“I think this is a very lively bit of radio!” So says Alex Chilton happily on this half-hour tape of a 1978 KUT-Austin broadcast, presumably made in the very wee hours of the morning. Chilton could’ve easily substituted “lively” with “inappropriate.” Delightfully inappropriate, I think — though the easily offended should probably just move on. From the Nazi Christmas song “Riding Through The Reich” to his hilarious DJ trolling (which the host takes in good humor), this is Alex at his most absurd. Don’t take it too seriously, he’s just fucking with you! He even takes a bathroom break at one point. There’s some fun music here, too — the whole thing makes a nice companion to the sonic anarchy of Like Flies On Sherbert, which Chilton was in the midst of creating at the time. Also of note: a Cramps cover. Rock hard!
One time when Alex was in Glasgow he asked if I knew a song by Carly Simon called ‘The Right Thing To Do’. I said I didn’t know it. He said he knew I would love it and promised when he got home he’d put it on a tape for me and send it over. A few weeks later a tape arrived from Alex, with a note explaining he couldn’t find the album with the track on it so he had to record him and a couple of friends doing a version of it. He was right, I love the song. I hope you love it too. Duglas