Sunday, April 1, 2012

Show #75 March 3, 2012

For Rita and the great Davy Jones!

Rita- Sorrows Love Too Late
Looking For The Good Times- The Monkees Listen To The Band
Let's Get Carried Away- Research Turtles Research Turtles
It's Alright- The Merrymakers Andrew's Store
Language School- Tours Language School 7"
Jackson- Craig Finn Clear Heart Full Eyes
More Songs About Chocolate and Girls- The Undertones Hypnotised
Cuddly Toy- The Monkees Listen To The Band
^I Want You- Savage Garden I Want You
Over And Over- Starz Starz
Accept Me- Dirty Looks Dirty Looks
*I Want You- Kiss Rock And Roll Over
*I Want You- The Proof It's Safe
*I Want You- Chris Von Sneidern Sight & Sound
*I Want You- The Krinkles 3 - The Mordorlorff Collection
*I Want You- The Moberlys Sexteen
*I Want You- Cheap Trick One On One
*I Want You- Hanoi Rocks Self Destruction Blues
*I Want You- Incredible Kidda Band Too Much, Too Little, Too Late
*I Want You- Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Greatest Hits
Takin' Her Back- Paul Warren & Explorer One Of The Kids
Show Her You Care- Strangeways! Powerpop!
Love To Love- The Monkees Listen To The Band
Erica's Word- Game Theory Tinkers To Evers To Chance
Feeling Bad- Nerf Herder How To Meet Girls
The Greatest Gift- Dogs Different
>I Want You- The Troggs Hit Single Anthology

Bright Eyes Darkened- Slobberbone Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today
Immortals- The Dots I Don't Wanna Dance (With You) 7"
Crestfallen- Pernice Brothers Overcome by Happiness
One Way World- Secret Affair Glory Boys & Behind Closed Doors
Plastic Girls- The Diodes Tired of Waking Up Tired
Let Me Go Now- The Shods Tippy
I Wanna Be Free- The Monkees Listen To The Band

^Power Pop Peak: #4 Billboard Hot 100 2/11/97

*SacroSet: "I Want You" Songs

>Power Pop Prototype: 1966

Virtual Music Database

As I've said before, one of the things I love about iTunes is its database functionality.  Sorry for the geek speak, but that's the best way to describe the input, index, sort and search functions of this powerful tool. Take the word of this former college radio DJ who would spend hours in the WERS record library preparing for each Niteklub or Metrowave show. It wasn't just pulling records; I'd needle drop on all that week's new releases, cull though older albums/singles and do research for music features (which without an Internet, mostly consisted of reading album liner notes and magazines).  Moving over to MIT public station WMBR after college presented an even more voluminous library of
Actual Music Database
albums, singles and a treasure trove of reel to reel
tapes by legendary Boston bands.  WMBR also had a huge selection of 60's punk and psychedelic rock that I'd never had a chance to hear. As I was working full time by then, I'd often head over to the WMBR record library at 11:30 or so on a Saturday morning and not leave until 8pm when it was time to grab a slice of pizza and hit the clubs.

I would not trade my time in the WERS or WMBR record libraries for anything- it is the bedrock of my musical knowledge. That said, there is NO FREAKING WAY I could spend that much time working on a radio show today. It makes me smile just to imagine telling Jaime: "honey, I need to spend nine hours on Saturday researching discographies, refining music set nuances and perfecting slip-cue segue techniques for my two hour radio show so why don't you take up the slack with the chores, softball coaching, yard work, etc." I just showed this sentence to Jaime and she said "you mean you used to spend even MORE time working on your radio show than you do now?!?" (Oh darlin' if you only knew...) In any case, I think you can see where I'm coming from.

Which brings me back to iTunes. Combined with the power of the Internet, iTunes makes it possible to create a brand new episode of ALL KINDSA GIRLS every other week while keeping my marriage intact!  Tonight's program is a great example- up against a work deadline and stressing about the show, I remembered that an iTunes title sort I'd done a few weeks back revealed a ton of songs called "I Want You." A quick search of the iTunes store yielded a couple more, including the Troggs brilliant contribution which I first heard at WMBR, and boom! half the show is done.

Shortly before I went in to the studio to record the show I heard the sad news of Davy Jones' passing. I thought Cousin Rich was nuts when he started paying good money for original pressing Monkees albums back in the 80's but damn if he wasn't right again! The early Monkees records are great but it's the post Don Kirshner albums, where they became a "real" band, that I love. Mike has always been my favorite Monkee, but so far Davy Jones is the only one I've met and I'm happy to say he was a true gentleman. In the late 80's I was working at WMJX in Boston and our sister oldies station WMEX had Davy Jones in for an interview. It was hilarious to see so many of my female co-workers all a flutter in the presence of a still very handsome Mr. Jones. Some had watched The Monkees in its original TV run but far more had, like me, only seen that show in re-runs, his star status for us cemented by a guest appearance on the December 1971 episode of The Brady Bunch called "Getting Davy Jones:"


Seeing Marcia Brady, my own young lust object, lusting after Davy Jones made him that much cooler in my eyes. I especially love this picture- makes me wonder if the young Maureen McCormick is indeed "acting;" talk about "I Want You!" (I know it is way inappropriate, but man oh man is she hot!)

Anyway, I spent a good time lingering around the WMEX studio myself that day and had a great conversation walking Mr. Jones to the elevator. When I asked about the Monkees movie Head, a favorite of mine, he immediately launched into the dandruff song. I then had to ruin it by stupidly asking if he was still in touch with Frank Zappa (who had a mocking cameo in the movie). Davy Jones was probably half way through a string of eight radio interviews that day, but he still took the time to talk and joke around with me anyway. What a great guy- he will be missed.

Can't think of a better way to end this post than with a second photo of Davy and Maureen McCormick, together again at the TV Land Awards in 2003, both still cute as all get out.

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