Program #609

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Visions Of Johanna . . . . . Blonde on Blonde
LEONARD COHEN . . . . . Sisters Of Mercy . . . . . Live In London
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Backstreet Girl . . . . . Flowers (DSD Remastered)
IAN HUNTER . . . . . Girl From The Office . . . . . Man Overboard
JOSH ROUSE . . . . . Carolina . . . . . Nashville
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Up To Our Necks . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS . . . . . I Can’t Quit Her . . . . . Child Is Father to the Man

DAVID BOWIE . . . . . All The Young Dudes . . . . . Aladdin Sane - 30th Anniversary Edition
GIRLS . . . . . Hellhole Ratrace . . . . . Hellhole Ratrace
BIG STAR . . . . . Daisy Glaze . . . . . #1 Record/Radio City
THE SHINS . . . . . Turn On Me . . . . . Wincing the Night Away
ST. VINCENT . . . . . The Strangers . . . . . Actor
ARTHUR ALEXANDER . . . . . Lover Please . . . . . Rainbow Road: The Warner Bros. Recordings
DAVE EDMUNDS . . . . . I Hear You Knocking . . . . . The Anthology (1968-1990)

LOU REED . . . . . Kicks . . . . . Coney Island Baby
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS . . . . . Today’s Lesson . . . . . Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
WILCO . . . . . Bull Black Nova . . . . . Wilco (The Album)
BRASSTRONAUT . . . . . Requiem For A Scene . . . . . Old World Lies
DENNIS WILSON . . . . . Time . . . . . Pacific Ocean Blue (Legacy Edition)
THE BEATLES . . . . . Helter Skelter . . . . . The White Album (Remastered)

PRINCE . . . . . Raspberry Beret . . . . . Around the World in a Day
THE BANGLES . . . . . Manic Monday . . . . . A New Devotion
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . Go Jetsetter . . . . . Memoirs at the End of the World (Dig)
THE SILENT LEAGUE . . . . . Victim Of Aeroplanes . . . . .
DESTROYER . . . . . My Favourite Year . . . . . Trouble in Dreams
BRIAN ENO . . . . . Sombre Reptiles . . . . . Another Green World
KNIGHT BERMAN, JR. . . . . . The Good One & The Real One . . . . . A Score For Tesla: Music from the film Megahertz
VAN MORRISON . . . . . Wavelength . . . . . Wavelength

I've been jonesing for the Bob Dylan tune that opened the show, and his own desire for the elusive Johanna set up all that followed in this opening section. So we heard Leonard Cohen finding succor in a song that touches on Old English folk styles, which led to the Rolling Stones working more directly in that sound with a song that appears to be about keeping a mistress in her place. A much sweeter tune from Ian Hunter's excellent new disc has a similar feel, and then we heard Josh Rouse with a more basic folk-rock number, although it opens and closes with a guitar bit that hits my ears with a bit of that Old English sound. Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 pushed us into what could be considered virgin territory by merging the Bo Diddley beat with some psychedelic embellishments, and the horns on that one fed nicely into Blood, Sweat & Tears summing up the the prevailing mood rather well.

Ian Hunter and the rest of Mott the Hoople will have a one-time reunion in London this fall; it started as two shows, grew to five due to demand, and then a sixth was added in Wales as a warmup the week before. Their biggest hit came from a David Bowie song, and this set began with Bowie's version, with him on tracked saxophones that I find particularly appealing. Then we heard a bittersweet new track from Girls that slowly builds over seven mesmerizing minutes to an echoy climax, which led us to Big Star in a devastated place after a breakup and on to the Shins attempting to move on after the same. St. Vincent wrathfully wrestling with her relationship gave way to Arthur Alexander pleading for another chance before the set closed with Dave Edmunds unwilling to offer a second chance.

