The Abominable Showman

 

2017 was a blizzard of natural and man-made disasters. Not the least of which being the white collar looting and out-and-out lies of our newly (unpopular) elected president of the United States. We will be digging out from his self serving crimes, hate and bad decisions for generations to come. For that reason, I’m closing out the year with this, today’s Runner. If you listen all the way to the end, Nick Lowe will pose the musical question, What’s so Funny about Peace, Love and Understanding? Happy New Year all…let’s hope it’s not our last.

 

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The La’s

 

One and done. In 1990 British pop group The La’s released their wonderful self titled post-punk debut. Jangly acoustic guitar and Lee Mavers’ melodies with hook driven harmonies maked it a classic 60’s style psychedelic album revamped for a new generation. Their sound would be emulated throughout the rest of the decade by other weighty bands like Oasis and Blur, but sadly, The La’s turned out to be this group’s only release. Nevertheless the record’s broad vision and earnest appeal making it unique, a stand-alone that is truly one of a kind! There she goes…Enjoy.

 

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Tom Tom Club

 

What are words worth? What are words worth? Words

Words in papers, words in books – Words on TV, words for crooks – Words of comfort, words of peace – Words to make the fighting cease – Words to tell you what to do – Words are working hard for you – Eat your words but don’t go hungry – Words have always nearly hung me

What are words worth? What are words worth? Words

Words of nuance, words of skill – And words of romance are a thrill – Words are stupid, words are fun – Words can put you on the run – mots press?X, mots sens?X, mots qui disent la vâÝit?mots maudits, mots mentis,mots qui manquent le fruit d’esprit

What are words worth? What are words worth? – words

Its a rap race, with a fast pace – Concrete words, abstract words – Crazy words and lying words – Hazy words and dying words – Words of faith and tell me straight – Rare words and swear words – Good words and bad words

What are words worth? What are words worth? – words

Words can make you pay and pay – Four-letter words I cannot say – Panty, toilet, dirty devil – Words are trouble, words are subtle – Words of anger, words of hate – Words over here, words out there – In the air and everywhere – Words of wisdom, words of strife – Words that write the book I like – Words won’t find no right solution – To the planet earth’s pollution – Say the right word, make a million – Words are like a certain person – Who can’t say what they mean – Don’t mean what they say – With a rap rap here and a rap rap there-Here a rap, there a rap – Everywhere a rap rap

Rap it up for the common good – Let us enlist the neighbourhood – It’s okay, I’ve overstood – This is a wordy rappinghood, okay, bye.

What are words worth? What are words worth? – words
What are words worth? What are words worth? – words

He’ll stop … Don’t stop … Stop.

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Fables of the Reconstruction

 

Rock ‘n Roll music has always been a voice of self-consciousness and defiance. In the past it has called out abuse and questioned tyranny especially in the late 1960s and early 70s. It has rallied youth and provided a platform for generations to speak out against injustice, corruption and intolerance. Now especially is the time for underground American rock to reawaken. Who will be the new voice in these troubled times?

R.E.M’s Fables of the Reconstruction was one of the rural soundscapes of my youth in the 1980’s.

Here are a few other past trax that have shed some guiding light in darker times.
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
CSNY– 1974
Ian Hunter – Shrunken Heads
Midnight Oil – Diesel and Dust
Utopia – Swing to the Right
PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project
Billy Bragg –Talking to the Taxman about Poetry
R.E.M. – Document
Bob Dylan – Infidels
John Lennon – Imagine

Lets get together and listen to music. Lets speak up and speak out. Lets start a conversation and rally our voices.

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The Big Beat 01-02-87

 

Goodbye 2016 and Good Riddance!
Ring in the New Year with some new classics, from a second helping of the Big Beat.
What a difference 30 years and a day makes.

“I feel better already.”

 

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The Big Beat 12-26-86

 

Set the wayback machine to December 26, 1986. The place? “A place called space”, Chicago Illinois. Nope, there are no tweets, no Snapchat or Facebook, no Internet (Al Gore hasn’t invented it yet), not even email, hey there’s not even Grunge. You want to know what’s going on? What bands are playing where and when? You pick up a Reader or an IE (Illinois Entertainer) and/or on Thursday night at 10 o’clock you tune into WXRT’s the Big Beat hosted by a young (or somewhat younger) Johnny Mars, the man who at the time, for a time, had a finger on the pulse of alternative music scene in Chicago.

This year I thought I would dust off and serve up this treat, from the ghost of Christmas past. Pulled from old cassette tapes of the show, I would pop one of these into my Sony Walkman (make sure it’s rewound) strap it to the belt, and head out the door to catch the (L) red line into town. Yes, what’s old is indeed new again. See how many you can name, but don’t worry if you can’t guess them all. Mars will fill you in with names, titles and some enjoyable banter along the way. I always loved the show’s opening theme, with the commercials and the club listings, it’s like an audio time capsule from 30 years ago. Enjoy the tape and Happy Holidays from your friends at soundtrax.mobi

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