Program #603

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE KING OF FRANCE . . . . . Moon . . . . . The King of France
JONATHAN KING . . . . . Everyone’s Gone To The Moon . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 7
NICK DRAKE . . . . . Pink Moon . . . . . Pink Moon
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Blue Moon . . . . . Self Portrait
ELVIS PRESLEY . . . . . Blue Moon Of Kentucky . . . . . Complete Sun Sessions
VAN MORRISON . . . . . Once In A Blue Moon . . . . . What's Wrong with This Picture?
DR. JOHN . . . . . Creole Moon . . . . . Creole Moon
M. WARD . . . . . Half Moon . . . . . End of Amnesia
NEKO CASE . . . . . I Wish I Was The Moon . . . . . Blacklisted (Original Recording Remastered)
THE MINUS 5 . . . . . Big Beat Up Moon . . . . . Killingsworth
TINDERSTICKS . . . . . Waiting For The Moon . . . . . Waiting for the Moon
CAT POWER . . . . . The Moon . . . . . The Greatest
FRANK SINATRA . . . . . Fly Me To The Moon . . . . . Nothing But The Best
THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR . . . . . Bike Ride To The Moon . . . . . Chips from the Chocolate Fireball
THE SATURN FIVE . . . . . Voyage Around The Moon . . . . . That Thing You Do!: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
LOTHAR & THE HAND PEOPLE . . . . . Space Hymn . . . . . Space Hymn/Presenting...Lothar & The Hand People
THE BYRDS . . . . . Armstrong, Aldrin And Collins . . . . . Ballad of Easy Rider
FRANK BORMAN . . . . . Sounds Of The Space Age . . . . . From Sputnik To Lunar Landing

FRANK BORMAN . . . . . Sounds Of The Space Age . . . . . From Sputnik To Lunar Landing
THE POLICE . . . . . Walking On The Moon . . . . . Vol. 2-Tighten Up
JOYA LANDIS . . . . . Moonlight Lover . . . . . Vol. 2-Tighten Up
THE BONZO DOG BAND . . . . . Tubas In The Moonlight . . . . . Cornology [3CD Set]
DUBROVKA TOMSIC . . . . . Moonlight Sonata . . . . . The Best Of Beethoven
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Moonlight Mile . . . . . Sticky Fingers
THE BEATLES . . . . . Mr. Moonlight . . . . . Beatles For Sale (Remastered)
HERMAN’S HERMITS . . . . . Mr. Moonshine Man . . . . . Very Best of Herman's Hermits
THE RAMONES . . . . . Howling At The Moon . . . . . Ramones Mania
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL . . . . . Bad Moon Rising . . . . . Chronicle, Vol. 1: The 20 Greatest Hits
TELEVISION . . . . . Marquee Moon . . . . . Marquee Moon
JENIFER JACKSON . . . . . Mercury, The Sun And Moon . . . . . Birds
FEDIRICO AUBELE . . . . . Luna y Sol . . . . . Causes 2
BRIAN ENO . . . . . An Ending (Ascent) . . . . . Another Green World

Although it wasn't originally the plan, this show ended up being completely geared to the 40th anniversary of man landing and walking on the Moon, which happened on July 20, 1969. There were simply too many good songs that incorporate the Moon in their lyrics, making it too difficult to choose only a dozen or so upon which to build a portion of the program. So we made the command decision to go for the full show, and even then I barely scratched the surface of available tunes, althouugh I was happy with the overall mix after it was complete.

It also gave me an opportunity to pull out a flexidisc that came in my December 1969 copy of National Geographic. On it Frank Borman—who was the commander on Apollo 8, the first mission that sent men to the Moon in December of 1968—narrates the story of the Space Age, starting with the launch of Sputnik in 1957 and ending with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the Moon. Neither an especially comprehensive nor the most riveting history of this time period, I still enjoyed throwing it in there as something that was both more than a little out of the ordinary and timely. As a freeform station LDR has the freedom to do something like that, not to mention using one of the major accomplishments of the 20th century as inspirationfor an entire program. That's what keeps it fun and interesting for me, and I hope it works in the same fashion for you as well.

Here's Neil Armstrong first setting foot on the Moon


Program #602

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE SPECIALS . . . . . International Jet Set . . . . . More Specials
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . Go Jetsetter . . . . .
BLONDIE . . . . . Sunday Girl . . . . . Parallel Lines
BERTRAND BURGALAT . . . . . Ma Rencontre . . . . . The Sssound of Mmmusic
ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM AND ELIS REGINA . . . . . Aguas de Marco (Waters Of March) . . . . . The Girl From Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook
LORENZO JOVANOTTI . . . . . Piove . . . . . The Sopranos - Peppers and Eggs: Music From The HBO Series
KRAFTWERK . . . . . Trans Europe Express . . . . . Trans-Europe Express

