Play List - Burn, Baby, Burn

March 8, 2018

I guest-hosted for Lister's show Burn, Baby, Burn on March 8, 2018 from 3:00 AM to 5:00 AM. He invited me to play any type of music I wanted, it didn't all have to be reggae and ska. However, I didn't ignore his audience. I played a lot of reggae and ska, just not his usual stuff, interspersed with rock and folk and other stuff. Here is my playlist, artist mentioned first, then the song title.

You'll only be able to listen to the show online until March 13, 2018. This is the link to it.

I usually do four-song sets. I always say what I play and too long a set makes it difficult for some listeners to keep track of which song in the middle of a set was the one they particularly liked. I figure four songs is still a lot of music without interruption. I contacted Gina Donahue because she is more up on current music and has a wide knowledge.

I opened with a song that sort of symbolizes the diverse WBAI audience then a song that was a reggae cover of a rock song, sort of letting people know where the show might be going.

1. Martha and the Muffins - Black Stations, White Stations
2. Ye Olde English - I'm Free (a reggae cover of The Who song from Tommy

3. Pete Seeger with Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco and Steve Earle - Bring Them Home
4. Black Uhuru - Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
5. The Clash - London's Burning
6. Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple

I started that set with a newish version of an old Pete Seeger song, with some people singing with him that shows how much respect Pete Seeger had with his fellow musicians, no matter their usual style. Black Uhuru is simply a favorite band. The Clash even more so. Gogol Bordello is a band that Gina acquainted me with, that Mercy really enjoys.

7. Harry Belefonte - Come Away, Melinda
8. Uriah Heep - Come Away, Melinda

Two versions of one of my favorite songs. Harry Bellefonte's was not long after Fred Hellerman originally did it and is more faithful to the original. Great as that version is, I prefer the heavy emotion all around of the Uriah Heep version. I got to thank Fred himself for the song, and blogged about it on this web site.

9. Mary Dillon with Deanta - Wilie Taylor
10. Paul Revere and the Raiders - Kicks
11. Madness - Night Boat to Cairo
12. Boozoo Chavis and the Magic Sounds - Deacon John

Now there's diverse music! Celtic, 1960s rock, 1970s ska, zydego. I'm surprised there isn't more zydego music on WBAI. A lot of people there have never heard of it. It's indigenous to Louisiana. Most years (in mid-June) there is a zydego band at the dance stage of the Clearwater Hudson River Revival.

Gina Donahue and Mercy Van Vlack joined the show by phone at this point, but first, I had to play this song because 1). I like it and 2). it actually mentions the time, just before 4 AM (or I would have played something else from the same cd).

13. Tom Chapin - Farmer's Market Good

That song reminded both Gina and Mercy of another song, so that went on next.

14. Larry Groce - Junk Food Junkie
15. Skamonics - Tainted Love (ska cover of the Soft Cell song)
16. Midnight Oil - Progress (live in New York City in front of the Exxon building)
17. Jerry Thundercloud McDonald - Robin Dance (Mohawk singer/dancer)

More diverse music programming.

18. Ray Korona Band - Listen to the Earth
19. Ye Olde English - Sensation
20. Bim Skala Bim - Brain Damage (ska cover of Pink Floyd)
21. The Who - The Real Me

The first song is a nod to my environmental radio show on Tuesday evenings. 29 seconds of it is part of my opening medley. The next song Mercy requested. The next one was a Gina suggestion and the last is from my favorite album.

While we were chatting, I played an instrumental, which Gina had background info to, because it's her brother. She comes from a VERY musical family.

22. Peter Donohue - I Mistakenly Thought I Had Time

As the show ended, I slowed the tempo of the music and got more political, to slide into the next show, ending with a very powerful song by Steve Suffet about hate and violence.

23. Rasputina - 1816, the Year Without a Summer
24. Phil Ochs - Power and Glory
25. Pete Seeger - Take It from Dr. King
26. The Call - Become America
27. Steve Suffet - He's Alive

Rasputina is something Gina turned me on to. The Phil Ochs and Call songs are two of my favorite patriotic songs. Pete and Steve are making strong political and social statements. Steve is a regular volunteer at the Peoples' Voice cafe every Saturday evening.

And again, thank you, Lister, for the opportunity to share some music with listeners of WBAI-FM.

If you have any requests or suggestions, please e-mail me: And keep checking this web site for when the next time will be.

New York City
March 8, 2018

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