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.
Featuring The Cars, Supergrass, Spinal Tap, Cheap Trick, Jude Cole, Rick Springfield, and more.
It only made sense, after watching song after song pop up as I searched for songs about yesterday, today, and tomorrow, that I’d do a show about tonight. Tonight is filled with limitless potential. Lives will change. Names will be made. And it’s all gonna happen TONIGHT.
Then I went through my library, and didn’t have nearly as many songs as I thought I would.
Thankfully, my friends stepped up big time with some excellent suggestions. As one put it, this is an example where teamwork helped make the dream work.
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.
Thank you, as always, for listening. *crawls under rock*
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.
Hello! Goodbye. Welcome! Hey. Goodnight. Bye! One of those six words appears in every song in this show (and in three cases, two or three of them appear). It is that simple.
I am not deep.
Yes, it’s true: I talk about editing one of these songs down from its monstrous run time, then listened to it again, and realized I could cut another 35 seconds and create a better edit, even though the “better” edit still sticks out like a sore thumb to me. It’s my “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Beatles fans nod knowingly. So does my wife, who gets that reference against her wishes.
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.