and proud to be releasing this… You guys and gals are gonna lose your minds when you hear what’s in the set list! We’ve got Marshall Crenshaw backed by The E Street Band [Ed: Practically!], along with an array of others. The late Joey Ramone of the Ramones is here and sings a few songs. People are calling in and with a $125 donation they can make a song request. This is completely unrehearsed. They’re not just doing snippets and samples, they are playing the full renditions of each song. A BIG Thank You goes to Paul from Switzerland for supplying the tapes and doing the transfer and tracking on this incredible recording!

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92.3 K-Rock FM > 2nd generation cassette
AKAI GX-W45 deck > Edirol (44.1)
Cool Edit Pro (tracking) > TLH [SB’s aligned] Flac level 8

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Disc 1
Track 101. intro 1:24 (3.4MB)
Track 102. Sunshine Superman (Donovan) 6:36 (15.8MB)
Track 103. Don’t Let Me Down (The Beatles) 5:59 (14.4MB)
Track 104. Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Judy Garland) 4:47 (11.5MB)
Track 105. Stray Cat Blues (The Rolling Stones) 4:11 (10.1MB)
Track 106. Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac) 4:49 (11.5MB)
Track 107. Crazy (Willie Nelson) 3:25 (8.2MB)
Track 108. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (The Tokens) 6:52 (16.5MB)
Track 109. Route 66 (King Cole Trio) 3:34 (8.6MB)
Track 110. Dear Prudence (The Beatles) 2:07 (5.1MB)
Track 111. Rock Around The Clock (Bill Haley & His Comets) 5:22 (12.9MB)
Track 112. Bright Lights Big City (Jimmy Reed) 3:15 (7.8MB)
Track 113. I Fought The Law (The Crickets) 2:47 (6.7MB)
Track 114. Someday Someway (Marshall Crenshaw) 4:55 (11.8MB)
Track 115. Piece Of My Heart (Janis Joplin) 4:04 (9.8MB)
Track 116. Draft Dodger Rag (Pete Seeger) 1:48 (4.3MB)
Track 117. And I Love Her (The Beatles) 2:54 (7.0MB)
Track 118. Funky Broadway (Wilson Pickett) 3:09 (7.6MB)
Track 119. Baby I Love You (The Ronettes) 3:48 (9.1MB)
76 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (The Temptations) 3:49 (9.2MB)
Track 202. Havin’ A Party (Sam Cooke) 6:38 (15.9MB)
Track 203. Pink Cadillac (Bruce Springsteen) 4:19 (10.3MB)
Track 204. You’re A Friend Of Mine (Jackson Browne) 6:29 (15.6MB)
Track 205. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan) 4:59 (12.0MB)
Track 206. Censorshit (The Ramones) 5:02 (12.1MB)
Track 207. Tired Of Waiting For You (The Kinks) 3:31 (8.5MB)
Track 208. Truckin’ (Grateful Dead) 5:49 (14.0MB)
Track 209. Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin/Willie Dixon) 5:29 (13.2MB)
Track 210. Splish Splash (Bobby Darin) 5:10 (12.4MB)
Track 211. We’ve Got To Stay Together 4:55 (11.8MB)
Track 212. Somewhere Down The Line (Marshall Crenshaw) 5:50 (14.0MB)
Track 213. Younger Girl (The Lovin’ Spoonful) 2:41 (6.4MB)
Track 214. I Wanna Be Sedated (The Ramones) 2:24 (5.8MB)
Track 215. Soul Serenade (Willie Mitchell) 4:34 (11.0MB)
Track 216. Poison Heart (The Ramones) 4:42 (11.3MB)
Track 217. I Won’t Let It Happen (The Ramones) 2:32 (6.1MB)
79 mins

Presented by DJs Vin Scelsa and Dave Herman featuring:
Marshall Crenshaw - lead vocals, guitar
Joey Ramone - vocals
Andy Shernoff - acoustic guitar
Max Weinberg - drums
Dan Federicci - organ
Clarence Clemons - saxophone
Gary Tallent - bass
Jimmy Vivino - lead guitar, vocals
Don Dixon - guitar
Jules Shear - vocals
Joe Delia - keyboards
Joyce Bowden - background vocals
Catherine Russell - background vocals

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  2. and Andy Shernoff as well! if not for it being a one-off, definitely the makings of a supergroup (albeit a strange one) of its time.
    thank, Big-O. keep up the constant variety. helps keep one from getting sedentary and stale.

    By 23rdDjin on Nov 17, 2016

  3. Wow! Thanks bigO this looks amazing!

    i was wondering why its called “idiot’s delight”. a search brought up an outdated web page which says:

    “For the uninitiated,Idiot’s Delight is an eclectic radio show hosted by Vin Scelsa,which ran on WXRK-FM in NY from the mid-80’s to the end of 1995 and ran on WNEW-FM from 1996 to 2000. ID now runs on WFUV-FM,a public radio station broadcast from Fordham U.” Scelsa is now retired.

    By barth on Nov 17, 2016

  4. This is a very fun listen!

    By ScarRad on Nov 17, 2016

  5. “Draft Dodger Rag” was written by Phil Ochs, not Pete Seeger (Seeger covered it though).

    By KenF on Nov 17, 2016

  6. Yes, Draft Dodger Rag is a Phil Ochs song.

    By JDDPro on Nov 17, 2016

  7. Wow! I have vivid memories of this…first of Vin Scelsa announced it the week before, and then listening to it that night. Taped most of it, might even still have the cassette somewhere, but nice to have it in digital form. That’s Vin Scelsa, the DJ, singing on “Draft Dodger Rag”–he’s just trying to jog the band’s memory by reciting the lyrics, and they fall in behind him.

    The idea was that every year around Thanksgiving, a New York radio station would do a Hungerthon benefit. They’d ask for donations and also put items up for bid–autographs, rock and sports memorabilia, and so on. This show was the finale of the Hungerthon, and they called it the “Rent Party” with the idea that this show would earn the money for the charity’s expenses and overhead, so every penny earned the rest of the weekend could actually go to helping the hungry.

    The charity in question was World Hunger Year, co-founded by Harry Chapin. Now known as WhyHunger, it’s an excellent charity with a great track record of making sure most of its money actually gets to the people it helps. Various New York radio stations will be participating in Hungerthon this week, and Roger McGuinn is doing a benefit concert for them on Long Island in May. If you enjoyed the show, consider kicking in a few dollars to keep its mission alive.

    Thanks BigO as always!

    By Brett Alan on Nov 20, 2016

  8. FYI: “Draft Dodger Rag” is a Phil Ochs song.

    By Dave Potvin on Dec 10, 2016

  9. Nevermind about the Phil Ochs comment, since someone already made it. Good catch, KenF

    By Dave Potvin on Dec 10, 2016

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