RADIO RPB #019

RADIO RPB #019 • July 13, 2018
Replacing the stale smell of excess with the sweet smell of success.

Set List
The Tremeloes – Here Comes My Baby
The Swingin’ Neckbreakers – The Flop
The Who – Odorono
Wilco – Magazine Called Sunset
Dave Davies – Fortis Green
Pete “Guitar” Lewis – Louisiana Hop
Herman’s Hermits – Wild Love
Ann-Margaret – I Just Don’t Understand
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Riot Act
Ella Logan and Hoagy Carmichael – Two Sleepy People

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RADIO RPB #018

RADIO RPB #018 • July 13, 2018
Radio RPB says, “They’re not oldies if they’re new to me.”

Set List
The Spirit – No Time To Rhyme
The Barracudas – Summer Fun
Chuck Berry – Come On
The Rolling Stones – She Said Yeah
Boys From Nowhere – Beg
The Continentals – Fizz Pop (Modern Rock)
Earl-Jean – I’m Into Something Good
Paul Westerberg -(Terry) Who You Gonna Marry?
Harmony Rockets – Skeleton Man
The Jive Five – What Time is It?
Tommy Keene – Faith In Love (Acoustic Version)

So many goodies in this episode, starting with New York City’s The Spirit from their 1967 single on Roulette.

The Barracudas scored a  1980 UK hit with their surf-inspired pop gem, Summer Fun. They preceded the song with a vintage radio advertisement for the Plymouth Barracuda. I was tempted to discard the advert for this episode, but it’s too much fun not to share.

Boston’s Boys From Nowhere made a big impression on me when I first heard this track on the Garage Sale cassette. The subsequently remixed and released as a single but the remix stole some of the homegrown charm. That original cassette version is what you hear here.

Epic Nu Disks appeared in 1980. 10″ EPs of bands of varying notoriety and quality. I tried to get them all. The Continentals got their own 10″ and promptly disappeared, but Fizz Pop stands as their anthem.

In 2008 Paul Westerberg released a single mp3 track containing an albums’ worth of untitled songs, song collages and and covers entitled 49:00. It was apparently met with some legal trouble and quickly removed from sale. We can only guess at song titles, but since I like parentheses I’m going to call this one “(Terry) Who You Gonna Marry?”

Tommy Keene left us last year and it stinks. Here’s a nice b-side off a promo single from his short-lived days on Geffen. Keene recorded Faith in Love in a full band version too, but I also think that was relegated to CD bonus track territory. This version is much sweeter.

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RADIO RPB #017

RADIO RPB #017 • June 29, 2018

Set List
Loretta Long – Nearly Missed
Richard & Linda Thompson – A Heart Needs a Home
Los Shakers – Higher Than A Tower
Jason Falkner – She Goes To Bed
P.J. O’Connell – Blindsided
Cabinessence – There Goes The Show
The Rubinoos – You Don’t Know Her
The Hi-Fi’s – I’m Struck
The Beach Boys – Solar System

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RADIO RPB #016 • June 22, 2018

RADIO RPB #016 • June 22, 2018

Set List
Pretenders – Watcha Gonna Do About It
The Records – Girl In Golden Disc
The Marvelettes – Locking Up My Heart
The Revillos – Hungry For Love
Johnny Kidd & The Pirates – Please Don’t Touch (1964 version)
Smokey Robinson And The Miracles – From Head To Toe
The Wildweeds – I Had A Girl
Aquarian Age10,000 Words In A Cardboard Box
George HarrisonI’d Have You Any Time
The UndertonesIt’s Going To Happen!
Mose Allison – Everybody Cryin’ Mercy

I loved Flexipop Magazine because each issue came with a free record. Better sounding than the records that came on the back of cereal boxes but the same kind of thrill. The feli in Flexipop issue No. 6 was especially good, two previously unreleased tracks by the then, very hot Pretenders. One track was a demo of Stop Your Sobbing, very similar in approach to the original Kinks version. The other track, a strong cover version of The Small Faces’ Watcha Gonna Do About It. My crowd loved the Pretenders – unapologetic punk look and pop songs performed with power by a superior band.

