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06/17/2022 07:57 AM
DJ: John Richards
It Takes Two
by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
(16 plays) | (0 fans)

F**k! I'm supposed to log into a meeting in two minutes. I can't turn this off! --Deborah --- Request. Rob Base, it takes 2. For Effie, Happy last day of 2nd grade. Love love love Papa Thanks, John --JP -- Since its release in 1988, the song has been covered and sampled by various recording artists."It Takes Two" uses multiple samples from the James Brown and Lyn Collins 1972 song "Think (About It)." https://bit.ly/2TVJqH4 -- Here's a fun read to dig into! How Rob Base and D.J. E-Z Rock’s ‘It Takes Two’ Became an Overnight Smash “It wasn’t even really planned. We just went in there and did it, basically.” https://bit.ly/3wQeh6L
06/17/2022 07:51 AM
DJ: John Richards
Freedom 90
by George Michael
(9 plays) | (0 fans)

Could you please play "freedom" by George Michael for Esteban's last day of kindergarten? --Nikki -- "Sometimes the clothes do not make the man..." George Michael was trying to free himself from the shackles of Sony, which was his record label at the time. They created an image for him to promote his Faith album, and Michael was now trying to distance himself from it. In the video, all the Faith trademarks explode: the jacket, the jukebox, the guitar.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diYAc7gB-0A
06/17/2022 07:47 AM
DJ: John Richards
All Fired Up
by Pat Benatar
(1 play) | (0 fans)

Thank you, Amy, for this request! -- The wonderful Pat Benatar will be at The Moore Theatre on Friday, August 19th, 2022. -- Here's a biography of Patricia Mae Andrzejewski: https://www.biography.com/musician/pat-benatar
06/17/2022 07:38 AM
DJ: John Richards
All The Young Dudes
by Mott the Hoople
(20 plays) | (1 fan)

As I sit between my 50th birthday and 23rd fathers day I feel amazing about where I am in my journey. Any chance for All the Young Dudes. Plus, it is just fun to say Mott the Hoople.---Andrew in Sacramento -- This was written and produced by David Bowie. Mott The Hoople had a cult following in England and Bowie was a big fan. When Bowie first offered this song to Mott The Hoople, they recognized its potential straight away. The band's drummer Dale Griffin is quoted in Rolling Stone magazines Top 500 Songs: "I'm thinking, 'He wants to give us that?' He must be crazy!" - https://bit.ly/3eZNptr -- Here's a biography of the band: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/mott-the-hoople-mn0000596126/biography
06/17/2022 07:32 AM
DJ: John Richards
“Heroes” / “Helden”
by David Bowie
(13 plays) | (0 fans)

Happy Friday John, Owen, and crew, I wanted to give a special shoutout to all the Seattle school teachers who are wrapping up a unique, most likely stressful, year of school today, especially my mother in law, Linda from Dearborn Elementary in Beacon Hill. For close to 30 years, Linda has helped inspire and create positive change in and out of the classroom! If you could please play the last song played in the movie, JoJo Rabbit, called Helden by a guy named David for Linda and every other teacher. We love you! Thanks, Dukes === "The song that inspired Phillip Glass’s 1996 “‘Heroes’” Symphony, that announced the arrival of Britain’s athletes at the London 2012 Games opening ceremony, that has been covered by many artists before and since Bowie’s death in 2016, has become the ultimate epitaph for the man who gave popular music so much drama and adventure, so propulsive is his song’s build and its swell, so passionate and strange are its lyrics." Read the story behind "the ultimate epitaph" for David Bowie: https://ig.ft.com/life-of-a-song/heroes.html
06/17/2022 07:28 AM
DJ: John Richards
The Last Time
by The Andrew Oldham Orchestra
(4 plays) | (0 fans)

Sound familiar? This is, of course, an orchestral version of the Stones' "The Last Time." The Stones sued The Verve over sampling this song for "Bitter Sweet Symphony." The Stones themselves sampled The Staple Singers' 1961 song, "this May Be the Last Time." -- The Andrew Oldham Orchestra was a musical side project in the mid-1960s created by Andrew Loog Oldham, the original manager and record producer of The Rolling Stones. There was no actual orchestra per se. The name was applied to recordings made by Oldham using a multitude of session musicians, including members of the Rolling Stones
06/17/2022 07:23 AM
DJ: John Richards
Bitter Sweet Symphony
by The Verve
(291 plays) | (1 fan)

