Monday, 16 July 2018

KSHE Klassics Show, July 15th, 2018

Quotation du jour: Benjamin Franklin ~ Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

[As you may or may not know, i live in Canada, and for some reason KSHE doesn't stream their audio to here. I have to connect to a VPN to spoof a non-Canadian address. This week, according to, i was listening from Pudokkottai, in the Tamil Nadu region of India!] [As long as i'm here, i may as well visit Thirugokarnam Temple.... That's a photo of it down there.]

Now that's more like it! Any edition of the Klassics Show that includes Rory Gallagher – as this week's did – is automatically graded an A++ and this week it was fully deserved, unlike last Sunday's slightly disappointing instalment (which received that grade solely for playing both Rory and Dan Fogelberg). In fact, i would have rated today's an A++ even without Rory. (OK, i know, my prejudice[s] show through, but Rory was such a huge star in the 70s and 80s as well as being the best blues-rock guitarist ever, it's a sin he's now practically forgotten. KSHE is helping to keep him alive but the only other radio stations i know of that play him even occasionally are KOCI from Newport Beach, California, and St Louis Classic Rock [dot] Com. I'm sure there are others, and if my regular reader knows of any, i'd be delighted to know about them.)

Just look at that playlist, though. So many performers i love, so many songs i love, and absolutely nothing that made me want to take a sledgehammer to my speakers. I don't particularly like the music of Styx but theirs was a song that hasn't been played to death and it was all right. I even liked the Eric Clapton song, and most of his output from the seventies bores me senseless.

Santana – Europa (Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Crosstown Traffic
Marc Tanner Band – Hot And Cold
Joe Satriani – Always With Me, Always With You
George Harrison – Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
Bob Dylan – Mr Tamborine Man
Max Webster – Battle Scar
Neil Young – Don't Let It Bring You Down
Jim Capaldi – Living On The Edge
Genesis – Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
Rod Stewart – (I Know I'm Losing You)
Wiggy Bits – Oh Captain
Rare Earth – Born To Wander
Thin Lizzy – Don't Believe A Word
The Band – Ophelia
Renaissance – Ashes Are Burning
Rory Gallagher – I What I Want
April Wine – All Over Town
Firefall – Strange Way
The Little River Band – Emma
Saga – On The Loose
Eric Clapton – Let It Grow
Fleetwood Mac – She's Changing Me
The Police – Can't Stand Losing You
Toto – Ninety Nine
The Animals – Sky Pilot
Poco – Indian Summer
Honeymoon Suite – New Girl Now
The Grateful Dead – Estimated Prophet
Wings – 1985
Ambrosia – Livin' On My Own
Brave Belt – Another Way Out
Michael Stanley – All I Ever Wanted
Russ Ballard – Voices
Supertramp – Ain't Nobody But Me
Nazareth – Miss Misery
Styx – This Old Man
Symphonic Slam – Modane Train
Jesse Colin Young – Ridgetop
Off Broadway – Full Moon Turn Your Head Around
Journey – On A Saturday Night

And here's what we've been pumping out on the home stereo this week, to annoy the people in the bowling alley upstairs:

Davy Spillane – Atlantic Bridge
Ray Davies – Our Country: Americana Act ii
Tori Amos – American Doll Posse
Judy Collins – Fires Of Eden
Howard Skempton – Lento
Alan Stivell – Olympia Concert
Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
Martin Carthy – Crown Of Horn
Dick Gaughan – Gaughan
Art – Supernatural Fairy Tales
Rob Thomas – … Something To Be
Kula Shaker – Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts
Jon & Vangelis – Page Of Life
Idjah Hadidjah – Tonggeret
Pyewackett – The Man In The Moon Drinks Claret
Squeeze – The Best Of Squeeze
Genesis – Duke
Andy Irvine & Paul Brady – Andy Irvine & Paul Brady
Jeff Beck – Jeff
Stan Rogers – Fogarty's Cove
Focus – Hamburger Concerto
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Black Moon
Martin & Eliza Carthy – The Moral Of The Elephant
Robert Plant – Dreamland
Marillion – Sounds That Can't Be Made
10 c.c. – The Best Of 10 c.c.
Bruce Cockburn – In The Falling Dark
Camel – Lunar Sea: An Anthology 1973-1985
Buffalo Springfield – Again
Jethro Tull – Heavy Horses

Sunday, 8 July 2018

KSHE Klassics Show, July 8th, 2018

Quotation du jour: Joan Osborne ~ There's so many different ways humans have used music to express the spiritual part of our nature and to connect us with the divine. So for me the pathway is through music.

