Program #630

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
VIC MIZZY . . . . . Addams Family Opening Theme . . . . . Addams Family
TED CASSIDY . . . . . The Lurch . . . . . Land of 1000 Dances, Vol. 2: 1956-1966
THE MODERNAIRES . . . . . The Rockin’ Ghost . . . . . MODERNAIRES: LIKE SWUNG (POP LP VINYL, 1960S)
LAMBERT, HENDRICKS & ROSS . . . . . Halloween Spooks . . . . . Dr. Demento Presents: Spooky Tunes & Scary Melodies
SPOON . . . . . The Ghost Of You Lingers . . . . . Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
RICHARD THOMPSON . . . . . The Ghost Of You Walks . . . . . you? me? us?
JOHN DOE . . . . . Hotel Ghost . . . . . Album
GIRLS . . . . . Ghostmouth . . . . . Album
PAUL WESTERBERG . . . . . Ghost On The Canvas . . . . . PW & The Ghost Gloves Cat Wing Joy Boys (Amazon.com Exclusive)
RYAN ADAMS . . . . . Halloween Head . . . . . Easy Tiger
TALKING HEADS . . . . . Psycho Killer . . . . . Talking Heads: 77
WARREN ZEVON . . . . . Werewolves Of London . . . . . Excitable Boy
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL . . . . . Bad Moon Rising . . . . . Chronicle, Vol. 1: The 20 Greatest Hits
BO DIDDLEY . . . . . Bo Meets The Monster . . . . . Dr. Demento Presents: Spooky Tunes & Scary Melodies
THE MUNSTERS . . . . . The Munsters Opening Theme . . . . . Television's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: From the 50's and 60's

GENE WILDER, TERRI GARR, PETER BOYLE, MARTY FELDMAN . . . . . It’s Alive . . . . . Psychedelic Jungle/Gravest Hits
RICHARD O’BRIEN . . . . . Science Fiction/Double Feature . . . . .
THE CRAMPS . . . . . Human Fly . . . . . Psychedelic Jungle/Gravest Hits
BLONDIE . . . . . The Attack Of The Giant Ants . . . . . Blondie
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS . . . . . The Night Of The Lotus Eaters . . . . . Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
FRANK ZAPPA . . . . . Zomby Woof . . . . . Over-Nite Sensation
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS . . . . . Zombie Boy . . . . . Distortion
RADIOHEAD . . . . . Bodysnatchers . . . . . In Rainbows
KURT VILE . . . . . Hunchback . . . . . Childish Prodigy
ALICE COOPER . . . . . I Love The Dead . . . . . Billion Dollar Babies

XTC . . . . . The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead . . . . . Nonsuch
DONOVAN . . . . . Season Of The Witch . . . . . Donovan's Greatest Hits
KLAUS NOMI . . . . . Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead . . . . . Klaus Nomi - The Essential
YOKO ONO . . . . . Yes, I’m A Witch . . . . . Yes, I'm a Witch
DAN HICKS & HIS HOT LICKS . . . . . I Scare Myself . . . . . Original Recordings
SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS . . . . . I Put A Spell On You . . . . . Cow Fingers & Mosquito Pie
JOHN ZACHERLEY . . . . . Dinner With Drac . . . . . Dead Man's Ball
BILLY DEMARCUS . . . . . Drac’s Back . . . . . These Ghoulish Things: Horror Hits for Halloween
BOBBY BARE . . . . . Vampira . . . . . Horror Hop
THE CREWNECKS . . . . . Rockin’ Zombie . . . . . DOO WOP HALLOWEEN IS A SCREAM
TARANTULA GHOUL & THE GRAVEDIGGERS . . . . . Graveyard Rock . . . . . Horror Hop
THE BONZO DOG BAND . . . . . Monster Mash . . . . . Cornology [3CD Set]
COUNT FLOYD . . . . . Reggae Christmas Eve In Transylvania . . . . . Count Floyd

This one was all about getting you in the mood for Halloween, with a mix of old and new, some more relevant than others, but all connected to candy makers favorite day of the year in some form or another. The Addams Family theme opener offered a chance to acknowledge the life and career of Vic MIzzy, who passed away recently at age 94. He composed music for a multitude of other TV shows as well as films, with perhaps Green Acres, another '60s TV program, the best-known of the bunch.

Another old-timer making an appearance on this program was John Zacherley, who recently celebrated his 91st birthday. He had a long career on TV in Philadelphia and New York as the host of movie series such as Chiller Theater, and Halloween was always a big deal for Zach. However, he made his biggets impression on me as a DJ on WNEW-FM in the late '60s and early '70s, when the station was a freeform flagship.

Here's another Addams Family-related piece: Ted Cassidy in full makeup performing the tune we heard near the top.


