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