[As you may or may not know, i live in Canada, and for some reason KSHE doesn't stream their audio to here. I have to connect to a VPN to spoof a non-Canadian address. This week, according to, i was listening from North Bergen, New Jersey. I've listened from there before.]

And a happy birthday to one of my favourite singers, Joan Osborne, born this day in 1962, and who, as far as i know, has never been played on KSHE....

This edition is automatically graded A ++ for the inclusion of Rory Gallagher and Dan Fogelberg. Without them, however, the program would have just managed to scrape by with an A, if that.

For one thing, i positively detest that song by Harry Chapin. (I survived, i went to the kitchen and made a sandwich while it was on.) For another, the lyrics to The Animals' "San Franciscan Nights" are really embarrassing (written by that wanker Eric Burdon, no doubt). Example: "The American dream includes Indians, too"? Really? That's nice of you. Shouldn't it be, The American dream includes white settlers, or something similar? And why two songs by The Animals? I don't understand it. Sting's solo live version of "Roxanne" could be considered a mistake, too.

Beyond that, there were very few songs i can say that i love – maybe two dozen in the whole four hours -- although everything was entirely listenable – even the schtuff by performers i can't recall ever hearing of before: Orion? Glencoe? The Painter? Hmmm. I know that John Ulett (a.k.a. Uman), the host, was on holiday last week. I wonder if his absence had something to do with it? There was no host at all today. But Uman told me when i met him, that The Klassics Show was his favourite thing to do (although, as an American, he probably said "favorite") so he may have pre-programmed it, it's hard to say.

Anyway, the show was still the highlight of my week. Rock on!

(Here's the birthday girl.)

The Romantics – What I Like About You
Bob Dylan – All Along The Watchtower
The Painter – West Coast Woman
Novo Combo – Up Periscope
Steely Dan – Josie
Traffic – Dear Mr Fantasy
Within Temptation -- A Shot In The Dark
Todd Rundgren – The Want Of A Nail
Poco – Bad Weather
Rory Gallagher – Calling Card
Procol Harum – Simple Sister
Firefall – Cinderella
The Grateful Dead – Shakedown Street
The Animals – Don't Bring Me Down
The Sweet – (Love Is Like) Oxygen
The Animals – San Franciscan Nights
Foghat – My Babe
Point Blank – Mean To Your Queenie
The Greg Kihn Band – Jeopardy
John Parr – Naughty Naughty
Sting – Roxanne (live)
Dan Fogelberg & Tim Weisberg – The Power Of Gold
Grand Funk Railroad – Heartbreaker
Joe Cocker – The Letter
B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone
Genesis – Follow You, Follow Me
Billy Joel – The Entertainer
Orion – So You Ran
The Climax Blues Band – Using The Power
Glencoe – Airport
Harry Chapin – Taxi
Barry Goudreau – Dreams
Big Country – In A Big Country
Heartsfield – As I Look Into The Fire
Thin Lizzy – Romeo And The Lonely Girl
The Youngbloods – Get Together
Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street

Here's what we used to help wear out the optical drives at Spriggs Towers this week:

Florence + The Machine – High As Hope
Robin Trower – Day Of The Eagle
The Beatles – Help!
Capercaillie – Sidewaulk
Steely Dan – A Decade Of Steely Dan
Runrig – Heartland
Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home
Free – Tons Of Sobs
Jann Akkerman – Tabernakel
The Kinks – Sleepwalker
Loggins & Messina – Sittin' In Again: The Best Of Loggins & Messina
Steve Earle – El Corazón
Camel – I Can See Your House From Here
Mary Chapin Carpenter – A Place In The World
Def Leppard – Adrenalize
Fairport Convention – Angel Delight
Genesis – A Trick Of The Tail
Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
The Move – Shazam
Mama's Pride – Uptown And Lowdown
Peter Hammill – In Camera
Linda Ronstadt – Heart Like A Wheel
Alanis Morissette – Havoc And Bright Lights
Nick Drake – Way To Blue: An Introduction To Nick Drake
Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band – No Roses
Big Wreck – In Loving Memory Of
The Albion Band – Natural And Wild
Barbra Streisand – The Broadway Album
Joan Osborne – Pretty Little Stranger
Nanci Griffith – Flyer
Paula Cole – This Bright Red Feeling

