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29 July 2011

Friday Flashback 1997

FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Every Friday we set the Wayback Machine to one year in rock history and give you the best (and worst) music from that year, all day long beginning at 5AM EST on Jivewired Radio powered by Live365.

This week: 1997
Next week: 1976

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On the surface, 1997 seems to be a pretty thin year as far as music is concerned. Case in point: A total of eight songs for the entire year ascended to the top of Billboard's Hot 100 Chart, most either hip-hop/rap or safe, radio-friendly music. Of course, Elton John scored big with his reissue of "Candle In The Wind" after the tragic death of Princess Diana. But listeners as a whole seemed to agree with our assessment based on the consistency of their listening habits that year.

Number One On Billboard's Hot 100 In 1997

01.01.97 to 02.21.97 -- Unbreak My Heart by Toni Braxton
02.22.97 to 05.21.97 -- Wannabe by The Spice Girls
05.22.97 to 06.13.97 -- MMMBop by Hanson
06.14.97 to 08.30.97 -- I'll Be Missing You by Puff Daddy/Faith Evans/112
08.31.97 to 09.12.97 -- Mo' Money Mo' Problems by The Notorious B.I.G.
09.13.97 to 10.03.97 -- Honey by Mariah Carey
10.04.97 to 10.10.97 -- Four Seasons Of Loneliness by Boyz II Men
10.11.97 t0 12.31.97 -- Candle In The Wind by Elton John

Conversely, what 1997 lacked in quantity it surely offered in unparallelled quality, at least as far as the late 1990s were concerned. On the whole, we witnessed the unpredicted popularity of cult music by artists like the Verve, Sleater-Kinney, Modest Mouse, the Verve Pipe and Blur as well as the unforeseen brilliance of Erykah Badu. Artistically speaking, 1997 was teeming with developments large and small, but all significant. Established alternative acts like Björk, Radiohead, Spiritualized, and Stereolab issued some of their most sprawling and creative work. Critically acclaimed music was released by R.E.M., Beck, Massive Attack, Guster, Green Day and Whiskeytown. However, the majority of music sold and downloaded in 1997 skewed toward the rap/hip-hop and pop side of music.

Musically, the effusive atmosphere of the age combined with the introduction of true digital recording devices led to the evolution of new musical genres: post-rock, trip-hop, drum'n'bass, house and trance, etc. If the early 1990s had been devoted to nostalgia and history, the late 1990s laid the foundations for a completely different culture. Music was developing a sense of separation and disorientation. Popularly speaking, the music of 1997 began to experience the thumping rhythms and repetitive melodies of house and trance while the new genres hinted at a latent existential angst and malaise. Consequently, there was a widening gap between the collective psyche and the individual psyche, and nowhere was it more evidenced than in the new underground. Digital recording artists, producers and the deejays embraced this form of progressive neo-expressionism under the pretense of post-modernism.

House, trance and trip-hop evolved thanks to the collective search for the next musical revolution. Purely instrumental and featuring dub-influenced basslines, this was a radical change as compared to previous incarnations of what was considered truly underground. By taking advantage of supreme advances in digital technology, the music, and not the lyric, was the dominant means of expression. This type of expressionism was virtually and digitally infinite and released the producer from the burden of finding an artist or band before being able to deliver new and/or digitally altered music to its rapidly expanding audience.

Progressive House is thought to have served as an influence for at least four different electronic dance music genres that strongly influenced each other in the latter half of the 1990s: House/Trance, Breaks, Drum 'N' Bass (neofunk) and Techno. Two of the most precursory of these elements, house and trance music, had been colliding in style on numerous occasions during this time. 1997 is considered to be the first peak of the progressive underground within the United States, taking it's lead from the widespread popularity of the progressive house movement in England and Europe.

Likewise, 1997 saw the birth of Electric Daisy Carnival, an annual electronic/house and trance rave as well as copycat festivals that had previously been considered strictly underground. Similar festivals included Together As One, Monster Massive, Nocturnal Festival, and Beyond Wonderland.

I find the idea of today's icons being teenagers incredibly uninspiring:

LeAnn Rimes's "How Do I Live" lasted 69 weeks in Billboard's Hot 100 staring in late 1996 and lasting until early 1998. Rimes became the youngest person ever to win the Best New Artist Grammy. Similarly, "MMMBop", by Hanson, was nominated for two Grammy Awards. The song was phenomenally successful, especially for a debut single, reaching number one in 27 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and Mexico. In the United Kingdom, the song sold 710,000 copies and stayed at number one for 3 weeks. It was voted the best single of the year in The Village Voice Jazz & Pop critics poll, while also topping critics' polls from such media as Rolling Stone Magazine, Spin Magazine, and VH1, and was ranked as #20 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s.

Due perhaps to the song's extraordinary success as well as its sugary-sweet pop music sound, "MMMBop" is also the target of considerable criticism and parody. The song was ranked at #17 on the list of AOL Radio's 100 Worst Songs Ever in 2010.

A Caveat:

"Candle in the Wind 1997" or "Goodbye England's Rose" is a remake of 1973's "Candle in the Wind" as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. Released in 1997, the song peaked at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, becoming John's fourth No. 1 single. John said he would never again sing this version live except at the request of Prince William of Wales or Prince Harry of Wales. It has, apparently, only been played three times: once during the memorial services and again shortly thereafter when it was recorded for the single, which was produced by George Martin, and lastly at the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011.

Sexual Perversity Down Under:

The rumors of death by sexual asphyxiation were simply untrue. On the morning of November 22, 1997, Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS, was found dead in Room 524 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Double Bay, Sydney.

On February 6, 1998, after an autopsy inquest, New South Wales State Coroner, Derrick Hand, presented his report which ruled that Hutchence's death was a suicide while depressed and under the influence of drugs and alcohol, rather than by self-induced sexual asphyxiation, which was the rumor making the rounds at the time.

Hutchence's body was discovered by a hotel maid at 11:50 am. Police reported that, "He was in a kneeling position facing the door. He had used his fat Jesus snake skin belt to tie a knot on the automatic door closure at the top of the door, and had strained his head forward into the loop so hard that the buckle had broken".

An analysis report of Hutchence's blood indicated the presence of alcohol, cocaine, Prozac and other prescription drugs. On consideration of the entirety of the evidence gathered, Hutchence was said to be in a severely depressed state on the morning of his suicide, due to a number of factors, including the relationship with Paula Yates and the pressure of an ongoing dispute with Bob Geldof, combined with the effects of the substances that he had ingested at that time. So there you have it, no scandal.

Hip Hop Violent Death Of The Year:

On March 9, 1997, at around 12:30 a.m., Christopher George Latore Wallace, aka The Norious B.I.G., left with his entourage in two GMC Suburbans to return to his hotel after the Fire Department closed a party he had attended because of overcrowding and public endangerment. Wallace traveled in the front passenger seat alongside his associates, Damion "D-Roc" Butler, Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Lil' Cease and driver, Gregory "G-Money" Young. Sean Combs traveled in the other vehicle with three bodyguards. The two trucks were trailed by a Chevrolet Blazer carrying the director of security for rap star Bad Boy.

By 12:45 a.m., the streets were crowded with people leaving the event. Wallace's truck stopped at a red light 50 yards from the museum where the party had been held. A black Chevrolet Impala SS pulled up alongside Wallace's truck. According to the police report, the driver of the Impala, an African-American male dressed in a blue suit and bow tie, rolled down his window, drew a 9 mm blue-steel pistol and fired at the GMC Suburban; four bullets hit Wallace in the chest. Wallace's entourage rushed him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, but he was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m.

