Nov 26, 2011

Keef Hartley 1944 2011

Played his last para-diddle

Andrew Blake

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I am delighted to present nine tracks selected by my very special guest and dear friend Andrew Blake. Andrew's career in music spans more than 20 years and includes stints in Primal Scream, Felt, Biff Bang Pow, Mexico 70 and Imitation Electric Piano. He takes us on a musical journey not only from the north to south of Britain and over the Atlantic, but also through his personal love of music, from the pub rock classic by Wreckless Eric "Whole Wide World" to the sophistry of Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the years."
  1. Whole Wide World    Wreckless Eric    7"    1974    Stiff
  2. Hit me with your rhythm stick    Ian Dury & The Blockheads    Hit me with your rhythm stick 7"    1978    Stiff
  3. Primitive Painters    Felt    Primitive Painters 7"    1985    Cherry Red
  4. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now    The Smiths    Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now 7"    1984    Rough Trade
  5. Do It Clean    Echo & The Bunnymen    Crocodiles    1980    Korova
  6. The Day I Went Down To Texas    Orange Juice    Texas Feeling    1984    Polydor
  7. Miss California Toothpaste 1972    Biff Bang Pow!    Love Is Forever    1988    Creation
  8. Reelin In The Years    Steely Dan    Can't Buy A Thrill    1973    ABC
  9. I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You    Tom Waits    Closing Time    1973    Asylum

Nov 19, 2011


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As a response to last week's hate-filled invective, this week's show is a 55-minute love fest. We start the play list with a storming blue-eyed soul b-side by the Rascals called "Love is a beautiful thing" and stay pretty much within the psychedelic 60s until we get to "Falling in love" - a remake of Dennis Wilson's "Lady" sung by his wife's group Spring (US), formerly called The Honeys. There's a brief 70s-80s agit-pop triple bill, and we close on XTC's psyche pastiche "My love explodes."
  1. Love Is A Beautiful Thing    The Young Rascals You Better Run 7"    1966    Atlantic
  2. Never My Love    The Association    Along Came...    1967    Warner
  3. Wings Of Love     Nirvana UK    The Story Of Simon Simopath    1967    Island
  4. Hard Coming Love    The United States Of America    The United States Of America    1967    CBS
  5. Love Can Fall a Long Way Down    The Beau Brummels    Bradley's Barn    1968    Warner
  6. Love Me    Dudley Moore    Bedazzled (OST)    1968    London
  7. Love    Margo Guryan    Take A Picture    1968    Oglio
  8. I Loved A Lass    Pentangle    Sweet Child    1968    Transatlantic
  9. Love Song With Flute (Mono)    Caravan    Caravan    1969    Verve
  10. I Know You Love Me Not    Julie Driscoll    Jules & Brian    1969    Polydor
  11. I Have Known Love    Silver Apples    Contact    1969    Kapp
  12. Falling In Love    American Spring    It's Not That Bad    1973    Columbia
  13. Love und romance    The Slits    Cut    1979    Island
  14. Love You Love You    Yachts    Yachts    1979    Radar
  15. No Love Lost    Polyrock    Polyrock    1980    RCA
  16. My Love Explodes    The Dukes of the Stratosphear    25 o'clock    1985    Virgin

Nov 12, 2011


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We stir up powerful feelings this week with a programme about hate. Many things incur the wrath of this week's songwriters: school, children, the city, friends, work, rock and roll, even the universe. A somewhat predictable bulge in the play list around the end of the 1970s, with a few punks expressing their grievances, in various shades of mockney. 

  1. Hate To See You Go    The Paul Butterfield Blues Band    Original Lost Elektra Sessions    1964    Elektra
  2. I Hate You    Monks    Black Monk Time    1966    Polydor
  3. Thin Line Between Love & Hate    The Persuaders    7"    1971    Atco
  4. Hate and War    The Clash    The Clash    1977    CBS
  5. I Hate School    The Suburban Studs    7"    1978    Pogo
  6. I Hate the Universe    The Cravats    Burning Bridges 7"    1979    Small Wonder
  7. Hate Of The City    Cockney Rejects    Greatest Hits Vol. 2    1980    EMI
  8. I Hate Children    The Adolescents    The Adolescents    1981    Frontier
  9. Hate    Talk Talk    The Party's Over    1982    EMI
  10. Hate Paper Doll    Hüsker Dü    Flip Your Wig    1985    SST
  11. Hate Your Friends    The Lemonheads    Hate Your Friends    1985    Taang!
  12. Hated Chinee    Rapeman    Two Nuns and a Pack Mule    1989    Touch & Go
  13. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Famous    Morrissey    Your Arsenal    1992    HMV
  14. Love and hate you    Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark    Liberator    1993    Virgin
  15. I Hate Rock & Roll    The Jesus And Mary Chain    Munki    1998    Creation
  16. I Hate My Job    Butthole Surfers    Humpty Dumpty LSD    2002    Latino Buggerveil
  17. No More I Hate You's    The Television Personalities    My Dark Places    2006    Domino
  18. Hate it Here    Wilco    Sky Blue Sky    2007    Nonesuch

Nov 5, 2011

Do wah diddy la dum dip de woo

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This week, we take a listen to 20-odd years of nonsense titles and unfinished lyrics in 55 minutes of la-la-las, diddy-wah-ditties and shang-a-langs. Clearly, some obvious omissions, such as the Bay City Rollers, not least because they're crap. But we do have the thrilling second single by The Small Faces "Sha la la la lee" and the gumbo-stained Loop Garoo by Dr John, as well as the seminal "Do the Du" by A Certain Ratio.
  1. Da Doo Ron Ron    The Crystals    7"    1963    Philles
  2. Um, Um, Um, Um, Um    Major Lance    7"    1964    Okeh
  3. Diddy Wah Diddy    Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band    A&M Sessions    1966    A&M
  4. Higgle-Dy-Piggle-Dy    Monks    Black Monk Time    1966    Polydor
  5. Wowie Zowie    The Mothers of Invention    Freak Out!    1966    Verve
  6. Sha La La La Lee    The Small Faces    7"    1966    Immediate
  7. Bang Shang A Lang    Archies    7"    1968    Calendar
  8. Dur Dur Dur    Barney Wilen and His Amazing Free Rock Band    Dear Prof. Leary    1968    MPS
  9. La-La La-La    Dale Hawkins    LA, Memphis & Tyler, Texas    1969    Bell
  10. Rocket Reducer N. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)    MC5    Kick Out The Jams    1969    Elektra
  11. Riki Tiki Tavi    Donovan    Open Road    1970    Epic
  12. Loop Garoo    Dr. John    Remedies    1970    Atco
  13. Yada Yada La Scala    Dory Previn    Mythical Kings And Iguanas    1971    United Artists
  14. Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep    Middle Of The Road    7"    1971    RCA
  15. Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)    The Rolling Stones    Goats Head Soup    1973    Decca
  16. Fa Cé-La    The Feelies    Crazy Rhythms    1980    Stiff
  17. Do The Du    A Certain Ratio    12"    1981    Factory
  18. Do Dada    The Dance    New York Noise 1 (1978-1982)    2003    Soul Jazz