Sunday, 1 July 2018

KSHE Klassics Show, July 1st, 2018

Quotation du jour: Harlan Ellison (1934-2018) ~ I think art must be tough! I think art has to be hard. I don't think it should be easy. I think it should take foot-pounds of energy to produce that art, otherwise we would have more mediocre writers, and we don't have room for any more mediocrity in the world. There's already enough of it being visited on us night and day through the Internet, and through television, and through politics.

[As you may or may not know, i live in Canada, and for some reason KSHE doesn't stream their audio to here. I have to connect to a VPN to spoof a non-Canadian address. This week, according to, i was listening from New York City – a place i've actually been to a few times, and love.]

I have three words to say about this week's edition. Wow, wow, and wow!

As my regular reader may recall, last week's edition scored a mere 2 on the SRQ (Spriggs's Radio Quality) scale. Today's was definitely a 1! (Sorry, Bo Derek, but i was trained in research and, on a scale of one to ten, a one is the top score.) Look at that playlist, whew, so much there that i love and not one song that i disliked.

Alas, though, there was one song which, judging by its chorus, was called "Sail On, Sail On" and i have no idea who the performer was (and the information didn't appear on KSHE's website). I tried Googling the lyrics and i found songs by The Beach Boys and Lionel Richie (or maybe it was The Commodores, who cares?). I know it was neither of them so it shall remain this week's mystery track.

The Firm – Radioactive
Bob Dylan – Maggie's Farm
Flame – Beg Me
Jeff Beck – I Ain't Superstitious
Trapeze – Black Cloud
Fleetwood Mac – Sentimental Lady
The Fixx – Red Skies
Stillwater – Women (Beautiful Women)
The Kings – This Beat Goes On / Switchin'
Stingray – The Man In My Shoes
Atlanta Rhythm Section – Another Man's Woman
Loggins & Messina – Nobody But You
Eagles – James Dean
UFO – Cherry
Journey – Kohoutek
Uriah Heep – The Wizard
Headstone – Turn Your Head
Van Morrison – Into The Mystic
Peter Frampton – Lines On My Face
Robin Trower – Too Rolling Stoned
Badfinger – Baby Blue
City Boy –
Ian Hunter – Cleveland Rocks
Kim Mitchell – Go For A Soda
The Sutherland Brothers – Arms Of Mary
John Stewart – Gold
Bruce Springsteen – The Promised Land
Starz – Cherry Baby
Genesis – Your Own Special Way
The J. Geils Band – Whammer Jammer
The James Gang – Midnight Man
Michael Schenker Group – Cry For The Nations
The Tubes – Sushi Girl
Stephen Stills – Love The One You're With
???? -- Sail on, Sail On
Elton John – Funeral For A Friend
Bob Seger – Sunspot Lady

Last week, at my other job (what, you don't think this blog is work?) i applied for a week's holiday or, as i worded it, psychotherapy leave. Plying my trade in a high-pressure environment where i'm surrounded by idiots six days a week is getting me down – i start to fear i'll lose it and wind up a cabbage. The earliest week i could get was at the end of July, moan, groan. Meanwhile, though, my medicine from The Beer Store® and the music i played at home this week helped a lot. Here's what bothered the optical drive:

Steeleye Span – Below The Salt
Jethro Tull – Crest Of A Knave
Kate Bush – Never For Ever
Van der Graaf Generator – World Record
The Kinks – Misfits
Siouxsie & The Banshees – Superstition
10 c.c. – How Dare You!
Saga – Images At Twilight
Terje Rypdal – Descendre
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – The Sky Is Crying
The Tea Party – Tangents: The Tea Party Collection
Peter Gabriel – OVO
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Black Moon
Spirit – Clear
Paula Cole – Ballads
Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
John Kirkpatrick – Sheepskins
Genesis – Wind And Wuthering
Procol Harum – Home
Florence + The Machine – High As Hope
Ray Davies – Our Country: Americana act II
Dan Fogelberg – River Of Souls
Joni Mitchell – Court And Spark
Dan Fogelberg – Live: Something Old New Borrowed … And Some Blues
Runrig – The Story
Caro Emerald – Live From Emerald Island
Rory Gallagher – Fresh Evidence

Monday, 25 June 2018

KSHE Klassics Show, June 24th, 2018

Quotation du jour: Frank Zappa ~ Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.

[As you may or may not know, i live in Canada, and for some reason KSHE doesn't stream their audio to here. I have to connect to a VPN to spoof a non-Canadian address. This week, according to, i was listening not from somewhere in the USA as usual, but from Assam, India. Gosh, it was hot there, and the curry was excellent. But, what, really? They stream their audio to India but not to Canada? That's curious.]

It's difficult to know what to say about this week's program. It was definitely the highlight of my week (especially as i've been unable to get to my favourite pub in a while) and it remains the best radio show that i'm aware of, but, after last Sunday's brilliant edition, this was just the slightliest teeniest bit of a disappointment. It was all great music to be sure, and there was nothing whatsoever that made me want to adjust my speakers' settings with a hammer, and quite a few songs that i loved, but, far fewer than last week. Never mind. I still want to have its babies.

Ian McLagan – Little Troublemaker
Bob Dylan – Tangled Up In Blue
Santana – Dance Sister Dance
Fleetwood Mac – Oh Well (live)
Tom Petty – Listen To Her Heart
Nantucket – California
The Stabilizers – One Simple Thing
Jackson Browne – Fountain Of Sorrow
Eric Clapton – Blues Power
Pink Floyd – Free Four
Little Feat – Feets Don't Fail Me Now
The Band – The Weight
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Knife Edge
Krokus – Screaming In The Night
Steely Dan – Kid Charlemagne
David Bowie – The Jean Genie
The Steve Miller Band – The Stake
The Boomtown Rats – I Don't Like Mondays
Steve Winwood – Arc Of A Diver
Leon Russell – Tightrope
Genesis – I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
Robin Trower – Little Bit Of Sympathy
Climax Blues Band – Mighty Fire
Mason Proffit – Two Hangmen
Frank Zappa – Joe's Garage
Chris Rea – Working On It
Touch – Don't You Know What Love Is
George Harrison – What Is Life
Rare Bird – Beautiful Scarlet
UFO – Lights Out
Chuck Francour – Under The Boulevard Lights
Van Morrison – Wild Night
Triumvirat – Spartacus
The Allman Brothers Band – Wasted Words
The Grateful Dead – Uncle John's Band
The James Gang – Alexis

As i mentioned above, i haven't been able to get to my favourite pub in a while. This is what we played here at World Headquarters as the aural equivalent of a few pints:

Talk Talk – Spirit Of Eden
Davy Spillane – Atlantic Bridge
Brand X – Unorthodox Behaviour
The Bee Gees – Odessa
Barbra Streisand – The Broadway Album
Siouxsie & The Banshees – Superstition
Camel – I Can See Your House From Here
Bruce Hornsby & The Range – The Way It Is
Sparks – Kimono My House
The Beatles – Past Masters, Volume 1
Rory Gallagher – Fresh Evidence
Pyewackett – Pyewackett
Ashley Hutchings et al. – Son Of Morris On
Runrig – Heartland
Robin Trower – Truce
Fairport Convention – Full House
Genesis – Abacab
Joan Osborne – How Sweet It Is
Peter Hammill – In Camera
Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic
Mike Oldfield – Music Of The Spheres
Roxy Music – The Best Of Roxy Music
Dick Gaughan – Gaughan
Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe – Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe
Hothouse Flowers –Songs From The Rain
Ashley Hutchings et al. – Rattlebone And Ploughjack
The Kinks – Low Budget
Mott The Hoople – Mott
Yes – Fragile
Marillion – Somewhere Else
Dan Fogelberg – Live At Carnegie Hall
Capercaillie – Sidewaulk

Sunday, 17 June 2018

KSHE Klassics Show, June 17th, 2018

Quotation du jour: Abraham Lincoln ~ All it takes for evil men to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.