Wallace's murder remains unsolved and there are many theories regarding the identities and motives of the murderers. Basketball player Shaquille O'Neal was a close friend of Wallace's and on the night of Wallace's death, he was supposed to meet him at an after party. O'Neal has reportedly struggled with guilt about Wallace's death since that night.

Sometimes Bad Is Bad-Assed:

"Baduizm," the debut LP by Erykah Badu, received numerous reviews lauding her masterpiece as a return to the simplicity of early-1970s soul. And, - like the conscious soul era of the early 1970s it invoked - including the music of Stevie Wonder , Sly & The Family Stone, Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield - its politics and social comment strove to be inclusive, to be understood and to imply that a vicious, materialist attitude had permeated black culture since the Reagan '80s.

"Baduizm" serves as a landmark album in the neo-soul genre, as it helped develop its popularity and commercial visibility at the time of the album's release. It's commercial and critical success earned Badu unparallelled popularity and established her as one of neo-soul's emerging artists.

Playlist For Friday Flashback 1997

01. Head Over Feet by Alanis Morissette
02. Barbie Girl by Aqua
03. The New Pollution by Beck
04. Jack-Ass by Beck
05. Dry The Rain by Beta Band
06. Song 2 by Blur
07. 'Til I Fell In Love With You by Bob Dylan
08. Secret Garden by Bruce Springsteen
09. The Ghost Of Tom Joad [Live] by Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello
10. Greedy Fly by Bush
11. Lovefool by The Cardigans
12. Tubthumping by Chumbawamba
13. Forgiveness by Collective Soul
14. Listen by Collective Soul
15. Precious Declaration by Collective Soul
16. A Long December by Counting Crows
17. Crash Into Me by The Dave Matthews Band
18. Say Goodbye by The Dave Matthews band
19. My Own Summer (Shove It) by Deftones
20. Around The Fur by Deftones
21. Barely Breathing by Duncan Shiek
22. Change The World by Eric Clapton
23. On & On by Erykah Badu
24. Next Lifetime by Erykah Badu
25. Drama by Erykah Badu
26. Shadowboxer by Fiona Apple
27. Criminal by Fiona Apple
28. Riding To Work In The Year 2025 by The Flaming Lips
29. Monkey Wrench by Foo Fighters
30. Everlong by Foo Fighters
31. Hitchin' A Ride by Green day
32. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) by Green Day
33. Demons by Guster
34. Perfect by Guster
35. Grin by Guster
36. Getting Even by Guster
37. Favorite Things by Incubus
38. Elegantly Wasted by INXS
39. Virtual Insanity by Jamiroquai
40. Who Will Save Your Soul? by Jewel
41. You Were Meant For Me by Jewel
42. A Hundred And Ten In The Shade by John Fogerty
43. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl by Jonny Lang
44. Naked Eye by Luscious Jackson
45. Sex & Candy by Marcy Playground
46. Risingson by Massive Attack
47. 3 A.M. by Matchbox Twenty
48. Real World by Matchbox Twenty
49. Push by Matchbox Twenty
50. Girl Like That by Matchbox Twenty
51. Back 2 Good by Matchbox Twenty
52. Bitch by Meredith Brooks
53. The Impression That I Get by Mighty Mighty Bosstones
54. Trailer Trash by Modest Mouse
55. Styrofoam Boots/It's All Nice On Ice, Alright by Modest Mouse
56. That's Entertainment by Morrissey
57. Spiderwebs by No Doubt
58. Don't Speak by No Doubt
59. Superman's Dead by Our Lady Peace
60. Where Have All The Cowboys Gone by Paula Cole
61. I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly
62. Electrolite by R.E.M.
63. How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us by R.E.M.
64. Paranoid Android by Radiohead
65. Let Down by Radiohead
66. Karma Police by Radiohead
67. Lucky by Radiohead
68. Building A Mystery by Sarah McLachlan
69. Everyday Is A Winding Road by Sheryl Crow
70. All For You by Sister Hazel
71. Happy by Sister Hazel
72. Wanted It To Be by Sister Hazel
73. Dig Me Out by Sleater-Kinney
74. Walkin' On The Sun by Smash Mouth
75. Thirty-Three by Smashing Pumpkins
76. Lady Picture Show by Stone Temple Pilots
77. And So I Know by Stone Temple Pilots
78. Adhesive by Stone Temple Pilots
79. Santeria by Sublime
80. Caress Me Down by Sublime
81. What I Got by Sublime
82. Fly by Sugar Ray
83. Jumper by Third Eye Blind
84. Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind
85. Lucky Man by The Verve
86. Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve
87. The Drugs Don't Work by The Verve
88. The Freshman by Verve Pipe
89. 6th Avenue Heartache by The Wallflowers
90. One Headlight by The Wallflowers
91. God Don't Make Lonely Girls by The Wallflowers
92. 16 Days by Whiskeytown
93. Radio Child by Widespread Panic
94. Aunt Avis by Widespread Panic
95. Tall Boy by Widespread Panic
96. Autumn Sweater by Yo La Tengo
97. The Lie And How We Told It by Yo La Tengo
98. More than This by 10,000 Maniacs
99. All Mixed Up by 311

Album art from 1997 - Click album cover to purchase at Amazon.com

Previous In This Series: Friday Flashback 1981

26 July 2011

New Music Tuesday - This Week's New Spins On Jivewired Radio

(Umphrey's McGee)

Well, what we lack in quantity, we certainly make up for in quality. Yes, the dog days of summer are here and with artists touring or recording for end-of-year releases, we see a diminishing flow of music into the Jivewired New Music Mail Box. But we are still getting GREAT music, and that really is the bottom line. I think you'll find today's selections, while not as comprehensive as previous weeks, are still similarly *awfully good* and please forgive us for using that tired, yet inspiring phrase just one last time.

(Interesting side note: the phrase "awfully good" really doesn't make any sense to me. It's like saying "dry water" or or "cold heat." But you catch my drift.)

Recently, a lot of the really cool indie record labels have been releasing their summer samplers, and we have some new stuff from the likes of Barsuk Records, ATO Records and Sub Pop Records. This week, we also got some major label stuff from Red Hot Chili Peppers, They Might be Giants, Joss Stone and 311.

So grab your earbuds, tune out the world and tune in to Jivewired Radio. Free Arnold Palmers to the first 500 listeners on this beautiful summer day.

Top Five Spins: Our favorite New Spins Of The Week. Each week we'll pick our top five adds - a collaborative effort by some of our friends of the program.

This week's Top Five New Spins are:
01. Hangover by Umphrey's McGee
02. Release Me by The Like
03. Nytt Pa Nytt by Razika
04. World Gone Global by Dead Trees
05. Up On The North Side by The Sea And Cake

Every Tuesday we air "New Spins Tuesday", a show dedicated solely to the new music we add into rotation each week, usually between 40 and 60 tracks. The show airs from 5:00 PM EST to 9:00 PM EST followed immediately by The MIxtape Jones Radio Show. The songs are also placed into permanent rotation so you can catch them by listening to Jivewired Radio anytime if you cannot catch us on Tuesdays. Enjoy!

Jivewired supports independent musicians by paying royalties for airplay on Jivewired Radio. Please help us support indie artists by listening to our station and by purchasing indie music. Thank you.

