Features a-ha, Go West, The B-52’s, The Smiths, and more.
Recycling another Name That Tune idea for a show (and I’m doing it again for the next one). It’s been, what, 14 years? That feels like fair game to revisit.
Hold Me. Thrill Me. Save Me. Those are the names of songs that, um, didn’t make the cut, but you get the idea. I didn’t realize it when I began work on this, but in the end, this became a tribute show to my lovely wife. The first two blocks have her fingerprints all over them
Features The Nazz, The Tubes, Shakin’ Stevens, Gorillaz, Devo, and others
I’m so sorry! I went away again. Spring soccer season is all-consuming, and to think, my daughter just moved up to a travel league. Cool!
If I’m being honest, the other reason for the delay is that I didn’t have any ideas that got me really excited. I’d like to get to 100 shows before I reuse any themes, so I need 11 more clever thoughts. That may not seem like that many, but to me, right now, it seems impossible.
And just like that, I got an idea. It’s stolen from a former DJ colleague of mine, but still, it’s an idea. So, yay?
Featuring Johnny Marr, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, The Wonder Stuff, The Flying Lizards, and more.
“The answer to 90% of all questions is money.” – My friend Karen
The inevitable spinoff from DH #87 (The Finest Work Songs). I’m a bit surprised I haven’t done this one already. I mean, who doesn’t sing about money? (Answer: no one.)
But here we are. I even do a little beat mixing towards the end, which is a pretty big hint to those who know me well.
Coming up: I’m calling an audible. After suggesting a theme to my social media friends, I decided to try something else. I had lots of ideas for the other things, but not a whole lot of passion about it. So it can wait. This newer idea interests me more. I’m a cat. Please show me the shiny thing again.
Ed Goodman certainly gave me this idea (all of the good ones are his), and I finally acted on it. The subject opened so many doors that it will have its own spinoff show in two weeks!
Five debuts this week, including a brand-new band that I hadn’t even heard of, but thankfully a high school classmate had, and they might become one of my favorite new bands. Think Franz Ferdinand, but Irish.
Features Stone Temple Pilots, The Struts, The Babys, The Smithereens, and more
This one was a ‘cart before the horse’ show, which I’ll do from time to time. I had access to an album that I wanted to download without the obligation to write about it, so I came up with an idea for a show so I could work the artist into it. I asked the publicist if I could use a song for a show, and she said yes.
And then I got the title of the album wrong when I recorded my bits. (It’s called The Yearbook.) Oh, and this show was supposed to come out when the album did, which was back in September. In the end, the publicist helped me, but I did not help the publicist. I am ashamed.
LOTS of artists make their debut on the show this week. Like, a dozen. This is a weird show.
Features Terry Hall, The Lightning Seeds, Marshall Crenshaw, No Doubt, and more.
This is a combination of two mixes. Eighteen of these songs come from a 19-song 2001 mix – I removed “Gone” by Madonna because it was only there to fill space at the end of the CD – and the rest came from a 1999 mix that I cannot find for the life of me, so I added what I could remember. Most of the songs were current, but there are a couple of tracks that will seem left-field until you learn that I was just getting into those artists at the time (Marshall Crenshaw, The Divine Comedy).
I came thisclose to removing No Doubt, but then I thought of how my kids are constantly retconning their lives so that they never made “mistakes,” and decided against it. At the time, I really dug this tune. And it still holds up, if you ask me.
Featuring Janet Jackson, Outkast, James Brown, Kraftwerk, and more
Credit where credit is due: my local modern rock station gave me this idea. They do ‘Top 5 at 5’ shows that are now theme-based (they used to be based on requests), and I happened to be listening just as they finished this, so I didn’t hear any of the songs they played, but knowing their tendencies, I’m pretty sure our lists have at least one song in common, and maybe two.
And after not having any Dizzy Heights debuts in the last show, we have SIX this week, including the Godfather of Soul himself making a long-overdue appearance. Also, Genesis, really? That one surprises me.
Featuring The Replacements, The Cars, The Clash, Aimee Mann, and more.
A friend of mine came to me with an idea: what if you did a show that was nothing but killer opening tracks? And that’s a good idea, but there are LOTS of albums with killer opening tracks. What is in much shorter supply are albums with killer closing tracks. Even some of my all-time favorite albums have less-than-ideal swan songs. I mean, they’re fine, but no one is putting on Steve McQueen and skipping to “When the Angels,” you know?
Disney has taken on some big-picture topics with their recent films, be it racism (“Zootopia”), colonialism (“Frozen II”), or tribalism (“Raya and the Last Dragon”), but “Encanto” has its eye on something both deeply personal yet universal: the idea of what makes a person special. It’s tempting to scoff at the thought of a group of the world’s most talented artists, animators, designers, songwriters, and musicians telling its audience that they shouldn’t be so hard on themselves – or their children, more pointedly – when you know that they worked themselves to the bone to make this movie, but at the same time, where’s the lie?
Features Love Spit Love, Muse, The Smiths, Pulp, and more
May I say once again that I have great respect for anyone who has a radio show with a schedule that, say, can’t be abandoned for three months. I clearly do not have the discipline to handle that much responsibility.
I’m sorry I was gone for so long. I had this general feeling of malaise that I couldn’t shake. Every time I thought about doing a show, I just…didn’t. Then my wife entered a flash fiction contest, and I suddenly had an entire weekend to myself, for all intents and purposes, and poof, a show was born.
I mention that someone made their debut in this show. That is not true. He debuted seven months ago. I should have remembered that, but here we are.