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The Monday Morning Mix – On The Radio – 9/14/09


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About Today's Mix:

Today's mix comes our way via Stacy, aka @jukebox65 on Twitter.  Stacy and I first met in person during Record Store Day earlier this year, and spent some good time nerding out about music.  She also pointed me towards a still sealed vinyl copy of Bruce Springsteen's Live: 1975-1985 box set, which had been passed her way previously by fellow ATV regular Craig, while both were browsing at Blue Arrow Records.  It seems that neither of them could commit to purchasing this holy grail item, and friends, I assure you that I had no problem committing to THAT purchase.

I have to be nice to Stacy at this point, because she knows sensitive and potentially damaging things about me from hanging out with the ATV collective, most recently at the Cracker Beachland gig.  So when she got in touch and said that she had a mix for the series, I knew that "no" was not on my list of potential answers.  And truth be told, it's a great mix - I think ya'll will like it!  Enjoy!

P.S. - A few side notes:

1)  There's a theme.  See if you can pick up on what that theme might be.

2)  The inclusion of "Roadrunner" makes me wish that I had the "Cleveland" version of Joan Jett's take on "Roadrunner."  I had a CD dub of it somewhere, taken from reel-to-reel tape, and it was pristine.  Said CD copy is on the list of things that have been misplaced during several moves.  Arrrgh!  I know there is also a promo 45 version as well - the version is unique, because it namechecks Cleveland (duh!) and WMMS specifically.  Get in touch if you have a copy - I'd love ya.

3)  There is some kick ass art that Stacy made for this mix - look for that to be posted here a little bit later.

Mix Notes:

On The Radio

Radio, Radio/Elvis Costello
This is Radio Clash/The Clash
Rock and Roll/The Velvet Underground
I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song On The Radio/Eric Idle
Radio Free Europe/REM
The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)/The Doors
Capital Radio/The Clash
On My Radio/The Selecter
Radio Song/ Dirty Pretty Things
Roadrunner/The Modern Lovers
I Can’t Live Without My Radio/LL Cool J
Radio KAOS-Radiowaves/Roger Waters
On the Airwaves/The Shazam
Mexican Radio/Wall of Voodoo
Radio Nowhere/Bruce Springsteen

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"Radio, Radio"/Elvis Costello - from This Year’s Model, U.S. release May 1978. The song replaced "(I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea" and "Night Rally" from the U.K. release. Does that kind of thing still happen from release to release? No matter it’s a great song, from an under-appreciated songwriter. (IMHO)

"This is Radio Clash"/The Clash, November 1981.  I have a 12” “single” of this with 4 different versions of the song. The Clash dabbled in everything but they loved rap and hip hop. Here’s the proof.

"Rock and Roll"/The Velvet Underground  - Originally from 1969: The Velvet Underground Live. Studio version is on Loaded, released 1970. The last Lou Reed VU album. Loaded also includes Sweet Jane, which got near constant airplay in Cleveland in the 70s.

"I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song On The Radio"/Eric Idle -  Random silliness from a Pythoner. Not much else needs to be said. From Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album, 1980.

"Radio Free Europe"/REM,  The 1981 Hib-Tone single version. This was included on Eponymous, 1988. Redone for their debut, Murmur, on I.R.S. in 1983 with producers Mitch Easter and Don Dixon. No matter the version it’s all Stipe’s masterful mumblings till the chorus when everyone can join in...

"The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)"/The Doors -  From the great L.A. Woman album, April 1971. Supposedly inspired by the pirate radio station in Mexico where Wolfman Jack got his start. Bluesy and boozy, it sounds like it could come out of the fog and wrap around you.

"Capitol Radio"/The Clash, April 1977. I’m still looking for the 45 of this. I’ll get it don’t you worry. It was sent to readers of NME magazine by sending back a coupon. There is another version called Capitol Radio Two which is the same biting and ripping at the establishment radio programmers, but a little longer. It was re-released to fill the demand left by so few copies of Capitol Radio One.

"On My Radio"/The Selecter, 1979; from Too Much Pressure.  Part of the ska/2 tone wave in England along with The Specials, The (English) Beat and Madness. Which lead to American ska/punk bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Rancid, Sublime and No Doubt.

"Radio Song"/ Dirty Pretty Things, 2007 -  from the Run Fatboy Run soundtrack. I knew nothing of these guys when I found this song. Seems they are an offshoot of the bad boy Libertines. And both bands are defunct. I like the song though and will look into their two albums. I think I need to subscribe to NME.

