Wednesday, April 30, 2008

"I don't wanna work, I want to bang on the drum all day..."

4/30/1986

K Todd Rundgren – “Bang the Drum All Day”
PWR Camper Van Beethoven – “Down & Out”
#1 The Alarm – “Reason 36”
H Tommy Keene – “Places That Are Gone”
DC Marshall Crenshaw – “Right Now
M Brian Setzer – Blvd of Broken Dreams
PWR The Cramps – “What’s Inside a Girl?”
REC Armoury Show – Castles in Spain
H Latin Quarter – “Modern Times”
L Zeitgeist – “Atlantic City”
K Modern English – “Melt With You”
PWR The BoDeans – “Fadeaway”
DC INXS – “Burn For You”
H Get Smart – “Room with a View”
M Lou Reed – “No Money Down”
#2 Jane Siberry – “One More Colour”
PWR Let’s Active – “Fell”
REC Lloyd Cole & the Commotions – “Lost Weekend”
H The Pogues – “London Girl”
DC Dead Milkmen – “Bitchin’ Camaro”
K Sting – “Fortress Around Your Heart”
PWR Suzanne Vega – “Left of Center”
L The Cure – “Man Inside My Mouth”
H Death of Samantha – “Grapeland”
M Laurie Anderson – “Late Show”
DC Pleasure’s Pale – “Lovely, Lovely”
PWR Pet Shop Boys – “Two Divided by Zero”
REC Fine Young Cannibals – “Suspicious Minds”
H The Highwaymen – “Burn Down”
#3 Cactus World News – “Years Later”
DC Shriekback – “Nemesis”
PWR Joe Jackson – “Survival”
K The Raisins – “Fear Is Never Boring”
H Stan Ridgway – “The Big Heat”
M The Bolshoi – “Happy Boy”
L Falco – “Vienna Calling”
PWR Depeche Mode – “It Doesn’t Matter Two”
DC Alison Moyet – “Invisible”
H Eubie Hayue – “Bad Imitation”
REC Underachievers – “You’re Not for Me”
PWR Elvis Costello – “Lovable”
M Swimming Pool Q's – “Now I’m Talking ‘Bout Now”
K REM – “Pretty Persuasion”
PWR Dumptruck – “Ethics”

"You're a hard act to follow, a hard act to follow..."

I only did the first hour of this show, which aired Wednesday at 6 a.m. I had an early morning aerobic class M-W-F, so I’m assuming I agreed to do someone’s first hour so that they could sleep in or something. I’ve added the labeling for each cut; hopefully it will make sense to non-radio folk.

2 April 1986

K Nick Lowe – “I Knew the Bride”
PWR 9353 – “Born to be Wild”
#1 Blow Monkeys – “Diggin’ Your Scene”
H Death of Samantha – “Coca-Cola & Licorice”
DC Split Enz – “Hard Act to Follow”
M Swimming Pool Q's – “Now I’m Talking ‘Bout Now”
PWR Moev – “Alibis”
REC Cocteau Twins – “Pearly Dewdrops Drop”
H The Church – “Tantalized”
L Peter Murphy – “Final Solution”
K Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark (OMD) – “If You Leave”
PWR Minutemen – “No One”
DC Fear – “More Beer”
H Kommunity FK – “Something Inside Me Has Died”

I’m amused that one of my DJ choices this hour was Fear’s “More Beer,” which followed The Minutemen. I was either trying to wake myself up, or wake up the entire campus.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

"I hear the talking of the DJ, can't understand, just what does he say?"