ARCTIC MONKEYS . . . . . Crying Lightning . . . . . Crying Lightning
CREAM . . . . . Tales Of Brave Ulysses) . . . . . Disraeli Gears
SUPERGRASS . . . . . Diamond Hoo Ha Man . . . . . Diamond Hoo Ha
ALICE COOPER . . . . . Under My Wheels . . . . . Killer
THE NEW YORK DOLLS . . . . . ’Cause I Sez So . . . . . 'Cause I Sez So
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Angela . . . . . Further Complications
THE DEATHRAY DAVIES . . . . . A Calendar Crime . . . . . The Kick and the Snare
THE COCKTAIL SLIPPERS . . . . . Gotta Crush . . . . . Saint Valentine's Day Massacre
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Crush On You . . . . . The River
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . French Navy . . . . . My Maudlin Career

TIM BUCKLEY . . . . . Carnival Song . . . . . Goodbye and Hello
THE BEATLES . . . . . Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite . . . . . Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Remastered)
GROUCHO MARX . . . . . Lydia The Tattooed Lady . . . . . Demon in Disguise
ELVIS COSTELLO . . . . . Sulpher To Sugarcane . . . . . Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Country Honk . . . . . Let It Bleed
RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOTT . . . . . Richland Woman Blues . . . . . A Stranger Here
MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT . . . . . Candy Man . . . . . Revisited

WILCO . . . . . Sonny Feeling . . . . . Wilco (The Album)
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues . . . . . Highway 61 Revisited
FINIAN MCKEAN . . . . . Every Day That Passes . . . . . Shades Are Drawn
THE NATIONAL . . . . . So Far Around The Bend . . . . . Dark Was the Night
THE MINUS 5 . . . . . Scott Walker’s Fault . . . . . Killingsworth
SCOTT WALKER . . . . . Plastic Palace People . . . . . It's Raining Today: The Scott Walker Story (1967-70)

A new album from the Postmarks will be available in a little over a month; the disc's first single is a lot of fun, and it inspired a globetrotting opener that began with an old Specials tune about an especially perilous airplane flight. The Postmarks track reminded me of a favorite from Blondie, and Deborah Harry singing in French brought on some wonderful pop music from France by Bertrand Burgalat. From there we heard the sublime Bossa Nova sounds of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina, which brought on Italy's Lorenzo Jovanotti with an atmospheric tune about love's rebirth. The transportation mode changed for the final track as Kraftwerk made their way across Europe.

Arctic Monkeys will also have a new disc at the end of August, and the first single is also quite appealing. I heard a bit of Cream in there, which was one of the bands they were listening to while making this new record, and then it was a Supergrass track from their last one that evokes a similar response for me. From there it was an old favorite from Alice Cooper bringing on one of the more New York Dolls-like tracks from that band's recent disc. Jarvis Cocker latest album supplied another great rocker, and then it was the Deathray Davies shifting the sound into slightly more of a pop direction. That trend continued with the Cocktail Slippers from their latest (produced by Steve Van Zandt) with a tune that quite naturally flows into an old Bruce Springsteen song (from a Steve Van Zandt co-produced record), which led to Camera Obscura pretty much expressing the same sentiments to finish it off.

As I've mentioned before, sometimes tunes appear in my brain from out of nowhere and stay on a continous loop; this time it was a very funny tune about a tattooed lady named Lydia that Groucho Marx first sang in the Marx Brothers picture At The Circus. Here we heard him at 81 singing it to conclude a Carnegie Hall performance from 1972 that consisted of him telling stories and singing songs from his life in show business. Carny-related tunes from Tim Buckley and the Beatles preceded Groucho, and following was a wonderful old David Bromberg track about a carnival dancing girl who proved irresistable to every man who saw her. The bawdiness of that one seemed to work well with the Elvis Costello tune that followed, and then it was the Rolling Stones with their country version of "Honky Tonk Woman" bringing on a couple of Mississippi John Hurt tunes—first by Ramblin' Jack Elliott from his recent release and then the old blues master himself recorded live at Oberlin College in 1965.

A new one from Wilco that expresses a certain sense of dislocation was followed by an old favorite from Bob Dylan. Then we heard Finian McKean documenting a downward spiral into one from the National that's very similar, both lyrically and musically. The Minus 5 attempting to pin it all on Scott Walker conjured up the man himself with one of his distinctive melodramas, which seemed a good a place as any to put this one to rest.

Here's another from Groucho Marx


Program #601

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Everyone Says Hi . . . . . Heathen
ALL SMILES . . . . . The Brightest Beyond . . . . . The Brightest Beyond
ERIC LICHTER . . . . . Wildly Polite . . . . . Palm Wine Sunday Blue
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . Feel Flows . . . . . Sunflower/Surf's Up
GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . About Face . . . . . Veckatimest

BLACK WHALES . . . . . Roll With The Punches . . . . . Origins
IT HUGS BACK . . . . . Work Day . . . . . Inside Your Guitar
ORANGE PEELS . . . . . Mystery Lawn . . . . . So Far
THE WHO . . . . . I Can’t Explain . . . . . Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
JOEY RAMONE . . . . . Maria Bartiromo . . . . . Don't Worry About Me
ART BRUT . . . . . Emily Kane . . . . . Bang Bang Rock & Roll
THE MEKONS . . . . . Where Were You? . . . . . No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion
THE KINKS . . . . . All Day And All Of The Night . . . . . Kinks-Size/Kinkdom
THE CAESARS . . . . . Strawberry Weed . . . . . Strawberry Weed
NEIL DIAMOND . . . . . Cherry Cherry . . . . . In My Lifetime (3CD)