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This Week's New Spins

01. World Gone Global by The Dead Trees
02. Hangover [live] by Umphrey's McGee
03. Used To Get High [live] by The John Butler Trio
04. Little Lion Man [live] by Mumford & Sons
05. Red Light Rabbit by The Quick & Easy Boys
06. Wild Nights by 311
07. Release Me by The Like
08. Nytt Pa Nytt by Razika
09. Gone, Gone, Gone by Nikki Lane
10. Puzzle Pieces by Saint Motel
11. Beth / Rest by Bon Iver
12. Pineapple Girl by Mr. Heavenly
13. Let's Go by Madi Diaz
14. Be Comfortable, Creature by Explosions In The Sky
15. Go On, Say It by Blind Pilot
16. I Was Everyone by Joan As Police Woman
17. I Can Hear The Trains Coming by Mathieu Santos
18. The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie by Red Hot Chili Peppers
19. Air Combat by Sharks! On Fire!
20. Into The Wilderness by Burning Hearts
21. Can't Keep Johnny Down by They Might Be Giants
22. Lost & Found by Kill Van Kulls
23. He Doesn't Know Why by Fleet Foxes
24. Up On The North Side by The Sea And Cake
25. So American by Portugal. The Man
26. Somehow by Joss Stone

Previous In This Series: New Spins 19 July 2011

24 July 2011

Off The Beaten Track Episode 1

Off The Beaten Track is an hour of music comprised solely of our favorite Side B, Last Track songs from some of our favorite albums. This is as deep as you can delve into any album, and it's here that you can often find a real gem that may otherwise be overlooked. Case in point from this week's show: "All Apologies" by Nirvana from their release "In Utero."

We'll mix it up a bit, some you will have heard, others, maybe not. Hopefully, you'll be inclined to follow a band you may not have otherwise listened to, and maybe even purchase their music.

Our show will air every Sunday from 4 PM to 5 PM CDT. Taking an hour out of your day to discover new music is a small sacrifice to pay for such a potentially great reward. Thanks for tuning in.

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Today's Hidden Gems

01. All Apologies by Nirvana (from the album In Utero)
02. Jenny by Sleater-Kinney (from the album Dig Me Out)
03. Grown Ocean by Fleet Foxes (from the album Helplessness Blues)
04. Knights Of Cydonia by Muse (from the album Black Holes & Revelations)
05. Numb by Linkin Park (from the album Meteora)
06. Lenny by Stevie Ray Vaughan (from the album Texas Flood)
07. Lazy Days by Eric Lindell (from the album Change In The Weather)
08. I Was Everyone by Joan As Police Woman (from the album The Deep Field)
09. These Days by The Black Keys (from the album Brothers)
10. I Ain't Drunk by Whitey Morgan & The 78's (from the album Whitey Morgan & The 78's)
11. Hold On To What You Believe by Mumford & Sons (from the album Sigh No More)
12. Armistice by Phoenix (from the album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix)
13. Street Spirit (Fade Out) by Radiohead (from the album The Bends)
14. Give It by Lambchop (from the album Live At XX Merge)

23 July 2011

Jivewired's Saturday Afternoon Block Party #4

Summer means festivals, so today on the Jivewired Block Party we are going to highlight some of our favorite acts of this summer's festival season, including music from SXSW, Folk Alliance International, Bonnaroo, The DMB Caravan, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Austin City Limits, All Good and Lollapalooza.

The Block Party kicks off this afternoon at 4:00 PM CDT on Jivewired Radio.

Block parties are a summer staple where I grew up in Chicago and we decided to carry that theme over to Jivewired Radio.

So, grab your favorite summer beverage, call dibs on the nearest lawn chair, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon date with Jivewired Radio and the best indie music anywhere. Welcome to the Jivewired block party, where our earbuds make friends. We hope you'll join us every Saturday.

Jivewired supports independent musicians by paying royalties for airplay on Jivewired Radio through our affiliation with Live365, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange. Please help us support indie artists by listening to our station and by purchasing their music. Thank you.

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Here's this week's lineup for the Jivewired Block Party:

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Block I - Favorites From SXSW

01. Wild by Screaming Females 4:00 PM CDT
02. Sink/Let It Sway by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin 4:03 PM CDT
03. Empire by Jukebox The Ghost 4:06 PM CDT
04. All Over Again by Locksley 4:10 PM CDT
05. Breakin' The Chains Of Love by Fitz & The Tantrums 4:14 PM CDT
06. Soulless by Fake Problems 4:17 PM CDT
07. Am I Wasting My Time by Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves 4:20 PM CDT
08. Make You Crazy by Brett Dennen feat. Femi Kuti 4:23 PM CDT
09. Fantasy Friend Forever by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour 4:26 PM CDT

Block II - Favorites From Folk Alliance International

01. Pray Tell by The Pines 4:30 PM CDT
02. Eclipse by Mai Bloomfield 4:34 PM CDT
03. What It's Like by Laura Marie 4:39 PM CDT
04. Camp Daddy Reel by Lonesome Traveler 4:43 PM CDT
05. Troubled Mind by Red Molly 4:47 PM CDT
06. Big Star by Rachael Sage 4:50 PM CDT
07. Don't Let Nobody Tie You Down by Spring Creek 4:53 PM CDT
08. Horses by Brad Yoder 4:55 PM CDT

Block III - Favorites From Bonnaroo

01. Danger by Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside 5:01 PM CDT
02. Empty Room by Arcade Fire 5:04 PM CDT
03. Love & Affection by Neon Trees 5:07 PM CDT
04. Soldier by Civil Twilight 5:10 PM CDT
05. Weekend by The Smith Westerns 5:14 PM CDT
06. Paris (Ooh La La) by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals 5:17 PM CDT
07. I'm Not The One by The Black Keys 5:20 PM CDT
08. Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons 5:24 PM CDT
09. The Poet by Ryan Bingham 5:28 PM CDT

Block IV - Favorites From The DMB Caravan

01. Grace Is Gone by The Dave Matthews Band 5:33 PM CDT
02. How Do I Let A Good Man Down by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings 5:38 PM CDT
03. The Sound Of Sunshine by Michael Franti & Spearhead 5:41 PM CDT
04. Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes 5:45 PM CDT
05. Beg Steal Or Borrow by Ray Lamontagne & The Pariah Dogs 5:50 PM CDT
06. GirlShapedLoveDrug by Gomez 5:54 PM CDT

Block V - Favorites from The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest

01. The Dynamo Of Volition [live] by Jason Mraz 5:59 PM CDT
02. Wake Up Everybody by John Legend & The Roots 6:05 PM CDT
03. Feel Like Funkin' It Up by The Rebirth Brass Band 6:09 PM CDT
04. Jesus by Amos Lee 6:12 PM CDT
05. If Love Was A Train by Michelle Shocked 6:16 PM CDT
06. Hey Pocky Way by The Meters 6:20PM CDT
07. Skokiaan by Kermit Ruffins 6:24 PM CDT
08. Kick Drum Heart by The Avett Brothers 6:26 PM CDT

Block VI - Favorites From Austin City Limits

01. Ocean Awash The Gunwale by Gregg Allman 6:29 PM CDT
02. Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show 6:34 PM CDT
03. Cannibal Queen by Miniature Tigers 6:38 PM CDT
04. Will Do by TV On The Radio 6:41 PM CDT
05. Mykonos by Fleet Foxes 6:45 PM CDT
06. Giant Strides by Ha Ha Tonka 6:49 PM CDT
07. Po Black Maddie by North Mississippi Allstars 6:53 PM CDT
08. Please Ask For Help by Telekinesis 6:57 PM CDT
09. Juveniles by The Walkmen 7:00 PM CDT

Block VII - Favorites From All Good

01. Greasy Granny's Gopher Gravy by Warren Haynes & Gov't Mule 7:04 PM CDT
02. Orange Blossoms by JJ Grey & Mofro 7:08 PM CDT
03. Used To Did by J Roddy Walston & The Business 7:12 PM CDT
04. And The Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night [live] by Disco Biscuits 7:16 PM CDT
05. Used To Get High [live] by The John Butler Trio 7:22 PM CDT
06. Two Hits And The Joint Turned [live] by Yonder Mountain String Band 7:27 PM CDT

Block VIII - Favorites From Lollapalooza

01. Nevada by Deluka
02. Undercover [Twin Shadow Remix] by The Chain Gang Of 1974 7:34 PM CDT
03. She Said No (I Love You) by TAB The Band 7:37 PM CDT
04. Never Saw The Point by Cults 7:41 PM CDT
05. New Direction by Black Lips 7:45 PM CDT
06. Young Adult Friction by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart 7:49 PM CDT
07. Boyfriend by Best Coast 7:51 PM CDT 7:55 PM CDT
08. In Sleep [live] by Lissie 7:58 PM CDT

22 July 2011

Friday Flashback 1981

FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Every Friday we set the Wayback Machine to one year in rock history and give you the best (and worst) music from that year, all day long beginning at 5AM EST on Jivewired Radio powered by Live365.

