Monday, April 02, 2012

Happiness Is The New Mid-Life Crisis


Originally aired on WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond

Podcast: Right here.


Garbage -Blood For Poppies
I have a Shirley Manson crush, a studio-production fetish and I love to roll in Garbage- especially when it is fresh, like this brand-new single.

Charlotte Gainsbourg  -All The Rain 
Damn. I'm surprised how much I like this. Which is a lot.

Joe Strummer -Sikorsky Parts  
One of my favorite High School cassette tapes had the first Clash LP on side A and Deep Purple's Machine Head on side B. Maybe that explains something.

Richard Thompson -Let It Blow
Oh goddammit.  I had a totally different song to play, but the CD wouldn't play. Which is why you should always have a back-up song cued up, hopefully one that will cheer you up out of your techno-failing funk. I had this.

Rowland S. Howard -Exit Everything
Oh , hell yeah. Nothing says "cheer the fuck up" like a seven-minute epic-drone murder ballad  by Birthday Party alumnus Rowland S. Howard. Cordite and Valium...if that doesn't work, nothing will.

Shivaree -I Close My Eyes
When I close my eyes, I remember that I've been seeing the same woman for nearly eight months now and thinking of her cheers me up in a completely different way than a good murder balled does. I find that comforting.

10 CC -Blackmail
When I was a kid 10 CC had a god-awful hit song which made it uncool to like them. But the band had some fookin' brilliantly  clever numbers - such as this one, which was on the same album as ...that other song.

The Funkees -Abraka
The Funkees are my favorite 70's Nigerian band. I'm getting into the psychedelic soul groove these days and this song is a great example why. Tip o' the mouse to Bill L. for turning me on to them.

The Godeck Whipperjenny- Put Your Thing On Me
You don't know these guys? Dave Matthews (the James Brown one, not the Jimmy Buffet-for-the-younger-generation one)  produced this album back in 1970 (?) and it promptly sank into oblivion. But here it is again...I'll be playing more of it in future shows.

Gong- Tropical Fish 
Recorded live at Hammersmith on the You tour. How cool is that?

The Animals- Closer to the Truth
If I'd known how wasted on drugs these guys really were, I might have started buying their albums years ago. Sadly, I'm just now picking them up.

The Doors- The Densmore Mosquito
Jim Morrison was dead at this point, which sorta sucks but this song doesn't miss hin- it has a fantastic Robbie Krieger guitar solo where the "west is the best" lyrics would have gone. Which is good enough for me.

Soft Boys- Give It To The Soft Boys
Another high school-era fave of mine. Sure is fun playin' this on the radio.

Hugh Masekela- You Told Your Momma Not To Worry
More great pyschedelic-tinged 70's soul, this from South Africa. 

Stevie Wonder- Love Having You Around
Get on my camel and ride!

Joan As Policewoman- Kiss The Specifics
The album that this is from, The Deep Field, is excellent music for *ahem* know.

Jeannine Hebb- Heartache
But alas, love is fraught with peril. Jeannine Hebb uses piano, voice and quick wits to navigate this minefield. So far, so good.

Andrea Corr- Stupidest Girl In The World
Guys do this kind of stuff too, so I think we all sorta know what she is talking about. So stop already.

Alice Cooper- The Second Coming
Hey! Andrea Corr and Alice Cooper have the same initials as me!
Zappa and Beefheart- Muffin Man
After the show, I went home and played this song on my guitar. There goes the neighborhood.

Pretty Things- She's A Lover
More high school-era past-blasting. This album, Parachute, was Rolling Stone Magazine's Album of The Year in 1970. Apparently, no one cared at the time.

Blue Oyster Cult- Screams
Yes. I played Blue Oyster Cult and it wasn't 'Godzilla'.

Funkadelic- Some More
Any song that rhymes 'science-fiction' with  'affliction' is probably either describing Hawkwind or serving as a portent of Hawkwind-to-come.

David Bowie- The Prettiest Star
But first...

Hawkwind- Quark, Strangeness and Charm
And now. The Hawkwind I promised. Astronomy rocks. Sorta.

Fiona Apple- Please Please Please
This song belongs on this show. In a good way.

Wire- On Returning
See ya next week!


Craig D said...

Are you a man or a muffin?

Hi, Alan!

Allan said...

Hey Craig! How are ya?

Craig D said...

I'm still doing contract work at Fort Bragg, NC. Haven't been blogging much, either.

Looks like you've dicovered how to make that whole mid-life-crisis thing work in your favor.

Congrats on that!

Angel said...

Ooh I am liking this one LOTS!

yinyang said...

Hi, Allan! I've been thinking about the "good old days" of blogging recently, so I decided to come back and leave a note for my blog friends that are still around.

If you want, you can follow me on Tumblr now. But no hard feelings if you don't; it's a pretty silly place.

Anyway, hope you're doing well. :)

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