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So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Fu Manchu, Cyclone Launch . . . Launching with Fu Manchu’s heavy heavy monster sound of stoner rock.
  1. Flash and The Pan, Don’t Vote . . . Not a commentary on the Canadian federal election, honestly. Wasn’t going to even remotely touch on it but this tune, from the Headlines album, happened to come up in the station computer system while I was searching for something else. And it’s a nice up-tempo rocker with those distinctive Flash and The Pan vocals, with lyrics that I suppose could be interpreted in myriad ways.
  1. AC/DC, Down Payment Blues . . . from the Powerage album, Bon Scott era.
  1. Family, A Song For Me . . . Nine minutes of powerhouse psychedelic/hard rock from these arguably underappreciated Brits. The band from which Ric Grech of Blind Faith fame came, although by the time of this title cut from Family’s 1970 album, he was already in Blind Faith. And then out, as that supergroup (Cream’s Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, Traffic’s Steve Winwood) flamed out after their one amazing studio album.
  1. Link Wray, Switchblade . . . it cuts like a, er, switchblade. Great stuff from one of the highly influential early doctors of distortion.
  1. Dire Straits, Six Blade Knife . . . Another of those tracks that came up while searching another (Link Wray’s Switchblade, above) I’d earlier downloaded into the station system. I’ve thrown so many tracks in there now over the last year or so, thousands, that my shows are starting to schedule themselves, in a manner of speaking. I look for one song, many others yielded from the word search come up and I think, heck yeah, I like that one, too. Hence of late, if anyone’s noticed, many songs with similar words in their titles. More coming, as you’ll see. Anyway, Six Blade Knife is a typically nice, Dire Straits shuffle, much in the vein of J.J. Cale, from the debut album in 1978.
  1. Kris Kristofferson, Blame It On The Stones . . . I came to the multi-faceted Kristofferson long ago now, probably sometime in the 1990s but still relatively late. Always knew, of course, about his acting – I remember seeing the football movie Semi-Tough, and that he wrote Me and Bobby McGee which Janis Joplin (who he briefly dated) made famous. But never delved into his music much beyond that but once I did, was rewarded with his deep catalog. This one, a fun take on the often negative views older generations held about the ‘bad boy’ Rolling Stones, was the lead track on Kristofferson’s self-titled debut album in 1970. The album, which also featured Me and Bobby McGee, didn’t sell particularly well until Joplin took that song to the top, after which Kristofferson’s album was re-released with a new title, Me and Bobby McGee, and hit the charts.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Down In The Hole . . . Great original blues from the Emotional Rescue album.
  1. Tom Waits, Way Down In The Hole . . . Used as theme music, in various versions including Waits’ own, for the TV show The Wire. That was news to me since I don’t watch much TV, besides sports and documentaries. I hear it is/was a good show. Good song, regardless. It’s arguably amazing how many Waits warbles have been covered into hits by other artists, or used on TV shows or movies, yet he’s always remained something of a cult artist, certainly widely known, immensely respected, yet not to wide commercial tastes.
  1. King Crimson, Frame By Frame . . . From the second phase of Crimson’s career, the new wave-like, Talking Heads-ish period that yielded the trio of albums that are somewhat of a piece – Discipline, Beat and Three Of A Perfect Pair, starting in 1981. This one’s from Discipline.
  1. Soft Machine, Drop . . . From 5, the, yeah, fifth Soft Machine album. I find this progressive/jazz/rock/experimental band fascinating for their numerous lineups alone and how they developed and changed musically. This album is a perfect example. Recorded in 1971 and ’72, it was released in 1972. The 1971 sessions formed side one of the original vinyl album, with 1972, featuring some different personnel, featured on side two. Drop is from side one, after which some members, in true Soft Machine fashion, dropped out.
  2. Spooky Tooth, Lost In My Dream . . . I own just two Spooky Tooth releases. One is a terrific two-CD compilation I’ve drawn from for, as an example, their progressive, Vanilla Fudge-like treatment of The Beatles’ I Am The Walrus which, come to think of it, I should soon revisit. The other album I own is Spooky Two, arguably the band’s finest individual album and from which Lost In My Dream comes. The album includes the killer nine-minute cut Evil Woman, which I’ve played before, and the Gary Wright-penned By You, Better Than Me, which Judas Priest later covered to such effect that many consider it a Priest original. Wright, of course, went on to solo success, best known for Dream Weaver and Love Is Alive.
  1. Bad Company, Cross Country Boy . . . Jaunty little track from Rough Diamonds in 1982, the last studio album by the original Bad Co. lineup. Not just due to the title but this song always reminds me on Peace River, Alberta, where I lived briefly to start my journalism career, and where I first bought the Rough Diamons album, on vinyl.
  1. Bobbie Gentry, Big Boss Man . . . Best known for Ode to Billie Joe, Gentry has a very deep catalog of great material I like to dip into periodically both for listening pleasure and my show. She was among the first women to compose and produce her own material. And then she essentially disappeared, by choice. Fascinating story.
  1. Cowboy Junkies, Black Eyed Man . . . Second of several songs in the ‘man’ phase of the show again, as described earlier in my commentary, arrived at via search words in the station computer as I hunt for songs. Inn this case Bobbie Gentry search yielding this one and it’s never a bad thing to listen to the Junkies and Margo Timmins’ ethereal voice.
  1. Gov’t Mule, Blind Man In The Dark . . . The Mule takes us into a three-song Allman Brothers Band-related set. This tune originally appeared on the band’s second studio album, Dose, in 1998. This version is a similar but more raw treatment released on the archival Tel-Star Sessions album in 2016.
  1. Gregg Allman, Whippin’ Post . . . A more acoustic arrangement of the tune he wrote for the Brothers, it appeared on Allman’s terrific 1997 solo album, Searching For Simplicity. Nice playing by short-lived Allman Brothers’ Band guitarist Jack Pearson. Pearson, widely acclaimed in the music industry, was in the Allman Brothers from 1997-99 until he reluctantly left due to tinnitis (ringing in the ears).
  1. Sea Level, Canine Man . . . Up tempo tune by Sea Level, a rock/jazz fusion outfit led by keyboard player Chuck Leavell that grew out of the late 1970s breakup of the Allmans. The band name comes from a play on C. Leavell. Leavell has since been a regular touring and recording partner of The Rolling Stones. 
  1. Fairport Convention, Cajun Woman . . . Fast-paced tune from the fine British folk-rock artists, founded by guitarist Richard Thompson and, in the early days, featuring the wonderful vocals of the late great Sandy Denny. They’re still around and still in the lineup is guitarist/singer Simon Nicol, a founder member, and longtime member Dave Pegg who also had various stints in Jethro Tull. 
  2. Pretenders, Walk Like A Panther . . . Slinky tune, slinky vocals by Chrissie Hynde, from the band’s solid 2002 release, Loose Screw.
  1. Ian Gillan, Candy Horizon . . . Kick-butt rocker from Gillan’s 1991 solo release, Toolbox. Arguably the last album on which he could still scream like the banshee that did such Deep Purple classics as Child In Time. Great stuff.
  1. Eric Burdon, Can’t Kill The Boogieman . . . From Burdon’s 2004 album, My Secret Life. Great album. The riff to this tune sounds like ZZ Top’s La Grange, which in turn sounds like John Lee Hooker’s Boogie Chillen and Slim Harpo’s Shake Your Hips. When the ZZ Top tune came out in 1973, the band was sued by the copyright holder to Boogie Chillen but it was found that the traditional boogie blues rhythm was in the public domain.
  1. Bob Dylan, What Was It You Wanted . . . Caustic lyrics, at least I find them so, in typically great Dylan fashion, on this song from, for my money, one of his best albums,1989’s Oh Mercy. Produced by Daniel Lanois, who tends to bring out the best in anyone with whom he works.
  1. Tracy Chapman, Change . . . She’s so great, lyrically and musically, although dormant as far as new material since her last studio album in 2008. Hope she does new music soon but if not, we have the brilliance she’s left us to date.
  1. Van Morrison, And The Healing Has Begun . . . Haven’t played Van the Man, one of my favorite artists, in a while. Just beautiful stuff, this.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Still . . . You Turn Me On . . . Well-known and beautiful ELP song. It was considered as a single from the Brain Salad Surgery album, and is somewhat in the vein of Lucky Man from the debut. But the band decided against it since drummer Carl Palmer didn’t play on the song, and the ballad didn’t fit with the overall more aggressive tone of the album.
  1. Robert Palmer, Love Stop . . . Cool song from the Secrets album, 1979, which along with the next year’s Clues record, are my two favorites from the late Palmer. And I just realized I opened with Emerson, Lake & Palmer and then here I come with Robert Palmer. Although of course we’re talking Robert, not Carl. Must be some sort of Freudian thing, but enough of that rot. Robert Palmer’s cover of Moon Martin’s Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) was the big hit single from Secrets, Jealous (which I’ve played before) less so, but the whole album is quality and another of those I got into during my college days.
  1. Joni Mitchell, Passion Play (When All The Slaves Are Free) . . . From 1991’s Night Ride Home, which I don’t own. But I got into a lot of Mitchell’s great deep cuts, like this one, via her Misses compilation album, released on the same day in 1996 as Hits. Her record company wanted to issue a greatest hits album so Mitchell said, fine, but how about you agree to also issue an album collecting some of my own favorite deep cuts. She picked the tunes and voila, Misses. It’s a great way to get into lots of her lesser-known and perhaps less commercial work.
  1. The Rolling Stones, If You Really Want To Be My Friend . . . American R & B and soul group Blue Magic contributes backing vocals on this one from the It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll album. Every time I hear it, and it’s a great tune, I think of an old high school and college football teammate just breaking into the opening verse one day as we hung around either waiting for class or practice.
  1. Boz Scaggs, Loan Me A Dime . . . Before his 70s hits like Lowdown and Lido Shuffle, Scaggs played in early, bluesy and psychedelic versions of the Steve Miller Band (before that group’s big commercial hit singles success) and then went solo. This great blues track, written by singer/guitarist Fenton Robinson, appeared on Scaggs’ second solo album, Boz Scaggs. It came out in 1969 and features Duane Allman on guitar on four songs, including this one.
  1. Elton John, (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket . . . Good rocker from Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirty Cowboy. EJ was so consistently excellent during the 1970s, one of those artists whose deep cuts could easily have been singles.
  1. Chris Smither, Rock & Roll Doctor . . . A different, up-tempo shuffle treatment, complete with foot percussion, of the Lowell George-penned Little Feat tune, from the veteran American singer/songwriter/guitarist Smither. Great stuff.
  1. Steely Dan, Show Biz Kids . . . Typically great playing and caustic lyrics on this one from Countdown To Ecstasy, in 1973. The boys in the band foresaw, nearly 50 years in advance, the arguably vaccuous selfie culture to come via lyrics like “show biz kids making movies of themselves you know they don’t give a fuck about anybody else.”. Lead single from the album, it managed to make No. 61. Rick Derringer is on slide guitar on the track.
  1. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Luna . . . I’ve always really liked this one, from Petty’s debut album in 1976. Kinda spooky, with those unique Petty vocals.
  1. John Lennon, I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama . . . Producer Phil Spector’s ‘wall of sound’ comes into play on this dirge-like track from the Imagine album. Canada’s Cowboy Junkies had an interesting take on it – including a rap segment – on their 2005 covers album, Early 21st Century Blues. Mad Season, the grunge supergroup made up of members of Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and Screaming Trees, covered it 10 years earlier on their lone album, Above.
  1. Black Sabbath, Supernaut . . . And now for a two-song hard rock/metal interlude, starting with what I consider maybe Tony Iommi’s best Black Sabbath riff, although there’s so many great ones it’s obviously difficult to pick.
  1. Metallica, My Friend Of Misery . . . From the self-titled monster ‘black’ album that opened all kinds of doors in terms of audience for Metallica, ticking off some fans who wanted them to forever stay in thrash mode. Great bass intro by the since departed Jason Newsted and wicked guitar soloing by Kirk Hammett starting around five minutes into the nearly seven-minute track.
  1. Ian Hunter, The Outsider . . . Not a bad tune, including this slow-building one, on Hunter’s You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic album, from 1979. With his trusted sidekick, the late great Mick Ronson, on guitar.
  1. David Bowie, Saviour Machine . . . Speaking of Ronson, he of course also worked extensively with David Bowie including on this rather amazing rocking, almost prog track from Ronson’s first album with Bowie, 1970’s The Man Who Sold The World.
  1. Johnny (Guitar) Watson, A Real Mother For Ya . . . Great funk rock from the widely influential Watson. Among those inspired by him were Frank Zappa, who took up guitar after listening to Watson’s 1950s work, with Watson later appearing on several Zappa albums. This song was Watson’s highest charting single, making No. 41 on the pop charts and No. 5 on the R & B list in 1977. He died at age 61 in 1996, on stage during a gig in Japan. Not a bad way to go, doing what you love.
  1. Johnny Winter, All Tore Down . . . Great blues rocker, gritty vocals from Winter, from 1973’s Still Alive And Well album.
  1. Ten Years After, The Stomp . . . Hypnotic John Lee Hooker type track from 1969’s Ssssh album.
  1. John Lee Hooker, Back Biters and Syndicators . . . Speaking of whom, here’s the real thing.
  2. Mose Allison, Swingin’ Machine . . . The song does just that, swing. So influential an artist, Mose Allison. Lots of people, like The Who, covered his songs. Space does not permit. Read up on and better yet, listen to him.
  1. Dr. John, Iko Iko . . . Typical, er, gumbo from Dr. John’s Gumbo, his 1972 covers album of New Orleans classics.
  1. Steve Earle, Back To The Wall . . . Fairly well-known tune from Copperhead Road, the title cut from the album likely is the best known yet no singles, surprisingly, were officially released from the album in North America. This was released as a single in the UK but didn’t chart.
  1. Free, Walk In My Shadow . . . Perhaps amazingly, given the heavy blues nature of the album, none of the members of Free were even 20 years old when Tons Of Sobs was released in 1969. Walk In My Shadow was co-written by all four band members – Paul Rodgers, Paul Kossoff, Andy Fraser and Simon Kirke. Rodgers and Kirke, of course, later went on to form Bad Company.
  1. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Keep On Chooglin’ . . . CCR is so well-known, and rightly so, for their many hit singles but they’ve got some amazing extended pieces, like this one.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. The Rolling Stones, Can You Hear The Music . . . Somewhat ethereal tune from Goats Head Soup, yet another deep cut showing the Stones’ diversity in approach and music that – as with many great artists – those only listening to hit singles (which is fine) maybe never hear or appreciate.
  1. Alan Parsons Project, Sirius/Mammagamma/Lucifer . . . I wanted to play some Alan Parsons Project, haven’t in a long while, but couldn’t decide between these instrumentals. So I put them all together as one lengthy cut.
  1. Eagles, Long Road Out Of Eden . . . Long title track from the band’s 2007 album, the first (and likely last) studio album they’ve done since 1979’s The Long Run. Typically acerbic lyrics sung by Don Henley. Great, at times spooky, tune.
  1. Kansas, Portrait (He Knew) . . . Besides Carry On Wayward Son from Leftoverture (which I’ve long since owned), Point Of Know Return, via the hit single Dust In The Wind, is really the album that got me into Kansas and how I discovered this tune, one of my favorites by the band and the third single from the album. It made No. 64 on the charts. Inspired by Albert Einstein, the lyrics were later re-written by Kansas founder member Kerry Livgren for his solo band, to reflect his conversion to Christianity – although even the original Kansas lyrics could be taken to be as much about Jesus Christ as Einstein.
  1. Mott The Hoople, All The Way From Memphis . . . Reconnecting with lots of stuff I haven’t played on the show of late. Always liked Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter’s solo work. And, there’s a Bad Company connection to Mott via Mick Ralphs, a founding member of both bands.
  1. Rush, Working Man . . . I tend to always play this song at some point in my Labour Day set. Great rocker from the early, pre-progressive days, with the late John Rutsey on drums. From the self-titled debut album in 1974.
  1. Bruce Cockburn, Justice . . . Timeless lyrics, from Cockburn’s 1981 album Inner City Front.
  1. Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane, My Baby Gives It Away . . . A leftover, of sorts, from my Charlie Watts tribute show last week. Meant to play it, but got lost in the shuffle (true story: I couldn’t find my CD to load into the station computer system). Anyway, Watts plays drums, complete with his perhaps trademark ‘thwack’ to end this tune from 1977’s fabulous Rough Mix album. It’s a collaboration between The Who’s Townshend and Lane, of Faces fame, along with many of their musical friends and luminaries. John Entwistle, Eric Clapton and longtime Stones’ pianist Ian Stewart, among others, contribute.
  1. Rod Stewart, (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right . . . A tune done by many artists, written by Homer Banks, Carl Hampton and Raymond Jackson of Stax Records. Stewart, a great interpreter beyond his own songwriting abilities, has always been sterling in his choice of songs to cover, and this is another example. From 1977’s Footloose & Fancy Free album. Stewart’s old band, Faces, recorded it as an outtake for their 1973 album Ooh La La, so perhaps not surprising he chose to revisit it.

  2. John Mellencamp, Emotional Love . . . Interesting story with this track from 1996’s Mr. Happy Go Lucky album. It was written by Mellencamp’s then-bassist Toby Myers. Myers wasn’t sure about it, asked Mellencamp to listen to it, Mellencamp loved it but it was decided to put Mellencamp’s vocals on it and the rest is history. It’s one of my favorite tracks from the album. I like the groove.
  1. Paul McCartney/Wings, Beware My Love (live, from Wings Over America) . . . One of McCartney’s harder rockers, originally on Wings At The Speed Of Sound, an album of mostly softer rock. It’s not metal by any stretch, but I like it when Macca rocks out.
  1. The Beatles, Happiness Is A Warm Gun . . . From 1968’s The Beatles, aka or should we say not also known as but mostly known as The White Album. John Lennon took several song fragments and made them into one coherent whole. Well, I shouldn’t say just Lennon. It was his tune(s) but it’s one of the few songs on the album where all four Beatles actually worked together to hash it out, and all identified it as their favorite track on the record.
  1. T. Rex, I Love To Boogie . . . It’s a boogie tune. And I figured a good one to lead into a harder rocking phase of tonight’s show.
  2. The Stooges, Down On The Street . . . dunta dunta eeyow…etc etc. Typically crazy good stuff from Iggy and the boys.
  1. Nazareth, Not Faking It . . . No, we’re not. Real hard rock and roll.
  1. Status Quo, Paper Plane . . . Quo got a bit too poppy for me later on; I prefer their earlier, harder-rocking hard boogie stuff, like this one from the appropriately named Piledriver album, released in 1972.
  1. Jefferson Airplane, The Last Wall Of The Castle . . . Wicked, hard-rocking psychedelic tune from the maybe somewhat ‘weird’ but wonderful After Bathing At Baxter’s album. Great lead guitar and soloing by Jorma Kaukonen, who wrote the song and handles lead vocals.
  1. Thin Lizzy, Killer Without A Cause . . . I don’t know what more to say about Thin Lizzy besides I like all their stuff and anyone who thinks The Boys Are Back In Town is all they ever did, needs to dig deeper. They could fill the Grand Canyon with their great work.
  1. Blue Cheer, Saturday Freedom . . . Best known, likely, for their version of Eddie Cochran’s Summertime Blues, this is from the band’s self-titled fourth album, a more diverse one in style but still excellent.
  1. The Butterfield Blues Band, In My Own Dream . . . David Sanborn with the great sax solo on this one, the title cut from Butterfield’s 1968 album. It’s the last one with Elvin Bishop on guitar as the band started moving in a more soul-oriented direction after the earlier rocking blues featuring Bishop and Mike Bloomfield.
  1. The Kinks, Holiday In Waikiki . . . The only thing wrong with this song is its length. Too short. Just love the quirky rhythm and guitar work. From the Face To Face album in 1966. Unlike most of The Kinks’ post-British Invasion hit singles-infused albums, which arguably were hit singles and lots of filler like that of the output of many bands of the period, Face To Face didn’t sell particularly well. It’s something of a paradox, as the band got arguably more creative as chief songwriter Ray Davies moved into concept album territory. But the relatively poor-selling material the band did from 1966 to the early 70s, outside of big hit singles like Lola, is terrific. If you want a nice summation, I’d recommend The Kinks Kronikles. It’s a 1972 compilation that gathers lots of those songs and is how I got into this tune years ago. That prompted me to collect the full studio albums from that period of this terrific yet still somewhat underappreciated band in comparison to their contemporaries – Beatles, Stones, Who.
  1. The Doors, Ship Of Fools . . . A friend of mine, now a follower of the show and I got talking about the Doors’ later output some time ago, after I played a tune from the L.A. Woman album. So hard to pick, I like all Doors albums, but Woman might be my favorite of theirs – dark, bluesy, booze, cigarette and other smoking things-soaked vocals by Jim Morrison. But the previous record, Morrison Hotel, is similar in its deliberate ‘back to basics’ approach after the experimenation of The Soft Parade. The intro somewhat reminds me of the intro to Break On Through (To The Other Side) from the debut album, but this is a terrific cut in its own right.
  1. Murray McLauchlan, Sixteen Lanes Of Highway . . . Terrific stuff from one of Canada’s greats. Just put on, via CD or whatever your delivery system, the Songs From The Street compilation and Try Walking Away On The Boulevard Down By The Henry Moore or Out Past The Timberline.
  1. Bruce Springsteen, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out . . . One of those tunes I came across while searching for something else in the radio station’s computer system. Was looking for Free songs, up came Free-ze Out so I thought, why not? Haven’t played The Boss recently always liked this one, among many by Springsteen. And Free will have to wait at least another week.
  1. Canned Heat, So Long Wrong . . . Latter period (then) Heat, same old great blues. From 1973’s The New Age album. Formed in 1965, Canned Heat is still around, no original members, drummer/singer Adolfo de la Parra, who joined in 1967, is still there but founder members/chief songwriters Bob (The Bear) Hite and Alan (Blind Owl) Wilson are long gone to the great gig in the sky. It’s interesting, though, going through the looong list of former members. Included are Larry Taylor, who had several stints in Canned Heat as well as with John Mayall and Tom Waits. Also, Harvey Mandel, who once auditoned for/played on The Rolling Stones’ Black and Blue album and also was with John Mayall for a time. Noted bluesman Walter Trout also had a stint, 1981-85, in Canned Heat.

So Old It’s New set list (Charlie Watts tribute) for Monday, Aug 30/21 – on air 8-10 pm ET

All tracks feature Charlie Watts and are Rolling Stones songs, except tracks 23-26 which are from side projects including his jazz band.

1. Flip The Switch . . . And Charlie comes crashing in right off the bat on this, the opening cut to the Stones’ 1997 release, Bridges To Babylon. My two boys and I used to ‘play’ this one in our air guitar band when they were young, and then my older son, then 9, saw/heard the band play it in April 1998 when I took him to his first Stones’ show, and concert, ever.

