Cygnus Radio playlist 7/19/13: The heat was hot and the ground was dry but the air was full of sound

sunFranorama 2.0 airs live every Friday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT on Cygnus Radio, and in semi-perpetuity in the archives. To access the archives, click here.

No, for the record, I did NOT play “A Horse With No Name” on my latest Franorama 2.0 show. But it was, indeed, a hot one — in a heatwave of a week here in Connecticut. The projected high here was 96 degrees — in or out of the shade — with the humidity around 70 percent. And so, the show responded accordingly.

(And yes, Fresno friends, the heat is a lot different back here, as someone who knows. The mid-to-upper 90s out there are bearable. The low-to-mid-90s here are brutal when you throw in that humidity.)

Lots of songs about heat, and coping with it, on this latest show. But some detours as well:

  • “In the City,” “In the City”: Decided to throw two totally different songs with the songs back-to-back in the opening set, which I tend to do sometimes. The first was by The Jam, of course. The second was by the Big Boys, one of Texas’ first hardcore bands — a group that really was too eclectic and experimental and way-before-their-time to be categorized so rigidly.
  • Supporting the loosely based tribe: Laura Jane Grace fronts the pop-punk band Against Me!, and she, like your hostess, has gone through gender transition. (I don’t talk about this much on the radio because 1) Many listeners are friends who know my story already; and 2) It often has no bearing on what I play.) But her transition has been a little harder than mine in two regards: 1) She’s the singer for a nationally known band; and 2) She came out in Florida, that clusterfuck of radical right-wing gooberism and intolerance. Anyway, she released a free download online of her new single, “True Trans Soul Rebel,” so that triggered a set.
  • “Mi Sento Felice”: The Box Tops in Italian! From 1969, set to “Cry Like a Baby.” The only American recording I’ve seen that includes it is Rhino’s Best of The Box Tops compilation LP in the early ’80s. And now you’ve heard it — or can if you click the link to the second hour …
  • “Long Blond Hair”: Bookended my final set with two versions of this rockabilly classic (which I used to sing occasionally with New Haven rockabilly trio Gone Native in the ’90s). The opener was a 1997 version by an artsy, atmospheric Los Angeles combo called The Hyperions, from their album Howl. Saw them play this at the Continental Club in Austin when I was at South X Southwest in ’98. The latter was Johnny Powers’ 1957 original. (Powers was a Detroit native who was the only artist ever signed to both Sun and Motown, and the first male artist signed to Motown. And he did the foot stompin’ on The Supremes’ “Baby Love.”)

Okay, that’s enough. Off to have an iced tea. Please drop in live or in the archives. And tell your friends — we’ve got a thing going on. Ciao …


American Beat ’84 – The Fleshtones

Baby What’s Wrong – The Cynics

Fire – Jimi Hendrix

In the City – The Jam

In the City – Big Boys

Summer in the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful

Heat Wave – Martha & the Vandellas

Boogie Nights – Heatwave

Feel the Heat – The Fleshtones

Fire – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

Slug – Ramones


Cool Water – Frankie Laine

Cool Cool Water – The Beach Boys

Heat Miser – From The Year Without a Santa Claus

In the Heat of the Summer – Phil Ochs

1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade) – Third World

Hot Sun – Joe “King” Carrasco

Ice Cream Man – Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers

To Sit on a Sandwich – Brute Force

Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) – Talking Heads


True Trans Soul Rebel – Against Me!

Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl – The Barbarians

Georgy Girl – The Seekers

I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King

Mona Lisa Smile – Radiana

Boys Don’t Cry – The Cure

Pale Frail Lovely One – Outrageous Cherry

When We Get There – Paul Anka

You’re My Brian Jones – Palmyra Delran

Hi, Hi, Pretty Girl – The Creeps


Man With Money – The Crybabies

Love Is for Lovers – The dB’s

Your Love (All That I’m Missing) – J.D. McPherson

She’s Not Just Anybody – The Dovers

Mi Sento Felice – The Box Tops

Don’t Back Down – The Queers


Keep on Movin’ – Soul II Soul

Dub Be Good to Me – Beats International

The One Who Really Loves You – Mary Wells

I’ve Been Here Before – Lush

Don’t Talk to Me About Love – Altered Images

I Fell – Stark Raving Lulu

I Can’t Make It Anymore – Spyder Turner


Long Blond Hair – The Hyperions

It’s My Life – The Animals

A Roller Skating Jam Called Saturdays – De La Soul

Chicks Dig It – The Big Fat Combo

Ted Fucking Williams – The Baseball Project

I Wanna Be Your Love – The Cobras

Run Me Down – The Higsons

I’ll Come Running – Lulu

Long Blond Hair – Johnny Powers


Weird Summer – Velvet Crush


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