Dec 29, 2012

Real gone

Dave Brubeck

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The end of 2012is upon us and so this programme commemorates just some of the musicians that passed on during the past 12 months.
  1. Deep River Blues    Doc Watson    Doc Watson    1964    Vanguard
  2. Turkey In The Straw    Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt           
  3. Out On The Side    Dillard & Clark    The Fantastic Expedition Of Dillard & Clark    1968    A&M
  4. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down    The Band    The Band    1969    Capitol
  5. Miss Pitiful    Etta James    The Essential Etta James Disc 2    1993   
  6. Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)    Frank Wilson    7"    1966    Motown
  7. Look At Me Now    Terry Callier    7"    1968    Cadet
  8. Eastern Standard Time    The Skatalites    The Skatalite!    1969    Treasure Isle
  9. Time Is Tight    Booker T & The MG's    Up Tight    1968    Stax
  10. Root Down    Beastie Boys    Ill Communication    1994    Grand Royal
  11. A little bit me a little bit you    The Monkees    7"    1967    Colgems
  12. Can You Dig My Vibrations?    Sir Douglas Quintet    Sir Douglas Quintet + 2 = [Honkey Blues]    1968    Smash
  13. May I, Rheinhardt & Geraldine, Colores Para Dolores    Kevin Ayers    Shooting At The Moon    1971    Harvest
  14. Fireball    Deep Purple    Fireball    1971    Harvest
  15. Laundromat    Rory Gallagher    Rory Gallagher    1971    Chrysalis
  16. L'Hotel Particulier    Serge Gainsbourg    Histoire De Melody Nelson    1971    Phillips
  17. Wayside    Artful Dodger    Artful Dodger    1975    Columbia

Dec 22, 2012

Christmas Compilation

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The obligatory scraping-the-bottom-of-the-barrel Christmas show.
  1. Breaking Up Christmas    Camp Creek Boys    Old Time String Band    1967   
  2. Christmas Swing    Django Reinhardt    Best Of Django Reindhart    1937   
  3. How I Hate To See Christmas Come Around    Jimmy Witherspoon    Jingle Blues       
  4. O Tannenbaum    Vince Guaraldi    A Charlie Brown Christmas    1965    Fantasy
  5. Little St. Nick    The Beach Boys    The Beach Boys' Christmas Album     1964    Capitol
  6. Marshmallow World    Darlene Love    A Christmas Gift For You From Philles Records    1963    Philles
  7. Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto    James Brown    Funky Christmas    1968    Polydor
  8. Ding Dong Bell    The Ethiopians    7"    1968    Crab
  9. Hard Candy Christmas    Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton    Once Upon a Christmas    1984    RCA/BMG
  10. Christmas Eve Is Coming, Anna    Norman Blake    Meeting On Southern Soil    2002    Red House
  11. Merry Christmas Baby    Chuck Berry    St. Louis to Liverpool    1964    Chess
  12. Mistress for Christmas    ACDC    The Razor's Edge    1990    Atco
  13. There Ain't No Santa Claus On The Evenin' Stage    Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band    The Spotlight Kid    1972    Reprise
  14. Christmas Bop    Marc Bolan & T. Rex    Messing with the Mystic (Unissued Songs 1972-1977)    1975    Fly
  15. A Christmas Song    Jethro Tull    The Jethro Tull Christmas Album    2003   
  16. Jesus Christ    Big Star    Third    1974    Ardent
  17. Father Christmas Is Dressed In Green    Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire    Christmas 1979    2007   
  18. Father Christmas    The Kinks    7"    1977    Arista

Dec 21, 2012

Happy Brithday Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention playing the first part of "King Kong" from the Mother's fifth album "Uncle Meat" from 1968 on Bizarre/Reprise.

The performance was filmed at the BBC's now-closed Maida Vale studios on October 23rd, 1968, and broadcast on the TV show Colour Me Pop. This is one of only a few surviving pieces of footage from the programme.
Frank Zappa guita, Jimmy Carl Black, drums, Artie Tripp drum, Roy Estrada bass, Don Preston Vox organ, Bunk Gardner sax, Ian Underwood sax, James Sherwood tambourine.