 

  1. If You Can’t Rock Me . . . Opening cut from the It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll album, with Watts kicking things off in fine fashion, and throughout. “The band’s on stage and it’s one of those nights…the drummer thinks that he is dynamite” Yes, he is/was.
  2.  Soul Survivor . . . Suggested by my older son, Mark, as we were discussing Watts’ passing, for how in Mark’s words Watts ‘enters’ the song at the four-second mark. Always loved this song, from Exile On Main St, perhaps sort of a different song construction, I’ve heard it described as a ‘sideways’ riff from Keith Richards.
  3.  Shake Your Hips . . . A cover of the hypnotic Slim Harpo tune, also from Exile. Great stuff.
  4. Let It Bleed . . . Here he comes, crashing in at 13 seconds. That part alone has always ‘made’ the song for me but it’s great throughout.
  5. Moon Is Up . . . One of two tunes for this Watts-inspired set, suggested by a friend, Ted Martin who, before I even decided to do a Watts-tribute show, sent me a list of his favorite Watts moments. I like this one, too. It’s from 1994’s Voodoo Lounge album. Watts is credited as playing ‘mystery drum’, which actually was a turned-over steel garbage can.
  6.  Slave . . . Just a great jam, from Tattoo You. Originally recorded during the mid-1970s sessions for the Black and Blue album, it wasn’t released until 1981 when the Stones cobbled together unfinished tunes from previous sessions and put them together for the Tattoo You album. Features Sonny Rollins on sax and a great drum-guitar duel between Watts and Keith Richards over the last two minutes of the six-and-a-half minute cut. The song was originally five seconds under five minutes long on the original album release but when the band released remastered versions, they left in the extra 90 seconds as Keith and Charlie just kept on going as the tapes rolled.
  7.  Driving Too Fast . . . propulsive piece from A Bigger Bang in 2005. Watts, as always, as metronome.
  8.  Down The Road Apiece . . . From the early days, 1965 when Stones albums – in this case The Rolling Stones Now! – were populated largely with blues and R & B covers, and boogie-woogie entries like this one, written by Don Raye and first recorded in 1940. Chuck Berry, who the Stones drew much inspiration from, Jerry Lee Lewis and Foghat are some of the other notables to have covered it.
  9. Terrifying . . . What I’ve described as a roiling track from 1989’s Steel Wheels. It swings, which is what Watts was all about, the ‘roll’ in the rock, in the words of Keith Richards.
  10. When The Whip Comes Down . . . It’s a production thing as well but the drumming on the Some Girls album is so sharp, snappy, solid and just plain great.
  11.  I Go Wild . . . Another from Voodoo Lounge, the first album the Stones did after Bill Wyman left and Darryl Jones came in on bass. Over his own objections, Watts was put ‘in charge’ of making the final call by the band but he knew he had to, given drums and bass form the rhythm section in a rock band. Apparently fuelled by this newfound authority, Watts is said to have yelled ‘turn me up’ at one point in the sessions, all the resulting tunes of which feature his typically terrific drumming.
  12.  Factory Girl . . . Watts plays tabla (twin hand drums) on this one, from Beggars Banquet. He said in a 2003 interview that he played it with sticks, instead of his hands. “I was doing something you shouldn’t do, which is playing the tabla with sticks instead of trying to get that sound using your hand – it’s an extremely difficult technique and painful if you’re not trained.”
  13.  Jigsaw Puzzle . . . One of my favorite Stones tunes. The drumming speaks for itself in what’s been described as a Dylan-esque tune. “and the drummer, he’s so shattered, trying to keep on time…” “and the Queen is bravely shouting, ‘what the HELL is going on?’ ”
  14.  Rocks Off . . . kick butt rocker that opens the Exile album, likely my favorite by the Stones.
  15. Dirty Work . . . Title cut from what’s been described as an ‘angry’ 1986 album, the height of the so-called World War III between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. But the entire band was in tatters, Watts was uncharacteristically dabbling in heroin for a brief time, yet he was well enough to, uh, smack his way through this kick-ass track. The album got savaged by critics and many fans, but I’ve always loved it.
  16.  Everything Is Turning To Gold . . . Funky, propulsive track was the B-side to the Shattered single, from Some Girls, in 1978 and appeared on the 1981 compilation Sucking In The Seventies.
  17.  Moonlight Mile . . . beautiful track, second one suggested by Ted Martin from a list of his favorites featuring nice work by Watts. From the Sticky Fingers album and rarely played live, I saw/heard them do it at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on 1999’s No Security tour.
  18. The Lantern . . . From the Satanic Majesties album, 1967. It’s always been – along with 2000 Light Years From Home, 2000 Man and Citadel – one of my favorites from that controversial album, the Stones’ lone dabble in psychedelia.
  19. Let Me Go . . . I’ve always liked the tune but hadn’t thought of it, for a Watts’ tribute show, until I read it mentioned in an article about the late drummer. From the Emotional Rescue album. Good pick by the writer.
  20. Ride On, Baby . . . Nice Watts work on this one, from the Aftermath album sessions but not released until the North American compilation Flowers, in 1967. Along with the Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) compilation, both of which my older sister had, Flowers served as my introduction to the Stones.
  21. Surprise, Surprise . . . Another one from the early days, great stuff from 1965 and the North American release, Now!
  22. Tim Ries, The Rolling Stones Project, Honky Tonk Women . . . We all know the amazing drumming on the hit single version of this tune, and mine is a deep cuts show so I thought I’d go in another direction with it to start a maybe offbeat section of the show. It’s from the first of two Stones’ covers projects, this one released in 2005, by Ries, an American saxophonist who was a member of the Stones’ touring band from 2003-14. Ries has taught jazz at various academic institutions, including the University of Toronto. His version of the song features Lisa Fischer, who toured with the Stones from 1989-2015, on vocals, Darryl Jones on bass, Keith Richards on guitar and Watts on drums.
  23. Charlie Watts/Jim Kelter Project, Billy Higgins . . . Experimental track from the album Watts did with noted session superstar Keltner, released in 2000. Each of the album’s nine tracks is named for a drummer and honors their specific approach, in this case American free jazz and hard bop stickman Higgins. Watts plays drums on this and all tracks, with Keltner handling percussion, samples and ‘odd drum bits’. Great stuff.
  24. Hopkins/Cooder/Jagger/Wyman/Watts, Highland Fling (from Jamming With Edward) . . . From the one-off album put together by pianist and longtime Stones’ session player Nicky Hopkins (nicknamed Edward), guitarist Ry Cooder, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts in 1969 but not released until 1972. From the liner notes: “Howdy doody whoever receives this record. Here’s a nice little piece of bullshit about this hot waxing which we cut one night in London, England while waiting for our guitar player to get out of bed. It was promptly forgotten (which may have been for the better) until it was unearthed from the family vaults by those two impressive entrepreneurs – Glyn Johns and Marshall Chess. It was they who convinced the artists that this historic jam of the giants should be unleashed on an unsuspecting public. . . . I hope you spend longer listening to it than we did making it.” – Mick Jagger.
  25. Charlie Watts Quintet, Someone To Watch Over Me . . . A Gershwin tune, lyrics by Ira, music by George, recorded and released in 1993 by Watts’s jazz outfit. Longtime Stones’ backup singer Bernard Fowler provided vocals.
  26. Not Fade Away (live, from Stripped) . . . From the Stones’ semi-unplugged 1995 live release. It was one of Watts’s favorite albums by the band. “One of the best we’ve made in the past few years was the album called Stripped,” Watts said in the book According To The Rolling Stones. “I think that’s one of the most interesting records we’ve done, the best-played record we’ve made for years. . . . The version of Not Fade Away is fantastic.” Indeed.
  27. Heaven . . . You might not think it’s the Stones, if you didn’t know the band’s deep cuts. It’s what I enjoy so much about them; their eclecticism and willingness to try anything yet still sound like themselves. Nice, slow-burning groove from the Tattoo You album, I’ve loved it since the album came out in 1981. Even better with headphones.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Aug. 23, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Jethro Tull, Life Is A Long Song … This one isn’t, but title-wise a good intro (and a good tune, too) to a show I some time ago threatened to do, so here it is. All long songs.
  1. Yes, The Gates Of Delirium . . . Epic 22-minute track, one of just three on 1974’s Relayer album. It’s the lone Yes album to feature keyboardist Patrick Moraz, replacing the departed Rick Wakeman. Inspired by Tolstoy’s War and Peace, the track ends with Soon, extracted as a single.
  1. Led Zeppelin, In The Light . . . Apparently, it’s Jimmy Page’s favorite from 1975’s double album, the mighty Physical Graffiti which, some have suggested, represents Zeppelin at the peak of their powers. Possibly, but with such bands, the ‘peak’ I’ve always felt is whatever of their output one is listening to right now, if it appeals to you.
  1. Genesis, The Cinema Show . . . Speaking of peaks, I can never decide which is my favorite album of Genesis’s early, progressive rock period with Peter Gabriel. For me, it’s between Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, or Selling England By The Pound although over time I’ve gotten more into The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, which is good, but I don’t playit as much as the other three. In any event, this one’s from Selling England By The Pound.
  1. Santana, Treat (live at Fillmore West, 1968) .. . Great piano by Greg Rolie to start the song, with Carlos Santana’s guitar then driving the rest of the track. I pulled this off Santana Live At The Fillmore, 1968. The songs were recorded at San Francisco shows in December of that year but not pulled together as an album and released until 1997. Early Santana, one year before their debut studio album. A great record.
  1. The Allman Brothers Band, High Cost Of Low Living (live) . . . Live version, from 2004’s One Way Out, of my favorite track from the final Brothers’ studio album, the excellent Hittin’ The Note from 2003. It’s the onlyAllmans’ studio album not to include guitarist Dickey Betts, who left the band under acrimonious circumstances in 2000. He was replaced by Derek Trucks, who teamed with Warren Haynes on the studio record and the live album/tour.
  1. Grateful Dead, Terrapin Station . . . I’m certainly no Deadhead but I’ve gotten more and more into them over time, starting of course, like perhaps most neophytes, with Truckin’, on compilations ages ago before purchasing American Beauty, Workingman’s Dead and, how could one resist for the title alone, Live Dead. This is the epic 16-minute title track from their 1977 album, building into a progressive rock and jazz tour de force.
  1. Pink Floyd, Echoes . . . 23-minute closer from the Meddle album in 1971. I don’t know what to say about Echoes except I’ve always liked it, will always like it. Epitomizes Pink Floyd, really.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Goin’ Home . . . Extended jam of more than 11 minutes, rare for the Stones at least on studio albums. From arguably their best early album, Aftermath, in 1966. It was their first release of all-original material.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Aug. 16, 2021 – on air 8-10 p.m. ET

  1. Golden Earring, Are You Receiving Me . . . I’ve been digging back into the Moontan album lately, both on the show and just to listen to, and could have sworn I must have played this recently and was repeating myself too quickly, but no. Haven’t played this particular track of late. It was Candy’s Going Bad I played most recently on the show, one of four of the five extended cuts on the North American version of the album (the European version has six tracks) I’ve played over time. The only one I haven’t played is Radar Love, but this is a deep cuts show for the most part. Solid album, front to back and Are You Receiving Me is one of the best, almost prog-metal/hard rock. Around even longer than The Rolling Stones, who began in 1962, Golden Earring began in 1961 but finally closed up shop, sadly, in February of 2021 after longtime guitarist George Kooymans was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Great band, although to my ears they got a bit too poppy at some points. But they’re definitely much more than just the Moontan album, Radar Love and their other worldwide hit, Twilight Zone. Tracks like Mad Love’s Comin’, for instance, which I’ve showcased before. More soon, perhaps, from the Dutchmen.
  1. Tom Waits, Heartattack And Vine . . . Yes, heartattack, one word. Title cut from the 1980 album and a change of pace from tonight’s opener, via Waits’ indiosyncratic style and sandpaper vocals. Haven’t played him in a while but the, er, Waits is now over. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins covered this tune, in his own unique style.
  1. Traffic, John Barleycorn . . . Traditional English/Scottish tune, done by many bands including Jethro Tull on their semi-acoustic 1992 live album A Little Light Music. From Traffic’s John Barleycorn Must Die album. One of my favorites by one of my favorite bands. It occurred to me to play them this week after I played Steely Dan last week, which led to a discussion with a show follower that included Steve Winwood, which led me to think of playing, er, in Traffic.
  1. The Guess Who, Attila’s Blues . . . Back I go into 1974’s Road Food album, the title cut of which I played some time ago. I always remember a buddy of mine having this album in high school. The hits were Star Baby and Clap For The Wolfman. Nice jaunty tune, with fun lyrics: ‘Have you ever had an aardvark sandwich’ among the many.
  1. The Who, Imagine A Man . . . Beautiful track, lyrically musically, from one of my favorite Who albums and the first studio one I ever bought with my own money and thus kind of grew up with, The Who By Numbers.
  1. Little Feat, All That You Dream . . . Linda Ronstadt helps out Lowell George on vocals on this propulsive track from The Last Record Album (which it wasn’t, from the band).
  1. Atomic Rooster, People You Can’t Trust . . . A funky outing from the previously prog-heavy Rooster. Chris Farlowe, who did covers of various Rolling Stones’ tunes in the 1960s including a No. 1 hit with Out Of Time in 1966, came in on lead vocals in a reconfigured band that retained only founder member Vincent Crane as they embarked on a new direction.
  1. Bert Jansch, 900 Miles . . . The Scottish folkie, usually on guitar, does some banjo picking on this traditional. Jansch founded the band Pentangle and influenced a host of artists including Jimmy Page, Ian Anderson, Al Stewart, Neil Young, Elton John. Well worth digging into both his solo work and Pentangle, you haven’t.
  1. Moby Grape, 8:05 . . . Great and maybe two short a tune by a band that, along with the Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead and others emerged out of the San Francisco scene in the 1960s. They fused country, blues, rock and jazz into a unique stew but were never as successful as some of their musical colleagues, in large measure to to management hassles, well worth reading up on.
  1. Bob Seger, Ain’t Got No Money . . . Good rocker, a cover of a song by Scottish rock singer-songwriter and actor Frankie Miller, from Seger’s 1978 blockbuster Stranger in Town album. Seger cites Miller as a big influence and one only needs to listen to a few Miller tracks to hear it.
  1. Can, I Want More . . . OK, here we go into my maybe increasingly silly song title thing but I just can’t seem to help myself. If you care, here’s how it happens since, due to the studio being closed due to Covid protocols, I’ve been programming my shows. Often, I just search a word in our station computer system to which I’ve loaded thousands of tunes I own, and see what comes up. Or, I’ll search a band and the word comes up in a song title along with similar titles from other bands. So, here come five straight tunes with the word “more’ in their titles/lyrics. Which reminds me: I need to load the Pink Floyd movie soundtrack album More into our system. Anyway, a typically cool track from Can, the German experimentalists. This was a hit single in 1976 in the UK, from the Flow Motion album, a controversial record for the band’s followers, because it dabbled in disco. But I always like it when bands/artists I like take a different path; I tend to follow them wherever they go, until and if, like latter-day Chicago, they lose me.
  1. Can, . . . And More . . . I couldn’t resist adding the companion piece, which was, naturally, the single’s B-side.
  1. Love, Andmoreagain . . . From the classic and influential Forever Changes album which, typical of some such albums, didn’t burn up the charts but rewards the listener.
  1. Bruce Cockburn, More Not More . . . A buddy of mine texted me the other night to tell me he throwing back some tequilla while listening to music, including some Cockburn. That prompted me playing this tune from Humans in 1980. Just a terrific record, front to back, best known perhaps for the single Tokyo, but every one of its 10 songs, like this one, is solid.
  1. Phil Collins, I Don’t Care Anymore . . . I suppose, just occurred to me, I could have played Aerosmith’s No More No More because by this point even I’m tired of this ‘more’ stuff. All good tunes, though, connected only by that one word. And, I played the Aerosmith song fairly recently. This was a hit single from Collins’ second solo album, Hello, I Must Be Going, released in 1982. Heavy metal band Hellyeah, which featured the late Pantera founder and drummer Vinnie Paul, later covered Collins’ tune.
  1. David Bowie, Aladdin Sane . . . Title cut from Bowie’s 1973 album. Atmospheric cut with great piano, and piano solo, by Mike Garson, who worked on many Bowie albums and whose credits also include work with Nine Inch Nails and Smashing Pumpkins.
  1. Rainbow, Black Sheep Of The Family . . . Cover of a tune by British progressive band Quatermass. Ritchie Blackmore’s bandmates in Deep Purple didn’t want to do the cover during sessions for the Stormbringer album in 1974, so Blackmore recorded it for the first Rainbow record a year later.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Worried About You . . . Originally recorded in 1975 for the Black and Blue album, the track didn’t see the light of day on record until 1981’s Tattoo You album, although the Stones did play it at one of their two El Mocambo shows in 1977 in Toronto. The song features a nice guitar solo from Wayne Perkins, who also contributed a great solo to Black and Blue’s Hand Of Fate and nearly got the gig that eventually went to Ron Wood.
  1. Robin Trower,Gonna Be More Suspicious . . . Smokin’ opening riff and typically great playing from Trower on this cut from For Earth Below, 1975. The album also features the late James Dewar, the outstanding vocalist and bass player in Trower’s 1970s band.
  1. Robbie Robertson, American Roulette . . . Great rocker from Robertson’s self-titled first solo album in 1987. It references, without naming them, James Dean, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and the consequences of their fame.
  1. Lou Reed, Last Great American Whale . . . 1989 was a pretty good year for classic rocker comeback albums: Bob Dylan with Oh Mercy, Neil Young with Freedom, the Stones with Steel Wheels and Reed, with New York, from which I pulled this track.
  1. T-Bone Burnett, House Of Mirrors . . . I’ve said it before but what an artist T-Bone is. Worked with Bob Dylan during the 1970s, producer to the stars, and terrific solo stuff. This could be a companion piece, vocally, to the Lou Reed track above. Very similar style; T-Bone’s tune coming out in 1980 and Reed’s nine years later.
  1. Led Zeppelin, The Battle Of Evermore . . . Beautiful track from Zep IV, with Fairport Convention’s late great Sandy Denny adding her amazing voice to Robert Plant’s.
  1. Rory Gallagher, Crest Of A Wave . . . A ‘galloping’ track, with typically exquisite guitar, from Gallagher’ Deuce album in 1971.
  1. John Mayall, Fly Tomorrow . . . Nine-minute slow-building track from Mayall’s late 1968 album, Blues From Laurel Canyon. It features Mick Taylor on guitar. A year later, he was in The Rolling Stones, on Mayall’s recommendation to the band. Mayall and Taylor later reunited, off and on, on Mayall’s albums. I saw them on the same bill in the mid-1980s at Ontario Place in Toronto. Taylor opened, then joined Mayall’s then-current version of the Bluesbreakers for a few songs.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, August 9, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Drive-By Truckers, Let There Be Rock . . . I was debating whether to start the show with AC/DC/s Let There Be Rock or this one by the Truckers, but settled on this one since I overlooked a southern rock track last week and wanted to set things up, in that vein, with the next tune.
  1. Blackfoot, Highway Song . . . I played the Outlaws’ Green Grass and High Tides and Molly Hatchet’s Fall Of The Peacemakers last week and mentioned that every ‘southern rock’ band seems to have a signature, Freebird-like song and in fact Molly Hatchet covered that iconic Lynyrd Skynyrd tune on their Double Trouble live album. So, anyway, I forgot this one from Blackfoot last week so here it is, another extended cut in the same vein and interesting in that Blackfoot leader Rickey Medlocke, who is a Blackfoot native American, was an original member of Skynyrd. He played drums on some sessions in 1971 and 1972 Skynyrd released their first album, some of the tracks of which later came out on the 1978 archival release Skynyrd’s First . . . And Last. He then formed Blackfoot before returning to the Skynyrd fold as a guitarist in the reconsitituted post-plane crash band.
  1. Bill Wyman, (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star . . . A hit single, in the disco vein, by The Rolling Stones’ bassist, released in 1981. As a Stones’ fanatic, I have all his solo work and while I don’t listen to it all that much, it’s not bad, especially the first two, Monkey Grip and Stone Alone from the early 1970s. And I do like Wyman’s long-ago contribution to the Stones’ Satanic Majesties album, In Another Land, always liked that tune on what is a much-trashed but actually quite good Stones’ album. In terms of Stones’ members solo work I’d rank the boys thusly: 1. Keith Richards. 2. Ronnie Wood (yes, indeed, his solo work is really good especially his first one, I’ve Got My Own Album To Do in 1974 before he was even in the band and Slide On This). 3. Mick Jagger, particularly the Wandering Spirit album which is his most Stones-like and very good. 4. Wyman. 5. Mick Taylor. Brilliant guitarist but sorry, for all the bitching he did about not getting songwriting credits while in the Stones, which might be true, what has he done that is even remotely memorable since he left the band in 1974? I mean seriously. I have literally all his solo work but all I ever listen to is his live stuff which is usually blues covers and Stones’ covers. Love the guy’s playing but, said it before and will repeat it now; I’d say he was more inspired by being in the Stones’ orbit and contributing to the songwriting partnership of Jagger-Richards than the reverse. He’s a great guitarist. That’s it. Not a bad thing, but he isn’t much of a songwriter or he would have long since proved it.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Some Girls . . . Title, and controversial cut due to the ‘black girls just want to get fucked all night I just don’t have that much jam’ lyric. Great tune though. I finally heard them play it live on the stripped-down No Security tour show in 1999. As with the 1978 Some Girls tour, I have a special place for the 1999 tour because of its stripped-down nature and, especially on No Security, the band playing some little-played material like Some Girls the song, Moonlight Mile and the cover tune, Route 66.
  1. Bill Withers, Who Is He (And What Is He To You?) . . . What a great cut from the late great (he died in 2020) artist who is so much more than his well-known hit tunes like Ain’t No Sunshine, Use Me and Lean On Me. Love the lyrics to this one, along with the soulful treatment and funky guitar work.  
  2. Supertramp, Another Man’s Woman . . . I seem to be on a relationship/breakup or whatever thing here by osmosis or whatever, what with the ever-pervasive song title thing I wind up getting into it’s pretty much unconscious, just seems to happen but that’s how our brains work, or at least mine, one thing leads to another. In any event, a great track by the boys, from the Crisis, What Crisis album and yet another band I must credit my older brother by eight years for getting me into when he first brought the previous album, Crime Of The Century, home. Inevitably I would have gotten into all of it, Zep, Hendrix, Tull etc but he certainly helped. RIP, Robert.
  1. Blind Faith, Had To Cry Today . . . Speaking of whom, another via my brother, from the one and only studio album by the supergroup comprised of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech. Amazing album, amazing tune.
  1. Quicksilver Messenger Service, Who Do You Love (single edit) . . . Single version of the Bo Diddley track that, on the Happy Trails album, the band extended into a 25-minute suite. Which got me thinking, and thought of it before; I could do a show just of long tracks – stuff like this, Pink Floyd’s Echoes (which I’ve played before), Genesis’ Supper’s Ready (also previously played),Yes’s The Gates Of Delirium (which I almost played, recently) and so on, so maybe a 5 or 6 song set. But then you’d call me lazy. We’ll see. I may do it at some point. 
  1. Budgie, Who Do You Want For Your Love? . . . Typically great track from arguably this underappreciated Welsh hard rock band, although they’ve influenced many including Metallica, who has covered some of their tunes.
  1. U2, Please . . . The Pop album seems to divide people about U2, or at least music journalism critics. I’ve always liked it, including this tune. Good bands, to me, don’t do bad music; they merely explore different things and if you like them, you go with them and are usually enlightened and, if not, that’s cool, too.
  1. Gene Clark, No Other . . . Title cut on the 1974 album by the former Byrd-man. Great stuff, yet the album bombed. Go figure. For music aficionados, it’s well worth reading about the making of the album.
  1. Tony Joe White, Polk Salad Annie . . . Elvis Presley covered this great tune written by White, the ‘swamp rock’ master. Super stuff.
  1. Deep Purple, Painted Horse . . . An outtake from 1973’s Who Do We Think We Are album, later released on expanded reissues of the album. Nice bluesy tune featuring typically great guitar by Ritchie Blackmore.
  1. Funkadelic, You And Your Folks, Me And My Folks . . . From Maggot Brain, an album I got into some years back on the recommendation of a friend. The title cut is brilliant, featuring the amazing guitar playing of Eddie Hazel; I’ve played it before, will again, almost did this week but settled on this shorter cut from the record.
  1. Neil Young, Surfer Joe And Moe The Sleaze . . . From 1981’s Re-Ac-Tor album, which was panned by critics but I’ve always liked, probably because I like all Neil Young albums particularly those in which he calls on his Crazy Horse pals for backup. This one, too, reminds me of when I was out west at that time, northern Alberta in a house with two buddies, evenings spent just hanging out, maybe smoking some pot and one of my buddies had this newfangled (then) turntable you could hold and turn upside down and every which way and the record would keep playing. So, he’d constantly demonstrate it to us until inevitably it was like, ok, we get it, that’s nice.
  1. Joe Jackson, Got The Time . . . Scorching kick butt track from his debut, Look Sharp. Another of those albums and artists I got into during college days. Metal band Anthrax later covered it and it’s funny on the internet to read comments from metal fans saying ‘this is a Joe Jackson song?” It maybe doesn’t compute because they might think of JJ as the jazzy Night and Day album onward, not realizing he really kicked punk/new wave ass on his first three records.
  1. The Tragically Hip, At The Hundredth Meridian . . . Always been one of my favorite Hip tracks, from the Fully Completely album, typically great lyrics. And what other band can you easily find in a computer search of songs by plugging in the word ‘meridian’ ?
  1. Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack (1970), Heaven On Their Minds . . . noiyk noiyk noiyk noiyk noiyk noiyk noiyk noiyk noiyk noiyk or however one would write/sound out that freaking amazing opening guitar riff to this fantastic track from what for my money is one of the greatest albums of all time,soundtrack or otherwise. But you have to get the original version, 1970, not the 1973 shit show from the movie with present day ‘take’, the bus and all that crap I’ve never been able to get through. No, the one you want is the 1970 version, the one featuring Murray Head as Judas (singing here), Ian Gillan of Deep Purple fame as Jesus and Yvonne Elliman, a huge contributor to Eric Clapton’s 1970s albums, as Mary Magdalene. Outstanding band featuring guitarists Neil Hubbard (Roxy Music, Joe Cocker, etc.) and the late Henry McCullough (Spooky Tooth, The Grease Band (backing Joe Cocker), Paul McCartney/Wings).
  1. Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack (1970) Pilate’s Dream . . . Just a nice little ditty from Pilate, same album, figured I’d play it. I just like Pilate’s vocals, sung by the late Barry Dennen. I think, perhaps at Easter I suppose would be most appropriate, I might play the entire album on my show, it’s that good and worthwhile. 86 minutes with still some time to spare for other stuff. We’ll see how it goes. Nothing to do with religion, either, I was brought up Catholic but in the fun words of an old friend, I’m a recovering Catholic and long since a-religious.
  1. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dirty Pool . . . Typically great blues from the late great master.
  1. The Specials, Gangsters . . . The track that got me into ska back in college. Saw The Specials on CITY-TV’s (Toronto) The New Music and I was hooked.
  1. Triumph, Lay It On The Line . . . A hit, and I don’t usually play singles but as the show name goes, so old it’s new at least to some. I always think of this tune on the radio as my then college girlfriend and I were about to watch TV, or something, in her basement rec room one night. Turned out the song lyrics pretty much nailed our relationship. As for Triumph, not a major fan actually although I do love this track but much of their work is overproduced 80s-type stuff for the American market, just my thought. I do like Rock and Roll Machine, their cover of Rocky Mountain Way and the terrific cut from their self-titled debut, Blinding Light Show/Moonchild but that’s about it. I actually was going to play Blinding Light Show tonight but couldn’t find my damn CD to load into our station system. Maybe next time.
  1. Robert Plant, Too Much Alike . . . A fun little duet with US country/folk artist Patty Griffin, with whom Plant had a relationship . This track was previously unreleased but out now on Plant’s outstanding two-CD (if one is still into the physical stuff, I am) compilation Digging Deep: Subterranea, released in 2020. It’s a great way to catch up on what the former Zep singer has been up to, if you haven’t been following (you should have been, ha ha) his great solo work up to the present. Griffin’s own work is well worth listening to.
  1. Steve Earle, Six Days On The Road . . . This is relatively early stuff from Earle, great country rock.
  1. Steely Dan, King Of The World . . . Funky track from 1973’s Countdown To Ecstasy, typically tight, nicely arranged, brilliantly played Steely Dan fare.
  1. The Kinks, Shangri-La . . . Said it before. This ridiculously brilliant song that is a few songs in one, didn’t chart. Aside from in The Netherlands. Wise folk, the Dutch.
  1. Jethro Tull, Blues Instrumental . . . And so this instrumental from the released in 1988 now apparently out of print Tull box set 20 Years of Jethro Tull which I of course own as a huge fan of the band, finally sees the light of day as a credited track on my show. I’ve used it as out-tro exit music to fill in any time, if needed, if I don’t time the shows exactly right, but this time it fit in as a full track in itself so, why not? It’s a nice slow blues tune. It was recorded circa 1978 by Tull then consisting of on this track, Ian Anderson (flute), Martin Barre (guitar), John Glascock (bass), John Evan (keyboards) and Barriemore Barlow (drums).

