Cygnus Radio and WPKN playlists, 5/17/13: I got (algo)rithm

Ernie Banks was right -- it was a wonderful day to play two.

Ernie Banks was right — it was a wonderful day to play two.

For the links to this and all other Franorama 2.0 shows on Cygnus Radio, click here. For the link to this episode of Franorama 2.0 on WPKN, click here. Franorama 2.0 can be heard live on Cygnus Radio from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT (7-10 a.m. PDT) Fridays; WPKN shows are on a fill-in basis for now; keep posted on the station’s Facebook page.

Well, this past Friday, for the first time, I did radio shows on two different stations on the same day — the Franorama 2.0 Double-Duty Day-Night Doubleheader. First, my regular 10 a.m.-1 p.m. shift from the comfort of home on Cygnus Radio, then down to Bridgeport for a 4-7 p.m. fill-in on WPKN. Howard Thompson, the host of the regularly scheduled show, Pure — and a longtime big-label record executive — trusted my musical tastes (thanks for the endorsement), to let me take the reins.

Anyway, it was exhausting but fun. I think I swept both ends of the doubleheader. And the day wasn’t just fun, it left me feeling a little optimistic at a time when I desperately need optimism.

The Cygnus show, now on the air three months, is still a fledging show on an upstart station, and understandably, the audience is small for now. But a funny thing happened just past the first half hour — the number of listeners jumped 2 1/2 times, then it tripled, and withing five minutes, it had quadrupled. (I have the analytics right there on the screen as I play.) And I kept about two-thirds of that audience for the rest of the show.

This had to be a glitch, right? A spam attack or something? An undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese? Well, no. I texted our fearless leader, Gary Gone, to ask about this, and he explained: However the Apple algorithems work — and who knows how these damn things work? — someone at iTunes apparently labeled my show as a must-listen, which prompted huge the jump in listeners all of a sudden.

Coolness! I’m hoping this is the door opening just a crack enough for the flood to start rushing in. I need something to happen! I’m hoping the people who came and stayed will tell their friends, who, in turn, will tell their friends, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera …

Anyway, a couple musical highlights of the day:

The Outta Sites (both shows): Chris “Sugarballs” Sprague, who made a sideways appearance in a blog post here a couple weeks ago, is one of the hardest-working musicians I know: longtime drummer/second guitarist for

Chris Sprague (second from left) fronting The Outta Sites.

Chris Sprague (second from left) fronting The Outta Sites.

Deke Dickerson … has been playing drums for Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys (who came to Cafe Nine in New Haven the previous weekend) … behind the kit for Los Straitjackets (who come to Cafe Nine June 10) … and now, he fronts his own band, The Outta Sites. Their newly released debut album, Up All Night, is a killer. Think one part Dave Clark Five, one part That Thing You Do, one part Nuggets and Pebbles collections, throw in the atmosphere of the mid-’60s L.A. club scene, and you get the picture.

Jonathan Richman and The Velvet Underground (WPKN): An old friend, Lauren, who lives and works around Hartford, messaged me on the Book of Faces the night before to ask if I could play the Velvets. I started, at long last, pulling boxes of CDs from my storage space to rip into this laptop that serves as my radio station and traveling music library. But I haven’t found my Velvets box set yet. Anyway, I did find one VU song, but not until after I steered her to Jonathan Richman, the onetime VU groupie, singing “Velvet Underground” … and one of our mutual faves, “Double Chocolate Malted” (No nuts! No nuts!), and, for good measure, The Groovie Ghoulies playing a Jonathan song.

Well, that’s enough for now. Back to a single Cygnus shift this Friday, leading into the holiday weekend. Please drop in and give a listen. And if you like what you hear, tell your friends, and tell your friends to tell their friends. And “like” my Franorama 2.0/Franorama World Facebook page. And if you’re so inclined to help out financially, there’s a PayPal button at the end of each blog post.  Anyway, catch you this Friday!