Dec 15, 2012


The Sophisti-Pop manifesto

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We welcome Alex Mazonowicz back to the programme for an in-depth discussion on the 80s Sophisti-Pop movement - a sound characterised by horns and major keys and an image identified by tucked-in knitwear and cone-shaped hair.
  1. The Look Of Love (Part I)    ABC    The Lexicon Of Love    1982    Nutron
  2. Rip it up    Orange Juice    Rip It Up    1982    Polydor
  3. Absolute    Scritti Politti    Cupid and Psyche 85    1985    Virgin
  4. Oblivious    Aztec Camera    High Land, Hard Rain    1983    Sure
  5. Walls Come Tumbling Down    The Style Council    Our Favourite Shop    1985    Polydor
  6. Private Revolution    World Party    Private Revolution    1986    Chrysallis
  7. 27 ways to get back home    Pale Fountains    ... From Across The Kitchen Table    1985    Virgin
  8. The King Of Rock 'n' Roll    Prefab Sprout    From Langley Park to Memphis    1988    Kitchenware
  9. Looking For Linda    Hue & Cry    Remote    1988    Circa
  10. Break Out    Swing Out Sister    Break Out 7"    1986    Mercury

Dec 8, 2012

House Music

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As a scathing commentary on the nightmare construction site that is emerging out the back of our house (they pour concrete at 1 am), here is a show that takes the word "house" as a theme. That'll show 'em. Yeah!
  1. Up to Date (theme to "Man About The House")    Johnny Hawksworth   De Wolfe Music
  2. Baby Let's Play House    Elvis Presley    7"    1955    Sun
  3. House In The Country    The Kinks    Face To Face    1966    Pye
  4. A House Is Not A Motel    Love    Forever Changes    1967    Elektra
  5. There's a Ghost in My House    R. Dean Taylor    7"    1967    Motown
  6. House of Glass    The Glass Family    Electric Band    1968    Warner
  7. Ain't Nothin'' But A Houseparty    The Showstoppers    7"    1968    Showtime
  8. House carpenter    Pentangle    Basket Of Light    1969    Transatlantic
  9. Our House    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young    Déjà Vu    1970    Atlantic
  10. Down on the Street    The Stooges    Fun House    1970    Elektra
  11. My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains    Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band    Clear Spot    1972    Reprise
  12. Happy House     Siouxsie And The Banshees    Happy House     1980    Polydor
  13. No Thugs In Our House    XTC    English Settlement    1982    Virgin
  14. Burning Down The House    Talking Heads    Stop Making Sense    1984    Sire
  15. My New House    The Fall    This Nation's Saving Grace    1985    Beggars Banquet
  16. Christine    The House Of Love    The House Of Love    1988    Creation

Nov 24, 2012

Show 200

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Here it is: the 200th TUWSJ. It would have been 226th if I hadn't have taken a season off. So, without much pomp and circumstance, here a programme that commemorates the holiday of Thanksgiving in the US, where the family Johns are this week. 
  1.  I Am A Pilgrim    Kentucky Colonels    Appalachian Swing!    1964    World Pacific 
  2. Turkey In The Straw    Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt            
  3. My Sweet Potato    Booker T & The MGs    The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-1968    1991    Stax
  4. Thank You Friends    Big Star    Third    1974    Ardent
  5. Give It Away    The Chi-lites    Give It Away    1969    Brunswick
  6. Thanks    James Gang    Rides Again    1970    File
  7. Give Me Some Loving    The Spencer Davis Group    Give Me Some Loving 7"    1966    Fontana
  8. Thank You    Led Zeppelin    II    1969    Atlantic
  9. What can I give you?    Margo Guryan    Take A Picture    1968    Oglio
  10. Thank Goodness For The Rain    Peanut    One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds, Lost
  11. And Found - Disc 4    2005    Rhino
  12. Gimme Little Sign    Brenton Wood     Oogum Boogum        
  13. Thank U Very Much    The Scaffold        2000    
  14. I Give Up    Fugu    As Found    2005    3rd Side
  15. Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Again    Sly & The Family Stone    There's A Riot Going On    1971    Epic
  16. Indian Giver    1910 Fruitgum Company    7"    1969    Buddah
  17. Box Of Rain    The Grateful Dead    American Beauty    1970    Warner
  18. Give Me Another Chance    Big Star    #1 Record    1972    Ardent 