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, August 2, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Chicago, Sing A Mean Tune Kid . . . From Chicago III, typically amazing guitar, including wah wah, from the late Terry Kath but a song that displays all the assets of early, and best (to me) Chicago.
  1. Pink Floyd, The Great Gig In The Sky … Perfect example of the voice – in this case session singer Clare Torry – as instrument. According to Wikipedia, Torry delayed her contribution by a week because she wanted to see a Chuck Berry concert in London. When she did come in, she was unsure how to sing the part until, according to other sources, David Gilmour suggested she use her voice as if it were a saxophone.
  1. Rare Earth, We’re Gonna Have A Good Time . . . Another great funky tune by Rare Earth. Must be somehow subliminal that I chose this one, since a friend of mine texted me last week raving about an Average White Band album he picked up, Cut The Cake, if memory serves. So we got talking about largely white bands doing funky soul stuff. Hence, likely, me playing Rare Earth, a band I’ve always liked and remember first hearing at day camp, remember those things your parents sent you to for part of the summer, in 1972 as one of the counselors had the band’s 1971 live album, Rare Earth In Concert, on cassette and was playing it.
  1. Lou Reed, Rock N Roll (live, from Rock N Roll Animal) . . . Extended version of the tune from the blistering live album.
  1. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Anything That’s Rock N Roll . . . As promised last week thanks to some of my own silly wordplay about damning torpedoes, a TP cut this week. From the self-titled debut album, this short rocker was released as a single in the UK, made the top 40, but was not a single elsewhere. Good tune. Does Petty have a bad one?
  1. Accept, Balls To The Wall . . . Apparently some people confuse this monster metal track with AC/DC, at least from what I’ve read on YouTube. I never did. I mean, I can see it. But geez lots of metal bands might sound like the great AC/DC, which I’ve always considered hard rock, not metal, but whatever. Just a great track, regardless.
  1. Nick Lowe, American Squirm . . . I played Nick last week and didn’t intend to this week but when digging through the station computer system, to which I’ve contributed thousands of tunes, ha ha, this came up while looking for something else. So, why not? Great song from the Labour Of Lust album, 1979 which turned me on, in my college days, to Lowe. My first vinyl copy was the American version, which contains this track – which wasn’t on the UK version. Since then and only recently, I happily found the album on CD but obviously found the initial UK version since my CD doesn’t have the song. I pulled it off a Lowe compilation I have. I know, who cares, way too much info.
  1. The Mamas & The Papas, Twelve-Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon) . . . Same deal with this one as the previous, Lowe, track. Just came up in the system, I’ve loaded so much in there I should be getting paid for supplying but anyway it does reduce the workload more than somewhat in terms of having to load more stuff show by show. Whatever, typically great track by the band.
  1. The Allman Brothers Band, Melissa . . . Love the tune and now often think of my younger of two sons who startled me some years back when I mentioned how much I like the Allmans and he cited this track as one of his favorite songs, at least in part I suppose from hearing it among all the other classic rock of mine he grew up hearing.
  1. The Cars, Candy-O . . . Title track from the second album. It could not possibly measure up to the ridiculously great debut, which is essentially a greatest hits album. But the Cars’ sophomore effort is still a pretty damn fine album.
  1. Rod Stewart, Handbags and Gladrags . . . One of my favorite alltime tunes, written by Mike D’Abo who at that time was in The Moody Blues and arranged and played piano on the Stewart version. It’s a beautiful interpretation, which Stewart has always been wonderful at, particularly during his peak solo period, 1969-74. D’Abo also sang the King Herod role in the original Jesus Christ Superstar, an album, the 1970 version, I must get back to. In fact, I had it out for this week but one thing led to another and I didn’t get to it. Next time, soon. I’ve played a lot of it over time on the show, but it’s so great, that’s never enough.
  1. Steppenwolf, It’s Never Too Late . . . Love Steppenwolf, a band that is so much more than the usual hits one hears on radio – Born To Be Wild, Magic Carpet Ride, etc. Thought of this one after hearing it while browsing in a used record store last week.
  1. Jackson Browne, Lives In The Balance . . . Very political song, the title cut from his 1986 album, stands up, always, lyrically, re governments and their sins, regardless the generation.
  1. Hawkwind, Brainbox Pollution . . . An extra, typically pulsating track added to the expanded re-issue of 1972’s cleverly-titled Doremi Fasol Latido album, the first to feature later Motorhead leader Lemmy on bass. Too much to go into here, but it’s worth reading up on the album, particularly Lemmy’s views on his own playing, which he didn’t like.
  1. Talking Heads, Take Me To The River . . . The song that, again during college days, 1978, got me into the band, a cover of the more funky Al Green tune that the Heads turned into a more bluesy version. Uncharacteristic in the Heads’ experimental-type catalog.
  1. Jethro Tull, Back To The Family . . . Ah, the Stand Up album. A bedrock album for me, thanks to my older brother by eight years bringing it home along with Led Zeppelin II back when our family lived in Peru for a few years in the late 1960s. At the time, my elder brother and sister, along with most in their age group, went back to North America for high school but came back each holiday season with treasures from the north. Easily one of Tull’s best albums, yet perhaps somewhat lost in the shuffle amid such more widely celebrated works as Aqualung and Thick As A Brick.
  1. The Tragically Hip, The Luxury . . . Not sure how to analyze it or if it’s even necessary, other than to say I just have always loved this cut from Road Apples.
  1. Outlaws, Green Grass and High Tides . . . Song one in the set (wait, you’ll hear the second next) from a southern rock band that, like the more well-known Lynyrd Skynyrd, has in its arsenal a Freebird-like piece, manic guitar work and all. The title is a play on the 1966 Rolling Stones’ compilation Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass).
  1. Molly Hatchet, Fall Of The Peacemakers . . . See above. It seems every southern rock band has their one ‘signature’ extended piece, like this one.
  1. Elvis Costello, 13 Steps Lead Down . . . Costello pretty much lost me by the early 1980s but I happened to be in a used record store the other day and lo and behold saw a compilation I’d never heard of, Extreme Honey, from 1997. It pulls together 18 tracks, with a couple then new ones, from his work from ‘the Warner Brothers years”, albums like Spike, Mighty Like A Rose, Brutal Youth and All This Useless Beauty which I tried but never got into. But, via the compilation decided to sample, again. At $4.99, the price was right and playing this track, a No. 59 single in the UK from Brutal Youth, is the result. A good one, which is not surprising since he recorded it with the reunited Attractions, his original band. Never said he wasn’t or remains a great songwriter, I just preferred him during his angry young man phase. But perhaps now I’ll discover some stuff I overlooked.
  1. The Beatles, Girl . . . One of a few tunes in tonight’s set brought about by a music discussion with a friend, and isn’t that the beauty of it. Somehow, a discussion prompted by my buddy about Keith Richards’ vocal style/enunciations became a Bob Dylan discussion I initiated about so-called ‘bad’ singers actually being good, and then this Beatles’ tune, from Rubber Soul, came into it. Great song. And another from my childhood when my elder siblings would, merely by their playing them, introduce me to such things and set the foundations for my listening experiences. My sister had Rubber Soul, the first Beatles’ studio album, aside from compilations or hit singles on 45s, that I ever knew.
  1. ZZ Top, A Fool For Your Stockings . . . One of my favorite ZZ tracks, from 1979’s Deguello, in memory/honor of Dusty Hill, the band’s bass player who died just last week. The band continues on, out on tour now with, on Hill’s recommendation to Billy Gibbons, the band’s longtime guitar tech Elwood Francis replacing Hill.
  1. The Rolling Stones, How Can I Stop . . . A direct result, this one, of my discussion with a friend about Keith Richards’ vocals. He was citing work from Richards’ solo albums but I mentioned some of the slow, jazzy type stuff he’s done on latter day Stones’ albums, like this great cut from 1997’s Bridges To Babylon album. The track features Wayne Shorter, who played with Miles Davis and co-founded Weather Report, on saxophone.
  1. Billy Swan, I Can Help . . . This one was lying there in the system when I called up How Can I Stop, so I decided to play it. A hit single in 1974, I can’t remember if I played it during a ‘one hit wonder’ type show I did some months ago. Good tune, and it works with the song titles in closing the show. Keith’s asking how can he stop, Billy says he can help, and Fludd, next, says just get the you know what outta here.
  1. Fludd, Get Up, Get Out, Move On . . . Probably my favorite from Fludd, which had a bigger hit with Cousin Mary but I like this one better. And, of course, Gregg Godovitz, who later formed Goddo, was in the band. Great stuff. And, yes, time to, as the song title says. Until next week.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, July 26, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Murray McLauchlan, Hard Rock Town . . . It’s a deep cuts show but I deviate sometimes. This was a hit and appropriate to a set full of hard rock or at least up-tempo tracks. I also got into a ‘thing’ with song titles about, you’ll see it’s obvious, and couldn’t seem to stop for a while. Whatever, what’s done is done. Good tunes, in any event. Some repeats from fairly recent previous shows I think but again, so be it.
  1. The Beatles, Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? . . . And so starts a sort of topic you’ll see reflected in the song titles of the next several, including another Beatles’ tune.
  1. AC/DC, Givin The Dog A Bone . . . As lead singer Brian Johnson was once quoted as saying, ‘we’re a filthy band.” Applies to the next several tunes, so just listing them, no comment until I pick it up again.
  1. Led Zeppelin, The Lemon Song
  1. Frank Zappa, Dirty Love

     

  2. Dead Kennedys, Too Drunk To Fuck
  1. Ted Nugent, Just What The Doctor Ordered
  1. Graham Parker & The Rumour, Protection . . . Not really what I’m on about with the topic, but the title fits my silly narrative, ha.
  1. The Beatles, Getting Better . . . Were this song released today, it likely would provoke controversy given the lyrics: “I used to be cruel to my woman I beat her…” But, it’s one of my musical favorites from the Sgt. Pepper album.
  1. Metallica, Ain’t My Bitch . . . From the controversial Load album, where fans accused the band of selling out, even more than they were accused of doing on the previous monster hit ‘black’ album. They still sold millions, attracted new fans, and their entire catalog has merit so, relax.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Bitch . . . One of my favorite tunes by my favorite band, and on Mick Jagger’s birthday, to boot. Still going strong at age 78.
  1. Black Sabbath, Digital Bitch . . . From the one and only album the band did, 1983, with Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillan. A controversial album, but I and many Sabs fans maintain, a good one.
  1. Deep Purple, Lady Double Dealer . . . Good rocker from the Stormbringer album, typically good co-lead vocals by David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes during that period of the band. Love Hughes’ ‘oh baby’ in one of the verses early in the song, just adds a cool element to the track.
  1. Judas Priest, Ram It Down . . . Title cut from the album and just an absolute scorcher.
  1. Blue Oyster Cult, Hot Rails To Hell . . . Great riff on this pulsating track from the Tyranny and Mutation album.
  1. Midnight Oil, Redneck Wonderland . . . Title cut from the almost metallic, somewhat industrial sound of the band’s 1998 album. One of my favorites by the Oils.
  1. Elvis Costello (I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea . . . A single that didn’t do well outside the UK, from This Year’s Model in 1978. Likely has become better known over time as it’s been included on many compilation albums.
  1. Motorhead, Speedfreak . . . The song lives up to the title. Typical Motorhead madness, which is a good thing.
  1. Yes, Machine Messiah . . . And now for a total change of direction, to Yes’s 1980 Drama album, a hard-edged offering by the revamped band now (then) featuring imports from The Buggles in singer Trever Horn and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Great song, great album.
  1. Golden Earring, Candy’s Going Bad . . . Love the riff on this rocker from Moontan, the album which of course gave the world Radar Love but revealed the band to be SO much more than that song. A wall to wall great album, this song (among just five extended cuts on the record) an indication of that.
  1. The Kinks, 20th Century Man . . . Said it a million times about Muswell Hillbillies, a criminally underappreciated (at least commercially) album that for my money is one of the greatest rock/pop albums ever released by one of the greatest bands ever.
  1. King Crimson, 21st Century Schizoid Man . . . Lead cut, and the heaviest rocker on the brilliant In The Court Of The Crimson King debut album in 1969. It remains my favorite Crimson record.
  1. The Beach Boys, Sloop John B . . . One of the more commercial cuts from Pet Sounds, the highly-acclaimed album that, aside from this and Wouldn’t It Be Nice, took me about seven billion listens to ‘get’ but I do now ‘get’ it and it’s brilliant. Decided to play this one after discussing great ‘summer’ music with a buddy; he was playing the B-52s so that same day I happened to pop a Beach Boys’ compilation into the car player and thought, yeah, I’ll play this one on my next show.
  1. Johnny Winter, Highway 61 Revisited . . . Yet another great Winter cover, this being the studio version of the Bob Dylan track which Winter released on Second Winter, his 1969 album. It’s the song that got me into Winter, I heard it wherever, found the album, bought it and became a Winter fan. Saw him at the 2011 Kitchener Blues Festival, he along with brother Edgar was one of several big names on the bill that year, the others being Gregg Allman and John Mayall. I saw all four, all were great even if by that time, Johnny was in declining health, needing assistance and sitting down through his set, but still smokin’ hot.
  1. Paul McCartney/Wings, Morse Moose And The Grey Goose . . . A fun extended track by Macca, from 1978’s London Town album. Reminds me in some ways, in terms of structure at least, of McCartney’s Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey in that it’s essentially several songs in one.

     

  2. Faces, Had Me A Real Good Time . . . I just know I’ve recently closed a show with this track and I don’t like repeating myself (at least, not too closely together) but what the heck. Occured to me as I was prepping the show, because I always have a good time doing it, and so here it is, from one of the great raunch and roll bands of all.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, July 19, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Chris Isaak, Let’s Have A Party . . . Isaak became well known via his big hit Wicked Game, which to me remains his best song and, released in 1989, is now more than 30 years old! But Isaak’s other material is top-notch; I’m not a major fan but I do like this rocker and much of his other stuff. He does a nice cover of Cheap Trick’s I Want You To Want Me which I almost chose, but thought we’d start the party with this one.
  1. Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) . . . I like and respect Kenny Rogers’ later work that turned him into a superstar but have always gravitated to his two big hit songs – this one and Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town – while with the First Edition, who I remember hosting the show Rollin’ on Canadian TV, early 1970s. I first heard Ruby when my dad, who emigrated from Europe after WW2, played it. He was more into classical and opera but also had a love for American country music so probably liked Ruby due to it being written by Mel Tillis and was curious about the First Edition’s cover. Mel’s version is much more country/rockabilly than the rockier First Edition version.
  1. Ron Wood, Am I Grooving You . . . From Woody’s first solo album, 1974’s I’ve Got My Own Album To Do and a track which quickly became one of my favorites. I always play a Stones’ or Stones-related track on the show, they being my all-time favorite band and I’ve Got My Own Album To Do is a real demonstration of what I like to call Stones Inc. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appear on it and contributed two songs (Act Together and Sure The One You Need), then-Stone (who Wood replaced) Mick Taylor contributes guitar, bass and synthesizer and it’s truly, beyond the Stones, an all-star cast on the record. Also appearing to varying degrees are George Harrison, David Bowie, Rod Stewart…terrific album.

     

  2. Ten Years After, 50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain . . . TYA is likely most widely known for the immortal version of Goin’ Home from Woodstock and their wonderful single I’d Love To Change The World. But, led by Alvin Lee, such a solid band, great, consistent blues-rock material with some elements of psychedelia as on this one from 1970’s front-to-back solid Cricklewood Green album.
  1. Deep Purple, Shield . . . From The Book of Taliesyn album, the middle one of their first three albums representing the early psychedelic/progressive side of the band before Ian Gillan and Roger Glover replaced original singer Rod Evans and bassist Nick Simper, respectively, in 1970 for the In Rock album. As I’ve often stated, I like every version/lineup of Deep Purple, major fan, but over the years have really dug into the first three albums, which I think are brilliant.
  1. Van Morrison, Tupelo Honey . . . Title cut from his 1972 album. Great stuff, one of my favorite Van The Man tracks. Made No. 35 and 47, respectively, on the Canadian and US singles charts.
  1. Atlanta Rhythm Section, Champagne Jam . . These guys were pretty hot for a while there in the mid- to late 1970s what with great singles like So Into You and Imaginary Lover, which they played when I saw them as one of three opening acts for The Rolling Stones’ July 4, 1978 show at what was then known as Rich Stadium, outside Buffalo, where the NFL’s Bills play. ARS opened with this title cut from their 1978 album which they were touring behind that year. Other acts on that Stones’ bill were Journey and April Wine, but we missed April Wine, dammit, due to our tour bus being stuck in a massive traffic jam heading into the stadium. Fantastic day, though, my first time seeing the Stones.
  1. Emerson, Lake & Powell, Mars, The Bringer Of War . . . Yes, Emerson, Lake & Powell, not Palmer. More on that in a minute. Anyway, a slightly different ELP’s version of the first movement (of seven) from English composer Gustav Holst’s great epic 49-minute orchestral suite The Planets, written between 1914 and 1917. It appeared on the one and only Emerson, Lake & Powell album, in 1986. The band wanted to do a new Emerson, Lake & Palmer album but Palmer was contractually tied up with the band Asia at the time so, after unsuccessfully auditioning a few drummers, they contacted Powell, a friend of Emerson’s, and voila! Fortuitously, given Powell’s surname they could keep the ELP moniker although, according to Wikipedia, the band did approach ‘Phil Pollins’ and ‘Ringo Parr’ before Powell agreed to join. What a diverse artist Cozy Powell was: Metal/hard rock (Black Sabbath, Rainbow, etc.) blues (some work with Peter Green), progressive rock (ELP).
  1. Tipton, Entwistle and Powell, Walls Cave In . . . And here’s Powell in another combo with Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest and John Entwistle of Who fame. This is from the Edge Of The World album released by Tipton in 2006, after his mates had passed, but dating back to sessions he did with Entwistle and Powell between 1994 and 1997 that were intended for Tipton’s 1997 solo album, Baptizm of Fire. According to Tipton’s liner notes, the majority of his work on what became Baptizm of Fire featured Entwistle and Powell. The record company liked the material but suggested the band was too ‘old school’ and that Tipton use younger musicians, which he did on an album that, among other songs, included a cover of the Stones’ Paint It Black. I played Tipton’s cover eons ago on the show and will again, it’s a cool metallic treatment of the Stones’ classic. But Tipton liked the unused material done with Entwistle and Powell and decided to put it together and release it as a tribute to his friends.

     

