Friday, May 30, 2008

"Rock the records, rock the records, rockin' records..."

WWSU Playlist
21 December 1988
Wednesday 9 p.m.-midnight

K Elmo & Patsy – “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”
H Wolfgang Press – “King of Soul”
TOTW Heavenly Bodies – “Rains on Me”
H Malarians – “What’s New Pussycat?”
DC Danielle Dax – “Blue Christmas”
M A Picture Made – “Little Boy Wisdom”
H Front 242 – “Headhunter”
PM REC Ganzheit – “Traitor”
H A.C. Temple – “Sheik”
H Ministry – “Flashback”
K The Fall – “New Big Prinz”
DC 54-40 – “2000 Years of Love”
LS Band Aid – “Do They Know it’s Christmas”
M Big Dipper – “Meet the Witch”

Cocteau Twins – “Pearly Dewdrops Drop”
H 1313 Mockingbird Lane – “Battle Dress”
TOTW Laibach – “Sympathy for the Devil”
M A Split Second – “Scandinavian Belly Dance”
DC The Ghostly Trio – “White Christmas”
H B.A.L.L. – “Just Like The First Time”
H Half Japanese – “Said & Done”
M Billy James – “Withering”
DC The Associates – “Heart of Glass”
M Ofra Haza – “Da ale Da ale”
H Borghesia – “Naked, Uniformed, Dead”
PM REC Dinosaur Jr. – “Don’t”
REQ/K Big Audio Dynamite – “Esquerita”

Bob & Doug McKenzie – “12 Days of Xmas”
H Tater Totz – “Bhartha’s Boogie”
TOTW New Order – “Fine Time”
DC Biff Bang Pow – “She Paints”
H The Waterboys – “Sweet Thing”
H Alice Donut – “Lisa’s Father”
M Sharkbait – “Big Rallies”
LS R.E.M. – “Deck the Halls”
DC Jane’s Addiction – “Summertime Rolls”
H Living Colour – “Broken Hearts”
K They Might Be Giants – “Ana Ng”

From the playsheet it appears that this shift got cut about 15 minutes short. I’ve scrawled a note across the bottom of the sheet: “Bug fog covering so no “K” or “DC” etc.” I’m assuming that this means the studio was powered down a little early so that the University maintenance crew could put heavy plastic coverings over the equipment before they fogged the station/University Center for bugs. I can’t ever remember seeing bugs at the station, so this may have been a routine thing the campus did every time students were on break.

And Elmo & Patsy?! What was I thinking?!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

"Think of salad days, they were folly and fun..."

WWSU Then...


"All I got were CLOTHES for Christmas! ARGH!"

WWSU Playlist
14 December 1988
Wednesday 9 p.m.-midnight

In the weeks leading up to Christmas the music department added a few holiday records to the rotation. The one holiday album from the 80’s that has really stood the test of time for me is “Christmas with the Ghostly Trio” by The Ghostly Trio. Produced by Violent Femmes drummer Victor DeLorenzo, this has got to be one of the most interesting and bizarre alternative jazz records ever released.
I’m not a musician so it is difficult for me to explain what makes the musicianship on this album so unique, but it sounds as though the trio is consistently playing out of key – on purpose. That’s the best way I can describe it. The songs, all traditional holiday favorites, are recognizable….just. The album came out in late 1987 and became a fast favorite with me, so much so that it has remained a staple in my seasonal collection to this very day.

The album has never made it to CD – which is a real shame – but that didn’t stop me from making a CD copy using an analog-to-digital turntable. Much to my husband’s dismay, I drag out the disc every year when we decorate our tree because it never fails to tickle me.

Another band played on this particular show that never failed to make me laugh was Happy Flowers. Seriously messed up stuff in the same vein as Caroliner Rainbow, Happy Flowers formed in 1983 and had a nice 10-year run of bizarro, heavily improvised weirdness. The band - Mr. Anus and Mr. Horribly Charred Infant - combined wilfully childish lyrics with carefree thrash noise and an intensely disturbing array of bizarre subjects. The thing about HF was that they were incredibly funny, even as they repulsed. Songs like "Mom, I Gave the Cat Some Acid" and "Let's Eat the Baby (Like My Gerbils Did)" give a little insight into their world. The Flowers never received the attention that likeminded Ween did a few years later. I guess they were simply too ahead of their time.

K The Singing Dogs – “Jingle Bells”
H Pailhead – “Don’t Stand in Line”
TOTW Heavenly Bodies – “Rains On Me”
H Fishbone – “Freddie’s Dead”
DC INXS – “Do What You Do”
M Reckless Sleepers – “This Heart”
H B.A.L.L. – “When Is a Man”
PM REC These Immortal Souls – “Hey Little Child”
H Lead Into Gold – “Idiot”
H Soundgarden – “All Your Lies”
H The Ghostly Trio – “God Rest Ye”
DC End Result – “Don’t Sleep in the Subway”
H Happy Flowers – “All I Got Were Clothes for Christmas”
M Teknakuller Raincoat – “Dancing Cadavers”
REQ/K The Cult – “#13”

K Bob Rivers – “A Message From the King”
H Screaming Trees – “Ivy”
TOTW (blank)
M Capping Day – “Brain in the Darkroom”
DC The Smiths – “Please…Let Me Get What I Want”
H Was (Not Was) –“Christmas in Motor City”
K New Order – “Subculture”
LS Christina – (didn’t write down the song)
PM REC Hoodoo Gurus – “Out That Door”
H Wolfgang Press – “Raintime”
M UB40 –“I Would Do it For You”
DC Bob Marley – “Get Up Stand Up”
M Game Theory – “What the Whole World Wants”
H Shaved Pig – “Blonde/Corvette”
PM REC Siglo XX – “Lost in Violence”
REQ/K Gary Myrick – “Message is You”

Myth – “Benzedrine”
H Angry Samoans – “Death of Beewak”
TOTW New Salem Witch Hunters – “Mighty Quinn”
DC The Jazz Butcher – “Grooving in the Bus Lane”
H Angst – “Time to Understand”
M Social Club – “Left to Understand”
H Rapeman – “Trouser Minnow”
PM REC A Witness – “Loudhailer Song”
LS Count Floyd – “Reggae Xmas in Transylvania”
DC The Ravers – “Punk Rock Xmas”
H Big Stick – “Crack Attack”
K Danielle Dax – “Big Hollow Man”
H Jade 4 U – “Valley of Kings”
H Dead Can Dance – “Song for Sofia/Echolalia”
M The Popes – “Not Beautiful”
PM REC Run Westy Run – “Heck House”
REQ/K Cheech & Chong – “Santa Claus and His Old Lady”

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

"Oh, really?"

WWSU Playlist
7 December 1988
Wednesday 9 p.m.-midnight

The Replacements – “Bastards of Young”
H Wipers – “I Want a Way”
TOTW Grant Hart – “2541”
H Wolfgang Press – “Shut That Door”
DC The Pontiac Brothers – “She Knows It”
M Mekons & Michelle Shocked – “Prince of Darkness”
H The Damned – “Fall”
PM REC Agitpop – “Out to Pasture”
H Angst – “Time to Understand”
H Angry Samoans – “Egyptomania”
K Public Image Ltd. – “Seattle”
DC Sex Pistols – “Bodies”
LS Big Audio Dynamite – “Love Sensi”
M Richard X Heyman – “Local Paper”
REQ/K The Waterboys – “We Will Not Be Lovers”

House of Love – “Christine”
H KMFDM – “King Kong Dub Rubber Mix”
TOTW Christmas – “Ring My Bell”
M Ofra Haza – “Galbi”
DC 1000 Homo DJs – “Apathy”
H Jade 4 U – “Midnight Rider”
K Violent Femmes – “I Held Her in My Arms”
LS (blank)
PM REC Biff Bang Pow – “She Haunts”
H Souls in Isolation – “Poltergeist”
M The VPs – “Ode to the PTL”
DC Velvet Underground – “Train Around the Bend”
M Deception Bay – “Not Far From This”
H Common Ailments of Maturity – “Restless Hunger”
PM REC Meat Beat Manifesto – “Kneel & Buzz”

Dead Milkmen – “Instant Club Hit”
H Alice Donut – “Lisa’s Father”
TOTW New Salem Witch Hunters – “Quinn the Eskimo”
DC Lead Into Gold – “Idiot”
H Rapeman – “Trouser Minnow”
M Tater Totz – “Give Peace a Chance”
H Coil – “Feeder”
PM REC (scratched out) Cheech & Chong – “Santa Claus & His Old Lady”
LS (scratched out) Fred Lane – “The French Toast Man”
DC Eclipse – “Slam Dancing Dog”
H Front 242 – “Headhunter”
K Ultra Vivid Scene – “You Didn’t Say Please”
H LMNOP – “It’s Your Head – Ignited”

There’s a song that keeps recurring on each playlist during this half of 1988, and that song is “Lisa’s Father” by Alice Donut.
The song was on an Alternative Tentacles compilation album called “Oops! Wrong Stereotype” and if memory serves correctly I – as music director – put a “play only after 9 p.m.!” warning sticker on it because the lyrics really pushed the envelope of bad taste back in the day.

The song is basically a spoken-word story about the singer getting visited by a religious fanatic who gives him a handful of Jack Chick Tracts. JCT’s, for those who may not know, are little pocket-sized comic books of gloom and doom meant to shock the reader away from his bad ways and onto the Path of Righteousness. Personally I thought they were a hoot, and for several years I collected them as one would comic books.

So the song continues along with the singer reading aloud the Jack Chick Tract and other band members helping out with the various voices and characters. It was one of the most requested songs at the station.

Lisa's Father

Hey! I'd like to tell you a story
about something that happened to me.
I was sitting at home just the other day
watching some TV, when there's a knock on my door.
And I went to the door to see who it was,
and it was a woman with no eyes.
And she had a handful of comic books.
And she gave me one and then she said:“Take it and read!”
And I took it, and I did read.
And the story was so moving and compelling
that I had to write a song about it.

It wasn't one of your regular comic books.
Rather, it was one of the publications out of California,
one of those comic books that's meant to convert you to fundamental Christianity.