This program was available during the 40th anniversary of the Manson-Lo Bianca murders, and we heard a set of songs that came to mind after I read an interview with Vincent Bugliosi, who was the lead prosecutor on the case. Lou Reed's claustrophobic collage on drugs and death was followed by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds fractured tale of Little Janey and how she's violated in her dreams by Mr. Sandman. Then it was the new one from Wilco that Jeff Tweedy has described as being about a guy's who's just murdered his girlfriend, which was followed by Brasstronaut from their new EP and a tune that certainly could be applied to LA in the years after the Manson murders. Dennis Wilson from his only solo disc was next; in 1968 he picked up two female hitchikers who happened to be members of the Manson family, and as a result spent months with Charles Manson and assorted other people living in his house. The Beatles closed with the tune that Manson's unhinged mind believed was a coded message about the upcoming race war he hoped would begin after the murders he instigated took place.

After all of that a mood change was necessary, so we heard Prince at his most paisley followed by the Bangles doing a Prince song that he wrote under a pseudonym. The first single from the very pleasing new Postmarks disc brought on a favorite from the last Silent League album, and the somewhat disjointed lyrics of that one conjured up a track with even more inscrutable words from Destroyer. There's also a prominent lead guitar on that one that brings to mind early Brian Eno, which was followed by a track from Knight Berman, Jr.'s soundtrack to a new film called Megahertz that features Nikola Tesla as a main character. Among Tesla's many scientific accomplishments was gaining the first basic radio patent, which is how we ended up with Van Morrison to bring this one home.

Here's another one from Ian Hunter


Program #608

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE PENELOPES . . . . . Stuck In Lalaland . . . . . Stuck In Lalaland (Nouvelle Vague Feat. Elli Medeiros Remix)
THE ENGLISH BEAT . . . . . Can’t Get Used To Losing You . . . . . I Just Can't Stop It
STUART MURDOCH . . . . . God Help The Girl . . . . . God Help The Girl
BILLY SWAN . . . . . I Can Help . . . . . Greatest Hits
LOS LOBOS . . . . . What In The World . . . . . Good Morning Aztlán [Limited Edition]
BOB DYLAN . . . . . This Dream Of You . . . . . Together Through Life
MADELINE PEYROUX . . . . . You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go . . . . .
BILLIE HOLIDAY . . . . . He’s Funny That Way . . . . . The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol.5: 1937-1938
JOE HENRY . . . . . Stars . . . . . Blood from Stars

KITES WITH LIGHTS . . . . . The Weight Of Your Heart . . . . . The Weight Of Your Heart
SAINT ETIENNE . . . . . Summerisle . . . . . Finisterre
ST. VINCENT . . . . . Just The Same But Brand New . . . . . Actor
GROOVE ARMADA . . . . . Remember . . . . . Lovebox
PAUL MCCARTNEY . . . . . How Kind Of You . . . . . Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . All You Ever Wanted . . . . . Memoirs at the End of the World (Dig)
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE . . . . . Supercollider . . . . . Welcome Interstate Managers

IAN HUNTER . . . . . Arms And Legs . . . . . Man Overboard
GEORGE HARRISON . . . . . If Not For You . . . . . All Things Must Pass [BOXED EDITION]
JIM JAMES . . . . . Behind That Locked Door . . . . . Tribute To
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . Just Like The Rain . . . . . Coles Corner
JOHN HARTFORD . . . . . Gentle On My Mind . . . . . RCA Country Legends
JOHN DOE & THE SADIES . . . . . I Still Miss Someone . . . . . Country Club
TAMMY WYNETTE . . . . . Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad . . . . . Anniversary: 20 Years of Hits
THE FLYING BURRITO BROS. . . . . . Do Right Woman . . . . . The Gilded Palace of Sin/Burrito Deluxe
CAT POWER . . . . . Dark End Of The Street . . . . . Dark End of the Street

BILLY LEE RILEY . . . . . You Know . . . . . Red Hot: The Best of Billy Lee Riley
ROY ORBISON . . . . . Ooby Dooby . . . . . For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits
THE JOHNNY BURNETTE TRIO . . . . . Rock Billy Boogie . . . . . Rock N Roll Trio/Tear It Up
CARL PERKINS . . . . . Blue Suede Shoes . . . . . Carl Perkins - Original Sun Greatest Hits
JERRY LEE LEWIS . . . . . Whole Lotta Shaking Going On . . . . . Jerry Lee Lewis - 18 Original Sun Greatest Hits
VAN MORRISON & LINDA GAIL LEWIS . . . . . Let’s Talk About Us . . . . . You Win Again
THE BLASTERS . . . . . It Must Be Love . . . . . Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings (1981-1985)
BUDDY HOLLY . . . . . Rave On . . . . . The Buddy Holly Collection
EDDIE COCHRAN . . . . . Somethin’ Else . . . . . Somethin' Else: The Fine Lookin' Hits of Eddie Cochran
BILLY LEE RILEY . . . . . Red Hot . . . . . Red Hot: The Best of Billy Lee Riley

