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10/26/2022 01:57 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
by The B-52's
(9 plays) | (0 fans)

Further back than 1982, for sure....(Six or eight thousand years ago) -- Probably best not to use "Mesopotamia" as a history lesson, as Fred Schneider admits in the song, "I ain't no student of ancient culture." He does know that there are a lot of ruins in Mesopotamia. -- The 6-song "Mesopotamia" EP was produced by David Byrne Its release was followed by the B-52’s “Meso-American” tour to promote the record, including a guest spot on the daytime soap opera Guiding Light. See that "Guiding Light" performance here: https://diffuser.fm/b52s-mesopotamia/
10/26/2022 01:51 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
Rip It Up
by Orange Juice
(22 plays) | (0 fans)

Perhaps you know Edwyn Collins from this Glasgow band. He had a quite successful solo career after the band's breakup. Here's a band history: https://bit.ly/3W5o3yQ -- Check out Orange Juice performing this on the British TV show "The Old Grey Whistle Test": https://youtu.be/UzPh89tD5pA
10/26/2022 01:46 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
Find Out
by Devo
(1 play) | (0 fans)

Gerald Casale wrote this song, the B-side to "Peek-a-Boo!" from Devo's fifth studio album. The album was produced by prominent producer Roy Thomas Baker, who had notably worked with, among others, Queen and the Cars.
10/26/2022 01:39 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
Melt The Guns
by XTC
(40 plays) | (0 fans)

“I literally cracked up, went to pieces. I had a real attack of the Brian Wilsons." --Andy Partridge Read the story of Andy Partridge's mental distress and writing difficulties, bassist Colin Moulding's emergence, and the double album that emerged from XTC: https://thequietus.com/articles/31096-xtc-english-settlement
10/26/2022 01:35 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
Walking In L.A.
by missing persons
(20 plays) | (1 fan)

This L.A. New Wave group first formed in 1980 and initially called themselves U.S. Drag. The original band members were: Dale Bozzio (vocals), Terry Bozzio (drums), Warren Cuccurullo (guitar), Patrick O'Hearn (bass), and Chuck Wild (keyboards). (Dale and Terry Bozzio met while working with Frank Zappa during sessions in 1979 for the album Joe's Garage.) Missing Persons released their self-titled debut four song EP in 1980. They signed with the major label Capitol Records in 1982 and released their first full-length album "Spring Session M" that same year.: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3075982/bio -- Don't miss the video for "Walking in L.A.": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80WyBxo0Hto
10/26/2022 01:30 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
Straight To Hell
by The Clash
(161 plays) | (1 fan)

The backing track was recorded at the Electric Lady studios in New York on New Year's Eve, 1981. "Straight To Hell" started as a guitar doodle from Mick Jones, which was played around with for several months before finally drummer Topper Headon found a beat that would fit - in his own words, "You couldn't play rock 'n' roll to it. Basically it's a Bossa Nova." -- Joe Strummer revealed a secret from the recording: "Just before the take, Topper said to me "I want you to play this" and he handed me an R Whites lemonade bottle in a towel. He said "I want you to beat the bass drum with it." So when you hear the bass drum beat on the recording, you also hear Strummer hitting the front of the bass drum with a bottle to thicken the sound. The sessions finished just before midnight. Strummer remembers: "We took the E train up to Times Square. I'll never forget coming out of the exit, into a hundred billion people, and I knew we had just done something great."
10/26/2022 01:24 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.

August Darnell AKA Kid Creole, singer-songwriter: "Had it not been for my brother, Stony, I would have remained a school teacher. He made fun of my job to such an extent that eventually I decided to join his group, Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, as the bass player." Enjoy this interview with Darnell and Peter Schott about how they made "I'm a Wonderful Thing": https://bit.ly/3DAKjJB
10/26/2022 01:19 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life
by Indeep
(40 plays) | (0 fans)

Have you had this experience? "If it wasn't for the music, I don't know what I'd do..." --- Arriving in the last throes of disco, this dance floor classic would lodge the NYC band into one-hit wonder status after its release in 1982. Michael Cleveland was the songwriter and leader of the electro and post-disco group Indeep; Réjane "Reggie" Magloire and Rose Marie Ramsey provide vocals on "Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life". Watch the video!: https://youtu.be/f8GYEUVWego
10/26/2022 01:12 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
Sports Men
by Haruomi Hosono
(3 plays) | (0 fans)

Haruomi Hosono is best known internationally as a key member of the rock band Happy End and the pioneering electronic music band Yellow Magic Orchestra, with Yukihiro Takahashi and Ryuichi Sakamoto.: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/haruomi-hosono-mn0000952345/biography -- “Sports Men” — from Hosono’s 1982 album "Philharmony "— is about an out-of-shape guy trying to impress a girl who herself and entire family are extremely athletic. “Your father must have been a vaulter,” Hosono sings in one verse, and “Your sister we know she’s Wonder Woman” in another section.: https://genius.com/Haruomi-hosono-sports-men-lyrics -- See a Devendra Banhart live cover of this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2NgAV1FeNc
10/26/2022 01:07 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
by Donald Fagen
(4 plays) | (0 fans)

This was the debut single from Donald Fagen's (formerly of Steely Dan) debut solo album. -- The song’s title refers to the International Geophysical Year, which took place between 1957-58. The song illustrates futuristic concepts that mostly seem outlandish by today’s standards, highlighting the rampant optimism of the late 1950s. In contrast in 2020, Fagen said that he was spending quarantine "gargling Chlorox under a sunlamp.": https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/donald-fagen-on-life-in-quarantine-991723/
10/26/2022 01:02 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
Electric Avenue
by Eddy Grant
(57 plays) | (0 fans)

Happy Wednesday, everyone! You're listening to The Afternoon Show with Larry Mizell, Jr.! In honor of KEXP's 50th anniversary, we're celebrating the music of 1982. We're so glad you're here! -- Did you know that Eddy Grant played every instrument featured on this track, which is a testament to this Guyanese-British musician's abilities? "Electric Avenue" was a response to the Brixton riots that took place in 1981. Those riots came about as a result of the high levels of poverty and unemployment prevalent among the Caribbean migrants in Britain at the time. -- This track became one of the highest-grossing reggae-influenced songs ever.