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Rob’s Rewind – Show 43 SONG LIST (Final Show)

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  1. Barry White – Let The Music Play
  2. David Dundas – Jeans On
  3. Nena – 99 Red Balloons
  4. The Troggs – Love Is All Around
  5. Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
  6. Mike and the Mechanics – The Living Years
  7. Sade – The Sweetest Taboo
  8. Bay City Rollers – Give A Little Love
  9. Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
  10. REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
  11. CCR – Looking Out My Back Door
  12. The Knickerbockers – Lies
  13. Spirit – I Got A Line On You
  14. Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
  15. Glass Tiger – Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)

Rob’s Rewind – Show 42 SONG LIST

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  1. Coming Home Christmas – Edward Bear
  2. Lonely This Christmas – MUD
  3. A Spaceman Came Travelling – Chris de Burgh
  4. I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Anne Murray
  5. Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto – James Brown
  6. Little Becky’s Christmas Wish – Becky Lamb
  7. Reggae Christmas – Bryan Adams
  8. Celebrate Me Home – Kenny Loggins
  9. The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle – Bobby Vinton
  10. The 12 Days of Christmas – Bob and Doug McKenzie
  11. 25th of Last December – Roberta Flack
  12. My Boyfriend’s Coming Home for Christmas – Toni Wine
  13. Christmas Must Be Tonight – The Band
  14. It Doesn’t Have to be That Way – Jim Croce
  15. December Will Be Magic Again – Kate Bush
  16. Takin’ Care of Christmas – Randy Bachman

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  1. Hey Mr. Christmas – Showaddywaddy
  2. White Christmas – Doug and the Slugs
  3. Christmas for Cowboys – John Denver
  4. Please Come Home for Christmas – Holly Cole
  5. Ding Dong, Ding Dong – George Harrison
  6. Blue Christmas – Rita MacNeil
  7. Merry Xmas Everyone – Slade
  8. Yes It’s Christmas – Richard Abel
  9. Christmas Will Be Just Another Day – Brenda Lee
  10. California Christmas – The Colormen
  11. Back Door Santa – Clarence Carter
  12. A Not So Merry Christmas – Bobby Vee
  13. My Grown-Up Christmas List – David Foster and Natalie Cole
  14. L’il Elfy – Ray Bolger
  15. Christmas Tears – Freddie King
  16. Christmas Dreams – Liona Boyd and Roger Whittaker
  17. Merry Twist-mas – The Marcels
  18. It’s Gonna Be A Cold, Cold Christmas – Dana

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  1. Country Christmas – Music Writers Orchestra (conducted by Paul Miner)
  2. Cambodia – Kim Wilde
  3. Coming Off The Moon – Max Webster
  4. Step Into Christmas – Elton John
  5. Can The Can – Suzi Quatro
  6. Seasons – Bob McBride
  7. Working Man – Rush
  8. I Believe In Father Christmas – Greg Lake
  9. Never Gonna Let You Go – Sergio Mendes
  10. Shape I’m In – The Band
  11. If We Make It Through December – Merle Haggard
  12. Eyes Without A Face – Billy Idol
  13. How Long – Saga
  14. Baby’s First Christmas – Connie Francis

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  1. Hey America – James Brown
  2. Hand Me Down World – The Guess Who
  3. Three Times A Lady – Commodores
  4. My Mom and Santa Claus – George Jones
  5. If I Tried – Mashmakhan
  6. Anastasie Oh! Ma Cherie (Theme Du Film) – Yves Laferriere
  7. Christmas Rappin’ – Holiday Rappers
  8. Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run) – Billy Ocean
  9. Try A Little Harder – Dr. Music
  10. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
  11. Maggie May – Rod Stewart
  12. Christmas Has Meaning – Rita MacNeil
  13. Turn To Gold – David Austin