This week: 1981
Next week: 1997

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Like the Industrial Revolution 150 years earlier, 1981 bore a plethora of new technology and is looked back reverently as the year of the New Media Revolution. Starting with the debut of CNN in late 1980, and continuing with the birth of computer operating systems as a vendor-based business, the first orbital tests of NASA's Space Shuttle program, the debut of MTV and the introduction of the compact disc, technology was evolving at a breakneck pace. As a country, we were escaping a period of moral malaise. While punk rockers roamed the suburban landscape, blue-collar workers were feeling the pinch of an economic downturn: as a society we entered a post-industrial age where service businesses prevailed over manufacturing businesses and labor unions were ceremoniously dissolved. It was the beginning of the end for the suburban middle class.

On August 1, 1981, at 12:01 a.m., MTV launched with the words "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll," spoken by John Lack, and played over real footage of the launch of Apollo 11. Those words were immediately followed by the original MTV theme song, a crunching, iconic tune that played over photos of the Apollo 11 moon landing, with a flag featuring MTV's logo changing various colors, textures, and designs. MTV producers Alan Goodman and Fred Seibert used this public domain footage as a conceit, associating MTV with the most famous moment in world television history. However, at the moment of its launch, only a few thousand people on a single cable system in northern New Jersey bore witness.

The first music video shown on MTV was The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star." The second video shown was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run." Sporadically, the screen would go black when an employee at MTV inserted a tape into a VCR. Video of the launch of MTV was uploaded onto YouTube in 2009, with the original commercials, and the black screens between videos. In fact, the first 24 hours of MTV looked more like an episode of Wayne's World than the polished product it would eventually become.

The First Five Videos Played On MTV

"Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles
"You Better Run" by Pat Benatar
"She Won't Dance with Me" by Rod Stewart
"You Better You Bet" by The Who
"Little Suzi's on the Up" by Ph.D.

--- With further Rod Stewart videos airing at positions #26, #37, #51, #66, and #77, Stewart became the artist with the most videos played that day, including the memorable (or forgettable) "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" and "Tonight's The Night", which incidentally were actually released in the mid-seventies and portrayed MTV's original lack of current programing.

--- "You Better You Bet" was both the 4th and 55th video to be aired on MTV, making it the first video to be shown more than once.

At the time, the record labels were dealing with their own identities and had no use for the upstart video channel, refusing to allow MTV to air videos for some of the more popular songs of the time. Music itself was in a post-punk period with the formation of the new wave and the new romanticism, a male dominated new wave sub-genre that was actually furthered by MTV. Contrarily, it was the females that segued toward a more provocative/punk attitude, one that further perpetuated the punk movement in 1981. The vulgar heroines of punk were as eccentric and nihilistic as their earlier male counterparts, but the contrast with the traditional female musician was much more media friendly in an era where music was transitioning to video format.

While many female acts preferred to indulge in a more provocative look (pioneered by acts like Debbie Harry and Pat Benatar), an entire generation of girl-rockers began to reinvent the feminine self. The punk revolution introduced something that was almost a contradiction in terms to the historical role of the female artist in music: women who acted vulgar and veered away from the male ideology of stereotypical sex appeal. Female punk negated traditional female values, the terminal point of a process that had been the underlying theme of so many social changes of the past century.

Furthermore, a more sophisticated fusion of post-punk spirit came with bands that assimilated the rhythm of funk, ska and reggae into the format of the new wave movement, led by bands like The Police, The Beat/English Beat, The Jam, Madness and of course The Talking Heads. Perhaps MTV was directly responsible for furthering the careers of these types of bands. The upstart network certainly deserved an equitable share of the credit despite the reluctance of the major labels to help them during it's inaugural year.

Go forth for you are the future of Rock & Roll.......

U2 made the critics sit up and take notice with Boy (1980) and October (1981). Squeeze gave us a taste of new pop with East Side Story, while Bruce Springsteen illustrated the future of Eighties folk-rock with the gritty, haunting realism of The River, significantly different from the romantic idealism of Seventies artists who worked in that genre previously. Artists like The Police, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, The Talking Heads, Blondie and even Rush all cranked out career defining albums that offered proof that despite MTV, the music still mattered. Punk Rock and the New Romanticism were about to transcend the traditional pop landscape. CBGB veteran acts The Talking Heads and Debbie Harry were the trailblazers, with "The Tide Is High" and "Rapture", two trendsetting hits by Blondie breaking into the Top Ten.

A Caveat:

The song "Boom Boom! (Out Go The Lights)" by The Pat Travers Band is included in this playlist even though it was released on November 30, 1978 and was probably recorded even earlier. That is because in Chicago it was very popular on the radio in the summer of 1981, for whatever reason, the Loop 97.9 FM played it quite a bit. It is a personal memory for me, but, yes, technically it belongs in 1978 or 1979. Likewise, "Video Killed The Radio Star," released in 1979, makes an appearance here for it's historical value of being the first video ever aired on MTV.

Something Really Cool:

On September 19, 1981, Simon and Garfunkel reunited long enough to give a free concert in Central Park. Half a million people showed up and discovered that the best things in life are free, after all.

Something Not So Cool:

Sadly, John Lennon scored big, posthumously, following his murder in New York City by Mark David Chapman. Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Double Fantasy" was a true romantic collaboration. Recorded at New York City's Hit Factory, the album struck some critics as nothing more than adult-contemporary ear candy, but their criticism was silenced when, just weeks after the release, Lennon was gunned down by Mark David Chapman. Steve Holden called it "an exemplary portrait of a perfect heterosexual union," and as such it remained in the Top Ten on the US album charts from January through April. "Double Fantasy" formed a musical dialogue about the ups and downs of love. Marking his return after a self-imposed exile of five years, Lennon proved with this album that he meant it when he said, "I can't be a punk in Liverpool anymore."

A Bad Year To Be Named Johnny:

"Johnny Can't Read" by Don Henley, "Be Good, Johnny" by Men At Work, "Johnny, Are You Queer?" by Josie Cotton and "Johnny's Gonna Die" by The Replacements were all songs that tasted some measure of success in 1981. Sorry Johnny, you lose.

Ian Curtis, you never knew the indelible mark you left on music......

Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was the singer, lyricist, occasional guitarist, and one of the songwriters in the English post-punk band Joy Division. Joy Division released their debut album Unknown Pleasures in 1979, and recorded their follow-up Closer in 1980. Suffering from epilepsy, a failing marriage, and bouts of depression, Curtis committed suicide in May 1980, on the eve of Joy Division's first North American tour, spelling the band's dissolution. Curtis' influence could be heard in 1981 releases by The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, Depeche Mode and even U2 to a degree.

Someone had to shake the establishment and break the rules in 1981:

Part of the Replacements' appeal always was that they didn't quite fit into any tidy genre or sub-genre and nowhere was that truer than on their 1981 debut, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash. A modern, post-punk version of the early Rolling Stones, the new bad boys of rock drunkenly fell over themselves and the band struggled mightily to fit into the Minneapolis hardcore scene. They played a little too fast and a little too loose, and lacked the discipline to fit within the new hardcore, which even in '81 was adhering to the more restricted loud-fast rules set as industry standard by bands like local favorites Hüsker Dü. But the foundation was there, and their debut release is a vastly underrated musical masterpiece.