  2. Moon Martin, Hot Nite In Dallas . . . Remember him, of Rolene fame? And he wrote Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor Doctor) which Robert Palmer rode to hit status in 1979. Martin was (died in 2020 of natural causes at age 74) really good. Great, usually up tempo rocker stuff. Check out a ‘mix’ of his on YouTube sometime. Oh, real name John David Martin, apparently given the nickname Moon due to the presence of ‘moon’ in many of his lyrics.
  1. Nick Lowe, I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass . . . What a great artist Nick Lowe is and that thought was reinforced as I was working through his material and reminding myself to play him again/more often, while prepping the show. He came to wide prominence, arguably, with the Labour of Lust album in 1979, which is when and where I discovered him, brilliant album. This is from the preceding record, also great, his first solo effort, Jesus Of Cool, in 1978. The album was re-titled Pure Pop For Now People (a slogan on the original UK release) with a different track listing in the USA. Haven’t been able to find a definite reason but given US religious bullshit I can imagine Jesus Of Cool wouldn’t fly in some of the colonies, as some insult on Jesus. Anyway, great tune from a great artist who was also a member of Brinsley Schwarz, for whom he wrote the song (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding that became a hit for Elvis Costello, Rockpile (with Dave Edmunds) and Little Village (with John Hiatt, Ry Cooder and Jim Keltner). And latter day, Lowe has some terrific rockabilly, countryish, singer songwriter stuff.
  1. The Beatles, Cry Baby Cry . . . Haven’t played the boys in a while, some of their solo work but overdue for a Beatles’ tune. One of my favorites from the white album, such a great record and such great vocals by John Lennon on this one. Plus the cool “Can You Take Me Back” coda sung by Paul McCartney at the end. These guys were ridiculously good.
  1. David Wilcox, God Is On A Bender . . . Given the usual state of the world, yeah, probably. Actually, the world to me is OK. It’s the people in it, me included, that cause problems. Just kidding. Sort of. Maybe. Sometimes. Anyway, nice bluesy fun tune and a nice intro to the next one, by title, at least.
  1. Paul Rodgers, Morning After The Night Before . . . From Rodgers’ solo debut in 1983 after the first, classic original version of Bad Company broke up. He played all instruments on this one, produced the record and it may as well have been another Bad Co. album. Quite good. I had already planned to play this tune but was gratified on Sunday when someone on Twitter asked about albums that were truly ‘solo’ and I put forward this one, to great feedback.
  1. Patti Smith, Are You Experienced . . . from Smith’s covers album, Twelve, released in 2007. This cover of a Hendrix tune goes out to my old pal Gerry Telford with whom, when I played another Smith track recently, I got into a discussion of her work and I recommended he try this album along with what he was recently discovering in her catalog. Did you get it yet, Gerry? 🙂
  1. Concrete Blonde, Walking In London . . . She’s not as well widely known, likely, but I really think Johnette Napolitano is one of the all-time best female rock singers, and singers, period. Sultry, throaty, sexy, powerful, great range, just brilliant. Evidenced, to me, by this title cut from the now defunct band’s 1992 album.
  1. Joe Jackson, Right and Wrong . . . from one of my favorite artist’s Big World album, 1986. About Ronald Reagan, great, typically cutting Jackson lyrics. Could apply at any time, really. I saw the tour promoting this album, first time (of two) I saw JJ. Great show.
  1. Sniff ‘n’ The Tears, Poison Pen Mail . . . These guys are much more than the brilliant hit single Driver’s Seat. Like this song. Usually considered a one-hit wonder and I get it, but try more of their tunes if you’re so inclined and there’s lots more good stuff.
  1. Montrose, Space Station No. 5 . . . From whence Sammy Hagar sprang. Great rocker from the debut, self-titled Montrose album.
  1. Goddo, Anacanapana/So Walk On . . . These ‘have’ to be played together for the transition alone, between the instrumental and into So Walk On. I saw Goddo 5-6 years ago in Cambridge, Ontario in a wonderful reunion with some old childhood friends from Peru. A great show enjoyed by all.
  1. The Allman Brothers Band, Instrumental Illness (live) . . . This extended cut first appeared on what turned out to be the final studio album by the boys, Hittin’ The Note in 2003. Twelve minutes on the album, this is the almost 17-minute version from the great live album by the latter-day band, One Way Out. There is an extended drum solo within but still, what to me has always made the Allmans great is how they can do long tracks, particularly instrumentals, and never bore you.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, July 12, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. J.J. Cale, Rock And Roll Records . . . As some of the comments in the YouTube clip of this song suggest, only thing wrong with J.J. Cale’s music is that most of his songs are too/so short. Like this one, at just two minutes, five seconds to kick us off.
  2. Aerosmith, Lightning Strikes . . .Great track, likely the best, from the Rock In A Hard Place album in 1982, the band’s only record not to feature guitarist Joe Perry. Jimmy Crespo replaced him. Regardless, still one of the band’s best songs in my opinion and I play it in honor of the Tampa Bay Lightning winning the Stanley Cup – even though I’m a Montreal Canadiens’ fan. Great team though, the Lightning. Good for them.
  1. The Law, Laying Down The Law . . . This was the successful, No. 1 on some charts, single from the one-off 1991 project by Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company) and Kenney Jones (Faces/Small Faces, Who) in 1991. Main guitarist on the album was studio session man Jim Barber, who has worked on Mick Jagger’s solo records. Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Bryan Adams and Chris Rea also appeared as did latter-day Who bassist Pino Paladino.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Hand Of Fate . . . Back, for a second straight week (played Melody last week) I go to the Black and Blue album for one of my favorite Stones’ tunes. Great solo by Wayne Perkins, who has an extensive resume including work with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, on and on.
  1. Stevie Wonder, Black Man . . . Typically great funk groove, even better lyrics, perhaps, in Wonder’s call for worldwide interracial harmony.
  1. Quicksilver Messenger Service, Fresh Air . . . The most successful single, made No. 49 in 1970, from the San Francisco-area psychedelic band whose arguably better-known contemporaries from that scene include the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.
  1. Billy Gibbons, Desert High . . . ZZ Top is still around, apparently planning another studio album and tour after a 50th anniversary tour was put on hold due to the covid-19 pandemic. In the meantime, guitarist Billy Gibbons got into the solo album game six years ago and is now up to three releases. This great bluesy tune is from his latest work, Hardware, out just a month ago and a truly fine album.
  1. Tim Curry, Simplicity . . . Another slow bluesy tune from the Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Title cut from the multi-talented Curry’s third and, to date, final album, in 1981. Sadly, Curry suffered a stroke in 2012 and is confined to a wheelchair but continues to do voice-over work and some musical performances.
  1. David Bowie, The Width Of A Circle . . . Amazing early Bowie from The Man Who Sold The World, featuring the late great Mick Ronson on guitar.
  1. Saga, Humble Stance . . . I don’t think I’ve ever played Saga, from my hometown of Oakville, Ontario, on the show. An oversight rectified by yet another plow through my CD collection and an “oh yeah, these guys.” Jaunty rocker, this, Supertramp-like, to my ears, at least in spots. Or maybe the other way around, Supertramp sounds like Saga. Regardless, good stuff.
  1. The Flying Burrito Brothers, Sin City . . . And now for something completely different. No, not something by the Monty Python troupe but some cool country rock by the Burritos.
  1. AC/DC, Sin City . . . And here’s AC/DC’s version of the Burritos’ tune. Just kidding. Different song and one of my favorites by the hard rockers, Bon Scott era.
  1. Pretenders, Dance . . . I love this one from the Get Close album, 1986. Funky, hypnotic, almost electronic. Not what one would expect from Pretenders, probably, if one knows only their hits.
  1. David Baerwald, Dance . . . And Baerwald’s version of the Pretenders’ tune. Just kidding again and obviously having way too much fun with song titles. Different song, this one from the guy who came to prominence on the fabulous David + David album Boomtown, teaming with David Ricketts for their one and only offering in 1986. Dance is from Baerwald’s debut solo album, Bedtime Stories, in 1990. He releases music sporadically but is active in songwriting for film and television. Ricketts went into production work after David + David split up, and both Davids played on Sheryl Crow’s 1993 debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club.
  1. Albert King, I’ll Play The Blues For You (Parts 1 and 2) . . . Such soulful vocals, and of course great guitar, by one of the masters of the blues.
  1. Howlin’ Wolf, I Asked For Water . . . And she brought him gasoline. Great stuff from another blues master.
  1. Alvin Lee, The Bluest Blues . . . George Harrison plays slide guitar on this slow blues from Lee, famous of course from his days with Ten Years After. It came out in 1994. Wonderful work by both guys, both sadly long gone now.
  1. Rod Stewart, Fool For You . . . My favorite Rod Stewart solo period is 1969-74 when he was usually backed by Faces, with whom he maintained a parallel career. But his stuff after that, up to 1977’s Foot Loose & Fancy Free, is damn good as well. This one’s from his 1976 big hit album, A Night On The Town.
  1. Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Flat Broke Love . . . One of my favorites by the band, from 1975’s Four Wheel Drive. For the most part, I prefer BTO’s songs sung by C.F. (Fred) Turner, and this is another of those.
  1. Black Sabbath, Who Are You . . . I always think of my Grade 10 English class when I listen to 1973’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath album. I wasn’t into the band then, that came a bit later for me. Anyway, we were doing a poetry segment and one of the guys in the class, not in my circle, brought in the lyric sheet from the album to read as poetry. Most of the class thought he was nuts, me too, perhaps being less open-minded then. But credit to him, and to the teacher for allowing a wide range of contributions. Somehow or other, perhaps, it fueled my coming interest in the band.
  1. The Who, 905 . . . Ah, John Entwistle and his acerbic wit. About test tube babies, cloning, etc. Great stuff, from Who Are You in 1978, Keith Moon’s last album with the group.
  1. Queen, Spread Your Wings . . . Not released as a single in North America, it was a top-30 hit in Europe and yet another indication of the depth of quality in most albums by the great 1960s and in Queen’s case, ’70s bands.
  1. Elton John, Tell Me When The Whistle Blows . . . As I was saying about the Queen track above. Elton John was on another level in the early- to mid-1970s – and he was releasing two albums a year, as per his contract, for some of that time. One of my favorite songs by EJ, this one from Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirty Cowboy, 1975.
  1. Pat Benatar, Rated X . . . A B-side on the I Need A Lover single from Benatar’s 1979 debut album In The Heat Of The Night. It was an A-side, later, in France. I’ve never understood why it’s not on any Benatar compilations. Great tune, written by Canadian Nick Gilder of Sweeney Todd and solo fame. No matter, I’ve long had the album and of course these days music is so widely available you can hear it anytime you wish.
  1. Ramones, Out Of Time . . . And, I am out of time for another week. The Ramones’ version of the Rolling Stones’ tune which features one of my favorite lyrical put down lines in music – “you’re obsolete, my baby.” From Acid Eaters, the Ramones’ 1993 covers album of some of their favorite 1960s songs.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, July 5, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. The J. Geils Band, Musta Got Lost (live, from Blow Your Face Out including Peter Wolf’s immortal intro rap) . . . The studio version was a No. 12 single in 1975 and arguably the band’s best-known song before the mass commercial success of the Freeze Frame album in 1981. But this live version is ‘the’ definitive version, thanks to lead singer Peter Wolf’s intro.
  1. Roger Waters, Amused To Death (live) . . . No, not another show featuring songs from live albums. I intend to get back to that eventually, but just happened to start with a couple which I couldn’t/didn’t squeeze into the live album show of a few weeks ago. Nine-minute title cut from Waters’ 1992 album, this version taken from the In The Flesh live album, from 2000. The song title was inspired by Neil Postman’s 1985 book Amusing Ourselves To Death which had a big influence on my thinking and I highly recommend.
  1. Pink Floyd, Pigs (Three Different Ones) . . . My favorite song from a personal favorite Floyd album, Animals, from 1977, a record which, to the mainstream, seems to get overlooked amid Dark Side, Wish You Were Here and The Wall. Meddle, the album before The Dark Side Of The Moon, shares that circumstance with Animals . . . Love the “You fucked up old hag…” A reference to UK morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse, who Deep Purple similarly disparaged in Mary Long from their 1973 Who Do We Think We Are album.
  1. Led Zeppelin, What Is And What Should Never Be . . . I always remember when my older brother, by eight years, brought Led Zeppelin II home and, at first, being overwhelmed by the heaviness of it in contrast to the Beatles’ and Stones’ diet I had pretty much subsisted on to that point. And then being fascinated, hearing that guitar break coming out of first one speaker channel, then the other.
  1. Queen, Dead On Time . . . Killer Queen rock, pun intended, from the Jazz album. Yet another great Queen track written by guitarist Brian May, who wrote so many of the great Queen tunes, hits or otherwise.
  1. Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell . . . From the terrific first Sabbath album featuring the late great Ronnie James Dio on lead vocals. I got into this album via the DJ at that bar, The Riverside in Oakville, Ontario that I often reference I worked at during college. We had live rock bands upstairs in the place, which featured a disco (we’re talking late 1970s), an acoustic downstairs cubbyhole, an outside patio (no live music) and the upstairs Boathouse as I recall it was called, where the rock bands played. Anyway, between sets we had a DJ playing stuff and Sabbath’s Heaven And Hell was one of those, along with Ted Nugent’s Double Live Gonzo, Judas Priest’s British Steel and Stained Class, and AC/DC’s Highway To Hell and Back In Black that he played the shit out of and as a result got me into those albums. Love the album cover, too, the Sabbath one, three angels smoking cigarettes. A particularly amazing album when one considers that Sabbath had just lost iconic singer Ozzy Osbourne, people wondered about the band and they responded with a stone-cold classic. Similar to what AC/DC did with Back In Black after Bon Scott died.
  1. AC/DC, Problem Child . . . Kick butt rocker from the relatively early days of the band, the late Bon Scott on lead vocals. I like both versions of AC/DC but Bon’s vocals sometimes, wow. Like on this tune where, to me, like with lots of Ozzy stuff on early Sabbath albums, he, dunno how to explain it, seems to sort of come in from somewhere else, riding the opening riff and then off they all go to even greater heights. To me, this track is an example of that.
  1. Deep Purple, No No No . . . From Fireball. Aside from Ian Gillan, the band members don’t seem to like this album but as a big Purple fan I think everything they’ve done, all versions of the band, is worthwhile.
  1. Thin Lizzy, Opium Trail . . . I like Lizzy a lot and anyone who’s into them knows they are far more than The Boys Are Back In Town. This propulsive track is from the, to me, killer Bad Reputation (great title track I’ve played before) album, arguably a harder-rocking offering than some preceding work. Yet they released the relatively softer Dancing In The Moonlight (good song) as the lone single, backed with the title track.
  2. The Doors, The Changeling . . . Nice bluesy track from what is perhaps my favorite Doors album, L.A. Woman.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Melody . . . Essentially a duet between Mick Jagger and then Stones’ session man, keyboard player and great artist in his own right Billy Preston. From the album, Black And Blue, that Keith Richards has categorized as ‘auditioning guitar players’ from which the Stones settled on Ron Wood to replace the departed Mick Taylor. Jeff Beck, Rory Gallagher, Harvey Mandel (Canned Heat, John Mayall) and noted session player (for too many artists to count) Wayne Perkins (great solo on the album’s Hand Of Fate) auditioned. Another one of those songs that shows the Stones’ versatility and, more so perhaps, willingness to tackle any genre. The album was largely panned when it came out but, as is often the case, it’s now considered the classic we Stones fans knew it was, from the beginning.
  1. Jethro Tull, Alive And Well And Living In . . . A track from the expanded re-release of the sometimes (aside from Tull fans like me) overlooked Benefit album, 1970. The song also came out on the North American CD release of the Living In The Past compilation, originally released in 1972.
  1. Chicago, In The Country . . . You saw how I did that? From the Tull song title to . . . living In The Country. Ha! Anyway, another great tune from the second Chicago album, 1970. They were, to me, ridiculously good for the first three albums especially, and on until Terry Kath’s sad death at age 31 in 1978 via an unintentional self-inflicted gunshot wound.
  1. The Kinks, Celluloid Heroes . . . Another late 1960s/early 1970s (this from 1972) Kinks’ song to not make the charts. Just absurd. A well-known song by the band, nevertheless, and deservedly so.
  1. Rainbow, Self Portrait . . . Another nice tune featuring the lead vocals of Ronnie James Dio, this from the first Rainbow album. After two more Rainbow albums, Dio left to replace Ozzy in Black Sabbath on the Heaven And Hell album. Dio made any band he was in better. I can barely stomach the more pop-oriented Rainbow, aside from a few tracks, after Dio’s departure.
  1. Blue Oyster Cult, Flaming Telepaths . . . Early Blue Oyster Cult, from Secret Treaties, their third album and last of the ‘black and white’ period of album covers. Typically spooky stuff from that period, this before the next studio album, Agents Of Fortune, which featured their deserved breakthrough hit, (Don’t Fear) The Reaper.
  1. Jeff Beck, Max’s Tune . . . From Rough And Ready, from the second iteration of the Jeff Beck Group – first version with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood; second with Bobby Tench (vocals, rhythm guitar) Max Middleton (piano/keyboards) Clive Garman (bass) and Cozy Powell (drums). Also known as Raynes Park Blues. I don’t know how to describe this one, actually, mellow for the most part, jazzy. I just like it.
  1. Savoy Brown, Money Can’t Save Your Soul . . . Nice bluesy track from a band I very much like and who I saw, great show, at a recent Kitchener Blues Festival.
  1. ZZ Top, 2000 Blues . . . From 1990’s Recycler album which marked, somewhat, the band’s emergence from the huge hit, synthesizer-driven 1980s albums like Eliminator (Legs, etc.) and Afterburner and back to, at least on this one, the blues that was the band’s original bread and butter. Of course, they’ve been much less successful, commercially, since but I’ll just leave it at that – and I do like some of the ‘synthesizer’ stuff; good songs in there amid the murk.
  1. Bruce Springsteen, Darkness On The Edge Of Town . . . Title track from the wall-to-wall quality 1978 album. As previously mentioned, I like his before and after work but my favorite albums of his remain Born To Run, this one, Darkness, and then The River. Age, time/place, whatever, to me he was at his peak musically and lyrically.

So Old It’s New all-Canadian set list, in advance of Canada Day, for Monday, June 28/21. On air 8-10 pm ET

  • Teenage Head, Disgusteen . . . I’ve played it long ago, just love it and a perfect opener with the “Nice day for a party, isn’t it?’ line to kick off the song. Plus, of course, the Exorcist takeoff later on. I saw the original band at a college concert way back when.
  • Rush, Here Again . . . early, bluesy Rush from the debut album, with the late John Rutsey on drums, before Neil Peart arrived and the band started moving in a more progressive rock direction, musically and lyrically.
  • Stampeders, Playin’ In The Band . . . This ‘only’ made No. 23 in Canada among the many great Stampeders’ singles, but it’s perhaps my favorite of their songs.
  • Danko Jones, Bounce . . . Kick-butt rocker, an early tune of his and remains my favorite, perhaps because I don’t know his entire output, not a major fan but what I’ve heard I like.
  • Trooper, The Boys In The Bright White Sports Car . . . Interesting, this one. It was originally on Trooper’s Two For The Show album in 1976 but didn’t become a big hit until three years later, when it was re-released as the opening cut of the ubiquitous Hot Shots compilation.
  • Headstones, Judy . . . Another great raunch and roller from the outstanding debut and arguably still best album, Picture of Health. For my sister Judy. No, not really although I think of her every time I listen to it, simply due to the title, not necessarily any lyrics.
  • Junkhouse, Jesus Sings The Blues . . . I’m not going to repeat my usual lines about Junkhouse, how much I like the band, how much I admire leader Tom Wilson as an artist and have followed him everywhere – solo, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, Lee Harvey Osmond. Or how, after Junkhouse reunited a few years back to play the Kitchener Blues Festival, I ran into and had a nice chat with Wilson as we both waited in line the next morning to buy a coffee at a local joint.
  • Chilliwack, 148 Heavy . . . It’s about a flight from Vancouver to Toronto, always liked this tune, a reference to an aviation term describing maximum takeoff weight assigned to an aircraft, and among my favorites by the band. They didn’t play it – it’s relatively obscure from the Breakdown In Paradise album in 1979 – during a terrific set that brought the house down at a recent Kitchener Blues Festival.
  • Murray McLauchlan, Out Past The Timberline . . . Evocative lyrics from one of Canada’s master singer-songwriters. I just love this tune, it IS Canada, really, or at least part of it. I always get sort of emotional listening to it, dunno, I just do.
  • BB Gabor, Big Yellow Taxi . . . What to me represents a great cover from the late great Gabor, a reinvention rather than just a pretty much note-for-note copy. And it leads into the next tune, Joni, doing Joni.
  • Joni Mitchell, This Flight Tonight . . . From the classic Blue album. Nazareth, of course, turned this into a big hit with their rocked-up version which then prompted Mitchell to introduce it when she played it at her concerts as “a Nazareth song.” I like her original version, too.
  • The Guess Who, Proper Stranger…One of the, to me, great Guess Who deep cuts, from the American Woman album. I often feel like I’m trotting along atop a horse, given the pace of the tune.
  • Sass Jordan, Ugly . . . A nice, dirty, raunchy track from the Rats album. She’s so great, Sass, saw her on the SARS bill in 2003 along with the many acts that opened for The Rolling Stones that day. I was reading up on her where she said she was always much more influenced by great male blues/rock singers like Free/Bad Co’s Paul Rodgers than she was by female singers, and she shows those qualities here. I remember at one point in the Van Halen saga, after Sammy Hagar left for the second time, there was some talk or speculation of maybe wishful thinking from people thinking she would be a great lead vocalist for the band. Would have been interesting for sure and certainly likely would have worked better than the ill-fated Gary Cherone period. I just discovered she’s got a blues covers album out, called Rebel Moon Blues. It’s great, available on YouTube and worth checking out.
  • Colin James, Hide . . . Funky, up-tempo track from the Fuse album.
  • David Wilcox, Bump Up Ahead . . . Wilcox is pretty consistent, I doubt there’s a tune of his I don’t like and he’s now been around a long time. I won’t tell you in an on purpose run-on sentence about the time he played the bar I worked in during college, you know, regular readers, when he came in, I was at the door, and he asked me where the bands played and at first I thought he was a customer but he told me he was there for the sound check and later, with his trio highlighted only by a white spotlight unlike the cover bands with their often ridiculous stage setups, blew the roof off the place.
  • Doug And The Slugs, Thunder Makes The Noise . . . Yet another great tune from the Cognac and Bologna album, their first (and to me best) release, 1980. And I won’t tell you my usual story about seeing them at that same bar in Oakville, Ontario (I was off duty) with my then-girlfriend who had come to love the band when she discovered them while in Vancouver for a year, so we went. And I became a fan.
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive, I Think You Better Slow Down/Slow Down Boogie . . . Nearly 10 minutes of raunch from the debut album sessions that wasn’t officially released until much later, on the BTO Anthology 2-CD compilation.
  • Bruce Cockburn, What About The Bond . . . One of my favorites from the excellent Humans album, 1980.
  • Neil Young, Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown . . . Up-tempo tune, musically at least, from the downbeat, dark Tonight’s The Night album. Recorded live at the Fillmore, New York, in 1970 and released five years later on the otherwise all-studio album.
  • The Tea Party, Paint It Black . . . I’ll always find a way to get a Stones’ tune in, hee hee, no matter what the possible limitations of any themed show I might be doing are. Nice cover of a great band, by a pretty decent band.
  • Streetheart, Tin Soldier . . . Streetheart’s version of the Small Faces tune, released on the Drugstore Dancer album in 1980. Actually, at the time, prompted me to dig back into the Small Faces.
  • April Wine, Silver Dollar . . . Among my favorite April Wine songs, dark, menacing. From First Glance, the first album of theirs aside from compilations that I actually bought, mostly for the hot single at the time, Rock N Roll Is A Vicious Game, but it’s track for track an excellent album.
  • Alannah Myles, Rockinghorse . . . Title cut and, for my money, easily the best song on her second album, a good one. But this wasn’t one of the, count ’em, five singles released from the record.
  • The Tragically Hip, Yawning Or Snarling . . . A brooding, hypnotic track from one of my favorite Hip albums, the darker (for them) Day For Night, 1994.
  • Martha and The Muffins/M + M, Danseparc (Every Day It’s Tomorrow) . . . This was a relatively successful single, No. 31 on Canadian charts and while I rarely or try not to play singles on what’s supposed to be a deep cuts show, 30-plus years later it’s probably a deep cut and, by now, fits into my show’s title – So Old It’s New. Just love the vibe, the instrumentation, all of it. From the period of time when the band went by the M + M name.
  • Steppenwolf, The Pusher . . . I suppose Steppenwolf, formed in Los Angeles, is more properly a Canadian-American band but, they did originate from the remnants of the Canadian band The Sparrows, from which Steppenwolf founders John Kay, Jerry Edmonton and Goldy McJohn came. A well-known Steppenwolf tune, the first of two penned by Hoyt Axton (the other being Snowblind Friend) that Steppenwolf popularized further. Axton’s originals are terrific, too. You don’t tend to hear The Pusher on radio much though, perhaps due to the subject matter and it wasn’t one of the singles from the debut album. I remember when it came out, I was 9 and I remember my friends and I marvelling at the fact they said ‘god damn” in a song. That was somewhat ‘way out there’ back then, at least to our young, impressionable ears.
  • The Band, (I Don’t Want To) Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes . . . But, I must hang it up for another week, with this cover, from the Rock Of Ages live album, of a tune written by 1950s rock and rhythm and blues artist Chuck Willis, taken at the peak of his career at age 32. Perhaps best known for his No. 1 on the R &B charts hit version of C.C. Rider, Willis, a heavy drinker who suffered from stomach ulcers, died of peritonitis, an inflammation of the abdomen, during surgery in 1958.

 

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, June 21, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, June 21, 2021, airing 8-10 pm ET at Radio Waterloo. All selections are from live albums, something I did eons ago on the show and figured would be fun to reprise. Some people like live albums, some don’t, I tend to prefer studio versions in most cases but, that said, live albums are often exciting and interesting in terms of perhaps new and/or extended arrangements of familiar tunes. Which is the same as the concert experience and, as Joe Jackson (and perhaps many others) once said, if you want the note-for-note studio versions, that’s what the studio albums are for.

Amazing how many live albums I have, actually, as I discovered while going through them for tonight’s set. But, then again, I’m the type who owns pretty much everything released by artists I like, accumulated over the years. And look at the famous live albums that were on my original list of sources that I didn’t wind up using – Frampton Comes Alive!, Thin Lizzy’s Live and Dangerous, Unleashed In The East by Judas Priest, Ted Nugent’s Double Live Gonzo!, Allman Brothers At Fillmore East (because I played In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed from that album last week), Genesis Seconds Out, on and on . . All of which means I’ll likely do a volume 2 and 3 and on of this theme in future shows. Next week, though, it’s likely an all-Canadian show in advance of Canada Day. Then maybe back to live stuff or, we’ll see. Anyway, off we go . . .

 

  1. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Let It Rock (from Live Bullet) …This album, along with Night Moves and that album’s title cut, are what broke Seger big into the wider public consciousness. This Chuck Berry cover actually closed the Cobo Hall show from which Live Bullet is drawn, but I figured it would be a good opener for tonight’s show, which I’m starting with a series of old rock and roll classics covered by some of the big rock acts these tunes originally inspired.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Around and Around (from Love You Live) . . . Smokin’ version from the El Mocambo side of what was originally a 2-record vinyl release.
  1. Johnny and Edgar Winter, Rock & Roll Medley – Slippin’ and Slidin’; Jailhouse Rock; Tutti-Frutti; Sick and Tired; I’m Ready; Reelin’ and Rockin’; Blue Suede Shoes; Jenny Take A Ride; Good Golly Miss Molly (from Together) . . . Little snippets of each track, put together by the Winter brothers to form a great 6-minute medley.
  1. Jimi Hendrix, Johnny B. Goode (from Hendrix In The West) . . . Absolutely blistering version of what George Thorogood once called, on one of his live albums, ‘the rock and roll national anthem’. In The West, which my late older brother had on vinyl (he was my intro to Hendrix), is a selection of live tracks largely pulled from Hendrix shows in San Diego and the San Francisco area between 1968 and 1970. This take on yet another Chuck Berry classic is from a show at the Berkeley Community Center on May 30, 1970.
  1. Mountain, Roll Over Beethoven (edit from Dream Sequence, Flowers Of Evil album) . . . Flowers of Evil is split into studio and live sides, with Roll Over Beethoven pulled from within the 25-minute Dream Sequence, recorded in June, 1971 at New York’s Fillmore East.
  1. The Who, Shakin’ All Over (from Live At Leeds) . . . Great Who take on the Johnny Kidd & The Pirates classic.
  1. Santana, Dance Sister Dance (from Moonflower) . . . Santana’s in full flight on this one, a case in my view where a live version is better than the studio take, which is on the Amigos album.

