Aug 28, 2010

Where nearly classic rock rocks

Lowell George of Little Feat

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Where almost classic rock rocks, and this time I mean it, man. 50 minutes of gear sounds from the good old days when songs were real songs and real men wore dungarees. The big noise of this play list is Big Star, but give the Joe Walsh and Bobby Charles songs a good listen and they'll grow on you.
  1. The Sad Bag Of Shaky Jake, Humble Pie, Town And Country, 1969, Immediate
  2. Backsliding Fearlessly, Mott The Hoople, Mott The Hoople (Remaster Version), 1969, Island
  3. One Toke Over the Line, Brewer and Shipley, Tarkio, 1970, Karma Sutra
  4. The Ballad Of El Goodo, Big Star, #1 Record, 1972, Ardent
  5. Street People, Bobby Charles, Bobby Charles , 1972, Bearsville
  6. Silver Pistol, Brinsley Schwarz, Silver Pistol, 1972, United Artists
  7. Birdcall Morning, Joe Walsh, Barnstorm, 1972, ABC
  8. Easy To Slip, Little Feat, Sailin' Shoes, 1972, Warner
  9. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference, Todd Rundgren, Something/Anything?, 1972, Bearsville
  10. Mystifies Me, Ron Wood, I've Got My Own Album to Do, 1974, Warner
  11. Heavenly Homes, Be Bop Deluxe, Sunburst Finish, 1976, Harvest
  12. Dreamer, Dennis Wilson, Pacific Ocean Blue, 1977, Caribou
  13. Ricky Don't Lose that Number, Steely Dan, Aja, 1977, ABC
  14. Against The Wind, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Against The Wind, 1980, Capitol

Aug 21, 2010

It girls

The spectacular Ronettes

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Let's listen to the It Girls. This week, we have 20 years of girl groups in 50 minutes, including the incredible singer songwriter Jackie DeShannon performing my new favourite tune Dream Boy. Also on the slate are some heavy weights – Julie Driscoll and ESG.
  1. Call On Me, Barbara Mercer, 7", Sidra
  2. Crying All By Myself, Wendy Rene, 7", Stax/Volt
  3. Dream Boy, Jackie DeShannon, 7", 1964
  4. I'll Keep Holding On, The Marvelettes, 7", 1965, Tamla
  5. A Lovers Concerto, The Toys, 7", 1965, DynoVoice
  6. Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind, Vashti Bunyan, 7", 1965, Decca
  7. These Days, Nico, Chelsea Girl, 1967, Verve
  8. You're Gonna Make Me Love You, Sandi Sheldon, 7", 1967, Okeh
  9. Any Way That You Want Me, Evie Sands, 7", 1969, A&M
  10. Genesis Hall, Fairport Convention, Unhalfbricking, 1969, Island
  11. I Know You Love Me Not, Julie Driscoll, Jules & Brian, 1969, Polydor
  12. Philosophy Of The World , The Shaggs, Philosophy Of The World, 1969, Third Word
  13. Clean Up Woman, Betty Wright, 7", 1971, Alston
  14. I'm Gonna Run Away From You, Tami Lynn, 7", 1971, Atlantic
  15. Falling In Love, American Spring, It's Not That Bad, 1973, Columbia
  16. Corista De Rock, Rita Lee, Arrombou a festa 7", 1976, Som Livre
  17. Instant hit, The Slits, Cut, 1979, Island
  18. Dance, ESG, Come Away With ESG, 1983, 99

Aug 14, 2010

Ha Ha sounds

A madcap handstand

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This week, we listen to the hilarity of rock and roll. A somewhat obvious choice from the Madcap Laughs, yet still a great tune and dedicated to TUWSJ listener Ed. I also couldn't resist the opportunity to play a track from the Bedazzled OST. "You fill me with inertia" must surely be the finest lyric of all time.
  1. Be Serious, Robert Wyatt, Comicopera, 2007, Domino
  2. Ha Ha Said The Clown, The Yardbirds, 7", 1967, Capitol
  3. Funny Face (stereo), The Kinks, Something Else By The Kinks, 1967, Pye
  4. Giggy Smile, Faust, Faust IV, 1973, Virgin
  5. Preciso Urgentemente Encontrar, Os Mutantes, A Divina Comédia Ou Ando Meio
  6. Desligado, 1970, Polydor
  7. Laughing Man, Bill Fay, Time of the Last Persecution, 1971, Deram
  8. Eddie, Are You kidding?, Frank Zappa, Just another band from LA, 1972, Bizarre/Reprise
  9. Terrapin, Syd Barrett, The Madcap Laughs, 1970, Harvest
  10. Laugh Till You Cry Live Till You Die, Can, Flow Motion, 1976, Virgin
  11. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore, The Smiths, Meat Is Murder, 1985, Rough Trade
  12. No Fun, The Stooges, The Stooges, 1969, Elektra
  13. Eulogy To Lenny Bruce, Nico, Chelsea Girl, 1968, Verve
  14. Look Back and Laugh, Minor Threat, Out Of Step, 1983, Dischord
  15. Bedazzled, Peter Cook, Bedazzled (OST), 1968, London
  16. Turn to Red, Killing Joke, Turn To Red, 1979, Malicious Damage

Aug 7, 2010

Lucky Jim

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Are you feeling lucky, punk? Chance would be a fine thing. So, here's 50 minutes of songs related to kismet, from the Shirley Bassey's big-band groove Spinning Wheel to the Lucky Number of former Hull resident Lene Lovich. She's been on the programme before, and on the Heart and Hand juke box for a decade, but Betty Davis is always worth another listen.
  1. Spinning Wheel, Shirley Bassey, Something, 1970, United Artists
  2. If I'm Lucky (I Might Get Picked Up), Betty Davis, Betty Davis, 1973, Just Sunshine
  3. The Unlucky Heroes, John Barry, The Persuaders! (OST), 1971, CBS
  4. Contort Yourself, James Chance & The Contortions, Buy, 1979, ZE
  5. No Matter What, Badfinger, No Dice, 1970, Apple
  6. Simple twist of fate, Bob Dylan, Blood on the tracks, 1975, Columbia
  7. Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold, Townes Van Zandt, Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas, 1977, Tomato
  8. Outside Chance, Warren Zevon, The First Sessions, 1965, Varese Vintage
  9. Tumbling Dice, Linda Ronstadt, Simple Dreams, 1977, Asylum
  10. Born to Be Lucky, Jim Reeves, Kimberly Jim, 1964, RCA
  11. Hard Luck, The Undertones, Hypnotised, 1980, Sire
  12. Hope For Happiness, Soft Machine, The Soft Machine, 1968, ABC/Probe
  13. Wishing Well, Bert Jansch, Birthday Blues, 1969, Transatlantic
  14. Take A Chance With Me, Roxy Music, Avalon, 1982, Island
  15. Life's A Gamble, Penetration, 7", 1978, Virgin
  16. Lucky Number, Lene Lovich, Stateless, 1979, Stiff