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  1. Save A Prayer – Duran Duran
  2. I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5
  3. The Weight – The Band
  4. I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz
  5. Get It On – Marc Bolan & T-Rex
  6. Raise A Little Hell – Trooper
  7. Journey – FM
  8. The Beat Goes On – Sonny & Cher
  9. Spicks And Specks – Bee Gees
  10. My Little Red Book – The Ugly Ducklings
  11. Comin’ On Strong – Broken English
  12. Please Don’t Go – K.C. And The Sunshine Band
  13. Lost In The Hurrah – Marc Jordan

Rob’s Rewind – Show 37 SONG LIST

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  1. Get Closer – Seals & Crofts
  2. Fire On High – Electric Light Orchestra
  3. Dollar Bill – Joey Gregorash
  4. Swing Your Daddy – Jim Gilstrap
  5. Magic Man – Heart
  6. The Surest Things Can Change – Gino Vannelli
  7. Awake Ye Drowsy Sleepers – Ian & Sylvia
  8. Sloop John B – The Beach Boys
  9. Got To Be Real – Cheryl Lynn
  10. APB – Toulouse
  11. You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry and the Pacemakers
  12. Love Hit Me – Maxine Nightingale
  13. Hi-De-Ho – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  14. Tainted Love – Soft Cell

Rob’s Rewind – Show 36 SONG LIST

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  1. Armed And Extremely Dangerous – First Choice
  2. Midnight Rider – Paul Davidson
  3. Walkin’ The Dog – Frank Motley and the Bridge Crossings
  4. 867-5309 (Jenny) – Tommy Tutone
  5. Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
  6. Can You Feel It – Lighthouse
  7. Last Song – Edward Bear
  8. Lost in France – Bonnie Tyler
  9. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head – B.J. Thomas
  10. Jupiter’s Child – Steppenwolf
  11. Mama Told Me (Not To Come) – Three Dog Night
  12. Cambodia – Kim Wilde
  13. All I Wanna Do – Doucette
  14. Freeze Frame – J. Gelis Band

Rob’s Rewind – Show 35 SONG LIST

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  1. Speak To Me/Breathe – Pink Floyd
  2. Love Is Alive – Gary Wright
  3. Coming Off The Moon – Max Webster
  4. Maria Magdalena – Sandra
  5. Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
  6. You Can’t Dance – Jackson Hawke
  7. A Wednesday In Your Garden – The Guess Who
  8. Come Said The Boy – Mondo Rock
  9. The Candy Man – Sammy Davis Jr.
  10. Calgary – Great Speckled Bird
  11. As Tears Go By – The Rolling Stones
  12. Come Back And Finish What You Started – Gladys Knight and the Pips
  13. Be My Baby – Andy Kim
  14. Up Against The Wall – Tom Robinson Band

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  1. The Phantoms – (Ghost) Riders In The Sky [Stan Jones Cover]
  2. Bob and Lucille – Demon Lover
  3. Bobby Gimby and the Kids – Be Aware Space Creatures
  4. Buddy Reynolds – Ogopogo
  5. Five Man Electrical Band – Werewolf
  6. Klaatu – Howl at the Moon
  7. Lynx – Lucifer (1976)
  8. Peace River Rangers – Flyin’ Saucers
  9. Raftsmen III – Haunted House
  10. Rough Trade – Endless Night
  11. Stan Rogers – Turnaround – Try Like the Devil
  12. Strange Advance – Running Away
  13. The Courriers – Run To Your Mama
  14. The Diodes – Death in the Suburbs
  15. The Hunt – Fire
  16. The Men of the Deeps – Dry Bones

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  1. Hot Butter – Popcorn
  2. David Soul – Don’t Give Up On Us
  3. Doug and the Slugs – Too Bad
  4. Max Werner – Rain in May
  5. Pink Floyd – Brain Damage & Eclipse
  6. April Wine – Druthers
  7. Rush – Bastille Day
  8. Bruce Springsteen – I’m Goin’ Down
  9. Cliff Richard – The Young Ones
  10. Chilliwack – Something Better
  11. Patti Austin and James Ingram – Baby, Come To Me
  12. Michael Zager Band – Let’s All Chant
  13. Whitesnake – Here I Go Again

Rob’s Rewind – Van Halen Tribute SONGLIST

  1. Jamie’s Cryin’ (1978)

This song is about a girl who has a one-night stand and lives to regret it. She wants a deeper relationship and feels used by the guys who hit it and quit. She considers writing him a letter asking him to call (remember, this is before texting), but she knows it will get her nowhere.