And it was a story about a family.
And the father's name was ... his name was Lisa's father.
And the mother's name was ... her name was Lisa's mother.
And then there was a child, a five year old child, named Lisa.
Lisa - pure as the driven snow.
But she was driven in other ways as well.
I'll tell you about that later.

Lisa's mother was an alcoholic.
She used to sit and knock back JD from 8 o'clock
in the morning 'til she passed out at midnight.
Lisa's father however, he was a sinner of another sort.
He was a sinner of a different colour, if you know what I'm talking about.
He was a kind of a man,
The kind of a man who didn't keep the sinning to himself.
'Cos he was a child-molester.
This was a man who abused his little daughter Lisa.
Every night.
Every afternoon.
Every morning.

As soon as Lisa's mother was blacked out on JD he'd go up to Lisa's bedroom.
And he'd start waling away on this poor little kid,
making that sound:
“Oh waka waka waka baby baby baby, have me a good time. Yeah - yeah.”

One day he was up there, doing what he did tothat poor little girl,
when there was a knock on his front door.
He tucked in his shirt, and he ran downstairs,
and he pulled up his pants.
And he answered the door as quick as he could,
and he said,“Yo! Who's there?”
“Hey, this is Phil, your neighbor!”
“Oh! Hey, how're you doing?”
“Hi, Lisa's father…”
“How's the weather?”
“Oh, the weather is fine and I know what you've been doing with Lisa.
Well you gotta let me do it too, if you don't want me to turn you in!”
And Lisa's father said,“Whoa, I'm in the soup now! What am I gonna do?"
I gotta let him do it to Lisa or else he'll turn me in to the police!
"Okay! You can do it!You can do it too!”

And upstairs the two of them went.

And from that day on the BOTH of them were doing it to poor little Lisa.

One day the mother dried out just long enough to take that kid to the doctor.
The doctor took one look at this kid, and
do you know what the doctor said?
That doctor said,“Your daughter has a venereal disease!”

And that mother, she put two and two together mighty fast, I'll tell you.
She knew what was going on up there…she knew
What was goin’ on down there.

And she grabbed that kid and she started running home.
She ran home as fast as she could.
And she ran and she pointed a finger at Lisa's father.
And she said, “You repulsive little shit!I hate you! I hate you!”
And Lisa's father said,“Whoa whoa, I'm in the soup now! She knows what I've been doing to Lisa!”
He ran!

He ran out that door as fast as he could!
He started to make his way down to the bridge,
just like James Stewart in "It's a Wonderful Life".
He was going to throw himself off that bridge.

But just then…A woman with no eyes and a handful of comic books,
walks up to him in the comic book.
Just like the woman in mine did to me.
And she gave him a comic book and she said,“Just pray!”
Just pray is what she said.

~~~~15 minutes later!~~~
And he said,“Whoa! I feel excellent!! I'm gonna go home and tell Lisa's mother about this prayin’ stuff.”
And he ran home, and he said,“Hey, Lisa's mother. Listen to this!”
And she said:“I hate you! I hate you! You Repulsive little shit!”
And he said,“Oh shut up you old cow! Listen to this! Get up and pray!!”

~~~15 minutes later!~~~
She says, she says,“I feel great!”
And Lisa's father says,“Let's call Lisa in here and tell her what's happening in our house.”
They call in Lisa.
And Lisa is a little scared.
She doesn’t like her parents much, as you can understand.

They say, “Hey Lisa. We've got some good news for you! We're never gonna hurt you,
never gonna hurt you anymore!”
And Lisa says,
Lisa says...

“Oh, really?”

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

"2541 - big windows to let in the sun..."

WWSU Playlist
30 November 1988
Wednesday 9 p.m.-midnight

Negativland – “Car Bomb”
H Animal Time – “My Car is a Survivor”
TOTW Grant Hart – “2541”
H Malarians – “No”
DC Mad Daddys – “Stoned For the Rest of my Life”
M Billy Bragg – “Life With the Lions”
H Screaming Trees – “Damage Report”
PM REC Hoodoo Gurus – “Party Machine”
H B.A.L.L. – “It Don’t Come Easy”
H Highwaymen – “Shine a Light”
K Highwaymen – “After the Sun”
DC New Salem Witch Hunters – “Quinn the Eskimo”

K Half Japanese – “Colleen”
H Alice Donut – “Lisa’s Father”
TOTW In Tua Nua – “All I Wanted”
M Etude Combo – “Thinking Plague”
DC End Result – “Ward”
H Sharkbait – “End of the World”
K Husker Du – “Could You Be the One”
LS Wolfgang Press – “King of Soul”
PM REC – “Meat Beat Manifesto – “Kneel & Buzz”
H Swans – “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
M Dead Can Dance – “Song For Sofia/Echolalia”
DC This Mortal Coil – “Song To the Siren”
M Ofra Haza – “Da Ale Da Ale”
H Danielle Dax – “Where the Flies Are”
PM REC Savage Republic – “Lethal Musk”

K Screaming Blue Messiahs – “I Wanna Be a Flintstone”
H King Missile – “I’m Open”
TOTW The Fall – “New Big Prinz”
DC Phantom Tollbooth – “Barracuda”
H A.C. Temple – “Mince Meat”
H Diamanda Galas – “Let’s Not Chat About Dispair”
H Skinny Puppy – “Who’s Laughing Now”
PM REC Voice Farm – “Johnny Belinda”
LS Nitzer Ebb – “Join in the Chant”
DC Mark Stewart – “Anger/Hell is Empty”

It's been ages since I even thought about End Result, but now that my memory has been jogged with this playsheet I remember that I used to dig the song "Ward" and I'm wishing I could remember who I loaned the album to, because I never saw the LP again. Hmmm...I wonder if I can track it down?

I'm surprised that I played "Join in the Chant" by Nitzer Ebb on my show - not because it isn't a good tune, but because it was probably THE most requested song I spun at The Rathskeller on Tuesday nights. The station hosted "Alternative Tuesdays," a four hour dance club-type party that evolved from extended mixes of Depeche Mode and The Cure to the burgeoning Industrial scene. It seemed that every other person in the Rat would come up and request "Join in the Chant," so I'll admit that I got a little sick of hearing it, which is why I am surprised that I played it voluntarily.

I also remember a few diehard Husker Du fans were upset with me for adding Grant Hart's "2541" to the rotation (especially as a Track of the Week) because they blamed him for breaking up the band. Hart was trying to kick heroin addiction and the band's manager was under so much pressure from the warring factions of Hart and Bob Mould that he took his life on the eve of their tour for "Warehouse Songs and Stories." The fans sided with Bob Mould and looked upon Grant Hart as a pariah.

I thought the song was brilliant (I still do) and wasn't going to blackball it simply because of some disgruntled fans. Hell, I was a huge fan myself, but even I could tell they were imploding long before the split was announced.

Friday, May 23, 2008

"Beware of being the roller, when there's nothing left to roll..."

WWSU Playlist
23 November 1988

Peter Schilling – “Major Tom”
H Torn Pockets – “Just the Boys”
TOTW Art of Noise – “Kiss”
H Sharkbait – “Break a Bone”
DC Negativland – “Perfect Scrambled Eggs”
M Corpses as Bed Mates – “Venus Handcuffs”
H Skinny Puppy – “Testure”
PM REC Krackhouse – “Kennelration Generation”
H Rapeman – “Log Bass”
H Diamanda Galas – “Maladiction”
K Dementia Precox – “Maladie D’Esprit”
DC New Salem Witchhunters – “Quinn the Eskimo”
LS Woodpecker – “Bowl of Water”

Leather Nun – “Gimme Gimme Gimme”
H Borghesia – “Naked, Uniformed, Dead”
TOTW In Tua Nua – “All I Wanted”
M Human Hands – “Lurk”
DC Dole – “A Day”
H Laibach – “One After 909”
K Stan Ridgway – “Camouflage”
LS Timelords – “Doctorin’ the Tardis”
PM REC – “Bongwater – “Pornography”
H Alice Donut – “Lisa’s Father”
M Ben Vaughan – “Darlene”
DC Butthole Surfers – “Boiled Dove”
M Frank Tovey – “New Jerusalem”

Robyn Hitchcock – “Acid Bird”
H KMFDM – “King Kong Dub Rubber Mix”
TOTW The Fall – “New Big Prinz”
DC The Residents – “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
H AC Temple – “Weekend”
M A Split Second – “Scandinavian Belly Dance”
H Keith Levene – “If 6 Was 9”
PM REC Savage Republic – “Viva Rock & Roll”
LS Circus 13 – “Under the Library”
DC Voice Farm – “Mamma Made Me Do It”
H Ministry – “Deity”
K Treat Her Right – “I Think She Likes Me”
H Shel Silverstein – “The Great Smoke Off”

I’m certain that Shel Silverstein was not on our playlist, but a little deviation from the list isn’t always a bad thing, is it?

I first remember hearing "The Great Smoke Off" in the late 1970’s, probably ’78 or ’79, definitely when I was a geeky junior high kid. I was a big fan of the Dr. Demento show, which was a syndicated program that aired Sunday evenings on a tiny little college radio station in Oxford known as WOXY. Because the signal was weak and difficult to find on the dial (this was before digital tuning) I kept the station permanently tuned in on the radio in my bedroom, and Dad helped me string extra antenna wire around the room for better reception. The station played punk and new wave during the day, opening my world to Talking Heads, The Police, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Blondie, Television, Devo and many more.

Anyway, the Dr. Demento show was designed to fit into a two-hour programming block with ad breaks, but at the time the station didn’t really air commercials – there were public service announcements for the military, and underwriting by SDS Pizza in Oxford, but the station could never fill all the slots. There was usually between 10-15 minutes left at the end of the show that the DJ had to fill, and seven times out of ten he’d play “The Great Smoke Off.”
I’m sure one of the reasons he chose this song was because it was over ten minutes long, and I’m sure another reason was because it fit loosely into the category of “humor.” That the song is a poem about a couple of stoners trying to out smoke each other is perhaps a third reason the student DJ would choose it to fill up the rest of the hour. Whatever the case, this poem is a far cry from the wonderful children's books he's written, like A Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree.