Starting from a laid back, low-key location with a new one by the Penelopes that comes with several remixes; we heard the Nouvelle Vague version, which fed nicely into the English Beat's sublime take on a Doc Pomus-Mort Shuman tune that was originally a big hit for Andy Williams. From there we heard the title track from Stuart Murdoch's latest project; the early '60s appeal of that one brought on Billy Swan, who had  initial success in those years as a songwriter before getting a recording contract and having a No. 1 smash in 1974. The Los Lobos tune that followed has a similar rhythmic bounce and organ sound, and then it was one from the latest Bob Dylan disc that features David Hidalgo on accordian. Madeline Peyroux's breezy take on another Dylan song led to Billie Holiday, who clearly is an influence, and then we heard one from Joe Henry's brand new blues-flavored disc to finish up.

Kites With Lights is actually Jonah Cardy; his debut EP is full of lush Electro Pop and the title tune sent this set down a dreamy path that wove it's way through an old favorite from Saint Etienne into one from another Saint that seems to turn somewhat nightmarish before resolving itself in a place that segued quite well into Groove Armada making liberal use of an old Fairport Convention tune to create a magnificently brooding track. Paul McCartney followed with a reflective tune that shared a meandering feel with the Postmarks track that followed, and then we heard Fountains of Wayne with a track that came to mind after I read about the problems besetting the Large Hadron Collider in Europe.

This section kicked off with a new Ian Hunter track featuring some slide guitar that immediately conjured up George Harrison, who we heard covering Bob Dylan to follow. That led to another cover, this time of a Harrison tune by Jim James from a new EP that contains half a dozen of them. (Part of the proceeds from this disc will go to benefit the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, which is a good thing.) The country tinge of that one brought on Richard Hawley with a flowing tune that, from the first time I heard it, conjured up an old John Hartford favorite, and then we had John Doe & the Sadies with their take on a Johnny Cash song. From there it was a twangy little Tammy Wynette number followed by the Flying Burrito Bros. and Cat Power each offering a track that featured Dan Penn as a co-writer.

To end the program we heard from Billy Lee Riley, probably the least well-known of that original group of musicians who congregated at Sun Records more than half a century ago and changed the course of pop music history. He recently passed away at age 75, and here opened and closed this set. In between we heard some appropriate stuff from the likes of Roy Orbison, the Johnny Burnette Trio, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Van Morrison & Linda Gail Lewis, the Blasters, Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran. RIP Billy Lee.

Here's another one from John Hartford


Program #607

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
GEORGE HARRISON . . . . .Wah Wah . . . . . All Things Must Pass [BOXED EDITION]
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Underground Sun . . . . . Olé! Tarantula
FISCHER Z . . . . . So Long . . . . . Going Deaf for a Living
OASIS . . . . . The Shock Of The Lightning . . . . . Dig Out Your Soul
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Up The Neck . . . . . The Pretenders
RACHAEL YAMAGATA . . . . . Sidedish Friend . . . . . Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart (2 CD)
NEKO CASE . . . . . People Got A Lotta Nerve . . . . . Middle Cyclone

THE ANIMALS . . . . . We Gotta Get Out Of This Place . . . . . Absolute Animals 1964-1968
ELVIS COSTELLO . . . . . Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood . . . . . King of America
SHE & HIM . . . . . Why Do You Let Me Stay Here . . . . . Volume One
ALL SMILES . . . . . Words Of Wisdom . . . . . Words of Wisdom
WILCO . . . . . You And I . . . . . Wilco (The Album)
DONOVAN . . . . . Jennifer Juniper . . . . . Donovan's Greatest Hits
FRANCOISE HARDY . . . . . Bati Ton Nid . . . . . La Question
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . I’m In Deep . . . . . Memoirs at the End of the World (Dig)
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . Baby, You’re My Light . . . . .
EELS . . . . . In My Dreams . . . . . Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire

