Dec 1, 2016


Welcome to the Tighten Up With Simon Johns archive and listen again blog.

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Apr 25, 2015

Bluegrass with Simon Lewis

Bill Monroe, the father of Bluegrass

This week, we host Tophane's foremost bluegrass expert Simon Lewis​ to talk about a genre of music that has been close to his heart for the past 20 years.
  1. The Carter family, "John Hardy", 1928
  2. Doc Watson, "Black Mountain Rag", May the Circle Be Unbroken, UA, 1972 
  3. Kentucky Colonels, "John Henry", Appalachian Swing! World Pacific, 1964
  4. The Byrds "Take a Whiff", Untitled, Colombia, 1970
  5. Norman Blake, "Whiskey Before Breakfast", Whiskey Before Breakfast, Rounder, 1976
  6. Tony Rice with David Grisman Quintet "E.M.D." live at Town Park, 1998
  7. Bill Frisell, "Sittin On Top Of the World", The Willies, Nonesuch, 2002 
  8. Brad Davis, "California" live, 2006
  9. Robbie Fulks, "Snake Chapman's Tune", Gone Away Backward, Bloodshot, 2013

Mar 13, 2015

Daevid Allen (1938-2015)

At the final gong. The band leader of Gong and founder of The Wilde Flowers and Soft Machine, Daevid Allen has left the building. 

Mar 7, 2015


We just can't stop dancing on TU.
  1. Don't Stop The Carnival       Davey Graham           The Guitar Player      Golden Guinea           1963
  2. Stop The Wedding    Etta James      Top Ten          Argo    1963
  3. I Can't Stop Dancing Archie Bell & The Drells       I Can't Stop Dancing Atlantic           1968
  4. I'll Never Stop Loving You    Carla Thomas            I'll Never Stop Loving You 7"           Kent    1969
  5. Stop Sign        Mel Wynn & The Rhythm Aces        7"        Wand  1969
  6. Stopover Bombay      Alice Coltrane            Journey in Satchidananda   Impulse!         1970
  7. Truck Stop Girl          The Byrds      Untitled          Columbia        1970
  8. Who'll Stop The Rain            Creedence Clearwater Revival        Cosmo's Factory        Fantasy           1970
  9. Stop This Train (Again Doing It)     Kevin Ayers   Joy Of A Toy   Harvest           1970
  10. The Day of Timestop            Guru Guru      Dance of the Flames Atlantic           1974
  11. I Am Not Seeing That You Are Here            Jill Kroesen    Stop Vicious Cycles    Lovely Music Ltd       1982
  12. Never Stop     Echo & The Bunnymen        7"        Korova            1983
  13. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before       The Smiths     Strangeways, Here We Come           EMI     1987
  14. Searching for the Pavement            Biff Bang Pow!           Love Is Forever          Creation         1988
  15. Showstopper Iron Knowledge        Chains and Black Exhaust    Memphix        2002

Mar 6, 2015


People get ready for some rocking and popping.
  1. People Get Ready      Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions            People Get Ready      ABC/Paramount        1965
  2. People Are Strange   The Doors      Strange Days Elektra            1967
  3. Everyday People       Sly & The Family Stone         Stand  MGM   1968
  4. People Take Pictures of Each Other           The Kinks       The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society      Pye      1968
  5. People Say     The Meters    Rejuvenation Reprise           1974
  6. The Tomorrow People          Dudley Simpson        TV Themes     TV Theme      1973
  7. Tomorrow’s People - The Children Of Today        McDonald & Giles      McDonald & Giles      Island 1970
  8. Plastic Palace People            Scott Walker  Scott 2            Phillips           1968
  9. Special People           Betty Davis     They Say I'm Different         Just Sunshine            1974
  10. Short People  Randy Newman         Little Criminals          Warner           1970
  11. Malibu People           John Phillips  John The Wolfking of L.A.     Dunhill           1970
  12. Street People Bobby Charles           Bobby Charles           Bearsville       1972
  13. Chicago People          Sam Prekop   Who's Your New Professor  Thrill Jockey   2005
  14. People            Fugu   As Found        3rd Side         2005