     

  2. Bruce Springsteen, Because The Night (from Live 1975-85 box set) . . . A tune co-written by Springsteen and Patti Smith, whose version, from the Easter album, I’ve previously played on my show. To my knowledge/research, Springsteen has never released a studio version of it as he apparently never thought it was up to snuff, to the consternation of his band mates, who thought otherwise. But, he’s played it live over the years and included this live version, from Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum in 1980, on the live boxed set.
  1. The Butterfield Blues Band, The Boxer (from The Butterfield Blues Band Live) . . . Love this up-tempo boogie-type blues from this horn-drenched version of the Butterfield band. Not the Simon and Garfunkel tune.
  1. Eric Clapton, Presence Of The Lord (from E.C. Was Here) . . . Yvonne Elliman, who was such a big part of Clapton’s ’70s albums, helps out on vocals on this somewhat rearranged version of the tune that first was heard on the one and only Blind Faith studio album. Different guitar solo than the amazing one on the studio version but great in its own way.
  1. Muddy Waters, Deep Down In Florida (from Muddy “Mississippi’ Waters Live) . . . Johnny Winter, who produced and played on a string of Muddy’s albums in the late 1970s, accompanied Waters on the tour for Hard Again, which featured this typical slow blues, my favorite kind.
  1. Stephen Stills, Jet Set (Sigh)/Rocky Mountain Way/Jet Set (Sigh) (from Stephen Stills Live) . . . Interesting, perhaps, that I came somewhat late to Stills’ solo work, aside from Love The One You’re With, despite liking Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. But unlike with Neil Young, I never deeply followed Stills’ solo career. That is, until I heard Tree Top Flyer (which I’ve played on the show) from his brilliant Stills Alone album some years ago. That sent me back into his catalog and here we are. Nice combo version of his own Jet Set (Sigh) and Joe Walsh/Barnstorm’s Rocky Mountain Way.
  1. Beck, Bogert, Appice, Black Cat Moan (from Live In Japan) . . . Big use of the ‘talk box’ guitar effects unit that was something of a ‘thing’ back in the 1970s and used also by Peter Frampton on the Frampton Comes Alive album. Beck handles lead vocals himself on this Don Nix cover. I don’t own the album, which is available on YouTube but was released only in Japan in 1974. I pulled this one from my copy of the Beckology box set.
  1. Grand Funk Railroad, Paranoid (from Live: The 1971 Tour) . . . Not the Black Sabbath tune. This is Grand Funk’s own riff-rocker, and a fine one it is.
  1. Roy Buchanan, Down By The River (from Sweet Dreams: The Anthology, previously unreleased live version) . . . Crazy good guitar by the late great Buchanan on this cover of the Neil Young tune. Lead vocals by Billy Price, who collaborated with Buchanan in the mid-1970s.
  1. Van Morrison, I’ve Been Working (from It’s Too Late To Stop Now) . . . Well, I really haven’t been. This isn’t working, it’s fun putting together these shows. Often takes me on my own rediscovery trips through my music collection, like this up tempo tune from Van The Man’s 1974 live release. This is from the original album. An expanded, different version, called Volumes II, III and IV and also featuring a DVD of a show from that period, was released in 2016. It’s great, all of it.
  1. Roxy Music, Out Of The Blue (from Viva!) . . . This song, originally on the Country Life studio album, seems to bubble up from underground, is how I’d describe it. Or, I could just say, it’s great. Creativity to me is endlessly fascinating in a ‘how did they think of that, where do they find these arrangements?’ kind of way.

     

  2. Faces, (I Know) I’m Losing You (Live at the BBC, 1971, from Five Guys Walk Into A Bar box set) . . . Crackling version of such a great song originally taken to No. 1 by The Temptations. Besides his dirty guitar, love Ronnie Wood’s ‘yeah’ just before Rod Stewart kicks in with the lead vocal. Oh, and a nice drum solo by Kenney Jones, too. What a great band Faces were. And they backed Stewart on the studio version he released on Every Picture Tells A Story.
  1. Blue Oyster Cult, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (from Some Enchanted Evening) . . . And we’re outta here for another week with BOC’s cover of a song, written by the husband-wife team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, likely best known via The Animals’ version.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, June 14, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. The Rolling Stones, Oh No Not You Again . . . Oh yes, I’m back with another show, with this opening rocker from the most recent studio album of original material by the Stones, A Bigger Bang in 2005. Originally, there was talk of this being the title of the album. I think they should have gone with it, but too late now. Speaking of late, or overdue, as a Stones’ fan, I just wish they’d release some new material. They keep talking about it, but all we’ve seen since is the blues cover album, Blue and Lonesome, in 2016. A fine record but I want some original, new, studio stuff!
  1. Booker T. and The MGs, Melting Pot . . . Some great, extended sould/funk/R & B from the band best known for Green Onions although they have so many great tunes.
  1. Little Feat, Let It Roll . . . Up-tempo title cut from the band’s 1988 album, the first one without founding member and chief songwriter Lowell George, who died in 1979. Like so many veteran bands, they’re still around, with various replacement members, carrying on even after the death in 2019 of guitarist/singer Paul Barrere, who joined Little Feat for their third album, Dixie Chicken, in 1973 and essentially assumed leadership of the reformed group after George’s passing. I saw them in 2004 in a club in Hamilton, Ont. Great show.
  1. UFO, Love Lost Love . . . Typically great guitar from Michael Schenker on this one from 1975’s Force It album.
  1. Ancient Relic, Via Maris … Another Iron Maiden-like track from Toronto artist/one-man band Jesse Feyen. Jesse contacted me some months ago to see whether I’d play some of his stuff which he figured fit into the type of material I play. And I do occasionally play metal, his stuff is Maiden-influenced so, why not? He’s working on an album and for now, his stuff is available on You Tube.
  1. James Gang, The Bomber … I’ve played a few Eagles’ tunes on the show in recent weeks,which got me thinking of Joe Walsh and the James Gang. This extended piece, great stuff, is from Rides Again, the band’s second album, in 1970.
  1. Chicago, Fancy Colours . . . I’ve always loved this tune, from the second album. Some have suggested it’s about a drug trip, who knows, who cares. Great guitar as always, including wah-wah, by Terry Kath. I remember getting this album via the Columbia Record Club my older brother and sister joined way back then, 1970, which led us to Chicago and other Columbia acts at the time, including Blood, Sweat & Tears and Santana.
  1. Marianne Faithfull, Sister Morphine (12” version, 1979) . . . Co-written by Faithfull with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it was originally released by Faithfull in 1969 and featured Jagger on acoustic guitar, Ry Cooder on slide guitar and bass and Charlie Watts on drums. The Stones released their own version, with slightly different lyrics and also featuring Cooder, in 1971 on the Sticky Fingers album. This version is from 1979, when Faithfull re-recorded it for her great comeback album, Broken English. It wasn’t on the original album but was released as 7- and 12-inch singles as the flip side to the song Broken English. It later came out on an expanded 2-CD re-release of the Broken English album and is available on some compilations, and online. Harrowing stuff, every version.
  1. John Lennon, Working Class Hero . . . From Plastic Ono Band, Lennon’s 1970 album which contains two songs, this one and Oh God, whose lyrics were hugely influential on my young, developing mind.
  1. Blind Faith, Sea Of Joy . . . Not a bad song on the one and only Blind Faith studio album. Sort of a combination of Cream (Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker), Traffic (Steve Winwood) and Family (Ric Grech). The result? A fabulous album I never tire of.
  1. David Wilcox, Somethin’s Shakin’ . . . Great tune from this outstanding Canadian artist who, repeating myself as I do every time I play him, I first saw while working as a doorman at a bar in Oakville, Ont., putting myself through college in the late 1970s. In walks Wilcox a few hours before he was on, just a regular guy in street clothes, asking me where the bands played as he was in for a sound check. And, later that night, still in those regular streets clothes, just a white spotlight as stage lighting for his trio, blew the roof off the joint.
  1. Garland Jeffreys, True Confessions . . . I bought 1981’s Escape Artist album for his cover of ? And The Mysterians’ 96 Tears and became a fan. Love when that happens. Some real heavyweights on the album including Springsteen’s E Street Band members Roy Bittan and the late Danny Federici.
  1. T-Bone Burnett, Primitives . . . Spooky track by Burnett, well-known as a producer with too many great album credits to count, Burnett first came to prominence as a member of Bob Dylan’s band during the 1970s. His resume is pretty much mind-blowing given his own music, production credits,music for film and TV. Just a brilliant artist.
  1. Carlos Santana and Buddy Miles, Marbles (live) . . . Blazing instrumental, a John McLaughlin tune released on the 1972 live album by Santana and Miles. It was recorded inside the Diamond Head volcano in Hawaii, which was a ‘thing’ bands did during the 1970s in collaboration with local artists, until the state canceled the deal due to noise and environmental impact concerns.
  1. The J. Geils Band, Detroit Breakdown . . . Got talking about The Who (they’re coming up later in the set) with some friends this week, concerts we had seen and who opened. One friend saw J. Geils (and Heart) open for The Who back in 1980 so the great blues-rock outfit Geils came to mind. Fantastic live outfit, this is the studio version. It might be the first time I’ve played a studio version of one of their songs on the show, actually, their live versions are so terrific. But so is the studio stuff.
  1. Talking Heads, The Overload . . . One of my younger brothers thought I had become a stoner when he heard me listening to this droning track from 1980’s Remain In Light. Well, I was experimenting a bit at the time.
  1. Bruce Cockburn, Radium Rain . . . Extended, self-explanatory piece from Cockburn’s 1986 Big Circumstance album, when things like acid rain were a hot topic. Whatever happened to that, anyway? Well, general talk about climate change is more widespread and acid rain itself, yes I looked this up, does not have as big an impact these days as it did in the 1970s and 80s, due to stronger air pollution regulations.
  1. Warren Zevon, Veracruz . . . I’ve always loved this track from Excitable Boy, great ballad about the battle for the city, between the United States and Mexico in 1914.
  1. Screaming Trees, Who Lies In Darkness . . . Just saw this one lying around in the station computer system, from a previous download of mine, and decided to play it. From one of the Seattle grunge bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains which shook up the music world in the early 1990s.
  1. The Who, Music Must Change . . . I told you, a few songs ago, that I’d get to The Who in the show. This is a great one from 1978’s Who Are You album, drummer Keith Moon’s swan song. Love the coin drop intro.
  1. Led Zeppelin, Night Flight . . . So much great stuff on Physical Graffiti, can’t go wrong picking any song for the show but I do have to fly out of here soon so perhaps that’s why, subconsciously, went with this one and placed it here, near the end of the set.
  1. The Allman Brothers Band, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (live) . . . Typically great Allmans instrumental, one of their best. This version is from At Fillmore East, widely acknowledged as one of rock’s greatest live albums. Written by guitarist Dickey Betts, it’s about a woman he was involved with but Elizabeth Reed wasn’t her name; Betts took it from the name on a headstone in Macon, Georgia, where the band was largely based after forming in Jacksonville, Florida.
  1. Badfinger, It’s Over . . . And so it is, for another week. Great tune by the first band to be signed to The Beatles’ Apple Records. They had a string of hits in the early 1970s – Come And Get It (written and produced by Paul McCartney); No Matter What (produced by Beatles’ personal assistant Mal Evans); Day After Day (produced by George Harrison) and Baby Blue (produced by Todd Rundgren).

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, June 7, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Atomic Rooster, Head In The Sky . . . Up tempo tune from the UK progressive rock band originally formed by  Crazy World Of Arthur Brown alumni Vincent Crane and Carl Palmer, the drummer who is not featured on this track from the third album, In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster. Palmer had departed by then to join Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
  1. Romantics, Rock You Up . . . I dug this one up while sorting my CDs, another band from my college days. Perhaps best known for their first hit, What I Like About You, in 1980, they released this track in 1983. It was the second single from the In Heat album, which yielded the top 5 single Talking In Your Sleep.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Stray Cat Blues . . . One of my favorite Stones’ tunes, for the lascivious opening alone but just a great track throughout. I was undecided as to whether to play this or Sister Morphine, from Sticky Fingers (perhaps next week; I always play a song from my favorite band). So I ran it by a buddy of mine and, not surprisingly since he loves the Beggars Banquet album, he suggested I go with Stray Cat.
  1. Bruce Springsteen, Candy’s Room . . . I’ve been in a Springsteen phase of late. This great rocker comes from the brilliant Darkness On The Edge Of Town album, so good it could be a greatest hits album.
  1. Collective Soul, Love Lifted Me . . . I’ve loved this Georgia band’s sound, gritty, grungy guitars, since their debut album Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid in 1993. Like most people, perhaps, got into them via their debut No. 1 single, Shine, from that album. Love Lifted Me is a nice deep cut from the same record, up tempo, typically hypnotic Collective Soul riff.
  1. Eagles, The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks . . . Fun little ditty from The Long Run, the followup to the monster Hotel California album which, to me, gets unfairly panned. I think it’s a terrific album, The Long Run, full of great songs and what do the rock critics know, anyway? Sales aren’t necessarily the barometer of great art, but it’s a great album and has sold more than eight million copies in the USA alone.
  1. Elton John, Madman Across The Water . . . I love this somewhat spooky title track from EJ’s 1971 album. It was originally scheduled for the previous album, Tumbleweed Connection, but was held back and came out as the title cut to the next record. I didn’t know this until a while ago but apparently when it came out, some thought the lyrics were about then-US President Richard Nixon and maybe they were, although lyricist Bernie Taupin said no: “I thought, that is genius. I could never have thought of that.” I never thought of it, either, and reading the lyrics well, maybe, but, doubtful, to me. It matters not. Great song.
  1. Carole King, Smackwater Jack . . . I mentioned earlier in the set how Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge Of Town could be a greatest hits album. If any album could be seen that way, it’s King’s Tapestry, from which I pulled this relative deep cut. What a ridiculously great album Tapestry is.
  1. Headstones, Leave It All Behind . . . Active from their great debut, Picture Of Health in 1993 until 2003, these hard-rocking Canadian boys got back together in 2011 and picked up as if they never left. This typical blistering track is from their most recent release, 2019’s PeopleSkills.
  1. AC/DC, Burnin’ Alive . . . Great, slow-building track from the, I think, underappreciated Ballbreaker album in 1995. AC/DC generally isn’t a political band in terms of lyrics, but there are various theories as to what this one’s about. Many think it’s about the Waco, Texas siege in 1993 and I tend to subscribe to that notion, but I just read another view, that it could be about Centralia, Pennsylvania, where a coal mine fire has been burning beneath the almost-completely abandoned town since 1962. That’s a fascinating story in itself, well worth researching.
  1. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Graveyard Train . . . CCR has so many great singles but when you dig deeper they are so much more in terms of album tracks, including this extended, hypnotic, bluesy excursion from Bayou Country, 1969.
  1. Janis Joplin, Mercedes Benz . . . Fun little tune from Joplin’s last, posthumously-released album, Pearl. This was the last song she ever recorded. Love her spoken word intro, and cackle at the end.
  2. John Lee Hooker, John L’s House Rent Boogie (1950 version) . . . George Thorogood later famously took this tune and combined it with the next one I’m playing by Hooker, into his own extended version of One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer that appeared on Thorogood’s 1977 debut album. Great blues by an original master, Hooker.
  1. John Lee Hooker, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer . . . From Hooker’s 1966 release, The Real Folk Blues. Great stuff.
  2. Bobbie Gentry, Mississippi Delta . . . Best known for her 1967 smash Ode To Billie Joe, Gentry has many great tunes and was one of the first female artists to compose and produce her own material. This great track featuring Gentry’s gritty vocals, different than her singing on Ode To Billie Joe, was the B-side to that hit and then later released as a single on its own. In Japan, Mississippi Delta was the A-side and Billie Joe the flip.
  3. John Cougar Mellencamp, You’ve Got To Stand For Somethin’ . . . Love this tune, good lyrics, from the standout Scarecrow album. Not a bad song on it.
  4. Peter Tosh, Downpressor Man . . . Somewhat all over the map on today’s show, accidentally on purpose I suppose. Part of the creative fun. So, here we go with some reggae from the late great Tosh. I got into him way back, sort of via Bob Marley who, perhaps like many, I was introduced to via Eric Clapton’s version of I Shot The Sheriff in 1974. After that, it seemed all the big rock acts starting delving into reggae, at least a bit, including The Rolling Stones, who signed Tosh to their Rolling Stones Records label and with whom Mick Jagger did the hit duet (You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back on Tosh’s Bush Doctor album in 1978. But by that time, I was already well into Tosh via albums/songs like Legalize It – which I’ve played before on the show and almost certainly will again. Great artists, both he and Marley.
  1. The Moody Blues, Melancholy Man . . . Another sort of random selection I came across while loading tracks into the station’s computer system. I threw this one into the system some time back, saw it, realized I had not played the Moodies in some time so, no time like the present. Beautiful, somewhat sad lyrically, tune from A Question Of Balance, in 1970.
  1. Bob Dylan, Man In The Long Black Coat . . . 1989 was a pretty good year for veteran acts in terms of albums released. Eric Clapton’s Journeyman, Neil Young’s Freedom and The Rolling Stones’ Steel Wheels are among the notable ones I like. And Oh Mercy, from Dylan from which I pulled this great track, one of my all-time favorites from him.
  1. Cowboy Junkies, Southern Rain . . . Wonderful up-tempo track featuring the ethereal vocals of Margo Timmins. Just an amazing singer, great band I saw at a recent Kitchener Blues Festival.
  2. Dishwalla, Moisture . . . Great tune that starts slow, almost electronic, then rocks out. It’s from the band that gave us the 1996 hit Counting Blue Cars, from the same album I pulled this one from, Pet Your Friends. One of those albums you buy (or at least did, back then) for the hit single and then are rewarded by the depth of quality on the record.
  1. U2, Numb . . . This was the first single from the somewhat experimental album, Zooropa, produced in part by Brian Eno, who had done similar pushing-the-envelope work with David Bowie during the latter’s Berlin period in the late 1970s. The spoken-word, droning vocals are by guitarist The Edge on a track that was a leftover from the previous album, Achtung Baby.
  1. Elvis Costello, Green Shirt . . . From the Armed Forces album in 1979, it wasn’t released as a single until 1985 on a compilation. It got to No. 68 in the UK. Nice tune, perhaps somewhat unknown and underappreciated.
  1. Pearl Jam, Nothing As It Seems . . . I was really into Pearl Jam’s first two albums but I confess they’ve lost me as time passes, nothing compelling enough to prompt me to purchase or listen to any of their more recent releases. Out of loyalty, I kept up until a few years ago but decided time is too precious than to keep trying to like stuff I just can’t get into even after repeated listens, although I certainly don’t begrudge the band’s dedicated, loyal and passionate fan base. That said, I just checked out a few tracks from their most recent release, Gigaton, and, not bad. So maybe worth a revisit of the most recent stuff. Until then, I’m left with the first two albums and a fine 2-CD compilation, from which I pulled this great single from the Binaural album in 2000.
  1. Paul McCartney/Wings, Name And Address . . . Nice boogie/rockabilly type shuffle from London Town in 1978. McCartney, like most great artists, has so many lesser-known gems.
  1. Pink Floyd, Summer ’68 . . . From Atom Heart Mother, the album with the cow on the cover. One of the few Floyd tracks written and sung by the late keyboardist Richard Wright, it’s a catchy pop tune, apparently about an encounter Wright had with a groupie in 1968.
  1. Bad Company, Passing Time . . . A jaunty little tune from Bad Co’s Burnin’ Sky album, 1977. There’s not a bad tune, really, by this band – when fronted by Paul Rodgers. I can do without the Brian Howe version of the band, except for the Holy Water single. Too overproduced, 80s-type sound for me, other than that tune. I will say they did a non-Rodgers album, Company Of Strangers, in 1995 with Robert Hart on lead vocals, that I like because it harkens back to the Rodgers-era sound and Hart sounds much like Rodgers, to me. I played the title cut from the album ages ago on the show and now that I’m talking to myself about it, I will revisit. The prime stuff is, of course, the Rodgers era but Company Of Strangers is pretty good. So why didn’t I play it today? Well, I didn’t think of it until I started rambling on about it here.
  1. Doug And The Slugs, Drifting Away . . . And so we drift away for another week, taking our leave with this breakup song by Doug And The Slugs, one of my favorites by that band. I was inspired to play them by a friend who texted me about some foible he saw in policy from Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government, referring to him and his government as Doug and the slugs.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, May 31, 2021 – airing 8-10 pm ET

  1. Fleetwood Mac, These Strange Times . . . Appropriate song title for these times we’re living in but aside from that an interesting spoken word track – with Mick Fleetwood handling lead vocals – from the Mac’s 1995 album, Time. The album, without Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, bombed commercially and I confess I don’t listen to it much, but I do like this cut, one of the rare Mac songs written by Fleetwood, who also plays guitar on it. Good lyrics, including references to former Mac leader Peter Green: ”these strange times, I think of a friend they said was a man of the world. . . . ”. The record featured ex-Traffic guitarist Dave Mason and singer Bekka Bramlett, the daughter of Delaney and Bonnie, who worked with Eric Clapton, among others.
  1. Genesis, In The Cage . . . Another fitting title for current circumstances, and just a tour de force extended piece from 1974’s The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway album, Peter Gabriel’s last with Genesis before going solo.
  1. Eagles, Journey Of The Sorcerer . . . Great instrumental from One Of These Nights, featuring Bernie Leadon on banjo in his last album with the band. The music was used as the theme music for Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy BBC radio series in 1978 and ’79.
  1. Wishbone Ash, Throw Down The Sword . . .  Progressive rock featuring the twin guitars of Andy Powell and Ted Turner. The album was produced by Martin Birch, well-known for his work with Deep Purple, Ronnie James Dio-period Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, who in their early days at least, acknowledged that they were heavily influenced by Wishbone Ash’s work.
  1. Link Wray, The Shadow Knows . . . From one of the, if not the, acknowledged fathers of distortion and power chords. Love his diabolical laugh on what is otherwise, like most of his work, an instrumental.
  1. Family, See Through Windows . . . I first heard of Family via my older brother’s copy of Blind Faith’s one and only album, which featured Ric Grech who was the bass, violin and cello player in Family. This is from the Music In A Doll’s House album in 1968. The Beatles apparently wanted to title the album they were working on at the time A Doll’s House, but Family released their album so The Beatles went with the self-titled album that quickly came to be better known as the White Album.
  1. Izzy Stradlin, Somebody Knockin’ . . . Great Stones/Keith Richards/Ron Wood-ish track from Stradlin’s first album after he left Guns N’ Roses in 1991. The album, Izzy Stradlin and The Ju Ju Hounds, came out in 1993, around the time the individual Rolling Stones were doing lots of solo work. Wood plays guitar on one track on the album, his own Take A Look At The Guy, while sometimes-Stones session players Nicky Hopkins and former Face Ian McLagan contribute on piano and organ, respectively.
  1. Chicago, Movin’ In . . . Great jazz-rock fusion from the second Chicago album. I love early Chicago, particularly the first three albums and on up until guitarist Terry Kath died, after which the band was never the same, albeit commercially more successful with schlock.
  1. The Doors, The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) . . . Great track from perhaps my favorite Doors album, L.A. Woman, arguably the band’s grittiest and bluesiest. I’m in a bit of a Doors phase after a discussion with a friend about our favorite albums of theirs, so you might see some stuff from their debut and Morrison Hotel, the two others we talked about, in the coming weeks.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Tops . . . From 1981’s Tattoo You, the album the band cobbled together from various outtakes and unfinished tracks from over the years as they wanted something to tour behind that year. This one goes all the way back to 1972 and features Mick Taylor, who left the band in 1974, on guitar. He wasn’t credited on the album and sued the band for royalties.
  1. Dire Straits, The Man’s Too Strong . . . From Brothers In Arms, which featured the big hit Money For Nothing, an obviously great if overplayed tune, as so many hits are. I first heard this one while browsing in Sam The Record Man on Yonge St. in Toronto. I was already a big fan of the band so would have bought the album anyway, but hearing the track clinched an instant purchase that day.
  1. Rush, Cinderella Man . . . One of my favorite songs from perhaps my favorite Rush album, A Farewell To Kings. I remember getting it for the hit single, Closer To The Heart, first Rush album I ever bought, to great reward. Cinderella Man’s lyrics were written by bass player Geddy Lee, one of the few Rush songs whose words were not written by drummer Neil Peart.
  1. Neil Young, Motorcycle Mama . . . Something of an outlier rock track on the otherwise more folky Comes A Time album, released in 1978. The late Nicolette Larson shares lead vocals with Young on the song.
  1. The Mamas & The Papas, Straight Shooter . . . Great tune from the debut, If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears, another album I got into via my older sister and the one with the cover of the band in a bathtub. Wasn’t a single, but easily could have been from an album whose singles were Go Where You Wanna Go, California Dreamin’, Monday Monday and Do You Wanna Dance?
  1. Heart, Love Alive . . . Early, and my preferred version of Heart, before the big production (and big hits) mid-1980s to 1990s version. I like that stuff, but much prefer the earlier, more earthy version of the band. This is a great example of that period which also of course featured great rockers like Barracuda, etc.
  1. Johnny Winter, Memory Pain . . . Blues-rock from Second Winter, the first Johnny Winter studio album I bought way back when, likely if memory serves for his great cover of Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited.
  1. David Lee Roth, Ladies Nite In Buffalo? . . . From Roth’s first post-Van Halen album, Eat ‘Em And Smile. A bluesy, funky kind of shuffle, it’s easily the best solo song he’s ever done, in my opinion.
  1. Bruce Springsteen, She’s The One . . . I was going to play this for old friends who recently celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary, but it was suggested that I play Thunder Road instead, since it was more applicable, lyrically, to their story. But, I promised I’d play this one eventually, so here you go.
  1. The Cars, Dangerous Type . . . The second Cars album, Candy-O, had a hard act to follow after the classic debut. But it’s still a decent album, and this might be my favorite from it, perhaps tied with the title track.
  1. Elton John, Amy . . . One of my favorite EJ deep cuts, from the terrific Honky Chateau album. Jean-Luc Ponty plays electric violin.
  1. The Grateful Dead, Easy Wind . . . From the rootsy Workingman’s Dead album. Lead vocals by keyboardist/harmonica player Pigpen (Ron McKernan). With a nice harmonica solo.
  1. Deep Purple, No One Came . . . Always difficult for me to pick a Purple track, since I like all of the band’s work, all lineups. This propulsive song is from the Fireball album.
  1. Steve Winwood, Night Train . . . Such a great album, Arc of A Diver, my favorite of Winwood’s solo stuff. And it’s truly a solo album, as Winwood plays every instrument on it.
  1. The Beach Boys, Sail On Sailor . . . One of my favorite Beach Boys tunes, from 1973’s Holland album. It’s sung by Blondie Chaplin, perhaps best known in recent times thanks to his work as a backup musician/singer on Rolling Stones’ tours and sessions. Released, twice, as a single, it made No. 79 in 1973 and No. 49 on a reissue in 1975. Ridiculous. Great song.
  1. Ian Hunter, Old Records Never Die . . . Could be the theme song for my show. This one from Short Back ‘n’ Sides in 1981. Mick Jones (guitar) and Topper Headon (drums) of The Clash contribute to the album along with then-regular Hunter guitarist, the late great Mick Ronson. 

