Cygnus Radio playlist, 3/15/13: Chasing away winter

cygnusNewlgMarch 19, 2013

For the links to this and all my other archived Cygnus Radio shows, click here.

So, now that my broadcasting software is going full guns with no glitches, Franorama 2.0 on Cygnus Radio is starting to find its place. I’m getting more comfortable with the software, with the voice levels, and I’m able to turn the show on a dime if and when I have to — to get reacquainted with the thousands of songs in the music folders of my laptop.

And I devoted this show to chasing away winter. And I didn’t want to get wrapped up with  March 17th, so I settled for two songs by my pal Larry Kirwan, of New York by way of Wexford — one with Black 47 near the top of the show and the show-ending single that he put out my senior year of college with Major Thinkers (and which I heard plenty on WLIR back then).

“Avenue B” was one of the tunes I dredged up from the online world thanks the the magic of mp3 downloads.  Been finding some really cool things to share on the show there. One was one of Connecticut’s greatest gems from the days of ’70s FM rock, The Dirty Angels’ “Tell Me.”

Another was a segue I’ve had kicking around in my head since my early 20s. One of the many singles my father brought up from the cellar when I was eight years old — along with a ’50s RCA 45 layer — was “Love My Lady,” Bobby Helms’ obscure 1958 follow-up to “Jingle Bell Rock.” I always thought it was a song Stevie Ray Vaughan would’ve had a field day with had he known about it and/or lived to record it. So I found Helms on the download and ran it right into “Pride and Joy.” You can hear for yourself.

I also took advantage of another musical care package — this one from old friend Craig Bell. Craig was on the ground floor of two cities’ alt-music scenes in the ’70s — Cleveland, with Rocket From the Tombs (where he wrote “Final Solution” with the pre-Pere Ubu David Thomas, a song later cut by Bauhaus), and New Haven (The Saucers, with a pre-Miracle Legion Mark Mulcahy). My first night as part of the New Haven scene, as it were,  was the night before Easter 1982, at Brothers in West Haven, seeing Craig’s band at the time, then called Future Plan (later The Plan, later The Bell System).

Anyway, Craig and wonderful wife Claude live in Indianapolis these days, where he leads The Down-Fi, also goes on the road occasionally for Rocket From the Tombs reunion shows, and recorded an EP two years ago as Second Saucer with all the Saucers except Mulcahy. And he sent me a little of all the above, as well as the enhanced, 2000s double-CD version of It Happened but Nobody Noticed,” his compilation of early New Haven bands (including The Excerpts and The Bats, two groups that featured the young Jon Brion before he moved to L.A. and became king of the pop scene there).

I also read my recent blog post of Lou Reed stories and played the two songs that accompanied it.

There was also the incongruous segue that only made sense to me — the dark moodiness of Mary Gauthier (from her recently released Live at Blue Rock album) into a raucous early, garagey gem by The Guess Who.

Thanks to the kindness of my friends Sascha and Jim, I saw Mary perform the night before at Cafe Nine in New Haven (a most excellent show), and her backing musicians, keyboardist/guitarist Scott Nolan and drummer Joanna Miller, were also the opening act. I was talking to Scott outside while he was having a smoke break; he and Joanna are from Winnipeg (and how they hooked up with a Louisiana woman is beyond me), and I was asking  about the scene there. He told me how thriving it is, and how on any given night, anyone can come walking in, and he mentioned Burton Cummings. Hence, the connection from Mary to The Guess Who, because most anything goes on this show.

And what would March 15 have been without The Ides of March?

Anyway, drop on in, even archivally. I love company. The show airs live on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET (7-10 a.m. PT, 3-6 p.m. GMT). And if you like what you hear, please tell your friends and other wonderful people. I want this thing to turn into a monster. And if, like Craig, you want to get your CDs played on the show — well, if I like it, I’ll play it. Message me here on the Cygnus Radio Facebook page and I’ll get back to you with a mailing address.

Well, this should have chased away the winter. See you in the spring!

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American Beat ’84 – The Fleshtones

Tell Me – Dirty Angels

Wild Honey – The Beach Boys

Shake Some Action – Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents

Big Man – Stark Raving Lulu

I’ll Keep Holding On – The Marvelettes

Out in the Streets Again – Candy and the Kisses

Backstreet – Edwin Starr

I Got Laid on James Joyce’s Grave – Black 47

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Everything Now – The Down-Fi

Why Say I? – Second Saucer

A Certain Kind of Shy – The Saucers

Give Me a Second – The Excerpts

It’s Not Enough – Stratford Survivors

Paint Me in a Corner – The Not Quite

Out of Step – Fran Fried w/The Backstabbers

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Last of the Hobo Kings – Mary Gauthier

It’s My Pride – The Guess Who

American Squirm – Nick Lowe

Up! – The Aquanettas

Pamela – Bobby Fuller

Pretty Things Are Unfair – The Botswanas

Soul Kiss – The Botswanas

Roller Coaster – The Idea of March

Vehicle – The Ides of March

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Lou Reed Stories from Franorama World

Your Love – Lou Reed

Stay With Me – Lorraine Ellison

Love My Lady – Bobby Helms

Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan

Tilt-A-Whirl – 1313 Mockingbird Lane

Deuces Wild – Link Wray

On Your Radio – Joe Jackson

Don’t Wanna Be Like That – Joe Jackson

The Harder They Come – Joe Jackson

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I Get the Message – Ivy

Wrong Again (Let’s Face It) – Rockpile

Investigate – Major Lance

Brother Sun – Radiana

Wild One – Martha & the Vandellas

Baby Hit and Run (A Cellarful of Motown version) – The Contours

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Avenue B – Major Thinkers

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