Nov 17, 2012


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From the dawn of civilisation come tales of myth and legend. And what fertile ground did they provide the bards of modern times. This week the programme comprises tunes that make reference to Greek and Roman gods and characters from mythology.  
  1.  Hercules    Aaron Neville    Hercules    Mercury    197
  2.  Venus de Milo    Television    Marquee Moon    Elektra    1977
  3. Jason And The Argonauts    XTC    English Settlement    Virgin    1982
  4. Time Of The Season    The Zombies    Odessey & Oracle     Decca    1965
  5. Temporary Like Achilles    Bob Dylan    Blonde On Blonde    Columbia    1966
  6. Blues For The Muse    Incredible String Band    The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion    Elektra    1967
  7. Tales Of Brave Ulysses    Cream    Disraeli Gears    Reaction    1967
  8. Diana (single)    Comus    E.P.    Dawn    1971
  9. The Four Horsemen    Aphrodite's Child    666    Vertigo    1972
  10. Song to the Siren    Tim Buckley    Starsailor    Straight    1970
  11. Jupiter's Pop Music    Peter Thomas    Raumpatrouille (Space Patrol)    Polydor    1996
  12. Some Velvet Morning    Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood    Some Velvet Morning 7"    Reprise    1968
  13. Thirteen O'Clock Flight To Psychedelphia    Plato & The Philosophers    New Folder    Fairyland    1967
  14. Hades Lady    Pop Levi    The Return to Form Black Magick Party       
  15. Burcak    Mustafa Ozkent Orchestra    Genclik Ile Elele        1973
  16. Give Me Some Loving    The Spencer Davis Group    Give Me Some Loving 7"    Fontana    1966
  17. Give It To Me Baby    Rick James           

Nov 10, 2012

About Face

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The key word for this week's show is "face." And her is a picture of Face from the A-Team.

Nov 3, 2012

Flower People

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Continuing with our short series of play lists inspired by nature, this week the key word is flowers. Pictured above is the legendary Derek Smalls singing "Listen to the Flower People."
  1. (Listen To The) Flower People    Spinal Tap    This Is Spinal Tap    1984    Polydor
  2. Daisy Glaze    Big Star    Radio City    1973    Ardent
  3. Dead Flowers    Townes Van Zandt    Road Songs    1993    Sugar Hill
  4. Magnolia    J.J. Cale    Naturally    1999    A&M
  5. Texas Rose Cafe    Little Feat    Sailin' Shoes    1972    Warner
  6. Wildwood Flower    The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band    Will The Circle Be Unbroken    1972    United Artists
  7. Mud In Your Eye    Les Fleur De Lys    Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From The British Empire And Beyond    1966    Polydor
  8. Ramblin' Rose    MC5    Kick Out the Jams    1968    Elektra
  9. New Rose    The Damned    Damned Damned Damned    1977    Stiff
  10. feeling in the living    Eden Rose    On the Way to Eden    1969    Katema
  11. Daisy Temple    Serge Gainsbourg    Aux Armes et caetera    1979    Phillips
  12. Buttercup    Winston Scotland    Trojan Box Set: Jamaican Hits Disc 3    2000   
  13. King of Carrot Flowers Part 2 & 3    Neutral Milk Hotel    In the Aeroplane Over the Sea    1998   
  14. Sunflower    Low    Things We Lost in the Fire        Recorder: ACXtractor
  15. The First Picture Of You    Lotus Eaters    7"    1983    Sylvan
  16. Tiptoe Through the Tulips With Me    Tiny Tim    God Bless Tiny Tim    1968    Reprise

Oct 27, 2012

Beasts of Pop


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The theme this week is animals. (Have I done this before?)
  1. Good Night Baby    The Butterflys    Good Night Baby 7"    Red Bird    1964
  2. Catholic Day    Adam & The Ants    Dirk Wears White Sox    Do It    1979
  3. Wait For Tomorrow    The Barracudas    No Matter What You Do 7"    Smash    1968
  4. Leaving Here    The Birds    7"    Decca    1965
  5. Motorhead    Hawkwind    Warrior On The Edge Of Time    United Artists    1975
  6. Pythagoras's trousers    Penguin Cafe Orchestra    Penguin Cafe Orchestra    EG    1981
  7. Herstory    The Flying Lizards    The Flying Lizards    Virgin    1979
  8. Six Pack    Tortoise    Standards    Thrill Jockey    2001
  9. Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again    The Monkees    Head    Colgems    1968
  10. Sittin' On Top Of The World    Howlin' Wolf    The Real Folk Blues/More Real    Chess    1953
  11. Dressed In Black    The Pussycats    Dressd in Black 7"    Columbia    1966
  12. Austin Osmanspare    Bulldog Breed    Made in England    Decca    1969
  13. Signed Curtain    Matching Mole    Matching Mole    CBS    1972
  14. Mr. Soul    Buffalo Springfield    Again    Atco    1967
  15. Believe E. S. P.    Deerhoof    Friend Opportunity    Kill Rock Stars    2007
  16. Cellophane Woman    The Sopwith Camel    The Sopwith Camel    Kama Sutra    1967
  17. Bach Ze    The High Llamas    Snowbug    V2    1999

