Program #596

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
WILCO . . . . . Wilco (The Song) . . . . . Wilco (The Album)
THE PROFESSIONALS . . . . . Join The Professionals . . . . . I Didn't See It Coming
ART BRUT . . . . . Formed A Band . . . . . Bang Bang Rock & Roll
THE KINKS . . . . . Top Of The Pops . . . . . Lola versus Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Part One
THE RASPBERRIES . . . . . Hit Record . . . . . Capitol Collectors Series
THE RAMONES . . . . . Do You Remember Rock ’N’ Roll Radio? . . . . . End of the Century
IAN HUNTER . . . . . Cleveland Rocks . . . . . You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic
RANDY NEWMAN . . . . . Burn On . . . . . Sail Away

THE IKE REILLY ASSASSINATION . . . . . 8 More Days To The Fourth Of July . . . . . We Belong to the Staggering Evening
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Rip This Joing . . . . . Exile on Main St.
LITTLE RICHARD . . . . . Jenny Jenny . . . . . Very Best Of Little Richard
EELS . . . . . What’s A Fella Gotta Do? . . . . . Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire
JANIS JOPLIN . . . . . Move Over . . . . . Pearl
THE BLACK KEYS . . . . . So He Won’t Hurt . . . . . Attack and Release
BETTY LAVETTE . . . . . Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby . . . . .
JIMMY SMITH . . . . . Sometimes I’m Happy . . . . . Mercury Records Jazz Story
BOB DYLAN . . . . . I Feel A Change Coming On . . . . . Together Through Life

THE LEMONHEADS . . . . . Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye . . . . . Varshons
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG . . . . . Everything I Can’t See . . . . . 5:55
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . New York City Serenade . . . . . The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
HEADLESS HEROES . . . . . Nobody’s Baby Now . . . . . The Silence of Love
MARIANNE FAITHFULL . . . . . I’ll Keep It With Mine . . . . . Broken English/Strange Weather

THE YARDBIRDS . . . . . Happenings Ten Years Time Ago . . . . . Happenings Ten Years Time Ago 1964-1968
THE PLIMSOULS . . . . . A Million Miles Away . . . . . Everywhere at Once
THE GEORGE USHER GROUP . . . . . A Crowded Mind . . . . . Days of Plenty
ALL SMILES . . . . . I Was Never The One . . . . . I Was Never the One
MARTIN NEWELL . . . . . Cinnamon Blonde . . . . . A Summer Tamarind
BIG STAR . . . . . September Gurls . . . . . #1 Record/Radio City
THE MURMAIDS . . . . . Popsicles And Icicles . . . . . The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 2
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Slush . . . . . Further Complications
TALKING HEADS . . . . . This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody) . . . . . Speaking in Tongues

Wilco (the band) from the new disc Wilco (The Album) opened this program with "Wilco (The Song)", which opens their disc as well. Offering reassurances to Wilco fans that the group will always be there for them if they need a shoulder to lean on, it brought to mind an old tune from the Professionals. That band from the early '80s included Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols, and they seemed to be inviting their fans to become part of the new (at the time) enterprise with this early track. Cook and Jones joined Paul Simonon of the Clash in a version of the Professionals that performed the song in a film called Ladies and Gentleman, the Fabulous Stains; they were called the Looters, were fronted by the actor Ray Winstone and I actually prefer that version to the one we heard. However, although the film, which stars a teenage Diane Lane, was released on DVD last year, the soundtrack wasn't made available. The only way to hear the Looters version of this tune is to rent the film, which is basically mediocre but has its moments, especially when the band is perfoming. After the Professionals we heard Art Brut amazed that they are, in fact, a functioning group, and then it was the Kinks with an intimate look at what it's like when your record starts to climb the charts. The Raspberries hopeful that their time will come led to the Ramones with a musical question on a track that features a radio DJ on the front and back end, which made for a perfect segue into Alan Freed at the top of the Ian Hunter tune that followed. And while Cleveland certainly rocks, it also recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River catching on fire, which helped jumpstart the environmental awareness that is now a part of everyday life here on planet Earth (Forty years ago the EPA hadn't yet been created.). So we marked that anniversary with a Randy Newman song written a few years after the river went up in flames, which was clearly the inspiration for the tune.

The next section began with an Ike Reilly Assassination tune that highlights a day on the calendar that passed during this program's run, and the rollicking sound on that one conjured up an old Rolling Stones track that certainly has roots in the even older Little Richard song that followed. Richard's pleas were echoed by Eels on a track from their latest disc, and the beat on that one recalled an old Janis Joplin favorite. From there we heard some blues from the Black Keys feeding into Bettye LaVette covering Jimmy Reed, which brought on Jimmy Smith putting his Hammond B-3 through its paces and Bob Dylan with what has clearly become my favorite from his new disc.

