Susan Brown was on vacation and called upon me to guest-host for her show Punk and Hardcore on August 31 (technically September 1st), 2004 from 3:30 AM to 6:00 AM. The first hour and a half was commercial-free music then I interviewed Kurt Kuersteiner, author of a book on Chick Comics (see Guest List Archive Page 17 for more information). Ironically, I was playing hard rock, the very music Jack Chick has damned in so many of his comics. Here is my playlist, artist mentioned first, then the song title.
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 or band in the middle of a set was the one they particularly liked. Four songs is still a lot of music without interruption and there are no commercials between sets.
I opened with the song that Ed Menje usually opened with when he did Monsters from the Id from 1986 - 1993. Ed is the man who brought me to WBAI-FM, co-hosting MftI starting in 1991
1. 3 D Invisibles - Monster DJ
2. Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the U.K.
3. New York Dolls - Who are the Mystery Girls?
4. Ism - Constantinople
5. Bachman Turner Overdrive - Stay Awake All Night
The first two songs are seminal punk bands from the very beginning of the punk movements in the U.K. and U.S. Ism is a local band and I like the Sparks riff Joe added to this cover. As for the last song in that setů. I know, I know, I've heard that Bachman Turner Overdrive are not cool. They're a "guilty pleasure." I like them and thought this song was applicable lyrically and musically. And a special thank you to the listeners who called or e-mailed with moral support over that choice.
With the Republican Convention in full swing that week, with the seemingly random arrests of demonstrators, passers by and tourists, I played a lot of music with that in mind. Such as the next set (the third song mentions Ronald Reagan).
6. Sparks - Everybody's Stupid
7. Brian Dewan - 99 Cops
8. Bow Wow Wow - (I'm a) TV Savage
9. The Damned - Rabid (Over You)
The next two songs are by local NYC bands that played at a Green Party rally in Washington Square. I like to support independent music and local music! Those are both. The third song is by another local band from a few decades ago. The last is someone's satire of a South Park song on the election of 2000. A friend of mine found it on the internet and sent me a copy.
10. Rican Struction - Fight
11. Black Dawn - Push
12. Good Rats - Mr. Mechanic
13. ? - Blame Florida
That Good Rats song garnered a lot of listener phone calls both during that set and the next one. People really missed them and were glad to hear something by them again. I found out from a couple of listeners that sons of two of the members have a band and their fathers sometimes join them on stage.
14. Human Sexual Response - Pound
15. Anti-Nowhere League - Streets of London
16. Lene Lovich - One in a Million
17. Black Arabs - Sex Pistols Medley: Anarchy the U.K. / God Save the Queen / Vacant / No One Is Innocent
So along with a couple of more songs played with the Republican convention and the election in mind, I then played another Good Rats song.
18. Weird Al Yankovic - What If God
19. KMFDM - Apathy
20. Good Rats - Local Zero
21. Nine Inch Nails - Mr. Self Destruct
Then comes the song Ed and I opened nearly every episode of 'Nuff Said! I then framed the interview with two "liberal Christian" songs. Not exactly songs they'd play at the Republican Convention, but nonetheless pretty accurate songs about Jesus Christ.
22. Tearjerkers - Comic Book Hero
23. Oak Ridge Boys - Would They Love Him Down in Shreveport
24. Hugh Blumenfeld - Long-haired Radical Socialist JewMy thanks to Susan Brown for giving me the opportunity to share music with her listeners.
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