WPKN Playlist 2/7/13: Bracing for the blizzard

To think -- two days before, I was driving to WPKN in this Camry.

To think — two days before, I was driving to WPKN in this Camry.

Feb. 13, 2013

The morning of Feb. 7 didn’t start off on the good foot.

I had another Franorama 2.0 show on WPKN, another fill-in for Binnie Klein, who was still battling the flu. I started the day with a trifecta at the Dunkin’ Donuts up the street from me. Ordered a bagel with veggie cream cheese and a large iced coffee with milk and sugar. The girl gave me the coffee and the lid popped off, and half of it spilled on my coat and my leg. She gave me a replacement — no sugar. And halfway to the radio station, I bit into my bagel to discover that, for the fourth time in just over a month, it had plain cream cheese instead of veggie. Lesson to pass on: Speed and efficiency don’t mean a damn if you can’t get the order right.

But on the good side, it was sunny and relatively warm, in the 40s. Of course, if I didn’t know better — and we all surely did — I wouldn’t have guessed that there was a blizzard coming in within 24 hours. By this time the next morning, there was already nearly an inch on the ground at home, en route to three feet by the time it ended on Saturday.

And it was the Ghost of Blizzard Yet to Come that inspired the second half of the show. And there were two more mini-tributes as well.

One was to Paul Tanner, who died at 95 two days before. Mr. Tanner, not to be confused with the Mr. Tanner of the Harry Chapin song, was a trombonist and the last surviving member of the original Glenn Miller Orchestra. But in the ’50s, he began exploring electronic music, and in the mid-’60s, he played Electro-Theremin on Beach Boys songs, most notably “Wild Honey,” “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times” … and “Good Vibrations.” The guy played on two of the most iconic songs in the American songbook in two different generations — “In the Mood” and “Good Vibrations.” I’ve always had an affinity for people who live out of the spotlight yet do some of the coolest things you can imagine. Mr, Tanner fit that bill.

The other was one final two-song tribute to our dearly departed guitarist pal, Steve Deal. It was two newly released songs he recorded with his last band, Radiana. The boy was funny right ’til the end. Check the below video to “Brother Sun.” Steve, in the Union Jack T-shirt, did something around the 2:20 mark that would’ve made me do a spit-take were I drinking something.

Anyway, it was another short, sweet and fun little drag strip of a show, Made me nearly forget all about Dunky D’s.


American Beat ’84 — The Fleshtones

Sock It to ‘Em J.B. Pt. 1 — Rex Garvin & the Mighty Cravers

The Kids Are Alright — The Who

Over the Moon — Radiana

Brother Sun — Radiana

Jump, Jive and Harmonize — Thee Midniters

Your Wish Is My Command — The Inspirations


Have Love, Will Travel — The Sonics

A Girl Like You — Edwyn Collins

Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart — The Supremes

Minestrone — 10cc

Wild Honey — The Beach Boys

Chattanooga Choo-Choo — The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Good Vibrations — The Beach Boys


Wait ’til the Summer Comes Along — The Kinks

Australia — The Kinks

In the Sun — She & Him

Summer of Love — The B-52’s

Summerfling — k.d. lang


The Warmth of the Sun — The Beach Boys

Keep an Eye on Summer — The Beach Boys

That Summer Feeling — Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers

Summer Snow — Lou Christie

Summertime — Nathaniel Mayer & the Fabulous Twilights

Summertime’s Calling Me — The Catalinas

Summertime in Maine — Neal Ford & the Frantics


The Sweet Sounds of Summer — The Shangri-La’s


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