This version of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates’ Please Don’t Touch is a 1964 remake of their 1959 hit.  It’s one of the few times I think a re-recording surpasses the original. They fiddled with the chord progression , dropped a bridge and took great advantage of Mick Green’s presence on guitar.

The Wildweeds I Had A Girl was recorded in 1968 but remained unreleased until the the early 70s  when it was issued under Ray Zeiner’s name on the Poison Ring record label.

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RADIO RPB #015 • June 15, 2018

RADIO RPB #015 • June 15, 2018

Something smells good! RADIO RPB serves up a round of delicious sounds.
Set List
Brother Jack McDuffHot Barebeque
Cab CallowayEverybody Eats When They Come To My House
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks – I Don’t Want Love
Chuck Miller – Saturday Night Fish Fry
Detroit Cobras – Hot Dog
Nick Lowe‘s Last Chicken In The Shop – Let’s Eat
Wynonie Harris – Git With The Grits
The Morells – Red’s
Small Faces – Song Of A Baker
Marah – Pizzeria
Amy Allison – The Whiskey Makes You Sweeter
Andre Williams – Pass The Biscuits Please

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RADIO RPB #014 • June 8, 2018

RADIO RPB #014 • June 8, 2018
‘60s inspired pop from the ’20s to now.

Set List
Shel Naylor – One Fine Day
Jerry Lee Lewis – Sixty Minute Man
The James Hunter Six – Look Out
Emily Duff – Sylvia’s Mother
The Box Tops – Call Me
Graham Parker And The Rumour – Hotel Chambermaid
The Marvelettes – I’ll Keep Holding On
Barrence Whitfield and The Savages – Oscar Levant
Lovin’ Spoonful – Six O’Clock
Freddie Coaster – Be My Love

Shel Naylor (real name Robert Woodward) starts off this week’s set with blast from 1964. One Fine Day was written by Kink Dave Davies and recorded just around the same time as The Kinks first single. I’ve read rumors of a demo version by The Kinks but despite hundreds of reissues, bonus tracks and plundering of outtakes, I don’t believe a version by The Kinks has ever surfaced. Oh yeah, Jimmy Page on guitar.

Sixty Minute Man is best known as the mildly lascivious hit for Billy Ward and The Dominoes, but Jerry Lee Lewis dispenses with any of the smooth, sly talk of the original for an attitude that’s strictly “wham-bam, thank-Jerry-Lee, maam!”

The James Hunter Six have released a string of exceptional LPs on Daptone, and I believe this is the first on that label (although it seems the CD versions were released on a major).  I was introduced to James Hunter because I’m a dedicated listener to The Michael Shelley Show on WFMU. Here’s Michael’s interview with James along  with great live performances.

Emily Duff is an exceptional artist from NYC with a soft spot for the sound of Muscle Shoals. This recent Bandcamp release is a cover of Shel Siverstein‘s Sylvia’s Mother, a big hit in 1972 for Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. I’ve seen Emily perform this live and completely slay her audiences, so it makes sense that she’s recorded a studio rendition of the song  to share with a larger audience, and Duff delivers.

It’s always a little bit of a cheat to pull an oddball song from a compilation LP, but to pull an oddball song from a compilation of intentionally oddball songs is REALLY cheating. So call me a cheat. This is the only track I care about from the When Pigs Fly compilation, a CD that intentionally sought to pair artists with unconventional song choices. This conceptual pairing of The Box Tops with a Blondie song fails in terms of its oddity (singer Alex Chilton’s NYC connection is strong) but the recording is tremendously successful.

I have a stack of Graham Parker records as tall as my stack of Tom Petty records, which is to say that these guys put out A LOT OF RECORDS. AND THEY”RE ALL GOOD.

The Marvelettes‘  I’ll Keep Holding On only hit #34 on the charts in 1964, but it was revived to great effect in 1966 by The Action, whose cover seems to get more attention these days. The Marvelettes’ version is not to be forgotten though,  a little slower, a little moodier and a complete winner.