[As you may or may not know, i live in Canada, and for some reason KSHE doesn't stream their audio to here. I have to connect to a VPN to spoof a non-Canadian address. This week, according to, i was listening from San Francisco. I haven't listened from there very often.]

O, wow, o, WOW! What an exceptionally good show today. So much music that i love and only one thing that i hated: the REO Speedwagon. It was almost like listening to my own record collection, without the hassle of having to get up and go over to the turntable to change the record every four minutes (and, at my age, getting up from my desk at all, is becoming a bit of an exertion....).

It's very difficult to choose a highlight – just look at that list! -- but i think i'll go with the Rockpile track.

Elton John – Grey Seal
J. Geils Band – First I Look At The Purse
Canned Heat – Going Up The Country
Journey – The Girl Can't Help It
Strawbs – Autumn
Jethro Tull – Nothing Is Easy
Robin Trower – Day Of The Eagle
Alice Cooper – Under My Wheels
Marillion – Kayleigh
Steve Winwood – While You See A Chance
Brownsville Station – Smokin' In The Boys' Room
Shoot – Sepia Sister
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Sweet Hitch-Hiker
Uriah Heep – Stealin'
David Bowie – Golden Years
Jackson Browne – In The Shape Of A Heart
Marshall Tucker Band – Searchin' For A Rainbow
Icehouse – Electric Blue
Andy Pratt – Avenging Annie
Mama's Pride – She's A Stranger To Me Now
Loverboy – Hot Girls In Love
Rainbow – Stone Cold
Jefferson Starship – Miracles
Marshall Tucker Band – Blue Ridge Mountain Sky
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Marrakesh Express
Roger Daltrey – One Man Band
Rockpile – Teacher Teacher
The Steve Miller Band – Space Cowboy
Dire Straits – Skateaway
Fleetwood Mac – Heroes Are Hard To Find
The Tubes – Talk To Ya Later
REO Speedwagon – Only The Strong Survive
Martin Briley – Salt In My Tears
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Don't Ask Me No Questions
The Doors – The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)
The Fixx – Stand Or Fall
Good Rats – Injun Joe

The following albums found their way onto my personal playlist this week:

Fairport Convention – Gladys' Leap
The Albion Band – Demi Paradise
Rush – Power Windows
Billy Joel – The Essential Billy Joel
Santana – Supernatural
Siouxsie & The Banshees – A Kiss In The Dreamhouse
Mama's Pride – Mama's Pride
Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic
Poco – Crazy Loving: The Best Of Poco 1975-1982
Runrig – Heartland
Kim Mitchell – Aural Fixations
Richard Thompson – Acoustic Classics 2
Spirit – Clear
Linkin Park – Meteora
Tim Hart & Maddy Prior – Summer Solstice
Eliza Carthy – Heat, Light And Sound
Bruce Guthro – Guthro
The Rankin Family – Grey Dusk Of Eve
Mike Oldfield – Return To Ommadawn
Renaissance – Scheherazade And Other Stories
Kensington Market – Avenue Road
Jefferson Airplane – The Worst Of Jefferson Airplane
Alanis Morissette – Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
Dire Straits – Love Over Gold
Davy Spillane Band – Out Of The Air
The John Kirkpatrick Band – Welcome To Hell
Kiri Te Kanawa – French Opera Arias
The Who – Endless Wire
June Tabor – Against The Streams
Joni Mitchell – Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
Patti Smith – Outside Society

Monday, 11 June 2018

KSHE Klassics Show, June 10th, 2018

Quotation du jour: P.G. Wodehouse ~ I can detach myself from the world. If there is a better world to detach oneself from than the one functioning at the moment I have yet to hear of it.

[As you may or may not know, i live in Canada, and for some reason KSHE doesn't stream their audio to here. I have to connect to a VPN to spoof a non-Canadian address. This week, according to, i was listening from Clifton, New Jersey. I've listened from there before!]