See for yourself:

The Great Smoke Off
In the laid back California town of sunny San Rafael
Lived a girl named Pearly Sweetcake, you prob’ly knew her well.
She’d been stoned fifteen of her eighteen years and the story was widely told
That she could smoke 'em faster than anyone could roll.
Her legend finally reached New York, that Grove Street walk-up flat
Where dwelt The Calistoga Kid, a beatnik from the past
With long browned lightnin’ fingers he takes a cultured toke
And says, “Hell, I can roll ‘em faster, Jim, than any chick can smoke!”

So a note gets sent to San Rafael, “For the Championship of the World
The Kid demands a smoke off!” "Well, bring him on!" says Pearl,
"I'll grind his fingers off his hands, he'll roll until he drops!"
Says Calistog, "I'll smoke that twist till she blows up and pops!”
So they rent out Yankee Stadium and the word is quickly spread
"Come one, come all, who walk or crawl, price – just two lids a head
And from every town and hamlet, over land and sea they speed
The world's greatest dopers, with the Worlds greatest weed
Hashishers from Morocco, hemp smokers from Peru
And the Shamnicks from Bagun who puff the deadly Pugaroo
And those who call it Light of Life and those that call it boo.

See the dealers and their ladies wearing turquoise, lace, and leather
See the narcos and the closet smokers puffin’ all together
From the teenies who smoke legal to the ones who've done some time
To the old man who smoked “reefer” back before it was a crime
And the grand old house that Ruth built is filled with the smoke and cries
Of fifty thousand screaming heads all stoned out of their minds.
And they play the national anthem and the crowd lets out a roar
As the spotlight hits The Kid and Pearl, ready for their smokin' war
At a table piled up high with grass, as high as a mountain peak
Just tops and buds of the rarest flowers, not one stem, branch or seed.

Maui Wowie, Panama Red and Acapulco Gold.
Kif from East Afghanistan and rare Alaskan Cold.
Sticks from Thailand, Ganja from the Islands, and Bangkok's Bloomin' Best.
And some of that wet imported shit that capsized off Key West.
Oaxacan tops and Kenya Bhang and Riviera Fleurs.
And that rare Manhatten Silver that grows down in the New York sewers.
And there's bubblin’ ice cold lemonade and sweet grapes by the bunches.
And there's Hershey’s bars, and Oreos, ‘case anybody gets the munchies.
And the Calistoga Kid, he sneers, and Pearly, she just grins.
And the drums roll low and the crowd yells “GO!” and the world’s first Smoke Off begins.

Kid flicks his magic fingers once and ZAP! that first joint’s rolled.
Pearl takes one drag with her mighty lungs and WOOSH! that roach is cold.
Then The Kid he rolls his Super Bomb that’d paralyze a moose.
And Pearley takes one super hit and SLURP! that bomb’ defused.
Then he rolls three in just ten seconds and she smokes 'em up in nine,
And everybody sits back and says, "This just might take some time."
See the blur of flyin’ fingers, see the red coal burnin’ bright
As the night turns into mornin’ and the mornin’ fades to night
And the autumn turns to summer and a whole damn year is gone
But the two still sit on that roach-filled stage, smokin' and rollin' on
With tremblin’ hands he rolls his jays with fingers blue and stiff
She coughs and stares with bloodshot gaze, and puffs through blistered lips.
And as she reaches out her hand for another stick of gold
The Kid he gasps, "Goddamn it, bitch, there's nothin' left to roll!"
"Nothin’ left to roll?", screams Pearl, "Is this some twisted joke?”
“I didn't come here to fuck around, man, I come here to SMOKE!"
And she reaches 'cross the table And grabs his bony sleeves
And she crumbles his body between her hands like dried and brittle leaves
Flickin' out his teeth and bones like useless stems and seeds
And then she rolls him in a Zig Zag and lights him like a roach.
And the fastest man with the fastest hands goes up in a puff of smoke.

In the laid-back California town of sunny San Rafael
Lives a girl named Pearly Sweetcake, you prob’ly know her well.
She’s been stoned twenty-one of her twenty-four years, and the story’s widely told.
How she still can smoke them faster than anyone can roll
While off in New York City on a street that has no name.
There's the hands of the Calistoga Kid in the Viper Hall of Fame
And underneath his fingers there's a little golden scroll
That says, Beware of Bein’ the Roller
When There's Nothin’ Left to Roll.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

"I'm a camera, I'm a clown...and every move you make I write it down..."

WWSU Playlist
16 November 1998
Wednesday, 9 p.m.-midnight

David Sylvian – “Orpheus”
H Head of David – “Ink Vine”
TOTW Art of Noise – “Kiss”
H AC Temple – “Weekend”
DC Infections – “Blue Serene”
M Big Dipper – “Ron Klaus Wrecked His House”
H Rapeman – “Superpussy”
PM REC These Immortal Souls – “Marry Me”
H Animal Time – “It’s Like I’m Being You”
H Laibach – “Get Back”

Tones on Tail – “Go!”
H Sharkbait – “Furry Mounds”
TOTW A House – “Call Me Blue”
M Lime Spiders – “Other Side of You”
DC The Jazz Butcher – “Human Jungle”
H B.A.L.L. – “Buick McKane”
K Jad Fair & Kramer – “King Kong”
H Half Japanese – “Hall of the Mountain King/Louie Louie”
PM REC Moe Tucker – “Jad is a Fink”
H Skinny Puppy – “Human Disease”
M Billy Bragg – “The Price I Pay”
LS Timelords – “Doctorin’ the Tardis”
M Front 242 – “Headhunter”
H A;Grumph – “Another Brick in the Wall pt2”

K Sugarcubes/The Jesus & Mary Chain – “Birthday” (remix)
H Shaved Pigs – “Substitute”
TOTW The Fall – “New Big Prinz”
DC Minimal Compact – “New Clear Twist”
H Waterboys – “We Will Not Be Lovers”
M Manufacture – “Terror Vision”
H Monte Cazazza – “Future Shock”
DC Legendary Pink Dots – “Waiting For the Cloud”

It’s been so long ago that I’m not entirely sure I’ve got the correct year, but I believe that 1988 was the first time I caught Half Japanese live. I remember that it was around my birthday in November, and it was at some dirty little joint in Kentucky. I’d been a fan since 1984’s Our Solar System, but it was Jad Fair’s collaborations with Kramer at Shimmy-Disc that really wowed me. At the time I thought Kramer was God and that everything he touched was golden. He and Jad had collaborated on 1987’s Roll Out the Barrel (with it’s eye-popping day-glo cover)
and there was generally a lot of cross-pollination of Shimmy-Disc artists going on. I think part of me had hoped Kramer would make a special appearance – although deep down I knew that he was a bit too New York to want to drop in on a gig in the “middle of nowhere.” No matter – seeing HalfJap live was a real treat, as was meeting Jad Fair and having a jolly good chin wag with him.

Since that first show I’ve seen them a number of times in different incarnations – including a stint when Moe Tucker of the Velvet Underground drummed for them – and another time when they shared a bill with band member Don Fleming’s Velvet Monkeys. Gary Spencer (SquirrelyG) and I interviewed Jad for Moo Magazine sometime in the mid-90’s – and he surprised me by saying he recognized me from previous shows. I guess it shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise though – his shows were, sadly, sparsely attended much of the time.

This playsheet also lists Infections "Blue Serene," from the album Sub Rosa - which I LOVED. I still have this LP and keep meaning to rip it to MP3...but part of me is afraid it won't sound as good as it did in 1988. Will it stand the test of time, as Savage Republic and The Jazz Butcher have, or will it sound tired and dated like the Legendary Pink Dots does?

"And the whole world dragged us down, not a sonnet, not a sound..."

WWSU Playlist
9 November 1988
Wednesday, 9 p.m.-midnight

Robyn Hitchcock – “The Man With the Lightbulb Head”
H Scrawl – “I Feel Your Pain”
TOTW Art of Noise – “Kiss”
H Sonic Youth – “Candle”
DC Easterhouse – “Get Back to Russia”
M Ipso Facto – “”Rockers”
H A;Grumph – “Another Brick in the Wall pt.2”
PM REC Bongwater – “Reaganation”
H Big Stick – “Crack Attack”
H AC Temple – “Armache”
K Blondie – “Accidents Never Happen”
DC The Coolies – “Talkin’ Bout Doug”
LS Timelords – “Doctorin’ the Tardis”

Elvis Costello – “Watching the Detectives”
H Head of David – “Tequila”
TOTW A House – “Call Me Blue”
M A Split Second – “Scandinavian Belly Dance”
DC Cabaret Voltaire – “I Want You”
H Ministry – “Deity”
K Half Japanese – “Colleen”
LS Circus 13 – “Under the Library”
PM REC Indigos – “Side Effects”
H Nina Hagen – “Universal Radio”
REQ Sex Pistols – “Pretty Vacant”
DC Blackouts – “Everglades”
M Oingo Boingo – “Not My Slave”

K House of Love – “Christine”
H KMFDM – “No Meat, No Man”
TOTW Big Dipper – “Meet the Witch”
DC Butthole Surfers – “Movin’ to Florida”
H Sharkbait – “Big Rallys”
REQ Depeche Mode – “Everything Counts”
REQ Soft Cell – “Tainted Love”
PM REC Front Line Assembly – “Die-Sect”
LS 10-inch Men – “Mellow Yellow”
H Front 242 – “Headhunter”
K Tommy Keene – “Places That Are Gone”
DC Guadalcanal Diary – “Trail of Tears”
H M/A/R/R/S – “Pump Up the Volune”
DC Lou Reed – “Sally Can’t Dance”

I'd almost forgotten how well I liked that first House of Love album, released on Creation Records in 1988. It was a short-lived love affair though because as soon as I began reading interviews with Guy Chadwick in UK music magazines I decided he was a bit full of himself and needed to be taken down a few pegs. By the time Fontana Records won the bidding war for the band, they'd lost my interest. Not that I didn't adore "I Don't Know Why I Love You" when I got the advance single, but I couldn't shake the feeling that there was more hype than talent in the band.

