ARCHIVES: The Aug. 26 Franorama playlist

This pre-Franorama World post, on my MySpace blog Aug. 27, 2008, 10:32 p.m. EDT, was the playlist of my third and final Franorama fill-in show that vacation:

Well, I can’t believe my time back on WPKN has come and gone. Finished with a 10 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT shift Tuesday (8/26) on 89.5 FM, Bridgeport/88.7 FM, Montauk/, all over the world, highlighted by the front-to-back playing of Brian Wilson’s new album, “That Lucky Old Sun.” (Thanks again to Walter Quadrato at Brass City Records for holding onto the limited-edition vinyl for me.) I didn’t get a chance to listen as closely as I’d have liked because the phone kept ringing, but I got several calls from listeners telling me they loved it. Even my mom, not to be confused with a rock’n’roll fan, called to tell me it was a wonderful album.

Anyway, it was great to be back on the air — thanks once again to Pete Stewart for giving me his 8/26 shift, Denise Manzari for putting me in my old Friday morning slot 8/22 and Valerie Richardson for asking me to fill in the evening of 8/19. I can’t wait till next year. Of course, the way things are going in my chosen line of work, I might be back here a lot sooner than next year — The Fresno Bee offered buyouts to its entire full-time staff Monday, and if they don’t get the $ number they’re looking for, they’ll lay off people. So as I decide whether to bet against myself or bet against myself (Sept. 5 is the deadline date) and ponder what the hell I’m good at besides journalism, here’s the playlist for the show:

American Beat ’84 (the Franorama national anthem) — The Fleshtones

Yeah Yeah (from the new album, “Guitars, Bass & Drums”) — The Reducers

Don’t Ya Wanna (ditto) — The Reducers

10-5-60The Long Ryders

Diddy Wah DiddyThe Remains (with Westville’s Chip Damiani on drums)

Mr.Audiophile Junkie (a New Haven trio with Chris Damiani, son of Chip, on drums)

Don’t Look BackThe Remains


SignsFive Man Electrical Band

My World Is Crumbling Brenda Holloway

I Want You Bad NRBQ

’62 Hawk The Plan/The Bell System (’80s New Haven alt band led by Craig Bell, formerly and currently of seminal Cleveland band Rocket From the Tombs)

I’m Gonna Knock You Out Peter Zaremba’s Love Delegation

Sock It to ‘Em, J.B. Part 1Rex Garvin & the Mighty Cravers

Let Yourself Go James Brown

Tell MeSharon Jones & the Dap-Kings


Wild Moose PartyThe Cosmopolitans

Two PotatoThe Elite (’60s Fort Worth garage)

Chocolate Moose ThemeThe Chocolate Moose (ditto)

Hey Little Girl The Shags (mid-’60s New Haven stars, from the LP version of Sundazed’s “Don’t Press Your Luck: The In Sound of 60’s Connecticut”)

Out of Our Tree The Wailers (the Tacoma rock legends, not the Kingston reggae legends)

Oogum Boogum Brenton Wood

Great Big Bundle of LoveBrenton Wood

Rollers ShowNick Lowe


“That Lucky Old Sun” (LP version)Brian Wilson

That Lucky Old Sun

Morning Beat

Room With a View

Good Kind of Love

Forever She’ll Be My Surfer Girl

Venice Beach

Live Let Live/That Lucky Old Sun

Mexican Girl

Cinco de Mayo

California Role/That Lucky Old Sun

Between Pictures

Oxygen to the Brain

Can’t Wait Too Long

Midnight’s Another Day

That Lucky Old Sun (reprise)

Going Home

Southern California


That Lucky Old SunFrankie Laine (the original 1949 version)

Terraplane Blues Rocky Lawrence (New Haven blues great, from his 1999 album, “The Songs of Robert Johnson”)

St. Thomas Sonny Rollins

That Summer Feeling Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers

Long Hot Summer The Style Council

The Paris Match The Style Council



Castles in the Sand Stevie Wonder

Summer Love APB

Rockaway BeachThe Godchildren of Soul, feat. Joey Ramone & General Johnson

Bird in the Hand (Is Worth Two in the Bush)The Velvelettes

C’mon Every BeatboxBig Audio Dynamite

I’m Ready for Love Martha & the Vandellas

Town Called MaliceThe Jam

You’re Gonna Miss Me 13th Floor Elevators


Never to Be Forgotten The Bobby Fuller Four


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