Friday, May 26, 2017

The Genius Of Mike Chapman, Volume 1



Every once in a while, I'd like to shine a spotlight on a favorite producer and my first pick has to be the great Mike Chapman. All these songs were either written or produced by him, often both. He says he doesn't write songs, he writes hits and, honestly, you can't argue with that! From his early success with glam hits to his list of 80's chart pop smashes, there's much to plunder from and these two hours only give a fractional taste of his output. And he's still doing his thing! He's one of the handful of cats that, throughout my record buying life, I would buy a record solely because his name was on it, even if I hadn't heard it. His name is a trademark of quality as far as I'm concerned. But while we wait for his current project with Abisha to hit the airwaves, let's take a journey back through the Commander's catalogue...

  • 1 Devil Gate Drive by Suzi Quatro
  • 2 Ballroom Blitz by The Sweet
  • 3 Tiger Feet by Mud
  • 4 My Sharona by The Knack
  • 5 Mickey by Toni Basil
  • 6 The Warrior by Scandal
  • 7 Heart And Soul by Huey Lewis & The News
  • 8 Tear Me Apart by Tanya Tucker
  • 9 Heart Of Glass by Blondie
  • 10 Kiss You All Over by Exile
  • 11 In The Heat Of The Night by Pat Benatar
  • 12 Hot Child In The City by Nick Gilder
  • 13 Pleasure And Pain by Divinyls
  • 14 Mine (Mine Mine Mine) by Shandi
  • 15 Don't You Ever Say No by Zane Busby
  • 16 There She Goes by Nervus Rex
  • 17 Goin' Through Your Purse by Material Issue
  • 18 Touch Too Much by The Arrows
  • 19 48 Crash by Suzi Quatro
  • 20 The Six Teens by Sweet
  • 21 Pass It Around by Smokey
  • 22 Carousel (White Label) by Holiday Sidewinder
  • 23 Love Is A Battlefield (demo version) by Pat Benatar
  • 24 Better Be Good To Me by Spider
  • 25 The best by Tina Turner
  • 26 Love Touch by Rod Stewart
  • 27 Rapture by Blondie
  • 28 Hanging On A Heart Attack by Device
  • 29 What's The Time (Hey Buddy) by Bow Wow Wow
  • 30 The Heat Is On by Agnetha Fältskog

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Narrowcast 4



Mostly mellow mix of personal favorites, no theme but we were in a period of non-stop rain, day after day, week after week and that certainly worked its way into the mix. I've probably made a dozen, maybe two dozen, mixes (long before I started publishing on mixcloud) where I follow Scritti Politti's "A Little Knowledge" with Smokey & The Miracles' "When Sundown Comes" - mostly because I love both songs and seemingly always want to hear them, but also as a self-pat on the back for discovering the similarities between the two... Green is obviously paying tribute to the Smokey track. I do not apologize in advance for these two twins showing up in future mixes because it will happen. That's just the way it is.

  • 1 The Big Hurt by Scott Walker
  • 2 Walking In The Rain by Grace Jones
  • 3 Rain, Rain Rain by Roxy Music
  • 4 A Little Knowledge by Scritti Politti
  • 5 When Sundown Comes by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • 6 Soft Core by Dusty Springfield
  • 7 When 2 R In Love by Prince
  • 8 Castles In The Air by The Colourfield
  • 9 Song Of Joy by Captain & Tennille
  • 10 Sigourney Weaver by John Grant
  • 11 Sleeping On The Grass by Peter Kearns
  • 12 Mad Man Moon by Genesis
  • 13 Strange Phenomena by Kate Bush
  • 14 In Converse by William D. Drake
  • 15 Papel Sulfite by Meta Meta
  • 16 Widescreen by Rupert Holmes

FM Rock: September 1967



Bob Seger makes his first appearance in the series, he will certainly become a major part once we reach the 70's, but both sides of this early single, released in July of '67 with The Last Heard, felt like they'd make perfect bookends for this mix.

  • 1 Heavy Music (Part 1) by Bob Seger
  • 2 I Can See For Miles by The Who
  • 3 (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me by Small Faces
  • 4 Strange Brew by Cream
  • 5 Catfish Blues by Canned Heat
  • 6 Rock My Plimsoul by Jeff Beck
  • 7 Bye Bye Baby by Big Brother & The Holding Company
  • 8 Underdog by Sly & The Family Stone
  • 9 Conquistador by Procol Harum
  • 10 Somebody To Love by Jefferson Airplane
  • 11 European Son by The Velvet Underground
  • 12 The Eagle Never Hunts The Fly by The Music Machine
  • 13 Purple Haze by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • 14 Abba Zaba by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
  • 15 Duke Of Prunes by The Mothers Of Invention
  • 16 Call Any Vegetable by The Mothers Of Invention
  • 17 Baby, You're A Rich Man by The Beatles
  • 18 Dandelion by The Rolling Stones
  • 19 I Can Hear The Grass Grow by The Move
  • 20 Granny Takes A Trip by The Purple Gang
  • 21 Saga Of The Low Down Let Down by Sopwith Camel
  • 22 Smiling Phases by Traffic
  • 23 You Have Changed by The Fallen Angels
  • 24 Stephanie Knows Who by Love
  • 25 Hey Grandma by Moby Grape
  • 26 The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) by Grateful Dead
  • 27 Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) by The Hombres
  • 28 Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
  • 29 Rock & Roll Woman by Buffalo Springfield
  • 30 Lady Friend by The Byrds
  • 31 Interstellar Overdrive by Pink Floyd
  • 32 Sand And Foam by Donovan
  • 33 The End by The Doors
  • 34 Heavy Music (Part 2) by Bob Seger