Fast forward ten years to a journey down the M3 from London toward Winchester late one night. Steve and I had been digging John Peel on Radio1, but the signal was getting dodgy and we had to switch stations. We stumbled upon an interview with Guy Chadwick and I'm sorry to say that time and fading fame had done nothing to his massive ego - and on top of that he was incredibly boorish and condescending to the interviewer.

Had it been me behind the mike, I'd have kicked his pompous arse out the door.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

"Nationalities are fighting with each other - why is this? Because the system tells you!"

WWSU Playlist
2 November 1988
Wednesday 9 p.m.-midnight

Echo & the Bunnymen – “The Cutter”
H Alice Donut – “Lisa’s Father”
TOTW REM – “Orange Crush”
H Screaming Trees – “Build On Ice”
DC Ganzheit – “Traitor!”
M Tekna Kuller Raincoats – “Kaleidoscope”
M AC Temple – “Yield”
PM REC Thomas Dolby – “Airhead”
H Ultrafly – “On the I.R.T.”
H Nice Strong Arm – “Swing Set”
K Wire Train – “Chamber of Hellos”
DC The Stooges – “1969”
LS Francis Xavier – “I’m Bored With Your Face”

Flesh For Lulu – “Spaceball Richochet”
H Mission of Burma – “Smoldering Fuselage”
TOTW Sonic Youth – “Teenage Riot”
M Tater Totz – “Give Peace a Chance/We Will Rock You”
DC The Jazz Butcher – “The Devil is my Friend”
H Malarians – “No”
K Time Zone – “World Destruction”
LS Woodpecker – “Bowl of Water”
PM REC Front Line Assembly – “Aggression”
H Sharkbait – “Furry Mounds”
M A Split Second – “Scandinavian Belly Dance”
DC XTC – “Wake Up”
M They Might Be Giants – “Ana Ng”
H Ministry – “Stigmata”

K Ultravox – “Thin Wall”
H Demented Are Go – “Shadow Crypt”
TOTW Big Dipper – “Meet the Witch”
DC The Clash – “All the Young Punks”
H B.A.L.L. – “It Don’t Come Easy”
M Chicken Scratch – “Birds”
H Borghesia – “Forget”
PM REC Primary Industry – “Merde Alors”
LS Timelords – “Doctorin’ the Tardis”
DC Frank French and Kevin Kinney – “Alice is my Ally”
H Big Stick – “Friends & Cars”
K Danielle Dax – “Sleep Has No Property”
H Diamanda Galas – “Let’s Not Chat About Dispair”
PM REC Dementia Precox – “Maladie De Spirit”

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

"I saw Jesus at McDonalds at midnight, said he wasn't doin' alright..."

WWSU Playlist
26 October, 1988
Wednesday, 9 p.m.-midnight

Sisters of Mercy – “This Corrosion”
H Inca Babies – “Partisans River”
TOTW The Reckless Sleepers – “This Heart”
H Alice Donut – “Lisa’s Father” (request)
DC Hula – VC1
M The VP’s – “Stockbroker on the Line”
H A;Grumph – “Another Brick in the Wall part 2”
PM REC Sinead O’Connor – “Jump in the River”
H Blue Ruin – “The Cure”
H Rose of Avalanche – “Dreamland”
K True Believers – “The Rebel Kind”
DC Dementia Precox – “Mines”
LS Plaid Cow – “Sunshine of your Love”
M Corn Dollies – “Shake”

K The Cramps – “Can Your Pussy Do the Dog?”
H Diamanda Galas – “Let’s Not Chat About Dispair”
TOTW OMD – “Brides of Frankenstein”
DC Skinny Puppy – “VX Gas Attack”
K The Clash – “London Calling”
LS Gang Green – “Livin’ Lovin’ Maid”
PM REC Siglo 20 – “The Pain Came”
H Rapeman – “Dutch Courage”
M Last Few Days – “Megaphobia”

They Might be Giants – “Don’t Let’s Start”
H KMFDM – “King Kong Dub Rubber Mix”
TOTW Annie Lennox & Al Green – “Put a Little Love in Your Heart”
DC Gun Club – “Yellow Eyes” (request)
H A.C. Temple – “Mincemeat”
M Max Able – “They Sounded Like Love Songs”
H B.A.L.L. – “If I Break Down”
PM REC Bongwater – “Number”
LS Jass – “Theme W.R.”
DC Batz Without Flesh – “Retention”
H Ministry – “Stigmata”
K Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper – “Jesus at McDonalds”
H Screaming Trees – “Ivy”
H The Shamen – “Passing Away”
M Meat Beat Manifesto – “Mr. President”

"So evacuate your bowels and have a hot lunch, and don't be late for school!"

WWSU Playlist
19 October, 1988
Wednesday, 9p.m.-midnight

Siouxsie & the Banshees – “The Passenger”
H Holy Cow – “God/39 Lashes”
TOTW Ofra Haza – “Im Nin Alu”
H Animal Time – “My Car is a Survivor”
DC Agent Orange – “Fire in the Rain”
M Screaming Tribesmen – “Igloo”
H Alice Donut – “Lisa’s Father”
PM REC Butthole Surfers – “Rabbit Fish”
H B.A.L.L. – “The Dylan Side”
H Bongwater – “Dazed & Chinese”
DC Public Image Ltd. – “Seattle”
K Young Fresh Fellows – “Amy Grant”
LS KMFDM – “Blow Your Top”

Talking Heads – “Psycho Killer”
H 17 Pygmies – “Crossing the River”
TOTW The Pretenders – “1969”
M A Picture Made – “Little by Wisdom”
DC Waterboys – “Trumpets”
H Savage Republic – “Viva La Rock & Roll”
K Peter Gabriel – “Biko”
LS Head – “Sin Bin”
PM REC A; Grumph – “Kill”
H Nina Hagen – “Punk Wedding”
M Fred Lane – “French Toast Man”
DC Les Rita Mitsouko – “C’est Comme Ca”
M Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – “Nothing’s Wrong”
H blank
PM REC blank
REQ/K The Nails – “The Things You Left Behind”

REM – “Feeling Gravity’s Pull”
H Rapeman – “Dutch Courage”
TOTW Julian Cope – “Charlotte Anne”
DC Tackhead Sound System – “Wotz my Mission Now?”
H Diamanda Galas – “You Must be Certain of the Devil”
M Human Hands – “I got Mad/New Look”
H Front Line Assembly – “Die-Sect”
PM REC Borghesia – “Naked Uniformed Dead”
LS Goodbye Mr. MacKenzie – “Goodbye Mr. MacKenzie”
DC Front 242 – “Lovely Day”
H Feedtime – “Fun Fun Fun”

I did a station “no-no” by deviating from the set playsheet. I skipped over two items (a heavy cut and a PM recurrent cut) to get to a request, which we were not supposed to do. Shame on me.

This playsheet also has one of my all-time favorite "weird" songs on it: "The French Toast Man" by Fred Lane, from the album Car Radio Jerome on Shimmy-Disc Records.

I loved, loved LOVED the Shimmy-Disc output and bought every album they released - still have them all too, and I still proudly sport my Shimmy-Disc t-shirt. Usually only when mowing the grass though, cuz it's pretty beat up now. Shimmy-Disc was a fabulous independent label, founded by producer/musician/genius Mark Kramer, who sadly lost the label and his Noise recording facility in a lawsuit with The Knitting Factory in 1998.

Here are the lyrics to The French Toast Man

Oh - the French Toast man
The French Toast Man
He rides around the corner
Takes a turn around the block
He's got a lot of french toast in the back
He's got it wrapped up in a sock.
He's timing the engine of his truck
He's got a lot of french toast in the back
The kids come around and ask him if they
Can have a delicious slice of french toast.
"Sure you can! Here it is!"He says as he hands it out to all the boys and girls
And they scream with delight as they run home
And show it to their parents.
Then mom takes the french toast from the kids
To examine it more closely
It has green mould growing right out of the crust
And it smells like something awful.
So she throws it into the garbage can
A rat comes along and eats it up
And falls right over, dead.
And his stomach bursts open
And his liver pops out
Everyone stands around with their hands on their mouths
They really are disgusted.
Then -- The French Toast man comes right around the block
And puts it in his french toast sock.
Oh -- The French Toast Man
He's on his way
He's got a slop-bowl too.
So evacuate your bowels and have a hot lunch
And don't be late for school
And don't be late for school
And don't be late for school!

Monday, May 19, 2008

"You came with the dawn - a soul with no footprints, a rose with no thorn..."

WWSU Playlist
12 October, 1988
Wednesday 9 p.m.-midnight

Laurie Anderson – “Sharkey’s Day”
H Cassandra Complex – “Prairie Bitch”
TOTW Richard Thompson – “Turning of the Tide”
H Laughing Soap Dish – “Sunrise”
DC The Cure – “Boys Don’t Cry” (request)
M Big Audio Dynamite – “Funny Names”
H Alice Donut – “Lisa’s Father”
PM REC Throwing Muses – “Colder”
H Holy Cow – “Blue Bottle Boy
H The Fluid – “Lonely One”
K Camper Van Beethoven – “Eye of Fatima” (request)
DC Camper Van Beethoven – “Sad Lover’s Waltz”
LS Ganzheit – “Traitor”

K Sex Pistols – “Anarchy in the UK” (request)
H Diamanda Galas – “Double Barrel Prayer”
TOTW The Pretenders – “1969”
M Let’s Active – “Horizon”
DC Mark Stewart – “Anger/Hell is Empty”
H Bongwater – “Number”
K The Jesus & Mary Chain – “You Trip Me Up”
LS Soundgarden – “FOPP”
PM REC Spot 1019 – “Skies of Blood”
H Green River – “Ozzie”
M Peter Tosh – “Bush Doctor”
DC King Missile – “Wuss”
M Big Barn Burning – “Ploughshare & Snaredrum”

Beat Farmers – “Happy Boy”
H Anti Group – “Big Sex”
TOTW The Timelords – “Doctorin’ the Tardis”
DC Nick Drake – “Time Has Told Me”
H Borghesia – “In Black”
M Obi Men – “Her Address”
H Feedtime – “The Last Time”
PM REC The Pixies – “Gigantic”
LS Skinny Puppy – “Censor”
DC Laibach – “Life is Life”
H B.A.L.L. – “Bird”
K Concrete Blonde – “Still in Hollywood” (request)
H Ministry – “Stigmata”
H Big Bird – “The Noodle Song”

"And it sticks like a broken record, everything sticks like a broken record..."