On the other hand, even if we phone it in, it will still sell......

The 1981 version of The Rolling Stones released Tattoo You, an album comprised mostly of leftovers that was heavy on balladry (side two is nothing but rock ballads) and essentially equates to one half of a very decent album. The other half? Not so much. The critics loved it, and "Waiting On A Friend," with it's Sonny Rollins sax solo, has been described as an absolute masterpiece, with a moving lyric that captures Jagger in a shockingly reflective and affecting state of mind. The fans may have been less receptive as this was the last of the Rolling Stones string of guaranteed platinum recordings. In retrospect, Tattoo You was a far cry from the bad boys of rock & roll that debuted in 1964 as "England's Newest Hitmakers."

Playlist For Friday Flashback 1981

001. Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles
002. Walking In L.A. by Missing Persons
003. Show Of Strength by Echo & The Bunnymen
004. Johnny Can't Read by Don Henley
005. Johnny's Gonna Die by The Replacements
006. Be Good Johnny by Met At Work
007. Hearts by Marty Balin
008. Chariots Of Fire by Vangelis
009. Tom Sawyer by Rush
010. Tops by The Rolling Stones
011. Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights) by The Pat Travers Band
012. Absolute Beginners by The Jam
013. Never Too Much by Luther Vandross
014. Woman by John Lennon
015. Like It Or Not by Genesis
016. Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) by Haircut 100
017. Waiting On A Friend by The Rolling Stones
018. Golden Brown by The Stranglers
019. A Million Miles Away by The Plimsouls
020. All Those Years Ago by George Harrison
021. Queen Of Hearts by Juice Newton
022. Invisible Sun by The Police
023. Give It To Me Baby by Rick James
024. Talk Of The Town by The Pretenders
025. We Got The Beat by The Go-Gos
026. Harden My Heart by Quuarterflash
027. Urgent by Foreigner
028. Too Much Time On My Hands by Styx
029. Our Lips Are Sealed by The Go-Gos
030. Babylon Sisters by Steely Dan
031. Sherry Darling by Bruce Springsteen
032. Spellbound by Siouxsie & The Banshees
033. Destination Unknown by Missing Persons
034. The Tide Is High by Blondie
035. Working In A Coal Mine by Devo
036. Oh No by The Commodores
037. Who Can It Be Now? by Men At Work
038. The Voice by The Moody Blues
039. Spirits In The Material World by The Police
040. Just Can't Get Enough by Depeche Mode
041. I've Done Everything For You by Rick Springfield
042. America (live) by Simon & Garfunkel
043. Bad(live) by U2
044. Faith by The Cure
045. America by Neil Diamond
046. Turquoise Days by Echo & The Bunnymen
047. Abacab by Genesis
048. In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins
049. Lonesome Loser by The Little River Band
050. Radio Free Europe (Original Hib-Tone Single) by R.E.M.
051. Freeze Frame by The J. Geils Band
052. Gloria by U2
053. Glamour Profession by Steely Dan
054. Heaven by The Rolling Stones
055. Private Eyes by Hall & Oates
056. '65 Love Affair by Paul Davis
057. Johnny, Are You Queer? by Josie Cotton
058. Love Is Alright Tonite by Rick Springfield
059. Find Your Way Back by Starship
060. Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go? by Soft Cell
061. Gaucho by Steely Dan
062. The Best Of Times by Styx
063. Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes
064. Watching The Wheels by John Lennon
065. Burnin' For You by Blue Oyster Cult
066. Still They Ride by Journey
067. Bringin' On The Heartbreak by Def Leppard
068. A Life Of Illusion by Joe Walsh
069. Skateaway by Dire Straits
070. Pretty In Pink by Psychedelic Furs
071. Edge Of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks
072. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic by The Police
073. (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon
074. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) by Hall & Oates
075. Don't You Want Me by Human League
076. Worried About You by The Rolling Stones
077. A Promise by Echo & The Bunnymen
078. Limelight by Rush
079. Hey Nineteen by Steely Dan
080. You Better You Bet by The Who
081. Snowblind by Styx
082. Love Plus One by Haircut 100
083. The Stroke by Billy Squier
084. Ghost Town by The Specials
085. Destroyer by The Kinks
086. A Woman In Love (It's Not Me) by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
087. Lonely Is The Night by Billy Squier
088. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty
089. In The Dark by Billy Squier
090. Mental Hopscotch by Missing Persons
091. Tempted by Squeeze
092. Words by Misisng Persons
093. Leather And Lace by Don Henley & Stevie Nicks
094. Electricity [Dindisc Version] by OMD
095. Unchained by Van Halen
096. Rapture by Blondie
097. Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol
098. Down Under by Men At Work
099. Lunatic Fringe by Red Rider
100. The Waiting by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
101. Young Turks by Rod Stewart
102. Stray Cat Strut by Stray Cats
103. Under Pressure by David Bowie with Queen
104. Message Of Love by The Pretenders
105. Underground by Men At Work
106. Take It Easy On Me by The Little River Band
107. Ripple [live] by The Grateful Dead
108. 867-5309 (Jenny) by Tommy Tutone
109. Clubland by Elvis Costello
110. While You See A Chance by Steve Winwood
111. Winning by Santana
112. Lonely Nights by Bryan Adams
113. Time Out Of Mind by Steely Dan
114. Too Nice To Talk To by The English Beat
115. Shake It Up by The Cars
116. Don't Stop Believin' by Journey
117. Red Barchetta by Rush
118. Trouble by Lindsey Buckingham
119. Jealous Guy by John Lennon
120. Open Arms by Journey
121. A.D. 1928/Rockin' The Paradise by Styx
122. Tryin' To Live My Life Without You [live] by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
123. Kick Your Door Down by The Replacements
124. Magic Power by Triumph
125. Out In The Street by Bruce Springsteen
126. Primary by The Cure
127. Little T & A by The Rolling Stones
128. Dire Wolf [live] by The Grateful Dead
129. Jumpin' Jive by Joe Jackson
130. The River by Bruce Springsteen
131. Don't Let Go The Coat by The Who
132. Who's Crying Now? by Journey
133. So This Is Love? by Van Halen
134. Kids In America by Kim Wilde
135. Since You're Gone by The Cars
136. Girls On Film by Duran Duran
137. Mirror In The Bathroom by The English Beat
138. Once In A Lifetime by The Talking Heads
139. Boy From New York City by Manhattan Transfer
140. Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield
141. Stars Fell On Alabama by Jimmy Buffett
142. Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen
143. Is That Love? by Squeeze
144. Stone In Love by Journey
145. Centerfold by The J. Geils Band
146. My Kinda Lover by Billy Squier

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Misunderstood Lyrics: All Those Years Ago by George Harrison

Providing a service for those who think they know the lyrics to this 1981 tribute to John Lennon, written and performed by George Harrison, but actually have no clue.

All Those Years Ago

I'm shouting all about love
While they treated you like a dog
When you were the one who had made it
so clear
All those years ago.

I'm talking all about how to give
They don't act with much honesty
But you point the way to the truth when you say
All you need is love.

Living with good and bad
I always looked up to you
Now we're left cold and sad
By someone the devil's best friend
Someone who offended all.

We're living in a bad dream
They've forgotten all about mankind
And you were the one they backed up to
the wall
All those years ago
You were the one who imagined it all
All those years ago.

All those years ago
All those years ago

Deep in the darkest night
I send out a prayer to you
Now in the world of light
Where the spirit free of the lies
And all else that we despised.

