Jan 28, 2012

Backing up

The JBs: one of the hardest working and most-fined bands in show business.


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This week, we pay tribute to the men and women who made other men and women more famous while standing at the back. Some of them went on to fame and fortune of their own. from the legendary Shadows, heard here accompanying Sir Cliff on "In the country," to the less well know Rockets, who would later become Neil Young's Crazy Horse and the even more obscure and woefully named Ronno, aka The Spiders From Mars.
  1. Apache    The Shadows        1999   
  2. In the Country    Cliff Richard & The Shadows    In the Country    1966    EMI
  3. Take It Easy    Eagles    Eagles    1972    Asylum
  4. Beat of a Different Drum    The Stone Poneys    Evergreen, Volume 2    1967    Capitol
  5. Powers of Darkness    Ronno    4th Hour of My Sleep 7"    1971    Vertigo
  6. Black Country Rock    David Bowie    The Man Who Sold The World    1972    RCA
  7. Let Me Go    The Rocket    The Rockets    1968    Rev-Ola
  8. Come on Baby Let's Go Downtown    Neil Young & Crazy Horse    Tonight's the Night    1977    Reprise
  9. Up on cripple creek    The Band    The Band    1969    Capitol
  10. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window    Bob Dylan    7"        CBS
  11. C30, C60, C90, Go!    Bow Wow Wow    Cassette Single/Cassingle    1980    EMI
  12. Digital Tenderness    Adam & The Ants    Dirk Wears White Sox    1979    Do It
  13. Balance    Funkadelic    America Eats Its Young    1972    Westbound
  14. Superbad    James Brown    7"    1970    King
  15. Rag momma rag    The Band    The Band    1969    Capitol

Jan 21, 2012

Double act

A double act of repute. I once made a pizza for Syd Little (left) in the Brighton London Road branch of Pizzahut.

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This week, we listen to 55 minutes of collaborations, duos and man-and-wife acts. We begin with an infamous team formed by the monstrous Ike Turner and the incredible Tina singing "I don't believe W You Say." Another split marriage – Linda and Richard Thompson – is reprised on the programme singing the achingly lovely "Dimming of the Day." Then we have a few interesting collaborations - John Cale with Terry Riley and Brian Eno as well as Jimmy Tenor and Tony Allen. Last but not least, the finest duo of them all, Nancy and Lee.
  1. I Can't Believe What You Say Ike & Tina Turner 7" 1964 Kent
  2. Sidra's Theme Ronnie & Robyn 7" Sidra
  3. Reynardine Shirley Collins & Davey Graham Folk Roots, New Routes 1964 Decca
  4. The Time Has Come Bert Jansch & John Renbourn Bert And John 1966 Transatlantic
  5. Dimming of the day Richard & Linda Thompson Pour Down Like Silver 1975 Island
  6. I Know You Love Me Not Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger Jules & Brian 1969 Polydor
  7. Some Velvet Morning Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood Some Velvet Morning 7" 1968 Reprise
  8. Kick Out The Chairs James Murphy & Nancy Wang DFA
  9. Birdman: The Workshop McDonald & Giles McDonald & Giles 1970 Island
  10. By The Sea Wendy & Bonnie Genesis 1969 Skye
  11. The Soul Of Patrick Lee John Cale & Terry Riley Church Of Anthrax 1970 Columbia
  12. Lay My Love Brian Eno & John Cale Wrong Way Up 1990 Island
  13. Against The Wall Jimi Tenor and Tony Allen Inspiration Information 4 2009 Strut
  14. Bat Macumba Gilberto Gil & Caetano Veloso Tropicália: ou Panis et Circenses 1968 Polygram
  15. Vivo Ou Morto Nelson Angelo & Joyce Nelson Angelo e Joyce 1972 Odeon
  16. Out On The Side Dillard & Clark The Fantastic Expedition Of Dillard & Clark 1968 A&M