Terry Callier 1945-2012

Terry Callier RIP

Oct 20, 2012

Like, music

Sage advice

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This week's programme takes the word "like" as the theme. The, like, play list is literally below.
  1. I've Got A Girl (Who Looks Like A Queen) [Aka Standing On The Corner]    The Lyrics    7"    Goldwax   
  2. Love is Like An Itching In My Heart    Diana Ross & The Supremes    The Supremes A' Go-Go    Motown    1966
  3. Loving You Was Like A Party    Marlena Shaw    Anthology        1975
  4. Just Like Anything    Jackson C Frank    Jackson C Frank    Columbia    1965
  5. A Woman Like You    Bert Jansch    Birthday Blues    Transatlantic    1969
  6. Tell It Like It Is    Bill Fay    Time of the Last Persecution    Deram    1971
  7. When I See Mommy I Feel Like a Mummy    Captain Beefheart    Shiny Beast    Warner    1978
  8. You All Look Alike    The Byrds    Untitled    Columbia    1970
  9. The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This    Love    Forever Changes    Elektra    1967
  10. What I Like About You    The Romantics    The Romantics    Nemperor    1980
  11. Just Like Honey     The Jesus & Mary Chain    Psychocandy    Blanco Y Negro    1985
  12. Lips Like Sugar    Echo & The Bunnymen    Echo & The Bunnymen    WEA    1987
  13. Place I Know/Kid Like You    Arthur Russell    World of Echo    Upside    1986
  14. I'd Like That    XTC    Apple Venus 1        1999
  15. Everyday is Like Sunday    Morrissey    Bona Drag    RCA    1990

Oct 13, 2012

How the mighty have fallen

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  1. As The World Rises And Falls    The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band    Volume 3: A Child's Guide to Good and Evil    Reprise    1968
  2. Catch Me Falling    The Lemon Pipers    Jungle Marmalade    Buddah    1968
  3. Love Can Fall a Long Way Down    The Beau Brummels    Bradley's Barn    Warner    1968
  4. Bound To Fall [bonus] [instrumental]    The Byrds    The Notorious Byrd Brothers    Columbia    1968
  5. Fallin' Ditch    Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band    Trout Mask Replica    Straight    1969
  6. I Fall Apart    Rory Gallagher    Rory Gallagher    Chrysalis    1971
  7. I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You    Tom Waits    Closing Time    Asylum    1973
  8. Falling In Love    American Spring    It's Not That Bad    Columbia    1973
  9. Fallen Angel    King Crimson    Red    Usland    1974
  10. Ever Fallen in Love?    Buzzcocks    Love Bites    United Artists    1978
  11. Falling And Laughing    Orange Juice    Falling And Laughing 7"     Postcard    1980
  12. You Can Fall    Broadcast    The Noise Made by People    Warp    2004
  13. Falling Leaves    Teenage Fanclub    Man-Made    PeMa    2005
  14. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head    B.J. Thomas    Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head 7"    Sceptre    1969

Oct 6, 2012


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We're going through changes this week on Tighten Up. A few predictable choices, but they are still great tracks. The show opens, as it has many times before, with some classic soul and ends up with the arch-cool LCD Soundsystem.
  1. A Change Is Gonna Come    Sam Cooke    A Change Is Gonna Come 7"    RCA Victor    1964
  2. Money Won't Change You    Aretha Franklin    Lady Soul    Atlantic    1968
  3. Something's Changed    Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings    100 Days, 100 Nights    Daptone    2007
  4. Change    Donald Byrd    Places and Spaces    Blue Note    1975
  5. Them Changes    Buddy Miles    Them Changes    Mercury    1971
  6. I'd Love To Change The World    Ten Years After    A Space in Time    Chrysallis    1971
  7. The Times They Are A-Changin'    Bob Dylan    The Times They Are A-Changin'    Columbia    1964
  8. Change Is Now    The Byrds    The Notorious Byrd Brothers    Columbia    1968
  9. Change The World    Daevid Allen    Magick Brother    Actual/BYG    1969
  10. Changes    David Bowie    Hunky Dory    RCA    1971
  11. Something Better Change    The Stranglers    No More Heroes    United Artists    1977
  12. Girls Don't Change    The Hornets    Magazine Smile 7"    Bogus    1980
  13. Change Of Heart    Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers    Long After Dark    Backstreet    1982
  14. Changes    Black Sabbath    Vol.4    Vertigo    1972
  15. I Can Change    LCD Soundsystem    This Is Happening    DFA    2010

Oct 2, 2012

Big Jim Sullivan 1941-2012


Big Jim Sullivan has played his last session. A true giant of 20th Century British music, Sullivan appeared on more than one thousand charting songs as well as on the classic Histoire de Meldy Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg and the Jean-Claude Vannier orchestra.

