Program #569

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Gotta Serve Somebody . . . . . Slow Train Coming
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . What You is . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
PETER BJORN AND JOHN . . . . . Just The Past . . . . . Living Thing
THE BEATLES . . . . . Baby You’re A Rich Man . . . . . Magical Mystery Tour
LAL MERI . . . . . Take Me As I Am . . . . . Lal Meri
GROOVE ARMADA . . . . . Remember . . . . . Lovebox
BIG STAR . . . . . Nightime . . . . . Third/Sister Lovers

VAN MORRISON . . . . . Mechanical Bliss . . . . . 7-inch single
THE REAL TUESDAY WELD . . . . . Bathtime In Clerkinwell . . . . . I, Lucifer
I AM KLOOT . . . . . Untitled #1 . . . . . I Am Kloot
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . Hey . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
THE OLD 97’S . . . . . Dance With Me . . . . . Blame It On Gravity
DICK DALE & HIS DEL-TONES . . . . . Misirlou . . . . . The Perfect Day: The Music from 40 Years of Surfing Magazine
THE CRAMPS . . . . . Goo Goo Muck . . . . . Off the Bone
THE RAVEONETTES . . . . . Dead Sound . . . . . Lust Lust Lust
PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES . . . . . This Is Our Emergency . . . . . The New Romance

BOBBY DARIN . . . . . Beyond The Sea . . . . . The Hit Singles Collection
JOOLS HOLLAND & TAJ MAHAL . . . . . Outskirts Of Town . . . . . Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND . . . . . Stormy Monday The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East
THE BLACK KEYS . . . . . So He Won’t Break . . . . . Attack and Release
THE KINKS . . . . . Set Me Free . . . . . Kinks-Size/Kinkdom
THE MINDERS . . . . . Jenny . . . . . It's a Bright Guilty World
CINDERPOP . . . . . Dead At The Side Of The Road . . . . . A Lesson in Science
TODD RUNDGREN . . . . . Couldn’t I Just Tell You . . . . . Something/Anything?
TEENAGE FANCLUB . . . . . About You . . . . . Man-Made

MARIANNE FAITHFULL & KEITH RICHARDS . . . . . Sing Me Back Home . . . . . Easy Come, Easy Go
MERLE HAGGARD . . . . . The Bottle Let Me Down . . . . . Merle Haggard - 20 Greatest Hits
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON . . . . . Sunday Morning Coming Down . . . . . Kristofferson
CRACKER . . . . . Family Tradition . . . . . Countrysides
MIKE NESS . . . . . Dope Fiend Blues . . . . . Cheating at Solitaire
JOHN LENNON . . . . . Cold Turkey . . . . . Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon

A tune from Bob Dylan's born again period is where this program kicked off, and it was followed by a new one from Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 that contains something of a lyrical resemblance. Then it was another new one, this time by Peter Bjorn and John that has more than a passing rhythmic similiarity to the Beatles tune that followed. One more new tune from Lal Meri kept the emphasis on the beat, and then Groove Armada offered up a haunting track that was helped greatly by a generous sample of a Sandy Denny vocal from an old Fairport Convention song, which led to a beautifully fragile piece by Alex Chilton from the final Big Star disc.

A relatively rare track from Van Morrison helped to lighten the mood to open this next set, as did the Real Tuesday Weld and I Am Kloot tunes that followed. A new one from Elvis Perkins with a bit of old-school rock 'n' roll buried inside segued nicely into an Old 97's track that features some very Dick Dale & His Del-Tones-like guitar. From there the general feel was maintained by the Cramps and the Raveonettes, and then it was Pretty Girls Make Graves providing an urgent note on which to finish.

This section began with my favorite Bobby Darin number after I read about the recent death at 96 of Jack Lawrence, who more than 60 years ago wrote the lyrics to what was originally a composition by a couple of French songwriters. The big band mood was sustained by Jools Holland, assisted by Taj Mahal on lead vocals, which added a bluesy note and led to the Allman Brothers classic version of T-Bone Walker's tune. Some more blues from the Black Keys was followed by mid-'60s Kinks that started to push the sound into more of a pop direction. The Minders continued down that path, and then it was Cinderpop veering off into a bit of Baroque & Roll, Todd Rundgren restoring the emphasis on guitars and Teenage Fanclub doing the same in two minutes forty, which they do as well as anyone ever has.

The finale began with a new one from Marianne Faithfull assisted by Keith Richards; it's certainly remarkable these two are still breathing, let alone singing together, after everything they've each been through since the halcyon days of Swinging London all those years ago. Here they're covering a Merle Haggard tune, so we heard from Merle to follow and then it was an old favorite by Kris Kristofferson that's the best tune I know about a hangover (and so much more, of course). Then it was Cracker covering Hank Williams, Jr. on what it takes to get to the place Kristofferson was writing and singing about, Mike Ness offering his take on addiction and John Lennon with a blow-by-blow of what it's like to kick, which seemed a good place shut it down.

Here's the flip side to "Baby You're A Rich Man"