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12/07/2021 09:55 AM
DJ: John Richards
by Public Image Ltd.
(50 plays) | (0 fans)

Throwback to 2015 when Seattle's The Stranger interviewed "still angry" John Lydon of The Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd.: https://www.thestranger.com/music/feature/2015/11/18/23158487/john-lydon-is-still-angry
12/07/2021 09:51 AM
DJ: John Richards
We Care A Lot
by Faith No More
(35 plays) | (0 fans)

Former Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley co-wrote their parody of the Live Aid generation of rock superstars. In an interview, Mosley said: “Roddy had this song [We Care a Lot] he had come up with overnight. My initial response… To be perfectly honest, it was the least challenging to me. It was a little bit more commercial than what I was used to being part of. Especially after all of a sudden being in a position where you had a single, and you had to make sure you’d play it every night. I’m a punk rock rebel, so I had to complain about it – ‘God dang, this is so commercial!’ I thought I was above that, and it was below me. It was fun to sing for a while, then it started feeling kind of silly to me. But it was Roddy’s song, and Roddy has a total taste and ear for catchy hooks. Coming from that perspective, I totally respect anything he does, but I felt it was a little soft.” Read more about the story behind this song and album here: https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-story-behind-the-song-we-care-a-lot-by-faith-no-more
12/07/2021 09:48 AM
DJ: John Richards
by Galaxie 500
(24 plays) | (2 fans)

The name 'Galaxie 500' was inspired by a friend of the band's car. Though criminally overlooked in their own lifetime, Galaxie 500 later emerged as one of the pivotal underground groups of the post-punk era; dreamy and enigmatic, their minimalist dirges presaged the rise of both the shoegaze and slowcore movements of the 1990s. (https://bit.ly/3pwYWWh) https://galaxie500.bandcamp.com
12/07/2021 09:43 AM
DJ: John Richards
All World Cowboy Romance
by Mission of Burma
(16 plays) | (0 fans)

Mission of Burma played Live on KEXP back in 2009. You can still watch some of that that session here: https://youtu.be/6maMbi4wsas http://missionofburma.com/
12/07/2021 09:41 AM
DJ: John Richards
Levitate Me
by Pixies
(118 plays) | (0 fans)

Closing track found on 1987's 'Come On Pilgrim'. In the book “Fool the World”, John Murphy gives some insight on the process of recording the song, and on why this is one of the Pixies songs with the most songwriter credits on it: On “Levitate Me,” the chorus at the end where is like, yelling – Charles was asleep, and they did their recording in seventy-two hours of rolling time, freezing cold, so while some people were sleeping they were still working. Somebody came up with the idea and Dave and Kim were the ones doing the vocals to that while Charles was sleeping, and then when he woke up they played it for him and he was like, “Oh, that’s cool, let’s keep it.” Charles gave credit to everybody in the world who wrote that song, too. His girlfriend Jean came up with a couple of words, he threw her in as a songwriter credit." (https://bit.ly/3Et2sal)
12/07/2021 09:37 AM
DJ: John Richards
No New Tale to Tell
by Love and Rockets
(183 plays) | (1 fan)

"Though "So Alive" fully launched Love and Rockets into the American public consciousness, it was "No New Tale to Tell" which first got them noticed beyond their fanbase and that of eighties alt-rock. In contrast to Daniel Ash's relaxed, straightforward T. Rex swing on "So Alive," "No New Tale to Tell" is David J.'s number for the most part, letting him indulge his gift for bemused lyrical wordplay and observation with a crisp arrangement." (https://bit.ly/3ExTbO5)
12/07/2021 09:34 AM
DJ: John Richards
Tuesday Morning
by The Pogues
(25 plays) | (0 fans)

'Tuesday Morning' on a Tuesday morning on the Tuesday Morning Show. #grammar
12/07/2021 09:27 AM
DJ: John Richards

The Emperor's New Clothes was a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1837. As the story goes, an emperor orders fine clothing, is given nothing, yet told that what he is wearing is magnificent, though invisible to underlings. When he parades naked down the street, the people pretend to marvel at his clothes until a child points out that he is naked. In O'Connor's song, she sings about her own personal tribulations amid oppression and judgement.
12/07/2021 09:23 AM
DJ: John Richards
Voices Carry
by 'Til Tuesday
(19 plays) | (0 fans)

'Til Tuesday on a Tuesday. There is debate over the subject of the inspiration for this song. One claim says that an argument between Michael Hausman and bandmate/former girlfriend Aimee Mann inspired the song's lyrics, but producer Mike Thorne disputes this and states the lyrics originally had Mann singing to another woman and that the gender was changed due to pressure from Epic Records. In his 2013 autobiography, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen, Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen made the claim that the song is based on a brief relationship he had with Mann while living in Boston. https://bit.ly/2Q7Hesd
12/07/2021 09:19 AM
DJ: John Richards
by Concrete Blonde
(25 plays) | (0 fans)

Found on the third album from Concrete Blonde, this hit single from the L.A. band is not actually about a Joey, but Marc Moreland from Wall of Voodoo.
12/07/2021 09:16 AM
DJ: John Richards
by Siouxsie and the Banshees
(16 plays) | (0 fans)

This song by Siouxsie and the Banshees was inspired by the book The Three Faces of Eve by Corbett Thigpen and Hervey Cleckley, a story about a real life woman named Christine “Chris” Costner Sizemore, who was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID) at a young age. https://bit.ly/3b7fAEo Official Music Video here: https://youtu.be/Rtt_0OKzRek
12/07/2021 09:12 AM
DJ: John Richards
Radio Clash
by The Clash
(3 plays) | (0 fans)

This 1981 single was first issued in 7-inch format, and later in 12-inch format and on cassette. This track is not featured on any of The Clash's original studio albums, however, it is included in multiple compilations. The first public performance of the song was on Tom Snyder's Tomorrow show on June 5, 1981. Watch that performance here: https://youtu.be/gk0MnQft85M
12/07/2021 09:08 AM
DJ: John Richards
by Joy Division
(93 plays) | (0 fans)

Keeping the radio theme going today on the radio! This song was purposefully omitted from the band’s debut LP "Unknown Pleasures," because of their adamant belief in keeping albums and singles separate. Not unlike the artwork on the album, which features a wave plotting of pulsar CP 1919 on its cover, the 7-inch sleeve for “Transmission” originally featured the Orion Nebula, that was in 1880 the first celestial object of its kind to ever be photographed. --- Bassist Peter Hook on playing this song for the first time: "We played the new song, which was ‘Transmission’ – and everyone in the whole place stopped literally what they were doing to listen and to turn round and watch us. It was an absolutely bizarre moment. It really made the hair on your arms stand up and shivers down your spine.” -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dBt3mJtgJc
12/07/2021 09:05 AM
DJ: John Richards
Radio Radio
by Elvis Costello
(39 plays) | (0 fans)

A song Costello wrote after his frustration with the BBC's censorship of the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen." In 2003 he told Rolling Stone: "There's a real skill to programming in an intelligent way, but nobody does that anymore. It's all done by computer, by committee. Radio is absolutely the enemy of music. They are my sworn and mortal enemy, and I will have nothing to do with them."
12/07/2021 09:01 AM
DJ: John Richards
Left Of The Dial
by The Replacements
(171 plays) | (1 fan)

'Left of the Dial" is, in fact, a love song. Not only to college radio (the low-wattage, non-commercial stations found at the lower end of the FM spectrum), but to a specific person. Westerberg has revealed in interviews that the song was directed towards Angie Carlson, guitarist in Let's Active, whom Westerberg met and became smitten with on tour. (https://bit.ly/2QD3q07)