SONIC YOUTH . . . . . Antenna . . . . . The Eternal
BECK . . . . . Chemtrails . . . . . Modern Guilt
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Sing This All Together . . . . . Their Satanic Majesties Request
TRAFFIC . . . . . You Can All Join In . . . . . Traffic
THE BEATLES . . . . . All Together Now . . . . . Yellow Submarine (Remastered)
FEIST . . . . . 1234 . . . . . The Reminder
WILCO . . . . . You And I . . . . . Wilco (The Album)
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD . . . . . Wishing And Hoping . . . . . . . . . . The Very Best of Dusty Springfield
UB40 & CHRISSIE HYNDE . . . . . Breakfast In Bed . . . . . UB40
DISCOVERY . . . . . Slang Tang . . . . . LP
WAYNE SMITH . . . . . Under Me Sleng Teng . . . . . Original Riddims

STUART MURDOCH . . . . . Hiding ’Neath My Umbrella . . . . . God Help The Girl
DIONNE WARWICK . . . . . You’ll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart) . . . . . The Dionne Warwick Collection: Her All-Time Greatest Hits
THE SHARP THINGS . . . . . What’s The New Girl Wonder . . . . . A Moveable Feast
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES . . . . . Talk To Me . . . . . The Best of Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
THE COCKTAIL SLIPPERS . . . . . She’s A Fool . . . . . Saint Valentine's Day Massacre
POLLY SCATTERGOOD . . . . . Please Don’t Touch . . . . . Polly Scattergood
THE KING OF FRANCE . . . . . Beautiful Horses . . . . . The King of France
HARRY NILSSON . . . . . Me And My Arrow . . . . . Harry Nilsson - Greatest Hits
NEKO CASE . . . . . Don’t Forget Me . . . . . Middle Cyclone

This opener was one of those instances where the tracks ended up sounding better in reverse order from how it was originally constructed. I'm still enjoying Grizzly Bear's latest disc, and I liked the tune that finished this set coming out of the Beach Boys track that preceded it as opposed to the other way around. A favorite from Eric Lichter's debut solo disc made for a nice segue into the Beach Boys, and the track's delicate opening offered a seemless transition from All Smiles, whose tune otherwise had a melodic flow built on layered guitars, which presented a likeable juxtaposition from the more stately David Bowie tune at the top.

The next section began with Black Whales and It Hugs Back, two bands I've come across this year who both make some excellent guitar pop. The Orange Peels another group that has a great feel for that sound, and of course the Who in their early days were one of the originals. Although Pete Townshend wasn't sure what he was feeling, Joey Ramone had no trouble articulating his infatuation with Maria Bartiromo, which was followed by Art Brut with one of my favorite songs of this decade. An early favorite with some thundering guitar from the Mekons added a bit of accusatory insecurity to the mix, and then the Kinks took it to the level of obsession. A fruiy taste was the determining factor for the Caesars, which conjured up an old favorite from Neil Diamond that would seem to be linked in the produce department through its title, but clearly isn't (though that didn't stop me from playing it).

Quite a path was traveled in this set, as we began with some driving rock-pop from Sonic Youth's latest disc; the psychedelic touches on that one led to Beck with the his latest dive into that late '60s sound, which brought on the Rolling Stones with a classic from that era. Traffic was next with another from that time that shared an inclusive ethos, and then it was the Beatles offering a similar vibe while also supplying what I've also thought should be required listening in preschools everywhere. The same could be said of the Feist tune that followed, and from there we heard her joining Jeff Tweedy on one from Wilco's latest that seems to be a realistic look at how relationships work. Dusty Springfield had some relationship advice of her own (courtesy of Burt Bacharach and Hal David), and then we heard UB40 joined by Chrissie Hynde on a tune originally done by Dusty. A new one from Discovery seems to have found inspiration in both that UB40 cover and the seminal Wayne Smith track that finished up.

One from the latest Stuart Murdoch project brought to mind an old Dionne Warwick tune; I realize for some it's treading close to MOR territory, but on another level it's a perfect pop song (again courtesy of Bacharach and David). From there it was the Sharp Things with an uptempo favorite from their last release followed by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes doing up a Bruce Springsteen number. That record was produced by Steve Van Zandt, who performed the same function for the Cocktail Slippers on their recent disc. Their excellent cover of a Lesley Gore tune fed nicely into Polly Scattergood's handclap-fueled track, and the fragility that seems central to her songwriting seemed to work well with the King of France tuned that followed. That one has a rhythm reminiscent of a song from an old animated TV special based on a story written by Harry Nilsson that featured his music, which led us to Neko Case's lovely cover of a Nilsson tune to close this one out.
Here's another one from Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (and friends)


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