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04/29/2022 08:59 AM
DJ: John Richards
How Soon Is Now?
by The Smiths
(174 plays) | (2 fans)

This song - which guitarist, Johnny Marr, described as The Smiths' "most enduring record" - is about their frontman Morrissey's crippling shyness. It has since become an anthem for the alienated and socially isolated, and both Morrissey and Johnny Marr play the track as part of their solo repertoires. -- This was a very complex song to record. Marr broke the process down to The Guitar Magazine: "I wanted it to be really, really tense and swampy, all at the same time. Layering the slide part was what gave it the real tension. The tremolo effect came from laying down a regular rhythm part with a capo at the 2nd fret on a Les Paul, then sending that out in to the live room to four Fender Twins. [Producer John Porter] was controlling the tremolo on two of them and I was controlling the other two, and whenever they went out of sync we just had to stop the track and start all over again. It took an eternity."
04/29/2022 08:54 AM
DJ: John Richards
Getting Away With It
by Electronic
(24 plays) | (0 fans)

Electronic was a group composed of Bernard Sumner from New Order and Johnny Marr from The Smiths. That's Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys on vocals on "Getting Away With It."
04/29/2022 08:50 AM
DJ: John Richards
Regret
by New Order
(136 plays) | (1 fan)

Peter Hook, as part of his extended public feud with his former bandmates, has called "Regret" '...the last good New Order song' New Order performed this song live for the long-standing British music show “Top of the Pops” in 1993. However, instead of doing so in a studio they actually filmed the performance in California on the set of “Baywatch”, with the series’ star, David Hasselhoff, even making a cameo appearance.: https://youtu.be/JfI8pJQbcZQ
04/29/2022 08:47 AM
DJ: John Richards
Love Will Tear Us Apart
by Joy Division
(101 plays) | (0 fans)

In the original," Ian Curtis gifted his Joy Division bandmates with their only hit - and his own epitaph." Built around a hypnotic Peter Hook bassline that mirrors a silvery synthesizer riff played by Bernard Sumner, the song is full of desperation and resentment, sadness and loss. The song is completed with a frenetic drum track from Stephen Morris. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" was a cynical and tongue in cheek retort to the Neil Sedaka song “Love Will Keep Us Together” made famous by Captain and Tennille. The song’s lyrics, in retrospect, were an obvious reference to singer Ian Curtis’ failing marriage. -- Here's the story behind the song: https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-story-behind-the-song-love-will-tear-us-apart-by-joy-division
04/29/2022 08:43 AM
DJ: John Richards

Speaking of brass bands... Watch the New Orleans band performing this Joy Division cover live in the KEXP studio in 2019 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s0bx7nVS1s
04/29/2022 08:40 AM
DJ: John Richards
Run the World (Girls)
by Beyonce
(28 plays) | (0 fans)

Speaking of marching bands... Don't miss this video of Beyonce's performance of "Run the World (Girls)" at Coachella in 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXnHvPxn-pw
04/29/2022 08:37 AM
DJ: John Richards
Tusk
by Fleetwood Mac
(54 plays) | (0 fans)

Speaking of Fleetwood Mac... Fleetwood recruited the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band after encountering a brass band outside his hotel room in the French fishing village of Barfleur. “I was in a room in the town square with a horrific hangover, and I was woken by the sound of the local brass band that relentlessly went round and round the square,” he said 2015. “As the day went on, they got drunker and drunker. But one thing was apparent. Everyone followed the brass band around the town, and I thought, ‘What a good idea!'” The massive, 112-piece USC band tracked their performance live at L.A.’s Dodger Stadium.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATMR5ettHz8
04/29/2022 08:32 AM
DJ: John Richards
The Chain
by The Highwomen
(7 plays) | (0 fans)