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, May 24, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. The Kinks, Victoria . . . I don’t tend to do ‘just what they’d be expecting’ but in this case, here’s the obvious opener for today, Victoria Day. A well-known Kinks’ track from the Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) album. Like so much of their great output from ‘concept’ albums in the latter part of the 1960s, it didn’t do so well on the charts, aside from No. 9 in the Toronto area. It made No. 33 in the UK and No. 62 in the US.
  1. The Monkees, The Door Into Summer . . . Victoria Day in Canada, while not quite yet summer, is looked upon at least somewhat as the door into summer, so I figured this would be another appropriate song to play. And it’s a good one, as are so many Monkees’ tunes. Mike Nesmith sings lead vocals on this one.
  1. Jethro Tull, Singing All Day . . . Early Tull, from 1969. First appeared on the Living In The Past quasi-compilation that came out in 1972 and featured non-album singles, album tracks and previously unreleased songs, like this nice little ditty.
  1. Patti Smith Group, Because The Night . . . Co-written with Bruce Springsteen, I first heard this while working as a doorman/bouncer at the old Riverside pub in Oakville, ON during my college days. As mentioned a couple weeks ago when I played Smith’s song Kimberly, I got into her music via this song, introduced to it by the bar band Oliver Heavyside (later the Partland Brothers) who were rocking the joint one weekend. So, out I went the next week to buy Smith’s Easter album and the rest is history.


  2. J.J. Cale, Don’t Cry Sister . . . Typically consistent stuff from this late great artist. I’ve said it before, but JJ could mine essentially the same vein for his entire career yet never sound boring or anything but fresh and interesting.
  1. Mick Jagger, Memo From Turner . . . This is the Jagger solo version from the 1970 movie Performance and features Ry Cooder on slide guitar. Another, shorter version recorded in 1968 featuring either Keith Richards or Brian Jones on guitar, depending upon your source, appeared on the Metamorphosis compilation released in 1975 by the band’s former manager Allen Klein on ABCKO Records. Klein had taken over Decca’s Stones’ catalogue after the band acrimoniously left that label, then had more trouble with Klein. He released the Metamorphosis album of various odds and ends, often written for other artists to cover and mostly just featuring Jagger and a host of session players and musical friends, all recorded between 1964 and 1970.

     

  2. Python Lee Jackson/Rod Stewart, In A Broken Dream . . . Great track by the Australian band, who in 1968 brought in Rod Stewart to sing on it because the band’s own singer, Dave Bentley, felt his voice didn’t suit the material. Released in 1970, it didn’t chart until it was re-released in 1972, riding the star power of Stewart’s by-then burgeoning solo/Faces career.


  3. The Doobie Brothers, Eyes Of Silver . . . One of a few tracks for tonight’s show I just happened upon while searching the station computer for other material I’ve fed into the machine over time, for these pandemic-prompted programmed shows I’ve been doing. Early Doobies, from the What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits album in 1974. Similar, to my ears, to the Doobies’ hit Listen To The Music which was released two years earlier.
  1. Deep Purple, Soldier Of Fortune . . . Beautiful ballad sung by David Coverdale from 1974’s Stormbringer album. One of my favorite Purple tracks, by any version of the band.
  1. Santana, Taboo . . . I like most of Santana’s work but my go-to albums remain the first three, by the original band. This track is from the third album and features typically great guitar from Carlos Santana and Neil Schon with Schon, apparently, handling the final, stirring solo.
  1. Traffic, (Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired . . . Not really much I can think to say about Traffic that I have not said before. Fantastic band, can’t really go wrong with any of their songs. Great album cover, too, on Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory, the source for this song.
  1. Van Morrison, And It Stoned Me . . . It’s difficult to find a deep cut on the amazing Moodance album since they’re all pretty well known, but this has always been one of my favorites. I love how the vocals come in right at the start. Oh, the water…This wasn’t a single, amazingly.
  1. Mountain, Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin) . . . Sounds crazy maybe but I give this a slight edge over Mississippi Queen as my favorite Mountain song. The title is a reference to an old term describing a whaling boat being dragged by a harpooned whale. Owen Coffin was a young seaman whose ship was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in 1820. Good for the whale, I say.
  1. Led Zeppelin, Misty Mountain Hop . . . This was the B-side to Black Dog, from the fourth Zep album. I always think of my older sister dancing to it at home way back when.
  1. The Who, In A Hand Or A Face . . . I was looking for a Guess Who tune (I get to them later in the set) among the many songs I’ve loaded into our computer system, so naturally The Who came up and I decided to play this great rocker from The Who By Numbers, an album I visited some weeks back via Slip Kid. It remains one of my favorite Who albums, since I grew up with it. But I’ve bored you with that story before.
  1. Nazareth, Hard Living . . . This great riff rocker was the B-side to the Bad Bad Boy single, from the Razamanaz album, in the UK. I like it better than the A-side.
  1. Queen, The Prophet’s Song . . . Great extended cut from A Night At The Opera, really displays all the amazing assets Queen had in their musical arsenal, particularly in the earlier days.
  1. Fleetwood Mac, Oh Well Pts. 1 and 2 . . . One of the signature tunes from the Peter Green era, on the last album, Then Play On, he did with the band, released in 1969. It remains my favorite of all albums, all eras, by Fleetwood Mac.
  1. The Butterfield Blues Band, Work Song . . . Something of a random selection show, this great instrumental another track that came up while I was searching for other things I’ve input into our station’s computer system. From East-West, the second album by the band, in 1966.
  2. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tuesday’s Gone . . . I’ve been remiss. Have not played Skynyrd in a long, long time, rectifying that today. Beautiful extended track from their first album.
  1. Free, Travelling In Style . . . I love this jaunty track by one of my favorite bands. Kiki Dee, best known for I’ve Got The Music In Me and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart with Elton John, covered the Free track to great rocking effect in 1973.
  1. The Guess Who, Road Food . . . What a great, perhaps relatively unknown song, title cut from the 1974 album. It was the B-side to the hit Clap For The Wolfman but I’d say is the better song. Just terrific stuff and, yes, a good road tune driven by Burton Cummings’ always great vocals and nice guitar work by Kurt Winter and Don McDougall.
  1. Warren Zevon, My Ride’s Here . . . Title cut from his next-to-last album, in 2002. Great lyrics, which is no surprise given it’s Zevon but still. “I was staying at the Marriott with Jesus and John Wayne, I was waiting for a chariot they were waiting for a train.” Then he goes on to bring in Shelley, Keats, Byron and Charlton Heston as Moses in a tour-de-force of wordplay, in my opinion. Great music, too.
  1. Rory Gallagher, Cruise On Out . . . Great toe-tapper from the late great Gallagher. Relentless. The guy could do it all. Fast, slow, blues, rock . . . this one’s fast.
  1. Aerosmith, No More No More . . . And, I have no more for tonight, out of time for this week and wrapping up with this kick butt tune from Toys In The Attic. Thanks, all, for listening and/or following along with my shows/set lists.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, May 17, 2021. On air 8-10 pm ET

  1. The Beatles, Good Morning Good Morning . . . It’s arguably difficult to find a Beatles’ deep cut, since almost everything they produced is so well known, like this one, one of my favorites from the Sgt. Pepper album. Just love everything about it, the lyrics, the tune, the playing. Someone on You Tube commented that the lyric “everything is closed it’s like a ruin’ was prescient to these covid times. Indeed. Sadly.
  1. John Lennon, Gimme Some Truth . . . Vitriolic Lennon cut from the Imagine album. It led off side two of the original vinyl album, quite the contrast to the placid, hopeful title track that led off side one. Great guitar work by George Harrison, who played on half the original album’s 10 songs.
  1. Alice Cooper, Some Folks . . . From Welcome To My Nightmare, Vincent Furnier’s first solo release after the breakup of the original Alice Cooper band, after which he adopted the name as both his legal and stage names. Canadian Prakash John, who later formed R & B band The Lincolns, had played with Lou Reed and joined Cooper’s band for this and several subsequent albums.
  2. Little Feat, Fat Man In The Bathtub . . . The ‘good’ trouble with playing Little Feat, and I played Roll Um Easy about a month ago, is that you then want to play them all the time. So, here comes another one from the same Dixie Chicken album that produced Roll Um Easy and so many other great ones, including the title cut. My Little Feat phase continues.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Out Of Control (live) . . . Extended 8-minute version of the track that originally appeared on 1997’s Bridges To Babylon album, with a bass line similar to The Temptations’ Papa Was A Rolling Stone. One of my favorite latter-day Stones’ songs, or favorite songs of theirs, period – especially this live version from the No Security album. Killer guitar and harmonica work, especially once things really ramp up at about the five-minute mark. Always reminds me of Midnight Rambler in the sense that the live version (especially, with Rambler, the one on Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out) eclipses the studio recording.
  1. Jason and The Scorchers, 19th Nervous Breakdown . . . More Stones, only in a, er, scorching version done by Jason and the boys. Such a great tune, regardless who does it or in what arrangent. Nash The Slash’s cover of it, which I’ve played previously, comes to mind. Pulled this one off Cover You: A Tribute To The Rolling Stones, one of many available tribute albums to the Stones.
  1. Pearl Jam, Crazy Mary . . . One of my favorite songs done by Pearl Jam. It’s written by singer-songwriter Victoria Williams but was released first by Pearl Jam on Sweet Relief: A Benefit For Victoria Williams, who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It’s a tribute record comprised of Williams songs, covered by alternative rock bands and released in 1993. I was reminded of this one by a recent thrift store run with two good friends during which one of my buddies picked up the album and was contemplating buying it. I told him to get it, if just for Crazy Mary alone. Heck, it was about a buck at the thrift store. So, he did buy it, put it on as we drove to our next stop, and he liked it. Who wouldn’t?
  1. Graham Parker & The Rumour, Protection . . . From the great Squeezing Out Sparks album in 1979. It’s the one that, via the Local Girls single, introduced me to Parker during my college days when he, Joe Jackson and Elvis Costello were arguably the big three among the ‘angry young men’ of the era. Parker lost me by the mid-1980s but he’s still going, perhaps worthy of re-investigation. No, check that. I just did. Nothing resonates with him, sadly, anymore.
  1. Joe Jackson, TV Age . . . Speaking of angry young men . . . I got into Joe Jackson via Toronto rock station Q-107’s old ‘album replay’ show, where they’d play full albums between midnight and about 6 am on Friday or Saturday nights. Back when commercial FM rock radio was open-minded, creative and therefore outstanding, not tied to the same old, same old. So anyway, one night I listened, the Look Sharp album was on, I loved it and out I went the next day to buy it, another from that musically-expansive experience that were my college days of the late 1970s. Jackson quickly branched out though, departing the punk/new wave scene after three albums, with 1981’s jump blues/swing covers release Jumpin’ Jive and then 1982’s brilliant, jazzy Night and Day album. He had served notice that he was going to take his music wherever his muse directed, and I’ve chosen to follow him everywhere he’s gone, to great reward.
  1. Elvis Costello, Brilliant Mistake . . . From King Of America, 1986. I bought the album, had been up to then into all Costello’s work. And lasted one more album, But it’s also around the time I started to lose interest in him, which is interesting, perhaps, because while I’ve faithfully followed Joe Jackson’s musical travels from day one, I’ve not done the same with Costello. But as I get older, I find myself catching up to the material I missed. Like the album he did with Burt Bacharach. This track was not originally a single but became one of Costello’s better-known songs and is now on several compilations. Good tune, with typically good lyrics.
  1. Ian Dury, There Ain’t Half Been Some Clever Bastards . . . Another college days discovery who I was really into for a number of years. Clever title, clever, interesting song, musically, by a very diverse artist.
  1. Bryan Ferry, Tokyo Joe . . . Great up tempo track from Ferry’s 1977 solo release In Your Mind, the first solo release on which he wrote all the songs. Roxy Music was on hiatus at the time but the energetic album is very Roxy-like and does feature Roxy guitarist Phil Manzanera, who contributed to several Ferry solo albums.
  1. Jeff Beck, Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You . . . Nice cover of a Bob Dylan tune originally on Nashville Skyline and featured on Beck’s 1972 release. Bobby Tench handles lead vocals on this fourth and final Jeff Beck Group album, the second version of the band that originally featured singer Rod Stewart and bassist Ron Wood that resulted in the classic Truth and Beck-Ola albums.
  1. Savoy Brown, Stay While The Night Is Young . . . Great mid-tempo track from Savoy Brown’s Raw Sienna album. Led by lone original member Kim Simmonds, the group is still around, releasing occasional albums and playing live. I saw them, billed as Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown, at a Kitchener Blues Festival a few years ago. Great blues-rock show.
  1. The Notting Hillbillies, Railroad Worksong . . . From the one-off Dire Straits offshoot band album, Missing…Presumed Having A Good Time, released in 1990 and featuring Straits men Mark Knopfler and Guy Fletcher. The album was almost entirely covers of traditional tunes, like this excellent selection.
  1. Queen, ’39 . . . Beautiful, Brian May-penned track from A Night At The Opera, one of my favorite Queen tunes and I find so many of them are written by May.
  1. Iggy Pop, Cold Metal . . . Hard rocker from Iggy’s 1988 Instinct album, the song leads us into a metal/hard rock set within the overall show.
  1. Metallica, Holier Than Thou . . . Kick-butt banger from “the black album’ which, given big singles like, particularly Nothing Else Matters and The Unforgiven, introduced the band to a more maintream audience but also miffed some of their metal fans. This track, though, is one of many on the album proving Metallica had not abandoned its roots, merely let them flower. Great vitriolic lyrics. Probably about a relationship breakup. More than probably.
  1. Black Sabbath, The Shining . . . From the largely underappreciated, perhaps aside from big Sabbath fans, Tony Martin on lead vocals period. The Martin-fronted albums feature some great Sabbath stuff relatively few people have heard, with guitarist Tony Iommi the lone constant, holding it all together with his typically huge heavy riffs. I find it a fascinating period in Black Sabbath history including the fact it was on and off. Ronnie James Dio left, in comes Martin. Dio returns, out goes Martin, then back in he comes. Etc. And all the while, there is/was Iommi. Much respect to him.
  1. AC/DC, Gone Shootin’ . . . From the Bon Scott period and 1978’s Powerage, one of my favorite albums by the band. So much quality stuff on this album that I often mine for the show, so I essentially just threw a dart and it hit this boogie-like track with its insistent, hypnotic riff. You can’t go wrong with anything from this album.
  1. Ian Gillan Band, Clear Air Turbulence . . . Funky track from Ian Gillan’s first post-Deep Purple project, this the title cut from the band’s second album, in 1977. Not the type of thing he would have done with Deep Purple when he was in that band, certainly likely not if Ritchie Blackmore had any say in the matter. Yet, if you listen to Purple now, during the very good and creative Steve Morse era, they are doing material like this as they continue to explore more diverse paths.22. Ohio Players, Fopp . . . Great funk from the Honey album, 1975. It’s the one with the great No. 1 single, Love Rollercoaster. This was the third single from the album, made No. 30 on the pop charts and No. 9 on the R & B list. Great band, great provocative and erotic album covers, along the lines of early Roxy Music cover art.

23. The Tragically Hip, So Hard Done By . . . One of my favorite Hip tracks, from 1994’s Day for Night album. I love the introductory build into the hard riff that propels a tune featuring some great lyrics. “It’s a monumental big screen kiss, it’s so deep it’s meaningless.” . . . “Just then the stripper stopped in a coughing fit, she said ‘sorry I can’t go on with this.’ ” . Etc. etc. Great song. Every time I listen to this I think back to the year I took off to work, between high school and college. I grew by leaps and bounds that year, hanging out with adults in the working world at my dad’s engineering company and recognizing that adults were a barrel of laughs no matter how old they were, that we all had things in common. I kept them young, they educated me. Case in point, going to a strip joint after work and the stripper was playing with an ice cube, tossed it towards our table, it splashed into one of my friends’ drink, a martini I guess and the impact of the ice cube ejected the olive from my buddy’s drink. Laughs all around, including the stripper who, unlike in the song, did go on with things. 

24. Murray McLauchlan, Burned Out Car . . . Great tune about a sad subject, homelessness, co-written with Junkhouse leader Tom Wilson. Junkhouse recorded it, with Sarah McLauchlan helping out, for their 1995 Birthday Boy album. Murray McLauchlan, with Wilson on backing vocals, released it on his excellent, comprehensive 2007 double-disc compilation Songs From The Street.

 

25. Junkhouse, Oh, What A Feeling . . . Speaking of Junkhouse . . . A friend of mine recently mentioned the Canadian band Crowbar, which like Junkhouse leader Tom Wilson came out of Hamilton, Ontario. So, while I was fiddling with the McLauchlan/Junkhouse connection, I remembered Junkhouse had done a cover of Crowbar’s hit tune. So, here it is. Such a great artist, Wilson – with Junkhouse, solo work, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings and Lee Harvey Osmond. I saw a reunited Junkhouse at a recent Kitchener Blues Festival and ran into Wilson at a coffee shop the next morning. What a pleasant, humble individual; I just said hi, I really enjoy your work and we had a brief chat, I mentioned I was a journalist so we had the writing, albeit in different forms, in common at least somewhat. And while I was thinking of songs to play today, I hit upon an interview with Wilson on You Tube during which he was asked about his myriad projects. His answer? For a creative person it’s a need to do it; it’s like he has to. His reward is just that he can keep on doing it. I’m glad he does.

26. Led Zeppelin, Tea For One . . . Great blues track. It closes the Presence album and is one of my two favorites on the album and by the band in general, the other being the set opener, Achilles Last Stand.

So Old It’s New set list airing 8-10 pm ET on Monday, May 10, 2021

  1. Ted Nugent, Turn It Up . . . Rip-roaring start to the set with this one from the Motor City Madman. Not into his politics, but I do like much of his music, certainly the earlier stuff I know, plus his work with the Amboy Dukes. This is from his second solo studio album, Free For All in 1976. Derek St. Holmes is lead vocalist on it and four other tracks on the album which also features a pre-big stardom Meat Loaf. Yes, him. He sings five songs. Maybe next week, or soon, I’ll play the one he does lead vocals on and the other one I had in mind for today, Hammerdown.
  1. Fu Manchu, Missing Link . . . Great heavy stoner rock from these California boys, from their 1996 release and third album, In Search Of. One of those bands I got into by chance. Just happened to walk into a used record store in Oakville, ON when I was still living there and where I grew up, hence the occasional Oakville references. The place was a hole in the wall, Cactus Records if I recall, across the street from Records On Wheels which is, apparently, still there on Kerr St. according to a web check just now. Good for that guy. Anyway, both places were run by the same type of people who run, say, our wonderful Encore Records here in Kitchener – people who truly know and are passionate about music, don’t just sell it. So, anyway, finally, ha ha, the Cactus owner had the Fu Manchu album on and we agreed that it sounded like, or at least was heavily influenced by, Black Sabbath. I liked what I heard, total impulse buy, still like it, and the band and all their work.
  1. Stray, All In Your Mind . . . Another fairly recent discovery, this UK band formed in 1966 and are still going, off and on playing live if not necessarily recording. Got into them via the 2016 compilation I’m A Freak Baby . . . A Journey Through The British Heavy Psych and Hard Rock Underground Scene 1968-72. A friend of mine sends me a message on Facebook: ‘You have to get this!” So I got the excellent 3-CD set and was introduced to this 1970 track, a 9-minute, 36-second blast of exactly what the compilation’s billing says: heavy psychedelic and hard rock. Great stuff and I liked it, and the band, so much that I shortly thereafter became the proud owner of Time Machine: Anthology 1970-1977, a 2-CD compilation of Stray’s work. Why they weren’t bigger is one of those music mysteries. (Lack of) Marketing, management, whatever. Iron Maiden later covered this tune, at half the length. Meantime, in 2019 out came I’m A Freak Baby 2: A Further Journey . . . 1968-73 (they added a year). It includes another Stray tune, a short rocking romp, The Man Who Paints The Pictures, from 1968 when the band members were just 16. So I contacted the same friend on Facebook and said: “You have to get this!” Not sure if he did.
  1. Elton John, Ticking . . . Dark subject matter on this deep cut from EJ’s 1974 album, Caribou, the one with The Bitch Is Back (please, no) and Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me on it. It’s a fictional account, Bernie Taupin’s lyrics a commentary on violence in the United States primarily and in society in general. It’s about a man who had a repressed childhood, later snapped and killed 14 people in a New York City bar. Wikipedia doesn’t describe it as fictional, most other sources do. Which is why you can’t always trust the wiki. Anyway, a 2015 Rolling Stone poll had it among Elton John fans’ favorites among his non-hits.
  1. Gregg Allman, Love The Poison . . . Up tempo tune from the late great Allman, who I saw live at the Kitchener Blues Festival in August of 2011 and not a moment too soon, as he later had to cancel that tour, once he got to Europe, due to the various ongoing health issues that eventually killed him in 2017. This one’s from his fine 1997 album, Searching For Simplicity. All his solo work is great, I find, and nice companion pieces to the mother ship’s output.
  1. Sea Level, Nothing Matters But The Fever . . . Another from The Allman Brothers Band family, a jazz-rock-blues fusion outfit fronted by keyboard player/percussionist Chuck Leavell between 1976-81. The band name comes from a pun on his name: C. Leavell. Leavell, a widely respected artist with an extensive resume, moved on to become a session player with and member of The Rolling Stones’ touring band, to which he belongs to this day.
  1. Sammy Hagar, Little White Lie . . . Big hit from the former Montrose and Van Halen singer’s 1997 Marching To Mars album. Great, slow-building into a high-intensity bluesy rock tune. Nothing wrong with it aside from fact that, at a shade under three minutes, it’s arguably too short. But, hey, leave ’em wanting more, which is the key to so many great songs. CCR’S Fortunate Son always comes to mind for me in that regard. Which is why I tend to play Fortunate Son several times, each time I play it. This one? Arguably my favorite solo Sammy song.
  1. Traveling Wilburys, Tweeter And The Monkey Man . . . Lead vocals by Bob Dylan on this, my favorite track and a minor hit single from the Wilburys debut in 1988. You know the supergroup, sadly three of the five of whom have now gone to the great studio and concert stage in the sky. Dylan. Jeff Lynne of ELO fame. Still around. Gone are George Harrison. Tom Petty. Roy Orbison, who sadly wasn’t around for the second, and as a likely result less successful second Wilburys album, cheekily titled Vol. 3. Canada’s Headstones did a wicked, rocked up blistering cover of Tweeter with slightly altered lyrics incorporating more Canadian references including to their hometown of Kingston, on their 1993 debut album, Picture of Health. I’ve played the Headstones’ version previously, likely will come around to it again at some point, but it’s been ages since I played the original on the show, if ever. An oversight now rectified.
  1. Pete Townshend, Sheraton Gibson . . . Always loved this one, remains among my favorite Townshend solo works. Such a nice little ditty. From his debut solo album, Who Came First, in 1972.
  1. Billy Joel, Captain Jack . . . Early Billy Joel is, to me, the best Billy Joel. Fantastic track, dark subject matter about a drug dealer and his teen customers, apparently Joel was searching for inspiration one day and got it by looking out his apartment window. But, so much great art comes from darkness. One of those tunes you get into when you buy an album for the big single (the title cut, Piano Man) and then are immensely rewarded by the rest of the release.
  1. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Midnight Moses . . . Great riff on this one from the late great Alex Harvey’s outfit. They never really got beyond cult status on these shores but big, deservedly so, in the UK.
  1. Lou Reed, Vicious . . . Lead cut from Transformer. Mick Ronson on lead guitar, David Bowie backing vocals, third single from the album that of course gave us Walk On The Wild side. Didn’t chart, that I’m aware of, Vicious. Absurd.
  1. Cat Stevens, Indian Ocean . . . From the 2-CD ‘Gold’ compilation, released in 2005. This wonderful tune was a new track then, recorded and released for the compilation and credited under Stevens’ now and long since legal name, Yusuf Islam. I love most of his stuff including the well-known hits but this has become a real favorite.
  1. Taj Mahal, Senor Blues . . . Such a versatile artist, as demonstrated by this title cut from his 1997 jazz/blues/soul- and world music inflected album. Usually classified as blues, and that’s great as blues is great music, but he’s so much more than that.
  1. Buddy Guy, I Gotta Try You Girl . . . A 12-minute hypnotic track with typical great guitar work, from Guy’s fantastic Sweet Tea album, 2001. To quote Guy, from the album’s liner notes: “the sound and style reminds me of . . . the Sonny Boy Williamsons, the Lightinin’ Hopkins. All those people just playin’ for the drop of the dime in the hat. The Saturday night fish fries . . . you had fun, you woke up the next morning with a headache, you just drank the wine or the beer, grab the guitar and go doin’ it again.” I’m out of booze. Buddy’s inspired me to replenish, put this on with headphones and just drift into its embrace. And, the title leads me into my closing segment featuring mostly female artists and/or lead singers.
  1. Patti Smith, Kimberly . . . What a great album Horses is, including of course this track featuring Smith’s always amazingly unique vocals. I got into Smith during my college days via a bar band that came to the pub I was then working at in my hometown of Oakville, ON, as a doorman/bouncer. Oliver Heavyside, a.k.a. / later The Partland Brothers. They were one of the best bar bands I saw there and, among their various covers including a lot of Jethro Tull and Springsteen, was the Springsteen/Smith-penned Because The Night which appeared on Smith’s 1978 album Easter, a version I’ve played on the show. So, as is my wont when I like a song, or anything, I delve deeper, wound up buying the Easter album and from there went back, and forward, with Smith.
  1. Alannah Myles, Hurry Make Love . . . I’ve always liked this one from her first album. Black Velvet was the monster hit with others like Still Got This Thing, Love Is, etc. doing well or at least being well known, from a terrific album. Great line within: “Don’t stay up with your damned TV, somebody else might make love to me.” Sadly true, sometimes, perhaps, when the moods don’t mesh. Myles was sidelined with some serious health issues involving mostly her back, limiting her mobility. I saw her live in Barrie, ON in1993, fully healthy, as one of several opening acts for Van Halen/Hagar on Canada Day. She toured as recently as 2013, released an album in 2014 and was interviewed in 2018 by an online site where she discussed possibly doing a blues album. Often unfairly classified as a one-hit wonder but definitely not. Check out Rockinghorse, the title cut from her second album, which I’ve played before, for instance.
  1. Pretenders, Kinda Nice, I Like It . . . Typical sultry, sexy vocals from Chrissie Hynde on this great, slow-burning track from Loose Screw, the band’s 2002 release. It’s arguably the album that got me back into the band. Not sure why I got it/what drew me to it; rock radio now being what it is I doubt I heard any of it on radio so perhaps just a whim. But it paid off and I’ve been major back into the band ever since.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Star Star (a.k.a. Starfucker) . . . Second straight week I get into a Stones’ ‘swear word’ song (last week, Cocksucker Blues). Just something to get out of my system, who knows? They wrote ’em, I just like ’em, so I play ’em. Original title on this one is/was Starfucker and the band still refers to it by that name, although record-company pressure had it retitled as Star Star on Goats Head Soup in1973. They played it the first two times I ever saw them, July 4, 1978 at Rich Stadium near Buffalo, Orchard Park where the NFL’s Bills play, and 1979 at the benefit show for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind in Oshawa, ON that resulted from Keith Richards’ Toronto drug bust in 1977. Richards’ and Ron Wood’s band The New Barbarians opened the show in Oshawa. A great and wild afternoon of music. New Barbarians, really Woody’s band, did their set, featuring some of his solo stuff and Keef wrapped things up with his/Stones’ Before They Make Me Run and then . . . was very cool. Out, again, there is Keith, on a stool, acoustic guitar on lap. Starts strumming. No lights, just a white spotlight. Then, out of the dark, all dressed in white, comes Mick Jagger and we’re into Prodigal Son, the old blues cover from Beggars Banquet that Mick and Keith also did, in this duo way, on the 1969 tour immortalized in the Gimme Shelter movie and long since now available on CD/DVD on the expanded re-release of the great live album, Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! Yeah, I was there. Me and my buddy saw the first afternoon show, hid in a bathroom in an attempt to stay for the second show, but were found out and had to leave. What an experience, one of just 10,000 people to see those shows; still have no idea how I got tickets, really, but being a major Stones’ fan I simply had to, and I did. My friend had never seen the band, but was major into music and I remember saying, ‘wanna go, I got tickets’ and he was “you honor me.” Yeah.
  1. Marianne Faithfull, Why D’Ya Do It . . . Blistering, vitriolic track musically, vocally, lyrically, from Faithfull’s brilliant Broken English album in 1979. And her voice, by then indeed broken by drink, drugs and smoking, was yet arguably even more compelling.
  1. Tracy Chapman, Bang Bang Bang . . . Was digging into her stuff again recently and, as promised recently to my friends and show followers on Facebook, back to playing this amazing singer-songwriter on the show. Always so lyrically topical, her voice is missing these days as she has not released new material since 2008 although a greatest hits album did come out in 2015. She’s not retired but in a couple recent interviews, most recently in 2020 to a UK outlet, she admitted to being a reserved sort not comfortable in the public eye, accounting for her inactivity musically. To which I would say, Tracy you don’t have to tour, just record! But if not, the beauty of art is that we still have her amazing catalog, so far and if that’s as far as she goes, all good for the amazing, passionate and topical tunes she has given us.
  1. Blondie, Fade Away And Radiate . . . A favorite of mine, from Parallel Lines, the band’s third album and the one that represented a commercial breakthrough what with such hits as Heart of Glass, One Way or Another and Hanging On The Telephone. I must admit, though, to not owning any individual Blondie album, not even back then when they were hot. Just a one single-CD compilation and a wonderfully comprehensive 47-track double disc retrospective, from which I pulled this great track, as we fade away … until next week. Thanks for listening/following.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, May 3, 2021. Airing 8-10 pm ET