An interesting choice of song from the Lemonheads kicked off this set; that was Liv Tyler trading off vocals with Evan Dando, which brought to mind Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, so then we heard their daughter Charlotte from her last disc. The piano on that one fed nicely into a favorite from Bruce Springsteen's early days, and the romantic moodiness of that track was reflected in the Headless Heroes tune that followed before Marianne Faithfull covering Bob Dylan brought things to a suitably melancholy conclusion.

The finale began with tracks from the Yardbirds and the Plimsouls, two bands linked by the fact that both appeared in movies (Blow-Up and Valley Girl) that did a more than reasonable job of reflecting the pop culture of the moment. From there it was on to the George Usher Group with a tune that came to mind after I first heard the new All Smiles track that followed. There was a little bit of Martin Newell in that All Smiles song as well, and then it was Big Star's guitar pop gem into an old one-hit wonder from late 1963 by the Murmaids. That one's title led to Jarvis Cocker describing the state of his cold heart after meeting the right girl, and then we heard Talking Heads finding that sweet spot to bring down the curtain.

Here are the Professionals in Looters disguise


Program #595

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE . . . . . It Must Be Summer . . . . . Utopia Parkway
CHRIS STAMEY . . . . . Summer Sun . . . . . D.I.Y.: Come Out And Play - American Power Pop (1975-78)
JONATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS . . . . . That Summer Feeling . . . . . Jonathan Sings
CHAD & JEREMY . . . . . A Summer Song . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 1
THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS . . . . . Summerland . . . . . Because We Hate You/Let the War Against Music Begin
MARTIN NEWELL . . . . . Green-Gold Girl Of Summer . . . . . The Greatest Living Englishman
THE FLAMING LIPS . . . . . It’s Summertime . . . . . Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
JANE’S ADDICTION . . . . . Summertime Rolls . . . . . Nothing's Shocking
THE JANUARIES . . . . . Summer Of Love . . . . . The Januaries

JOHNNY RIVERS . . . . . Summer Rain . . . . . Secret Agent Man: The Ultimate Johnny Rivers Anthology 1964-2006
FRANK SINATRA . . . . . Summer Wind . . . . . Nothing But The Best
EVAN DANDO & SABRINA BROOKE . . . . . Summer Wine . . . . . Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood
YO LA TENGO . . . . . The Summer . . . . . Fakebook
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN . . . . . A Summer Wasting . . . . . The Boy with the Arab Strap
MARIANNE FAITHFULL . . . . . Summer Nights . . . . . Marianne Faithfull's Greatest Hits
DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES . . . . . Balmy Night . . . . . In Ear Park
JOSH ROUSE . . . . . Summertime . . . . . Subtitulo
ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM . . . . . The Girl From Ipanema . . . . . The Girl From Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . Surfer Girl . . . . . Sounds Of Summer - The Very Best Of The Beach Boys
THE RAMONES . . . . . Rockaway Beach . . . . . Rocket to Russia
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES . . . . . On The Beach . . . . . Restless Heart
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III . . . . . The Swimming Song . . . . . Attempted Mustache
BLOTTO . . . . . I Wanna Be A Lifeguard . . . . . Collected Works

ART BRUT . . . . . Summer Job . . . . . Art Brut vs. Satan
LAND OF TALK . . . . . Summer Special . . . . . Applause Cheer Boo Hiss
THE BREAKUP SOCIETY . . . . . The Summer Of Joycelyn May . . . . . James at 35
THE WHO . . . . . Summertime Blues . . . . . Monterey International Pop Festival
NRBQ . . . . . Rain At The Drive-in . . . . . Grooves in Orbit
THE RASPBERRIES . . . . . Drivin’ Around . . . . . Capitol Collectors Series
THE DRIFTERS . . . . . Under The Boardwalk . . . . . The Incredible Soul Collection
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Girls In Their Summer Clothes . . . . . Magic
PERCY FAITH . . . . . Theme From “A Summer Place” . . . . . Percy Faith's Greatest Hits
SAINT ETIENNE . . . . . Summerisle . . . . . Finisterre
THE STYLE COUNCIL . . . . . Long Hot Summer . . . . . Long Hot Summer
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE . . . . . Hot Fun In The Summertime . . . . . Essential Sly & Family Stone
MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS . . . . . Dancing In The Streets . . . . . Motown: The Classic Years

It seems for most of us that the personal summer soundtracks we recall are more about the songs of the moment than anything directly related to those three months that come around in the middle of each year. At the same time, the season has inspired more tunes than the other three periods of the year combined. So it creates a conflict, at least when it comes to programming a radio show celebrating the onset of summer. Do we hear my favorite songs from past summers, or instead sample from the wide selection available that are directly related to the season itself?

In the past I've chosen the latter route, and as you can see from this playlist I decided once again to stick with that idea. Perhaps it's a little less intimate, but it certainly feels more inclusive and, perhaps most important of all, I really enjoy playing and listening to these songs. I hope you did as well.

