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Radio RPB #005 March 30, 2018

Radio RPB #005 March 30, 2018



Cub Koda & The Points – Welcome To My Job
Nolan Strong and The Diablos – It’s Because Of You
The Breakaways – That Boy Of Mine
Louie Prima & Keely Smith – Mashuga
Roy Orbison – I Like Love
The Delmonas – He Tells Me He Loves Me
Brinsley Schwarz – Give Me Back My Love
Andy Partridge – Sonic Boom
Gary Lewis And The Playboys – Count Me In
The Judy’s – The Moo Song
The Spampinato Brothers – Love Came To Me

Radio RPB #005 – my favorite mix of songs yet.

Cub Koda and The Points

Cub Koda and The Points lay it on the line with what must have been the perfect opener to any live set. Welcome To My Job draws a line between the band and the audience, and Cub lets the audience know that they’ve got responsibilities to keep (“I hate playing for an oil painting”). Cub Koda is best known for Smokin’ In the Boys Room with Brownsville Station, but his solo output in the 1980s and beyond is full of great surprises, just like this this one.

Fortune Of Hits Vol. 2

I’ve been listening to lots of Nolan Strong and The Diablos lately. Most of the Fortune Records catalog is way out of print and tough to come by, but I’ve recently found some compilation issues from the early ’70’s and it’s a treat to these songs and Nolan Strong’s unique voice. I pulled this one from the Fortune of Hits Vol. 2 LP

That Boy of Mine (1964)

The Breakaways were best known as a trio of backup singers and you’ve heard them on big hits by Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield and dozens of other British pop hits. They also released a few singles on their own and That Boy Of Mine was their first. It’s pleasant, not especially deep, but has some nice touch that keep me coming back. About a minute into the track they delay delivery of the word “of” in the line “He’s the only one I’m dreaming…. of” and I just eat that stuff right up.

Mashuga for my sugar

Louie Prima and Keely Smith are legendary performers, but not necessarily based on this oddball 1959 novelty. I can’t agree with their transliteration of “Mashuga” (I’d go with “meshuga”) but I can’t resist a lyric like “I’m mashuga for my baby, and my sugar is crazy for me.”

Before Roy Orbison came into his true self with truly monumental recordings for Monument Records, he was part of the Sun Records stable of legends. He didn’t write I Like Love ( that would be Jack Clement), but his vocal delivery could with the Sun sound make this one of my Orbison favorites.

Del Monas EP vol. 1

The Del Monas were hooked in to the Medway scene formed by  Britain’s The Milkshakes in the early ‘80s. They pursued and captured a great raw take on the  60s’s girl group sound,

And yep, the backing band is The Milkshakes.

Brinsley Schwarz are best known as pub rock icons, but by the end of their career they started edging toward a poppier sound, probably attributable to the sensibilities of band members Ian Gomm and Nick Lowe. Nick wrote this one, and it’s taken from a collection of BBC performances.

Fuzzy Warbles

XTC‘s Andy Partridge seems to record precise demos for all of his songs. Recent reissues of XTC LP’s contain mountains of demo recordings that reveal how well planned and organized Partridge can be. I don’t think Sonic Boom was ever re-recorded beyond this demo, but thankfully it was released on one of Partridge’s Fuzzy Warbles demo compilations. I sought it out after I first heard the song performed by the Incredible Casuals when it was posted as a live Youtube clip.

The Moo Album

The Judy’s hail from from Pearland, Texas (I mistakenly named  them as an Austin band in the show) and The Moo Song is taken directly from The Moo Album. It’s become  a family singalong favorite. The words are easy but you’ll need one or two tries for the melody.

Count Me In by Gary Lewis and the Playboys is a bonafide, regular hit record and I’ll never grow sick of it.

Smiles EP

The Spampinato Brothers can do no wrong for me. Bronx bonafides, NRBQ bonafides, and this track, the closer from most recent release Smiles. It’s as beautiful and perfect as anything Joey Spampinato sang during his years in NRBQ and there’s no song that should follow it, at least on any radio show of mine.

Please consider a donation to Joey’s GoFundMe campaign for cancer treatment.

Bonus Video

Radio RPB #004

Radio RPB Episode #004

Radio RPB

Presented March 23, 2018

You’ll hear it in my voice. I got a little TOO excited about the records I chose for you this week.  My excitement is understandable,  because these records are all worthy of a platter party, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Compilation of rare Larry Williams recordings
Unreleased Larry Williams, Specialty, 1986

We start off with a killer,  an early take of Larry Williams’ Bad Boy.  They smoothed out the edges a bit for the final version, but this version is W-I-L-D and it’s taken straight off the LP  Unreleased Larry Williams.

Some friends were discussing  under-rated LP’s this week and I nominated The Kinks Kontroversy. The World Keeps Going Round is a highlight from that must-have 1965 LP.

The Booty Don't Stop
The Booty Tape

I discovered The Booty Don’t Stop at a live show in 2002 . Pre-show, the headliners were playing this entire CD over the PA as the audience grew increasingly restless. The headliners  were Jay Bennett and Edward Burch.

300 Pounds Of Hongry (written by Tony Joe White)  is a bouncy cut from Carlene Carter’s Blue Nun LP. Carlene  saw enormous (and deserved) mainstream success in the ’90s, but she first got my attention with Blue Nun and Musical Shapes, a duo of LPs featuring the extended Rockpile family.

Lene Lovich

Lene Lovich is a name that you don’t hear much these days but she figured big in my New Wave adventures. Her debut album Stateless was full of great songs, but the New Toy single from a few years later remains my favorite.

MSR Madness Vol. 1
The Beat Of The Traps, Tommy Ardolino’s compilation of song-poems.

Norm Burns sings one of my all-time favorite song-poem tracks. I know the song title doesn’t make any sense, but a lyric like “Baby, Set Your Date On Time” should be  allowed to defy standard syntax.

The Sprague Brothers first caught my attention with their Hightone Records release Let The Chicks Fall Where They May, but the lovely It Doesn’t Hurt Anymore comes from The Savage Sprague Brothers, a self-released compilation of early tracks.

Spring was an early 70’s project of Diane Rovell and Marilyn WIlson (née. Marilyn Rovell).  Marilyn’s husband Brian produced and I’m pretty sure we can hear him singing along toward the end of the song.

Myracle Brah ends the set with the opening track from their debut LP Life On Planet Eartsnop. I don’t know how to pronounce “Eartsnop” so I didn’t even try.


Larry Williams – Bad Boy (Alternate Version)
The Kinks – The World Keeps Going Round
The Booty Don’t Stop – Ypsilanti All Stars
Jay Bennett and Edward Burch – Drinking On Your Dime
Lene LovichNew Toy
Norm Burns – Baby Set Your Date On Time
The Sprague Brothers – It Doesn’t Hurt Anymore
Spring – Sweet Mountain
Myracle Brah – Whisper Softly