  1. Queen, Let Me Entertain You . . . From the 1978 album, Jazz. A logical set opener. I saw the Jazz tour at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, great show that opened with the smokin’ fast version of We Will Rock You that hadn’t been heard, to my knowledge, until that time and appears on the live album, Live Killers, that resulted from the tour. Then they went into Let Me Entertain you, and saved the more familiar We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions for their second encore.
  1. Judas Priest, Delivering The Goods . . . From the Killing Machine album, 1978. The album was retitled Hell Bent For Leather in North America, particularly the United States, due to an American school shooting. So, I won’t say, ‘killer song’. Oops.
  1. Black Sabbath, Neon Knights . . . Kick ass album opener from the first release with the late great Ronnie James Dio taking over from Ozzy Osbourne on lead vocals. It was actually the last song recorded for the album, as a space filler for side one of the vinyl release. Space filler! Some filler! Amazingly, while the song, a single, made No. 22 in the UK, it didn’t chart anywhere else. But what a great cut to open an album with, what with people wondering at the time what the band would be like without Ozzy. Well, like this, the band replied. The whole album, and all the stuff they did with Dio, is terrific after he had just come out of working with Ritchie Blackmore for the first three (and easily best, in my opinion) Rainbow albums.Dio added so much to Rainbow and Sabbath and in fact I like his work with those two bands better than I like his own stuff as front man and brains behind his band, Dio. Dio, the band, is good stuff but for me, not up to the quality of his Rainbow/Sabbath work. I got into this album, and a lot of heavy rock like AC/DC and Ted Nugent when I worked at a pub in Oakville, Ontario putting myself through college. The pub, the old Riverside, any Oakvillians will remember, featured rock bands but we had a DJ playing music between live sets and he played the heck out of this album, Nugent’s Double Live Gonzo and AC/DC’s Highway To Hell and Back In Black. Great stuff, great memories.
  1. Motorhead, (Don’t Need) Religion . . . Somehow I feel like I just recently played this song, but I checked and not the case. Ah, I was going to, but whatever set I had going that day went in a different direction, or I ran out of time. In any event . . . I came late to Motorhead. I had heard Ace of Spades but didn’t dig any deeper for a long time. I do remember hearing Motorhead’s Orgasmatron album when it came into the Oakville newspaper I was then working for, to the entertainment section for review purposes. One of the entertainment reporters let me borrow it, I hated it, so did he, and we later used it as a frisbee for a few tosses in the newsroom and then pinned the vinyl album to a bulletin board as a show of contempt for it.But in the end, prompted by reading an album reviews book with the irresistible title of Riff Kills Man: 25 Years of Hard Rock & Heavy Metal – a book that author Martin Popoff later expanded and the jumping off point for his now countless works – I started sampling more in that genre. Bands like Iron Maiden and the so-called new wave of British heavy metal that was spawned in the late 1970s-early 1980s. So, it all brought me back to Motorhead and . . . I liked it. This one from the Iron Fist album in 1982. I share the title and lyric sentiments. Orgasmatron came two albums later, in 1986. I own it now.
  2. U2, Bullet The Blue Sky . . . Arguably my favorite U2 song, never a single, never on compilations perhaps due to its political nature, it being inspired by lead singer Bono’s trip to Nicaragua and El Salvador during the mid-1980s and his resulting observations on the effects of American military intervention and policies there during that period. It’s just so menacing, so passionate. I never tire of it. It appeared on the monster commercial success that was The Joshua Tree in 1987, the album that truly broke U2 big everywhere. I had been into them since the first album, Boy, in 1980 via the single I Will Follow but after Joshua Tree the band became ubiquitous.You know how sometimes you like a band and you wish them success, but then when they achieve massive success you almost feel like you’ve lost them to the masses, to the newbies? It’s a silly feeling in many ways, because people are going to come to embrace music in however they come to it, whenever they do, via a movie soundtrack, big hit album or single, however it happens, and that’s good. But I do remember U2 at the time of Joshua Tree appearing on the cover of Time magazine and I said to a friend of mine who had also been into them from the beginning: “It’s over. They’re on the cover of Time.” It wasn’t over, of course. U2 continued to do amazing work (i.e. Achtung Baby) and on (really) to the present day although people aren’t as willing to give their newer work as much of a chance. I still think they’re pretty good but I can see the view that, maybe, something was lost along the way.
  1. Van Halen, Little Dreamer … One of my favorite VH songs, from the debut album in 1978. What a terrific album it is, arguably still their best though there’s lots of great stuff, obviously, throughout the catalogue in both the David Lee Roth and Van (Sammy) Hagar eras. This one came to mind to play this week after yet another of my music conversations on Twitter. Someone asked the Twitterverse to name just three of their favorite Van Halen songs. So, as is my wont, I went in the deep cuts direction with this, D.O.A., Mean Street. I’ve always liked this lyrical passage: “And then they went and they voted you least likely to succeed. I had to tell them, baby, you were armed with all you’d need.”
  2. Robin Trower, Shame The Devil . . . Trower’s 70s work, particularly featuring the late great bassist/vocalist James Dewar, is stellar. This great tune, from 1975’s For Earth Below, is yet another indication of that. Great album covers, too.
  1. Tommy Bolin, Shake The Devil . . . From Bolin’s second solo album, Private Eyes, 1976. It followed Teaser, which he did while still with Deep Purple during his brief stint with that band, on the Come Taste The Band album. Great riff by a great guitarist and musician, lost to us via drug overdose while touring in support of this album, opening at the time for Jeff Beck.
  1. Kiss, Rocket Ride . . . I’m not into Kiss but I do like this song. It’s essentially a solo work by guitarist Ace Frehley, from the one studio side of the Alive II album, released in 1977. Frehley sings and plays all guitars, with only Kiss’s then-drummer, Peter Criss, on the kit. I got into this one via my younger brother, five years junior and a huge Kiss fan at the time. And I saw Kiss live, while my brother didn’t, to his chagrin. It was by happenstance, me seeing Kiss. Cheap Trick was big at the time in the wake of their At Budokan album. But a college buddy of mine and I missed/couldn’t get tickets for their Toronto performance but a week later they were in Pontiac, Michigan at the Silverdome stadium, so we went. In those pre-internet days, 1979,we didn’t know until we got there and picked up a newspaper that it was Cheap Trick as ‘special guest’ opening for Kiss, then on tour in support of their Dynasty album. Great show, by both bands including of course, Kiss’s typically over-the-top but fun performance.
  2. Pete Townshend, I Am An Animal . . . From Townshend’s brilliant Empty Glass album, 1980. Playing this today was inspired by my old friend Gerry Telford. It’s gratifying how my show seems to be resonating more and more with more people. The feedback and occasional music discussions on both Facebook and Twitter are yet another source of inspiration for what I play in subsequent shows. Gerry is a big Genesis,Who and both bands’ solo offshoots fan and enjoyed the fact I played Peter Gabriel’s Mother of Violence two weeks ago. He equated it with this track by Townshend, which also prompted some discussion about Empty Glass with a recently newfound fellow music aficionado, Ted Martin. Great lyrics including the passage that first grabbed me way back when: “I will be immersed, Queen of the fucking universe.” Pete, the ongoing observer of angst.
  3. R.E.M., Low . . . Losing My Religion was the monster single from the 1991 Out of Time album, but I’ve always liked this hypnotic track the best from that release. Great lyrics.
  4. The Rolling Stones, Cocksucker Blues . . . Thanks to the wonders of independent radio,I can play a track like this although were I in studio, policy is (or at least was) that we warn listeners in advance about language some may find offensive. So, you’ve been warned, since I’m posting my programmed sets and commentaries in advance these days given our studio is closed due to covid protocols and I’ve yet to get off my butt and learn live remote broadcasts. Maybe by the time the studio reopens, which I gather may be on the table or at least up for discussion. Anyway, this actually fine slow acoustic blues tune was the Stones’ kiss-off to Decca Records, their first record company with which the band had a stormy relationship.It was 1969 and the Stones were leaving the label and starting their own, Rolling Stones Records (distributed then by Atlanic Records), complete with the famous tongue logo. Decca claimed the band still owed them one single, so the boys came up with this one, specifically to anger the record company, which given its language and subject matter, declined to release it. Also known as Schoolboy Blues.
  5. Gov’t Mule, Mr. Big . . . Got back into the band Free in recent weeks, playing Soon I Will Be Gone and Songs of Yesterday in my last two shows. So, sticking somewhat with the program, here’s the great Gov’t Mule, the Allman Brothers’ offshoot with guitarist Warren Haynes at the helm that became and remains a force in its own right, with their version of yet another Free track. The song originally appeared on the Mule’s self-titled debut album in 1995 but I pulled this perhaps more raw version from the band’s 2016 release of alternate versions and outtakes, The Tel-Star Sessions. Any Mule is good Mule.
  6. Cry Of Love, Too Cold In The Winter . . . Sticking with the Free motif, I’ve always thought this band, which featured later Black Crowes’ guitarist Audley Freed, sounded like Free and should have been a lot bigger. This great song, from 1993’s debut album Brother, was a No. 13 single and the whole album is great. But they only did one more, four years later, Cry Of Love founder Freed then joined the Crowes and that was that.
  7. The Butterfield Blues Band, Last Hope’s Gone . . . A great slinky, soulful, jazzy track from 1968’s In My Own Dream album, by which time the band had long since dropped the “Paul’ from its billing as The Paul Butterfield Blues band on the debut album in 1965. From the second album, East-West in 1966, onward it was just “Butterfield” and the band pursued a slightly different direction from the original straight blues, still to great effect though. Compelling music.
  8. Bruce Springsteen, Thunder Road . . . Inspired by old friend Eileen Morkin and her husband Bill Paul, formerly a longtime top executive and now a consultant to Golf Canada. Eileen and Bill, an old high school and college football teammate, celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary recently, Eileen posted the news and we subsequently got talking. Bill’s a huge Springsteen fan so I told Eileen I’d play a track in their honor. I was going to play She’s The One (I will soon) from the Born To Run album but she suggested Thunder Road instead. So, here you go. Great lyrics; I can see why she picked this one.
  9. The Clash, Charlie Don’t Surf . . . From the sprawling Sandinista! Triple vinyl album, 1980. The title comes from a line of dialogue by the surfing-obsessed character, Colonel Kilgore, played by Robert Duvall in the classic 1979 film Apocalypse Now. I just re-watched it recently for first time in ages and got laughing with a friend about the crazy scene where Duvall’s character insists on having some of his men surf a beach during a battle. It culminates of course in Duvall’s famous line “I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Smells like . . . victory.” But the entire scene is full of great lines, mostly from Duvall. He earned an Oscar nomination for it as best supporting actor. I think it’s the best scene in a movie full of them, worth the price of admission. Unforgettable.
  10. Concrete Blonde, Tomorrow, Wendy . . . This one inspired by Ted Martin’s recent “60 as he approaches age 60” song posting. In one of his lists, he mentioned Concrete Blonde, might even have been this song, can’t recall now, but it reminded me I had not played this band in ages. Great track from the Bloodletting album, 1990, which resulted in Concrete Blonde’s biggest hit, Joey. Typically great vocals from bassist/lead singer Johnette Napolitano.
  11. Flash and The Pan, Jetsetters Ball . . . Like many, I got into these quirky and fun new wave guys via the self-titled debut album in 1978, yet another college days discovery what with the hit single Hey St. Peter and the B-side, Walking In The Rain, which I’ve always liked better and remains my favorite Flash and The Pan song. This one’s from the 1982 album Headlines, the third of six albums by the group led by Harry Vanda and George Young, who had been in Australian rock/pop hit machine The Easybeats during the 1960s. The late Young was the older brother of AC/DC’s Young brothers, Angus and Malcolm. And, as half the production team of Vanda and Young produced the early AC/DC albums, during the Bon Scott era, up to Powerage and the live album If You Want Blood in 1978.
  12. Chilliwack, Communication Breakdown . . . Not the Led Zeppelin song, this one Chilliwack’s own and a good rocker. This is the full, album version, about a minute longer at 3:45 than single versions that have appeared on compilatons. The album version includes the soft, almost fully acoustic intro before ripping into the main rock riff. It’s from the 1979 Breakdown in Paradise release. It didn’t do well for the band, thanks in part to the collapse of their then-label Mushroom Records, an independent label for which early Heart also recorded.
  13. Steely Dan, The Royal Scam . . . One of my favorite Steely Dan tracks, the title cut from their 1976 album. Like Midnite Cruiser, a track I’ve played before from the 1972 debut, Can’t Buy A Thrill, The Royal Scam is to me a surprising omission from many Steely Dan compilations. More proof that while compilations are great, they don’t always or even often represent the full context of a band or artist.
  14. Neil Young, Crime In The City (Sixty To Zero Part 1) . . . Great, extended (nearly nine minutes) tune from Young’s 1989 release, Freedom, which gave us the hit single (in rocking and acoustic versions) Rocking In The Free World. Great album, great song, this, musically and lyrically.
  15. Supertramp, Brother Where You Bound . . . Epic, 16-minute title track from the first post-Rodger Hodgson album, in 1985. It’s a great one, apparently demo’d for the previous album, Famous Last Words, but shelved as ‘too progressive rock’ to fit with the rest of that album. David Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame plays the guitar solos on the track while Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy plays rhythm guitar. Apparently while doing the track, the band thought they needed a Gilmour-like sound. Someone from the record company then said, why don’t we see if Gilmour himself might be interested. So they sent Gilmour a demo, he liked it, was indeed interested in playing on the song and, voila!
  16. Fleetwood Mac, That’s All For Everyone . . . And indeed, that is all for this week’s show. Off we go, on the heels of one of my favorite songs from 1979’s Tusk album, a beautiful track that’s also one of my favorites by the band in the Lindsey Buckingam-Stevie Nicks era.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, April 26, 2021. Airing 8-10 pm ET

  1. Free, Songs Of Yesterday . . . Played Free near the end of my show last week – Soon I Will Be Gone – which tweaked my brain to this track as an obvious opener for this week, since it’s what my show’s all about. That said, my mantra for the show is ‘old bands, old tracks, old bands, their new tracks, if they’re still around, alive and kicking.” So I do play new stuff by classic rock bands, if they’re still releasing stuff. But not in this case. Great band, Free. This one, a jaunty track is how I’d describe it, is from their second, self-titled album in 1969. It features one of the greatest album covers ever. The album didn’t do well, though, only made No. 22 in the UK and didn’t chart at all in North America. Perhaps had this been released as a single, the album may have done better. Instead, Broad Daylight and I’ll Be Creepin’ were the singles, good tunes, but not with the immediacy, perhaps, that propel songs up the charts.

     

  2. Pink Floyd, Interstellar Overdrive . . . More connections between my shows. I played Yes’s Sound Chaser to open last week’s show and in my commentary, I pulled from the album liner notes which described the song as “Yes in interstellar overdrive”. So, naturally, it prompted me to think of this Pink Floyd psychedelic instrumental from their 1967 debut, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn. So why didn’t I play it last week when I was putting together my show? Well, for one thing, I forgot about the liner notes until later, when I did my commentary and besides, I opened with about half an hour of prog/psychedelic stuff and figured that was enough. 🙂
  1. Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Trilogy . . . Speaking of prog, didn’t get to ELP last week, although I did play an early King Crimson track, I Talk To The Wind, with Greg Lake on vocals. So, I thought I’d play ELP this week. Great song, all of the great ELP elements, the piano/keyboards of the beautiful, mellow first part of the almost nine-minute tune, until the full force of the band is unleashed.
  1. John Mayall, Broken Wings . . . One of my favorite Mayall songs, not with the Bluesbreakers but just Mayall, on the appropriately named 1967 release, The Blues Alone. The album features Mayall playing every instrument aside from Keith “Keef’ Hartley helping him out on drums and percussion – except for this beautiful, tender song on which Mayall also does the drumming.
  1. Van Morrison, Astral Weeks . . . I love Van the Man but Astral Weeks is one of those great albums, usually a top critics’ choice, that admittedly took me a long time to get into. But as with most such albums that aren’t necessarily ‘immediate’, once you ‘get it’, wow. Great stuff, front to back including this title track. Just let it wash over you.
  1. Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, Take A Chance . . . I’ve always liked this one, from 1991’s The Fire Inside. It was a single, made it to No. 10 on some charts, yet, and maybe I’m wrong, it seems somewhat overlooked in Seger’s ouvre. Perhaps because it’s not on any compilations.
  1. Neil Young, Spirit Road . . . Chugging rocker from the Chrome Dreams II album in 2007. In typical quirky Neil Young fashion, there was no Chrome Dreams I preceding it. Well, actually, there was. It just never came out, officially. Recorded between 1975 and ’77, Chrome Dreams was supposed to be released in 1977 but was shelved in favor of American Stars ‘N Bars. However, several of the tunes recorded for the original Chrome Dreams – Pocahontas, Like A Hurricane, Powderfinger, Sedan Delivery – did come out on various albums, in different arrangements or versions. And, this track starts me off on a mini-set featuring song titles about roads, and/or driving. I’m still in this rut and can’t seem to get out. Maybe it’s a good thing. Who knows? Who cares? One of these weeks I’m going to go back to just playing tunes with no pattern to them whatsoever. Whatever moves me at the time is how it goes.
  1. Ry Cooder, Drive Like I Never Been Hurt . . . How to describe Ry Cooder? Great name, for one thing. Ry Cooder. Just sounds cool. Great guitarist, purveyor of all sorts of wonderful music and styles including movie soundtracks, session player/guest musician to the stars, a star on his own albeit not always commercially massive.This one from I, Flathead in 2008.
  1. David Bowie, Always Crashing In The Same Car . . . From 1977’s Low, the first of Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy of albums, the others being Heroes, also in 1977, and Lodger in 1979. Collaborating with Brian Eno and producer Tony Visconti, Bowie experimented with various soundscapes to produce some perhaps less accessible but, on repeat listens, brilliant music. According to Wikipedia, the song is about repeatedly making the same mistakes and refers to a real-life incident during the height of Bowie’s cocaine addiction. He spotted a drug dealer on the streets who he believed had ripped him off. So Bowie repeatedly rammed his car into the dealer’s car, then returned to his hotel and wound up driving around in circles in the underground garage.
  1. Led Zeppelin, Trampled Underfoot . . . A relentless funk-influenced propulsive piece from Physical Graffiti. Bass/keyboard player John Paul Jones plays clavinet on it and said he was inspired by Stevie Wonder’s clavinet-fuelled 1972 hit Superstition for the beat.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Fingerprint File . . . Certainly at the time, an arguably uncharacteristic track for the Stones. I’ve always loved it, I’d describe the riff as a musical razor, if there could be such a thing, cutting its way, in a good way, into your consciousness. Funky, jazzy, delicious stuff.
  1. Black Sabbath, The Dark/Zero The Hero . . . Short instrumental The Dark segues into one of my favorite tracks from Born Again, the 1983 one and only Sabbath album featuring vocalist Ian Gillan of Deep Purple fame. The stories about this album and tour – which was lampooned in the movie This Is Spinal Tap – are legend and far too lengthy to get into here, but easily searchable. Good, heavy album, though. I like it, as do most Sabs fans I know. I find Sabbath fascinating in the original post-Ozzy Osbourne years, first with the great Ronnie James Dio on vocals and then especially after he left. You had Gillan, then the Tony Martin period of revolving lineups with the lone constant, Tony Iommi, holding it all together and producing some great, if perhaps less well known or appreciated music.
  1. Deep Purple, Gettin’ Tighter . . . Up-tempo tune from Come Taste The Band, the one and only album Purple did with guitarist Tommy Bolin. Lots of funk elements on the record, which threw a lot of people at the time although, given the increasing influence of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, who sings this one, that was already seeping into Purple on the previous album, Stormbringer, and helped drive original guitarist Ritchie Blackmore out of the band in disgust. Organ/keyboard player Jon Lord liked Come Taste The Band but said he didn’t consider it to really be a Purple album. I’m glad it is, being a big fan of the band. It shows their eclecticism, it still rocks in a lot of spots, and it’s one of my favorites by the group.
  1. Pretenders, Precious . . . Lead cut from the first Pretenders album, 1979. What an opening salvo. I can’t describe the song/lyrics any better than music critic Simon Reynolds, via Wikipedia: “a strafing stream of syllables” mixing “speed rap, jive talk, baby babble” and the song as “punk skat, all hiccoughs, vocal tics, gasps and feral growls, weirdly poised between love and hate, oral sensuality and staccato, stabbing aggression.” Yes.
  1. The Who, Slip Kid . . . Opening track from 1975’s The Who By Numbers, one of my favorite Who albums. It’s one of the first albums I bought with my own money and the Who release I really grew up with, so to speak. I knew all the previous hits, Tommy, Who’s Next etc. but this one holds a special place. Bought it for the single, Squeeze Box, which quickly became my least-listened to song on a great album. This song, a leftover from the abandoned Lifehouse project that morphed into Who’s Next, was the second single from the album, but didn’t chart. The band was somewhat in tatters at the time, lyrically it’s a very personal, Pete Townshend album, really, given the internal angst he typically lets out in song. He was having his doubts about himself, the future of the band and indeed rock music at the time, which the song expresses well, especially given Roger Daltrey’s swaggering, growly vocals. None of that internal band stuff I knew of at the time, though. I just enjoyed the album, one of The Who’s best, in my opinion, solid throughout. I’d say my favorite song on it is How Many Friends, but I’ve played that recently so decided to go with Slip Kid.
  1. Aerosmith, Nobody’s Fault . . . From the great Rocks album. So difficult to pick a favorite song by great bands one likes, but all the great hits aside, if I had to pick just one, this very well could be the Aerosmith tune I’d take with me to a desert island. Great playing, great vocals by Steven Tyler (“now we’re just a little too LATE” etc.), just a great tune.
  1. Rod Stewart, Mandolin Wind . . . From Every Picture Tells A Story, the album with Maggie May on it. Maggie May prompted me to buy the album way back when, but this Stewart-penned tune rivals it as easily one of Rod’s best. I saw him live, August 1988 in Toronto and he played it. Surprisingly, to me, many in the crowd did not recognize it, it didn’t get much reaction and I can only presume it’s because most of the crowd had grown up on just his big radio hits. I was inspired to play this one via a Twitter discussion where a fellow music aficionado asked people to post songs featuring mandolin. I used this one, to great feedback.
  1. Love, Signed D.C. . . . The Forever Changes album gets most of the, er, love in the Love catalogue, and it’s a fantastic album. But this beautiful song, about a harrowing topic – drug addiction – from Love’s self-titled debut album in 1966 remains my favorite single song by the band.
  1. Fairport Convention, Matty Groves . . . I got into this great UK folk rock band primarily through my love of Jethro Tull. Dave Pegg, Tull’s bassist in the early 1980s, had been in Fairport earlier so my natural inclination for following the various branches of band trees brought me to the Convention. A bit late, because FP started in 1967 led by renowned guitarist Richard Thompson, but I quickly made up for lost time with a band that for a too-brief period featured the amazing vocals of the late Sandy Denny. Pegg remains in the still-active band. They continue to record and tour and feature another Tull alumnus, 1980s drummer Gerry Conway.
  1. Eric Burdon & War, Bare Back Ride . . . A La Grange-like riff, before ZZ Top did it, in 1973. This one from 1970’s Black-Man’s Burdon, the second and final album from the terrific jazz-rock funk and soul fusion marriage that was Burdon’s collaboration with War. That pairing produced the great single, Spill The Wine, which Burdon opened with when I saw him at the 2016 Kitchener Blues Festival. Great show by a great artist, still in great voice when I saw him, then age 75. He turns 80 on May 11.
  1. ZZ Top, Hot, Blue and Righteous . . . Speaking of ZZ Top . . . A beautiful slow, wonderfully sung almost gospel blues from 1973’s Tres Hombres, the album that featured La Grange.
  1. Mose Allison, Stop This World . . . The Who covered his Young Man Blues on Live At Leeds. Many, including John Mayall and Blue Cheer, have done Parchman Farm. All great covers, in fact Allison termed The Who’s Live At Leeds version of Young Man Blues ‘the command performance’ of that song. The great thing about music is how those covers prompt interested listeners into checking out the originals, and the original artists, which is how I got into this late great, and influential, jazz and blues pianist.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, April 19, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Yes, Sound Chaser . . . A progressive rock segment to start the show. This opener is a track from Relayer, the lone Yes studio album featuring keyboard player Patrick Moraz, who replaced the departed Rick Wakeman (who later returned). The expanded re-release liner notes for the 1974 album describes the track as “Yes in interstellar overdrive, an otherworldly rocker led by Moraz’s ghostly jazz riff.” Guitarist Steve Howe described it as ‘two strong entities going against one another – this keyboard tune really hammering away against Chris (Squire) and I doing our guitar and bass riffs.”

