Monday, April 02, 2012
Happiness Is The New Mid-Life Crisis
THE NEW BREAKFAST SNOB 3.31.2012
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*...you 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
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!