Jan 14, 2012


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Last week's programme was about me, so this week is all about you. As often, we start with a mid-sixties soul single and work our way back to now. Some heavy weights this week in the form of The Beach Boys, as well as Dennis Wilson, Shuggie Otis and The Who. But there are pop masterpieces from Twiggy and the Buzzcocks and eighties classics from The Smiths and The Lotus Eaters. 
  1. I Really Love You    Jimmy Burns    7"    1965    Erica
  2. You still believe in me    The Beach Boys    Pet Sounds    1966    Capitol
  3. I Need You    The Who    A Quick One    1966    Reaction
  4. Moonlight. Music & You (Edit)    Laura Greene    7"    1967    RCA
  5. When I Think Of You    Twiggy    7"    1967    Capitol
  6. Holy Are You    The Electric Prunes    Release Of An Oath    1968    Reprise
  7. Looking At You    MC5    Back In The USA    1970    Atlantic
  8. Baby, I Needed You    Shuggie Otis    Here Comes Shuggie Otis    1970    Epic
  9. Because Of You    Gene Clark    White Light    1971    A&M
  10. Thoughts of You    Dennis Wilson    Pacific Ocean Blue    1977    Caribou
  11. Love You More    Buzzcocks    Singles Going Steady    1979    United Artists
  12. What I Like About You    The Romantics    The Romantics    1980    Nemperor
  13. The First Picture Of You    Lotus Eaters    7"    1983    Sylvan
  14. I Don't Owe You Anything    The Smiths    The Smiths    1984    Rough Trade
  15. Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely    Husker Du    Candy Apple Grey    1986    SST
  16. What You Do To Me    Teenage Fanclub    Bandwagonesque    1991    Creation
  17. Can You Do That Dance?    Pink Mountaintops    Pink Mountaintops    2004    Jagjaguwar
  18. I'm Getting Back Into Getting Back Into You    Silver Jews    Tanglewood Numbers    2005    Drag City

Jan 7, 2012

Ego Mania

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Call me, save me, beat me, touch me - this week's programme is all about me. We explore the self-absorbed history of popular music, starting with a finger-snapping soul gem "Call On Me" sung by Barbara Mercer and ending on the Mudhoney anthem "Touch Me I'm Sick." On the way are some TUWSJ favourites, such as Scott Walker and Big Star, and the dance floor smash hit "Send Me A Postcard."    
  1. Call On Me    Barbara Mercer    7"         Sidra
  2. Set Me Free (bonus track)    The Kinks    Kinda Kinks    1965    Pye
  3. Call On Me    Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band    Safe As Milk    1967    Buddah
  4. Nobody But Me    The Human Beinz    Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era, Vol. 2    1967    Rhino
  5. A little bit me a little bit you    The Monkees        1967   
  6. Let Me Go    Los Rocket's    The Rockets    1968    Rev-Ola
  7. Send Me A Postcard    Shocking Blue    7"    1968    Metronome
  8. Beat Me 'til I'm Blue    Alan Hawkshaw    The Big Beat    1969    KPM
  9. Get Behind Me    Scott Walker    Scott 4    1969    Phillips
  10. The Man In Me    Bob Dylan    New Morning    1970    Columbia
  11. If You Love Me    Buzzy Linhart    Music    1970    Eleuthera
  12. Take A Whiff On Me    The Byrds    Untitled    1970    Columbia
  13. Call Me Animal    MC5    Back In The USA    1970    Atlantic
  14. Shoot Me Dead    Caetano Veloso    A Little More Blue    1971    Philips
  15. Don't Lie to Me    Big Star    #1 Record    1972    Ardent
  16. Save Me Jesus    Bobby Charles    Bobby Charles     1972    Bearsville
  17. Throw Me Away    James Chance & The Contortions    Buy    1979    ZE
  18. Touch Me I'm Sick    Mudhoney    Superfuzz Bigmuff    1990    Sub Pop