    It’s great stuff. I was at first going to open with The Gates of Delirium, the epic 22-minute album opener but decided I might bore some people not into prog, hence fell back to risking boring them with Sound Chaser’s nine and a half minutes. Ha ha. Perhaps I’ll get to The Gates of Delirium another time, maybe in an all-prog show, since I didn’t include, for example, Emerson, Lake & Palmer this evening. We’ll see; it’s whatever moves me for a given show.

  2. FM, Black Noise . . . Great 10-minute title track from the prog/space rock band and 1977 album that gave us the hit single Phasors On Stun, and also introduced listeners to the late great Nash the Slash, who later went solo.
  3. King Crimson, I Talk To The Wind . . . I enjoy all King Crimson but the 1969 debut album, In The Court Of The Crimson King, remains my favorite. I Talk To The Wind is one of the five pieces on the album, all great, all sung by the amazing, late great Greg Lake, later of course of ELP. So, I guess I did touch on ELP, in a way, today.
  4. Genesis, Dancing With The Moonlit Knight . . . from the great Selling England By The Pound album, 1973. Just love that little, periodic, how does one describe it in print, noo noo noo noo noodling . . . I think anyone who knows the track knows what I mean. And then later it transtions into the fierce instrumental section, then back again – everything that made Genesis, of that period, so great and interesting.

    I actually got into Genesis relatively late, with the And Then There Were Three album in 1978 via the single Follow You, Follow Me, arguably the band’s most commercial offering to that point, representing the start of a major stylistic transition by the band and more accessible to me, who to that point was more a raunch and roller who had essentially ignored prog rock aside from occasional well-known tunes like Yes’s Roundabout.

    I had always been aware of Genesis, of course; I remember high school friends talking up A Trick of The Tail when it came out in 1976 and actually decided to investigate that album, and beyond, once I got to college two years later. It was after a football game, we were at a party and Tail was on the turntable. A teammate looked at me and said ‘this is the one you need to hear.” So I did, then, and of course later and so off I went back into the Genesis catalogue and the rest is history, for me and all progressive rock music, an association that seems to get stronger the older I get. Not sure what that means, if anything.

  5. Peter Gabriel, Mother Of Violence . . . And so we go with more Peter Gabriel singing, this time not with Genesis but from his second solo album, 1978. As with his first four solo works, simply titled Peter Gabriel although they’ve come to be known, via their album covers, as Car, Scratch, Melt or Melted Face and Security (only in the US and Canada, Geffen Records slapped that title on against Gabriel’s wishes, though he reluctantly agreed to it and came up with the title Security himself. It’s the album with Shock The Monkey on it and I remember the title as a sticker on the original vinyl wrap. Anyway, nice song, good album, no big hits, arguably somewhat overlooked in Gabriel’s catalogue. Robert Fripp of King Crimson fame plays guitar on it as does later Crimson bassist/Chapman stick player Tony Levin. Roy Bittan of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band also appears, on keyboards, on more than half the album.
  6. Pink Floyd, Keep Talking . . . From the second post-Roger Waters album, The Division Bell, 1994. It features Stephen Hawking in a few spoken word segments that I think add nice touches to the track. Waters of course hated and criticized the whole enterprise, dismissing this album in particular as crap: “Just rubbish, nonsense from beginning to end.”. And I always laughed at his thoughts on the first David Gilmour-led album in 1987, calling A Momentary Lapse of Reason “a quite clever forgery”.

    The Lapse album title I always thought something of an at least potentially unfortunate name, or maybe probably deliberate satire, all things considered given the Floyd internecine fighting at the time, although the title stems from a lyric in the song One Slip. At any rate, musicially, Floyd continued on quite well I thought, how could it not, with Gilmour on guitar. Lyrically, without Waters, not so much. Great album covers, though, the beds on the beach for A Momentary Lapse Of Reason and the two heads for The Division Bell. Among Pink Floyd’s best, in my opinion.

  7. Traffic, Rock And Roll Stew . . . So, we now deliberately shift the tone of the show, via the title, just so damn clever, lol, to more of a traditional I guess one would say, for me anyway, rock direction, with this up tempo number by the endlessly terrific Traffic.
  8. The Rolling Stones, Ventilator Blues . . . A hypnotic track, just listen to the repetitive, metronome-like guitar riff throughout. One of my favorites from the brilliant Exile On Main St. album and a rare co-writing credit, along with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, granted to then-band member and amazing guitarist Mick Taylor, who contributed so much (including songwriting he claims he was not credited for, arguably true, easily searchable online for particulars) during his 1969-74 tenure.

    That said, while I love Taylor’s playing, one could reason it was the Stones’ environment that stimulated his creative juices more than the other way around, since he’s done little in the way of great solo work since. I have all his albums and they’re not, to me, memorable, rarely play them and am not prompted to play them often because they never stick in even my Stones-loyalist head enough to make me want to. Same with most of Bill Wyman’s solo work, and he’s another who has periodically complained about credits (I do like his In Another Land on the Satanic Majesties album). Taylor’s replacement, Ron Wood, a good musician (especially with Faces/Rod Stewart) who technically Taylor can play rings around, has done much better solo work. As a friend of mine once said during a beer-fuelled discussion with other buddies, “it’s all about songwriting!” And it is. Taylor’s done some great session work though, notably with Bob Dylan and of course before joining the Stones he contributed greatly to John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, and Mayall recommended him to the Stones when they were looking for a replacement for Brian Jones.

  1. AC/DC, Ride On . . . Proof, from the early days, that AC/DC could/can really play the blues. Uncharacteristic for them, but a great tune from the Bon Scott era, released on the Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap album that came out in 1976 in Australia but not until 1981 in North America, on the heels of the massively-successful Back In Black album. So many songs have memorable lines, this one for me being the ‘looking for a truck” in terms of where it’s placed, and how it’s sung, in the song. Which is, reason suggests, why the song was selected for the Who Made Who pseudo-compilation, released in 1986 as the soundtrack to the Stephen King movie Maximum Overdrive, an adaptation of his short story Trucks. I say pseudo-compilation because AC/DC has no – band policy apparently – official compilations (other than a couple box sets of mostly archival, unreleased and live stuff). Another soundtrack/compilation of their material is Iron Man 2.

     

    10. Pat Travers, Crash And Burn . . . I love Travers’ big hit Snortin’ Whiskey but after hearing it for the first time back in 1980, it drew me to the album from which it came, I fell in love with this title track and it, arguably, remains my favorite by Travers. Saw him in a smokin’ set at the Kitchener Blues Festival a few years ago.

     

    11. Red Rider, Napoleon Sheds His Skin . . From the great Neruda album, 1983. The White Hot and Don’t Fight It singles initially brought the band to my attention, followed by Lunatic Fringe. Then I went out to Peace River, Alberta for my first full-time journalism job and back then, pre-internet and way up north, radio wasn’t the greatest in terms of tunes so you often bought stuff sight unseen, word of mouth recommendations or from reviews in music magazines that existed then, which is how I wound up getting Neruda.

12. Bill Withers, Use Me . . . I always knew of Withers’ beautiful Ain’t No Sunshine and Just The Two Of Us but in perhaps something of a musical role reversal I admit I got into this tune via Mick Jagger’s cover of it on his 1993 solo release Wandering Spirit. Yes, I know, so much of my music interests are somehow connected to The Rolling Stones. What can I say? Love that band. And most of those connections lead to great music.

 

13. Joe Cocker, Look What You’ve Done . . . Great track from a great album I got into during those early career days in Peace River, 1981-83, this from 1982. Cocker’s cover of Bob Dylan’s Seven Days, which I’ve played on the show and was also done by the Stones’ Ron Wood on his 1979 Gimme Some Neck album, drew me to the Cocker work. It’s a reggae-ified (is that a word? it is now) spin that features the rhythm section/production duo of drummer Sly (Dunbar) and bassist Robbie ( Shakespeare). The album also features the Steve Winwood song Talking Back To The Night, which Cocker actually released first, three months before Winwood’s album of the same name came out in August of 1982.

14. Dr. John, I Walk On Guilded Splinters . . . Sometimes titled I Walk On Gilded Splinters. In any event, another example, for anyone who isn’t aware of his music, that the good doctor was far more than his hit single from way back, Right Place Wrong Time. Great gumbo, this. Covered by many artists, including Humble Pie’s 23-minute live version on Performance Rockin’ The Fillmore and various latter-day Allman Brothers Instant Live series albums, a few of which I own.

 

15. Little Feat, Roll Um Easy . . . What a band, Little Feat. Never massively commercially successful, highly influential, widely respected by other musicians…I saw the latter-day, post-Lowell George version, fronted by Paul Barrere, also now passed, at a club in Hamilton, Ont. Great show. This song came out in 1973 on the terrific Dixie Chicken album, Barrere’s first with the band, and was covered two years later by Linda Ronstadt, with George playing slide guitar on it.

 

16. Nick Lowe, Big Kick, Plain Scrap . . . From my college period, 1978-80 when all the punk/new wave stuff broke big, this from 1979’s Labour Of Lust. The hit was Cruel To Be Kind but the whole album is great, Switchboard Susan, which I’ve played before, on and on. Hard to pick a track to play because to me they’re all so good, but on the flip side, it’s a great album to dig into for my programs.

17. The Police, Shadows In The Rain . . . Nothing to do with anything, really and not sure why I thought of this, other than I’m playing a Police song, but I remember an old acquaintance of mine claimed to be one of 14 people to see the band in a Toronto pub, before they were big or had an album out. Who knows, who cares, just came to mind, great tune from a great band that became really, really big.

 

18. The Kinks, Little Bit Of Emotion . . . From 1979’s Low Budget, great album by the Kinks that, maybe surprisingly, didn’t do so well for them commercially on their home turf in the UK but restored them, in large measure, to commercial prominence in the colonies, what with (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman and other hits. Always one of my favorite bands, just quite amazing to me, musically, lyrically mostly from Ray Davies but also many great tunes from brother Dave. The live album and DVD that came out of the resulting tour, One For The Road, is terrific.

 

19. Warren Zevon, Basket Case . . . Anyone who knows Zevon well knows he’s much more than Werewolves of London or, for that matter, the entire Excitable Boy album from which it came, a brilliant offering that expanded his audience, at least temporarily. But album to album, track to track, great lyric to great lyric, his catalogue is brilliant including this mid-tempo rocker from My Ride’s Here in 2002. The album was released shortly before he was diagnosed with cancer and a year before his untimely passing just two weeks before the release of his final studio album, The Wind, in 2003.

 

20. Midnight Oil, No Time For Games . . . Good rocker from the band’s early days, this from the 1980 EP Bird Noises. I remember reading about them early on, but confess that, like perhaps many people, never really heard them until Beds Are Burning and The Dead Heart from the 1987 Diesel and Dust album that broke them big outside Australia and deep music aficionados. Then, as so often happens when an album, or single, introduces you to an artist, you go back and are often rewarded.

 

21. Free, Soon I Will Be Gone . . . I haven’t played this brilliant band in a while. Good to get back to them. It’s always difficult for me to choose a track of Free’s to play, since there’s so many good ones, the band obviously having far more depth to its catalogue than just the great All Right Now. But I deliberately chose this beautiful one for its title, since the show is almost at its conclusion and I’ve been in this maybe rut, not sure if it’s good or not and I may break free soon, of tying song titles, in spots, to the set list.

 

22. Coverdale-Page, Over Now . . . And, so ends the show. Good relationship/breakup/rail at a former flame lyrics on a great track from this one-off collaboration in 1993, the Coverdale/Page album. I remember when word came that David Coverdale and Jimmy Page were working together. It was interesting because that was around the time that Coverdale and Whitesnake were commercially huge, or had been, and Robert Plant was miffed and started knocking Coverdale as “Cover-version” due to some of Whitesnake’s Zep-sounding stuff. Which was true, but I also always found it rich, since Led Zeppelin has a checkered history of plagiarism, or at the very least, accusations of heavy borrowing and adapting. Besides, early Whitesnake, up to about 1982, after Deep Purple broke up for the first time in 1976, was quite different, very bluesy, very good. As was the later Whitesnake, but not as much to my taste, too over-produced and ‘hair metal’ for me. So Coverdale and Page got together and it’s a damn good album, which apparently served as the catalyst for Page and Plant reuniting for the 1994 No Quarter live album/MTV special featuring Zep tracks and some new stuff, followed four years later by the Page-Plant studio album Walking Into Clarksdale.

 

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, April 12, 2021 (airing 8-10 pm ET)

  1. Fleetwood Mac, Coming Your Way . . . I always think of my late older brother whenever I listen to this track, or the album from which it came, Then Play On, 1969. We were living in Peru at the time, my dad was working there but the older kids would go back to North America for high school and it was always fun when they came home for holidays, bringing back with them the newest popular music that, back then, took more time to come to places like the little South American mining town we lived in. A great Latin-type, propulsive track, with great drumming and percussion from Mick Fleetwood. It was written by guitarist Danny Kirwan,who had just joined the band for this last album of the Peter Green era.
  2. Keith Richards, 999 . . . One of my favorite Keith Richards’ solo tunes, or for that matter any of the songs from Rolling Stones, Inc. Such a great intro, and great groove throughout. From his second solo album, Main Offender, 1992. Around this time, individual members of the Stones were pretty hot with their solo work – this from Richards, Mick Jagger’s most Stones-like solo album, Wandering Spirit in 1993 and Slide On This from Ron Wood, in 1992. Combined, would have made an amazing Stones double or triple album but that’s OK because we have it all. And Stones’ fanatics like me make our own Stones’ solo playlists.
  3. Eric Clapton, The Core . . . Like many, perhaps, I bought Clapton’s Slowhand album when it came out for the single, Lay Down Sally, but quickly grew to like and appreciate the entire work, which is solid, track for track, including this nearly nine-minute excursion, featuring co-lead vocals by Marcy Levy.
  4. Robert Palmer, Jealous . . . Another one from my college days, from the Secrets album, 1979, whose big hit was Palmer’s cover of the Moon Martin tune, Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor). Great tune, the Martin one, and I’ll have to get back to Martin on my show soon…but I’ve always liked this riff-rocker Jealous at least as much, if not more, than Doctor, Doctor.
  5. Dead Kennedys, Holiday In Cambodia . . . got into these guys due to their name, thought it was cool, funny and perverse, as is the title of this track. Sick, perhaps, but it’s only rock and roll/punk/hardcore so, relax and enjoy. Great stuff from a great band.
  6. BB Gabor, Moscow Drug Club . . . and so we slow things down in the set, with this subversive tune from the late, great Gabor.
  7. The Smashing Pumpkins, Aeroplane Flies High . . . I had never heard this tune, recorded during the Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness sessions, until I bought a Pumpkins’ double hits compilation years ago, the second CD of which contains B-sides and previously unreleased material. Good, extended, tune.
  8. Jefferson Airplane, Comin’ Back To Me . . . beautiful song by Marty Balin from Surrealistic Pillow, featuring guitar by Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia. The song has apparently appeared in several movies although, not being a huge movie buff, none of which I’ve seen. But I can see how it would fit some movies.
  9. Leon Russell, Back To The Island . . . another good one by the late great Russell, an artist I have not played in a while but always seems to draw a good reaction when I play him.
  10. Doug and The Slugs, Tropical Rainstorm  . . . one of my favorites by The Slugs, a nice, bluesy one from the Cognac and Bologna album, 1980. I saw the band, before they released that debut album, at a pub in Oakville, Ontario, with my then-girlfriend, during college. She was from Mississauga, but had spent a year or so in Vancouver and fell in love with the band, was excited to hear they were coming to town, we went, and I liked them, too.
  11. Dire Straits, In The Gallery  . . . from the self-titled debut album, 1978. One of those albums that one bought for the hit, Sultans of Swing, only to then be blown away by the rest of it, and by everything else this band ever produced.
  12. Bob Dylan, Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) . . . one of my favorite Dylan tunes, from the Street Legal album…he’s always got such great, memorable lines in nearly every one of his songs, for me that being the opening “can you tell me where we’re heading, Lincoln County road or Armageddon . . . ”
  13. Iron Butterfly, Unconscious Power . . . great tune from the debut album, Heavy. Nice bass line.
  14. John Lennon, God . . . was reminded to play this, long time since I did, by a Twitter conversation about great lyrics. For me, that would be the opening line of this, one of my favorite Lennon songs, “God is a concept by which we measure our pain.” Which then leads, of course, into the long list of things he says he doesn’t believe in, culminating in “Beatles’. From the Plastic Ono Band album, which contains another influential song on my then-young brain, Working Class Hero – which I’ll have to play again sometime.
  15. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Walk On The Water . . . notice the pattern here with, at least, song titles? Unconscious Power, God, Walk On The Water. . . .so clever, your friendly neighborhood DJ, lol. This is, I think, a pretty well-known tune by CCR, as so much of their output is, and comes from the debut, self-titled album in 1968. But it was a B-side to I Put A Spell On You, which as the A-side only made No. 58 on the singles charts. Amazing, to me, that either track didn’t chart higher.
  16. Chris Whitley, Big Sky Country . . . the song that got me into this late great, blues/rock singer songwriter. It was the second single from his 1991 debut album, Living With The Law, the title cut of which was the first single. Both tracks made the top 40 and rightly so. The whole album is brilliant.
  17. Jethro Tull, Cold Wind To Valhalla . . . Yet another great track from this amazing band, nobody like them, really. And another artist I always thank my older brother for introducing me to, when he brought the Stand Up album home. This one’s from Minstrel In The Gallery.
  18. Roxy Music, Oh Yeah . . . beautiful track from the Flesh + Blood album, 1980, by which time Roxy had largely departed from the early, art-rock/avant garde days and had gone more mainstream, but still great. Made No. 5 in the UK. Features the well-known chorus refrain ‘there’s a band playing on the radio’ and in fact is titled Oh Yeah (There’s A Band Playing On The Radio) on some releases.
  19. Frank Zappa, Dirty Love . . . nice, tight, rock song with fun lyrics and typically amazing guitar by Zappa and other instrumentation by the rest of his band.
  20. Bob Seger, Beautiful Loser . . . title cut from his 1975 album, before he really broke big into the mainstream with the live album, Live Bullet, a year later. This track was combined with Travelin’ Man from the Beautiful Loser album on Live Bullet, but I’ve played the studio cut here. A now well-known Seger tune, Beautiful Loser but amazingly, made only No. 103 on the Billboard chart. Probably would have been Top 10 had he released it later, once he broke big.
  21. Bruce Springsteen, Point Blank . . . haunting song from The River album, one of the three Springsteen albums I consider my favorites and interchangeably rank 1,2, 3 – Born To Run, Darkness On The Edge Of Town and The River.
  22. Cream, Deserted Cities Of The Heart . . . so great. “Cream’ of the crop – the vocals/bass from Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker’s drumming and Eric Clapton’s guitar solo. Magnificent.
  23. Faces, Had Me A Real Good Time . . . and I did, yet again, in putting another show together. Thanks to any and all who tune/tuned in. Another great raunch and roller by one of the greatest raunch and roll bands ever.
  24. The Allman Brothers Band, End Of The Line . . . from 1991, from Shades of Two Worlds, the second post-reunion album with the new lineup featuring Warren Haynes. Yet another great tune from a great, great band, one of my all-time favorite groups.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, April 5, 2021

  1. Marvin Hamlisch, The Entertainer
  2. David Essex, Rock On
  3. Ray Stevens, The Streak
  4. Carl Douglas, Kung Fu Fighting
  5. The Archies, Sugar Sugar
  6. Hot Butter, Popcorn
  7. Blue Swede, Hooked On A Feeling (the ooga chucka intro song)
  8. Paper Lace, The Night Chicago Died
  9. Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Jackie Blue
  10. Maria Muldaur, Midnight At The Oasis
  11. Loudon Wainright III, Dead Skunk
  12. Billy Swan, I Can Help
  13. Jim Stafford, Spiders & Snakes
  14. Sugarloaf, Green Eyed Lady (single version)
  15. Sugarloaf, Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You
  16. Hot Chocolate, Emma
  17. Stories, Brother Louie
  18. The McCoys, Hang On Sloopy
  19. Sammy Johns, Chevy Van
  20. Petula Clark, Downtown
  21. Allan Sherman, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter From Camp)
  22. Trini Lopez, If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song)
  23. The Lemon Pipers, Green Tambourine
  24. Sister Janet Mead, The Lord’s Prayer
  25. The Small Faces, Itchycoo Park
  26. Ace, How Long
  27. Albert Hammond, It Never Rains In Southern California
  28. Scott McKenzie, San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)
  29. The Cowsills, Hair
  30. Edwin Starr, War
  31. The Fifth Dimension, Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In
  32. The Miracles, Going To A Go-Go
  33. Norman Greenbaum, Spirit In The Sky
  34. Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, Game Of Love
  35. The Searchers, Love Potion No. 9
  36. Edward Bear, Last Song