The Playsheet took another turn, this time splitting up morning, afternoon and evening. There was already an unwritten rule in place where the listener-friendly stuff was to be played during the largest segment of the day, and the wilder, more experimental music was relegated to after 9 p.m. I finagled a regular shift on Wednesday evenings, from 9 p.m. to midnight and was set free.

WWSU Playlist
5 October 1988
Wednesday, 9 p.m.-midnight
Evening Playlist

Robyn Hitchcock – “Listening to the Higsons”
H Dust Devils – “Ordinary Madness”
TOTW Richard Thompson – “Turning of the Tide”
H Laughing Soap Dish – “Acidland”
DC Skinny Puppy – “God’s Gift (Maggot)”
M Screaming Tribesmen – “Igloo”
H Screaming Trees – “Build on Ice”
PM REC Butthole Surfers – “Baseball”
H Feedtime – “Lightning’s Girl”
H Test Dept. – “Current Affairs”
K Love & Rockets – “Kundalini Express” (request)
DC Tones on Tail – “Christian Says”
LS blank
M blank
REQ/K blank

Negativland – “Car Bombs”
H Antipop – “Back to the Womb”
TOTW They Might be Giants – “Ana Ng”
M Hugo Largo – “Eureka”
DC Minimal Compact – “New Clear Twist”
H Cassandra Complex – “Motherad”
K Bauhaus – “She’s in Parties”
LS Cruise Control – “No Condom, No Sex”
PM REC A Witness – “Loudhailer Song”
H B.A.L.L. – “Drink it on”
M Biff Bang Pow – “She Paints”
DC Legendary Pink Dots – “Casting the Runes”
M Shiva Burlesque – “Indian Summers”
H blank
PM REC blank
REQ/K blank
REQ/DC blank

Lou Reed – “Sweet Jane”
H Alice Donut – “Lisa’s Father”
TOTW Level 42 – “Heaven in my Hands”
DC Phantom Tollbooth – “Significant in Ten Years”
H The Fluid – “New Questions”
M Billy James – “Blind”
H Green River – “Unwind”
PM REC Dag Nasty – “Under Yer Influence”
LS John Hegley & the Popticians – “I Saw My Dinner on TV”
DC Einsterzende Neubaten – “No Di Mi Do Fr Sa So”
H Bongwater – “Pornography”
K Dead Kennedys – “California Uber Alles”
H Rapeman – “Superpussy”
H Fields of the Nephilim – “Endemoniada”
M John the Postman – “Come to the Sabbat”
PM REC Dredd Foole – “Slack”

Friday, May 16, 2008

"Should we give it up? (I don't know) Or hang around some more? (I don't know)..."

WWSU Playlist
12 May 1987
Tuesday 6-9 p.m.

Ultravox – “Reap the Wild Wind”
PL Martin Stephenson & Daintees – “Boat to Bolivia”
TOTW (blank)
PL Catheads – “Golden Gate Park”
DC The Bolshoi – “Happy Boy”
PL Fleshtones – “Another Direction”
PL Rose of Avalanche – “Too Many Castles in the Sky”
REC Uncle Bonsai – “Boys Want Sex in the Morning”
PL The Cult – “Memphis Hip Shake”
LS Age of Chance – “Kiss”
K Joe Jackson – “Happy Loving Couples”
PL True Sons of Liberty (TSOL) – “Weathered Statues”
-------Out of the Box----------
Dash Rip Rock – “Bad Dream”
Turbines – “1969” (from the LP Magic Fingers & Hourly Rates)
The Larries – “I’m so Worried About the Kremlin” (from the LP Down at the Diner)

REM – “Crazy”
PL Husker Du – “Could You Be the One”
TOTW (blank)
PL Shonen Knife – “Devil House”
REC The The – “Heartland” (request)
PL The New Christs – “Born out of Time”
DC Tones on Tail – “Go!”
K Bauhaus – “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”
PL The Replacements – “I Don’t Know”
LS Fats Comet – “Rockchester”
PL Wolfgang Press – “The Wedding”
PL The Washington Squares – “You Can’t Kill Me”
DC Boomtown Rats – “Up All Night” (request)

PL Meat Puppets – “Love Our Children Forever”
REC Del Fuegos – “Long Slide”
PL The Godfathers – “Can’t Leave Her Alone”
TOTW (blank)
DC Oingo Boingo – “Dead Man’s Party”
PL U2 – “One Tree Hill”
K The Ramones – “I Wanna Be Sedated”
PL Hunters & Collectors – “The Slab”
PL Baby Astronauts – “Just About to Lose It”
LS The Cure – “Why Can’t I Be You?”
PL Henry Rollins – “Crazy Lover”
DC INXS – “Red Red Sun”
PL Swamp Thing – “Waiting for the Messiah”
(REQ/DC) The Shoes – “Get My Message”

This is the last playsheet I can locate from 1987. I continued to work at the station, but I have no idea what happened to the playsheets. It’s a shame that I no longer have them because during the summer I had a Japanese exchange student living with me and she helped out on the show.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

"Come On, the last train's almost gone...really gone! Let's enjoy the ride we're on..."

WWSU Playlist
5 May 1987
Tuesday 6-9 p.m.

K Shriekback – “Nemesis” (remix)
PL The Godfathers – “I Can’t Leave Her Alone”
TOTW (blank)
PL Webb Wilder – “Poolside”
DC Phil ‘N’ The Blanks – “Head Screwed On”
PL Wolfgang Press – “The Wedding”
PL Hoodoo Gurus – “Come On”
REC XTC – “Summer’s Cauldron”
PL David Bowie – “Zeroes”
LS The Dead Boys – “All the Way Down”
K The Bears – “Fear Is Never Boring”
-----Out of the Box----------
Ten Foot Faces – “You’re Blowing My High” (from LP “Daze of Corndogs and Yoyos”) (I’ve made a note that the LP is endorsed by Camper Van Beethoven)
Peter & the Test-Tube Babies – “Louise Wouldn’t Like It”
Fahrenheit 451 – “A World of Ideals”

REM – “There She Goes Again”
PL Wire Train – “Too Long Alone”
TOTW (blank)
PL The Fastbacks – “Seven Days”
REC Mission UK – “Sacrilege”
PL The Killjoys – “Vegetable Man”
DC Erasure – “Sometimes” (request)
K Graham Parker – “Local Girls”
PL Tom Verlaine – “Say a Prayer”
LS Rank & File – “Black Book”
PL Danse Positive – “Do it Like a Dog”
PL The Pastels – “Ride”
DC The Jesus & Mary Chain – “You Trip Me Up” (acoustic)
(REQ/K) Split Enz – “I Got You”
(PL) The Smiths – “Golden Lights”

U2 – “In God’s Country”
REC Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – “Cut Down”
PL Skinny Puppy – “First Aid”
TOTW (blank)
DC The Ramones – “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg”
PL Mekons – “Keep Hoppin’”
K Patti Smith Group – “Because the Night”
PL Descendents – “Clean Sheets”
PL Husker Du – “Charity, Chastity, Prudence & Hope”
LS Age of Chance – “Kiss”
PL Oingo Boingo – “We Close Our Eyes”
DC Love & Rockets – “Lucifer Sam”
PL Xmal Deutschland – “Ozean”
(REQ/DC) The Cure – “Jumping Someone Else’s Train”

"and I'm at the stage, Where I want my words heard and no one wants to listen though..."

WWSU Playlist
14 April 1987
Tuesday, 6-9 p.m.

K The Pretenders – “Mystery Achievement”
PL The Godfathers – “Can’t Leave Her Alone”
TOTW (blank)
PL Julian Cope – “Trampoline”
DC The Shoes – “Get My Message”
PL Shonen Knife – “Ah Singapore”
PL Furniture – “Brilliant Mind”
REC This Mortal Coil – “Strength of Strings”
PL Snakefinger’s Vestal Virgins – “I Gave Myself To You”
LS Rank & File – “Black Book”
K Shriekback – “Nemesis” (remix)

(no Out of the Box this week)

PL U2 – “Trip Through Your Wires”
PL Danse Positive – “Do It Like a Dog”
TOTW (blank)
PL David Van Tieghem – “Galaxy”
REC Ups & Downs – “Solitary Man”
PL Siouxsie & The Banshees – “This Wheel’s On Fire”
DC OMD – “Enola Gay” (request)
K The Smiths – “How Soon is Now”
PL REM – “Dream”
LS Ofra Haza – “Galbi”
PL Oingo Boingo – “Elevator Man”
PL Longshoremen – “Hot Rod”
DC The Long Ryders – “Lights of Downtown”
(REQ/K) Talk Talk – “It’s My Life” (request)
(PL) Room 9 – “Angels Sing”

PL Redd Kross – “Janus, Jeannie & George Harrison”
REC XTC – “That’s Really Super, Supergirl”
PL The Fleshtones – “Mirror Mirror”
TOTW (blank)
DC The Soft Boys – “Wading Through a Ventilator”
PL Robyn Hitchcock – “Blues In A”
K The Ramones – “I Wanna Be Sedated”
PL The Damned – “In Deluce Decorum”
PL Shop Assistants – “All of the Time”
LS Splatcats – “Sunburn”
PL Throwing Muses – “Cry Baby Cry”
DC Television – “Ain’t That Nothing”
PL Webb Wilder – “Poolside”
(REQ/DC) Richard Thompson – “Valerie”
(PL) Mission UK – “Sacrilege”

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I've added A Pollard A Day to my blogroll. The blogger describes it thus: "A Pollard A Day is a project to review and comment on each and every Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices song in my collection."