They've forgotten all about God
He's the only reason we exist
Yet you were the one that they said was
so weird
All those years ago
You said it all though not many had ears
All those years ago
You had control of our smiles and our tears
All those years ago
All those years ago
All those years ago
All those years ago

  • Five months after John Lennon passed away, George Harrison released this tribute to his former band mate with the help of Paul & Linda McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Martin. While John deserved a better song, this catchy little number at least didn’t tap the pathos of mourning, instead opting to remember John’s good deeds. The flip side song was “Writing’s On The Wall,” which addressed the sense of mortality George felt following John’s death. A version of this single with “Teardrops” (which had served as Somewhere In England’s second single) as the B side was released at the end of 1981.
  • Harrison originally wrote the song with different lyrics for Ringo Starr to record. Starr felt the vocal was too high for his range and he wasn't fond of the lyrics. Harrison took the track back and, after Lennon's death, the lyrics were changed to reflect a tribute to Lennon.
  • In the song, Harrison makes reference to The Beatles song "All You Need is Love" and the John Lennon song "Imagine."
  • The recording of the song featured all three remaining Beatles (Harrison, Starr and Paul McCartney), though this was expressly a Harrison single. It is one of only a few non-Beatles songs to feature three members of the group.
  • The album's liner notes also thank the Beatles' producer George Martin and the Beatles' engineer Geoff Emerick, although what contribution (if any) they made to the track is unclear. The track's sweetly elegiac string arrangements, however, do suggest Martin's own distinctive style. This was the first time Harrison, McCartney and Starr had recorded together since the three (without Lennon) had worked on Harrison's song "I Me Mine" for the Beatles album, Let It Be. It would be the last time these three would record together until the sessions for "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love" for The Beatles Anthology in the mid-1990s.
  • In the book "Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards", Al Kooper, who played keyboards on the song, gives an eye-witness account of George Harrison's reaction to hearing the news that John Lennon had been shot: "George was in the kitchen, white as a sheet, real shook up. We all had breakfast. He took calls from Paul and Yoko, which actually seemed to help his spirit, and then we went into the studio and started the day's work. Ray and I kept George's wine glass full all day..." Working til midnight, some of the work from this session ended up on the album Somewhere in England.
  • The "devil's best friend" is Mark David Chapman, who shot John Lennon on December 8, 1980. Chapman committed the crime as Lennon and Yoko Ono were outside the Dakota apartment building in New York City, where the couple lived. Chapman aimed five shots at Lennon, hitting him four times in his back. He remained at the scene until the police arrested him, and entered a plea of guilty to the crime. He was sentenced to a prison term of twenty years to life.
  • John and George had a falling out in 1971 when George refused to allow Yoko Ono to perform on stage at the concert For Bangla Desh. There was further bad blood between the two when Lennon offered to perform during Harrison's 1974 tour while in New York. George took it as an implication that he needed Lennon's help. This song was George's posthumous way of making amends.
  • In 1980, Harrison finished this album, entitled Somewhere In England, but his label rejected the final work. After Lennon's death, George recorded
    "All Those Years Ago" to be included on the album and the label agreed to release it.

*** You may also enjoy our series focusing on the Beatles recording career --
"Twelve Days Of Beatles"

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19 July 2011

New Music Tuesday - This Week's New Spins On Jivewired Radio

Such a hot day, no sense venturing out in the heat when you have the two very things you need to combat high heat and high humidity right in your workspace - air conditioning and Jivewired Radio. And that means you get to dig on this week's new spins, and it's an awfully good selection.

(Interesting side note: the phrase "awfully good" really doesn't make any sense to me. It's like saying "dry water" or or "cold heat." But you catch my drift.)

Recently, a lot of the really cool indie record labels have been releasing their summer samplers, and we have some new stuff from Bloodshot Records, Barsuk Records, Frenchkiss Records and Merge Records, plus a whole lot more.

So grab your earbuds, tune out the world and tune in to Jivewired Radio. Free Arnold Palmers to the first 500 listeners.

Top Five Spins: Our favorite New Spins Of The Week. Each week we'll pick our top five adds - a collaborative effort by some of our friends of the program.

This week's Top Five New Spins are:
01. Doubt by Delphic
02. Breakin' The Chains Of Love by Fitz & The Tantrums
03. Viennese Hangover by The Smithereens
04. Give It (Live) by Lambchop
05. Clutching Stems by Ladybug Transistor

Every Tuesday we air "New Spins Tuesday", a show dedicated solely to the new music we add into rotation each week, usually between 40 and 60 tracks. The show airs from 5:00 PM EST to 9:00 PM EST followed immediately by The MIxtape Jones Radio Show. The songs are also placed into permanent rotation so you can catch them by listening to Jivewired Radio anytime if you cannot catch us on Tuesdays. Enjoy!

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This Week's New Spins

01. Bodies by Savoir Adore
02. When I'm Small by Phantogram
03. Breakin' Love by The Quick & Easy Boys
04. I Don't Care About Your Blue Wings by East River Pipe
05. Weekend by Smith Westerns
06. Tear Down The Opera House by Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
07. Shadowcasting by Ra Ra Riot
08. Gila by Beach House
09. Come Visit Me by The Rosebuds
10. Whirring by The Joy Formidable
11. Doubt by Delphic
12. Fragile Bird by City & Colour
13. New Beat by Toro y Moi
14. Please Ask For Help by Telekinesis
15. The Last Ride by Soldout
16. Amor Fati by Washed Out
17. Lover's Lane by Hunx & His Punx
18. Breakin' The Chains Of Love by Fitz & The Tantrums
19. Give It (Live) by Lambchop
20. Viennese Hangover by The Smithereens
21. Candyfloss by Jonny
22. Used To Did by J Roddy Walston & The Business
23. Devils by Say Hi
24. The Party Line by Apex Minor
25. Little Bit (Loving Hand Remix) by Lykke Li
26. In Dreams Part II by Let's Wrestle
27. Postcards by An Horse
28. Tiny Little Robots by Cage The Elephant
29. We Don't Want Your Body by Stars
30. Staring At The Sun by TV On The Radio
31. Two Silver Trees by Calexico
32. I've Got Friends by Manchester Orchestra
33. And It Comes And Goes by Lightouts
34. A Dog From Hell (and his good advice) by Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets
35. Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out by The Antlers
36. Chinatown by Destroyer
37. Feels Like Heaven by The Adventure
38. Breeze by Apollo Sunshine
39. Under The Gun by Apex Manor
40. Stronger Than by Pete Yorn
41. Wait In The Dark by Memory Tapes
42. Harlem River Blues by Justin Townes Earle
43. Clutching Stems by Ladybug Transistor
44. As Long As I Have You by The Detroit Cobras
45. Days Don't Fade by Lindbergh Palace
46. Never Come Around by La Sera
47. Fever Dreams by Light Pollution
48. A Cure by Blonde Redhead
49. Freefallin' by Atmosphere
50. Kitty Wells Dresses by Laura Cantrell
51. Go For The Throat by The Elected
52. Forget You All The Time by Cloud Nothings
53. Gone Completely by Disappears
54. Turn The Dirt Over by Sea Wolf
55. Distant Lights by The Ivys
56. She Said No (I Love You) by TAB The Band
57. Queer Eyed Boy by Rumspringa
58. Blue Star by Seapony
59. Why Can't We by Asa
60. People Say by Portugal, The Man
61. The Future Will Destroy You by Viva Voce
62. Well OK Honey by Jenny O.
63. I'm In Love by The Blacks
64. Blue Day by Darker My Love

Previous In This Series: New Spins 05 July 2011

16 July 2011

Jivewired's Saturday Afternoon Block Party #3

A shout out to some of our favorite Indie labels: Vagrant Records, Carpark Records, Touch And Go Records, ATO Records, Alligator Records, Dangerbird Records, Bloodshot Records and Merge Records!