Henry's favorite song, but.....who cares? --- The opening strings on this track are sampled from the 1965 Andrew Oldham Orchestra recording of the Rolling Stones' song "The Last Time". --- Acclaimed in music publications, "Bitter Sweet Symphony" was named Rolling Stone and NME Single of the Year for 1997 and is considered one of the defining songs of the Britpop era. The accompanying music video features Richard Ashcroft walking down the busy pavement of Hoxton Street in Hoxton, East London, oblivious to his surroundings and refusing to change his stride or direction throughout. Here's that video: https://youtu.be/1lyu1KKwC74
06/17/2022 07:17 AM
DJ: John Richards
by New Order
(136 plays) | (1 fan)

For Kent -- Perhaps New Order will play this at Climate Pledge Arena on October 14th. -- In preparation, watch this live performance of "Regret" from Glasgow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR9GLbiAq14
06/17/2022 07:15 AM
DJ: John Richards
by The Smiths
(66 plays) | (0 fans)

This song was written in reaction to an incident where the BBC DJ, Steve Wright, played the trite and spunky Wham! track, "I'm Your Man," following a news report about the Chernobyl disaster. Guitarist Johnny Marr, recalled:: "'Panic' came about at the time of Chernobyl. Morrissey and myself were listening to a radio report about it. The stories of this shocking disaster comes to an end and then immediately we're off into Wham's 'I'm Your Man.' I remember actually saying, 'What the f*ck has this got to do with people's lives?' And so, 'Hang the blessed DJ.' I think it was a great lyric, important and applicable to anyone who lives in England."
06/17/2022 07:12 AM
DJ: John Richards
by The Go-Go's
(14 plays) | (0 fans)

Last day of school! Please play Vacation by the Go Gos for Julia, who's finishing 2nd Grade! ❤️❤️❤️ ---Julie -- Go-Go's bass player Kathy Valentine wrote this song in 1980 when she was a member of a Los Angeles band called The Textones. Kathy grew up in Austin, Texas, and on a trip back to the city, met a dreamy boy named Billy who sang in a band called Boy Problems. On the flight back to LA, she wrote these lines on a napkin: Now that I'm away, I wish I'd stayed Tomorrow's a day of mine you won't be in "The short romance had softened me, and the words, written from true-life longing, resonated forever," she wrote in her memoir, "All I Ever Wanted."
06/17/2022 07:08 AM
DJ: John Richards
Say Something
by Kylie
(22 plays) | (0 fans)

Kylie said, "This song is about all of our eternal quest for love and the searching and knowing that there's something or someone out there that you can relate to and makes you a better person." -- See the interstellar backdrop for Kylie on a horse statue in the video for "Say Something": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l73FJBnjp28
06/17/2022 07:07 AM
DJ: John Richards
by Beyonce
(27 plays) | (0 fans)

Great request! -- The song samples: The organ from Kaleidoscope's late 1960s cut "Let Me Try." It is a track from the little-known Puerto Rican band's only eponymous release. Folk preservationist Alan Lomax's 1959 field recording of Reverend R. C. Crenshaw's "Collection Speech / Unidentified Lining Hymn." Reverend R.C. Crenshaw's sermon enhances the song's gospel feel. The African American spiritual "Stewball" (credited here to Prisoner "22" at Mississippi State Penitentiary). -- Here are Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar performing "Freedom" live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTVvRM3vWZE
06/17/2022 07:01 AM
DJ: John Richards
Unconditional (Lookout Kid)
by Arcade Fire
(14 plays) | (0 fans)

Good morning, happy Friday, and welcome to The Morning Show with John Richards! Thanks for being here. It's an all-request day! Let us know what you would like to hear---206-903-5397 or dj@kexp.org. -- Hello! Up early with a newly minted 7 year old! Can you play Arcade Fire’s Unconditional Love for Holden from his parents on his last day of Grade 1? Happy Friday! --Annie --- Win Butler released a statement to accompany "Unconditional I": There’s nothing saccharine about unconditional love in a world that is coming apart at the seams. WE need each other, in all of our imperfection. “Lookout Kid” is a reminder, a lullaby for the end times, sung to my son, but for everyone… Trust your heart, trust your mind, trust your body, trust your soul. Shit is going to get worse before it gets better, but it always gets better, and no one’s perfect. Let me say it again. No one’s perfect.