Best of luck to him!

"She was always in a hurry, tryin' to pass, pedal to the metal as she gave it the gas. Rock & roll music playin' full blast..."

WWSU Playlist
7 April 1987
Tuesday 6-9 p.m.

Dexy’s Midnight Runners – “Come On Eileen”
PL Webb Wilder – “How Long Can She Last (Goin’ that Fast)?”
TOTW (blank)
PL Julian Cope – “Trampoline”
DC The Vibrators – “Whips & Furs”
PL DOA – “Takin’ Care of Business”
PL Circle Confusion – “Survival”
REC Christian Death – “Believers in the Unpure”
PL Peace Corpse – “Identity – the American Commodity”
LS Wiseblood – “Stumbo”
K Fun Boy 3 – “Our Lips Are Sealed”
------Out of the Box----------
Meat Puppets – “Quit It” (from the LP Mirage)
Happy Mondays – “Tart Tart” (single)
Celibate Rifles – “Netherworld” (from LP Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)

Mission UK – “Wasteland”
PL Glass Eye – “Pender La Querra”
TOTW (blank)
PL Oingo Boingo – “Not My Slave”
REC Yello – “Goldrush”
PL The Squalls – “Elephant Radio”
DC The Jazz Butcher – “DRINK”
K The Jazz Butcher – “Partytime”
PL Shop Assistants – “Fixed Grin”
LS The Fall – “Hey Luciani”
PL Joy Division – “She’s Lost Control”
PL Spot 1019 – “Taste the Feel”
DC The Jesus & Mary Chain – “Something’s Wrong”
(REQ/K) The Long Ryders – “Looking for Lewis & Clark”
(PL) Wire Train – “Take Me Back”

The Godfathers – “Lonely Man”
REC XTC – “Earn Enough for Us” (request)
PL Dead Kennedys – “Take This Job & Shove It”
TOTW (blank)
DC Guided By Voices – “Let’s Ride”
PL The Creepers – “Baby’s On Fire”
K Fear – “More Beer”
PL Descendents – “Coolidge”
PL Agent Orange – “Shakin’ All Over”
LS The Cult – “Love Removal Machine”
PL Hunters & Collectors – “The Slab”
DC Stan Ridgway – “The Big Heat”
PL The Killjoys – “E For Existential”
(REQ/DC) Echo & the Bunnymen – “Seven Seas”
(PL) Robyn Hitchcock – “Vegetable Friend”

I’ve written at the bottom of this playsheet “This week’s fave rave: Glass Eye – Perder La Querra. Wow!” I liked it, but after 20 years I can’t even remember it.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

"What do I get out of this? I always try, I always miss..."

WWSU Playlist
31 March 1987
Tuesday 6-9 p.m.

Nick Lowe – “I Knew the Bride”
PL Waxing Poetics – “Hermitage”
TOTW (crossed out) REM – “Shaking Through”
PL Fade to Gray – “Tim”
DC The 77’s – “Frames Without Photographs”
PL The New Christs – “Seen God”
PL Descendents – “Clean Sheets”
REC Jules Shear – “All Through the Night”
PL The Shop Assistants – “Train From Kansas City”
LS The Cult – “Love Removal Machine”
-------Out of the Box-----------
Coil – “Circles of Mania” (from the LP Horse Rotorvator)
Wiseblood – “The Fudge Punch” (from the LP Dirt Dish)
Front 242 – “Slaughter” (12” single)

Killing Joke – “Sanity”
PL Cellophane Ceiling – “Happiness”
TOTW (crossed out) New Order – “Sub Culture”
PL Oingo Boingo – “Not My Slave”
REC Shriekback – “Black Light Trap”
PL Joy Division – “Exercise One”
DC Velvet Underground – “There She Goes Again”
K Lou Reed – “My Love is Chemical”
PL Misfits – “Altitude”
LS The Del Fuegos – “Long Slide For an Out”
PL For Against – “Get On With It”
PL Shonen Knife – “Summertime Blues”
DC The Smiths – “Shoplifters of the World Unite”
(REQ/K) Fleshtones – “BYOB”
(PL) The Creepers – “Baby’s On Fire”

PL Flesh For Lulu – “I Go Crazy”
REC Pete Shelley – “On Your Own”
PL U2 – “Red Hill Mining Town”
TOTW (crossed out) Love & Rockets – “Haunted While the Minutes Drag”
DC Bauhaus – “Of Lilies & Remains”
PL Christianhound – “Beast or Beauty”
K The Members – “Working Girl”
PL Hunters & Collectors – “Carry Me”
PL Dead Kennedys – “Lie Detector”
LS XTC – “Extrovert”
PL Thin White Rope – “Moonhead”
DC Naked Prey – “Flesh on the Wall”
PL Wire – “Advantage in Height”

"Baby I fell from the sky yesterday..."

WWSU Playlist
24 March 1987
Tuesday, 6-9 p.m.

X – “Burnin’ House of Love”
PL Robyn Hitchcock – “Trash”
TOTW (crossed out) Watermelon Men – “Back in my Diary”
PL Baby Astronauts – “I Hate This Song”
DC Iggy Pop – “Nightclubbing”
PL Caterwaul – “Diminutive Do Se Do”
PL Oingo Boingo – “We Close Our Eyes”
REC Ups & Downs – “Solitary Man”
PL Frank Tovey – “Collapsing New People”
LS Shadow of Fear – “In the Flesh” (7”)
K U2 – “Pride in the Name of Love”
PL Squirrel Bait – “Black Light Poster Child”
DC Jools Holland – “Bumble Boogie”
(PL) Soup Dragons – “Hang 10”

Durango 95 – “First Dream in Color”
PL Shallow Reign – “Long Time Ago”
TOTW (crossed out) Soft Cell – “Hendrix Melody”
PL Psychedelic Furs – “Angels Don’t Cry”
REC This Mortal Coil – “Strength of Strings”
PL Uncle Bonsai – “Boys Want Sex in the Mornings”
DC The Stranglers – “Get a Grip on Yourself”
K REM – “Pretty Persuasion”
PL The Cult – “Love Removal Machine”
LS XTC – “Dear God”
PL Splatcats – “Sunburn”
PL Strange Games – “Metamorphosis”
DC Butthole Surfers – “Movin’ to Florida”

Wire Train – “She’s Got You”
REC Zeitgeist – “Things Don’t Change”
PL Dreams So Real – “Golden”
TOTW (crossed out) Guadalcanal Diary – “Trail of Tears”
DC Marshall Crenshaw – “Shake Up Their Minds”
PL Dementia Precox – “Everything Is Fine”
K Romeo Void – “Never Say Never”
PL The The – “Infected”
PL Eton Crop – “Poverty Is Not Hip”
LS The Infidels – “Everywhere I Go”
PL DOA – “Takin’ Care of Business”
DC Insect Surfers – “Barricade Beach”
PL Pylon – “Stop It!”
(REQ/DC) Peter Himmelman – “Climb”
(PL) Big Dipper – “Wrong in the Charts”

I’ve made a note at the bottom of this playsheet: “I like The Infidels. Played the flip on accident - this is good stuff!” It appears the light single was supposed to be “I Can’t Make You Mine” by The Infidels, but I accidentally played the flip-side, “Everywhere I Go” instead. I wish I could remember this song.

At the top of the playsheet it says “Out of the Box on back -->”
Here’s what was played that week:
Washington Squares – “You Can’t Kill Me”
Ernest Anyway & the Mighty Squirrels – “Spirit In the Sky”
Webb Wilder – “Keep It On Your Mind”

Monday, May 12, 2008

"I can't give you up til I've got more than enough..."

WWSU Playlist
10 March, 1987
Tuesday, 6-9 p.m.

Sting – “Mack the Knife”
PL Skinny Puppy – “One Time One Place”
TOTW U2 – “With or Without You”
PL The The – “Infected”
DC Ellen Foley – “What’s a Matter Baby?”
PL Robyn Hitchcock – “Grooving on an Inner Plane”
PL Christianhound – “Queen of the Knight”
REC The Lucy Show – “Land & the Life”
*******OUT OF THE BOX*******
Rude Buddha – “The Ghost You Left Behind”
Big Dipper – “Loch Ness Monster”
Electric Peace – “Cranking into Oblivion”

(basketball game)
(basketball game)

Tuesdays were traditionally the day new record releases hit retail shelves, and it was also the day our music department received shipments of new albums. We took shipments from all the major labels, loads of independent labels, and plenty from middleman distributors like Thirsty Ear and Caroline. And because we subscribed and contributed to Rockpool and College Music Journal (CMJ, which at the time was industry-only) we got shipments of cool stuff from them too. Because we got so much new music in on Tuesdays the station introduced a new feature called “Out of the Box” to highlight a few and I was the lucky DJ who got to air them first.

The playsheet shows that I had a trainee with me during the first hour – although it doesn’t indicate who it was – and they helped run the boards for the basketball game, which took up the last two hours of my shift.

I'm guessing that I probably made my trainee do most of the boardwork during this shift because I always hated running the boards for games. Mainly I didn’t like doing it because I’d rather be playing music, but also because I had to keep on my toes listening for breaks, which came whenever the team called a time out or there was an injury, or any other thing that might briefly stop the game. Since the breaks weren’t set in stone like they were on the hot clock, I had to sit in the studio and wait. I couldn’t study or read because I couldn’t concentrate with one ear to the game, and because I couldn't leave the studio I felt imprisoned. Better to let the trainee be imprisoned whilst I dashed down the hall to the Rathskeller for a beer, or sat in the DJ lounge smoking with staff. Yes, we used to smoke not only inside the building, but inside the station! The only place smoking was prohibited was inside the studio.

Wright State University is also a dry campus these days - but when I was a student we had a great, dingy bar on campus and it was right down the hallway from the station. We could - and did - stagger back and forth between the two all the time. When I became Music Director in 1988 I used to joke that my office was inside The Rat.

"The name of this train is the Nothing Special..."

WWSU Playlist
24 February, 1987
Tuesday, 6-9 p.m.