Beginning this afternoon at 4:00 PM CDT Jivewired Radio will air a program featuring eight 30-minute blocks of music dedicated to your favorite indie bands and labels.

Block parties are a summer staple where I grew up in Chicago and we decided to carry that theme over to Jivewired Radio.

So, grab your favorite summer beverage, call dibs on the nearest lawn chair, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon date with Jivewired Radio and the best indie music anywhere. Welcome to the Jivewired block party, where our earbuds make friends. We hope you'll join us every Saturday.

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This week's lineup at the Jivewired Block Party

**Times Are s-l-i-g-h-t-l-y Approximate

Block I - Vagrant Records

01. Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros 4:00 PM CDT
02. All The Beautiful Things by The Eels 4:05 PM CDT
03. Go For The Throat by The Elected 4:07 PM CDT
04. Used To Did by J Roddy Walston & The Business 4:11 PM CDT
05. Fragile Bird by City & Colour 4:15 PM CDT
06. Stronger Than by Pete Yorn 4:19 PM CDT
07. We Don't Want Your Body by Stars 4:23 PM CDT
08. Numbered Days by The Eels 4:26 PM CDT

Block II - Carpark Records

01. Wait In The Dark by Memory Tapes 4:30 PM CDT
02. Feels Like Heaven by The Adventure 4:34 PM CDT
03. Fever Dreams by Light Pollution 4:39 PM CDT
04. Forget You All The Time by Cloud Nothings 4:43 PM CDT
05. Gila by Beach House 4:46 PM CDT
06. New Beat by Toro y Moi 4:51 PM CDT
07. Baby Houses by Ear Pwr 4:55 PM CDT
08. Oh, Ivory by Light Pollution 4:58 PM CDT

Block III - Touch And Go Records Records

01. A Cure by Blonde Redhead 5:01 PM CDT
02. Two Silver Trees by Calexico 5:06 PM CDT
03. Staring At The Sun by TV On The Radio 5:10 PM CDT
04. Kill The Sexplayer by Girls Against Boys 5:14 PM CDT
05. Black Little Stray by Shannon Wright 5:17 PM CDT
06. Nub by The Jesus Lizard 5:23 PM CDT
07. Greatest Gift by Scratch Acid 5:26 PM CDT
08. Good To Sea by Pinback 5:28 PM CDT

Block IV - ATO Records

01. If I Wanted Someone by Dawes 5:31 PM CDT
02. Family Tree by Ben Kweller 5:36 PM CDT
03. North by Widespread Panic 5:40 PM CDT
04. Greasy Granny's Gopher Gravy by Gov't Mule 5:46 PM CDT
05. Po' Black Maddie by North Mississippi Allstars 5:49 PM CDT
06. Fuck And Run by Liz Phair 5:54 PM CDT
07. Tell Me Something Good (Hospital Food) by David Gray 5:57 PM CDT

Block V - Alligator Records

01. Echoes Of My Sins by Anders Osborne 6:01 PM CDT
02. Orange Blossoms by JJ Grey & Mofro 6:05 PM CDT
03. Never Miss Your Water by Li'l Ed & The Blues Imperials 6:10 PM CDT
04. It's My Life, Baby by Johnny Winter 6:15 PM CDT
05. The Sweetest Thing by JJ Grey & Mofro 6:19 PM CDT
06. Give Me Back My Wig by Luther Allison 6:23 PM CDT
07. Taylor's Rock by Sonny Landreth 6:28 PM CDT

Block VI - Dangerbird Records Records

01. It's Nice To Know You Work Alone by Silversun Pickups 6:32 PM CDT
02. Hold Me Down by Minus The Bear 6:37 PM CDT
03. Sunlight by The One AM Radio 6:41 PM CDT
04. Doubt by Delphic 6:45 PM CDT
05. Turn The Dirt Over by Sea Wolf 6:49 PM CDT
06. Blue Day by Darker My Love 6:52 PM CDT

Block VII - Bloodshot Records Records

01. I'm In Love by The Blacks 6:56 PM CDT
02. Buick City by Whitey Morgan & The 78s 6:59 PM CDT
03. The Heart Bionic by Bobby Bare, Jr. 7:03 PM CDT
04. Harlem River Blues by Justin Townes Earle 7:06 PM CDT
05. Hell's Roof (Live) by The Waco Brothers 7:09 PM CDT
06. Rock-A-Bye Boogie by Rosie Flores 7:11 PM CDT
07. Tear Down The Opera House by Scotland Yard Gospel Choir 7:16 PM CDT
08. Hope Is A Thing With Feathers by Trailer Park Bride 7:18 PM CDT
09. Out All Night by The Riptones 7:21 PM CDT

Block VIII - Merge Records Records

01. Ever Falling In Love by Times New Viking 7:24 PM CDT
02. Why Does The Wind? by Tracey Thorn 7:26 PM CDT
03. Got Nuffin' by Spoon 7:30 PM CDT
04. I Hope You Die by Wye Oak 7:34 PM CDT
05. Come Visit Me by The Rosebuds 7:38 PM CDT
06. Under The Gun by Apex Manor 7:43 PM CDT
07. Chinatown by Destroyer 7:46 PM CDT
08. Candyfloss by Jonny 7:50 PM CDT
09. Give It by Lambchop 7:53 PM CDT

15 July 2011

Friday Flashback 1965

FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Every Friday we set the Wayback Machine to one year in rock history and give you the best (and worst) music from that year, all day long beginning at 5AM EST on Jivewired Radio powered by Live365. This week: 1965 Next Week: 1981. To listen: Launch Jivewired Radio

Somebody lit a stick of dynamite beneath rock and roll in 1965.

Most of us, when we think of the 1960s as far as music is considered, are immediately transported to the 1967-1970 era that started with The Summer Of Love and ended with Woodstock. Those three years were the voice of an entire decade, and if that is indeed true, then 1965 signified the birth of that movement. After a year long hangover following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963, rock music began to show its utter dissent for the sociopolitical establishment that existed in the aftermath of JFK's death and the onset of the Viet Nam War, crushing the mainstream popularity of the Mersey Beat sound.

Disregarding the political and cultural element, rock music by definition adopted a stance that was countercultural due to it's inherent rebellious nature. The music, historically bathed in youthful exuberance and itself a voice of protest and social indifference, had been discriminated against since it's birth as a genre in 1954. Therefore, a precedent existed that made rock music an underground platform from its infancy. In 1965, the gap between generations was widening at an exponential pace. Thus began the counterculture movement.

Five historical events occurring in 1965 changed the sociopolitical playing field in the United States, each having a profound effect on the path that popular music was to follow going forward:

1. Dissatisfaction with Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency.
Specifically there was a rapidly escalating disenchantment with the Viet Nam conflict. Johnson downplayed the significance of the Unites States' military presence in Viet Nam, avoiding the term "war" at all costs, thus creating a credibility gap as information released to the press by Johnson's administration conflicted with the events that were actually occurring in Southeast Asia.

2. Bob Dylan's April 1965 album "Bringing It All Back Home."
Dylan's offering was a stylistic and magnificent leap to say the least. The LP featured his first recordings made with electric instruments. The first single, "Subterranean Homesick Blues" could be considered ground zero of the psychedelic era. Using free association lyrics that percolated in the manic energy of Beat poetry and electrified instrumentation, Dylan became a forerunner to the electrified folk and psychedelic movement in music and heavily influenced acts like The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and The Grateful Dead.

