PHOTOS: Yo La Tengo Takes Your Requests at WFMU

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At the WFMU studios on Montgomery Street in Downtown Jersey City on Friday, March 5, host Gaylord Fields asked callers not to get too obscure with their requests — or at least to be reasonable. And for the most part listeners cooperated. Yo La Tengo — Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew — fresh from their Australian/New Zealand tour and with their pal Bruce Bennett on guitar, played requests live from 8 pm to after 11 pm. The requests show, which has become an annual ‘FMU tradition in support of its yearly pledge drives, was hosted by Pseu Braun and Gaylord Fields. Meanwhile, the nonprofit freeform station’s drive continues this week, culminating in a live closing broadcast from Maxwell’s on Sunday, March 14. Tune in locally at 91.1 or on

Here’s the set list:

Bob Seger: Old Time Rock & Roll
Beatles: Rain
Sandy Denny: For Shame of Doing Wrong (I Wish I Was A Fool For You)
Dump: Secret Blood (my request)
Grateful Dead: Ripple

Hotlegs (Godley & Creme): Neanderthal Man
Fleetwood Mac: Second Hand News / 1910 Fruitgum Company – Indian Giver (medley)
Yo La Tengo – Drug Test
Brownsville Station – Smokin’ In The Boys Room
Iggy Pop – TV Eye

Violent Femmes – Add It Up
Lulu – To Sir With Love
Big Star – When My Baby’s Beside Me
The Embarrassment – Sex Drive
Yo La Tengo – Can’t Forget
Ronettes – Be My Baby

Martin Denny/Duke Ellington/Dave Brubeck/The Ventures – Caravan
Buddy Holly – Not Fade Away
Television – Marquee Moon
Modern Lovers – Roadrunner
Grassroots – Midnight Confessions

Question Mark & the Mysterians – 96 Tears
Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug
Sam The Sham – Wooly Bully
The Scene Is Now – A Man’s Coconut
Yo La Tengo – Blue Line Swinger

Barbarians – Moulty
Neil Young – Cinnamon Girl
Chic – Le Freak
Tommy James & the Shondells – I Think We’re Alone Now

Seals & Crofts – Summer Breeze
Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
Mission of Burma – That’s When I Reach For My Revolver
Flipper – Sex Bomb (medley), including, among other things: Donny Most – Rock Is Dead; Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows; Rodd Keith – How Can A Man Overcome His Heartbroken Pain? (American Song Poem Anthology); Kingsmen – Louie Louie; Modern Lovers – Astral Plane; dBs – Dynamite; Leonard Cohen – So Long Marianne; Brenda Lee – I’m Sorry; Andrew Gold – Lonely Boy; Sesame Street – Rubber Duckie; Marvin Gaye – How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You; Velvet Underground – We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together; George Harrison – All Things Must Pass.

Steve Gold

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