The Members – “Working Girl”
PL the Membranes – “Murder of Sister George”
TOTW (crossed out) Design – “Not Even for a Minute”
PL Colin Newman – “Their Terrain”
DC Drop In the Gray – “All the Same”
PL Beastie Boys – “Girls”
PL Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ – “Stand Up & Fight For It”
REC Ghost Dance – “Radar Love”
PL Mission UK – “Wasteland”
LS Huxton Creepers – “I Will Persuade You” 12” remix
K Rockpile – “Teacher Teacher”
PL blank
DC blank
(PL) blank
(REQ/REC) blank

Dementia Precox – “Just For a Little While”
PL Steven Brown – “Coming Back to Me”
TOTW Descendents – “Clean Sheets”
PL Camper Van Beethoven – “Interstellar Overdrive”
REC Laurie Anderson – “Sharkey’s Night”
PL Killing Joke – “Adorations”
DC Crowded House – “Don’t Dream It’s Over”
K David Bowie – “Absolute Beginners”
PL Husker Du – “You Can Have it Home”
LS Wiseblood – “Stumbo” 12” single
PL The Creepers – “Baby’s On Fire”
PL Firetown – “Places to Run”
DC The Jesus & Mary Chain – “The Hardest Walk” remix
(REQ/K) The Producers – “What’s He Got?”

The Psychedelic Furs – “Midnight to Midnight”
REC Danielle Dax – “Where the Flies Are”
PL Christianhound – “Queen of the Knight”
TOTW (crossed out) The Boomtown Rats – “Up All Night”
DC Nina Hagen – “Universal Radio”
PL The Jazz Butcher – “Nothing Special”
K Swinging Eurodites – “Yesterday”
PL Julian Cope – “Non Alignment Pact”
PL Dead Kennedys – “Lie Detector”
LS Robyn Hitchcock – “Crawling”
PL Ruins – “White Rabbit”
DC Public Image Ltd. – “Careering”
PL Pylon – “Stop It”
(REQ) X-Teens – “Hostage of My Heart”
(PL) Los Lobos – “My Baby’s Gone”

During the third hour there are two other handwriting styles besides my own on the play sheet. I’m guessing that I had two trainees in the studio helping out.

Friday, May 09, 2008

"I feel a tug on the line, which end will I be on this time?"

WWSU Playlist
17 February, 1987
Tuesday, 6-9 p.m.

INXS – “The One Thing” (extended remix)
PL Flesh For Lulu – “Spaceball Ricochet”
TOTW (crossed out) Mi-Sex – “Computer Games”
PL Dreams So Real – “History”
DC REM – “Gardening at Night” (Live in Paris)
PL Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ – “Scarlet Butterfly”
PL Wire – “A Serious of Snakes”
REC Icehouse – “We Can Get Together”
PL Soup Dragons – “Hang 10”
LS Bohemians – “By George”
K Echo & the Bunnymen – “Bring on the Dancing Horses”
PL El Grupo Sexo – “Sexoholic”
DC Jonathan Richman – “She Cracked”
(PL) The Creepers – “The Adventures of Brian Glider”
(REQ/REC) Love Tractor – “Cartoon Kiddies”

The Janitors – “Thunderhead Johnny”
PL Big Black – “Jump the Climb”
TOTW (crossed out) Tones on Tail – “Slender Fungus”
PL Billy Bragg – “Greetings to the New Brunette”
REC Peter Murphy – “Final Solution”
PL Sheriff Jack – “I’m Not Listening”
DC Sex Pistols – “No Feelings” (live)
K Bronski Beat – “Hit That Perfect Beat”
PL The The – “Sweet Bird of Truth”
LS Rank & File – “Black Book”
PL The Mighty Lemon Drops – “Pass You By”
PL Skinny Puppy – “3 Blind Mice”
DC Dead Kennedys – “Jockorama”
(REQ/K) Elvis Costello – “Beyond Belief” (request)
(PL) The Godfathers – “I Want Everything”
(PL) Nervous Eaters – “Times They Are a Changin’”

Psychedelic Furs – “Heartbreak Beat”
REC Oingo Boingo – “Not My Slave”
PL firehose – “Locked In”
TOTW (crossed out) Guadalcanal Diary – “Trail of Tears”
DC Stewart Copeland & Stan Ridgway – “Don’t Box Me In”
PL Squirrel Bait – “Kid Dynamite”
K The Cult – “Revolution” (request)
PL The Minutemen – “Jesus & Tequila”
PL Always August – “Freedom Flight”
LS The Huxton Creepers – “I Will Persuade You”
PL Sea Monster – “Sex God Chant”
DC Fun Boy Three – “Murder She Said”
PL Camper Van Beethoven – “We Saw Jerry’s Daughter”
(REQ/DC) Kate Bush – “Running Up That Hill” (request)

Thursday, May 08, 2008

"The secret heart is in command, in Lulu land..."

WWSU Playlist
Tuesday 6-9 p.m., 10 February 1987

The Jam – “Batman Theme”
PL Julian Cope – “World Shut Your Mouth”
TOTW (crossed out) The Producers – “What’s He Got?”
PL The Rave-Ups – “These Wishes”
DC Kawata Band – “Ban Ban Ban”
PL 3’O’Clock – “Follow Him Around”
PL Live Skull – “Pusherman”
REC That Hope – “John’s Got the Goods”
PL Soul Asylum – “Closer to the Stars”
LS Kate Bush – “Experiment 4”
K Bronski Beat – “I Feel Love/Love to Love You Baby”
PL blank
DC blank
(PL) blank
(REQ/REC) blank

Beastie Boys – “Girls”
PL Robyn Hitchcock – “Give Me a Spanner, Ralph”
TOTW (crossed out) The Modern Lovers – “Roadrunner”
PL The Jazz Butcher – “Nothing Special”
REC The Housemartins – “Happy Hour”
PL Roky Erikson – “I’ve Always Been Here Before”
DC Lloyd Cole & the Commotions – “Lost Weekend Remix”
K Sex Pistols – “Anarchy in the UK” (request)
PL Husker Du – “Charity, Chastity, Prudence & Hope”
LS Yello – “Goldrush”
PL Oingo Boingo – “Not My Slave”
PL Camper Van Beethoven – “Lulu Land”
DC Red Hot Chili Peppers – “True Men Don’t Kill Coyotes”
(REQ) The Raisins – “The Bends”
(PL) Royal Court of China – “The Lottery”

The Creepers – “Baby’s On Fire”
REC The Jesus & Mary Chain – “Some Candy Talking”
PL Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper – “Get Outta My Way”
TOTW (crossed out) Joe Strummer – “Dum Dum Club”
DC The Feelies – “Two Rooms”
PL The Stranglers – “Always the Sun” (request – I’ve written in the margin “I’m so sick of this song!!!”)
K The Cure – “10:15 Saturday Night”
PL Jules Shear – “All Through the Night”
PL The The – “Twilight of a Champion”
LS REM – “Toys in the Attic”
PL The Mr.T Experience – “Surfin’ Cows”
DC Tones on Tail – “There’s Only One”
PL XTC – “That’s Really Super, Supergirl”
(REQ) The Vapors – “Turning Japanese”
(PL) Drivin ‘n’ Cryin’ – “Scarred but Smarter”
(K) The Violent Femmes – “Blister in the Sun”

Kawata Band's "Ban Ban Ban" was another record I brought home from Japan.

"Whoops there goes another year, whoops there goes another pint of beer..."

By the beginning of 1987 I had garnered a coveted evening shift, which is to say there was a little more freedom with the playlist than with the morning and afternoon shifts. Generally the station played the more accessible, listener-friendly stuff during the bulk of the day, relegating the “weirder” music to nights.

The playsheet had changed by this time and the “H” and “M” were dropped in favor of a general “PL” (play list). The numbered singles had also been chucked out in favor of “TOTW” (tracks of the week), which served the same purpose.

The playsheet lists the following abbreviations:
DC = DJ Choice/Non Hit
K = Known Cut/Hit
PL = Play List Cut
LS = Light Single
REC = Recurrent
TOTW = Tracks of the Week
REQ = Requests
( ) = Time Permitting Choice

Tuesday, 20 January, 1987
6-9 p.m.

Tommy Keene – “When the Whip Comes Down”
PL Beastie Boys – “Fight for Your Right”
TOTW Husker Du – “Could You Be the One”
PL Nervous Eaters – “Nazi Concentration Camp Blues”
DC New Order – “Blue Monday”
PL This Mortal Coil – “Alone”
PL The Jazz Butcher – “Nothing Special”
REC Love & Rockets – “All in My Mind”
PL Lyres – “Stormy”
LS Danielle Dax – “Where the Flies Are” 12” remix
K blank
PL blank
DC blank
(PL) blank
(REQ/REC) blank

Shriekback – “Gunning for the Buddha”
PL Died Pretty – “Round & Round”
TOTW REM – “Toys in the Attic”
PL The Fall – “R.O.D.”
REC The Bolshoi – “A Way” (request)
PL The Stranglers – “Always the Sun” (request)
DC The Feelies – “High Road”
K Sex Pistols – “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone”
PL Dead Kennedys – “Chickenshit Conformist”
LS The Smiths – “Ask”
PL Billy Bragg – “Greetings From the New Brunette”
PL Julian Cope – “World Shut Your Mouth”
DC Joan Armatrading – “I Love it When You Call Me Names”
(REQ/K) The Cure – “The Walk”
(PL) Twice a Man – “Girl”

PL Soup Dragons – “Hang Ten”
REC Echo & the Bunnymen – “Way Out and Up We Go”
PL Camper Van Beethoven – “We Saw Jerry’s Daughter”
TOTW China Crisis – “Another Sky”
DC Kino – “Night (I Love the Night)”
PL The Lucy Show – “Shame”
K The Jesus & Mary Chain – “Just Like Honey (1984 demo)”
PL Felt – “Rain of Crystal Spires”
PL Woolfing Cookies – “Girl Next Door”
LS Adult Net – “Waking Up for the Sun”
PL Concrete Blonde – “Yer Haunted Head”
DC Aquarium – “Ashes”
PL Thatcher on Acid – “Daddy”
(REQ/DC) Red Rockers – “China”
(DC) Robyn Hitchcock – “Eaten by her Own Dinner”
(REQ/K) The Blasters – “Bus Station”

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

"Love energy is giving us a shove, making this the summer of love..."

