ZXQ Universe

ZXQ_Universe_Guys-ed (1)Chuck Isle, Mark Masyga & Brian Anderson (pictured) hosted ZXQ Universe, a KFAI show that substituted for Little City in Space (in temporary hiatus for several months). On radio in 1990 there was nothing like ZXQ: these excerpts from their maiden voyage include hilarious monologues by a parade of original characters (Alabama Neptune, Professor Noodle, “Wildman” Slim, Rev. Mild Astonishment), and hypnagogic sound compositions with guest-engineer Greg Carr (Technological Retreat). Special features: TV Guise sponsored by Mrs. Leatherneck Syrup /  News of the Possibly True / Beyond the Unknown / Hillbillies fer Buddha / Commercials for The Kitchen Mohican; Chez Bob’s Detail Recount Store / The Church of the SubGenius Minute of Slack / ZXQ Studios: The Big Dive / records by Buddy Emmons (1937-2015), Johnny Gunn, Les Brown & Vic Schoen. Brian created original music fanfares & ambiance for ZXQ. Listen to ZXQ #1: https://archive.org/details/ZXQ010390

Abridged ZXQ Universe #3 with Chuck intro, Jerry Modjeski guest-engineer, co-controlling horizontal & vertigo with Brian & Mark for TV Guise. Internet Archive logoOther vivisected highlights: News of the Possibly True / Level 99 (commercial) / Professor Noodle / special guest appearance by Peter (Little City in Space) Stenshoel /Gil Goose commentary (“Video Games”) / SubGenius Minute of Slack. Listen: https://archive.org/details/ZXQ011790

Thanks to Stu Mathews, Chuck Isle & Peter Stenshoel for assistance on this post. Hear more ZXQ Universe at Brian Anderson’s website.

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Battle of the TV Guise

img003Wacky word jazz describing idiot box imagery with the Mechanical Spider Clinic‘s four vidiots, Peter Stenshoel, Chuck Isle, Mark Masyga & Jerry.

Chuck

Chuck

Jerry reads; Mark laughs

Jerry reads; Mark laughs

These half-wits matched wits on the air February 27, 1987 (KFAI, Minneapolis-St.Paul) and met again at a house party a year later February 13, 1988 as the tape recorder rolled capturing the event (photos) before a gathering of their friends (pardon some of the overripe sound levels). Listen: https://archive.org/details/battle_of_the_tv_guise

MSC Theme by Bat Lenny; additional background ambiance by ZXQ Studios. KFAI’s Elizabeth Thurber can be heard giving the radio show a promo.SKM_284e15100314530_0001img004

 

Tarzan’s Iowa Adventure

Tarzan_Jane_IowaThe legendary jungle-man finds himself in strange surroundings. Television gets skewered (The Schlockford Files). Also visits with Lazlo Morbid, the bad samaritan lurking next door to you. Commercial parodies include The J. Edgar Hoover Vacuum / Bash-A-Limb Contact Limbs / The Uneven Arms Alarm Clock Palace / Clobber City.  Listen at Archive.org.

Voices by Kay Kirscht, John Darling, Mark Masyga, Chuck Isle, Peter Stenshoel. Thanks to Mark for visual (above).Internet Archive logo Material from broadcasts of The Mechanical Spider Clinic and Another Flask of Weird (KFAI, Minneapolis-St. Paul). MSC Theme by Bat Lenny.

Wake Up Weird #2

KFAI_group80_2smWake Up Weird #2 archives still more original commercials from Wake Up South Side broadcasts of Another Flask of Weird.  Pictured: Jerry Modjeski & Chuck Isle, in front of KFAI’s Walker Church studios.
Off-the-wall sponsors include Hoist and Chewy; Derrick Hoist Athletic Supporter; Mind-Your-Mama brand Mysterioso Lad Crisps; The Tent Revival; Splash ‘n’ Wag (formerly The Eternal Well of the Damned); Hi-Fiber Cellulogs (“…in the easy-to-foil pouch”); The Killette Shaver; Squint City; Baby Nostalgia; The Clever Rodent Cafe; Chez Bob’s Get Back at School Sale ’83; Councilman-at-Loggerheads Wally Indemire stumps for KFAI. Guest Mark Masyga contributes fake ads for The Sud McGee Home Pet Bouncer and The Jungle Todd Bullet-Proof Pencil. There are TV previews; plus the unpredictable embroidery of noises, montages/collages, and radio roulette from the Flask vaults. Listen to Wake Up Weird #2 atInternet Archive logo Archive.org

Radio tapes digitized for listening from August-September-October 1983;  added links at AFOW .

Another Flask: Wake Up Weird

chemistry-glasswareAnother Flask Of Weird (1982-83) aired on KFAI radio’s Wake Up South Side, Saturdays 6 to 9 a.m.  JerryJer_on_dock_2 Modjeski (right) and co-host Chuck Isle (below) read twisted TV previews, and created phony ads. Wake Up Weird collects some of the weirdest yet: Maidenhoist Bra / Floyd’s On The River / Chez Bob’s Presidents Day Sale / Elderly Denture-oni  / Hat Blocking Grist (With The Truck-Stop Helix) /  The Sensuous Tomato / Cumbersome Soup / Captain Ben’s Fest-O-Can Beans /  A Brother’s Crutch /  Uncle Substance & The Braille Gang / The Clever Rodent Cafe

Chuck Isle

Chuck Isle

TV Guise previews began as a regular feature March, 1983. Chuck & Jerry, along with guest Mark Masyga, describe boob-tubular action for your oculars to sink into. Listen to Wake Up Weird at Archive.orgInternet Archive logo

Lost, Now Found Flask!  Hours of AFOW tapes re-discovered in NYC!!!  Just archived:  January 1983 – July 1983. Links under AFOW comments.

