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Archive for August 2014

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

VE 235 8/29/14

REM: Finest Worksong

Thom Chacon: American Dream

Julian Cope: Five O Clock World

Animals: We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

The Clash: Career Opportunities

Pet Shop Boys: Opportunities

Kinks: Dead End Street

Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

Eddie Cochran: Summertime Blues

Bob Dylan: Maggie's Farm

Marianne Faithful: Working Class Hero

Devo: Working In A Coal Mine

Tennesee Ernie Ford: Sixteen Tons

Lucero: Women And Work

Jonathan Edwards: Sunshine

Bruce Springsteen: Out In The Street

Rolling Stones; Salt Of The Earth

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Replacements: Can't Hardly Wait

Vamipire Weekend: Diane Young

Incubus: A Certain Shade Of Green (acoustic)

Fleetwood Mac: For Your Love

Roberta Flack: Compared To What

Nu Musik: Straight Lines

Smiths: Ask

Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto: So Danco Samba

Ryan Adams: 1974

Stooges: 1969

The Doors: Ship Of Fools

The Band: King Harvest (Has Surely Come)

The Beatles: You Never Give Me Your Money

Tom Rush: Urge For Going

Woody Herman Sextet: Early Autumn

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Robin Williams: Nicky Lenin (from Reality What A Concept)

Cake: Mork And Mindy Theme (Disco Version)

Robin Williams as Adrian Cronauer: Good Morning Vietnam

Martha & The Vandellas: Nowhere To Run

Louis Armstrong: What A Wonderful World

Bertie Higgins: Key Largo

Lauren Bacall: And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine (from Key Largo)

Nat Cole/Nelson Riddle Orchestra: How Little We Know

George Harrison: Hong Kong Blues

Lauren Bacall: Welcome To The Theater (from Applause)

Robin Williams and Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting

Starland Vocal Band: Afternoon Delight

Robin Williams: Grandpa Funk (from Reality What A Concept)

Grand Funk Railroad: Closer To Home


Today on the VE....Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall left records as part of their indellible legacy. I'll play a few of them, and songs that evoke their classic screen roles.

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Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Nixon's resignation

Connie Francis: Nixon's The One

John Lennon: Gimmie Some Truth

Denver Boise & Johnson: The '68 Nixon

Little Kathy Hoffman: Kathy's Letter

Neil Young: Campaigner

Country Joe McDonald: Tricky Dicky

Michael J. Brody Jr.: The War Is Over

Gene Marshall: God Bless Richard Nixon

Tom T. Hall: Watergate Blues

Bob Kirkpatrick: Watergate Blues

Howlin' Wolf: Watergate Blues

Big Joe Williams: Watergate Blues

The Honey Drippers: Impeach The President

Phil Ochs: Here's To The State Of Richard Nixon

Stevie Wonder: You Haven't Done Nothing

David Bowie: Young Americans

The Dead Kennedys: We've Got A Bigger Problem Now

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Today on the VE:

There are so many songs about cities..but a very special subset of those specifically list cities...a whole bunch of em...in each song..I'll play a cool assortment, from swing to punk, all from the original LPs. I'm PC and this is the VE

Talking Heads: Cities

Talking Heads from 1979's Fear Of Music...a record recorded in Long Island City, long before the hipsters arrived. David Byrne's quest for the right city to live in is just one entry among many songs that compare the virtues of various towns. But if you're born a New Yorker, it all comes back to the big apple. Here's jazz singer Chris Connor, along with Maynard Ferguson's band....

From the decade when New York really ruled...the 1950's....Sammy Davis and Ray Charles also recorded "New York's My Home, written by composer and arranger Gordon Jenkins. The VE is traveling from city to city in song...and Hank Snow's been...everywhere...

Hank Snow: I've Been Everywhere

Rolling Stones: Route 66

The VE, with the Bobby Troup song that the Nat King Cole trio made famous..the Rolling Stones rocked it up on their first album in 1964, and Depeche Mode revived it 25 years later. 'Route 66." Before that, Stones fave Hank Snow with "I've Been Everywhere."

The VE, spinning songs that list cities. Chuck Berry did that on a couple of very influential songs, "Back In The USA, and this one, "Sweet Little SIxteen."

Chuck Berry: Sweet Little Sixteen

Martha & The Vandellas: Dancing In The Streets

Don't forget the motor city....the VE with city songs....and so Martha & The Vandellas "Dancin In The Streets" gets a reference in this city-lister from 1983 by Los ANgeles' own ....X

X: The New World

Steve Miller Band: Rock N Me

The VE...a couple of city songs that reference others...Stve Miller's "Rock N Me" nods to The Beach Boy's California Girls, where the northern girls keep their boyfrinds warm at night...and X sings "don't forget the motor city," just like Martha Reeves did, in their song "The New World."

Songs not just about cities, but the movement froom city to city, as with ramblin' boy Dave Loggins, and this wimp-rock standard from the 70's, on The VE...

Dave Loggins: Please Come To Boston

Little Feat: Willin'

Grateful Dead: Truckin'

The VE with the rare single version of The Grateful Dead's "Truckin,"...despite all that was chopped out, all the cities they mention remain intact. Little Feat took us through some dusty southwest towns in "Willin," and Dave Loggins wooed a gal from town to town in "Please Come To Boston."

It's City-List songs on ther VE. From pop to post-punk now, beginning with The Bloodhound Gang's extreme take on the rock-road song, "Going Nowhere Slow."

Bloodhound Gang: Going Nowhere Slow

Smiths: Panic

The VE, songs that list cities...our first tour of Britian, with the Smiths and "Panic,"a and now a cosmopolitan take, from Ian Dury and The Blockheads....

Ian Dury And The Blockheads: Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

James Brown: Night Train

Godfather--James Brown...and the ony way to travel...city to city, but Night Train...and so let's make one more stop by train of city-list songs tour, with the first great one...in fact, the first Gold Record award from 1941. The Glen Miller Orchestra, and a rare Hi Fi recording of his hot swing band from the film soundtrack Orchestra Wives

Glen Miller: Chattanooga Choo Choo

And that's the VE. Find this, and past shows in the Archives at PRN.FM

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