Sep 29, 2012

Street People

Bobby Charles

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We're out on the streets of pop this week with 16 songs all with the word street in the title.
  1. Out in the Street    The Who    The Who Sings My Generation    Brunswick    1966
  2. Out In The Streets    The Shangri-Las    Out In The Streets 7"    Red Bird    1965
  3. Denmark Street    The Kinks    Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround    Pye    1970
  4. Positively Fourth Street    Bob Dylan        Columbia    1965
  5. Street People    Bobby Charles    Bobby Charles     Bearsville    1972
  6. Back Street    Dale Hawkins    LA, Memphis & Tyler, Texas    Bell    1969
  7. Corner Street Bar    Dillard & Clark    The Fantastic Expedition Of Dillard & Clark    A&M    1969
  8. Dark End Of The Street    The Flying Burrito Brothers    The Gilded Palace Of Sin    A&M    1969
  9. Streets Of Baltimore    Gram Parsons    G.P.    Reprise    1973
  10. The Girls from the Streets    Scott Walker    Scott 2    Phillips    1968
  11. Pleasant Street    Tim Buckley    Goodbye And Hello    Elektra    1967
  12. Shakin' Street    MC5    Back In The USA    Atlantic    1970
  13. Down on the Street    The Stooges    Fun House    Elektra    1970
  14. In The Street    Big Star    #1 Record    Ardent    1972
  15. Ode To Street Hassle    Spacemen 3    The Perfect Prescription    Fire    1987
  16. A Street Scene    Bark Psychosis    Hex    Caroline    1994

Frank Wilson 1941-2012

Did we love you? Indeed we did. Goodbye, Frank Wilson.

Legendary Motown producer and writer Frank Wilson has died aged 71. He worked on hits such as The Supremes' "Stoned Love," "All I Need" by The Temptations, "Chained" by Marvin Gaye and "Whole Lot of Shakin' in My Heart" by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. But he is perhaps best known for his ultra-rare demo single "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)", of which only three copies are said to exist.

Sep 22, 2012


Jimmy Rodgers

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Like last week, this week's songs have been selected by listeners. I asked them to pick their favourite acoustic guitar songs and this is what they came up with. Thanks to all who contributed.
  1. My Little Lady    Jimmie Rodgers    My Little Lady 78    Victor    1928
  2. Deep River Blues    Doc Watson    Doc Watson    Vanguard    1964
  3. Give Me Cornbread When I'm Hungry    John Fahey    Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favourites    Takoma    1964
  4. Rosemary Lane    Espers    The Weed Tree [EP]        2005
  5. Lonliest person    The Pretty Things    S.F. Sorrow Is Born    Columbia    1968
  6. Blackbird    The Beatles    The White Album    Apple    1968
  7. Go Down Easy    John Martyn    Solid Air    Island    1973
  8. Dimming of the day    Richard & Linda Thompson    Pour Down Like Silver    Island    1975
  9. For A Spanish Guitar    Gene Clark    White Light    A&M    1971
  10. Friend Of The Devil    The Grateful Dead    American Beauty    Warner    1970
  11. Three Roses    America    America    Warner    1971
  12. Pardon My Heart    Neil Young    Zuma    Reprise    1975
  13. Thirteen    Big Star    #1 Record    Ardent    1972
  14. No Depression    Uncle Tupelo    No Depression    Rockville    1990
  15. Language    Scott Matthew    Shortbus OST    Team Love Records    2006
  16. Sare Patrya    Polish Roma Familly    Best Foot Field Recordings - Free Album    Best Foot    2001