WWSU playlist 3/27/1986

Wall of Voodoo - "Mexican Radio"
Moev - "Alabis"
Blow Monkeys - "Diggin' Your Scene"
Crazy 85 - "Nervous in Suburbia
The Shoes - "Bound to be a Reason"
The Reducers - "Let's Go"
MicroDisney - "Birthday Girl"
Circle Jerks - "American Heavy Metal Weekend"
Soul Asylum - "Never Really Been"
Blue In Heaven - "I Just Wanna"
The Plimsouls - "A Million Miles Away"
Elvis Costello - "Our Little Angel"
Robyn Hitchcock - "Strawberry Mind"
Lloyd Cole & the Commotions - "Lost Weekend"
Naked Prey - "Rawhead"
Sigue Sigue Sputnik - "Love Missle F1-11"
Let's Active - "Last Chance Town"
APB - "Shoot You Down"
John Cale - "When the Dogs Bark"
Dream Academy - "Bound to Be"
Nick Lowe - "I Knew the Bride"
9353 - "Americana Schizo"
Peter Murphy - "Final Solution"
Death of Samantha - "Coca-Cola & Licorice"
Swimming Pool Q's - "Now I'm Talking 'bout Now"
Sex Pistols - "Problems"
Husker Du - "No Promise Have I Made"
Tex & the Horseheads - "Tumbleweed"
The Underachievers - "I'm So Tall"
The Cure - "Man Inside My Mouth"
The March Violets - "Snake Dance"
Tommy Keene - "Places That Are Gone"
Suicidal Tendencies - "Institutionalized"
Kommunity FK - "The Vision & The Voice"
Icicle Works - "Perambulation"
David Bowie - "Absolute Beginners"
Public Image Ltd. - "FFF"
The Alarm - "Spirit of '76"
The Jesus & Mary Chain - "Sowing Seeds"
Cocteau Twins - "Pearly Dewdrops Drop"
Fine Young Cannibals - "Suspicious Minds"

"I was tuning in the shine on the light night dial, doing anything my radio advised..."

I found a bunch of my old WWSU playlists. Here's one from 3/20/1986.

Wall of Voodoo - "Mexican Radio"
Let's Active - "Fell"
Blow Monkeys - "Diggin' Your Scene"
Stan Ridgway - "Camouflage"
Dead Kennedys - "Halloween"
Flesh For Lulu - "Baby Hurricane"
Echo & the Bunnymen - "Bring on the Dancing Horses"
Golden Palominos - "The Animal Speaks"
Exploding White Mice - "Let the Kids Dance"
Beastie Boys - "She's On It"
Dead Milkmen - "Bitchin' Camaro"
Public Image Ltd. - "FFF"
The Smiths - "How Soon is Now"
Ruefrex - "Flowers for All Occasions"
Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel - "Decendent into the Inferno"
Pet Shop Boys - "Opportunities"
The Bangles - "If She Knew What She Wants"
Colour Field - "Pushing Up Daisies"
Mr. Bonus - "Elvis What Happened?"
Dementia Precox - "Teenage TV Jesus"
The March Violets - "Snake Dance"
MicroDisney - "Horse Overboard"
Bryan Ferry - "Is Your Love Strong Enough"
Lloyd Cole & the Commotions - "Lost Weekend"
Del Lords - "True Love"
Circle Jerks - "When the Shit Hits the Fan"
Husker Du - "Sorry Somehow"
Hoodoo Gurus - "Like Wow, Wipeout"
Falco - "Rock Me Amadaeus"
A Flock of Seagulls - "Heartbeat Like a Drum"
Nina Hagan - "Prima Nina in Ecstasy"
Fine Young Cannibals - "Johnny Come Home"
REM - "Feeling Gravity's Pull"
The Cult - "Rain"
Erasure - "Who Needs Love Like That?"
Butthole Surfers - "Movin' to Florida"
The Cramps - "How Far Can Too Far Go?"
Split Enz - "History Never Repeats"
APB - "Shoot You Down"

Saturday, April 26, 2008

"Hang the DJ, hang the DJ..."

I will try to post all of the playlists I have on hand. I haven't yet located any from 1985, and all of 1988 seem to be missing as well. Still, the ones I do have are a nice little glimpse at the golden years of College Radio.

