Cygnus Radio playlist 4/12/13: We’ll never see this again

It's a wild hockey weekend in Connecticut -- Yale and Quinnipiac playing for the NCAA championship.

It’s a wild (and unprecedented) hockey weekend in Connecticut — Yale and Quinnipiac playing for the NCAA men’s hockey championship.

Franorama 2.0 airs live from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT Fridays (7-10 a.m. PDT, 2-5 p.m. GMT) on Cygnus Radio. For the link to this and all other archived shows, click here.

I’m finding, oddly enough, that the creative process of putting together my weekly Franorama 2.0 show on Cygnus Radio is somewhat different than all those years doing terrestrial radio at WPKN in Bridgeport. It’s a lot more social media-reliant in the way I draw inspiration for what is, by nature, a freewheeling show.

This week’s show is no exception.

Well, I knew one small direction in which the show was going in the opening set: In commemoration of the unprecedented feat of two Connecticut schools (Yale of New Haven and Quinnipiac of Hamden, seven miles apart) playing for the NCAA men’s hockey championship, I played two tunes from Connecticut’s other major current contribution to hockey, The Zambonis.

(And free-associated from that into “Wild Hockey Weekend,” from their 2012 album Five Minute Major (in D Minor), into the song they semi-covered, NRBQ’s “It’s a Wild Weekend,” and from that 1989 chestnut into Rebels’ original 1962 instrumental, “Wild Weekend.” Maybe the first time all three songs were ever played consecutively …)

A chart whose likes we'll never see again -- the week of April 12, 1964.

A chart whose likes we’ll never see again — the week of April 4, 1964.

But the night before (which happens to be the title of a Beatles song, I know) this April 12th show, someone posted a neat little photo and item on Facebook. It was 49 years ago this week — the week of April 11, 1964 — that The Fab Four had 14 songs in the Billboard Hot 100. Five of them were in the top 10 — and not only that, the week before, all five of those songs were at Nos. 1-5 on the chart. File that little bit of fun trivia under Cool Things We’ll Never See Again.

So I had the inspiration for two more sets: in ascending order, the bottom seven Beatle songs from that week (Nos. 81, 78, 74, 61, 52, 50 and 48), then the top seven (Nos. 38, 14, 9, 7, 4, 2 and 1). And it was also a sideways tribute to my musical friends in Fresno, The Beetles, playing their 20th-anniversary show this weekend at the Starline. I’m allergic to “tribute” bands as a rule, but this fabulous four (Nate Butler, Blake Jones, Tom Magill and Stan Schaffer) are fantastic musicians who do this as an infrequent sideline, a hobby as opposed to a career move. (Blake’s group, The Trike Shop, and Tom and Stan’s trio, Poplord, have gotten airplay on this show.)

Other inspirations this week:

  • The rainy weather.
  • An obscure blues song (“You Don’t Love Me,” a 1961 side by Mississippi musician Willie Cobbs), and how it influenced some of white teen garage bands five years later (Kim & Grim’s version, a staple of Pebbles compilations; and New Haven’s own Bram Rigg Set).
  • Arguably sonically the first punk band, The Sonics, who are playing a sold-out date at The Bell House in Brooklyn in another of the heartfelt worldwide benefit shows for my pals Billy Miller and Miriam Linna at Norton Records, also in Brooklyn. Their warehouse space in Red Hook, with almost all their inventory, was flooded out and wiped out by Sandy. Norton has been reissuing The Sonics’ catalog since 1998, as well as releasing the early demos on the album The Savage Young Sonics. Karma has been coming around in spades for Billy and Miriam, two characters as beloved as anyone can be in the music world.

And finally — a show with no technical glitches. No software freezing up, no voice-level problems. Smooth sailing, the mic levels were fine for a change, and, well, let’s not jinx it, eh? See you next Friday — same Bat-time, same Bat-channel …

*****

American Beat ’84 – The Fleshtones

Brass Bonanza – The Zambonis

Wild Hockey Weekend – The Zambonis

It’s a Wild Weekend – NRBQ

Wild Weekend – The Rebels

Diamond Jim – The Botswanas

Because I Said So – Stark Raving Lulu

Looking for Lewis & Clark – The Long Ryders

*****

The Way You Touch My Hand – The Nomads

Rainy Day – APB

Storm Warning – The Volcanos

Rhapsody in the Rain – Lou Christie

She’s a Rainbow – The Rolling Stones

Ocean Rain – Echo & the Bunnymen

Rain at the Drive-in – NRBQ

*****

Love Me Do – The Beatles

Roll Over Beethoven – The Beatles

There’s a Place ­– The Beatles

Thank You Girl – The Beatles

From Me to You – The Beatles

All My Loving – The Beatles

You Can’t Do That – The Beatles

*****

I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles

Do You Want to Know a Secret – The Beatles

Please Please Me – The Beatles

I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles

She Loves You – The Beatles

Twist and Shout – The Beatles

Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles

*****

Why Not – The Everly Brothers

You Don’t Love Me – Willie Cobbs

You Don’t Love Me – Kim & Grim

You Don’t Love Me – The Bram Rigg Set

*****

Hitch Hike – The Sonics

Have Love Will Travel – The Sonics

The Hustler – The Sonics

He’s Waitin’ – The Sonics

Louie Louie – The Sonics

Strychnine – The Sonics

Psycho – The Sonics

*****

Rollin’ Stone – Muddy Waters

I Got Love If You Want Want It – Slim Harpo

I’m Shakin’ – Little Willie John

The Big Boss Groove – The Style Council

Tell Me – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

She Pays the Rent – The Lyres

Hound of Heaven – The Mold Monkies

Rainy Day – The Suzan

Couldn’t I Just Tell You – Todd Rundgren

Wait Till I Get to Know Ya – Bobby Treetop

Dose of Thunder – The Replacements

*****

The Mayor of Simpleton – XTC

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