Think. Stay. Go. Change. Why bother with two syllables
when one will do just fine?
Credit goes to Scraps, Popdose’s former Name That Tune
host, as he came up with this idea over a decade ago.
There is some hot classic alternative action going on
here. In fact, this is the only show I’ve ever done that stays in one lane. It
is all modern, or modern-adjacent, from start to finish. This will probably
never happen again.
Artists making their Dizzy Heights debuts this week: Godley
& Crème, The Apples in Stereo, The Sugarcubes, Tones on Tail, Age of
Chance, My Bloody Valentine, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and (checks notes) Gary
Sorry for the extended absence. It was a whirlwind couple
of weeks (kids finish school, vacation, totally first world problems), but here
is the overdue, Tears for Fears-inspired follow-up to the show about the sun
and the moon. I actually had to export this show about six times to get all of
the tracks to appear (thanks, network drive), but I think, THINK, that
everything turned out okay.
I called an audible. Originally, the plan was to do a show about kids and children, after hearing a great show by Mixclouder The Show About… on the same subject, but one that left enough room for me to do a similar show without copying too much off of his paper.
Then he did a show about stars, and that reminded me of another idea that I had been flirting with for a while. This month, the sun and the moon. The Seeds of Love-era Tears for Fears fans know what the next show will be. Assuming I have enough material, that is.
Bands/artists making their Dizzy Heights debut: Aqualung, The Beloved, Matthew Sweet, Paul McCartney (solo), The Waterboys, Eggstone, The Merrymakers, Love & Rockets, Len, and somehow, I’m just now playing The Police for the first time.
They may play the bounciest dance pop this side of ABBA, but make no mistake, the members of Danish sextet Alphabeat take their band seriously. They turned down multiple offers that would have raised their profile on the global stage, and to hear co-singer Stine Bramsen explain it, she and her bandmates wouldn’t have done it any other way. Freshly reunited after a six-year hiatus, Alphabeat has signed their first US record deal (a mere 12 years after their debut album), and with Atlantic Records, no less, who promptly flew the band to Austin to showcase at South by Southwest. Popdose’s resident Alphabeat fan boy chatted with Bramsen about conquering America, and the importance of making sure the world knows that your pop band was not created in a boardroom.
This show was originally going to be about shiny things.
I thought of precious metals, and then opened things up to include any gem that
would be included in jewelry. Gold, silver, rubies, diamonds, all that stuff.
I’m bringing the mope this week, love birds. If I know
anything about love, it’s that it dies a slow, painful death when the month of
February rolls around. Seriously, for two Februarys in a row in college, all of
my friends and I saw our relationships come to an end. The following year, we
threw a party to celebrate it, and that annual party tradition carried on for
another ten years. The breakups, thankfully, didn’t.
Bands making their DH debuts this week include Alison
Moyet, The Bangles, Deon Estus, David Gray, Elliott Smith (what), Kate Bush
(WHAT), Simply Red, Vitamin Z, and World Party. Wait, really? Sorry, Mr.
Wallinger. I just assumed I had played you by now.
The March show is still being built, but I’ll give you a
hint as to its theme: the giant crab in “Moana” would approve.
The idea came, as a lot of my ideas do, from a Duran Duran song. Do I have enough songs to do a full show about dreams? As I quickly discovered, the answer was no. I have enough songs to do five or six shows about dreams.
Artists making their Dizzy Heights debut this week include Asia, Alice Cooper, Bram Tchaikovsky, Cliff Richard, Daryl Hall, A Flock of Seagulls, Freiheit, Paul Williams, The Posies, Pseudo Echo, Rainbow, and Emily Browning courtesy of the Sucker Punch soundtrack.
I make a mention, right away, that I hadn’t played every possible royal family title in a song, which was a complete lie. The first five songs cover them all. I had about 10 minutes to record those first two bits before it was time to pick up the girl at soccer practice. Mistakes were made.
Speaking of the girl, this was her idea. Every song references one royal family member or another (by title, not specific people), and the biggest surprise? How few songs there are with ‘princess’ in the title. I thought there would be tons of them. I had maybe four.
Artists making their Dizzy Heights debut this week. ABBA, Charli XCX (as a solo artist), The Dukes of Stratosphear, Jude, King, The Kings, Juice Newton, and wait, Neil Finn?!?!?! What? (This is actually his ninth time on the show, but his first as a solo artist.)
“Sunday Sunday, here again, a walk in the park…”
“Monday, I could wait ’til Tuesday, if I make up my mind, Wednesday would be fine…”
I’ve been toying with this one for months. So many choices! Most in the titles, but some in the lyrics. Everyone likes referencing days of the week, although Thursday needs to fire its publicist, because virtually no one sings about Thursday.
Artists making their Dizzy Heights debut: Bay City Rollers, The Easybeats, Kenna, Morphine, The Pogues, and Soulwax.
Oh, and here’s the clip I reference at the very end.