A request from Stef in Bloomington, Illinois... --- The Highwomen are made up of Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires. On this live version of the Fleetwood Mac cover, they are backed by Jason Isbell and brothers Phil and Tim Hanseroth on acoustic guitars. Don't miss Shires' soaring fiddle accompaniment to this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVLNB3d-2cA
04/29/2022 08:29 AM
DJ: John Richards
Highwomen
by The Highwomen
(6 plays) | (0 fans)

The Highwomen is a country music group composed of Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires, formed in 2016. The group's self-titled debut album was released on September 6, 2019, and included songs by Jimmy Webb, Rodney Clawson, Maggie Chapman, Lori McKenna, Jason Isbell, Peter Levin, Miranda Lambert, Ray LaMontagne, among many others Check out our interview with this supergroup about their origins on our Sound and Vision program here: https://kexp.org/read/2019/9/13/sound-vision-origins-and-themes-highwomen/
04/29/2022 08:25 AM
DJ: John Richards

Death Cab's Ben Gibbard, Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) and Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses), came together in true Highwaymen form to cover country classic "Highwayman," in the roles originally sung by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. They performed this for SMooCH For Kids 2020. Watch that entire benefit here: https://www.brooklynvegan.com/watch-ben-gibbard-isaac-brock-mark-lanegan-duff-mckagan-cover-country-classic-highwayman/
04/29/2022 08:23 AM
DJ: John Richards
Highwayman
by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nel...
(7 plays) | (0 fans)

Recognize that distinctive voice? Happy birthday to Willie Nelson, who is 89 years old today. He was born on April 29th, 1933. -- Willie celebrates his birthday twice, on April 29th and April 30th. Nelson said he was born late on April 29. The county courthouse in Abbott didn’t record late-night births until the next morning.
04/29/2022 08:18 AM
DJ: John Richards
Shake Your Rump
by Beastie Boys
(133 plays) | (0 fans)

Like all the songs on "Paul's Boutique," "Shake Your Rump" is a "sampling smorgasbord": https://hiphopgoldenage.com/beastie-boys-shake-your-rump-1989/ --- John Richards spoke with John King (a.k.a. King Gizmo) of The Dust Brothers about co-producing Beastie Boys’ seminal second album, "Paul’s Boutique": https://www.kexp.org/read/2015/7/24/inside-pauls-boutique-interview-john-king-dust-brothers/
04/29/2022 08:15 AM
DJ: John Richards
Kirby
by Aesop Rock
(64 plays) | (0 fans)

"Heyyyy, Kirby....Homie don't fetch, only woke to stretch...": https://genius.com/Aesop-rock-kirby-lyrics --- The video stars Dina, a spunky tortoiseshell kitten rescued from downtown LA, and a puppet-ized version of the west coast rapper (real name: Ian Matthias Bavitz). It's three-minutes of adorable, directed by Toben Seymour. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T_KKiQiolk
04/29/2022 08:12 AM
DJ: John Richards
Show Me
by Mint Royale feat. Posdnuos
(37 plays) | (0 fans)

Ahhh...the Friday song! -- Dear John, I know you're having the mother of all weeks, but please know that you continue to help us and so many others through our own weeks. Today is our daughter, Rory's 10th birthday, and she's very excited she gets to hear the Friday song on her birthday! You are not alone- Brian
04/29/2022 08:07 AM
DJ: John Richards
Sidewalking
by The Jesus and Mary Chain
(2 plays) | (0 fans)

"The Power of Negative Thinking," released in September, 2008, was a box set compilation of material from previous compilations, unreleased songs, demos, and bootlegs. -- See the band perform "Sidewalking" in this grainy video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1AL2oTiTU0
04/29/2022 08:02 AM
DJ: John Richards
Pounding
by Doves
(253 plays) | (1 fan)

This was the second single from Doves' extraordinary studio album, "The Last Broadcast," "born" on this date in 2002. -- Do you think that "Pounding" refers to Andy Williams on the drums? Maybe you would like to see a live version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8A_fdmT7sI
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