Oh, Jaysus, Ulett played REO Speedwagon today, a group i cannot abide. Their playing and their arrangements are a mess and their singer, Kevin Cronin is obnoxious. (Today's song, "157 Riverside Avenue," includes a lengthy spoken section and i just know that Mr Cronin is someone i would wind up punching in the throat should we ever spend any time together.) I understand that they are very popular in St Louis, and in The States in general, but rock radio in Canada generally derides them. Quite right, IMO! (Well, i love the USA but things are different there.) But that was the nadir of this morning's show. There was literally nothing else that i disliked and quite a lot that i love. It's difficult to choose one single highlight but i think i'll go for Buffalo Springfield.

I really have nothing else to add to this post. (My regular reader breathes a sigh of relief.) My Internet connection was solid; i had no BSODs; there were no fires, tornados or plagues of locusts to interrupt the listening experience. It was, as usual, the highlight of my week.

Look! Here's a photograph of a cute li'l bunny rabbit. Oh, no, wait, it's a hydra.... (Painting by Yoso.)

Hydra – Feel Like Running
The Who – The Kids Are Alright
Santana – All I Ever Wanted
Electric Light Orchestra – Mr Blue Sky
Dickie Betts – Hand Picked
The Greg Kihn Band – The Breakup Song
Sad Café – Black Rose
Utopia – Love In Action
Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
The Clash – Train In Vain (Stand By Me)
Robin Trower – Sweet Wine Of Love
Steve Winwood – Time Is Running Out
Rod Stewart – Mandolin Wind
Slade – Get Down, Get With It
Rare Bird – As Your Mind Flies
Tony Carey – A Fine, Fine Day
Elvin Bishop – Travelin' Shoes
Blue Öyster Cult – Godzilla
David & David – Welcome To The Boomtown
Buffalo Springfield – Rock 'N' Roll Woman
REO Speedwagon – 157 Riverside Avenue
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River
Heart – Dreamboat Annie
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Dark Star
Tommy Bolin – Post Toastee
Joe Cocker – She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
Fleetwood Mac – Bare Trees
Kenny Loggins – Love Has Come Of Age
Prism – Spaceship Superstar
The Kinks – Tired Of Waiting For You
Cheryl Dilcher – High
Marshall Tucker Band – This Ol' Cowboy
Sammy Hagar – (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

And this was my aural medication for the week:

Various Artists – “Patch Adams” (O.S.T.)
Afrocelt Sound System – Volume 3: Further In Time
Paul Simon – Songs From The Capeman
Zap Mama – Sabsylma
Wood Wilson Carthy – Wood Wilson Carthy
Skywhale – The World At Mind's End
T. Rex – The Slider
Spirit – Clear
Terje Rypdal – Q.E.D.
Bonnie Raitt – Fundamental
Pink Floyd – A Saucerful Of Secrets
Marillion – Brave
Melissa Etheridge – Your Little Secret
Donna Summer – Live And More
Garfield – Out There Tonight
The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour
The Allman Brothers Band – Beginnings
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River
Barbra Streisand – The Broadway Album
Rory Gallagher – Fresh Evidence
Robert Plant – Dreamland
Oysterband – Deserters
James – Whiplash
Stéphane Grappelli – Afternoon In Paris
Highly Strung – When The Winds Begin To Sing
Caro Emerald – The Shocking Miss Emerald Acoustic Sessions (EP)
Fish – Raingods With Zippos
Joni Mitchell – Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
Robin Trower – Truce
Van der Graaf Generator – Do Not Disturb
Yes – Relayer
Al Stewart – Year Of The Cat

Sunday, 3 June 2018

KSHE Klassics Show, June 3rd, 2018

Quotation du jour: Kingsley Amis ~ Only a world without love strikes me as instantly and decisively more terrible than one without music.

I was listening from San Francisco this morning, according to -- cool, i've never been there before.

As my regular reader will have noticed, there was no blogpost last week – for the second time in the merry month of May. That's because there was no Klassics Show last week. It was the Memorial Day weekend in the States, and KSHE always pre-empts regular programming for a "Top 500" countdown.