A.C. NEWMAN . . . . . Elemental . . . . . Get Guilty
JOHN CALE . . . . . Gravel Drive . . . . . Black Acetate
BRYAN FERRY . . . . . I Thought . . . . . Frantic
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Quantum Theory . . . . . Further Complications
KNIGHT BERMAN, JR. . . . . . Reconcile Your Dimensions . . . . . A Score For Tesla: Music from the film Megahertz
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS . . . . . Mega Bottle Ride . . . . . Global a Go-Go
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . Where Do You Wanna Go . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years
THE KINKS . . . . . Supersonic Rocket Ship . . . . . Everybody's in Show-Biz

BUNNY WAILER . . . . . Rootsman Skanking . . . . . Rock'n'Groove
THE HEPTONES . . . . . Party Time . . . . . The Best of Studio One, Vol. 1
THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS . . . . . Pass The Kutchie . . . . . Hi-Grade Ganja Anthems, Vol. 2
ALTHEA & DONNA . . . . . Uptown Top Ranking . . . . . Uptown Top Ranking: Joe Gibbs Reggae Productions 1970-78
THE ENGLISH BEAT . . . . . Pato And Roger A Go Talk . . . . . Special Beat Service
CHARLIE CHAPLIN . . . . . Yan Kee Skank . . . . . Dancehall Rockers
IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS . . . . . Lullaby For Franci,es . . . . . Do It Yourself

This show was available on August 1, which is why we began with a selection by George Harrison from the concerts on that day in 1971. Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 followed with one that has a similar feel, especially in the chorus, which led to an old favorite from Fischer-Z featuring John Watt's plaintive, high-pitched vocals as he tries to come to grips with the girl who left him high and dry. From there we heard more about love's mysteries from Oasis through a dose of their muscular pyschedelia, which brought on the Pretenders coming at the same subject from a different angle. Rachael Yamagata added one with a food reference in the title that seems to have a bit of Chrissie Hynde in it, which fed nicely into Neko Case as "maneater."

The next section continued in the same general realm of love and relationships, starting with one from the Animals followed by Elvis Costello covering another track best associated with that British Invasion band. The uncertainty continued with She & Him, and then we heard All Smiles attempting to offer a little clarity, followed by Wilco (with some assistance from Feist) using the realistic approach to find their way. Donovan added a touch of hopefulness, and his passable French on the tune's final verse brought on Françoise Hardy, whose vocal stylings could certainly have been an influence on lead singer Tim Yehezkely of the Postmarks. From there we heard Richard Hawley expressing the depth of his love, followed by E of Eels only able to find that bliss in his inner world.

After a bit of pop pleasure from A.C. Newman to open this set, the mood turned more somber with John Cale followed by Bryan Ferry (working with Brian Eno for the first time since their Roxy Music days) ruing his involvement with someone who's left him high and dry. Then we heard Jarvis Cocker applying some physics to create a more acceptable alternate reality, and that brought on Knight Berman, Jr., from a soundtrack he's composed for an as-yet-unreleased film called Megahertz that features the amazing Nikola Tesla as a main character. Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros taking a tram to the fourth dimension (where they danced to music by the Fifth Dimension) were followed by Super Furry Animals wide open to the travel possibilities, and then we finished with the Kinks offering a more specific means of getting away.

This last section was all about the reggae, going back about three decades (give or take a year or two, and in one case half-a-dozen years) and featuring both Jamaican and British artists. So we had the mesmerizing sounds of Bunny Wailer leading to some crucial rock-steady from the Heptones and on to the Mighty Diamonds with the much superior original of a song that became a big hit for Musical Youth in an altered form that left the lyrics all messed up. Althea & Donna followed with their irresistable UK hit from 1978, and then we heard the English Beat with a bit of dancehall, which fed nicely into Charlie Chaplin, a master of that style. Finally, it was Ian Dury & the Blockheads sending everyone named Francis/Frances off to the Land of Nod.

Here's another one from Françoise Hardy


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