Here are highlights from the imaginative ZXQ Universe radio show, spun around the theme of “hair.” We’ve transplanted “hair” from ZXQ shows #2 and #3 into a trim, half-hour head piece with commercials for Floyd’s Tonic; Grace Jones Under Pressure; Hairy Palm Itchell; Digital Ernie’s Techno-Hut; TV Guise; Professor Noodle; wiggy songs include Big Hair (Nick Lowe), While Growing My Hair (Egg), Hair Pie (Captain Beefheart). Also an excerpt from The Mooney Honeycutt Show with Jerry Modjeski. Guest engineering by Greg (Technological Retreat) Carr. ZXQUniverse was produced by Mark Masyga, Brian Anderson & Chuck Isle. Originally aired January 10 & 17, 1990 on KFAI (Minneapolis-St. Paul). Listen: https://archive.org/details/TheHairShow
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. Other 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.
The centerpiece of the 12th national LCS program is Project: Bluesuit, a spoof of UFO cover-ups and rumors like Jackie Gleason‘s alien encounters. Joined on LCS-1 by the mysterious, unwelcome radio presence Master Control, it’s creepy for Halloween. Listen on Sound AffectsSunday October 26 between 9:30 to 10:30p.m. (cst), available in KFAI archives two weeks following broadcast.
Audio wizard Brian Anderson (photo) co-created and mixed Project: Bluesuit, via his ZXQ Studios. Brian also created the alter ego, Alabama Neptune (UFO commentator) heard on LCS as well as on Brian’s KFAI radio series, ZXQ Universe (1990-1993).
Jerry and Mark Masyga started collaborating with Chuck Isle in 1982, trading quips and quills on scripts for dozens of wacky commercials. The meeting of minds led Mark and Chuck, most notably, to ZXQ Universe (KFAI, 1990-1993) and their successful run of ads there. Here’s a 2006 collaboration of Jerry-Mark-Chuck for McJagger’s, a spoof of McDonald’s and The Rolling Stones.