From playlist to playlist there will be songs and artists repeated - these were the songs/artists that were in current rotation at the time. Albums in current rotation were labeled as "Light," "Moderate," "Heavy," "Recurrent," "Current Single" and "Power."

1. Light, Moderate, Heavy and Power are pretty self-explanatory. These were albums in light rotation (played a few times a week), Moderate rotation (played every other day) and Heavy rotation (played nearly every day). Power cuts were played every day.

2. Current Singles were those being heavily promoted at that time - usually they were pre-released songs from upcoming albums. These were played once every four or five hours.

3. Recurrent cuts were songs that had been in rotation (usually in heavy or power rotation) previously but had been removed when new stuff was added to the rotation. Recurrents were played every so often.

4. The rest of the shift was made up of "DC's," and "K's." These were songs not in current rotation but filed away in the record library.
* "DC's" were known as "DJ Choice Non-hits." The DJ could choose any track on any album, as long as it wasn't considered a "Known Cut."
* "K's" were "Known Cuts." These were popular songs that could have been considered "hits" if there had been such a thing back then for the type of music we were playing. Remember, back then college radio was one of the few outlets for this type of music, which was usually termed "college rock" or "modern rock." Most of the time known cuts were those played on USA's Night Flight or MTV's 120 Minutes. Of course our neck of the woods was also graced by 97X (WOXY) out of Oxford, Ohio, one of the few commercial stations playing "college/modern rock," so we had them to gauge "hits" by as well, although their signal wasn't strong enough to reach all the way to Wright State.

Each DJ followed a pre-printed playsheet consisting of the above labels. Each album in current rotation had a large rectangular sticker in the upper left-hand corner; each sticker was hand-labelled as L, M, H, REC, # or PWR. The station's Music Director chose the rotation, as well as the order in which the albums would be played.

The playsheet dictated which type of cut should be played. When the form said "M," for example, the DJ went to the album crate marked "Medium" and pulled the front album. Usually there were several tracks on each album that the DJ could choose from. The track to be played would be written down on the playsheet, and after the album had been played it was placed in the back of the crate, so that it would not be played again until such time as it landed in the front of the crate again.

Clear as mud?

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

"Time for one more vodka & lime to help paralyze that tiny little tick, tick, tick..."

I’ve been neglecting this blog for awhile but it isn’t for lack of wanting to keep it updated. Life just gets in the way sometimes.

Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of things after the radio station ‘80’s reunion at the end of next month. I’m on the planning committee and with only a month to go everything is kicking into high gear. I’m hearing from friends I haven’t heard from in AGES, so much of my time is spent shooting emails back and forth, catching up on each others lives since graduation. CD mixes are being made, incriminating photos are being unearthed, and we are all readying ourselves for the bash of the decade. I can hardly wait to see everyone again – it’s been too long.

The awesome record library from the 80's, which was sold off in the early 1990's in order to purchase CDs for the station when it was remodeled. Thankfully I wasn't there to see my babies sold off, but at the same time tragically never got a chance to buy any of those rare, independent and/or self-released albums from bands now lost to the mists of time.
Mucking about in the station's record library. The ladder wasn't used for getting LPs down from the top shelves, but to gain access to the office of our rivals next door - the campus newspaper. We'd push the ceiling tiles aside and climb over the wall into their offices for friendly hi-jinx. Beer was usually involved.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

"Oftentimes I'm reminded of the sweet young days..."

Graham Lineham has written a lovely little fanpiece about Dayton's Guided by Voices.

I fell in love with GbV early in their career after seeing them live at Canal Street Tavern just after the release of their first album, "Forever Since Breakfast." I probably wouldn't have even gone to the show had it not been for my friend and fellow DJ Don Thrasher, who insisted I go because he knew I'd love them.

And I did. I bought the album from Bob after the show, kicking off a seriously wallet-depleting habit that continues to this day. Thanks a lot, Don. ;)

And I continue to love them, and love everything that Bob Pollard touches, because he's brilliant.