American Beat ’84 — The Fleshtones

First I Look at the Purse – The Contours

She Got Soul – The dB’s

Come Anytime – Hoodoo Gurus

Hello – Hannah Cranna

Hello Again – Groovie Ghoulies

Falling Away – Richard X. Heyman

Backstreet – Edwin Starr

Makes No Sense at All – Husker Du


Shake All Night – The Outta Sites

Your Time Has Come – The Outta Sites

Jezebel – Frankie Laine

Jezebel – The Teddy Boys

Jezebel – The Lyres

Jezebel – The Outta Sites

What a Girl Can’t Do – The Hangmen

What a Girl Can’t Do – The Lyres

What a Girl Can’t Do – The Outta Sites


Hollywood Swingin’ – Big Boys

We Got Soul – Big Boys

What Kind of Girl – APB

I’ll Make It Up to You – The Road Runners

Let’s Spend the Night Together – The Rolling Stones

Do I Love You – The Ronettes

All Hail to the Sucker Queen – Stark Raving Lulu

Teenarama – The Records


In Jim’s Garage – Brute Force

To Sit on a Sandwich – Brute Force

Tapeworm of Love – Brute Force

Over the Moon – Radiana

Juke Box Music – The Kinks

I’ll Keep Holding On – The Marvelettes

Slow Down – Larry Williams

He’s a Whore – Big Black


Don’t Drop Out – Dolly Parton,

So You Think You’re in Love – Robyn Hitchcock

She’s Lost Control – Joy Division

Looking for Lewis & Clark – The Long Ryders

I Took My Baby Home – The Kinks

The One You Can’t Have – The Honeys

Drivin’ Me Mad – The Three Degrees

Lookin’ for Clues – Jenny Dee & Several Men of Mystery

Psychotic Reaction – Brenton Wood


February’s Quiet – Big Star

I Know There’s an Answer – The Beach Boys

It Was a Very Good Year – The Big Fat Combo

I Live for Cars and Girls – The Dictators

Stop Beating Around the Bush – The Velvelettes

Frenzy – The Wailers

Big Beat Strong – The Woggles

Let’s Dance – Ramones


So Long Baby Goodbye – The Blasters



American Beat ’84 — The Fleshtones

Expressway to Your Heart — The Soul Survivors

Train Kept a Rollin’ — The Cynics

Wild Hockey Weekend — The Zambonis

Walkin’ — The Squires

Why — The Byrds

Why — The Dirty Wurds

Tryin’ My Best — The Double Naught Spys

Liar Liar — Debbie Harry

‘Cause I Said So — The Godfathers


Big Man — Stark Raving Lulu

10-5-50 — The Long Ryders

You’re Ready Now — Frankie Valli

Twenty-Five Miles — Edwin Starr

Out in the Streets Again — Candy and the Kisses

Me Right Now — The Remains


Double Chocolate Malted — Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers

Velvet Underground — Jonathan Richman

Dancing Late at Night — The Groovie Ghoulies

Rock and Roll — The Velvet Underground

Your Love — Lou Reed

Baby Come Back — The Equals

Baby Come Back — The Reducers

Uptight (Everything’s Alright) — Stevie Wonder


Guess I’m Dumb — Glen Campbell

Tonight — The Raspberries

Killer Joe — The Rocky Fellers

Soul’s on Fire — Tracie Young

She Is So — A Craze

Crosseyed and Painless — Talking Heads


Makin’ With the Magilla — Little Eva

Go Go Gorilla — The Ideals

Go Gorilla — The Shandells

Flash and Crash — Rocky & the Riddlers

Mustang Ford — Marc Bolan

The Power of the 45 (Pt. 1) — Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys


Shake All Night — The Outta Sites

One Track Mind — The Outta Sites

That Thing You Do — The Wonders

Little Wild One — The Wonders

Judy Is a Punk — The New Piccadillys

Anyway You Want It — The Dave Clark Five


I’ll Never Say Goodbye — The Vontastics


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3 Responses to “Cygnus Radio and WPKN playlists, 5/17/13: I got (algo)rithm”

  1. jmucci Says:

    Fran, I think
    you meant to say “Shake All Night”… not “Up All Night”… by The Outta Sites.

  2. Jay Says:

    Don’t say that Fran. You’ll get hired again. I finally sorta got “hired.” After 12 1/2 years away from Travelers Insurance, I have now been back there on and off (as a temp) since last October. I should have never left there in the first place. When I left there in Feb. 2000, I thought I was making the right move and instantly regretted it. I had no idea it would set off a chain of events that would see the next decade (my entire 30s) which were mostly a write-off, in a lot of ways. By the end of 2000, my marriage was over and my job problems had begun, that have continued to this day, and I had no idea that the decade would grow progressively worse (relationships, jobs, etc). Anyhow, after a 12 year detour, I feel like I’m finally starting to head in the right direction again. If only I can find the right woman again… and maybe give marriage another try, and fatherhood (before I get too much older). So this assignment will last until November, and I’m hoping I will get hired permanently at that point, which would give me back my vacation time (where I left off in 2000). So anyhow, don’t give up Fran. I hope that the move back home has started to reverse your fortunes. There is no way they can keep a great writer down forever. By the way, I hadn’t heard “She Got Soul” in a long time… so it was great hearing that song again. Wow! That song should have been a big hit in a perfect alternate world. Some great choices in this broadcast!! Take care Fran….. Jay

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