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages have experienced a revival in the last few years, and I credit the return of guitarist Peter Greenberg to the band as an important contributing element.  I’m singling out Greenberg for his guitar work, but everyone delivers on this sort-of-tribute to Oscar Levant.

The Lovin’ Spoonful were major hit-makers in their time, but their influence has waned compared to some of their contemporaries. An NYC supergroup has recently taken to performing tribute shows to the Spoonful and Six O’Clock from 1967 popped out at me as one that I had missed.  Ears open folks!

Last up this week, let’s drink some juice and all get loose. Freddie Coaster sure did! I can find absolutely NO INFORMATION AT ALL on Freddie Coaster. Nothing in the liner notes of the Stompin’ 13 LP, nothing in the Wikipedia, nothing in the Discogs. If you know anything about this one do tell. Do The Freddie!

RADIO RPB #013 • June 1, 2018

RADIO RPB #013 • June 1, 2018

Set List
Small FacesHey Girl
Buddy Holly – I’m Gonna Set My Foot Down
Lolas – In My Car
Paul PerrymanJust To Hold My Hand
NRBQ – You Got It
Allen Toussaint – Up The Creek
Flamin’ Groovies – Have You Seen My Baby?
Jimmie Dale Gilmore – Rain Just Falls
Rolando Alphonso And His Soul Brothers – Dr. Ring-A-Ding
J.J. Jackson And The Jackaels – Oo-Ma-Liddy
Joe Brown – There’s Only One Of You

Lucky episode 13 kicks off with Hey Girl,  a blatant (and successful) crack at commercial success for Small Faces.  Marriott/Lane composition single cracked the Top Ten on the UK charts in 1966.

Buddy Holly recorded I’m Gonna Set My Foot Down sometime in 1956, but this un-dubbed original recording remained unissued until 1983 when it was released on the HIGHLY recommended LP For The First Time Anywhere.

Birmingham , Alabama isn’t the first place that comes to mind for jangle pop perfection, but here are Lolas! Lolas have three LPs for sale at Bandcamp, but I first heard these folks via the Wizzard Brew compilation from Japan’s Wizzard In Vinyl label, pop tastemakers from the early 2000’s. I hear Wizzard In Vinyl is plotting a comeback and I can’t wait.

Paul Perryman‘s Just To Hold My Hand has been covered numerous times, but I could find scant information on My Perryman, other than discographies of his releases on Duke Records. Got any leads to share? Where’s I first hear this song? Not by Perryman, but my heroes NRBQ...

… who we can hear on You Got It  from Tapdancing Bats, the1983 collection of oddball recordings. Big Al handles the lead vocals. And there’s something oddball about this one – I get a feeling it was written in a major key, but someone along the way said “let’s play it minor.”

Allen Toussaint‘s (billed as “Tousan” on the LP cover) first LP was entitled The Wild Sound of New Orleans, and  Up The Creek comes from that  1958 collection of early instrumentals.

Flamin’ Groovies firing on all cylinders with a cover of Randy Newman’s Have You Seen My Baby from the last LP of their early Rolling Stones-influenced incarnation. They’d switch gears and labels (from Kama Sutra to Sire) and reinvent themselves in a vision more influenced by Beatles than Stones.

It takes Jimmie Dale Gilmore to cool things down after the Groovies, and this is the gorgeous last track on his 1988 Fair & Square LP, a song written by Austin, Tx songwriter David Halley.

Cuban born Rolando Alphonso made his name as a founding member and saxophonist in Jamaica’s Skatelites. This 1966 number by Rolando Alphonso And His Soul Brothers has a melody that sure sounds a lot like Twine Time by Alvin Cash and The Crawlers, but maybe that’s a case for investigation by the Dr. Ring Ding.

J.J. jackson had a big hit record with It’s All Right in 1966, but this is a entirely different J.J. Jackson, and Oo-Ma-Liddy made lips smack (and feet groove) in 1961.

Last up, the great Joe Brown with a 1963 album track, There’s Only One Of You. Joe was, and remains a big influence to the British beat set.

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RADIO RPB #012 • May 25, 2018

RADIO RPB #012 • May 25, 2018

Dr. Feelgood meets Spanky & Our Gang.

