Cygnus Radio playlist 6/28/13: The week that was the last wek of June

June calendarFranorama 2.0 airs live on Cygnus Radio from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT Fridays (9 a.m.-noon CDT, 7-10 a.m. PDT, 2-4 p.m. GMT) and in the archive in perpetuity. To get to the archives, click here.

Well, for the first time in a long time, there was no planned theme to the most recent episode of Franorama 2.0 on Cygnus Radio. But, as usually happens, some mini-themes begin to sprout from the fertile little garden that is my brain (and, by extension, my wife the laptop, upon which I write this here blog and do this here radio show):

Game Theory and Big Star: Two cult-following groups that were honored with tribute shows in Manhattan this past weekend. Actually went to the Scott Miller benefit tribute show Saturday night at the Cake Shop, thanks to Ms. Marice, who had an extra ticket. (The quick backstory: Scott, a fine pop singer/songwriter who led Game Theory in the ’80s and The Loud Family in the ’90s, died unexpectedly in April. The benefit was to raise money for his family.) The 18-song show was kinda sloppy and (especially early on) disorganized, but got better as the night went on, highlighted by a couple songs performed by Ted Leo. I didn’t get to the free show at Central Park’s Summerstage the next night — a performance of Big Star’s Third in its entirety (if not in order), headed by Mitch Easter, along with Big Star’s Jody Stephens and Ken Stringfellow, and including the likes of Marshall Crenshaw, Mike Mills and Richard Lloyd. But I noted both events on my show.

Gettysburg: Yesterday (July 1) was the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the most pivotal event in the most pivotal period of American history. The three bloodiest days ever encountered on American soil. And so I called up the two Civil War rock songs I knew of — David Kincaid (who is a Civil War re-enactor and has carved a career singing period songs in authentic replica Union uniforms) leading The Brandos through “Gettysburg,” and Richard X. Heyman’s “Civil War Buff.” (Well, five songs, but I wasn’t gonna play Iced Earth’s 31-minute “Gettysburg” Trilogy …)

That was the week that was: The Supreme Court gutting the Voting Rights Act, a filibuster in Texas that turned a heretofore-unknown state senator from Fort Worth into a national political figure (and unwitting Mizuno running shoe pitchwoman), the Supremes striking two huge blows for marriage equality, and the (still-continuing as of now) Nelson Mandela death watch. A heavy news week that made its way, in a way, into the show.

Anyway, catch you this Friday. Stay tuned. And please tell your friends to tune in while they while away at their desks or loaf or do the housework …


American Beat ’84 – The Fleshtones

I Got a Line on You – Spirit

Omaha – The Golden Palominos

Hot Generation – The Pandoras

Shangri-Las – Stark Raving Lulu

Give Him a Great Big Kiss – The Shangri-Las

Hey You, What Are You, Some Kind of Nut? – Andy Cory

One Track Mind – The Outta Sites


Thank You Friends – Big Star

Beach State Rocking – Game Theory

Kizza Me – Big Star

Here It Is Tomorrow – Game Theory

Summer Love – APB

They’ll Never Know Why – Freddie Chavez

To Be Someone (Didn’t We Have a Nice Time) – The Jam

Live Life (UK album version) – The Kinks

I’ll Keep Holding On – The Marvelettes

Girl Don’t Make Me Wait – Bunny Sigler

Desiree – The Left Banke


Gettysburg – The Brandos

Civil War Buff – Richard X. Heyman

Boys Will Be Boys – Frigate

Tore Up – Sleepy LaBeef

Masterplan – Wendy & Lemmy

Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll – Billy Lee Riley & His Little Green Men

I Think I Love You – Ism

Heartbeat – It’s a Lovebeat – The Replacements


Summer (The First Time) – Bobby Goldsboro

Theme From A Wooly Place – The Tubes

Let Him Run Wild – The Beach Boys

Hot Sun – Joe “King” Carrasco y las Crowned Heads of Tex-Mex

The Worryin’ Kind – Tommy Sands

Whole Lotta Sex Machine – James Brown vs. Led Zeppelin

The Cool and the Crazy – The Del-Lords

Restless Nights – Bruce Springsteen


Keep on Pushing – The Impressions

I Am Woman – Helen Reddy

Let’s Get Married – Al Green

Chapel of Love – The Dixie Cups

Rumour Has It – Adele

Nelson Mandela – The Special AKA

I Saw the Light – Todd Rundgren


The New Leisure Class – Amalgamated Muck

Memo to Human Resources – They Might Be Giants

I’m Not an Animal – The Blind Shake

Without Reason – The Blow Pops

Buzz Buzz Buzz – The Blasters

White Summer – Chopper

Church of the Poison Mind – Culture Club

Cities (alternate take) – Talking Heads


Going Nowhere – Los Bravos


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