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
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.
This was originally supposed to be one show featuring songs with colors in the title, but about 600 suggestions later, it was clear that the colors needed to be split up into their own shows, and even then there is enough material to do multiple shows of the primary colors, and maybe the secondary ones as well.
I chose to start with blue so I can play a song from Tom Bailey’s solo album Science Fiction that stabbed my inner lovestruck teenager in the heart. From there, I went, well, everywhere, but there is a thread of melancholy that goes nearly from start to finish. Blue is more than just a color, I guess.
Artists making their Dizzy Heights debut this week: Billy Idol (wait, what?), The Charlatans, David Gilmour, Electric Light Orchestra, Fine Young Cannibals, Gus, Michael Johnson, Peter Murphy, Real Life (wait, WHAT?), The Smithereens (I have no words), The Undertones, and Yaz (even fewer words).