3. The Beatles' experimentation with Eastern Philosophy.
Musically, The Beatles broadened their sound with influences drawn from the contemporary folk-rock of the Byrds and Bob Dylan. Also, George Harrison began to contribute significantly as both a writer and as a musical influence on their recordings. On "Rubber Soul" Harrison first introduced the use of the sitar in the recording studio, most notably on the song "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)." A broadening use of percussive arrangements can also be heard throughout the album.

(Ken Kesey's Acid Test Graduation)

4. The Ken Kesey Acid Tests in San Francisco.
Kesey, a medical guinea pig for government tests that studied the effects of psychoactive drugs and author of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" (based on those experiences), frequently entertained friends and many others with parties he called The Acid Tests. The Acid Tests involved music, such as Kesey's favorite band, The Warlocks, (later known as the Grateful Dead), black lights, fluorescent paint, strobes and other psychedelic effects. Of course, LSD was involved as well. The LSD parties were noted in some of Allen Ginsberg's poems and were also described in Tom Wolfe's "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test." Kesey was also said to have introduced LSD to Ringo Starr in 1965. Soon after, the other members of the Beatles began to experiment with the drug.

5. Frank Zappa and the birth of the Los Angeles underground scene.
In 1965 Frank Zappa formed The Mothers Of Invention in Los Angeles after being approached by Ray Collins, who asked Zappa to take over as lead guitarist in Collins' local R&B band, The Soul Giants. Zappa quickly became leader of the group, renaming them The Mothers Of Invention and strongly influencing their style with his writing and musical arrangements.

Zappa implicitly realized that music is a non-representational art. He was a new kind of musician and producer, one who threw away stylistic barriers and disregarded formulated arrangements. He bridged rock and roll with R&B, jazz and classical music, sidestepping the rules of traditional harmony. Frank Zappa was the first to produce a concept album, first to create a rock opera, and was the father of progressive-rock. His supreme genius and influence formulated the counterculture and the Los Angeles underground scene even before he released his first album in 1966.

The counterculture agenda basically skewed opposite the Establishment both politically and socially, defining the hard left at a time when both Republicans and Democrats were still considered overly conservative. The counterculture developed an alternative system of communication, devoid of traditional mass media peer pressure, preferring to side with and remain strongly attached to the minority. The movement represented pride in being different and rebellion in discrimination by the mainstream, sympathizing with the social outcasts that included the beat poets and hippies, as well blacks, foreigners and the sexually ambiguous. The unifying force of it all was the music that represented the movement.

The music of 1965 represented a search for a new musical identity. The process that had begun with the birth of rock and roll in the previous decade as simple rebellion to authority and stereotype began to synthesize into a worldwide cultural phenomenon. The counterculture provided its catalyst and foundation. It's movement repudiated the passive listening habits of the mainstream and adopted a more independent and critical judgment of music, culture and society as a whole.

Playlist For Friday Flashback 1965

001. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood by The Animals
002. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place by The Animals
003. Second Hand Rose by Barbara Streisand
004. All Summer Long by The Beach Boys
005. Dance, Dance, Dance by The Beach Boys
006. Do You Wanna Dance? by The Beach Boys
007. California Girls by The Beach Boys
008. Barbara Ann by The Beach Boys
009. Help Me Rhonda by The Beach Boys
010. Then I Kissed Her by The Beach Boys
011. No Reply by The Beatles
012. Help! by The Beatles
013. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away by The Beatles
014. Ticket To Ride by The Beatles
015. Yesterday by The Beatles
016. Day Tripper by The Beatles
017. Norwegian Wood by The Beatles
018. Nowhere Man by The Beatles
019. Michelle by The Beatles
020. In My Life by The Beatles
021. Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan
022. Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan
023. Positively 4th Street by Bob Dylan
024. Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan
025. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
026. Desolation Row by Bob Dylan
027. I Fought The Law by The Bobby Fuller Four
028. Act Naturally by Buck Owens
029. Streets Of Bakersfield by Buck Owens
030. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better by The Byrds
031. Turn! Turn! Turn! by The Byrds
032. Liar Liar by The Castaways
033. Catch Us If You Can by The Dave Clark Five
034. Because by The Dave Clark Five
035. I Like It Like That by The Dave Clark Five
036. Over And Over by The Dave Clark Five
037. Houston by Dean Martin
038. Iko Iko by The Dixie Cups
039. Friday On My Mind by The Easybeats
040. Crying In The Chapel by Elvis Presley
041. Rescue Me by Fontella Bass
042. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honeybunch) by The Four Tops
043. It's The Same Old Song by The Four Tops
044. Let's Hang On by The Four Seasons
045. Ferry Across The Mersey by Gerry & The Pacemakers
046. A Taste Of Honey by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
047. Can't You Hear My Heartbeat by Herman's Hermits
048. Henry The VIII, I Am by Herman's Hermits
049. I'm Alive by The Hollies
050. People Get Ready by The Impressions
051. What The World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love by Jackie DeShannon
052. I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown
053. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag by James Brown
054. (I'm A) Roadrunner by Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
055. Shotgun by Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
056. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) by Kim Weston
057. All Day And All Of The Night by The Kinks
058. A Well Respected Man by The Kinks
059. Lies by The Knickerbockers
060. 1-2-3 by Len Barry
061. Lightnin' Strikes by Lou Christie
062. Do You Believe In Magic by The Lovin' Spoonful
063. You Didn't Have To Be So Nice by The Lovin' Spoonful
064. California Dreamin' by The Mamas & The Papas
065. Go Where You Wanna Go by The Mamas & The Papas
066. Don't Mess With Bill by The Marvelettes
067. I'll Be Doggone by Marvin Gaye
068. How Sweet It is (To Be Loved By You) by Marvin Gaye
069. Ain't That Peculiar by Marvin Gaye
070. Hang On Sloopy by The McCoys
071. A Groovy Kind Of Love by The Mindbenders
072. Ooo Baby Baby by The Miracles
073. Going To A Go-Go by The Miracles
074. Go Now! by The Moody Blues
075. These Boots Are Made For Walkin' by Nancy Sinatra
076. I've Been Loving You Too Long by Otis Redding
077. My Lover's Prayer by Otis Redding
078. Just Like Me by Paul Revere & The Raiders
079. I Know A Place by Petula Clark
080. Crying Time by Ray Charles
081. I've Got A Woman by Ray Charles
082. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' by The Righteous Brothers
083. Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers
084. King Of The Road by Roger Miller
085. Time Is On My Side by The Rolling Stones
086. The Last Time by The Rolling Stones
087. Get Off Of My Cloud by The Rolling Stones
088. Shake by Sam Cooke
089. Wooly Bully by Sam "The Sham" & The Pharaohs
090. Love Potion No. 9 by The Searchers
091. Pushin' Too Hard by Seeds
092. The Sounds Of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
093. I Am A Rock by Simon & Garfunkel
094. She's About A Mover by Sir Douglas Quintent
095. The Tracks Of My Tears by Smokey Robinson
096. Got To Get You Off My Mind by Solomon Burke
097. I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher
098. Uptight (Everything's Alright) by Stevie Wonder
099. Come See About Me by The Supremes
100. Stop! In The Name Of Love by The Supremes
101. I Hear A Symphony by The Supremes
102. My Girl by The Temptations
103. Here Comes The Night by Them
104. It's Not Unusual by Tom Jones
105. Lemon Tree by Trini Lopez
106. Five O' Clock World by The Vogues
107. The Game Of Love by Wayne Fontana
108. I Can't Explain by The Who
109. My Generation by The Who
110. In The Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett
111. For Your Love by The Yardbirds
112. Heart Full Of Soul by The Yardbirds
113. Evil Hearted You by The Yardbirds
114. I'm A Man by The Yardbirds
115. Tell Her No by The Zombies

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