Here's one more summer song


Program #594

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
BOB DYLAN . . . . . On The Road Again . . . . . Bringing It All Back Home
DEER TICK . . . . . Straight Into A Storm . . . . . Born On Flag Day
JOHN DOE & THE SADIES . . . . . Stop The World And Let Me Off . . . . . Country Club
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Don’t Lose Faith In Me . . . . . Break Up the Concrete
DEREK AND THE DOMINOES . . . . . Anyday . . . . . Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
OTIS RUSH . . . . . So Many Roads, So Many Trains . . . . . The Best of Chess Blues, Vol. 2
CAT POWER . . . . . Woman Left Lonely . . . . . Jukebox - Deluxe Edition
BETTYE LAVETTE . . . . . Ain’t Know Sunshine . . . . . Change Is Gonna Come Sessions

OASIS . . . . . To Be Where There’s Life . . . . . Cloud Nine
GEORGE HARRISON . . . . . When We Was Fab . . . . . Cloud Nine
BECK . . . . . Chemtrails . . . . . Modern Guilt
THE ELECTRIC PRUNES . . . . . I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night . . . . . Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968
SONIC YOUTH . . . . . Calming The Snake . . . . . The Eternal
THE AMBOY DUKES . . . . . Journey To The Center Of The Mind . . . . . Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968
THE CAESARS . . . . . In Orbit . . . . . Teenage Kicks
THE ONLY ONES . . . . . Another Girl, Another Planet . . . . . Teenage Kicks

THE HIGH DIALS . . . . . Master Of The Clouds . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
M. WARD . . . . . Stars Of Leo . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . Hey . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
ELVIS PRESLEY . . . . . It’s Now Or Never . . . . . The Number One Hits
THE OLD 97’S . . . . . Dance With Me . . . . . Blame It On Gravity
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN &THE E STEET BAND . . . . . Rosalita . . . . . Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 (2CD)

AIR . . . . . Somewhere Between Waking And Sleeping . . . . . Pocket Symphony
BRIAN ENO . . . . . Julie With . . . . . . . . Before and After Science
GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . Dory . . . . . Veckatimest
JOSEPH ARTHUR & THE LONELY ASTRONAUTS . . . . . Take Me Home . . . . . Let's Just Be
NICK DRAKE . . . . . Northern Sky . . . . . Bryter Layter
HEADLESS HEROES . . . . . See My Love . . . . . The Silence of Love
TOM RUSH . . . . . Shadow Dream Song . . . . . The Circle Game
EELS . . . . . All The Beautiful Things . . . . . Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire
LEONARD COHEN . . . . . Suzanne . . . . . Live In London

We began this time with a Bob Dylan track that floated out of the mist after my first listen to the Deer Tick tune that followed, which clarified the dissatisfaction expressed through humor in the Dylan song into something more painful and real. John Doe & the Sadies then took it to an extreme, followed by the Pretenders seeking a solution from the opposite direction. The sound started shifting to the blues with Derek & the Dominos attemping to look on the bright side, but that quickly changed with Otis Rush contemplating which path to travel, Cat Power feeling the pain of the one left behind and Bettye LaVette from a brand new release pretty much doing the same.

Kicking off this section was Oasis offering the latest evidence of the Beatles continual influence on their music, and then we had George Harrison wryly looking back at his time inside the hurricane that was the Fab Four. Beck having some fun with late '60s psychedelia was followed by the Electric Prunes big hit from that period. Sonic Youth from their latest conjured up another late '60s hallucination from the Amboy Dukes, which led to another kind of trip from the Caesars before the Only Ones took us to a different world altogether to finish up.

After some nice twangy guitar pop from the High Dials to open this section we moved on to one with more of an acoustic emphasis from M. Ward followed by Elvis Perkins introducing a bit of a Southwest/Mexican rhythm to the mix. Then it was another Elvis P and a tune that was built on "O Solo Mio," best associated once upon a time with Enrico Caruso. From there we had the Old 97's continuing the Latin-influenced sounds, as did Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band from their first-ever show across the pond in the fall of 1975.

A tune from Air with a title that perfectly describes the atmosphere it creates began this final set, and from there it was a Brian Eno track that has a similar effect: the song's lyrics detail a man and woman's languid boat excursion, and the music invites you to drift away with them. Grizzly Bear with another one full of water and boat images led to Joseph Arthur & the Lonely Astronauts looking for some assistance and Nick Drake finally breaking through into the light. The early '70s pop feel of that one was echoed in the Headless Heroes track that followed even as the mood turned more regretful; from there it was Tom Rush with an early Jackson Browne tune into a sad but lovely new one from Eels before Leonard Cohen finished it all off with a live version of the tune that first brought him to prominence.

Here's another one from Elvis Perkins


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