Sep 16, 2012

Women songs

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After last week's "man" play list, this week we listen to songs performed and/or written by women with women in the title. And a rather neat play list it is too. Many thanks to our listeners who contributed to the selection via the power of social networking.
  1. Lonely Woman    Stan Kenton and June Christy    Duet    Capitol    1955
  2. See Line Woman    Nina Simone    Broadway-Blues-Ballads    Philips    1964
  3. I'm a Good Woman    Barbara Lynn    I'm a Good Woman 7"    Tribe    1966
  4. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man    Etta James        MCA    1993 (recorded 1967)
  5. I'm A Woman    Shocking Blue    At Home    Pink Elephant    1969
  6. Woman Of The Ghetto    Marlena Shaw    The Spice of Life     Cadet    1969
  7. To the Other Woman (I'm the Other Woman)    Doris Duke    To the Other Woman (I'm the Other Woman) 7"    Contempo-Raries    1970
  8. Clean Up Woman    Betty Wright    7"    Alston    1971
  9. I Am Woman    Helen Reddy    I Am Woman 7"    Capitol    1971
  10. A Woman Left Lonely    Janis Joplin    Pearl    Columbia    1971
  11. Gold Dust Woman    Fleetwood Mac    Rumours    Warner    1977
  12. I'm Every Woman    Chaka Kahn    I'm Every Woman 7"    Warner    1978
  13. Woman In Love    Barbra Streisand    Guilty    Columbia    1980
  14. Woman of Heart and Mind    Minnie Riperton    The Best of Minnie Riperton    Capitol    1981
  15. Lady With The Braid    Dory Previn    Mythical Kings And Iguanas    United Artists    1971

Sep 11, 2012

Johny Perez 1943-2012


 Johnny Perez, drummer for the San Antonio rockers Sir Douglas Quintet, RIP.

Perez hailed from San Antonio, Texas, and moved with his band mates to California to make the most of the new psychedelic music scene in San Francisco. More recently, he owned the Topanga Skyline Studio, which recorded Jackson Browne, Sting, T-Bone Burnett and many others.

Sep 8, 2012

Men songs

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It's a man's world of music this week as we listen to songs with titles that all end in the word "man."
  1. Midnight To Six Man    The Pretty Things    Midnight To Six MAn 7"    Fontana    1966
  2. Whiskey Man    The Who    A Quick One    Reaction    1966
  3. Painter Man    The Creation    We Are Painter Men    Hit-Ton    1967
  4. I'm A Man    The Spencer Davis Group    7"    Fontana    1967
  5. Indian Rope Man    Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity    Streetnoise    Marmalade    1969
  6. Candy Man    Dale Hawkins    LA, Memphis & Tyler, Texas    Bell    1969
  7. River Man    Nick Drake    Five Leaves Left    Island    1969
  8. No Man's Land    Syd Barrett    The Madcap Laughs    Harvest    1970
  9. Powerman    The Kinks    Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround    Pye    1970
  10. Old Man    Neil Young    Harvest    Reprise    1970
  11. Tango Whiskeyman    Can    Soundtracks    Liberty    1970
  12. Headman    Johnny Pate    Shaft In Africa (OST)    MGM    1973
  13. You Know You're a Man    Captain Beefheart    Shiny Beast    Warner    1978
  14. This Charming Man    The Smiths    The Smiths    Rough Trade    1984
  15. Hey Man    Spacemen 3    Sound Of Confusion    Fire    1986
  16. I'll Be Your Man    The Black Keys    The Big Come Up    Alive    2002

Sep 1, 2012

Hal David 1921-2012

Lyricist Hal David passed today.

Lyricist Hal David died at the age of 91. He was a giant of popular song writing, penning the music for the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," for which he won two joint Oscars with Burt Bacharach including one for the song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head." He also wrote Walk On By, with Bacharach and co-wrote songs for films Alfie starring Michael Caine and the 007 spoof Casino Royale.

Newer Wave

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 After last week's look at what came before Punk, this week we take a listen to what came immediately after. Angular, more complex and less sophomoric.
  1.  Do The Du    A Certain Ratio    12"    Factory    1981
  2. The Modern Dance    Pere Ubu    The Modern Dance    Blank Records    1978
  3. These Days    Joy Division    Substance    Factory    1979
  4. I'm the Man    Joe Jackson    I'm the Man    A&M    1979
  5. Loveless Love    The Feelies    Crazy Rhythms    Stiff    1980
  6. Mind Your Own Business    Delta 5    7"    Rough Trade    1979
  7. 53 Miles West Of Venus    The B-52's    Wild Planet    Warner    1980
  8. Whip It     Devo    Freeedom of Choice    Warner    1980
  9. (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang     Heaven 17    (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang 7"    Virgin    1981
  10. Love Song     Simple Minds    Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call    Virgin    1981
  11. Herstory    The Flying Lizards    The Flying Lizards    Virgin    1979
  12. Public Image    Public Image Ltd    Public Image    Virgin    1979
  13. My Tulpa    Magazine    Real Life    Virgin    1978
  14. Do The Standing Still    The Table    Do The Standing Still 7"    Virgin    1977

