Dizzy Heights #80: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Is there a song that reminds you of something embarrassing that you did, and no matter how much distance there is between that moment and the present, the association remains? A permanent reminder of what a fool you once were?

Just wondering. That definitely does not exist with me and one of the songs in this show, nope nope nope.

And I definitely didn’t delete the part in my talkie bit where I talked about it, and then uploaded a version of the show that INCLUDES THE EMBARRASSING THING I MEANT TO DELETE.

Sigh.

Thank you, as always, for listening. *crawls under rock*

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Dizzy Heights #77: Conjunction Junction, Vol. I

This idea started where all good ideas start: in the shower.

Originally, this was going to be nothing but songs that start with ‘If,’ but I ultimately decided to mix things up. You will notice, though, that ‘if’ rules the roost, at least in this installment. Pretty sure I’ll be bringing this one back for a second tour of duty.

NINE artists make their Dizzy Heights debut this week, including two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and an alt-rock giant that’s been a radio mainstay for almost three decades. I would argue that they’re a wildly inconsistent mainstay, but a mainstay just the same.

Thank you, as always, for listening.

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Dizzy Heights #75: Zipperhead – ‘Girl’ Songs

No joke, I’ve been sitting on this idea since my last Name That Tune quiz at Popdose, which was *checks notes* a little over 11 years ago. So, this idea is slightly younger than my youngest child. Who’s in middle school. Man, I think I need to lie down for a minute.

My apologies for the delay. This show was originally supposed to go live the week of January 14, but…some things happened. Disappointing things, which I will explain, possibly to my detriment. I regret nothing.

Thank you, as always, for listening.

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Dizzy Heights #74: ‘Boy’ Songs

Not to be confused with Show #70, Alt-Rock Songs About Boys. Those songs referred to people by name. This one is just songs with ‘Boy’ in the title.

I’ve been sitting on a ‘Girl’ show since Show #1, but decided to put it off one more time and, um, do the boys instead. Now that it’s end of my fourth year doing this, it felt like it was time to finally pull the trigger.

Also, these are really easy shows to research.

It starts off a bit predictably, but by the sixth song or so, it starts to go sideways, as my shows often do.

My apologies to Pete Townshend, whom I completely forgot to mention when talking about the first set.

Thank you, as always, for listening.

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Dizzy Heights #73: Songs About Songs

Features Ben Folds Five, Dan Wilson, R.E.M., The Candyskins, Joe Jackson, and more

*wakes up from three-month slumber* So, what did I miss?

You know what, don’t answer that.

This is an idea I’ve been knocking around for years. I’m sure my friend Ed came up with it, but Mike is the one who reminded me. I’m also sure that The Show About…did this, and better, but I’m too scared to look. Maybe I’ll take a peek at his library now that I’ve finished my show. Can’t cheat off of him after I’ve turned in my test.

Thank you, as always, for listening.

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Dizzy Heights #71: Hearts, Vol. I

I have a list (actual piece of paper and everything) that currently features over 20 ideas for shows. This was not on the list. It just popped in my head, and had too much potential to do later. No, this must happen now.

The best thing about these themed shows is that I can spread the wealth musically (though a certain band appears for the fourteenth time), and so nine acts make their Dizzy Heights debut this week. Never thought that would happen three years into this experiment. I thought I would have used everything up by now.

I’m taking a small break after this to work on some non-DH mixes for friends, but I should be back in late April or early May. I highly recommend checking out the following shows while I’m away, and even after I return, obviously.

The Show About…: https://www.mixcloud.com/TheShowAbout/

Nutty Bearpaws: https://www.mixcloud.com/nuttybearpaws/

Tangled Tapes (I haven’t listened yet, but the shows seem right in my wheelhouse, and hopefully yours): https://www.mixcloud.com/tangledtapes/

Thank you, as always, for listening. See you soon.

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Dizzy Heights #66: Great Scots

The ‘song title’ thing was painting me into a corner. I needed a new angle, and despite doing a show about cities around the world, I didn’t have the idea to do geographically specific shows until about 18 months later. Sometimes it just takes that long for my brain to make the connection. Zzzzzt.

I started with Scotland for two reasons. One, I’ve somehow managed to interview a fair number of Scottish musicians (all of whom are in this show), and on top of that, it’s the strongest bloodline in my wife’s family, so we’re always talking up Scotland around the house. Once I discovered how many Scottish singers fronted non-Scottish bands, this show practically put itself together. And I have more than enough bands for a second volume, someday. This has been quite the educational experience.

Thank you, as always, for listening. Dizzy Heights is taking the rest of the year off, and will resume in January. Have courage and be kind, people.

Note: I mentioned that a band had six Top 10 singles from one album. They had six Top 40 singles. I regret the error. I also didn’t mention the Soup Dragons by name. I regret that, too.

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Dizzy Heights #62: ‘90s UK Alternative, Part I: The Rock Mix

When this goes live on Popdose, it will be my mom’s birthday, yay! She would not like this show. 

I wanted to take a break from the title-themed shows, and for whatever reason, UK ‘90s is the first thing that popped into my head. Maybe that’s because most of the shows are inherently UK ‘80s shows, and I wanted to share the wealth, as it were. I say that despite the fact that I’ve already played at least three of these songs in previous shows. Still, eight bands make their debuts here, so…progress?

Oh, and I also voice a thought that will be quite unpopular with nearly anyone who likes this show. Hot take ahoy! Who knows, maybe some of you will agree with me (it comes in the second talkie bit), but I’m guessing most of you won’t, and that’s OK.

Thank you, as always, for listening.

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Dizzy Heights #61: ‘Summer’ Songs

I’m going to take a small break from the word-themed shows, but before I do so, I thought, Let’s say goodbye to summer with a show filled with songs about summer.

This started out as a much different show, but once I spotted the alt and alt-adjacent vibe pulsing through it, I took out several well-known acts that no longer fit in. (It also stopped me from adding a brand-new Taylor Swift song at the last minute.) The Kinks, America, Springsteen, and yes, even Seals & Crofts, gone. Was that the right call? That is for you to decide, dear listener, but opening with the Barracudas and the Undertones? I regret nothing.

Thank you, as always, for listening.

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Dizzy Heights #60: Run Betsi Run (a 2003 beat mix tape, digitized and expanded)

This post goes live on Popdose on my birthday, yay! So I decided to have some fun.

I wanted to take a break from the themed shows, so I started to look at old cassettes in my collection, with the plan to digitize them. I found a running mix that I made for my sister-in-law Betsi sometime in 2003 – I put Franka Potente from “Run Lola Run” on the cover and everything – and thought, “That’s the one.”

Over two thirds of the songs here came out between 1998 and 2003, though the overall track listing ranges between 1990 and 2005. This might be the ultimate Medsker mix, in that it’s slightly alternative (Chemical Brothers, Underworld), a lot poppy (Simply Red, Madonna), and embarrassingly trendy (Fatboy Slim, The Wiseguys). To quote “The Greatest Showman,” this is me.

And it’s true: I actually remixed the Madonna track, as part of an ACID-sponsored contest. I sent it to a musician in an attempt to persuade him to let me remix one of his songs, and he said, “You are soooo Arthur Baker,” which to this day is still one of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t let me remix his song, though.

Thank you, as always, for moving your feet.

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