GM Playlist #1: The Shape of Things to Come

The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice

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(Titles not found on Spotify are marked in red, though in some cases alternate versions are noted, as well as YouTube versions. Segues, critical to the experience of this playlist, are something a listener is free to imagine for him or herself.)

1. Firesign Theatre, from How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You’re Not Anywhere at All (1969)
2. Marian Anderson, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” Easter Sunday, Lincoln Memorial (1939) (YouTube)
3. Otis Spann, “Hotel Lorraine” (1968) (YouTube)
4. Arliss Howard, from The Human Stain audio book (2000)
5. Angelo Badalamenti, from Lost Highway Original Soundtrack (1997) into Riley Puckett, “Nobody’s Business” (1940)
6. Bob Holman and David Thomas, “Black Coffee Dawn” (2000) (alternate version available on Spotify)
7. Blue Sky Boys, “Down on the Banks of the Ohio” (1936)
8. Heavens to Betsy, “Baby’s Gone” (1992) (YouTube)9. Martina McBride, “Independence Day” (1994)
10. Allen Ginsberg, from Wichita Vortex Sutra: Recorded at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, October 19, 1994, into Pere Ubu, “Heart of Darkness,” from The Shape of Things (1976) (alternate version of “Wichita” available on Spotify)
11. Rocket from the Tombs, “Ain’t It Fun” (1975—contains objectionable language)
12. James Garner and Sharon Farrell, from Marlowe (1969) into David Thomas & Two Pale Boys, “Runaway” (2001)
13. Fleetwoods, “Come Softly to Me” (rehearsal version, 1959), into Rosie & the Originals, “Angel Baby” (1960), into Julee Cruise, “Questions in a World of Blue” (1992)
14. Bill Pullman, Colm Feore, Thomas C. Morris and Ben Tone, from The Virginian (2000)
15. Max Frost & the Troopers, “Shape of Things to Come” (1968)


Compilation by Greil Marcus.
Mastered by David Gans—Truth and Fun, Inc.

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