Aug 25, 2012

George Gallacher 1944-2012

George Gallacher, singer with the Scottish freak beat band The Poets, passed today. Farewell

Post-Pub Rock

The Hope and Anchor: The spiritual home of pub rock

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This week, we listen to Post-Pub Rock. But is it music to listen to after coming home from the pub, rock and roll that came out in the wake of Pub Rock or a synthesis of Pub Rock and Post Rock? You decide. (Clue: not the last one.) Thanks to Steve Eastty, Ross Fall, Adam Leroy, Gareth Meredith, Gary Blake, Alex Mazonowicz, Dirk Vermeiren, Ben Reed Colin Sutcliffe and David O'Byrne for suggestions.
  1. Unknown Number    Brinsley Schwarz    Silver Pistol    United Artists    1972
  2. Roxette    Dr. Feelgood    Down By The Jetty    United Artists    1975
  3. Little Girl     The Banned    Little Girl 7"    Harvest    1977
  4. Little Does She Know    Kursaal Flyers    The Golden Mile    CBS    1976
  5. Do Anything You Wanna Do    Eddie & The Hot Rods    Life on the Line    Island    1977
  6. Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll    Ian Dury & The Blockheads    7"    Stiff    1977
  7. No more heroes    The Stranglers    No More Heroes    United Artists    1977
  8. Dancing The Night Away    The Motors    Dancing the Night Away 7"    Virgin     1977
  9. Black Betty    Ram Jam    Black Betty 7"    TruckStar    1977
  10. Spanish Stroll     Mink De Ville    Cabretta    Capitol    1977
  11. Lust For Life    Iggy Pop    Lust For Life    RCA    1977
  12. Pump It Up    Elvis Costello & The Attractions    This Year's Model    Radar    1978
  13. Up Against The Wall     The Tom Robinson Band    Up Against the Wall 7"    EMI    1978
  14. Emergency     999    999    United Artists    1977
  15. The Strange Boutique     The Monochrome Set    The Strange Boutique 7"    DinDisc    1980
  16. Echo Beach     Martha & The Muffins    Echo Beach 7"    DinDisc    1980

Aug 18, 2012


 Eddie Cochran & Gene Vincent

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The key word this week is white (surprise, surprise). A rebel rousing live version of White Lightnin' kicks off the programme, quickly followed by a country flavoured triple bill, through some 60s freak music and ending up with some raucous noise.
  1. White Lightnin'    Eddie Cochran & Gene Vincent    Boy Meets Girl    Recorded on 27th of February    1960
  2. White Freight Liner Blues    Townes Van Zandt    Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas    Tomato    1977
  3. White Light    Gene Clark    White Light    A&M    1971
  4. White Line Fever    Merle Haggard    Okie from Muskogee    Capitol    1969
  5. Chinese White    Incredible String Band    The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion    Elektra    1967
  6. My White Bicycle    Tomorrow    7"    Parlophone    1967
  7. The White Ship    H.P. Lovecraft    H.P. Lovecraft    Phillips    1967
  8. A Whiter Shade of Pale    Procol Harem    7"    Deram    1967
  9. Life Is White    Big Star    Radio City    Ardent    1973
  10. White Light/White Heat    The Velvet Underground    White Light/White Heat    Verve    1968
  11. White Room    Cream    Wheels of Fire    Polydor    1968
  12. White Jam    Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band    The Spotlight Kid    Reprise    1972
  13. All White    Soft Machine    6    CBS    1973
  14. White Overalls    La Düsseldorf    Viva    Teldec    1978
  15. White Kross    Sonic Youth    Sister    SST    1987
  16. Lily White Hands    The Gossip    Arkansas Heat    Kill Rock Stars    2002