"Roadrunner"/The Modern Lovers 1972. Taken from The Modern Lovers (not released until 1976.) So many versions of this song but this is the original. All about driving around with the radio on....All-American through and through.

"I Can’t Live Without My Radio"/LL Cool J -  Yes the ladies love cool James. From his debut album Radio, 1985. It’s got old school hip-hop written all over that boom box.

"Radio K.A.O.S. - Radiowaves"/Roger Waters 1987; from a concept album of the same name. Poor Billy is misunderstood and hears radiowaves in his head. This is from a live performance that includes Jim Ladd.... The last DJ.

"On the Airwaves"/The Shazam -  Another group I’ve only just heard of. From Nashville. I heard this on The Underground Garage and thought it was Cheap Trick. This is from the EP The Rev. 9, 2000. Rev. 9 is actually The Beatles "Revolution #9." I will buy the rest of this album just for that.

"Mexican Radio"/Wall of Voodoo -  From Call of the West, 1982. In looking for the obvious story on this (the Mexican radio stations that blasted past the FCC) I found a song I missed for this..."I Heard It On The X" by ZZ Top. Oh well. Also see "The WASP."

"Radio Nowhere"/Bruce Springsteen - From Magic, 2007. And in the end, the radio we listen to now is so processed and formatted, it’s Radio Nowhere. So I buy XM Radio and listen to The Underground Garage and E. Street Radio.

Is there anybody alive out there?


The Top 12 Punk Rock Live Albums

Editor's Note: This recent post from Brian at Broken Headphones was too good not to share here on Addicted to Vinyl. With his permission, I'm sharing it here for you to enjoy. If you're not visiting Brian's site on a regular basis, shame on you....add that sucker to your RSS!

P.S. Brian's original post featured a video of Bruce Springsteen singing Social D's "Bad Luck" with Mike Ness. Since the publication of that post, Bruce pulled out "London Calling" at the Spectrum in Philly. It seemed appropriate to share that video here, prior to Brian's post.

I have always been a fan of live shows and will always be. It’s one of those things in life that I enjoy doing and can not see myself quitting anytime soon. The atmosphere alone with screaming fans and endless smiles makes the experience worth returning to. I love being a part of the evening and telling friends what I saw the next day followed by a bold “I was there” bragging statement about something only the ticket holders that night got to see before anyone else.

I admit I do not attend as many shows as I used to but I still make an effort to hit a few local venues and festivals every year just to keep the momentum going. If a band I am a fan of rolls through town I do what I can to make arrangements to get to the venue that night to see them.

When not driving downtown to see shows I like to occasionally listen to a live show from the comfort of my home. It’s easy to say I would rather be in a packed club listening to live music as the experience is like none other, but sometimes just hanging out at home is good enough as well.

Having a decent collection of live albums I thought I would narrow things down a bit and ask myself:

What Are My Top 10 Live Punk Rock Albums?

Scratch that…

What Are My Top 12 Live Punk Rock Albums?

Twelve is much better of a number to work with where there is so many live CDs to choose from.

Sure I could have a top live shows list from all genres but that would take me forever. As a music lover there are a ton of recorded shows out there that I own or have listened to that have had a huge impact on me. I think it would be best to start with baby steps with the genre of music that means the most to me; punk rock. I also decided to keep it to actual releases by record labels and include no bootlegs (although I have some amazing live shows that never were released…)

After pondering this question for a couple of days I soon realized how hard this was for me to answer. I had a nice sized list of live shows in my head but found it was no easy task to narrow down. For the record, this was a very difficult list to compile for me as a fan. There are so many other bands that deserve to be on this list but these top twelve mean the most to me.

In no particular order here are my top twelve live punk rock CDs:

Social Distortion - Live At The Roxy
Mike Ness and crew always put on a good live show and this CD is living proof. Having been a long time fan of this band it was clear that this CD needed to be on my list. Mike Ness more than a punk rock legend, the guy, to me, is a god and will be playing his heart out on stages all over the world until he is 100 years old. I will never grow tired of this CD ever.

NOFX - I Heard They Suck Live
Without a doubt this was one of the most entertaining live CDs I have ever heard. I remember buying the cassette and playing it over and over memorizing even the talking in between songs. NOFX puts on a fine show as well featuring all sorts of independent hits. I find it humorous that I list this CD directly after Social D because this show was played at the Roxy as well to a crowd of rowdy fans. If you have not heard it you are missing out, unless you are not a fan of NOFX.