David Lee Roth wrote the lyrics, which is a little ironic considering his many one-and-done conquests. In the early years of Van Halen, he would have a crew member make sure that some lovely ladies in the crowd were ushered backstage for his enjoyment.


  1. Beautiful Girls (1979)

The group wrote this in David Lee Roth’s basement. They had just finished a tour and were under tight deadline pressure to record their second album. They released an album every year until 1984. Roth fractured his foot doing a jump for the album’s photo shoot. Since there was no way Roth could stay still on stage, they postponed their tour so he could heal.

The album took six days to record. Van Halen was quick in the studio because they laid down most of the tracks live, with very little overdubbing.


  1. Runnin With The Devil (1978)

This is the first song on the first Van Halen album. It starts with a backwards blare of car horns, which was made by a contraption Eddie Van Halen put together using a bunch of horns, a car battery, and a footswitch. They used to use it when they played at clubs.

Van Halen included this song on a demo Gene Simmons produced for them in 1977. After seeing them in concert, Simmons flew the band to New York, bought them clothes, and set up a recording session. They didn’t get a record deal out of it, but gained valuable experience.

The song contains many of the things Van Halen became famous for: David Lee Roth’s squeal, Eddie’s guitar solo, and Michael Anthony’s backup vocals.


  1. Panama (1984)

This was one of the first songs recorded at Eddie Van Halen’s 5150 studios. “5150” is California police code for a mentally unstable person causing a disturbance.

The album cover, which showed a baby on the cover smoking a cigarette, caused a bit of controversy. Some UK record stores refused to stock it.

This was one of the last Van Halen songs recorded with David Lee Roth as lead singer. He was replaced by Sammy Hagar in 1986.


  1. Little Guitars (1982)

On this song, Eddie Van Halen played a custom-made, miniature Les Paul guitar that was created for him by Nashville designer Dave Petschulat. On Van Halen’s 1982-1983 Hide Your Sheep tour, they played this song with Eddie switching to his miniature guitar.


  1. Dance The Night Away (1979)

The lightest and most radio-friendly song on the Van Halen II album, Warner Brothers Records insisted “Dance The Night Away” be released as the first single. The band didn’t think it represented their sound and did not want it released first, but they didn’t have the clout to overrule their record company. The original title was “Dance, Lolita, Dance.”

Van Halen picked up a lot of new fans after this song got some airplay. Many listeners who heard them for the first time were pleasantly surprised when they bought the album, and rushed out to buy the first Van Halen album as well. That first album, which sold about a million copies in America the first year it was released, eventually sold 10 million.


  1. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (1978)

Van Halen played this at many of their early shows before they got a record deal. They included it on a demo Gene Simmons produced for them in 1977.

If you listen carefully, you can hear an electric sitar low in the mix.

This song gets at least as much radio play now as when it first came out. Van Halen took a few years to get a big following, so many of their early songs are now Classic Rock staples because they were never overplayed when they first came out.


  1. Unchained (1981)

It’s not all that clear what’s going on in this song, but it sure does rock. The lyric is mostly an exercise in vocal dexterity, with the line “Blue-eyed murder in a side-swiped dress” leading into the rousing chorus. The song was a live favorite for the band.