I spend most of my free time online, so when my Internet connection goes down, it really leaves me at a loss to know what to do with myself. I do everything online: listen to the radio (obviously!), watch TV shows, do all of my banking, annoy all of my friends (via Facebook), etc. On Saturday, my Internet connection didn't just go down, it crashed magnificently. I did all i could think of at my end, to no avail, and then called tech support and a very harassed-sounding young man called Mark said that they were aware of the problem and were working on it, but he was unable to give me an E.T.A. for a resolution.

I was dead worried that i wouldn't be able to listen to the Klassics Show! And then there wasn't one. My connection was fine by Sunday but my Saturday afternoon was pretty much devastated.

Anyway, enough of that. This morning's show was ... disappointingly okay. It's usually great. Oh, of course there were more than a few songs i love and lots that i like, but a lot that didn't do anything for me and a few that bored the kecks off me. And isn't Clapton's "I've Got A Rock 'N' Roll Heart" one of the least rock 'n' roll songs he ever did (and he did some pretty wimpy schtuff in the seventies)? And there was one song, i couldn't figure out what it was, although i've heard it before. KSHE didn't post the artist & title to their web page (which happens occasionally). I think it was Jefferson Starship – Grace Slick was definitely one of the singers – but i was unable to Google the song by using its lyrics, as they were mostly incomprehensible. Sigh...

And here's Planet P. Pluto, that is. If Pluto is still considered a planet, i don't know – i'm behind on my reading of Astronomy Today.

Planet P – Why Me
It's A Beautiful Day – A Hot Summer Day
Bob Welch – Ebony Eyes
Jethro Tull – Bungle In The Jungle
Little Feat – Dixie Chicken
Bob Dylan – Just Like A Woman
Procol Harum – Conquistador
Eric Clapton – I've Got A Rock 'N' Roll Heart
Loggins & Messina – Vahevala
Foreigner – Starrider
The Good Rats – Back To My Music
Steely Dan – Doctor Wu
The Bliss Band – Doctor
The Grateful Dead – One More Saturday Night
Stanley Clarke – School Days
Jefferson Starship (?) -- ??????
Spooky Tooth – Cotton Growin' Man
Michael Murphey – Wildfire
Charlie – Killer Cut
Electric Light Orchestra – Roll Over Beethoven
Dr Hook & The Medicine Show – The Cover Of The Rolling Stone
Steve Hackett – Narnia
Mama's Pride – In The Morning
Chicago – Make Me Smile
Grinderswitch – Pickin' The Blues
Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
Pete Townshend – Pure And Easy
Journey – Of A Lifetime
The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – Fire
Head East – Love Me Tonight
Z.Z. Top – Arrested For Driving While Blind
Kansas – It Takes A Woman's Love (To Make A Man)
Elton John – Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters
Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug
Sammy Hagar – The Ice Man
Supertramp – Bloody Well Right
The Babys – Looking For Love

I had a pretty stressful week at work. I didn't have any bubblewrap, so I listened to these albums as my anxiety-relievers:

The Hollies – 20 Golden Greats
Dan Fogelberg – Home Free
Genesis – ...And Then There Were Three...
Pink Floyd – The Endless River
King Crimson – Thrak
Loggins & Messina – On Stage
Caro Emerald – Live From Emerald Island
Peter Gabriel – So
Jack Bruce – Harmony Row
Mark Knopfler – Sailing To Philadelphia
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
The Beatles – Rubber Soul
The Tea Party – Seven Circles
Sandy Denny – The North Star Grassman And The Ravens
Runrig – Heartland
Dick Gaughan – The Definitive Collection
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – In The Hot Seat
The Rascals – Time Peace: The Rascals' Greatest Hits
Stone The Crows – Live In Montreux 1972
Maddy Prior – Arthur The King
Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Heartbeats Accelerating
Chicago – Chicago V
The Band From Rockall – The Band From Rockall
Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman
Various Artists – Tapestry Revisited: A Tribute To Carole King
Siouxsie & The Banshees – A Kiss In The Dreamhouse
Indigo Girls – Indigo Girls
Blodwyn Pig – Ahead Rings Out
Fairport Convention – A Fairport History
Donovan – A Gift From A Flower To A Garden
Jan Akkerman – Tabernakel
King Crimson – Islands
Joni Mitchell – Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
Jeff Beck – Who Else!
ABBA – The Visitors