The Clash -From Here To Eternity Live

Ok I am sure you are wondering why this album has a big line through it. Truth is I loved this CD for years until I heard a recent live release…

The Clash -Live At Shea Stadium

Now before you all jump on me and remind me that this CD is just The Clash (minus the original drummer) playing more popular songs hear me out. This show was not even a headlining show (they were opening for The Who) and the year was 1982; right about the time The Clash was headed on a downward spiral that would lead to the demise of the group. The set was shorter than their other live CDs but to me it was a great listen start to finish. I have listened to this CD a lot since it was released and it has made me reignite my love for one of the greatest punk bands of my time.

The Dead Kennedy’s - Live At The Deaf Club
Just thinking of how this show was recorded in 1983 still amazes me. My first and only taste of a live performance by this band was when I heard the improv “Night Of The Living Rednecks” on Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death. I was sucked in by Jello Biafra’s method of story telling on this track and of course was a fan of The Dead Kennedy’s so it was more or less a bonus to me when a full length live CD was finally released. It also kills me that I was 2 years old when this concert took place. I’d love to hear from someone who was at this show just to hear their personal experience.

Ramones - Loco Live
Do I really need to explain myself here? Over thirty quick punk rock classics on one CD from the band that started punk rock in the States. I don’t think many folk can disagree that this CD belongs in anyone’s live punk CD list. It’s not top quality but it sure is fun as hell.

Bad Religion - Tested

This CD was not added into my collection for quite some time mainly because the CD was not readily available locally to me. Once I did get my hands on it though it became one of my favorite CDs to listen to by Bad Religion. I loved how the band recorded this CD, by plugging directly into their mics which in turn eliminated a lot of the crowd making for a more solid listen. With a solid setlist and exceptional performance by the punk rockers this is one of my favorite live CDs out there.

Flogging Molly - Alive Behind The Green Door

This Irish punk rock act is, without a doubt, one of the greatest bands to see live in my opinion. One thing I love about this disc is that it was released before any of their studio albums and recorded at Molly Malones, the bar where this band got their start. There are not a lot of bands out there that have followed this approach by releasing a CD full of songs that later would be studio recorded on to various releases over the years. The performance is clearly under the influence but ever so much fun.

Misfits - Evilive

The recording of this live show is horrible yet I love it. It is about the closest listen I have ever gotten to true live Misfits from back in the day. I did once witness the Misfits when Michael Graves took over the singing duties but it was no Glenn Danzig and in spite of the good time I had it was not a genuine Misfits experience. This is a show I only dreamed of saying “I was there.” Full of classic songs, I also loved hearing Henry Rollins guest sing on “We Are 138.”

Death By Stereo - Death Alive
Many people may have not heard this CD when it was first released as it was first given out for free with issues of the Volume 3 issue of Law of Inertia magazine in 2003. In 2007 the live performance was reissued by the band as Law Of Inertia went out of print and many fans missed out on this incredible recording. If you are a fan of Death By Stereo or just good wholesome hardcore punk you really should check out this CD. This benefit show is full of so much energy I am surprised no one was hurt in the recording of it.

Face To Face - Live: Face To Face
Trevor Keith and crew have always had a special place in my punk rock heart. I love this band, always will, and this CD is listening proof of how great they are. The songs are all raw and full of energy and just impress track after track. When I think of a live album that I could listen to over and over again this is the one.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Live From The Middle East
Ska is not dead, never was, never will be. Ska may not be very popular these days but if you are a fan of the genre I suspect will be making a comeback soon, I am sure you know who the Bosstones are and very well might have heard this CD. The performance contained in this CD makes it worthy of multiple listens. Such a great CD from beginning to end.

Against Me! - Americans Abroad!!! Against Me!!! Live In London!!!

Singing and shouting and good times for all on this CD. If you only have New Wave in your collection I think it would be best to put that down and go out and find this CD. I find myself singing along as if I were actually at the show while listening to this CD. That to me is a good live album.

Again, this list was so hard to compile. I would make a list of a whole bunch of band’s live CDs and then start crossing them out once I thought of another. I am sure I will be hearing from a lot of folk telling me I missed someone and at that time I will smack myself in the head and hate myself for 9 seconds because I forgot about a phenomenal show. I am ok with that though because I know there are a lot of awesome shows out there. A lot of artists can be put in this list but after all, it is my top 12.

I’d love to hear what your top 12, 10, even 2 are! As music fans we are entitled to what we like and sharing the love for music is a great thing.

Related Links:

Broken Headphones

Brian's interview with Face to Face frontman Trevor Keith

NOFX - Backstage Passport DVD review