Cygnus Radio Playlist 3/22/13: ‘Please Please Me’ and other delights

Released on this date in 1963.

Released on this date in 1963.

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My fourth Franorama 2.0 show on Cygnus Radio was the first show of spring .. and for the first time all week, I could look out my window and see pure sunlight. And, after some stormy goings my first three shows, as I adjusted to the new and sometimes-balky software, this episode went smoothly. I felt the same comfort in my bedroom studio that I’ve felt for years in front of the board at WPKN.

And that’s a good thing, because, while I do have a general idea of where my shows are going musically, it did take some detours because of events I didn’t know about when I woke up two hours before.

During my morning romp through the Interwebs and the Book of Faces, I discovered three things that changed the course of the show:

  • This morning was the 50th anniversary of Parlophone’s release of The Beatles’ debut album, Please Please Me. And it was also the 52nd anniversary of John, Paul, George and Pete debuting as a quartet at the Cavern Club. As such, my opening set was loaded with The Kaisers (the ’90s Scottish beat band with the 1962 Cavern Club sound), The New Piccadillys (the current Scottish beat band, with two ex-Kaisers, doing one of the best remakes I’ve ever heard — The Ramones’ “Judy Is a Punk”), The Rutles … and, of course, “Please Please Me.”
  • On the sad side, I learned of the death of another mainstay of the early New Haven alt-music scene; Tom Hosier passed in the wee hours after a long battle with lung cancer. I only met Tom once — sushi dinner with some mutual friends at Miso in New Haven in August 1998 — but I heard nothing but good things about him from his many friends. He was one of the guitarists/singers in Disturbance, which was actually the first New Haven alt-music band I ever saw (Oxford Ale House, January 1980). Tom moved in the early ’80s to New York — where he lived until his final months — and for a long time booked Nightingales, the semi-legendary club on Second Avenue and 13th Street in the East Village. And Craig Bell’s CD care package from the week before proved to be serendipitous; among the discs was the CD version of the ’80s New Haven compilation “It Happened … But Nobody Noticed,” so I was able to play Disturbance’s “Somebody Move.”
  • And a news story came over about the Library of Congress’ addition of 25 more recordings to the National Recording Registry. Included were the 1949 original cast recording of South Pacific; the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack; Van Cliburn’s historic 1958 performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1; Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come; a D-Day radio broadcast by George Hicks; the first recording sent into space, recorded by Dwight Eisenhower and placed aboard the first communications satellite in 1958; Philip Glass & Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach … and the three recordings that made up one set: Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence,” the best-known track from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Chubby Checker’s version of “The Twist” … and four songs from the first Ramones album.

And there were the usual dig-em-ups that were a staple of my WPKN Franorama shows before the exile in California. Through the magic of downloads, I found four especially cool gems you never, ever hear.

One was one of my favorite cartoon songs from childhood: “Makin’ With the Magilla.” Never knew who recorded it until recently — that queen of the New York surf, Little Eva. Also, Squeeze’s “Squabs on Forty Fab” — the band’s cheeky response to the “Stars on 45” craze of the early ’80s; they recorded it as the English B-side of the “Labelled With Love” 45, which languishes in my storage space. Another was the original version of my favorite song from my favorite band’s last album — Jamaican singer Ken Parker’s 1970 single “I Can’t Hide,” raved-up by The Fleshtones two years ago on Brooklyn Sound Solution. And there was the original of one of Simply Red’s greatest hits — The Valentine Brothers, out of Chicago, with the 1982 recording of “Money’s Too Tight to Mention.”

Well, that was too much fun for one week. More to come next and every Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT (7-10 a.m. PDT, 3-6 p.m. GMT). Or link here to the archives. I guarantee you’ll get more work done with this show than with a six-pack of Red Bulls.

And if you have an act you feel should be played on my show — well, if I like it, I’ll play it. Just message me here or on my Facebook Franorama 2.0/Franorama World page for a mailing address. Ciao for now …

*****

American Beat ’84 – The Fleshtones

Jerk It Out – The Caesars

Police on My Back – The Clash

Whatcha Say? – The Kaisers

Liquorice Twitch – The Kaisers

Judy Is a Punk – The New Piccadillys

I Must Be in Love – The Rutles

Please Please Me – The Beatles

*****

Makin’ With the Magilla – Little Eva

I Woke Up in Love This Morning – The Partridge Family

Big Man – Stark Raving Lulu

Numbers With Wings (Live; 25th Anniversary version) – Richard Barone

Miss Universe — Poplord

Stepping Out – Paul Revere & the Raiders

Captain Lou (Windsor Court Hotel, 4/19/92) – NRBQ

I Want You Bad – NRBQ

*****

Somebody Move – Disturbance

Too Many Creeps – Bush Tetras

Radio Free Europe (Hib-Tone Records 1980 single) – R.E.M.

Boys Will Be Boys – Frigate

Hide & Go Seek – Bunker Hill

Higgle-Dy, Piggle-Dy – The Monks

I Need You – The Kinks

I Took My Baby Home – The Swingin’ Neckbreakers

 *****

The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel

Money – Pink Floyd

The Twist – Chubby Checker

Blitzkrieg Bop – Ramones

Judy Is a Punk – Ramones

I Don’t Wanna Go Down to the Basement – Ramones

Let’s Dance – Ramones

*****

I Can’t Hide – Ken Parker

I Can’t Hide – The Fleshtones

Squabs on Forty-Fab – Squeeze

Bright Lights – Delilah Keenebruew

This Could Be the Night – Modern Folk Quartet

Please Stay – The Ivories

Money’s Too Tight to Mention – The Valentine Brothers

Precious Love – Bob Welch

 *****

Angel 10/11 – The Flying Pigs

Little Demon – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Over the Moon – Radiana

She Lives (in a Time of Her Own) – The 13th Floor Elevators

Frankenstein Twist – The Mansfields

Out Right Now – Material Issue

Twist and Shout – The Beatles

 *****

It’s My Life – The Animals

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