Program #584

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . It’s All Over Now . . . . . 12 X 5
HOWLIN’ WOLF . . . . . Smokestack Lightnin’ . . . . . The Best of Chess Blues, Vol. 1
TOM WAITS . . . . . Get Behind The Mule . . . . . Mule Variations
RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOTT . . . . . Soul Of A Man . . . . . A Stranger Here
THE KRONOS QUARTET . . . . . Dark Was The Night . . . . . Dark Was the Night
BOB DYLAN . . . . . My Wife’s Hometown . . . . . Together Through Life
DAVID BROMBERG . . . . . Suffer To Sing The Blue . . . . . David Bromberg

X-RAY SPECS . . . . . Oh Bondage, Up Yours! . . . . . Germ Free Adolescents
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Homewrecker . . . . . Further Complications
MIKE NESS . . . . . Misery Loves Company . . . . . Cheating at Solitaire
THE RAVONETTES . . . . . Blitzed . . . . . Lust Lust Lust
SISTER VANILLA . . . . . Jamcolas . . . . . Little Pop Rock
BIG STAR . . . . . Kizza Me . . . . . Third/Sister Lovers
THE CAESARS . . . . . Waking Up . . . . . Strawberry Weed
MARTIN NEWELL . . . . . She Rings The Changes . . . . . The Greatest Living Englishman
ROBYN HITCHCOCK . . . . . Your Head Here . . . . . Goodnight Oslo

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Two Faces . . . . . Tunnel of Love
RICK NELSON . . . . . Lonely Town . . . . . Rick Nelson - Greatest Hits
NEKO CASE . . . . . Middle Cyclone . . . . . Middle Cyclone
JOHN CALE . . . . . Gravel Drive . . . . . Black Acetate
ST. VINCENT . . . . . Just The Same But Brand New . . . . . Actor
BRIAN ENO . . . . . Silver Morning . . . . . Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks
STUART MURDOCH . . . . . Come Monday Night . . . . . free download
THE SHINS . . . . . Sleeping Lessons . . . . . Wincing the Night Away

NEW YORK DOLLS . . . . . Trash . . . . . 'Cause I Sez So
UB40 & CHRISSIE HYNDE . . . . . Breakfast In Bed . . . . . UB40
LONE RANGER . . . . . Love Bump . . . . . The Best of Studio One, Vol. 2: Full Up
BUNNY WAILER . . . . . Ballroom Floor . . . . . Rock'n'Groove
THE JA-MAN ALL STARS . . . . . Downtown Rubadub . . . . . In the Dub Zone
CAIRO . . . . . I Like Bluebeat . . . . . 100% British Ska
THE CHANTELLS . . . . . Natty Supper . . . . . Dubwise & Otherwise 2: A Blood and Fire Audio Catalogue
LINTON KWESI JOHNSON . . . . . Making History . . . . . Independant Intavenshan: The Island Anthology
BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS . . . . . Blackman Redemption . . . . . Confrontation

After a Rolling Stones cover from the early days of a Bobby Womack tune, this show moved deeper into the blues for the remainder of this opening set. So we had a classic recorded at the Chess studios in Chicago in the mid-'50s from Howlin' Wolf followed by Tom Waits in a country blues place with a tune inspired by something that Robert Johnson's father once said of his son. From there it was a couple of Blind Willie Johnson tunes: the first from the excellent new Ramblin' Jack Elliott disc and the second performed in a harrowing version by the Kronos Quartet from the recent two-disc set devoted to raising money and awareness to continue the battle agains HIV and AIDS. Bob Dylan followed with a new tune that essentially borrows the music from Willie Dixon's "I Just Want To Make Love To You," and then it was David Bromberg with an original that explains why life's setbacks can be valuable to a bluesman.

This next section kicked off with the initial single release from X-Ray Spex in 1977; it came to mind after I heard the new Jarvis Cocker track that followed, with a blaring sax that approached the kinetic energy supplied by Lora Logic during her short stay in X-Ray Spex. Mike Ness (with some help from Bruce Springsteen) made it three saxophone-dominated songs in a row, and then it was the Raveonettes with one of their echoy, reverb-drenched specialties. Sister Vanilla likes to keep it noisy as well, and the overall looseness on this track conjured Big Star near the end of their initial run. The Caesars added a nice dose of guitar-driven pop, as did Martin Newell (along with Andy Partridge) and then it was Robyn HItchcock & the Venus 3 with one of his patented lyrically playful tracks to finish up.

Bruce Springsteen on his own to begin this set offered the first in a quartet of sad, regreful tunes that led next to an old one from a young Rick Nelson, a new one from Neko Case that also lends its title to her album and a recent one from John Cale that manages to quote the TV show Survivor in its lyrics without ruining the song. The atmosphere on that one fed nicely into a new song from St. Vincent that seems to be about moving on into a new place; the tune has a floating texture that brought to mind a Brian Eno track from music he composed for a film compiled of footage taken by Apollo astronauts during the lunar missions in the late '60s and early '70s. From there it was on to a new one by Stuart Murdoch; the song is from an upcoming album that will not be released as a Belle and Sebastian record, and the singer is named Catherine Ireton, who got the gig by auditioning for Murdoch. Finally it was the Shins with a track that builds to a rousing finish, which felt like a good place to stop.

On their terrific new disc the New York Dolls remake one of their best-loved tunes from the early days, this time with a classic reggae beat attached to it. That was all it took to become immersed in Jamaica's most-beloved export, so we had UB40 assisted by Chrissie Hynde followed by the Lone Ranger out of Studio One leading to Bunny Wailer with a tune from my favorite of his many solo discs. From there it was a bit of dub from the Ja-Man All Stars into a bit of serendipity from 1980 by Cairo followed by the Chantells injecting a bit of culture into the mix. That's where Linton Kwesi Johnson and Bob Marley and the Wailers from the first posthumous release after his death kept us, and that's when the lights went dark on this program.

Here's another one from Linton Kwesi Johnson