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Aug 11, 2012



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The key word for this week's programme is black, from Afro-music to Chicago noise via Brazilian Tropicalia.    
  1. Dressed In Black    The Pussycats    Dressd in Black 7"    Colombia    1966
  2. Black Ant    Osibisa    Black Ant 7"    Smoke    1971
  3. Black Cobra Pt. 2    Curly Davis & The Uniques    Chains and Black Exhaust    Memphix    2002
  4. Black Sand    Brainticket    Cottonwoodhill    Bellaphon    1971
  5. Big Black Car    Big Star    Third    Ardent    1974
  6. Black Maria    Todd Rundgren    Something/Anything?    Bearsville    1972
  7. Black Country Rock    David Bowie    The Man Who Sold The World    RCA    1972
  8. Black Night    Deep Purple    Black Night 7"    EMI    1970
  9. Black is Beautiful    Marcos Valle    Garra    EMI    1971
  10. Black Sheep Boy    Scott Walker    Scott 2    Phillips    1968
  11. Steak & Black Onions    Rapeman    Two Nuns and a Pack Mule    Touch & Go    1989
  12. Black Heart    Calexico    Feast Of Wire    Quarterstick    2003
  13. Black Carpet Magic    Lilys    Everything Wrong Is Imaginary    Manifesto    2006
  14. Pot Kettle Black    Wilco    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot    Nonesuch    2002

Aug 4, 2012

Tomorrow people

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This week, we look to the immediate future and listen to songs that contain the word "tomorrow." More specifically, the entire play list comprises freak beat, psyche and prog tunes recorded between 1966 and 1971. The exception is Richard Denton and Martin Cook's theme to Tomorrow's World, which was a BBC science and technology programme that aired between 1965 and 2003. I just thought it was too good to miss out.
  1. Tomorrow Never Knows    The Beatles    Revolver    1966    Parlophone
  2. Blow Up    Tomorrow    Blow-Up (OST)     1966    EMI
  3. Train For Tomorrow    The Electric Prunes     The Electric Prunes    1967    Reprise
  4. See What Tomorrow Brings    Michael Condello    Crystal Clear    1967    Scepter
  5. Wait For Tomorrow    The Barracudas    No Matter What You Do 7"    1968    Smash
  6. Will Tomorrow Be The Same    Eclection    Eclection    1968    Elektra
  7. Tomorrow's Sun    The Magic Mixture    This Is the Magic Mixture    1968    Saga
  8. Blues Tomorrow    Abaddon    7"    1969    Golden Voice
  9. Just Forget Tomorrow    Leviathan        1969    Elektra
  10. Today Is Only Yesterdays Tomorrow    Lothar And The Hand People    Space Hymn     1969    Capitol
  11. Tomorrow Never Comes    Paper Bubble    Scenery    1969    Deram
  12. Wait Until Tomorrow    Black Widow    Black Widow    1970    CBS
  13. This Time Tomorrow    The Kinks    Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround    1970    Pye
  14. Tomorrow Morning Brings    Pacific Drift    Pacific Drift    1970    Deram/Nova
  15. This Time Tomorrow    Wishful Thinking    Hiroshima    1971    B&C
  16. Tomorrow's World    Richard Denton And Martin Cook    Tomorrow's World 7"    1980    BC Records & Tapes/Pye

Jul 28, 2012

Sinners and Saints

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The key words for this week's programme are sinners and saints – songs of redemption and falling from grace, kinda.
  1. Saint Patrick's Hymn    John Fahey    The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death    Tacoma    1965
  2. Big Bad World    Cathy Saint    7"    Daisy   
  3. Sinner Not A Saint    Trini Lopez            1964
  4. Pin Up Your Sins (And Go to the Devil)    Ella Fitzgerald    78 rpm    Decca    1938
  5. Sinner Boy    Rory Gallagher    Rory Gallagher    Chrysalis    1971
  6. Sin City    ACDC    Powerage    Atlantic    1978
  7. St. Vitus Dance    Black Sabbath    Vol.4    Vertigo    1972
  8. This Perfect Day    The Saints    7"    Harvest    1977
  9. Angels and Devils    Echo & The Bunnymen    Ocean Rain    Korova    1984
  10. The Belles of Saint Andrew    Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd     Bordeaux    Darla    2011
  11. The Saint    Edwin Astley    TV Themes    Theme   
  12. Over The Hills    Saint Steven     Animal Hall    Probe    1969
  13. Pioneer Saint Of Death    Bloomsbury People         MGM    1970
  14. St. Elmo's Fire    Brian Eno    Another Green World    Island    1975
  15. Saint to Sinner    Loretta Lynn    Don't Come Home A Drinking (With Lovin' on Your Mind)        1967
  16. Sin City    The Flying Burrito Brothers    The Gilded Palace Of Sin    A&M    1969
  17. Saint Simon    The Shins    Chutes Too Narrow    Interscope    2003