More Vintage Flask of Weird

Chuck Isle and Jerry are back with More Vintage Moments from their eclectic KFAI morning program, Another Flask of Weird.

This collection spotlights on-air collages, sound montages, a dream recitation, indi-tape artist contributions, and TV previews (left). Skits include I’m Not Tal Farlow; and Elvis, King of Bicycles.

Fake ads include The Clever Rodent Cafe #2; Peerless Lint; and Captain Wink’s Original Circular Potato Chains in Sweet and Sour Cream Sauce.

Featuring the talents of Leigh Bowser; The Toy Lovers; Will Lebold; Andy Schultz; Renee Bergstrom; and Mark  Masyga. Listen at www.archive.org.

Our Comments section of Another Flask of Weird contains links to original broadcasts now archived for listening!  August – September – October – November 1982

The Mechanical Spider Clinic Volume Five

img003Spoof of 1950s sci-fi Taraunchyla! a giant radioactive arachnid on the rampage for this best-of the Mechanical Spider Clinic. Also: Charles Brin portrays Sherlock Holmes Versus The Spider Lady (Diana Swan). Mark Masyga as Dr. Watsump; Andy Schultz is Rondo, The Creeper.

Lazlo Morbid does Parasite Home Companion with News From Lake Woe.

Additional voices of Rob Shapiro, Leigh Bowser, Bob Rynkiewicz, Beryl Greenberg, and Dexter.

Mark, Peter Stenshoel & Chuck Isle join Jerry to read TV Guise (i.e. left) sponsored by The On Me Theatre; D.W. Ivan’s; Horse of Ether; and Hoopla Generator.

Extras: Original MSC music cues by Bat Lenny (Hot Rods From Outer Space); Brian Anderson (Danny Phantom).

KFAI, Minneapolis-St. Paul.  Listen at archive.org

The Mechanical Spider Clinic Volume Four

More mayhem from Modjeski’s Mechanical Spider Clinic show (KFAI, 1985-1987). Take-offs include Young Man With a Golden Tuba, and a spoof of Perry Mason. Rob Shapiro, Blanche Fubar, Andy Schultz, Bob Rynkiewicz, Diana Swan with sound effects.

TV Guise with Peter Stenshoel, and mash-ups of Masyga reMarks and mic shots from Chuck I. of same. Skogmo concludes, with bonus “sequel” called 13th Floor Elevator, and an episode of Judd Mastoid, Midget Auto Mechanic.

Sponsors include The Clever Rodent Cafe; Spin-Around Hank’s; The Personal Flamboyance Device; Quaking Otis; and of course, Captain Wink’s Chains in Low Sodium Sauce. Original music cues for Mason, Earthy Pebbley, and Miles Racist by Andy Schultz and Chuck IsleDixie Halloween by The Toy Lovers. Poster art by Marc Myers.

Listen at archive.org

The Mechanical Spider Clinic Volume Three

Jerry’s third full hour of original satire, jocular frenzy and dark humor.

Fake commercials for Glandma’s Cookies; Polkas from the Heartburn of Kitchen Space; Uncle Ron’s Summit Pump; Grandpa Ravi’s Tackle Pal; G.I. Frothing Joe; Stout Eddie’s; The Elvis Styling Kit; and Captain Wink’s Original Circular Potato Chains.

Bogey Humphart and Lauren Becool star in To Have and Half Crocked; Bomb Theater’s satire, The Tar Baby Brigade, anticipated modern action movies like The Expendables with mercenaries (including a Rambo knock-off) on a suicide mission into a South American country.

Sport fishing TV shows are sent up with Hook, Line and Sinker.

Regular features: Skogmo, Lazlo Morbid, Consumer Survival Biscuit. Voices by Alice Phoenix, Rob Shapiro, Andy Mayer, Bob Rynkiewicz, Diana Swan, and Dexter. Chuck Isle played guitar behind Walter Brennan, and teamed with Mark Masyga for TV Guise.

Listen at archive.org

The Mechanical Spider Clinic Volume Two

Jerry’s back with a second hour of twisted TV lampoons (Mister Rogers’ Rear Window), and old time radio spoofs (The Blue Weasel, Minnesota’s answer to The Green Hornet).

Chuck Isle and Mark Masyga contribute commercials for Thundering Meat DNA Restructuring Powder, Open Wound BBQ Sauce, Magic Gesticulations Shampoo, The Mechanical Clinics and give you the TV Guise.

With Ken Dresher‘s Room For Rent, as well as regular features: Skogmo, Lazlo Morbid, and Consumer Survival Biscuit. Voices by Leigh Bowser, Bob Rynkiewicz, Diana Swan, Rob Shapiro, Brian Anderson, Andy Schultz.

Listen now at archive.org

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