Over the summer while I was in Japan the station got a new Music Director (Mike Taylor, who is now program director at WOXY) who made changes to the playsheet. For starters, the numbered cuts were replaced with the notation “TOTW,” which stands for Tracks of the Week. Other new editions to the list were (EX), (REQ) and ( ), which meant “time permitting, optional.” EX stands for “extra” but the list doesn’t make clear what “extra” means, so I’m guessing it was something of a free-for-all. REQ stands for “request” which is where we were to put any requests that callers had made during that hour. At the bottom of the playsheet it says this: “How ( ) works: These are cuts to be played when time permits at the end of a hour. These are NOT mandatory to play – only if you have time. Do not skip regular playlist slots to get to them…if time doesn’t permit, skip em. Always begin the hour with the first slot!”

The reworked play list was also split into hourly segments to make the station hot clock more cohesive. A hot clock is radio jargon for what is basically a pie chart of the programming hour. The chart is broken down into timed segments of music, commercials, news, etc.

I remember one of the projects that students taking COM130/Introduction to Radio had to do was sit and listen to a favorite radio station for an hour, writing down the exact times for everything from music to banter to news to commercials, then we were instructed to build a pie chart from it – effectively creating that station’s hot clock. Good times!

WWSU play list
25 September, 1986

K The Vapors – “Turning Japanese”
PWR The Push Twangers – “Baby Don’t Go”
TOTW The B-52’s – “Summer of Love”
H Leaving Trains – “Vicki”
DC Hound Dog – “Fortissimo”
M Jet Black Berries – “Sweet Revenge”
PWR Three Johns – “Atona Drum Hop”
REC Husker Du – “Hardly Getting Over It”
H Peter Hammill – “Skin”
L Crankcall Love Affair – “Our Demons are Sleeping”
K Adam Ant – “Goody Two Shoes”
PWR The Ramones – “Brain is Hanging Upside Down”
DC Burning Sensations – “Pablo Picasso”
(EX) blank
(REQ/REC) blank

H Smack – “Steppin’ Stone”
M Yo – “I Meant to Tell You”
TOTW The Dead Milkmen – “The Thing That Only Eats Hippies”
PWR Dogmatics – “Drinking by the Pool”
REC The Replacements – “Waitress in the Sky”
H The Nails – “The Things You Left Behind”
DC Devo – “Beautiful World”
K Love & Rockets – “Ball of Confusion”
PWR True Believers – “We’re Wrong”
L The Triffids – “Wide Open Road”
H Nick Cave – “Black Betty”
M Velvet Underground – “Coney Island Steeplechase”
DC REM – “Femme Fatale”
(REQ/K) Hoodoo Gurus – “Death Defying”
(EX) Dead Kennedys – “One Way Ticket to Pluto”
(EX) Crowded House – “World Where You Live”

Guadalcanal Diary – “Please Stop Me”
REC Modern English – “Melt With You”
H Descendents – “Wendy”
TOTW Stewart Copeland & Adam Ant – “Out of Bounds”
DC The Jesus & Mary Chain – “Something’s Wrong”
PWR Beat Farmers – “Deceiver”
K Psychedelic Furs – “Pretty in Pink”
H 54-40 – “Baby Ran”
M Public Image Ltd. – “Anna Lisa”
L Midnight Oil – “Hercules”
PWR The Smiths – “Bigmouth Strikes Again”
DC Jon Anderson – “Cage of Freedom”
H The Woodentops – “Steady, Steady”
(EX) Kronos Quartet – “Purple Haze”
(REQ/M) Pete Shelley – “They’re Coming For You”

In my first hour I played an artist called Hound Dog, which was a Japanese band I’d been introduced over the summer. I came home with loads of Japanese pop music because when the Japanese students learned I was a DJ they began plying me with their favorite songs and artists. My host families also gave me tapes and records of traditional Japanese folk songs with kotos and shamisens.

Monday, May 05, 2008

"Gotta keep runnin' gotta be the best, gotta walk tall in the Wild West..."

4 June 1986

K Blondie – “The Tide is High”
PWR Dumptruck – “Walk Into Mirrors”
#1 Beat Farmers – “Riverside”
H Helios Creed – “Showdown”
DC XTC – “Take This Town”
M Rapture of the Deep – “Watching the Fireworks”
PWR Peter Gabriel – “Don’t Give Up”
REC Stan Ridgway – “Can’t Stop the Show”
H Jonathan Richman – “It’s You”
L Pleasures Pale – “Lovely, Lovely”
K The Raisins – “19th Nervous Breakdown”
PWR Siouxsie & the Banshees – “Cannons”
DC REM – “Feeling Gravity’s Pull”
H Robert Wyatt – “Speechless”
M The Windbreakers – “I’ll Be Back”
#2 Pete Shelley – “On Your Own”
PWR Joe Jackson – “Wild West”
REC Violent Femmes – “I Held Her in My Arms”
H The Pogues – “Body of an American”
DC The Shoes – “Too Late”
K Split Enz – “History Never Repeats”
PWR Blow Monkeys – “Digging Your Scene”
L Bryan Ferry – “Is Your Love Strong Enough”
H The Pandoras – “I Didn’t Cry”
M Zulus – “Back to Sleep”
DC Bram Tchaikovsky – “Shall We Dance”
PWR Art of Noise – “Peter Gunn theme”
REC The Jesus & Mary Chain – “Cut Dead”
H Joe Pop-o-Pie – “I Am the Walrus”
#3 Dancing Hoods – “Build a House”
DC The Smiths – “How Soon is Now”
PWR The Jazz Butcher – “D.R.I.N.K.”
K Talking Heads – “Life During Wartime”
H Jane Siberry – “One More Colour”
M Lou Reed – “Original Wrapper”
L Alex Chilton – “No Sex”
PWR The Neighborhoods – “WUSA”
DC The Ramones – “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker”
H EIEIO – “White Lines, Blue Skies, Black Top”
REC The Reducers – “Let’s Go”
PWR BoDeans – “Fadeaway”
M Butthole Surfers – “Creep in the Cellar”
K The Alarm – “Walk Forever By My Side”

A few days after finishing this show, I hopped a plane to Japan as a Wright State University "Student Ambassador," which is a glorified name for an exchange student. There were 13 of us who left WSU for the summer to study language and culture at Okayama University of Science. Most of the summer semester was spent living in dorms at Okayama University, but there were also two homestays with Japanese families, each a week long. The Japanese are really big on gift-giving, and we were instructed to bring plenty of gifts for all family members as thank-yous for opening up their homes to us.

One of my host families had three sons, aged 13, 11 and 7. I gave the boys WWSU t-shirts, bumper stickers and the 7" EP the station had put out a few months prior (see photo at left). The EP had the above-mentioned Pleasures Pale "Lovely Lovely" on it, as well as That Hope doing "Spaceboys In Love" and Chain Link Fence doing a promo called "A Sound Alternative," which was our current station catchphrase. (Others included "The Ten Million Microwatt Voice of Wright State University" and "WWSU: Serving the Dayton, Fairborn and Beavercreek Metroplex.")

Anyway, the boys were crazy about the single and played it ALL THE TIME. I wasn't really that keen on the thing in the first place, and after a week of hearing it on repeat I HATED IT. Even after all these years I doubt I'd want to spin it again, even though I've a dozen of them stashed away in the basement. Who knows, I might give them away as door prizes at the reunion...

Friday, May 02, 2008

"If you want me, you can find me left of center, off of the strip..."

21 May, 1986

K Bow Wow Wow – “I Want Candy”
PWR Camper Van Beethoven – “Sometimes”
#1 Big Country – “Look Away”
H The Bolshoi – “Happy Boy”
DC Wall of Voodoo – “Back in Flesh”
M Book of Love – “I Touch Roses”
PWR Art of Noise – “Paranomia”
REC Armoury Show – “Castles in Spain”
H Robert Wyatt – “The Age of Self”
L The Hit Squad – “Libyan Hit Squad”
K The Members – “Working Girl”
PWR Husker Du – “Hardly Getting Over It”
DC OMD – “Enola Gay”
H Get Smart – “Looking Out for #3”
M Suzanne Vega – “Left of Center”
#2 Pete Shelley – “On Your Own”
PWR Let’s Active – “In Little Ways”
REC The Smiths – “The Boy With the Thorn in his Side”
H Highwaymen – “Highwaymen”
DC Devo – “Uncontrollable Urge”
K Phil Seymour – “Precious To Me”
PWR The BoDeans – “Fadeaway”
L Bryan Ferry – “Is Your Love Strong Enough”
H Jonathan Richman – “Let’s Take a Trip”
M Swimming Pool Q's – “She’s Looking”
DC Oingo Boingo – “Heard Somebody Cry”
PWR Siouxsie & the Banshees – “Candyman”
REC The Jesus & Mary Chain – “The Hardest Walk”
H Richard Lloyd – “Losin’ Anna”
#3 Alex Chilton – “No Sex”
DC Fleshtones – “Shadowline”
PWR The Pandoras – “Stop Pretending”
K INXS – “Listen Like Thieves – live version”
H The Pogues – “London Girl”
M The Style Council – “My Ever Changing Mood”
L The Alarm – “Majority”
PWR Neighborhoods – “Yeah You”
DC Echo & the Bunnymen – “The Puppet”
H Fuzztones – “Cinderella”
REC APB – “Shoot You Down”
PWR Joe Jackson – “It’s a Big World”
M Kommunity FK – “Something Inside Me Has Died”
K Roman Holiday – “Stand By”
PWR The Jazz Butcher – “The Jazz Butcher vs The Prime Minister”
#4 Belinda Carlisle – “Mad About You”

By this time I think I was really starting to hate the Swimming Pool Q's. I know that the album was played so much at the station that I started to feel ill whenever I saw the album cover. Enough time has passed, however, that I think I'd enjoy hearing it again, even if I do still think the sleeve is a bit creepy.