In the middle of this song, David Lee Roth makes fun of an executive that walked into the studio while they were recording it (“that suit is YOU…”). Roth would add commentary on a separate track while the band played the instrumental parts, and his comments were sometimes added to the mix (“Everybody Wants Some” is an example). The voice that says, “Come on, Dave, gimme a break” is their producer, Ted Templeman.


  1. Jump (1984)

David Lee Roth has given various accounts of the meaning behind the lyrics, but he usually says they are about a TV news story he saw where a man was about to kill himself by jumping off a building (Roth thought, “Might as well jump”). He’s also said the song is about a stripper.

Roth is a great storyteller who likes to build his legend, so he would often add that he wrote the lyric while cruising around Los Angeles in his vintage 1951 Mercury convertible.

This was Van Halen’s first #1 hit in America, and their only #1 with David Lee Roth as lead singer.


  1. You Really Got Me (1978)

This was Van Halen’s first single. They learned a bunch of Kinks songs when they were just starting out (in part because David Lee Roth had one of their greatest hits albums), and often played them at their shows when they were still a bar band. “They sounded good and they were great to dance to,” David Lee Roth said.

When it came time for Van Halen to record their first single, they chose “You Really Got Me,” since they had refined it after years performing it. In 1982, they released another Kinks kover, “Where Have All The Good Times Gone?,” which appears on their album Diver Down.

There is a track before this on the album called “Eruption,” which is an Eddie Van Halen guitar solo that leads into it. Disc jockeys often played the 2 songs together, but as computerized playlists and corporate programmers took control of radio stations, “Eruption” is rarely played.


  1. Mean Street (1981)

Fair Warning is the fourth studio album by American rock band Van Halen. Released on April 29, 1981, it sold more than two million copies, but was still the band’s slowest-selling album of the David Lee Roth era. Despite the album’s commercially disappointing sales, Fair Warning was met with mostly positive reviews from critics.

The album was listed by Esquire as one of the 75 Albums Every Man Should Own.


  1. Finish What Ya Started (1988)

Taken from their 1988 album OU812. Despite the album being seemingly complete, Eddie Van Halen came up with the riff at 2 in the morning and went down to his then-neighbor Sammy Hagar to show it. Hagar let Eddie in, and the two played guitars in his balcony until they had a completed song. Once Eddie left, Hagar decided to write the lyrics despite being late at night. The theme wound up being unfulfilled sex, summed up by Hagar as “blue balls”. In the song, Eddie recorded his guitar part on a Fender Stratocaster plugged direct into the studio mixing console. The song is one of only two Van Halen tracks featuring Hagar playing a rhythm guitar part, which he played on a Gibson acoustic.


  1. Why Can’t This Be Love (1986)

“Why Can’t This Be Love?” was the first Van Halen single with Sammy Hagar as lead singer, replacing David Lee Roth. Hagar had plenty of cred as a rocker and went over as well as could be expected in his position. This song took the band in a more mature, melodic direction, which proved hit-worthy. The Van Hagar era was on, and the Sammy vs. Dave debates commenced.

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  1. Wishful Thinking – China Crisis
  2. Theme from “Shaft” – Isaac Hayes
  3. Hangman – The Ugly Ducklings
  4. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  5. You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
  6. A Million Miles Away – Klaatu
  7. Baby Step Back – Gordon Lightfoot
  8. Pop Muzik – M
  9. Do You Want To Know A Secret – Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas
  10. That’s Where I Went Wrong – The Poppy Family
  11. Time of the Season – The Zombies
  12. Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
  13. Child’s Garden – April Wine
  14. A Way of Life – The Family Dogg

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  1. The Runner – The Three Degrees
  2. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
  3. I’m Losing Tonight – A Passing Fancy
  4. I’m A Tiger – Lulu
  5. Beach Baby – First Class
  6. Moonshine (Friend of Mine) – John Kay
  7. The Partisan – Leonard Cohen
  8. Take It On The Run – REO Speedwagon
  9. The Groove Line – Heatwave
  10. You and I – Edward Bear
  11. Nutbush City Limits – Ike and Tina Turner
  12. Going In Circles – Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy
  13. Roll Over Beethoven – E.L.O.

