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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ‘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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.