WPKN playlist 12/28/10: Post-blizzard, something-out-of-Nothing fill-in Franorama

What a difference a day (and a half) makes.

Mid-Sunday afternoon into the evening, the wind made the snow come down horizontally, and the accumulations made driving home from my midday fill-in at WPKN (89.5 FM, wpkn.org) an absolute bitch from the other side of Hell.

Tuesday morning (Dec. 28), as I headed off to the station once again, the side streets were still varying degrees of sketchy (paradise compared to New York), but the snow was still on the crunchy side, the winds had left at last, and the temperature felt balmy compared to the previous two days.

And it was a good day and a good show. I filled in for Rod Richardson, who called me the day before and asked if I could do his Radio Nothing slot.  Making something out of nothing, if you will …

I’ve been incorporating my laptop into the music mix this trip home, along with the case of mixdiscs I keep here at my folks’ house. I’ll have to look into DJ mix software so I can do practically an entire show off the computer. And get a 1-terrabyte hard drive to plug in to have an entire library of songs at my disposal.

I dug into some of the nooks and crannies of my mind to bring you the constant variety of music entertainment:

  • Two one-hit-wonder songs that bookended the ’70s, and they sound so similar melodically to me that I occasionally wondered whether anyone had ever played the two back-to-back on the air before. So I did it; “Go Back” by Crabby Appleton and “Hey St. Peter” by Flash and the Pan …
  • Two totally different songs with the same name. In this case, “The House That Jack Built.” First, Aretha Franklin’s 1967 hit, and then Tracie Young’s first single, from 1983. Aretha, of course, you know about. Tracie was an English teenage protege of Paul Weller back then, as Weller, then breaking up The Jam and forming The Style Council, was forming his own soul-flavored label, Respond Records. His vision of The Sound of Young Britain, if you will. And this was his first Respond single. It’s included on Tracie’s recent reissue of her lone album, 1984’s “Far From the Hurting Kind.”
  • A set that started with the fabulous Jenny Dee & the Delinquents, out of Boston, and “Do It All Over Again,” which steals its intro from the J. Geils Band version of The Contours’ “First I Look at the Purse.” (Maybe that’s one of the reasons they got to open for Aerosmith and Geils at Fenway Park in August?) Followed that with a live Geils version of the song and then a rare Contours tune from 1965 — an alternate take of “Baby Hit and Run” that Northern soul aficionados dug up for an early’2000s British compilation called “A Cellarful of Motown” …

I’m not sure whether this will be my last fill-in before I go home in a week and a half. But if it was, then it doubles as my 20th-anniversary show. (My first shift at PKN was 2-6 a.m. Jan. 3, 1991. Can’t believe it’s been that long.) I’m hoping I’ll get to do one more shift before I return. We’ll see. Anyway, here’s the archived show, should you care to give a listen, and the playlist, if you want to know what you missed …

  • American Beat ’84 — The Fleshtones
  • A Weakspot in My Heart — The Isley Brothers
  • (I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone — W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band
  • Needle in a Haystack — The Velvelettes
  • Have Love Will Travel — The Sonics
  • Bertha Lou — Dorsey Burnette
  • Temptation — Heaven 17
  • Far From the Hurting Kind — Tracie Young


  • Go Back — Crabby Appleton
  • Hey St. Peter — Flash and the Pan
  • Tilt-A-Whirl — 1313 Mockingbird Lane
  • Precious to Me — Phil Seymour
  • Up in the Dark — The New Pornographers


  • I Adore Him — The Angels
  • Don’t Look Back — She & Him
  • Love’s Gone Bad — Chris Clark
  • The House That Jack Built — Aretha Franklin
  • The House That Jack Built — Tracie Young
  • This Tornado Loves You — Neko Case
  • I Get the Message — Ivy


  • Do It All Over Again — Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents
  • First I Look at the Purse (live) — The J. Geils Band
  • Baby Hit and Run (A Cellarful of Motown version) — The Contours
  • Mr. Creator — The Apollas
  • Just Got Lucky — JoBoxers
  • Love on a Rampage — The Perigents
  • What — Judy Street


  • I Learned the Hard Way — Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  • Mary Mary — The Monkees
  • From You and Back to You — APB
  • Got a Thing on My Mind — Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  • Memphis Trax — Isaac Hayes
  • Come Go With Me — Gloria Jones
  • Ecstasy — The Raspberries
  • Sie Liebt Dich — The Beatles
  • She Told Me Lies (1979 single version) — The Chesterfield Kings


  • Good Love Gone Bad — The Ambassadors
  • Jump Into the Fire (single version) — Nilsson
  • Live Life (UK version) — The Kinks
  • It’s Cold Outside — The Choir
  • Village of Love — Nathaniel Mayer
  • Out of Step — The Reducers
  • Your Wish Is My Command — The Inspirations
  • And Your Bird Can Sing — The Jam


  • Tick Tick Boom — The Hives


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