Program #629

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
STEVE EARLE . . . . . All Of My Life . . . . . Transcendental Blues
PAUL WESTERBERG . . . . . Gimmie A Little Joy . . . . . PW & The Ghost Gloves Cat Wing Joy Boys (Amazon.com Exclusive)
JOSEPH ARTHUR & THE LONELY ASTRONAUTS . . . . . Diamond Ring . . . . . Let's Just Be
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Stop Breaking Down . . . . . Exile on Main St.
IZZY STRADLIN & THE JU JU HOUNDS . . . . . Shuffle It All . . . . . Izzy Stradlin & the Ju Ju Hounds
THE LOST BOYS . . . . . Affection . . . . . The Sopranos - Peppers and Eggs: Music From The HBO Series

CAROLYN MARK . . . . . Let’s Just Stay Here . . . . . Let's Just Stay Here
LEONARD COHEN . . . . . Take This Waltz . . . . . I'm Your Man
THE BEATLES . . . . . She’s Leaving Home . . . . . Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Remastered)
THE SHARP THINGS . . . . . She Left With The Sun . . . . . Foxes and Hounds
JAMES MADDOCK . . . . . When The Sun’s Out . . . . . Sunrise On Avenue C
WILLIE NILE . . . . . Asking Annie Out . . . . . Streets of New York
ROD STEWART . . . . . You Wear It Well . . . . . Never a Dull Moment

PINK FLOYD . . . . . Wish You Were Here . . . . . Wish You Were Here
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . I’m Falling . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
THE HIGH DIALS . . . . . Your Eyes Are A Door . . . . . War of the Wakening Phantoms
RUTHIE FOSTER . . . . . Beaver Creek Blues . . . . . The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Cold Irons Bound . . . . . Time Out of Mind
ROSANNE CASH . . . . . Motherless Children . . . . . The List

ZERO 7 . . . . . Ghost Symbol . . . . . Yeah Ghost
BRIAN ENO . . . . . Kurt’s Rejoinder . . . . . Before and After Science
BEBEL GILBERTO . . . . . Chica Chica Boom Chic . . . . . All in One
ZEEP . . . . . Heads You Win . . . . . People & Things
PAUL SIMON . . . . . Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard . . . . . Paul Simon
PETER BJORN AND JOHN . . . . . Young Folks . . . . . Writer's Block
TAKEN BY TREES . . . . . Day By Day . . . . . East of Eden
BREWER & SHIPLEY . . . . . Witchi-Tai-To . . . . . One Toke Over the Line: The Best of Brewer & Shipley

This opener grew out of the Paul Westerberg tune from his latest release that has some of the casual feel characteristic of much of his best post-Replacements stuff. Two other musicians who share some of that at times are Steve Earle and Joseph Arthur, and tracing it to the source seems to land you at the Rolling Stones, who were followed by Izzy Stradlin & the Ju Ju Hounds and the Lost Boys (actually Steve Van Zandt and friends) indicating how much they enjoy Keith Richards' rhythmic sense as well.

The title track from Carolyn Mark's new disc is in 3/4 time, which brought to mind an old one from Leonard Cohen that seemed to flow nicely into a remastered Beatles tune. Then we heard the Sharp Things with a sad one about a relationship that ended at dawn, which was countered by James Maddock finding inspiration when the sun is shining, and from there it was Willie Nile working up the courage to make a date followed by Rod Stewart looking back with a bit of nostalgic regret.

This set was one of those that come along every so often with a hinge in the middle that takes the music off in a different direction. It began with an old one from Pink Floyd about Syd Barrett, who was the original songwriter and singer in the band before psychological problems forced him to stop making music. Among the many musicians influenced by Syd was Robyn Hitchcock, and he offered a tune that fed nicely into one from the HIgh Dials, a Canadian band that works effectively in a range of styles. The fade on their tune ends with crickets chirping, which made for a nice segue to the Ruthie Foster track that begins with insect and frog sounds. This was the aforementioned hinge, with the bluesy rhythms of Foster's song followed by Bob Dylan working in a similar place and then Rosanne Cash doing the same with A. P. Carter's old standard.

The final section set off down a polyrhythmic path with one from the new Zero 7 disc that fed nicely into an old favorite from Brian Eno. Then we heard Bebel Gilberto from the new album with her take on an old tune best associated with Carmen Miranda, and that was followed by one from Zeep with an enticing Brazilian feel into an old favorite from Paul Simon. From there it was Peter Bjorn and John joined by Victoria Bergsman on their irresistable tune from a few years back followed by Bergsman and Taken By Trees off of their new disc before Brewer & Shipley offered their early '70s classic version of a song by Jim Pepper based on an old Native American peyote chant taught to him by his grandfather.

