Sunday, September 6, 2009

Show #17 September 5, 2009

For Jaime and all you Jamies too!

Jamie- Weezer Weezer (Blue Album)
This Charming Man- The Smiths Left Of The Dial: Dispatches From The '80s Underground
I Like Girls- The Know DIY Shake It Up: American Power Pop II (1978-80)
Somerville- Pernice Brothers Live A Little
Rat Trap- The Boomtown Rats A Tonic For The Troops
Cool Ways- Kevin K And The Hollywood Stars Cool Ways
Liverpool- Cherry Vanilla Bad Girl
It Must Be Love- Madness The Business
^Who Listens To The Radio- The Sports Don't Throw Stones
Kiss You Better- Maximo Park A Certain Trigger
Maginary Girl- Brendan Benson One Mississippi
I've Been Waiting- Matthew Sweet Girlfriend
Sorry- City Thrills City Thrills EP
Downed- Cheap Trick In Color
*What's My Scene- Hoodoo Gurus Ampology
*Can't Get What You Want- DM3 Dig it the Most
*Ice- The Screaming Tribesmen High Time
*Fame Is- Crowded House Woodface
Amplifier- The dB's Repercussion
The Ballad- Chris Von Sneidern Sight & Sound
Ooh Wow- Reddy Teddy Reddy Teddy
Sleeping Aides And Razorblades- The Exploding Hearts Guitar Romantic
Other Boys Do- The Toms The Toms
Anal All Day- The Bis-quits The Bis-quits
>Undecided- Master's Apprentices Complete Recordings 1965 - 1968
Tracer- Pezband Pezband
Sunday Girl- Blondie The Complete Picture
Count on You- Tom Dickie & the Desires Competition
Oblivious- Aztec Camera Left Of The Dial: Dispatches From The '80s Underground

^Power Pop Peak: #45 Billboard Hot 100 10/13/79

*SacroSet: Aussie Power Pop

>Power Pop Prototype: 1966

It took 17 shows, but I finally dedicated an All Kindsa Girls program to my wife Jaime. Part of the problem was finding something that fit the "rules" I've established for the show. First, I look for a song whose title is limited to a female name, second, the song has to fit the All Kindsa Girls aesthetic, and third, since it is the first in each show, the song needs to be at least moderately upbeat. This week I had the additional challenge of finding something that my wife would like. I managed to do that, despite blowing it on the proper spelling. I figured "Jamie" by Weezer

Jamie, I want you to know
Jamie, Jamie, I'm so glad you're mine
We'll be together for a long time

was an improvement over the catchier and correctly spelled "Jaime" by The Spins

But Jaime it's over, I know it's always on your mind
But Jaime it's over, you've got a new life starting tonight

Women notice these things. It took me several long term relationships before I realized that once a woman sets her sights on a guy everything he says is carefully scrutinized. It's like watching a foreign film; the actual dialog is helpful only for tone and context, it's the printed words you can't hear at the bottom of the screen that convey all the meaning.

As I mentioned in the last post, Jaime thought Show #16 was "too hard" so I think of tonight's episode as the "no punk rock show," which somehow morphed into a bunch of music from Australia. I remember hearing The Sports' "Who Listens To The Radio" on WBCN back in the day and The Hoodoo Gurus are an all-time favorite. I remember first reading about them in The Boston Globe's Thursday Calendar section in the summer of 1984. It was one of those rare times that the Globe's music critics were ahead of the curve. Anyway, that day my friend Frank and I were heading into Boston to look for our first apartment and my girlfriend Sue Ramsay came with us. While we were meeting with a rental agent on Mass Ave., Sue went around the corner to Newbury Comics and bought Stoneage Romeos, the Hoodoo Gurus' hot off the presses debut, and gave it to me as a gift. As you can imagine, I'm a very difficult person to buy music for, so this was a memorable occasion. Plus, who doesn't love spontaneous gifts? Thanks again Sue!

You may quibble with Crowded House in the Aussie SacroSet since the Finns are Kiwis, but the band was formed in Melbourne so it counts. "Fame Is" has one of the most punk rock couplets I've ever heard in a catchy pop song:

Love children of the new age, just a hippie with a weekly wage
There's no rebellion just a chance to be lazy

Man oh man, that is razor sharp! He dismisses an entire lifestyle in about twelve seconds. Anyway, David Shea thinks I should do a New Zealand SacroSet and if I do the Finns will no doubt return with Split Enz.

I mentioned in the pre-show e-mail that I might have to play The Easybeats again for an Australian Power Pop Prototype (breaking my four show separation rule), because I couldn't see playing the Bee Gees. I managed to dig up Adelaide's The Master's Apprentices though and I'm really glad I did. "Undecided" is a scorcher- I'm surprised every garage rock band in the world doesn't have it in their set list. Hey, I said it was the "no punk rock show," but it still rocks!

You can download the first hour of tonight's show here (right click and "Save Target As")
and here is hour two

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the mention. Heard a good chunk of show #18 tonight, I think I was at the same Bragg/Smiths Show back in the day. He was awesome. :-D Shea