Program #579

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE VEILS . . . . . The House She Lived In . . . . . Sun Gangs
THE FLAMINGOS . . . . . I Only Have Eyes For You . . . . . 41 Original Hits From The Soundtrack Of American Graffiti
JENNY LEWIS . . . . . Trying My Best To Love You . . . . . Acid Tongue
PETER & GORDON . . . . . A World Without Love . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 1
ARTHUR ALEXANDER . . . . . Lover Please . . . . . Rainbow Road: The Warner Bros. Recordings
M. WARD . . . . . Rave On . . . . . Hold Time
THE BEATLES . . . . . Crying, Waiting, Hoping . . . . . Live at the BBC
LOU REED . . . . . Wait . . . . . Street Hassle
THE SHIRELLES . . . . . Will You Love Me Tomorrow . . . . . The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . The Sweetest Thing . . . . . My Maudlin Career

ART BRUT . . . . . The Passenger . . . . . Art Brut vs. Satan
THE STEVE GIBBONS BAND . . . . . No Spitting On The Bus . . . . . Down in the Bunker
JONATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS . . . . . Government Center . . . . . Beserkley Chartbusters
THE BONZO DOG BAND . . . . . I’m The Urban Spaceman . . . . . Cornology [3CD Set]
THE BYRDS . . . . . Mr. Spaceman . . . . . The Byrds Untitled
BILLY LEE RILEY . . . . . Flying Saucers Rock ’n’ Roll . . . . . Best of Sun Records: 50th Anniversary Edition, Vol. 2
JOE MEEK . . . . . Telstar (Demo) . . . . . Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 1-2
THE B-52’S . . . . . Planet Claire . . . . . The B-52's
CHRIS SPEDDING . . . . . Time Warp . . . . . Guitar Graffiti
ROBYN HITCHCOCK . . . . . I Often Dream Of Trains . . . . . I Often Dream of Trains

THE HELIO SEQUENCE . . . . . Transister Radio . . . . . Com Plex
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . White Socks/Flip Flops . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years
SPOON . . . . . Finer Feelings . . . . . Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Rebel Rebel . . . . . Sound + Vision
ULTRA ORANGE & EMMANUELLE . . . . . Sing Sing . . . . . Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle
NICO . . . . . Chelsea Girl . . . . . Chelsea Girl
PASCAL ROGE . . . . . Gymnopedies No. 1 . . . . . Man on Wire (Soundtrack)

CRACKER . . . . . Friends . . . . . Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey
HARRY NILSSON . . . . . Joy . . . . . Son of Schmilsson
STEVE FORBERT . . . . . Write Me A Raincheck . . . . . It's Raining Today: The Scott Walker Story (1967-70)
SCOTT WALKER . . . . . It’s Raining Today . . . . . It's Raining Today: The Scott Walker Story (1967-70)
LEONARD COHEN . . . . . Suzanne . . . . . Live In London
THE BOOKS FEATURING JOSE GONZALEZ . . . . . Cello Song . . . . . Dark Was the Night
CALEXICO . . . . . Two Silver Trees . . . . . Carried to Dust
NEKO CASE . . . . . Fever . . . . . Middle Cyclone

Songs about romance lost and found began with some new music from the Veils, and the prominent piano on that track has a '50s rhythm that conjured up the Flamingos, who were followed by Jenny Lewis with a tune that sounds like a definite nod to Carole King. From there we went 35 years back for Peter & Gordon's first big hit, not surprising considering it was a Lennon & McCartney song that appeared in the wake of the Beatles huge American success in early 1964. An Arthur Alexander track from the early '70s had a rhythmic similarity to M. Ward's reworking of an old Buddy Holly tune, and then it was the Fab Four recorded live on the BBC with their version of another Holly number. Lou Reed looking back fondly to the early '60s girl-group sound was followed by a classic from that era by the Shirelles, and the strings on that one were mirrored on the new Camera Obscura track that finished up this opener.

A new one from Art Brut found Eddie Argos rhapsodizing about public transportation, whick offered an opportunity to reach back for an old favorite from the Steve Gibbons Band. One for all the municipal workers by Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers led to a different kind of city fellow courtesy of the Bonzo Dog Band, and then the Byrds brought the alien visitor idea front and center, where it was picked up by BIlly Lee Riley. A fractured demo by Joe Meek, who wrote the huge instrumental hit named for an early communications satellite, brought on the B-52's Peter Gunn theme-based tale of an outer space visit, which was followed by Chris Spedding on a journey across the "astral plane" and Robyn Hitchcock bringing us full circle with his railroad visions.

Some psychedelia with good forward momentum from the Helio Sequence flowed nicely into a new one with similar energy from Super Furry Animals. Then it was Spoon adding a bit more backbeat followed by the relatively rare single version of a David Bowie tune from the mid-'70s, which gave way to the seductive catchiness of Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle from a couple years back. Nico followed with what could be called her signature tune, and the somber intensity of that track was relieved by the simple beauty of Erik Satie's famous piano piece, here performed by Pascal Rogé from the soundtrack to Man On Wire (the documentary about Philippe Petit's walk on a wire between the towers of the World Trade Center in 1974).

Cracker has a new disc, and a song from it with a definite country feel led to an old favorite from Harry Nilsson that's one of the funniest songs I know. From there it was Steve Forbert sending regrets from his latest disc, which seemed to segue quite well into a prime example of classic Scott Walker. That was followed by the new live version of a Leonard Cohen tune from that same late-'60s era, and then it was the Books featuring Jose Gonzalez covering a Nick Drake song that gets more hypnotic every time I hear it. Finally it was Calexico at their natural best leading to another Neko Case tune set out in the wilds of Mother Nature.

Here's another one from Nico