Set List
International Q – Small Talk
Robbie Fulks – She Must Think I Like Poetry
The Nashville Ramblers – The Trains
The Crickle – Place In Your Heart
Sagittarius – Get The Message
Sylvain Sylvain – It’s Love
Chris Stamey & Yo La Tengo – The Summer Sun
The Mighty Avengers – Blue Turns To Grey
Dr. Feelgood – Keep It Out Of Sight
Spanky & Our Gang – 1-3-5-8
The Flat Five – This Is Your Night
Sam Phillips – Taking Pictures

The International Q hail from New Haven Connecticut, and while it was released on a 45 I first came to this track on an 1981 LP called It Happened But Nobody Noticed, a compilation of songs by  Connecticut neer-do-wells. The compilation inspired a documentary film of the same name – watch it here.

Robbie Fulks has enjoyed tremendous recent acclaim with a series of wonderful, country/folk records on Bloodshot Records. They are great records, and I hate to add a “but” to this sentence, but I’m a fan of Robbie’s pop side, and here’s an older track that hits all the marks for me – super catchy melody and chorus, great guitar, great backup vocals, and an unusual, sardonic lyric. Fulks is hard to pin down, and his records always keep me interested.

For reverb lovers only, The Trains is a 1986 track from San Diego, CA’s The Nashville Ramblers. It got its first release on ’80s era neo-garage compilation,  made its way to American neo-garage compilations, and finally got its own 45 release on Ugly Things Records  in 2011.

In 1985 the cassette-only ROIR label teamed up with Goldmine Magazine to issue Garage Sale, a release that fully turned me on to that aforementioned neo-garage scene of the 1980s.  This track from that compilation by The Crickle owes more to the Everly Brothers than The Standells.

Get The Message  from Gary Usher’s Sagittarius project sat unreleased for decades, but to me it’s as strong or stronger than anything on the Present Tense LP.

Sylvain Sylvain is the artist, the album is called Syl Sylvain and The Teardrops, and the song is It’s Love.

Chris Stamey and Yo La Tengo teamed up for an LP of covers that appeared as V.O.T.E when it appeared in the election year of 2004, and the album was later re-released under a different name, A Question of Temperature.  This is a relaxed, but faithful cover of Stamey’s first single The Summer Sun. Another less faithful version appears as a bonus track that ends the album.

Andrew Loog Oldham produced The Mighty Avengers version of Jagger/Richards Blue Turns To Grey in 1965 and its release predates The Rolling Stones version. I like this rendition – more energetic performance with a tighter, lyrically compact chorus.

Dr. Feelgood hit the big time in 1975 with their album Down By The Jetty. The album was originally mixed and released in monophonic sound, but was a stereo mix was created for a 2006 reissue.  Keep It Out of Sight was written by guitarist Wilko Johnson, and this stereo mix highlights Wilko’s guitar performance.

Spanky and Our Gang are best know to me for their hit Someday Will Never be The Same. 1-3-5-8 is more of a music theory exercise than a record, but I like trying to sing along.

Chicago’s Flat Five are a Chicago supergroup and their most recent LP, It’s A World of Hope and Love is an unashamed throwback to the flowery pop records of the Fifth Dimension, and maybe even Spanky & Our Gang.

This is not Sam Phillips’ first appearance on Radio RPB. this is a flat out gorgeous version of Taking Pictures performed with String Quartet. The song originally appeared on her 2001 Fan Dance LP, but this version comes from a set of b-sides attached to her 2008 Don’t Do Anything release.

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RADIO RPB #011 • May 18, 2018

RADIO RPB #011 • May 18, 2018

Set List
Robert John – If You Don’t Want My Love
Big Al Anderson – I Just Want To Have You Back Again
Incredible Casuals – Miracles
Jon BrionOver Our Heads
High Llamas – Giddy And Gay
The Everly Brothers – Pretty Flamingo
Evie Sands – I Can’t Let Go
Marshall Crenshaw – Starless Summer Sky
Blossom Dearie – Some Other Time

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