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  1. The Witch Queen of New Orleans – Redbone
  2. The Israelites – Desmond Dekker
  3. Who Needs Ya – Steppenwolf
  4. It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me – Billy Joel
  5. Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake) – Freddie Jackson
  6. Children Laughing – Mashmakhan
  7. Fire Baby, I’m On Fire – Andy Kim
  8. Love Is All Around – The Troggs
  9. Ride A Wild Horse – Dee Clark
  10. One More Mountain To Climb – Dr. Music
  11. Slow Ride – Foghat
  12. Hyperactive – Thomas Dolby
  13. Your Generation – Generation X

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  1. Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac
  2. Tarzan Boy – Baltimora
  3. Rainshowers – Michel Pagliaro
  4. On The Beat – BB and Q Band
  5. Swing Your Daddy – Jim Gilstrap
  6. Slaughter in Robot Village – FM
  7. High School Queen – MOXY
  8. (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher – Rita Coolidge
  9. Fire On High – Electric Light Orchestra
  10. Freight Train – The Canadian Sweethearts
  11. Oh, Pretty Woman – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
  12. One Last Kiss – The J. Gelis Band
  13. Freedom Come, Freedom Go – Fortunes

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  1. Milk And Alcohol – Dr. Feelgood
  2. Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
  3. Liars – Ian Thomas
  4. Alright Alright Alright – Mungo Jerry
  5. Light My Fire – The Doors
  6. Little By Little – Eyes of Dawn
  7. Long Long Time To Get Old – Great Speckled Bird
  8. You’re The One That I Want – John Travolta & Olivia Newton John
  9. Bennie And The Jets – Elton John
  10. Shotdown – April Wine
  11. Elusive Butterfly – Bob Lind
  12. To Be With You – Gallery
  13. Down by The River – Joey Gregorash
  14. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel – Tavares

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  1. Seven Drunken Nights – The Dubliners

  2. Mr Pleasant – The Kinks

  3. It’s My Time – The Mynah Birds w/ Rick James & Neil Young

  4. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car – Billy Ocean

  5. Forever Now – Cold Chisel

  6. Tribulation – Earth, Roots and Water

  7. Can’t You Do It Now – Gary & Dave

  8. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations

  9. Motor Bikin’ – Chris Spedding

  10. Signs – Five Man Electrical Band

  11. Rock On – David Essex

  12. Make Me Do Anything You Want – A Foot in Coldwater

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  1. Shame, Shame, Shame – Shirley and Company
  2. So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star – Byrds
  3. Slowpoke – April Wine
  4. Baby Blue – Badfinger
  5. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly & The Family Stone
  6. China Boys – The Payolas
  7. Talk it Over In The Morning – Anne Murray
  8. Betcha By Golly Wow – The Stylistics
  9. Ride My See-Saw – Moody Blues
  10. Leave Me Alone – Canadian Squires
  11. I’ll Always Love You – Taylor Dayne
  12. Love Don’t Live Here Anymore – Jimmy Nail
  13. Awake Ye Drowsy Sleepers – Ian & Sylvia
  14. No More Heroes – The Stranglers

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  1. Summer of ’42 – Biddu Orchestra
  2. Footloose – Kenny Loggins
  3. I Just Want To Make Music – Ken Tobias 
  4. Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison
  5. Take On Me – A-Ha
  6. Right Before Your Eyes – Ian Thomas
  7. Bye Bye Baby – Joey Gregorash
  8. Gimme Hope, Joanna – Eddy Grant
  9. MacArthur Park – Donna Summer
  10. Touch You In My Mind – Sea Dog 
  11. From The Underworld – The Herd
  12. Walkin’ Back to Happiness – Helen Shapiro
  13. One Night Lovers – Tom Middleton
  14. Rain in May – Max Werner