Here's another one from Steve Earle


Program #628

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
JULIE BROWN . . . . . The Homecoming Queen’s Got A Gun . . . . . Trapped in the Body of a White Girl
THE COCKTAIL SLIPPERS . . . . . St. Valentine’s Day Massacre . . . . . Saint Valentine's Day Massacre
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . My Love Will Not Let You Down . . . . . Tracks (4CD)
MARY WEISS . . . . . Don’t Come Back . . . . . Dangerous Game
ROY ORBISON . . . . . (All I Can Do Is) Dream You . . . . . Black & White Night
JOHN DOE & THE SADIES . . . . . Stop The World And Let Me Off . . . . . Country Club
NICK LOWE . . . . . The Club . . . . . At My Age

KEITH RICHARDS . . . . . Will But You Won’t . . . . . Main Offender
PAUL WESTERBERG . . . . . Drop Them Gloves . . . . . PW & The Ghost Gloves Cat Wing Joy Boys (Amazon.com Exclusive)
NEW YORK DOLLS . . . . . Better Than You . . . . . 'Cause I Sez So
VELVET CRUSH . . . . . California Incline . . . . . Stereo Blues
TELEVISION . . . . . See No Evil . . . . . Marquee Moon
MISSION OF BURMA . . . . . Possession . . . . .
KURT VILE . . . . . Dead Alive . . . . . Childish Prodigy
JULIAN PLENTI . . . . . No Chance Survival . . . . . Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper

ROSANNE CASH . . . . . I’m Moving On . . . . . The List
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY . . . . . Always And Forever . . . . . Slowly But Surely
T-BONE WALKER . . . . . Why Not . . . . . Grooves in Orbit
NRBQ . . . . . A Girl Like That . . . . . Grooves in Orbit
EXENE CERVENKA . . . . . Walk Me Across The Night . . . . . Somewhere Gone
THE BEATLES . . . . . The Honeymoon Song . . . . . Live at the BBC
CHUCK BERRY . . . . . Rock & Roll Music . . . . . The Great Twenty-Eight
SPOON . . . . . Well-Alright . . . . . Dark Was the Night
ELVIS PRESLEY . . . . . (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care . . . . . The Essential Elvis: The First Movies
M. WARD . . . . . Rave On . . . . . Hold Time
SIMON & GARFUNKEL . . . . . Bye Bye Love . . . . . Bridge Over Troubled Water

BILLY J. KRAMER & THE DAKOTAS . . . . . Bad To Me . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 1
GIRLS . . . . . Laura . . . . . Album
ORANGE PEELS . . . . . Redwood City . . . . . So Far
THE MAMAS AND PAPAS . . . . . I Saw Her Again . . . . . The Mamas & the Papas - Greatest Hits
LANGHORNE SLIM . . . . . Say Yes . . . . . Be Set Free
JOSH ROUSE . . . . . It’s The Nightime . . . . . Nashville
THE CLIENTELE . . . . . Never Anyone But You . . . . . Bonfires on the Heath
YO LA TENGO . . . . . I’m On My Way . . . . . Popular Songs
VAN MORRISON . . . . . Into The Mystic . . . . . Moondance

The opening track from Julie Brown was for all those who returned to the old campus this month in the annual ritual known as Homecoming. That one goes back more than 20 years now and it still brings a smile to my face when I hear it. We moved on to the Cocktail Slippers, the all-female band from Norway who put out a Steve Van Zandt-produced disc earlier this year, which led quite naturally to Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. The energy on that one flowed nicely into Mary Weiss with a track that sounds remarkably like the Roy Orbison tune from his mid-'80s HBO concert that followed. John Doe & the Sadies offered both musical and lyrics continuity, and then Nick Lowe finished up with a tune about a group that most of us have been members of at one time or another.

One from the latest Paul Westerberg release has bit of Keith Richards in it, which is where this section began, and it also brought to mind a track from this year's New York Dolls album. From there we heard Velvet Crush with a track that finishes with an extended guitar solo that is reminiscent of Television, and that led to some more guitar-driven stuff from the new Mission of Burma disc. Kurt Vile brought us to more an introspective place even as he piled on the reverb, and then it was Julian Plenti with a suitably bleak conclusion.

A tune with some nice twang from the new Rosanne Cash disc kicked off this set, and it was followed by Holly Golightly offering her take on that sound. T-Bone Walker added some R&B to the mix, and then we heard from NRBQ with their own version of essentially the same thing, with an emphasis on the piano that made for a nice segue to a new one from Exene Cervenka. The '50s rock 'n' roll rhythm on that recalled the Beatles with John Lennon's report from the front lines of his life c. 1969, and then a classic from Chuck Berry fed very nicely into a Spoon track from back in the beginning of the year that's is similar to Elvis Presley having some fun in Jailhouse Rock. From there we heard a couple of covers to end it: M. Ward rearranging Buddy Holly and Simon & Garfunkel faithfully conjuring up the Everly Brothers.

Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas opened this finale with a hit from the early days of the British Invasion (it certainly didn't hurt that the tune was written by Lennon & McCartney), and the romantic teen entanglements expressed there seemed to flow nicely into a new one from Girls about a relationship running off the rails. Then it was time for the Orange Peels to weigh in on the subject with their California pop sound which, not surprisingly, sounds quite a bit like the '60s California pop courtesy of the Mamas and Papas. The mood turned hopeful with Langhorne Slim and Josh Rouse, which led to some quieter reflections from the Clientele and Yo La Tengo, and then we had Van Morrison returning from the sea to "rock your soul" as the curtain came down.

Here's another one from the New York Dolls


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