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Playlist for Wednesday,
August 23, 2000:
Updated: May 16, 2001
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Today, SMACK IT CINCINNATI! welcomed back the oft-missed and previously incarcerated Bruce. It's good to have you back in the co-host chair, Bruce. Or should I call you "Prisoner 3312901"?
We appreciate the supportive calls you've been making to 513.333.WAIF on our behalf.
(the listings follow this format: Artist Name / Song Name / Album Name / Album Year / Comments)
Barenaked Ladies / One Week / Stunt / 1998 / Drew: "It's been TWO weeks since we heard Bruce on the air (well, except for that measly from-jail telephone call last week). This song celebrates his triumphant return."
Iggy Pop / Lust for Life / Lust for Life / 1977 / Bruce: "This was used in the movie Trainspotting, that's how I know it. I'm a new convert in thinking that Iggy isn't evil, 'cos of my steadfast philosophy that artists and bands shouldn't be ugly. He violates that BIG time. This song was written by him and David Bowie, just like David's 'China Girl' and probably others." Drew: "I heard of Iggy Pop waaay back when he weighed 87 pounds."
Stone Temple Pilots / Naked Sunday / Core / 1992 / Drew: "Wow. 1992. That's a LONG time ago, and this CD has still held up very well. Some would argue that STP hit the heights of their quality early on -- the first two releases -- and that the rest of the stuff is crap. Me? Ihe stuff is crap. Me? I'm just glad that Scotty hasn't (yet) managed to kill himself, with the drugs and all."
Sting / Take Me to the Sunshine / This Cowboy Song (UK CD single) / 1995 / Bruce: "Sting always puts a lot of work into each track, even the b-sides and bonus tracks on CD singles. This island-type ditty is a groovy example of one such track. The website linked here is a great starting point to find about more of Sting's rarer things, and if you are a Sting fan, they are definitely worth the time." Drew: "I like Sting. I know he's 'yuppie', 'mainstream', and 'money-hungry', but any guy that brags that he has lovemaking sessions lasting FOUR hours (and then later reveals that the FOUR HOUR session "includes dinner") is okay in my book."
Björk / Tondeleyo / Gling-Glo / 1990 / Bruce: "Whoo boy. This is a helluva grand lounge-type CD. The songs are mostly sung in Icelandic, and are old Icelandic ditties famous mostly on in that country only, plus a few standards thrown in for good measure." Drew: "Maybe Björk is channeling Falco?"
Underworld / Born Slippy / Born Slippy (EP) / 1995 / Yahoo Music says: "The solemn keyboard intro to the original NUXX version gives the listsion gives the listener no warning of the thundering beat that descends and takes over with furious abandon. The 'Lager, Lager, Lager' lyric became the terrace chant for the summer of 1996, and its drunken chorus could be heard in bars the world over. The distorted analog loops and toggle-switch dropouts made this an anthem with staggering staying power." Bruce adds: "I'm always a few years late with everything, so I'm gonna start chanting 'lager, lager, lager' at opportune moments."
Falco / Rock Me Amadeus / Rock Me Amadeus US 7" / 1985 / Bruce schools us: "Falco's third album was cleverly titled 'Falco 3' and featured him rapping in German with some English thrown in for good measure. Internationally, he released many versions of his songs, with different bits in the native tongue. It was indeed a sad day in 1998 when Falco passed on due to injuries sustained in a motor incident. That's Brit-speak for a car wreck. I'm all international like that." Drew: "My favorite version of this was the "history lesson" version -- where they talked about the life and times of Amadeus. Funny stuff, that... Music masquerading as education!"
Tricia Concepcion / Ticket 152 / Anything is Everything / 1999 / Bruce bragsBruce brags: "Trish and I used to work together in the lovely village of Inkster Michigan, a burb teeming with daytime prostitutes and trash heaped on the sides of streets. She got me hooked on Emm Gryner, another grand artist, and plays up there every once in a while. Check her out if you get a chance so you can say 'you saw her back when'...!"
Los Lobos / Dream in Blue / Kiko / 1992 / Bruce: "Mitchell Froom, who's mad production skillz I've touted on this very website in the past, did this CD. Mitch was also in the 'Latin Playboys' side project of the two lead Lobos'. I wasn't there, but have heard on many occasion that the Kiko tour that passed through Cincinnati's Bogarts was one of the best live shows this town has ever seen." Drew: "Yes, that was one HECK of a show."
The Mark Curry Tenpin Trio / WKRP / Down in My Alley / 1997 / Bruce: "Very different from his gravelly singing and acoustic/rock guitar songs, this is a takeoff on the "WKRP in Cincinnati" theme song." Drew: "It makes me want to scatter turkeys from a helicopter for the good people of Cincinnati."
Rod Stewart / Young Turks / Tonight I'm Yours / 1981 t I'm Yours / 1981 / Bruce: "Man, this song is good. I have no idea where the title comes from. Billy and Patty don't seem much like Turkish names, but I'm no expert." Drew: "I like that Rod Stewart does covers of EVERYTHING. This is one of his rare, non-cover, releases."
The Arbors / The Letter / Rock Artifacts vol. 2 / 1993 / Bruce: "This compilation of old school mostly forgotten songs from the 60's is grand. This cover version was released in 1968, a year after the remembered version, but this one charted as well. The flanged bit at the end is spooky in headphones."
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